Energy Alternatives for the 21st Century (UVU 22nd Annual Symposium on Environmental Ethics) Wednesday, April 1 & Thursday, April 2. See flyer.
Former President of Colombia to Speak at U
César Gaviria, the former president of Colombia and head of the Organization of American States, is speaking at the University of Utah on April 2. The Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah will host Gaviria for its 3rd Annual World Leaders Lecture Forum. Gaviria will speak on campus on "Leadership in an Uncertain World," with an emphasis on Latin America. (Salt Lake Tribune)
Foreign Service Careers
Amy J. Hyatt - Diplomat in Residence, Arizona State University
Thursday, April 2
BYU B106 JFSB
Life in the Foreign Service
Preparing for the Foreign Service Oral Exam 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Amy J. Hyatt is a career Foreign Service
officer with more than 23 years working for the U.S. Department of State, serving in Washington, D.C., six embassies overseas, and now at Arizona State University. See flyer.
Hybl Fellowship 2009
Application deadline: Friday, April 3
The Hybl Fellowship Program brings outstanding graduate students to Washington, D.C., each year to conduct research in democracy development, election administration, and civic participation in the political process. Hybl Fellows receive a stipend of $5,000 and must complete a paper for public or IFES internal presentation. The fellowship is open to students who have completed their undergraduate studies and who are working toward a graduate degree in international relations, political science, public administration, or a related area at a university in one of the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. See flyer.
UVU Celebración Latinoamericana - Tuesday, April 7
Join us at our 2nd Annual Celebración Latinoamericana on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, from 6:00-8:00 pm in the UVU Student Center Grande Ballroom. Tickets are $5.00 (adults) and $4.00 (children 4-11). Children 3 and under are free. Tickets are available at Campus Connection (863-8797). Ticket includes dinner and entrance into the Achiever's Program, which includes dances from various Latin American countries, awards, scholarships, and more. Bring your families or invite students to participate in this wonderful cultural event to celebrate the achievement and contributions of our Latino students and community members. Please email Kyle Reyes with any questions email@example.com. See flyer.
Human Resource Manager/Administrative Specialist
Application deadline: Tuesday, April 7
Help International has an opening for a Human Resource Manager/ Administrative Specialist. This position reports directly to and works closely with the executive director. Responsibilities will include routine administrative needs, volunteer coordinator duties, as well as an opportunity to be involved in creating organizational strategies that impact the operations and procedures of HELP International and those they serve. Those who work in small organizations, like HELP, are required to wear many hats to cover all the needs of the organization. If you like revolving responsibilities and an opportunity to work on a breadth of projects, you’re in the right place. See flyer.
Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Nations
Yuriy A. Sergeyev - Thursday, April 9
The Ambassador will speak on UVU campus at 11:30 a.m in LA 124. For more information contact Maryna Storrs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st Annual UVU Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement - Monday, April 13 & Tuesday, April 14
13th-Monday 9:00 - 4:00 p.m. & 14th-Tuesday 9:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Special International Session: 13th-Monday 3:00 p.m. in SC206b
Title: Engaging Our Students in a Global Classroom: Paris, Chernivtsi, London, Volcan Arenal, and More
Moderator: Grant Skabelund, Director UVU International Study Programs
Panelists: Gloria Gilmore, assistant professor of French and director of 2007, 2008, and 2009 France Study Abroad programs; Mina Wayman, assistant professor of Nursing and director of 2007 and 2008 Ukraine Study Abroad programs; Brian Whaley, assistant professor of English and director of 2007 and 2009 London Study Abroad programs; Allison Green, participant in 2008 London Study Abroad program and program assistant for 2009 London Study Abroad program.
Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Nations Murad Askarov - Monday, April 13
The Ambassador will speak on UVU campus at 10:00 a.m in WB 131. For more information contact Maryna Storrs at email@example.com.
Ambassador of Belarus to the United Nations
Andrei Dapkiunas - Monday, April 20
The Ambassador will speak on UVU campus at 10:00 a.m in LA 119. For more information contact Maryna Storrs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UN Intensive Summer Study Program
Monday, July 20–Friday, July 24
Application deadline: Friday, May 1
The UN Intensive Summer Study Program will be offered by the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University and the UN Association of the USA. Designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, this unique program immerses participants in the political dynamics of the UN. Students will attend official sessions at UN headquarters as well as briefings at UNA-USA. The course is designed to familiarize students with the inner workings of the UN by bringing them together with distinguished practitioners working in the field of multilateral diplomacy.
U.S. State Department Internships
Fall application deadline: Sunday, 1 March
Spring application deadline: Wednesday, 1 July
Summer application deadline: Sunday, 1 November
The State Department offers both domestic and foreign internships to undergraduate and graduate students. About half of the domestic internships are in Washington, D.C.; the rest are at State Department offices in other large cities in the country. The foreign internships are located in embassies and consulates throughout the world (except, of course, at dangerous locations). Students on these internships often end up doing some fairly substantial work, including writing reports (e.g., human rights issues), working with people applying for visas, helping Americans in distress, helping organize high-level conferences and visits, and assisting with trade negotiations. Foreign-language ability is a plus for internships abroad.
Students may apply for these internships through http://www.studentjobs.gov; just put "internship" in the "Search" field.
For other government job opportunities, go to http://makingthedifference.org. This is a very helpful and informative site that links to all the various federal agencies.
12th International Student Symposium
June 21-26, Prague, Czech Republic
This symposium is intended to inspire today’s youth to reach their full leadership and communicative potential in the area of international relations. The conference employs a multidisciplinary approach toward this goal, encompassing the study of political science, international affairs, and intercultural communication.
The conference will feature distinguished international experts on global issues and visits to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Czech Parliament, and selected foreign embassies in Prague. The UN crisis simulation and International Tribunal Criminal Court will provide students with the rare and invaluable opportunity to debate and assess specific topics dealing with democracy, nationalism, military activities, peace negotiation, European integration, and human rights. For more information about the application process and the conference, see the conference website.
NEWS IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Law Increases Funding for International Education and Exchange
On March 11, President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009. This law includes increases in FY 2009 funding for the Department of State's Educational and Cultural Exchange programs and the Department of Education's Title VI/Fulbright-Hays programs. Read more here.
Despite Expense, Foreigners Pursue US Degrees
For more information read article here.
UK Provides Guidance for March 31 Implementation of Tier 4: Student Visa
In preparation for the implementation of rules for Tier 4: Student Visas on March 31, 2009, the UK Border Agency has posted additional guidance for students and academic providers, including the new Tier 4: Student Visa application and a template for the letter of offer from the academic provider. Read more here.
France Allows U.S. Students on Short-Term Programs to Enter Without Visa
As of March 24, 2009, American passport holders are no longer required to obtain a visa for studies in France under 90 days. American passport holders will now be allowed to enter France as a tourist for programs under 90 days. Read more here.
NAFSA Urges Action on HI-B Visas
NAFSA has released a statement urging Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform, including the removal or adjustment of unrealistic caps on temporary and permanent employment-based visa categories, which include H-1B visas and green cards. Read NAFSA's statement. Numerous press reports have focused on the issue of skilled workers and the U.S. economy, and a recent report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation highlights growing concerns among international students about their prospects for securing work visas and finding employment in the United States (see article below).
Concerns Over Work Visas, Jobs
Highlighted in Kauffman Foundation Report
A new report released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation reveals that the majority of foreign students in the United States are worried about getting work visas and jobs in their fields, and feel that their home countries offer better employment prospects than the United States. The study is titled Losing the World's Best and Brightest: America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Part V. Two of its authors--Vivek Wadhwa and AnnaLee Saxenian--will be speaking at a plenary panel, "Exploring Global Talent Flows," at NAFSA's annual conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27.
Australia Launches $3.5 Million Campaign for International Students
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australia has kicked off a multimillion dollar campaign to draw more international students to Australia. Read more here.
OSU President Hopes to Boost Number of International Students
The president of Ohio State University (OSU), E. Gordon Gee, recently said that he wants to double the number of international students at OSU and would like every student to have a passport, according to Bloomberg.com. Read more here.
Iraqi Scholarship Program to Send Students to U.S.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is sponsoring a new scholarship initiative designed to help Iraqi students study at U.S. and British universities and colleges. While the scholarships will be based on merit, students who participate in the program will be required to return to Iraq to work after completing their studies. The head of the initiative in Iraq, Zuhair A.G. Humadi, first announced the program in May 2008 during NAFSA's annual conference in Washington, DC. Read more here.
New Form I-9 Required Starting April 3, 2009
On or after April 3, 2009, employers must use the 02/02/2009 edition of Form I-9 when verifying and reverifying the employment eligibility of their employees. The current edition of Form I-9, dated 06/05/2007, must continue to be used through April 2, 2009, but will no longer be valid for use on or after April 3, 2009. Read more here.
Brazilian Ambassador to the United States visits UVU - March 31
UVU Latino Youth Leadership in Action Conference - March 27. Read about the success of the day in the Salt Lake Tribune.
UVU Peace & Justice Studies presented: The 2009 J. Bonner Ritchie Dialogue on Peace and Justice: "Genocide: Histories, Evils, and Prevention" see flyer. March 24-25. Read the UVU Review article here.
Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the U.N.
Vitaly Churkin - See flyer. March 16