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Heath Blackmon, Oregon State University Ecampus environmental sciences graduate and assistant professor at Texas A&M University

Oregon State Everywhere: ‘My Ecampus degree gave me an edge’

“The quality and the rigor of courses that I took at Ecampus were on par with any in-person class and prepared me for a future in science. Even though my classes were taken at a distance, the professors built learning activities that gave me firsthand experience in analyzing and interpreting a range of data from ice core samples to satellite photos.” – OSU Ecampus environmental sciences graduate Heath Blackmon

Ana-Maria M'Enesti, French instructor for Oregon State University Ecampus

French online instructor creates an active, effective learning environment

Learning a new language can be a rewarding experience. But it also implies taking risks, being vulnerable and sometimes working through confusion and frustration. It’s with this understanding that instructor Ana-Maria M’Enesti develops French online courses for OSU Ecampus. “I create my lessons and assessments with a compassionate approach, aiming to encourage deep learning through meaningful interactions,” she says.

Headshot of Monique Lanier, an Oregon State University Ecampus religious studies student

Oregon State Everywhere: Grateful after a 20-year battle

“At the time of the stroke, I was enrolled in the local community college, just about to graduate and start nursing school. I even considered becoming a doctor. As I started to recover, I found out none of my plans were possible. Among other things, I had lost the ability to comprehend written words. … It took 20 years to get here, and I don’t mind a bit. I’m just grateful for the chance and the people at Oregon State who are making it possible.” – Monique Lanier, religious studies student

Joshua Chan Burgos, an OSU Ecampus graduate, wears a graduation cap and gown while surrounded by his family and OSU's mascot, Benny the Beaver

Sustainability, anthropology grad finds inspiration amid poverty, disaster

Inside a classroom in the remote countryside of Central Asia in 2013, Joshua Chan Burgos was jolted into a new and ambitious sense of what he needed to do. Volunteering for a nonprofit, he was surrounded by orphans and saw young faces filled with excitement. He saw children determined to get educated so they could give back to their small communities. Something clicked. Chan Burgos knew his next step was to find a place where he could prepare to put into practice his belief that learning and community-building can occur anywhere on the planet. That place was Oregon State.

Zachary Harris, Master of Public Health student with Oregon State Ecampus, stands in front of the Queen’s Physicians Office Building II in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Online Master of Public Health program helps health systems administrator advance his career

Zach Harris can see himself working in the executive-level management of a health care system. He’s an administrator in charge of ambulatory services at Queen’s Health Systems in Honolulu, Hawaii. To make it to the C-suite, Harris is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree online from Oregon State University – the same university where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees that helped launch his career.

Eddie Rodriguez, student success coach for Oregon State University Ecampus

Life experience helps success coach support Native American students

College students face a variety of challenges, from finding the right academic support to time management. As a first-generation college student and graduate, Eddie Rodriguez faced these challenges and others firsthand. Now, the sense of empathy and pride he feels as a success coach at Oregon State University Ecampus – including for students from Native American communities – inspires him to serve in this role every day.

Oregon State University Ecampus psychology student Tracey Campion sits next to her dog, Poppy.

Oregon State Everywhere: Taking the road less traveled

“My Ecampus success coach, Bethany Ulman, became my sounding board and ally, and the concept began to fall into place. A bachelor’s degree in psychology could not be a more fitting education for a coach, and I am so appreciative that the OSU Ecampus program was available for me to return to school online as an older, working student from outside the country.” – Tracey Campion

Joe Peters, Oregon State Ecampus Master of Natural Resources graduate

A Native American tribal voice in a global online classroom

After earning a graduate certificate online with OSU Ecampus, Joe Peters enrolled in OSU’s Master of Natural Resources degree program. The Class of 2019 graduate says the online program became an opportunity for him to advance his career and offer a local Native American perspective to a virtual classroom of students worldwide.

Photo of Anousha Farshid, an Oregon State University Ecampus student who studies computer science online

Oregon State Everywhere: ‘Combining computer science and music is my passion’

Ecampus student shares her experience enhancing music and performance with code By Anousha Farshid OSU Ecampus computer science student Sept. 16, 2019 I moved to Austria with the goal of earning a master’s degree in piano performance. While there, I took some computer music courses and worked on some projects that involved a bit of […]

Striking a balance between student and staff sergeant

With a career in the U.S. Air Force, Chris Burke has worked at odd hours, been deployed overseas and mastered the art of balancing a job and raising three children. That’s why when he was looking into online bachelor’s degree programs a few years ago, he searched for one that was both flexible and veteran-friendly. He found Oregon State University, and through OSU Ecampus he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration 100% online.