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SIS in Conjunction with OSU’s College of Education Holds a Global Briefing

Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008

The School of International Studies, with OSU’s College of Education, held its third Global Briefing of the year on March 27th. The featured speaker was Dr Lloyd Lewan. Dr Lewan is an alumnus of the College of Education and served for many years as Dean then as Chairman of the Board for the Institute for Shipboard Education. The Institute is the governing body for the Semester at Sea program where students study for a semester traveling all over the world. Dr Lewan shared with the crowd of about 175 students, faculty and OSU administration some his experiences aboard the ship and spoke about the role of proper leadership in today’s global society. Dr Lloyd has written a book addressing this very issue – “To be a Leader: Leadership Beyond Management.” To end his talk, Dr Lewan encouraged the attendees to include studying or traveling abroad as part of their learning experience. He said that we owe it to our children to be knowledgeable citizens of the world. For more information about Dr Lewan or to suggest someone who could be a potential speaker for SIS’s Global Briefing Series, contact SIS’s Coordinator of International Outreach Brett Wood at 405.744.5662 or brett.wood@okstate.edu.

Dr Lloyd Lewan relays to those in attendance his experiences aboard Semester at Sea’s ship and his insights into being an effective leader.
Dr Lloyd Lewan relays to those in attendance his experiences aboard Semester at Sea’s ship and his insights into being an effective leader.

SIS Students Attend the 16th Annual International Student Awareness Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008

Several SIS students were among those welcomed to the Oklahoma State Capitol by legislators for the 16th Annual International Student Awareness Day on March 24th. International high school and college students are invited each year by the state’s legislators to thank the students for choosing Oklahoma to further their education. The event is sponsored by the Joint Legislative Committee on International Development in conjunction with the Secretary of State’s office and the Governor’s International Team (of which SIS’s Interim Associate Director Dr Steve Miller is a member). Students sit in the House chamber in the State Representatives seats and in the gallery and are welcomed by the Joint Committee’s Co-Chair and MC Shane Jett with their country’s typical greeting. This year, approximately 75 countries were represented in the enthusiastic crowd. After the welcoming ceremony, students gathered for a large group photo on the capitol’s interior grand staircase (they will each receive a copy of the picture in the coming weeks). Finally, they were treated to a buffet of local restaurants’ food that was donated for the event and were entertained with various singers and dancers in the capitol’s rotunda. Click here for pictures of the event.

SIS students, who were among those seated on the floor of the House Chamber, gathered for a group picture.  Pictured (l-r) are Penny Sizemore (China), Alina Roman (Romania), Firew Gudero (Ethiopia), Nasiba Chaboya (Kyrgyzstan), and Katerina Henry (Czech Republic).
SIS students, who were among those seated on the floor of the House Chamber, gathered for a group picture. Pictured (l-r) are Penny Sizemore (China), Alina Roman (Romania), Firew Gudero (Ethiopia), Nasiba Chaboya (Kyrgyzstan), and Katerina Henry (Czech Republic).
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Students and staff from the School of International Studies Attend Dubai’s 3rd Women as Global Leaders Conference

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008

SIS students Latasha Wilson and Janet Herren and ELI Director (now emeritus) Kay Keys attended the 3rd Women as Global Leaders Conference in Dubai March 10th-12th. The conference continued it’s commitment to leadership education and women's leadership with the theme "Learning Leadership". Among this year’s conference speakers were Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson; Founder & Chairwoman of the Arab International Women’s Forum, Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani; Actress Jane Fonda and Journalist Helen Thomas. The conference is held in conjunction with Zayed University every other year. OSU helped develop and works with Zayed’s Executive MBA Program and has sent several university officials, including IEO Director Dr James Hromas and OSU Spears School of Business Dean Sara Freedman, to speak at the University’s graduation ceremonies.

Speakers gather on stage at the beginning of the 3<sup>rd</sup> Women as Global Leaders Conference in Dubai.
Speakers gather on stage at the beginning of the 3rd Women as Global Leaders Conference in Dubai.
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SIS Inducts Former Mexico President Vicente Fox as a Bennett Fellow

Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The School of International Studies, along with OSU’s Spears School of Business, had the distinct honor to induct former Mexico President Vicente Fox as the 17th member of SIS’s Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows Program on February 5th. President Fox visited Oklahoma as the guest speaker for the Oklahoma City Management Briefing Series and Tulsa Business Forums Series, both put on by the Spears School’s Center for Executive and Professional Development. Fox spoke about “Bringing the New Economy to Latin America.” During the visit, José Sagarnaga, manager of the OSU-OSU - Mexico Liaison Office, talked with President Fox about collaborations between the upcoming Fox Center in Mexico and OSU. One of the goals of the OSU-Mexico Liaison Office is to increase the number of Mexican students attending OSU as well as OSU students attending Mexican universities for study abroad experiences. The Fox Center, Mexico’s first presidential library, will not only serve as a reflection of Fox’s time in office from 2000-2006, but it will more importantly serve as an academic center to foster education among Mexico’s students. Along with President Fox, members of SIS’s Bennett Fellows Program include former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former S. Korean Prime Minister Duck Woo Nam and retired US Congressman Wes Watkins.

Pictured (l-r) Dr. Sarah Freedman (OSU Dean of the Spears School of Business), President Fox and José Sagarnaga (Manager, OSU-OSU - Mexico Liaison Office).
Pictured (l-r) Dr. Sarah Freedman (OSU Dean of the Spears School of Business), President Fox and José Sagarnaga (Manager, OSU-OSU - Mexico Liaison Office).

SIS Students Attend the 16th Annual Women’s Business Leadership Program

Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Word is spreading about the successful activities of the OSU Study Abroad Office. Since OSU Interim President and Provost Marlene Strathe launched an initiative to significantly increase the international experience of OSU’s graduates, the Study Abroad Office, part of the School of International Studies, has been working non-stop to advise and help students who are becoming more and more aware of the office’s services. Currently, Study Abroad has been allocated $120,000 in scholarships to provide incentives to get students to travel the world to study. Visit the OSU home page for the full article. To learn more about the Study Abroad Office, please visit its website.

SIS students who attended the program.  Pictured (l-r) Sarah Ferrell, Janet Herren, Latasha Wilson, Reema Nainani, Robin Eleazer, Victoria Medellin, Marilyn Lopez and Erica Roberts.
SIS students who attended the program. Pictured (l-r) Sarah Ferrell, Janet Herren, Latasha Wilson, Reema Nainani, Robin Eleazer, Victoria Medellin, Marilyn Lopez and Erica Roberts.

SIS Student Athlete Ryan Vail Receives NCAA Division I Academic Honors

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ryan Vail, School of International Studies graduate student from Gresham, Oregon, was just named to the NCAA Division I All-Academic team for men’s Cross Country. In addition to Ryan, the entire OSU men’s and women’s teams are being recognized as 2007 NCAA Division I All-Academic teams. Ryan began the Graduate Program this spring and anticipates completing his master’s degree in May of 2009 with a focus area in International Business and Economic Relations. For more information about the sports teams’ honors please visit the OSU Cross Country homepage.

Ryan Vail.  SIS Graduate Student from Gresham, Oregon.
Ryan Vail. SIS Graduate Student from Gresham, Oregon.

SIS’s Study Abroad Office Garners Front Page News on the OSU Website

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Word is spreading about the successful activities of the OSU Study Abroad Office. Since OSU Interim President and Provost Marlene Strathe launched an initiative to significantly increase the international experience of OSU’s graduates, the Study Abroad Office, part of the School of International Studies, has been working non-stop to advise and help students who are becoming more and more aware of the office’s services. Currently, Study Abroad has been allocated $120,000 in scholarships to provide incentives to get students to travel the world to study. Visit the OSU home page for the full article. To learn more about the Study Abroad Office, please visit its website.

Several SIS students, taking advantage of the Study Abroad scholarships, were among those who traveled 
to China and Tibet to study agriculture last summer. Here, they are standing in 
a bamboo forest in a remote area of China.
Several SIS students, taking advantage of the Study Abroad scholarships, were among those who traveled to China and Tibet to study agriculture last summer. Here, they are standing in a bamboo forest in a remote area of China.

Students from the School of International Studies Enjoy a Country/Western Cultural Night

Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2008

Approximately fifty students in SIS’s Graduate Program came to the Wes Watkins Center Thursday Feb 7th to participate in a Country/Western Cultural Night dinner. The School’s Student Association of Global Affairs (SAGA) and its advisor Kathleen Kelsey cooked steak dinners for all of the attendees for a low cost per plate. Once everyone was “stuffed to the hilt,” they were given the opportunity to burn off the calories! Lance and Hanna, who teach Country/Western Dance Lessons at the Colvin Center, were on hand to give everyone lessons on the Polka and Two-Step dances. SAGA hosts a cultural dinner every month, featuring different foods and cultural experiences from around the world. They provide the food, typically around $5 per plate, so all people have to do is sign up! For upcoming cultural dinners, you can go to the OSU International Gateway Page’s Upcoming Events Section, or contact Janet Herren at janet.herren@okstate.edu.

SIS Students whirl around the room as they try to stay with their partners but keep their steps (and spins) to the music!
SIS Students whirl around the room as they try to stay with their partners but keep their steps (and spins) to the music!

Students from the School of International Studies Attend Event Featuring Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico

Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Twenty students in the SIS Graduate Program took time from their busy schedules to travel to Oklahoma City to hear Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico, Tuesday, February 5th. Fox was the speaker for OSU's Spears School of Business' Oklahoma City Management Briefing Series. Fox also spoke for the Spears School's Tulsa Business Forum Series in the afternoon. The School of International Studies helped sponsor each of the events. In addition to speaking, Mr. Fox was also inducted as the 17th Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellow for the School of International Studies.

SIS students gathered in the foyer of Oklahoma City's Civic Center for a group picture.
SIS students gathered in the foyer of Oklahoma City's Civic Center for a group picture.

OSU’s College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources Returns from Mali Completing the MOU with OSU

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007

CASNR representatives recently returned from Mali after a two week stay for the third and final phase of the grant with the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The focus of their trip was to meet specifically with the participants who spent five weeks in Oklahoma during the grant's second phase. This is the follow-up activity to continue to assist these media professionals in their professional growth and development. While in Mali, Drs. Dwayne Cartmell, Cindy Blackwell, Craig Edwards and Ed Miller completed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at the University of Bamako. A delegation from Mali was at OSU in September to begin the MOU signing process. The group on this recent trip to Mali also included Dustin Mielke, Oklahoma Farm Bureau; Rachel Hubbard, KOSU; Dr. Jim Hynes, Sam Houston State University; and Dr. Marty Frick, South Dakota State University. The time in Mali also included visits to agricultural regions of the country and to Tombouctou (Timbuktu). The group returned to Stillwater December 13.

Pictured are children with members of OSU’s delegation that visited Mali in March during the first phase of the grant.
Pictured are children with members of OSU’s delegation that visited Mali in March during the first phase of the grant.

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