Ecampus E-News Winter 2014

OSU Enews

Published by: Oregon State Ecampus
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., Vol. 16, No. 2
Winter edition – Jan. 29, 2014

Make 2014 your best year yet

Terri Pugh, Ecampus graduate, and familyYou've had a few weeks to settle into 2014, so let's check how you're doing on those New Year's resolutions:

1. Have more fun.
2. Learn online with Oregon State.
3. Read more news about OSU Ecampus.

We're here to help with the last two.

This issue of Ecampus E-News will introduce you to our new degree program in sustainability, tips on how to secure financial aid and a fresh way Oregon State is honoring its students.

And mark your calendars now: Priority registration for spring term begins Feb. 23, and classes start March 31.

Earn a degree online in sustainability

Leaves on a treeOregon State is America's natural resources university, and our expertise in related fields can now become your calling card, too.

This winter Ecampus launched a double degree program in sustainability that creates leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to address vital issues such as climate change and renewable energy.

The B.S. in Sustainability is only available as a double degree online through Ecampus. Current students can earn this degree as an addition to their primary degree program.

Find out how to get started on your new career path today.

Your guide to securing financial aid

Financial aid piggy bankEnrolling in college requires a financial commitment, and OSU is eager to provide much-needed information to set you up for success as you invest in your future.

Ecampus and OSU's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships recently hosted a webinar that delivers details on topics such as:

  • How to find additional funding for your education
  • How financial aid, grants, scholarships and loans differ
  • Completing the FAFSA
  • Meeting all the required deadlines

This highly informative video is guaranteed to answer many of your questions, so check it out.

21 students inducted into new honor society

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society sealWe are always looking to expand opportunities for our distance students to become more involved in the OSU community wherever they live, and last month we helped to create another.

In an effort spearheaded by Ecampus student success counselor Amy Riley, OSU started its own chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, a national outfit that recognizes adult learners "who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work."

The OSU chapter invited 114 students for membership, and 49 were inducted – 21 Ecampus students, 22 from OSU's main campus in Corvallis and six from OSU-Cascades.

"I think the membership will help me connect with other OSU students that have the same goals and feelings towards success as I do," said Randi Mueck, 35, a mother and liberal studies major in Myrtle Creek, Ore.

"It will enable me to network and give me a greater sense of belonging to the OSU community, even though I live so far away."

Summer natural resources academy is back

Kearney Hall, OSU campusOregon State is again opening its doors this summer to natural resources graduate students and professionals for a pair of weeklong leadership seminars.

The third annual Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA) is scheduled for June 15-20 and June 22-27 on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Here are two reasons why you should sign up:

1. Check off your program requirements in a flash. Register for one week, or both, and earn 3 to 4 credits per course. The academy is also the perfect opportunity to make your first visit to the OSU campus if you haven't been here yet.

2. Make connections that will enhance your career. There will be ample opportunities to network with other students, faculty, decision-makers and industry leaders during group projects, social activities and field trips.

Registration opens in February, so read more to learn about this can't-miss experience.

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