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2018 Community Engagement Conference Call for Proposals Proposals are now being accepted for Ohio State’s inaugural Community Engagement Conference, taking place January 24-25, 2018 in the Ohio Union. Building on the success of the Extension Annual Conference and the university’s Engagement Forum, the conference will bring together faculty, staff, students and community partners to focus on professional development and networking, while exploring new potential engagement partnerships. The theme of this year’s conference is Partnering to Advance Health and Wellness. Proposals are due October 30, 2017. Submit a proposal and learn more at engage.osu.edu/conference.

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) will begin a new system for signing in and queuing students and scholars who walk in for advising hours or their appointments. This system will be paperless and will automatically alert the international student and scholar team when visitors sign in at the front desk.

Scholars STILL must schedule their appointment online or contact a scholar immigration coordinator before coming in to Enarson. Once scholars arrive at Enarson, they will use the new appointment kiosk to sign in.

How to use the appointment kiosk:

  1. Approach the monitor located at the front desk
  2. Swipe your BuckID (if you don’t have a BuckID, click on No BuckID and search your name by lastname.#)
  3. Select the unit you are there to see
  4. Select your appointment type: “I Contacted a Staff Member Directly” or “I Scheduled Online”
  5. If you contacted a staff member directly, select the staff member with whom you have an appointment
  6. If you scheduled online, select the time for your appointment

If you have any questions or need assistance, please ask the receptionist for help.

Ohio State-Malawi TeamImproving access to preventative and curative care to communities in rural Malawi and training doctors in China on issues critical to reducing pediatric violence and injury are two Ohio State projects recognized for their international impact. “The Umoyo wa Thanzi Research Collaborative” is the recipient of the Emerging International Engagement Award and the “China Pediatric Violence and Injury Prevention and Research International Program” is the recipient of the Distinguished International Engagement Award.

The Offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Service-Learning, Undergraduate Education and Student Life recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners annually for outstanding achievement at the University Engagement Recognition Awards ceremony.

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The Office of International Affairs is committed to supporting and assisting the university community with international related-concerns. In light of the new executive order that was signed on March 6, 2017, additional information and resources are available for those students, faculty and staff who are affected or who may have concerns.

While the new executive order is narrower in scope, it still has broad implications for our university community. Entry into the United States has been suspended for certain nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Iraq has been exempted. The travel suspension is effective on March 16 for 90 days. Travelers to those countries who are permanent residents ("green card holders") of the United States or dual citizens who use a passport from another country, and those who hold a valid visa are exempt from the suspension. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has posted a Q&A that offers additional details and examples that may be helpful.

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On January 27, 2017 an Executive Order was signed that has suspended entry into the United States for non-immigrants and immigrants who are nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The period of suspension is 90 days from the signing date and is still in effect.

The Office of International Affairs strongly cautions against travel outside the United States if you are a national of any of these countries and has provided answers to frequently asked questions regarding this Executive Order.

The FAQ document for J-1 visa holders is found here, and for H-1B visa holders and their dependents is found here.

These documents may help clarify information regarding the travel suspension. However, please seek the advice of an experienced immigration attorney if you are from one of the seven countries listed in the Executive Order and are considering travel outside the United States.