ISS Advisory Board Newsletter

Winter Quarter 2015


ISS Advisory Board was created during academic year 2010-2011 with the following purpose in mind. 1
) To receive advise and approval from board members in policy making affecting International Students. 2) To inform board members regarding updates from ISS office and International Students statistics. 3) To hear concerns or suggestions from board members to improve services offered to International Students.

Since we currently do not have items to discuss with our board members as a group, in lieu of meeting,  we would like to offer updates via this newsletter. However, we'd like your input and proposals for International Education Week for Autumn 2015 (please read the very last section below)! 

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, our door is always open! We look forward to hearing from you and thank you so much for your continuous support!


Akane Yamaguchi, M.Ed.
Assistant Director of ISS

Winter Quarter Career Workshops!

According to this research conducted in 2014, availability of career related assistance was one of the leading factors for International Student population to be retained at universities.  ISS had been designating February as International Student Career Month but this year, we decided to make the entire Winter Quarter, the International Student Career Quarter!

ISS hosted total of 11 career related workshops. Attendance varied from 1 to 14. The average attendance was 6.  Topic we covered includes: Three different types of Optional Practicum Trainings (OPT), Curricular Practical Training (CPT), LinkedIn & Networking, Resume & Cover Letters, Interview, H-1B and Other Employment Visa Categories and finally Career Discussion Panel of Current Students and Recent Graduates. 
The Career Panel consisted of students who currently work at Intel, Expedia Inc, WA State Dep. of Licensing, World Trade Center Tacoma and Colehour Cohen Inc.They shared valuable career related tips for participants.

We'd like to express big THANK YOUs to Jake Nelko from Career Services and Andrew Buffington from Davies and Pearson for their presentations!

International Student Population Statistics

Average GPA Continuing Undergrads: 3.02
Average Transfer GPA (NEW Undergrads): 3.35

Top Transfer/Feeder Schools (Undergrads):
Pierce College
Tacoma Community College
Highline Community College
Green River Community College
Seattle Central College

This year the percentage of international students is 5.26% in comparison to total students enrollment. Overall there is a significant growth in international students annually.
In Winter 2015 quarter, 47 International Students applied for graduation, 28 of them applied for Post Completion Optional Practicum Training benefit through United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This benefit allows students to work in their field of study anywhere in the U.S. for 12 months. 

International Students' Spotlight

2nd Place in the Milgard Case Competition

(R-L) Joe Lawless, Evan Hinton, Rachel Reynolds, Xunfeng Jack Li, Kailun Dong

A team including two international students, Xunfeng "Jack" Li from China and Kailun Dong from Hong Kong won 2nd place at the Milgard Business School Case Competition. In this competition, the team analyzed taxi-hailing-apps: Uber and Lyft. Their recommendations and suggestions were based on positive financial, environmental, and social responsibility that led their teams won the 2nd place. UWT-ISS congratulates both of them in sincere regards.

Microsoft Summer Internship 


Rahul Deshpande, an inspiring international student from India just got an internship offer at Microsoft. Rahul Deshpande, an undergraduate Computer Science major at UWT, was thrilled to accept this offer. He will be working at Microsoft's Redmond Campus under supervision of  Principal Director of Content Publishing.The office of UWT-ISS congratulates Rahul on his success!

A Job Offer from KPMG

A senior accounting student, Nozomi Takahashi from Japan, just accepted a position with KPMG in Santa Clara, CA. KPMG is one of the largest consulting firms in the world. Congratulations, Nozomi!

Now Accepting Proposals for IEW 2015!

International Education Week (IEW) is celebrated across the world and the main purpose is to recognize the value of International Education. It's part of initiative by the Dept. of State and the US Dept. of Education.
Celebrating IEW at UWTis critical because the university seeks to educate students who can strive in this ever changing global society. We would like the entire campus community to be part of celebrating this important week!
UWT IEW will be celebrated between Monday, Nov. 16 to Friday, Nov. 20.
Do you have any program you are planning during Autumn that perhaps can be tied to IEW? OR would you be interested in creating a new program to contribute to IEW? 
Here are some examples of previously held IEW events: presentation, lecture, panel discussions, poetry readings, film viewing, discussion group, off-campus dining experience at ethnic restaurants, tabling events, international trivia, pick up sports match, displays, photo contest, language conversation table and more. For the sample of last year's IEW, please refer to 
this page
We'd really appreciate if you can take a look at
 IEW Proposal Form, talk to your colleagues, students, friends and submit a proposal by May 1.
Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance!
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