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Condoleezza Rice Speaks at Global Briefing

Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to US President George W. Bush, delivered the 24th installment of the Global Briefing Series on Thursday, February 4th. The School of International Studies brought Dr. Rice to campus with co-sponsors the Spears School of Business, OSU President’s Speaker Series and SGA Speakers Board. Dr. Rice’s presentation to the 3000+ in attendance at Gallagher-Iba Arena covered a range of topics from her time in office to global affairs to her educational background and to encouraging students to not be so rigid with the life-plans they implement in college. Dr. Alan Tree, Associate Dean in the College of Engineering, Architecture & Technology, in thanking OSU President Burns Hargis for helping to bring Dr. Rice to campus, said, “Her presentation in GI [Gallagher-Iba Arena] was a powerful enrichment of the education experience this semester. I hope that there will be many more speakers of her statue in the future.” To see or purchase pictures of the event, you can visit the Party Pix website.

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Dr. Condoleezza Rice addresses the 3000+ in attendance at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Dr. Condoleezza Rice addresses the 3000+ in attendance at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The OSU Spears School of Business organized a study abroad trip to Central Mexico

Posted on Sunday, December 13, 2009

With the assistance from the OSU Mexico Liaison Office, the Spears School of Business organized a winter intersession study abroad course to Central Mexico. From December 13th to December 22nd, 2009, Dr. Jim Pappas, Associate professor of the Management Department, taught the course in Mexico entitled Strategic Issues in Latin America. On this trip, students had the opportunity to visit Mexico City, Puebla, Taxco and Acapulco, including cultural visits to Teotihuacan pyramids, Castle of Chapultepec, Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace, stock exchange, and Taxco’s famous silver mines.

The combination of visiting sites with significant cultural and historical value, as well as sitting in on valuable guest lectures at UPAEP and UDLA, helped to introduce OSU students to the rich and vibrant culture, history, and beauty of central Mexico. Most of all, the program provided students with a general background of the business environment of Mexico, necessary to be competitive in today’s business world.

Christopher Long, a student from the trip, had the following to say about his enriching and educational experience:

This trip was the most valuable experience I have had here at OSU. Not only did I learn about Mexico's business environment by visiting sites such as the Mexican stock exchange and the Volkswagen Mexico plant, but I also learned to appreciate Mexican history and culture, visiting the National Anthropology Museum, Chapultepec Castle, the pyramids of Teotihuacan, and even a local food market. This experience went far beyond academics, providing an experience that changed my outlook on the world and has made me appreciate the diverse world outside of the US in a way that classroom learning cannot.

For more information about study abroad programs offered in Mexico, please contact the OSU Mexico Liaison office or visit our website at http://mexico.okstate.edu.

The School of International Studies Holds Its 17th Graduation Ceremony

Posted on Friday, December 11, 2009

On December 11th, the School of International Studies graduated another 18 students from its program. This semester’s graduates, from 12 countries and 5 states, took the total alumni of the Graduate Program to almost 250. Those graduating were Laila Al-Faddagh (Saudi Arabia), Obenson Blanc (Haiti), Kim Blomkist (Sweden), Nasiba Chaboya (Kyrgyzstan), Sheryl Chang (Taiwan), Jason Field (New York), Diana Gardner (Idaho), Joel Grill (Sweden), Pia Guyman (Oklahoma & Chile), Daryl Jarrett (Oklahoma), Mark Ladwig (Nevada), Pedro Lozada (Mexico), Jeremy McLean (Wyoming), Yang Shi (China), Ariana Tarifa (Bolivia), Iryna Tkachenko (Ukraine), Ryan Vail (Oregon) and Fred Waweru (Kenya). Guyman and Lozada were co-recipients of the 2009 Outstanding SIS Student Award. Dr. Shida Henneberry of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources received the 2009 Outstanding SIS Faculty Award.

Just prior to being hooded, this fall’s graduates took a final moment to pose with their classmates and chair advisors.
Just prior to being hooded, this fall’s graduates took a final moment to pose with their classmates and chair advisors.
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Director of the SIS Graduate Program Announces Retirement

Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009

This semester marked Dr. Stephen Miller’s last semester as director of the SIS Graduate Program. International Education & Outreach Director Dr. James Hromas said, “We were very fortunate to have Dr. Miller step in to helm the Graduate Program after he retired from the OSU Spears School of Business in 2007. His work the past 2½ years has helped to affirm and solidify the value of this degree program. As we look for a new director of the Graduate Program, we will seek an individual who will continue the standard of excellence shown by Dr. Miller and our previous directors, Drs. Maureen Nemecek and Nancy Wilkinson.”

Dr. Miller’s contribution to the Graduate Program will have lasting effects beyond the School of International Studies. During his tenure, he drafted the concept for a Minor in International Studies that has recently received its first approvals and will soon be sent to the OSU Instruction Council for final approval and implementation.

Applications for director of the Graduate Program are currently being accepted thru jobs.okstate.edu.

Dr. Stephen Miller was honored for his service as SIS’s Graduate Program Director during a reception with students and staff.
Dr. Stephen Miller was honored for his service as SIS’s Graduate Program Director during a reception with students and staff.

SIS Students and Faculty in Campus Headlines

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009

Two students and a professor from the Graduate Program in the School of International Studies were featured in recent headlines and newspaper articles on campus. Phuong Le, International Business & Economics SIS graduate student, was featured in the Monday Nov 23rd O’Colly for her successful involvement in many of OSU’s organizations on campus - http://tinyurl.com/yertyd7 . Ryan Vail, Human Development, Society & Education SIS graduate student, and David Chirchir, future SIS graduate student, were part of OSU’s Cross Country team that garnered OSU athletics its 49th national championship (fourth most in the nation) and the second for the team in 55 years on Nov 23rd - http://tinyurl.com/yj2mbhk. Finally, SIS faculty member, Dr. Dale Lightfoot, Geography, received international press for his research highlighting irrigation systems’ decay in northeastern Iraq - http://tinyurl.com/yg4m98w. For more SIS and other international headlines, follow us on Twitter at OSUSIS or click the Twitter link at the bottom of the page.

Five SIS Students Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2009

On Thursday, November 12th, Phi Kappa Phi held its annual induction ceremony. Among those honored were five students in the School of International Studies’ Graduate Program. Graduate students at OSU are inducted into the honor society for having a 4.0 GPA during their graduate education. SIS’s Graduate Program has had 5-7 students inducted into the prestigious honor society each year. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, you can visit their website.

This year’s Phi Kappa Phi inductees included SIS Graduate Program students (pictured, l-r) Jeffrey Simpson (U.S.), Pia Guyman (U.S.), Ariana Tarifa (Bolivia), Pedro Lozada (Mexico) and Joel Grill (Sweden).
This year’s Phi Kappa Phi inductees included SIS Graduate Program students (pictured, l-r) Jeffrey Simpson (U.S.), Pia Guyman (U.S.), Ariana Tarifa (Bolivia), Pedro Lozada (Mexico) and Joel Grill (Sweden).

OSU’s Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society Chapter Inducts 27 New Members

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

OSU’s Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony November 11th in the Wes Watkins Center. Twenty-five OSU candidates and two honorary candidates – community members Sylvia Duncan and Robert Burk – were selected for membership. Dr. Barbara Stoecker, 2008 recipient of OSU’s International Education Faculty Excellence Award delivered the keynote address. Her address outlined the development and anticipated outcomes of USAID’s newly established Consortium of African and US Educators (CAUSE), of which OSU is a member. OSU Phi Beta Delta Chapter President Dr. Shida Henneberry delivered the statement of induction, and Provost Marlene Strathe conferred the Phi Beta Delta medallions and offered closing remarks.

Presenters & Inductees into OSU’s Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta International 
Honor Society. Dr. Shida Henneberry (front row, second from left), chapter president, 
inducted this year’s 27 new members.
Presenters & Inductees into OSU’s Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society. Dr. Shida Henneberry (front row, second from left), chapter president, inducted this year’s 27 new members.
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Spears School of Business and SIS Host an MOU Signing Ceremony with UKRIDA University of Indonesia

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2009

The OSU Spears School of Business with the School of International Studies hosted representatives of UKRIDA University of India for a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony and luncheon on October 20th. UKRIDA representatives Pendeta Dr. Aristarchus Sukarto and Henry L. Njoo visited OSU to explore the establishment of a cooperative relationship for instruction, research, extension and exchanges with OSU. This will create new opportunities and allow students and faculty to expand their knowledge and interests.

Ceremony attendees came to the Wes Watkins Center’s historic Point IV Room to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities. OSU’s international involvement began almost sixty years ago when US President Harry S. Truman appointed OSU President Henry G. Bennett to lead the US’s newly formed Point IV Program (now USAID). One of the first projects of the Program was to establish an exchange relationship between OSU and Ethiopia, establishing Ethiopia’s Alemaya University (now Haramaya University).

Pictured are (seated l-r) UKRIDA’s Henry L. Njoo and Pendeta Dr. Aristarchus Sukarto, OSU Provost Dr. Marlene Strathe, Spears School of Business Dean Sara Freedman and International Education & Outreach Director Dr. James Hromas; and, (standing, l-r) José Sagarnaga, Tim Huff, Dr. Robert Dooley, Dr. Mark Weiser, Dr. Julie Weathers, Dr. Steve Miller and Tommy Hong.  Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie’s portrait (top right) hangs in the Watkins Center’s Point IV Room to commemorate OSU’s first international exchange relationship – OSU and Ethiopia’s Alemaya University.
Pictured are (seated l-r) UKRIDA’s Henry L. Njoo and Pendeta Dr. Aristarchus Sukarto, OSU Provost Dr. Marlene Strathe, Spears School of Business Dean Sara Freedman and International Education & Outreach Director Dr. James Hromas; and, (standing, l-r) José Sagarnaga, Tim Huff, Dr. Robert Dooley, Dr. Mark Weiser, Dr. Julie Weathers, Dr. Steve Miller and Tommy Hong. Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie’s portrait (top right) hangs in the Watkins Center’s Point IV Room to commemorate OSU’s first international exchange relationship – OSU and Ethiopia’s Alemaya University.

OSU Welcomes Visitors from Puebla, Mexico’s UPAEP University

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2009

As OSU and the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) continue discovering partnership opportunities for teaching, research, outreach and development programs, several representatives from UPAEP visited the OSU campus September 6-26. It is a common goal that the strong ties between the universities will lead to additional educational collaborations between the schools, as well as their home states of Oklahoma and Puebla.

The visit was organized by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, School of International Studies and OSU’s UPAEP Liaison Office. UPAEP and OSU have enjoyed a partnership since 1991 that has lead to student and faculty exchanges, a Dual Degree Master’s Program and reciprocal liaison offices in Stillwater and Puebla. For more information about opportunities with UPAEP, visit the OSU-UPAEP webpage or email Lupita Fabregas

Pictured: OSU President Burns Hargis (3<sup>rd</sup> from left) and UPAEP Liaison Office Manager Lupita Fabregas (far right) give a warm welcome to UPAEP visitors (l-r) Hugo Avendaño, Director of UPAEP Campus Tehuacan;  Ricardo Lopez Fabre, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Miguel Angel Garijo, Vice President for Students Affairs; and, Luis Montiel, Director of UPAEP High School.
Pictured: OSU President Burns Hargis (3rd from left) and UPAEP Liaison Office Manager Lupita Fabregas (far right) give a warm welcome to UPAEP visitors (l-r) Hugo Avendaño, Director of UPAEP Campus Tehuacan; Ricardo Lopez Fabre, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Miguel Angel Garijo, Vice President for Students Affairs; and, Luis Montiel, Director of UPAEP High School.

Homecoming Event

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009

Every fall semester, the Alumni Association of OSU organizes the homecoming event to gather all OSU alumni back to their home. This year, with the concept “Branded for Life”, students in fraternity and sorority houses created the gigantic displays with special effects in front of their houses to win the prize. In the day on the Downtown Main Street, many people came to celebrate one of Homecoming’s oldest traditions with Grand Marshals and OSU Alumni Hall of Fame inductees Garth Brooks, Barry Sanders and Robin Ventura, OSU Royalty, Homecoming executives, bands and floats. The representatives of the Thai students joined the International Students Organization, carrying Thai flags with many countries to show Cowboy’s spirit.

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