VSU Faculty Exchange Opportunities - Please contact Dr. Ivan Nikolov to discuss collaborative projects and ideas.
News & Announcements
The US Department of Homeland Security published a new rule for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension, which goes into effect on May 10, 2016. More information on this ruling can be found here. This ruling can affect international students with an F-1 immigration status in 11 majors at VSU.
New International Students: 29 new international students on F-1 visas, and 6 new international exchange students on J-1 visas. We have 259 continuing international students on F-1 visas, and 10 exchange students on their second semester at VSU.
New International Students: 67 international students started their first semester at VSU. 51 are on F-1 visas, and 16 are on J-1 visas.
IDEA Center Workshop: Dr. Ivan Nikolov will be doing a workshop on September 18, 2015 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am. The topic is "Effective Faculty Communication with VSU International Students: How to Help Them Stay and Be Successful." Registration for this workshop is through the Employee Training Portal.
Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants: Ms. Athar Ezzaldeen (Egypt) and Ms. Yulia Poltavskaya (Russia), will be at VSU for AY 2015 - 2016.
Dr. Doug Podoll and Ms. Shana Yorkey hosted tax workshops on March 18, 4:00 - 5:00 pm & 5:30 - 6:30 pm, for non-US citizens (F-1/J-1)/H1-B at Odum Library 3270.
The 39th International Dinner was held on April 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Student Union Ballrooms.
George Siemens, the "grandfather of MOOCS," presented at the AIEA (Association of International Educators Administrators) Conference in Washington D.C., on February 15-18, 2015. You can view his presentation on "Changing and Becoming" by clicking on the link. For access to the PDF version, please click here.
Brown Scholars: The Department of Adult and Career Education at Valdosta State University’s Dewar College of Education and Human Services hosted Dr. Halden Morris, a Brown Scholar from the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Kingston, Jamaica, during the Spring 2015 semester. Dr. Morris is a member of the faculty of humanities and education in the School of Education on UWI's Mona Campus. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in occupational education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His areas of academic specialization include technical and vocational education and training and technology education. Read more on VSU's news page.
Drs. Deborah Davis (Graduate School), and Ivan Nikolov (Center of International Programs) attended the winter session of COBEC (Consortium for Belize Educational Collaboration) February 5-7, 2015.
Dr. Nanci Scheetz (COEHS) coordinates student research in the San Pedro, Belize school district to assist students with hearing problems.
Representatives from Tama University and Kansai University visited VSU in February 2015. Tama University's representative was in Valdosta from February 10-12, and Kansai University's representative from February 18-19, 2015.
The Center for International Programs and the Honors College hosted Dr. Kathleen Moore-Walsh during the third week of February as a visiting professor from Waterford. She will be working with some of our Honors classes (Counter-Culture and Introductory Seminar) that week as well as meeting with the students who are going on the 2015 Honors' Ireland Study Abroad Program.
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