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OSU wins national community engagement honor

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017

OSU wins national community engagement honor The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Sunday night that Oklahoma State University is the winner of its national community outreach award for 2017. The C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship recognizes how colleges have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.

“This is a wonderful honor and exciting national recognition of Oklahoma State’s health initiative with the Chickasaw Nation,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “It’s a humbling acknowledgement of our founding commitment to serve and engage in our communities. I want to thank and congratulate the many OSU employees and students who carry out our land-grant mission in countless ways.”

“Public universities have an unmatched capacity to make cultural, civic, and economic contributions to their communities,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “That’s why public institutions feel compelled to address the greatest challenges facing their communities. Oklahoma State has done exactly that through an exceptional partnership with the Chickasaw Nation to improve child nutrition and public health.”

OSU’s health collaborative with the Chickasaw Nation includes the Eagle Adventure program for children in the first through third grades. The program embraces the Native American tribe’s storytelling tradition to educate participants on practices that prevent Type 2 diabetes through dietary and physical activity.

A recent survey showed 67 percent of the parents whose children are involved in the program, report that it has helped their youngsters be more active after school, eat more vegetables at dinner (49 percent), and reach more often for fruits as snacks (55 percent).

Known formally as OSU’s Solutions-based Health Innovations and Nutrition Excellence (SHINE) program, the initiative was chosen for national recognition by a team of community engagement professionals over the other three regional winners, Purdue University, East Carolina University and the University of New Hampshire.

Since 2006, APLU and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have partnered to honor the engagement, scholarship, and partnerships of four-year public universities. Named in honor of one of APLU’s past presidents, the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship award includes a sculpture and a $20,000 prize. The award funds will be used to expand and strengthen programs, activities, and training events that enhance OSU’s partnerships with the sovereign tribal nations and other communities.

APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 237 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 4.9 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.2 million degrees, employ 1.2 million faculty and staff, and conduct $43.9 billion in university-based research.


Former Puerto Rican secretary of state speaks at OSU, describes Hurricane Maria's effects

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hurricane Maria left all of Puerto Rico without power for weeks, and many are still without it.

Jose Izquierdo-Encarnacion served as Puerto Rico’s secretary of state from 2004 to 2005 and spoke about the hurricane's effects Tuesday night at Oklahoma State’s Wes Watkins International Business Center.

Izquierdo-Encarnacion explained the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria from a first-person perspective. He said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is still in the emergency stage of recovery efforts.

Read more at the O'Colly.

Hurricane Maria: The Perfect Storm

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Lessons Learned From a Natural Disaster

5:30 p.m. | Nov. 14 | 108 Wes Watkins Center

The hurricanes that struck the Caribbean basin earlier this fall brought untold tragedy and destruction to the region. Fully a month after the last storm wrecked Puerto Rico, 80% of the residents were still without power and water. In this talk, José Izquierdo-Encarnación, a former Secretary of State for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, will discuss how planning and preparedness failed in the region, and the steps the region will need to take to re-establish commerce, education, and other economic activities.

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Oklahoma Business & Caribbean Rebuilding

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November 14th 9-11am

Speaker: José Izquierdo Encarnación, Former Secretary of State of the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico

Oklahoma Business Round Table

Explore the opportunities and challenges that businesses may face when participating in the rebuilding process

Cick here to register.

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A Week-Long Discussion on Immigration and Germany

Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017


The OSU German Program presents:

"Immigration and Integration in Germany"

An event week sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Washington
November 6-10

Free admission to all events!
All events in English

Please direct all questions regarding the event week to Dr. Petra Volkhausen (


All week long

Germany - Integrating Refugees
Poster exhibition
Gundersen Hall, Second Floor


Monday, November 6

6 p.m.
"Guten Tag, Ramon!"
Movie night (English subtitles)
Classroom Building, room 212
There will be pizza!


Tuesday, November 7

11:30 a.m.  - 3:00 p.m.
German food sold by the German Club
Lawn in front of the Business Building

2 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Immigration and Integration in Germany
Documentary "The New Germans" (2:15 p.m.)
Announcement of the winners of the Essay Competition, see details below (3:20 p.m.)
Panel presentation, followed by Q&A (3:30 p.m.)
Student Union, Council Room 412
Light refreshments will be provided


Wednesday, November 8

12:30 p.m.
The German Election - Results and Consequences
Talk, followed by Q&A
Gundersen Hall, room 105
There will be cookies!


Thursday, November 9

5 p.m.
"Almanya: Welcome to Germany"
Movie night (English subtitles)
Classroom Building, room 213
There will be pizza!



Germany Making Choices


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