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March 2008
School of International Studies
Graduate Newsletter
Student Spotlight
: SIS Certificate Student, Tim Kock
I grew up on a ranch in Nebraska, hoping someday to see different places. As an undergradu-
ate at the University of Nebraska, I spent a summer in Mexico, learning Spanish. After graduating from
the University of Nebraska with a M.S. in Agricultural Education, I was offered a position with the Uni-
versity of Arizona as an Extension Agent in Yuma County. I spent eight years in Extension until I was
offered a position on a USDA funded project in the Republic of Georgia.
Since that time, I have been working in the international arena.
I have been working in the international field for five years and my
career has taken me to many places, some I never heard of before leaving
for the country. I spent a year in the Republic of Georgia, 15 days in Arme-
nia, 5 days in Turkey, 6 days in the Czech Republic, 60 days in Kyrgyzstan
and 16 months in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. During my assignment
in Kyrgyzstan, I met Dr. Fred Ray, a professor at OSU who suggested I look
at OSU for a PhD in Agricultural Education with a Certificate in International
Studies. I would have never thought while on assignment in Kyrgyzstan I
would meet someone and discuss grad
school. But that is how I ended up here.
Last summer I had the opportu-
nity to intern, as the Chief of Party, with
an organization working in Afghanistan.
This was a tremendous opportunity and
my first as Chief of Party, the manager of the project. I have
worked with many foreign government officials before, but not
solely at the national level. As the Chief, you look at development
projects from the eyes of all of those involved not just your own.
My goal upon graduation is to return over seas and work on inter-
national projects for another 10 years, then return to the states and teach international development in a
college or university setting.
*Tim in an Afghan potato field in 2006; photo courtesy of Tim Kock
What’s In This Issue...
Calendar………9-10
Focus on
Faculty……………..2
Global Briefings….3
Peace Corps...3, 6, 7
SAGA headlines and
events…….…......6-7
Student News..3, 5, 6
Student Spotlight....1
Miscellaneous....2, 5
A unique opportunity has been ex-
tended to the international students of
SIS to attend International Student
Awareness Day at the State Capitol. The
event will be held on March 24, begin-
ning at 9am.
The event will entail entertainment,
free booths and an international cuisine
lunch, as well as the opportunity to meet
other international students, business
representatives and state officials.
Students need to email either Dr. Miller
or Donna Birchler as soon as possible to
register.
The deadline to register is
March 10th!
On the day of the event,
students will also be required to bring a
photo ID with them.
Donna and Debbie will be accompany-
ing the students and will provide a van
for any interested students.
If you would like to attend this event
please e-mail Robin Eleazer at
eleazer@gci.net before spring break to
register.
To see the day’s line-up of events, go to:
http://okhouse.gov/International/
AgendaInstructions.pdf
International
Student
Awareness
Day
at the Capitol
Meet SIS Faculty Member, Dr. Robert Nolan
By Erica Roberts
In February, SIS celebrated Peace Corps Week, in which events took
place to celebrate the history and purpose of the Peace Corps. Some SIS students
participated in the Peace Corps Celebration held at WWC, or volunteered at the
Peace Corps table and hosting a small bake sale to raise money for schoolchildren
in Honduras. For those SIS students interested in the Peace Corps, Dr. Robert
Nolan is an excellent resource .
Dr. Nolan has been a professor in the Adult and Continuing Education pro-
gram here at OSU since 1986. He came to OSU following three years working for
the Peace Corps in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In 1981, he was recruited by Northern
Illinois University to run their Peace Corps training center, el Instituto Interameri-
cano de Entrenamiento. During his time in Honduras, Dr. Nolan was responsible
for selecting and training 220 Peace Corps trainees. The majority of the training
that Dr. Nolan and his office did was language training. Peace Corps volunteers in
that area were involved in work-related projects centered on nutrition, health, community planning, forestry, engi-
neering and agriculture.
Dr. Nolan is currently a professor in the Educational Studies department. His current
focus area within the program deals with Adult and Continuing Education. Dr. Nolan explains
that it is “the psychological processes of learning in adulthood, especially second language
learning and administration of adult education.” He was also a visiting professor at the University
of Costa Rica from 1998-1999.
Of his Peace Corps experience as a staff member, Dr. Nolan says that it “helped to
broaden my perspective, publish two articles, keep up on my Spanish, meet many very talented
young men and women, and come to a better understanding of the world.” For any prospective
students thinking of volunteering in the Peace Corps, Dr. Nolan says, “Do it. Especially if there
are such marvelous opportunities such as the combines academic/service program as the one
Michelle and Craig Nabors participated in Azerbaijan. Just go for it.”
[
Michelle and Craig Nabors are former Peace Corps volunteers. Michelle is the current Peace Corps rep for OSU, and her office is in WWC
.]
Is there a particular
SIS faculty member
that you think highly
of and would like to
share why with other
SIS students? If so,
then submit their
name or email your
own article to eri-
capr@okstate.edu by
the end of the month.
Doing a Thesis? Consider Using the IRB
Several OSU graduate programs across campus offer their students the option to do what is known as a “creative
component”. Some students, however, may prefer to take the thesis route if they are considering continuing on to a PhD pro-
gram or wish to publish. Some research topics entail that students use people as a part of their research (i.e., through sur-
veys, studies, individual interaction). To conduct this type of research, graduate students are required to go through OSU’s
Institutional Review Board, or
IRB.
If you are considering doing human research, here are some important links and pages
you may need when determining if you even need to go through the IRB prior to con-
ducting your research :
*http://compliance.vpr.okstate.edu/hsp/index.htm
(general website)
*http://compliance.vpr.okstate.edu/hsp/application.htm
(application process)
*http://compliance.vpr.okstate.edu/hsp/IRB%20Application-04-06.doc
(IRB appli-
cation form)
Study Abroad and Internship Opportunities are Available
Any students looking for ways to gain more experience outside of the class-
room are encouraged to consider participating in Study Abroad or doing an internship.
Many current SIS students have done so, or are planning on doing so. If you are inter-
ested in studying abroad, contact SIS alumni student and current Study Abroad Advisor,
Hope Ray at hope.ray@okstate.edu. For an email copy of the compiled SIS internship
list, contact Donna Birchler (donna.birchler@okstate.edu) or Erica Roberts
(ericapr@okstate.edu).
The School of International
Studies Graduate Student
newsletter is a monthly pro-
duction through the collabora-
tion of Erica Roberts and other
contributors.
If you would like
to contribute articles, pictures,
information, etc. to the news-
letter, have any questions or
suggestions, or have found an
error, please contact Erica by
the last week of the month at
ericapr@okstate.edu
*Individual articles submitted
by students do not necessarily
reflect the views and opinions
of SIS.
Global Briefings:
Dr. Lloyd S. Lewan
By KyAnna Cherry
Dr. Lloyd S. Lewan is chairman of the board for the Institute for Shipboard Education, an organization sponsoring the interna-
tional program, Semester at Sea. This program is academically affiliated with the University of Pitts-
burgh. He also serves as executive dean, and in this capacity has led thousands of university stu-
dents, faculty, and staff around the world on an ocean liner.
For many years, he served as chairman of the board of Lewan & Associates, Inc., one of the largest
office-technology companies serving Colorado and Wyoming and now a part of Global Imaging, Inc.,
of Tampa, Florida.
A former United States Marine Corps officer, Lewan earned his doctorate from Oklahoma State
University. In 2003 he received two honorary doctorates (a Doctor of Humane Letters from Chapman
University and a Doctor of Laws from the University of Denver College Of Law).
He is an active community leader, particularly with burn survivors and urban at-risk youth. He has
also been involved in community-based economic development, international trade, the Special Olympics, and gang prevention.
Author of Women in the Workplace: A Man's Perspective and To Be a LEADER: Leadership Beyond Management. He is nation-
ally recognized as a keynote speaker on leadership, workplace, gender, diversity, and international issues.
*picture taken from lloydlewan.com
The
Mexico
On
March 26th
, the SIS Mexico Liaison Office will
be hosting an informal
information session
at the Wes Wat-
kins Center, beginning at noon. The Office’s graduate assis-
tants will be sharing information about the programs in Mex-
ico that OSU is affiliated with, including programs that SIS is
involved with.
Students who are seriously interested are welcome
to attend. If you have any questions, you can contact Enrique
Sanchez or Juan Carlos Bolanos at mexico@okstate.edu, or
visit their website at mexico,okstate.edu
SIS and OSU Celebrate
Peace
Week
In February Michelle Nabors (RPCV and SIS
Peace Corps rep) and other Peace Corps volunteers
across campus took part in Peace Corps week. Among
other activities that took place over the course of the
week, Michelle, SIS and other volunteers hosted an
evening of guest speakers, returned volunteers and
Peace Corps nominees. Among those that spoke were
Jim Norman (returned PC volunteer, Philippines 1979-
1981) and current SIS student and Peace Corps nomi-
nee, Robin Eleazer.
Article continued on page 6...
OSU
Career Services
Visits SIS
In February, SIS students were privileged to hear
from OSU Career Services during the Contemporary Issues
class. Dr. Miller and SIS alumni student and Career Services
employee, Monty Stallings, coordinated an afternoon with Mr.
Tod Bryant (Director of Programs for Oklahoma Center for
Nonprofits) and various non-profit employers and organiza-
tions (see list below). Students were able to speak with non-
profit representatives and ask questions about their organiza-
tions, and gain some direction for future career choices.
SIS would like to thank the following organizations for their
participation:
*Social Security Administration
*Office of Juvenile Affairs
*Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Oklahoma
*Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
*Edwin Fair Community Mental Health Center, Inc.
*Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
*Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
**for contact information for any of these organizations, contact Erica
Roberts at ericapr@okstate.edu
This week, as I finished the latest preparations
and requirements for beginning my Peace Corps tour
in May, I thought about how much I would miss our
program and the people that I have met during my
time here. I thought about how thankful I am for our
program and how other disciplines lack an important
characteristic found in SIS. I pondered the diversity
that can be found in our department and how much
potential our department has. While contemplating
our diversity I was struck by the realization that our
diversity, while very special, is something that we as
a discipline rarely address. Don’t misunderstand, I
agree that we recognize that the diversity exists,
however, rarely do we as a discipline focus on the
differences our diversity provides as a means for
facilitating candid discussions of the unique and di-
verse issues of importance that many hold dear. I
believe a true learning experience examines (or at
least addresses) our differences in an effort to better
understand each other. A quote from Socrates dem-
onstrates what I mean. Socrates stated:
“An unexam-
ined life is not worth living.”
This leads to my question
for SIS:
Can a full examination of our lives be achieved
through simply focusing on our similarities, with-
out providing a complimentary examination of our
differences
?
I do not have all the answers nor am I a phi-
losophy major; however, in response to the above
mentioned question, I am unable to comprehend,
exactly how a full examination could
ever
be
achieved, especially when we unfailingly devote our
attention to one side of the equation
only
(i.e. similari-
ties). The consequences that result from this refusal
to fully engage and struggle with the entire equation
is a weakened mind. I believe as students it is our
responsibility to critique the overall value of our edu-
cation and not leave it up to the provider to ultimately
determine what we as students (customers of higher
education) deem acceptable. I’d like to see the
minds of SIS strengthened. If these avenues to
stronger minds and enhanced critical thought exist,
we should pursue them with haste and vigor. I’m
convinced that this limited form of evaluative thinking
will ultimately leave us handicapped rather than
enlightened. Allow me to illustrate with a poem from
Steve Turner, an English Journalist:
“We believe in Marx, Freud, and Darwin. We believe
everything is OK. as long as you don't hurt anyone, and
to the best your definition of hurt, and to the best of your
knowledge.
We believe in sex before, during, and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin. We believe that adul-
tery is fun. We believe that sodomy's OK. We believe
that taboos are taboo.
We believe that everything's getting better, despite
evidence to the contrary. The evidence must be investi-
gated and you can prove anything with evidence.
We believe that there's something in horoscopes, UFOs
and bent spoons; Jesus was a good man just like Buddha,
Mohammed and ourselves. He was a good moral teacher
although we think His good morals were bad.
We believe that all religions are basically the same --at
least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness. They only differ
on matters of creation,
sin, heaven, hell, God, and salvation.
We believe that after death comes the Nothing, because
when you ask the dead what happens? They say nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied, then it's
compulsory heaven for all excepting perhaps Hitler,
Stalin and Genghis Khan.
We believe in Master's and Johnson. What's selected is
average. What's average is normal. What's normal is
good.
We believe in total disarmament. We believe there are
direct links between warfare and bloodshed..
We believe that man is essentially good. It's only his
behavior that lets him down.
This is the fault of society. Society is the fault of condi-
tions. Conditions are the fault of society.
We believe that each man must find the truth that is right
for him. Reality will adapt accordingly. The universe will
readjust. History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute, truth accepting the
truth that there is no absolute truth.
We believe in the rejection of creeds, and the flowering
of individual thought.”
This poem is followed by a postscript entitled, "Chance."
It reads:
If chance be
the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
and when you hear,
"State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Bomb Blasts School!"
It is but the sound of man
worshipping his maker.
Reason With Me:
Strengthening the Minds of SIS
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A large part of being a globally-minded student is being aware of issues outside of academia. This past year, I
learned that a long-time family friend of mine became involved in a cause to which I feel is important to be familiar with,
because it could affect any number of us, men and women alike.
Some of us may know someone that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Both victims and families of the
illness are effected greatly, but there is hope amidst such a life-threatening illness. Laura Willumsen, a resident of the
South Hills area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania became involved with the organization, Climb For Hope, after her sister and
cousin were both diagnosed with breast cancer. Climb For Hope brings together those that have been affected by
breast cancer and those who wish to support research and awareness. It was organized in 2006 and its reputation as a
supporter for breast cancer research is becoming more nationally recognized. Currently, Dr. Leisha Emans M.D., PhD.,
of Johns Hopkins University, is working on promising vaccine. Climb For Hope aims to raise awareness through yearly
climbing expeditions. The climbers fundraise money for breast cancer research, and also carry with them they names of
those the are remembering to the top of the summit. Laura in particular is involved with Climb For Hope-Team Pitts-
burgh. Team members spend months preparing for the upcoming climb, both physical and mental preparation. This
past January, Team Pittsburgh climbed Cotopaxi, an active volcano in Ecuador. Of her experience, Laura says:
I'm a middle-aged woman who got excited about the fact that I could do crazy fitness events and raise money
for cancer. I've done six so far: 4 for the leukemia society and 2 for Climb for Hope. For LLS, I raised about $26,000 over
18 months by doing the Chicago Triathlon, the Lake Tahoe century ride (100 miles on bike), the Rock N Roll 1/2 mara-
thon in Phoenix (hopping most of the way since I developed hip bursitis the week before!) and a mountain climb in the
Alps. My true love is mountain climbing and the cancer's that hit my family hard is breast cancer so when I found out
about Climb for Hope which raises money for an innovative breast cancer vaccine by climbing some of the world's high-
est mountains, it was irresistible! With just two months notice last year, I was the last person to join the inaugural Climb
for Hope, and made it to the top of Cotopaxi in Ecuador, at 19,400' the world's highest active volcano after raising over
$10,000 in two months. This year I wanted to try again with a little more advance warning. I'm happy to say with the help
my wonderful Team Pittsburgh members and our two guides I again summitted Cotopaxi even though it seemed even
harder given more copious snow. Together we've raised over $35,000 so far and the gifts are still coming in. I climbed
both times in honor of my sister Sarah who's had breast cancer twice and my cousin Patsy who's had a mastectomy. I've
gotten tremendous support from friends and family. Altogether, this has been one of the greatest experiences of my life-
-doing something so hard, inspired to make it by people I love so much.
Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
“Climb For Hope” continued on page 6…
KyAnna Cherry
is a second-semester
SIS student, focusing in International
Trade and Development.
KyAnna has lived in France and Rwanda,
and traveled throughout Europe, East
Africa and South East Asia. She received
her undergraduate degree from Okla-
homa State University in 2006 in French
and Business Finance.
After completing her degree in the SIS
program, KyAnna plans to return to
Rwanda to continue work with the Rwan-
dese government in economic develop-
ment policy.
The
Wes and Lou Watkins
and the
Roger L.
Boger
Fellowships are awarded once a year
to graduate students that demonstrate high
academic and leadership achievements. To
apply for the fellowships, contact Donna Bir-
chler at donna.birchler@osktate.edu
Erica Roberts
is a second-semester SIS
student, focusing in International Human
Development, Society and Education.
Erica is originally from Arizona, but
grew up in Pennsylvania. She did her
undergraduate work at the University of
Arizona in Anthropology and Spanish.
After she graduated in 2003, Erica was
in Santiago, Chile Jan. ‘05-June ‘06as a
service missionary for her church.
Upon graduation from the SIS program,
Erica hopes to pursue a career working
either for the government or at the state
level in a humanitarian-related capacity.
Recipients of the Boger and Wes Watkins Fellowships Announced
“Climb For Hope” continued from page 5…
To get a sense of the height of Cotopaxi, imagine the tallest US mountain you’ve seen—Mt. Rainier or one of the Rockies.
These stunning mountains are 14,000+ feet high. Now climb 1,000 - 1,500 feet higher, and you’ve reached the refuge where
we stayed overnight as the last stage in our acclimatization. From there we climbed 4,000 feet, most of it straight up.
Cotopaxi is not a technical climb and so it’s considered a good “beginner” mountain. This means you don’t need technical
rock or ice climbing skills, just major endurance. ... Moving relentlessly up is tough. We all agreed that if climbing at night
weren’t already required for safety on the glacier (during the day snow melts and crevasses open up), it would absolutely be
required psychologically to face the climb. When we descended in daylight, we simply couldn’t believe how endless and
steep the slopes were that we’d climbed in the dark. They would have defeated us in daylight
.
We spent our final evening in Quito at an outdoor café overlooking the city with its pastel colors protected by the majestic
Pichincha mountain. Chris and Dan [climbing guides] handed out 2008 Andean expedition t-shirts, but only after each of us
articulated one lesson we’d take back to our normal lives. We talked about new perspective (“Don’t sweat the small stuff”,
“pace yourself”), but the experience we had all been changed by forever was that of profound trust, trusting our guides and
each other to be there for the other, a fitting lesson for Climb for Hope 2008.”
Laura Willumsen
Team Pittsburgh on the Cotopaxi volcano, Ecuador
Mrs. Willumsen is the senior consultant for TRG, and her husband, Kris, is a professor of Theology at the Wheeling Jesuit
University in West Virginia. They have two sons, Adam and Noah.
*For more information on how to get involved with
Climb For Hope
, or to donate, go to
climbforhope.org
(Team Pittsburgh
site) or
climbforhope.com
Peace Corps
article continued from page 3…
The Peace Corps also recognized their 2008 awardee for the Oklahoma Returned Peace Corps Volun-
teers’ Continued Service Award, Mr. George Derrick. Mr. Derrick was assigned to Brazil from 1962-1963. Out-
side of his service in the Peace Corps, Mr. Derrick has served as a volunteer bus driver for the Disabled Ameri-
can Veterans. He is also an advocate for young volunteer work that promotes strong work ethics and role mod-
els.
The OKRPCV award is given to a current RPCV Oklahoma resident, or to a RPCV that was recruited
from Oklahoma, and that continues to render service in the spirit of the Peace Corps.
(information courtesy of Billie Chambers)
For those interested in local Peace Corps’ monthly events, visit the local Peace Corps page on the SIS website at
www.sois.okstate.edu
And the nominations are…..
April 5th will be the first SAGA “Golden
Globe Awards”. The SAGA executive
board is currently working on planning
the catered dinner for all members of
SAGA and their families. Jinnings Bur-
gess and Jake Peters have promised to
make this a night to remember with won-
derful decorations and a catered gourmet
dinner The “Golden Globes” will be a
fun way for SIS students to celebrate the
school year and most importantly the
accomplishments of our students. Sug-
gested awards have included: recognition
of seniors, 2007-2008 SAGA executive
board members, GA supervisors, the
“BEST” GA, and some fun awards like:
Miss/Mister Golden Globe, Miss/Mister
International, Mrs. International, Best
SAGA Volunteer, the SAGA unsung
hero, Ms. Barbie doll, best dressed
SAGA member, most likely to succeed,
the best looking, the most popular, the
best athlete, most spirited and the biggest
flirt. Janet Herren has volunteered to be
the hostess for the evening and SAGA is
currently looking for additional enter-
tainment. There are many openings for
volunteers for this event. If you have a
special talent, please let us know! We
desperately need a director/producer,
entertainment, and all of you to come
and make this evening some kind of fun.
Student Association of
Global Affairs
“Golden Globes” Awards Show
School of International Studies
Foreign Press Association
Semi-Formal: "Black Tie, Blue Jeans,
Red Carpet"
April 5, 2008
7-9 pm $5.00 per person.
RSVP required
Golden Globe Awards
by Robin Eleazer
SAGA Supports Peace Corps
by Robin Eleazer
According to statistics from the United
Nations the educational system in Hon-
duras is the most backward in all of Cen-
tral America; hardly 32 of every 100
students finish primary school without
repeating grades. Illiteracy encom-
passes more than half a million people
in this country, which is the equivalent of
the entire population between 15 and 40
years old.
In Honduras, in order to
attend secondary school the students
are required to wear a uniform
. For
many students they are unable to afford
a new uniform and therefore cannot
further their education. The average
number of years of schooling in Hondu-
ras is 4.8 years (6.7 in urban areas and
almost 3 in rural areas).
Susan Lorbecki is an OSU/MIP Peace
Corps volunteer in Honduras. Her host
mom is a teacher in the aldeas of Cam-
asca. When the teachers realized what a
low enrollment they had for the upcom-
ing school year they went visiting com-
munities to find out why. What they
found was that the children and the par-
ents wanted the students to go to school,
but the parents could not afford to buy
the required uniforms, notebooks or
even shoes.
For all of you who know Susan it was
only natural that she immediately came
up with an action plan to fundraise for
these children. Working with the teach-
ers she calculated that for each child to
attend school for one year, it would cost
roughly $56, and at least 50 kids had
been identified. A total of $2800 is
needed for students of this village. Al-
though she realized that the amount of
money they needed to raise was tre-
mendous for this tiny Honduras village
she knew that there was a group of
teachers committed to the mission. Im-
mediately the teachers donated $395
and the mayor gave $527 from the mu-
nicipality. Susan states “this still leaves
a chunk, but if we can provide for at
least some of these kids to attend school
this year, that would be great.”
This is where SAGA became involved.
Susan e-mailed and said that a good
SAGA bake sale might do a lot of good!
SAGA donated $100.00 from the general
fund to this project and organized a
bake sale during Peace Corps week.
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE
PEACE CORPS
AND
ELSEWHERE
:
English teachers are needed in bilin-
gual schools in Guatemala for 3
months at a time: no experience
needed; knowledge of Spanish is not a
requirement; room and board, 3
meals/day and transportation are paid
for; *contact Peace Corps volunteer,
Susan Lorbecki, at
lorbuck-
le4@yahoo.com
with questions
The Peace Corps has several Re-
gional Recruiter job openings for
interested returned Peace Corps
students.
More information can be
found at www.peacecorps.gov/
index.cfm?shell=pchq.jobs.pcvac
Work in customer service as a Resort
Hotel Attendant at the Edelweiss
Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Ger-
many for 13 months.
No knowledge of
the German language is required, and
transportation and dorm-style housing
is provided.
For more information,
email ELRinterview@aol.com
SAGA Volunteers at the GPSGA Research Symposium
Something’s Happening in SAGA….
Thanks to everyone that helped out at the last Cultural Dinner! We had a great steak dinner, country dancing,
and a great time! We look forward to seeing you all on
Thursday, March 13th
, at 4:30 for our
St. Patrick’s
Day Cultural Dinner
. We’ll be enjoying green Jell-O, green cake, green salad, lasagna, Guinness beer bread
and drinks,
all for only $5!!
*pictures taken by Robin Eleazer and Erica Roberts
SAGA members Mark Ladwig, Robin Eleazer, Firew Gudero and Pedro Velasco spent last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
volunteering for the 19th annual OSU Graduate College Research Symposium and McNair Research Conference. The confer-
ence featured papers, presentations and posters from all disciplines.
The conference also featured numerous presentations by renowned specialists from across the nation. Dr. Robert B. Cialdini,
gave a public lecture on “The Power of Persuasion” Cialdini is Regents’ Professor of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona
State University and W. P. Carey Distinguished Professor of Marketing. Dr. Andrea G. Hunter an Associate Professor in the
Department of Human Development and Family Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro gave a public lec-
ture on a study of young African American men’s constructions of manhood. Her presentation focused on young men’s reflec-
tions on coming of age and the meanings of father loss. Dr. Hunter received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family
Studies from Cornell University and continued postdoctoral work as a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow in Family
Process and Psychopathology at The University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University.
If you could not attend these events please make a plan to participate next year. This conference is an opportunity to gain
valuable education outside of the classroom and all events are free. If you plan to do a thesis or attend any national conferences
this is a great opportunity to present your research, practice public speaking and gain feedback on your overall presentation. It
is also an opportunity to volunteer to be a moderator which allows you to view and learn about research from many different
disciplines at OSU.
I would rate this experience a 10 and only wish I had participated last year. If you want to make a presentation next year, start
planning now. You can gather additional information at http://www.gradcollege.okstate.edu/events/ressymp/default.htm.
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
1
2
3
National Student
Exchange Program
Seminar, in CLB
119 at 12:30pm;
hosted by the Study
Abroad Office
4
Study Abroad:
Academic Pro-
grams Intl. info.
table, in the SU
from 2-4; Informa-
tional Seminar in
CLB at 4:30;
Peace Corps Info
Session
5
SIS: Women’s Business
Leadership Conference
in Tulsa
General Study Abroad
Information Session, in
CLB 121 at 4:30pm;
Freeman Asia Summer
‘08 application due
Enrollment for Fall starts
6
7
8
9
10
11
Grad Fair at the SU,
12-6pm; more info:
gradfair.okstate.edu
12
Career Services: Inter-
viewing & Salary Nego-
tiation Workshop; at OSU
-Tulsa in Room 12 at
1pm
Fulbright Grant Work-
shop in BUS 123 at
7pm; hosted by the
Study Abroad Office
Grad Fair at SU, 10-4pm
13
SAGA:
St. Patrick’s
Day
Cultural Dinner
in WWC at 4:30pm
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
30
24
SIS: Intl. Student
Awareness Day
at the Capitol
in OKC,
9am
31
25
26
Study Abroad Informa-
tion table at the SU,
10am-2pm, followed
by Study Abroad
Seminar in CLB 301 at
4:30pm
SIS’ Mexico Liaison
Office Info Session at
WWC, 12pm
27
SIS: Global Brief-
ing—Dr. Lloyd
Lewan
Study Abroad: Phi
Beta Delta Annual
Meeting
28
29
March 2008
SPRING BREAK!!!
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
1
2
Study Abroad:
Fulbright Grant
Program Workshop
in BUS 123 at
12:3ppm; General
Study Abroad Info
Session in CLB 121
at 4:30pm
3
4
5
SAGA Golden Globe
Awards and $5
Semi-Formal,
"Black Tie, Blue
Jeans, Red Carpet"
dinner at 7pm
6
7
National Student
Exchange Informa-
tion Session in CLB
119 at 4:30pm;
hosted by the
Study Abroad Office
8
9
10
11
12
SAGA Party
13
14
15
Study Abroad:
Gilman Scholarship
for Fall ‘08 Applica-
tion due and Na-
tional Student
Exchange Informa-
tion table in the SU
from 10am-2pm
16
17
18
Last day to drop
Spring 2008
classes
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Reciprocal Ex-
change Student
Party at 3pm
(place TBD);
hosted by the
Study Abroad
Office
26
27
28
FINALS START!
29
30
April 2008