Issue 2: Fall 2014

Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

Utah State University graduate student, Chenyong (Jessie) Zhu, Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, received the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. Zhu was recognized at the Emma Eccles Jones CEHS Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Jessie Zhu has been serving as an instructional designer for the Rehabilitation Services Administration's (RSA) central repository of training and technical assistance materials, known as the National Clearinghouse for Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) at Utah State University under the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation since June 2009. She also serves as the IT specialist for the NCRTM, as well as for universities, state agencies, national rehabilitation organizations, all of RSA, and the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers' web-based trainings.

Zhu encourages current international students to be always proud of being a part of USU. "The culture you bring to our school has its own value and it is very special and unique. I understand there are lots of challenges for us as international students. Please Trust Yourself! Know that the professors, instructors, and staff are always your best resource and strong support." To contact Jessie, please email her at

Global Academy

This summer, Utah State University welcomed 167 students to the Global Academy program—the largest academy class since its inception in 2007! Students from all over the world, including the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Yemen, arrived in Cache Valley to participate in English classes, cultural immersion activities, and excursions. While the Global Academy students took advantage of these world-class experiences, USU and the Cache Valley community were enriched by the students’ own vibrant cultures and customs. This summer’s incredible class connected with USU students and volunteer organizations, as well as local religious groups, businesses and summer citizens. Many Global Academy participants found Logan to be a home away from home, and wish to return for future graduate studies at USU. Until then, we are thrilled that they will be spreading the Aggie spirit around the globe.

For more information about Global Academy, contact Ben Wilkey, Coordinator of Global Academy Programs, at or 435-797-9211, visit, or stop by the Office of Global Engagement found in the south side of the Military Science Building. Offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (photo by Norian Cruz, Utah State University)

Study Abroad

Ceasar Abbott 2014, USU international student from Dominican Republic, and USU study abroad student with ISEP: "During my time at Utah State University, I got to experience what it was like to be an international Aggie both incoming and outgoing. Being an international student here myself, I felt that I wanted to expand my knowledge beyond the borders of the western hemisphere. I spent two spring semesters studying in Germany. After the first time, I noticed I was picking up the language very fast, and wanted to continue to improve, so I decided to study abroad in Germany the second time. Not only did I improve my German to a whole new level, I met people from all corners of the globe who had the same interests. Last spring before graduating, I had another chance to go on a short-term program to Japan. On all programs, I got to study subjects different from my major, which allowed me to learn new things, new cultures, and a new way of life. To me, taking part in these programs allowed me to grow both as a person and as an academic. It is part of what I call the "University of Life," because it's something I wouldn't have experienced staying all four years in the same place. I now know places all over the world that I once thought to be beyond my reach. I encourage you to go abroad, get out of your comfort zone and discover a world outside." (Ceasar Abbott is the person sitting in the back left in the photo.)

Find out more about semester, short-term, and faculty-led study abroad programs with USU Study Abroad!

USU Study Abroad Fair: September 17, 2014 in the Taggart Student Center, 2nd floor - Sunburst/International Lounge from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

USU Partner Program Applications Deadline for Spring 2015: October 1, 2014. Contact Study Abroad for more information to begin your adventure today! Military Science Building, Room 118; 435-797-0601; or

International Student Council (ISC) Members 2014-2015

The ISC is a student organization representing about 1000 international students attending USU from 85 countries.

The ISC represents international students concerning co-curricular activities. It also promotes awareness of cultural diversity and international issues. The ISC considers itself a fun group of people from all four corners of the globe working together to enhance the quality of the USU campus.

ISC Executive Council 2014-2015

(in the order listed in the photo)

Mohammad Alsoqur, Executive Vice President – Undergraduate/Senior
Civil Engineering major from Saudi Arabia
Mohammad is the oldest of ten children. He has been attending USU since 2012 and graduates in May 2015. He loves outdoor activities, such as swimming, skiing. and horseback riding.

Yuzhen Luo, Student Life Chairperson – Undergraduate/Junior
Mechanical Engineering major, born in China and raised in Botswana
Yuzhen loves sports and outdoor activities.

Luribel De la Rosa Gonzalez, President – Graduate/Master’s
Management Human Resources, MBA student from Dominican Republic
Luribel received 'student of the semester' and 'student of the year' for her English studies (IELI) at Utah State University. She is also a member of The Golden Key International Honor Society and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Divya Reddy, Public Relations Chairperson – Graduate/Master’s
Management Information Systems student from India
Divya completed her computer science degree and a distinguished academic award from a highly reputed college in India. Divya has represented USU in conferences, winning 2nd prize in both the AIS student chapter and Partners in Business competitions. She is also Cultural Head for the USU Indian Student Association.

Henon Gebre, Financial Chairperson – Undergraduate/Junior
Public Health Education major and Sociology minor from Ethiopia
Henon finished high school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2011. She is an undergraduate researcher in the department of Biological Engineering. Actively involved in different USU clubs and organizations, she likes to socialize and learn about different cultures and traditions. She likes to hike, play tennis, read books, and sometimes cook.

Bryden Yow, Sports and Recreation Chairperson - Undergraduate/Junior
Aviation Technology – Maintenance Management student from Singapore
This is Bryden’s second year at USU. He also served in the Navy and loves sports.

Kuan Ting (Annie) Su, Executive Secretary - Undergraduate/Sophomore
Family, Consumer, and Human Development student from Taiwan
Annie enjoys being a student and making friends at USU. Annie loves being an Aggie.

Norian Cruz, Cultural Chairperson - Undergraduate/Senior
Photography student from the Dominican Republic
Norian was a marketing major, but fell in love with art and changed her major to photography at USU. She loves learning from different cultures and speaks French, English and Spanish.

To learn more about the International Student Council (ISC), click here.

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

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Curricular Practical Training (CPT) & Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Authorization for Fall 2014 is due by September 15, 2014.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshops will be scheduled for October. Watch for emails on specific dates and times. If you have specific questions, contact Rob Llewellyn at or Maribeth Evensen-Hengge at

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