Student-Faculty Speed Networking in NSM Departments – 2/26 @ 4pm

Swipe right, Swipe Left! WesWIS is inviting you to a Student Faculty Speed Networking event on Friday, February 26th at 4pm.
There will be one faculty member from every NSM department. Students of all backgrounds, identities, and class years are encouraged to participate! We will use a platform that allows students and faculty to be matched according to interests, sounds familiar? Both faculty and student will have the option to skip or accept the match. If both student and faculty accept the match, they have 5 minutes to chat and have the possibility to extend the meeting to 9 minutes. But do not worry about this now, we will spend the first few minutes of the event on Zoom to go over the logistics!
Please sign up here with your Wesleyan Email or RSVP to nharzallah@wesleyan.edu to get the Zoom link.

F-1 Seniors: OPT Workshop Tomorrow @ 12 noon, EST – 2/22

Dear F-1 seniors,
This is a friendly reminder for the OPT workshop tomorrow:

Optional Practical Training (OPT): Filling out the I-765 Form

Tuesday, February 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST

In this workshop, OISA staff will provide step-by-step guidance to fill out Form I-765. If you have attended the session last semester, it is still helpful to come to this workshop. Not much has changed specifically about the I-765; however, the USCIS lockbox location has changed. Also, the OPT fee was changed from $410 to $550 now back to $410. We want to make sure that everyone is aware of these important updates.

Please do the following before you attend the workshop:

  • Download the Form I-765
  • Read through the instructions for Form I-765
  • Have the following documents handy when you come to the workshop:
    • your current and all previous I-20s
    • your passport
    • your F-1 visa page
    • your most recent I-94
    • your Social Security Card (if you have one)
    • a pen with black ink (required by the U.S. government

The session will be recorded. If you are unable to attend the session, please email oisa@wesleyan.edu to obtain a link to the recorded session.

After you attend tomorrow’s workshop, you can get your completed I-765 proofread ONCE by a professional staff. This is an offer to help you with your form, not a requirement. You can choose to skip this step if you are able to fill out the form independently. Please submit a polished version of your I-765 as if you are ready to submit it to the government. If you have questions about any of the items on the form, attend one of the drop-in hours to get your questions answered BEFORE you submit for proofreading. The turnaround time is 7-10 business days.

Your OPT application materials need to be submitted via the ISS Portal. OISA does not have access to your submitted materials until you hit the “submit” button on the top. Please email oisa@wesleyan.edu once you submit your application materials. We will write back to confirm that everything has been received. You can expect your OPT recommendation I-20 within 7-10 business days if everything looks good. If there are questions about your application or we found a mistake in your application, you will be contacted via email.

See you at the workshop tomorrow,

Chia-Ying

Chia-Ying S. Pan | Director, International Student Services

Office of International Student Affairs Wesleyan University
Room 024, North College 237 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459
Zoom Meeting Room | Schedule an Appointment | Spring 2021 Drop-In Hours

 

Global Opportunities After College Fair – 2/24

Global Opportunities After College Fair

Wednesday, February 24 | Events scheduled throughout the day

Are you interested in researching, working, studying, or teaching internationally after you graduate from Wesleyan? Wesleyan University is partnering with six peer institutions to host a Global Opportunities After College Fair on Wednesday, February 24. Register at bit.ly/global-fair.

Events will take place throughout the day and will be hosted virtually on Sched, the same platform used for the 7 College Study Away Fair last fall.

All class years are welcome and encouraged to attend. We hope that these events will be especially helpful for upperclassmen as they weigh their post-graduate options and for students who were unable to study abroad due to COVID-19.

At the virtual fair, you can explore international graduate schools, fellowships, volunteer opportunities, and more. There will also be live presentations and panels, including:

  • A keynote address by Wesleyan alum, Talya Zemach-Bersin
  • International Fellowships
  • Careers Abroad
  • Internationalizing your CV
  • Teaching & Volunteering Abroad
  • How to Apply to Grad Schools Abroad
  • Options for International Students

Register now at bit.ly/global-fair to attend the Global Opportunities After College Fair on February 24. After you complete the Google form, you will be sent a link to register on Sched. Events will take place throughout the day and you do not need to attend every event to register. Live events will also be recorded for later viewing.

2021 Wesleyan Summer Grants Program Information Info Session – 2/3 , 2/9, 2/18

Note: Graduating seniors who have not previously received a Wesleyan Summer Grant are eligible to apply. Please refer to the GCC website for more details (see below).

Looking for funding for your unpaid or low-paid summer experience?

The 2021 Wesleyan Summer Grants Program will be accepting applications from February 8th – February 26th, 11:59pm.

Wesleyan Summer Grants are funding resources awarded through the Gordon Career Center which allow students to pursue no- or low-paid career-related summer experiences such as internships, faculty-mentored research, language study, volunteer work, field study, and academic programs.

The Gordon Career Center will be holding three virtual information sessions which will cover funding opportunities, eligibility and requirements, navigating the application process, and what makes a strong application. All sessions will conclude with a Q&A. Please click the event links below to register.
February 3, 3pm EST
February 9, 5pm EST
February 18, 11am EST

The list of available grants and the application can be accessed on AcademicWorks through WesPortal. For more information about the application process, please visit the Gordon Career Center website.

Don’t know where to begin or need help with your application? Schedule an appointment to meet with a career advisor.

Program reminder: Alumni Conversation with Jesse Greenspan ’06 Tomorrow – 1/27

Wednesday, January 27th 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

Zoom Link:

https://wesleyan.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JErFq_ftRnmmOhNZRxtNWA

Join us for a virtual fireside chat-style career conversation with Jesse Greenspan ’06, Director of Supply Chain and Logistics at Partners In Health (PIH). Since joining PIH in 2008, Jesse has supported supply chain and logistics activities in Haiti, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone through the development of forecasting methodologies, data management, and reporting, international sourcing and procurement, budget planning, disaster response, and development and implementation of OpenBoxes, an open-source supply chain management software built for global health delivery. Jesse lived in Haiti from 2012-2014 to implement OpenBoxes and set up supply chain systems at University Hospital in Mirebalais. Jesse has previously worked with Cambridge Cares About AIDS, the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, and Curamericas Global.

This conversation is open to all members of the Wesleyan community, including students, alumni, parents/families, faculty/staff. Q&A to follow.

REGISTRATION:

To join the conversation, complete your webinar registration here: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JErFq_ftRnmmOhNZRxtNWA

Speaker Bio:  

Jesse completed her undergraduate degree in Government at Wesleyan University, focusing on International Relations. She received her MSPH in International Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, including work in Liberia and Tanzania, and received a certificate in Health and Humanitarian Logistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Student Moderators: 

Ivie Uzamere’ 21 is a double major in Biology and Science in Society, with a strong interest in public health and medicine. Ivie has conducted research at UConn Health, Middletown Community Health Center and Yale School of Public Health with the common goal of addressing health inequity. Ivie is a Track and Field Captain, Co President of Foster Care Connection, Senior Interviewer, Residential Advisor and Secretary for both the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students and Student Athlete of Color Leadership Council.

Fitzroy ‘Pablo’ Wickham ‘21 is a Jamaican-born Wesleyan undergraduate double majoring in Neuroscience and Theatre with a minor in Chemistry. He is a research assistant in the Naegele Lab at the Wesleyan University conducting stem cell research in mice. On campus, he also serves as a Head Resident for Residential Life, Senior Class President, Honor Board/Community Standards Board member and is also involved in the Basal Gang, Wesleyan Minority Association of Premedical Students (WesMAPS), student theatre and the Jamaican Heritage Club, YAADI. His aspirations are to become a neurosurgeon, researcher and actor.

Co-sponsored by the Gordon Career Center, the Department of Government, the Student Athlete of Color Leadership Council (SACLC) and the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS).

Ruthann T. Coyote, Ph.D.| Career Advisor| Wesleyan University | Gordon Career Center

41 Wyllys Avenue | Middletown, CT  06459 | 860.685.2180 | rcoyote@wesleyan.edu

 

Wesleyan Alumni Career Conversations – 1/21 – 2/3

The Gordon Career Center is presenting a series of alumni career conversations. The first one kicks off on Thursday 1/21 with Kimberley Martin ’03, NFL Reporter and Myla Stovall ’22, Vice President of SACLC serving as the student moderator. These events are open to all students and alumni. More details and Zoom registration are provided in the links below.

  • Kimberly Martin ’03, NFL Reporter, ESPN
  • Jon Turteltaub ’85, Film/TV Director and Producer
  • Jesse Greenspan ’06, Director of Supply Chain & Logistics, Partners in Health
  • Dana Peterson ’98, Chief Economist, The Conference Board 

Notes from OISA for December 2020 Completers – 12/18

OISA provided the following information as a reminder for students on F-1 visas completing their degree requirements in Fall 2020.

Please read the information below about your F-1 status:
  • Please check your current I-20 to make sure that it has the correct program end date (it should say 12/19/2020). If you need a new I-20 with an updated program end date, please let me know. If you are currently on campus, I can drop of your updated I-20 at p-safe for you to pick up. If you are currently off campus/outside of the United States, please purchase a shipping label via UEMS. An updated I-20 will be shipped to you. Please keep ALL your I-20s in a safe place. If you would like to claim any of your F-1 benefits, you will be asked to present all your past I-20s.
  • Please read the “Prepare for your End of Program” page carefully. This page contains information about grace period if you are currently in the United States. If you need your SEVIS records transferred to a different SEVP-certified school, please let me know ASAP. The transfer must be completed within 60 days after the program end date listed on your I-20.
  • If you are interested in applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation, please read the OPT page on the OISA website. Please note that you MUST be physically in the United States to submit your OPT application to USCIS.
  • If you do not wish to apply for OPT, your F-1 status ends at the end of your grace period or the day you exit the United States, whichever comes first. You will NOT be able to use your F-1 visa/I-20 to come back to Wesleyan for the graduation ceremony in May 2021 if there is an in-person celebration. You will need to enter the U.S. using a different visa that matches the purpose of the trip (likely a B1/B2 visa – a business/tourist visa), even if your F-1 visa has not expired. Please check with your local U.S. embassy about how you can obtain a B1/B2 visa if desired.

Last OPT Workshop Tomorrow @ 12Noon, EST – 10/20

This is a repost of the message sent from Chia-Ying Pan to international students on October 19th.

Dear international juniors and seniors,

Please join the OISA tomorrow (October 20) for the last Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshop of the season. This workshop is for F-1 students who wish to work in the United States after graduation.

Optional Practical Training (OPT): Live Q&As

Tuesday, October 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT

Zoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/99511794469

This workshop will address the frequently asked questions about OPT and OPT STEM extension. We will help you make realistic plans to complete your OPT application, answer any questions you may have about I-765 and have a discussion with you if you are not sure if applying for OPT is an appropriate choice for you after graduation.

If you would like the recordings of the previous two OPT sessions, please email oisa@wesleyan.edu.

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow! Bring your questions!!

Chia-Ying

Chia-Ying Sophia Pan, M.S. Ed. | Director, International Student Services

Office of International Student Affairs Wesleyan University

Room 024, North College 237 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459

P. (860) 685-3031 OISA Facebook 

Fall 2020 virtual drop-in hours: 

Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

Fridays, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

OPT Workshop Tomorrow, 10/14 @ 12 Noon EST

This is a repost of the message sent by the Chia-Ying Pan on October 13th.

Dear international juniors and seniors,

Please join the OISA tomorrow (October 14) for the second Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshop of the season. This workshop is for F-1 students who wish to work in the United States after graduation.

Optional Practical Training (OPT): Filling Out the I-765 Form  

Wednesday, October 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT

Zoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/97756274340

In the workshop, OISA staff will provide step-by-step guidance to fill out the I-765 (application for employment authorization) form. Please visit the USCIS website and download the I-765 form before you attend the workshop. Using the current I-765 form is critical to your OPT approval. As of today, the most current form should say “Expires 07/31/2022” on the top right corner and “Edition 08/25/20” at the bottom left cover of each page.

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow!

Chia-Ying

Chia-Ying Sophia Pan, M.S. Ed. | Director, International Student Services

Office of International Student Affairs Wesleyan University

Room 024, North College 237 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459

(860) 685-3031 |OISA Facebook 

Fall 2020 virtual drop-in hours: 

Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

Fridays, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

Fast Company Innovation Festival with Free Student Tickets (Virtual) – 10/5 – 10/9

Fast Company Virtual Festival 2020 Flyer 

This October, the Fast Company Innovation Festival will once again take over! For the first-time ever, the sixth annual event will be held virtually. But as always we will be bring extraordinary personalities together for surprising talks, hands-on workshops, unexpected performances and behind-the-scenes tours, designed to inspire creativity and innovation, all from the comfort of your home.

Confirmed speakers include 8 time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer and actress, Janelle Monáe; Cofounders of Team Downey, Susan Downey, and award-winning actor Robert Downey Jr; cofounders of Magnolia Network, Joanna and Chip Gaines; and more to come!

We’re inviting the students of Wesleyan University to receive a free Keynote Pass, where they will have theopportunity to experience the most Innovative event of year… for free!

To learn more about the festival visit events.fastcompany.com. Have questions? Email us at events@fastcompany.com

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Janelle Monáe, 8 time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer and actress
  • Susan Downey, Cofounder Team Downey
  • Robert Downey, Jr., Actor, Cofounder Team Downey
  • Joanna Gaines, Cofounder Magnolia Network
  • Chip Gaines, Cofounder Magnolia Network

OCTOBER 5– 9

A VIRTUAL EVENT

CLICK BELOW FOR REGISTRATION:

events.fastcompany.com/innovationfestival20/keynote-pass-students