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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

The OSU Library is there for YOU!  September 22nd, 2014

Hello again Ecampus HDFS students!

We wanted to take a moment and provide you with an additional resource many of you may not know is here to ensure your success; the OSU Library.  Stefanie Buck is the Ecampus librarian. Her job is to help connect you with the many resources and services the OSU Libraries offer.

Even if you are not on the OSU Campus, you still have access to the many resources and services including:

  • Book delivery to your home
  • Access to e-books
  • Full text online journal access
  • Interlibrary loan services (we will get you copies of things  we don’t own)

You can also learn more about the services at The most important thing to remember is that the OSU Libraries are here to help you regardless of your location. It’s your library too!

You can always contact Stefanie if you have questions. Her phone number is 541-737-7273 and email is

If she is not around, please call the reference desk at (541) 737-7293 or email them at and they’ll get back to you. You can also chat with them at or from the library home page.

Stefanie will also be hosting a series of webinars on how to do research from a distance and what the OSU Libraries can do for you. If you can’t come to campus or don’t come very often, these webinars are for you. She will provide you with information about the library, what services they offer to our off-campus students, and some specific topics such as citing sources or searching for journal article. Please go to the schedule at  to see a list of upcoming webinars. Registration is preferred but not required.


Aaron and Josie!

Need another course for Fall term?  September 2nd, 2014

ALS courses online

ALS 116 is back at Ecampus!  CRN:  20812

Target audience:  students taking online classes who have been at OSU for several terms or more and want to improve their understanding of how they learn and/or specific academic skills such as time management, reading, note taking and testing.

A great option for returning students who have had a rough term and need to reset, or who feel they aren’t performing to their academic potential.

ALS 116 assignments start Week TWO of the term.

ALS 108 (Online Success – intended for new Ecampus Students) and ALS 114 (Career Decision Making) are offered every term but are currently full for Fall term

Fall term courses

New Course list attached to e-mail

Quick update around the Biological Science BaccCore course CSS 205/SOIL 205:

SOIL 205 has been changed to CSS 205.Soil Science (4 credits) and will be offered every term.

Corvallis Campus
Students will now enroll in the three credit SOIL 205. Soil Science course (offered fall, winter and spring terms) and choose a co-req of either:
*the one credit SOIL 206.Soil Science Laboratory for SOIL 205 (offered fall, winter and spring terms)
*the one credit FOR 206.Forest Soils Lab for SOIL 205 (offered only spring term)