think: international CWRU Newsletter, October 10, 2014

  • International Affairs Visiting Committee Member: Presidential Appointment
  • New SELP Mentor Program


News and Announcements 

Global Talk Series 2014-2015

International Student Success Series: Fall 2014 Schedule

Interested in leading a summer study abroad course? Contact Molly Watkins in the Office of Education Abroad. Summer 2015 proposals are due October 15, 2014

Studying and interning abroad positively impact both short and long-term employability.

Meet a CWRU student through our monthly Global Perspective feature

Call for Peer Reviewers: Core Fulbright Scholar Program and Fulbright Specialist Program

Funding Opportunities

100,000 Strong in the Americas: Request for Proposals Promoting Study Abroad in Health and Nutrition (App Deadline: October 31, 2014)

U.S. Borlaug Fellows Graduate Research Grant in Global Food Security (App Deadline: November 1, 2014) 

The 2015-2016 Whitaker International Program provides funding for biomedical engineers/bioengineers to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad (Fellows and Scholars Program Deadline: January 20, 2015 | Summer Program Deadline: February 3, 2015)


Center for International Affairs
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The Center for International Affairs provides leadership, expertise, and support to the Case Western Reserve University community, cultivating a dynamic international presence and inspiring a culture of global understanding and responsibility.


International Affairs Visiting Committee Member Appointed to Presidential Advisory Board

On October 1st, 2014 Kevin Nealer, CWRU School of Law (‘78) alumnus and International Affairs Visiting Committee (IAVC) member, was named by President Obama as a Member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.  The Board provides the President with an independent source of advice on how well the Intelligence Community is meeting the needs of the nation.  Board members have direct access to the President, as well as information needed to perform their role.

Mr. Nealer is a Principal and Partner at the Scowcroft Group and his background includes serving as a Fulbright Professor in the People’s Republic of China, Professional Staff of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, and as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State.  In 2010 he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.  He has been a lecturer, program moderator, and adjunct professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the American Board of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.  His service with CWRU includes contributions to the IAVC which provides the Center for International Affairs with insight and guidance regarding the challenges and opportunities in CWRU’s internationalization process as set forth in the university’s strategic plan.

David Fleshler, Associate Provost for International Affairs, notes that, “Kevin’s extensive international policy, political, and economic experience and relationships have made a real difference to the International Affairs Visiting Committee, the Center for International Affairs and the university as we think strategically and tactically to advance CWRU’s global mission and vision.  We appreciate Kevin’s continued service on the Visiting Committee, especially as he takes on this new responsibility.” 

New SELP Mentoring Program for Undergraduate International Students 

SELP SI Tutor for Psychology, Abbey Fox and SELP Mentors: Yiru Zhong,  Tianxin (Tammy) Huang,  Jiabao Sun,  So Hee Moon (not pictured),  Guanzhou (Eddie) Qu, Jiayuan Zhang

Educational Services for Students (ESS) and the Spoken English Language Partner (SELP) program have initiated a unique SELP Mentor program for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The new program includes a group of six current international students who will serve as mentors to international undergraduate students who are new to campus.  The SELP Mentors, who are also undergraduate students, will be available to meet with new international students about general issues and questions such as: what activities are available on campus, how they have dealt with new everyday life challenges, and how to use campus resources.  However, the mentors are also able to help with more broad issues and share first-hand experiences from rushing a fraternity or sorority to dealing with culture shock. 

As international students themselves, the new Mentors will also play a valuable role in assisting ESS, SELP, and the Office of International Student Services with the development of programs and services for international students.

If you have new international students you feel would benefit from the SELP Mentor program, please contact Elise Geither  or call (216) 368-5230. ESS and SELP are located in Sears 470.

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