STILLWATER, Okla. – Ten Oklahoma State University students will be studying abroad
during the Fall semester 2011 thanks to the Don and Cathey Humphreys Scholarship
for study abroad.
Recognizing the life changing impact study abroad had on their own daughters,
the Humphreys wanted to extend the opportunity to OSU students by opening additional
avenues for financial support.
The ten scholarship winners are the second set of recipients of the Humphreys
scholarship. They will study in five countries around the world including South
Korea, Russia, France, England, Ecuador and the Netherlands.
David Henneberry, Associate Vice President for International Studies and Outreach,
met with the students to offer congratulations and encouragement in serving as ambassadors
for international education at OSU.
“The Humphreys interest in creating global citizens has provided OSU students
with access to new international experiences,” Henneberry said. “These scholarships
provide students the opportunity to study long-term abroad. This eases the financial
burden for the students and they come back with educational experiences that will
inspire intellectual growth and give students a global perspective.”
The Humphreys have shown their support for the internationalization of OSU by
donating $6 million to support the University’s study abroad program under the School
of International Studies in the Division of International Studies and Outreach.
The gift funds several endowed faculty chairs as well as the student study abroad
STILLWATER, Okla. – Mei Yea Liao, wife of Oklahoma State University Bennett Fellow
Paul Liao, visited OSU International Studies and Outreach (IS&O) on a recent visit
While at IS&O, Mei Yea Liao brought gifts for Taiwan’s 100 year celebration and
extended her wishes of “happiness, health, good luck and a long life.”
The Liao’s were visiting OSU for a College of Engineering Alumni gathering, where
Paul Liao received the Melvin R. Lohmann medal for his contributions to the Environmental
Engineering profession. The Lohmann Medal is the college’s highest honor for distinguished
Paul Liao is the former CEO of Tetra Tech/KCM, a leading international consulting,
engineering and technical services organization operating worldwide and employing
10,000 employees in more than 250 offices. His career spanned the globe by the time
he retired as chairman and CEO of Tetra Tech/KCM.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Sanitary Engineering from Taiwan’s
National Cheng Kung University; a master’s in Environmental and Biological Engineering
from OSU; and a doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University
Additional information on OSU Bennett Fellows can be found at http://ieo.okstate.edu/ieo.aspx?page=324 .
STILLWATER, Okla. – Andrew Duane, Oklahoma State University Political Science
and German studies senior, has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag
Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship
for study and work in Germany.
Duane was selected as one of 75 participants among a pool of more than 500 applicants
for this unique fellowship program.
“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.
While in Germany on CBYX, Duane will attend a two-month intensive German language
course, study at a German university or professional school for four months, and
complete a five-month internship with a German company in his career field. Participants
are placed throughout Germany, and have the opportunity to learn about everyday
German life from a variety of perspectives.
Conceived and supported by members of the United States Congress and the German
Parliament [Bundestag], the CBYX program is financially supported by the Bureau
of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State under the authority
of the Fulbright-Hays Act. Participants come from nearly every career field, and
from all over the United States.
CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program. While American participants will experience
life in Germany, young German professionals will live here in the United States
during the upcoming academic year. German participants study at U.S. colleges in
the fall and work at local businesses in the spring, all while living with an American
host throughout the year. CBYX for Young Professionals is currently looking for
interested host families, host companies and host colleges who would like to take
part in this exciting cultural exchange.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Dawson Metcalf was selected to participate in the 2011 Freeman
Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program (FINIP).
Dawson is a history and political science double major with minors in leadership,
Middle Eastern studies and religious studies. He is from Broken Arrow and plans
to graduate in Spring 2013.
Dawson will be in Bandung, Indonesia and will be working in the public health
sector. The FINIP provides an opportunity for American and Indonesian students pursuing
U.S. undergraduate degrees to intern together in an Indonesian nonprofit organization.
The program lasts nine weeks and takes place from June 15 to August 13. The FINIP’s
goal is to develop student leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Indonesia.
In addition to the practical internship, U.S. participants will be enrolled in
an Indonesian language and culture course which will provide intensive language
STILLWATER, Okla. – Gonzalo Retamal, International Bureau of Education/United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, senior research fellow,
will speak at Oklahoma State University on April 21 at 1:30 in 108 Wes Watkins.
This event is free and open to the public.
Retamal is an expert in humanitarian education. His work and research with UNESCO
has involved refugee and displacement camps all over the world including the following:
the Gaza strip, Rwanda, Baghdad, Sierra Leone, Honduras, Somalia, Ethiopia, Mozambique,
Malawi, Kosovo and Sudan.
Humanitarian education is an attempt to teach various social topics from a humanitarian
perspective. A desire to reduce suffering, save lives and maintain human dignity
is central to understanding humanitarian education.
He received his doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Hull, U.K
and his bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Valparaiso,
This Global Briefing is sponsored by OSU’s School of International Studies and
Outreach (IS&O) and the College of Education.
IS&O 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.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University School of International Studies
(SIS) students recently attended the 28th annual Oklahoma World Trade Conference
in Midwest City.
The conference – celebrating World Trade Month – is important in continuing efforts
to support and expand international business activity in Oklahoma.
The sessions discussed the changing winds of international trade which include
selling and making sales in today’s competitive international marketplace and effectively
mitigating the risks associated with doing business internationally.
Governor Mary Fallin presented the 2011 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting
and the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Achievement Certificates to several Oklahoma
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oh-Moon Kwon, Mongolia International University (MIU) President,
recently visited Oklahoma State University’s campus to discuss future opportunities
with OSU in Mongolia.
Kwon met with faculty and staff from the Division of International Studies and
Outreach, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the College
MIU teaches all their courses in English and has a goal of educating tomorrow’s
global leaders as well as further educating the current leadership. MIU is an international
university with the purpose to reach diverse cultures and nations.
The university campus serves not only Mongolians, but also minority groups from
Russia’s Siberian area (Buryatia, Tuva, Yajutia) and China (Inner Mongolia, Uygur,
“The possibilities of a partnership with OSU and MIU opens up great opportunities
for both universities,” said David Henneberry, interim associate vice- president,
IS&O. “Furthermore, the state of Oklahoma and Mongolia have a lot of similarities
since both economies are heavily reliant on agriculture and extractive industries.”
International Studies and Outreach (IS&O) was recognized by the Seretean Wellness
Center as a 2011 Certified Healthy Department on the campus of Oklahoma State University.
OSU is striving to be America’s Healthiest Campus.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Harry Azhar Azis, Co-Chairman Committee XI of Indonesian
Parliament, recently spoke with Oklahoma State University faculty and students about
highlights of his experience in parliament.
Highlights include dealing with increasing demands of the people and how he negotiates
with government ministries in charge of economic policies. He also shared key problems
still facing Indonesia since its adoption of a democratic system in 1999.
Azis received his doctorate in agricultural economics from OSU in 2000. He said
the power of knowledge and his background as an economist assists him with his job
by helping him make good decisions that will benefit the people of his country.
He is in his second term as a member of Indonesia’s Parliament. Azis has been
a Chairman of the Budget Committee and is now Co-Chairman of the Committee XI which
consists of finance, banking and development planning.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Edward J. Wehrli, Diplomat-in-Residence (DIR) at the University
of Oklahoma, recently spoke to Oklahoma State University students about career opportunities
and student programs in the U.S. Department of State.
Christopher Long, OSU international business and Spanish junior, said speaking
with Mr. Wehrli has helped him better understand the world of diplomacy and working
abroad and further solidifies his desire to work for the State Department or other
organizations with opportunities in foreign countries.
“His past guidance on how to prepare for such a career has aided me in my aims
to become a more desirable employee for internationally-focused organizations like
the State Department,” Long said. “Furthermore, his enthusiasm for assisting any
student in realizing these goals, and his eagerness to educate students on the mission
of and opportunities offered by the often misunderstood State Department, make him
an invaluable asset for both myself and other students studying at universities
Each year, the U.S. Department of State assigns Senior Foreign Service Officers
to the position of DIR at certain colleges and universities throughout the United
States. The DIR program is central to the effort to recruit the best and brightest
to represent America's rich diversity to the world.
This event was sponsored by International Studies and Outreach and OSU Office
of Scholar Development and Recognition.
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