Jonathan Rios – Student Services & Advising Coordinator – Irvine Campus

Jonathan Rios -Student Services & Advising Coordinator - Irvine Campus

Jonathan Rios holds a B.A. in English from California State University, Fullerton. Before being appointed academic advisor at the Irvine campus, he spent many years as an academic tutor at a learning center, providing supplemental instruction to students of various grade levels. An aspiring school counselor, with a desire to help those in need, Jonathan

Jesse Alunan

Adjunct faculty

Jesse Alunan is an entrepreneur, realtor, mortgage specialist, and insurance professional. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of San Jose Recoletos in the Philippines and a Master of Business Administration from the Southern States University in Southern California in the United States of America. He has worked with small

Jevon Stewart – IT Specialist

Jevon Stewart - IT Specialist

Jevon Stewart is an Information Technology Specialist at Southern States University. His educational background consists of a Associates of Science in Cybersecurity and Networking, and a Associates in Science, University Studies – Mathematics, Natural Science, & Computer Science from Grossmont College. He has previous work experience at another higher education institution.

Dru Macasieb

Adjunct faculty

Dru is a Higher Education Professional and U.S. Army Combat Veteran with 18 years of leadership experience, ten of which were in private, post-secondary education in variety of key performance roles that include: lead faculty, associate dean, and program manager for the School of Business and General Education at California College San Diego. Currently, he

Umut Aslan

Adjunct faculty

Umut Aslan is an Adjunct Faculty at the San Diego Campus. He is currently a Candidate for his Doctorate degree in Business Administration at Alliant International University. His education also consists of a Master’s in Business Administration from Southern States University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Anadolu University, Turkey. Mr. Aslan has been

Ryan Hoskin

Adjunct faculty

Ryan Hoskin has been an educator and manager since 2007.  He has held positions in customer service, retail, security, communications, aerospace, and education and training. Ryan received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2011 from the University of Phoenix. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Science in Leadership

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

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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