What You Did and Didn’t Know About Dr. Matt Schanckenberg 

Allow me to introduce you to Dr. Matt Schanckenberg. Matt is a creative force within the communications department. Matt teaches the ancient as well as the modern. 

Matt’s office is buzzing with conversation from students discussing this weeks’ assignment. They were asked to discuss emotion. Not just their emotion; Matt wanted them to look deeper.  

A New Style of Learning 

April 2018, Oregon Tech’s Commission on College Teaching (CCT) was selected by Steelcase Education to receive funding for new Active Learning classrooms. This grant allowed Oregon Tech to redesign Owens 201 to have mobile tables, desks, and chairs; and whiteboards and smartboards, to create a space that encourages student collaboration. 

The increasing popularity of E-books is providing Oregon Tech students with more convenient and affordable options for learning and has also contributed to reducing the average rate of student spending in colleges across the nation.

Oregon Tech's Student Veteran Program wears many hats. It is a lounge where students can go to relax or study, a conduit between veterans, Oregon Tech, and the Veteran Action Committee, and most importantly a resource for student veterans as they transition into campus life.

Although the majority of students at Oregon Tech are from the United States, the campus is diverse. There are dozens of flags hanging over the CU, each representing a different country that has had an international student come from there. But how is life at Oregon Tech for international students? Saleh Ashumrani, a Software Engineering student from Arabia; Justin Maloney, a Renewable Energy student from Barbados; and Junmin Yee, a Software Engineering student from Malaysia all gave their opinions.

Oregon Tech Gaming Society (OTGS), a new club on campus that has brought organized gaming to Oregon Tech in a big way.  

OTGS has been busy forming gaming teams to compete against other schools. Competitive gaming or Esports has been rising in popularity over the last decade, and Oregon Tech has decided to start getting involved.  

A New Squad on Campus

If you walk into the mirror room at 6 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday, the sound of seventeen dedicated cheerleaders will greet you at the door. Oregon Tech has a new spirit squad on campus and they are ready to show the school what they are made of.   

Oregon Tech is now offering a Masters program in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT).

With this Masters in Science, students will be both trained in psychotherapy and in family systems. The three year program will teach students all of the tools necessary to be a good, empathetic therapist.

Dr. Nagi G. Naganathan replaces interim president, Jay Kenton, as Oregon Tech's seventh president. Naganathan was selected by the Board of Trustees on November 16, 2016, after a nation-wide search.

The Oregon Tech Communication Department will offer a new Professional Writing (PW) degree starting during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The PW degree is in the final stages of approval and will be offered ahead of schedule starting next Fall or Winter. This program will incorporate professional, technical, business, and scientific writing. PW is not a creative writing degree, instead, the focus is for students to be able to use written and visual skills in any professional setting.

From April 27 through April 30, 91 university teams from around the globe competed against one another in the 2017 Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) California tournament hosted in Gorman, California. Students came all the way from Egypt, Mexico, India, Canada, China, South Korea, and the United States. This year, Oregon Tech and Oregon State University represented the state at this year’s competition.

Klamath Community College (KCC) and part-time Oregon Tech Professor, Doug Kirby, is looking to fulfill digital media opportunities in Klamath Falls through student internships. The digital media program at KCC, which is partnered with Tech, has garnered much attention throughout the community. Business partnerships are looking for people qualified in media, especially video production.