ISSS Election Results

ISSS Election Results

International students and scholars had a chance to voice their opinion on who should be the next U.S. president with a mock ballot box at the ISSS Front Desk. While turnout was low, the results may surprise you! The winner, with 15 votes, went to republican nominee Donald Trump. He was followed close behind by democratic candidate Hillary Clinton (12) votes. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Jill Stein (Green Party) each got one vote. And finally, the following candidates each got a “write-in” vote: Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, and our own Arthur Galinat! Thanks to those who participated!

ISSS Welcomes New Advisors!

ISSS Welcomes New Advisors!

ISSS is happy to announce two new members of our advising team. Annie Casarella joined us in September. Prior to joining ISSS, Annie worked in non-profits around the Boston area serving minority populations and taught English in Ecuador for several years, for World Teach and the University of Cuenca. Most recently she worked for UConn’s School of Business as a Fiscal Assistant. Annie is the designated international advisor for undergraduate students in the Schools of Business, Nursing, Fine Arts, Engineering, Education, Pharmacy and the College of Agricultural, Health and Natural Resources.  Sarah Manning also joined ISSS as an international advisor in October.  Before coming to UConn, Sarah taught adult ESL learners for many years in many different setting. Most recently she was an International Student Advisor at a school in New Haven. Sarah is the designated international advisor for undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and UCAELI students. Please welcome Annie and Sarah!

New ISSS AdvisorsNEW ISSS Advisor Assignments – Who should you contact?

With new staff, ISSS has shifted the designated international advisor contacts for students, scholars and programs. ALL international advisors can help you during Walk-In hours and regional campus advising visits. However, if you have questions to email, please contact your designated ISSS advisor below, based on your program of study:

Sarah Manning: CLAS undergraduate programs, UCAELI (ESL)

Annie Casarella: All other undergraduate programs, Pharm D

Neena Kapoor: CLAS, Education, Pharmacy graduate programs

Maximilian Kort: CANHR, Fine Arts, Nursing, Law, Social Work and all Exchange Students

Jennifer King: Engineering graduate programs

Rae Alexander: Business graduate programs (temporary)

Arthur Galinat: Visiting scholars

Rae Alexander
International Student and Scholar Services

ISSS International Student Spotlight: Pauline Batista Souza da Silva, ’16 M.A.

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.

UCONN Alumna carrying Olympic Torch
UConn alumna Pauline Batista Souza da Silva carries the torch at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

In Memoriam: Nataliya Plesha

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.

Nataliya Plesha photo


ISSS Offers Walk-in Advising Beginning 7/5

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 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,

All Exchange Students: Maximilian Kort,

All Regional Campus Students: Nadine Boudissa,

All Visiting Scholars: Rae Alexander,

All UCAELI Students: Jennifer King,

All Sponsored Students (Fulbright, LASPAU, USAID, etc.): Arthur Galinat,


Graduate Students:

School of Business: Nadine Boudissa,

CANHR, School of Fine Arts, Nursing: Maximilian Kort,

CLAS, NEAG School of Education: Neena Kapoor,

Engineering: Maximilian Kort, or Neena Kapoor,

Pharmacy: Arthur Galinat,


We hope that this system will better serve our international students and scholars. Please let me know if there are any questions.


Thank you,


Rae Alexander

International Student and Scholar Services

7/1 Changes In The WRTD Bus Pass Program

7/1 Changes In The WRTD Bus Pass Program

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

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Career Workshops for International Students

The Center for Career Development is presenting two workshops specifically geared towards the international student job search.

Sign up for the workshop online at


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.