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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.

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.

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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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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.

Flyer for talk on Hurricane Maria

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 (petra.volkhausen@okstate.edu).

 

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
germany.info

 

OSU encourages students to study beyond Stillwater

Posted on Friday, November 3, 2017

Emily Hyde From Iceland to the Virgin Islands, Oklahoma State University offers students several options for personal and professional growth as they live and study across the U.S. and around the world.

OSU students can participate in long and short-term study abroad experiences. Opportunities include faculty-led programs, internships, summer courses, self-service learning projects and semester and academic year programs.

Read the rest of the article at https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-encourages-students-study-beyond-stillwater

Almost 200 OSU Students Briefly Experienced Life under Intense Poverty

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017

In spite of the rapid pace of technological change and economic development around the world, approximately half the world’s population continues to live on an income of less than US$2 per day. It is this overwhelming statistic that motivates many Oklahoma State University faculty and students to focus their energies on addressing this endemic global issue.

On October 13, as most of the OSU community was preparing for homecoming, almost 200 OSU students participated in a “Struggle for Survival” simulation by getting on their hands and knees and making paper bags to replicate a slum. The event, co-sponsored by the School of Global Studies an d Partnerships, the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development, and the Department of Geography, was led by facilitators from the Hong Kong-based NGO Crossroads Foundation. The simulation is designed to help participants understand the emotional and psychological pressures that accompany poverty.

The two hour experience consists of several elements designed to both bring about a better cognitive understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty, but also to develop greater empathy. According to David Begbie, director of experiential programming for the Crossroads Foundation, the simulation is all about changing perspective and highlighting three main issues — education, empathy and engagement.

First, facilitators orient the participants to the exercise by introducing the extent of global poverty, and introducing the later elements of the simulation. Participants are grouped into a “family” units, and assigned a 6 foot by 6 foot “home,” a square made from construction paper. Each person then contributes to their family by making paper bags out of used newspapers and paste and then selling them to the “shop owners.”

Three simulated weeks follow, in which the families find themselves falling further behind in their rent and other obligations, and feeling the desperation that comes from being unable to provide for their most basic needs. Participants barter their possessions, sacrificing their own goals to meet the immediate needs. The simulation creates moments of emotional vulnerability, where participants begin to understand desperation.

After the simulation, Begbie led the students in a debrief of the event, asking participants to reflect on what they experienced, and challenging them to think about ways that their academic pathway might give them opportunities to address global need.

“Experiences like this help OSU students to better understand the global context in which they will spend their professional lives,” said Dr. Randy Kluver, Dean of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships. “As an institution devoted to confronting issues that challenge the world, we want students to have those experiences while they are still making decisions about their future careers.”

“Many of the students were profoundly influenced by the simulation, which takes them out of their “comfort zone” and situates them, at least for a while, in an economic and social environment completely alien to their life experience,” said Reuel Hanks, Professor of Geography and holder of a Humphreys Chair in International Studies. “Students reported that the experience was “powerful,” “opened their eyes,” and that it “raised their awareness” regarding poverty in developing countries. ‘Struggle for Survival’ allows us to educate beyond the classroom, and motivate students to engage with global problems in an innovative way.”

“The ‘Struggle for Survival’ simulation provided the participating sudents with a glimpse into the complextities that development professionals and policy makers face when addressing structural poverty,” said Anthony Cambas, Director of the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development at OSU. “Adressing these challenges effectively requires a multidisciplinary approach and the students gained valuable insight that may motivate them to work in international development,” added Cambas.

View and vote on exchange student's video about adjusting to life at OSU

Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017

One of our exchange students from Peru, Sebastian Bayona, created a nice little video on his adjustment to living in the USA: Click here to view and vote!

Link to Sebastion's video

Expo brings international flavors to OSU event

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017

By David Bitton/Stillwater News Press dbitton@stwnewspress.com

The pleasant aroma of food from countries all over the globe filled the Wes Watkins Center Wednesday as nearly two dozen student organizations offered a taste of their homeland during the annual International Expo.

Expo brings international flavors to OSU event David Bitton/Stillwater News Press Ye Guo, right, 22, a senior strategic communications major, searches for the right hat/fan to buy Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at the Thai Student Association booth during the annual International Expo at Oklahoma State University’s Wes Watkins Center in Stillwater.

“It is like traveling around the world in a day,” said Puja Jana, president of the Oklahoma State University International Student Organization, which hosted the event that has been going on more than 30 years.

During the lunch hour, student associations from countries including Saudi Arabia and South Korea sold food to hundreds of guests.

OSU has roughly 1,800 international students from more than 100 countries, with the majority coming from China (439) and India (425), according to fall 2017 data.

Minjoo Kim, 23, a PhD marketing major who was volunteering at the Korean Student Association booth said the event is a great way to learn about other countries while sampling their food.

Her group offered an array of food including bulgogi (barbecue beef) over rice with kimchi.

African Student Association volunteer and environmental science major Kim Ndong, 24, a senior, kept busy selling an African donut called a puff-puff and a drink called bissap, which was made from dried hibiscus flowers mixed with pineapple.

“People love it,” said Ndong, who is from Gabon, Africa.

A line at the Thai Student Association was steady throughout the event, not only for the food and drink options but because they were selling a hat that doubled as a fan for $1.

The wooden object was decorated with colorful fabric with Thai patterns.

“I’ve never seen this type of hat before,” said Ye Guo, 22, a senior strategic communications major. “This is a great event.”

The event also featured a booth where Alejandra Barrera, a 31-year-old Health and Human Performance PhD student from Mexico City, was collecting monetary donations.

The funds will soon be helping the people of Mexico recover following last month’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake that left more than 300 dead and thousands injured.

Barrera said nearly $2,000 had been raised in the past several weeks.

“I hope that in some small way this helps,” she said.

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