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Patricia A. Moore speaks on “AGEing: The Challenge of the Lifespan

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015

Moore is an internationally renowned gerontologist and designer, serving as a leading authority on consumer lifespan behaviors and requirements. Beginning at the age of 26, for a period of three years, in an exceptional and daring sociological experiment, Moore traveled throughout the United States and Canada disguised as women more than eighty years of age of varying socio-economic status. With her body altered to simulate the normal sensory changes associated with aging, she was able to respond to people, products and environments as an elder.

Since 1990, Moore has designed more than 200 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Environments for acute and sub-acute healthcare facilities throughout North America, Europe and Japan. She is a frequent lecturer, media guest, author of a number of articles and three books. She is the co-author of the American National Standards Committee on Anthropometry and is considered a pioneer of universal design.

Moore holds undergraduate degrees in industrial and environmental and communication design from the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduate degrees in psychology and counseling and in human development from Columbia University and has completed advanced studies in biomechanics at New York University’s medical school and Rusk Institute.

She has received numerous awards for her achievements including being named by ID Magazine as one of The 40 Most Socially Conscious Designers in the world. In 2000, a consortium of news editors and organizations named her as one of The 100 Most Important Women in America.

Established in 1995, The Dean Lela O’Toole International Speaker Series in the College of Human Sciences focuses on timely and relevant topics related to public policy, ethics, and international issues in the scholastic areas of the college. Lela O’Toole served as dean of the College of Human Sciences from 1951-1975. She believed universities have an important role in the conduct of international and world affairs. Dean O’Toole’s interest in the world community led the college and Oklahoma State University to a position of international leadership during the mid-twentieth century.

OSU Welcomes Arizona History Professor to Campus

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015

STILLWATER, Okla. – Douglas Weiner, professor of History at the University of Arizona, will be visiting Oklahoma State University for a lecture titled, “How the Global North and South Emerged: One Approach to Teaching World History.”

The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 17 at 4:00 p.m. in 035 Murray Hall. An informal reception will follow the lecture in Murray Parlor on the first floor of Murray Hall.

Weiner has published various works regarding the society and environment in the USSR and Russia. Some of these works include: A Little Corner of Freedom: Russian Nature Protection from Stalin to Gorbachev and Models of Nature: Ecology, Conservation and Cultural Revolution in Soviet Russia. Models of Nature was one of the first works in regard to western historical scholarship to be published in Russia.

Weiner is committed in a study of the history of globalization.

Sponsors for this event include: OSU Department of History, OSU History Club, OSU School of International Studies and Pi Alpha Theta. Funding for the lecture is provided by Lecture Series in the Arts and Humanities, OSU College of Arts and Sciences and the OSU School of International Studies.

OSU to welcome Barbara Slavin to campus Feb. 4

Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Division of International Studies and Outreach at Oklahoma State University welcomes well-known journalist, Barbara Slavin, as a guest speaker on Feb. 4.

The event will take place at noon in room 108 of Wes Watkins Center. Light Persian snacks will be provided.

Slavin is currently a senior fellow at Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. She is also a Washington correspondent for a website designed for news from and about the Middle East called Al-Monitor.com.

Slavin is the former assistant managing editor for world and national security at The Washington Times, senior diplomatic reporter for USA Today and editor for the New York Times Week In Review.

She has covered issues such as the war led by the U.S. on terrorism, policy toward “rogue” states, the Iran-Iraq war, and Arab-Israeli conflict. She has been to Iran nine times and on her most recent trip she covered the inauguration of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani.

Slavin also is the author of the 2007 book, “Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation,” which is about the love-hate relationship of Iran and the U.S.

Slavin is a nationally recognized author, editor, diplomatic reporter, TV commentator and foreign correspondent. Her expertise is in the Middle East and Asia.

CASNR’s Henneberry becoming an internationally known household name

Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Director of Oklahoma State University’s Master of International Agriculture Degree Program, Shida Henneberry, has made a name for herself by advising students, earning grant dollars, leading study abroad courses and committing herself to the students of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Dr. a Henneberry Her dedication was most recently recognized by her selection as a 2014 recipient of the Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences. The U.S. Department of Agriculture national award is given annually to two university faculty for their use of innovative teaching methods and service to students.

“It’s often said that when you are around great people, it makes your best personal qualities come forward,” Henneberry said. “I attribute this award to the level of greatness of our students.”

Henneberry is the first OSU faculty member to receive this prestigious honor, which was presented at the 127th Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Annual Meeting.

“Shida Henneberry is an outstanding teacher. She has received 17 awards and honors for her teaching including recognition for her undergraduate teaching and advising, her graduate teaching and advising and her teaching scholarship,” said Cynda Clary, CASNR associate dean. “Dr. Henneberry has been important to our program in numerous ways, but it’s especially significant to note her efforts on behalf of graduate students.”

Using an integrated approach to teaching, Henneberry brings her discipline-based research into her classroom and conducts research on teaching. She aims to foster critical thinking by teaching the fundamental tools of economic analysis and the skills to employ those tools to analyze real world economic events.

Laura Carolina Pedraza Robles, who earned a doctorate in agricultural economics from OSU in 2012, recalled a particular course about international agriculture trade policy, where Henneberry was able to take the extremely complex theoretical models and convert them to easily understood and applied concepts.

“Through the use of real life examples, student participation in class and current events applications, she allowed the class to see past sometimes abstract theories to the heart of the concept,” Robles said. “After she developed in us the understanding of how and why these concepts worked, comprehending the theory behind them came as second nature.”

The ability to take the classroom material and apply it to real world situations is of upmost importance to Henneberry.

“I believe that students’ active participation is a key to learning and I search for ways to include active learning strategies into my classes,” she said. “I think we learn best when we can relate to what is taught. In my classes, I search for ways to help my students connect to the material.”

During her nearly 30 years of service to OSU, Henneberry also has mentored 33 international visiting scholars and post-doctoral researchers, 155 master’s students and 20 Ph.D. students.

“As a graduate advisor, Dr. Henneberry gives her students considerable freedom, but holds them to a high standard. Her students have successfully published their work in agricultural economics journals and have found employment as agricultural economists,” said Wade Brorsen, Regents professor and A.J. and Susan Jacques Chair. “Her record of service to students in the international area is clearly outstanding.”

In addition to her teaching and advising efforts, Henneberry has authored 61 peer reviewed journal articles; 14 books, book chapters and bulletins; and numerous conference proceedings and popular press articles during her career. An aggressive grant writer, as well, she has garnered nearly $1.4 million from numerous groups and organizations for her work.

Under Henneberry’s direction for the past three years, MIAP’s enrollment has nearly doubled.

She has received many awards including the 2010 Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the Oklahoma House of Representatives Outstanding Oklahoma Educator. She is an honorary initiate of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, and in 2011, she was awarded the lifetime honorary title of Regents Professor.

Oklahoma State University offers employment law course

Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014

(STILLWATER, Okla., December 11, 2014) – Expanding an already comprehensive paralegal training program, Oklahoma State University has added a new seven-week online certificate course in employment law to start in January.

The online certification course is offered through the Correspondence Education Department at OSU in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies (CLS). The center has been providing flexible and affordable paralegal training courses since 1980.

Employment law is a branch of contract law that deals with relationships between employers and employees. The course will cover statutes such as the National Labor Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, and other various statutes dealing with public employees. Topics to be included are master and servant, wages and hours, anti-discrimination in employment and minimum wages and maximum hours, as well as regulation of working conditions.

Participants will demonstrate the following skills through successful completion of all required coursework and assignments:

  • Discuss the roots of the master-servant relationship.
  • Distinguish employment from independent contracting.
  • Distinguish employment at will from wrongful discharge.
  • Identify torts that can be brought against employers.
  • Examine discrimination in hiring.
  • Discuss accommodation in working conditions.
  • Identify labor organizations.
  • Discuss unfair labor practices.
  • Examine the structure of the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act.
  • Identify constitutional protections against discrimination.
  • Discuss disability discrimination and accommodations.
  • Examine age discrimination in hiring and in retirement.

CLS remains the most budget-friendly paralegal training program in the country.

“Our primary goal is to provide comprehensive, practical, training for adult students to help them transition into new careers or obtain a promotion,” says Stephanie Elio, director of business development for CLS.

Paralegal skills are in strong demand and provide jobs in law firms, banking, insurance, government, military, real estate, healthcare, non-profit corporations, sole proprieties, education and auto dealerships.

Courses are both affordable and flexible. Adult students can position themselves for a career as a paralegal in 14 weeks for only $1,289. Visit www.legalstudies.com for textbook and registration information.

The online delivery system is easy to navigate and manage. Busy students are able to manage their own time, as instructors post assignments, readings and topics for discussion at the beginning of each week. The Paralegal Certificate Course is what today’s students want – anywhere, anytime learning.

Other courses available include an advanced paralegal certificate, victim advocacy, mediation, legal nurse consultant, legal secretary, legal investigator, advanced legal research and writing, intellectual property for engineers and many test prep courses. Students interested in more information about the programs offered by The Center for Legal Studies can visit their website www.legalstudies.com or call 1-800-522-7737.

To see a full list of classes offered through CE visit the website: ce.okstate.edu.

CONTACT: Katie Reim Sewell | International Studies and Outreach | 405-744-2507 | katie.sewell@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all. As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. As America’s Healthiest Campus, OSU is committed to the health and well-being of its students, employees and the community. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated around 255,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

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