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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.

Professors & Students from Mexico Study at OSU for Month of June

Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010

The School of International Studies welcomed 40 professors and 32 students from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) two weeks ago for a cultural immersion program during the month of June. The participants will be on campus through July 3rd. The students’ focus areas are in business and engineering, and the professors’ focus areas vary from mathematics to literature to sports to student development. On Fridays and Saturdays of each week in June, the group visits businesses and attends cultural activities. Among their weekend and weekly activities are tours of Kicker Speakers and Eskimo Joes clothes, presentations by the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and Tulsa City Government, visits to OKC Bricktown and Pawnee Bill Ranch & Wild West Show, and attendance to the Stillwater Community Band concerts. This is the third year for the program that has seen growth of over 300% from its first year when the Spears School of Business brought the 21 students to campus. Unfortunately, the program had to be cancelled last year due to the H1N1 outbreak.

For more information about the program or to set up an time to visit with the participants, you can go to the Summer Programs link at or email Jose Sagarnaga at

Dr. Mark Weiser Named Interim Associate Vice President of International Studies and Outreach

Posted on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Dr. Mark Weiser, Associate Dean in Spears School of Business, assumed the position of Interim Associate Vice President of International Studies and Outreach on March 1, 2010. This position was formerly held by Dr. James Hromas as the Director of International Education & Outreach. In announcing Dr. Weiser’s appointment, Dr. Marlene Strathe, OSU Provost, said that he has the background and expertise to successfully guide this important academic area during this transition period.

Dr. Weiser chaired the Provost’s Task Force on International Education and Outreach in 2009, served as director of the Center for Telecommunications and Network Security at OSU since 2003 and served as Associate Dean of the Spears School since 2007. He will step down from the Associate Dean position later this spring as he transitions to his new role in International Education & Outreach. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1995, and has been a member of the OSU faculty for fifteen years.

Dr. Weiser looks forward to increasing the internationalization of the students and faculty across OSU. Weiser gave an overview of his goals by saying, “Ultimately, our goal is to provide an international experience and understanding to each and every OSU student by the time they graduate, regardless of their degree program. We interact in an increasingly global economic and political environment, making this broader view critical so OSU graduates become leaders among their peers in the nation and world.”

Dr. Asma Al-Farraj Al-Ketbi Speaks at Global Briefing

Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dr. Asma Al-Farraj Al-Ketbi

The School of International Studies was pleased to welcome Dr. Asma Al-Farraj Al-Ketbi for its 25th presentation of the Global Briefing Series April 29th. Dr. Al-Ketbi’s briefing title was “Sustainable Development: The Interdependence of People & Their Environments.” The event was co-sponsored by the School of International Studies, OSU's Institute for Sustainable Environments and the Vice President's Office for Research & Technology Transfer.

2010 Fulbright Scholars Announced

Posted on Friday, April 16, 2010

2010 Fulbright Scholars

Cultural Night Spring 2010

Posted on Friday, April 2, 2010

On April 2nd, Cultural night event is organized at Seretean Hall. Thai Student Association sent the crew to perform in cultural competition and win the reward of Special Recognition. The show is the Thai line dancing, a mix of traditional and modern dance called "Look Toong". The song incorporates fast rhythm containing both modern and traditional musical instruments. There are normally one singer and a lot of dancers on the stage with the mix of traditional and modern costumes. In this performance, modern postures, dance and several types of Thai traditional dance are provided.


  • Anne Luby
  • Chanida Puangpila
  • Jarasporn Sa-ngasoongsong
  • Nirachit Rerngsangvatana
  • Pataraporn Thongyim
  • Pavalee Chompoorat
  • Pitita Chongwatpol
  • Pongtorn Charoensuppanimit
  • Rungnapha Khamung
  • Sukanya Suwisuthikasem
  • Thanakanit Thanyajaroen
  • Wanawan Prayoonwet
  • Wirawan Asapa

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International Bazaar Spring 2010

Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This event is hold in Wes Watkins Center every spring semester. The purpose of the event is to promote culture of many countries by allowing international organizations in OSU participate in performing, and selling food and crafts. Thai Student Association always joins this event. This year, they sold grilled pork with sticky rice, and Thai ice tea and Thai ice coffee. The crafts from Thailand, such as hats, t-shirts, paintings and accessories also drew a great attention from the turnouts.

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Mexican Graduate Student Awarded OSUccess Scholarship

Posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Luis Serrano Luis Serrano, former exchange student from Mexico and a graduate assistant in the Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering department, was one of ten recent winners in OSU’s $1 billion fundraising campaign, Branding Success. Ten OSUccess scholarships were awarded from the OSU Foundation totaling $10,000. Students were asked to define in how they personally define success at OSU. Students were selected from each of OSU’s five campuses — Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, the OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee and the OSU Center for Health Science — based on a photograph, 30-second video or 300-word essay.

Serrano came to OSU from his home in Chihuahua, Mexico. Luis arrived at OSU the fall semester of 2008 when he was obtaining his undergraduate degree in Mechatronics. Because of the opportunities that studying abroad provided him, he began to look for opportunities as a graduate student at OSU. After much hard work, perseverance, and dedication, Luis was able to obtain a graduate assistantship in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and to continue advancing his education. Luis hopes that his experiences and accomplishments demonstrate to OSU faculty and staff the importance of such study abroad programs. To view the feature O’Colly article, click on the following link:

The following is Luis Serrano’s award winning essay:

I consider myself a successful OSU student just by being present in class and coming from a foreign country. After being at OSU for a full year, I remember thinking how hard it was to beat that language barrier that most International students face. With patience, determination and self confidence, I was able to make friends and meet people who shared my passion for the environment. Participating in class helped me to grow into a proficient student by surpassing all of the expectations required of me. When an OSU student decides to go above and beyond of what the classes demand, the possibility of failing becomes slim. After attending mock interviews, career fairs, and seminars at OSU, my mind was exposed and challenged to meet all the requirements set by different companies and employers. Being a graduate student from the Biosystems Department and a member of the Sustainability Club at OSU has shown me the value of succeeding. The ability of organizing my time to attend meetings of the program Real Cowboys Recycle, helping OSU and the community of Stillwater every Wednesday and after football games in recycling Cans for Habitat, just gives me one more reason of why I am here. Succeeding is not only getting up every morning to go to class with a sole objective, but also growing as an individual by attending student groups, networking and meeting people. No matter how hard my classes seem to be, or how full my schedule is, I already know that the road of success will lead me to achieve my goal. With determination, patience and a single goal in mind, any OSU student can become a successful cowboy

Dr. James Hromas Leaves the Directorship of International Education and Outreach

Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dr. James Hromas After over 40 years on the OSU campus, 10 of which were in international education and outreach, Dr. James Hromas, Director of International Education & Outreach, will be leaving the department effective March 1st. Dr. Hromas will maintain faculty responsibilities with OSU’s Spears School of Business.

In his letter to staff, Dr. Hromas noted:

“We have had many successful endeavors over the years, such as the development if the School of International Studies, revitalizing the Wes Watkins Center and leadership, and providing support to college outreach efforts. As you know, we have been acknowledged as one of the 12 international education and outreach programs for the “best practices” in the nation, and we are very proud of that accomplishment and credential.

“I am pleased to note that the Wes Watkins Center, home of the School of International Studies and the Meeting and Conference Services unit, hosts over 750 events and 75,000 people each year. All of the units of the School of International Studies have prospered through program and participant growth. The Graduate Program, now in its 10th year, has over 90 students currently enrolled and over 200 graduates. The English Language Institute and Study Abroad have also experienced growth. In the Outreach area, formalized programs were expanded to Mexico and Latin America in addition to all the MOU’s world-wide. The Global Briefing Series was started after 9/11 and has featured over 25 speakers, including such notables as Steve Forbes and Condoleezza Rice. The former prime ministers of South Korea and Jordan spoke at the Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship Series. Independent Studies has continued to provide valuable courses for students unable to attend regular classes. There are many other success stories to include and you all have been the key to making this happen with support from university administrators and college faculty. Each year, over $2 million is generated from fees, grants and contracts, and private giving.”

The staff would like to thank Dr. Hromas for his years of experience and for developing the department into the marquee unit that it has become. Helping to establish the innovative and timely School of International Studies in the late 90’s and seeing it through its phenomenal first decade will be the icing on Dr. Hromas’s years of dedicated service to Oklahoma State and its outreach and international efforts.

World Food Prize Winner Speaks for Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship

Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

This year’s Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship featured Dr. Gebisa Ejeta of Ethiopia. Dr. Ejeta was the recipient of the 2009 World Food Prize – Agriculture’s equivalent of a Nobel Prize. His lecture – Capacity Building; A Lasting Foundation for Development – was presented as part of OSU’s Research Week on February 16th. Dr. Ejeta’s ties to OSU run deep. He was educated at two of the institutions that OSU helped establish in its first international efforts in Ethiopia. A product of Ethiopia’s Jimma Agriculture and Technical School and Alemaya College, Dr. Ejeta visited OSU to thank those faculty and staff who served in Ethiopia in the 50’s and 60’s to better the lives of his nation’s citizens. This year’s lectureship was presented with a partnership of the School of International Studies, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and OSU’s Research Week. For more information about Dr. Ejeta’s World Food Prize and his research, you can visit the World Food Prize’s website.

To view the address, click here.

To view an interview with OSU media, click here

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