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Phi Beta Delta Induction 2010

Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2010

Over 50 Oklahoma State University internationalists attended The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Delta held its annual induction on November 17, 2010 during International Education Week. The Chapter welcomed 18 new members and two honorary members into the prestigious honor society for international scholars. The chapter now numbers 239 members of which 28 are honorary. 2010 Phi Beta Delta student award winners, Michelle Black and Assa Kante, were recognized.

Dr. Estella Atekwana, SUN Chair, professor of Geology, and 2009 recipient of the OSU International Education Faculty Excellence Award, delivered the keynote address, Breaking the Mold: Student Research in Sub Saharan Africa. Dr. Atekwana was recognized for her international accomplishments and awarded honorary membership in Phi Beta Delta.

Provost Robert Sternberg also received honorary membership and gave closing remarks, outlining the benefits of international education, including the awareness that there is more than one right answer and that one can encounter unanticipated learning by sojourning abroad.

New members with Dr. Henneberry (third from left) and Phi Beta Delta president, Nani  Pybus, (far right).
New members with Dr. Henneberry (third from left) and Phi Beta Delta president, Nani Pybus, (far right).
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2010 Study Abroad Fair Held on Campus

Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010

The fourteenth annual Study Abroad Fair was held Wednesday, September 22, 2010, on the OSU-Stillwater campus. Showcasing the wide range of study abroad programs available to OSU students, representatives from the Study Abroad Office, college outreach programs, off-campus organizations, students who have studied abroad and visiting international exchange students were on hand to answer questions.

Over 350 students attended the fair exploring their opportunities to study abroad. Participants in the 2010 Study Abroad Poster Competition (held earlier in the semester) displayed their posters, and the annual Travel Photo Contest allowed students to display photos taken during the past academic year from travels worldwide.

For further information on Study Abroad at OSU, contact the Study Abroad Office in 005 Classroom Building at 405-744-8569 or by email:

$6 Million Donated to Study Abroad

Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Distinguished Oklahoma State University (OSU) alumnus Donald Humphreys and his wife Cathey have donated $6 million to support the study abroad program within OSU’s School of International Studies. “Today’s students must understand what drives global business success,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “They must know how to work and succeed in different cultures. The best way for students to gain the knowledge and skills to succeed globally is to study abroad.”

The gift funds several endowed faculty chairs and student scholarships in the OSU School of International Studies. The immediate impact stretches beyond $6 million to $14 million because of matches from the $100 million chair challenge and $100 million scholarship challenge gifts pledged by OSU alumnus T. Boone Pickens.

“During a three-year period in my career, my family and I lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. That experience gave us a deep appreciation for the importance of knowing how to conduct business across different customs, geography and politics,” said Donald Humphreys, a senior executive at Exxon Mobil Corp. “For students at Oklahoma State to be genuinely prepared to work in today’s increasingly interdependent world, they must have opportunities to study in other countries.”

“Dr. David Henneberry, Associate Vice President of International Studies & Outreach, said “The field of international studies has become more important than ever for today’s OSU student. Our study abroad program at OSU is an incredible way for our students to learn through firsthand, real-life experiences. We are very grateful to the Humphreys for their gift.”

(excerpted from OSU News Release. For complete article, click here…)

Donald and Cathey Humphreys
Donald and Cathey Humphreys
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Record Number of Students Enrolled in SIS Graduate Program

Posted on Saturday, September 4, 2010

This semester marks the largest class of students enrolled in the Graduate Program of the School of International Studies. There are 92 students enrolled in classes – 79 Master’s students, 10 Peace Corps Master’s International Program (MIP) students, 2 Global Issues Certificate students and 1 Dual Degree student – with another 9 students completing the two-year Peace Corps service component of their MIP. Twenty-nine new students are entering the program. While this is not the most new students to ever enter the program, when that number is combined with those still enrolled in the program, they help to comprise the most number of overall students. Of the record number of students in the program, almost half are international students from 22 countries ranging from Afghanistan to Colombia and Ethiopia to Latvia. The domestic students hail from 13 states such as New York, Florida, Nebraska and Oregon. Finally, there is about a 2:1 ratio for females to males in program. Dr. Joel Jenswold, Graduate Program Director, said, “The current affairs of the world today have expanded students’ perspective on all issues from business to the environment. Seeing this record enrollment proves that our students are wanting to be better equipped to face the challenges that will lie ahead of them when they graduate.” For more information about the graduate program, you can visit its homepage.

OSU Faculty Member Travels to Europe to Teach Courses

Posted on Friday, September 3, 2010

Dr. Francisco Ochoa Corona, professor in the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology and the National Institute for Microbial Forensics & Food and Agricultural Biosecurity, will travel for two weeks to teach workshops in Italy and Bulgaria. Speaking on the topic of “Oligonucleotide primer design using Web interface software for PCR based diagnostics applications,” Dr. Ochoa Corona will be speaking for one week each at the ‘Universita di Catania’ in Sicily, Italy and the University of Plovdiv in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. These projects are being funded by the University di Catania and a 2009 Borlaug Fellowship Program from Bulgaria. For more information, you can contact Dr. Ochoa Corona at

Dr. David Henneberry Named New Interim Associate VP of International Studies & Outreach

Posted on Monday, August 16, 2010

David Henneberry On Friday, August 13th, OSU Provost Robert Sternberg named Dr. David Henneberry as the new Interim Associate Vice President (AVP) of International Studies & Outreach. Dr. Henneberry currently serves as Director of International Ag Programs in the Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and will serve in both positions until a permanent AVP can be hired next summer. Dr. Henneberry, whose primary office will be in 107 Wes Watkins Center, steps in to replace Dr. Mark Weiser, who assumed the position in March after Dr. James Hromas retired. Dr. Weiser wanted to return to his position as Associate Dean in the Spears School of Business by the beginning of the new 2010-11 Academic Year. In making the announcement, Dr. Sternberg said, “Dr. Henneberry has a demonstrated passion for international education and certainly understands the importance of our many outreach activities. He is eager to begin working with individuals across campus to enhance international programs and services offered to our students and faculty.”

Dr. Joel Jenswold Begins First Semester as Graduate Program Director

Posted on Monday, August 16, 2010

In the middle of the Spring 2010 semester, Dr. Joel Jenswold, Political Science professor, was named the fourth director of the School of International Studies (SIS) Graduate Program. He followed Dr. Stephen Miller who served as director for two years after he retired from the Spears School of Business in 2007. Prior to Dr. Miller, Dr. Nancy Wilkinson of Art and Dr. Maureen Nemecek of Journalism led the Graduate Program. Former Director of International Education & Outreach, Dr. James Hromas, said, “Dr. Jenswold brings the kind of leadership and academic background needed to lead such an innovative, timely graduate program at OSU. We are excited that he has accepted this position.” Dr. Jenswold will still maintain some of his duties with the Political Science Department during his tenure as SIS Graduate Program Director.

Mexican Professor Writes About Her June Experience at OSU

Posted on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

After returning from her month-long visit to OSU in June, Professor Miriam Lozano wrote about her unique opportunity in Oklahoma. Below is an excerpt from her article. To read the entire article, click here…

Lo Importante es Conocer by Miriam Lozano

Traveling and seeing other places is always fascinating because it changes routines and gives one the opportunity to acquire knowledge through lived experiences. It is even more valuable if the traveling is within an academic framework. Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), through the Northern Zone Rectory, which offers such an opportunity to its students, has now made the opportunity available to its professors – to improve their English skills.

This opportunity began with Oklahoma State University (OSU) this summer of 2010. Forty professors and thirty-two students attended business, engineering and English classes for a month.

San Luis Potosí, México ranked as a Zone of Major Economic Potential by the Financial Times with help of OSU partner university, ITESM

Posted on Monday, July 12, 2010

During the Spring of 2010, OSU partner ITESM’s San Luis Potosí campus participated in an international study to identify world-wide zones with economic potential to receive foreign investment. From the research, the city of San Luis Potosí was highly ranked in several categories. For a summary of the research, click here… For a list of the research results, click here

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SIS Alumnus Returns for Visit to Campus

Posted on Thursday, July 8, 2010

Martin Kanjadza, ’05 SIS Alumnus of Malawi, visited OSU Wednesday, July 7th. Stemming from an internship while getting his Master’s Degree in International Studies, Mr. Kanjadza is now employed with the US Embassy in Malawi. He is responsible for the education and outreach activities of the embassy. While on campus, he visited with faculty members of the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and African graduate students to talk about collaboration opportunities between OSU and universities in Malawi. Kanjadza said, “Any time I can, I take the opportunity to promote OSU and establish connections between this great university and my home country. It meant so much to me to receive an education here.” Donna Birchler, SIS Graduate Program Advisor, said, “We are proud to have many of our 250+ graduates working in such strategic positions across the globe. It is humbling to know that our students are having such a great impact in the world. In addition to that impact, our current students also benefit greatly from such a vast alumni network as they search out internships and jobs after they graduate.” Upon Kanjadza’s return to Malawi, he will be interviewing Fulbright and other distinguished fellowships’ candidates who will be assigned to needed areas in Malawi.

Martin Kanjadza (far left) visits with professors, African graduate students and SIS staff about collaboration opportunities between OSU & Malawi.
Martin Kanjadza (far left) visits with professors, African graduate students and SIS staff about collaboration opportunities between OSU & Malawi.

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