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SIS student says OSU was a great fit for him

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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 his needs.

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 back home!”

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 a contribution.

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.

JFDP's attend conference

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012

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.

Dicks inducted into Phi Beta Delta

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012

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 Excellence Recipient.

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 endeavors.

In photo from left to right Nani Pybus, Phi Beta Delta past president; Lupita Fabregas, Phi Beta Delta Vice President; Musharrat Hossain, Phi Beta Delta Student Award Recipient, Masters student, Teaching English as a Second Language, English Department; Gerry Auel, Phi Beta Delta Coordinator;  Mike Dicks, Phi Beta Delta Honorary Membership recipient; Mokhtar Al-Zuraiki, Phi Beta Delta Student Award Recipient, Ph.D. Linguistics, English Department; Mahesh Khadka, Phi Beta Delta Student Award Recipient, Ph.D. Computer Science; and Patricia Rayas-Duarte, Phi Beta Delta President.
In photo from left to right Nani Pybus, Phi Beta Delta past president; Lupita Fabregas, Phi Beta Delta Vice President; Musharrat Hossain, Phi Beta Delta Student Award Recipient, Masters student, Teaching English as a Second Language, English Department; Gerry Auel, Phi Beta Delta Coordinator; Mike Dicks, Phi Beta Delta Honorary Membership recipient; Mokhtar Al-Zuraiki, Phi Beta Delta Student Award Recipient, Ph.D. Linguistics, English Department; Mahesh Khadka, Phi Beta Delta Student Award Recipient, Ph.D. Computer Science; and Patricia Rayas-Duarte, Phi Beta Delta President.

OSU School of International Studies visits Oklahoma Capitol

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012

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 and entertainment.

“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.

Oklahoma State University School of International Studies (SIS) students attended International Student Awareness Day 2012 at the Oklahoma Capitol. After the program, students visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Pictured from left to right, Mathis Hodge, Caribbean; Brandon Newland, Wisconsin; Viorela Polena, Albania; Donna Birchler, SIS graduate programs advisor; Umida Boltaeva, Uzbekistan; Christina Ruiz, Mexico; Bemnet Woldearegay, Ethiopia; and Duone Nguyen, Vietnam.
Oklahoma State University School of International Studies (SIS) students attended International Student Awareness Day 2012 at the Oklahoma Capitol. After the program, students visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Pictured from left to right, Mathis Hodge, Caribbean; Brandon Newland, Wisconsin; Viorela Polena, Albania; Donna Birchler, SIS graduate programs advisor; Umida Boltaeva, Uzbekistan; Christina Ruiz, Mexico; Bemnet Woldearegay, Ethiopia; and Duone Nguyen, Vietnam.

IS&O welcomes group from Mexico

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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.

Mekelle University, Ethiopia visits OSU

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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 Center.

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.

Brazil signs MOU with Oklahoma State University

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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.

David Henneberry, Associate Vice-President International Studies and Outreach is pictured with General Commander Gilberto Lopes da Silva, Commandant of the Military Fire Department of the Federal District / Brazil.
David Henneberry, Associate Vice-President International Studies and Outreach is pictured with General Commander Gilberto Lopes da Silva, Commandant of the Military Fire Department of the Federal District / Brazil.
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Twelve Oklahoma State University students receive Humphreys scholarships

Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012

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 scholarships.

Twelve Oklahoma State University students will be studying abroad during the Fall semester 2012 thanks to the Don and Cathey Humphreys Scholarship for study abroad. Pictured back row left to right; Jeff Simpson, study abroad advisor; Joshua Clough, Mykale Holland, Nicholas Wilson and Brannon Frank. Front row left to right; Samantha Hines, Leslie Briggs and Chelsea Kilian. Not pictured; Nicole Keesee, Kaitlyn Gibson, Britney Creamer, Adrian Vega and Mason Hayes.
Twelve Oklahoma State University students will be studying abroad during the Fall semester 2012 thanks to the Don and Cathey Humphreys Scholarship for study abroad. Pictured back row left to right; Jeff Simpson, study abroad advisor; Joshua Clough, Mykale Holland, Nicholas Wilson and Brannon Frank. Front row left to right; Samantha Hines, Leslie Briggs and Chelsea Kilian. Not pictured; Nicole Keesee, Kaitlyn Gibson, Britney Creamer, Adrian Vega and Mason Hayes.

Stillwater’s Sister City visits IS&O

Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012

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.

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.
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.

Undergraduate Minor in International Studies

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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 International Studies Minor or the Sigma Iota Rho National Honor Society for International Studies.

Pictured left to right Jordan Pace, Dawson Metcalf, Kyle Buthod, Andrew Gray
Pictured left to right Jordan Pace, Dawson Metcalf, Kyle Buthod, Andrew Gray

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