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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

IS&O visits Chihuahua

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012

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.

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.
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.

Building human capacity: the foundation of social and economic development is the topic of the Dean Lela O’Toole International Speakers Series

Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012

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 and Outreach.

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 century.

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.

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