“Josie!  I feel like I’ve been in school FOREVER!”

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard that from my Ecampus students, most of whom are either returning to school after a long absence, starting a program later in life, and/or attending less than full time.  It’s also one of the reasons I so enjoy working with adult distance learners.

I started college (UC Santa Cruz) at age 18, fresh out of high school.  However, it took me 10 years to complete my undergraduate degree.  I left college at the end of my Freshman year because I had no idea what I wanted to study or what career I wanted to follow.  I had some ideas, but nothing where I felt confident enough to continue, so I left and decided to work in the hope that with time the “answer” would come to me.

I worked for a few years as a bilingual instructional aide (which led to my crossing teaching off of my career possibilities list), and then, feeling the desire to return just because I loved school so much and missed it, I transferred to UC Davis to begin my Sophomore year, still undecided (I was officially “Undeclared”).  I also still needed to continue working, so for a couple of years l attended part time.

There were many times when I felt I would NEVER finish my degree.  Graduation seemed eons away.  But somehow I persevered, and finally, before I knew it, I was walking across the stage in my cap and gown.

So whenever you feel like you can’t keep going, just remember that we’re each on our own journey, and if you keep pushing forward you will finally complete your degree.  And I’m always happy to help with a pep talk whenever you feel you need that little extra push to keep you focused and on track.





Hello everyone!  Here’s a reminder of some important upcoming dates and deadlines:

  1. Last day to Withdraw from a Winter 2018 courseFriday, February 23, at 11:55 p.m. (the last Friday of Week 7).  Even though you technically have until 11:55 pm that night to withdraw from a course, please do NOT wait until the last minute in case there are any problems with the registration system.


  1. Last day to change to or from S/U grading: If you plan to choose the “S/U” grading option for a non-HDFS related course, the deadline for submitting the “Change of Grading Basis” form is Friday, February 23, at 5:00 p.m. (the last Friday of Week 7).  However, since I need to sign off on the form before it can go to the OSU Office of the Registrar, I’ll need your form by Thursday, February 22, 5:00 pm so that I have time to sign and then forward it to the Registrar’s Office by the Friday 5:00 pm deadline.  If you wait until Friday to send me the form I won’t be able to guarantee that I’ll get it to the Registrar’s Office by the 5:00 pm deadline.  A late submission of a “Change of Grading Basis” form by your academic advisor to the Office of the Registrar is not a valid reason for petition.   


To access the “Change of Grading Basis” form, please go here:  http://registrar.oregonstate.edu/sites/registrar.oregonstate.edu/files/forms/change-of-grading-basis.pdf \ .  Once you complete your portion of the form, please scan and email it back to me for my signature.  Remember that you cannot S/U courses required for your HDFS major.


  1. Spring 2018 Registration: Starts Sunday, February 25.  Please be sure you know your Phase I Priority Registration information so that you’ll be ready to register for your Spring term classes once it’s your turn.  If you would like to talk with me about courses for Spring 2018, please schedule an academic advising appointment with me as soon as possible:  http://health.oregonstate.edu/students/current/undergraduate/advising/advisors


For more information on upcoming deadlines and more, please visit the OSU Academic Calendar:  http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/ChapterDetail.aspx?key=148



Are you interested in community service work? Professional development? You can join the OSU Human Development and Family Sciences Student Club! The goal of the Human Development and Family Sciences club is to provide networking/professional development, community service, and social events to those who wish to participate. The club is a great way to meet students and faculty in the HDFS department, build your resume, and gain experience for graduate school or work beyond college. Meetings are held at least once per term where members have the opportunity to contribute to the organizing of events. E-Campus students are now able to participate in our club meetings via WebEx, a video call system similar to Skype. E-campus students can be an active member of the club by attending community service and/or professional development events in their own communities (as well as some professional development opportunities offered online!) If you are interested in joining the club you can email Sarah Braaten (braatens@oregonstate.edu) to be added as a member and to the listserv. Thank you!

Happy New Year, Ecampus HDFS community!

I hope you’re all looking forward to starting Winter term on Monday, January 8.  A few things to remember:

  1. Please be sure you’re aware of the various dates and deadlines associated with Winter term, especially the drop, withdrawal and S/U deadlines.


  1. Remember that you all have access to Bethany Ulman, our Ecampus Student Success Counselor. Bethany can help you with everything from effective study tips for online classes and time management strategies to stress relief and more.  I encourage you to schedule an appointment with Bethany sooner rather than later so that you have time to implement her suggestions and strategies before you’re too far into the term.  You can contact Bethany via email:  Bethany.Ulman@oregonstate.edu .


  1. I STRONGLY recommend you also schedule a 15 or 25 minute academic advising appointment with me before Week 5 of Winter term. This is a great opportunity to review your academic progress and identify potential issues before you need to register for your next academic term.  This is especially important if you plan to graduate Spring, Summer or Fall term.



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:  http://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/news/51-of-tweets-about-dementia-contain-stigma-study/article/650463/ .

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)!


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  🙂

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:  https://www.achsnatl.org/informational_alert.asp .

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  🙂

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:  http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/online-degrees/undergraduate/minors/

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

Go Beavs!

–Josie  🙂

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 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  🙂  🙂