The Olympic Torch
by Pauline Batista Souza da Silva, ’16 M.A.
As we all know, in spite of all controversy this year, the Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A Latin American capital we all know very well through the life stories of Pelé, Tom Jobim, Hollywood, Carmen Miranda and many other sources of the glamour 20th century entertainment brings.
Because eight years ago, me – from the Rio nobody shows in Hollywood (at least from an amicable perspective), a young woman who’s story has drastically changed, joined other 12 thousand Olympic Torch Bearers this summer.
I left the favela when I was 9 years old, moved to Paraty, a very charming town three hours away from Rio where my family has now become financially successful. I have always studied hard. I now have a bachelors degree as well as a masters degree and have already accepted a PhD candidacy offer. Nissan (one of the Olympic Games’ sponsors) found my story quite appealing and decided to make me an Olympic Torch bearer this summer. Precisely on July 27th, I crossed Paraty, bearing the torch and the hope for all of those who come from underrepresented communities in South America and who have ambitious dreams.
In Memoriam: ISSS remembers our former international student, Nataliya Plesha. We were saddened to hear of her recent passing, and will remember her for her warmth, humor and energy. In 2012, we asked international students to share with us photos that capture an important or significant moment from their life in the United States. Nataliya shared with us this photo from when she won a national award for teaching. She will be greatly missed.
We are pleased to announce that ISSS will begin to offer “walk-in” advising services to the international student and scholar population effective Tuesday, July 5th. During walk-in advising times, you can meet with an ISSS advisor to discuss routine questions you may have for ISSS, without having an appointment. Advisors can allot around 20 minutes, which is sufficient time to discuss most ISSS matters. ISSS will not process any benefit requests during walk-in advising hours (e.g. travel signatures, CPT applications, OPT applications). Please continue to submit all applications to the ISSS front desk, or by emailing the request to email@example.com if you are unable to visit the Storrs campus.
“Walk-ins” can visit ISSS during the following times to meet with an ISSS advisor:
Monday – 1 pm to 3:30 pm
Tuesday – 9 am to 11:30 am
Wednesday – 9 am to 11:30 am
Thursday – 9 am to 11:30 am
Friday – 1 pm to 3:30 pm
Moving forward, students and scholars should plan to meet with advisors during walk-in advising times, which is a change from the appointment system that has been in place. However, if you have a more complicated situation to discuss with an ISSS advisor that you expect could take longer, we suggest that you email an international advisor to set up an appointment. Please see the contact list below to see who you should email based on your academic program or visa type, and please include in your email the topic that you need to discuss:
All Undergraduate Students at Storrs campus: Arthur Galinat, Arthur.firstname.lastname@example.org
All Exchange Students: Maximilian Kort, Maximilian.email@example.com
All Regional Campus Students: Nadine Boudissa, Nadine.firstname.lastname@example.org
All Visiting Scholars: Rae Alexander, email@example.com
All UCAELI Students: Jennifer King, Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
All Sponsored Students (Fulbright, LASPAU, USAID, etc.): Arthur Galinat, Arthur.email@example.com
School of Business: Nadine Boudissa, Nadine.firstname.lastname@example.org
CANHR, School of Fine Arts, Nursing: Maximilian Kort, Maximilian.email@example.com
CLAS, NEAG School of Education: Neena Kapoor, Neena.firstname.lastname@example.org
Pharmacy: Arthur Galinat, Arthur.email@example.com
We hope that this system will better serve our international students and scholars. Please let me know if there are any questions.
International Student and Scholar Services
Dear UConn students and employees,
Pick up your new passes for the Windham Regional Transit District buses under WRTD’s UConn/Mansfield “Fare Free” program. Blue passes for the “WRTD’s UConn/Mansfield “Fare Free” program” from UConn Parking Services expire July 15, 2016. The free passes are available for pickup at the Parking Services Office. UConn IDs will be required when you pick up your passes. The passes will be valid for use on the Storrs-Willimantic bus and the Willimantic City bus routes.
Details are as follows:
We’re excited to share some good news with you.
Having been approached with concerns about the changes to the Windham Regional Transit District program, the University has decided to continue the WRTD Free Fare program for the upcoming year.
This reverses the earlier plans under which individuals would have purchased a pass for their WRTD rides. Those who have already purchased a bus pass will be reimbursed.
The free passes are available for pickup at the Parking Services Office. UConn IDs will be required when you pick up your passes. The passes will be valid for use on the Storrs-Willimantic bus and the Willimantic City bus routes.
The expired University blue passes will be valid until July 15. Unfortunately, any yellow pass provided by the Town of Mansfield to students or staff are only valid until June 30, 2016 when the Town’s program expires.
Anyone with questions can contact us at 860-486-1448, or you can send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.wrtd.net for full schedules.
The Center for Career Development is presenting two workshops specifically geared towards the international student job search.
Sign up for the workshop online at www.icworkshops.uconn.edu
Writing your American Résumé
Oak Hall 109
Thursday March 3rd at 4pm
What employers look for on résumés varies across the world. Come learn best practices of writing and editing your first American résumé. We will go over how to structure your résumé, what content to include, and how to strengthen your bullet points.
Navigating the Spring Career Fair as an International Student
Oak Hall 101
Tuesday March 22nd at 4pm
Career Fairs can be overwhelming; arrive prepared by attending this preparation workshop. You will learn how to approach employers, what to say in your “elevator pitch,” what to wear, as well as tips and strategies for international students.
More information about travel can be found on our website: http://isss.uconn.edu/students/current-students/current-students-travel-requirements/
Check out some Winter 2016 Programs from the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center!