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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.

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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.

(NOTE: After clicking the link, you will need to click the My Events bar then click the title of the event – Dr. Rice - Stillwater- Global Briefing 2.4.10 – to get to the pictures.)

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.

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