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Director of International Education & Outreach Honored with National Award

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2008

Dr. James G. Hromas, director of OSU’s International Education and Outreach (IE&O) Department has received the 2008 Great Plains UCEA John L. Christopher Outstanding Leadership Award. The purpose of the John L. Christopher Outstanding Leadership Award is to provide recognition for outstanding leadership in the UCEA – University Continuing Education Association – at the regional level as exhibited by participation in regional activities and programs. Dr. Hromas accepted his award at the regional UCEA conference, October 15th in Kansas City.

Dr. Hromas has been a driving force within OSU Outreach and a catalyst for change bringing OSU to regional, national and international recognition through his outreach and international efforts. He chairs the Outreach and International Advisory Councils for OSU-Stillwater and has served on the UCEA board of directors – one term from 1999 to 2001 and a current term that began in 2007 – and the International Sister Cities Board of Directors – currently as the Secretary of the Board. Prior to being the director of IE&O and the School of International Studies, Dr. Hromas was director of Business Extension in the Spears School at OSU for 21 years. In September 2008, he celebrated 40 years of service with OSU Outreach that began with his time as a graduate assistant in Business Extension. To read Dr. Hromas’s nomination letter, click here.

Dr. James Hromas
Dr. James Hromas

SIS Has Its First Global Briefing of the Year

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2008

To kick off its 10th Anniversary Year, the School of International Studies welcomed Charlie Eitel for the first Global Briefing of the year Thursday, Oct 2nd. Mr. Eitel is a ‘71 alumnus of what is now the Spears School of Business. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board for The Simmons (Bedding) Company. His address to students, faculty and other guests was “International Business: A CEO’s Perspective.” Mr. Eitel was awarded the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. He is also one of only 45 of the 225,000 Sigma Nu Fraternity members to be inducted into their hall of fame. His mentor and OSU professor emeritus, Dr B. Curtis Hamm, helped coordinate Mr. Eitel’s visit to OSU. In addition to the School of International Studies, event sponsors were the Spears School of Business and the OSU Foundation. For more about Mr. Eitel’s resume, click here.

To view the Briefing address, click here.

Mr. Eitel addresses the audience of 350 students, faculty and special guests who came to hear his Global Briefing at the Wes Watkins Center.
Mr. Eitel addresses the audience of 350 students, faculty and special guests who came to hear his Global Briefing at the Wes Watkins Center.

SIS Inducts Two More Into Its Bennett Fellows Program

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thursday, October 2nd, the School of International Studies proudly inducted the 19th and 20th members into its Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows Program. The induction coincided with the School’s 20th presentation of its Global Briefing Series. Inducted were Charlie Eitel, CEO of the Simmons Company, and Dr. B. Curtis Hamm, professor emeritus of OSU. Mr. Eitel’s leadership over the internationally present Simmons Bedding company will give SIS and OSU students timely insight into the career of an international businessman. In his more than 30 years of teaching and traveling, Dr Hamm can impart his unique perspective of integrating international endeavors into one’s educational experience. You can visit the Bennett Fellows Program website for more information about the Program as well as the biographies of the twenty Bennett Fellows

Pictured (l-r) are Dr. James G. Hromas (Director of International Education & Outreach), Mr. Charlie Eitel, Dr. B. Curtis Hamm and OSU President V. Burns Hargis.
Pictured (l-r) are Dr. James G. Hromas (Director of International Education & Outreach), Mr. Charlie Eitel, Dr. B. Curtis Hamm and OSU President V. Burns Hargis.

OSU Wellness Walk

Posted on Friday, September 26, 2008

IEO Staff participated in the OSU Wellness Walk for United Way Friday, September 26th in effort to help reach the campus's goal of $180,000 of the area United Way's total $800,000 goal. IEO's staff have committed to raising $1500.

Pictured (l to r)  are Cindi Stephens, Liz Howard, Jake Peters and Nikkie Dunnigan.  Not pictured are participants Jim Shideler, Susan Dukes and Sharon Nivens.
Pictured (l to r) are Cindi Stephens, Liz Howard, Jake Peters and Nikkie Dunnigan. Not pictured are participants Jim Shideler, Susan Dukes and Sharon Nivens.

OSU-Mexico Liaison Office Hosts Latin American Independence Fiesta

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2008

17 Latin American countries had a fiesta at OSU to celebrate their independence. Those countries celebrating independence were: in July, – Argentina, Colombia, Perú, Puerto Rico (US Independence Day) and Venezuela; in August – Bolivia, Ecuador and Uruguay; and, in September – Belize, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México and Nicaragua. The fiesta was hosted by LASA, LDCC, HSA, HSFA, SAGA and the OSU - Mexico Liaison Office at the Wes Watkins Center’s Exhibit Hall on Friday, September 12th. More than 250 people attended the event which featured food, cultural presentations and dancing. For more information about the event, email José Sagarnaga at jose.sagarnaga@okstate.edu or Brenda Morales at blm@okstate.edu or Pedro Lozada at pedro.lozada@okstate.edu.

The School of International Studies Graduate Program Welcomes its New Class of Students

Posted on Friday, August 15, 2008

On Friday, August 15th, the Graduate Program, within the School of International Studies, welcomed its largest group of students to date. This fall’s entering class of 38 students represents 15 countries and 8 US states. The graduate program has seen phenomenal growth in its short, ten year history. Beginning with the first class of 13 students, the program now has approximately 90 students enrolled each semester. In May 2006, the 100th student graduated from the program, and, in December 2008, the 200th student will graduate! In celebration of School’s 10th Anniversary, all units of the School of International Studies will have events throughout the year to reflect what the School has been able to accomplish in regard to its mission – to serve as an academic framework for integrating the resources of all eight OSU academic units and colleges to expand international opportunities in instruction, research and outreach for individuals and organizations seeking a greater understanding and involvement in world trade and international affairs.

Pictured are 20 students of the new Fall ‘08 class of the School of International Studies Graduate Program.  Also pictured (front row, second from left) is Debbie Samuels, graduate program assistant.
Pictured are 20 students of the new Fall ‘08 class of the School of International Studies Graduate Program. Also pictured (front row, second from left) is Debbie Samuels, graduate program assistant.

OSU-Mexico Liaison Office Hosts 57 Students from Mexico’s ITESM University

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2008

At the end of May, the OSU-OSU - Mexico Liaison Office in the School of International Studies, welcomed 57 students from Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) to begin a month-long study abroad experience. ITESM, like OSU, is a university system with several (33) campuses. The students, sophomores thru seniors, from 5 of ITESM’s campuses, took classes is Finance, Entrepreneurship and Engineering taught by PhD students and adjunct faculty. In addition to their classwork, students visited area businesses and cultural sites in Oklahoma. Examples of sites visited include Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum, OKC’s National Memorial, Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show and the Iowa Tribe’s annual pow-wow. Begun last year by the Spears School of Business with 21 students, the program saw phenomenal growth this year. SIS hopes to develop this program as a prototype to offer study abroad experiences for other countries as well. In addition, it would like to encourage other countries to offer similar month-long experiences to OSU’s students.

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OSU Recognizes Three Winners of Fulbright Award

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Oklahoma State University has announced that three students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Teaching Assistantships for the next academic year.

Christy Miller of Broken Arrow will be teaching in Germany and Evan Black of Stillwater has been assigned to Chile. A Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship places students in overseas schools to improve foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the U.S.

Earlier, Christy Milliken of Edmond, a senior English and economics major, was selected for a Fulbright and will spend the coming year teaching English in Indonesia.

Please visit OSU's Press Releases for more information about Ms. Miller, Ms. Black, and Ms. Milliken.

Fulbright award winners Christy Milliken, Evan Black and Christy Miller.
Fulbright award winners Christy Milliken, Evan Black and Christy Miller.

Honor society members volunteer in Mexico

Posted on Friday, May 9, 2008

Seven Blue Key Honor Society members traveled to central Mexico this summer for a service project that allowed them to visit several of OSU’s academic partners, and work as volunteers at an orphanage and a zoo. May graduates Matt Carter of Norman, Whitney Danker of Wellston, Jonathan Krepel of Kingfisher and Kenner Misner of Sapulpa, along with Brianna Jett and Travis Jett, both Laverne seniors, and Courtney Timmons, Ada senior, were in Puebla and Mexico City where they attended a local parade, saw a bullfight, and volunteered at the African Safari park. The Blue Key students also volunteered at an orphanage in Puebla where nearly 70 children, from newborns to elementary age, are cared for. The students were hosted by the OSU-Mexico Liaison Office and the service project was funded by OSU Blue Key, the OSU President’s Office, OSU International Education and Outreach and the OSU Student Government Association.

Blue Key Honor Society students at the African Safari park in Puebla Mexico.
Blue Key Honor Society students at the African Safari park in Puebla Mexico.

Inaugural "Outstanding Faculty Study Abroad Leader" Award Winner Announced

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Dr Steve Harrist of the College of Education was awarded the first Outstanding Faculty Study Abroad Leader Award during the Campus Life Sponsored President’s Leadership Recognition Ceremony April 16th. Dr. Harrist has led numerous study abroad programs abroad. In 2006, he and co-sponsors took 17 students to the United Nations headquarters in New York, Paris and Geneva. In 2007, he took 24 students TO Ireland and England to study leadership and ethics with special emphasis on Winston Churchill. This May, 46 students from several colleges within the university are enrolled in International Perspectives in Ethics and Leadership and will travel to Athens and Rome. Currently, Dr Harrist is developing a proposal for a multi-dimensional partnership with the Belizean community and a Belizean Higher Education Partner, multiple academic units at OSU, and non-profit groups and corporate partners. The unifying theme for this initiative is “growing the field of sustainable eco-tourism.” In addition to his international work, Dr Harrist has also contributed significantly to OSU. Starting in 2003, in partnership with the Office of Leadership Development and the College of Education Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, he developed the OSU Undergraduate Leadership Certificate Program. In the spring of 2007, the state regents approved the program as the OSU Leadership Minor. Dr Harrist has set a great standard for future recipients of the Outstanding Faculty Study Abroad Leader Award. For more information about OSU’s Study Abroad programs: visit either studyabroad.okstate.edu or www.itravel.okstate.edu.

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