Crown Council of Ethiopia to honor former OSU employee for service
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Crown Council of Ethiopia, in cooperation with the School of Global Studies and Partnerships at Oklahoma State University, will honor Dr. Clyde Kindell, a former OSU employee, with a Grand Officer award for his role as president of Alemaya College of Agriculture from 1960-1966 at a recognition ceremony on April 17 at 1:30 p.m. in Wes Watkins Center.
“OSU’s involvement in the Point Four program in Ethiopia remains an important milestone in the university’s emergence as a truly global institution,” said Dr. Randy Kluver, Dean of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships. “The entire OSU Family greatly appreciates Dr. Kindell for his leadership.”
Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, the President of the Crown Council, will present the award to Kindell. The Crown Council of Ethiopia focuses on cultural preservation, development and humanitarian efforts in Ethiopia.
Kluver will open the ceremony and introduce the Master of Ceremonies, former Oklahoma congressional representative Wes Watkins. Mel Tewahade, director of the Point Four documentary series and businessman, will formally introduce the Prince to Kindell, according to Ethiopian protocol. The ceremony will conclude with remarks from Kindell and Kluver.
The event will also mark the 64th anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie, Prince Ermias’ grandfather, first visit to Stillwater in 1954. To date, Selassie’s visit was the only visit of a serving head of state to the OSU campus.
The ceremony will be in Room 101 Wes Watkins Center and is open to the public. A reception will immediately follow. At 3 p.m., there will be a public showing of the fourth documentary in the Point Four series, directed by Tewahade, in Room 108 Wes Watkins Center.
The School of Global Studies and Partnerships (SGSP) serves as a strategic and administrative center for Oklahoma State University’s global engagement. The School is housed in the Wes Watkins Center, which serves as a focal point for global activities at OSU. For more information, contact Sarah Bildstein at (405) 744-6179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.