Friday, February 27, 2015

2/26/15 OISS Digest

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February 26, 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. Join our Facebook Event HERE.

Important Announcements
Optional Practical Training (OPT) Applications 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). To access the OPT application, CLICK HERE. For the PowerPoint of our OPT Workshop information, CLICK HERE.

OISS will hold weekly sessions at the following times to take OPT applications. These sessions will repeat weekly for the coming months; always check the OISS DIGEST for the latest information. Please arrive on time with your application and all the required supporting materials:

     Mondays, 3:00 pm: OPT Intake 
     Tuesdays, 8:30 am: OPT Intake

The OISS will be holding another OPT workshop: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - LBC 201-Race Conference Room

If you are not able to come at these times, please call 865-5208 to make an appointment to review and submit your OPT application.

International Spouse/Partner Reception
March 9, 2015
Norman Mayer 118
11:00- 1:30
The OISS would like to invite all international spouses/ partners to come enjoy refreshments, meet other spouses/ partners and learn about activities and resources.

Do you have a spouse or partner who would like to meet other international spouses/ partners and learn about resources at Tulane and in the community? Please share this survey with any international spouses/ partners you know so that we can be sure that everyone is informed of this event.   International Spouse Interest Survey

Weekly Coffee Hour
Friday, February 27 from 3:00-5:00 pm at the OISS Office (6901 Willow Street). We hope to see you there for coffee and cookies!

OPT Workshop
On Tuesday, March 3, from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm, OISS will be hosting an OPT workshop in the LBC 201-Race Conference Room (Uptown Campus).  

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


Jazz at the Rat

featuring James Westfall

Thursday, February 26, 2015. 7 pm - 9 pm. LBC City Diner (der Rathskeller)
Jazz at the Rat is a series of live concerts held on selected Thursday evenings at Der Rathskeller (a.k.a. "The Rat") at Tulane. Curated by Jesse McBride, the series features performances by jazz legends and rising stars, comprising of both visiting artists and outstanding New Orleans-based musicians, accompanied by students and faculty from Tulane's Jazz Studies program. 

World of Wheels

Friday, February 27, 2015. 3 pm; Saturday, February 28, 2015. 10 am; Sunday, March 1, 2015. 10 am. 
Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
America's Greatest Hot Rod Show is Back!! World of Wheels features a wide variety of custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles as well as restored and antique vehicles, exhibitors, vendors, and thousands of spectators  that make this annual show informative, exciting, and fun! Tickets can be purchased the day of the show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Box Office. For more details and information about this event, check out it's website HERE.

New Orleans Celtic Festival

Friday, February 27, 2015. 6 pm; Saturday, February 28, 2015. 12 pm; Sunday, March 1, 2015. 12 pm.
New Orleans Celtic Festival is an annual event dedicated to preserving and promoting the Celtic heritage & culture here in Louisiana through education, music, games, piping, dance, and traditional activities as a part of the Irish culture. There will be many performances and much fun during these three days. Click HERE to learn more.

An Evening of Dance

featuring Tulane Department of Theater and Dance

Friday, February 27, 2015. 8 pm; Saturday, February 28, 2015. 8 pm; Sunday, March 1, 2015. 2 pm.
Dixon Hall
An Evening of Dance is a performance featuring guest artists choreographer Jim Lepore and musician Toby Twining. Faculty works by John Allen, Diogo DeLima and Alice Pascal Escher. Student works by senior dance majors Emily Apple, Emily Barasch, and Micaela Woskie. Admission is $8 for Students, $9 for Tulane Employees, and $12 General Admission. Tickets are available online HERE.

TUCP Presents Hannibal Buress
Monday, March 2, 2015. 8 pm. McAlister Auditorium.
Come see comedy genius Hannibal Buress perform FREE stand-up in McAlister Auditorium! You may recognize him from Comedy Central's Broad City or one of his appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, or Jimmy Kimmel Live! Hannibal also worked as a writer for both SNL and 30 Rock and has been noted on several recent Top 10 lists. So mark your calendars, tell your friends, and come early so you can snag a close seat!

GradFest 2015: Info Booth
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 & Wednesday, March 4, 2015. 11 am - 6 pm. LBC. 
Calling All 2015 Graduating Students!! Stop by the GradFest 2015 info booth to purchase your cap and gown, order announcements, diploma frame, Tulane Ring, Commencement DVD, Tulane Tribute for commencement program, and have your cap and gown proof taken. 

7th Annual Tulane Athletics 5k
Saturday, March 7, 2015. 8 am - 10 am. Yulman Stadium: Gameday Plaza.
Register for the 7th Annual Tulane Athletics 5k! Registration beings at 6:30 am in the Gameday Plaza in front of Yulman Stadium. The registration fee is $30 and benefits the Tulane Athletics Fund, which supports over 300 student-athletes that proudly represent Tulane in sport, scholarship, and service. All runners receive a 5k TASC shirt! For more information, please contact Jen-Preston Lucius, Assistant Director of the Tulane Athletics Fund at (504) 865-5356 or

2015 Tulane Black Arts Festival
Sunday, March 8, 2015 @12:30 pm to Sunday, March 15, 2015 @3:30 pm. Tulane University.
The Tulane Black Student Union (tBSU) is proud to present the 2015 Black Arts Festival on Tulane University's campus and at the Ashe' Cultural Arts Center. This year's festival is themed "A Celebration of Black Culture, Arts and Entertainment" and features 7 days of events - all of which are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The keynote speaker for this year’s festival is American film director, Spike Lee. Check out their website HERE.

India Fest 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015. 11 am – 4 pm. New Orleans Museum of Art (City Park).
Come to a Family Celebration inspired by the art and culture of India. This celebration will include ornamental Henna, exotic food, children’s activities, Indian dance medley, beautiful bazaar, and much more. Admission for the museum will also be at a discounted price of $5 that Sunday. Check out the flyer HERE.

News and Other Announcements 

News Articles and Interesting Reads


Ainsley Fagan
Student Affairs Associate

Evan Kirk
Operations Assistant

Nancy Lauland
H-1B Employees
J-1 Scholars
Kristy Magner
OISS Director

Beth Nazar
J-1 Students

Belinda Schneider
F-1 Students

Classified Spotlight

Looking for a new place to live? New furniture?  Check the listings!

Please refer to the linked flyers for more details. Check out the classifieds link at the bottom of the digest for more!
Looking to advertise? Please send a detailed description to with the subject line “Classifieds”.
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 3-5 pm). Please check this section of the digest for the most up-to-date information.
February Coffee Hours
February 27 – 3-5 pm at the OISS Office

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.
Person of the Week

Dear Readers,
    We are currently looking for students to feature in our Person of the Week section of the Digest. If you are interested in being featured, please contact our Student Affairs Associate, Ainsley Fagan, at, or our student worker, Karen Chen (who you will learn more about below), at,

We sincerely hope that you will consider this great opportunity.

-       OISS Staff

Name: Karen Yi Chen
Program: BSM (May 2018)
Hometown: Claremont, CA
Birthday: May 4, 1996

Karen Yi Chen is currently a first year undergraduate student at Tulane University. She is one of the student workers at the OISS.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Tulane University?
     My favorite thing about being  a student at Tulane is having the opportunity to be on a campus that is integrated into the city. I love how Tulane and the culture of New Orleans mesh together, and feel very lucky that I am able to be a part of something so unique.

What is something you want to do in New Orleans?
     Something I want to do during my time here in New Orleans would be to visit as many art galleries and art museums in the city as possible because New Orleans is filled with all types of art, and going to different exhibits will also give me the opportunity to explore different parts of the city.

What activities are you involved in on campus?
     The three biggest things I am involved with on campus are OISS, RHA, and BCM. I started working as a student worker for OISS at the beginning of the spring semester. Currently, my biggest tasks are to help write the weekly digest and to support my supervisor, Ainsley, in any way possible.  I am also a part of the Residence Hall Association. Specifically, I am the Executive VP of Civic Engagement for JL and Greenbaum. For this role, I help plan different events for the two halls. The third thing I am very involved with is the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on campus. We have weekly gatherings where we fellowship over dinner and then spend time in worship.  

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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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