Thursday, October 16, 2014

10/16/14 OISS Digest

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October 9, 2014  
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

Important Announcement

OPT Application Process for F-1 Students Who Will Graduate in December. Please note processing times are longer than usual. Please click the link for more information (CLICK HERE)

If you were unable to attend the law firm of Ware|Gasparian sessions on 10/13/14, the PowerPoint presentations are available here:

                     è Permanent Residence Overview for Academia (CLICK HERE)
                     è Post-Graduation Employment Options (CLICK HERE)

OISS Events
Wednesday, October 22
12:00- 1:00 pm
Collins C. Diboll Gallery in Tidewater

Take a break from your busy day to come enjoy snacks and socialize with other international students and  members of the OISS staff. We hope to see you there!

OASIS Discussion Group For Tulane’s International Student Community 

Every Wednesday from 4 to 5PM
****NEW LOCATION**** CGE Conference Room
     è  Next OASIS Topic for 10/22/14: U.S. Culture and Values

Mark your calendars! More information coming soon:
Halloween Coffee Hour with Admissions Office 10/29/14
Mardi Gras World Trip 11/8/14
LINK - OISS Fall Activities         

CGE Events
Ongoing: The Louisiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (LaTESOL) annual conference will be held in the LBC on November 7.  Follow the link for more information about registration and proposals.  (CLICK HERE)

Tulane and Local Events
10/16/14-10/23/14 – New Orleans Film Festival. The 25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival is proud to present its Latino Film Sidebar Series. This year, 2 feature length films and 5 short films by Latino filmmakers have been selected to premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival. For more information about the festival please follow the links. (CLICK HERE) and (CLICK HERE)

10/26/14 Angola Prison Rodeo with Chi Alpha. The Angola Prison Rodeo is the longest running prison rodeo in the nation. It is hosted at the prison in the fall and spring each year. For information about tickets and departure times check out the Facebook event  and follow the link (CLICK HERE)

10/29/14 Take Back The Night: 23rd annual Take Back the Night march @ Loyola's Marquette Hall to Tulane. Take Back the Night is an international movement dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence in all forms and lending support to survivors. Follow the link for more information: (CLICK HERE)

Ongoing: *NEW* Tidewater Building (Downtown Campus) has allocated # 1819 from 1-3 pm on all weekdays as quiet prayer space for students of all religious denominations. 

Ongoing: Wednesdays with the O”. 12pm-1pm LBC, G04. Every Wednesday, The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) hosts a great mid-week break and a fun social hour. Want to know about what’s going on in the Office of Multicultural Affairs? Follow the link to their live calendar of events! (CLICK HERE)

Ongoing: Please consider joining the Dissertation Progress Group to explore how you might overcome personal barriers to working on your project.  We will consider common dilemmas facing graduate students trying to move forward with their writing, and assist in identifying strategies for taking the edge off the strain. Follow the link for more information about the Dissertation Progress Group. (CLICK HERE) *Note 10/17/14 is the last day to join.

Contact Information
Belinda Schneider
F-1 Students

Beth Nazar
J-1 Students and Scholars

Kristy Magner
OISS Director

Person of the Week
Name: Claire 
Birthday: February 22nd
Hometown: Hangzhou, China
Program: Master of Accounting

This week OISS features Claire, a member of the International Student Advisory Board and a Tulane graduate student.

What is your favorite food?
Has to be a piece of strawberry cheesecake, especially from Junior's.

What is your favorite class?
 Believe it or not, Introduction to Accounting! and Movie Appreciation.

What is your favorite thing about Tulane?
Everyone is so proud and excited to be a Tulanian.

What has been the best thing about being in New Orleans?
The best thing here, which is also the biggest difference from Shanghai, is the slow and soothing lifestyle. Just walk out of the door and there will be parties and festivals ready for you.

What would you like to do before you leave the city?
I really want to swim in the Mississippi river once, hope it will not be the very last swim I have.

What do you like about being on ISAB?
I am really glad I can be part of ISAB and help international students and scholars by providing them with the school resources and communicating their needs to the board. It's very rewarding to think what I am doing may help them enjoy a better time in Tulane.

What is something you would like to say to the OISS community and its friends?
OISS is the best place to turn to when you have concerns, need help, or you just want to make friends, and explore more about New Orleans. I am so glad to be part of it.

Want a chance to be featured? E-mail Ainsley at for details!

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