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Category Archives: Ecampus Students

Jordan Levi wears a blue dress and beige cardigan and holds a tablet close to her in the bend of her left arm. She is walking forward, away from a blurred background of dark green trees and red brick.

Preserving all that’s wild

New textbooks, classmates from all over the world, the cover of the forest, calls from birds unseen, the fresh smell of soil (and sometimes fish). These are all the well-known staples of a college classroom. At least, that’s what Jordan Levi came to expect of her learning environments while enrolled online in the Oregon State University Ecampus fisheries and wildlife sciences bachelor’s degree program.

If they can do it, so can you

“Studying abroad is a life-changing experience,” says HDFS Ecampus student Emily Critelli. “As a distance student, studying abroad offers you the opportunity to collaborate with peers that you would likely not meet in any other situation. It truly enriches your collegiate experience and contributes to your own personal development.”

Lisa Frasieur, OSU Ecampus business administration graduate

Your seat at the table is out there. To claim it, first you have to stand up.

Twenty years into her career as an accountant, Lisa Frasieur felt like she was a peg below her peers. Truth be told, she was. “The first time I sat with our auditors, they asked me where I went to school,” she says now. “I didn’t have a degree, and it was embarrassing.”

Reshaping the perspective of agriculture – one community at a time

Velda Hendricks has her sights set high: She wants to become the first female commissioner of agriculture in the U.S. Virgin Islands. And she’s not giving up until she achieves her dream.

Maria Carpenter sits outside with a silver laptop on her lap. She is looking at the laptop and smiling. Green foliage and red brick buildings are visible in the background.

With a dream at close range, no obstacle is too great

No obstacle could stand in the way as Maria Carpenter pursued her agricultural sciences degree – not her additional responsibilities as a parent and employee, nor a breast cancer diagnosis that came shortly after beginning her degree program.

Strengthening native roots with higher education

Accepting comfort was not enough of a challenge for Gustavo Ramos Nuñez, whose decision to enroll in the Spanish bachelor’s degree program online through Oregon State Ecampus arose from honoring his Peruvian roots and a desire for self-improvement.

Chris Holt wears his black graduation cap and gown and a black stole that reads "Class of 2018" and has the Oregon State University logo. To the left of Chris is Benny the Beaver, wearing a white Beavers jersey. Benny has one arm around Chris' shoulder as the two walk side by side.

Sometimes the right career move brings you closer to home

Chris Holt was well-settled into a career that was stable and provided for his family, but when the long hours kept him away from home too often and his passion for plants pulled him in a new direction, he chose to follow the call. The hands-on experience he gained in the horticulture program led him outdoors to conduct field work for his courses, into his dream job as a middle school agriculture teacher – and most importantly, back home, where he can spend more valuable time with his family.

Hannah Thelen seated outdoor against a white wall. To her right is her husband. The two are holding a puppy with brown fur, which lays on its back in their arms and looks playful with one front paw in the air.

Up in the air, but laying a strong foundation

Ask most college students and they’ll tell you their future career plans are up in the air. But for Hannah Thelen, her current career is – literally. Hannah is an airborne cryptologic linguist in the United States Air Force. By pairing the extensive skills she gains through her business administration degree with the steadfast determination of serving in the Air Force, she has big plans to work in marketing or accounting for a large Pacific Northwest company that aligns with her passion for the outdoors.

An artist's rendering of the lobby of the OSU Portland Center in the historic Meier & Frank Building

OSU expands Portland regional programs with unique online/in-person learning experiences

As an increasing number of Portland-area professionals are doing, Maria Sar turned to Oregon State University Ecampus for the opportunity to maintain career stability while pursuing a degree that would yield upward mobility. Even before completing OSU’s hybrid (online/in-person) MBA in Organizational Leadership program, she accepted an offer from Nike to be a global procurement analyst.

Opportunities in action

By Cody Bowie July 26, 2018 If you ask Brenda Contreras what her time at Oregon State has provided her, she’ll answer in one word: opportunities. Opportunities such as scholarships, a chance to teach near her hometown and experience in a dual-language classroom. The Oregon State psychology graduate is now finishing her first year in […]