STILLWATER, Okla. –James G. Hromas received a Bennett Fellow award from the School
of International Studies at Oklahoma State University. Hromas is a retired associate
professor of Marketing in the College of Business Administration and maintained
the Lawrence L. Boger Professor of International Studies in the SIS department.
He was the past director of the International Education and Outreach (now International
Studies and Outreach) and was responsible for directing the IE&O and School of International
Studies programs at OSU.
David Henneberry, Associate Vice President for International Studies and Outreach,
said the Bennett Fellows Program recruits individuals from around the world who
have a common purpose of addressing issues in a complex global environment and have
made outstanding contributions to the social, political and/or economic issues of
“Dr. Hromas is a leader in international education who put forth great effort
to prepare students to lead in a diverse world,” Henneberry said. “With his leadership
in the global environment, expertise and innovative ideas he is a great example
of a Bennett Fellow and an international leader.”
Bennett Fellows are selected from a wide range of fields and disciplines including
academe, business, government, the media, the military and the non-profit sector.
During Hromas’ tenure at IE&O he provided leadership to the School of International
Studies programs, and provided the leadership in internationalizing the OSU campus
through strategies involving faculty, staff, students along with community, state,
national and international communities.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Olesya Smagina, part of the Junior Faculty Development Program,
recently arrived to Oklahoma State University from Uzbekistan.
Smagina’s educational background is in business administration and education.
Upon returning to the Westminster International University in Tashkent she hopes
to explore how these disciplines are taught at OSU, what methods are used and what
assessment is applied to evaluate students’ achievement of learning outcomes.
“While at OSU I want to explore the classes offered to the students in the business
program and attend the classes in the schools of business and education,” Smagina
said. “Moreover, I seek an opportunity to integrate new modules that can be identified
during my participation in the program. For example, now our department is considering
opening new human resource courses. I want to contribute more to the curriculum
redesign in the upcoming revalidation for business administration courses.”
The JFDP Fellows completed a highly competitive, multi-stage selection process
to be awarded the fellowships. More than four hundred applications were submitted
to this merit-based competition.
Joel Jenswold, OSU School of International Studies director of graduate programs,
said the Junior Faculty Development Program is a U.S. State Department program that
supports junior faculty from Southeast Eurasia and the Caucuses who wish to spend
a semester here in the U.S. They work with their counterparts in our academic departments
and learn how we do things here.
“It has always been a mark of distinction to receive JFDP fellows. Our success
with this program is all the more remarkable considering recent budget cuts: last
year we received two out of 40 total placements nationwide, and this year one out
of only 20,” Jenswold said. “This is quite a testament to the reputation of our
faculty both within the program and in that region of the world. It is also a great
opportunity for our faculty and students to develop professional ties and experience
perspectives that might not be otherwise available.”
Through their many activities on U.S. campuses and the surrounding communities,
JFDP Fellows will also serve as cultural ambassadors, immersing themselves in American
society in ways that bring the world to the United States and allow them to share
their diverse cultures and educational traditions.
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Honorable Lakshmaiah Ponnala, Minister of Information
Technology and Communications, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India, visited with
Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis and faculty from across campus
on a recent visit to Oklahoma.
Ponnala, received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from OSU in 1969.
He worked in the United States before returning to India.
Ponnala has traveled the world dedicating his time to observe new technology
methods and implement them to improve the life of the common man in his home state.
During this process he has developed agro-based industries which include dairy and
poultry. He is also credited to the success of many rural employment methods with
World Bank loans thus providing employment opportunities to thousands of uneducated
and unemployed people of the Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh leads the nation as one of the prime centers of Information Technology
whose IT exports crossed $1 billion in 2004. The government of Andhra Pradesh aspires
to transform the state into a knowledgeable society and make available the benefits
of IT to all citizens.
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development/International
Trade Center – SBDC at Oklahoma State University will host Export Basics training
on February 14, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Export Basics will help businesses and individuals who are interested in making
international sales to understand what they need to know and to consider before
pursuing an export strategy. This event will also show individuals how to locate
potential customers in other countries.
“Although 96 percent of the world’s consumers are outside the United States and
many U.S. companies of all sizes have been successful at exporting, too many small
and medium sized enterprises have not yet done so primarily due to fear or a lack
of understanding of how to do so,” said Anthony Cambas, Director of the Wes Watkins
Center for International Trade and Development. “This workshop will be helpful to
both businesses and individuals wanting to learn more about the benefits of exporting
and where to begin.”
During the event, participants will learn about the benefits of exporting; the
export of goods and services; basic steps of exporting and will additional key resources
to help with international sales.
For additional information or to RSVP to the Export Basics training contact 405-744-4272
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Presidents of two Ethiopian Universities invited a group
of Oklahoma State University college representatives to visit their campuses to
discuss ways in which OSU can assist them in strengthening their institutions.
President Admasu Tsegaye of Addis Ababa University and President Yosef Mamo of
Hawassa University extended the joint invitation to the group.
The OSU delegation is composed of Stephan Wilson, dean, college of human sciences;
Ed Miller, professor and director of the agricultural international programs, college
of agriculture; Dr. Stan Grogg associate dean, OSU Health Sciences Center; Mark
Weiser, associate dean, OSU Spears School of Business; Tom Wikle, associate dean,
college of arts and sciences and Khaled Gasem, professor, college of engineering.
The OSU group is visiting Ethiopia January 3-11, 2013.
While in Ethiopia, the group will discuss ways that each of their respective
colleges can contribute toward the continued development of Ethiopian educational
institutions. A proposal, jointly prepared by the respective colleges at OSU and
the Ethiopian Universities, will be developed and submitted for approval at the
conclusion of the travel. The college representatives provide the knowledge base
of OSU’s programmatic capacity which will serve as the foundation of the proposal
for OSU’s involvement.
Oklahoma State University has a long history of involvement in Ethiopia, which
started with the development of Alemaya University. Alemaya University accepted
its first students in 1954 and was dedicated by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1958.
Until 1996, Alemaya (now Haramaya) was limited to an agricultural curriculum, but
since then has opened its doors to many academic fields.
Ethiopia has recently gone through a stage of rapid growth in higher education,
with more than 33 institutions of higher education now operating in the country.
While the institutional growth has been rapid and impressive, much work remains
to be done in the establishment of curriculum and faculty development. This is the
area where the colleges at Oklahoma State University hope to make a contribution
in the coming years.
The friendship between Oklahoma and Ethiopia has grown steadily over recent years,
with President Admasu Tsegaye of Addis Ababa University spending a sabbatical program
at Oklahoma State University in 2012 and 2013. Independent entrepreneur and film
maker Mel Tewahade has recently released two documentaries covering the role of
Oklahoma State University as a land grant institution providing assistance in Ethiopia.
Tewahade’s hope is that the past will be a guide to the future, and that valuable
efforts at development, growth and internationalization will be continued rather
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