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Look back: OIA Activities from Fall 2018

The Fall semester was full of events and activities for Chatham student. The Office of International Affairs organized activities to bring students together across cultures and nationalities, and to introduce different aspects of American Culture. Following are some highlights from this past term:

September :

Global Mixer Kick-off

The first event of the semester, the Global Mixer welcomes students to Chatham, and welcomes back returning students. Students, from a variety of countries and cultures are encouraged to mix and mingle as they learn from each other.

 

East Liberty Presbyterian Church Tour and Tower Climb:

The tour of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church was not for the faint of heart. After receiving a brief overview of the Gothic Architecture and seeing the nave of the beautiful church, the group of almost 20 students started our journey climbing the steps to the tower. After passing through main staircases and a series of winding pathways in the walls of the church, there were several final small spiral staircases to climb. The final leg of the climb was ascending a small ladder onto the highest balcony that only about 4 students could share at a time. We had a 360* view of the city of Pittsburgh and a great breeze hitting our faces to cap off the satisfaction of our journey. After planting our feet firmly back on the ground, students headed to Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream for a sweet

 

Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center (COTRAIC) 40th Annual Three Rivers Pow Wow. 

Students from the United States, Japan, China, and South Korea attended the Pow Wow and engaged with Native Peoples from all over the US. The Pow Wow, held each September, is open to the public.

October:

Simmons Farm- Fall Activities Field Trip

Simmons Farm was a day of sunshine, pumpkins, apples, and fall flowers. The group of 16 headed out to Simmons Farm on one of the warmest days of Fall and enjoyed the activities it had to offer. After a quick hayride, students split into two groups and found their way through the corn maze. Students then chose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and enjoyed some of the cider provided to the group from the Farm. There were fields of beautiful flowers and delicious festival food to snack on. The farm even included a petting zoo with some lazy goats and hungry chickens!

 

Kennywood: Phantom Fright Nights! 

As part of the fall semester long weekend, OIA took students to  Kennywood. Kennywood, a local amusement park in operation since 1898, has thrilled generations of visitors. Located a few miles from Pittsburgh, it has roller coasters, a midway, arcade games, and classic American fare. In October, the park is transformed into one big haunted house for Phantom Fright Nights. Open late (6pm-midnight) and full of spooky costumes and decor, it’s a screaming good time.  Students from Brazil, Austria, Japan, South Korea, the US, and France, were able to enjoy a classic American amusement park, and Haunted attraction on a foggy spooky night!

 

December:

End of Term party!

Students celebrated the end of the semester, and for many the end of their studies at Chatham University, during OIA’s  End of Term party.

 

 

Study in Japan, Summer 2019: Japanese Language Immersion Course (JLIC) at Doshisha Women’s College

The summer program at Doshisha Women’s College (DWCLA) in Japan offers female undergraduate students who have at least half a year Japanese study experience:

  • Japanese language courses in two levels
  • Japanese cultural experiences, field trips, club visits, and other interactive programs with DWCLA students

Course Dates:

  • Term A: May 20th to June 14th, 2019
  • Term B: June 24 to July 19th, 2019

Features of the JLIC include:

  • small class sizes
  • entry level students are welcome
  • field trips in Kyoto
  • intercultural communication sessions with DWCLA students
  • two accommodation options – off-campus dorms or homestay

How to apply and Application forms:

http://www.dwc.doshisha.ac.jp/english/international_exchange/

Applications due by February 28, 2019.  For more information, contact internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

 

Apply for a Fulbright Summer Institute in the UK

London, England

Are you a first year or sophomore student looking for a funded summer study abroad experience in the UK?  Consider applying for this Fulbright opportunity.  Application deadline is 2/6/2019.

There are several UK Summer Institutes available every year. Each Institute is hosted by a different university, and each focus on a specific historical or cultural context, or a subject or topic. You do not need to be familiar with these to apply and are encouraged to explore your interests.

The best applications are from well-rounded students who can demonstrate:

  • Strong academic ability
  • Ambassadorial skills
  • Intercultural sensitivity
  • Genuine desire to learn more about the UK and to share aspects of American culture
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Community involvement
  • Leadership potential
  • Plans to further the Fulbright mission and give back to the US upon returning
Giant’s Causeway, outside Belfast

Applying

Applications for 2019 Institutes are open now through 6 February at 5pm EST.

  1. Read the FAQs and terms and conditions
  2. Read our Privacy Policy for applicants
  3. Apply online and upload a transcript to the application form as a PDF (official transcripts are preferred)
  4. Select two (2) references and place their e-mail addresses into the application. They should receive a notification message that will lead them to their own online portal to submit a reference letter.

The application form must be completed, with transcript attached, and submitted before the deadline. Your references should also submit your letters before the deadline or your application will be incomplete.  An application will not be considered completed if any of these items are missing or submitted late.

Bristol, England

Interviews

Finalists will be invited to interview in late March. Summer Institute interviews are by video conference call and can only be rescheduled under extreme circumstances.

 For more information or other study abroad opportunities, contact the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu or visit us, Falk Hall, lower level.

Consortium for Study Abroad in Taiwan: World-Class Education & Vibrant Adventure

Are you interested in being placed in a personalized study abroad program that fits your academic needs and interests for a semester or summer term? Consider studying abroad in Taiwan! Through the Consortium for Study Abroad in Taiwan (CSAT), you can have a great experience abroad for a very reasonable cost.

When you apply to study abroad through CSAT, an adviser provides you with options for a customized program in a Taiwanese university.  CSAT will give students several different choices to meet their academic requirements.  Practically all major disciplines can be accommodated through CSAT member institutions in Taiwan.

Housing and language instruction are also included in the program fee so students won’t have to worry about arranging where they will live. The total fee for semester programs is $7,950, and short term programs during the summer range in cost. Additional scholarships are available to help study abroad costs through CSAT and through Chatham. All Chatham undergraduate students also receive a one-time $1,200 voucher to support their study abroad experience. Students completing an international certificate may be eligible for an additional $1800 toward study abroad.

For program information, visit:

http://csat.fulbright.org.tw/

Please contact Karin Chipman at kchipman@chatham.edu or internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions or for application information.

Highlights of the 2018-2019 Global Focus: Year of Ireland

 

Professor Jim Pierson, Global Focus Coordinator this year, and his wife, Kathleen Pierson, standing on property that has been owned by her mother’s maiden family (the Smyth’s) since circa 1830, in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Global Focus Year of Ireland highlights the Opening Picnic with a great Irish menu on August 28; discounted tickets and free transportation to Pittsburgh Irish Music Festival; a screening of the Emmy-award winning documentary “Ireland’s Great Hunger & The Irish Diaspora;” a music recital by John O’Conor, an internationally acclaimed Irish pianist; and “A Reflection on Women’s Reproductive Rights, Considering Faith-Based Perspectives and Recent Ireland Historic Changes.” Plan to attend!

We are excited about our campus activities celebrating the Global Focus Year of Ireland, as well as our study-abroad trip planned for May 2019.  Opening convocation and picnic on August 26th kicks off with a “Six-Piece Flock of Riveting Celtic Music” from the popular local Irish group, the Wild Geese Band.

To align our taste buds to the Emerald Island, a great Irish menu will be served at the opening picnic, to include baked salmon, corned beef and cabbage, traditional Irish coddle, and vegan Guinness stew, along with traditional Irish sides and desserts.  All good!

Chatham students will be able to receive discounted tickets and free bus transportation to the famous Pittsburgh Irish Music Festival at a nearby venue.  This event attracts over 20,000 visitors over a three-day weekend and celebrates Irish music, culture, language, and other neat things, such as an Irish dog show.  Plan to attend!

To highlight just a few of the events planned during the fall for the Year of Ireland, on October 25th, we will present a documentary of “Ireland’s Great Hunger & The Irish Diaspora,” an Emmy award-winning documentary (48 minutes) and discussion by documentary Chief Historian, Dr. Christine Kinealy, Professor of History and Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University.

We will also have John O’Conor, an internationally acclaimed Irish pianist and former director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, present a recital on campus, at 11:30 am, Tuesday, November 6th.

One other key event will be “A Reflection on Women’s Reproductive Rights, Considering Faith-Based Perspectives and Recent Ireland Historic Changes.”  This will be an important co-sponsored event by Global Focus, the Interfaith Council, and Chatham’s Women’s Institute.  In 1983, The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland, which strictly limited abortion, was adopted by a referendum vote of Irish citizens by a 2 to 1 majority. Fast forward to 2018, where the repeal of the 8th Amendment was adopted by a referendum vote of a 2 to 1 majority of Irish citizens.

However, in the United States, efforts to further limit women’s reproductive rights are in full display in 2018 as seen in political campaigns, legislative and judicial activity, and as an issue in the supreme court nomination process.  Thus, the issues of women’s reproductive rights are ripe for reflection, in context of faith-based perspectives, and in comparing and contrasting global perspectives between Ireland and the United States.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates on Global Focus activities during the Year of Ireland!

The importance of maintaining immigration status

The importance of maintaining immigration status

While studying in the United States, it is important to follow the rules and regulations for your visa category.

Your student status aligns with your primary purpose in the United States: to study. If you do not follow the regulations for your student status, you risk losing your student status in the United States (termination).

Actions that may lead to termination include, but are not limited to,

  • working without authorization;
  • taking less than full-time course load without authorization;
  • failing to make academic progress;
  • and failure to report a change of address;

Failure to maintain status can lead to serious consequences, such as accruing “unlawful presence.” The accrual of unlawful presence may lead to deportation, and a 3-10-year or lifetime ban on entering the United States.

On August 9, 2018, USCIS updated their policy regarding when “unlawful presence” begins to be counted. If you fail to maintain your student or exchange visitor status, you will begin to accrue unlawful presence immediately.

If you are an F-1 student, you have 60 days after the program end date on your Form I-20,  to leave the United States. Failure to depart within this grace period could adversely impact your ability to re-enter the United States.

Always remember to talk with your designated school official (DSO) if you have any questions about maintaining status while studying in the United States. The Office of International Affairs sends monthly reminders on maintaining status.

For more information, visit the Maintaining Status page on Study in the States website (https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/) for information and tips to help you maintain your status.

Additional information:

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Emory at the Office of International Affairs:

k.Emory@chatham.edu  |  412-365-1388

Fulbright US Student Program 2019-2020

The Fulbright 2019-20 US student program is open! Please see https://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants/getting-started

Through this program, recent graduates can researchstudy or teach abroad.  There are over 2,200 awards available for 2019-20, an increased number of English Teaching Assistant (ETA) placements and an increase in Master’s degree program placements.

If you have graduated (undergraduate or graduate study), or will graduate by spring 2019, you can apply. To help you get started, please review the archived information sessions available at  https://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants/information-sessions

Chatham’s on campus Fulbright application deadline is September 10, 2018.  Please see the below timeline and checklist for further information.

April 2018:

Online application opens.  View awards by clicking on specific countries at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/regions

April-May 2018:

  • Thoroughly read Fulbright website
  • Review differences between ETA (English Teaching Assistant) grants and Research/Study grants
  • Research your country and Fulbright commission (either grant). Carefully consider the profile of countries. Keep up with current events in the country.
  • Research your topic if you are applying for a Research grant; discuss your research topic with your academic advisor and department for ideas and input.
  • Begin networking and start looking for affiliations (names and universities) if you are applying for a Research grant. Make initial outreach to university abroad.  If you are unsure about how to approach universities, request assistance from your academic advisor, department and/or Fulbright Program Advisors (FPAs)
  • Work on your language proficiency (register for summer classes and/or self-study)
  • Look for opportunities to strengthen your candidacy. Become a language partner for the English Language Program.
  • Be in touch with FPAs to schedule advising appointments.

Summer 2018

  • Update your CV/resume
  • Start drafting statements for application
  • Fill out your personal details on the application
  • Start looking for language reference writers; continue language study
  • Think about your recommenders and reach out to them.
  • Follow up contact with the university abroad as necessary, secure affiliation letter
  • Request university/college transcripts (unofficial is okay) from all schools attended in US and abroad
  • Share first drafts of your essays with FPAs by July 16 (or earlier)

 August 15, 2018, Deadline to share revised draft statements with FPAs /Fellowship committee for feedback before campus deadline

September 10, 2018, Campus Deadline.  You must submit final drafts of your statements at this time and list your recommenders, language, etc.

September 17-21, 2018 On campus interviews with Fellowship committee. (exact days/times TBD). Campus committee evaluation completed.  (FPAs upload form to Embark system).

Applicants will be able to make additional revisions to application post-interview.

October 9, 2018, 5 pm EST.  Online application system closes at 5:00 P.M. EST.

Late January 2019. Finalists announced.

March-May 2019. Fulbright winners announced by country.

If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright grant, and for support in the application process, please get in touch with Karin Chipman, kchipman@chatham.edu or Chris Musick, cmusick@chatham.edu.

Global Focus Year of Indonesia: Ecological and Human Diversity

By Greg Galford

Global Focus Coordinator

Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture

The Global Focus country of the year for 2017-18 is Indonesia. This is due to the ongoing relationships that Chatham has had with the country for several years. Over the past few months, a series of activities have been planned for the upcoming year that should give students and faculty a basic understanding of the place. Indonesia is a country of 260 million people, making it the fourth largest country in the world. Being comprised of 17,000 islands and being the world’s most populous Muslim country attest to its importance. It is currently the sixteenth largest economy in the world and a major exporter of natural resources and manufactured goods.

The ENG 105 courses will be using the book, Supernova, by author Dee Lestari. She is a well-known singer and author within the country and her books are best sellers. This book presents unique characters outside the norms of traditional Indonesian society and is set within upscale modern Jakarta. Ms. Lestari will be visiting with Chatham students through a Skype discussion in November.

Global Focus will be presenting the film, The Peace Agency, by Sue Useem, in December as part of the Women’s Film Series. The director will be at Chatham that day to participate in a discussion about the film.

An event to showcase the music of Indonesia will include a presentation of the gamelan orchestra at the University of Pittsburgh. This event is currently being planned and a date and venue will be announced soon.

The Office of Student Activities is planning a badminton event for the fall or spring semester as it is the national sport of Indonesia.

Various faculty presentations regarding the history, culture, and art of the country are currently in the planning stages.

We hope to host the Indonesian ambassador on Chatham’s campus in the spring. Coordination is now under way for that event.

The Global Focus website is now current with Indonesia events. Please check that for further details

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