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Hello, Ecampus HDFS students!

This is just a reminder that next Friday, February 20th is the deadline to either Withdraw from a current course

or S/U a non-HDFS related course.  If you intend to S/U a course, please send us

( or )

an email from your ONID email account that includes the course CRN, Subject

and Number (for example, “CRN 37248, ANS 121″),

and we’ll then forward the information to the Registrar’s Office on your behalf.

*** IMPORTANT:  Please send the information to us by Thursday, February 19 so that

we have time to get the information the Registrar.***

Last day to change to or from S/U Grading
(Requires approval of academic advisor/dean, see Academic Regulation 18)
5 p.m., Friday, February 20
*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 Registrar’s Office for assistance.)
11:55 p.m., Friday, February 20

Please let us know if you have any questions!

–Josie and Aaron

“I Need a Letter of Recommendation But I’m an Online Student! What Can I Do?”  January 29th, 2015

Many of you have shared with me that you are interested in applying to graduate programs after you complete your HDFS degree, but you’re concerned because you don’t feel your online instructors know you. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help you shine and get noticed in an online class.

Here are just a few suggestions to help you stand out to your online instructors:

  1. Identify faculty engaged in research of interest to you and reach out to them—many faculty members enjoy discussing their work with students who show genuine interest; additionally you might learn more about possible career or research opportunities for yourself.
  2. Introduce yourself to your instructor even before class starts—who are you, what’s your major, what are your career goals, what issues or topics are you interested in learning more about, do you plan on attending graduate school, etc.
  3. Communicate directly with your instructor—make the most of available chat or Skype office hours; set up a phone appointment to discuss feedback on assignments; email or post questions or thoughts related to the week’s discussion topics.  If possible, take a couple of courses from the instructor.
  4. Make a strong academic impression—turn in assignments on time; provide thorough, thoughtful and courteous responses to discussion posts; go beyond the minimum requirements for assignments; always use good grammar, whether you’re emailing your instructor, writing a formal research paper or posting a quick response to a classmate.

Once you’ve established a good relationship with your instructor you can ask about letters of recommendation even before the class has ended. If your instructor is unable to provide you with a letter, it’s ok to ask them for feedback on areas that you can work on so that the next time you ask an instructor you can improve your chances of getting a letter. And who knows? Maybe if you make a good impression from the start your instructors might even offer to write you letters or recommendation without you even asking!

–Josie :)

Canvas is here!  January 6th, 2015

Happy New Year and welcome to Winter 2015!  We hope you had a restful winter break and are excited to resume classes this term!

By now you’ve probably heard that OSU is transitioning from Blackboard to a new learning management system called Canvas.  Implementation of Canvas will occur over the next few terms.  For more information on the transition away from Blackboard and into Canvas please visit .

–Josie and Aaron

Same day appointments available Friday, November 14  November 13th, 2014


This is just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, November 14 I will hold 20 minute same-day advising phone appointments.  To schedule a phone appointment please call the Academic Advising Office at 541 737-8900 starting tomorrow morning at 8:30 am PST, and you’ll be scheduled for an appointment for later in the day.

I hope to speak with many of you tomorrow!

–Josie  :)

H 220 available online Winter 2015!  November 11th, 2014


We’re excited to announce that H 220–INTRO TO HEALTH DATA ANALYSIS will be offered online for the first time Winter term!  For those of you who still need to satisfy your HDFS statistics requirement we HIGHLY recommend you register for H 220 next term.  You’ll find H 220 listed under the “Public Health” course offerings (and not HDFS) since it’s technically a Public Health course. — Josie

Important upcoming deadlines!  October 30th, 2014

This is a reminder about both the upcoming S/U deadline and the Withdrawal by Web deadline:

S/U Deadline – Friday November 14th  (send request via email by November 13th)

Students may elect to change a course that is graded under a normal grading basis (A-F) to a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading basis (S/U). A grade of S or U has no grade point equivalent and is not used in the GPA calculation.

IMPORTANT: You can only S/U courses outside of your major or minor!

Request the S/U option by emailing  from your ONID by Thursday November 13th. (I’ll need a day to get the information to the registrar’s office). PLEASE INCLUDE THE COURSE CRN!

Also; November 14th at 11:55 pm is the deadline to withdraw via the web (W grade entered on transcript).


October is Queer History Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month  October 2nd, 2014

Celebrate Queer History during the month of October!  For more information:

Follow the Pride Center on Facebook:

Follow the Pride Center on Twitter:

AND . . .

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  Find ways to get educated and involved in your community!





Welcome back! Here’s to a great Fall term!  October 2nd, 2014

Hello again Ecampus!

We hope your off to a great start!  Here are some important reminders and information for you to review.


  • Last day to add a class by web without departmental approval: Sunday, October 5th
  • Second week adds by web with departmental approval (go directly to the department to inquire about getting into a class): October 6-10
  • Fall term 2014 deadline to apply online for graduation: October 10th
  • Last day to register or add a class by web (departmental approval required): October 10th
  • Last day to drop a class by web: October 10th
  • Last day to change to withdraw from a course by web: November 14th
  • Last day to change to or from S/U grading: November 14th

Planning To Graduate This Year? Here are FIVE Easy Steps To Graduate (click on this link for detailed instructions)


Message from Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Dr. Mark Hoffman: I want to make sure you are aware of the College of Public Health and Human Science’s updated policies on minimum grades and course repeats.  These policy changes take effect Fall 2014.   Below you will find the text from University Catalog that describes the policy.  These policies are not retroactive and will affect courses taken Fall 2014 and moving forward.

College Requirements

A grade of C– or higher is required in all courses in a student’s Major Program of Study, effective Fall term 2014.

·         This includes all courses listed on the online course catalog.

·         Prerequisites for courses in the major and Baccalaureate Core courses, not being used to meet Major Program of Study requirements, are not subject to this policy.

·         Some majors have additional grade and/or GPA criteria, which must be met in addition to this grade policy.

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences does not accept third-course attempts either at the university or transferred in from other institutions to meet individual course requirements within any major effective Fall term 2014.

·         Third or subsequent attempts taken prior to Fall term 2014 may be considered to meet major program of study requirements.


Aaron & Josie


Don’t forget . . . Ecampus Success Counselors are available to help you succeed online!  September 25th, 2014

Ecampus Success Counselors can help you stay on track towards degree completion by helping you address some of the common challenges faced by online students.

• Time management
• Procrastination
• Prioritization
• Work-life balance
• Stress management
• Goal setting
• Motivation
• Identifying and utilizing support

To request or schedule a 45 minute phone or Skype appointment with a Success Counselor visit .

How to find scholarships and avoid scholarship scams  September 24th, 2014

Hello everyone!

Many of you have asked about the availability of scholarships to help you fund your education. The OSU Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships has information on applying for scholarships at This website includes tips on how to search for scholarships (“Scholarship Search”), including the following important information about avoiding scholarship scams ( ):

“Don’t Get Scammed! Unfortunately, in their efforts to pay the bills, many students and their families are falling prey to scholarship scams. For more information on avoiding scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s “Scholarship Scams” page. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace.

In researching sources of college funding, students are encouraged to seek out sources that provide free services and information, such as those listed below. OSU does not endorse any for-profit scholarship search service. Some helpful websites are listed below.”
Federal Student Aid Scholarship Search
College Board

You can also visit the College of Public Health & Human Sciences (CPHHS) for information on applying for scholarships next year:

Go Beavs!

–Josie and Aaron