Klamath Falls Newshttps://www.oit.edu/Portland-MetroKlamath Falls urn:uuid:b5fe314b-031f-4872-9ff0-bbb5fc69a719https://www.oit.edu/news/2019/12/06/oregon-tech-engineering-students-win-second-in-2019-oregon-ite-traffic-bowl Portland-MetroKlamath FallsOregon Tech Engineering Students Win Second in 2019 Oregon ITE Traffic BowlThe Oregon Tech Traffic Bowl team earns a second place finish in the Institute of Transportation Engineers Traffic BowlFri, 06 Dec 2019 21:09:49 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/l-r-michael-hoie-garrett-stephens-natasha-karan-tyler-anderson-kayla-de-hoop-web.jpg?sfvrsn=33c67844_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="L-R Michael Hoie, Garrett Stephens, Natasha Karan, Tyler Anderson, Kayla De Hoop Web" title="L-R Michael Hoie, Garrett Stephens, Natasha Karan, Tyler Anderson, Kayla De Hoop Web" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-right: 15px;" class="Caption" />The Oregon Tech Student Chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) took home second place at the 28<sup>th</sup> Annual Bill Kloos Traffic Bowl November 21 at Portland State University.</p> <p>The Jeopardy-style contest pits the Northwest&rsquo;s brightest transportation students against each other and tests students on their knowledge of transportation planning, engineering, and history with a sprinkling of arcane facts and pop culture thrown in for good measure. The knowledge-building event also brings practicing engineers and students together to network and assist transportation job seekers.</p> <p>Team captain and student Kayla de Hoop coached the team, consisting of civil engineering students Michael Hoie, Garrett Stephens, Natasha Karan and Tyler Anderson. While in the Portland area, Oregon Tech students toured a multimodal bicycle and pedestrian friendly street re-construction project in Wilsonville, and the $2 billion Portland International Airport terminal expansion project.</p> <p>Oregon Tech's next traffic bowl appearance will be at ITE Western District Conference in late June 2020 in Honolulu where they hope to earn a berth in the ITE International Traffic Bowl in New Orleans in August.</p> <p>Roger Lindgren, Oregon Tech civil engineering department chair and chapter adviser, said the team advanced to the final round edging out the team from the University of Washington, and in that final round rallied late to beat archrival Oregon State University and fell just short of the winning team from Portland State University.</p> <p>Over the years, the Chapter has arranged very successful trips to the ITE Traffic Bowl in Portland, ITE Western Region Student Leadership Conferences in Corvallis, Berkeley and San Louis Obispo, ITE International Meeting in Austin and the Transportation Research Board Annual Meetings in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>The ITE Student Chapter works with other Oregon Tech student groups, such as the American Society of Civil Engineers and Tau Beta Pi (engineering honors society) to put engineering students in contact with practicing engineers and real-world projects.</p> <p>The Chapter's activities are supported by a generous grant from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities.</p> <p>For more information on events or to become a member, please contact chapter adviser Dr. Roger Lindgren at <a href="mailto:roger.lindgren@oit.edu">roger.lindgren@oit.edu</a>. </p> ###urn:uuid:587a3abc-b1fe-4305-9a46-e5dbab4a8fc0https://www.oit.edu/news/2019/12/05/oregon-tech-welcomes-first-high-school-students-into-transformational-business-partnership Portland-MetroKlamath FallsOregon Tech welcomes first high school students into transformational business partnershipSponsorship of area high school business clubs kicks off Diploma to Degree programThu, 05 Dec 2019 21:20:44 Z<p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/amazama-group.jpg?sfvrsn=95b5d621_2" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Mazama High School FBLA and business students accepted into Oregon Tech’s Jump into Business Diploma to Degree program." title="Mazama High School students accepted into Diploma to Degree program." style="vertical-align: middle;" class="Caption" /></p> <p>The first 30 high school students were welcomed into Oregon Institute of Technology&rsquo;s, &ldquo;Oregon Tech&rsquo;s,&rdquo; Diploma to Degree program Wednesday, which will provide a gateway to college for Oregon high school students interested in business. The first of many scheduled launches were held at Mazama and Henley high schools as Oregon Tech presented checks for $1200 to each school to support the Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) or DECA program at the high schools.</p> <p>The events marked the launch for the Diploma to Degree program that was <a href="https://www.oit.edu/news/2019/04/10/oregon-tech-signs-mou-with-city-county-schools-to-provide-financial-incentives-to-high-school-students-studying-business">first previewed in April</a> by the MOU signing between Oregon Tech President, Dr. Nagi Naganathan; Klamath Falls City School District Superintendent, Dr. Paul Hillyer; and Klamath County School District Superintendent, Glen Szymoniak. The program, also referred to as &ldquo;Jump into Business,&rdquo; will provide increased access for high school students to business degree programs at Oregon Tech.</p> <p>&ldquo;My hope is for students to recognize this opportunity and use it to prepare themselves for the future,&rdquo; said Mazama High School teacher and FBLA adviser, Sergio Cisneros. &ldquo;The Diploma to Degree: Jump into Business program is yet another example of our schools&rsquo; commitment to serving and preparing our students. This new program not only allows students to work toward a rewarding career in business, but also provides resources for students to make their professional aspirations a reality.&rdquo;</p> <p>Students at participating high schools who are active participants in business clubs and take dual credit courses can apply for this accelerated pathway to a college degree. High school graduates in the program who enroll in an Oregon Tech bachelor&rsquo;s degree program in Business will receive tuition discounts on their first and last terms at Oregon Tech. The program guides students into early credit opportunities while in high school, resulting in considerable savings of time and money, with seamless transfer and zero loss of credit for those who pursue a business degree at Oregon Tech. Dual credit courses taken as part of the program will also transfer to other Oregon colleges and universities.</p> <p>A sophomore at Mazama, Brandon Gailey is currently enrolled in dual credit Advanced Chemistry and is excited to be part of the Diploma to Degree program. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always grown up in a business environment,&rdquo; said Brandon. &ldquo;My dad owns his own company so I felt like it&rsquo;s a perfect fit.&rdquo; Brandon plans to continue taking dual credit courses throughout high school to get a jump start when he starts college.</p> <p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/oregon-tech-business-professor-sharon-beaudry-presents-a-check-for-$1-200-from-oregon-tech-to-mazama-s-fbla-program-accepting-the-check-are-nathan-hantzmon-fbla-president-and-dakota-powless-fbla-vice-president-of-finance.jpg?sfvrsn=7c7e5243_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Oregon Tech business professor Sharon Beaudry presents a check for $1,200 from Oregon Tech to Mazama’s FBLA program. Accepting the check are Nathan Hantzmon, FBLA president; and Dakota Powless, FBLA vice president of finance." title="Sharon Beaudry, Nathan Hantzmon and Dakota Powless" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" class="Caption" />The partnership is the first of this kind, with the program expanding to business programs at five high schools in Oregon this academic year. Additional celebrations and recognition of students accepted into the program will be held at Klamath Union High School and Lost River High School, and Hidden Valley High School in Josephine County. Discussions are also underway with South Salem High School, which hosts the largest business program in the state. Business club sponsorship amounts are based on how many students are members of the clubs.</p> <p>Klamath Union DECA adviser, Nat Ellis, is excited to bring the program to his students: &ldquo;Oregon Tech developed a stellar business program with many options for students,&rdquo; he shared. &ldquo;Creating a link between Klamath Union courses, DECA and Oregon Tech will allow students to continue studying business at a high level while getting a kick-start in high school. I look forward to how this partnership will grow both KU and Oregon Tech programs.&rdquo;</p> <p>Professor Sandra Bailey, faculty lead from Oregon Tech&rsquo;s Business Management Department, looks forward to using the program to build upon high school experiences known to increase persistence in college. &ldquo;The experience students gain through FBLA and DECA competitions at the regional, state and national levels is invaluable,&rdquo; stated Professor Bailey. &ldquo;Oregon Tech is happy to support student participation in co-curricular activities developing professionalism and acquiring leadership and business skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>Specifically, the goals of this partnership are to:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Reduce barriers for students as they work toward and achieve their educational goals</li> <li>Create new opportunities for students to access accelerated learning through dual credit courses at their high schools and on the Oregon Tech campus</li> <li>Provide seamless coursework from high school to a bachelor&rsquo;s in the field of Business at Oregon Tech</li> <li>Improve student success, retention, time to degree and degree attainment</li> </ul> <p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/ahenley-check.jpg?sfvrsn=2a568ecf_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Hallie Neupert, Alex Lumbreras and Luke Ovgard" title="Hallie Neupert, Alex Lumbreras and Luke Ovgard" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-right: 15px;" class="Caption" />Alex Lumbreras, a Henley High School sophomore, was accepted into Oregon Tech&rsquo;s Jump into Business Diploma to Degree program. He is interested in studying business at Oregon Tech after high school graduation. &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s going to create new opportunities for me,&rdquo; said Alex. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m interested in business, but I&rsquo;m still debating. I&rsquo;m interested in entrepreneurship and marketing.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Regardless of students&rsquo; future plans, business classes provide them with opportunities to rise to the top of their respective fields,&rdquo; shared Henley High School teacher and DECA adviser, Luke Ovgard. &ldquo;Though medicine, law, engineering, and education all represent noble professions, businessmen and women run the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Business &amp; Technology programs at Oregon Tech provide students with technology-infused business skills, giving graduates the edge in today's data-driven global marketplace. Programs include Accounting, Business Management, Cybersecurity, Health Informatics, Healthcare Management, Information Technology, Operations Management, Marketing, and Technology &amp; Management.</p> <p>Students apply to the Diploma to Degree Program through their local high school counselor or business teacher and must maintain a high school GPA of 3.0. Students must also participate in FBLA or DECA at their respective high schools. The program tuition discount is stackable with additional scholarships and awards for which students qualify. More information about the program is available at <a href="http://www.oit.edu/jumpintobusiness">www.oit.edu/jumpintobusiness</a>.</p> ###urn:uuid:43000d44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/11/25/oregon-tech-board-of-trustees-approves-appointment-of-new-board-chair-and-vice-chair-welcomes-new-student-board-member Klamath FallsPortland-MetroOregon Tech Board of Trustees approves appointment of new board chair and vice chair, welcomes new student board memberThe Board approved the appointment of a new board chair, vice chair, and welcomed a new board member in the student positionMon, 25 Nov 2019 21:40:24 Z<p>The Oregon Institute of Technology (&ldquo;Oregon Tech&rdquo;) Board of Trustees met November 21 at the university&rsquo;s Portland-Metro campus in Wilsonville, approving the appointment of a new board chair, vice chair, and welcoming a new board member in the student position.</p> <p><strong>Board Transitions </strong>Dr. Lisa Graham, chair of Oregon Tech&rsquo;s board since its inaugural year in 2014, passed the chair role to the current vice chair, Jessica Gomez, who has also been on the board since inception. Dr. Graham will remain on the board as a trustee.</p> <p>Ms. Gomez, who is assuming the role of chair immediately, is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogue Valley Microdevices, the first microelectronics manufacturing company in Southern Oregon. She began her technical career at Standard Microsystems as a Wafer Fabrication Operator in the mid 1990&rsquo;s. In 2001 she relocated to Southern California to join Integrated Micromachines Inc., a telecommunications hardware startup. While there, she developed a love for entrepreneurship. In 2003 Ms. Gomez relocated to Medford, Oregon and founded Rogue Valley Microdevices, Inc.</p> <p>Trustee Vincent Jones was appointed board vice chair, having served as a trustee since 2016, and as chair of the Finance Committee of the Board since 2018. He is a retired Deputy City Engineer with the City of Los Angeles. Jones began his engineering career with the Oregon Department of Transportation; then worked for the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering for 27 years on a wide range of projects as a design engineer, project manager and construction manager. Trustee Jones is an alumnus of Oregon Tech in Civil Engineering, and proudly played basketball for the Hustlin' Owls under legendary coach, Danny Miles.</p> <p><strong>New Trustee </strong>Trustees also welcomed <a href="https://www.oit.edu/news/2019/10/07/oregon-senate-confirms-new-trustee-dana-londen-for-oregon-tech-governing-board" target="_blank">Dana 'Londen' Londen, as the board&rsquo;s student member</a>, and appointed her to sit on the Academic Quality &amp; Student Success Committee. Londen is studying Geomatics at Oregon Tech's Klamath Falls campus and is on course to graduate in June 2020. Londen proudly served in the United States Navy as a Naval Aircrewman Acoustic Warfare Operator and holds an associates degree in pre-nursing from South Puget Sound Community College. Londen is an extremely dedicated volunteer, serving in every community in which she has lived and traveling abroad to assist others.</p>urn:uuid:7a040d44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/11/20/return-on-investment-ranking-lists-oregon-tech-top-university-in-oregon Portland-MetroKlamath FallsReturn on investment ranking lists Oregon Tech top university in OregonOregon Tech ranks 179th in the nation out of 4,500 colleges and universities for 40-year return on investment and as the highest earning graduates of any four-year Oregon universityWed, 20 Nov 2019 17:12:00 Z<p>A new report out from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) takes a look at return on investment at colleges and universities in the U.S. and places Oregon Institute of Technology, &ldquo;Oregon Tech,&rdquo; alumni as the highest earning graduates of any four-year Oregon university.</p> <p>Using data from the <em>College Scorecard</em> statistics, the Georgetown University CEW ranks colleges and universities by net present value (NVP), the economic gains graduates realize after paying off college debt. The report calculates net present value at 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40 years after graduation.</p> <p>The CEW study, &ldquo;<a href="https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/collegeroi/">A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges</a>,&rdquo; places Oregon Tech among the nation&rsquo;s top 4% of institutions in long-term return on investment. Oregon Tech is also the top university in all categories among the state&rsquo;s public and private four-year colleges and universities.</p> <p>Oregon Tech ranks 179<sup>th</sup> in the nation out of 4,500 colleges and universities for 40-year return on investment, with an average return of $1,221,000 for a bachelor&rsquo;s degree recipient. Oregon Tech&rsquo;s 10-year return on investment is $160,000, but the value of an Oregon Tech degree increases over time for 15-year NPV ranking at No. 224 nationally with a net return of $383,000, while the 20-year and 30-year rankings are 178<sup>th</sup> and 176<sup>th</sup> in the nation, respectively.</p> <p>This ranking aligns with the results of the <em>U.S. News and World Report </em>&ldquo;Best Colleges 2020&rdquo; rankings, which lists Oregon Tech at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oit.edu/news/2019/09/09/oregon-tech-stays-on-top-in-u.s.-news-world-report-rankings-as-a-best-college-in-the-west-and-best-engineering-programs">No. 2 Top Public College in the West&nbsp;and&nbsp;No. 6&nbsp;Best Western Regional Colleges</a>. The University also ranks as a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oit.edu/news/2019/08/20/oregon-tech-ranks-at-top-in-oregon-top-1-in-nation-for-best-return-on-investment-ranking">top university in the nation for annual return on investment by&nbsp;<em>PayScale</em></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oit.edu/news/2019/05/17/smartasset-lists-oregon-tech-as-best-value-college-in-oregon"><em>SmartAsset</em></a>.</p> <p>For more information about Oregon Tech&rsquo;s accolades and rankings, visit <a href="http://www.oit.edu/news/university-accolades-rankings">www.oit.edu/news/university-accolades-rankings</a>. A complete list of the ranking above can be found at <a href="https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/collegeroi/">https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/collegeroi/</a>.</p> ###urn:uuid:38b70c44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/11/13/oregon-tech-increases-fall-2019-first-time-freshman-enrollment-by-14-highest-increase-in-30-years Portland-MetroKlamath FallsOregon Tech increases fall 2019 first-time freshman enrollment by 14%, highest increase in 30 yearsNew freshmen in fall 2019 increased more than 14 percent from 2018, the largest freshman class increase in 30 years; and this is on top of a fairly large increase of 9 percent in the same category last yearWed, 13 Nov 2019 19:05:26 Z<p>First-time undergraduate freshmen and new transfer student enrollment at the Oregon Institute of Technology, &ldquo;Oregon Tech,&rdquo; for fall 2019 again registered a strong increase, signaling demand for professionally-focused degree programs with high returns for graduates.</p> <p>New freshmen at Oregon Tech in fall 2019 increased more than 14 percent from 2018, the largest freshman class increase for the university in 30 years, and on top of a fairly large increase of 9 percent in the same category last year. New transfer students also increased more than 11 percent, as did the university&rsquo;s Online campus enrollment by about 9 percent.</p> <p>Oregon Tech&rsquo;s full-time equivalent of the credit hours enrolled by students grew by 1.3 percent, excluding those enrolled in high school dual credit programs. Market factors as well as another strong graduating class the year before, kept the overall credit hour increase to a modest level. Total enrollment is now at 5,319 students.</p> <p>&ldquo;The growth we are seeing in new students to Oregon Tech&rsquo;s degree programs reflects a population who want to follow their passion for careers that have high demand in the marketplace and thus a high return,&rdquo; said Oregon Tech president, Dr. Nagi Naganathan. &ldquo;First-time freshmen bring special energy on our campuses, and we&rsquo;re pleased that these larger incoming classes will produce larger graduating classes over the next few years that can meet the growing demands of Oregon&rsquo;s and the region&rsquo;s workforce.&rdquo;</p> <p>Oregon Tech is continuing to serve a large number of Oregonians again this year, 76.7 percent of the total student population. Enrollment increases as well as campus staff initiatives have positively impacted on-campus housing occupancy on the Klamath Falls campus, which reached the highest level ever, 605 students, up from 586 last year.</p> <p>Dr. Naganathan added, &ldquo;Our graduate success rate remains high with 97 percent employed or pursuing an advanced degree within six months of graduating, and netting top starting salaries, now averaging $60,000. That&rsquo;s a value proposition attracting notice and new interest in Oregon Tech.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <strong>About</strong> <strong>Oregon Institute of Technology<br /> </strong>Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is the premier public polytechnic institution in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides bachelor&rsquo;s and master&rsquo;s degree programs in engineering, health technologies, business, technology, communication, and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public and international communities through applied, relevant learning and professional practice. Oregon Tech has a central, residential campus in Klamath Falls; an urban, industry-focused campus in Portland-Metro (Wilsonville); an Online campus; and offers degrees at Boeing Seattle and at other sites. Visit <a href="http://www.oit.edu/">www.oit.edu</a> to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.urn:uuid:33af0c44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/11/12/first-generation-students-at-oregon-tech-celebrate-pursuit-of-higher-education-with-campus-community Portland-MetroKlamath FallsFirst-generation students at Oregon Tech celebrate pursuit of higher education with campus communityIn support of those students who are the first in their families to attend college, Oregon Tech participated in a nationwide event, First-Generation College Celebration, on Nov. 8.Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:22:20 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/power-of-first-1.jpg?sfvrsn=82096f67_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Power of First 1" title="Power of First 1" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />Trying to navigate without a map can be what it feels like for a first-generation student who decides to pursue higher education. In support of those students who are the first in their families to attend college, Oregon Institute of Technology, &ldquo;Oregon Tech,&rdquo; participated in a nationwide event, First-Generation College Celebration, on Nov. 8.</p> <p> The event was sponsored by the Tech Opportunities Program (TRiO) and Campus Life. First-generation college students are those whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree, so they are first in their families to attend a four-year college/university. Being first-generation is a very proud accomplishment for students and their families.<br /> <br /> Brianna Schwenk, TOP Student Support Services academic specialist, organized the event and is excited to celebrate the first-generation students and connect them with resources that help them succeed. An estimated 35 percent of Oregon Tech students at the Klamath Falls campus are first-generation students.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In my role I work side by side with students to encourage and support them through their time at Oregon Tech,&rdquo; Schwenk said. &ldquo;As a first-generation alumni, I know how it feels to navigate blindly through an academic journey. It means the world to me knowing that our students of this population are served intentionally with high quality programs, and understood across campus.&rdquo;</p> <p>Oregon Tech&rsquo;s TOP program powers the potential of first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities who demonstrate academic need. The dedicated staff provide services and support in the following areas:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Study skills, decision making and academic coaching</li> <li>Academic, career and financial planning as well as supplemental tutoring</li> <li>Peer mentoring and networking with other students, staff and faculty</li> <li>College success classes, faculty-led sessions and workshops</li> <li>Assistance with applying for financial aid, scholarships and grants</li> <li>Community building, cultural events and a sense of belonging.</li> </ul> <p>TOP is a <a href="https://www.oit.edu/news/2015/07/31/oregon-tech-trio-program-receives-$1.2-million-in-federal-funding-to-increase-student-success-graduation-rates">federally funded Student Support Services-TRIO program</a> that has supported Oregon Tech students since 2001. With a staff of three full-time employees and one-part time staff member, the program annually serves 160 students.</p> <p>A first-generation student pursuing a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in Applied Psychology from Oregon Tech, Jessica Flescher shared her experiences during the event and noted that it is often a culture shock for first-generation students when they arrive on campus.</p> <p>&ldquo;This educational journey has been the toughest thing I have ever taken on, but I have been blessed with the people who kept me going,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;If it was not for them I would not have worked this hard to stay in school. The biggest challenge as a nontraditional student was navigating classes, campus and college life in a sea of young faces.&rdquo;</p> <p>A first-generation student himself, Oregon Tech professor Richard Carson provided the keynote address at the event.</p> <p>&ldquo;The path that first-generation students take can be an unknown route for their families and friends,&rdquo; Carson said. &ldquo;It is important that we as the Oregon Tech family serve as their support system and guide them along the way. TOP is an excellent program and the impact it has on students leads to success. I wish this program would have been available when I was a student.&rdquo; He added many faculty and staff at Oregon Tech are first-generation graduates, some of whom were able to attend the event and share their personal stories of success. Carson is a registered technologist who has taught at Oregon Tech for 13 years within the Radiologic Science department. He is also an alumnus of Oregon Tech.<br /> <br /> In 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education, in partnership with the Center for First-generation Student Success, celebrated the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration Nov. 8 with an event on Capitol Hill. The 2019 celebration brings together college and university campuses around the nation in recognition of their first-generation students, staff and faculty.<br /> <br /> To learn more about the First-Generation College Celebration, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://firstgen.naspa.org/engagement/2019-first-generation-college-celebration" target="_blank">https://firstgen.naspa.org/engagement/2019-first-generation-college-celebration</a>.</p> ###urn:uuid:49b00c44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/11/07/oregon-tech-energy-environment-summit-attracts-regional-leaders-tackles-critical-issues-involving-cyber-attacks-and-energy-storage Portland-MetroKlamath FallsOregon Tech Energy & Environment Summit attracts regional leaders; tackles critical issues involving cyber attacks and energy storageThe Energy-Environment Future Summit, which attracted more than 120 practitioners, academic experts and students in the field, focused on issues facing leadership and communities in planning for and delivering renewable and other energy in the context of effective environmental managementThu, 07 Nov 2019 17:40:00 Z<p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1573579274974_657">WILSONVILLE, Ore. &ndash; As the focus on energy and environment continues to dominate the headlines, the Oregon Institute of Technology, &ldquo;Oregon Tech,&rdquo; held its first Energy &amp; Environment Summit at the university&rsquo;s Portland-Metro campus on Nov. 1. The Energy-Environment Future Summit, which attracted more than 120 practitioners, academic experts and students in the field, focused on issues facing leadership and communities in planning for and delivering renewable and other energy in the context of effective environmental management.</p> <p>Oregon Tech president Dr. Nagi Naganathan said, &ldquo;Energy innovation is part of Oregon Tech&rsquo;s DNA, having started the country&rsquo;s first bachelor&rsquo;s degree in renewable energy engineering. That is at the core of why we wanted to convene a diverse slate of speakers and audience participants at this Summit. Oregon Tech has been fortunate to attract faculty and students who are passionate about energy innovation at both our Klamath Falls and Portland-Metro campuses. We&rsquo;re very proud that our graduates are part of a talented professional workforce who are innovating at energy- and environment-related organizations across the region.&rdquo;</p> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1573579274974_680"><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/otstudentsianrileyandannikaandersonwithmariapopeofpge.jpg?sfvrsn=27096f67_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="OTstudentsIanRileyandAnnikaAndersonWithMariaPopeOfPGE" title="OTstudentsIanRileyandAnnikaAndersonWithMariaPopeOfPGE" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />The Summit welcomed keynote speaker Maria Pope, president and CEO of Portland General Electric (PGE), to share the organization&rsquo;s plans for preparing for the state&rsquo;s and region&rsquo;s energy future through innovation, collaboration, and diversification of energy sources and solutions. Ms. Pope was joined by Michael Colgrove, executive director of Energy Trust of Oregon, who moderated questions from two Oregon Tech engineering student respondents, Annika Andersen-Kallstrom who won the statewide InventOregon competition earlier this year, and Ian Riley who is studying renewable energy engineering. Five additional sessions were held, each featuring an expert presenter and a panel of knowledgeable respondents:</p> <ul data-rte-list="default"> <li> <p>Preparing for the Big One: Energy Resiliency after a Natural Disaster or Cyber Attack</p> <ul data-rte-list="default"> <li> <p>Moderator/Speaker: Skip Newberry, Treasurer, Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council, President &amp; CEO, Technology Association of Oregon</p> </li> <li> <p>Panelists: Janine Benner, Director, Oregon Department of Energy; Dan Orzech, General Manager, Oregon Clean Power Cooperative; Sanman Rokade, Manager, Transmission GridOps-Energy, PacifiCorp</p> </li> </ul> </li> <li> <p>The Carbon Landscape: Forests, Biomass and Carbon Mitigation</p> <ul data-rte-list="default"> <li> <p>Moderator/Speaker: Dr. Jherime Kellerman, Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences Program Director, Oregon Institute of Technology</p> </li> <li> <p>Panelists: John Miedema, Founder, Northwest Biochar Initiative/Biological LLC; Jim Archuleta, Soil Scientist, U.S. Forest; Meagan Hartman, Project Development Manager, Wisewood Energy</p> </li> </ul> </li> <li> <p>No Peoples Left Behind: Environmental Justice for Underserved Communities</p> <ul data-rte-list="default"> <li> <p>Moderator/Speaker: Jaimes Valdez, Portland Clean Energy Fund Team, City of Portland, Bureau of Planning &amp; Sustainability</p> </li> <li> <p>Panelists: Amy Berg-Pickett, Senior Community Engagement Manager, Cypress Creek Renewables; Abe Fouhy, Renewable Energy Faculty, Clackamas Community College; H. J. Corsair, Associate Professor, Renewable Energy Engineering, Oregon Institute of Technology</p> </li> </ul> </li> <li> <p>Power up, Power on, Power everywhere: Energy Storage, Recycling and Distribution Approaches for Today and Tomorrow</p> <ul data-rte-list="default"> <li> <p>Moderator/Speaker: Dave McClelland, Senior Project Manager for Solar, Energy Trust of Oregon</p> </li> <li> <p>Panelists: Eklas Hossain, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering &amp; Renewable Energy, Oregon Institute of Technology; Angela Crowley-Koch, Executive Director, Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association; Kyle Jenkins, Graduate Student, Energy Storage Initiative and Teaching Assistant, Renewable Energy Engineering, Oregon Institute of Technology</p> </li> </ul> </li> <li> <p>What&rsquo;s Next in the Northwest&rsquo;s Energy and Environment Future?</p> <ul data-rte-list="default"> <li> <p>Moderator/Speaker: Pete Danko, Energy Industry Reporter, Portland Business Journal</p> </li> <li> <p>Panelists: Fred Ziari, President of IRZ, ezWireless, and Zeco; Mason Terry, Executive Director, Oregon Renewable Energy Center; Kristi Lebkowsky, Science and Engineering Teacher, Henley High School, Klamath Falls</p> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>The Summit&rsquo;s goal was to develop a greater understanding of key uncertainties, potential options, and emerging opportunities for development and growth of an energy future in the Pacific Northwest that is environmentally sustainable and socially equitable.</p> <p>Dr. Naganathan added, &ldquo;I would like to thank our keynote speaker, Maria Pope, for taking time away from her duties as president and CEO of PGE to open the Summit and set the context for the region&rsquo;s energy-environment future. I would also like to thank our other speakers, and our generous sponsors who helped make the event a success: Oregon Renewable Energy Center (OREC), Pacific Power, Energy Trust of Oregon, Portland State Center for Public Service - Hatfield School of Government, Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Auric Energy. We look forward to many more annual summits in this field and others that help our state and region advance key issues of importance that impact our economy and quality of life.&rdquo;</p> <p>Oregon Tech&rsquo;s 2019 Summit is the university&rsquo;s first event of its kind to convene industry and higher education around issues related to energy sources and innovation, and intersections with the environment and communities across the Pacific NW. The university&rsquo;s many partners in industry, as well as alumni and the campus community, expressed excitement about the Summit, and are already thinking about the next convening. The date and topical area for that summit will be announced in the next few months. For more information, interested parties can contact Di Saunders, associate vice president for public affairs at Oregon Tech, at Di.Saunders@oit.edu. A recording of the Summit as well as presenter handouts are located at the Summit website.</p>urn:uuid:a45f0c44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/11/04/oregon-tech-approved-to-offer-doctor-of-physical-therapy-program-in-partnership-with-ohsu Klamath FallsPortland-MetroOregon Tech approved to offer Doctor of Physical Therapy program in partnership with OHSUProviding immediate investment in the initiative, Sky Lakes recently announced a generous gift of $200,000 to Oregon Tech in support of the DPT program. Approval by HECC allows the university to apply for approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy EducationMon, 04 Nov 2019 15:09:05 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/dpt-2019.png?sfvrsn=6cd16f67_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="DPT 2019" title="DPT 2019" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />The Oregon Institute of Technology, &ldquo;Oregon Tech,&rdquo; has received approval from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) for its Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, to be offered in partnership with Oregon Health &amp; Science University (OHSU). The program is Oregon Tech&rsquo;s first doctoral degree. A timely investment of $200,000 from Sky Lakes Medical Center is helping to accelerate the program&rsquo;s launch.</p> <p>The approval of the DPT was catalyzed by the strategic partnership agreement signed in 2017 between Oregon Tech, OHSU and Sky Lakes Medical Center to promote and accelerate rural health initiatives.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have sensed a genuine interest in and a strong need for such a program in the communities we serve. This is in response to that interest and need,&rdquo; said Oregon Tech President Dr. Nagi Naganathan. &ldquo;Oregon Tech&rsquo;s experiential, applied degree programs and innovative education strategies guarantee career-ready professionals at graduation, who, in turn, ensure high-quality patient care. Our university&rsquo;s established reputation as a center for excellence for nurturing health care professionals, together with our strong partnership with OHSU and Sky Lakes Medical Center, makes Oregon Tech an ideal home for this collaborative DPT program.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;OHSU has a long history of collaborating with Oregon Tech and Sky Lakes to educate and train the next-generation of health professionals in service to rural and underserved communities,&rdquo; said OHSU President Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H, FACS. &ldquo;The Doctor of Physical Therapy program will strengthen our statewide efforts to ensure Oregonians who live outside the Portland-metro area have access to critical health services close to home.&rdquo;</p> <p>All three institutions have strong track records in fulfilling their respective missions. The program highlights the commitment of the three partner institutions to address the shortage of physical therapists in Oregon, with an emphasis on service to the community, particularly for the state&rsquo;s rural and underserved populations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Sky Lakes Makes Key Investment</strong></p> <p>Providing immediate investment in the initiative, Sky Lakes recently announced a generous gift of $200,000 to Oregon Tech in support of the DPT program.</p> <p>&ldquo;The new Doctor of Physical Therapy program will help broaden the rural health care workforce to provide access to critical physical therapy care for underserved populations of the state,&rdquo; said Paul Stewart, Sky Lakes Medical Center&rsquo;s president and chief executive officer. &ldquo;This collaboration will provide professional experiences for graduates who will be working with patients from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and conditions, and will provide much needed proactive care for serious issues that impact people around the state. Sky Lakes Medical Center is pleased to extend our strong support through our contributions and engagement.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sky Lakes Medical Center, the region&rsquo;s largest health care provider, is dedicated to providing health care solutions to rural populations and will serve as a dynamic training resource in the DPT program, welcoming graduates as the need for licensed physical therapists grows.</p> <p>The unmet demand for rural health practitioners in Oregon is exacerbated by the lack of affordable educational options available in rural areas. Oregon currently has two physical therapy doctoral programs, both offered at private institutions near the Portland-metro area, with none currently focused on serving rural communities. Only four percent of our nation&rsquo;s DPT programs are located in the Pacific Northwest.</p> <p>Approval by HECC allows the university to apply for approval to offer the degree from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), which is the last procedural step. Funding has been secured by Oregon Tech to hire a program director and a potential clinical coordinator has been identified at OHSU; all of these positions would be in place for Year One of the program. Two core faculty are expected to be added in Year Two, with the possible addition of two to three core faculty during the subsequent program rollout. Oregon Tech will also be raising funds and in-kind donations of equipment through a variety of sources private individuals, foundations, health care organizations and medical equipment providers. The first cohort of students is expected to enroll for the 2021-22 academic year.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> <p><strong>About Oregon Institute of Technology</strong></p> <p>Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is the premier polytechnic institution in Oregon. Oregon Tech provides bachelor&rsquo;s and master&rsquo;s degree programs in engineering, health technologies, business, technology, communication, and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public and international communities through applied, relevant learning and professional practice. Oregon Tech has a central, residential campus in Klamath Falls; an urban, industry-focused campus in Portland-Metro (Wilsonville); an Online campus; and offers degrees at Boeing Seattle and at other sites. Visit <a href="http://www.oit.edu/">www.oit.edu</a> to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.</p> <p><strong>About OHSU</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/">OHSU</a> is the only academic health center in Oregon and is nationally distinguished as a research university dedicated solely to advancing health sciences. This singular purpose allows us to focus on discoveries that prevent and cure disease, on education that prepares physicians, dentists, nurses and other health professionals for the evolving health care environment, and on patient care that incorporates the latest advances. Based in Portland, we are one of Oregon&rsquo;s largest employers, operate the top-ranked adult and children&rsquo;s hospitals in the state, and secure competitive research funding of more than $400 million. As a public organization, we also provide services for the most vulnerable Oregonians and outreach to improve health in communities across the state.</p> <p><strong>About the Oregon Tech Foundation</strong></p> <p>The Oregon Tech Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes and funds the educational, cultural, charitable, and service functions of the Oregon Institute of Technology. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Tech Foundation and philanthropic impact advancing the mission of the University.</p> <p><strong>About Sky Lakes Medical Center</strong></p> Sky Lakes Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-owned, internationally accredited acute-care teaching hospital dedicated to the people it serves. It is licensed for 176 beds and offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, a home health agency, and a variety of primary care and specialty physician clinics. The Sky Lakes family also includes the award-winning Sky Lakes Cancer Treatment Center and Center for Total Joint and Spine Care, and Cascades East Family Medicine Residency.urn:uuid:06410c44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/10/25/oregon-tech-foundation-hosts-annual-scholarship-awards-banquet Klamath FallsPortland-MetroOregon Tech Foundation Hosts Annual Scholarship Awards BanquetThanks to the generosity of both individuals and organizations, the Oregon Tech Foundation proudly hosted the annual Scholarship Awards Banquet for 2019-2020, awarding a record $845,000 in scholarships for this academic yearFri, 25 Oct 2019 16:21:21 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/foundation-scholarship-2019.jpg?sfvrsn=44e66f67_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Foundation Scholarship 2019" title="Foundation Scholarship 2019" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-right: 15px;" />The Oregon Tech Foundation proudly hosted the annual Scholarship Awards Banquet for the 2019-2020 academic year Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Klamath Falls campus. Thanks to the generosity of both individuals and organizations, the Oregon Tech Foundation awarded a record $845,000 in scholarships for this academic year. The evening is the highlight of the year for students and scholarship supporters alike in this unique opportunity to meet each other and become acquainted.</p> <p>Each year the Oregon Tech Foundation invites scholarship recipients to speak to the banquet attendees about their opportunity to earn an Oregon Tech degree and what receiving a scholarship has meant to them. This year&rsquo;s speakers delivered heartfelt messages about how the scholarships they were awarded are making a difference in their lives and toward their educational aspirations.</p> <p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/banquet-student-speakers-dominic-meads-sally-sutton-daniel-delancey-and-mckenna-armantrout.jpg?sfvrsn=73e66f67_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Banquet student speakers Dominic Meads, Sally Sutton, Daniel Delancey and McKenna Armantrout" title="Banquet student speakers Dominic Meads, Sally Sutton, Daniel Delancey and McKenna Armantrout" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" class="Caption" />Senior Dominic Meads conveyed his appreciation for his scholarship, and spoke of overcoming personal hardship as a student, &ldquo;This spring, I was awarded the William A. Olson Scholarship for Excellence in Environmental Science. I was flooded with relief, thankful that someone believed in me. Life happens, to all of us. In this room are single parents, full-time students who have full-time jobs, veterans, people with adversity, setbacks and challenges. The Oregon Tech Foundation offers us the opportunity to achieve a higher education and succeed in the professional world, despite the hardships we face. And it provides something else: hope.&rdquo; Dominic is a dual major student in Renewable Energy Engineering and Environmental Sciences.</p> <p>At the event, Oregon Tech president, Dr. Nagi Naganathan expressed his pride in the scholarship program, which he stated, &ldquo;has been nurtured and has grown over the years through the tireless advocacy and guidance of the Oregon Tech Foundation, led by our scholarship committee.&rdquo; Dr. Naganathan recognized several groups of attendees for their efforts as part of the &ldquo;small army&rdquo; of dedicated individuals that it takes to successfully run the scholarship program &ndash; including donors, volunteer readers, and Oregon Tech Foundation board members.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s banquet was made possible in part by generous sponsorships from community partners, which include Sky Lakes Medical Center, IMS Capital Management, Inc., Smith Bates Marcomm Solutions, Fisher Nicholson Realty and US Bank. &ldquo;We are grateful for the continued support of our community partners that make such celebrations possible,&rdquo; Dr. Naganathan added.</p> <p>The Oregon Tech Foundation was established in 1969 to support the educational, cultural, charitable, and service activities of Oregon Institute of Technology, and is proudly celebrating 50 years of philanthropic impact this year.</p> <p>To learn more about how you can support students at Oregon Tech, contact Tracy Ricketts, associate vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, at 541.885.1118 or <a href="mailto:Tracy.Ricketts@oit.edu">Tracy.Ricketts@oit.edu</a>.</p> ###urn:uuid:60330c44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/10/22/oregon-tech-vascular-professor-receives-regional-award-for-excellence-in-field Klamath FallsPortland-MetroOregon Tech Vascular Professor Receives Regional Award for Excellence in FieldProfessor Caster is a Registered Vascular Technologist who has worked at Oregon Tech for 20 years. The AME award is presented to an individual who has displayed a passion and dedication to further the field of vascular ultrasoundTue, 22 Oct 2019 19:32:21 Z<p><strong><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/caster-ame-award-1.jpg?sfvrsn=ab956f67_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Caster AME award" title="Caster AME award 1" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />BELLEVUE, Wash. &ndash; </strong>Christopher &ldquo;Chris&rdquo; Caster, associate professor and program director of Vascular Technology at Oregon Institute of Technology, &ldquo;Oregon Tech,&rdquo; has been selected as recipient of the Anne Marie Ernsberger (AME) award. The award is presented annually at the Northwest Vascular Technologists (NWVT) regional conference, held this year on Oct. 12-13.</p> <p>The AME award is presented to an individual who has displayed a passion and dedication to further the field of vascular ultrasound. The award was created in honor of Anne Marie Ernsberger, who was an exemplary vascular technologist until her death in 1994. She made contributions to vascular technology through research, leadership, education and promotion in her field as a whole. Since 2012, the award is given to a current member of the NWVT who has made outstanding contributions to NWVT or the vascular technology profession as a whole through any means including education, scientific research, leadership, creative endeavor or outstanding achievement promoting vascular technology.</p> <p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/chris-with-extern-students.jpg?sfvrsn=d6956f67_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Chris with extern students who were also at the meeting." title="Chris with extern students who were also at the meeting." style="float: left; margin-bottom: 15px;" class="Caption" />Professor Caster is a Registered Vascular Technologist who has worked at Oregon Tech for 20 years. He was NWVT vice president in 2005 and worked with the president, Jill Somerset, to hold the NWVT annual conference on the Oregon Tech campus in Klamath Falls in October of that year. As NWVT president in 2006, Professor Caster acted as host for the NWVT annual conference held in Stevens, WA. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Education Curriculum and Technology from the University of Phoenix; a Bachelor of Science degree in Vascular Technology from Oregon Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Studies from Eugene Bible College; and an Associate of Applied Arts degree in Diesel Technology from Oregon Tech.</p> ###urn:uuid:ba120c44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/10/17/oregon-tech-behavior-analyst-faculty-appointed-to-national-association-board Portland-MetroKlamath FallsOregon Tech Behavior Analyst Faculty Appointed to National Association BoardDr. Dawn Bailey received appointment to the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts Board of Directors Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:17:47 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/dawnbaileyweb.jpg?sfvrsn=38b46f67_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="DawnBaileyWeb" title="DawnBaileyWeb" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />Dawn Bailey, Ph.D., associate professor of Applied Behavior Analysis at Oregon Institute of Technology, &ldquo;Oregon Tech,&rdquo; recently received appointment to the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) Board of Directors with her official term lasting until August 2022.</p> <p>The APBA is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and advance the science-based practice of applied behavior analysis. APBA is a membership organization that provides training and resources for professionals practicing in the field of ABA. Additionally, APBA represents the interests of credentialed behavior analysts in legislative matters while bringing recognition to the field of ABA. One of APBA&rsquo;s major initiatives involves developing close and supportive relationships with national, regional, state, and provincial organizations serving professionals in applied behavior analysis.</p> <p>Dr. Bailey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) with over 20 years of experience designing behavioral and learning programs for a variety of populations, including persons with emotional/behavioral disorders, autism and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Bailey teaches within the Applied Behavior Analysis program at Oregon Tech and serves as the practicum coordinator for the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program; and she is clinical director of the program&rsquo;s Behavior Improvement Group Applied Behavior Analysis (<a href="https://bigaba.oit.edu/">BIG ABA</a>) clinic in Klamath Falls.</p> <p>Dr. Bailey has worked at Oregon Tech for two years. She is the current president of the Oregon Association for Behavior Analysis, and is serving in her final year as a member of the Behavior Analysis Peer Review Committee in the State of Georgia. She is a frequent presenter at behavior analysis conferences and gives workshops to teachers, parents, and staff on a variety of topics related to the practice of behavior analysis. She was a consultant to school districts, private families, and state agencies in Florida from 1998 to 2015 and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Florida State University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.&nbsp; She was President of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) in 2014 and held a position on the Executive Committee of FABA for many years prior to that. Dr. Bailey received her graduate training in applied behavior analysis at Florida State University, where she was awarded her Ph.D. in 2008.</p> ###urn:uuid:74f80b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/10/11/konica-minolta-healthcare-and-oregon-tech-collaborate-to-educate-the-future-leaders-of-medical-imaging-departments Portland-MetroKlamath FallsKonica Minolta Healthcare and Oregon Tech Collaborate to Educate the Future Leaders of Medical Imaging DepartmentsStudents will experience hands-on, project-based learning on the latest advancements in X-ray imaging systemsFri, 11 Oct 2019 16:04:09 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/konica-minolta-machines.jpg?sfvrsn=c25e6867_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Konica Minolta Machines" title="Konica Minolta Machines" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. and Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) announced a partnership to enhance the education of the next generation of radiology department leaders and technologists. Thanks to the partnership between Konica Minolta Healthcare, a leader in medical imaging systems, healthcare information technology and imaging data analytics, and Oregon Tech, a premier public polytechnic university, radiologic science students at Oregon Tech will experience hands-on, project-based learning on the latest advancements in X-ray imaging systems.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&ldquo;We want to give our students the best learning environment possible, so they are fully prepared for their externships and future careers. Our partnership with Konica Minolta Healthcare will give our students and faculty access to a wide variety of the latest imaging technology that is featured in many of the hospitals and medical facilities,&rdquo; said Nagi G. Naganathan, PhD, ASME Fellow and President of Oregon Tech. &ldquo;I want to thank our Radiologic Science Faculty, Brian Fox, Oregon Tech&rsquo;s Vice President of Finance, and the leadership of Konica Minolta Healthcare, President and CEO David Widmann and General Manager Sam Savastano, in particular, for their special efforts in making this a reality for our students and faculty.&rdquo;</p> <p>Oregon Tech approached Konica Minolta Healthcare because of their commitment to innovation and the company&rsquo;s large number of installations in many leading hospitals, imaging centers and academic facilities throughout the West Coast and nationally. Konica Minolta Healthcare is renowned for its excellent service; the company will also provide in-house training to mechanical, biomedical and electrical engineering students, in addition to the radiologic science students at Oregon Tech.</p> <p>Oregon Tech recently installed more than ten of Konica Minolta Healthcare&rsquo;s radiography platforms in a newly renovated on-campus laboratory. The partnership includes the market leading KDR&reg; Advanced U-Arm X-ray System, a Straight Arm X-ray system, multiple overhead tube crane ceiling-mounted X-ray systems and a MobileDaRt Evolution MX8 version portable DR imaging system from Shimadzu Medical Systems with an integrated Konica Minolta AeroDR&reg; flat panel detector.</p> <p>&ldquo;The new lab is an incredible leap for Radiologic Science education and innovation in so many ways, and something we are very grateful for,&rdquo; said Tyler Marsters a junior in the Radiologic Science program. &ldquo;The equipment is absolutely amazing in both capability and versatility and will definitely be a significant benefit to us becoming leaders in radiographic technology and related fields.&rdquo;</p> <p>Oregon Tech is the only university in Oregon, and one of the few across the country, that offers a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Science, along with extensive training in communication skills and business practices to prepare students to become distinctive professionals and leaders in this area.</p> <p>&ldquo;Konica Minolta Healthcare is excited to partner with Oregon Tech to bring our leading imaging solutions to the future leaders of radiology departments,&rdquo; says David Widmann, President and CEO of Konica Minolta Healthcare. &ldquo;We have a shared vision that industry and academia can work together to create an environment that will maximize the learning experiences and promote innovation and enable radiology professionals to deliver high-quality care for their patients.&rdquo;</p> <p>Konica Minolta Healthcare and Oregon Tech celebrated the partnership with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Oregon Tech&rsquo;s campus in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on October 10, 2019.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc.</strong></p> <p>Konica Minolta Healthcare is a world-class provider and market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and healthcare information technology. With over 75 years of endless innovation, Konica Minolta is globally recognized as a leader providing cutting-edge technologies and comprehensive support aimed at providing real solutions to meet customer's needs and helping make better decisions sooner. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc., headquartered in Wayne, NJ, is a unit of Konica Minolta, Inc. (TSE:4902). For more information on Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc., please visit <a href="file://kmmi2/shareddrive/Marketing/2.%20Asset%20Library/10.%20%20KMHA%20Communication%20Templates/www.konicaminolta.com/medicalusa">www.konicaminolta.com/medicalusa</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Oregon Institute of Technology</strong><strong></strong></p> Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is the state's premier public polytechnic university. Oregon Tech provides bachelor&rsquo;s and master&rsquo;s degree programs in engineering, health technologies, business, technology, communication and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public and international communities through applied, relevant learning and professional practice. Oregon Tech has a central, residential university in Klamath Falls; an urban, industry-focused campus in Portland-Metro (Wilsonville); an Online campus; and offers degrees at Boeing Seattle and at other sites. Visit <a href="http://www.oit.edu">www.oit.edu</a>&nbsp;to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.urn:uuid:afdf0b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/10/07/2018-2019-summer-term-presidents-and-deans-list Portland-MetroKlamath Falls2018-2019 Summer Term President's and Dean's ListThe following students have been named to the 2018-2019 Summer Term President's and Dean's list at Oregon Institute of TechnologyMon, 07 Oct 2019 19:54:52 ZThe following students have been named to the 2018-2019 Summer Term President's and Dean's list at Oregon Institute of Technology. Only full-time undergraduate students (12 credit hours or more at Oregon Tech) are eligible for academic honors. Please contact the Registrar's Office at 541-885-1300 with any questions.<br /> <br /> PRESIDENT'S LIST<br /> The following students have been named to the President's list at Oregon Institute of Technology. Inclusion on the list requires a 3.70 grade-point average and above.<br /> <br /> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="547"> <colgroup><col width="160" /> <col width="214" /> <col width="125" /> <col width="48" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr height="20"> <td style="width: 160px; height: 20px;">Menwer Alanazi</td> <td style="width: 214px;">Echocardiography</td> <td style="width: 125px;">Dammam</td> <td style="width: 48px;"></td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Zakaria Alkhateeb</td> <td>Renewable Energy Engineering</td> <td>Dammam</td> <td></td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Hidaya Almuallim</td> <td>Nuclear Med Molecular Imaging</td> <td>Safwa</td> <td></td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Talal Almutairi</td> <td>Civil Engineering</td> <td>Pomona</td> <td>CA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Muhannad Alrowili</td> <td>Renewable Energy Engineering</td> <td>Lakewood</td> <td>WA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Cody Balle</td> <td>Polysomnographic Technology</td> <td>Nampa</td> <td>ID</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Mohammed Bawazeer</td> <td>Renewable Energy Engineering</td> <td>Hillsboro</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Jacqueline Beadle</td> <td>Sleep Health-Polysom Tech Opt</td> <td>Beaverton</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Hannah Bliss</td> <td>Applied Psychology</td> <td>Shady Cove</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Cassandra Blum</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Chemult</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Julia Bockelman</td> <td>Marriage and Family Therapy</td> <td>Klamath Falls</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Adam Brock</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Bellevue</td> <td>WA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Miranda Cash</td> <td>Diagnostic Medical Sonography</td> <td>Wetumpka</td> <td>AL</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Erin Clifford</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Sherwood</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Patrick Cornwall</td> <td>Electrical Engineering</td> <td>Spokane</td> <td>WA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Courtney Crawford</td> <td>Applied Psychology</td> <td>Pleasant hill</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Ian Dayton</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Sublimity</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Brent DeWitt</td> <td>Operations Management</td> <td>Klamath Falls</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Esther Delavan</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>West Linn</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Aaron Dill</td> <td>Software Engineering Tech</td> <td>Klamath Falls</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Daniel Doroteo-Mejia</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Boring</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Justin Echternacht</td> <td>Civil Engineering</td> <td>Grass Valley</td> <td>CA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Megan Eichenberger</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Calabasas</td> <td>CA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Shayla Engelbrecht</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Klamath Falls</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Jefferson Feussom</td> <td>Renewable Energy Engineering</td> <td>Lansing</td> <td>IL</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Simeon Florea</td> <td>Software Engineering Tech</td> <td>Beaverton</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Melanie Fournet</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Newberg</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Gabrielle Garrett</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Portland</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Florante Halili</td> <td>Manufacturing Engineering Tech</td> <td>Renton</td> <td>WA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Kira Hall</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Gales Creek</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Amber Halse</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Portland</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Jaycob Hardin</td> <td>Technology and Management</td> <td>Bend</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Hayley Hinrichs</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Portland</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Katrina Holcomb</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Portland</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Kyle Jenkins</td> <td>Renewable Energy Engineering</td> <td>Pleasant Garden</td> <td>NC</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Aaron Jetton</td> <td>Information Technology</td> <td>Beaverton</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Taylor Joy</td> <td>Mechanical Engineering</td> <td>Snohomish</td> <td>WA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Rachel Jungling</td> <td>Applied Psychology</td> <td>Salem</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Lauren Kaemingk</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Beaverton</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">David Ketz</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Grants Pass</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Marin Kleihauer</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Bend</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Ashkan Kordmahaleh</td> <td>Information Technology</td> <td>Beaverton</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Amanda Langenhuysen</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Milwaukie</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Richard Le</td> <td>Electrical Engineering</td> <td>Portland</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Simon Marble</td> <td>Information Technology</td> <td>Gresham</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Kyndall Marelich</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Albany</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Jessica Masangya</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Daly City</td> <td>CA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Jarrett Mass</td> <td>Information Technology</td> <td>Gresham</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Myles McElroy</td> <td>Dual Renewable Energy/Elec Eng</td> <td>Portland</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Kerri McNally</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Beaverton</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Doug Molzahn</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Coos Bay</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Johnathan Nguyen</td> <td>Information Technology</td> <td>Wilsonville</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Emma Niskanen</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Klamath Falls</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Skyler Parthemore</td> <td>Pre-Nursing Gen Study</td> <td>Fairfield</td> <td>CA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Samantha Pershin</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Ashland</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Lacie Posterick</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Salem</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Jordan Rains</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Sublimity</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Kelly Redding</td> <td>Diagnostic Medical Sonography</td> <td>Kingston</td> <td>GA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Madison Rice</td> <td>*Nursing</td> <td>Klamath Falls</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Mayra Rocha Ramos</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Turner</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Alora Rogers</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Hillsboro</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Natasha Rutnam</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Vancouver</td> <td>WA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Gagneet Sahota</td> <td>Information Technology</td> <td>Clackamas</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Miriam Sanchez Ramirez</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Beaverton</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Tyler Sanderson</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Alameda</td> <td>CA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Ryan Schofield</td> <td>Renewable Energy Engineering</td> <td>Portland</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Carla Scroggins</td> <td>EMT - Paramedic</td> <td>Government Camp</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Sophee Sea</td> <td>Mechanical Engineering</td> <td>Mill Creek</td> <td>WA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Mikaela Shumaker</td> <td>Respiratory Care</td> <td>Belfair</td> <td>WA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">John Songponnopachon</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Fremont</td> <td>CA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Emily Sweet</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Klamath Falls</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Zin Thu</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Daly City</td> <td>CA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Pearl Ting</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Lafayette</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Sid Tolbert</td> <td>Mechanical Engineering</td> <td>Klamath Falls</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Andrew Tran</td> <td>Software Engineering Tech</td> <td>Newberg</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Jenny Vardanega</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Warren</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Juan Villarreal</td> <td>Renewable Energy Engineering</td> <td>Bakersfield</td> <td>CA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Bayli Waddington</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Coquille</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Michael Walter</td> <td>Renewable Energy Engineering</td> <td>Moore</td> <td>OK</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Emma Watson</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Tigard</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Fuller Worman</td> <td>Information Technology</td> <td>Saint Helens</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> DEAN'S LIST<br /> The following students have been named to the Dean's list at Oregon Institute of Technology. Inclusion on the list requires a 3.30 to 3.69 grade-point average.<br /> <br /> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="547"> <colgroup><col width="160" /> <col width="214" /> <col width="125" /> <col width="48" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr height="20"> <td style="width: 160px; height: 20px;">Alexandria Alexander</td> <td style="width: 214px;">Dental Hygiene</td> <td style="width: 125px;">Lakeview</td> <td style="width: 48px;">OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Abdulaziz Alhajeri</td> <td>Mechanical Engineering</td> <td>Portland</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Raeid Alruwaili</td> <td>Renewable Energy Engineering</td> <td>Corvallis</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Hussain Alzaher</td> <td>Software Engineering Tech</td> <td>Oregon City</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Enno Aragon</td> <td>Software Engineering Tech</td> <td>Aloha</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Anh Bliss</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Hood River</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Robert Bosch</td> <td>Software Engineering Tech</td> <td>Lafayette</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Isaac Boyd</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Newberg</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Cassie Canfield</td> <td>Information Technology</td> <td>Salem</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Ann Chemmachel</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>San Francisco</td> <td>CA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Madison Clark</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Albany</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Kieran Dong</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Issaquah</td> <td>WA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Brandon Ferington</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Happy Valley</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Adam Flaigg-Fairless</td> <td>Information Technology</td> <td>Seaside</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Kailey Flockoi</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Gold Hill</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Elizabeth Gallagher</td> <td>Applied Psychology</td> <td>Powers</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Danielle Garcia</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Klamath Falls</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Hailey Gardner</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Central Point</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Kathleen Gordy</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Los Angeles</td> <td>CA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Tatyana Grigoryeva</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Milwaukie</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Amanda Hansman</td> <td>Respiratory Care</td> <td>Springboro</td> <td>OH</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Michael Hernandez</td> <td>Electrical Engineering</td> <td>Oregon City</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Jorden Holland</td> <td>Information Technology</td> <td>Tigard</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Susan Holmes</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Beaverton</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Nicole Huynh</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Portland</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Peta-Gaye King</td> <td>Health Informatics</td> <td>Beaverton</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Kayla King-Kuhn</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Bend</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Carter Knutson</td> <td>Software Engineering Tech</td> <td>Salem</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Benjamin Matthews</td> <td>Operations Management</td> <td>Eugene</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Lindsey Mauch</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Merrill</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Lesia Nagorniak</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Rancho Cordova</td> <td>CA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Aldrich Ng</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>San Mateo</td> <td>CA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Nicholas Pettit</td> <td>Software Engineering Tech</td> <td>Canby</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Kyle Rathje</td> <td>Electrical Engineering</td> <td>Wilsonville</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Edilet Rodriguez</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Cave Junction</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Jasdeep Sandhu</td> <td>Mechanical Engineering</td> <td>Bothell</td> <td>WA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Megan Schrock</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Corvallis</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Jacob Sinicki</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Newberg</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Amanda Stafford</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Salem</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Amanda Stein</td> <td>Dental Hygiene</td> <td>Barrow</td> <td>AK</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Tyler Stoeklen</td> <td>Applied Psychology</td> <td>Wilsonville</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Ethan Szlovak</td> <td>Software Engineering Tech</td> <td>Portland</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Mark Thompson</td> <td>Mechanical Engineering</td> <td>Everett</td> <td>WA</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Dixon Yant</td> <td>Software Engineering Tech</td> <td>Tigard</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> <tr height="20"> <td style="height: 20px;">Pamela Young</td> <td>Medical Laboratory Science</td> <td>Harrisburg</td> <td>OR</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br />urn:uuid:81da0b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/10/07/oregon-senate-confirms-new-trustee-dana-londen-for-oregon-tech-governing-board Klamath FallsPortland-MetroOregon Senate Confirms New Trustee, Dana Londen, for Oregon Tech Governing BoardTrustee Londen studies Geomatics at Oregon Tech's Klamath Falls campus and is on course to graduate in June 2020Mon, 07 Oct 2019 16:50:46 Z<p><strong><em><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/trustee-londen-small.jpg?sfvrsn=f07c6867_2" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Trustee Londen" title="Trustee Londen" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />Salem, Ore. </em></strong><strong>&ndash; </strong>The Oregon Senate confirmed a new trustee for the governing board of the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech): Dana &ldquo;Londen&rdquo; Londen, a current student at Oregon Tech&rsquo;s Klamath Falls campus, was confirmed on Sept. 23, 2019.</p> <p>There are 11 at-large positions on the Board, three positions filled by faculty, staff and student members, and an ex-officio position held by Oregon Tech&rsquo;s President, for a total of 15 members. Trustee Londen is filling the student position, which was left vacant by Liam Perry, a bachelor&rsquo;s degree student who graduated in June.</p> <p>Trustee Londen studies Geomatics at Oregon Tech's Klamath Falls campus and is on course to graduate in June 2020. She proudly served in the United States Navy as a Naval Aircrewman Acoustic Warfare Operator and holds an associate degree in pre-nursing from South Puget Sound Community College.</p> <p>Londen&rsquo;s interests include humanitarianism and animal welfare. She has also served as a museum docent at Turtle Bay Exploration Park and a Guide and Medicine Unit Assistant at Oregon Health &amp; Science University.</p> <p>For more information on Oregon Tech Board members, go to <a href="http://www.oit.edu/trustees">www.oit.edu/trustees</a>.</p> ###urn:uuid:09bd0b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/10/02/oregon-tech-names-maureen-de-armond-as-associate-vice-president-of-human-resources Portland-MetroKlamath FallsOregon Tech names Maureen De Armond as Associate Vice President of Human ResourcesMaureen joins Oregon Tech from her position as assistant vice president for human resources at the University of Florida, GainesvilleWed, 02 Oct 2019 14:11:37 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/de-armond-avp.jpg?sfvrsn=791a6867_2" data-displaymode="Original" alt="De Armond AVP" title="De Armond AVP" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />The Oregon Institute of Technology (&ldquo;Oregon Tech&rdquo;) welcomes Maureen De Armond, JD, SHRM-SCP, as the new associate vice president of Human Resources after a national search. Maureen will start at Oregon Tech November 25, 2019.</p> <p>Maureen joins Oregon Tech from her position as assistant vice president for human resources at the University of Florida, Gainesville. There she served as a senior HR leader, providing training, support and guidance for academic and operational leaders and campus partners. She also served as the chief diversity liaison and deputy ADA coordinator. Maureen&rsquo;s other responsibilities included human resources lead on the Emergency Operations Team, labor negotiations, compliance, improving employee manuals and updating policies, developing training programs, and working on employee emergency assistance plans.</p> <p>Oregon Tech president Dr. Nagi Naganathan said, &ldquo;We welcome Maureen to Oregon Tech, and are excited to have someone of her background and expertise as a member of our executive staff. Her extensive background in the areas of human resources and legal affairs will add much to Oregon Tech&rsquo;s commitment to nurture a supportive and innovative work environment for our faculty and staff. Maureen&rsquo;s experience in higher education as well as the private sector will also help us as we expand our partnerships with industry, support faculty-driven programs, and serve our students&rsquo; needs.&rdquo;</p> <p>Before joining the University of Florida, Maureen served as associate university counsel at Iowa State University from 2013 to 2017. Her background also includes serving as in-house counsel/director of compliance at UnityPoint Health &ndash; Methodist from 2010 to 2013 in Illinois. From 2008 to 2010, Maureen was labor representative within the Human Services Division at Caterpillar, Inc. in Illinois.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am truly excited to join both the Oregon Tech family and the Klamath Falls community. I look forward to supporting the university&rsquo;s human resources needs, and President Naganathan&rsquo;s vision for Oregon Tech to be a globally prominent polytechnic university,&rdquo; said De Armond.</p> <p>Maureen earned a juris doctor from University of Iowa, College of Law and her undergraduate degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in secondary education, history and German.</p> <p>&ldquo;My thanks goes out to the members of Oregon Tech&rsquo;s search committee for their commitment to a high quality search process,&rdquo; said Naganathan, &ldquo;and to all of my colleagues who attended the on-campus forums and other interview opportunities and provided valuable feedback.&rdquo;</p> The Search Committee for the AVP of HR was led by David Groff, general counsel; and included faculty members Sharon Beaudry, Mark Clark, Erin Cox, MariaLynn Kessler, and Brian Moravec; and staff members Vivian Chen, Sandi Hanan, Kay Parrish, Dacarie Robertson, and Wakaya Wells.urn:uuid:a8a80b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/09/24/solar-powered-air-quality-monitor-installed-at-oregon-tech-to-support-applied-student-research Klamath FallsPortland-MetroSolar-Powered Air Quality Monitor Installed at Oregon Tech to Support Applied Student ResearchBy having this monitor in the Basin, agencies and Oregon Tech will be able to better characterize the pollution problem in the Basin and move toward continued improvement of Klamath Falls air qualityTue, 24 Sep 2019 20:11:32 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/air-quality-monitor-1.jpg?sfvrsn=e20e6867_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Air quality monitor 1" title="Air quality monitor 1" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />A fully solar-powered air monitoring station has been installed on the Oregon Institute of Technology&rsquo;s (Oregon Tech) Klamath Falls campus, complementing the work currently being done by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to monitor air quality in the Klamath Basin.</p> <p>The Oregon Tech Solar-Powered Air Quality Monitoring Station (SPAQMS) will monitor PM<sub>2.5 </sub>in the Basin, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criteria pollutant that Klamath Falls is currently out of attainment for in regards to standards set by the EPA. DEQ has been monitoring PM<sub>2.5 </sub>in the Klamath Basin for many years. By having a second location in the Basin, agencies and Oregon Tech will be able to better characterize the pollution problem in the Basin and move toward continued improvement of Klamath Falls air quality.</p> <p>Dangers of high PM<sub>2.5 </sub>levels can include effects on the cardiovascular system, especially in the elderly, children and people with preexisting conditions such as asthma. Historically, the Klamath Basin experiences high levels during the summer months, typically caused by wildfires along the West Coast, but the inversion nature of the Klamath Basin can also cause higher levels of PM<sub>2.5 </sub>in the winter due to the use of woodstoves as a heating source in many homes. The higher levels in the winter are what affect the attainment status of Klamath Falls.</p> <p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/air-quality-monitor-2.jpg?sfvrsn=90e6867_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Air quality monitor 2" title="Air quality monitor 2" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-right: 15px;" />Adelaide E. Clark, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Chemistry in the Natural Sciences department at Oregon Tech and its liaison between contributors to the monitor and students who helped assemble it. &ldquo;Part of what makes the Oregon Tech SPAQMS unique is the solar-powered nature of it,&rdquo; says Dr. Clark. &ldquo;Fully designed and assembled by students in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy, with the help of Oregon Renewable Energy Center (OREC), the station will run for seven days from one sunny day in Klamath Falls.&rdquo;</p> <p>Students working on the building portion of the project included Hanna Wolf (Dual Renewable Energy/Environmental Sciences), Conner Davidson (Dual Renewable Energy/Electrical Engineering), Toby Farkas (Electrical Engineering), and Kyle Jenkins (Renewable Energy Engineering). Hanna and Conner served as research students in 2018 with Dr. Clark, completing research about PM<sub>2.5 </sub>in the Basin, and wrote the proposal for funding of the solar powered portion of the monitor. After it was funded, the two recruited two more of their classmates to help with the design and construction. The monitor is made possible through the generosity of Oregon Tech&rsquo;s Natural Sciences Department, OREC and the Resource Budget Commission at Oregon Tech.</p> <p>The station is located near the campus Arboretum. This year, along with continued work studying the data collected, Dr. Clark hopes to work with students integrating the air quality data into the Oregon Tech app, so that students will be able to check the air quality in real time from the on-campus monitor.</p> Concentrations captured in the monitor may also be translated to a more understandable form of air quality index, like that <a href="https://www.klamathcounty.org/383/Air-Quality">supplied by Klamath County Public Health</a>.<br /> ###urn:uuid:f2a70b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/09/24/dental-hygiene-students-at-oregon-tech-deliver-services-to-rural-populations-in-jamaica Portland-MetroKlamath FallsDental Hygiene Students at Oregon Tech Deliver Services to Rural Populations in JamaicaThe trip was part of the International Externship Program, which provides students the opportunity to travel outside the United States and provide dental care in nontraditional settings and within new culturesTue, 24 Sep 2019 17:46:11 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/oregon-tech-s-dental-hygiene-exchange-program-team.jpg?sfvrsn=2016867_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Oregon Tech’s Dental Hygiene exchange program team" title="Oregon Tech’s Dental Hygiene exchange program team" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" class="Caption" />Six senior students and two faculty members from Oregon Institute of Technology&rsquo;s (Oregon Tech) dental hygiene program in Klamath Falls traveled to Montego Bay, Jamaica earlier this month to provide dental care to underserved communities in rural areas.</p> <p>The trip was part of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.oit.edu/academics/degrees/dental-hygiene/iep/international-externship-program-(iep)">International Externship Program</a>&nbsp;(IEP), which provides students the opportunity to travel outside the United States and provide dental care in nontraditional settings and within new cultures. The goal is to not only provide much needed dental care to underserved populations, but also provide students an opportunity to develop confidence, skills and a passion for community service. These skills can benefit them in future work settings such as public health, dental missions, rural health and mobile dentistry. This is a commitment by each team member, as they must each raise $2,700 through private funds, donations and fundraising events.</p> <p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/dental-iep-2019-clinic-small.jpg?sfvrsn=29016867_2" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Dental IEP 2019 Clinic" title="Dental IEP 2019 Clinic small" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-right: 15px;" />The 2019 IEP team members were Breanna Bass, Shayla Engelbrecht, Kailey Flockoi, Melanie Fournet, Megan Schrock and Allison Wood. Faculty instructors coordinating and traveling with the students were Jeannie Bopp and Lois Goeres. Rural sites where clinics were set up in churches or community buildings were selected by Great Shape, Inc. Students learned to deal with hot, humid conditions, power outages, old equipment, and long bus rides to the sites on very crude narrow roads. The Oregon Tech team worked with dental students and faculty from UCLA and Midwestern University to form teams at each site.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am very proud of our dental hygiene students who showed compassion, composure and professionalism, not only with the Jamaican people, but also their teams, classmates and instructors,&rdquo; shared Dental Hygiene instructor Jeannie Bopp. &ldquo;The people of Jamaica were extremely grateful and appreciative of the care they received. They thanked us with gifts of coconuts, avocados, dancing and traditional Jamaican food. They had little to give but their smiles and appreciation were reward enough.</p> <p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/dental-iep-2019-clinic-2.jpg?sfvrsn=54016867_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Dental IEP 2019 Clinic 2" title="Dental IEP 2019 Clinic 2" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />&ldquo;Through this trip, the students experienced the power of compassion, teamwork, and giving of their knowledge and skills to change the lives of others less fortunate,&rdquo; added Bopp. &ldquo;They will be amazing leaders upon graduation as they apply this experience to their own communities.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the students&rsquo; own words:</p> <img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/dental-iep-2019-child-small.jpg?sfvrsn=43016867_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Dental IEP 2019 Child" title="Dental IEP 2019 Child small" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-right: 15px;" /> <p><em>&ldquo;The trip had it all, work, sweat, tears, laughs, fun and memories that will last a lifetime.</em>&rdquo; Allison Wood from Klamath Falls, Ore.</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>I will forever cherish this experience and everyone who helped me get there. I hope to someday be able to provide services like this again. It has made me realize how much I love this life of mine and cherish my dedication to this healthcare profession.</em>&rdquo; Megan Schrock from Philomath, Ore.</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>We have served hundreds of Jamaicans this week and it has made my heart full</em>.&rdquo; Kailey Flockoi from Gold Hill, Ore.</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>The people of Jamaica were amazing and the most appreciative people I have ever met! This experience taught me many valuable lessons</em>.&rdquo; Melanie Fournet from Newberg, Ore.</p> <p>To learn more about dental hygiene majors at Oregon Tech or about our Dental Hygiene clinic, call 541.885.1277 or visit <a href="http://www.oit.edu/academics/degrees/dental-hygiene">www.oit.edu/academics/degrees/dental-hygiene</a>.</p> ###urn:uuid:029f0b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/09/23/oregon-institute-of-technology-selects-barnes-noble-college-to-manage-its-bookstore Portland-MetroKlamath FallsOregon Institute of Technology Selects Barnes & Noble College to Manage Its BookstoreThe Barnes & Noble College bookstore will act as a complete support system for Oregon Tech, providing a social and academic hub to drive success for the campus communityMon, 23 Sep 2019 16:13:15 Z<p>Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) has selected <a href="http://www.bncollege.com/">Barnes &amp; Noble College</a> to manage its bookstore operations. The new partnership began July 22, 2019 with Barnes &amp; Noble College commencing operations prior to the beginning of the Fall 2019 term. Oregon Tech joins Southern Oregon University, Eastern Oregon University, Clackamas Community College, Linfield College, Pacific University, and University of Portland, bringing Barnes &amp; Noble College&rsquo;s partnership count in Oregon to seven colleges and universities.</p> <p>The Barnes &amp; Noble College bookstore will act as a complete support system for Oregon Tech, providing a social and academic hub to drive success for the campus community. Through an extensive offering of affordable learning materials, including new, used and digital books, a robust textbook rental program and a Price Match program, Barnes &amp; Noble College will drive significant cost savings for Oregon Tech students. Barnes &amp; Noble College will also offer an enhanced assortment of school merchandise including apparel, gifts, school supplies, technology and more, which students, faculty and alumni can browse both in-store and online.</p> <p>Dr. Erin Foley, vice president of student affairs and dean of students said, &ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited about the new access tools that Barnes &amp; Noble College offers our students and faculty. Oregon Tech is constantly looking at more affordable teaching and learning materials for our students that improve their overall university experience. We look forward to working with Barnes &amp; Noble College to continue to serve the evolving needs of our students across all of our academic disciplines and locations.&rdquo;</p> <p>The bookstore will further drive access and affordability on campus through its offering of open educational resources (OER) and OER-based digital courseware. Barnes &amp; Noble College provides additional opportunities for savings through its inclusive access program, First Day&trade;. First Day offers learning materials at reduced prices through a course materials fee for participating programs. Students receive their materials on or before the first day of class, delivered seamlessly through their learning management system.</p> <p>Additionally, faculty will gain access to Barnes &amp; Noble College&rsquo;s new Adoption &amp; Insights Portal (AIP). The adoption portal was developed by Barnes &amp; Noble College to solve challenges faced by higher education administrators and faculty in the areas of discovering, selecting, and managing course material adoptions. With AIP, faculty and staff can easily manage and submit course material adoptions each term, and Oregon Tech&rsquo;s academic leadership can view real-time adoption rates and submission progress at the school or departmental level, and communicate directly with faculty from within the portal.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are thrilled to partner with Oregon Institute of Technology,&rdquo; said Barry Brover, executive vice president, Barnes &amp; Noble College. &ldquo;We look forward to delivering a dynamic retail experience and seamless access to affordable learning materials for all Oregon Tech students.&rdquo;</p> Barnes &amp; Noble College currently operates more than 770 campus stores nationwide. For more information about Barnes &amp; Noble College&rsquo;s services and locations, visit <a href="http://www.bncollege.com/">www.bncollege.com</a>.urn:uuid:b9930b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/09/19/oregon-tech-ohsu-paramedic-grads-answering-call-in-oregon-across-the-globe-for-high-quality-emergency-care Portland-MetroKlamath FallsOregon Tech-OHSU paramedic grads answering call in Oregon, across the globe for high-quality emergency careAfter more than two years of intense classroom work, including five months of clinical hospital rotations and three months of field externship rotations on a 911 ambulance, the Oregon Tech-OHSU Class of 2019 are eligible for both state and national licensing exams and find employment with leading agencies across the nation.Thu, 19 Sep 2019 20:55:42 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/2019-09-14_oit_graduation-33.jpg?sfvrsn=91356867_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="2019-09-14_OIT_Graduation" title="2019-09-14_OIT_Graduation-33" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />Twenty-six highly trained<strong> </strong>paramedic students graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) and Oregon Health &amp; Science University (OHSU) joint Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology &ndash; Paramedic program Saturday, Sept. 14, prepared to improve the quality of patient care within Oregon, the United States and the world.</p> <p>After more than two years of intense classroom work, including five months of clinical hospital rotations and three months of field externship rotations on a 911 ambulance, the Oregon Tech-OHSU Class of 2019 received their diplomas before family and guests at the Sherwood Center for the Performing Arts.&nbsp;Keynote address was provided by Mike Myers, director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.oit.edu/academics/degrees/paramedic-program">Oregon Tech-OHSU paramedic program</a>, located on Oregon Tech&rsquo;s Portland-Metro campus, graduates the highest level of emergency medical service (EMS) providers from the only program in the state affiliated with a nationally ranked medical school. These graduates serve two critical needs identified in the state: increasing health care providers at all levels, especially in rural areas; and career-focused emergency care training programs. Oregon Tech-OHSU paramedic education focuses on managing infield emergencies, critical thinking, clinical assessment, procedural expertise, and crew resource management skills while working as part of an interdisciplinary patient care team.</p> <p>Of the paramedic students who earned a coveted spot in the selective program and successfully graduated, many have plans to practice in their rural and urban communities, while others have chosen to continue with advanced training in the Oregon Tech-OHSU joint <a href="https://www.oit.edu/academics/degrees/ems">Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services Management</a> program.</p> <p>Abdullahi Abdullahi, one of the paramedic program graduates, was born in Somalia and spent much of his early formative years &ldquo;never knowing if he was going to make it home after school.&rdquo; Abdullahi and his family moved to Uganda by way of Kenya, taking minibuses through to a new home at a refugee camp in Uganda. In this camp, he spent time excelling in primary school and receiving a scholarship for a secondary boarding school in the city of Mbarara, six hours away from his family. After nine years of trials and tribulations, his family received immigration status, and they all relocated to Oregon in 2014. Since arriving in Oregon, Abdullahi has successfully completed his emergency medical technician certification and graduated from this year&rsquo;s paramedic program.</p> <p>&ldquo;Growing up we didn&rsquo;t have a system where you call for help and someone arrives to help you,&rdquo; shares Abdullahi. &ldquo;I joined EMS to provide the emergent help&nbsp;that I didn&rsquo;t get growing up. I joined Oregon Tech and OHSU&rsquo;s paramedic program to advance my skills and knowledge in the hopes that one day other countries and communities in need can have a system where people can call and get immediate help.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Oregon Tech&rsquo;s-OHSU&rsquo;s program is different from others in the state</strong></p> <p>Not only does the Oregon Tech-OHSU paramedic program have the backing of a four-year university through Oregon Tech, but the partnership with OHSU provides resources from a nationally prominent medical school. The program is the only university-level paramedic program in the state of Oregon, which helps to attract high-caliber faculty and some of the best-prepared students in the region, making for an enriching, full education experience. The program includes active involvement in lecture, simulation training and lab skills development from more than 20 medical providers, including Todd Ellingson, M.D., medical director of the program and vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and medical director at Tuality/OHSU Community Hospital.</p> <p>The program&rsquo;s full-time EMS faculty share a wide diversity of expertise, including running 911 calls, critical care paramedicine, community paramedicine, public health, neuroscience, social disparities of health, and crew resource management that helps students not only become excellent individual medical providers but also develop an understanding of how their practice fits into a larger system of care.</p> <p>Students within the program also gain hands-on experience working with some of the program&rsquo;s nearly 40 industry partners, such as Tualatin Valley Fire &amp; Rescue (TVFR), one of the most progressive EMS agencies in the country. </p> <p>Smaller EMS organizations supporting many parts of rural Oregon like Forest Grove Fire and Rescue (FGFR) speak praise about the program&rsquo;s graduates.</p> <p>&ldquo;Oregon Tech-OHSU students come with more practical knowledge of systems of care,&rdquo; said Will Murphy, EMS Officer at FGFR. &ldquo;What I mean by this is they seem to understand they are one piece in the health care system, and integration with the hospital, nursing homes and care providers is essential to the best treatment and care for our patients. This program is where I would go if I had to go to medic school again.&rdquo;</p> <p>Upon completing the degree program, graduates earn eligibility for both state and national licensing exams, and find employment with leading agencies across the nation.</p> <p>Graduate Miranda Audritsh, as an example, has accepted a full-time position at Woodburn Ambulance.</p> <p>&ldquo;The paramedic program at Oregon Tech and OHSU has been an incredible experience,&rdquo; said Miranda. &ldquo;We received so much information and it was all worth it. My favorite part was the internship because I was able to apply everything that I have learned over the year and build my own style of practice.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> <p><em>Additional photographs are available at <a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHsmH7V63i">https://flic.kr/s/aHsmH7V63i</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>About Oregon Institute of Technology</strong></p> <p>Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is the premier polytechnic institution in Oregon. Oregon Tech provides bachelor&rsquo;s and master&rsquo;s degree programs in engineering, health technologies, business, technology, communication, and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public and international communities through applied, relevant learning and professional practice. Oregon Tech has a central, residential campus in Klamath Falls; an urban, industry-focused campus in Portland-Metro (Wilsonville); an Online campus; and offers degrees at Boeing Seattle and at other sites. Visit <a href="http://www.oit.edu/">www.oit.edu</a> to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.</p> <p><strong>About OHSU</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/">OHSU</a>&nbsp;is the only academic health center in Oregon and is nationally distinguished as a research university dedicated solely to advancing health sciences. This singular purpose allows us to focus on discoveries that prevent and cure disease, on education that prepares physicians, dentists, nurses and other health professionals for the evolving health care environment, and on patient care that incorporates the latest advances. Based in Portland, we are one of Oregon&rsquo;s largest employers, operate the top-ranked adult and children&rsquo;s hospitals in the state, and secure competitive research funding of more than $400 million. As a public organization, we also provide services for the most vulnerable Oregonians and outreach to improve health in communities across the state.</p>urn:uuid:968a0b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/09/18/oregon-tech-employees-honored-for-teaching-service-professional-achievement Klamath FallsPortland-MetroOregon Tech Employees Honored for Teaching, Service, Professional AchievementIn addition to welcoming new faculty and staff, awards were presented to personnel for outstanding service to students and to the universityWed, 18 Sep 2019 15:38:48 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/presidents-address-2019.jpg?sfvrsn=1c2c6867_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Presidents Address 2019" title="Presidents Address 2019" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />Oregon Institute of Technology faculty and staff members were honored Tuesday for their exceptional contributions to the University at the annual convocation of faculty and staff before the start of the 2019-20 academic year. In addition to welcoming new faculty and staff, awards were presented to personnel for outstanding service to students and to the university and each awardee received a check for either $500 or $1,000 from the Oregon Tech Foundation; some even received a dedicated parking spot on campus.</p> <p>Awards presented this year include:</p> <ul> <li>Student Affairs Most Valuable Partner Award: Alan Wallace, Information Technology Services</li> <li>Foundation Faculty Achievement Awards: Dr. Dawn Bailey, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Dr. Sean St.Clair, Civil Engineering</li> <li>Oregon Tech Rising Faculty Scholar Award: Dr. Eklas Hossain, Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy, with honorable mention given to Dr. Mostafa Saber, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering and Technology</li> <li>Classified Staff Award: Ronda Keating, office manager, Medical Imaging Technology, General Instruction</li> <li>President&rsquo;s Staff Award: Owl&rsquo;s Worth Financial Literacy Committee (Jake Coatney of Financial Aid, Michal Kawka of the Student Success Center, Josie Hudspeth of Campus Life and Sarah Matchett of Residence Life)</li> </ul> <p>Each awardee was selected through nomination letters which outlined their commitment to the university and their dedication to making a difference in the lives of students, which adds significantly to the vitality of Oregon Tech.</p>urn:uuid:b09e0b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/09/09/oregon-tech-stays-on-top-in-u.s.-news-world-report-rankings-as-a-best-college-in-the-west-and-best-engineering-programs Portland-MetroKlamath FallsOregon Tech Stays on Top in U.S. News & World Report Rankings as a Best College in the West and Best Engineering ProgramsThe news coincides with the University’s continued ranking as a top university in the nation for annual return on investment by PayScale and SmartAssetMon, 09 Sep 2019 15:03:00 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/us-news.jpg?sfvrsn=1b386867_2" data-displaymode="Original" alt="US News 2019" title="US News 2019" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />Oregon Institute of Technology, &ldquo;Oregon Tech,&rdquo; is once again ranked highly within the <em>U.S. News and World Report </em>&ldquo;Best Colleges 2020&rdquo; rankings, released this month. The report lists Oregon Tech at <strong>No. 2 Top Public College in the West</strong> and <strong>No. 6</strong> <strong>Best Western Regional Colleges</strong>, a list which is comprised of the best of the baccalaureate colleges in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.</p> <p><em>U.S. News </em>groups colleges into categories, of which Oregon Tech is listed within regional colleges in the west. The overall university rankings, which have been published annually since 1983, are based on a number of criteria, including graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, social mobility, faculty resources, expert opinion, student excellence, financial resources and alumni giving. The publication places the heaviest weight on student outcomes, including analyzing schools' success at retaining and graduating students within a six-year time range. Last year&rsquo;s addition of a new outcome indicator looking at social mobility, or a school's success at graduating students who received federal Pell Grants, determined a new ranking this year, with Oregon Tech listed as <strong>No. 7 in Social Mobility</strong> among regional colleges.</p> <p>In the category of <strong>Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the nation, Oregon Tech moved up three places to No. 32.</strong> The <em>U.S. News</em> rankings of the undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions. <em>U.S. News </em>notes that the rankings are based solely on surveys of engineering deans and senior faculty at accredited programs. The university reappeared on <strong>Best Colleges for Veterans as No. 4</strong> in Western Regional Colleges. This list provides military veterans and active-duty service members with rankings among schools that are certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.&nbsp;Oregon Tech is also featured as a <strong>Best Value School</strong> for being one of the western regional colleges with the least student debt.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very pleased to once again be ranked highly by this report,&rdquo; said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, president of Oregon Tech. &ldquo;It is a credit to our faculty, students and staff. Our commitment to growth and quality is celebrated through this accolade, and we will continue to make sure that our students&rsquo; investment at Oregon Tech translates to advanced career opportunities, financial well-being and a high quality of life.&rdquo;</p> <p>The news coincides with the University&rsquo;s continued ranking as a <a href="https://www.oit.edu/news/2019/08/20/oregon-tech-ranks-at-top-in-oregon-top-1-in-nation-for-best-return-on-investment-ranking">top university in the nation for annual return on investment by <em>PayScale</em></a> and <a href="https://www.oit.edu/news/2019/05/17/smartasset-lists-oregon-tech-as-best-value-college-in-oregon"><em>SmartAsset</em></a>. In August, Oregon Tech was also featured by <em>The Chronicle of Higher Education</em> as one of the <a href="https://www.chronicle.com/article/Fastest-Growing-Colleges/246826">Fastest-Growing Colleges in the nation</a> in their <em>Almanac 2019</em> publication. The University was highlighted at No. 3 for enrollment of a Baccalaureate-granting institution. The growth can be attributed to many things between the surveyed years of 2007-2017, but in addition to new, in-demand programs, dedicated faculty and staff, and a strong donor support system, the university has seen impressive growth through the Portland-Metro campus opened in Wilsonville in 2012 and through the Online campus.</p> <p>Highlights of the rankings of nearly 1,400 four-year schools in the United States are available at <a href="http://www.usnews.com/colleges">www.usnews.com/colleges</a>. To view a full list of Oregon Tech accolades, please visit <a href="http://www.oit.edu/news/university-accolades-rankings">www.oit.edu/news/university-accolades-rankings</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Oregon Institute of Technology</strong></p> <p>Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is the premier polytechnic university in Oregon. Oregon Tech provides bachelor&rsquo;s and master&rsquo;s degree programs in engineering, health technologies, business, technology, communication and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public and international communities through applied, relevant learning and professional practice. Oregon Tech has a central, residential university in Klamath Falls; an urban, industry-focused campus in Portland-Metro (Wilsonville); an Online campus; and offers degrees at Boeing Seattle and at other sites. Visit <a href="http://www.oit.edu/">www.oit.edu</a> to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.</p> ###urn:uuid:6e1d0b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/08/29/oregon-tech-adds-data-science-degree-opening-up-pathway-to-the-best-job-in-america Portland-MetroKlamath FallsOregon Tech Adds Data Science Degree, Opening Up Pathway to the “Best Job in America”The Data Science program answers the quickly growing need for analysts of “big data,” and the first undergraduate program of its kind at a public university in OregonThu, 29 Aug 2019 14:48:31 Z<p>Starting next year,<strong> </strong>Oregon Institute of Technology, &ldquo;Oregon Tech,&rdquo; will launch a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in Data Science, a program created to answer the quickly growing need for analysts of &ldquo;big data,&rdquo; and the first undergraduate program of its kind at a public university in Oregon. <a href="https://www.oit.edu/news/2019/01/28/oregon-tech-board-of-trustees-approve-new-program-in-cyber-security">First announced in January</a>, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) recently approved the degree for the university&rsquo;s Klamath Falls campus.</p> <p>In 2019, the employment website <a href="https://www.glassdoor.com/List/Best-Jobs-in-America-LST_KQ0,20.htm">Glassdoor ranked &ldquo;data scientist&rdquo; as the &ldquo;best job in America&rdquo;</a> for the fourth consecutive year. They found data scientists report a high job satisfaction rating and a high median salary. Data science is a <a href="https://www.economist.com/briefing/2017/05/06/data-is-giving-rise-to-a-new-economy">rapidly growing field</a> with jobs ranging from research in science and healthcare, to technology jobs within companies in marketing and targeted advertising. Other jobs include automated systems (cars that drive themselves for example) and governmental positions in data management and reporting. With an advanced degree, someone trained in data science could do research in a variety of fields including statistics, business/management, survey sampling, bioinformatics and many others. </p> <p>Data scientists use skills from the fields of computer science, applied math and statistics to extract insights from data, helping companies and organizations to make well-informed decisions. In addition to technical skills, data scientists must be able to work as part of a team and communicate effectively. </p> <p>The Bachelor of Science in Data Science degree at Oregon Tech combines coursework from five departments: Applied Mathematics (the program host), Computer Systems Engineering Technology, Communication, Management and Geomatics. The program curriculum was developed following guidelines recently set out in the National Academy of Sciences Report <em>Data Science for Undergraduates: Opportunities and Options</em>, as well as an analysis of the skills required by jobs in industry. A key element of the program is extensive hands-on experience.</p> <p>Final touches in program design were aided by a technique from data science known as &ldquo;web scraping.&rdquo; Because of Oregon Tech&rsquo;s commitment to meeting the needs of industry, an essential piece of the program design involved acquiring a list of skills companies are currently looking for when hiring a data scientist. While such a list could be obtained many ways, the University&rsquo;s list was created by programming a computer to quickly collect (&ldquo;scrape&rdquo;) and analyze hundreds of job advertisements for data scientist positions posted online. Web scraping is a good illustration of the type of data science techniques that allow statistical analyses to be done quickly for large amounts of complex data.</p> <p>During the first two years of the program, students will build foundational skills in computer programming and logical reasoning in mathematics, with some introductory topics in databases and data science workflows. Advanced skills are taught in the last two years. Beyond standard topics such as machine learning, the program will offer undergraduate students a unique opportunity to learn both techniques for handling geospatial data and state-of-the-art tools for understanding causes and effects rather than just simple correlation. In their junior year, students will apply material from previous classes in a series of group projects. As a culmination of the hands-on, interdisciplinary curriculum, students will work on an individual capstone project to develop a data driven solution for an outside group, such as a local business or national organization, during their senior year. After graduation, students will be ready for immediate employment as data scientists or for advanced coursework in a variety of graduate programs.</p> <p>Oregon Tech will launch the Data Science program at the Klamath Falls campus, with possible expansion to its Portland-Metro campus or Online campuses that will be determined based on students and market demand.</p> ###urn:uuid:de370b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/08/20/oregon-tech-ranks-at-top-in-oregon-top-1-in-nation-for-best-return-on-investment-ranking Portland-MetroKlamath FallsOregon Tech Ranks at Top in Oregon, Top 1% in Nation for Best Return on Investment RankingPlacing at No. 165 nationwide as one of the Best Universities for a Bachelor’s Degree, the study lists the University’s early career pay at $61,200 and mid-career pay at $106,800Tue, 20 Aug 2019 21:09:00 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/2019-payscale-badge-4yr.png?sfvrsn=54916867_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="2019-PayScale-badge-4yr" title="2019-PayScale-badge-4yr" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />Oregon Institute of Technology, &ldquo;Oregon Tech,&rdquo; is in the top one percent in the nation in <em>PayScale</em>&rsquo;s most recent release of top colleges based on graduates&rsquo; return on tuition and borrowing investments. An Oregon Tech degree is noted as having one of the highest returns on investment (ROI) of any colleges or universities in Oregon.</p> <p>In the latest edition of the <a href="https://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report/bachelor">College ROI report,</a> <em>PayScale&rsquo;s</em> College Salary Report is based on the alumni salary data of 3.5 million respondents, representing more than 4,000 colleges and universities across the U.S. Placing at No. 165 nationwide as one of the Best Universities for a Bachelor&rsquo;s Degree, the study lists the University&rsquo;s early career pay at $61,200 and mid-career pay at $106,800, just $1,500 less than #1 school Oregon Health &amp; Science University. The ranking also includes a new indicator; Percent High Meaning, which PayScale describes as percent of alumni who say their work makes the world a better place. Oregon Tech ranks in the top of this list, with 60 percent of alumni respondents confirming this.</p> <p>The data used in <em>PayScale</em>'s College Return on Investment report is collected through ongoing, online compensation surveys. People complete the <em>PayScale</em> survey to understand their price in the labor market. Users provide data about their jobs, compensation, employer, demographics and educational background and in return, <em>PayScale</em> provides them with a detailed compensation report that compares their compensation to others like them. The sample considered for the 2019 &ndash; 2020 College Salary report was 3.5 million college graduates. The sample size for each school included ranges from 28 profiles to over 31,000, depending largely upon the size of the school. The average sample size for an included school is 419 alumni profiles.</p> <p>To view the complete &ldquo;2019 College Education ROI Report&rdquo; and the list of all institutions ranked, go to<a href="https://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report/best-schools-by-state/bachelors/oregon"> PayScale</a>.</p> ###urn:uuid:c2f80b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/08/05/oregon-tech-signs-first-ever-global-charter-for-co-op-and-work-integrated-education Portland-MetroKlamath FallsOregon Tech signs first-ever Global Charter for Co-op and Work-Integrated EducationCharter signatories agree to create more and better international work-integrated educational experiences for studentsMon, 05 Aug 2019 16:29:00 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/wace_bod_2019_web.jpg?sfvrsn=335e6867_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="WACE_BOD_2019_Web" title="WACE_BOD_2019_Web" style="vertical-align: middle;" /><br /> <br /> CINCINNATI, Ohio &mdash; More than 50 university presidents, education association executives and high-ranking government officials, including Oregon Institute of Technology, convened at the birth place of cooperative education, the University of Cincinnati, to sign the first-of-its-kind Global Charter for Co-op and Work-Integrated Education.</p> <p>The inaugural signatory organizations &mdash; among which, 14 countries and five continents are represented &mdash; formalized a commitment to grow the number and quality of international co-op and work-integrated education opportunities for students around the world. By engaging and uniting with their employer partners to provide access for all post-secondary students to international work-based experiences, these organizations will more effectively prepare students for productive and rewarding employment anywhere in the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;The rapid pace of change in business and industry, the increasingly global nature of employment and equitable access for all are themes that need the collective attention of employers and educators,&rdquo; says Nancy Johnston, president of the World Association for Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, which led the effort to create the Global Charter. &ldquo;Work-integrated education is a proven model that brings these stakeholders together during the course of a student&rsquo;s academic studies so that these challenges can be addressed in real-time, authentic ways that contribute to both a student&rsquo;s learning and their workplace readiness.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Charter organizations agree to answer three calls to action:<br /> 1.) Create a significant number of new opportunities for students of Charter supporters to obtain meaningful, international, work-integrated experiences, with a focus on scaling up;<br /> 2.) Develop and deliver educational offerings specifically designed to enhance student intercultural fluency and resilience with focus on equity, diversity and inclusion;<br /> 3.) Facilitate conversations between higher education and business to determine what constitutes &ldquo;global work readiness&rdquo;, and embedding these attributes in a global quality assurance framework.</p> <p>The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees approved the creation of the first-ever cooperative education program in 1906. Since then, co-op has spread around the globe and inspired additional models of work-integrated education that reflect the changing needs and opportunities of today and the future. With technology making the world smaller and cultural fluency more important than ever, the Global Charter addresses a rapidly growing need of the global economy.</p> <p>To see the full text of the charter, visit: <a href="https://waceinc.org/assets/The_Global_CWIE_Report_2019.pdf">https://waceinc.org/assets/The_Global_CWIE_Report_2019.pdf</a></p> <br /> <br /> <p><strong>ABOUT WACE</strong></p> <p>WACE is the primary international association dedicated to developing, expanding, branding and advocating for cooperative &amp; work-integrated education programs within industry and educational institutions. Cooperative &amp; Work-Integrated Education (CWIE) is a term created by WACE to acknowledge and embrace all forms of work-integrated learning utilized by industry and educational institutions to prepare the next generation of global professionals. For more about WACE see https://waceinc.org/</p>urn:uuid:9c370b44-62a6-6398-9f6f-ff0000ea57bbhttps://www.oit.edu/news/2019/05/17/smartasset-lists-oregon-tech-as-best-value-college-in-oregon Portland-MetroKlamath FallsSmartAsset Lists Oregon Tech as Best Value College in OregonAccording to the study, Oregon Tech graduates receive an average starting salary of $60,500, which is the highest in the Oregon rankings. The average starting salary for all Oregon higher education graduates is $50,708Fri, 17 May 2019 20:51:00 Z<p><img src="https://oregontechsfstatic.azureedge.net/sitefinity-production/images/default-source/news-images/smartasset-logo-1.png?sfvrsn=38d96067_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="smartasset-logo" title="smartasset-logo-1" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />Personal finance company<em> SmartAsset </em>has released its 2019 report of the Best Value Colleges in the U.S., with a degree from Oregon Institute of Technology, &ldquo;Oregon Tech,&rdquo; noted as the highest value for your dollar of any college or university in the state of Oregon.</p> <p>Oregon Tech ranked No. 1 in Oregon according to <em>SmartAsset&rsquo;s</em> fourth annual Best Value Colleges study. The study lists the University&rsquo;s College Education Value Index at 53.76, over 9 points higher than the second Oregon school in the rankings. Oregon Tech graduates also earn higher average starting salaries than their peers from other state colleges and universities, according to the analysis.</p> <p>To determine the best value in higher education, <em>SmartAsset</em> ranked colleges by their value, using data about their tuition, living costs, scholarship and grant offerings, retention rate and graduates&rsquo; starting salaries. The different categories were weighted to determine each institution&rsquo;s College Education Value Index.</p> <p>According to the study, Oregon Tech graduates receive an average starting salary of $60,500, which is the highest in the Oregon rankings. The average starting salary for all Oregon higher education graduates is $50,708.</p> <p>The University has also recently been recognized by Forbes &ldquo;<a href="https://www.forbes.com/colleges/oregon-institute-of-technology/">Best Value Colleges 2019</a>&rdquo; as one of America&rsquo;s best values for providing the top return on investment among all universities and colleges in the United States.</p> <p>Sources used to formulate this study included research by the National Center for Educational Statistics, 2018 <em>Payscale</em>, The Institute for College Access &amp; Success, and College InSight.</p> <p>To view <em>SmartAsset&rsquo;s</em> rankings for Oregon colleges and universities, visit <a href="https://smartasset.com/student-loans/student-loan-calculator#oregon">https://smartasset.com/student-loans/student-loan-calculator#oregon</a>.</p> ###