STILLWATER, Okla. – Jim and Robin Eleazer, students in Oklahoma State University
School of International Studies Masters International Program, were awarded a Certificate
of Merit from the Peace Corps.
No other volunteers have ever received this award.
The Eleazers are in located in Western Ukraine in Dolyna, a city of about 20,000
people. They are in a rayon center (county) that serves approximately 14 villages
for a total of 43,000 people.
“We were placed here in June 2009 after three months of language and culture
school and are two of 466 volunteers in Ukraine,” Robin Eleazer said. “We are in
the largest Peace Corps country in the world.”
Their service was complete in June 2011 but they have extended it for an additional
year. They will now complete their service in September 2012.
Robin Eleazer said her and her husband are both in the area of community development.
She is placed with the city of Boykyschyna Muesum and Jim is placed in the Dolyna
“We have a wonderful mayor who travels world-wide and comes back with many, many
ideas on how to better our city for our citizens,” she said. “He turns to us for
many of these projects.”
Their goals for community development have been to empower individuals and groups
of people by providing them with the skills they need to influence change in their
own communities. They are doing this by building relationships, introducing new
ideas, involving as many people as possible, providing training and train trainers,
involving local leadership, while working with government officials. In addition,
they are developing community advisory boards, performing outreach to the community,
developing volunteer programs, introducing concepts of fund raising and lastly,
introducing marketing and the promotions of events.
She said for them this means providing training on volunteerism, fund raising,
grant writing, EU grant writing, advocacy, working with the media and the day-to-day
training of three young women on community development and how to run a non-governmental
Robin and Jim Eleazer’s work with the Peace Corps has taught them numerous things
and she said it has reinforced to her how important it is to be patient and have
“Living daily in a foreign country can be tiring due to the cultural differences
and communication differences,” Robin Eleazer said. “The fond memories of our new
Ukrainian and American Peace Corps volunteer friends are the most important things
we will bring home with us as a result of this experience. We love our lives and
would do it all over again.”
The Master’s International program provides the opportunity to incorporate Peace
Corps service into the master’s in International Studies degree plan. Candidates
receive 9 credit hours in SIS masters program for their Peace Corps service and
24 credit hours must be completed before entering the Peace Corps. After their Peace
Corps service, students enroll in 9 hours to finish their degree.
To learn more about the OSU School of International Studies Master’s International
Program visit http://iso.okstate.edu/ieo.aspx?page=3.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and members of her cabinet conducted a town hall meeting at the Wes Watkins Center at Oklahoma State University.
The governor’s main topics were education and developing the state workforce.
Tony Blair is the former Prime Minister of Great Britain. OSU students, faculty, and
staff will receive free admission to the 3:30 p.m. Global Briefing at Gallagher-IBA
by presenting an OSU ID card. Tickets for all other guests are $10 per person pre-ordered
or $15 per person at the door. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. You can select to have
your ticket(s) mailed to you or to pick them up at 107 Wes Watkins Center on the
Stillwater OSU campus. Tickets ordered after October 21, will no longer be mailed
but will be available for pick up at 107 Wes Watkins Center through October 28 or
at the “Will Call” booth at Gallagher-IBA arena on October 31 from 2:30 p.m. up
to the time of the event. This event is sponsored by the OSU President’s Speakers
Series, Spears School of Business, SGA Speakers Board and International Studies
The new OSU International Trade Specialist position in the Division of International
Studies & Outreach is now open for applications at
can search listings for Requisition/Listing Number 07366 and apply. For maximum
consideration, deadline for receipt of application material is September 14th. However,
the position will remain open until filled. Please feel free to share this information
as you see fit. Contact the search committee chair, Dr. Michael Dicks for more information
at 405-744-7127 or Michael.email@example.com.
The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo announced this week that it
will honor Oklahoma State University Professor Emeritus Larry D. Jones with a special
commendation for more than 25 years of contributions toward strengthening Japan-U.S.
relations. Jones will receive the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Commendation
from ministry officials who will travel to Stillwater later this year for formal
ceremonies to present the award, which will be wrapped in pure silk to commemorate
“I am very honored and humbled to be selected for this commendation. It has been
a privilege for me to work with others in our community and in Japan to promote
and foster international friendship and understanding through Stillwater’s Sister
Cities program,” said Jones. “OSU has also provided wonderful opportunities to work
with international students in my classes as well as participate in international
education projects in Japan.”
Jones calls his interaction with Japan and its culture “natural” since Kayo,
his wife of more than 53 years, is a native of Japan and the couple have traveled
there many times to visit her family and take part in sister cities activities.
“My interest in the culture and customs of people from other countries started with
her and the people of her country. In addition to living and working in several
countries, we have traveled throughout Japan and had the opportunity to spend two
years in Kameoka.”
The Honorable Lloyd Hardin, the Honorary Consul General of Japan for Oklahoma,
emphasized that such commendations are awarded only after decades of effort by individuals
who have made significant contributions to the promotion of cultural and educational
exchanges with Japan.
“The Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation evidences the high esteem in which
Dr. Larry Jones is held by the Japanese people and the government of Japan. The
bridges of friendship he built on the foundation of the Stillwater - Kameoka Sister
City relationship are a legacy that will last forever within the international community,”
said Hardin, speaking on behalf of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Born and raised in Perkins, Jones entered the U.S. Armed Forces and spent time
in Japan and Korea in the Army Signal Corps. While in Japan, he met and married
Kayo whose home is Kyoto, which is also the ancestral home and historical capitol
of the Japanese imperial family.
After his discharge from the military, Jones enrolled at OSU and completed his
B.S. degree, accepting a position at the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he
worked on a linear accelerator project. From Los Alamos, he moved to Orange County
California where he served as an aerospace engineer on the Apollo-Saturn project
that put man on the moon.
Jones completed the requirements for his M.S. and doctorate at OSU, and spent
a year in Algeria where he taught at the National Institute for Electricity and
Electronics. He joined the OSU faculty in the College of Engineering, Architecture
and Technology in 1979 and taught electronics and computer technology.
During his 20 years at OSU, Jones was involved in educational projects in Pakistan,
Jordan and Japan. He lived and worked in Jordan for six months and spent two years
in Japan as the associate director of the former OSU-K campus in Kameoka.
For more than twenty five years, Jones has been actively involved in Stillwater’s
sister cities program with Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan. He was a charter member and president
of the Kameoka Sister City Council. He has traveled through all 47 of Japan’s prefectures,
which is analogous to visiting our 50 states, which he has also accomplished.
Jones has a great appreciation for Japanese culture, especially Japanese landscape
gardens and has visited many gardens throughout the country. He and his wife led
a group from Stillwater to Japan in November 2007. During that trip the group traveled
through much of the southern half of Japan.
STILLWATER, Okla. – The National Association of Legal Assistants 2010 annual
report shows that paralegal and legal assistants who complete a certificate program
earn higher salaries and better compensation packages than students who spend time
and money on a degree program.
Training for a career as a paralegal takes only 14 weeks through Oklahoma State
University’s Correspondence Education (CE). CE offers students access to the most
affordable, highest quality paralegal training program in the country.
“Correspondence Education with our educational partner, The Center for Legal
Studies, will be offering Oklahoma affordable training this fall,” said Evelyn Ferchau,
OSU Correspondence Education manager. “Fall sessions for the online Paralegal Certificate
Course and many other courses in the legal field begin August 22.”
Additional courses also available include Legal Nurse Consultant, Legal Secretary,
Victim Advocacy, Mediation, an Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course and many other
programs. To see the full list, visit the CE website
Ferchau said students purchase books with the course enabling them to review
the material as many times as necessary for full retention of the information.
“Students benefit from direct interaction with the instructor and other students
by way of e-mail and a discussion board,” she said. “The Online courses are very
flexible and available virtually anytime, in the comfort and privacy of your home
Students e-mail assignments and exams. Upon completion, certificates are issued
from OSU Correspondence Education which will allow students to market themselves
toward gainful employment.
Online programs can be completed in as short as 14 weeks for a Paralegal Certificate
for as little as $1189 plus books. Students interested in gaining more information
about the programs offered by The Center for Legal Studies can visit their website
www.legalstudies.com or call 1-800-522-7737.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University’s Independent Study Office will
now be called Correspondence Education.
“The name Correspondence Education is an encompassing name and we feel it better
describes our office,” said Evelyn Ferchau, OSU Correspondence Education manager.
“Everything else with our office will stay the same – location, enrollment, processes
– we just have a different name,” Ferchau said. “We are very proud of the services
we provide and look forward to continuing these services under a different name.
Our office is dedicated to reaching more learners and providing those learners accessibility
to quality education from Oklahoma State University.”
Correspondence Education gives opportunities to learners whose work, family responsibilities,
physical isolation or medical concerns may preclude participation in regularly scheduled
Correspondence Education for OSU is located in suite 309 of the Wes Watkins Center
for International Trade and Development on the OSU Stillwater Campus. Office hours
are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST Monday - Friday; except for University Holidays.
For additional information on Correspondence Education visit the website
STILLWATER, Okla. – Twelve OSU faculty members were recently approved for membership
on the Oklahoma State University School of International Studies faculty.
New members to the SIS faculty include Dwayne Cartmell, professor, agricultural
education, communications and leadership; Julie Croff, assistant professor, applied
health and educational psychology; Nurhan Dunford, professor, biosystems and agricultural
engineering-FAPC; John Foubert, associate professor/endowed professor, educational
studies; Richard Frohock, associate professor, English; Paulette Herbert, professor,
design, housing and merchandising; Todd Holbrook, associate professor, veterinary
clinical sciences; Stephany Parker, research associate professor, department of
nutritional sciences; Seung Ra, assistant professor, architecture; Shelly Sitton,
professor, agricultural education, communications and leadership; Robert Terry,
professor/head/endowed chair, agricultural education, communications and leadership;
and Mark Wilkins, associate professor, biosystems and agricultural engineering.
International Studies and Outreach Associate Vice President, David Henneberry,
said the goals of SIS include enhancing the academic and personal experience of
students through international programs and activities; and promoting international
education, research, trade and outreach development.
“These goals are accomplished through overall participation in study abroad activities,
and expansion of international activities and opportunities for faculty, staff,
students and the greater community,” he said. “The SIS faculty work to enhance these
opportunities by advising students, lending international expertise, serving as
guest speakers, leading study abroad programs and acting as a committee member on
various international or school committees.”
The School of International Studies includes the Study Abroad Office, English
Language Institute, International Outreach activities and a multi-disciplinary graduate
program with three curricular options: the Master of Science in International Studies,
the Graduate Certificate in International Studies and the Masters International
Program (MIP) which combines the M.S. in International Studies with service in the
Faculty from the Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan visited Oklahoma
State University School of International Studies to explore possibilities for study
abroad, exchanges and faculty research collaboration. In addition to OSU they visited
Columbia and Yale universities while in the United States.
Pictured on front row, left to right Aliya Massalimova, vice-dean; Akolkyn Kulsariyeve,
dean and Ainura Kurmanaliyeva, professor. Back row David Henneberry, International
Studies and Outreach vice president; Joel Jenswold SIS director of graduate programs
and Charles Weller, who served as trip coordinator and translator.
STILLWATER, Okla. – International Studies and Outreach welcomed visitors from
China who were at Oklahoma State University for the International Chinese Symposium
on Student Affairs, presented by Vice-President Lee Bird’s office.
The purpose of the symposium is to show the functions and processes of American
Student Affairs. Visitors toured OSU, met with senior staff and attended lectures
on the fundamental concepts upon which student services are based in the United
The group is from Sun-Yat Sen University, Chengdu University, Southwest Jiaotong
University, Shantou University, Fudan University and Southwest University of Finance
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