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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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