Thursday, November 6, 2014

11-6-14 OISS Digest

Click HERE to view digest online.
November 6, 2014  
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest
Important Announcements

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)

è Travel 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.
For more details click here: Travel Signature Details

è **NEW**Tulane International Community for Partners, Spouses, and Dependents Facebook GroupThe purpose of this group is to connect and engage international spouses, partners, and dependents with each other, the Tulane community, and the Greater New Orleans area. Please click here to join the group Facebook Group Link

International Student Career Workshop
November 11th
WHEN: Tuesday November 11th, 4PM-5:30PM
WHERE: Roger’s Memorial Chapel, Uptown Campus, Building #73

This will be an informational and interactive presentation about career-related topics for all international students.  We will cover topics such as Western business culture, interviewing skills, discussing immigration status with employers, the unique transferable skills internationals students offer employers, and more about what the Career Center has to offer.

Please RSVP or send questions to:
Sponsored by the Career Center and the Office of International Students and Scholars.

International Spouse/ Partner Meet-Up Walk in Audubon Park
November 7th

WHEN: Friday, November 7 11:30 a.m. until….
WHERE: Meet in Audubon Park at the fountain on St. Charles

A great opportunity to meet other spouses/ partners of our international students and scholars and get a little exercise.  Children in strollers are welcome.  Come enjoy the beautiful weather.

This SUNDAY, November 9th
International Student Advisory Board (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
OISS Conference Room – 6901 Willow St.
Next OASIS Topic for 11/12/14 – Re-entry adjustment (going home) with Rosette M. Elghossain, Psy.D

Rosette M. Elghossain, Psy.D. is currently a postdoctoral fellow in clinical psychology at the Tulane University Counseling and Psychological Services. She received her Psy.D and M.S. from the Florida Institute of Technology and earned her B.A. at the American University of Beirut. Born to Lebanese parents in the United States, Dr. Elghossain is a first-generation Lebanese-American who spent half her life in Florida and the other half living in Lebanon. Her clinical interests include working with individuals with substance use issues, histories of trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, as well as with those of various social and ethnic identities. She will be co-facilitating OASIS starting this semester and hopes to help international students in adjusting to life in the US, as well as forging their own unique identity throughout the process.

Mark your calendars! More information coming soon:
è Chi Alpha Coffee Hour: November 19

LINK - OISS Fall Activities         

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

Fall 2014 Public Service Internship Fair
November  12th

Find an internship for Spring 2015!

Date:  Wednesday, November 12th 
Time:  5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Place: LBC Qatar Ballroom

Over 100 organizations will be represented and recruiting interns for Spring and Summer 2015. This is your chance to meet them face to face and finalize your placement! Partners attending the fair represent a wide range of professional domains and there will be exciting and quality internship opportunities for students in every academic field.
·         RSVP HERE
·         Flyer Link
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
Ainsley Fagan
Student Affairs Associate

Belinda Schneider
F-1 Students

Beth Nazar
J-1 Students and Scholars

Kristy Magner
OISS Director

Person of the Week
This week, the office of international Students and Scholars hosted its first Spouse, Partner and Dependent Reception. Our staff spoke with Xiaomei Sun about some of her experiences in New Orleans. 

Name: Xiaomei Sun
Hometown: Beijing, China
Birthday September 20th

What is your favorite thing about New Orleans?
"The food! Gumbo. I like the fancy restaurants like Vincent's and Commander's Palace. I am proud because I checked "Yelp" and I have eaten at every "good" restaurant."

Is there a local restaurant that you like to visit when you miss food from home?
"No [laughs]. The bad Chinese food is upsetting. I look for that in other cities when I go [laughs]."

Do you have any tips for other dependents, spouses and partners on adjusting to the United States?
"At the beginning, it is hard to talk to other people but if you want to be happy, you must communicate and get out there."

Want a chance to be featured? Know someone who should? E-mail Ainsley at for details. 
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. 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.
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

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