From: International Student Services
Date: September 22, 2021
Subject: ISS News, September 22, 2021: OPT & CPT Workshop, Virtual Fairs, Wellness Opportunities, Campus Safety, Cleveland Bucket List, Good Vibes, and More


September 22, 2021


in this issue:

  1. OPT & CPT Workshops
  2. Features
  3. Campus Happenings
  4. Other Opportunities
  5. Good Vibes Only
  6. Orientation with ISS
  7. Staying Safe at CWRU
  8. KSL's International Student Library Handbook


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

The ISS 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.

Did you miss orientation with ISS this Fall?

You can access the information by:

  • Logging into Terra Dotta,
  • clicking on your Check-In Record, and 
  • clicking on the item called "ISS Orientation Presentation" 
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Staying Safe at CWRU

Two recent incidents have reminded our community of the importance of heeding public safety guidance in daily life—especially after dark.  Please take a moment to review the daily article from September 15 that discusses personal security on campus.

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Check Out KSL's International Students Library Handbook


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Chat with ISS Staff During Virtual Advising Hours

ISS offers virtual advising on-demand to answer quick questions from 11 am - 1 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Watch this video to find out how to access virtual advising and talk to an advisor through our online chat!

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Education Abroad Walk-In Hours

Start your study abroad journey by meeting with an advisor from the Office of Education Abroad! Walk-in advising for study abroad is available every Friday from 12:45 - 2 pm in Tomlinson Hall, Room 143 (the same location as ISS!). You can get to know the advisors here.

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Cleveland Bucket List

A "bucket list" typically consists of goals you would like to accomplish in your lifetime. The Cleveland Bucket List is for Case Western Reserve University students and features interesting places to see and fun things to do off-campus before graduation.

Campus Happenings


Understanding the Black Student Experience at CWRU

Wednesday, September 22
5:30pm - 7:00pm
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Learn about resources, academic units, programs and student organizations. Build community with current and new students. Experience small group discussions facilitated by students.



Grad Open House

Thursday, September 23
12:30pm - 2:00pm
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Welcome to the Office of Multicultural Affairs!

OMA is excited to meet and greet all of our graduate and professional students. Register to join us for a tour of our space and for a donut on the house!



Community Service Fair

Friday, September 24
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Thwing Ballroom, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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Explore the Community Service Fair and Get Involved!

The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning will be hosting the Community Service Fair in the Thwing Ballroom on September 24, 2021 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Explore volunteer opportunities with 20 non-profit organizations. Open to all CWRU students, staff and faculty to drop-in and learn more about opportunities!

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Virtual Fall 2021 University Career Fairs

Engineering, Technology and Science Virtual Career Fair

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 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

Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 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.

Stay up-to-date on all career fair details on the Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education website.

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Multicultural Welcome Reception

Monday, September 27
4:30pm - 6:30pm
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The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity's Annual Welcome Reception for CWRU Multicultural Students, Staff and Faculty!

Monday, September 27, 2021
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A

The CWRU community is invited to attend & help us welcome new multicultural students, staff and faculty to campus! This reception also provides an opportunity to meet University President Eric W. Kaler, establish new acquaintances, build relationships across campus and reconnect with friends.

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THINK flyer
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3-Session Seminar- September 30, October 7, October 14

building hope and resiliency
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Save the Date: Homecoming Weekend: October 21-24, 2021

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

Other Opportunities

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County Fairs in nearby Cleveland area

Nearby county fairs to Cleveland are highlighted.

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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Watch Conan with a Cockatoo