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Happy Thanksgiving!  November 24th, 2015

Hello, Ecampus HDFS community!

Oregon State University will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

We wish each of you and your loved ones a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Go Beavs! 

–Josie and Aaron

Reminder of Friday, November 13 OSU deadlines  November 6th, 2015

Hello, Ecampus HDFS community!

This is just a reminder that the deadline to either Withdraw from or S/U classes is next Friday, November 13.  If you need to S/U a non-HDFS major class then please email Josie or Aaron by Thursday, November 12, 5:00 pm.  Please provide the following information with your S/U request:







For example:

Cindy Lou Who


CRN 12345



3 credits

***IMPORTANT:  Since the university is closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veteran’s Day it’s important that we receive your S/U information by Thursday, November 12, 5:00 pm.  This will allow us enough time to process the request and then get the information to the Registrar by the November 13 deadline.  Don’t wait!

–Aaron and Josie

Two interesting articles, including one that quotes our OSU Ecampus librarian!  October 30th, 2015

Hello, Ecampus HDFS community!

This morning I came across two US News & World Report articles that I thought many of you would find interesting.  The first article–“Check Out Library Services as an Online Student” ( )–features a quote from our very own OSU Ecampus librarian, Stefanie Buck.  The second article, “4 Time Management Tips for Online Students” ( ) has some really good ideas to help you stay on top of your coursework while also juggling the rest of your life commitments.

If you read the articles, let us know what you think!


Winter Registration Begins November 15th!  October 23rd, 2015

Hello, Ecampus HDFS community!

Winter term registration is around the corner!   To find out your Phase I and Phase II registration times and dates, go to MyOSU at, click on Student tab and under Registration Tools, select ‘View Priority Registration Status.’ Registration status will be available approximately one week before registration begins.

Remember that during Phase I you can register for up to 16 credits, and during Phase II you can add credits to 19 as well as waitlist classes.

A few tips to help you prepare for Winter course registration:

  1. Review your My Degrees to determine which of your degree requirements remain.  This includes major, minor, bacc core (including the two Synthesis categories), and upper division credit requirements.
  2. Identify the course(s) you plan to take Winter term at least a week before your actual registration date and time, and include back-up courses in case a class closes before you’re able to register for it.  Write down the CRNs for each course, double check to make sure you’ve met any and all prerequisites, and pay attention to the required class standing (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior), especially for upper division (300/400 level) courses.
  3. Schedule an academic advising appointment with me to discuss your Winter term options.  This is an especially good idea if you plan to graduate Winter or Spring terms.  To schedule your academic advising appointment (either in person or over the phone) please call 541 737-8900.

As always, let us know if you have any questions!  Go Beavs!

–Aaron and Josie


Hello, Ecampus HDFS community!

Here’s a reminder of some important upcoming Fall term dates and deadlines. As always, please let us know if you have any questions!


  • Wednesday, November 11th: NO CLASSES- Veteran’s Day
  • Friday, November 13th: Last day to S/U (5pm) or Withdraw (11:55pm)
  • Sunday, November 15th: Phase I Winter registration begins
  • Thursday & Friday, November 26th-27th: NO CLASSES Thanksgiving
  • Thursday, December 3rd: Phase 2 Winter registration begins
  • Friday, December 4th: Last day for total withdrawal from the University (W grade for each registered course)
  • December 7th-11th: Finals Week
  • Wednesday, December 16th: Final grades available on web

“What do you mean I’m short 10 credits? I thought I was graduating this term!”  October 9th, 2015

As an academic advisor, this is one of the most difficult conversations for me to have with a Senior.  The best way for you to avoid finding yourself in this situation is by staying on top of your academic progress and your remaining degree requirements.  While it’s ultimately your responsibility to make sure you complete all of your degree requirements, remember that you do have resources available to help you.  First, you should always check your My Degrees each term to make sure you’re still on the right track to graduation.  Always contact me right away if you see anything in My Degrees that you have questions or concerns about.

Second, if you are within 24 credits or 2 academic terms from graduation you should also schedule a “SENIOR WRAP-UP” appointment to review your academic record.  We’ll discuss your remaining major and degree requirements, including any bacc core, elective, or upper division credit deficiencies you may still need to satisfy (or may be unaware of).  If during our appointment we do discover any issues we can address them immediately so that you can hopefully graduate the term you plan to.  To schedule your 30 minute “SENIOR WRAP-UP” appointment just call 541 737-8900.

If you’re not yet a Senior I still encourage you to make an academic advising appointment at least once a year to help avoid unpleasant surprises during your Senior year.

Go Beavers! 

–Josie  :)


A note from your advisors  October 2nd, 2015

Dear Ecampus HDFS Community—

As you probably know by now, yesterday a horrendous act of violence was committed on the campus of Umpqua Community College (UCC).  This brutal event left all of us shocked and heartbroken.  We want to take a moment to offer our condolences, thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the tragedy, particularly to those of you who have taken or are currently taking courses through Umpqua Community College.  Please know that if you are feeling especially distressed you can contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for assistance in locating counseling resources in your area.

CAPS contact information: ;

Phone:  541 737-2131


Go Umpqua Riverhawks!

–Josie Miranda, Academic Advisor

–Aaron Worley, Academic Advisor

–Shannon Foley, Head Advisor

Fall term has arrived!  September 22nd, 2015

Hello Ecampus HDFS Students!

Classes start Thursday, September 24 and we wish you all a fantastic Fall term!  As always, please let us know if you have any questions.

–Josie and Aaron

Colourful, cosy and romantic

Need additional course suggestions?  September 11th, 2015

Hello again, Ecampus HDFS students!

Fall term is just around the corner, so here are a few excellent recommendations if you’re still looking for Fall term courses (all three are also bacc core courses):

H 225—SOCIAL AND INDIVIDUAL HEALTH DETERMINANTS (4 credits). This is one of our college’s excellent Public Health courses and would also count towards the Public Health minor (if you’re interested in exploring the Public Health minor please contact Josie right away).

H 333—GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH (3 credits). This course could also be used towards the Public Health minor.

WGSS 240—GENDER AND SPORTS (3 credits)

If you still need help working out your Fall term schedule please contact Josie as soon as possible. The term begins Thursday, September 24, so don’t wait!

–Josie and Aaron

Second online section of HDFS 447 now available for Fall term!  September 8th, 2015

Hello, Ecampus HDFS students!

We hope you’ve had a productive and/or restful summer and are looking forward to the start of Fall term. We wanted to let you know that we’ve added a second online section of HDFS 447—FAMILES & POVERTY for Fall term (CRN 21384). HDFS 447 will provide you with 4 of your 11 HDFS Elective credits, and it will also satisfy the Contemporary Global Issues (CGI) Synthesis bacc core requirement. The course includes a 20 hour community service requirement.

We hear wonderful things from students about HDFS 447, so if you’re still trying to find one more upper division HDFS course for Fall term, then please check out HDFS 447.

–Josie and Aaron