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Fall Brings New Students, Opportunities, and Programs to Oregon Tech

Sep 29, 2014
Faculty and staff are gearing up to teach and support each one of them, starting today
As more than 4,000 new and returning students continue to arrive at the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) Klamath Falls and Wilsonville campuses this week, faculty and staff are gearing up to teach and support each one of them, starting today. While official student numbers are not available for a month, Oregon Tech’s student body continues to grow in diversity – geography, age, and ethnicity for example – just as its programs are growing and changing to meet the demands of students and the workforce in Oregon and the Northwest. 
“Our commitment to hands-on instruction, small classes, and faculty whose priority is teaching remains unwavering,” said Dr. Chris Maples, President of Oregon Tech. “Connecting college learning with real-world experiences that match what students will face in the workplace is what makes Oregon Tech graduates sought after by employers. When I ask parents and students what they want to get out of their degree, I most often hear ‘An exciting career that pays well.’ As a public polytechnic university, that’s what we’re here to do in a way that is affordable, high quality, and relevant.”
This year, the two campus locations offer more than 40 associate, bachelor, and master degrees, including the newest addition, Population Health Management, taught at the Klamath Falls campus. New additions in Wilsonville include Applied Psychology, and new dual majors in Optical Engineering and Systems Engineering & Technical Management. 
While the positive impact won’t be immediately apparent to students, new opportunities also will arise this year with the confirmation of Oregon Tech’s new governing board. The Oregon Tech Board of Trustees currently consists of ten members that range from a community college president; Klamath Falls, Wilsonville, and Seattle business and government leaders; and Oregon Tech student, faculty, and staff members; President Maples also is a Board member, in an ex-officio, non-voting role. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will appoint five more Board members later this year. The new Board will begin its orientation and organizational work early in 2015, with official status starting on July 1, 2015.
While some student athletes began staying in the Klamath Falls residence halls in early August, Oregon Tech officially opened its student housing for New Student Orientation (NSO) and the Fall 2014 academic year last week, which brought in students from more than 15 states and various countries.
New and returning Residence Hall and Village students received help from move-in crews consisting of Residence Hall staff and volunteers—including our very own President Maples. There were many activities available during move-in, including a movie night in the auditorium, and university motivational favorite, Dave Coleman (The Dating Doctor), presenting training for the volunteers leading new student orientation.
Throughout Thursday and Friday, students “spread their new wings” at the university and around town as they participated in a student/faculty lunch, cheered on their Hustlin’ Owl women’s soccer team with a tailgater at Steen’s Sports Park, had a luau on campus, took in an Oregon Tech women’s volleyball game, and joined in for the third annual Fred Meyer Takeover that went well into the night. Saturday and Sunday featured a carnival at Moore Park, men’s and women’s intercollegiate soccer, a women’s volleyball game, hike to the “O”, which is high on the hill overlooking the Klamath Falls campus and Oregon Tech’s new solar field, and competition to learn about the Klamath Falls downtown with a selfie contest.
Here’s to another great year!
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