CIES Weekly News, Nov. 14-20, 2021


  • Join Student Senate for the 2021-2022 school year! Are you interested in joining a hardworking community of student leaders? The Student Senate is accepting First Year Representative and Diversity Representation for Gender and Sexuality applications. Fill out this form if you are interested in running. Deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 7am. Voting will take place November 18, 2021. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
  • International Students graduating in December or January: Remember that if you want to apply for OPT, you should set up an appointment with Wintlett or Clara soon. Email [email protected] to schedule a time.
  • International Students traveling for break:  The Biden administration has announced new rules that prohibit unvaccinated foreign nationals from entering the United States. If you have not been fully vaccinated with one of the approved vaccines, you should plan to stay in the U.S. over break to avoid being denied entry back into the country. As per Luther’s updated Covid policy, there is NO quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated individuals arriving from outside the United States. You will, however, be required to take a Covid test on Day 3 after arriving in the U.S. Details regarding how to get tested and submit your results will be provided at a later date. We encourage you to consider buying a ticket on one the Luther shuttles from Minneapolis or Rochester airports, as CIES will not be providing airport transportation for returning students. If you plan to stay on campus during break, please watch for an email from Residence Life about how to apply for break accommodation. If you DO plan to travel internationally over break or J-term, please look for future emails from me. We may need to request travel information from you, as well as provide details about the required Covid-19 test on Day 3 after arrival to the U.S.
  • Each year, the Diversity Visa program allows 50,000 randomly selected people—only from countries that don't send many immigrants to the United States—to obtain permanent residency (commonly called a “green card”). The State Department Web site for the 2023 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2023) is now open. Electronic Diversity Visa Program (
  • 2022 MLB Internship/Employment Opportunities! Looking for opportunities within baseball operations including scouting, player development or baseball research and development, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected] or via LinkedIn. I am also glad to refer individuals to our recruiting team for business operations opportunities. Check out the MLB Careers page here where you can view opportunities at the Office of the Commissioner and the 30 MLB teams. Look out for the opening up the application for the 2022 MLB Summer Internship Program which is a 10-week paid internship based in New York City with the opportunity to work in various departments at the Office of the Commissioner.  
  • The Organization of American States (OAS) -through the Rowe Fund program- offers financial aid to international students (F or J visa holders) from Latin America and Caribbean countries currently enrolled at accredited universities in the United States. This supplementary financial aid is intended to pay a portion of their tuition or living expenses. Applications are received and considered on a monthly basis. The deadline to apply for 2021 is November 15th. Find more information here!


  • SafeZone Training: Tuesday 11/16, 4:30 - 6:30pm, Peace Dining Room! Safe Zone training is an opportunity to learn about LGBTQIA+ identities, gender and sexuality, and examine prejudice and assumptions. After, you will receive a Safe Zone Trained sign to communicate to others that you are supportive of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Click here for more information.
  • Last week we celebrated National First Generation College Student Day! Here’s a quote from a first generation student we want to share, “You don’t have to get perfect grades, you won’t disappoint anyone if you get overwhelmed, and you are not alone. You can do this.” - Victoria Graff
  • Do you have an academic planner? If not, come pick one up for FREE in the Catalyze office (Union 111).