From: International Student Services
Date: November 2, 2022
Subject: ISS News, November 2, 2022: OPT and CPT Workshops, Extension Requests, Daylight Savings on November 6, Scam Alerts, UPB's Fall Informal Event, Diwali Celebration, Think[box] Welcome Fund, Save the Date for Fall Feast, Good Vibes, and More

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November 2, 2022


in this issue:

  1. OPT & CPT Workshops
  2. Request an Extension for I-20 or DS-2019
  3. Beware of Scams
  4. Support Resources
  5. Features
  6. Campus Happenings
  7. Other Opportunities
  8. Good Vibes Only


ISS Staff is available to students, without an appointment, on Monday, 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 Tuesday and Wednesday.


If you would like to speak with an advisor outside of our advising hours, please send an email to to request an appointment.  Provide your full, legal name and a brief description of what you would like to discuss in your message and ISS staff will help connect you with an advisor to schedule an appointment. 

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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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Request an Extension for
I-20 or DS-2019

If your I-20 or DS-2019 will expire at the end of the semester, but you're not ready to graduate, you need to request an extension before your document expires (and within plenty of time for ISS to process your request).  Initiate your request through Terra Dotta and identify an advisor who will then be contacted to upload information on your behalf. Undergraduates should list their Dean in Undergraduate Studies.  Graduate students should list their academic advisors.

ISS advisors will review all of the material and contact students by email when their new, extended document is ready.

For more information,
F-1 students visit:
J-1 students visit:

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Beware of Scams

ISS wants to make sure that international students are aware of these scams and know how to protect themselves.  Visit our website for more information.

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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!


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Campus Happenings

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Daylight Saving Time Ends November 6

In the United States, Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 6 at 2am. That means that we will set out clocks back (or fall back) by 1 hour, making the time 1am. Please make sure that you are aware of how this change will impact your classes and appointments!

Enjoy the extra hour of sleep on November 6!

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


Thursday, November 3
Start End   Event         Location
1:00pm 2:00pm BIPOC Support Space Online Event
Monday, November 7
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, November 10
1:00pm 2:00pm BIPOC Support Space Online Event

What's Happening at KSL


Pizza & Research Party

Wednesday, November 2
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Kelvin Smith Library, Cramelot Cafe, 11055 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
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Beat the post-break blues and get ahead on your upcoming assignments!

Librarians will be stationed by Cramelot Cafe with free pizza and the answers to all of your research questions, like: How do I find and check out books in the library? How do I know if a source is scholarly? Or, My professor wants us to cite a monograph, what even is that?



International Game Night at Kelvin Smith Library!

Wednesday, November 2
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Kelvin Smith Library, Freedman Center Collaboration Commons, 11055 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
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This November, join the Kelvin Smith Library in celebrating International Games Month! IGM is an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning that any library in the world can join!

We will have our full board game library available for play, and will be featuring some of our International board games. Join us on November 2nd from 7pm - 9pm for games, free snacks and fun!



Therapy Dogs @ KSL

Tuesday, November 15
2:00pm - 5:00pm
KSL First Floor Atrium, 11055 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
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Therapy dogs are back at KSL! Come say hi and hang out with some friendly pups in the KSL atrium! Stay for as little or as long as you would like.



Professionalism Unpacked

Friday, November 4
12:30pm - 2:30pm
In-person and Zoom event, 11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
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"Professionalism Unpacked" consists of a panel and small group discussion for employers, students, staff, new graduates and faculty to share what is considered professional in the workforce and in the classroom today, if these ideas of professionalism are outdated, and how we can come to a common ground on what we should consider as "professional." These topics can range from appearance, to what is considered appropriate email communications, to having your picture on your resume.

The event is scheduled for Friday, November 4th from 12:30pm - 2:30pm, Senior Classrooms A & B in the Tinkham Veale University Center and can also be joined via Zoom.

We welcome you to join this much needed conversation and contribute to a new meaning behind professionalism that is relevant to the workforce and students of today.

This event is sponsored by the Division of Student Success and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.



Sustained Dialogue Virtual Information Session

Friday, November 4
1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Sustained Dialogue Virtual Information Session

This Q&A-based workshop details the five stages of Sustained Dialogue®,
how campuses can use this dialogue-to-action process and shares relevant
case studies to aid visioning. SDI hopes that key groups of staff, student,
faculty stakeholders who are likely to lead new initiatives are invited.

This event is co-sponsored by the CWRU Sustained Dialogue Executive Committee and the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network. This event will be presented by Rhonda Fitzgerald, Managing Director, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network.

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CWRUinCLE: Explore Larchmere

Saturday, November 5
11:10am - 1:30pm
Meet On-Campus at the Art Studio Parking Lot (Murray Hill)
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Take a trip to the Larchmere neighborhood, where the streets are filled with unique shops, art and antique stores, restaurants and more! Larchmere has more than 40 different shops and is a great way to explore locally-owned enterprises.
For more information visit:

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TIME Asian Fall Festival

Saturday, November 5
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Thwing Atrium and Porch, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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TIME Asian Fall Festival is finally here to celebrate asian festival culture on campus through Filipino and Chinese treats and art. Join TIME for its upcoming mixer with CSSU and FSU next Saturday at 7:30pm!

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Other Opportunities

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PNC Student Banking Offers Free Financial Education Workshops

Register now for these upcoming webinars:

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.

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Cleveland Metroparks Trail Challenge 2022

Welcome to the 2022 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!

Awesome Flash Mob Orchestra Performance at the Airport

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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.