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SIS in Conjunction with OSU’s College of Agriculture Sciences & Natural Resources Holds an Iraq Global Briefing

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007

On October 11th, the School of International Studies with Dr. David Henneberry of OSU’s College of Agriculture Sciences & Natural Resources welcomed Colonel R. Alan King to discuss the US effort in Iraq. Col. King served 16 months in Iraq with the U.S. Army, first as a Civil Affairs battalion commander, then later as a deputy director of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. He was the top civil-military adviser in Baghdad when the previous Iraqi regime fell. Under King’s command, his unit became the most decorated Civil Affairs battalion is US Army history. King currently serves with the Reserves in working with the Iraqi tribal leaders. Close to 300 students, faculty, and community members filled the Wes Watkins Center auditorium to hear this unique speaker’s insights into the situation in Iraq. His presentation and delivery captured the attention and awe of those in attendance. Col King is the author of “Twice Armed: An American Soldier’s Battle for Hearts and Minds in Iraq.” For more information about Col King and his book, click here…

Colonel R. Alan King (USA, Retired) addresses the 300 in attendance on the OSU-Stillwater campus in the Wes Watkins Center’s auditorium.
Colonel R. Alan King (USA, Retired) addresses the 300 in attendance on the OSU-Stillwater campus in the Wes Watkins Center’s auditorium.

SIS Joins the OSU Alumni Association in Hosting Distinguished OSU Alumnus Dr Teravuti Boonyasopon of Thailand

Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2007

Close friend to the School of International Studies, Dr Teravuti Boonyasopon was inducted into the OSU Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame, September 22nd. While at OSU, SIS’s Interim Associate Director, Dr Steve Miller, hosted Dr Boonyasopon. IEO Director, Dr James Hromas, and Dr Miller have taken several trips to Thailand to foster OSU’s relationship with Thailand and specifically with Dr Boonyasopon. In January, Dr Hromas had the rare privilege, after presenting an OSU plate to the princess of Thailand, to shake the princess’s hand. In the past year, Dr Boonyasopon’s daughter Ink has worked to develop an OSU-Thai webpage (ieo.okstate.edu/thai) to recruit more students from Thailand as well as maintain contact with the many OSU Thai alumni. Interestingly, at one time, three university presidents in Thailand were OSU Alumni.

Drs. James Hromas, Teravuti Boonyasopon, and Steve Miller (2-4 from left) discuss OSU’s efforts via brochures and the new OSU-Thai webpage to recruit Thai students and maintain relationships with OSU Thai alumni.  Dr Boonyasopon’s daughter, Ink, (far left) worked with Brett Wood (SIS Coordinator, International Outreach) (top right) & Dr Miller to develop the webpage and brochure.
Drs. James Hromas, Teravuti Boonyasopon, and Steve Miller (2-4 from left) discuss OSU’s efforts via brochures and the new OSU-Thai webpage to recruit Thai students and maintain relationships with OSU Thai alumni.  Dr Boonyasopon’s daughter, Ink, (far left) worked with Brett Wood (SIS Coordinator, International Outreach) (top right) & Dr Miller to develop the webpage and brochure.

SIS Hosts Appreciation Luncheon to Recognize Recent Donation of Ethiopian Artifacts

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2007

The School of International Studies held an appreciation luncheon September 20th to recognize the recent contribution of Ethiopian artifacts. Ms. Lou Ann Skinner and Mrs. Vera Preston-Jaeger have given items to SIS to be displayed in the cabinet outside the Wes Watkins Center’s Point Four Room that commemorates OSU’s ties with Ethiopia. Skinner’s father Ralph Skinner was one of original members of the OSU-Ethiopia Project. Preston-Jaeger’s grandfather Henry G. Bennett was the legendary OSU president appointed by US President Harry S. Truman to head Truman's new national Point Four Program. One of Point Four’s (now USAID) first projects was the contribution of OSU faculty members to help the developing nation of Ethiopia from 1952-68 in establishing a land grant agricultural education system similar to OSU’s. Those is attendance at the luncheon included Former US Congressman Wes Watkins and his wife, Lou, the current Chair of the OSU Board of Regents; Don Wagner, the last active OSU faculty member who was part of the OSU-Ethiopia project, Conrad & Joy Evans, SIS Bennett Fellows and OSU-Ethiopia Project members, and Paul Bass, who recently wrote a biography of Henry G. Bennett entitled No Little Dreams.

Jim Shideler, IEO Coordinator, Global Contacts, formally thanks Ms Lou Ann Skinner for her significant contribution to preserving the heritage of the OSU-Ethiopia Project with her generous donation of many Ethiopian artifacts.  The cabinet behind them is one of two outside the Point Four Room in the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU Campus that displays the items.
Jim Shideler, IEO Coordinator, Global Contacts, formally thanks Ms Lou Ann Skinner for her significant contribution to preserving the heritage of the OSU-Ethiopia Project with her generous donation of many Ethiopian artifacts.  The cabinet behind them is one of two outside the Point Four Room in the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU Campus that displays the items.

SIS Joins the Department of Agriculture Sciences & Natural Resources to Host an MOU Signing Between OSU and the University of Bamako of Mali, Africa

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007

The School of International Studies joined the Department of Agriculture Sciences & Natural Resources (DASNR) on September 17th to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between OSU and the University of Bamako of Mali, Africa. The agreement stems from a project awarded to DASNR by the US Department of State to help Malian journalists “understand, acquire, and practice professional standards in their work”. Trips between and OSU and Mali were made to Mali in March and to the US in July. The School of International Studies is housed in the Wes Watkins Center, which provides the perfect venue for such agreements to be signed. The Watkins Center’s Point IV Room is dedicated to the efforts of OSU’s legendary president Henry G. Bennett who led US President Harry S. Truman’s Point IV initiative (now USAID) which sought to establish relationships between US and foreign universities to share the US’s knowledge. The Point IV Room was the venue for Monday’s signing. For more information about DASNR’s efforts with Mali, click here...

Pictured (l-r) are Dr James Hromas (director of International Education & Outreach), Dr Samake (representative of the University of Bamako), and Dr Robert Whitson (Vice President and Dean of the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources).  Dr Samake observed as Drs Hromas and Whitson, along with OSU’s Interim CEO & President, Dr Marlene Strathe (not pictured) signed the MOU establishing a relationship between OSU and the University of Bamako.  The agreement will be taken to Mali in December where the University of Bamako’s rector will sign it in a similar ceremony.
Pictured (l-r) are Dr James Hromas (director of International Education & Outreach), Dr Samake (representative of the University of Bamako), and Dr Robert Whitson (Vice President and Dean of the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources).  Dr Samake observed as Drs Hromas and Whitson, along with OSU’s Interim CEO & President, Dr Marlene Strathe (not pictured) signed the MOU establishing a relationship between OSU and the University of Bamako.  The agreement will be taken to Mali in December where the University of Bamako’s rector will sign it in a similar ceremony.

Mexico Liaison Office Celebrates One Year and Hosts Celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2007

On Friday, September 14th, OSU’s OSU - Mexico Liaison Office celebrated its one year anniversary as well as celebrated Mexico’s Independence Day. José Sagarnaga, the manager of the office, visiting Stillwater for meetings, hosted the evening’s festivities. Approximately 100 people from the university and community were on hand for the celebrations. In addition, university officials from Chihuahua Mexico’s campus of Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), who were visiting with OSU faculty and the School of International Studies about an exchange program next summer, attended the party. Mr. Sagarnaga and the graduate students assisting him were extremely pleased with the positive turnout. For more information about the OSU-Mexico Liaison Office click here…

José Sagarnaga, manager of the OSU-OSU - Mexico Liaison Office (back row, 4th from left) poses with the Office’s graduate assistants (GA’s) (who organized the evening’s activities), Mexican dancers, and Dr James Hromas (director of International Education & Outreach) behind the food that the students prepared for the evening.  Pictured front row, l-r are Maria Mejía (OSU-Mexico GA), Paulina Sanz, Enrique Sánchez (OSU-Mexico GA), and Christian Arregin.  Back row, l-r, are Dr. Hromas, Juan Carlos Bolaños (OSU-Mexico GA), Macario Ruiz, Mr. Sagarnaga, Alejandro Hernández, & Ramón Burciaga (OSU-Mexico GA).
José Sagarnaga, manager of the OSU-OSU - Mexico Liaison Office (back row, 4th from left) poses with the Office’s graduate assistants (GA’s) (who organized the evening’s activities), Mexican dancers, and Dr James Hromas (director of International Education & Outreach) behind the food that the students prepared for the evening.  Pictured front row, l-r are Maria Mejía (OSU-Mexico GA), Paulina Sanz, Enrique Sánchez (OSU-Mexico GA), and Christian Arregin.  Back row, l-r, are Dr. Hromas, Juan Carlos Bolaños (OSU-Mexico GA), Macario Ruiz, Mr. Sagarnaga, Alejandro Hernández, & Ramón Burciaga (OSU-Mexico GA).
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The School of International Studies Welcomes Students from Kyoto Japan

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

On September 12th, the School of International Studies joined with Oklahoma’s Secretary of State’s office in hosting a delegation of students from Kyoto, Japan. The students were here to visit Oklahoma, which has a sister state relationship with Kyoto. Stillwater has a sister city relationship with Kameoka, Japan, which is in the Kyoto prefecture. While on the Stillwater part of their state visit, the students toured the OSU campus, met and discussed world issues with students in SIS, and visited with members of Stillwater’s Sister City Council. In previous years, Oklahoma former Lieutenant Governor and current US Congresswoman Mary Fallin has taken a delegation of students, including several SIS students, to Japan to visit the Kyoto prefecture. This was the first year that a delegation from Kyoto came to Oklahoma.

The Kyoto student delegation poses with SIS students after the groups discussed current issues of the day.  Chris Morriss (far right), Special Assistant to Oklahoma Secretary of State Susan Savage, hosted the delegation while they were in Oklahoma.
The Kyoto student delegation poses with SIS students after the groups discussed current issues of the day.  Chris Morriss (far right), Special Assistant to Oklahoma Secretary of State Susan Savage, hosted the delegation while they were in Oklahoma.
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B. Curtis Hamm Becomes an SIS Ambassador

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2007

B. Curtis Hamm, OSU Professor Emeritus of Marketing, became an Ambassador for the School of International Studies earlier this fall for his financial contribution to the school. Ambassadors for the School are designated as those individuals who contribute $1000 or more per year to the School. The School will hold its first annual meeting of The Ambassadors on December 14th in conjunction with the SIS Fall Graduation Ceremony. For more information about the Ambassador Program or to become an Ambassador for the School, you can contact Jim Shideler at 405.744.4804 or jim.shideler@okstate.edu.

Dr James Hromas, director of International Education & Outreach, presents B. Curtis Hamm with a crystal globe to commemorate his membership in the School of International Studies’ Ambassador Program.
Dr James Hromas, director of International Education & Outreach, presents B. Curtis Hamm with a crystal globe to commemorate his membership in the School of International Studies’ Ambassador Program.

The Peace Corps’ Master’s International Program in the School of International Studies Marks Its National 20th Anniversary

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2007

On August 29th, the School of International Studies hosted a reception for Sharon Sugarek of the Peace Corps’ regional office in Dallas. Sugarek came to OSU to present the Master’s International Program in SIS with a certificate commemorating the MI Program’s 20th anniversary, nationally. Three years ago, the School of International Studies added the Master’s International Program as a component of its graduate program. In the MI Program, students enroll in a year of coursework in International Studies and then do their two-year service in the Peace Corps. Upon completion of their Peace Corps service, students receive their Master’s degree. Since it began as a part of SIS, 22 students have entered the program. Currently, three have completed the program, ten are on their Peace Corps assignment, and nine are enrolled in their coursework in International Studies. The internationally diverse environment of SIS gives students wanting to go into the Peace Corps a real world, global experience before they go into the field. OSU’s Graduate College has been instrumental in the success of the MI Program in SIS because of the financial incentives it provides for out-of-state students. Currently, the nine MI students in the program are from states as far reaching as Alaska, New York, Georgia, and California. For more information about the MI Program, click here…

Sharon Sugarek, Regional Office Manager for the Peace Corps’ Dallas office (second from left), presents the 20th Anniversary Commemorative Certificate to the School of International Studies and OSU’s Graduate College. Pictured (l-r) are Dr Mark Payton (Associate Dean, Grad College), Ms. Sugarek, Donna Birchler (SIS Graduate Advisor), Michelle Nabors (OSU Peace Corps Recruiter), and Dr James Hromas (Director, International Education & Outreach).
Sharon Sugarek, Regional Office Manager for the Peace Corps’ Dallas office (second from left), presents the 20th Anniversary Commemorative Certificate to the School of International Studies and OSU’s Graduate College. Pictured (l-r) are Dr Mark Payton (Associate Dean, Grad College), Ms. Sugarek, Donna Birchler (SIS Graduate Advisor), Michelle Nabors (OSU Peace Corps Recruiter), and Dr James Hromas (Director, International Education & Outreach).

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