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OSU study on tweeting and dementia published  April 14th, 2017

Hello Ecampus HDFS community!

Our very own Dr. Karen Hooker, Professor and Head, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (which houses the HDFS major) was part of a team of OSU researchers that had a really interesting study about stigma, dementia and tweeting published in Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences!  The researchers analyzed 33,000 tweets in their study and found that 51% of them included stigmatizing comments regarding dementia.  Here’s where you can read a brief interview with Dr Hooker in which she summarizes the study: .

I know many of you have expressed an interest in working with populations affected by dementia, so you might find the article especially helpful.

Congratulations to Dr. Hooker and the other OSU researchers on the team (Nels Oscar, Pamela A. Fox, Racheal Croucher, Riana Wernick and Jessica Keune)!


Spring 2017 Phase II registration begins on March 16  March 10th, 2017

Good afternoon, Ecampus HDFS community!

We finally have a little sunshine here in Corvallis, and as much as I enjoy rain, I’m definitely ready for Spring.  And speaking of Spring . . .

This is just a reminder that Phase II registration for Spring 2017 begins on Thursday, March 16.  Please be sure to check your Phase II Priority Registration time and date before the 16th.

If you still have not registered for Spring term classes, please do so before Phase II begins.  During Phase I we allow only our Ecampus HDFS student access to Ecampus (online) HDFS courses.  However, once Phase II begins we open those online classes to Corvallis based students.  If you wait to register until Phase II you’ll be competing with more students for fewer spots.

Phase II is also when students are allowed to waitlist classes.  No one is allowed to waitlist during Phase I.

***IMPORTANT*** If you waitlist a class it’s important to check your ONID email every day because if a spot opens up and you’re the next person on the waitlist the Registrar will alert you via email.  However, you’ll only have 24 hours from when the Registrar emails you to go back into the Registration system to actually register for the class.  Registration will not happen automatically.  If you miss the 24 hour window to register for the class, you’ll be removed from the waitlist and the next student in line will be offered the spot. 

Also, if you do waitlist a class, go ahead and register for another class in it’s place in case you don’t get into the class you’re waitlisted for.  If you do get into a waitlisted class, you can go back and drop the other one before the term begins.  Remember that there is never a guarantee that you’ll get into a class you’re waitlisted for.

–Josie  🙂

Important information regarding invitations to join “honor societies”  February 8th, 2017

Hello, Ecampus HDFS community—

I’ve heard from several of you who’ve received email invitations to join the “Honor Society”.  This organization is not a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and so I encourage you to visit ACHS’s website for more information to help you determine whether membership in a particular organization is of benefit to you.  They actually posted a good warning about “honor societies” and the importance of doing your research before you join anything.  Here’s the website: .

It’s always a wonderful feeling to receive an invitation to join an organization that recognizes your academic achievements.  Indeed, joining a credible honor society can provide you with helpful life-long benefits.  But if you receive solicitations from organizations that might sound too good to be true, please proceed with caution.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!  🙂

–Josie  🙂

“Should I add a minor to my program?”  February 1st, 2017

Hello, Ecampus HDFS community!

We’re often asked by students whether adding a minor is a good idea.  The answer is, it depends on your specific situation. Completion of a minor is not required, but it can prove a great addition to your educational experience.

Some students choose to add a minor because they feel it enhances or supports their HDFS coursework.  Other students choose minors simply out of personal interest.  So for example, an HDFS major who works in an educational setting might be interested in adding the Education minor.  Likewise, a student with a personal interest in the natural sciences might choose a Chemistry minor.  Again, your reasons for choosing a minor will depend on your own personal, educational and/or professional goals.

As an undergraduate I completed two minors, English, and Native American Studies (in addition to an interdisciplinary major).  In both cases I chose the minor out of personal interest.  So please let me know if you’d like to explore adding a minor.  Here’s were you can find the list of minors available through Ecampus:

Remember, it’s YOUR educational experience, so make the most of it!

Go Beavs!

–Josie  🙂

Introducing Your New Ecampus HDFS Student Success Team!  January 5th, 2017

Happy New Year, Ecampus HDFS community!

Early last term we shared with you that we’ve been working on a few new initiatives to help you progress through your degree as hassle-free as possible, as well as feel more connected to OSU.  The first initiative that I’m thrilled to share with you about is the development of our new “Ecampus HDFS Student Success Team”!  As you know, CPHHS academic advising has worked closely with the Ecampus Student Success Counselors in the past, but we wanted to provide you with faster and more holistic support, hence, the adoption of a team approach to your OSU advising experience.  Next week we’ll send out an email with more information for everyone.

Your Ecampus HDFS Student Success Team members are:

  • Josie Miranda, Ecampus HDFS Coordinator & Academic Advisor
  • Erin Mulvey, Ecampus HDFS Academic Advisor (new student orientations, Ecampus HDFS social media)
  • Bethany Ulman, Ecampus Student Success Counselor

We hope this first initiative will prove helpful to you as you work your way to graduation!

Go Beavs!!!!!

–Josie, Erin, and Bethany 🙂 🙂 🙂

Welcome to the new school year, everyone! Great changes on the way!  October 7th, 2016

Good morning, Ecampus HDFS community!

Welcome to Fall 2016!  We hope everyone is settled into the term, but as always, please let us know if there’s anything we can do for you. 🙂

While many of you live close enough to Corvallis to visit the campus from time to time, most of you live too far away to make it here in person.  Studies have consistently shown that for online distance learners, it’s important for institutions to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to feel connected, especially for those students who are unable to attend the brick and mortar campus for one reason or another.

For this academic year, Erin and I are focusing on helping each of you feel like more a part OF, instead of apart FROM, Beaver Nation.  Over the next three terms (Fall, Winter, Spring) we’ll role out a few new initiatives we’ve been working on since the summer, and we’re excited about the opportunity to engage more with all of you.

There will be more information coming in the next several weeks, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, GO BEAVS!!!

–Josie and Erin  🙂  🙂

A Note Concerning the Tragedy in Orlando, Florida  June 13th, 2016

Hello, Ecampus HDFS community—

On behalf of all of us in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences I’d like to express condolences to all affected by the horrible massacre that took place in Orlando, Florida this weekend.  Like you we are heartbroken at the senseless, hateful act of violence perpetrated against members of the Orlando LGBTQ community.

As an out lesbian I am especially saddened by this attack, but I am also deeply moved by the tremendous outpouring of love and support sent to Orlando from around the world, including from Beaver Nation.  As President Ray mentioned in his beautifully written email this morning, if you are especially impacted by this tragic event please feel free to contact OSU Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at 541 737-2131 or via email, .  The OSU cultural resource centers are also available online through .

I’ve never been prouder to be a member of both the LGBTQ community and Beaver Nation.


Announcing the new Ecampus minor in Education!  May 26th, 2016

Hello everyone!

Great news!  The OSU College of Education is now offering a new Education minor through Ecampus!  Here’s the information from Karla Rockhold, Advisor and Recruiter for the College of Education:

“The College of Education is offering a new minor in Education through Ecampus; but it can also be completed through a combination of on-campus and Ecampus courses.  Here is the link to its description in the course catalog:

One of the new classes being offered for this minor is COUN 441- Introduction to Professional Counseling.  This online course can be taken by anyone interested in learning about the counseling profession.”

Many of you have expressed an interest in education and/or counseling careers, so this would be a fantastic minor for you to explore.

–Josie  🙂

  April 29th, 2016

Happy Friday, Ecampus HDFS community!

Spring term is going by quickly and Week 7 is just around the corner.  This email is a reminder that the deadline to either Withdraw from or S/U a Spring term course is Friday, May 13.

You can Withdraw via the web until 11:55 pm on that day.  HOWEVER, PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!  I most likely won’t be able to help you if you miss the deadline.

The actual S/U deadline is 5:00 pm on the 13thHOWEVER, if you need to S/U a course I need your information by Thursday, May 12, 5:00 pm.  This will give me enough time to process your S/U request and get the information to the Registrar by the Friday deadline.  Here’s the information I’ll need for an S/U:








So for example:

YOUR NAME:  Jane Smith

YOUR STUDENT ID:  923456789

CRN: 12345





Once I receive this information from you I’ll complete the S/U form and send it to the Registrar on your behalf.  Remember that you cannot S/U any courses required for your major, including the required  support courses.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!


 –Josie  🙂

Spring 2016 Academic Calendar  April 1st, 2016

Hello HDFS Ecampus community!

I hope Spring term is off to a great start for each of you.  Here’s an abbreviated Spring 2016 calendar for you to review.  It’s not the complete calendar–To review the entire Spring 2016 calendar (which I strongly encourage you to do), go to .

The add/drop deadline for Spring term is Sunday, April 3, at 11:55 pm (but don’t wait that long to add or drop a course).

Please let me know if you have any questions!  🙂


Spring 2016 Academic Calendar

Classes begin Monday, March 28, 2016
Last day to drop a course by Web and receive 100% refund.
[End of first full week]
Sunday, April 3, 2016, at 11:55 p.m.
Withdraw from a course with 50% refund.
0% refund after this period. (W grade entered on transcript.)
Monday, April 4–Sunday, April 17, 2016
Last day to add a class by Web without departmental permission. [End of first full week] Sunday, April 3, 2016, at 11:55 p.m.
Last day to add a class by Web with departmental permission. [End of second full week] Sunday, April 10, 2016, at 11:55 p.m.
**$50 late registration fee assessed. [First two full weeks] Monday, March 28–Sunday, April 10, 2016
Late class add through petition begins.

**$100 late registration fee assessed with approved late add petitions. [Start of third week]

Monday, April 11, 2016
Tuition bills emailed to ONID accounts. Tuesday, April 5, payment due April 30, 2016
Deadline to Apply Online for Graduation
(Spring Term)
Friday, April 8, 2016
Last day to change to or from S/U grading. (Requires approval of academic advisor/dean, see Academic Regulation 18) [End of seventh full week] Friday, May 13, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*Last day to withdraw from a course by Web, W grade entered on transcript.
(Students who want to withdraw from a course but who have a hold on their record should contact or go to the Office of the Registrar for assistance.)
Friday, May 13, 2016, at 11:55 p.m.
Memorial Day Holiday observed: No classes Monday, May 30, 2016
*Last day for total withdrawal from the university for the term, W grade for each registered course. [Prior to beginning of finals] Friday, June 3, 2016
Commencement Saturday, June 11, 2016