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Anthropology Ecampus Major Doing Well

Anthropology had the first graduates from our Ecampus degree program this year. The program started F11 and by Su11 our first student had completed her degree. Most of these early graduates are completing a degree they started elsewhere or are Post-bacc students getting a second degree in Anthropology. From Su11 to Su12 we have had 15 graduates. Many of our graduates see this degree as a first step in a lifelong career in anthropology and are planning to earn an MA or PhD. I’m very pleased to tell you that one of our graduates will be starting an MA program this coming fall here at the Corvallis Campus. A few of our ecampus students have shared the following profiles.

"Hi, my name is Dean Dunn (pictured in header with his children). I am currently a stay at home dad for two wonderful children, Olivia is 11 and Keegan is four. We currently live in Ephrata, WA and I have been fortunate enough not have to work while I am enrolled at OSU. However, juggling coursework throughout the week and taking care of my kids can be interesting at times. There is never a dull moment. It is gratifying knowing that completing a degree through Oregon State University’s ecampus is possible for people like me. I never thought that this would be an option.

Four years ago I was laid off from my job, at the beginning of the recession. It was a difficult time due to my wife being accepted to graduate school in Wichita, KS and the loss of my job. My family and I did move to the Midwest. It was there that I decided it may be time for me to go back to school, with a little nudge from my wife, Suzie. I found a community college with online courses and finished general requirements there. Then it was on to OSU. I was excited for the opportunity to pursue a passion with the anthropology program. It has been three years to date and I have enjoyed every moment. I can now tell my kids that I graduated from OSU while raising them. They do see me do quite a bit, staying up late and getting up early in order to stay on task each week. It is exciting for me and I am just as excited for them to see me graduate this summer.

I am not sure which direction I intend to go in after graduation. I am looking into several graduate school programs that offer MA’s in linguistic or cultural anthropology. I hope to make a final decision soon. I am also looking into various employment opportunities within the government and county here in central Washington. The anthropology program at OSU has been amazing and I have truly learned a lot about the subject. The wide range of subfields and the vast opportunities that it encompasses gives graduates many different options. I look forward to meeting some of the professors, instructors, and advisors in the anthropology department at commencement. I am excited to graduate and look forward to saying thank you to the many people that have contributed to my education. I also could not have done it without the support of my family, my wife Suzie and two children Keegan and Olivia."

"Maryanne Maddoux, Anthropology's first ecampus graduate, anticipates graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology, June 2012. As a returning student and full-time parent, Oregon State’s Ecampus program has made a degree in anthropology possible. The 2011 field school at Champoeg State Park combined with anthropological course work, has provided a fun and engaging learning environment. Maryanne plans to continue her education at OSU in the Applied Anthropology Master’s Program, and desires a position with the US Forest Service, BLM, or other federal or state agency to assist in preserving pre-historic and historic sites through analysis and adequate storage of artifacts in appropriate repositories."

"Kimberlee Harrison has been in love with anthropology since she took her first anthro class in community college. She was an English major, but changed her major to anthropology. "The study of man (past, present, and future) is fascinating to me. At first, I wanted to go into forensic anthropology, then decided on cultural anthropology. Now, however, I've turned back to forensic anthropology. I love it so much, and know that it's my way of giving back to the community. If I can help even a few people find justice (whether it's helping the family of a victim find closure or helping exonerate someone who has been falsely accused), then it's worth it," says Harrison. She plans on going to graduate school at Portland State University for her Master's and to the University of Tennessee for her PhD."

Congratulations to all of our 2012 graduates!

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