Back By Popular Demand: Christian G. A. Zeller



In March we had a special guest speaker at Schiller’s Tampa Bay Campus. Christian G. A. Zeller is a managing partner at Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A., who practices Immigration and Nationality Law. Christian Zeller has over 10 years of experience and is individually AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney can obtain in the areas of legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Zeller is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Immigration and Nationality Law, and practices exclusively in the areas of U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law and related International Law. Additionally, Mr. Zeller is an English Solicitor licensed to practice law in England & Wales.

Mr. Zeller spoke to a room full of students regarding Optional Practical Training (OPT), STEM extension, and H-1B Visa. He gave a very informational speech and answered student’s questions afterwards. We look forward to hosting this event again in a few months on a quarterly basis.


Tampa Bay Region Ranks Second in Job Growth; First in Job Demand

When it comes to adding jobs, the Tampa Bay area is out front, ranking second in the state for job growth year-over-year.

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater region added 42,800 new private-sector jobs in March 2016 compared to the same period a year ago. The result was a decrease in the area’s unemployment rate to 4.3 percent, according to the state office of economic development. The industries that showed the best job growth were in the professional and business services with 12,400 positions followed by education and health services with 11,000 new jobs.

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA was first among state metro areas in job demand in March with 47,790 job openings and led the way in demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) positions, with 14,950 openings in March. All 24 metro areas in Florida had year-over-year jobs gains in March 2016. Orlando-Kissimee-Sanford led the growth story with 49,000 jobs; a 4.3 percent gain. The Tampa region was second; up 3.4 percent as was third-ranked Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach with 27,300 jobs.

The state and regional jobs statistics coincided with the announcement by a local manufacturer that said it is expanding its headquarters in Tampa in a move that is expected to add 70 new jobs by 2019.

Beneficial Blends, LLC, which makes, co-packs and distributes organic coconut oil products will be expanding its headquarters at 5505 Johns Road to an additional 24,000 square-foot facility at 5132 Tampa West Boulevard, a few miles north of Tampa International Airport. The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. assisted the company in getting workforce screening and recruiting services. The new jobs will includes those in sales, marketing, accounting and quality control as well as in production and warehouse facilities.

Overall, the number of jobs in Florida was 8,248,800 in March, up 234,300 compared to a year ago. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in March 2016, down from 5.6 percent a year ago. That compares with the U.S. unemployment rate, which stood at 5.0 percent in March.

The unemployment rate for Hillsborough and Pinellas counties each stood at 4.2 percent while the unemployment rates for Pasco, Polk and Sarasota were 5.0 percent, 5.2 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively. The rates for Hernando and Manatee counties were 5.8 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.

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1st Annual Schiller Olympics

In the spirit of the biggest International Games, Tampa Bay decided to hold the FIRST and surely not the last, OLYMPICS.

The games took place over a 2 day period, with both men and women winning medals in the events. The 3 day event finished with an international luncheon. Represented was food from Japan, Korea, India, Mexico, America, and Mediterranean foods. We are proud to say that we had a great turn out and a great time by both Students, Staff and Faculty!! Stay tuned for more exciting events from Student Services, America.

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The games consisted of:

  • Billiards
  • Table Tennis
  • Air Hockey
  • 2 person Badminton
  • Musical Chairs
  • Guess the number of M & M’s

Prof. Studzinska presents our American Foreign Policy course

SIU: Course you are teaching this month?

Prof. Studzinska: The course I am currently teaching is on American Foreign Policy. We basically review all important actors that have a say in either the foreign policy formulation or implementation. Obviously we focus the debate around the President of the United States, but we also discuss the role played by the advisors, bureaucracies, lobbies as well as the media and public opinion. Even though this course focuses on the historic values and beliefs in American foreign affairs, I personally make it my priority to always relate to current events, and a portion of my lectures are indeed dedicated to current issues. And there is one for everyone’s taste: the Iran nuclear deal, the follow-up on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the COP21, Syria and Daesh… I feel it’s important for our students to be able to use the theories and put them into practice, and of course it is always more appealing to do so on a matter you are familiar with.

What can a student attending this course expect in the classroom?

-Attending this course is definitely a challenge for the students, they need a solid background in Political Science, and above all, they have to know their authors and the theories in the field of IR. Part of my job is to make sure that none of them falls behind, and that’s why I always try to alternate lectures, debate, and activities. It usually includes role play or things like organizing a Model UN, and of course I often add interactive content that I found on platforms that the students are familiar with like Youtube or Instagram. In the future I would like to add educational trips connected with American Foreign Policy, but that has to be planned in advance, and really match the course description and objectives.

What do you like about teaching at Schiller?

– Teaching in Schiller is very rewarding for me, and as much as I get to do my dream job here, I also have a wonderful opportunity to be challenged by the wonderful diversity of students. I have had the chance to teach in several countries in Europe, the United States and Asia, but none of my previous experience matches the internationalism that one finds in Schiller, it is simply unique. The administration is also there for all of us, faculty and students, and I can assure you that they know how to get things done properly and efficiently. This spirit of community is rare and precious at the university level, and we should all consider ourselves lucky.

What do you see as the advantages of the monthly system?

– Schiller’s monthly system might seem unusual at the beginning, but I personally find it very adapted to the school’s philosophy and quite modern frankly. Having the students for yourself during a whole month gives you plenty of opportunities to build a personal relationship with them and carefully observe the progress they make in your discipline. Our students have a real chance to be trained for their future career one course at a time, which gives them enough time to master the contents of a specific matter, instead of just learning to pass an exam.