You don’t need to tell Kris Ventura it’s a small world. The Oklahoma State University senior was living it each day he walked into his Corporate Social Responsibility class during the fall semester. The 22-year-old was born in Mexico, spent most of his teenage years in Norway and has already traveled to nearly 30 countries, but he was caught off guard when clinical assistant professor of management Jose Sagarnaga began sharing about his background in class.
He was surprised to learn the OSU professor earned his doctorate degree from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), a private university located in Puebla, Mexico – where Ventura was born and raised, and still considers home.
After class a few days later, Ventura approached Sagarnaga, sharing with him – while speaking Spanish (one of three languages he speaks fluently) – that he grew up in Puebla. A friendship was born as the two connected on a number of issues, including reminiscing about their time in Puebla before Sagarnaga, a fan of OSU’s golf program, realized that Ventura was a member of the Cowboys nationally ranked men’s golf team.
Scott Warren with Generation Citizen recently visited the Spears School of Business to discuss the possibility of collaborative efforts to empower young people across the United States to become engaged and effective citizens.
Warren, chief executive officer of Generation Citizen, met with students, faculty and staff in Spears Business, including the Department of Management and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship. His passion for the importance of youth political engagement stems from his experience growing up abroad.
Warren co-founded the organization at Brown University with fellow student Anna Nina during their senior year. He has worked the last seven years to build GC’s programming and expand civics engagement throughout the U.S. The group works to ensure that every student in the nation receives an effective civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the democracy as active citizens.
Babak Taheri from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland recently met with Spears School of Business administration and faculty to discuss increasing the collaboration between the two institutions.
Spears Business currently has three exchange students from Heriot Watt and usually sends a couple students per year to the school’s campus in Edinburgh, where OSU students get to experience of living in an amazing city.
Babak also had a meeting with Mike Schuster, assistant professor of legal studies in Spears Business, to discuss potential visits to their campus in Scotland during the Study Abroad program from the CAGLE Department. Babak also met with Marlys Mason, Kevin Voss and Jose Sagarnaga to discuss research collaboration and reciprocal exchange student support with the intention to further the existing relationship between the two universities.
A group of Oklahoma State University Entrepreneurship students and faculty were able to experience the history of Israel, including visiting the Wailing Wall and the city of Jerusalem, in a history-making study abroad trip sponsored by the Spears School of Business in March.
Spears study abroad program, now called the Center for Advanced Global Leadership and Engagement (CAGLE), has been sending students on study abroad trips for 25 years, but this was the first time a group traveled to Israel. Continue Reading
Cuba, Israel, Dublin, and Paris are first-time
spring break destinations for CAGLE Study Abroad trips
Nearly 200 Oklahoma State University students will be participating during spring break in six Study Abroad Programs through the Center for Advanced Global Leadership and Engagement (CAGLE) at the Spears School of Business, including trips for the first time ever to Cuba, Israel, Dublin, and Paris.
A group of 25 students will be joining professors Federico Aime and José Sagarnaga in making the first Spears School trip to Cuba on March 12-20. Students will be re-discovering Cuba and will have the unique opportunity to visit the country before tourism and openness to the world reshapes its culture and lifestyle. Continue Reading
This past Friday, Oklahoma State University welcomed Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu of India. Sandhu was hosted by OSU’s Center for Advanced Global Leadership and Engagement (CAGLE) as a part of the Watson Graduate School of Management’s Professional Development course to speak to the OSU community about U.S.- Indo relations.
Sandhu is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India in Washington, D.C. He was appointed in 2013. Before being named deputy chief of mission, Sandhu was the Consul General of India in Frankfurt for two years.
In addressing OSU students, Sandhu said there are strong educational ties between the United States and India. He said there are currently “about 134,000 Indian students in the United States pursuing advance degrees and spending $5 billion dollars in tuition fees in the United States universities.”
Sandhu also addressed that the educational ties do not just benefit Indian students. “Around 5,000 U.S. students are enrolled in educational institutions of excellence in India,” said Sandhu. Continue Reading
Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of India in the United States, will be visiting Oklahoma State University on Friday as a guest speaker in Spears School of Business professor Ajay Sukhdial’s Professional Development course for MBA students.
The event is scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Wes Watkins Center and is open to the OSU community. Ambassador Sandhu will speak about Indo-U.S. relations in the 21st Century.
A reception will be held after the event to welcome Ambassador Sandhu in the Wes Watkins Center’s registration area from 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Sandhu has been the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India in Washington, D.C., since 2013. Before assuming the position, Sandhu was the Consul General of India in Frankfurt, Germany for two years.
A group of Spears School of Business students recently traveled to Oregon as part of a summer travel course, Pioneering Portland. Through the course, the students completed a project designed to assess the value to consumers’ associated with the sustainability initiatives at Van Duzer Vineyards, owned by Oklahoma State University alumni Carl Thoma and his wife, Marilynn.
Van Duzer Vineyards, located in Dallas, Oregon, is a LIVE certified winery and vineyard that is Salmon Safe. The LIVE element looks at how the grapes are grown and the wine is produced, while the Salmon Safe element manages chemicals that are used to prevent them entering the ecosystem and endangering salmon. Van Duzer posed this question to students, “Do customers value sustainability, specifically LIVE and Salmon Safe?”
The students did research before the trip began in order to better understand the industry and get background information about the winery. They gathered information about the market, conducted surveys, analyzed social media presence, and looked at competitors.
Students and a faculty member from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China are traveling to Stillwater this week. The nine Sun Yat-sen graduate students, along with nine Spears School of Business graduate students, are collaborating on a semester-long corporate strategy consulting project through the Spears School’s study abroad exchange program.
The Sun Yat-sen students will present their final presentation on Thursday, July 30, on the Stillwater campus.
The Oklahoma State University and Sun Yat-sen students were assigned a project that required them to analyze the Chinese healthcare market to look for ways that PreferUS Healthcare could bring US medical practices to patients in China. The students will present their final proposals to the PreferUS Executive Team.
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has selected a team of Oklahoma State University faculty, including Craig Watters with the School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business, to lead a $513,000 grant project to help aspiring entrepreneurs in three African nations.
Watters, interim director of the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School, will work in partnership with Dwayne Cartmell, Craig Edwards and Shelly Sitton in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership, and Shida Henneberry in the Department of Agricultural Economics to conduct the interdisciplinary exchange program in 2013-2014.
The project’s broad aim is to create professional relationships and learning experiences between U.S. entrepreneurs and mid-level, up-and-coming entrepreneurs from Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. To help empower aspiring entrepreneurs through the project, 24 selected African Fellows will participate in a two-way educational exchange in spring and fall 2014.
“We are excited about this grant whose core is about entrepreneurship and business. We are also excited to forge new relationships with the agriculture school,” said Watters. “Our students and entrepreneur network now will have more avenues to connect and grow. We look forward to this initiative constituting the beginnings of new research, courses, study abroad initiatives sponsored by the Riata Center and School of Entrepreneurship, and moving our students out into the world.”
James Pappas, associate professor and Ph.D. coordinator for the Department of Management in the Spears School of Business, was awarded the International Education Faculty Excellence Award at the University Awards Convocation on Tuesday.
The University Awards Convocation recognizes outstanding achievements of faculty, staff and administration at Oklahoma State University.
Pappas is being awarded for his work in engaging students in a variety of study abroad and travel program opportunities through the Spears School. In the past four years, Pappas has led more than 100 students through programs in five countries – England, France, Mexico, Costa Rica and Greece. He is currently planning a new program in Germany for the summer of 2013.
Are you or someone you know interested in spending winter or spring break in an exciting United States city or foreign country while earning college credit hours? Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business offers its students many study abroad opportunities during these short breaks from school.
Although the European study abroad programs in Spain and Italy are full, the Spears School of Business still has availabilities in our Latin America and U.S. programs.
This winter break, students can earn up to three credit hours while studying and traveling to Washington, D.C., with Bryan Finch, visiting professor in the Department of Management, teaching the course.
The Spears School of Business will recognize some of its most distinguished alumni at the annual Hall of Fame banquet on Nov. 16 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater.
Three Oklahoma State University alumni will be inducted into the Spears School Hall of Fame and four others will be honored as Outstanding Young Alumni.
Roger Cagle, Joseph Eastin and Tiffany Sewell-Howard will be honored for their successful careers and contributions to OSU as the 2012 inductees into the Spears School Hall of Fame. The Outstanding Young Alumni award recipients will be Sara Brown, Matt Jeffery, Daniel Roe and Taylor Shinn.
The Spears School of Business offers its students many opportunities to study abroad while earning college credit hours. This spring break, students can earn up to three credit hours while studying in Spain.
In this fascinating study abroad course, students will explore Barcelona and discover the benefits and drawbacks of current European Union monetary policies. Students will have class time in the mornings, go on professional visits in the afternoon, and have free time over the weekend and evenings. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business offers its students year-round opportunities to study abroad while earning up to three credit hours. This spring break, one of these courses takes place in Italy.
This exciting study abroad course is designed to give students a “Fast and Furious” introduction to Italian culture, language and environment. Students will visit various organizations in Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Pompei and Sorrento to learn the business practices of Italy, and will have the opportunity to sight-see and experience the leisure side of the Italian culture. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University MBA students are expanding their way of thinking and stretching their potential as they prepare to make a difference in the business world. But little did they realize what that really meant when they enrolled in associate professor Scott Johnson’s Master’s of Business Administration corporate strategy class this spring.
The 10 OSU students agreed to participate in a project in which they partnered with 10 MBA students from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. The students from OSU and Sun Yat-sen were given the task of looking for ways that The Charles Machine Works (CMW), Inc., could expand its worldwide presence, and present their findings to the Perry, Okla.-based company’s executives.
The OSU students and Johnson traveled to China to meet with their counterparts during Spring Break in March. The Chinese students made a return trip to Oklahoma State University the last week of April, at which time three groups of students were able to present their proposals to The Charles Machine Works executive team.