Five OSU employees to be honored for service in Ethiopia

The Crown Council of Ethiopia, in cooperation with the School of Global Studies and Partnerships at Oklahoma State University, will honor five former and current OSU employees with Grand Officerships for their roles in the University’s 60 years of service to Ethiopia at a recognition ceremony April 17 at 3:30 p.m. in Wes Watkins Center.

“OSU’s involvement in the Point Four program in Ethiopia remains an important milestone in the university’s emergence as a truly global institution,” said Dr. Randy Kluver, dean of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships.

Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, the president of the Crown Council, will present the awards to Dr. Clyde Kindell, Dr. Theodore Vestal, Dr. Barbara Stoecker and Shaun Evans, who is accepting on behalf of his parents, the late Conrad and Joy Evans. The Crown Council of Ethiopia focuses on cultural preservation, development and humanitarian efforts in Ethiopia.

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Former Oklahoma congressional representative Wes Watkins will open the event and introduce Jeff Moseley, CEO of the Texas Association of Business, as the Master of Ceremonies. Moseley spent six years in Ethiopia as a child, since his father, Dr. Yack Moseley, was one of more than 330 OSU staff who worked to develop the Alemaya College of Agriculture in the 1950s and ’60s.

The event will also mark the 64th anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie, Prince Ermias’ grandfather, first visit to Stillwater in 1954. To date, Selassie’s visit was the only visit of a serving head of state to the OSU campus.

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Before the ceremony, there will be a free showing of the fourth documentary in the Point Four series directed by Mel Tewahade at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public, and a reception will follow.

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