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  • ISSO Community News: November 25, 2014

    The ISSO sends out a monthly web-based newsletter. It contains the latest information about immigration and ISSO services, as well as important reminders about work authorization, visa applications, and more. Please read it! View the ISSO newsletter archive here.

    Newsletter Contents:

    1. Introduction
    2. ISSO Program Spotlight: 2014 Thanksgiving Feast
    3. Community News, Announcements & Information
      Volunteers Needed for International Orientation, Jan. 15
      Let’s Talk: CAPS off-site counseling at ISSO

      Greetings from Gannett Health Services

      Live in or Work for the Language House!


    Welcome to the November 2014 edition of the ISSO Newsletter! As you can see, we have made some changes to the format, in order to give both the immigration-related news and community and event news the attention and visibility they deserve. Immigration alerts have moved to the ISSO's home page, where they will be displayed right in the center. The newsletter will focus on news, events, and announcements from around the Cornell and Ithaca community, including a spotlight section on upcoming ISSO programs. As always, you can find our complete and up-to-date program schedule in the Programming section of our site.

    We hope you will appreciate the new format, and as always, if you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions, or if you have news that you would like us to share with the international community at Cornell, please contact me at

    Thank you,
    Scott Beemer, ISSO


    ISSO Program Spotlight

    ISSO Program Schedule


    27 Thursday 
    Annual Traditional American Thanksgiving Feast 
    12:00-3:00 pm (with seatings at Noon and 1:30 pm) 
    Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery 
    This event is sponsored by the ISSO and CU Dining, and is made possible through the generosity of our many co-sponsors across campus. You are cordially invited to join other members of the Cornell community for the 26th Annual Traditional American Thanksgiving Feast! Tickets will be sold online at:


    Community News, Announcements & Information

    Volunteers Needed for International Student Orientation on January 15

    Do you remember your first days as a new international student at Cornell
    or in another country? What do you know now that you wish you had known
    when you first arrived? Here is your opportunity to share your wisdom with
    new international students and welcome them to Cornell!

    We're looking for 10-15 student volunteers (grads and undergrads) to assist with
    January's New International Student Orientation program which will be held:

    Thursday, January 15th, 2015
    10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Willard Straight Hall, Memorial Room

    Volunteers will be asked to assist with sessions by handing out
    information, discussing their own experiences, and making the new students
    feel welcome. Lunch will be provided.

    There will be a volunteer information meeting on Tuesday, January 13th,
    4:30-5:30 pm at the ISSO in B-50 Caldwell Hall.
    We will discuss the agenda and format of the orientation program, assign duties, and provide copies of the handouts students will receive. Volunteers can sign-up for only a few hours or for the whole session.

    If you are interested in volunteering, please email Adriana Rovers, and indicate
    if you are a grad or undergrad, your major, country of citizenship, and whether or not you will be
    able to come to the planning meeting on January 13th.
    Thanks so much!

    Let's Talk: CAPS off-site counseling at ISSO

    Each Monday, from 2:30-4:30 PM, counselor Michelle Stoyell Psy.D., from Gannett Health Services will be available at the ISSO for free and confidential counselling and consultation. Michelle was born and raised in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. She moved to USA in order to pursue her undergraduate degree in Psychology at State University of New York at Buffalo. She then completed her psychology master’s and doctoral degrees at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, Ohio. Prior to joining CAPS, she completed her pre-doctoral internship at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Michelle’s clinical interests include: diversity and social justice, international student issues, immigration issues, LGBTQA issues, trauma, interpersonal difficulties and mindfulness.

    No appointment is necessary! Graduate students, undergraduate students, and family members are welcome to come talk to her about:

    • personal growth and challenges
    • depression, anxiety and stress
    • relationship issues
    • family issues
    • cultural, racial and ethnic issues
    • sexual health concerns
    • academic concerns
    • financial concerns
    • any other issues of concern
    • referral and information

    In addition to Monday afternoons at the ISSO, CAPS counselors are available Monday through Friday at various locations on campus. For more information about Counselling and Psychological Services and a schedule of available times for off-site, walk-in consultations visit:


    From Gannett Health Services: Health@Cornell

    AT YOUR SERVICE:  There’s still time to get vaccinated against the flu!
    Nobody wants to be out of commission for a week (or more!) with fever, severe cold symptoms, body aches, chills, and exhaustion. Protect yourself by stopping by one of Gannett’s FREE Walk-In Flu Clinics, scheduled across campus through December 2nd. Afraid of needles? Try the FluMist vaccine! Worried about side effects? In spite of rumors, getting a flu vaccine CANNOT give you the flu. Learn more.

    DID YOU KNOW:  Free “Let’s Meditate” series offered Monday-Thursday

    Evidence shows that meditation not only reduces stress, but can increase energy, mood, creativity, productivity, and even intelligence. Why not try it yourself? Let’s Meditate is a FREE guided meditation series offering seven sessions a week at different campus locations. Come as you are; no experience necessary. Learn more.

    LIVE SMARTER: More sleep = less chance of getting sick
    It’s tempting (and sometimes necessary) to try to survive on less sleep. But it also can make you sick. Compared to people sleeping <7 hours a night, those sleeping an average of 8+ hours a night are less likely to catch a cold after being exposed to viruses. So make time to hit the hay!

    “Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Health@Cornell is brought to you by Gannett Health Services.
    Gannett is located at 110 Ho Plaza, just south of Willard Straight Hall.

    Contact Information:
    To schedule an appointment, call during building hours: 607-255-5155
    To speak with a Gannett provider any time, day or night: 607-255-5155

    Live in or work For the Language House!

    Cornell University’s LANGUAGE HOUSE is looking for candidates for the paid Native Speaker positions of Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin and Arabic.

    Are you a native speaker of any of these languages?  If so, you may be able to get a FREE room on West Campus and a partially subsidized meal plan by serving as a ‘Native Speaker’ in the Language House for the 2015-16 academic year.

    The goal of the Language House is to provide a setting in which students can become comfortably fluent in one or more of the target languages.  Each Native Speaker serves as a language mentor in matters related to the target language and as an activity coordinator in matters related to relevant cultures, and encourages the use of the target language at all times.  They attend four meals a week with their residents and are responsible for organizing weekly activities that encourage the residents to broaden their own linguistic and cultural knowledge. 
    For more information about the Language House and a more detailed description of the Native Speaker position, please visit:  Applicants must be full-time, enrolled graduate or upper level undergraduate Cornell students.  Applications are due December 5th, 2014.  If you have missed the deadline, please inquire nevertheless.

    If you are interested, please email or call the Director, Astrid Jirka, for more information or fill out the application form online. 

    Astrid Jirka
    Director, Language House
    G05 Alice Cook House
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY   14853

    Tel: 607-255-9050

    Have Immigration Questions?
    Come to ISSO Office Hours

    ISSO Advising Hours:
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9-12:00; 1:00-4:30
    Wednesday 1:00-4:30

    Advisors are available on a walk-in basis except from 12-1 P.M. daily, or by appointment. You may stop by to see us during office hours, check out our website, email us at, or call us at 255-5243.