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Chinese New Year Greetings from President Hargis

February 20,  2018

2018 Chinese New Year—The year of Dog

February 12,  2018

The Chinese zodiac is made up of twelve signs, the signs are cycled through every twelve years, and the dog is the eleventh sign. Additionally, each year is designated by one of five earthly substances referred to as “elements,” which include gold (also called metal), wood, water, fire, and earth. 2018 will specifically be an Earth Dog year.

Dog year is a time of fairness and equality. Chinese people celebrate the Lunar New Year from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the 15th day of the first lunar month, which is Lantern Festival. Among these days, the most important activity is family reunion dinner on Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve, which is Feb. 15 this year. Other celebration traditions include red-envelop for kids, posting Spring Festival Couplets, relative visits, hanging red lanterns, and fireworks.

Chinese delegation from SWJTU visits OSU

February 5,  2018

A Chinese delegation from Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) recently visited OSU on Feb 2nd, 2018. The delegation was led by Chief Manager Mr. Kaining Tang of National University Science Park. Other delegation members include Associate Dean Dr. Hongxia Sun of the Research Institute and Director Liu of Technology Incubator Center and Dr. Peijun Wang of Mechanical Engineering at SWJTU. The purpose of their visit was to learn about OSU technology commercialization process. The delegation visited OSU Technology Development Center and OSU Riata Center for Entrepreneurship and learned about programs and services available to support OSU faculty, staff and students’ creative initiatives and scholarly research for commercialization. The delegation also met with Dr. Randy Kluver of School of Global Studies and Dr. Randy Seitsinger of CEAT about the current collaboration and partnership.

SWJTU is the leading institution in Chinese higher education system in commercializing advanced research. Their innovative pilot technology transfer program since 2014 has launched over 20 start-up companies by SWJTU faculty members. Southwest Jiaotong University is OSU longtime strategic partner in China. OSU signed a memorandum of understanding with SWJTU in 2007. Since then, OSU and SWJTU has enjoyed a fruitful partnership including student joint degree programs, faculty-training program and student affairs staff exchanges. The visit may yield future joint research or joint technology transfer programs.

Cirincione speaks on the Iran Nuclear Deal

February 1,  2018

From left: Dr. Pedram Khosronejad, Associate Direction for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies; Mr. Jamal Farzaneh President of Home Creations, Dr. Jamie Fullerton, Director of SGSP Academic Programs, Mr. Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund; and Randy Kluver, Dean of SGSP On January 29th J. Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, who is one of the most active experts on nuclear weapons, was the Farzaneh guest speaker of the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS) program of Oklahoma State University to present a talk entitled “The Iranian Nuclear Deal”.

In 2015, during the Iran nuclear deal framework agreement, Mr. Cirincione played a key role in Western negotiations to end the diplomatic stalemate regarding Iran’s nuclear program, which was launched in the 1950s with the help of the United States as part of the Atoms for Peace program; since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, most international nuclear cooperation with Iran has been cut off.

Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars to France and Germany Accepting Applications!

January 19,  2018

The Fulbright U.S.-France International Education Administrator Seminar and the Fulbright U.S.-Germany International Education Administrator Seminar are now accepting applications. We invite you to share this message with colleagues, such as deans, foreign student advisors, study abroad advisors, career services administrators, alumni affairs admins, and other international education administrators, so that they can share their expertise abroad and bring the benefits of a Fulbright IEA Seminar grant back to your campus or community.

Fulbright IEA seminars are two-weeks in length and designed specifically for U.S. higher education administrators to become familiar with the higher education system, society and culture in the country of choice. Applicants are encouraged to consider the needs of their home institution, and how the institution will benefit from this program.

Professor Craig Edwards receives International Excellence Faculty Award

December 6,  2017

Dr. Craig Edwards, professor in OSU’s Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, Leadership, has been awarded the 2016-2017 International Education Faculty Excellence Award in recognition of his extensive international experience and his work with broadening the global impact of Oklahoma State University. The annual award, which includes a $1000 research stipend, signifies special recognition awarded by the School of Global Studies and Partnerships to faculty members who have distinguished themselves through excellence in international teaching, research, and/or outreach programs and activities.

This is the 13th anniversary of this award, which began in the 2004-2005 school year. Oklahoma State University has a long history of global interaction, and this activity has contributed greatly to the university’s legacy and mission in research, teaching, and extension.

OSU wins national community engagement honor

November 16,  2017

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Sunday night that Oklahoma State University is the winner of its national community outreach award for 2017. The C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship recognizes how colleges have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.

“This is a wonderful honor and exciting national recognition of Oklahoma State’s health initiative with the Chickasaw Nation,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “It’s a humbling acknowledgement of our founding commitment to serve and engage in our communities. I want to thank and congratulate the many OSU employees and students who carry out our land-grant mission in countless ways.”

OSU encourages students to study beyond Stillwater

November 3,  2017

From Iceland to the Virgin Islands, Oklahoma State University offers students several options for personal and professional growth as they live and study across the U.S. and around the world.

OSU students can participate in long and short-term study abroad experiences. Opportunities include faculty-led programs, internships, summer courses, self-service learning projects and semester and academic year programs.

Almost 200 OSU Students Briefly Experienced Life under Intense Poverty

October 30,  2017

In spite of the rapid pace of technological change and economic development around the world, approximately half the world’s population continues to live on an income of less than US$2 per day. It is this overwhelming statistic that motivates many Oklahoma State University faculty and students to focus their energies on addressing this endemic global issue.

On October 13, as most of the OSU community was preparing for homecoming, almost 200 OSU students participated in a “Struggle for Survival” simulation by getting on their hands and knees and making paper bags to replicate a slum. The event, co-sponsored by the School of Global Studies an d Partnerships, the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development, and the Department of Geography, was led by facilitators from the Hong Kong-based NGO Crossroads Foundation. The simulation is designed to help participants understand the emotional and psychological pressures that accompany poverty.

View and vote on exchange student's video about adjusting to life at OSU

October 23,  2017

One of our exchange students from Peru, Sebastian Bayona, created a nice little video on his adjustment to living in the USA: Click here to view and vote!

Link to Sebastion's video

Expo brings international flavors to OSU event

October 5,  2017

By David Bitton/Stillwater News

TThe pleasant aroma of food from countries all over the globe filled the Wes Watkins Center Wednesday as nearly two dozen student organizations offered a taste of their homeland during the annual International Expo.

Struggle for Survival

October 3,  2017

Struggle for Survival

Friday, October 13, the Crossroads Foundation is coming to StillwaterFriday, October 13, the Crossroads Foundation is coming to Stillwater to run this simulation at Oklahoma State University. Crossroads will be doing the simulation at 9:30 and 11:45 a.m. Registration is full at this time, but email us to be informed of future events.

IIE Study Shows That Studying Abroad Has a Direct Impact on Skills Needed for Career Success

October 3,  2017

A new study was released Monday, October 2, on the connection between study abroad programs and the development of skills that contribute to employment and career development in today’s workforce. The study was released at the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, DC on October 2, and the full report can be downloaded at

Electrical Engineering major, Henry Hook, from Andover, Kan., is photographed at Medersa Ben Youssef in Marrakech, Morocco, in spring 2016 Electrical Engineering major, Henry Hook, from Andover, Kan., is photographed at Medersa Ben Youssef in Marrakech, Morocco, in spring 2016 Electrical Engineering major, Henry Hook, from Andover, Kan., is photographed at Medersa Ben Youssef in Marrakech, Morocco, in spring 2016

Exchange student Abigail Crosby gained valuable world experience at Spears Business

September 27,  2017

American Grand Strategy Toward Iran: Bush, Obama, Trump

March 30,  2017

International Events



Talk: The Secret Diplomacy Behind the Iran Nuclear Deal: Can the Deal be Renegotiated? “Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS): Farzaneh Speaker Series”

Monday, Feb. 26, at 12 p.m. in Wes Watkins Center Room 108

Trita Parsi is an award-winning author and was selected as the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Parsi an expert on US-Iran relations, Iranian foreign politics and the geopolitics of the Middle East. In 2015, Parsi advised the Obama Administration throughout the controversial nuclear deal talks with Iran and worked with both the U.S. and Iranian decision-makers and diplomats. He reveals his experiences with both sides in his latest book Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy.

In addition, Parsi is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, a nonprofit organization that gives Iranian-Americans a stronger voice and facilitates a better understanding between American and Iranian people.

Parsi also authored Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Deals of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007), which received the Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council of Foreign Relations, and A Single Roll of the Dice – Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran (Yale Univeristy Press), which was selected as the Best Book of 2012 by the Foreign Affairs journal.

Parsi will conclude his talk with a book signing. The talk is free and will include a pizza lunch.

The IPGS Farzaneh Speaker Series hosts top scholars and policymakers who are specialists of contemporary Iran and the Persian Gulf Region.



Concert: Echoes from the Near East

Echoes from the Near East features music by composers from the Middle East and Central Eurasia. The majority of the works performed in this concert are presented for the first time in the United States and several are world premieres. The concert is hosted and performed by Dr. Anné-Marie Condacse with the participation of the Oklahoma State University Concert Chorale conducted by Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, OSU University Singers conducted by Dr. Christopher Haygood, OSU Youth Choir conducted Dr. Julia Haley, and the Stillwater Chamber Singers conducted by Prof. Nataša Kaurin-Karača. Among the guest artists are Dr. Shahryar Cohanzad, Dr. Naser Shahnoushi, Hossein Khaleghian, and faculty of the OSU Department of Music including Prof. Babette Belter, Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Prof. Wayne Bovenschen, and pianist Pi-Ju Chiang. The event features graphic narrative projections by Prof. Pouya Jahanshahi and fashion design by Shiva Sheibani.



Symposia Persica

On the occasion of the research week at Oklahoma State University, the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies program (IPGS) is organizing SYMPOSIA PERSICA (Feb. 21-24), The First International Biennial Conference and Graduate Workshop on The Persianate World and Central Eurasia. During the two-day symposium program, scholars will present and discuss their works related to Iran, Central Eurasian countries and also greater Persianate societies. Symposia Persica welcomes Dr. W. O. Beeman (Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota) as the keynote speaker of the program. The program concludes with a half-day workshop and includes two panels and discussions on conducting both field and archival research methods, relationships with governmental and academic institutions in Iran, and also publication strategies. The concert Echoes from the Near East (Feb. 23) and the photo exhibition The Qajar Lens: Diversity in Qajar Photography (Feb. 22-23) are two social and cultural activities of the symposium.



Voluntary Martyrdom: Paramilitary Bassidji during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88)

Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS) at the Oklahoma State University & The University of Central Oklahoma. Joint program supported by “Farzaneh Foundation”.


Dr. P. Khosronejad (Oklahoma State University)

"Voluntary Martyrdom: Paramilitary Bassidji during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88)"

Tuesday, Feb. 6th 2018. 6:00-7:00 pm.

Based on long-term fieldwork, interviews conducted with high-ranking officers of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution and also former voluntary paramilitary Bassidji in Iran, for the first time the speaker will present and examine Khunnameh- fraternity blood-signed letters of paramilitary Bassidji written directly before their voluntary martyrdom on the fronts- an unknown element of the sacred material culture of the Sacred Defence and Imposed War. Rare to find or to gain access to, these sacred letters are one of the most challenging topics of Iran-Iraq War martyrdom.

This talk will be completed with a projection of a documentary film about paramilitary Bassidji: their feelings, manners and ideology twenty years after the end of the Iran-Iraq War (2009) in the capital of Iran, Tehran, and also on the former warfronts where they spend their national and religious holidays in the memory of that war’s fallen martyrs.

Contact Pedram Khosronejad for more information



Diplomat-in-Residence visit to Stillwater

Kriten Stewart, the Diplomat in Residence for the Central Region of the U.S., will be on campus on January 31. From 2–3:00 pm, she is hosting office hours in 204G Wes Watkins Center for students to drop in, ask questions, and talk about opportunities available. It is a come-and-go event for students, so they can stop by at any time. If any students are interested in opportunities available and possible careers in the US Department of State, this is a wonderful opportunity to speak with someone who has served in multiple capacities.

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