Friday, February 13, 2015

OISS Digest: Office Closed 17th & 18th, Bayou Cane Canoe Trip

February 12, 2015
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

For all emergencies or issues, including immigration, please contact TUPD
at 504-865-5911 (emergency line) or 504-865-5381 (non-emergency line).
International Food and Music Festival - March 14, 2015
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
Optional Practical Training (OPT) Applications
OPT 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 and open the forms under “Optional Practical Training”. 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

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

When:   Saturday, February 28, 2015,
Time and Pickup Details
Uptown:  will begin loading the bus on Freret Street by the Library at 8:30 a.m. and bus will leave at 8:45 a.m.
Downtown: Bus will arrive at Deming at 9:00 a.m. and will load and leave for Cane Bayou immediately. Return time to campus between 3 and 4 pm. 
How much:   The trip fee is $40.00, which includes guide service, the use of the canoes and paddling accessories, and lunch.  Please CLICK HERE for tickets
Be Prepared: Please bring bug spray, clothes that can get wet, a bottle of water and other snacks or necessary items you may need. OISS will provide transportation. Please CLICK HERE for flyer.


Audubon Zoo Ticket Sale  

Tickets 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.

Conversation Partner Program at Tulane.

There is still some room left in the Conversation Partner Program! This program will pair you up with an American student to meet up 4-5 times throughout the semester to practice your English conversation skills in a comfortable setting. This is also a great way to get to know more students at Tulane. If you're interested in participating, you can sign up here: We will partner people up on a first come first serve basis. 

Farmers Market
Friday, February 13, 2015. 10am – 2pm. Devlin Fieldhouse, corner of Freret and McAlister
Discover the origins of the food we serve on campus with our award winning Chefs. Fresh and local produce are also available for purchase!!

Spring Festival Celebration
Saturday, February 14, 2015. 12 pm-2 pm. 2nd Floor LBC
Held on the first day of the first lunar month and lasting for two weeks, the Spring Festival is one of the grandest and most important annual event in China. It is an event for people to celebrate family reunion and is full of rich and colorful activities such as Red Packets. During celebrations this year, TCSSA will serve traditional Chinese cuisines and present a great show to all the guests.

Opening Reception for Degas: The Private Impressionist
Wednesday, February 18, 2015. 6 pm - 8 pm. Woldenberg Art Center
Join us in celebrating the opening of Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, an exhibition of drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs that illuminates the background of Degas the individual as well as his skill as an artist. This free event will feature light hors d’oeuvres and libations.

Intro to the World Panel
Thursday, February 19, 2015. 5 pm - 7 pm. LBC 212 (Qatar Ballroom)
To the north is Canada and to the south is Mexico, but what else is out there? Come hear all of your favorite professors talk about the world, the United States’ role in it, and why you should care about the people across the seas and all over the world!

Tulane University Film and Arts Festival
Runs from Friday, February 20, 2015 @7pm to Saturday, February 21, 2015 @10:30pm.
The First Annual Tulane University Film & Arts Festival (TUFAF), presented by Tulane University Broadcasting Entertainment (TUBE) and Tulane University Campus Programming (TUCP), will bring together the Tulane and New Orleans community for a two-day celebration of cinema in a local campus setting. Guests will enjoy a series of short and long film screenings with panels and filmmaker discussions, all accompanied by local food and vibrant art installations. Addition information can be found at its website HERE.

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 Articles and Interesting Reads


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 3-5 pm). Please check this section of the digest for the most up-to-date information.
February Coffee Hours
February 20 – 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.
Mardi Gras Series

Each week leading until Mardi Gras, OISS will feature tips and facts about the Carnival Season

!!!Parades Times: Thursday and Friday!!!

Thursday, February 12, 5:30 p.m. Founded in 1939, this parade has the feel of a 19th century parade; King Sargon’s float is mule-drawn.

Thursday, February 12, 6:30 p.m. An all female krewe that promises a satirical, but secret, theme. The most prized throw from this krewe is one of their decorated high heeled shoes.  

Thursday, February 12, 6:15 p.m. The theme held secret until the night of the parade, Chaos promises a satirical parade that will poke fun at people and institutions.

Friday, February 13, 6:00 p.m. During the Depression, businessmen came up with a solution to the widespread woes of the time.

Friday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. A dozen marching bands accompanied by throws, including five colors of doubloons, the sought after krewe playing cards, 84 inch long krewe emblem beads, and more.

Friday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. They will cast the streets of New Orleans with over 500 members and 21 floats. This year’s theme is “Freaky Friday,” and the krewe will be celebrating their 15th anniversary.


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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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