Oregon State will graduate 507 students through its Ecampus on Saturday, nearly 100 more than the previous high set in 2012. This year's distance graduates hail from 42 states and seven countries, including Japan, Puerto Rico and the United Arab Emirates – further evidence that OSU's academic impact continues to grow globally.
Oregon State University hosted its Extension Reconsidered event on Tuesday April 15th. The day-long event included participants from OSU Extension faculty and staff, other faculty and staff from OSU, and community members who were leaders in the arts. The day began like any other conference in the morning, and ended with a reception in the student lab theater. But what happened in the middle was magical.
In recognition of extraordinary community outreach, OSU Open Campus has been selected as the western regional recipients of the 2014 Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award and will compete for the national prize, to be presented during APLU Annual Meeting in November.
Gloria Thompson of Many, Louisiana, was searching online for classes that would help her deal with water conflict when she discovered the Natural Resources Leadership Academy in 2012, and recognized that Professor Aaron Wolf’s water conflict management class was the perfect fit.
The Vice Provost Awards for Excellence recognize outstanding contributions by faculty and staff that significantly advance the mission of outreach and engagement. The 2014 winners include individuals and teams from across the university.
By partnering with professionals like Oregon State alumnus Jeremy Darlow, digital brand marketing manager for adidas, Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) provides an online certificate course in digital communication and marketing.
Oregon State University is helping its faculty members develop textbooks in their fields that will be freely accessible online to any student in the world. The open textbook initiative is a collaboration between OSU Libraries, OSU Press and OSU Extended Campus that provides financial, technical and editorial support for faculty members to create “open” texts that aim to reduce costs for students and further position Oregon State as a leader in research and teaching.
Oregon State is one of a dozen universities participating in a new initiative through Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life titled "Extension Reconsidered". Teams across the country are organizing a series of events that invite citizens to imagine and consider new ways for Cooperative Extension to serve as a vital resource for communities in the 21st century. The initiative is timed to mark the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act that established the Cooperative Extension System in May 1914.
This year's ESC conference in Alberta, Canada will explore the theme "Engaging for Change: Changing for Engagement." Proposals are sought for presentations, posters, and other forms of communication that will inform or advance research on, and the practice of, engaged scholarship and community-university partnerships. Deadline: March 17
The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for a variety of university awards; criteria and nomination forms regarding these awards are online; nominations will be accepted through February 11, 2014.