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Director, English Language Institute, position open

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Division of International Studies and Outreach is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the next Director of the English Language Institute (ELI). The ELI at Oklahoma State University has seven full time instructors, two administrative specialists and over 100 students. It is located in the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU campus. This individual will serve as the chief administrator of the ELI, provide oversight of all ELI academic programs and staff, develop and manage ELI budgets, and assist in other IS&O projects such as accreditation and annual reports. Applicants must possess a Master’s in TESL, applied linguistics or a related field; 5 years education admin and TESL experience; or have related professional experience. Preferred applicants will have a doctoral degree in applied linguistics or a related area, university administrative experience, advanced ESL experience, experience abroad and proficiency in a language in addition to English. It is anticipated that a new Director will be hired by September 1 and start soon thereafter. The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, apply before July 15, 2013.

Please apply online at jobs.okstate.edu listing #09362. For questions please contact Katie Reim, Chair, ELI Director Search Committee at Katie.Reim@okstate.edu.

WWCITD assists Tulsa company in becoming more competitive in global markets

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development at Oklahoma State University assists individuals and companies looking to export their goods and services around the world.

Vacuworx, a Tulsa based company, has used many of the WWCITDs varied services which have helped them to become more competitive and to enter into new global markets. In addition to selling to Free Trade Agreement partners such as Australia and Chile and export to key markets including Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany and Turkey.

“We have been working with Vacuworx since we became an integral part the Oklahoma Small Business Development network in June 2012,” said Anthony Cambas, Director of the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development. “The center has worked with Vacuworx in order to help them develop new markets and solve the puzzle of getting their products into the destination markets in a profitable manner by emphasizing export and Customs compliance and the implementation of best practices in logistics and shipping.”

Since it was founded in Tulsa in 1999, Vacuworx has garnered a global reputation for developing unique and innovative lifting products based on vacuum technologies which improve the safety and efficiency of projects requiring the lifting of heavy and unwieldy materials including pipelines.

“The assistance provided by the Oklahoma State University WWCITD understanding the export controls and harmonized codes related to our products and the development of a Compliance Manual accompanied by internal controls, policies and procedures have been invaluable,” said Stephen Smith, Director of International Sales for Vacuworx. “These activities have assisted us in becoming more competitive by improving our compliance and avoiding the overpayment of duties and have also helped us to streamline operations and better focus our internal procedures regarding our export process.”

In addition to assistance in the area of trade compliance, the OSU WWCITD has provided foreign market research assistance to help Vacuworx better focus its activities in a way that will help to reach new overseas customers and to develop a Global Dealer network.

“While many of these countries are still in development for us, we now have a better, more refined strategy to develop these and are more confident in our efforts as a result,” Smith said.

The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development focuses on both international trade and international development. In the area of International Trade, the focus is to assist Oklahoma businesses in marketing their products and services overseas. Oklahoma businesses are provided with Certified Global Business Professionals for hands-on assistance in any and all efforts to expand product and service markets internationally.

The WWCITD is part of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers network which has partner centers located around the state and is dedicated to providing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with guidance to succeed in their business endeavors.

To find out how WWCITD can assist your business with going global contact 405-744-4272 or citd1@okstate.edu.

Since it was founded in Tulsa in 1999, Vacuworx has garnered a global reputation for developing unique and innovative lifting products based on vacuum technologies which improve the safety and efficiency of projects requiring the lifting of heavy and unwieldy materials including pipelines.
Since it was founded in Tulsa in 1999, Vacuworx has garnered a global reputation for developing unique and innovative lifting products based on vacuum technologies which improve the safety and efficiency of projects requiring the lifting of heavy and unwieldy materials including pipelines.

Oklahoma SBDC Network provides disaster recovery advising for Oklahoma business owners

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

DURANT, Okla. – The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC) statewide network has begun providing disaster recovery consulting to Oklahoma small business owners impacted by Monday’s devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

Dr. Bill Carter stated: “The Oklahoma SBDC Network can provide assistance to businesses that were directly damaged or impacted and also those that have, or will, have a secondary economic impact as a result of the very damaging storm.”

Carter indicated that the Oklahoma SBDC Network has many tools that can help business owners fast-track their recovery. He indicated that some of the first things on a ‘recovery list’ should include reconnecting with employees, suppliers, and bankers. Additionally, Carter indicated that “a business owner should contact key customers and let them know the plans for the business. Taking photos, reassembling business records, and generally breaking the task down into manageable steps can start the process toward reopening a business.”

Business owners in any of Oklahoma’s 77 counties can receive no-cost business advising on a range of business operational issues from one of the 17 locations the Oklahoma SBDC network has in Oklahoma. Regarding disasters, a first step would be to get the “Disaster Resource Guide for Small Businesses” available from your local SBDC Office. Locations for Oklahoma SBDC offices can be found at www.oksbdc.net.

Carter also suggested that businesses that have suffered a disaster should work through the “IRS Disaster Tool Kit” early in their recovery. This “Tool Kit” is also available through your local SBDC Office. SBDC advisors are available to assist with these efforts.

Carter indicated that SBA disaster loans and other resources will be available in the weeks ahead and that Oklahoma SBDC business advisors will be available to help business owners through the application process.

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 www.cbyx.info

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

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