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The Office for International Students & Scholars holds seminars and workshops during the year. The office also advises the International Students Organization, and helps showcase their events. Please check periodically to see when the next event or workshop is scheduled.

Open Office Hours

Have a Question? Need something signed? Want to know more about something?

Come to our ISSO open office hours, held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2-4pm on a first-come, first-served basis. If you cannot make it during those hours, feel free to contact the office to make an appointment.

 

Staff Changes and Office Logistics

For those of you who were away for the spring semester, Dean T has officially retired! We now have a new dean on campus, Dean Caitlin Szymkowicz. She's been here since February and is eager to meet you, if she hasn't already. Come by the office to introduce yourself and say hello!

In addition, we have a few other staff changes. Ashavan Doyon has returned full-time to his position in Student Affairs (Clark Hall), so he will no longer be working with ISSO. We thank Ashavan for all the help in transitioning last semester, and we hope you'll still stop by Clark Hall to say hello when you have Res Life and Student Affairs questions.

Sara Kortesluoma has now assumed most of Ashavan's responsibilities. She's now the Coordinator for International Study and International Students & Scholars. If you need an I-20 signed or anything visa-related, she and Caitlin can help. Sara's office is in the center of the Lewis Global Studies Center, so stop by her office on your way to see Dean Caitlin.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS...

Brrr, it's getting cold outside! Winter is coming...

ISSO Winter Clothes Closet

Friday, October 3rd

2:30 - 5:30pm

Lewis Global Studies Center

If you're from a warmer place than here, you may be noticing how cold it's becoming outside. This is just the beginning, so it's time to start preparing. We're cleaning out our closets! On Friday, October 3 from 2:30 - 5:30pm at the Lewis Global Studies Center, we'll have donated winter clothes available to take. Everything is FREE! Come by to find some warm treasures left behind by former international Smithies.

Do you have any gently used winter wear that you don't need? Drop it off at the Lewis Global Studies Center by October 1st for our Winter Clothes Closet, and help out a fellow cold Smithie.

Are you planning to work in the US after graduation?

OPT Information Session

Thursday, October 9th

4:30 - 5:30pm

Lewis Global Studies Center

In order to work in the US after you graduate, you'll need work authorization: Optional Practical Training (OPT). We'll have our first OPT Information Session -- for J-grads and eager seniors -- on October 9th from 4:30 - 5:30pm in the Lewis Center. Come to learn about OPT and what's required for an application.

Global Encounters Photo Contest and Exhibit

The Lewis Global Studies Center "Global Encounters Photo Contest and Exhibit" provides a venue for Smith students to share their global experiences with the Smith community.

All Smith students are encourage to submit a photo depicting a global encounter that they experienced abroad or within the United States. We encourage all photos of cultural encounters, not just those that happen while on a semester or year abroad.

Submission deadline: Monday, October 6, 2014

For more information, go to: http://www.smith.edu/world/exhibit.php

Submit to Global Impressions!

Global Impressions, a journal by Smith students “in and for the world,” offers a public forum for Smith students and alumnae to showcase short, nonfiction reflective essays on their intercultural and interlinguistic encounters, experiences, misunderstandings and epiphanies abroad and at home. Supported by the Lewis Global Studies Center, the journal aims to foster critical thinking about what living in a culturally and linguistically diverse world means today.

Questions may be addressed to globalimpressions@smith.edu. For submissions, please use our online submission form on this website.

IS Day is coming!

Monday, November 3rd

Get your recipes from home ready! The International Students' Organization (ISO) will be collecting your recipes until October 14th. More details to come -- if you have questions or want to join ISO, contact them via iso@smith.edu.