Thursday, November 13, 2014

11-13-14 OISS Digest

November 13, 2014  
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest Announcements
èChristmas 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)
è Signature - Get your travel signature if you will travel abroad during Thanksgiving BreakDue to high seasonal demand, if you will be leaving the country for Thanksgiving Break we recommend that you check now to see whether you need your I-20 or DS-2019 signed. If you do, please come to the office and request your travel documents as soon as possible. At a minimum, come one week before you plan to travel. NO SAME DAY REQUESTS WILL BE PROCESSED.
For more details click here: Travel Signature Details
è International Partners, Spouses, and Dependents:  To Learn more about programming opportunities, please send an mail to oiss@tulane.eduto sign up for our listservClick the link to join the Tulane International Community for Partners, Spouses and Dependents: Facebook Group Link.
OISS EVENTS Coffee Hour with Chi Alpha
Wednesday, November 19th
3:00- 5:00 pm
JL Ballroom, Josephine-Louise Hall, #75. Uptown Campus 
Take a break from your busy day to come enjoy some snacks, coffee and conversation with international students, scholars and  members of the OISS staff and Chi Alpha. We hope to see you there!
Writing Workshop: The Final Paper Conundrum! 
Thursday, November 20, 2014
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II 2111
Need help with your final paper? Like sharing your ideas and techniques with other students? Enjoy delicious pizza? Come to the "Writing Workshop: The Final Paper Conundrum"! 

The workshop is brought to you by the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) and Tulane Academic Success Center (TASC).
Audubon Zoo Tickets*Limited Supply* Tickets are available for $5 plus fees via Brown Paper Tickets.
èPlease print out your ticket and bring it to the OISS Office. Your print at home ticket will be exchanged for a physical zoo ticket. Tickets are valid for valid for 1 year.
OASIS Discussion Group For Tulane’s International Student Community 
OASIS is cancelled 11/19/2014 due to the Coffee Hour with Chi Alpha
Mark your calendars! More information coming soon:
èAnnual Community “Potluck’ Thanksgiving Dinner (see right column) – November 25th
èEnd of Semester Event ~ Early December 
LINK OISS Fall Activities         
Tulane Winter Break EAPP Intensive
The Center for Global Education is pleased to offer a week of intensive English classes between
semesters. Classes meet Monday, January 5 through Friday, January 9, 2015 from 10:00am-2:00pm at theUptown campus course is open to prospective, incoming, and continuing students.
Students who attended previous sessions made immediate improvement and reported greater confidence, comfort, and ease in using language in a variety of contexts. The course emphasizes the development of intercultural skills, social, professional, and academic English ability.
The course also provides training and insight into New Orleans’ culture and tips for success at an American university. There will be a special class on fast spoken English, idioms, slang, and phrases for different contexts.
Students who attend the course will:
(1) Discover common error patterns in their speech and writing and develop accuracy action plans;
(2) Create individualized strategies for success at Tulane and in New Orleans;
(3) Workshop a wide range of language skills in reading, speaking, listening, and writing;
(4) Develop more natural speech and American English pronunciation with targeted practice;
(5) Cultivate intercultural communication skills and explore the local culture of New Orleans;
(6) Distinguish between formal and informal language in everyday situations.
èIntensive Session: Twenty hours of group instruction ($250)
èCombination Course: Intensive Session and Private Instruction ($350)
èPrivate Instruction: Five 60-minute individual lessons during the 2014-2015 Academic Year ($150)
For more information, or to register, contact AND LOCAL EVENTS
Tulane Homecoming Week
November 7th-November 17th
Homecoming is the yearly celebration at Tulane University to which alumni are invited. This is a major celebration of Tulane pride and cheer! Check out the schedule events for more details and make sure to head over to the Yulman Stadium to cheer on the Green Wave in the yearly Homecoming Game!
·         Schedule of Events
·         Football Ticket Information
 TCSSA features Dr. Yunlong Zhao
November 14th, 4:15p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Woldenburg Art Center, #205, Uptown Campus
“Utilizing the Art of War: Fighting to Figure Out What To Do After Graduation” by Dr. Yunlong Zhao, Director of United Nations Economic Development Council, CEO of International Information USA.
*Speech is in Mandarin. 
For more information, please click here  
New Orleans Book Festival
Saturday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. stories read by your favorite authors...
Grab a sweet treat or tasty snack....
Listen to some funky live New Orleans music...
Enter the City Park map contest...
And get FREE Books!
These are but a few of the many fun activities you can enjoy at the New Orleans Book Festival.
NOLAbookfest*NEWTidewater 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”. 12p.m.-1p.m. 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)
United States to Extend Student Visa Validity for Chinese Citizens
On November 10, President Barack Obama announced that the United States will increase the validity of student and exchange visitor visas for Chinese citizens from 1 to 5 years, and the validity of short-term tourist and business visas from 1 to 10 years starting on November 12, 2014.
Tulane Orientation Team Leader Position Application 2015
The OTL position is a paid position and selected students are hired at the end of January and work from February through the end of June to prepare for and implement New Student Orientation and return in mid-August to make final preparations for Fall Welcome.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of three interest sessions to learn more about the 2015 position prior to applying.
For more information, links, and timelines, please click HERE.
Contact Information
Ainsley Fagan
Student Affairs Associate
Belinda Schneider
F-1 Students
Beth Nazar
J-1 Students and Scholars
Kristy Magner
OISS Director
 Annual Community “Potluck” Thanksgiving  Dinner
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Lavin-Bernick Center
Qatar Ballroom- 2nd Floor Room 212
Uptown Campus
On behalf of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of International Students & Scholars, we would like to invite you to our Annual Community "Pot Luck" Thanksgiving Dinner.
thanksgiving_turkeyThis event is held each year to support all students who do not have a place to go for a Thanksgiving meal. In addition, this special holiday event will be a first time experience for many members of our international student, faculty, and staff community.
Please R.S.V.P. here: R​.S.V.P. Form
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!
For more information call: OMA at 504-865-5181 or OISS at 865-5208. 
This event is open to the entire Tulane Community.
Sponsored by:
Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of International Students & Scholars & Olive Blue Catering
Person of the Week
Program: MPH (MAY 2015)
Birthday:15/November /1983
Mbaebie Nkechi Chiugo Starr holds a in Biochemistry, a bachelor of medicine, and a bachelor of surgery. Her philosophy that it is important to prevent disease led her to pursue a master's degree in Public Health at Tulane University.

What do you like about your area of study?
“It has always given me a sense of fulfillment each time I am able to assist or alleviate someone of their pain and worries.”
Can you describe a few things that you are involved in (clubs, projects, etc.)?
“I am presently working on a study on the effect of stress on the cardiovascular system of pregnant women, which has taught me a lot more than the classroom did. To this I must thank my supervisor, Dr. Emily Harville for believing in me. I also want to extend my appreciation to my favorite Professors , Dr. Francoise Grossmann and Dr. Lorelei Cropley for encouraging me to pursue my dreams and advising me accordingly!”
What is something you would like to do in New Orleans before you leave?
Before I leave New Orleans, I plan to work with organizations that help fight against domestic violence, as I have found that to be an unfortunate occurrence especially among African American Communities. I have come to realize that I am a great public speaker and I do believe that I can lend my voice to such a noble cause. I have also lived  by the motto of my primary school which says 'ACTION NOT WORDS',. I believe it has gotten me so far in life and I do encourage every young person out there to spend more time putting into action whatever they believe in rather than just talking about them. I want thank OISS and Kristy for this wonderful opportunity.”
Please read our full interview HERE.
Want a chance to be featured? Know someone who should? E-mail Ainsley for details. 
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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: Rhode Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official name, used on all state documents, is "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations”.

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