Associate Vice-President for International Development of the Association of
Public and Land-grant Universities Montague (Tag) Demment will be the guest speaker
for the Dean Lela O’Toole International Speakers Series at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, March
28, in the Noble Research Center 106.
Oklahoma State University’s College of Human Sciences is sponsoring the event
as part of Human Sciences Week 2012. The public presentation is a collaborative
effort for the Global Briefing series with OSU’s School of International Studies
Demment also serves as professor of agronomy at University of California-Davis.
His extensive research in East Africa reveals direct links between economic growth
and improved nutrition. The impact of early micronutrient malnutrition results in
stunted growth, lower cognitive abilities and severe health issues. These factors
in turn lead to limited education, lowered physical work capacity and shortened
life expectancy. Lowered productivity capacity of the population constricts its
ability to participate in economic sustainability and growth.
Demment has worked to demonstrate the need for more productive interaction between
agricultural scientists and nutritionists. Nutrition interventions with animal source
foods have been shown to be excellent investments in development. Investing in human
capital begins with improved access to food sources that deliver the micronutrients
necessary for children to develop cognitively and physically.
Established in 1995, The Dean Lela O’Toole International Speakers Series in the
College of Human Sciences focuses on timely and relevant topics related to public
policy, ethics, and international issues in the scholastic areas of the college.
Lela O’Toole served as dean of the College of Human Sciences from 1951-1975. She
believed universities have an important role in the conduct of international and
world affairs. Dean O’Toole’s interest in the world community led the college and
Oklahoma State University to a position of international leadership during the mid-twentieth
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.”
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
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
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
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.
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
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
For a list of the dual degree options available visit
or e-mail Lupita Fabregas at Lupita.email@example.com.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
Watch the Point Four trailer at http://vimeo.com/29749974.
For additional information about attending a showing of the movie e-mail
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