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War on Democracy

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013

Mali's Ancient Manuscripts

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Senior Administrators from Southwest Jiaotong University visit OSU

Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A total of 18 senior administrators from Southwest Jiaotong University will have a two-week visit at OSU from Aug 24 to Sept 6. The purpose of their visit is to learn about the best practices of university governance and student-centered services at Oklahoma State University. Southwest Jiaotong University is one of main strategic partners of OSU.

Since 2008, OSU and SWJTU has many exchange and collaborations in student programs, faculty and staff exchange and training programs. Pictured are the faculty members from Southwest Jiaotong and OSU faculty and staff.

Paralegal fall classes available through OSU Correspondence Education

Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

STILLWATER, Okla.–– Area residents interested in pursuing a paralegal career will have the opportunity to earn a Paralegal Certificate through an online course being offered beginning Aug. 26, 2013.

This course is offered by Correspondence Education (CE) at Oklahoma State University in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies, a Colorado company that provides students with affordable and effective legal education through colleges across the nation.

The 14-week Paralegal Certificate Course© prepares students for careers in the growing field of paralegalism.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projections, the number of paralegal positions will be 28 percent higher by 2018 than it was a decade earlier, a growth rate that is much faster than the national average for all occupations.

Director, English Language Institute, position open

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Division of International Studies and Outreach is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the next Director of the English Language Institute (ELI). The ELI at Oklahoma State University has seven full time instructors, two administrative specialists and over 100 students. It is located in the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU campus. This individual will serve as the chief administrator of the ELI, provide oversight of all ELI academic programs and staff, develop and manage ELI budgets, and assist in other IS&O projects such as accreditation and annual reports. Applicants must possess a Master’s in TESL, applied linguistics or a related field; 5 years education admin and TESL experience; or have related professional experience. Preferred applicants will have a doctoral degree in applied linguistics or a related area, university administrative experience, advanced ESL experience, experience abroad and proficiency in a language in addition to English. It is anticipated that a new Director will be hired by September 1 and start soon thereafter. The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, apply before July 15, 2013.

Please apply online at listing #09362. For questions please contact Katie Reim, Chair, ELI Director Search Committee at

WWCITD assists Tulsa company in becoming more competitive in global markets

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development at Oklahoma State University assists individuals and companies looking to export their goods and services around the world.

Vacuworx, a Tulsa based company, has used many of the WWCITDs varied services which have helped them to become more competitive and to enter into new global markets. In addition to selling to Free Trade Agreement partners such as Australia and Chile and export to key markets including Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany and Turkey.

“We have been working with Vacuworx since we became an integral part the Oklahoma Small Business Development network in June 2012,” said Anthony Cambas, Director of the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development. “The center has worked with Vacuworx in order to help them develop new markets and solve the puzzle of getting their products into the destination markets in a profitable manner by emphasizing export and Customs compliance and the implementation of best practices in logistics and shipping.”

Since it was founded in Tulsa in 1999, Vacuworx has garnered a global reputation for developing unique and innovative lifting products based on vacuum technologies which improve the safety and efficiency of projects requiring the lifting of heavy and unwieldy materials including pipelines.

“The assistance provided by the Oklahoma State University WWCITD understanding the export controls and harmonized codes related to our products and the development of a Compliance Manual accompanied by internal controls, policies and procedures have been invaluable,” said Stephen Smith, Director of International Sales for Vacuworx. “These activities have assisted us in becoming more competitive by improving our compliance and avoiding the overpayment of duties and have also helped us to streamline operations and better focus our internal procedures regarding our export process.”

In addition to assistance in the area of trade compliance, the OSU WWCITD has provided foreign market research assistance to help Vacuworx better focus its activities in a way that will help to reach new overseas customers and to develop a Global Dealer network.

“While many of these countries are still in development for us, we now have a better, more refined strategy to develop these and are more confident in our efforts as a result,” Smith said.

The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development focuses on both international trade and international development. In the area of International Trade, the focus is to assist Oklahoma businesses in marketing their products and services overseas. Oklahoma businesses are provided with Certified Global Business Professionals for hands-on assistance in any and all efforts to expand product and service markets internationally.

The WWCITD is part of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers network which has partner centers located around the state and is dedicated to providing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with guidance to succeed in their business endeavors.

To find out how WWCITD can assist your business with going global contact 405-744-4272 or

Since it was founded in Tulsa in 1999, Vacuworx has garnered a global reputation for developing unique and innovative lifting products based on vacuum technologies which improve the safety and efficiency of projects requiring the lifting of heavy and unwieldy materials including pipelines.
Since it was founded in Tulsa in 1999, Vacuworx has garnered a global reputation for developing unique and innovative lifting products based on vacuum technologies which improve the safety and efficiency of projects requiring the lifting of heavy and unwieldy materials including pipelines.

Oklahoma SBDC Network provides disaster recovery advising for Oklahoma business owners

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

DURANT, Okla. – The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC) statewide network has begun providing disaster recovery consulting to Oklahoma small business owners impacted by Monday’s devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

Dr. Bill Carter stated: “The Oklahoma SBDC Network can provide assistance to businesses that were directly damaged or impacted and also those that have, or will, have a secondary economic impact as a result of the very damaging storm.”

Carter indicated that the Oklahoma SBDC Network has many tools that can help business owners fast-track their recovery. He indicated that some of the first things on a ‘recovery list’ should include reconnecting with employees, suppliers, and bankers. Additionally, Carter indicated that “a business owner should contact key customers and let them know the plans for the business. Taking photos, reassembling business records, and generally breaking the task down into manageable steps can start the process toward reopening a business.”

Business owners in any of Oklahoma’s 77 counties can receive no-cost business advising on a range of business operational issues from one of the 17 locations the Oklahoma SBDC network has in Oklahoma. Regarding disasters, a first step would be to get the “Disaster Resource Guide for Small Businesses” available from your local SBDC Office. Locations for Oklahoma SBDC offices can be found at

Carter also suggested that businesses that have suffered a disaster should work through the “IRS Disaster Tool Kit” early in their recovery. This “Tool Kit” is also available through your local SBDC Office. SBDC advisors are available to assist with these efforts.

Carter indicated that SBA disaster loans and other resources will be available in the weeks ahead and that Oklahoma SBDC business advisors will be available to help business owners through the application process.

Congratulations Spring 2013 SIS Masters Graduates

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013

Ralston selected for a CBYX exchange in Germany

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013

STILLWATER, Okla. – Stefan Ralston, a student at Oklahoma State University from Jenks, Okla., has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany.

Ralston, Aerospace Administration and Operations senior, was selected as one of 75 participants (among more than 600 applicants) for this unique fellowship program. Since 1984, more than 1,650 Americans have been awarded this opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical and practical work experience in Germany, and Ralston will be participating in the 30th year of the CBYX program (2013-2014).

While in Germany, he will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a German university or professional school for four months, and complete a five-month internship with a German company in his career field. Participants are placed throughout Germany, and have the opportunity to learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives.

“Germany is a strong US ally, an influential leader of the European Union, and, similar to Oklahoma, hosts career opportunities in the vast aviation field,” Ralston said. “During the yearlong professional exchange, I endeavor to better understand the education and career lifestyles in Germany, as well as learn more about their history, politics and traditions.”

Conceived and supported by members of the United States Congress and the German Parliament [Bundestag], the CBYX program is financially supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act. Participants come from nearly every career field, and from all over the United States.

“As Oklahoma State University continues to increase the opportunities for young adults in business, STEM (scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematical), agricultural, and vocational fields to live and study abroad, programs like CBYX make a significant difference to our effectiveness in helping all OSU students have meaningful international experiences,” said Jeff Simpson, Director, OSU Study Abroad, National Student Exchange Office.

Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 18-24 and have clear career goals and experience in their professional fields. German language ability is not required, but is strongly recommended.

CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program. While American participants like Ralston will experience life in Germany, young German professionals will live here in the United States during the upcoming academic year. German participants study at US colleges in the fall and work in local businesses in the spring, all while living with an American host. CBYX for Young Professionals is currently looking for interested host families, host companies, and host colleges who would like to take part in this exciting cultural exchange. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the program or hosting a German participant can find out more by visiting

Ethiopian University Presidents visit OSU

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Oklahoma State University is hosting a group of eight University Presidents from Ethiopia. Today IS&O hosted a luncheon in their honor. The Presidents are from the University of Mekelle, University of Bahir Dar, University of Axum, University of Gonder, University of Hawassa, University of Jimma, University of Haromaya and University of Adigrat.

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