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Paralegal fall classes available through OSU Correspondence Education

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

STILLWATER, Okla. –– Adult students interested in pursuing a paralegal career will have the opportunity to earn a Paralegal Certificate through an online course being offered beginning August 25, 2014 by Oklahoma State University in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies, a Colorado company that provides students with affordable and effective legal education through colleges across the nation.

The 14-week Paralegal Certificate Course© is designed to affordably prepare students for the job market in the legal and give them the knowledge and skills needed to begin earning a salary as quickly as possible. Training focuses on providing a comprehensive knowledge of the American judicial system. It also teaches practical skills including how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, create legal documents, research the law, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation.

“I have completed part one of the paralegal course and have found the course to be challenging yet manageable even with a full time job and a baby. I am 51 years old and studying for a paralegal certificate in order to begin a new career. I recommend this course to anyone seeking something new in their careers,” said John, summer 2014 Student.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projections, the number of paralegal positions will be 28 percent higher by 2018 than it was a decade earlier, a growth rate that is much faster than the national average for all occupations. The national median earnings for paralegals is currently $45,480 and freelance paralegal professionals can earn significantly more.

Previous graduates of the Paralegal Certificate Course are working in different industries throughout the U.S.—law firms, major corporations, healthcare organizations, insurance companies, the banking industry and government agencies. Students who complete the Paralegal Certificate Course receive their certificate from Oklahoma State University. This provides instant credibility when presenting the certificate to would-be employers.

“Our association with The Center for Legal Studies has been one of the most pleasant of any of our non-traditional education programs. And it’s rewarding to know that the knowledge students receive is changing their lives,” said Evelyn Ferchau, Manager, OSU Correspondence Education.

To learn more, go to: www.legalstudies.com and click on the state of Oklahoma, or call 1-800-522-7737.

To see a full list of classes offered through OSU Correspondence Education visit the website ce.okstate.edu.

Anthony Cambas chosen as OKSBDC State Star

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

STILLWATER, Okla. – Anthony Cambas, Director1 of the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development and the International Trade Center - Small Business Development Center (ITC-SBDC) at Oklahoma State University, has received the State Star award for 2014 for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Network.

Every year, each state that has a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network, nominates at least one person to be the State Star.

Cambas will be recognized at the annual conference for America’s Small Business Development Centers Sept. 9-12, 2014 in Grapevine, TX at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center.

The Oklahoma State Star is selected by the state-wide leadership team. The work done with clients and partnering with other federal, state and local resources that help small and medium sized businesses are two important characteristics that are taken into account when selecting the State Star, said Bill Carter, Oklahoma SBDC State Director.

“Cambas has been to almost every SBDC center in the state of Oklahoma providing service to entrepreneurs,” Carter said. “He’s truly the expert’s expert at what he does.”

Cambas said that SBDCs and ITC-SBDCs are found throughout the country, Oklahoma having 16.

“There are centers throughout the state, located at different universities and each one its own geographic or technical area of specialization, and ours [Oklahoma State University ITC-SBDC] is in international trade,” Cambas said.

Cambas said this award is important to him because it comes from the state director’s office and recognizes the impact that the OSU ITC-SBDC is having on small businesses throughout the state.

“It is an important recognition that focuses on the work we do on a day-to-day basis; not only the work on the ground, but also reflects our strategy to achieve effective networks within Oklahoma,” Cambas said.

Cambas is a former U.S. Customs official who has been working in international trade and development for more than 25 years, and has been at Oklahoma State for 2.5 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida International University in Miami, FL in International Relations with a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He received his master’s degree from the University of Canberra, Australia Centre for Customs and Excise Studies in International Customs Law and Administration and has undertaken post-graduate studies in Switzerland and in El Salvador.

OSU ITC-SBDC is an integral part of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC) network. OKSBDC assists small business owners and new entrepreneurs by providing no charge, quality and confidential one-on-one business management advising, business management workshops and business technical assistance. For more information go to http://www.oksbdc.org/.

Interested persons and companies can contact the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development with their international trade related questions at 405-744-4272 or citd1@okstate.edu.

60th Anniversary of Emperor's Visit

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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OSU Phi Beta Delta Chapter wins national award.

Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014

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.

From left:  Tim Huff, Nani Pybus, Lupita Fabregas, Derina Holtzhausen, Sarah Gordon and Jonathan Douglas.
From left: Tim Huff, Nani Pybus, Lupita Fabregas, Derina Holtzhausen, Sarah Gordon and Jonathan Douglas.

60th Anniversary of Emperor’s Visit to Take Place June 18

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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 www.iso.okstate.edu.

“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 with Ethiopia.”

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.

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