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Congratulations Spring 2013 SIS Masters Graduates

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013

Ralston selected for a CBYX exchange in Germany

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013

STILLWATER, Okla. – Stefan Ralston, a student at Oklahoma State University from Jenks, Okla., has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany.

Ralston, Aerospace Administration and Operations senior, was selected as one of 75 participants (among more than 600 applicants) for this unique fellowship program. Since 1984, more than 1,650 Americans have been awarded this opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical and practical work experience in Germany, and Ralston will be participating in the 30th year of the CBYX program (2013-2014).

While in Germany, he will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a German university or professional school for four months, and complete a five-month internship with a German company in his career field. Participants are placed throughout Germany, and have the opportunity to learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives.

“Germany is a strong US ally, an influential leader of the European Union, and, similar to Oklahoma, hosts career opportunities in the vast aviation field,” Ralston said. “During the yearlong professional exchange, I endeavor to better understand the education and career lifestyles in Germany, as well as learn more about their history, politics and traditions.”

Conceived and supported by members of the United States Congress and the German Parliament [Bundestag], the CBYX program is financially supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act. Participants come from nearly every career field, and from all over the United States.

“As Oklahoma State University continues to increase the opportunities for young adults in business, STEM (scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematical), agricultural, and vocational fields to live and study abroad, programs like CBYX make a significant difference to our effectiveness in helping all OSU students have meaningful international experiences,” said Jeff Simpson, Director, OSU Study Abroad, National Student Exchange Office.

Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 18-24 and have clear career goals and experience in their professional fields. German language ability is not required, but is strongly recommended.

CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program. While American participants like Ralston will experience life in Germany, young German professionals will live here in the United States during the upcoming academic year. German participants study at US colleges in the fall and work in local businesses in the spring, all while living with an American host. CBYX for Young Professionals is currently looking for interested host families, host companies, and host colleges who would like to take part in this exciting cultural exchange. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the program or hosting a German participant can find out more by visiting

Ethiopian University Presidents visit OSU

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Oklahoma State University is hosting a group of eight University Presidents from Ethiopia. Today IS&O hosted a luncheon in their honor. The Presidents are from the University of Mekelle, University of Bahir Dar, University of Axum, University of Gonder, University of Hawassa, University of Jimma, University of Haromaya and University of Adigrat.

Welcome to the State of Oklahoma and OSU!

Ten OSU faculty approved for membership to SIS

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013

STILLWATER, Okla. – Ten OSU faculty members were recently approved for membership on the Oklahoma State University School of International Studies faculty.

New members to the SIS faculty include Stanley Grogg, Associate Dean, Medical Director, Center for Health Sciences; Bert Jacobson, Professor, Seretean Wellness, College of Education; Seungho Moon, Assistant Professor, College of Education; David Neal, Professor, Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences; Di Ryter, Assistant Professor, College of Education; Paolo Sanza, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology; Timothy Snider, Associate Professor, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences; Keith Teague, Professor, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology; Jacqueline Vadjunec, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences; and Shaoqian Zhang, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences.

International Studies and Outreach Associate Vice President, David Henneberry, said the goals of SIS include enhancing the academic and personal experience of students through international programs and activities; and promoting international education, research, trade and outreach development.

“These goals are accomplished through overall participation in study abroad activities, and expansion of international activities and opportunities for faculty, staff, students and the greater community,” he said. “The SIS faculty work to enhance these opportunities by advising students, lending international expertise, serving as guest speakers, leading study abroad programs and acting as a committee member on various international or school committees.”

The School of International Studies (SIS) includes the Study Abroad Office, English Language Institute, International Outreach activities and the multi-disciplinary SIS Graduate Program. The SIS Graduate Program offers three curricular options: the Master of Science in International Studies, the Graduate Certificate in International Studies and the Masters International Program (MIP), which combines the M.S. in International Studies with service in the Peace Corps. The SIS also has an undergraduate minor in International Studies available to all undergraduate students

Kate Arroyo to Lecture on Chile

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Complexities of 'Democracy': The Ugandan Football Association as Polity

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

When: April 18 (Thursday) 2:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Murray Hall Room 227 (Large Seminar Room)

Presented by Professor Michael Schatzberg, University of Wisconsin Department of Political Science

Centered on a case study of the political fall of Denis Obua, a long-serving president of the Ugandan Football Association, FUFA, this article explores the complicated and murky relationship between the state, ostensibly non-political societal organizations such as FUFA, and international institutions through an examination of the microcosm of football. It argues that FUFA belongs to a larger class of liminal organizations that fit comfortably under neither of the two of the broad rubrics of contemporary political analysis — state and civil society. Employing an older term, I argue that FUFA is a polity. Although polities are intensely political, political scientists rarely devote attention to their internal politics. Instead, these organizations are usually subsumed under the rubric of civil society and viewed mostly as organizations interacting with the state in a variety of ways. Neither fully of the state nor of civil society, FUFA (and other polities such as chieftaincies, kingdoms, corporations, or religious organizations) exists in a liminal position that further blurs the analytical frontier between state and civil society. Such polities may be contributing to a different sort of political pluralism in the politics of daily life.

US-Cuba Economic Relations: Playing in the Margins

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013


Iraq War and the Arab Spring

Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013

Impact of Sanctions on Women and Children

Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wes Watkins Trade and Development to host small business tax workshop

Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development/International Trade Center – Small Business Center at Oklahoma State University will host a small business tax workshop on March 19, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in room 209 Wes Watkins Center on the OSU campus.

The small business tax workshop will explain the process for registering a business, obtaining a tax identification number, charging local and state sales tax and also tax remittance. The tax workshop will be conducted by Dewey Brandon from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

“If you are ready to start a business, this workshop will teach you how to properly register your business with the proper local and state entities, determine the best legal structure for your particular circumstances such as a Sole Proprietorship, Sub S. Corporation or LLC,” said Anthony Cambas, Director of the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development. “In short, the workshop will address key tax issues that Oklahoma business owners should understand.”

For additional information or to RSVP to the small business tax workshop contact 405-744-4272 or

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