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Alumni gathered for a dinner reception at the Otters Club in Bandra, Mumbai on Saturday, February 18. Aravind Chandrasekaran, assistant professor of management sciences and associate director of the Center for Operational Excellence in The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, was the special guest and speaker for the event.

Vinod Rani, administrative and events manager for the India Gateway, welcomed attendees and Priya Kurle, assistant director for the India Gateway, announced the details of the Waste Management Innovation Conference, taking place April 17-18 in Mumbai.

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Tarunjit Butalia, research associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, recently traveled to India to present at two different conferences in New Delhi.

Butalia spoke about the high volume utilization of coal combustion residues for new and failing pavements at the Indian Power Plant Operation and Maintenance Conference, which took place from February 13-15. He also spoke about laboratory testing of petcoke ash aggregate as a pavement base material to the attendees of the Seventh World PetroCoal Congress and Expo, held from February 15-17.

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Aravind Chandrasekaran, assistant professor of management sciences and associate director of the Center for Operational Excellence in The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, recently traveled to Mumbai to connect with partners at the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-Bombay). During his visit from February 14-19, he met with various faculty members, including the director of the institute.

Chandrasekaran spoke to the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management at IIT-Bombay about the dual degree certificate operational excellence program with the Fisher College of Business. He also gave lectures at the Taj Lands End Hotel and attended an alumni reception where he addressed attendees on 100 years of the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State.

The Ohio State University and the Diversity Abroad Network are collaborating to host a Regional Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Workshop on campus Friday, April, 21. The event will be held in the MLK Lounge in Hale Hall from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and is intended for professionals interested in developing the skills and expertise needed to increase capacity and serve more diverse student populations in education abroad.

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One Step ChinaDance has the power to transcend language barriers and cultural differences. Ohio State students from historically African American and Latino fraternities shared their artistic expression in China as part of a U.S. Department of State cultural exchange program.

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The Motorcycle DiariesOn March 8, the Latin American Literature and Translations Film Adaptations Film Series screens the 2004 Brazilian film "The Motorcycle Diaries." Based on the journey and memoir of 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would later become internationally known as the iconic Marxist guerrilla commander and revolutionary, Che Guevara, the film captures a trip he went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

The Spring 2017 Center for Latin American Studies Film Series features classic novels of Latin America delivered on the big screen. All showings will be in 020 Page Hall 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Taste of OSUIt’s more than just food. Relive a night of cultural exchange and diversity through pictures.

Hundreds of Ohio State students, faculty, staff and friends visited the Ohio Union on Friday to participate in Taste of OSU, the university's annual celebration of cultural diversity. Those attended had the opportunity to see dance presentations, learn about art from other cultures as well as sampling foods from around the world.

Ohio State's Amanda Yusko (third from left) in South KoreaThe Ohio State University is ranked second in the nation, tied with Penn State University, and is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for the 2016-17 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Ten scholars from Ohio State were awarded Fulbright grants in the past year.

Ohio State is also a top producer and ranked 25th nationally for the number of students receiving a Fulbright grant with 13 awards.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. These programs enhance the quality of global understanding, sending our students, scholars and faculty all over the world while at the same time, bringing the world’s best and brightest here to Ohio State.

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Congratulations to all of the student organizations that participated in this year's Taste of OSU. Everyone greatly contributed to making it a huge success.

Taste of OSU is an evening filled with performances on stage, cultural exhibits and food from around the world provided by more than 30 different international and ethnic student organizations on campus. More than 4,000 students, faculty and staff attended this year's Taste of OSU, which was held on Friday, February 17 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union.


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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.