From: International Student Services
Date: October 20, 2021
Subject: ISS News, October 20, 2021: OPT & CPT Workshops, Homecoming Events, Free Flu Shots, SELP Tutoring, GSC Happy Hour, Good Vibes, and More


October 20, 2021


in this issue:

  1. OPT & CPT Workshops
  2. OPT & STEM OPT Students- Follow These Simple Steps for Reporting Updates
  3. Features
  4. Campus Happenings
  5. Other Opportunities
  6. Good Vibes Only


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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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. Follow these simple steps to ensure that your visa status is protected!


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Paola Giammattei is a chemical engineering major from El Salvador and a member of the International Student Advisory Council. She shares how she's made the most of her time at CWRU as an international student and how her experience has given her a new sense of confidence as she plans for her future. Watch Paola's Global Perspective video here.

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Campus Happenings

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Homecoming Weekend: October 21-24, 2021

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

See the schedule of events here.

Homecoming Fireworks
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STJ 5K flyer
Spartan tailgate flyer
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Homecoming Concert

Head out to Freiberger Field and check out headliners ALY & AJ with CWRU student band Weighted Blanket opening at 6:00 pm. This event is sponsored by UPB.
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The Spoken English Language Partners (SELP) Offer FREE Tutoring to All CWRU Students and Community Members

Would you like to improve your spoken English fluency or pronunciation? Would you like to practice a presentation before the event? Would you like to practice for an interview or practice conversation for meeting people and networking?

Consider SELP!

You can find a tutor at:

Search for Spoken English Tutoring appointments.

If you have any questions or any trouble accessing TutorTrac, contact Elise Geither directly at

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Halloqueen Drag Event flyer
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Free Flu Shots Available

Get your free flu shot at one of the free walk-in clinics.

All participants need to bring their CWRU ID.

Please wear an outfit that allows the upper part of your arm to be easily exposed.

This schedule will be updated with various locations on campus where you can get your flu shot.

Other Opportunities

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This event is geared towards students with 2 years, or nearly 2 years, of STEM work experience.

Please note, not every person who registers will receive an invite due to capacity restrictions.

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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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Wes Tank Raps Dr. Seuss' Famous Children's Book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish