E-newsletter Volume IX 2016

 
 

SUMMER SEMESTER 2016 HIGHLIGHTS


Atlantis University is a very welcoming university where people treat you very well, with multi-cultural customs and rules apply truthfully. Such details, from being formal writing, using APA or MLA formats, avoiding plagiarism and write unique essays, makes us realize that AU is really interested in us to be better professionals. The different cultures of my classmates and the fact to live practically with them are things that give us an added value that not many universities can offer. I would like to highlight the support that the university gives us, all international students, stimulating our competitiveness through scholarships for students with better GPA and that makes students feel that they are valued by the university, because for many of us that is very important. I wanted to thank Mrs. Mara Gonzales, Mr. Tapia, Mr. Cruz and all the staff, who are the first people I met when arriving at the university and they treated me like family helping me at all times to adapt to college. I want to thank all those who are part of this, my family, my girlfriend and her family that are a great support for me at this stage of my life.

HOW UNDERGRADES FEEL IN AU?

Hi, i am Magnum Moran from Miami, Florida currently a student of AU doing my Master’s in Information Technology.

My Atlantis Experience
By: Juan Carlos Caceres MBA Student

" This helps me to expand my thinking to apply in business. In addition, all of us venture to come to Miami, a place definitely multi-cultural where many skills are needed to reach all kinds of people with different thoughts and helps us a lot to develop better levels of understanding for life in general."

anything special,but it took me back to the springs in Kathmandu where I could very clearly see the horizon as clear as the daylight itself the snow-clad mountains standing tall imposing their dominance on the blue,clear Kathmandu sky just the way I could see the Miami skyline stretching its wings to the north-east. From where I stood to the to the tall buildings in the North-west was a stretch,a little strand of the ocean and its blue waters separating us. It was a Sunday. The water was hoarded by jet skiers and yachts. That’s when I fell in love with the Grand. In a few days I noticed that the apartment was furnished with almost everything required for a good living. The rooms with walk-in-closet,I’m no chef but the kitchen too was awesome and as I have already stated elaborately,the view was to die for. I shared the apartment with 4 other absolutely amazing roommates,all of them,who had arrived before me. Although the fire alarm gave me and my friends some trouble,(told you,wasn’t a good cook) we would often find ourselves very contempt with the amenities we had at the Grand. My friends would argue and advocate that the best thing about the Grand was the Gym or the Jacuzzi adjacent to the swimming pool but I would say that the housekeeping was the best thing for me. I know,but I’m lazy and I will take housekeeping over Jacuzzi(too hot for me) or the Gym(told you I’m lazy) any other day. One,I’m a spoiled brat and two,I’m lazy. I was really thankful when the housekeeping showed up and cleaned up the apartment,the beds and called for repair whenever required. The only downside to the housekeeping was the language barrier because ‘no hablo Espanyol’. We had some problems once or twice to communicate the problems,but it could all be overlooked. I also loved how the concierge was always there to greet us any time of the day and since I always used to forget the key,thanks to them for always letting me in. about my accommodation arrangement. Then I took a cab the given address. Two friends came down to pick me up. I checked in and went to bed immediately because it’s a long flight from Kathmandu to Miami.Next morning, I woke up and went to the patio like I always did back home. I was taken aback by the view I found myself staring at. By this time,I should have noticed the physical charms of America but because I was too tired it was the least of my concerns. But I will never forget what I saw that morning. It was a clear,bright typical Miami day,of course I knew that later that it wasn’t anything special,but it took me back to the springs in Kathmandu where I could very clearly see the horizon as clear as the daylight itself the snow-clad mountains standing tall imposing their dominance on the blue,clear Kathmandu sky just the way I could see the Miami skyline stretching its wings to the north-east.
From where I stood to the to the tall buildings in the North-west was a stretch,a little strand of the ocean and its blue waters separating us. It was a Sunday. The water was hoarded by jet skiers and yachts. That’s when I fell in love with the Grand.In a few days I noticed that the apartment was furnished with almost everything required for a good living. The rooms with walk-in-closet,I’m no chef but the kitchen too was awesome and as I have already stated elaborately,the view was to die for. I shared the apartment with 4 other absolutely amazing roommates,all of them,who had arrived before me. Although the fire alarm gave me and my friends some trouble,(told you,wasn’t a good cook) we would often find ourselves very contempt with the amenities we had at the Grand adjacent to the swimming pool but I would say that the housekeeping was the best thing for me. I know,but I’m lazy and I will take housekeeping over Jacuzzi(too hot for me) or the Gym(told you I’m lazy) any other day. One,I’m a spoiled brat and two,I’m lazy. I was really thankful when the housekeeping showed up and cleaned up the apartment,the beds and called for repair whenever required. The only downside to the housekeeping was the language barrier because ‘no hablo Espanyol’. We had some problems once or twice to communicate the problems,but it could all be overlooked. I also loved how the concierge was always there to greet us any time of the day and since I always used to forget the key,thanks to them for always letting me in.One of the best thing about the Grand is it is located at a prime location very proximate to the university which served my difficulties with forgetting stuffs as I could always come back and get it within a jiffy. The proximity to the Omni station is also a major upside because as I was new to the place easy access to the bus and the free metro ride made my stay even more convenient.
One of the best thing about the Grand is it is located at a prime location very proximate to the university which served my difficulties with forgetting stuffs as I could always come back and get it within a jiffy. The proximity to the Omni station is also a major upside because as I was new to the place easy access to the bus and the free metro ride made my stay even more convenient.

Student information & events - the new opt rules

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Under the prior rules, an F-1 student could be authorized to receive up to a total of 12 months of practical training either before (pre-) and/or after (post-) completion of studies.

Atlantis University OPT Application Eligibility and Process

a. Eligibility (most be in good academic and administrative Status) b. Pre-completion - Part time (20 hours or less per week)
c. Post completion - Full Time (40 hours or more per week)
d. Documentation (I-20 endorsed by school DSO, 2 passport photos, USCIS Fee, I-765, I-94, copy of valid passport with visa, Employer’s Offer Letter if available at time of submission, speak to your DSO for additional documents )

Pre-completion OPT:

An F-1 student may be authorized to participate in pre-completion OPT after he or she has been enrolled for one full academic year. The pre-completion OPT must be directly related to the student’s major area of study. Students authorized to participate in pre-completion OPT must work part-time while school is in session. They may work full time when school is not in session.

Post-completion OPT:

An F-1 student may be authorized to participate in post-completion OPT upon completion of studies. The post-completion OPT must be directly related to the student’s major area of study.

Practical Training Authorities

8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)-(12) / 8 CFR 274a.12(b)(6)(iv)

Practical Training

If you are an F student, you have the option of training in the United States by engaging in practical training during your program or after it ends. Practical training can provide valuable work experience by sharpening and adding to the skills you are learning in school. There are two types of practical training available for F-1 students: curricular practical training (CPT) and optional practical training (OPT).

CPT

  • CPT is integral to your major and the experience must be part of your program of study.
  • When you enroll at the graduate level, your designated school official (DSO) may authorize CPT during your first semester if your program requires this type of experience. Ask your DSO for details.
  • Your DSO will provide you a new Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” that shows that the DSO has approved you for this employment.
  • You can work on CPT either full-time or part-time.
  • CPT requires a signed cooperative agreement or a letter from your employer.
  • If you have 12 months or more of full-time CPT, you are ineligible for OPT, but part-time CPT is fine and will not stop you from doing OPT.

OPT (Optional Practical Training)

  • OPT must relate to your major or course of study.
  • You can apply for 12 months of OPT at each education level, (i.e., you may have 12 months of OPT at the bachelor’s level and another 12 months of OPT at the master’s level).
  • Your DSO will provide you with a new Form I-20 that shows the DSO recommendation for this employment.
  • For work authorization, you must mail a completed apply for work authorization Form I-765, “Application for Employment Authorization,” with to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and paying a filing fee. USCIS will send you a Form I-766, “Employment Authorization Document,” (EAD) upon approving your Form I-765.
  • Wait to start work until after you receive your EAD.
  • While school is in session, you may only work 20 hours per week.

I, Professor Felicia Reynolds

represent a perfect example of the teacher-scholar envisioned in the mission statement at Atlantis University: “To provide high quality educational programs and services that is affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners.”

Over the past years I have established a reputation as a dedicated and thorough instructor. My trademark is my dedication to and enthusiasm for Computer Science. Each of my lectures is a model of organization and clarity. I incorporate the following: videos, stories, humorous anecdotes and colorful power point presentations which capture the imagination of my students and make each Computer Science class come alive.
An example of my impact on undergraduate students is captured in the following quotation from a first year student, “Indeed, we all knew that she was well rounded with computers. She has all the answers. We also saw that she was quite a dancer, as she moves quickly from side to side in the class during the lecture, she is rather dynamic not static.” Equally important to me are my passions for Computer Science and my compassion for my students. I truly care for them and want them to achieve; not only in my classes, but in life as well. A former student once said to me, “You always take a personal interest in your students, ensuring they were welcomed and comfortable in your class”.

I believe that a positive attitude towards my students is the major factor contributing to their efforts. I treat them with respect and in every way encourage them to give their best efforts in order to obtain the maximum benefit from their class work. I am open, friendly, and ready to offer help and support to anyone who needs it. It is with my great passion for caring and sharing that brought me to this profession. I believe that improving the life of my students is what matters most to me. I don’t just teach them how to learn, think, and simply just study to “ace” an exam; rather, I impart with them a sense of confidence to reach goals.
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