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Current ISO Student News

Issue 2: September 15, 2016


Table of Contents

  1. Free English Conversation Skills (ECS) Program starting September 20  (more)
  2. Sign Up Now! ISO Day Trip to Niagara Falls - October 1  (more)
  3. Presentation: Networking & Interviewing as an International Student - September 21 (more)
  4. "Why I Love Studying in New York" International Student Photo Contest  (more)
  5. Rowe Fund Loan Program for Citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean  (more)
  6. RGC Spotlight: Country Western Night - October 7  (more)
  7. Campus FocusHispanic Heritage Month 2016  (more)


Free English Conversation Skills (ECS) Program starting September 20

The Warner School of Education is again partnering with the ISO to offer a free English Conversation Skills (ECS) Program!  Classes will run for about 10 weeks, starting the week of September 20.  Please choose the session that best suits your schedule and language needs. Your class section options are the following:: 

Tuesdays, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (Beginner Level)

Wednesdays, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Conversation Skills)

Thursdays, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Conversation Skills)

Fridays, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Conversation Skills)

There are limited spots available in each section so don’t delay in signing up!  To sign up for a class section please use the online form:  If you have any questions please e-mail


Sign Up Now! ISO Day Trip to Niagara Fall - October 1

Take a day trip to the American side of Niagara Falls!  We will depart at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 1 from River Campus and return that evening around 6:30 pm.  The cost of the trip at $75 for adults ($65 for children 6-12 years, and $30 for children under 6 years) includes roundtrip bus transportation and a Discovery Pass.  The Discovery Pass includes the following attractions: Niagara Legends of Adventure Theatre, Aquarium of Niagara, Cave of the Winds, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, and the popular Maid of the Mist boat ride.  This day is yours to plan!  There are plenty of things to see and do during our day at Niagara Falls.  Seating on the bus is limited, so sign up soon!  Deadline to sign up is September 23.  Sign up by visiting ISO at 213 Morey Hall or at ESM Walk-in Hours in ESM 506.  Payment in full is required to reserve your seat (cash, check, or money order only) and cancellations can only be refunded when another student is available on our waitlist to take your space.  Please see the event flyer for additional details.  Please email if you have any questions.  This trip has become very popular among our international students and 2016 promises to be another great one.  We hope you can join us!


Presentation: Networking & Interviewing as an International Student, September 21

Wednesday, September 21
11:00AM – 12:30PM
Ryan Case Method Room (I-9576), UR Medical Center

On Wednesday, September 21, Dan Beaudry will offer a presentation “What Every International Trainee Should Know About US Employment: A Recruiter’s Perspective.”  After the presentation, five students will have the opportunity to go to lunch with him.   This presentation will be useful for students trying to make the best impression during networking and interviewing.

Dan Beaudry is the author of “Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States.”  Formerly, Dan ran campus recruiting for, including the growth and management of Monster’s MBA Executive Development and Leadership program.  Dan is the former Associate Director of Corporate Recruiting at the Boston University School of Management where he constructed and delivered the school’s international student employment series.  He now works for uConnect Inc., a career services advisory firm that works with private and public institutions and universities, including MIT, Boston College and Bentley University. 

This event is organized by the UR Postdoctoral Association, ISO, and URBEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) and sponsored by URBEST.

If interested, please register at  All are welcome to attend!


"Why I Love Studying in New York" International Student Photo Contest

Take a picture or short video of your favorite thing about studying in New York and enter for a chance to win a prize.  The 2nd Annual Study New York International Student "Why I Love Studying in New York" photography contest is open!  Students compete by submitting a photo or short video that illustrates their love for studying in New York.  Submissions are due by November 1, 2016.  Go to or to for full details and to enter.


Rowe Fund Loan Program for Citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean

The Organization of American States offers the Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund to financially assist students with their studies or research at accredited universities in the U.S.  This program provides interest-free educational loans of up to $15,000 to both undergraduate and graduate students who are citizens of Latin America or the Caribbean.  For more information and application instructions, please visit


RGC Spotlight: Country Western Night - October 7

Friday, October 7
7:30PM - 9:30PM
2201 Lehigh Station Road (Barn at Liberty Hill)
Yee-haw!  RGC will hold its annual Country Western Night at the Barn at Liberty Hill, home of the RIT President, this October!  The dance is free to attend, and transportation will be available for a small fee.  This event is always a great time, where you can learn traditional American folk dance!  One of the best square dance callers in upstate New York will be there along with a LIVE band!  Enjoy various North American music traditions such as Irish, Anglo, French Canadian, New England, and southern Appalachian old time!  Remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.  If you don't care to dance, you may simply come to socialize and have fun!  Light refreshments will be served.  Please submit your intent to participate by using the Reservation Form online, and indicate whether you will need transportation.  

Rochester Global Connections (RGC) is a community-based volunteer organization that provides services to international students and Department of State visitors in the Rochester area. The International Services Office (ISO) hosts RGC at the University of Rochester and co-sponsors many events and activities.


Campus Focus: Hispanic Heritage Month 2016

America has a large and vibrant Spanish-speaking population, which contributes to the diversity of our nation and communities.  Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year beginning on September 15.  The University of Rochester has planned several programs in recognition of Hispanic heritage and its influence on our campuses, and a detailed calendar of events has been posted online

The Memorial Art Gallery will also host Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day, where you can experience Hispanic/Latino culture with art activities, music and dance performances, tours, international displays, and more!  Programs will run from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 2. 



Editor: Lena Ovcharov, International Student Advisor