From: International Student Services
Date: September 21, 2022
Subject: ISS News, September 21, 2022: OPT & CPT Workshops, Career Fairs & Choices Fair, ISAC's Onboarding Survey, Wellness Programs, GSC's Welcome Back Party, Good Vibes, and More

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September 21, 2022


in this issue:

  1. OPT & CPT Workshops
  2. What You Need to Know About Drugs and Alcohol
  3. An Introduction to US Taxes
  4. Features
  5. Campus Happenings
  6. Good Vibes Only
  7. Orientation with ISS


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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Orientation with ISS

Did you miss Orientation with ISS? The orientation session reviews the most fundamental rules and regulations as well as resources that ISS provides in order to help you maintain your status and enhance your time at Case Western Reserve University

Log into Terra Dotta (, find your Check In Record marked "Committed," and then look for the item called "ISS Orientation Presentation."

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What You Need to Know About Drugs and Alcohol

This short video (scroll down a bit on the website) is designed to provide an overview of drugs and alcohol to international students studying in the US. It discusses the US laws related to drugs and alcohol, how to act responsibly, consequences and how to get help if you or someone you know has an addiction. It will also provide some helpful tips on how to stay safe and warning signs if you or someone you know needs help.

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Sprintax Introduction to US Taxes

The staff members in ISS are not tax experts, so the office partners with Sprintax to help students get all of the tax-related information that they need.

In this online session, Wednesday, September 21, 12:30 p.m. EDT, the Sprintax team will be providing an introduction to US taxes for new and incoming international students, scholars, and professionals.

Topics covered will include an outline of filing obligations for nonresidents, tax information around working in the USA, and other resources to help nonresidents to understand their tax obligations while in the USA.

We hope you'll consider attending so that you feel prepared for the upcoming 2022 tax filing season. At that time, ISS will notify students about Sprintax tools that are available for use.


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Study Abroad Information


Career Benefits of Study Abroad

Wednesday, September 21
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tomlinson 135, Center for Intl Affairs, Tomlinson 143 (7031) Case Western Reserve Univ 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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Did you know that study abroad can help you land a job? That study abroad participants are happier in their job and nationally earn more than their peers? How can you utilize your study abroad experience, in the planning stage, during and after to the benefit of your career? Come learn and bring your resume!



Learn about studying abroad in Hispanic Countries

Friday, September 23
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Tomlinson lobby and conference room, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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Interested in studying abroad? Kevin Sullivan will host a panel with students who have studied abroad in Hispanic countries and Hispanic students who have gone abroad.



Natural & Hard Sciences Abroad

Thursday, September 29
4:00pm - 5:00pm
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Maybe you want to take coursework or look into research? Come learn about some of the opportunities to do it abroad!


Campus Happenings

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Graduate Student Council's Welcome Back Picnic

GSC is hosting its annual Welcome Back Picnic on Thursday, September 22, 5 – 8 p.m. at the Thwing Excelsior Ballroom. There will be free food, beverages, and music! RSVP to attend this event using Campus Groups!


Farm Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 24
1:00pm - 6:00pm
University Farm, Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms, Hunting Valley, OH 44022, United States
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FHF is an annual event held at the University Farm.
Open to all members of the Case Western Community!
The purpose of FHF is to educate members of the CWRU community on sustainability, show students the farm, and have fun!
Activities include: hayrides, beeswax lip balm making, cornhole tournament, planting herbs, composting demonstrations, free food, live entertainment, tons of volunteer opportunities, and so much more!

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Upcoming University Career Fairs

Engineering, Technology and Science Virtual Career Fair
Monday, Sept. 26, 2022 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT

Employers who attend this event are interested in recruiting CWRU students and alumni who are seeking careers in the fields of engineering, computer science, natural sciences, and more.

Business, Arts and Service Virtual Career Fair
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT

Employers who attend this event are interested in recruiting CWRU students who are seeking careers in the fields of business, social sciences, law/government, public service, art, and more.

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

Thursday, September 22
Start End   Event         Location
1:00pm 2:00pm BIPOC Support Space Online Event
2:00pm 3:00pm Express Yourself: A Beginner's Guide to Exploring Emotions Online Event
Friday, September 23
9:00am 11:30am Flu Clinic HEC Room 103B
12:00pm 1:00pm T.H.I.N.K. Suicide Prevention Training (Virtual) Online Event
Monday, September 26
12:00pm 1:00pm T.H.I.N.K. Suicide Prevention Training for Faculty and Staff (Virtual) Online Event
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
Wednesday, September 28
3:00pm 4:00pm Rethinking Anxiety and Depression Online Event
Thursday, September 29
1:00pm 2:00pm BIPOC Support Space Online Event
3:00pm 4:15pm Koru Mindfulness Online Event
Friday, September 30
9:00am 11:30am Flu Clinic TVUC Classroom A
12:00pm 1:00pm T.H.I.N.K. Suicide Prevention Training (In Person) TVUC First Floor Conference Room


SEXPOpalooza 2022

Wednesday, September 28
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Thwing Excelsior Ballroom, Tinkham Veale University Center, Suite 248 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7175, United States
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SEXPOpalooza is an annual sexual health fair intended to remove the taboo associated with openly discussing sex and sexuality. This event challenges established social norms by giving participants a safe place to learn, discuss, and participate in activities and discussions.

Join us in the Thwing ballroom for our keynote speaker, information booths, sexual health information, STI testing, prizes, games, and more!



Choices Fair

Friday, September 30
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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The annual Choices Fair is an opportunity for you to learn about the nearly 100 majors and minors at Case Western Reserve University. Faculty representatives from every academic department will be on hand to answer questions at this engaging event. 

You will also have a chance to discover some of the experiential education and extracurricular opportunities the university offers as members from student academic groups, multicultural clubs and community service organizations will be in attendance. Staff representing opportunities for study abroad, undergraduate research, career services and more will also be present.

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Save the Date: CWRU Celebrates Homecoming October 6-9

Case Western Reserve University is looking forward to welcoming you back to campus this fall for Homecoming Weekend. Check out the website for more information.

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!

This gentleman created a YouTube channel so that everyone could get advice from a dad! 

Check out "Dad, how do I...tie a tie?" 

You may need some tips as you prepare for an upcoming career fair!

If you would like to promote your event or opportunity through ISSNews, please make a complete submission (including flyers, images, details, etc.) for consideration by noon on Monday to ISS cannot guarantee that all submissions will appear in the newsletter, as space is limited, but staff will review all timely submissions for consideration.