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Erin J. Bernard

Erin J. Bernard is a writer and editor who has written about Pacific Northwest business and lifestyle for PDX Parent magazine and Oregon Business magazine, among others.
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Violinist melds music, mindfulness with an Oregon State language and liberal arts degree online

3 minute read Rebecca Sabine Ramsey had enjoyed a colorful career playing music alongside everyone from Frank Sinatra to Celine Dion, but by 2020, this professional violinist was ready for her next act. So she enrolled with Oregon State University Ecampus, determined to finish her bachelor’s degree online and discover new ways to incorporate her passion for mindfulness more deeply into her day job.

Oregon State online public policy grad working for ‘an entire generation of children’

4 minute read Matt Pennon knew firsthand the joys of fostering children; he and his husband built their family by fostering five kids in six years. He was also no stranger to the challenges. And thanks to employees in Santa Barbara County’s Department of Social Services who saw his potential — and the opportunity to gain relevant skills online with Oregon State — Pennon has successfully parlayed those experiences into a career offering families like his essential training and assistance.

In life’s busiest season, Oregon State Ecampus offers adaptable paths to career success

4 minute read Anticipating an eventual return to the workforce, stay-at-home mom Heather Reding went searching for an online program that offered practical support and quality coursework in equal measure. She found Oregon State University Ecampus.

Reclaiming tribal histories, one page at a time

4 minute read A Grand Ronde tribal member, Native American anthropologist and educator, David Lewis is committed to shining a light on our nation’s forgotten and suppressed tribal histories, and sharing what he learns with the next generation of thinkers brings that work full circle.

Tommy Sheridan, Oregon State Ecampus alum, at work in a crabbing factory in Alaska.

Remote studies, experiential learning push forward fisheries career

5 minute read Forging a career in Alaska’s seafood industry isn’t easy – but Oregon State Ecampus alum Tommy Sheridan can’t picture himself anywhere else. While living and working in Alaska, his Fisheries Management Graduate Certificate and Professional Science Master’s in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration offered ample career growth. Now, with a gift to Oregon State Ecampus through the OSU Foundation, Tommy is encouraging future fisheries students to follow in his wake.

Raising the bar in online education

4 minute read Online learning opportunities offer quality and flexibility to Oregon State Ecampus students Kathleen Garney, a student in the Ecampus MBA in Executive Leadership hybrid program, is able to juggle coursework at home while working full time as a Boeing Company manager in Portland. (Photos by Oregon Business) By Erin J. Bernard E-tutorials, open courses and Raising the bar in online education