Viorela Polena and Umida Boltaeva, Junior Faculty Development Program participants from Oklahoma State University, attended the annual Phi Beta Delta Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 12 and 13, and both presented a conference session.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Mike Dicks, Chair, Wes Watkins Center for International Trade
and Development, was recently inducted into Oklahoma State University’s Epsilon
Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Delta. Dicks was the 2010 International Education Faculty
For the last three decades, Dicks has assisted farm and commodity groups, environmental
groups, USDA and Congress in developing farm policy, in addition to assisting numerous
foreign governments, United States government agencies and non-government organizations
in international development activities. He has worked in Eastern Europe, the Middle
East, North, East and West Africa, the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico.
Phi Beta Delta is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly
achievement in international education. Its mission is to serve as a means of encouraging
interdisciplinary international programming and promote the exchange of ideas and
information among a network of faculty, staff and students involved in international
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University School of International Studies
(SIS) attended International Student Awareness Day 2012 at the Oklahoma Capitol.
The event was presented by the Oklahoma Governors International Team and the
International Student Awareness Day Committee. International students who are currently
enrolled in Oklahoma’s colleges, universities, and all high school juniors and seniors
were invited to attend the event.
The students, representing more than 65 countries, were greeted in the House
Chamber by Cory Williams, Oklahoma House of Representatives and International Students
Awareness Day Chairman.
“We open the doors at the Capitol to these students who are here representing
their country and their culture. As these unique perspectives are shared, we lessen
the fear and misunderstanding between cultures and I’m pleased to play a small role
in this year’s event,” Williams said.
Todd Lamb, Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma, thanked the students for participating
in the event and visiting the State’s Capitol and Percy Walker, Oklahoma House of
Representatives sang a couple of classic Oklahoma songs to the group.
Students were able to enjoy local and international cuisine, check out free booths
“I really enjoyed visiting the State’s Capitol and learning about Oklahoma’s
history,” said Bemnet Woldearegay, SIS student from Ethiopia. “The roll call of
the countries was a neat opportunity to see what all different countries were represented
from across the world and to also see who else was there from my own country. This
was a great experience and I look forward to going back and visiting the Capitol.”
International students from SIS that attended the event include Mathis Hodge,
Caribbean; Brandon Newland, Wisconsin, U.S.A.; Viorela Polena, Albania; Umida Boltaeva,
Uzbekistan; Christina Ruiz, Mexico; Woldearegay, Ethiopia; and Duone Nguyen, Vietnam.
Following the International Student Awareness Day, SIS students visited the Oklahoma
City National Memorial and Museum.
International Studies and Outreach welcomes a group from Mexico who are here for two weeks studying in the English Language Institute. They come from across Mexico and serve as faculty and staff from the Monterrey Tech System.
Ed Miller, International Agriculture Programs; Rebekah Kidanemariam, International
Studies and Outreach; President Joachim Herzig, Mekelle University in Ethiopia and
David Henneberry, Associate Vice-President IS&O are pictured in the Wes Watkins
President Herzig is visiting Oklahoma State University and is meeting with faculty
in the College Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, College of Human Sciences,
College of Veterinary Health and also with Langston University.
The Military Fire Department of the Federal District of Brazil signed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU) with Oklahoma State University on March 28, 2012. The MOU
is an effort to continue and expand its legacy and to promote increased understanding
between the United States and the Federative Republic of Brazil. The MOU encourages
activities involving areas of instruction, research and extension.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Twelve Oklahoma State University students will be studying
abroad during the Fall semester 2012 thanks to the Don and Cathey Humphreys Scholarship
for long-term study abroad.
Recognizing the life changing impact study abroad had on their own daughters,
the Humphreys wanted to extend the opportunity to OSU students by opening additional
avenues for financial support.
The twelve scholarship winners are the third set of recipients of the Humphreys
scholarship. They will study around the world including the United Kingdom, Spain,
Mexico, Japan, Argentina, Egypt, Europe and England.
Scholarship recipients include Nicole Keesee, Kaitlyn Gibson, Leslie Briggs,
Mykale-Jamal Holland, Chelsea Kilian, Nicholas Wilson, Britney Creamer, Adrian Vega,
Joshua Clough, Mason Hayes, Samantha Hines and Brannon Frank.
David Henneberry, Associate Vice President for International Studies and Outreach,
said not only is long-term study abroad an excellent way for students to expand
their horizons and get an opportunity to learn about different cultures, they serve
as ambassadors for international education at OSU.
“The Humphreys’ interest in creating global citizens has provided OSU students
with access to new international experiences,” Henneberry said. “These scholarships
provide students the opportunity to study long-term abroad. This eases the financial
burden for the students and they come back with educational experiences that will
inspire intellectual growth and give students a global perspective.”
The Humphreys have shown their support for the internationalization of OSU by
donating $6 million to support the University’s study abroad program under the School
of International Studies in the Division of International Studies and Outreach.
The gift funds several endowed faculty chairs as well as the student study abroad
Visitors from Stillwater’s Sister City, Kameoka, Japan, visited Oklahoma State University’s International Studies and Outreach while staying in Stillwater. Pictured in the photo are visitors from Kameoka, Stillwater residents, and faculty and staff from across OSU.
The Stillwater Sister Cities Program extends to build and strengthen international
cooperation, to promote cultural understanding and peace and to develop long-term
community partnerships. The program began with the two cities in 1985 and has developed
a wide range of cultural, educational and exchange programs that benefit both communities.
The minor in international studies provides all undergraduates the opportunity
to internationalize their academic career. Like many students in the minor, Jordan,
Dawson, Kyle, and Nick each has a passion for global issues and are incorporating
a significant international dimension to their undergraduate studies. Students that
pursue this minor have the chance to develop their interests by taking internationally
focused courses, traveling abroad, and studying a foreign language before they graduate.
The Sigma Iota Rho National Honor Society for International Studies is another
way students with interests in global issues can be more actively engaged at Oklahoma
State University, the Stillwater community, and the world abroad.
Please contact Pia Guyman if you would like to learn more about the
Studies Minor or the Sigma Iota Rho National Honor Society for International Studies.
David Henneberry, Associate Vice President for International Studies and Outreach
and Jim Shideler, Global Contacts Coordinator, met with the department head and
faculty of the Department of Zootecnia at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua
on February 23, 2012. Several members of the Zootecnia faculty recently received
their Ph.D. at OSU.
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