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Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014

Oklahoma State University offers employment law course

Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014

(STILLWATER, Okla., December 11, 2014) – Expanding an already comprehensive paralegal training program, Oklahoma State University has added a new seven-week online certificate course in employment law to start in January.

The online certification course is offered through the Correspondence Education Department at OSU in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies (CLS). The center has been providing flexible and affordable paralegal training courses since 1980.

Employment law is a branch of contract law that deals with relationships between employers and employees. The course will cover statutes such as the National Labor Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, and other various statutes dealing with public employees. Topics to be included are master and servant, wages and hours, anti-discrimination in employment and minimum wages and maximum hours, as well as regulation of working conditions.

Participants will demonstrate the following skills through successful completion of all required coursework and assignments:

  • Discuss the roots of the master-servant relationship.
  • Distinguish employment from independent contracting.
  • Distinguish employment at will from wrongful discharge.
  • Identify torts that can be brought against employers.
  • Examine discrimination in hiring.
  • Discuss accommodation in working conditions.
  • Identify labor organizations.
  • Discuss unfair labor practices.
  • Examine the structure of the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act.
  • Identify constitutional protections against discrimination.
  • Discuss disability discrimination and accommodations.
  • Examine age discrimination in hiring and in retirement.

CLS remains the most budget-friendly paralegal training program in the country.

“Our primary goal is to provide comprehensive, practical, training for adult students to help them transition into new careers or obtain a promotion,” says Stephanie Elio, director of business development for CLS.

Paralegal skills are in strong demand and provide jobs in law firms, banking, insurance, government, military, real estate, healthcare, non-profit corporations, sole proprieties, education and auto dealerships.

Courses are both affordable and flexible. Adult students can position themselves for a career as a paralegal in 14 weeks for only $1,289. Visit www.legalstudies.com for textbook and registration information.

The online delivery system is easy to navigate and manage. Busy students are able to manage their own time, as instructors post assignments, readings and topics for discussion at the beginning of each week. The Paralegal Certificate Course is what today’s students want – anywhere, anytime learning.

Other courses available include an advanced paralegal certificate, victim advocacy, mediation, legal nurse consultant, legal secretary, legal investigator, advanced legal research and writing, intellectual property for engineers and many test prep courses. Students interested in more information about the programs offered by The Center for Legal Studies can visit their website www.legalstudies.com or call 1-800-522-7737.

To see a full list of classes offered through CE visit the website: ce.okstate.edu.

CONTACT: Katie Reim Sewell | International Studies and Outreach | 405-744-2507 | katie.sewell@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all. As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. As America’s Healthiest Campus, OSU is committed to the health and well-being of its students, employees and the community. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated around 255,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

CASNR’s Henneberry becoming an internationally known household name

Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Director of Oklahoma State University’s Master of International Agriculture Degree Program, Shida Henneberry, has made a name for herself by advising students, earning grant dollars, leading study abroad courses and committing herself to the students of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Dr. a Henneberry Her dedication was most recently recognized by her selection as a 2014 recipient of the Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences. The U.S. Department of Agriculture national award is given annually to two university faculty for their use of innovative teaching methods and service to students.

“It’s often said that when you are around great people, it makes your best personal qualities come forward,” Henneberry said. “I attribute this award to the level of greatness of our students.”

Henneberry is the first OSU faculty member to receive this prestigious honor, which was presented at the 127th Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Annual Meeting.

“Shida Henneberry is an outstanding teacher. She has received 17 awards and honors for her teaching including recognition for her undergraduate teaching and advising, her graduate teaching and advising and her teaching scholarship,” said Cynda Clary, CASNR associate dean. “Dr. Henneberry has been important to our program in numerous ways, but it’s especially significant to note her efforts on behalf of graduate students.”

Using an integrated approach to teaching, Henneberry brings her discipline-based research into her classroom and conducts research on teaching. She aims to foster critical thinking by teaching the fundamental tools of economic analysis and the skills to employ those tools to analyze real world economic events.

Laura Carolina Pedraza Robles, who earned a doctorate in agricultural economics from OSU in 2012, recalled a particular course about international agriculture trade policy, where Henneberry was able to take the extremely complex theoretical models and convert them to easily understood and applied concepts.

“Through the use of real life examples, student participation in class and current events applications, she allowed the class to see past sometimes abstract theories to the heart of the concept,” Robles said. “After she developed in us the understanding of how and why these concepts worked, comprehending the theory behind them came as second nature.”

The ability to take the classroom material and apply it to real world situations is of upmost importance to Henneberry.

“I believe that students’ active participation is a key to learning and I search for ways to include active learning strategies into my classes,” she said. “I think we learn best when we can relate to what is taught. In my classes, I search for ways to help my students connect to the material.”

During her nearly 30 years of service to OSU, Henneberry also has mentored 33 international visiting scholars and post-doctoral researchers, 155 master’s students and 20 Ph.D. students.

“As a graduate advisor, Dr. Henneberry gives her students considerable freedom, but holds them to a high standard. Her students have successfully published their work in agricultural economics journals and have found employment as agricultural economists,” said Wade Brorsen, Regents professor and A.J. and Susan Jacques Chair. “Her record of service to students in the international area is clearly outstanding.”

In addition to her teaching and advising efforts, Henneberry has authored 61 peer reviewed journal articles; 14 books, book chapters and bulletins; and numerous conference proceedings and popular press articles during her career. An aggressive grant writer, as well, she has garnered nearly $1.4 million from numerous groups and organizations for her work.

Under Henneberry’s direction for the past three years, MIAP’s enrollment has nearly doubled.

She has received many awards including the 2010 Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the Oklahoma House of Representatives Outstanding Oklahoma Educator. She is an honorary initiate of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, and in 2011, she was awarded the lifetime honorary title of Regents Professor.

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