OSLEP seminar, lecture to be held at Northwestern March 10

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OSLEP seminar, lecture to be held at Northwestern March 10

February 27, 2009

Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program (OSLEP) of the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education will sponsor a lecture to be held at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the Education Center in room 109.

The public is encouraged to attend this lecture titled “Costa Rica: The Improbable Democracy.”

A five-day seminar for previously enrolled OSLEP students titled “Neo-Liberal Reform and the International Monetary Fund in Latin America” begins Wednesday, March 11. The sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon, and again from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Student Center Ranger Room.

During the seminar, 10 Northwestern students and other students from across the state will study a series of national case studies reflecting the reform process in a variety of economic and political circumstances, mainly in Latin America.

The visiting scholar, Dr. Mario Carvajal, a retired professor of political science/public administration at the University of Costa Rica, will speak on the topic. Carvajal will utilize his extensive experience at the highest levels of the Costa Rican government. He was a very influential man during the International Monetary Fund's reform process in Costa Rica.

“The selection of the topic is scholar-driven,” J.W. Platt, instructor of history, said. “The visiting scholar picks the topic with the approval of OSLEP, based on grades, background and professor recommendations.”

“Having the OSLEP seminar at Northwestern is an honor,” Platt said. “I saw the opportunity to bring it to Northwestern and worked for almost two years to get to this point.”

“It takes a strong proposal and availability of the correct scholar; however, it can be done by any Northwestern faculty member who is willing to do the work.”

OSLEP is a program for elite students in the Oklahoma university system. Students must apply for admission to OSLEP, and once approved, enroll at their home university. Attending the seminar are students from various universities within the state system.

Sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who hold a cumulative 3.0 grade point average are urged to contact Sheila Brintnall, on-site OSLEP representative, at (580) 327-8582 or skbrintnall@nwosu.edu to apply for future OSLEP programs.