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Independent Study Office now Correspondence Education

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011

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 class meetings.

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 http://ce.okstate.edu/.

Twelve OSU faculty approved for membership to SIS

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011

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 Peace Corps.

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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