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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.

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.

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