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Thursday, November 13, 2014
11-13-14 OISS Digest
November 13, 2014
Office of International Students and Scholars
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)
èTravel Signature - Get your travel signature if you will travel abroad during Thanksgiving Break. Due 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.
è International Partners, Spouses, and Dependents: To Learn more about programming opportunities, please send an mail to email@example.com sign up for our listserv. Click the link to join the Tulane International Community for Partners, Spouses and Dependents: Facebook Group Link.
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).
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. This 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)
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!
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”. 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)
NEWS AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
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.
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.
This 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.
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.
Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of International Students & Scholars & Olive Blue Catering
Person of the Week
Name: MBAEBIE NKECHI CHIUGO STARR
Program: MPH (MAY 2015)
Mbaebie Nkechi Chiugo Starr holds a B.sc 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.”
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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.