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Spring 2018 Hooding Ceremony

May 14,  2018

Nine students were hooded at the biannual SGSP Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 11. The graduates include: Ashli Bell, United States; Julieta Marina Castañeda Bringas, Mexico; Trisha Chaparala Iyonsi, United States; Jiwook Jang, South Korea; Brian Pinedo Ramos, Mexico; Zivana Sablich Torrico, Peru; Carmina Tlalolini Piñal, Mexico; Mariya Yarosh, Belarus; and Huey Ling Yip, Malaysia. The graduates’ advisers hooded them in front of their families, friends and SGSP faculty and staff.

SGSP Honoring Spring 2018 Graduates at Biannual Hooding Ceremony

May 10,  2018

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies and Partnerships is set to honor its Spring 2018 graduates at its biannual hooding ceremony Friday, May 11, in the Wes Watkins Center Exhibit Hall.

The ceremony will honor nine students who are graduating with a Master of Science in International Studies. The SIS graduates include: Ashli Bell, United States; Julieta Marina Castañeda Bringas, Mexico; Trisha Chaparala Iyonsi, United States; Jiwook Jang, South Korea; Brian Pinedo Ramos, Mexico; Zivana Sablich Torrico, Peru; Carmina Tlalolini Piñal, Mexico; Mariya Yarosh, Belarus; and Huey Ling Yip, Malaysia. The graduates’ advisers will present the hoods.

“Our master’s program uses a multi-disciplinary approach to help students develop global perspectives and leadership skills to prepare them for work in a global marketplace,” said Dr. Randy Kluver, Dean of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships. “We are proud of our graduates and look forward to seeing how use their education to solve global problems.”

The event will begin with a reception at 4 p.m. followed by the graduate processional and hooding ceremony at 5 p.m.

The ceremony will be broadcast live through OStateTV at http://ostate.tv.

SIS graduates Jiwook Jang, South Korea; Huey Ling Yip, Malaysia; Ashli Bell, United States; Zivana Sablich Torrico, Peru; and Brian Pinedo Ramos, Mexico; pose in front of the Edmon Low Library on the Oklahoma State University – Stillwater campus.

SGSP Dean Visits Several Chinese Universities

May 9,  2018

STILLWATER, Okla. – Randy Kluver, Dean of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships, visited several Chinese universities March 19-24. Kluver traveled with a delegation from Oklahoma State University to Fudan University, China Agricultural University, Southwest Jiaotong University and Tianjin University.

The delegation also attended the One Belt One Road forum at CAU, joining representatives from more than 50 Chinese agriculture-focused universities and more than 30 overseas universities. The One Belt One Road initiative is a large infrastructure project initiated by the Chinese government that is designed to improve international trade. At the forum, Kluver joined a panel discussion on opportunities and challenges for universities because of the initiative.

At each university, the OSU delegates met with representatives to discuss both current and potential exchange programs. At Fudan University, the delegates met incoming Fudan exchange students and OSU exchange students who are currently studying at Fudan. The delegation also visited more than 20 incoming exchange students from SWJTU.

Shanghai—Fudan University

The OSU delegation visited Fudan University School of Journalism and met incoming Fudan exchange students and OSU exchange students who were studying at Fudan.

Beijing—China Agricultural University

The OSU delegation attended CAU’s One Belt One Road forum, where Dean Kluver participated in a panel discussion.

Chengdu—Southwest Jiaotong University

The OSU delegation with officials from the School of Geosciences and Environmental Engineering to discuss the OSU-SWJTU joint degree program in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering.

Tianjin University

During the OSU delegation’s visit to Tianjin University, they toured Tianjin University’s new library, the School of Science, the School of Architecture Engineering and the School of Precision Instrument and Optoelectronics.

International Students Set to Face New Obstacles After Graduation

May 4,  2018

DoWon Kim, O’Colly Staff Reporter

When international students graduate from Oklahoma State University next weekend, they'll face their first professional career under President Donald Trump administration’s immigration reform.

Mostly, international graduates choose optional practical training after they graduate. Optional practical training allows international students temporary employment for a year. After that, the company sponsors graduates who are given an offer from the company the visa to continue their work, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

At OSU last year, 597 international students – 213 of whom are undergraduates, 307 of whom are graduates and 77 of whom are doctorates – earned their degree, according to the OSU student profile. Among them, 559 of international graduates are on optional practical training, according to the OSU International Student and Scholars.

But, since the Trump administration reformed immigration law regarding visa issuing, the future job candidates are uncertain if they can continue their jobs.

Read more on the O’Colly website.

OSU Associate Director of Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies Curates Iranian Qajar Period Photo Exhibition for UC Davis

May 1,  2018

Dr. Pedram Khosronejad, the Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies at Oklahoma State University, curated a photography exhibition titled Re-Imagining Iranian African slavery: Photography as material culture that will be on display at the University of California at Davis May 10 through June 27 at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center.

The exhibition focuses on the overlooked study of race and ethnicity in the field of Iranian photography. The photographs showcase Africans enslaved during the Qajar period of the 1840s-1920s and are considered to be a new topic in the field of visual studies of modern Iran. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

This is the first ever photo exhibition organized in the United States that uses photographs of the Qajar and early Pahlavi periods to study the level of ability of the medium as material culture. Dr. Khosronejad will speak on this topic at the exhibition’s opening Thursday, May 10, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Buehler Alumni Center.

The photographs included in the exhibition are from the Dr. A. Fazel Visual Archive, Media Collection and Digital Resources (Oklahoma State University), the Kimia Foundation (U.S.A), and the Farhad and Firouzeh Diba Collection of Qajar Photographs (Spain).

The exhibition is sponsored by the Mellon Research Initiative Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds and co-sponsored by Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature and the Art History Program at UC Davis in cooperation with the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies at Oklahoma State University.

OSU Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies to take part in doctoral summer program in France

April 30,  2018

Dr. Pedram Khosronejad, the Associate Director of Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies program at Oklahoma State University, is part of the Program Committee for Institut du Pluralisme Religieux et de L’athéisme two-day doctoral summer program, Religion and Atheism in Pluralist Societies, June 17-19, 2019, in Nantes, France.

The summer program is open to doctoral students in any country and in any discipline, as long as their dissertation or proposed talk relates to the theme of religion and atheism in pluralist societies.

During the program, the doctoral students will each make a 20-minute presentation. Faculty from IPRA and other partner institutions will chair the panels and provide remarks to the student presentations.

The program is financed by IPRA and the University of Nantes and will be free to the students who are accepted, but the travel costs to attend will not be covered.

For more information, please visit http://ipra.eu/en/2018/04/09/summer-doctoral-school-2019-religion-and-atheism-in-pluralist-societies/.

OSU to host discussion on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

April 20,  2018

The Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies and Partnerships, in collaboration with the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, will present the first OSU Global Briefing Series event of 2018, titled China’s Belt and Road Initiative: What it means to the world, what it means to OSU, on Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in Room 108 Wes Watkins Center.

China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” is an ambitious effort to build and expand trade infrastructure from East Asia through to Europe, including Africa. It involves more than 65 nations and will involve infrastructure investments along land and sea trade routes. The project has attracted tremendous global interest, and China has committed $1 trillion in funding to the initiative.

The event will include an overview of the initiative by keynote speaker Tony Nash, the founder and CEO of the data analytics firm Complete Intelligence. Nash will also discuss the potential consequences for both the global economy and geopolitics.

Following Nash’s talk, there will be a panel discussion with OSU College of Education, Health and Aviation Associate Professor Stephen P. Wanger; School of Civil and Environmental Assistant Professor Joshua Li; and Ph.D. student Tong Wu from the College of Education, Health and Aviation. The panel will provide additional depth and context to the project and identify potential areas for OSU collaboration.

The School of Global Studies and Partnerships Global Briefing Series began after Sept. 11, 2001, 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.

For more information, contact Sarah Bildstein at (405) 744-6179 or sarah.bildstein@okstate.edu, or Kristi Wheeler at (405) 744-5831 or kristi.wheeler@okstate.edu.

Belt and Road flyer

OSU Professor earns Ohtli Award from Mexican Government

April 20,  2018

Dr. David M. Henneberry, Regents Service Professor in the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics and former Associate Vice President at the School of Global Studies and Partnerships, will receive the 2018 Ohtli Award Monday, April 23, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 101 Wes Watkins Center. Henneberry is receiving the award in recognition of his more than 30 years of involvement with Mexico.

Henneberry has promoted awareness of Mexican cultural and social heritage on the OSU campus, developed several programs in Mexico and the U.S., including doctoral and agricultural extension programs, and has mentored Mexican graduate students in the U.S., encouraging them to apply to OSU and helping them to find funding.

The ceremony is being held as part of the festivities for the 156 Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, also known as Cinco de Mayo.

The Ohtli Award, is the highest recognition granted by the Government of Mexico to those individuals who made an exceptional contribution to promote the well-being, prosperity and empowerment of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans living in the United States.

Previous Ohtli Award honorees include former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, founder of the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) Juan Andrade Jr., and former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa.

For more information, please contact Karen Espinoza at asistentelir@sre.gob.mx or (501) 372-6933.

Fulbright Program Applications Open

April 18,  2018

Applications for the 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student Program are now open. The Fulbright program provides graduate students and recent college graduates with opportunities to study, teach and conduct research in more than 140 countries. Applications are due Oct. 9, 2018.

Participants are selected through a competitive, merit-based application process. The Fulbright program helps provide participants with funding for their international experience, including travel and living expenses for one academic year.

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, in cooperation with the Institute of International Education, oversee the international exchange program. The Fulbright program currently awards more than 2,200 grants annually and operates in more than 160 countries. Since its creation, the U.S. Student Program has awarded grants to more than 380,000 participants chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential.

To learn more about the program and view the application, visit https://us.fulbrightonline.org.

Professor Emeritus at Oklahoma State University Receives High Ethiopian Honor Award

April 16,  2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ted Vestal, professor emeritus of political science at Oklahoma State University, received the Knight Grand Cross of the Imperial Order of the Star of Honor of Ethiopia on March 3 at the Victory of Adwa Dinner. The honor is one of the highest Ethiopian rankings and included the formality of a dubbing with Imperial Court Sword on both shoulders by His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie and the courtesy of being referred to as “Your Excellency.”

Full article ---- https://cas.okstate.edu/news/archives/1371-professor-emeritus-at-oklahoma-state-university-receives-high-ethiopian-honor-award

International Events



Lecture: Dr. Umberto Pappalardo – Pompeii and Vesuvius

Date: Thursday, April 12

Time: 5 p.m. Location: Room 035 Murray Hall

Dr. Umberto Pappalardo, director of the International Pompeii Institute, will give a talk on Pompeii and Vesuvius on Thursday, April 12, at 5 p.m. in the basement (Room 035) of Murray Hall.

Dr. Pappalardo is the director of excavations at Herculaneum, inspector of excavations at Pompeii, and Professor of Geoarchaeology at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University Institute in Naples.

The event is open to the public. For more information, please contact the event’s host, Dr. David D’Andrea of the Oklahoma State University History Department at david.dandrea@okstate.edu.



Annual Phi Beta Delta Membership Meeting

Date: Wednesday, April 11

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: 109 Wes Watkins Center

The Epsilon Upsilon chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society invites members and guests to the 2018 Membership Meeting. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Randy Kluver, Dean of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships. He will be speaking on “Enhancing Oklahoma State University’s Global Impact.”

A reception will follow the meeting. All guests are welcome.

For more information, contact the Phi Beta Delta Epsilon Upsilon Chapter at (405) 744-8569 or visit pbd.okstate.edu.



Oklahoma’s Statewide Open Mosque Day

Date: Sunday, April 8

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Location: Stillwater Mosque & Islamic Center at 616 N. Washington St., Stillwater, OK 74075

The Stillwater Mosque & Islamic Center invites the Stillwater community and OSU students, faculty and staff to the 2018 Statewide Open Mosque Day Sunday, April 8. The program in Stillwater will be come-and-go from 1 – 4 p.m.

The program will include a brief welcome speech at 1 p.m., noon prayer at 1:45 p.m., henna tattoos and a Q&A session each hour. Refreshments and sweets will be served. All ages are welcome.

For more information, contact the Islamic Society of Stillwater at (405) 762-3258 or khaled.mansy@gmail.com.



Lecture Series: Higher Education & Student Affairs in China

Date: Tuesday, April 3

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Place: Anderson Family Living Room – Willard Hall

Join the College of Education, Health and Aviation Tuesday, April 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Anderson Family Living Room for a special lecture series presented by the Joint Center for Student Affairs Research and Professional Practice.

Mr. Jue Wang, Fudan University China Visiting Scholar, will speak on “Higher Education & Student Affairs in China: The Fudan University Story.” This series aims to promote a global understanding of the higher education and student affairs professions.

The Joint Center is a partnership between OSU and the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB). The goal of the center is to promote international exchange and scholarly collaboration in higher education and student affairs globally through a visiting scholar program, the lecture series and an internship program.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Amber Coker at 405-744-8933.



Visiting Scholars Lecture: “Experimenting Architectural Designs Based on Traditional Culture”

Date: Monday, April 2

Time: 5 p.m. Location: Jack and Carol Corgan Auditorium – Room 170 Donald W. Reynolds School of Architecture Building.

The Donald W. Reynolds School of Architecture will host a lecture titled “Experimenting Architectural Designs Based on Traditional Culture” by two visiting scholars, Feng Tao and YiLing Bao, of the Pan Tianshou Arts and Design Academy at Ningbo University in China, Monday, April 2, at 5 p.m. in the Jack and Carol Corgan Auditorium (Room 170). The lecture will focus on contemporary Chinese architecture.

The lecture is open to the public, and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Rabens at (405) 744-1358 or michael.rabens@okstate.edu.



Talk: What Is America’s Interest in the Middle East?

Date: Monday, April 2, 2018

Time: 12 p.m.

Location: 108 Wes Watkins Center

John Glaser, Director of Foreign Policy at the Cato Institute, will speak on America’s interest in the Middle East Monday, April 2, at noon in Wes Watkins Center Room 108. This will be the final Farzaneh Speaker Series talk for the Spring 2018 semester.

Glaser’s research interests include grand strategy, basing posture, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, the rise of China, and the role of status and prestige motivations in international politics. Glaser has been a guest on a variety of television and radio programs and has had his work published in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, CNN, and Time, among other outlets.

Glaser earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Arts in International Security at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

The talk is free, and all are welcome. Light Persian snacks will be provided.

The IPGS Farzaneh Speaker Series hosts top scholars and policymakers who are specialists of contemporary Iran and the Persian Gulf Region.




Talk: Ramu Damodaran – “The United Nations and the Contemporary World Crisis”

Date: Friday, March 30

Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: LeNorman Auditorium in the New Building for the Spears School of Business

The Spears School of Business is hosting Ramu Damodaran, deputy director and chief at the United Nations Academic Impact, as part of a speaker series for the MBA Professional Development Class Friday, March 30, at 3:30 p.m. in the LeNorman Auditorium in the New Business Building.

Damodaran will give a lecture titled “The United Nations and the Contemporary World Crisis.” The talk is sponsored by OSU’s School of Marketing and International Business, the Watson Graduate School of Management and the Cagle Center for Advanced Global Leadership and Engagement.

The United Nations Academic Impact initiative aligns institutions of higher learning and research with the objectives of the United Nations and the States and peoples who constitute it. Damodaran is also the current secretary of the United Nations Committee on Information. His earlier posts with the Organization have included the Departments of Peacekeeping and Special Political Questions, as well as the Executive Office of the Secretary- General.

The lecture is open to the public and is free to attend. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the building’s Keystone Commons area.

For more information, contact Dr. Ajay Sukhdial at (405) 744-9000 or ajay.sukhdial@okstate.edu.



Muslim Student Association at OSU Talk: American Muslims: The True History

Date: Thursday, March 29

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Location: Room 108 Engineering North

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) at OSU is hosting Adam Soltani, executive director of CAIR-OK on Thursday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m. for a talk titled “American Muslims: The True History” in Engineering North Room 108.

A dinner and social event will follow the talk at 7 p.m. at the Stillwater Islamic Society Center, 616 N. Washington St.

Both events are free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, contact MSAOKST@gmail.com.



The Qajar Lens: Diversity in Qajar Photography

The Qajar Lens: Diversity in Qajar Photography, a photo exhibition sponsored by the Dr. Ali Fazel Visual Archive, Media Collection and Digital Resources, has been extended to run through the end of the 2018 Spring semester. The exhibition is on display from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday in 201 Wes Watkins Center.

The exhibition showcases selected works of the court photographers of Nasser al-Din Shah, who was the King of Iran from 1848 to 1896. Nasser al-Din Shah promoted photography in his court and throughout Iran because he knew it was a sign of modernity. He created the first Iranian photography studio, the Royal Photo Studio of Iran, after the arrival of the French photographer Francis Carlhian in 1858.

Nasser al-Din Shah’s court photographers also traveled around Iran to take photos of the land and people. The photographs of The Qajar Lens show the daily of life of the king’s court and the Iranian people during Nasser al-Din Shah’s reign.

The Qajar Lens is a collaboration between the Golestan Palace Museum of Tehran and the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies program of Oklahoma State University.



Difficult Dialogues: Islamophobia in America: What does it look like in American culture?

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Location: Room 035 Murray Hall

The Oklahoma State Difficult Dialogues team is sponsoring a panel discussion and Q&A session on Islamophobia in America and how we can respond to it.

Panelists include:

  • Ibraheem Rahhal – Marketing and Entrepreneurship undergraduate student
  • Sheryl Siddiqui – Chairperson for the Islamic Council of Oklahoma
  • Anna Facci – Oklahoma Organizer for Planned Parenthood Great Plains
  • Adam Soltani – Executive Director of CAIR Oklahoma

Check with your professors to see they are offering extra credit for attending.