From: VISA Office
Date: October 5, 2022
Subject: ISS News, October 5, 2022: OPT & CPT Workshops, Celebrate Homecoming, Support Resources, Financial Wellness Workshops, Diwali, Apple Picking, Weatherheadless Ball, Good Vibes, and More

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October 5, 2022


in this issue:

  1. OPT & CPT Workshops
  2. Features
  3. Campus Happenings
  4. Other Opportunities
  5. Good Vibes Only
  6. Support Resources


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

11am to 1pm- through virtual advising available online

1pm to 3pm- through in-person advising in the office

There are no advising hours on Wednesday.


If you need to speak with an advisor outside of our advising hours, please send an email to 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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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 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 and CPT sections.

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Support Resources

The Dean of Students Office and the Case Western Reserve University community are committed to helping students overcome challenges during their academic careers.  A website has been developed to host a variety of resources and services that are available if you need them!


Study Abroad Information

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Education Abroad Drop-In Advising

Start your study abroad journey at drop-in advising. You can get to know the advisors here.

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Cleveland Bucket List

A "bucket list" typically consists of goals you would like to accomplish in your lifetime. The Cleveland Bucket List is for Case Western Reserve University students and features interesting places to see and fun things to do off-campus before graduation.

Campus Happenings

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place each year from September 15 through October 15. This year, the series of Hispanic Heritage Month events, entitled “Voz: Celebramos la Voz de Nuestra Gente” (Voice: Celebrating our Latine Voice), offers an opportunity for students, faculty and staff across Case Western Reserve University to learn and celebrate.

Stay up-to-date with the full list of events online.

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Celebrate LGBTQ History Month

LGBTQ history month was established in 1994 and the month also includes National Coming Out Day on October 11. CWRU's LGBT Center offers events and activities throughout the month (and all year!) and the full list of offerings can be found on the CampusGroups page.


Understanding the Asian Student Experience at CWRU (Student Event)

Wednesday, October 5
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Private Location (register to display)
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Learn about resources, academic units, programs and student organizations. Build community with current and new students. Experience small group discussions facilitated by students.


Virtual Career Fair

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 | 2 to 5 p.m. EDT

Through Handshake’s virtual fair platform, you'll meet employers through scheduled one-on-one meetings and group information sessions.

Stay up-to-date on all career fair details on the Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education website.

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Homecoming Weekend: October 6-9

Case Western Reserve University is looking forward to welcoming you back to campus this fall for Homecoming Weekend.

There are many amazing events planned and to see a complete list of events please visit:

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University Health & Counseling
Services Offers Timely Care and a Variety of Other Wellness Programs to Consider


Wednesday, October 5
Start End   Event         Location
2:00pm 5:00pm Flu Clinic TVUC Classroom B
Thursday, October 6
1:00pm 2:00pm BIPOC Support Space Online Event
Friday, October 7
9:00am 11:30am Flu Clinic HEC Room 153A
Monday, October 10
10:00am 1:30pm Flu Clinic NRB Community Room 1st Floor
3:00pm 4:00pm BIPOC Support Space Private Location (register to display)
6:00pm 7:30pm I'm Fine, It's Fine, Everything is Fine. Thwing Cleveland Room
Thursday, October 13
1:00pm 2:00pm BIPOC Support Space Online Event
2:00pm 6:00pm Flu Clinic HEC 153A
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Weatherheadless Ball Returns!

The Weatherhead School of Management is hosting its annual Halloween Ball- the Weatherheadless Ball- on Saturday, October 28.

This is a tradition that dates back decades and WSOM is happy to bring it back after a 2-year hiatus.

Do not delay in purchasing your tickets when they go on sale.  This is a sell-out Halloween CWRU tradition!

Other Opportunities

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PNC Student Banking Offers Free Financial Education Workshops

Register now for these upcoming webinars:

Safeguarding Yourself:

A Workshop on Identity Protection

October 5, 2022

4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT


Learn about the latest scams and how to protect yourself from them, pus ways your personal identifiable information (PII) can be compromised and strategies to help keep your data safe.


Preparing for a Financial


October 18, 2022

7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT


Learn how to incorporate an emergency fund into your planning and how to adjust your budget to weather the unexpected.


Creating Your Financial

Foundation: Where Do I Start?

November 9, 2022

4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT


This budgeting workshop can help you manage your expenses, pay down debt, and save for future financial goals. Learn how to find a budgeting tool you like, integrate savings into your budget, and borrow responsibly.

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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