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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.

SIS Hosts a Global Briefing with Oklahoma’s Secretary of State

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2008

The School of International Studies held its fourth Global Briefing of the year April 3rd. The featured speaker was Oklahoma’s Secretary of State, Susan Savage. Secretary Savage spoke to the packed room about her experiences since her office was designated as the one responsible for the state’s international relations and protocol last year. One of the big challenges she has right now is making sense of the new legislation that has been introduced in Oklahoma to designate English as its official language. Just prior to coming to speak, she had the opportunity to read through the entire legislation. One point of concern is whether or not it will be illegal for her to use state funds to translate state documents for visiting dignitaries to read. With this instance and others, Secretary Savage gave a relevant view of a government official’s role in today’s ever-changing global society.

The Honorable Susan Savage addresses the School of International Studies and its at-capacity crowd for this year’s fourth Global Briefing.
The Honorable Susan Savage addresses the School of International Studies and its at-capacity crowd for this year’s fourth Global Briefing.

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.

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