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Point 4 Documentary

Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fair Trade for Water—SAGA and OSU Office of International Trade and Development Partnership

Posted on Friday, December 2, 2011

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 libertG@okstate.edu

A note on partnering organizations

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 kate.arroyo@okstate.edu or Mike Dicks at michael.dicks@okstate.edu

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 juliama@ostatemail.okstate.edu or Candace McCreary at cmmccre@ostatemail.okstate.edu

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.  Photos show students learning how to construct water filters.
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. Photos show students learning how to construct water filters.

Congratulations to faculty and staff honored at fall convocation

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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.

Spicer is pictured with David Henneberry, Associate Vice President, International Studies and Outreach.
Spicer is pictured with David Henneberry, Associate Vice President, International Studies and Outreach.
Chakraborty is pictured with David Henneberry, Associate Vice President, International Studies and Outreach.
Chakraborty is pictured with David Henneberry, Associate Vice President, International Studies and Outreach.
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SIS faculty visits Kazakh American University

Posted on Monday, November 28, 2011

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.

OSU awards Bennett Fellow

Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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 the world.

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.

Dr. José Alfredo Miranda López received a Bennett Fellow award from the School of International Studies at Oklahoma State University. Miranda is President of UPAEP University, located in Puebla City, Mexico. Miranda’s expertise and innovative ideas have made a difference to students and faculty members in Mexico and the United States. Miranda has understood the needs of the liaisons between international university partners to develop intercultural competent professionals, supporting reflexive intercultural discussions, trainings, exchange programs, and in campus intercultural experiences. UPAEP University international goals are focused and aggressive. He is an example of an international leader. Pictured with Miranda is his family who joined him from Puebla City, Mexico.
Dr. José Alfredo Miranda López received a Bennett Fellow award from the School of International Studies at Oklahoma State University. Miranda is President of UPAEP University, located in Puebla City, Mexico. Miranda’s expertise and innovative ideas have made a difference to students and faculty members in Mexico and the United States. Miranda has understood the needs of the liaisons between international university partners to develop intercultural competent professionals, supporting reflexive intercultural discussions, trainings, exchange programs, and in campus intercultural experiences. UPAEP University international goals are focused and aggressive. He is an example of an international leader. Pictured with Miranda is his family who joined him from Puebla City, Mexico.

Jones receives Japanese commendation

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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Larry Jones (right) was presented with the Foreign Minister’s Commendation for his service to the Stillwater Sister Cities Council in fostering a diplomatic relationship with Kameoka, Japan.  Jota Yamamoto, Consul-General of Japan (left), and several officials attended the ceremony at the Wes Watkins Center.
Larry Jones (right) was presented with the Foreign Minister’s Commendation for his service to the Stillwater Sister Cities Council in fostering a diplomatic relationship with Kameoka, Japan. Jota Yamamoto, Consul-General of Japan (left), and several officials attended the ceremony at the Wes Watkins Center.

International Education Week - November 14 - 18, 2011

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday

“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

Tuesday

“Stories of Study Abroad” a student perspective - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Human Sciences 236

Wednesday

“International Career Feature: U.S. State Department” a State Department perspective - 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Human Sciences 236

Thursday

“Short Term Study Abroad and International Career Info Session - 11a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Human Sciences Sky Walk

Friday

“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


Six OSU students receive Matthew 25:40 Scholarships

Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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 25:40 scholarship.”

For additional information or to apply for the scholarship visit http://iso.okstate.edu/ieo.aspx?page=1182.

Students who received the Wes and Lou Watkins Matthew 25:40 scholarship visited with Wes Watkins about their academic projects. The purpose of the scholarship is to allow Oklahoma State University students to receive additional incentive to travel abroad to participate in community improvement projects in developing countries. Pictured from left to right Richard Moore, Ashley Hesser, Wes Watkins, Shannon Watson, Patrick Bell and Mike Dicks, professor, agricultural economics and Wes and Lou Watkins Chair of International Trade and Development. Scholars not pictured include Lexi Almy and Jesi Lay, also not pictured Lou Watkins.
Students who received the Wes and Lou Watkins Matthew 25:40 scholarship visited with Wes Watkins about their academic projects. The purpose of the scholarship is to allow Oklahoma State University students to receive additional incentive to travel abroad to participate in community improvement projects in developing countries. Pictured from left to right Richard Moore, Ashley Hesser, Wes Watkins, Shannon Watson, Patrick Bell and Mike Dicks, professor, agricultural economics and Wes and Lou Watkins Chair of International Trade and Development. Scholars not pictured include Lexi Almy and Jesi Lay, also not pictured Lou Watkins.

President of Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon (RMUTP), in Bangkok, Thailand and others visit OSU to discuss Future Collaboration

Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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.

First student in International Studies Minor

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011

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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