10th Anniversary - School of International Studies

Thursday, April 9, 2009

On April 9th, dignitaries from around the world were welcomed to the Wes Watkins Center to honor the School of International Studies for its first decade of service to OSU and its students. This year also marked the 17th installment of the Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship, where H.E. Dr. Adnan Badran, former Prime Minister of Jordan and OSU alumnus, was the featured speaker. In addition to the Lectureship, SIS celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a morning reception for Japanese Consul General at Houston, the Honorable Tsutomu Osawa, and afternoon Global Briefing panels that covered Foreign Policy, the Economy and African issues. The morning reception welcomed members of Stillwater’s Sister Cities Council and Oklahoma’s Secretary of State, the Honorable M. Susan Savage. The afternoon Global Briefing panels were chaired by Dr. James Scott, head of OSU’s Political Science Department (Foreign Policy); Dr. Stephen Miller, director of SIS’s Graduate Program (the Economy); and, Dr. Stephan Wilson, dean of OSU’s College of Human Environmental Sciences (African issues). For the list of the panels’ distinguished participants, click here. The day ended for the public with the dedication of the Wes Watkins Center Global Plaza where OSU Regent Andrew Lester, National Sister Cities Chairman Michael Hyatt, OSU Regent Lou Watkins and the Honorable Wes Watkins spoke. That evening, a special reception and dinner were held for the speakers during the day’s events.

H.E. Dr. Adnan Badran, former Prime Minister of Jordan and OSU alumnus, was the featured speaker for the 2009 Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship and SIS 10th Anniversary Celebration.  For more pictures of the day’s events, please click the link to the right.  To order any pictures (from Party Pix) of the event, <a href="http://www.geneseephoto.com/newstore2/events.php?&amp;srch=10YR+Celebration">
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H.E. Dr. Adnan Badran, former Prime Minister of Jordan and OSU alumnus, was the featured speaker for the 2009 Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship and SIS 10th Anniversary Celebration. For more pictures of the day’s events, please click the link to the right. To order any pictures (from Party Pix) of the event, click here then choose Watkins - SIS - 10YR CELEBRATION 4.9.09 under Search Results
The day began for the public with a special reception to welcome the Honorable Tsutomu Osawa, Consul General for Japan at Houston.  Consul General Osawa recently assumed his role in Houston and wanted to visit  one of his region’s premier international institutions to report to Japan about what is happening internationally with higher education institutions in the US.  Because of SIS’s strong international ties, he was encouraged to attend the 10th Anniversary Celebration.
The day began for the public with a special reception to welcome the Honorable Tsutomu Osawa, Consul General for Japan at Houston. Consul General Osawa recently assumed his role in Houston and wanted to visit one of his region’s premier international institutions to report to Japan about what is happening internationally with higher education institutions in the US. Because of SIS’s strong international ties, he was encouraged to attend the 10th Anniversary Celebration.
Jim Shideler (center), SIS’s coordinator for global contacts, arranged the details with Oklahoma’s honorary Consul General for Japan, Lloyd T. Hardin (right), for Consul General Osawa’s visit to OSU.  Consul General Osawa is at the left.
Jim Shideler (center), SIS’s coordinator for global contacts, arranged the details with Oklahoma’s honorary Consul General for Japan, Lloyd T. Hardin (right), for Consul General Osawa’s visit to OSU. Consul General Osawa is at the left.
Oklahoma’s Secretary of State, the Honorable M. Susan Savage (right), welcomed Consul General Osawa and those at the reception on behalf of the State of Oklahoma.  Secretary Savage was also a speaker in Spring 2008 for one of SIS’s Global Briefings.
Oklahoma’s Secretary of State, the Honorable M. Susan Savage (right), welcomed Consul General Osawa and those at the reception on behalf of the State of Oklahoma. Secretary Savage was also a speaker in Spring 2008 for one of SIS’s Global Briefings.
Consul General of Japan at Houston, the Honorable Tsutomu Osawa, greeted those at the reception and thanked them for making his first visit to OSU a pleasurable one.
Consul General of Japan at Houston, the Honorable Tsutomu Osawa, greeted those at the reception and thanked them for making his first visit to OSU a pleasurable one.
Vice Mayor of Stillwater, Councilman Tom Dugger (right), presented a City Declaration to Consul General Osawa (left) that honored his visit to OSU, the accomplishments of Stillwater’s Sister Cities Council and the 10th Anniversary of OSU’s School of International Studies.
Vice Mayor of Stillwater, Councilman Tom Dugger (right), presented a City Declaration to Consul General Osawa (left) that honored his visit to OSU, the accomplishments of Stillwater’s Sister Cities Council and the 10th Anniversary of OSU’s School of International Studies.
Oklahoma’s honorary Consul General for France, Ms. Barbara Thompson (left), visits with OSU President Burns Hargis (center) and OSU Professor of Arabic Issues, Dr. Farshid Jahanshahi (right).
Oklahoma’s honorary Consul General for France, Ms. Barbara Thompson (left), visits with OSU President Burns Hargis (center) and OSU Professor of Arabic Issues, Dr. Farshid Jahanshahi (right).
International greeters always welcome guests to events for the School of International Studies.  During the stage introductions, the students walk across and give their names and countries of origin.  The audience enjoys their interaction with the students and consider a highlight of their visit.
International greeters always welcome guests to events for the School of International Studies. During the stage introductions, the students walk across and give their names and countries of origin. The audience enjoys their interaction with the students and consider a highlight of their visit.
2003 SIS Alumnus, Ms. Ming Lei (third from right), traveled from Taiwan to be part of SIS’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.  Pictured (l-r) are José Sagarnaga, manager of OSU’s Mexico Liaison Office and coordinator of the 10th Anniversary panel sessions; Mr. Daniel Darnell, SIS coordinator for communication, events and protocol and chair of the SIS 10 Year Committee; Ms. Cathie Kincaid, assistant in SIS International Outreach; Ms. Ming Lei; Mrs. Donna Birchler, graduate advisor for the SIS Graduate Program; and, Mrs. Teresa Miller, assistant in SIS International Outreach.
2003 SIS Alumnus, Ms. Ming Lei (third from right), traveled from Taiwan to be part of SIS’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. Pictured (l-r) are José Sagarnaga, manager of OSU’s Mexico Liaison Office and coordinator of the 10th Anniversary panel sessions; Mr. Daniel Darnell, SIS coordinator for communication, events and protocol and chair of the SIS 10 Year Committee; Ms. Cathie Kincaid, assistant in SIS International Outreach; Ms. Ming Lei; Mrs. Donna Birchler, graduate advisor for the SIS Graduate Program; and, Mrs. Teresa Miller, assistant in SIS International Outreach.
OSU President Burns Hargis (right) presented Dr. James Hromas, director of International Education & Outreach, (left) with the University Continuing Education Association’s (UCEA) 2008 Walter S. Bittner Award for Outstanding Service.  The remarks from UCEA upon Dr. Hromas receiving the award were “it’s testimony to the quality of his nomination and to the esteem in which Dr. Hromas is held by his professional colleagues that he was chosen to receive this prestigious award.”
OSU President Burns Hargis (right) presented Dr. James Hromas, director of International Education & Outreach, (left) with the University Continuing Education Association’s (UCEA) 2008 Walter S. Bittner Award for Outstanding Service. The remarks from UCEA upon Dr. Hromas receiving the award were “it’s testimony to the quality of his nomination and to the esteem in which Dr. Hromas is held by his professional colleagues that he was chosen to receive this prestigious award.”
The Honorable James E. Halligan, State Senator and former OSU President, was inducted 
into the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows Program for his extensive international 
work as an educator. While president at OSU, Mr. Halligan approved developing the 
concept for the School of International Studies in 1997. To view his biography, 
<a href="http://ieo.okstate.edu/ieo.aspx?page=692">click here</a>….
The Honorable James E. Halligan, State Senator and former OSU President, was inducted into the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows Program for his extensive international work as an educator. While president at OSU, Mr. Halligan approved developing the concept for the School of International Studies in 1997. To view his biography, click here….
Mr. Michael S. Hyatt was the second person inducted into the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished 
Fellows Program during SIS’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. Mr. Hyatt is an OSU alumnus 
and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the prestigious Sister Cities International 
organization. To view his biography, 
<a href="http://ieo.okstate.edu/ieo.aspx?page=693">click here</a>…
Mr. Michael S. Hyatt was the second person inducted into the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows Program during SIS’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. Mr. Hyatt is an OSU alumnus and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the prestigious Sister Cities International organization. To view his biography, click here
H.E. Dr. Adnan Badran was the third person inducted into the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished 
Fellows Program. Serving as Prime Minister of Jordan was only one aspect to his 
extensive international resume. To view his biography, 
<a href="http://ieo.okstate.edu/ieo.aspx?page=694">click here</a>….
H.E. Dr. Adnan Badran was the third person inducted into the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows Program. Serving as Prime Minister of Jordan was only one aspect to his extensive international resume. To view his biography, click here….
The Honorable Wes Watkins (left), OSU alumnus and former US Representative, introduces Dr. Badran for the 2009 Wes Watkins Distinguished lectureship.  Congressman Watkins’ lectureship, endowed in 1985, is the third oldest endowed lectureship at OSU.
The Honorable Wes Watkins (left), OSU alumnus and former US Representative, introduces Dr. Badran for the 2009 Wes Watkins Distinguished lectureship. Congressman Watkins’ lectureship, endowed in 1985, is the third oldest endowed lectureship at OSU.
One of the three afternoon panel sessions covered foreign policy.  It was chaired by Dr. James Scott, head of OSU’s Political Science Department.  Featured panelists were (l-r) Dr. Tarana Mahmudova, visiting professor from Azerbaijan; H.E. Dr Badran; Dr. Oleg Kravchenko, Charge d’Affaires of the Belarus Embassy in the US; and, Dr. Vigen Gabrielyan, visiting professor from Armenia.
One of the three afternoon panel sessions covered foreign policy. It was chaired by Dr. James Scott, head of OSU’s Political Science Department. Featured panelists were (l-r) Dr. Tarana Mahmudova, visiting professor from Azerbaijan; H.E. Dr Badran; Dr. Oleg Kravchenko, Charge d’Affaires of the Belarus Embassy in the US; and, Dr. Vigen Gabrielyan, visiting professor from Armenia.
Another panel session during the afternoon covered African issues.  It was chaired by Dr. Stephan Wilson, Dean of OSU’s College of Human Environmental Sciences.   Featured panelists were (l-r) Dr. Filipe Couto, Rector of Eduardo Mondlane University of Mozambique; the Honorable Abdoulaye Diop, Malian Ambassador to the US; Dr. Rogerio Uthui, Rector of Pedagogical University of Mozambique; and, Dr. Jason Kirksey, Director of OSU’s Center for Africana Studies and Interim Associate Vice President for Diversity at OSU.  Just before the panel session, OSU was informed that it had won one of nineteen grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Paired with other universities, OSU will use the grant to develop plans to address regional and national economic development priorities in Africa.
Another panel session during the afternoon covered African issues. It was chaired by Dr. Stephan Wilson, Dean of OSU’s College of Human Environmental Sciences. Featured panelists were (l-r) Dr. Filipe Couto, Rector of Eduardo Mondlane University of Mozambique; the Honorable Abdoulaye Diop, Malian Ambassador to the US; Dr. Rogerio Uthui, Rector of Pedagogical University of Mozambique; and, Dr. Jason Kirksey, Director of OSU’s Center for Africana Studies and Interim Associate Vice President for Diversity at OSU. Just before the panel session, OSU was informed that it had won one of nineteen grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Paired with other universities, OSU will use the grant to develop plans to address regional and national economic development priorities in Africa.
The final panel session of the day covered the economy.  It was chaired by Dr. Stephen Miller, Director of SIS’ Graduate Program.  Featured panelists were (l-r) Mr. Michael S. Hyatt, VP for Investments at UBS and Chairman of the Board of Sister Cities International; Mr. Brady Sidwell, Head of Advisory for Rabobank International’s Food & Agribusiness Department in NE Asia; Mr. Barry Clark, Director of Global Business Services at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce; and, Dr. Larry Sanders, professor of Agricultural Economics at OSU.
The final panel session of the day covered the economy. It was chaired by Dr. Stephen Miller, Director of SIS’ Graduate Program. Featured panelists were (l-r) Mr. Michael S. Hyatt, VP for Investments at UBS and Chairman of the Board of Sister Cities International; Mr. Brady Sidwell, Head of Advisory for Rabobank International’s Food & Agribusiness Department in NE Asia; Mr. Barry Clark, Director of Global Business Services at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce; and, Dr. Larry Sanders, professor of Agricultural Economics at OSU.
Dr. Hromas introduces the Honorable Wes Watkins and Regent Lou Watkins during the dedication of the Global Plaza at the Wes Watkins Center.  The dedication had to be moved indoors because of dangerous high winds outside.  On April 9th, Oklahoma experienced high winds across the state that stirred up many wildfires, burning hundreds of acres and homes.
Dr. Hromas introduces the Honorable Wes Watkins and Regent Lou Watkins during the dedication of the Global Plaza at the Wes Watkins Center. The dedication had to be moved indoors because of dangerous high winds outside. On April 9th, Oklahoma experienced high winds across the state that stirred up many wildfires, burning hundreds of acres and homes.
OSU Regent Andrew Lester gave remarks at the Global Plaza dedication on behalf of OSU.  Mr. Lester is interested in advancing OSU’s many international activities.
OSU Regent Andrew Lester gave remarks at the Global Plaza dedication on behalf of OSU. Mr. Lester is interested in advancing OSU’s many international activities.
On behalf of Sister Cities International, its Chairman of the Board, Mr. Michael S. Hyatt, commended OSU and Congressman Watkins for their many efforts to internationalize the student body in today’s ever changing global society.
On behalf of Sister Cities International, its Chairman of the Board, Mr. Michael S. Hyatt, commended OSU and Congressman Watkins for their many efforts to internationalize the student body in today’s ever changing global society.