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OSU Hosts JFDP Fellows

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012

On February 2, 2012, JFDP Fellows Viorela Polena from Albania and Umida Boltayeva from Uzbekistan attended a welcome luncheon organized by Donna Birchler, the JFDP host coordinator at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, where Polena and Boltayeva are spending the spring 2012 semester for their fellowships. The luncheon was held at Wes Watkins Center, “a very friendly environment with wonderful people,” says Polena. The Watkins Center is home to OSU’s School of International Studies. At the luncheon, Boltayeva and Polena met OSU Provost Dr. Robert J. Sternberg. Also in attendance were Polena’s academic advisor from the Department of Political Science, Dr. Peter Rudloff; Interim Chair of Political Science, Dr. Jeanette Mendez; Boltayeva’s advisor from the Department of Educational Leadership, Dr. Ed Harris; and other faculty and staff from the School of International Studies.

During the welcoming luncheon, Boltayeva and Polena introduced themselves and described their backgrounds and the universities where they work in their home countries. Polena commented, “I really felt proud when I saw the flag of my country waving in front of Wes Watkins Center (there are put the flags of the international scholars who are at present visiting OSU). Participating in this program is giving me the chance to get to know many, many new things and at the same time is opening new windows from which to see, evaluate and analyze the world. I am proud and happy at the same time that I will have to share a lot at my home university, and I am sure that there will be much more to share when this wonderful experience will end.” Polena further commented, “Today I really felt an ambassador of my country, and this is also thanks to you, to the JFDP program and the wonderful people I am meeting here at OSU.”

Left: JFDP Fellow Viorela Polena in front
of the national flag of Albania at the
OSU Wes Watkins Center<br />
Right: JFDP Fellows Ms. Viorela Polena and Ms. Umida Boltayeva
(pictured at far right, front) with the Provost of Oklahoma State
University, academic advisors, faculty and staff coordinators.
Left: JFDP Fellow Viorela Polena in front of the national flag of Albania at the OSU Wes Watkins Center
Right: JFDP Fellows Ms. Viorela Polena and Ms. Umida Boltayeva (pictured at far right, front) with the Provost of Oklahoma State University, academic advisors, faculty and staff coordinators.

Paralegal fall classes available through OSU Correspondence Education

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2012

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 March 5, 2012.

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.

“Students who complete the Paralegal Certificate Course© receive their certificate from OSU Correspondence Education,” said Evelyn Ferchau, OSU Correspondence Education manager. “This provides instant credibility when presenting the certificate to would-be employers.”

OSU Correspondence Education will also be offering online courses in Victim Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

“Both victim advocacy and alternative dispute resolution are growing fields with plenty of job opportunities,” said Ferchau. “Plus, the skills you learn in both courses are readily adaptable to careers in other areas; they are skills that are valued by many types of employers, so your options are plentiful.”

For more information, visit http://www.legalstudies.com or call 1-800-522-7737.

To see a full list of classes offered through CE visit the website http://ce.okstate.edu.

Point Four Program viewed by more than 600 people

Posted on Friday, February 3, 2012

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.

A site in the province of Harar was chosen and OSU began by establishing physical plants and bringing in staff to run academic and research programs. By the time the program came to an end in 1968, there were 300 highly trained American citizens that lived and worked in Ethiopia to build this university.

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

“My inspiration to make the movie is to honor all the great people including my own father who worked hard to establish this agricultural college,” said Tewahade. “As a kid I traveled to Alemaya from our house in Harar and I have a pleasant memory of the place.”

Watch the Point Four trailer at http://vimeo.com/29749974.

OSU signs agreements with UPAEP

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University and the Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) University, located in Puebla City, Mexico, recently signed new degree options for their students.

Pablo Nuño, Dean of the Graduate College at UPAEP System, visited OSU to sign a Dual PhD between the Department of Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership at OSU and the Centro Interdisciplinario de Postgrados at UPAEP.

Nuño also signed new Master Dual Degree options with the Master of International Agriculture.

David Henneberry, Associate Vice President for International Studies and Outreach, said these new degree options are a great addition to the other degree options we already have in place with UPAEP.

“With the dual degree program, students gain language skills and it’s a great international and cultural experience,” Henneberry said. “OSU and UPAEP are great partners in the dual degree program and we are very happy to add additional degree options to this program.”

The dual degree program allows a student to earn two master’s degrees in two years. The first phase is at the home university (OSU), the second phase is at the partner university (UPAEP), then the third phase is a thesis and this can be done at either university. The student must complete the degree requirements of each institution.

For a list of the dual degree options available visit http://ieo.okstate.edu/ieo.aspx?page=716 or e-mail Lupita Fabregas at Lupita.fabregas@okstate.edu.

The Universities are trying to extend the collaboration between both institutions with a new Master Dual degree in Leisure Studies and a new option of Global Development including not only OSU and UPAEP but universities in Asia and Europe.

Oklahoma State University and the Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) University, located in Puebla City, Mexico, recently signed new degree options for their students.
Pictured are from left to right, Sheryl Tucker, OSU Graduate College, associate provost of the graduate education and dean; Pablo Nuño, UPAEP Graduate College dean; and Craig Satterfield, OSU Graduate College assistant dean.
Oklahoma State University and the Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) University, located in Puebla City, Mexico, recently signed new degree options for their students. Pictured are from left to right, Sheryl Tucker, OSU Graduate College, associate provost of the graduate education and dean; Pablo Nuño, UPAEP Graduate College dean; and Craig Satterfield, OSU Graduate College assistant dean.

International Visitor Leadership Program participants visit OSU

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2012

Visitors from Osh Technical University, Kyrgyz State University, Talas State University and Chui University all in the Kyrgyz Republic visited faculty and staff at the Division of International Studies and Outreach at Oklahoma State University. The visitors were part of the International Visitor Leadership Program which was launched in 1940 to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed professional visits to the U.S. for current and emerging leaders.

The visitors from the Kyrgyz Republic discussed higher education in the U.S. with David Henneberry, associate director IS&O and Joel Jenswold, SIS director of graduate programs. The universities would also like to sign a Memoriam of Understanding to further develop educational bonds.

More pictures of this event

Hailin Qu recognized for leadership in hospitality education

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2012

School of Hotel and Restaurant Regents Professor Hailin Qu received the 2012 Founder’s Award for Life Time Contributions in Creation of Knowledge, at the Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism held earlier this month in Auburn, Ala. For more details, click here.

Weisenfeld to speak in the Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship Series

Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

By Krista Anderson

STILLWATER - Paul Weisenfeld, Assistant to the Administrator, directing the Bureau for Food Security, which leads President Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative will be the next presenter in the Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship Series. He is slated to present his presentation titled “The Future of Global Food Security” on Feb. 8, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center.

Weisenfeld is responsible for overseeing the Agency’s technical and regional expertise focused on improving food security and reducing persistent rural poverty. A Minister-Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service, Weisenfeld has served for nearly twenty years at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in four oversees posts and in Washington, D.C.

This free event begins at 3:30 p.m., is open to the public, and is especially suitable for students, those interested in food security, international opportunities and non-government organizations.

The United States Congress passed the Foreign Assistance Act in 1961 to administer long-range economic and humanitarian assistance to developing countries. Two months after passage of the act, President John F. Kennedy established USAID.

With approximately 8,600 employees that work in collaboration with a variety of other U.S. Government agencies and private entities, USAID is the primary source for U.S. development assistance abroad.

“Recognizing the link between the 1 billion people facing chronic food insecurity and global conflicts, USAID has a major focus on agricultural and rural development. Paul Weisenfeld is the U.S. government’s leader in this effort. I hope that anyone interested in or involved in international development, agriculture or reducing global conflicts will attend the lecture,” said Mike Dicks, Wes and Lou Watkins chair of international trade and development. “They can get a first-hand account of USAID’s international programs and strategies from one of the most knowledgeable U.S. international development professionals.”

The Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship Series is an endowed lectureship honoring former U.S. Representative Wes Watkins. The lectureship series is designed to assist and encourage Oklahoma business owners in developing and expanding their economic opportunities. Students and community members also stand to benefit from the knowledge and diversity provided by the lecturers. Congressman Watkins, an OSU graduate, is committed to outreach, international trade and the economic development of Oklahoma.

For more information, contact Mike Dicks at 405-744-7127.

OSU to feature Point Four Documentary

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University Division of International Studies and Outreach will show the movie premiere of The Point Four Documentary on Feb. 2, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center Auditorium.

Other showings will take place on Feb. 3 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.

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.

A site in the province of Harar was chosen and OSU began by establishing physical plants and bringing in staff to run academic and research programs. By the time the program came to an end in 1968, there were 300 highly trained American citizens that lived and worked in Ethiopia to build this university.

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

“My inspiration to make the movie is to honor all the great people including my own father who worked hard to establish this agricultural college,” said Tewahade. “As a kid I traveled to Alemaya from our house in Harar and I have a pleasant memory of the place.”

Watch the Point Four trailer at http://vimeo.com/29749974. For additional information about attending a showing of the movie e-mail Katie.reim@okstate.edu.

OSU International Studies & Outreach Would like to thank the companies and individuals that donated to our departmental United Way fundraising efforts.

Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

OSU International Studies & Outreach

Would like to thank the companies and individuals that donated to our departmental United Way fundraising efforts.

  • Bad Brad’s BBQ
  • Cherokee Strip BBQ
  • EPS Settlements Group
  • Freddie Paul’s Steakhouse
  • IS&O Staff and Students
  • Kline’s BBQ
  • McBride Orthopedic Hospital Physicians
  • Meditations
  • OK Party Box
  • One Call Medical
  • Red Rock Bakery
  • Rib Crib
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll

Thanks to you, we raised over $1500 for United Way!

School of International Studies graduates 22 students

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University School of International Studies (SIS) graduated 22 students from the Master’s of International Studies program.

Graduating students represented 9 countries including Ethiopia, Vietnam, Mexico, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Thailand and the United States.

“An interdisciplinary program such as ours presents special challenges for students and faculty alike,” said Joel Jenswold, SIS director of graduate programs. “The success of our students is a testament to the talent and commitment of both groups.”

During graduation ceremonies, Ken Eastman, OSU management professor, was recognized as the outstanding faculty.

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 affairs.

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 Outreach Unit.

Oklahoma State University School of International Studies (SIS) graduated 22 students from the Master’s of International Studies program. Pictured are the graduating students representing 9 countries including Ethiopia, Vietnam, Mexico, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Thailand and the United States.
Oklahoma State University School of International Studies (SIS) graduated 22 students from the Master’s of International Studies program. Pictured are the graduating students representing 9 countries including Ethiopia, Vietnam, Mexico, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Thailand and the United States.

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