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Incoming SIS Student Awarded Scholarship for African Development Project

Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tina Dicks, incoming student to the School of International Studies (SIS), has been awarded the first ever Wes & Lou Watkins Matthew 25:40 Scholarship. Tina, whose focus area in SIS will be Human Development, Society & Education and who will also be a Peace Corps Master’s International student, will travel to Sierra Leone this summer to develop 4-H- and FFA-type programs for the country’s large youth population (over 50%). Congressman and Regent Watkins have endowed four Matthew 25:40 Scholarships to incentivize students to travel abroad taking projects to developing countries. Congressman Watkins presented the check for the endowed scholarships to OSU President Burns Hargis at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of SIS in April. Tina’s project is especially dear to Congressman Watkins because of his heavy involvement in FFA as a youth. In fact, he credits FFA with being the vehicle that opened his eyes to a world that eventually led to him becoming a US Representative from Oklahoma. Tina is the daughter of SIS Faculty Member, Dr. Mike Dicks, in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

<p>On June 18<sup>th</sup>, Congressman Wes Watkins (right) presented Tina Dicks (left) with the 
first ever Wes &amp; Lou Watkins Matthew 25:40 Scholarship.
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On June 18th, Congressman Wes Watkins (right) presented Tina Dicks (left) with the first ever Wes & Lou Watkins Matthew 25:40 Scholarship.

OSU Visits Thailand

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2009

Dr. Burns Hargis, the President of Oklahoma State University and his wife Ann, accompanied by Dr. Stephen Miller, the Director of the School of International Studies Graduate Program, visited Thailand. The President and the delegations joined an Alumni event held by Dr. Phayung Meesad, the head of OSU Alumni Association of Thailand.
In this trip, the group had a chance to visit four cooperative Universities associated with the Alumni.
- King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB) hosted by Prof. Dr. Teravuti Boonyasopon, President.
-Chiang Mai University (CMU) hosted by Dr. Ponsak Angkasit, President.
-Maejo University (MJU) hosted by Dr. Thep Phongparnich, President.
-Rajamangala University of Technology-Lanna (RMUTLL) hosted by Dr.Chaiyong Eurviriyanukul, President.
The purpose of the visit was to meet with administrative teams in order to discuss cooperative activities between OSU and the Institutions.

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OSU Students Garner Two Fulbright Awards

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Fulbright Resource Center within the School of International Studies has helped two more students attain a prestigious Fulbright grant. Fulbright Teaching Assistantships were announced April 28th for Andrew Moore and Emily Lehenbauer. Wanting to increase its efforts to help students through the extensive application process for Fulbright grants, OSU created the Fulbright Resource Center and made it a unit of SIS. Last year, OSU put forth six applications, and this year, it doubled that number to twelve. For more information about OSU’s Fulbright efforts and application process, visit http://fulbright.okstate.edu. To read about this year’s awardees and the projects for which they were awarded their Fulbright grants, click here…

2009 OSU Student Fulbright Winners Andrew Moore(l) and Emily Lehenbauer (r).
2009 OSU Student Fulbright Winners Andrew Moore(l) and Emily Lehenbauer (r).

Thai visit to OSU

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2009

April 24, 2009, Dr. Thep Phongparnich, the 2005 OSU Distinguished International Alumni Awardee, and the President of Maejo University, with a faculty delegation, visited OSU. Dr. David M. Henneberry, the Director of International Agricultural Programs and Tim Huff, the manager of OSU’s International Students and Scholars Office, were the hosts who provided accommodations and reception.
Delegation:
1. Prof. Dr. Numchai Thanupon : VP for International Affairs
2. Asst. Prof. Dr. Chamnian Yosraj: VP for Administration
3. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chalermchai Panyadee: VP for Academic and Research
4. Asst. Prof. Prasan Wongmaneerung: VP for Strategy and Educational Standards
5. Assoc. Prof. Arkom Kanjanaphachot: VP for Student Development & Alumni Relations
6. Assoc. Prof. Danuwat Peng-ont: Director, Institute of Product Quality & Standardization
7. Asst. Prof. Adisorn Kuntharose: Assistant to the President
8. Mr. Anun Punyavee: Director, Office of the President
9. Mr. Somboon Kladkleb: Assistant to the president
10. Mr. Sanguan Chantalay: Adviser to the President
11. Mr. Prakong Yodhom: Head of Phisical Plant and Maintenance
12. Mr. Surin Deeseepan: Senior Agricultural Specialist
13. Mr. Surachai Salirat: Manager, University Farm and Park
14. Dr. Sunila Thanupon: Associate Professor
(Names in the red color are those who have already visited OSU in the past)
On this trip, Dr. Phongparnich and delegation had an opportunity to tour the campus and Agricultural sectors:
-Landscape Architecture and Contracting Facilitators
-Teaching Green House
-OSU Oklahoma Botanical and Environmental Turfgrass Research Studies/Facilities
-Farm of Dr. James Key
The purpose of the visit was to learn and gain knowledge about the American Educational system and the US agricultural farms.

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SIS Alumnus & Oklahoma State Representative Speaks to Contemporary Issues Class

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cory Williams, alumnus of the School of International Studies’ Graduate Program, was elected in November 2008 to serve as State Representative for Oklahoma’s District 34, which includes Stillwater. On April 23rd, he visited with SIS’s Contemporary Issues class to talk with students about his experience as a student in the Program and how it prepared him for what he is doing now in state politics. Williams’ election to state government further strengthens OSU’s position in state politics. In addition to Rep. Williams’ election to the State House, former OSU President (and former professor of SIS’s Contemporary Issues class), Dr. James Halligan, was elected to serve in the State Senate representing District 21.

Representative Cory T. Williams, Oklahoma District 34
Representative Cory T. Williams, Oklahoma District 34

10th Anniversary - School of International Studies

Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2009

On April 9th, dignitaries from around the world were welcomed to the Wes Watkins Center to honor the School of International Studies for its first decade of service to OSU and its students. This year also marked the 17th installment of the Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship, where H.E. Dr. Adnan Badran, former Prime Minister of Jordan and OSU alumnus, was the featured speaker. In addition to the Lectureship, SIS celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a morning reception for Japanese Consul General at Houston, the Honorable Tsutomu Osawa, and afternoon Global Briefing panels that covered Foreign Policy, the Economy and African issues. The morning reception welcomed members of Stillwater’s Sister Cities Council and Oklahoma’s Secretary of State, the Honorable M. Susan Savage. The afternoon Global Briefing panels were chaired by Dr. James Scott, head of OSU’s Political Science Department (Foreign Policy); Dr. Stephen Miller, director of SIS’s Graduate Program (the Economy); and, Dr. Stephan Wilson, dean of OSU’s College of Human Environmental Sciences (African issues). For the list of the panels’ distinguished participants, click here. The day ended for the public with the dedication of the Wes Watkins Center Global Plaza where OSU Regent Andrew Lester, National Sister Cities Chairman Michael Hyatt, OSU Regent Lou Watkins and the Honorable Wes Watkins spoke. That evening, a special reception and dinner were held for the speakers during the day’s events.

H.E. Dr. Adnan Badran, former Prime Minister of Jordan and OSU alumnus, was the featured speaker for the 2009 Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship and SIS 10th Anniversary Celebration.  For more pictures of the day’s events, please click the link to the right.  To order any pictures (from Party Pix) of the event, <a href="http://www.geneseephoto.com/newstore2/events.php?&amp;srch=10YR+Celebration">
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H.E. Dr. Adnan Badran, former Prime Minister of Jordan and OSU alumnus, was the featured speaker for the 2009 Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship and SIS 10th Anniversary Celebration. For more pictures of the day’s events, please click the link to the right. To order any pictures (from Party Pix) of the event, click here then choose Watkins - SIS - 10YR CELEBRATION 4.9.09 under Search Results
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OSU-Mexico Liaison Office Assists with CEAT Faculty Travel to Mexico City and Puebla

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009

From March 24 to March 28, 2009, Dr. Alan Tree, Associate Dean and Professor of Chemical Engineering; Dr. Dan Fisher, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace; Dr. John Veenstra, Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Dr. Martin Hagan , Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering traveled to Mexico City and Puebla Mexico.

In Mexico City, they visited with officials of the Ministry of Public Education, the Mexican Foundation for Education, Technology and Science and the National Council of Science and Technology, CONACYT (Mexican Equivalent to NSF). They also met with faculty and administrators from the top Public Higher Education Institutions in the city: UNAM, IPN, UAM.

Dr. Alan Tree, Associate Dean and Professor of Chemical Engineering; Dr. Dan Fisher, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace; Dr. John Veenstra, Head of Civil &  Environmental Engineering and Dr. Martin Hagan , Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering traveled to Mexico City and Puebla Mexico.
Dr. Alan Tree, Associate Dean and Professor of Chemical Engineering; Dr. Dan Fisher, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace; Dr. John Veenstra, Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Dr. Martin Hagan , Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering traveled to Mexico City and Puebla Mexico.

Cultural Night

Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cultural Night is one of the big opportunities for international students to be representatives of their remarkable cultures. Over twelve countries prepare their own programs to show to over a 1,000 attendees from the OSU and Stillwater communities. This year, the Thai Student Association has sent the crew to perform in a small group performance, which called

Cultural Night is one of the big opportunities for international students to be representatives of their remarkable cultures. Over twelve countries prepare their own programs to show to over a 1,000 attendees from the OSU and Stillwater communities. This year, the Thai Student Association has sent the crew to perform in a small group performance, which called “Serng Kala”.
Serng Kala, or Serng Krapo (Coconut shells Dance) - Krapo (Kala) is the word for coconut in the Northeast dialect. The dance illustrates the activities of a group of nubile girls from the southern part of the region, known as I-San. The dancers hold two coconut shells, with which they execute complex choreographic movements, shaking them, tossing them or tapping them lightly. This dance is often accompanied by the sound of the pong lang, a kind of upright xylophone, made of strips of wood arranged according to the musical scale. Additionally, this kind of dance is for couple. Thai people believe that if any couples crack the coconut shells during the dance, they will get married.

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4 U Sport day

Posted on Monday, March 9, 2009

This activity has been established for gathering Thai students from four universities in Oklahoma in order to maintain good relationships. Every year, each university, Oklahoma State University (OSU), Oklahoma University (OU), Oklahoma City University (OCU), and the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), take turns to host this event. This year was OSU’s opportunity. Students from four Oklahoma universities participated in various kinds of sports in Colvin Center.

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SIS Grad Program Associate Director in UPAEP

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009

On February 26, 2009, Dr. Stephen Miller visited UPAEP campus in Puebla, Mexico to give a lecture on Marketing Strategies. Dr. Miller is Associate Director of the School of International Studies Graduate Program and Professor Emeritus in Marketing. More than 400 undergraduate students and several faculty members of the marketing department attended his presentation.

Dr. Miller also had the opportunity to interact with UPAEP alumni and staff and encourage them to take part in the OSU/UPAEP activities.

UPAEP is a private university located in Puebla, Mexico with strong ties to OSU. UPAEP features a small, but growing Division of Agriculture. Programs in development include student practical training at OSU, faculty exchange programs, jointly taught courses and other in partnership between OSU and UPAEP.

Dr. Miller also had the opportunity to interact with UPAEP alumni and staff and encourage them to take part in the OSU/UPAEP activities.
Dr. Miller also had the opportunity to interact with UPAEP alumni and staff and encourage them to take part in the OSU/UPAEP activities.

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