Thursday, October 30, 2014

10/30/14 OISS Digest

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October 30, 2014  
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

Important Announcements

International Spouse/Partner Reception
Do you have a spouse or partner who would like to meet other international spouses/ partners and learn about resources at Tulane and in the community? 
OISS will host an International Spouse/ Partner Reception on November 6 at 10:30 a.m. 
Please share this survey with any international spouses/ partners you know so that we can be sure that everyone is informed of this event.

è The OISS Office will be closed on Friday 10/31 at 2PM in accordance with the University’s early Halloween/Football Game closure.

è Christmas International House (CIH) is a nation-wide ecumenical-based organization providing friendship and hospitality to international students during two weeks of the Christmas holidays. Applications are accepted through their website. The application period ends November 15, 2014. For more information please visit their website. (Click Here)

November 8th

Get ready for Mardi Gras early and join OISS on a fantastic tour of Mardi Gras World! The cost of the tour is $12 plus fees.  Ticket on sale now while supplies last!  

Three Tour Times on NOVEMBER 8th
·        10:00AM
·        12:00PM

For detailed information on departure and return times and locations, please follow the link (CLICK HERE)

**If purchasing tickets for dependents, please come to the OISS office. ***

November 9th
ISAB would like to invite you to join them on Sunday November 9th for a fun filled Zoo Trip.
*Limited Supply* Tickets are available for $5 plus fees via Brown Paper Tickets starting on 10/31 at 9AM

è Please print out your ticket and bring it to the OISS Office. Your print at home ticket will be exchanged for a physical zoo ticket.

Meet up at 11AM in the Zoo by the flamingos (inside entrance, right side)!
If you cannot meet at this time, tickets can still be purchased for personal use and are valid for 1 year.


OASIS Discussion Group For Tulane’s International Student Community 

Every Wednesday from 4 to 5PM
****NEW LOCATION**** OISS Conference Room – 6901 Willow St.
Next OASIS Topic for 11/5/14 –

Mark your calendars! More information coming soon:
è Career Workshop: November 11
è Chi Alpha Coffee Hour: November 19
è Annual Community “Pot Luck” Thanksgiving Dinner – November 25
Call for Volunteers – Would you be interested in donating a vegetable or dessert dish?          Would you be interested in working the event? Please fill out THIS FORM and help OMA and OISS create a fantastic Thanksgiving program!

LINK - OISS Fall Activities         

11/1/14 Day of the Dead Celebration at Casa Borrega - New Orleans and Mexico share a tradition of honoring our departed. All Saints Day cemetery sprucing is a local tradition as is celebration of Halloween. Dia de Los Muertos, the most important holiday of the year for Mexicans, conjures the psyche of the nation through plays, music and sweets depicting the dead. Costume and dance also figure prominently during this holiday in both cultures. For more details about this event, please follow the link  (CLICK HERE)

11/5/14 United Against Ebola – Red, White and Blue Benefit: 7PM-9PM.  Wear red, white & blue to support our Liberian friend Abel Cheayan in his nonprofit's grassroots efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola. Join us for a night of African drumming & dancing as we show solidarity in Liberians' work against the spread of Ebola!  Location: Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 Saint Claude Ave. For More information, follow the link. (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)

Contact Information
Belinda Schneider
F-1 Students

Beth Nazar
J-1 Students and Scholars

Kristy Magner
OISS Director

In honor of Halloween, here are some fun facts and happenings for your Halloween Weekend!

Thursday October 30 @ 6:30PM
Mardi Gras Style Parade in the French Quarter. The thrill of riding amongst the monsters and eerie creatures in the Krewe of BOO! is an exhilarating experience you’ll always remember.

Friday, Oct. 31 @ 7 p.m. vs. Cincinnati, Yulman Stadium (Halloween Night)
-     It’s the Ghoulman Stadium Spooktacular! Come visit the Academy Sports Kids Zone, with inflatables, face painters, trick-or-treating and more!
-     Tailgating will start on the LBC & Newcomb Quads at 3 p.m.
-     Dress in costume for the costume contest!


The first Jack O Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween

Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year
Both Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota, are the self-proclaimed Halloween capitals of the world.

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The mission of the Office of International Students and Scholars is to provide leadership in the internationalization of Tulane University by supporting the Tulane international community and facilitating cross-cultural interaction. By way of support, OISS offers quality programs and services and ensures compliance with federal immigration regulations.

Our strong belief is that a vibrant international community enriches Tulane University and the New Orleans community and is an essential component to understanding our role within the global community.

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Weekly Fact: A group of owls is called a “parliament”.

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