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President Drake hosts lunch conversation with international studentsInternational Buckeyes from Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, Malaysia and South Africa met with The Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake for a quarterly lunch at Sloopy's on March 29, 2018. The students engaged in conversation with Dr. Drake on issues pertinent to international students on campus. The President hosts a quarterly meal with student to hear about their concerns and compliments for what is happening at Ohio State. View photos from the lunch conversation.

Picturing the worldThe 2017 International Photography Exhibition is featured in the Spring 2018 issue of the Ohio State Alumni Magazine. "Picturing the world" features 12 images from the exhibition that were caputered by alumni while abroad, including the Best in Show image taken by Steven Hirsch in Iceland.

12th Annual Ohio State Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays ReceptionOn March 29, 2018, President Michael V. Drake, MD recognized students, faculty and staff members from The Ohio State University who are recent Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays recipients and finalists, as well as visiting Fulbright students and scholars from around the globe, during a reception at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

The reception took place during the 9th Annual Fulbright Week at Ohio State. The Graduate School, the Undergraduate Fellowship Office and the Office of International Affairs combined their efforts to plan a week full of events acknowledging past recipients and hosting workshops, information sessions and open houses designed to inform potential faculty, undergraduate and graduate student applicants about the opportunities available through the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs during the week of March 26 - 30, 2018.

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KatherineBorlandKatherine Borland, associate professor of comparative studies, is the recipient of a prestigious 2018-2019 Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies award.

As part of the American Studies program of the Department of World Cultures, Borland will teach folklore and performance studies at the University of Helsinki in Finland and will explore Finnish humanities research models that connect contemporary research with existing archival collections from August 2018-May 2019. Borland will visit the folklore programs and ethnological archives at the University of Turko, Åbo Akademi, University of Jyväskylä, University of Eastern Finland and the Folklore Archive of the Finnish Literature Society in Helsinki to interview archivists and researchers about how their work interfaces with community-based archival or research agendas.

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Gifty Ako-AdounvoGifty Ako-Adounvo, assistant vice provost for global strategies and international affairs and the university's interim senior international officer, has been selected as one of Ohio State’s 2018 Glass Breakers – women who help shape the university’s culture in positive ways – by the President and Provost’s Council on Women (PPCW).

The PPCW is supported through The Women’s Place and is charged with advocating to the president and the provost for the advancement of all women at Ohio State and providing leadership for the development of policies and practices that positively affect the working environment for women employed at Ohio State. One of the PPCW’s initiatives is designed to shine a spotlight on women faculty and staff who have utilized their extraordinary career accomplishments and leadership at Ohio State to inspire other women across campus to embrace their power and achieve their career goals. These women are called “Glass Breakers.”

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The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently announced that a new "SEVP Portal" will be launched on March 23, 2018 for F-1 students on OPT and STEM to self-report certain information.   
  1. If you have applied for OPT, please be aware that once your EAD card has been approved and your OPT start date has been reached, you will receive an e-mail from Do-not-reply.sevp@ice.dhs.gov with instructions on how to create your SEVP Portal account.
  2. If you are currently on OPT, you will receive an email from Do-not-reply.sevp@ice.dhs.gov on March 23, 2018 with instructions on how to create your SEVP Portal account. If your employment information has changed, you can make updates through the SEVP Portal. You will also need to complete the "OIA OPT Reporting Form" available on the OIA Website. If the changes necessitate an updated I-20, an OIA Immigration Coordinator will contact you. If your employment information has not changed, you do not need to take any further action once you have created your account.
  3. If you are currently on STEM OPT, you will need to create an account, but the information you can update will be limited. Please contact an OIA Immigration Coordinator if there is a change in your employment information.

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Juno Salazar Parreñas

Juno Salazar Parreñas, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received a Deutsches Akademisches Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Research Stay for University Academics and Scientists.

This competitive award supports one to three months of research in Germany. Parreñas will spend three months in Germany in the summer of 2018, where she will be at the Technisches Universität München and will conduct qualitative research for her project, "Multispecies Retirement: Short Biographies of Long Lives." She has also recently received an Arts and Sciences Larger Grant in support of this research.

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michael vuoloMichael Vuolo, associate professor of sociology, is the recipient of a prestigious 2018-2019 Fulbright-Schuman European Union Affairs Program award which is designed to strengthen relationships between the U.S. and EU member nations by promoting international research and cooperation. The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

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DSC 7648The China Gateway is accepting applications for the Global Internship Program, a non-credit bearing program that focuses on providing professional opportunities to Ohio State students from May to August in China. Selected student interns will be provided with internship experience, networking opportunities with local alumni and online professional training course on Carmen. There is no cost to participate in the program but students are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation expenses.

Students interested in applying for summer internships or more information about available job postings in China can email china.gateway@osu.edu, visit BuckeyeCareers, FisherConnect, CareerEngine or follow China Gateway’s WeChat, OhioStateChina.

DSC 0004The Ohio State India Gateway hosted an India Buckeye Alumni Recruitment training led by Marco Chavez, senior assistant director of Enrollment Services, on February 9, 2018.

Chavez presented background information about international undergraduate student recruitment, admissions and the Student Calling Project, which encourages alumni to engage with recently admitted students and their parents to answer questions and share their own experience as a Buckeye. Two alumni, Radhika Sadana and Karan Bhasin, gained first-hand experience in speaking to students with the Student Calling Project at the training.

In spring semester 2018, there are 546 students from India enrolled at Ohio State.