From: International Student Services
Date: September 23, 2020
Subject: ISS News, September 23, 2020: Change in ISS' Hours- Sept 28-29, OPT Workshops Scheduled, Asian Mid-Autumn Festival, USCIS Fee Increases Effective Oct. 2, Leadership Conference, Virtual Fairs, Flu Shots, Good Vibes, & More!



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September 23, 2020

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in this issue:

  1. OPT & CPT Workshops
  2. USCIS Fee Increases Effective October 2, 2020
  3. OPT & STEM OPT Students- Follow These Simple Steps for Reporting Updates
  4. Features
  5. Campus Happenings
  6. Other Opportunities
  7. Good Vibes Only
  8. Change in ISS' Hours- September 28-29

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ISS Staff is available to students, without an appointment, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during advising hours:

11am to 3pm- through virtual advising available online

There are no advising hours on Wednesday.

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If you need to speak with an advisor outside of our advising hours, please send an email to international@case.edu to schedule an appointment. Please provide your full, legal name and a brief description of the nature of your appointment when you contact us.

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Changes to Campus Operations
September 28-29

In an email from President Snyder and Provost Vinson sent on September 22, the CWRU community was told that employees working on campus on Monday, September 28 may depart at 3pm and should not return to campus until Wednesday, September 30.

ISS will follow this operational plan and staff will not be available in the office after 3pm on Monday, September 28 or on Tuesday, September 29.  Staff will return to the office on Friday, October 2.

 

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OPT & CPT Workshops

ISS is offering Optional Practical Training (OPT) and CPT Workshops to go over in detail the application process, student responsibilities, and other important considerations.

Being well informed before applying for either authorization is extremely important and applying early is critical!

USCIS is publishing that it takes 3-5 months to process submitted OPT applications. Plan to complete a required OPT workshop as early as possible to be best prepared. Remember, you do not need to have a job offer to apply for OPT!

You do need to have a job offer before applying for CPT authorization and you are not eligible to begin your experience until you have proper authorization in place. It can take several days to become authorized.

Virtual OPT workshops led by an advisor have been scheduled and information about required registration, attendance, and the application process can be found on our website under the OPT section.  ISS staff is still planning the virtual CPT workshops with an advisor and more information will be shared through ISSNews when it is available.

 

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USCIS Fee Increases

Effective October 2, 2020

USCIS published a final rule on August 3, 2020, which will go into effect on October 2, 2020. Any petition postmarked on or after October 2, 2020 must include the fees as listed in this new rule.

OPT and STEM OPT petitions (Form I-765) will increase in cost from $410 to $550. If you do not submit the appropriate fee at the time you apply, your application will not be processed and you will experience delays in receiving your authorization. Please plan to apply early to avoid the fee increase and so that you receive your authorization sooner rather than later.

Several other petitions are being affected by this rule and more complete information can be found in Table 1 of the Federal Register.

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OPT & STEM OPT Students
Follow These Simple Steps for Reporting Updates

Reporting related to your personal contact and employment information is a critical part of maintaining status while authorized for either OPT or STEM OPT. Here are instructions for you to follow to ensure that both ISS and the U.S. Government receive the information that they need.

ISS has been notified that the "...Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is conducting a review of SEVIS records for OPT participants and is mailing notices directly to students who have not reported employer information and have exceeded 90 days of unemployment. The notice informs students of their lack of employer/employment information and provides an opportunity for them to update their records either through their DSO or directly through the SEVP Portal. If the student’s SEVIS record is not updated, SEVP will set the record to “terminated” to reflect the lack of employer information and the potential that the student may have violated their status either by failing to timely report OPT employment or by exceeding the permissible period of unemployment while on OPT."

By following the simple steps that ISS has provided, you will be taking the necessary steps to protect your visa status. 

Features

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EVENT

Asian Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration Giveaway

Thursday, October 1
10:00am - 3:00pm
Outside Tomlinson Hall, Tomlinson Hall, Room 143 , United States
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Case Western Reserve University students are invited to celebrate Asian Mid-Autumn Festival with a free celebration giveaway provided by the Center for International Affairs!

As safety measures related to COVID-19 prevent us from gathering for a large event this year, the Center wants to make sure students are equipped with some festival traditions to celebrate the holiday.

On Thursday, October 1, Center for International Affairs staff will be handing out the Asian Mid-Autumn Festival giveaway items which include free mooncakes and CWRU rabbit stress balls.

The giveaway will take place outside Tomlinson Hall from 10 am to 3 pm or as long as supplies last. Masks and social distancing measures will be required during pickup (for example, standing 6 feet apart from anyone else picking up items).

The Asian Mid-Autumn Festival is a celebration of a successful harvest throughout much of Eastern Asia and is enjoyed by bringing together families and friends. It goes by many names including Tet Trung Thu, Tsukimi and Chuseok. Traditions vary, but often include celebrating the harvest of rice and wheat by eating special desserts like mooncakes, sharing stories, and hanging lanterns. The moon is an important part of the holiday, and it's common for celebrations to take place at night to provide an opportunity to enjoy it. The rabbit is a popular symbol of the festival based on Chinese mythology.

The Center for International Affairs hopes to inspire that same holiday feeling on campus this year.

To learn more about the Asian Mid-Autumn Festival, visit the Center’s website: https://case.edu/international/events/asian-mid-autumn-festival

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Campus Happenings

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Graduate Student Diversity 360
September 24, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Join an interactive Diversity 360 (D360) session where you can engage with your peers! This session is open to all grad students - if you haven't attended before, you are welcome; if you have attended, but want a refresher, you are welcome too.  Please register here.

D360 is a campus-wide diversity education program for students, faculty and staff developed by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and facilitated currently by OMA and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

Diversity 360 has been implemented and customized into modules for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff that will assist the campus community in advancing its efforts to be a welcoming, inclusive environment for learning, leading, and innovation.

Based on research from higher education and the corporate sector about cross-cultural competency and on results from university climate surveys, the modules will engage participants in learning to:

  • Increase capacity to recognize and engage in dialogue across the breadth of differences;
  • Deepen understanding of how affiliations in privileged and marginalized groups impact treatment on campus, campus climate and productivity;
  • Deepen awareness of types of microaggressions and how they affect experiences on campus and in the local community; and
  • Discover ways to become a change agent and diversity champion with new knowledge, ideas and resources about university policies, programs and best practices

Prior to joining a D360 Zoom session, please watch the D360 pre-session video here.

Upcoming Virtual Fairs

 

Engineering, Technology and Science Career Fair

When | Friday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT


About | Employers who attend this event are interested in recruiting CWRU students and alumni who are seeking careers in engineering, computer science, natural sciences, and more. Participants who attend this event will learn important information on internships, co-ops, practicum, and full-time employment. This event will also serve as a great opportunity to network with CWRU alumni and industry professionals. This event is open to all majors, students and alumni!

Register for the Engineering, Technology and Science Career Fair in Handshake.

Culture, Community and Public Service Fair

When | Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. EDT

About | Employers who attend this event are interested in recruiting CWRU students who are seeking careers in social sciences, law/ government, public service, art, and more. Participants who attend this event will learn important information on internships, co-ops, practicum, and full-time employment. This event will also serve as a great opportunity to network with CWRU alumni and industry professionals. This event is open to all majors, students and alumni!

Register for the Culture, Community and Public Service Fair in Handshake.

EVENT

2020 CWRU Fall Leadership Conference

Saturday, October 3
11:00am - 12:00pm
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CWRU's annual Fall Leadership Conference exposes undergraduate and graduate students to the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to lead with purpose, so participants are inspired to positively impact our student organization and leadership community! Join us on Zoom as this year's keynote speaker, Tawan Perry talks about leading with character, empathy, and finding your "signal" on and off-campus in the wake of recent national protests, what the future looks like, and how to best prepare!

Instead of doing breakout workshops the same day, we will be spreading those workshops out throughout the fall semester. Based on feedback from our student organizations, we have identified four topical areas of need that will serve as the foundation for our workshops:
Leadership & Advocacy
Inclusive Leadership
Building a Virtual Community
Navigating Politics as a Student Leader

Registration information for the workshops will be available soon, but you can register for our speaker today!

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Get your Flu Shot

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to come to a free Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center Fieldhouse.

No appointments are required, but all participants need to bring their CWRU ID. In addition, wearing an outfit that allows the upper arm to be easily exposed is suggested.

The dates for the Flu Shot Clinics are:

Wednesday, September 23
Start End   Event         Location
8:30am 12:00pm Flu Clinic Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center Fieldhouse
Thursday, September 24
8:30am 12:00pm Flu Clinic Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center Fieldhouse
Tuesday, September 29
8:30am 12:00pm Flu Clinic Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center Fieldhouse
Wednesday, September 30
8:30am 12:00pm Flu Clinic Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center Fieldhouse
Thursday, October 1
8:30am 12:00pm Flu Clinic Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center Fieldhouse
Tuesday, October 6
8:30am 12:00pm Flu Clinic Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center Fieldhouse
Wednesday, October 7
8:30am 12:00pm Flu Clinic Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center Fieldhouse
Thursday, October 8
8:30am 12:00pm Flu Clinic Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center Fieldhouse
Tuesday, October 13
8:30am 12:00pm Flu Clinic Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center Fieldhouse
Wednesday, October 14
8:30am 12:00pm Flu Clinic Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center Fieldhouse
Thursday, October 15
8:30am 12:00pm Flu Clinic Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center Fieldhouse
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Homecoming Weekend
October 8-11, 2020

Each fall, the Case Western Reserve University community gathers to celebrate the achievements of those within our ranks, exchange ideas, and reconnect at a tradition known as Homecoming. CWRU is committed to providing virtual experiences so that the members of the CWRU alumni community can share their pride for their alma mater and the milestones achieved together.

This year, like many before, get together to celebrate Case Western Reserve University through virtual events!

Other Opportunities

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GRADS: A Welcome Message From International Student Fellowship 


Dear Friends,

International Student Fellowship welcomes all the international students who arrived in Cleveland in the Fall 2020 semester. We all hope you've settled into some steady routine this semester! International Student Fellowship (ISF) is a graduate student organization at CWRU made up of internationals and Americans who strive to provide practical, social, and spiritual support regardless of faith. Fall semester has officially begun and we hoped to usher in the Fall season (and the start of the academic year) by dropping off a welcome bag filled with goodies and masks! Please sign up at the google link if you would like a bag and to meet us. In lieu of our usual in-person gatherings, we meet every Friday via zoom at 7:30 pm EST to share dinner together (virtually of course) and talk about a variety of topics. Feel free to stop by for fun company and to de-stress at the end of the week, or if you want to talk about graduate student life in general. Nothing is too trivial to talk about. We hope to see you there and we wish you an awesome week ahead!

Looking forward to meeting you virtually.

Regards,
ISF Family

Good Vibes Only

During this very challenging time, ISS staff wants you to know that we are thinking about you- hoping you are safe, healthy, staying positive- and sending out good vibes!

In this section, we are including some things that we hope will make you laugh and smile, help you relax, be entertaining, give you something to do, etc.

This is a good vibes only section!

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