Five students from Oklahoma’s regional universities have been designated Brad Henry International Scholars and are spending the fall semester participating in an international study and internship program at Swansea University in Wales.
Susannah Awopeju, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford; Brandon Jackiewicz, Cameron University, Lawton; Carolyn Jones, Langston University, Langston; Elaina Ross, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah; and Kasey Zibton, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, were chosen by their institutions for the international study program, which was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in June 2008.
The State Regents provide a $10,000 stipend for students selected to participate in semester-long study or research programs affiliated with Swansea University. Academic credit for these programs will be awarded by Oklahoma regional universities.
“These students have distinguished themselves both academically and by their character and leadership at their individual institutions,” Chancellor Glen D. Johnson said. “We have numerous examples of how a study-abroad experience can change the lives of students. We will look forward to these students returning to Oklahoma with their own experiences and sharing with their campuses what they have learned.”
Jackiewicz is participating in the internship with the National Assembly for Wales. He currently studies criminal justice with a minor in psychology at Cameron. After graduation, he hopes to further his education in homeland security or law and to pursue a career in public service. Jackiewicz has received the Cameron University Academic Merit Scholarship. He has also been on the Dean’s and President’s honor rolls.
Awopeju, Jones, Ross and Zibton are participating in the study-abroad program at Swansea University.
Awopeju is studying political science at SWOSU. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she hopes to attend law school to study international law with a focus on human rights. In the future, Awopeju would like to serve as a district attorney in Oklahoma and eventually work for the U.S. Department of State.
Jones is a junior studying special education at Langston. Once she obtains her bachelor’s degree, she will work toward her master’s in urban education and then a doctorate in special education administration. Jones believes that every child deserves to have a teacher who genuinely cares about his or her academic success, and she hopes to one day serve as a special educator in an urban, socioeconomically disadvantaged school district.
Ross is double majoring in English and history at NSU with the goal of becoming an English teacher in France. She has a 4.0 GPA and has been on the President’s Honor Roll for the last three semesters.
Zibton graduated in May 2009 from NWOSU with a bachelor’s in biology. Her overall academic goals are to obtain her master’s in athletic training and doctorate of physical therapy. In the future, Zibton would like to open her own physical therapy clinic. She has served as the president of the Biology Club at NWOSU and was on the Vice President’s Honor Roll.
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Brandon Jackiewicz, Cameron University, Kasey Zibton, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Carolyn Jones, Langston University, Susannah Awopeju, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and Elaina Ross, Northeastern State University, Gov. Brad Henry International Scholars, are congratulated by Dr. Raquel Schmitz, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Gov. Henry, Pres. Don Betz, NSU, and Dr. Don Davis, Office of the Governor.