Morningstar Institute: New Program at Southern Nazarene University

BETHANY, OK – The Morningstar Institute program at Southern Nazarene University (SNU) was founded in 2005 and is currently housed within the SNU School of Business Royce Brown building located at 6729 NW 39th Expressway in Bethany, OK.

The Morningstar Institute is an international development and poverty alleviation-training institute. The primary purpose of the program is to bring the knowledge of international development and poverty alleviation to students and to provide them with the opportunity to be empowered through receiving academic training in the classroom.

Professor Nancy Rizkalla, Director of Morningstar Institute, along with Dr. Tom Herskowitz, Chair of the School of Business at SNU, make up the Morningstar Administration team. Pictured: Nancy Rizkalla, Director of Morningstar Institute.

“This summer has been an exciting time for us at the Morningstar Institute. We are in the stages of finalizing our program and continuing to develop existing as well as new international relationships that will benefit our students,” Rizkalla said.

Rizkalla (‘04), alumna of SNU, who recently joined the School of Business, holds a BA in Political Science & Broadcast Journalism as well as an MA in International Affairs with a concentration in Socio-Economic Development. Rizkalla has worked in Africa, Botswana and India. Rizkalla grew up in Cairo, Egypt.

In working on the development of a new course at SNU, “International Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation,” Rizkalla is in the process of choosing books for the course which will be available in the Spring of 2009. Professor Rizkalla will be the course professor.

“While a student at SNU, the Political Science faculty played a big role in the development of the compassion I feel in researching the economic issues and in working with the poor,” Rizkalla said.

Morningstar Institute students will be trained through a three-part method: Academic - students are challenged to examine different development theories, implementation and practices. Analytical - students are encouraged to document their experiences from the classroom and while abroad on their internships. Practical - students will be trained with various international “hands on” experiences.

For more information on the SNU Morningstar program, call the Morningstar office at 405.491.6672 or go to morningstarinstitute.org.

Southern Nazarene University, private four-year liberal arts Christian University founded more than 100 years ago. SNU has approximately 2100 students. For more information on Southern Nazarene University, visit www.snu.edu