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February 9, 2017

Federal Appeals Court Maintains Suspension of President Trump’s Immigration Order
Read the Washington Post article written by Matt Zapotosky.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As the courts continue to deliberate the federal executive order that affects the ability of some members of our international community to travel to and from the United States, we remain focused on ensuring the welfare, safety, and security of our international students, staff, and faculty.

Please see the International Programs website for the most recent information and a set of FAQs that address many of the specific concerns resulting from the executive order. We will continue to monitor developments and update our website with helpful information and relevant resources available to the community.

In addition, the Office of International Programs is providing information and advice on an ongoing basis to University departments and WSU students and scholars. IP staff have also facilitated an open session to discuss the current situation and to reassure members of our international community of our continuing support.

As President Schulz said in his message to the WSU community on January 30, Washington State University welcomes and supports all members of the community—regardless of the country they call home.

Asif Chaudhry, Vice President
U.S. Ambassador (Ret.)
WSU International Programs

February 8, 2017

Campus Support Services

  • Office of International Programs
    Central resource for global education, research and service for WSU
  • International Programs Global Services
    Information for international students, staff, scholars, and departments regarding the impact of the Executive Order
  • WSU Government Relations
    Engages constituents at the regional, state, and federal level to implement the University’s strategic plan in public policy and external relations
  • Multicultural Student Services
    Seeks to facilitate the best undergraduate experience for multicultural, first generation, and other underrepresented students through the provision of culturally relevant services to enhance their learning and development and foster their successful transition, adjustment, persistence, achievement, and graduation
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
    Seeks to promote the intellectual, emotional and social growth and development of WSU students
  • The AWARE Network
    Allows you to share concerns about a student’s emotional or psychological well-being, physical health, or academic performance with colleagues who can help
  • Police Department and Campus Safety
    Prevents and responds to violence and other campus emergencies as well as a full range of law enforcement services on WSU property and to the University community; In case of emergency, call 911

February 5, 2017

Universities Spoke Up in Case That Led to Ruling Halting Trump’s Travel Ban
Read The Chronicle of Higher Education article written by Goldie Blumenstyk.

February 3, 2017

Judge in Seattle Halts Trump’s Immigration Order Nationwide
Read Seattle Times article writtWSU-Logo-Primary_RGBen by Jim Brunner, Jessica Lee, and David Gutman.

Information for WSU Departments
In response to the recent executive order on immigration, the Office of International Programs has received several inquiries from campus departments about whether or not to continue to process immigration benefits, such as initiating new J-1/H-1B/TN scholar applications, extension of status, etc.

There is no information in the executive order to suggest that a “hold” has been placed on the government’s adjudication of benefits. Until the Office of International Programs becomes otherwise informed, it is recommended schools, students, and scholars continue to apply for benefits and comply with all filing deadlines and eligibility windows as per standard process. The Office of International Programs will continue to work with you to process benefits within its authority to do so.

February 2, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. May I go home or travel outside the United States for spring break?
A. If you are a citizen from one of the countries listed in the January 27 executive order, WSU’s recommendation is you do not leave the country. These countries are: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Q. How will the Executive Order impact my travel within the United States?
A. WSU recommends you carry your valid passport and valid visa in addition to a copy of your I-20 (current F-1 students), DS-2019 (current J-1 students/scholars) or H-1B approval notice (current H-1B employees) with you during travel. If you have an emergency from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, please call 509-335-4508. Outside of those hours, please call 509-335-8548.

Q. How will the Executive Order affect my pending OPT?
A. Currently, there is no official notice from any federal government agency that immigration benefit adjudications have been suspended in connection with the executive order. NAFSA advises international students and scholars continue to apply for eligible immigration benefits as per standard process.

Q. May I still apply for CPT, OPT, change of status, or any other eligible immigration benefit?
A. Yes.

Q. How does the immigration order affect my current status?
A. Your current status does not change if you do not leave the United States. If you are a citizen from one of the countries listed in the January 27 executive order, WSU’s recommendation is you do not leave the country. These countries are: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Q. Will the Executive Order put a hold on the processing of my immigration benefits?
A. There is nothing in the executive order to suggest a “hold” has been placed on the government’s processing of benefits. Unless the WSU Office of International Programs becomes otherwise informed, we will continue to assist in the processing of WSU appropriate immigration benefits.

Q. How do I locate an immigration attorney?
A. The American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project are reputable sources for the names of immigration attorneys. Please note that these are public resources. WSU does not endorse any specific private attorneys through these agencies.

Q. Will my immigration status be impacted if I participate in a protest activity?
A. Please consult with a reputable immigration attorney.

Q. What are the campus resources for an impacted international student, scholar, or employee?
A. Bryan Hall, room 108 (international students), Bryan Hall, room 109 (international scholars and employees), International Center in CUB L46 or Counseling and Psychological Services in Washington Building, room 302. Additional resources may be available. Please contact the Office of International Programs Global Services Department at 509-335-4508 for further information.

January 31, 2017

Executive Order Travel Ban: NAFSA Resources
NAFSA is closely monitoring reaction to and implementation of the order, and has gathered the following resources to help ensure international education professionals have the tools they need to properly respond to the new rules.

January 30, 2017

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Washington State University shares the deep concerns expressed nationwide about the federal executive order that restricts the ability of individuals from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States.

Let us be absolutely clear: We welcome and support all members of the Washington State community—regardless of the country they call home. We remain unflinchingly committed to respecting the dignity of each individual—regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, gender identity or expression, religion, or sexual orientation. We will continue to foster a diverse and inclusive community, embrace civil discourse, and strive to ensure a welcoming and safe environment for all.

For decades, Washington State University has invited and welcomed faculty, staff, and students from around the globe to study, teach, and conduct research here. We are proud of that legacy. The blending of the diverse perspectives represented by our community members enriches all of us. Put simply, it improves our ability to teach, conduct research, and serve our communities worldwide in meaningful ways.

More broadly, Washington State is dedicated to providing all students with equal access to affordable higher education and to supporting their career and life goals. That unqualified support extends to our undocumented students as well, as authorized by the state.

We are carefully monitoring developments to better understand how the executive order issued Friday will impact our community. For the short term, we are advising non-U.S. citizens and their families from the impacted countries to refrain from traveling outside the United States.

Additionally, all of the University’s resources are being made available to our international students at this challenging time. Our International Programs Global Services staff (Bryan Hall 108/509-335-4508), in particular, is prepared to listen to concerns, provide assistance, share the latest information, and refer you to other resources if the need arises.

Kirk Schulz, President
Washington State University

Asif Chaudhry, Vice President
U.S. Ambassador (Ret.)
WSU International Programs

Office of International Programs Announces Photo Contest Winners

By Kate Meyer

PULLMAN, Wash. – Winners have been selected for an annual photo contest conducted by the Office of International Programs Global Learning Department.

To be eligible, entries must come from a WSU student who completed his/her education abroad program within the last 365 days.

This year’s winners will have their photographs displayed inside Bryan Hall during the 2016-17 academic year.

  • Amelia Brown (category: Educational Moments; location: Lemaire Channel, Antarctica)
  • Brenna Hendrickson (category: Landmarks and Landscapes; location: Zermatt, Switzerland)
  • Gina McNulty (category: Cougar Pride Goes Global; location: Argentina)
  • Nicholas Semrau (category: Windows to the World; location: Argentina)
  • Dylan Tarver (category: Discovering Local Culture; location: Prague, Czech Republic)

brown_antarcticaBrown named her photo “Wildlife Sighting Antarctic Style” and commented, “This photograph was taken on one of the wildlife observing expeditions we went on in Antarctica. On these expeditions we got to observe Penguins, other common birds, and a few different types of seals. We also were able to see the effects of glaciation and global warming first hand. We had spent all fall semester learning about topics such as these so it was very impactful to see all of this first hand.”

hendrickson_switzerlandWhile on the Carson College of Business Faculty Led program to Switzerland, Hendrickson snapped her shot, and spoke about the Matterhorn as a place that “takes your breath away and makes you blind, because of the altitude and the sun reflecting off the snow. We had fun playing in the snow and going on an adventure around Zermatt, Switzerland.”

mcnulty_argentinaCougar Pride runs high in McNulty, just like the love of seeing the world. She is sporting the flag during one of her many excursions outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on her spring program.

semrau_argentinaSemrau submitted this photo of the “Garganta de Diablo,” or the Devil’s Throat waterfall in Argentina. Reflecting on this experience, Semrau said, “This picture represents the beautiful and wild spirit of the jungle, the waterfalls and all that inhabit this ecosystem. Sadly, this ecosystem has seen some bad days specifically speaking about the problem of deforestation and the chemicals that enter the river as a result. I learned what sort of steps I can take to help raise awareness for this problem and how to promote change.

tarver_czechrepublicTarver, also participating in the Switzerland program, found time to explore Europe and his shot in Prague. “Europe has endless history, beautiful architecture, and street performers,” he said. “In Prague, they had some street acts that I had never seen before. This bubble act was one of them. The locals in Prague were very creative and captured the attention of many people. This photo showcases Prague’s personality in a way that makes you feel Czech culture.”

WSU Signs MOU with BGI

SHENZHEN, China – Washington State University and BGI signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding basic and applied research in agriculture, Wednesday. The MOU was signed by WSU Vice President for International Programs Asif Chaudhry and Dr. Huanming Yang, Chairman of BGI.

According to the agreement, WSU and BGI will cooperate on a strategic level in efforts to establish and conduct programs and activities of basic and applied research, technology and information transfer, and economic development.

WSU, founded in 1890, is a top-tier research institution, ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a “highest research activity” university-the highest classification. It has more than a century of excellence and fulfills its mission as Washington’s land-grant research university by providing educational opportunity, responding to the needs of Washington state through research, instruction and outreach, and contributing to economic development and public policy. WSU is committed to the pursuit of inquiry and discovery and applies knowledge through local, national, and global engagement to improve quality of life and enhance the economy of the state, nation, and world.

BGI is the world’s largest genomics organization with focus on research and applications in the healthcare, agriculture, conservation, and environmental fields. The recently established BGI Agriculture Group has an extensive scope, including animal and new plant variety development, plantation, livestock breeding, agricultural product processing, and circular ecological research and application with the aim to establish sustainable agricultural industry and guard national food security.

Dr. Chaudhry stated, “Washington State University is one of the leading research institutions in the field of agriculture in the United States, and BGI is engaged in cutting-edge research in the areas of food and agriculture, genetics and energy. This MOU establishes the beginning of a long-term strategic partnership between WSU and BGI in numerous areas of common interest that will lead to the two institutions jointly addressing global food security issues. This fits particularly well with WSU’s Grand Challenges in the areas of sustaining health and sustainable resources.”

Yonghong Mei, Chairman and CEO of BGI Agriculture Group, stated, “I’m extremely excited to work with Washington State University, which is a world leader in agricultural research, ranking in the top 10 for research productivity and influence in nearly every agriculture-related discipline. BGI Agro has capabilities and abundant expertise in agricultural research. By working with each other, BGI and WSU will certainly improve human health, agricultural economics, and accelerate the new agriculture industry development.”

Global Cougs Graduation Gala Honors Students

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Office of International Programs celebrated approximately 150 Washington State University graduates, Thursday, May 5 at Ensminger Pavilion during the Global Cougs Graduation Gala.

The event honored the University’s international students, as well as students who have had a global experience, including earning a Global Leadership Certificate and studying abroad.

The Ka Yan Tang Award, given annually to an international student who is active at WSU and in the community, was presented to Sreenath Panchagnula, the 2015-16 executive vice president of the International Students’ Council.

Nuvan Athukorala, WSU class of 1984, provided the keynote speech. Athukorala earned his bachelor’s degree in economics in Pullman and a master’s degree in finance at Georgia State University.

Currently, Athukorala is the director of global portfolio management at Epoch Investment Partners, Inc., in New York City.

A native of Sri Lanka, Athukorala’s message to the graduates focused on taking the skills they have learned at WSU and finding a passion in their future.

Athukorala stated, “If you love what you do, an hour will seem like five minutes. If it does not resonate with you, five minutes will seem like an hour.”

WSU Signs Agreement with Thailand University

PULLMAN, Wash. – In April, 2016, Washington State University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Khon Kaen University, a public research university in Thailand.

The partnership between the two institutions began in 2012. Most of the original agreement involves WSU providing pedagogical support to Khon Kaen’s Ph.D. program. The new document addresses areas of STEM education, diversity, curriculum and instruction, and special education.

Dr. Paul Groves-Price, Associate Dean for Diversity and International Programs, Dr. Mike Trevisan, Dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Asif Chaudhry, Vice President for International Programs, were instrumental in this collaboration.

“WSU has had a strong partnership with Khon Kaen University for nearly 15 years,” Chaudhry said. “This new MOU expands our relationship in areas where we share the same concerns, such as STEM education, diversity and multiculturalism. This agreement also opens the door for the possibility of faculty exchanges and research collaborations, as well as student exchanges and research opportunities.”

Global Learning Peer Advisor Receives Leadership Award

PULLMAN, Wash. – Each year, 30-40 students, in addition to faculty/students and Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), are selected for the President’s Award for Leadership.

Meghan Nyquist, a Global Learning Peer Advisor in WSU’s Office of International Programs, is one of this year’s recipients. The award is based on leadership and engagement with Washington State University. Students considered for the award demonstrate efforts into providing change to WSU. Furthermore, students are measured within the framework of the Social Change Model of Leadership including: consciousness of self, commitment, collaboration, common purpose and other qualities.

Global Learning Peer Advisors are given the opportunity to share their study abroad experience with prospective study abroad students. As a Global Learning Peer Advisor, you lead Global Cougs 101 info sessions, present your global experience, help students with their study abroad program and plan, and participate in events put on by the Office of International Programs.

Nyquist will be honored at the 20th annual LEAD Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

By Akinlana Sterling, WSU Office of International Programs

IALC Instructors Present at Regional Conference

In October, 2015, instructors at the Washington State University Intensive American Language Center, part of International Programs, gave presentations at the Tri-TESOL Conference in Des Moines, Wash. The Tri-TESOL Conference purpose is the enhancement of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program. It brings together instructors from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.

WSU faculty members selected as presenters and/or co-presenters include Amie Dussurget-Quesnell, Mohamed El Hess, Wanda Hvezda, Karen Jennings, Debra Johnson, Janet Murai, Elena Smith and Adam Sweeney.

Amie Dussurget-Quesnell
Overcoming the Challenges of a Multi-Level Classroom – Effective methods to transcend the traditional boundaries of multi-level classes were discussed.

Debbie Johnson
The Role of Creativity in Promoting Language Skills – This workshop demonstrated how creativity can support the development of language skills.

Wanda Hvezda
Getting Students to Finally Use the Grammar They Learned – This session showed how to use an original, short, experiential activity in a grammar class to help students apply grammar they have learned to first-hand experience.

Karen Jennings and co-presenter Janet Murai
Cultural Conversations and Language Practice through Film – Ways to use film to provide cultural windows and lively opportunities for listening, speaking and pronunciation were presented.

Elena Smith
Art as a “Language” to Teach Academic Writing – Results from experiments with art forms in academic writing classes were shared and provided hands-on activities involving art forms for ESL/EFL classes.

Adam Sweeney
Group Dynamics: Can One Bad Apple Spoil the Whole School? – Research was presented on the “Bad Apple Phenomenon” in sociology showing how and why individuals’ negative behavior dramatically hurts group performance.