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Oklahoma State University continues historical ties to Ethiopia

Posted on Thursday, January 03, 2013

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 than forgotten.

Division of International Studies 2012 Holiday Greeting

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fall 2012 Hooding Ceremony Video Available Online

Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012

Thirteen Oklahoma State University students receive Humphreys scholarships

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. – Thirteen Oklahoma State University students will be studying abroad during the Spring semester 2013 thanks to the Don and Cathey Humphreys Scholarship for long-term study abroad.

Recognizing the life changing impact study abroad had on their own daughters, the Humphreys wanted to extend the opportunity to OSU students by opening additional avenues for financial support.

The thirteen scholarship winners are the fifth set of recipients of the Humphreys scholarship. They will study around the world including Spain, Iceland, Canada, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Mexico, Japan, England and a Semester at Sea.

Scholarship recipients include: Devan Zorn, Nadir Nibras, Kelsey Shelton, Caroline Mason, Jessica White, Elizabeth Drain, Desirae Abernathy, Cortez Downey, Erica McCarthy, Anthony Gonzalez, John Luckett, Rebecca Williams and Rachael Halligan.

David Henneberry, Associate Vice President for International Studies and Outreach, said not only is long-term study abroad an excellent way for students to expand their horizons and get an opportunity to learn about different cultures, they serve as ambassadors for international education at OSU.

The Humphreys’ interest in creating global citizens has provided OSU students with access to new international experiences,” Henneberry said. “These scholarships provide students the opportunity to study long-term abroad. This eases the financial burden for the students and they come back with educational experiences that will inspire intellectual growth and give students a global perspective.

The Humphreys have shown their support for the internationalization of OSU by donating $6 million to support the University’s study abroad program under the School of International Studies in the Division of International Studies and Outreach. The gift funds several endowed faculty chairs as well as the student study abroad scholarships.

Thirteen Oklahoma State University students will be studying abroad during the Spring semester 2013 thanks to the Don and Cathey Humphreys Scholarship for study abroad. Pictured back row left to right; Elizabeth Drain, Desirae Abernathy; middle row left to right; Kelsey Shelton, Cortez Downey and bottom row left to right; Devan Zorn, John Luckett, Nadir Nibras
Thirteen Oklahoma State University students will be studying abroad during the Spring semester 2013 thanks to the Don and Cathey Humphreys Scholarship for study abroad. Pictured back row left to right; Elizabeth Drain, Desirae Abernathy; middle row left to right; Kelsey Shelton, Cortez Downey and bottom row left to right; Devan Zorn, John Luckett, Nadir Nibras

Donna Birchler receives Excellence in Advising Award

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012

Donna Birchler (far left), Academic Advisor for the School of International Studies, received the Excellence in Advising Award at Oklahoma State University’s Fall Convocation. Congratulations to Donna and thank you for your great service to the SIS students.

International Trade Center – SBDC hosts open house

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) network hosted an open house to celebrate the new International Trade Center – SBDC at the Wes Watkins Center at OSU.

Andy Lester, Chairman of the OSU board of regents, said the Center for International Trade and Development is an important element to what we want to do here at Oklahoma State University.

“This Center is an incredible opportunity for businesses in Oklahoma,” Lester said. “It’s important for us to look beyond not only the borders of Oklahoma but also the United States for exports. The world is changing rapidly and it’s important to keep up.”

The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development’s focus is on strengthening Oklahoma’s economic development by providing world-class export advisory services by partnering with companies to enhance their export programs through high-value counseling and client engagement.

With 96 percent of the world’s consumer base living outside of the United States, international trade can extend a product’s lifecycle, hedge against a slowing domestic sale and diversify a client base.

Congressman Wes Watkins has had a vision for international trade in Oklahoma for many years and is passionate about getting Oklahoma products into the world market and creating new jobs for small and medium sized businesses.

“We are going to be proactive. There are a lot of businesses out there that would like to do international trade but they just don’t know how,” Watkins said. “If we can assist small businesses to get out to the rest of the world, what a great impact that will have on the economy – we want Oklahoma to lead this effort.”

The open house served as a time to showcase the work that has been done up to now and to explain how the Center works with other business development partners to help Oklahoma based small and medium sized companies with international trade issues and to export their goods and services. Companies that were highlighted include Nameplates – Printing Product Identification, Vacuworx Global, KoffeeKingdomDirect.com and Kicker.

Our business experts have customized our export advisory services for these businesses to assist them with their unique situations, said Anthony Cambas, Director of Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development and The International Trade Center – SBDC.

“The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development and the Small Business Development Center at Oklahoma State University look forward to providing our services to businesses all over Oklahoma,” Cambas said. “The combined experience and expertise of our staff can work with any business and mitigate risk and maximize their international opportunities.”

For additional information about the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development and the Small Business Development Center visit www.OklahomaExports.org.

New members of Phi Beta Delta were inducted during the Fall 2012 Ceremony

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012

Phi Beta Delta new members include:

  • Patrick Bell
  • Cory Carter
  • Erin Chancey
  • Pavalee Chompoorat
  • Nurhan Dunford
  • Ramesh Kaipa
  • Seungha Moon
  • Yang Qiao
  • Jon Ramsey
  • Morita Rissman
  • Kelsey Rogers
  • Emma Rupert
  • Enrique Sanchez
  • Sarah Wilkey
  • Hui Ling Yeang

James A. Beckston, honorary member

Correspondence Education professor recognized

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012

At a reception on November 15, 2012 to honor all Correspondence Education (CE) instructional personnel, W. Stephen Damron, Oklahoma State University Animal Science professor, received the 2012 OSU Correspondence Education Distinguished Faculty Service Award. Damron has become a premier instructor for CE teaching Agricultural Animals of the World, Livestock Feeding, Principles of Animal Nutrition and Basic Nutrition for Pets. Damron (center) is pictured with Evelyn Ferchau (left), Manager of Correspondence Education, and David Henneberry (right), International Studies and Outreach Associate Vice-President.

International Trade Center – SBDC open house slated

Posted on Friday, November 09, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers are hosting an open house celebrating the new International Trade Center – SBDC at the Wes Watkins Center at OSU.

The open house will take place Thursday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in room 101/102 Wes Watkins Center. The event is open to those who are interested in learning more about the Center and the SBDC. Those who would like to attend are asked to RSVP to 405-744-4272 or citd1@okstate.edu.

“The open house is a great time to showcase our work and explain how we work with our partners to help Oklahoma based small and medium size companies export their goods and services,” said Anthony Cambas, Director of Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development and The International Trade Center – SBDC.

Global Briefing slated for Nov. 8

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Division of International Studies and Outreach is hosting a Global Briefing on Nov. 8 at 3:30 in 108 Wes Watkins Center. The briefing is titled “Perspectives of International Engagement with Emphasis in the Americas.”

Ed Johnson, Technical Director of the International Technology Center – Americas (ITC), part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command will be the keynote speaker. The ITC matches international science and technology capacities and capabilities to U.S. requirements and programs by forming partnerships that have mutual benefits to our nations, militaries, industries and universities.

Brian Manning, a Foreign Service Officer with the U. S. Department of State, currently serving at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, will also be on hand to offer insight on Foreign Service and answer questions. Manning is a political officer, handling rule of law and security related matters, as well as political – military affairs. He worked previously at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia.

International Studies and Outreach Associate Vice President, David Henneberry, said this global briefing will give attendees a broader view of what goes on in an Embassy and allow the participants to ask questions that they may have about careers in the foreign service.

The School of International Studies initiated the Global Briefing Series in 2001, just after 9/11, to educate and inform the public about developing events, both in the United States and abroad. Visiting scholars, experts and world leaders deliver briefings to provide a global perspective on current events.

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