Read about Prof. Kristin Yarris and her research on Central American immigrants, featured on Around the O!
It was wet but certainly memorable!
Nearly 150 undergraduate and graduate students braved the elements to receive their diplomas on Monday, June 16th as their friends and families looked on. Professor Stephen Wooten stepped in to emcee the ceremony, while IS professors Kathie Carpenter, Derrick Hindery, Angela Joya, and Kristin Yarris hooded the grads, and handed diploma covers to undergrads.
Musicians from the local Javanese Gamelan Siri Pandhawa provided ambient music, as well as a featured piece “Lagu Penghijauan” by K.R.T. Wasitodiningrat during the ceremony. Graduate Student Samantha Gammons and Undergraduate Gian Luca Gamberini both gave memorable speeches recounting memories of their experience and expressing as sense of optimism and excitement for the future. Our featured alumni commencement speaker, Liesl Messerschmidt (BA, 1996), gave a wonderful and inspiring speech, in addition.
Unfortunately, what started out as a promising day in terms of weather, the sunshine turned quickly to Oregon rain showers during the speeches.
Graduates (and guests) persevered under umbrellas, plastic ponchos and programs, and quickly accepted their degrees before seeking shelter from the downpour. The remaining guests and grads enjoyed a reprieve from the rain and were treated to a variety of international snacks and celebratory cake at a reception following.
Read the commencement speeches here!
Dear International Studies Community,
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Derrick Hindery has just been informed that he will be promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in September 2014. This well-deserved recognition and promotion is a result of his dedication to research, teaching, and active engagement at the University of Oregon and with many other communities worldwide. I can say, on behalf of the Department of International Studies, it is a great pleasure having Derrick as a colleague.
Anita M. Weiss, Professor and Head
Department of International Studies
University of Oregon
The Department of International Studies is pleased to offer several exciting INTL courses for Summer Session.
Reminder for INTL majors and prospective majors:
For Summer 2014, the department is offering courses that fulfill the Preparatory 101 Requirement, INTL Core Courses, Block B courses, in addition to upper-division courses with special topics that can be applied to your major requirements. Check with the undergraduate advisors if you have questions about which of these can fill the blocks A, B and C of your major planner.
The Department of International Studies is pleased to offer an exclusive scholarship opportunity to current INTL undergraduate majors this term. Click the hyperlinks to download the application PDFs.
Judy Fosdick Oliphant Scholarship
Award funds are intended to help offset the costs associated for INTL Majors at the UO who are planning to complete their overseas requirement within the next 12 months.
Application Deadline for this scholarship opportunity is Friday, February 14, 2014. Completed applications must be received no later than 5pm at the INTL office 175 PLC.
For more information, please see the undergraduate coordinator in 175 PLC.
Other UO Award Opportunities:
Call for Applications
The Global Oregon Initiative invites UO undergraduate students to apply for one of ten $500 research awards offered to support global education experiences (study abroad, international internships, international research opportunities).
Global Oregon is a university-wide strategic initiative to enhance internationalization in the student experience, in research, and in our outreach to the state and the world. Like all strategic initiatives, it blurs the boundaries among teaching, research, and community service.
Global Oregon is deliberately cross-regional and interdisciplinary, drawing together UO expertise on every world region and from many academic domains to address truly global challenges and to internationalize the student experience, and by extension, the state.
Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:
- 1) Clarity and effectiveness of project presentation
- 2) Potential to advance the professional and intellectual development of the student
- 3) Applicant’s demonstrated academic success
- 4) Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated financial need (e.g. Pell grant eligibility, Pathways Oregon, etc.)
- 5) Contribution to UO internationalization and to the overall Global Oregon mission
Applicants should submit a 2-page narrative proposal, including a description of the proposed activity, an explanation of the importance of the activity to the student’s academic and professional goals, a proposed timeline, and a summary of anticipated expenses. Include a resume (2 pages, max.), UO academic transcript, and the name and contact information for the applicant’s academic adviser.
Applications should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org [subject line: First Name_Last Name Global Oregon Graduate Research Award Application].
Deadline: Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The recipients will be announced in late April.
Questions: Please contact Sheila Bong, Global Studies Institute program director (see email above)
Drop In Advising Hours for Winter Term 2014-
Monday 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Department of International Studies is pleased to announce that our next Brown Bag event will be on Friday, November 8th, from 11am-noon in PLC 348, and will feature INTL recent graduate and current instructor Jessica Cavas. Her presentation is entitled “Reflections from the Field: Towards Determining the Effectiveness of Community-led Responses to Domestic Violence in Rural India.”
Jessica received a concurrent M.A. degree in International Studies and PPPM last spring, and is currently teaching INTL 399 “Education and Development”. She returned in March from 14 months in South Asia where she conducted fieldwork on the impact of a domestic violence intervention programs in rural India. Jessica will be returning to India at the end of this term where she plans to work with a local NGO on projects related to program monitoring and evaluation.
This will be a wonderful opportunity for graduate students who are just beginning to plan their upcoming research projects to gain some practical insight through the experiences of one of their peers. We also hope that those who have already completed their research and are currently drafting their thesis will be able to compare and contrast their own experiences with Jessica’s, as well as learn more about the thesis completion process. In addition to presenting her research findings and conclusions, Jessica will also share lessons and reflections related to her adaptation to life in India, as well as her realization that the project she had originally arrived to do was not feasible.