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