Global Education News

March 2014 Humphrey Fellow Visits Tulsa Community College

Dr. Douglas Price

Dean, Global & Engaged Learning

The week before spring break, Fikile Mdluli visited Tulsa Community College. Fikile is a Senior Inspector for Mathematics in the Ministry of Education and Training in Swaziland where she conducts teacher training workshops, chairs the curriculum review committee, and ensures quality mathematics education standards. She is passionate about improving the current state of mathematics education in Swaziland and as a Humphrey Fellow, intends to further her knowledge about mathematics education and teaching methods for second language learners. Upon returning to Swaziland, Fikile hopes to influence policy in order to develop pathways to produce more teachers trained in mathematics and to enrich the mathematics curriculum.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries undergoing development or political transition.  The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector. The Humphrey Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellows' home countries. The Program offers Fellows valuable opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans and their counterparts from many nations. Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded annually. Eighteen major universities in the United States host Humphrey Fellows. These host universities are chosen for their excellence in the Program's designated fields of study and for the resources and support they offer Humphrey Fellows [see].

When asked what Fikile would like to accomplish while at Tulsa Community College, she said “What I would like to know about Tulsa is the following:

·         Administration structure

·         Description of the Training programs

·         How do you work with schools if at all?

·         Description of a community institution

·         How do you work with satellite institutions?

·         How does Tulsa measure the success of her programs?

·         Does the institution have a tracer program in place to see what happens to their graduates?

·         Do you have external links (globally who are your partners)? What are your interests in professional exchange programs and student exchange programs?

·         How strong is the research aspect of the institution?

·         What is the source of revenue for the institution?

·         Special Education issues (what is the institution doing about this?)

·         I would also like to visit both educational and memorable places of interest in the area, one or two schools that work with the institution, with in-service department, with the Service learning program”


Connecting with several faculty, staff and administration, Fikile accomplished her objectives.  In a following up email, Fikile wrote to me saying, “I would like to take this time to thank you for hosting me. It was a real pleasure meeting all of you and learning what goes on at Tulsa on a day to day basis. I am grateful to Dr. Price for making the connection with IIE (International Institute for Education) to have Humphrey Fellows come over to the Tulsa Community College to learn from the esteemed staff. I do hope that this will not be "Hello and Goodbye"!  I hope that we will continue to keep in touch and to learn from one another in one way or the other… I hope that I will not be the first and last Humphrey Fellow you host at Tulsa Community College. It was a great learning experience for me which I wish could be extended to other Fellows.”

Of specific mention was Fikile’s opportunity to meet with Joshua Baker, Assistant Professor, and Developmental Mathematics & MathPath-Faculty Team Leader - Metro Campus. Josh told me that, “During our visit Fikile asked me to come to Swaziland to work with the teachers at two underperforming schools.  I told her that I am more than willing to do so. I look forward to creating and moving forward in the relationship opportunity TCC has with Swaziland’s Ministry of Education.  Meeting Fikile was such an honor.  It was so exciting to meet with the Senior-Inspector of Mathematics from Swaziland.  Sharing my experiences from Uganda with her and seeing her excitement made me want to go to Swaziland. And then she asked me to!  I look forward to meeting her again.”

Tulsa Community College is connected to the Humphrey Fellow Program through our membership in the Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) organization.  CCID’s goal is to assist member colleges in developing their international presence and awareness through strategic partnering in the international community.  TCC was one of seven community colleges to receive Humphrey Fellows this academic year.


May 2010 Resolution Passes Supporting Study Abroad in Oklahoma

From left to right: Dr. Doug Price, Representative Shane Jett, and Diana Klinghagen

From left to right: Dr. Doug Price, Representative Shane Jett, and Diana Klinghagen.

On Wednesday, May 26, 2010 several International Education Directors from around the state of Oklahoma met in the House Lounge at the Oklahoma State Capitol to celebrate the passing of the Study Abroad Resolution and Urging Congress to Pass the Simon Act Resolution. Diana Klinghagen, International Student Counselor and Dr. Doug Price, Dean of Global Education, were able to attend and share in the significance of this event. Essentially, the Resolution communicates the House of Representatives' acknowledgement for the increased need for student abroad among our student population as one means to better prepare students for the global workplace of today and tomorrow. Kudos was given to Representative Shane Jett for championing the Resolution and arguing on the House Floor for its passing. Some may not know that study abroad in Oklahoma ranks 49th in the United States in sending domestic students abroad to receive an education.  Resolutions of this nature will help to send a message to Congress to pass the Simon Study Abroad Act making international education a cornerstone of USA education and give opportunities to students who could never afford or dream of attending study abroad programs (especially community colleges) an opportunity and to visit new destinations such as emerging countries to broaden America’s understanding of the world.

2010 TCC Student Accepted to Attend Westminster University in London England

Sara Goswick

TCC student Sara Goswick was recently accepted to attend Westminster University in London England. She will be participating in this study abroad program for one full academic year. Sara will focus on English studies full-time and then transfer back to TCC next summer. This opportunity is made possible through cooperative efforts of International Studies Abroad (ISA) and TCC's Office of global Education. ISA is a study abroad provider with 18 destination countries that encompass 35 distinct and exciting cities. ISA works closely with colleges and universities abroad to help provide students with a study abroad experience that is academically challenging and culturally rewarding. 

For more information, please contact the Office of Global Education at (918) 595-7851 or email

 Interview with Study Abroad Faculty Dr. David Ruskoski

David and students in front of the Colosseum in Rome

David and students in front of the Colosseum in Rome

Over Spring break, Dr. David Ruskoski, Assistant Professor of History at NEC, took TCC students to Europe.  The Office of Global Education (OGE) sat down with Dave and asked a few questions.  Please read below to find Dave's answers.

OGE: Where all did you go and what were some specific cities that you (and your students really enjoyed)

DAVID: We visited London, Paris, Florence and Rome.  Each day of our trip had the "Wow" factor.  From seeing the British Parliament and Big Ben one day, to the next day seeing the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum that has the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.  The students really enjoyed everything, but seeing Notre Dame and the St. Peter's Basilica that has the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo was very special.

OGE: What eye opening experiences did your students have .... any "a ha" moments?

DAVID: When we visited the Eiffel Tower on a cool evening in Paris, the view was so spectacular that everyone seemed to be overwhelmed by the experience.

OGE:  Would you repeat the spring break study abroad experience or attempt it in May?

DAVID: International travel is very important to me, so I would definitely repeat the spring break trip.  This allows me to go like a student on one of the trips planned by one of my fellow professors.  I even plan on going on a trip to Japan this year.

OGE.: How would you encourage other faculty to go.  What are the advantages, etc.?

DAVID:This is my second year teaching full-time at TCC and I just completed second study abroad trip. Both trips have been the best travel experiences of my life.  It has enhanced my understanding of other cultures and made me a better professor.  I include images of myself at historical sites in my lectures.  This year I gave a campus-wide presentation about my trip last year to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic and I already have plans for giving another presentation next year about the trip I just completed.  I would encourage all my colleagues to either lead a trip or go on one like a student.  It is a tremendous learning experience and on both trips I have made very good friends with instructors from other institutions.

OGE:Anything else you would like to add.........

DAVID:I have used EF Tours on both of my trips and I have been very satisfied.  The trips have been very well planned and the professional tour guides have exceptional.  

International Scholarship Program Recipient Announced                                                    



TCC's first Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program award recipient














TCC now has its first Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program award recipient. Since the inception of the Gilman Scholarship Program in 2001, 18,960 applications have been received and 4,728 scholarships have been awarded to students participating in study abroad programs. The Gilman Scholarship Program seeks to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Specifically, the Gilman Program offers scholarships for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Christopher Cooper is our first TCC award winner and has won a $5,000 scholarship to help defray the costs of his continued studies of the Japanese language in Nagoya, Aichi Japan.

For more information about study abroad (1-2 semesters) please contact the Office of Global Education at 595-7851 or email

To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship, please click here