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Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship Series Presents James Foley

Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mr. James Foley, author and international trade expert, is presenting his lecture, “Going Global: Tips for Success for Businesses and Students” at the Wes Watkins Center on Jan. 13, 2011 as part of the Distinguished Lectureship Series.

This free event begins at 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public, and is especially suitable for business owners, individuals interested in international trade and students.

Foley manages a program of counseling and training in international business planning, marketing, logistics and export finance at the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship and the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University. He is a frequent speaker on issues of international trade.

He is the author of The Global Entrepreneur, in which he discusses techniques to expand international trade for small and midsize companies.

“I hope that anyone interested in or involved in business will understand that if there is a demand for their product or service in the U.S. there is probably a demand for that same or similar product or service overseas,” said Dr. Mike Dicks, Wes and Lou Watkins chair of international trade and development. “They can discover through the Foley lecture, the mechanics of establishing that overseas market.”

During his lecture, attendees stand to gain information on how to expand business ventures as well as how students can become involved in international trade. Following Foley’s lecture, there will be a question and answer period.

The Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship Series is an endowed lectureship honoring former U.S. Representative Wes Watkins.  The lectureship series is designed to assist and encourage Oklahoma business owners in developing and expanding their economic opportunities. Students and community members also stand to benefit from the knowledge and diversity provided by the lecturers. Congressman Watkins, an OSU graduate, is committed to outreach, international trade and the economic development of Oklahoma.

SIS Welcomes 17 new Graduate Students

Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The School of International Studies inaugurated the new semester by extending a warm welcome to the 17 new students that are beginning their studies in the SIS graduate program. In the tradition of the graduate program, this group embodies a diversity of academic and professional experience and represents seven nations.

As of its twelfth year, the School of International Studies graduate program has seen its 250 alumni go on to establish themselves in careers of government, law, medicine, science and others.

Online Tool Available for Students Looking to Study Abroad

Posted on Thursday, December 2, 2010

Students wanting to study abroad don’t have to search far for the opportunities available to them, thanks to Oklahoma Study Abroad, a clearinghouse of information for students looking for study-abroad programs offered in the state. View entire release at

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.

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