The OSU Phi Beta Delta chapter, Epsilon Upsilon, won the award for most outstanding
chapter in the United States at the international honors society’s national conference
in Houston. Phi Beta Delta annually gives the Eileen Evans Overall Outstanding Chapter
award to a chapter that demonstrates growth and development, expands outreach within
and beyond the academic community and provided service to Phi Beta Delta.
The award was the result of a two-year project the chapter launched under the
guidance of immediate Past President, Dr. Lupita Fabregas, and concluded under the
current President, Dr. Derina Holtzhausen. In addition to offering several events
throughout the year the chapter established and supported Phi Beta Delta chapters
in Mexico and Uzbekistan and supported graduate student research through scholarships
that allowed two students to present their research at the Houston conference.
Receiving the award Dr. Holtzhausen said the institutional support OSU and its
international departments provide was crucial in winning. Phi Beta Delta coordinator
Jeffrey Simpson from the Study Abroad office and treasurer Tim Huff from International
Student Services provide the necessary continuity when committee membership changes
every year. Founding member, previous president and longtime secretary Dr. Nani
Pybus provides the institutional memory that keeps committee members focused on
the organization’s mission.
Jonathan Douglas and Catherine Molleno were the two students who won the scholarships
and presented their research at the Houston conference. The presentations given
by the students further highlighted the importance of international academics within
the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter and OSU.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University will celebrate the 60th anniversary
of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie’s visit to the university on June 18, 2014.
The event will take place at 9 a.m. in the Wes Watkins Auditorium with guest
speakers discussing a range of topics including the Emperor’s visit and Ethiopia’s
past and current ties with OSU. This will be free to the public, and anyone is welcome
to come. Following the presentation, there will be a lunch at 12 p.m. and authentic
Ethiopian food will be served. A ticket is necessary for the luncheon and the first
50 people to register will receive a free ticket. You may register for tickets at
“On June 18, 1954, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, an iconic figure of the
20th century, came to Oklahoma A&M College to personally thank the college and its
administration for their work in assisting in modernized agriculture and education
in his nation under one of the first Point Four Programs,” said Theodore Vestal,
Professor Emeritus of Political Science at OSU.
Vestal will be one of the guest speakers, who will be talking about Emperor Selassie’s
visit to Oklahoma, which was also his first state to visit in the United States.
“We are excited about this event, honoring the ties between Ethiopia and Oklahoma
State University,” said David Henneberry, Associate Vice-President of International
Studies and Outreach. “I hope that this is only the beginning of our continued work
Also scheduled to speak are Barbara Stoecker, Regents Professor and Marilynn
Thoma Chair who will discuss her research in Ethiopia; Worede Gebremariam, President
of the Ethiopian Student Association; Jack Herron, Government Relations Director
for Professional Oklahoma Educators whose parents were involved in the Ethiopia
program; Jeremy Bennett, field representative for Congressman Frank Lucas who spent
a summer studying abroad in Ethiopia and will talk about his experiences and Mel
Tewahade, Director of the Point Four Documentaries.
STILLWATER, Okla.–– The Division of International Studies and Outreach recently named Deborah Osborne the Director of the English Language Institute at Oklahoma State University.
Osborne was born and brought up in Vancouver, B.C., Canada where she studied at Simon Fraser University earning her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in Linguistics. She also did graduate course work in Theoretical Phonology at the Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France.
Osborne came to OSU from Parkville, MO as the coordinator of English as an International Language Program at Park University.
She said she is proud to be at an Institute with such high quality instruction and curriculum.
“I’m genuinely excited to be in Oklahoma and at Oklahoma State University,” Osborne said. “The English Language Institute has well-established roots, and a great team. I look forward to expanding the program, integrating ELI students more closely into the fabric of the University, and gaining accreditation through CEA.”
The OSU English Language Institute is an intensive English program designed to help international students attain the English proficiency necessary to enter a college or university in the United States. It is also suitable for individuals who may wish to learn English for business or personal reasons. There is an average enrollment of ninety students from fifteen to twenty countries each semester. Programs can also be designed to meet the special needs of groups.
For additional information about ELI visit http://eli.okstate.edu/
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Over 50 Oklahoma State University and Stillwater community internationalists
attended the annual induction ceremony of the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta
Delta held on November 20, 2013 during International Education Week. The Chapter
welcomed 13 new members and seven honorary members into the prestigious honor society
for international scholars. The chapter now numbers over 250 members of which 34
Dr. James Pappas, professor of management and 2012 recipient of the OSU International
Education Faculty Excellence Award, delivered the keynote address, The Millennial
Generation Goes Abroad. Dr. Pappas was recognized for his international accomplishments
and awarded honorary membership in Phi Beta Delta.
For their creative and meaningful contributions to increasing OSU’s involvement
internationally and efforts for enhancing the global competency of all OSU students,
honorary membership was extended to Dr. Pamela S. Carroll, Dean of the College of
Education, Dr. Bret Danilowicz, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Jean
Sander, Dean of Veterinary Health Sciences, Dr. Paul Tikalsky, Dean of Engineering,
Architecture and Technology, Dr. Sheryl Tucker, Dean of the Graduate College, and
Dr. Stephan Wilson, Dean of Human Sciences.
A reception and social gathering followed the induction.
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