STILLWATER, Okla. – The Division of International Studies and Outreach at Oklahoma
State University has named Jeff Simpson as the new Director of the Study Abroad/National
Student Exchange office.
Participation in study abroad continues to increase at OSU with more than 600
students studying outside the United States in 2011-2012. As the new director, Simpson
will be tasked with exploring strategic partnerships with international universities
that complement OSU students’ growing need for diverse academic opportunities.
“I’m excited to be in this position and look forward to assisting OSU with their
study abroad goals,” Simpson said. “Thanks in part to increased funding opportunities,
such as the Don and Cathey Humphreys Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship, more OSU
students are able to study in more destinations worldwide. New discipline specific
programs such as engineering in Madrid, Spain and international business in Brussels,
Belgium are just two of the new initiatives being explored.”
David Henneberry, International Studies and Outreach associate vice president,
said Simpson is a great asset to the Study Abroad Program.
“As the new director of Study Abroad/NSE, Jeff will coordinate a variety of programs
both internationally and domestic that will connect current OSU students to the
world,” Henneberry said. “He has a lot of experience in this area and will do an
excellent job in this role.”
Simpson will oversee the much anticipated move of the Study Abroad/NSE office
into the recently renovated Student Union. The innovative new office, anticipated
to include the latest program management systems designed to coordinate student
enrollment, orientation, and health and safety procedures, will enhance overall
student services and provide an outstanding destination for students exploring opportunities
As OSU continues to strive for increased student participation in meaningful
international experiences, Simpson anticipates continued interest among students
“Our new, premier location in the Student Union will introduce us to countless
students who may not have considered study abroad before. For our students to succeed
upon graduation, it is critical they explore the diverse opportunities outside of
the classroom offered at OSU,” he said. “It’s an exciting time to be guiding the
university’s study abroad efforts as we work to create the meaningful leaders of
Oklahoma State University International Studies and Outreach welcomes 59 students and 12 faculty from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico to the 2012 Summer Programs. They will be here for the next four weeks taking classes and practicing their English in the English Language Institute.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Two staff members in the Wes Watkins Center for International
Trade and Development at Oklahoma State University now carry the distinction of
being Certified Global Business Professionals, an internationally recognized credential
validating a person’s knowledge of international trade.
Kate Arroyo, trade and development assistant, has studied, worked or traveled
in 13 countries across four continents and several island nations. Arroyo earned
her Master’s degree in International Studies with a focus in International Trade
and Development from OSU.
Justin Hazzard, international trade specialist, has been involved in international
trade for more than seven years and has worked in Western Europe. Hazzard has also
earned his Master’s from a top-ranking business school in France.
“The CGBP certification confirms knowledge in international trade and assures
that employees are able to practice global business at the professional level required
in today’s competitive environment,” Hazzard said. “Areas of knowledge tested include
global management, global marketing, supply chain management and trade finance.”
The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development offers a master’s-level
course to prepare students and professionals for the CGBP exam. For more information
regarding the CGBP contact the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development
at 405-744-4272 or visit the website http://citd.okstate.edu. Additional information
about the Certified Global Business Professional credential can be found at http://www.nasbite.org/?page=CGBPCredential.
The Division of International Studies and Outreach welcomes students from Silpakorn
University in Thailand to Oklahoma State University to participate in a two week
summer program. The group has 39 participants and will take part in the “Silpakorn
Management Training Program at OSU” where they will take business related classes
and learn about American culture while they are on the OSU campus.
Eleven OSU faculty approved for membership to SIS
STILLWATER, Okla. – Eleven OSU faculty members were recently approved for membership
on the Oklahoma State University School of International Studies faculty.
New members to the SIS faculty include Terrence Bidwell, Natural Resource, Ecology
and Management; Timothy Bowser, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering; Glen Brown,
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering; Jeanne Homer, Architecture; Subhash Kak,
Computer Sciences; Khaled Mansy, Architecture; Juan Meng, Strategic Communications;
Rolf Prade, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; Peter Rudloff, Political Science;
Mike Schnelle, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture; and Jeanmarie Verchot, Entomology
and Plant Pathology.
International Studies and Outreach Associate Vice President, David Henneberry,
said the goals of SIS include enhancing the academic and personal experience of
students through international programs and activities; and promoting international
education, research, trade and outreach development.
“These goals are accomplished through overall participation in study abroad activities,
and expansion of international activities and opportunities for faculty, staff,
students and the greater community,” he said. “The SIS faculty work to enhance these
opportunities by advising students, lending international expertise, serving as
guest speakers, leading study abroad programs and acting as a committee member on
various international or school committees.”
The School of International Studies (SIS) includes the
Study Abroad Office,
English Language Institute,
activities and the multi-disciplinary
SIS Graduate Program. The SIS
Graduate Program offers three curricular options:
the Master of Science in International
Studies, the Graduate Certificate in International Studies and the
Program (MIP), which combines the M.S. in International Studies with service in
the Peace Corps. The SIS also has an
undergraduate minor in International Studies
available to all undergraduate students.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Donna Birchler, graduate programs advisor, received the Outstanding
Graduate Coordinator/ Outstanding Graduate Support Staff Award during Graduate Education
week at Oklahoma State University.
Birchler is the graduate programs advisor for the OSU School of International
Studies (SIS) and has served in this position for 11 years. Nominations for this
award were initiated by currently enrolled graduate students and received a $500
“I am honored to receive this kind of recognition, especially because it comes
from the students,” Birchler said. “I have a great job because I work with students
everyday and they have always been a priority to me. I believe that is what working
at OSU means, taking care of the students and making their transitions in the academic
field easier. I am truly blessed with my job and thank all those who helped make
this award possible.”
Birchler currently advises 66 students and serves on numerous scholarship committees.
The School of International Studies is OSU’s academic framework for integrating
the resources of all eight OSU academic units and colleges to expand international
opportunities in instruction, research and outreach for individuals and organizations
seeking a greater understanding and involvement in world trade and international
The School is housed in the Wes Watkins Center, which serves as a focal point
for international activities at OSU. Operating as part of the Division of International
Studies and Outreach the School helps carry out the University's outreach missions
of providing educational programs and services beyond traditional campus boundaries.
The School of International Studies offers a Graduate Program, the English Language
Institute; Study Abroad/National Student Exchange Office; Peace Corps Recruitment
support; Fulbright Resource Center; OSU Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta International
Honor Society; OSU Chapter of the Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society and International
International Studies and Outreach was named a 2012 Certified Healthy Department
by Oklahoma State University as part of the university’s initiative to promote wellness
and health across the campus.
Experts at the Seretean Wellness Center certified each department according to
specific guidelines, focusing on physical activity programs in the department, mental
health, stress management and nutrition. The program recognizes departments that
already have health-related policies as well as those who choose to implement new
"I am pleased to see so many OSU Certified Healthy Departments for 2012," said
Ann Hargis, OSU's first lady. "Offices are making an effort to create a healthier
environment for faculty, staff and students. I commend them for joining us on the
journey, as we strive to be America's healthiest campus."
There are two tiers of qualification, silver and gold. Twenty-four departments
qualified for gold status, while three departments qualified for silver status.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Moritz Rissman, School of International Studies (SIS) graduate
student, is from Germany and chose Oklahoma State University for many reasons. He
had decided to get an English graduate degree and likes to experience new cultures
and improve his language skills. After narrowing down his choices to 11, OSU met
When first arriving in Stillwater, Rissman felt like Oklahoma was similar to
home, but dryer, vaster in space and red instead of green and brown. Most universities
that he has visited were generally very limited in space and are therefore often
scattered across larger towns.
“I am still very excited to study on a campus where everything is close together
and separated by nice green areas,” he said. “Absolutely fascinating is the identification
of the students with their Alma Mater. That ocean of orange really is bright and
I love to be a part of this family. We could definitely use some of that spirit
The same is true for the dedication of professors and advisors.
He said he recently Skyped with a good friend from high school and she happened
to have e-mailed back and forth with a professor for mathematics at OSU.
“What a small world! She was totally stunned by the professor’s friendliness
and cooperation,” Rissman said. “Hence, it is not just me; Oklahomans are just friendlier.”
Rissman is an active student, serving in several officer positions in the SIS,
he says serving in this capacity prepares him for his future.
“Being active in extracurricular activities teaches you several important lessons.
More importantly, one can’t learn these lessons by reading books or taking classes.
The starters are prioritizing and time management. Yet, the interaction with others
yields the most benefits,” he said. “Observing and understanding your coworkers
and fellow students will allow you to significantly improve group dynamics and achieve
optimal results. This came in very handy when I lead a big team of students organizing
a weeklong workshop series with Europe’s leading IT firms. Finally, you gain a certain
degree of experience and calmness that surely helped me during various occasions.”
He said being active has taught him some skills – but in the end he is active
because he enjoys meeting new people and taking things in his own hands and making
Rissman’s goals after finishing the SIS master’s program including continuing
his education and obtaining a doctoral degree.
“If I ever grow up, I will like to return to the classroom, teach economics,
share my experience and encourage young people to seek an understanding of other
cultures and the ‘big picture,’” he said.
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