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 www.cbyx.info
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
Welcome to the State of Oklahoma and OSU!
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
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.
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
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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