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
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.
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
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,
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’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.
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.”
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
SIS students attend day at the Capitol
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University School of International Studies
(SIS) students attended the 2011 International Student Awareness Day at the State
International students from Oklahoma’s colleges, universities and high school
juniors and seniors had the opportunity to meet with other international students
and network with state officials, university and business representatives.
Students were invited to attend the event by the International Student Awareness
Day Chair, Representative Cory Williams and the Oklahoma Governor’s International
The event featured free booths, entertainment, and local and international cuisine
located on the first floor rotunda area.
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