Thursday, April 23, 2015

4/23 Digest

April 23, 2015
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

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). First, review the PowerPoint of our OPT Workshop information:CLICK HERE. Then, read and complete the OPT application: 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. You MUST arrive on time with your application and all the required supporting materials:

      Mondays, 12:00 pm or 3:00 pm: OPT Intake 
     Tuesdays, 8:30 am: OPT Intake
Thank you to everyone who came to our end of the year reception! Please check out our photos on Facebook.

As you all might be aware, classes are almost over and finals are quickly approaching – so check out some tips on how to maximize your study time!

  1. Create a master to-do list and a schedule for the remaining days in the semester. Break cumulative exams into smaller study units, which will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and help you monitor your progress daily.
  2. Just get started. Don’t wait until you feel like studying.
  3. Review your notes daily.
  4. Identify the format of the exam. Vary your study technique according to the type of exam.
  5. Predict possible questions. Review old tests, study guides or the course objectives.
  6. Answer questions you didn’t know the first time. If the exam is cumulative and you struggled to master any material, return to it.
  7. Meet with the professor, a tutor or a learning specialist if needed.
  8. Develop summary sheets for each class.
  9. Link new information to things you already know. Forming these associations will help you retrieve information later.
  10. Check the front of your textbook to see if the publisher provides any online study aids.
  11. Set specific measurable goals for each study session to keep yourself on track.
  12. Create mnemonic devices, such as acrostics, rhymes or acronyms, to help you remember information.
  13. Take short breaks. Your brain can process a limited amount of information and benefits from some rest.
  14. Reward yourself with naturally enjoyable activities, such as playing X-box or clicking through Facebook.
  15. Stay healthy. Get some sleep and avoid caffeine. Seriously – your brain will thank you.


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- 4:00pm
Date: 4/28

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.

April Coffee Hours
April 24. 3-5 pm at the OISS Office

Prayer Space (Downtown)
Tidewater Building 15th floor Room 1506, has been dedicated as a quiet prayer space for students of all religious denominations.
Hours: Open when building is open.

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


Final Coffee Hour: Summer Themed!

Please join Chi Alpha and OISS for the final “No Coffee” Coffee hour for this FUN FILLED afternoon with summer themed food, games, and activities!

Time: Friday 4/24/15 3-5PM
Where: Outside of OISS (6901 Willow Street). If it rains, it will be hosted in the Weatherhead Classroom (Building #59).

Monday April 27, 2:30 to 4:30 pm,  LBC Qatar ballroom
Come hang out with your mentee/mentor over coffee and snacks! Click here for flyer.

Audubon Zoo Ticket Sale  

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


ESL For Spouses
The English as a Second Language program at Tulane University is pleased to announce this new class! Mondays from 12:30-1:30PM starting 3/16 – 4/27 in Norman Mayer room 118, Uptown Campus! Please CLICK HERE for the flyer.

The Maids
featuring Tulane Department of Theater and Dance
Tuesday, April 21Sunday, April 26, 2015. 8 pm. Dixon Performing Arts Center.
Come watch Tulane’s Department of Theater and Dance put on The Maids: a play about two sisters, maids to a wealthy society woman, who act out fantasies of class, love, and revenge, while the lady of the house is out on a romantic rendezvous. As their games intensify, the incipient violence escalates as they await Madame’s return. Tickets are only $8 for students, $9 for staff, and $12 for general admission.

Jazz at the Rat
featuring The Bridge Trio
Thursday, April 23, 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 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. This week, the Bridge Trio, consisting of drummer Joe Dyson, bassist Max Moran, and pianist Conun Pappas, will be performing.

Swan Lake by St. Petersburg Russian Ballet
Thursday, April 23, 2015. 7:30 pm. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.
Swan Lake is a timeless romantic narrative that has captivated world dancers, choreographers and audiences for over a century. The ballet, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was fashioned from Russian folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. St. Petersburg State Ballet is a world-renowned dance company that presents Russian historical classical dance. After several successful world tours, they will be performing in the US for the first time ever. Get tickets HERE.

Tulane to Hollywood: Career Panel
Friday, April 24, 2015. 12:15 pm. LBC Quad.
Hear from Tulane’s own alumni about how to build a successful career in the entertainment industry. The panel will include producers, CEOs, directors, agents, etc of famous TV shows, movies, and music artists. If you want to pursue a career in the entertainment business, then this event will give you more insight on what it’s like to work in the industry. RSVP to this exciting event as soon as possible HERE!

Fridays at the Quad: T.G.I. Over
Friday, April 24, 2015. 4 pm. LBC Quad.
Don’t miss out on the semester’s last FAQ. This Friday, there will be free ice cream provided by Creole Creamery as well as live music from Unknown Mortal Orchestra and special guests Twin Peaks. This is a great opportunity to have fun and hang out with friends before the weekend starts.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 24 –26 & April 30 – May 3, 2015. Fairgrounds Race Course.
Whether you like jazz, rock, hip-hop, pop, funk, indie, or any other kind music, Jazz Fest has live entertainment for everyone. Artists performing include Elton John, Lady Gaga, Trombone Shorty and so much more.  Musicians aren’t the only form of live entertainment at Jazz Fest this year. There will be professional craft showcases, cultural marketplaces, and of course, the Mardi Gras Indians As in previous years, the Festival Crafts will showcase the works of hundreds of local and nationally known artists. Festivalgoers can visit multiple marketplaces throughout the event space to get a taste of art inspired from cultures across the globe. There will also be a delectable variety of local and worldly food options as at Jazz Fest. There will be an abundance of Cajun and Creole and other New Orleans traditional staples, as well as appetizers, desserts, and drinks with international inspiration. Find out more information on their website HERE.

Come to the TIS Multicultural Potluck BBQ!
Saturday, April 25th at 4pm, 7219 Burthe Street, next to Hillel
Come celebrate the end of the year with TIS, enjoy a bonfire and smores, and take a break from studying. Try to bring food from your hometown! All are welcome. Contact if you have any questions. 

5k JROTC Run
Saturday, April 25, 2015. 8 am – 12 pm. City Park (1 Palm Dr).
The JROTC is planning on breaking a Guinness World Record at this event by having the “Most participants in a 5k run (multi-location)” to commemorate the 99th Army JROTC Anniversay/49th Air Force, Navy, Marine JROTC Anniversary. Come join thousands of others worldwide at this event and help the JROTC make history! There will be media coverage, a celebrity Grand Marshall to kick off the event, and lots of fun.

Tulane-Newcomb Choir Spring Concert
Sunday, April 26, 2015. 2 pm – 3:30 pm. Rogers Memorial Chapel.
Come listen to our very own Tulane-Newcomb Choir this Sunday as they perform a variety of pieces for their audience to enjoy. 50 beautiful voices will be unified as one as they perform at Rogers Memorial Chapel. The concert will be conducted by C. Leonard Raybon.

Oak St. Block Party
Wednesday, April 29, 2015. 12 pm – 7 pm. Oak Street.
Oak St. Block Party is coming up fast! Join the community of New Orleans as they celebrate Jazzfest, New Orleans, and the music community at this free block party. There will be two outdoor stages and one in The Maple Leaf during changeovers. The event is a fundraiser for the Oak Street community and will be tons of fun!

Shorty Fest 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015. 7 pm – 12:00 am. Generations Hall.
Shorty Fest is loaded with remarkable talent and offers a truly inspirational night-time Jazz Fest experience. A highlight is sure to be the “Hail to the Chief” set, featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and four generations of Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians. Backing up Big Chief Monk will be a stellar ensemble comprised of many renowned musicians. Grab your tickets HERE.

Disney on Ice presents Frozen
Thursday, April 30 through Monday, May 4, 2015. Various times. UNO Lakefront Arena.
Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney on Ice presents Frozen. The heartwarming Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating in your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintry world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Buy your tickets HERE or click HERE for more information.

Forró in the Park
Ongoing classes every Saturday. 11 am – 12 pm. Audubon Park Gazebo.
Learn a Brazilian Dance Style! Bringing together the fiddle, accordion, and syncopated percussion, Forró is a contagious, high-energy dance music from Northeastern Brazil that feels like a mix of Reggae and Zydeco. It is a couples dance that combines elements of swing and two-step and is a raucous release from everyday life. Classes include a group warm-up and rotating couples sequences. For more information, click HERE.

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