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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.

School of International Studies’ Master’s Student Recognized as “National President of the Year”

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007

School of International Studies’ master’s student Chris Wright was recently named “National President of the Year” by the National Association for Graduate & Professional Students (NAGPS) based on his level of commitment and achievement in advancing graduate student issues both on the national and local level. Wright beat out other graduate student association presidents from Notre Dame, Auburn, Colorado, and Carnegie Melon for the honor. During his administration, he has made numerous improvements in OSU’s GPSGA (Graduate & Professional Student Government Association) including updating the listserv, hosting a graduate student Welcome which over 200 students enjoyed, and developing the “President’s Council,” which consists of all the graduate student association presidents, to provide a stronger response to graduate student needs. At the national conference, Wright was also recognized for developing “28 Steps to a Grad Student Government that Works,” and for his effort to determine the value of graduate students to a university by instituting an economic impact study with assessment. Last March, Wright was also successful in bidding for OSU to be the site for the NAGPS regional conference. OSU will hold the conference March 28-29, 2008. Wright began his master’s program in the School of International Studies in fall 2006 and plans to complete his degree in summer 2008. His Focus Area of study is International Business & Economic Relations. For more information about OSU’s GPSGA please visit their website.

School of International Studies’ Master’s Student, Chris Wright
School of International Studies’ Master’s Student, Chris Wright

The School of International Studies Inducts Three into Its Bennett Fellows Program

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007

Friday, December 14th, in celebration of Dr. Henry G. Bennett’s birthday, the School of International Studies proudly inducted three members into its Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows Program during its graduation ceremony in OSU’s Wes Watkins Center. These individuals’ lives are integrated into Dr. Bennett’s international legacy – Dr. Robert L. Sandmeyer (former Dean (1977-94), OSU College of Business) who was instrumental in establishing OSU’s School of International Studies; Mr Paul W. Bass (author of Bennett biography “No Little Dreams”) who has compiled information about Dr. Bennett’s life, introducing him to today’s generation, and; Judge Thomas E. Bennett (Dr. Bennett’s only living child) who is the patriarch and spokesman for Dr. Bennett’s family. This brings the total number of Bennett Fellows to 15. Please visit the Bennett Fellows Program website for more information.

Pictured (l-r) are Judge Thomas E. Bennett, Dr Robert L. Sandmeyer, and Mr Paul W. Bass.
Pictured (l-r) are Judge Thomas E. Bennett, Dr Robert L. Sandmeyer, and Mr Paul W. Bass.

The School of International Studies Holds Its 13th Graduation Ceremony to Honor Its Fall 2007 Graduates

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007

Friday, December 14th, the School of International Studies hosted its 13th graduation ceremony. During the ceremony eighteen graduates were presented with their Master’s hoods and one was presented with her Certificate in International Studies. To date, this brings the total of SIS alumni to 173. For pictures of the graduates, see our December Newsletter. For pictures of the graduation ceremony, visit the Party Pix Website where you may even purchase pictures of the event.

Dr James G. Hromas (Director, International Education and Outreach) welcomes those in attendance at SIS’s graduation ceremony.
Dr James G. Hromas (Director, International Education and Outreach) welcomes those in attendance at SIS’s graduation ceremony.

Students from the School of International Studies Host Events to Kick Off International Human Rights Month

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2007

A group of International Studies students, led by MIP student Robin Eleazer, hosted events at the Wes Watkins Center to kick off International Human Rights Month. On December 2nd, the community was invited to watch “Born into Brothels”, a movie exploring the lives of children in India’s prostitute district. On December 3rd, Adriana Portillo-Bartow of Amnesty International gave a lecture about the plight of the disappeared, including several members of her immediate family, in Guatemala. After the lecture, the students held a candlelight vigil where the International Choir performed and Bill Bryant of Oklahoma City’s United Nations Association spoke. Finally, posters depicting human rights issues around the world were put together to display for the month of December in the Wes Watkins Center.

Adriana Portillo-Bartow of Amnesty International addresses the audience in attendance for her lecture about the disappeared persons in Guatemala.
Adriana Portillo-Bartow of Amnesty International addresses the audience in attendance for her lecture about the disappeared persons in Guatemala.

SIS, In Conjunction with OSU’s College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources, Hosts an MOU Signing Ceremony

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2007

On November 29th, the School of International Studies, in conjunction with OSU’s College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources, hosted an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) signing ceremony for MOI University of Kenya and OSU. The Vice Chancellor (equivalent of our CEO and President) of MOI University, Dr Richard Mibey, is both a Master’s and PhD alumnus of OSU’s College of Agriculture. He and OSU hope the agreement will help to establish an exchange of professors and students between OSU and MOI University (the 2nd largest university in Kenya). For more information about MOI University visit their website.

University officials from OSU and MOI University sign the MOU agreement.   Pictured (l-r) are Dr. James Hromas (Director, IEO), Dr. Robert Whitson (Dean, OSU College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources), Dr. Richard Mibey, (Vice-Chancellor, MOI University, Kenya), and Dr. James Sang (Chief Administrative Officer, MOI University, Kenya).
University officials from OSU and MOI University sign the MOU agreement. Pictured (l-r) are Dr. James Hromas (Director, IEO), Dr. Robert Whitson (Dean, OSU College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources), Dr. Richard Mibey, (Vice-Chancellor, MOI University, Kenya), and Dr. James Sang (Chief Administrative Officer, MOI University, Kenya).

The School of International Studies Hosts Chinese Chamber of Commerce Delegations from Gansu and Liaoning Provinces

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2007

On November 14th, the School of International Studies welcomed 16 Chamber of Commerce delegates from China’s Gansu and Liaoning provinces to the OSU campus. The State Chamber of Oklahoma has Sister-Chamber relationships with both provinces. The Chinese delegations were here to visit Oklahoma and partake in the state’s centennial celebrations. OSU was the first stop on the delegation’s three day tour that also includes visits to OU and Shawnee, as well as, of course, Oklahoma City. At OSU, the visitors began their day with a reception by Dr Marlene Strathe, Interim CEO and President, OSU System and a surprise appearance by Pistol Pete, OSU’s legendary mascot. Next, they were given a presentation about OSU’s research and outreach efforts by Dr Stephen McKeever (OSU Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer) and Mark Weiser (Associate Dean, OSU Spears School of Business). Finally, after a brief walking tour of the campus that included a group picture in OSU’s Centennial Gardens, the group was given a luncheon in their honor at the Wes Watkins Center. The School of International Studies was excited to be a part of the guests’ packed, whirlwind tour of Oklahoma.

Chamber members had a surprise appearance by OSU’s legendary mascot, Pistol Pete at the end of their Welcome reception to OSU .  In the picture, the delegation proudly displays their newly learned “Go Pokes!”  Steve Miller, left, (interim associate director for SIS’s graduate program), as part of his role on Oklahoma’s Governor’s International Team, was instrumental in bringing the delegation to OSU to introduce them to our research and outreach efforts.
Chamber members had a surprise appearance by OSU’s legendary mascot, Pistol Pete at the end of their Welcome reception to OSU . In the picture, the delegation proudly displays their newly learned “Go Pokes!” Steve Miller, left, (interim associate director for SIS’s graduate program), as part of his role on Oklahoma’s Governor’s International Team, was instrumental in bringing the delegation to OSU to introduce them to our research and outreach efforts.

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