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Category Archives: Ecampus Military

Albert Diaz lifts up his son Gabriel and the two laugh.

On the right track: Hard work and online learning with OSU Ecampus help this family to a better life

When Albert Diaz gets home and his kids are asleep, he’ll study alongside the only Oregon State student he has met face-to-face: his wife, Samantha, a psychology major. She was the first in the family to enroll with OSU Ecampus. They have never set foot on the Oregon State campus. They both decided to apply to OSU — and become a full-fledged Beaver Nation family — thanks to a Google search. The Diaz family is a fitting example of the benefits of the university’s wildly successful distance education efforts.

Fisheries and wildlife sciences alumnus Bryan Zacher stands in front of a lake's boat ramp with his boat on a trailer.

After the Army, Ecampus student focused on doing what he loves

There was a pit in Bryan Zacher’s stomach as his 22-year Army career came to a close in 2013. He hadn’t put much thought into life after the military, so he jotted down a list of his hobbies: Fishing. Hunting. The great outdoors. Then he had an idea that changed his life trajectory: Turn what you enjoy doing into what you do for a living. That’s how he came to enroll online with Oregon State Ecampus.

Symbols and numbers make up an abstract image representing data analytics.

Online data analytics students prepare for top job in the country

Josh Stevens, an army veteran and a mid-career IT analyst at State Farm in Bloomington, Illinois, had been searching for the right online data analytics program for well over a year. The perfect match continued to be elusive. When he came across Oregon State University’s new Master of Science Data Analytics program, it was immediately attractive to him. Close to finishing his first year in the program, Stevens couldn’t be happier with his decision.

Oregon State's oldest 2017 graduate, Jerry Kight, poses with Benny the Beaver on graduation day.

As long as you have the will, it’s never too late to find your way to a degree.

Oregon State University’s oldest graduate, 74-year-old Jerry Kight, earned his degree in liberal studies online through Oregon State Ecampus. “I’m proud of myself and my wife for helping me do this and encouraging me to do it, and my kids, also,” Jerry says.

Ecampus anthropology alumna Alyssa Halstead at the Ecampus graduation reception.

Alyssa Halstead, anthropology | Oregon State Ecampus

Alyssa Halstead’s moment of clarity came when she was on a deployment with the U.S. Air Force. She realized that the best way to advance her career was by continuing her education, and the flexibility provided by Oregon State Ecampus makes that possible for active duty service members like Alyssa.

Matthew Baird speaks with an instructor at the Ecampus graduation reception.

Military students share their advice | Oregon State Ecampus

Michael Magstadt, Alyssa Halstead and Matthew Baird all served in the United States Armed Forces, and all three earned their degrees online through Oregon State University. They met the challenge of pursuing an education while serving their country, and here they share words of wisdom and encouragement to fellow service members and veterans.

Rhonda Wise faces slightly to her left; she is outdoors with the sun shining golden through the trees behind her. She wears a red blouse and tan cardigan.

Calling the shots

Following 13 years as an electronics technician in the United States Navy and many more raising and educating her children, Rhonda Wise paved a new path by earning a degree online in natural resources from Oregon State Ecampus. Now she’s in full control of her career and future. Learn how she took initiative and how it’s paying off.

Vanessa Rutherford, Ecampus agricultural sciences student, sits in front of an American flag while wearing her U.S. Air Force uniform.

Earning her stars and stripes

There’s not much Vanessa Rutherford can’t do. She’s a 4.0 agricultural sciences student, a decorated airman in the United States Air Force and an active volunteer in her Missouri community. And last week, half a continent away, she was celebrated in Corvallis as a winner of the Waldo-Cummings Outstanding Student Award. “I¹m just lucky that I enjoy learning and the Air Force and OSU reward that type of behavior,” she says.

Christine Mosser sits on a blue blanket spread out on the lawn and her bulldog, Chesty, stands next to her.

A shared spotlight, but her time to shine

Christine Mosser took a 20-year break from school. Now she’s back, double majoring in business administration and Spanish online with Ecampus, on the other side of the country. And she does it all while caring for the U.S. Marine Corps mascot. Discover why Christine feels her educational hiatus has prepared her to thrive all these years later.

Military students highlight Oregon State’s record number of online graduates

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Nearly two dozen military service members and veterans are traveling to Corvallis from as far away as American Samoa and Maine to participate in Oregon State University’s 146th commencement Saturday. The distance students will receive their diplomas after completing coursework online through Oregon State Ecampus, the university’s online education program. A record […]