From: International Student Services
Date: April 7, 2021
Subject: ISS News, April 7, 2021: Vaccine Information, International Dinner, Unity Week, Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Lots of Professional Development Opportunities, Financial Wellness Series, Good Vibes, & More!


April 7, 2021


in this issue:

  1. OPT & CPT Workshops
  2. Tax Information for 2020 Filing Year
  3. Features
  4. Campus Happenings
  5. Other Opportunities
  6. Good Vibes Only
  7. Food Insecurity Resources
  8. Commencement 2021 Updates
  9. COVID-19 Vaccine Information


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.


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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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International Students Can Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

As of Monday, March 29, all residents of Ohio ages 16 and older can receive the vaccine.

International students at Case Western Reserve University are considered residents of Ohio. That means, all international students at CWRU are now able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

CWRU is working with officials in Cleveland and elsewhere to determine whether we will be able to distribute additional doses for students at our campus site. As soon as we have details, we will inform the campus community. International students will be eligible for these opportunities, as long as they meet the other criteria set by the City of Cleveland.

For now, we encourage everyone who is eligible -- including international students -- to schedule an appointment wherever they can obtain a dose. Students should visit the State of Ohio Department of Health’s website ( to find and schedule an appointment to be vaccinated.

If you have any questions or concerns about the vaccine, please visit the university’s COVID-19 website for more information:


Volunteer at Vaccine Distribution Site on CWRU's Campus 4/7 - 4/11

Wednesday, April 7 at 8:00am
to Sunday, April 11 at 5:00pm
Veale Center track in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center, 2138 Adelbert Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
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Volunteer opportunity to assist at a COVID-19 Vaccine Site on CWRU's campus in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center. (The location has changed to Veale Center track from Horsburgh Gymnasium!)
Volunteers are again needed to help work at the on-campus vaccine site.

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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.

Tax Information for 2020 Filing Year

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Tax Deadline Extended to May: Forms & Sprintax Availablity

Sprintax is a tax-return-preparation software program designed primarily for international students and other educational visa holders. It can help you prepare your U.S. federal income tax return and assist you in preparing Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ.  In a recent blog post, Sprintax staff explain the IRS' tax filing deadline extension to May 17.

You may access Sprintax and begin preparing your tax return by following these steps:

  1. Register and follow the simple instructions
  2. Complete the online questionnaire
  3. Enter Case Western Reserve University’s unique code.  This code was sent to you via email on February 17.
  4. Sprintax will prepare your tax return

If Sprintax determines that you are required to file state taxes, you will have the opportunity to prepare those state taxes. You are not required to use Sprintax to file state taxes but, remember, it is your responsibility to comply with the law and properly file all taxes.

If by now, you haven't received your W-2 from CWRU, contact Payroll at If you were authorized to work for another employer, you should contact their payroll department.

For more information regarding the 1098-T, please visit Financial Services website to download the Nonresident Alien 1098-T Request Form.

1042-S forms were prepared in mid-March and sent to students by Payroll. Please contact Payroll if you have questions about the issuance of your 1042-S.

For more information, visit our Information on Filing Taxes page and if you have any questions, the Sprintax team will be happy to help via their 24/7 live chat function or email ISS staff members cannot advise you on your questions, which is why we partner with the experts at Sprintax.

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Sprintax Offers Tax Webinars to Prepare for Tax Filing Season 2020 

ISS partners with Sprintax to provide international students, who are considered non-resident aliens for tax purposes, with expert assistance when filing their US taxes.

The Sprintax team will be hosting a series of free open tax webinars to provide helpful information around non-resident tax filing obligations.

You can find the details and registration links below for each (these are all in EST). 

The informational webinars will cover the same topics on each occasion:

  • An overview of tax for nonresident students and scholars
  • Who must file a 2020 US tax return
  • What income forms students/scholars may receive
  • Forms that need to be completed and sent to the IRS
  • We cover terms like FICA, ITIN and Form 1098-T
  • What happens if students don’t file, or misfile
  • State tax returns
  • IRS stimulus payments
  • Sprintax overview
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Food Insecurity Resources

If you know someone who is experiencing food insecurity, or a lack of access to good, please know that there this is help. The Dean of Students Office and campus partners have collaborated to create a website compiling resources available to CWRU students who may be food insecure. The website provides information about available resources, including services provided, location, hours and contact information. If you have questions or concerns about food insecurity or the resources available to help, please contact the Dean of Students office.

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Click Here for Commencement 2021 Updates


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Friday, April 9
Start End   Event         Location
8:00am 9:30am Mocktail Hour & Networking Training - Virtual Morning Event TBD
Thursday, April 15
6:00pm 7:30pm Mocktail Hour & Networking Training - Virtual Evening Event TBD
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Enter the Study Abroad Throwback Photo Contest

Relive your study abroad experience with CWRU by entering the Study Abroad Throwback Photo Contest!

While the pandemic has put study abroad programs on hold the Office of Education Abroad knows students still have lots of great photos from their past study abroad experiences to enter into the contest and win prizes!

The photos submitted will be used to help show what studying abroad is really like and encourage other students to explore the various opportunities available to all majors.

The categories and prizes for each are:

  • Overall Winner: $75
  • The World is Your Classroom: $75
  • Cultural Experience: $50
  • Spartans Abroad: $50
  • Scenery: $50
  • Vintage (for CWRU alumni): $50
  • Facebook’s Most Likes: $50

A description of each category, as well as details on how to submit your photos, can be found at All submissions are due by Friday, April 9!

Please do not submit photos from other travel experiences or any previously entered in the Study Abroad Photo Contest.

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Campus Happenings

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Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 5 - 9


The Annual OMA Unity Banquet - Rise Up: Resilience Through Community

Monday, April 5 at 12:00pm
to Friday, April 9 at 7:00pm, Office of Multicultural Affairs 10900 Euclid Avenue 409 Sears Building physical address for deliveries: 2083 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106-7029, United States
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The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites you to celebrate the 31st Annual Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit entitled, Rise Up: Resilience Through Community. In reaching a full year of pandemic living, OMA wants to recognize all of the ways that our community has learned to be resilient and continue to push the needle forward for equity and inclusion.

Unity Banquet will be held April 5th to April 9th, 2021. Yes, you read those dates right. Unity Banquet is now Unity Week! OMA has expanded our typical single evening event, into a week of programming. We want to take this week to highlight all of the amazing achievements and milestones that our office and the students that engage with us have accomplished across this very unconventional year. Please see below to learn about our daily programming and register to tune in!

PNC Financial Wellness Program

PNC's Financial Wellness Series

Wednesday, April 7
Start End   Event         Location
12:00pm 1:00pm Creating Your Financial Foundation Private Location (rsvp to display)
Tuesday, April 13
Start End   Event         Location
7:00pm 8:00pm 7 Steps to Living A Richer Life After College Private Location (rsvp to display)
Friday, April 16
Start End   Event         Location
12:00pm 1:00pm Budgeting Private Location (rsvp to display)
Friday, April 23
Start End   Event         Location
12:00pm 1:00pm Credit Scores and Reports Private Location (rsvp to display)
Thursday, April 29
Start End   Event         Location
12:00pm 1:00pm Safeguarding Yourself: A Workshop on Identity Protection Private Location (rsvp to display)
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International Dinner 2021

The International Club is hosting its annual International Dinner through virtually sharing and appreciating different cultures.  Guests are invited to join by either making a cooking video of a traditional/favorite dish, making a 10-second video about personal cultural enjoyments, or simply writing (~5 sentences) about personal cultural enjoyments. Everyone attending the virtual event will fill out a form with their submissions to be eligible for raffle prizes! Submitting a cooking video earns guests 3 raffle tickets and other message formats are worth 1 raffle ticket. 

Raffle prizes include but are not limited to a Nintendo Switch, various gift cards, international snacks, and small decorative items. 

Submissions are due on April 9 by 11:59 pm EST. The dinner is on April 10, 8-10 pm EST, and guests must be in attendance to win the raffle prizes!

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Plan Your Research Experience with SOURCE

Ready to start looking for research and creative project opportunities? Attend an upcoming 50-minute information session offered by Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors.

These sessions provide you with the basic information for finding research on and around CWRU during the academic year and provides some guidance for students looking for summer research.

All times are Eastern time unless otherwise noted.

  • Thursday, April 8, 4 p.m.

  • Friday, April 16, 8:30 a.m.

  • Tuesday, April 20, 7 p.m.

  • Monday, April 26, 8:30 a.m.

All workshops will be conducted via Zoom.

Register for an upcoming workshop in Handshake.

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National Volunteer Week with CCEL

Saturday, April 17 at 9:00am
to Friday, April 23 at 5:00pm
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In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) continues our Social Change Series by highlighting Social Responsibility through a week of projects and events, April 17 - 23.

We invite you to engage you to engage in a virtual or on-campus service project, including fleece blanket making, supporting people-powered research, or providing feedback to incarcerated poets. Or, explore an educational program, such as, Prosocial Bystander Training, Navigating Virtual Volunteering Info Session or a CareerLab resume review about marketing service on your resume.

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Hudson Relays, April 24, Save the Date

Beyond the Professoriate's 8th annual online career conference flyer

It’s Beyond the Professoriate’s 8th Annual Online Career Conference for Graduate Students & PhDs

The program features 16 PhDs from all academic disciplines, who will discuss networking, resume writing, online job search strategies, and how to manage a career transition. This year’s conference will also directly address tips and strategies for navigating the job market during the Covid-19 recession and economic recovery.

Attend Live: May 1st & 8th, starting at 11:00 AM (ET) both days.

Where: Online! Attend the conference from wherever you are via Zoom webinar. No travel required.

Video Replay: 30 day replay available, starting May 15th.

Price: FREE for students, postdocs, faculty, and staff of CWRU (we have are a subscribing institution). Advanced registration is required.

For more information and to register (login using your CWRU network ID and passphrase):

Other Opportunities

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Brite Winter

Brite Winter is the premier Cleveland event between New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day and a showcase for Northeastern Ohio’s artists, musicians, and creative culture.

Brite Winter marries fire, participatory art, food, music, and games to build community while helping us embrace the cold winter months.

Learn more about this year's virtual line up for the final event on April 9, 2021!

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Cleveland Metroparks Trail Challenge 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Trail Challenge, a guest led program where you discover new trails throughout Cleveland Metroparks on your own, move to better health, discover the wonders of nature, and earn awards along the way! 

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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Hypnotizing Patterns Made on Wet Clay