From: International Student Services
Date: March 11, 2020
Subject: ISS News, March 11, 2020: Spring Break Information, Bucket List, Global Citizen Awards, Let's Talk, & More!


March 11, 2020


in this issue:

  1. Traveling During Spring Break?
  2. Spring Break- ISS is OPEN
  3. Participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement
  4. Campus Events
  5. Global Citizen Award Nominations are Open
  6. Featured Events


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 or meet with an advisor outside of our advising hours, please send an email to to schedule an appointment. Please provide your full-name and a brief description of the nature of your appointment when you contact us.

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Spring Break- ISS is OPEN

While we hope you'll be resting and relaxing over Spring Break (March 9-13), please know that ISS will be open and available during regular advising hours if you need us.

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Traveling During Spring Break?

*Be sure to visit the university's Health Updates website for all of the latest information and campus communications regarding COVID-19.*

If you plan to travel outside of the U.S. during the break, be sure to check the entry requirements for all of the places you will visit.  As a visitor, it is necessary to comply with all of the laws put in place by a host country’s government.

A valid travel signature on your I-20 (if you are in F-1 status) or your DS-2019 (if you are in J-1 status) is required to smoothly reenter the United States.  Before leaving campus, ideally 2 weeks before you leave campus, check your I-20 or DS-2019 for a valid travel signature. 

A travel signature is valid for up to one year with just two exceptions: (1) If you will be traveling to Canada, you should have a travel signature that is no more than six months old. (2) If you have applied for or are currently approved for post-completion OPT as an F-1 student, a travel signature is valid for only six months.

To request a travel signature, log into Terra Dotta (, submit the electronic Travel Signature Request, and follow the instructions to receive your signature.

For more information related to travel and your F-1 visa status, visit this website.

For more information related to travel and your visa J-1 visa status, visit this website.

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Global Citizen Awards      Last Chance to Nominate March 12 Deadline

The Center for International Affairs is now accepting nominations for the Global Citizen Awards!

Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 12.

The awards to be presented include:

Faculty/Staff Award

International Leader

Student Awards

Unsung Champion

Spirit of Service

Laurie D. Zelman International Undergraduate Student

Elise Lindsay International Graduate Student

Organization Awards

Outstanding Student Organization

Outstanding Campus partner in Collaboration

All nominees will be contacted shortly after this submission deadline. Winners will be chosen by an anonymous committee and invited to attend the International Achievement Luncheon where they will be recognized and receive their award.

To learn more about the criteria for each award, please visit the Center for International Affairs' website. Nomination forms can be accessed here.

For more information, please contact Marielena Maggio at or 216.368.2517.

Participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement

This is the last chance for first-year, second-year, and senior students to provide their feedback and be part of a national study.  On March 16th, students will receive the final reminder to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement. The survey is being given to undergraduates at schools across the country and asks students about their educational and interpersonal experiences. Results will help in evaluation of services and programs. The e-mail will come from Michael Mason, Director of Student Advancement with the subject line “Last chance to give CWRU your feedback.”  Questions about the survey can be directed to CWRU’s Office of Institutional Research.

Featured Events

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annual photo contest flyer

Campus Events

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Let's Talk

"Let's Talk" is a drop-in service that offers informal, confidential consultation with a member of the counseling staff.

Let's Talk Consultations are:

  • FREE for all CWRU, CIA, CIM and KSUPCM students

  • Offered first-come, first-served (no appointment necessary)

  • Informal

  • Confidential

For information on all dates and locations visit the UH&CS Webpage