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Expo brings international flavors to OSU event

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017

By David Bitton/Stillwater News Press

The 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.

Expo brings international flavors to OSU event David Bitton/Stillwater News Press Ye Guo, right, 22, a senior strategic communications major, searches for the right hat/fan to buy Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at the Thai Student Association booth during the annual International Expo at Oklahoma State University’s Wes Watkins Center in Stillwater.

“It is like traveling around the world in a day,” said Puja Jana, president of the Oklahoma State University International Student Organization, which hosted the event that has been going on more than 30 years.

During the lunch hour, student associations from countries including Saudi Arabia and South Korea sold food to hundreds of guests.

OSU has roughly 1,800 international students from more than 100 countries, with the majority coming from China (439) and India (425), according to fall 2017 data.

Minjoo Kim, 23, a PhD marketing major who was volunteering at the Korean Student Association booth said the event is a great way to learn about other countries while sampling their food.

Her group offered an array of food including bulgogi (barbecue beef) over rice with kimchi.

African Student Association volunteer and environmental science major Kim Ndong, 24, a senior, kept busy selling an African donut called a puff-puff and a drink called bissap, which was made from dried hibiscus flowers mixed with pineapple.

“People love it,” said Ndong, who is from Gabon, Africa.

A line at the Thai Student Association was steady throughout the event, not only for the food and drink options but because they were selling a hat that doubled as a fan for $1.

The wooden object was decorated with colorful fabric with Thai patterns.

“I’ve never seen this type of hat before,” said Ye Guo, 22, a senior strategic communications major. “This is a great event.”

The event also featured a booth where Alejandra Barrera, a 31-year-old Health and Human Performance PhD student from Mexico City, was collecting monetary donations.

The funds will soon be helping the people of Mexico recover following last month’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake that left more than 300 dead and thousands injured.

Barrera said nearly $2,000 had been raised in the past several weeks.

“I hope that in some small way this helps,” she said.

Struggle for Survival

Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Almost half the world—over three billion people—live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.

Struggle for Survival

Friday, 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.

The ‘Struggle for Survival’ is a simulation designed to demonstrate the barriers that half of the globe’s population face daily. The experience allows participants to explore poverty ‘from the inside’ and begin to explore how they can make a difference in meeting global needs. The simulation is run by the Crossroads Foundation, a Hong Kong-based organization fighting global need. The experience regularly presented to top political and economic leaders at the World Economic Forum, to global NGOs, in senior leadership and development programs, and is frequently requested as a catalyst toward real-world solutions. The experience has been featured on the BBC, CNN and newspapers around the world.

In the simulation, participants must find ways to earn money to protect their families, pay for rent, food, sanitation, medical needs and education. Those that cannot earn enough find themselves in more desperate straits. In the space of two hours, this program throws participants into the real pressures felt by almost half of the globe’s population every day. It is from this position that participants are invited to explore what could help break the oppressive cycle of poverty.

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

Posted on Tuesday, 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

Among alumni who studied abroad for one academic year, 68 percent reported studying abroad contributing to a job offer or promotion, compared to just 43 percent of alumni who studied abroad for fewer than eight weeks. At the same time, stronger gains in teamwork skills were reported by students who took part in short term programs, which tend to be more structured and team oriented than longer term programs where students might pursue more independent experiences.

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

2017 OSU International EXPO

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017

International EXPO - 2017

Where food and culture meet!

  • Date: Wednesday, October 4
  • Place: Intenational Mall (North of Edmon Low Library)
  • Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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