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Sierra Leone Project to be featured on Oklahoma Horizon

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mike Dicks, professor, agricultural economics and Wes and Lou Watkins Chair of International Trade and Development, and a group of Oklahoma State University students went to Sierra Leone, Africa to help improve the life of orphan children, which is complicated by the conflict that destroyed their nation.

This week on Oklahoma Horizon, this group and their project work in Sierra Leon will be featured on Oklahoma Horizon. The show airs on OETA Channel 13 (Channel 11 in Tulsa) Sunday at 3 p.m. and on RFD-TV Network Satellite at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

A complete listing of show times can be found on their website

Between 1991 and 2002 civil war distressed the country leaving more than 50,000 people dead and much of the country’s infrastructure destroyed. Today, it’s a land of peace but the scars of the country’s past still show.

Rami Khouri to speak at Global Briefing

Posted on Friday, September 23, 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. – Rami Khouri, an internationally syndicated political columnist, book author and the first Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, will speak at Oklahoma State University’s Global Briefing.

The Global Briefing titled, “When Freedom Rings: Causes and Consequences of the Arab Revolt,” will take place on October 18, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. in 109 Wes Watkins Center. The Global Briefing is co-sponsored by OSU’s chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and the International Studies and Outreach Office, in cooperation with the Religious Studies and Middle East Studies Programs at the University of Oklahoma.

“The Phi Beta Delta Board is delighted to co-host Mr. Khouri’s visit at OSU,” said Patricia Rayas-Duarte, Phi Beta Delta president. “It’s a unique opportunity to hear Mr. Khouri’s perspective on the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa. We invite the OSU and Stillwater community to attend to his talk.”

Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and U.S. citizen whose family resides in Beirut, Amman and Nazareth. He is a research associate at the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflict at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University and a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard University Divinity School. He also serves on the board of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

He was editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times for seven years and later executive editor for the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper in 2003-2005. Khouri often shares his comments on Mideast issues in the international media and lectures frequently at conferences and universities throughout the world.

He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in October 2006, and in November 2006, he was the co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award for his efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees respectively in political science and mass communications, both from Syracuse University.

The School of International Studies initiated the Global Briefing Series in 2001, just after 9/11, to educate and inform the public about developing events, both in the United States and abroad. Visiting scholars, experts and world leaders deliver briefings to provide a global perspective on current events.

Rami Khouri, an internationally syndicated political columnist, book author and the first Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, will speak at Oklahoma State University’s Global Briefing.
Rami Khouri, an internationally syndicated political columnist, book author and the first Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, will speak at Oklahoma State University’s Global Briefing.

OSU students explore opportunities at the Study Abroad fair

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Students from across Oklahoma State University’s campus visited the Noble Research Center to learn more about Study Abroad opportunities. The students had an opportunity to browse tables set up by the Study Abroad Office, College Outreach Programs and outside vendors.

The event was sponsored by the Study Abroad/National Student Exchange Office. This office coordinates a variety of programs, both international and domestic, that assist students in connecting to the world.

More information about studying abroad can be found at

Correspondence Education to celebrate 90 years

Posted on Monday, September 12, 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University’s Correspondence Education is commemorating 90 years of educational service on September 27, 2011 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in 102 Wes Watkins Center. The public is welcome to attend.

“We are very proud of the services we provide and want to celebrate with those who have participated in Correspondence Education over the last 90 years – whether that be in the student capacity, as a class instructor or supporter. Our office is dedicated to reaching more learners and providing those learners accessibility to quality education from Oklahoma State University,” said Evelyn Ferchau, OSU Correspondence Education manager.

Correspondence classes began at OSU in 1921 when Oklahoma A&M president, James Eskridge, recommended that a correspondence school be established. During the first year of existence, more than 150 course options were developed by the Schools of Agriculture, Engineering, Home Economics, Science and Literature, Education, and Commerce and Marketing.

Since its inception, Correspondence Education has won 17 course development awards, and has adapted to the changing needs of society. However, the overall theme has remained the same as the intent of its founders – to give opportunities to learners whose work, family responsibilities, physical isolation or medical concerns may preclude participation in regularly scheduled class meetings.

Today, there are approximately 100 undergraduate OSU credit and 10 non-credit courses available in this format.

OSU Correspondence Education 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

OSU students receive Peace Corps honor

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2011

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 Town Council.

“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 organization.

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 determination.

“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

Students in Oklahoma State University School of International Studies Masters International Program, were awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Peace Corps. Jim (left) and Robin (center) Eleezer are pictured receiving their award.
Students in Oklahoma State University School of International Studies Masters International Program, were awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Peace Corps. Jim (left) and Robin (center) Eleezer are pictured receiving their award.

Gov. Mary Fallin conducted Town Hall Meeting at Wes Watkins Center

Posted on Monday, August 29, 2011

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.

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OSU Global Briefing “Remarks by Tony Blair”

Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011

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 & Outreach.

OSU International Trade Specialist open for applications

Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011

The new OSU International Trade Specialist position in the Division of International Studies & Outreach is now open for applications at Applicants 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

Japan to honor OSU Professor Emeritus Jones

Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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 the occasion.

“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.

Dr. Larry Jones visiting with elementary students in Kameoka. He will soon be honored for 25 years of strengthening Japan-U.S. relations.
Dr. Larry Jones visiting with elementary students in Kameoka. He will soon be honored for 25 years of strengthening Japan-U.S. relations.
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Paralegal fall classes available through OSU Correspondence Education

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011

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 or office.”

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 or call 1-800-522-7737.

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