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Autumn Quarter 11/21/2022 - F-1 Student Newsletter

Featured Topics:
  • Thanksgiving Holiday and Indigenous People's Day
  • Introducing our new Assistant Director of Student Services and Compliance
  • ISS Availability 11/21-25
  • Traveling this weekend? Get a travel signature!
ISS Vibes and News
  • Thanksgiving Food
Upcoming Events & Deadlines

ISS & ISHIP Hours this week

Thanksgiving Holiday and Indigenous People's Day

To many Americans, Thanksgiving has a special meaning. People might spend time with family or friends, watch football, play games, decorate for upcoming winter holidays, or take long weekend trips. While many of us enjoy having time off for Thanksgiving, the U.S. has a complicated history with this holiday. To understand more, we encourage you to learn more about Indigenous People's Day, a holiday UW celebrates the Friday after Thanksgiving. And, if possible, spend some time with your friends as you settle in for your final few weeks of autumn quarter.

Introducing our new Assistant Director of Student Services and Compliance

Today is the first day of work for our new Assistant Director of Student Services and Compliance. Some of you might know Justin as he's served as an international student advisor with ISS for the past two years. Our team is happy to have him continue with ISS in his new leadership role. So, while you may not see Justin in drop-in advising anymore, know that he is behind the scenes supporting you!
Fun facts about Justin: he loves tennis, kimchi, and cats.


ISS Availability this week

  • November 21-23 - The ISS office is closed to the public. Advisors will be available via virtual drop-ins and email advising.
  • November 24 & 25 - Thanksgiving and Indigenous People's Day - Our office is closed and we won't be checking our email or working.

Traveling this weekend? Get a travel signature!

We hope that most of you joined us for our travel signature clinics these past few weeks so that you're ready to travel. If you haven't, please review our emergency travel protocols.
And always remember, YOU are responsible for your F-1 status.

Thanksgiving Food

For most of us in ISS, food is a big part of our Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving traditions. Here are our favorite foods for this harvest season holiday.
  • Vegetarian stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with gravy -- Kareen Kanjo, ISS advisor
  • Stuffing -- Alisa Sweet, ISS advisor
  • Stuffing with gravy, cranberry, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream -- Ed Farnham, ISS program assistant
  • Pecan pie and enchiladas -- Leana de la Torre, ISS advisor
  • Pistacchio pudding -- Sharece Bunn, ISS assistant director
  • Mashed potatoes (no gravy needed if they're nice and fluffy) and Brussels sprouts with bacon bits and peaches -- Jo Anne Marie Ancheta -- ISS advisor
  • Pizza -- Justin Mellish, ISS assistant director


ISS & ISHIP Autumn Quarter Hours

The International Student Services office is open for regular business hours. You can visit our front desk Monday through Thursday, 1 PM to 4 PM.

The ISHIP Office has a virtual front desk Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 11 AM. An advisor is available to meet with you about insurance Monday through Thursday.
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