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Kazakh National University visits the School of International Studies

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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.

IS&O hosts visitors from China

Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011

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 States.

The group is from Sun-Yat Sen University, Chengdu University, Southwest Jiaotong University, Shantou University, Fudan University and Southwest University of Finance and Economics.

Visitors from China show off their cowboy spirit while at Oklahoma State University. International Studies and Outreach welcomed the visitors who were here for the International Chinese Symposium on Student Affairs presented by Vice-President Lee Bird’s office.
Visitors from China show off their cowboy spirit while at Oklahoma State University. International Studies and Outreach welcomed the visitors who were here for the International Chinese Symposium on Student Affairs presented by Vice-President Lee Bird’s office.

Ireland’s first secretary of agriculture visits OSU

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

While in Oklahoma John Dardis, Ireland’s first secretary of agriculture, took a tour of the Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center. He was here investigating possible economic development and agriculture research opportunities with Oklahoma, OSU and Ireland. Pictured from left to right; Robert Whitson, OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources dean and director; Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb; Dardis; and Roy Escoubas, FAPC director.

Three OSU students receive Gilman International Scholarships

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. – Three Oklahoma State University students received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to participate in a study abroad program during 2011 – 2012 academic year. This scholarship was offered to 1,000 outstanding American undergraduate students from more than 380 colleges and universities across the United States.

Recipients include Audrey Bridgers, Spanish major; Collin Nolte, Finance and Economics major with a minor in Entrepreneurship; and Lindsey Sieber, Studio Art major.

Bridgers will study in Argentina and Peru at the University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina and the University of the Pacific, Lima, Peru. Nolte will study at the Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China; and Sieber will study at the Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.

“When students are given the opportunity to study abroad they come back with educational experiences that will inspire intellectual growth and give students a global perspective,” said David Henneberry, International Studies and Outreach Associate Vice President. “International education is a great tool for developing a common understanding and building connections with people from other countries. It presents students the opportunity to return home with a better grasp of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than an observer in the international community.”

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad program costs, and a limited number of Critical Need Language Scholarships are given each year for a total award of $8,000.

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education’s Southern Regional Center in Houston, Texas.

Mexican students and faculty Experience Oklahoma

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University welcome Mexican faculty and students from Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) and The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITSEM) universities to OSU’s campus. The group is here for a program, Experience Oklahoma, which will take place during the month of June.

These students and professors will learn about the American culture through classes and cultural experiences.

The session kicked off with a luncheon where OSU faculty welcomed them to Oklahoma.

David Henneberry, associate vice president of International Studies and Outreach, encouraged the participants to soak up as much as they can while they are here and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about OSU.

The program’s purpose is to create an exchange to assist participants in improving their conversational ability. The excursions provide them an outlet to practice their English and get accustomed to the culture.

Some of the outings the group will go on include The Botanic Garden at OSU, Keystone Lake, Oklahoma City downtown and historical sites, Tulsa and a trip down Route 66.

“We hope these students and faculty will return to Mexico with an appreciation for American way of life,” said Elizabeth Carver-Cyr, coordinator, Mexican summer programs. “We believe the program we put on for the Mexicans is very well-rounded and gives them opportunities to experience as much culture and language that our four weeks together offers.”

Oklahoma State University welcome Mexican faculty and students from Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) and The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITSEM) universities to OSU’s campus. The group is pictured in front of the Wes Watkins Center and are here for a program, Experience Oklahoma, which will take place during the month of June.
Oklahoma State University welcome Mexican faculty and students from Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) and The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITSEM) universities to OSU’s campus. The group is pictured in front of the Wes Watkins Center and are here for a program, Experience Oklahoma, which will take place during the month of June.
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IS&O welcomes Mexican faculty and students

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2011

Oklahoma State University’s Division of International Studies and Outreach welcomes Mexican faculty and students from The Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) and The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITSEM) universities to OSU’s campus. The group is here for a program, Experience Oklahoma, which will take place during the month of June.

IS&O employees enjoy healthy, fun activities

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Division of International Studies and Outreach employees took time out of their day to participate in “Spring Office Olympics 2011” which featured healthy activities and team building exercises.

Games and exercises included, Using your Noodle, Espresso Express, Fishing for Compliments, The Errand Runner, IS&O Globe Trotter and Corporate Maze. All games had light physical activity and team encouragement.

“Our office encourages employees to live a healthy lifestyle and giving everyone time during the day to participate in fun, active games makes healthy living and exercise a lot more enjoyable,” said Nikkie Dunnigan, IS&O office and human resources manager. “Everyone had a good time, laughed and got to interact with co-workers who they may not work closely with on a daily basis.”

School of International Studies graduates 26 students

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University School of International Studies (SIS) graduated 26 students from the Master’s of International Studies program.

Graduating students represented 16 countries including Ethiopia, Uganda, Iraq, Kenya, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Vietnam, Mexico, Croatia, France, India, Canada, Belarus, Kazakistan and the United States.

“Our graduating class this spring spotlights both the quality and diversity of the students in our program, said Joel Jenswold, SIS director of graduate programs. “It takes a special outlook and commitment to succeed in an interdisciplinary program such as ours, and we’re very proud of what the members of this group have been able to accomplish.”

During graduation ceremonies, Ajay Sukhdial, OSU marketing professor, was recognized as the outstanding faculty. Student awards went to Rafael Zhansultanov, receiving the Wes and Lou Watkins Distinguished Graduate Fellowship and Andrew Lugg, was named the Outstanding SIS student.

Mike Dicks also recognized the recipients of the Wes and Lou Watkins Matthew 25:40 scholarships.

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; and International Outreach Unit.

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Sigma Iota Rho inducts new members

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. – Nine Oklahoma State University students and two honorary members were inducted into the Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies.

The organization’s purpose is to promote and reward scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies, international affairs and global studies to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs.

Those who were inducted include Julie Schweitzer, Jeremy Laws, Ginsey Varghese, Caitlin Clearly, David “Cody” Hunter, Mohammad Fahim Hashimi, Edward Stanley Echohawk, April Coffin and Rafael Zhansultanov. Honorary Members were Lee Bird, OSU vice president for student affairs and James Scott, professor, political science.

Nine Oklahoma State University students and two honorary members were inducted into the Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies. Pictured from left to right, David Henneberry, Division of International Studies and Outreach, associate vice president; James Scott, professor, political science; April Coffin; Julie Schweitzer; Edward Stanley Echohawk; Caitlin Cleary; Rafael Zhansultanov; Fahim Hashimi; and Joel Jenswold, School of International Studies, director, graduate programs. Not pictured, Jeremy Laws; Ginsey Varghese; David “Cody” Hunter; and Lee Bird OSU vice president of student affairs.
Nine Oklahoma State University students and two honorary members were inducted into the Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies. Pictured from left to right, David Henneberry, Division of International Studies and Outreach, associate vice president; James Scott, professor, political science; April Coffin; Julie Schweitzer; Edward Stanley Echohawk; Caitlin Cleary; Rafael Zhansultanov; Fahim Hashimi; and Joel Jenswold, School of International Studies, director, graduate programs. Not pictured, Jeremy Laws; Ginsey Varghese; David “Cody” Hunter; and Lee Bird OSU vice president of student affairs.

Paralegal certificate summer classes available at OSU

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University Independent Study summer sessions for the online Paralegal Certificate Course and many other courses in the legal field begin May 2, 2011.

OSU Independent Study with their educational partner, The Center for Legal Studies, will be offering Stillwater and the rest of Oklahoma affordable legal training this summer. Additional courses are also available in Legal Nurse Consultant, Legal Secretary, Victim Advocacy, Mediation, Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course and many other programs.

For information on these programs visit the website at http://is.okstate.edu/.

“Students purchase books with the course that enable them to review the material as many times as necessary for full retention of the information,” said Evelyn Ferchau, Manager, OSU Independent Study. “Students benefit from direct interaction with the instructor and other students by way of e-mail and a discussion board. The Online courses are very flexible and available virtually anytime, in the comfort and privacy of your home or office. Students e-mail assignments and exams.”

Upon completion, certificates are issued from OSU so students can market themselves toward gainful employment. With unemployment numbers across the nation continuing to rise, it is critical that workers in transition gain the skills they need to secure employment in new fields with documented growth patterns.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor the Paralegal Profession will rise 28 percent by the year 2018.

Departments of Workforce Development provide funding for a wide range of programs and resources for job seekers. Many of the courses provided by The Center for Legal Studies fall under their guidelines for job training and are eligible for financial assistance. Interested students should check with their local workforce office.

Online programs can be completed in as short as 14 weeks for a Paralegal Certificate for a cost of $1189 plus books. This is a dramatic difference when compared to an Associate or Bachelor degree program that can take between 2 to 5 years to complete and cost anywhere from $3,000 to $50,000.

The time and expense involved is not a viable option for individuals who need to get work now. 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.



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