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.
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
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 -
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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
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
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
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
webpage or email Lupita Fabregas
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.
International Student Organization, with the School of International Studies held the special event called “International Bazaar” on February 14 at Wes Watkins Center with the concept “Show the World Your Love”. In the event, many students from different countries created their boots to sell food and crafts from their countries. Since the theme of the event is “LOVE”, each country represented how to express “love” in their cultures.
Every fall semester, the International Student Association (ISO) holds an event called “International Expo” at the Edmon Low Library lawn. Multicultural activities are presented here. Students from different countries represent their cultures by performing their traditional dances, and selling food and crafts from their countries. Therefore, they can expand their cultures to others, especially for Americans who want to get to know more about them.This year, the Thai Student Association provided authentic Thai food for those who want to taste exotic flavor.The menu includes: Rice with the choices of green curry, Panang Curry, and Kai Look Koey (sweet and sour eggs) with the favorite, sweeten Thai iced tea.Additionally, Thai crafts, such as bracelet, bag, and t-shirt were also offered with good prices.Thai students said that it was the first time they sold curry, and they did not expect this good feedback. Many people from many countries said that they love Thai food, and someone said that Thai iced tea was the best. Therefore, this event has been a good opportunity to promote the Thai culture.
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