Thursday, January 29, 2015


January 29, 2015
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

International Food and Music Festival - March 14,
The Office of International Students and Scholars and the Office of Multicultural Affairs are pleased to announce the return of the annual International Food and Music Festival! This festival is meant to bring Tulane’s international community together and showcase your food and culture to the Tulane and New Orleans community. International students and scholars bring so much life and diversity to Tulane and this festival is a great opportunity to come together and celebrate your contribution!
Please consider bringing cultural items, cooking, volunteering, or performing for this event. Sign up HERE.

Important Announcements
Required New-Student OISS Check-In
Please remember to check in with OISS.
You must have the following documents in order to check in.
Additional for F-1 Students:
Additional for J-1 Students:
·         Passport        
·         Printout of electronic I-94 (You must go to this website and print it out:

·         Original I-20 (If you are a transfer, please bring your I-20 from your former school as well.)
·         Signed green page from F-1 information packet
·         Original DS-2019
·         Signed blue page from J-1 information packet

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application is a benefit available to all students who have been in F-1 status for at least one academic year. OPT allows you to work in your field of study for up to 12 months (27 months for certain STEM fields).

February 3 - Downtown Campus, 12–1pm, Tidewater Building, Room 1708
February 4 – Uptown Campus, 4-5 pm ,  Goldring/Woldenburg I Hall, Room 151

If you were unable to attend the law firm of Ware|Gasparian sessions in the fall, the PowerPoint presentations are available here:
            Permanent Residence Overview for Academia (CLICK HERE)
            Post-Graduation Employment Options (CLICK HERE)

Tulane Shuttles
During the month of January, International students and scholars and their dependents may ride the Tulane University Shuttles without a Splash card.  Starting in February, all Tulane students and scholars should show their Splash card in order to ride the shuttle.

International students and scholars on F-1, J-1, H-1B visas may take their dependent F-2,J-2, H-4 spouses to get shuttle ID cards so that they may ride the shuttle.
·         Beginning in January 24 the Tulane student or scholar should accompany the spouse to:
1440 Canal Street Room 802
9:00- 12:00 and 1:00- 4:00
·         The Principal should bring: Splash card, I-20/ DS-2019 and passport
·         The Dependent should bring: I-201/ DS-2019 and Passport
·         If any documents are missing, no Shuttle ID will be issued.
·         International Dependents will be allowed to ride the Shuttle without this ID for the Month of

cid:image007.png@01D0395F.08B09150Weekly Coffee Hour
Come celebrate the end of the week with other students, scholars, and the OISS Staff!
WHEN: Friday, January 30 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
WHERE: OISS Office – 6901 Willow St.

Audubon Zoo Ticket Sale
Tickets are available for $5 plus fees via Brown Paper Tickets - (CLICK HERE)
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 the front desk.

The English for Academic and Professional Purposes (EAPP) program is pleased to welcome you to our non-credit course. This program is a free, non-credit, ungraded program that is open to everyone.  This project-based, integrated skills program offers continuing development in all the modalities of English (writing, speaking, reading, listening) and aspects (vocabulary, grammar, and socialization).

If you have already enrolled for the fall semester, you do not need to re-enroll. You are automatically enrolled for the academic year. For new and incoming students, enrollment is open for the Spring 2015 EAPP program. Classes begin on Wednesday, January 28th. Classes meet for one hour weekly at the Downtown campus in Tidewater, Room 1204 at 12:00pm and Wednesday at 4:30pm at the Uptown campus in Norman Mayer room 118.

To enroll, follow these steps:

(1)  Visit: Tulane EAPP 2015
(2)  Click “Self-Enroll in this course”
(3)  Register for an account and then you will automatically be enrolled!

We are excited to offer this program and look forward to working with you all this semester! Contact or with any questions.

Conversation Partner Program at Tulane.
This program pairs an international student with an American student or native English speaker so that you can practice your English in a casual setting and connect with more people on campus. Often we see that international students group together and miss out on the full Tulane experience, and this is an easy way to get to know someone you might not otherwise meet. 

The program involves 4-5 meetings of about an hour throughout the semester, but many partners end up meeting more often as they get to know each other. We will begin partnering people up this weekend, Jan 31/Feb 1, so if you are interested please get your application in as soon as possible and we will match you with an American student on a first come first serve basis. 


The Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences will offer a full-day in-person HINARI Training: Access to Global Health Resources, at the Diboll Auditorium at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine on Friday, February 6, 2015.
This hands-on class creates program awareness prior to departure for an in-country experience. Topics include:
·         Access full-text articles
·         Effectively search PubMed using PubMed Filters, and use the HINARI portal
·         Locate HINARI training resources, evidence-based practice resources and e-books
·         Develop authorship skills
·         Conduct HINARI training course or presentations on HINARI
Class: HINARI Training: Access to Global Health Resources
Instructor: Lenny Rhine, Ph.D., coordinator of the ‘E-Library Training Initiative’, a Librarians Without Borders® /Medical Library Association project
Date: Friday, February 6, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Continuing education credit: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM | 8 hours of MLA CE contact hours | An application for 5 hours CHES (entry-level) / 1 hour MCHES (advanced-level) Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH) has been made to the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC| This program has been approved by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners for 7.5 hours of continuing education credit for social workers through Tulane School of Social Work. 
Registration: Go to Deadline to register is February 5, 2015.
Cost: Students: $10 (refundable deposit). All other participants:$25 (Day of is $50).
For more information and brochure, please CLICK HERE

TEDxTU, February 5, 2015. 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Dixon Hall.
Now in its fifth year of operation, TEDxTU will present a two-hour stage program featuring TED –style talks and TED videos. Speakers will include some of New Orleans’s most active innovators, from entrepreneurs to educators, and public service professionals to students. This year’s theme is “Create Tomorrow.” TEDxTU is sold out each year, so please reserve your tickets today by clicking HERE.

Pachanga in the Patio!

Friday, February 6, 2015. 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Jones Hall Patio.
 As part of the LAGO 2015 Graduate Conference, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies will host a pachanga with live music and food. The pachanga will feature New Orleans samba-funk band, Chegadão, and the food will be provided by Norma’s Bakery.

Friends of Music ft. Danish String Quartet

Wednesday, February 11, 2015. 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Dixon Hall.
 Come listen to the Danish String Quartet as they share their love for music through a wonderful performance sponsored by the Newcomb Music Department. Tulane students listen for free with student ID. All others please call 895-0690 for ticket prices. For more information please contact Diane Cass via email at or via phone at 504-865-5267.

Tulane BCM: Dinner & International Conversation Hour

 Join Tulane’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry every Thursday night at 6:00pm for a free family dinner and at 7:00pm for their International Conversation Hour, which is geared towards helping international students work on their English. The BCM house is located on 7111 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70118.

N’Kafu Traditional African Dance Company
Community/family-oriented dance classes are hosted every Friday at The Studio, 1520 N. Claiborne St, 70116. All dance levels and genders are encouraged. The classes are scheduled from 7:00 – 8:30 for only $10 per class or $35 monthly. Please click here for more information.
News and Other Announcements 

News Article and Interesting Reads

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Mental Health and Mindfulness Resources

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Ainsley Fagan
Student Affairs Associate

Evan Kirk
Operations Assistant

Nancy Lauland
H-1B Employees
Kristy Magner
OISS Director

Beth Nazar
J-1 Students and Scholars

Belinda Schneider
F-1 Students

Classified Spotlight

Looking for a new place to live? Check out these newly available locations!

Please refer to the linked flyers for more details. Check out the classifieds link at the bottom of the digest for more!
On Going Weekly Events

Downtown hours 
Location:  Tidewater Building, Room 2460
Time:  1:00- 4:00
Dates:   1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 2/28

If you need documents or mail brought from OISS, please email or call us before 10:00 am that day.

Coffee Hours
Uptown coffee hours will now be held weekly (Fridays 3-5PM). Please check this section of the digest for the most up-to-date information.
January Coffee Hours
January 30 – OISS Office - 6901 Willow
February 6 – OISS Office – 6901 Willow

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

Check the digest weekly for more updates about times and locations.
Mardi Gras Series

Each week leading until Mardi Gras, OISS will feature tips and facts about the Carnival Season
1.   Zulu: Named after the fiercest of the African tribes, the Zulu parade draws large crowds seeking the coveted Zulu coconut
2.   Rex: The oldest parading krewe since 1872 is responsible for the official Mardi Gras flag and purple, green, and gold colors
3.   Bacchus: The most innovative and imitated krewe created during the 20th century appoints a national celebrity as its monarch.
4.   Mid-City: Carnival’s fifth oldest parading organization was creaded in 1933 and introduced animated floats to Mardi Gras in 1947.
5.   Tucks: Loyola University students organized this krewe back in 1969 and named it after the popular college bar, Friar Tucks.
6.   NOMTOC: The area’s only all-black parading organization was organized in 1951.
7.   Iris: New Orleans’ largest parading Carnival organization for women was established in 1922.
8.   Druids: Druids is distinctive in that it does not stage a ball or feature a queen and court that are usually Carnival staples.
9.   Alla: This all-male krewe is Carnival’s fourth oldest parading group and traditionally displays the largest parade on the Westbank.
10.   Knights of Babylon: Founded as the Jester Club in 1939, this New Orleans favorite never discloses its theme until the day of the parade.
11.    Sparta: Organized in 1981, this uptown favorite is the first parade of the season to present flambeau carriers.
12.    Cleopatra: Named after the Egyptian Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra was the first Carnival club for women on the Westbank.
13.    Chaos: Chaos parades with satirical themes, employing the infamous Momus floats.
14.   Endymion: This super krewe is known for its celebrity grand marshals, as well as some of the largest and most ornate floats.
15.    Oshun: Oshun, goddess of fountains, love, wealth, and religion for the African people was founded in 1996.

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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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