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
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,
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
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.
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
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
email@example.com or Brenda
Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pedro Lozada
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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