STILLWATER, Okla. – The Director of Oklahoma State University’s
Master of International
Agriculture Degree Program, Shida Henneberry, has made a name for herself by advising
students, earning grant dollars, leading study abroad courses and committing herself
to the students of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
Her dedication was most recently recognized by her selection as a 2014 recipient
of the Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural
Sciences. The U.S. Department of Agriculture national award is given annually to
two university faculty for their use of innovative teaching methods and service
“It’s often said that when you are around great people, it makes your best personal
qualities come forward,” Henneberry said. “I attribute this award to the level of
greatness of our students.”
Henneberry is the first OSU faculty member to receive this prestigious honor,
which was presented at the 127th Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
“Shida Henneberry is an outstanding teacher. She has received 17 awards and honors
for her teaching including recognition for her undergraduate teaching and advising,
her graduate teaching and advising and her teaching scholarship,” said Cynda Clary,
CASNR associate dean. “Dr. Henneberry has been important to our program in numerous
ways, but it’s especially significant to note her efforts on behalf of graduate
Using an integrated approach to teaching, Henneberry brings her discipline-based
research into her classroom and conducts research on teaching. She aims to foster
critical thinking by teaching the fundamental tools of economic analysis and the
skills to employ those tools to analyze real world economic events.
Laura Carolina Pedraza Robles, who earned a doctorate in agricultural economics
from OSU in 2012, recalled a particular course about international agriculture trade
policy, where Henneberry was able to take the extremely complex theoretical models
and convert them to easily understood and applied concepts.
“Through the use of real life examples, student participation in class and current
events applications, she allowed the class to see past sometimes abstract theories
to the heart of the concept,” Robles said. “After she developed in us the understanding
of how and why these concepts worked, comprehending the theory behind them came
as second nature.”
The ability to take the classroom material and apply it to real world situations
is of upmost importance to Henneberry.
“I believe that students’ active participation is a key to learning and I search
for ways to include active learning strategies into my classes,” she said. “I think
we learn best when we can relate to what is taught. In my classes, I search for
ways to help my students connect to the material.”
During her nearly 30 years of service to OSU, Henneberry also has mentored 33
international visiting scholars and post-doctoral researchers, 155 master’s students
and 20 Ph.D. students.
“As a graduate advisor, Dr. Henneberry gives her students considerable freedom,
but holds them to a high standard. Her students have successfully published their
work in agricultural economics journals and have found employment as agricultural
economists,” said Wade Brorsen, Regents professor and A.J. and Susan Jacques Chair.
“Her record of service to students in the international area is clearly outstanding.”
In addition to her teaching and advising efforts, Henneberry has authored 61
peer reviewed journal articles; 14 books, book chapters and bulletins; and numerous
conference proceedings and popular press articles during her career. An aggressive
grant writer, as well, she has garnered nearly $1.4 million from numerous groups
and organizations for her work.
Under Henneberry’s direction for the past three years, MIAP’s enrollment has
She has received many awards including the 2010 Distinguished Graduate Teaching
Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the Oklahoma House
of Representatives Outstanding Oklahoma Educator. She is an honorary initiate of
Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, and in 2011, she was awarded
the lifetime honorary title of Regents Professor.
The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Delta held their annual induction ceremony
on November 20, 2014 during International Education Week. With over 50 Oklahoma
State University and Stillwater community internationalists in attendance, the Chapter
welcomed eight new members and five honorary members into the prestigious honor
society for international scholars.
For their significant contributions to increasing OSU’s involvement internationally
and efforts for enhancing the global competency of all OSU students, honorary membership
was extended to Dr. Gary Sandefur, Provost and Senior Vice President, Dr. Thomas
Coon, Vice President and Dean of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural
Resources, Dr. Ken Eastman, Dean of the Spears School of Business, and Dr. Keith
Garbutt, Dean of the Honors College.
Professor Jeanne Homer, associate professor of architecture and 2013 recipient
of the OSU International Education Faculty Excellence Award, delivered the keynote
address, Engaging Culture Through Architecture. Ms. Homer was recognized for her
international accomplishments and awarded honorary membership in Phi Beta Delta.
Nominated for membership based on their significant contributions to the international
efforts at OSU, NOC, and within Oklahoma, new members inducted at the ceremony include
Dr. Elizabeth Carver-Cyr, Yi-Fang Lu, Dawson Metcalf, Isabel Mulino, Dr. Deborah
Osborne, Chad Sebring, Wade Watkins, and Austin Wright.
A reception and social gathering followed the induction.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Ilya Garber will visit Oklahoma State University Nov. 11 for a seminar titled “Psychology in Russia Today.” The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Wes Watkins Center in room 204. The event is co-sponsored by the School of International Studies and Phi Beta Delta.
Garber currently works at Saratov State University in Russia in the department of social psychology of education and development.
His professional experience is associated with graduate and undergraduate teaching in organizational behavior, human resources management, leadership, conflict resolution and negotiations, and stress management.
Garber received his master’s degree in applied mathematics and holds a doctorate in psychology.
Garber said his research interests are focused on academic and applied cross-cultural research. He is a member of many international teams of researchers from different countries, as well as a member of several editorial boards for scientific journals.
STILLWATER, Okla. –– Adult students interested in pursuing a paralegal career
will have the opportunity to earn a Paralegal Certificate through an online course
being offered beginning August 25, 2014 by Oklahoma State University in partnership
with the Center for Legal Studies, a Colorado company that provides students with
affordable and effective legal education through colleges across the nation.
The 14-week Paralegal Certificate Course© is designed to affordably prepare students
for the job market in the legal and give them the knowledge and skills needed to
begin earning a salary as quickly as possible. Training focuses on providing a comprehensive
knowledge of the American judicial system. It also teaches practical skills including
how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns,
create legal documents, research the law, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom
“I have completed part one of the paralegal course and have found the course
to be challenging yet manageable even with a full time job and a baby. I am 51 years
old and studying for a paralegal certificate in order to begin a new career. I recommend
this course to anyone seeking something new in their careers,” said John, summer
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projections, the number of
paralegal positions will be 28 percent higher by 2018 than it was a decade earlier,
a growth rate that is much faster than the national average for all occupations.
The national median earnings for paralegals is currently $45,480 and freelance paralegal
professionals can earn significantly more.
Previous graduates of the Paralegal Certificate Course are working in different
industries throughout the U.S.—law firms, major corporations, healthcare organizations,
insurance companies, the banking industry and government agencies. Students who
complete the Paralegal Certificate Course receive their certificate from Oklahoma
State University. This provides instant credibility when presenting the certificate
to would-be employers.
“Our association with The Center for Legal Studies has been one of the most pleasant
of any of our non-traditional education programs. And it’s rewarding to know that
the knowledge students receive is changing their lives,” said Evelyn Ferchau, Manager,
OSU Correspondence Education.
To learn more, go to: www.legalstudies.com and click on the state of Oklahoma,
or call 1-800-522-7737.
To see a full list of classes offered through OSU Correspondence Education visit
the website ce.okstate.edu.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Anthony Cambas, Director1 of the Wes Watkins Center for International
Trade and Development and the International Trade Center - Small Business Development
Center (ITC-SBDC) at Oklahoma State University, has received the State Star award
for 2014 for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Network.
Every year, each state that has a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network,
nominates at least one person to be the State Star.
Cambas will be recognized at the annual conference for America’s Small Business
Development Centers Sept. 9-12, 2014 in Grapevine, TX at the Gaylord Texan Hotel
and Convention Center.
The Oklahoma State Star is selected by the state-wide leadership team. The work
done with clients and partnering with other federal, state and local resources that
help small and medium sized businesses are two important characteristics that are
taken into account when selecting the State Star, said Bill Carter, Oklahoma SBDC
“Cambas has been to almost every SBDC center in the state of Oklahoma providing
service to entrepreneurs,” Carter said. “He’s truly the expert’s expert at what
Cambas said that SBDCs and ITC-SBDCs are found throughout the country, Oklahoma
“There are centers throughout the state, located at different universities and
each one its own geographic or technical area of specialization, and ours [Oklahoma
State University ITC-SBDC] is in international trade,” Cambas said.
Cambas said this award is important to him because it comes from the state director’s
office and recognizes the impact that the OSU ITC-SBDC is having on small businesses
throughout the state.
“It is an important recognition that focuses on the work we do on a day-to-day
basis; not only the work on the ground, but also reflects our strategy to achieve
effective networks within Oklahoma,” Cambas said.
Cambas is a former U.S. Customs official who has been working in international
trade and development for more than 25 years, and has been at Oklahoma State for
2.5 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida International University
in Miami, FL in International Relations with a certificate in Latin American and
Caribbean Studies. He received his master’s degree from the University of Canberra,
Australia Centre for Customs and Excise Studies in International Customs Law and
Administration and has undertaken post-graduate studies in Switzerland and in El
OSU ITC-SBDC is an integral part of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center
(OKSBDC) network. OKSBDC assists small business owners and new entrepreneurs by
providing no charge, quality and confidential one-on-one business management advising,
business management workshops and business technical assistance. For more information
go to http://www.oksbdc.org/.
Interested persons and companies can contact the Wes Watkins Center for International
Trade and Development with their international trade related questions at 405-744-4272
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