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Remarks by Robert Gates

Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2012

OSU to feature Point Four Documentary – Part Two

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University Division of International Studies and Outreach will show the movie premiere of The Point Four Documentary – Part Two on July 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center Auditorium.

Other showings will take place on July 20 in the same location at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Both days the event is free and open to the public.

The Point Four Documentary – Part One is available for streaming at www.abaymovies.com.

Point Four highlights the history of Haramaya University, an agricultural technical campus in Ethiopia established in 1956 in collaboration with the United States government and with assistance from OSU. Formerly known as Alemaya College, the institution was officially inaugurated by Emperor Haile Selassie on January 16, 1958.

“The documentary is about U.S. foreign policy that was successfully implemented in Ethiopia,” said Mel Tewahade, director of the Point Four Documentary. “The Alemaya College was established with the help of Oklahoma State University. They provided the expertise and Ethiopia provided the funds.”

The film borrows its name from President Harry Truman’s 1949 inaugural address in which he announced a technical assistance program for developing countries that later became known as “The Point Four Program.”

David Henneberry, Associate Vice President for International Studies and Outreach, said the Point Four program resulted in America’s close partnership with Ethiopia in helping to establish some of the country’s technical higher-education institutions.

“This documentary is a great way to showcase the history and partnership between OSU and Haramaya University and how two countries came together for the common good of the people,” Henneberry said.

In 1951, representatives of the United States and the Ethiopian government signed an agreement which promised cooperation in the exchange of technical knowledge and skill necessary to contribute to the development of economic resources and productive capacities of Ethiopia.

The two countries signed an agreement in 1952 to start building the Imperial Ethiopian College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts. It was decided that Henry Bennett, then president of OSU, head up a plan to assist Ethiopia with the creation of an agricultural college. With the support of members of the Point Four team and Haile Selassie himself, the project began in 1952.

The movie features interviews with Americans who were involved with the program in Ethiopia as well as Ethiopian graduates from the school.

For additional information about attending a showing of the movie e-mail katie.reim@okstate.edu.

Addis Ababa University President visits OSU

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012

President Admasu Tsegaye from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia is visiting Oklahoma State University for the next few months as a research professor in Plant and Soil Sciences. The Division of International Studies and Outreach welcomed him and his daughter, Ruth, to Stillwater and the OSU campus.

Pictured front row left to right: Ruth Admasu; Adele Tongco, International Agricultural Programs; Sheryl Tucker, Graduate College Dean; Shida Henneberry, Masters of International Agricultural Program and Katheleen Wilson, Academic Counselor in Zoology.
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Back row left to right: Jeff Simpson, OSU Study Abroad Coordinator; Berhanu Andarge, Graduate Student in Plant and Soil Sciences; Adsasu Tsegaye, President of Addis Ababa University; David Henneberry, Associate Vice President of International Studies and Outreach; Stephan Wilson, Dean of Human Sciences; David Thomas, Psychology Professor and Mike Woods, Interim Vice President and Dean of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
Pictured front row left to right: Ruth Admasu; Adele Tongco, International Agricultural Programs; Sheryl Tucker, Graduate College Dean; Shida Henneberry, Masters of International Agricultural Program and Katheleen Wilson, Academic Counselor in Zoology.
Back row left to right: Jeff Simpson, OSU Study Abroad Coordinator; Berhanu Andarge, Graduate Student in Plant and Soil Sciences; Adsasu Tsegaye, President of Addis Ababa University; David Henneberry, Associate Vice President of International Studies and Outreach; Stephan Wilson, Dean of Human Sciences; David Thomas, Psychology Professor and Mike Woods, Interim Vice President and Dean of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Simpson named new director of OSU Study Abroad/NSE office

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012

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 abroad.

As OSU continues to strive for increased student participation in meaningful international experiences, Simpson anticipates continued interest among students across campus.

“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 tomorrow.”

Welcome to OSU!

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012

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.

Trade Center Staff Members Certified as Global Business Professionals

Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012

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.

Kate Arroyo, trade and development assistant, (left) and Justin Hazzard, international trade specialist, recently became Certified Global Business Professionals, an internationally recognized credential validating a person’s knowledge of international trade. Both work for the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development at Oklahoma State University.
Kate Arroyo, trade and development assistant, (left) and Justin Hazzard, international trade specialist, recently became Certified Global Business Professionals, an internationally recognized credential validating a person’s knowledge of international trade. Both work for the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development at Oklahoma State University.

School of International Studies Academic Programs Director, Joel Jenswold, is featured in a Kazakh newspaper

Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012

IS&O welcomes Silpakorn University

Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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

Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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, International Outreach 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 Masters International 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.

Congratulations to the School of International Studies Spring 2012 Graduates!

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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