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ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué

Volume 5, Number 11

November 13, 2009

The Communiqué is an on-going series of messages to departments who sponsor international scholars at Boston University. With the Communiqué, we offer information that helps in the processing of scholar immigration-related documents and petitions. We hope you find the Communiqué a useful tool in working with the ISSO and in successfully hiring and sponsoring scholars from around the world. Past Communiqués are archived on our web site. Click here to go to the archive page.

Staffing Changes at ISSO Scholar Services

Peter O’Meara has accepted a new position in the ISSO as International Student Advisor, where he will assume the responsibility of advising international students enrolled at Boston University. Peter’s past experience in teaching as well as his broad expertise in advising scholars and exchange visitors on matters of immigration status and employment authorization make him uniquely qualified for this new role.

Peter has served with the Scholar Services team for more than three years and we are grateful for his many contributions. We wish him well in this new endeavor and are pleased that he will continue working at the ISSO. Should you wish to reach Peter, he can still be reached at

In other staffing news, the ISSO is pleased to welcome Olivia Whitman as our newest International Scholar Advisor. Olivia joins Boston University from Middlebury College in Vermont. After three years studying and teaching in Germany, Austria and Sweden, Olivia returned to the U.S. in 2003 to begin her career in international student and scholar advising. Olivia holds a B.A. in International Studies from Middlebury College, and earned Master’s degrees from Stockholm University (International Education) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (Multilingual Education). Olivia can be reached at

Effective immediately, Olivia will be the key ISSO contact for scholars in J-1 and TN classification. Her principal responsibilities will be assisting university departments in hosting and hiring foreign national scholars and advising international scholars in J-1 and TN status on issues related to immigration status, benefits, employment and travel.

Please direct your international employment and sponsorship questions to the ISSO scholar services team as follows:

Scholars/Employees in J-1, TN and “all other” statuses

Olivia Whitman

Employees in H-1B Status (Teaching and Research)

Andrea Popa

Employees in H-1B Status (Clinical and Staff),

and O-1 Status

Jeanne Kelley

Lawful U.S. Permanent Residence

(“green card” sponsorship)

Jeanne Kelley

Your Scholar Services team,

Jeanne E. Kelley


M. Andrea Popa
Assistant Director for Scholar Services

Olivia K. Whitman
International Scholar Advisor


International Students & Scholars Office
Boston University
888 Commonwelth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215

Tel: (617) 353-3565
Fax: (617) 358-1170

Are you a new BU department contact or new host to an international scholar? Are you a BU affiliate who wants to receive the ISSO Communiqué? To update your department's contact information or to sign up for the ISSO Communiqué, please complete a Department Contact/Host Update Form on-line at:

Boston University
December 18, 2009

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office