September 2019 Newsletter for Faculty and Staff
New Faculty Co-Chair for
International Affairs Advisory Council
   The International Affairs Advisory Council (IAAC) has a new faculty co-chair at the helm alongside Vice Provost for International Affairs David Fleshler.
   Cheryl Toman, Professor of French, Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program has been selected to help lead the council for the next two years.
   “Cheryl brings valuable expertise and extensive international experience to the IAAC. She has been a long-time champion of internationalization at Case Western Reserve University and the Center for International Affairs looks forward to continuing its relationship with her in her leadership of the IAAC,” said Fleshler.
   "I am so honored to be the co-chair of the IAAC,” said Toman, “I've been in awe of what the Center has been able to accomplish in a relatively short amount time on this campus and I share the same passion. I've been grateful for what the Center has offered me personally and professionally and I feel fortunate for this opportunity to give something back.”
   The IAAC helps guide CWRU’s international activity and is comprised of university administrators, senior faculty, and the deans of all schools and the college.
   Toman is a Fulbright Scholar who recently received her second grant which will take her to Germany in October. She also leads multiple study abroad programs for CWRU students. This year, she will be taking students to France during winter break and the summer and to Jordan during spring break.
CWRU Students Awarded Grant to Improve Schools in India
Two Case Western Reserve University students dedicated their summer to improving the education experience for students and teachers at three schools in Jawhar, India.
Aayush Parikh and Kareem Agag and a student from another university teamed up to install solar panels to the schools which previously did not have access to electricity. As someone who grew up in India, Parikh says he realized the vast differences between life in
urban and rural areas of his country and wanted to help correct them. The team decided to focus its efforts on the schools because the members believe educating the next generation will uplift the entire village.
The project was primarily funded through a $10,000 grant from Projects for Peace, which works to encourage student initiative, innovation, and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution, or reconciliation. Representatives from the Center for International Affairs and Undergraduate Studies advise students throughout the application process to help them create a competitive proposal, and CWRU students have been awarded the grant each year since 2017.
Now, the classrooms are well lit and have a cooling and ventilation system. The team hopes the students will be inspired to pursue higher education due to their upgraded classrooms and improve their job prospects to help alleviate the difficulties their families currently face in the villages.
Mocktail Hour & Networking Training for
International Students
Networking events can be great places for students to connect with people as they begin their career, but these events can also be awkward and confusing. The Center for International Affairs is hosting a Mocktail Hour and Networking Training event on Thursday, October 3 to help international students prepare for their job search and learn how to successfully navigate networking events. A professional etiquette instructor will provide students with hands-on training that will be followed by real-life practice with non-alcoholic drinks known as “mocktails” and passed hors d'oeuvres. This International Student Success Series event is being held in partnership with the Office of Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education. It will take place at 4:00 pm in the Tomlinson Hall Lobby and tickets are $10. International students who are interest in attending can find more information on the International Student Services’ CampusGroups page.

 Get to Know the Center Staff
Angie Beca joined the Center for International Affairs this month as an International Student Advisor in the Office of International Student Services.
She brings four years of experience supporting Case Western Reserve University students in her previous role with the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.
Beca enjoys helping others and is excited to put that passion into practice by advising international students. 
She received her bachelor’s degree in International Business and Economics from Ohio Northern University and studied abroad for a month in Spain. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from The University of Akron.
Beca encourages any CWRU faculty or staff who have questions about international students to contact her. She can be reached at

Upcoming Events
Research & Funding Opportunities
German Academic Service Exchange

Fogarty International Center

American Overseas Research Centers

Call for Fulbright Program Peer Reviewers

Student Global Perspectives
Márcio O’Dwyer, an international student from Brazil whose cat is a viral sensation on YouTube, says studying at CWRU was a dream come true. He has wrapped up a PhD in physics and moved on to a job in San Francisco, but he has some words of encouragement for the next generation of CWRU students here.
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