Dr. Jerry Yonga

Adjunct faculty

Dr. Jerry Yonga comes to Southern States University after serving as Dean of the ICT Faculty in Yaounde, Cameroon. Dr. Yonga is a researcher and consultant in Information Technology Cybersecurity. With over thirty years of direct experience in cybersecurity, project management, and software engineering, he has taught courses online and in the classroom since 2008.

Paulo Bortolucci Dos Santos

Paulo is an electronic engineer, born and raised in Brazil; he has always been extremely connected to technology, son of an engineer who has worked at the family’s company since he was 11. Paulo has a passion for helping those who intend to learn. Currently connected to the IT market, he works as a network

Asfat Yahya Kajuna

Administrative Assistant

Asfat Yahya Kajuna is a student in the MBA program at Southern States University, San Diego campus. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Production and Operations Management at Mzumbe University, Tanzania. Her professional experience involves working as a project manager at a Kajuna Investments Company (Road Construction Company) in Tanzania. She speaks Swahili and English.

Fabiana Saturnino – Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

Fabiana is based at the Irvine Campus and is currently studying in the MBA program at SSU. She speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish. Fabiana worked in Sales, and Marketing in Brazil, and as a Product Specialist during her OPT in the US.  Her belief is that studying means to keep challenging yourself and growing as

Jason Yore – Academic Advisor

Jason Yore - Academic Advisor

Jason Yore is a trained ESL instructor who has lived and taught abroad in places like Thailand and Turkey. When he is not teaching or traveling, he is watching soccer, playing games, watching movies, or going to concerts. He is a self-proclaimed foodie being that he is of Vietnamese and Italian heritage. He hopes, with

Nazarii Manko

Student Ambassador

My name is Nazarii Manko, I’m an international student from the Ukraine. Before I came to SSU I had graduated from the University of Economics in Poland. I love to travel, discover something new and meet new people from all over the world. I will be glad to help every student and answer all your

Vivien Araujo

Student Ambassador

My name is Marly Vivien P. Lopes de Araujo. However, I prefer the short version of Vivien Araujo. I came to the U.S. in 2011, to study English and to get a master’s degree in law. I studied for the California Bar Exam, and I passed. Currently, I am waiting for the C.A. Bar association

Poshan Prasad Thakur – IT Specialist

Poshan Prasad Thakur - IT Specialist

Poshan Prasad Thakur is an Information Technology Specialist at SSU. His educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok, India and a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from College for Professional Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal which is affiliated to Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation

Cindy Goussak – MBA / Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Cindy Goussak - MBA / Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Cindy Goussak holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. Her emphasis was in Marketing, and shortly after graduating, she embarked upon a marketing career as a Marketing Communications Specialist at Nevada State Bank and over the course of four years grew into the position of Marketing Director, overseeing the marketing,

Katia Stsefaniak – Independent Board Member

Katia Stsefaniak - Governance Board

Katia Stsefaniak is the founder of The Alma Future Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to helping orphanages in Mexico deliver exceptional care, education, and experiences to children in need. Katia is originally from Belarus, and made her way to the United States at the age of 22 to pursue further education. Since graduating from Southern States

The Trump administration abandons a plan to strip visas from international students taking only virtual courses.

 July 14, 2020

From the New York Times.

For your information while we await official word from SEVP.

The Trump administration has walked back a policy that would have stripped international college students of their U.S. visas if their coursework was entirely online, ending a proposed plan that had thrown the higher education world into turmoil.

The policy, announced on July 6, prompted an immediate lawsuit from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and on Tuesday, the government and the universities reached a resolution, according to the judge overseeing the case.

The agreement reinstates a policy implemented in March amid the pandemic that gave international students flexibility to take all their classes online and remain legally in the country with student visas.

“Both the policy directive and the frequently asked questions would not be enforced anyplace” under the resolution, Judge Allison Burroughs said, adding that the agreement applied nationwide.

The initial guidance, issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, would have required foreign students to take at least one in-person class or leave the country. Students who returned to their home countries when schools closed in March would not have been allowed back into the United States if their fall classes were solely online.

The higher education world was thrown into disarray, with most colleges already well into planning for the return to campus in the fall. Two days after it was announced, Harvard and M.I.T. filed the first of several lawsuits seeking to stop it.

The attorneys general of at least 18 states, including Massachusetts and California, also sued, charging that the policy was reckless, cruel and senseless. Scores of universities threw their support behind the litigation, along with organizations representing international students.

On Tuesday, more than a dozen technology companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, also came out in support of the Harvard and M.I.T. lawsuit, arguing the policy would harm their businesses.

“America’s future competitiveness depends on attracting and retaining talented international students,” the companies said in court papers.

John Tucker
Southern States University

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