Thursday, December 4, 2014

12-4-14 OISS Digest

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December 4, 2014  
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

Important Announcements  

èTravel 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 Food and Music Festival - March 14, 2014  -​ Please consider bringing cultural items, volunteering, or performing for this event. Sign up HERE.
OISS End of the Semester Party

Friday, December 5th, 2014
JL Ballroom, Josephine-Louise Hall, #75. Uptown Campus 

Come celebrate with OISS as the semester closes at our End of the Semester Celebration! This will be a great time to catch up with friends before Winter Break and we’d love to see you there!
Do you have a favorite winter food? To make this event special, OISS is looking for the community to bring and share any special dish that others could try!

White Elephant Gift Exchange!
The spending limit is $10 but please feel free to be as creative as possible!
                 ​ Facebook Event Link

Study Break Workout
December 7th, 2:00PM- ~4:00PM
Audubon Park (Meet at Tulane’s St. Charles entrance ~1:50PM to walk as a group)

Exam week is quickly approaching. Come to the Study Break Workout featuring fun competitions with PRIZES!
*Please wear comfortable clothing and remember to bring a water bottle.
For the entire event description and more details, please click HERE​



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 the Uptown campus. This course is open to prospective, incoming, and continuing students.

For more information, please click HERE


Celebration in the Oaks

November 28 - January 3
Closed: 12/1-12/4; 12/24 and 12/31
The Most Spectacular Holiday Lights Festival in the Country Celebration in the Oaks in City Park is one of the
most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the country, with more than 165,000 visitors pouring into the park to see the magical winter spectacle.

For prices and more details, please click here HERE


Holiday in the Marigny Networking Social

Thursday December 4th, 2014, 6:00PM
At Faubourg Wines
Tickets: $10

Click HEREfor the location and other details of this social networking event.

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) : Cirque Du Noel
December 6th, 7:30PM
Saenger Theatre
Tickets: Kids - $10 , Adults - $20 and up.

Cirque de la Symphonie returns this holiday season in a performance that combines death-defying cirque acts with seasonal musical favorites.
 For more information and Tickets, visit the LPO website HERE

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

2014 Executive Speaker Series

Tuesday December 16th, 2014
World Trade Center of New Orleans

The Executive Speaker Series was created in order to expose Louisiana businesses to insights from national industry leaders. Featuring a wide variety of speakers from diverse industries, the speaker series allows attendees to expand their network while learning about industry wide best practices.

For more information, please click HERE
To view the flyer, please click HERE

Will President Obama’s Policies Help You?
The New Orleans immigration lawyers of  Ware | Gasparian have released a newsletter detailing many of Immigration Accountability Executive Action. For more information, you can view
the newsletter HERE.

Resident Advisor Application
Resident Advisors are students who serve as role models and help on campus residents plan and facilitate activities and programs. You must attend an information session to apply. If you could not attend a Fall information session, two more information sessions will be held in the spring.

For more information, please refer to the following resources:


Ainsley Fagan
Student Affairs Associate

Belinda Schneider
F-1 Students

Beth Nazar
J-1 Students and Scholars

Nancy Lauland
H-1B Employees

Evan Kirk
Operations Assistant

Kristy Magner
OISS Director

Classified Spotlight

Looking for a new place to live? Check out these available locations within walking distance from Tulane’s Uptown Campus and Tulane’s Downtown Shuttle Service!

Please refer to the linked flyers for more details. Check out the classifieds link at the bottom of the digest for more!
Person of the Week

This week, OISS spoke with Wen Chi “Alice” Kuo, a Master’s of Public Health candidate and the Vice-President of the Tulane Chinese Student Association (TCSA), from Taichung, Taiwan.

What are you studying?
Global community health and behavior science (MPH candidate). My undergrad is from Asia University. It has a great tie to Tulane.  There are Taiwanese teachers who have been here for 40 years. Having that is nice. 

What is your favorite thing about New Orleans?
Jazz music and jazz bars. I like all the subcategories of jazz. The Mint Museum has free jazz music and I’ve always wanted to get over there. The second floor has a jazz museum and you can go in and listen to jazz
What organizations are you involved in?
I am the Vice – President of the Tulane Chinese Student Association. We have about 20 people in our organization so I wanted to reach out to the digest so we can find people who might be looking for us. We do things like go to the Chinese market and host monthly events. In the past few months we've had the Moon Festival, a Halloween party, and a Thanksgiving party. We've also done things like workshops on health insurance because it is different here than in Taiwan. ​
How is your group integrated in the New Orleans community?
We collaborate with LSU and UNO students for our welcome party.  We have good ties with the local Taiwanese population and they are very nice. They act like our family and they are there to help us. We are a small group so people we get to know each other.
What are looking for moving forward as organization?
We are trying to reach out and give them support on all levels. We have MBA students so we want to create networking connections. Next semester, we have the  Chinese New Year and so many other events! We are looking to get field trips organized and a  farewell party for the end of the year. ​
How can people get in touch with you?
We have Facebook and we are glad to reach out to American born students. We use both Chinese and English in our group and are always open to translation. Our events are open to all students!

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