STILLWATER, Okla. – For the past six months the Oklahoma State University Office
of International Trade and Development at Wes Watkins Center and Student Association
of Global Affairs (SAGA) have collaborated to raise funds for OSU’s West Africa
community development projects.
To this end, the organizations have partnered by selling items such as purses,
jewelry, clothing and woodcarvings from West Africa, South Africa, Central America
and South America. This “international market” was available at multiple OSU events
throughout the year—the Creativity Festival, Fair Trade Market, Eco-Fest, Student
Union Farmer’s Market (throughout the summer), Gardner Gallery Harms Collection
of African Art reception and International Education Week at the Wes Watkins Center.
“Funds raised are being used to purchase supplies for water testing and water
well installation equipment in addition to offsetting student costs for future OSU
West Africa community development projects,” said Kate Arroyo, trade and development
assistant, OSU Office of International Trade and Development. “During winter break
of 2011 several students from OSU will be traveling to Sierra Leone to work with
local community members and Njala University students to further educate them about
water quality and purification systems.”
While there, students will be building several bio-sand water filters researched
and produced from OSU’s engineering department.
Not all the students attending the trip in December know how to construct these
water filters, so a demonstration build was necessary for adequate preparation.
With support from SAGA, supplies were purchased to educate and demonstrate the difficulties
and realities of building a simple, re-creatable water filter. All materials were
re-used for several purposes and disposed of properly.
This project is timely and pertinent. According to the United Nations, water-related
diseases cause 80 percent of all deaths and illnesses in the developing world. In
Sierra Leone, diarrhea is the leading killer of children under five. Beneficiaries
of this project will greatly improve their standard of living while creating a culture
of community investment.
For further questions about bio-sand water filters contact Liberty Galvin at
The Oklahoma State University Office of International Trade and Development at
Wes Watkins center focuses on assisting communities in developing countries to meet
basic needs for food, water, education and health. The Office currently has projects
in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. Development projects
are chosen to provide assistance to non-governmental organizations and as an opportunity
for service projects and experiential learning for OSU students.
For more information about the OSU Office of International Trade and Development
please contact Arroyo at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Mike Dicks at email@example.com
The Student Association of Global Affairs (SAGA) is dedicated to educating Oklahoma
State University graduate students by providing international exposure to organization
members that will become part of the international community upon graduation.
For more information about SAGA please contact Juliet Abdeljawad at
or Candace McCreary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leon Spicer, Animal Science, College of Agricultural Sciences
and Natural Resources, for the International Education Faculty Excellence Award.
This award goes to faculty members who have distinguished themselves by integrating
an international perspective into teaching, research and/or outreach. The award
consists of a $1,000 stipend.
Goutam Chakraborty, Marketing, Spears School of Business, received
the Outreach Faculty Excellence Award. This award goes to a full-time faculty member
who actively participates in University Outreach activities. This award recipient
receives a $1,000 stipend.
Joel Jenswold, Associate Director of Graduate Programs, School of International
Studies, recently visited Kazakhstan and the Kazakh American University. A topic
under discussion was collaboration with the exchange of students and a focus on
the English, Russian and Kazakh languages. Click on the link to view the bulletin
from KAU regarding his visit.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Dr. José Alfredo Miranda López received a Bennett Fellow
award from the School of International Studies at Oklahoma State University. Miranda
is President of
Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) University,
located in Puebla City, Mexico.
UPAEP is one of OSU’s international strategic partners, with dual degree programs
in most colleges and about 100 students and faculty visiting OSU annually.
Miranda’s policy of building an organizational culture of trust, dialogue, collaboration
and unity has integrated UPAEP University to the global society.
He also has encouraged the participation of women in the various areas of responsibility
in the university community, an important advancement for Mexico.
“When a person has an international experience it makes a better world for everyone,”
Miranda said. “My experiences abroad have allowed me to better understand cultures,
have broadened my opportunities and helped establish essential relationships with
universities which have allowed for more opportunities for UPAEP.”
David Henneberry, Associate Vice President for International Studies and Outreach,
said the Bennett Fellows Program recruits individuals from around the world who
have a common purpose of addressing issues in a complex global environment and have
made outstanding contributions to the social, political and/or economic issues of
Bennett Fellows are selected from a wide range of fields and disciplines including
academe, business, government, the media, the military and the non-profit sector.
“Dr. Miranda is a leader in international education who puts forth great effort
to prepare students to lead in a diverse world,” Henneberry said. “With his leadership
in the global environment, expertise and innovative ideas he is a great example
of a Bennett Fellow and an international leader.”
Miranda’s experience in international affairs has been influential in the design
and development of UPAEP’s International Strategic Planning since 2005. His Strategic
Vision includes the alliance with international strategic partners like Oklahoma
State University. UPAEP’s and OSU’s Partnership has been an example of successful
and growing international collaboration, between Mexico and the United States.
The programs between UPAEP and OSU, such as the exchange programs and the Dual
Degree Master Programs, have been an example of collaboration and academic success.
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“International Studies and Outreach Open House” Discover study abroad opportunities,
African art for sale, Answers to travel questions, Learn about available courses
- 1p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wes Watkins Center Lobby
“Crossing Borders” Documentary initiating dialogue between students of different
cultures - 7 p.m. Human Sciences West
“Stories of Study Abroad” a student perspective - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Human Sciences
“International Career Feature: U.S. State Department” a State Department perspective
- 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Human Sciences 236
“Short Term Study Abroad and International Career Info Session - 11a.m. - 1:30
p.m. Human Sciences Sky Walk
“Seminar in International Agriculture Friday Speaker Series Argentina Internship
Experience” - 10:30 a.m. -11:20 a.m. 330 Human Sciences
OSU Faculty-led Courses Fair Edmond Low Library 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. all week
Study Abroad informational booths set up in Ag Hall Lobby all week
Taylor’s and West Side Café will feature an International flavor all week
STILLWATER, Okla. – Six Oklahoma State University students received Matthew 25:40
scholarships. This scholarship provides an additional incentive for students to
travel abroad to participate in community improvement projects in developing countries.
Richard Moore, Ashley Hesser, Shannon Watson, Patrick Bell, Jessi Lay and Lexi
Almy are the recipients of the scholarship.
Bell, a graduate student in Plant and Soil Sciences and International Agriculture,
said the Matthew 25:40 scholarship assisted him in solidifying his passion for serving
others using the experience and education he has been blessed with.
The scholarship was set up by Wes and Lou Watkins due to their belief in the
virtues of helping under-served communities in other countries and as a means to
both improve their quality of life and to allow students to serve as positive representatives
of Oklahoma and the United States.
To receive the scholarship the recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student
at OSU or part-time in the summer session; scholarships are given to students nominated
by the colleges and academic programs granted for study abroad; priority goes to
students who actively participate in non-traditional study opportunities in underdeveloped
countries addressing issues of hunger, health, education and poverty and preference
will be given to on incoming student from Northern Oklahoma College, who intends
to complete their education at OSU.
“Being a Matthew 25:40 Scholar shaped my life more than I thought possible,”
said Ashley Hesser, Nutritional Sciences senior. “Because of the opportunity the
scholarship gave, I was able to go to South Africa for the first time this summer
and I realized I’m called to go back once I graduate in December. The people that
I met and realities that I saw made me realize the difference I can make and the
lessons I can learn. This wouldn’t have been possible had I not received the Matthew
For additional information or to apply for the scholarship visit
Duangsuda Taechotirote, President, Rajamangala University of Technology Phra
Nakhon (RMUTP), in Bangkok, Thailand along with her delegation of vice-presidents,
directors and deans visited Oklahoma State University to discuss future collaboration
with different departments on campus.
The group also enjoyed touring the State Capital, Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural
Product Center and Oklahoma Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, as seen
in the picture.
Congratulations to Alejandra Gonzalez Herrera as the first undergraduate student
to enroll in International Studies Minor. Alejandra is currently applying for a
Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Spain and has completed a semester abroad in the
Czech Republic. She met all of the course requirements by taking classes that encompassed
International Decision Making and International Environment. Alejandra also met
the language requirement by taking over 10 hours of French while an undergraduate
student at Oklahoma State University. As a soon to be December 2011 graduate we
know Alejandra will continue to increase her international and cultural awareness
where ever she goes!
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