Entries by John VanPool

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OKGIT July 2019 meeting summary

The below is a general summary of the events and discussion at the July 2019 OKGIT meeting. It does not represent the official minutes, which will be distributed at a later date. OKGIT Executive Director Jared Scism talked about updates made to www.okgit.com to be more mobile-friendly, adding an upcoming events tab and dividing the members section by what […]

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May 2019 meeting summary

The below is a general summary of the events and discussion at the May 2019 OKGIT meeting. It does not represent the official minutes, which will be distributed at a later date. The decision of the hiring committee to hire Jared Scism as the executive director was affirmed by the group. Treasurer Randy Kellogg discussed […]

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Stitt issues commendation for International Student Recognition Day to OKGIT

Governor Kevin Stitt issued a gubernatorial citation to the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team for its role in organizing the 2019 International Student Recognition Day at the state capitol. The OKGIT partnered with Representative Mark McBride to bring more than 40 students from around the globe who attend Oklahoma higher education institutions to see the state […]

OKGIT names Scism as new Executive Director

The Oklahoma Governor’s International Team today announces that Jared Scism will serve as executive director effective May 1, 2019, on a part-time basis. Currently, Scism serves as the Assistant Director of the International House and Programs at the University of Central Oklahoma. He is the co-founder and president of the Japan-America Society of Oklahoma, a member of the Edmond Sister Cities Board and former president of the World Experiences Foundation.

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OKGIT Celebrates International Student Recognition Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol

What looked unlikely a few months ago came to fruition on April 3 as international students from universities across Oklahoma joined Governor Kevin Stitt, Secretary for Native American Affairs Lisa Billy and more than a dozen state legislators for International Student Recognition Day at the Capitol. Former State Legislator Travis Dunlap was the point person […]

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Governor’s International Team hosts Oklahoma International Trade Representative Reception

Trade representatives from nine countries met with Oklahoma government and business leaders ahead of the 2019 World Trade Conference at the Oklahoma International Trade Representative Reception on April 2. The event, hosted and organized by the Oklahoma Governor International Team using funding from the Oklahoma Business Roundtable and CCK Strategies, brought more than 100 people […]

OKGIT March 2019 Meeting Summary

The below is a general summary of the events and discussion at the March 2019 OKGIT meeting. It does not represent the official minutes, which will be distributed at a later date. The meeting opened with an introduction by Shalon Simmons, who will be the featured speaker at the May 2019 OKGIT meeting. Her program […]

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StitchCrew seeks Oklahoma companies interested in trade, investment and R&D with Canada

The deadline is closing soon, but if you’re an Oklahoma-based company in search of a stable market with solid partnership opportunities, look north to our largest trade partner. StitchCrew is working with the government of Canada to identify 10 U.S. companies interested in exploring investment, trade or R&D opportunities with Canadian firms. No sectors are […]

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20th & 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium held in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City played host to the 36th annual 20th & 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium on March 14-16, 2019, with organizing efforts from staff and students at three Oklahoma universities assisting in its production. The University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma and University of Tulsa helped prepare and organize the event, […]

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TPA Brexit Intelligence Brief: 12 March 2019

Brexit is in the air, and information on the proceedings comes quick and fast. Ireland-based TPA Research issues a weekly brief on all things EU, and they have up-to-date information on what Oklahoma exporters and their EU-based partners need to know. Check out their Monday morning Week Ahead here. More highlights in their up-to-the-minute brief […]