Thursday, April 9, 2015

Digest 4/9/15

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April 9, 2015
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

2015 International Student Survey Reminder
Students, please check the e-mail from Monday March, 23rd to complete the survey.
All student participants will be entered into a raffle drawing.

Students, please e-mail if you did not receive a survey link.

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

 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.
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, at,

We sincerely hope that you will consider this great opportunity.
Name: Harri Plotnick
Program: International Relations (May 2015)
Home Country: United States of America
Birthday: September 18, 1992

Although Harri is originally from the US, she has lived in Bologna and Rome and speaks fluent Italian. She is graduating in May and hopes to sing the Helluva Hullabaloo one more time before she does so.

What are some activities you’re involved in at Tulane?
     I’m the president of Tavolo Italiano, the Italian club here. Outside of the university, I dive weekly in the Maya Exhibit at the New Orleans Adventure Aquarium (as a volunteer).

What has been your most memorable experience so far at Tulane?
     My most memorable experience would be the collective events that I’ve gotten to attend, where I met many interesting and distinguished people, including Bob Woodward, Sherman Alexie, Nancy Pelosi, James Carville, and Dan Savage. Not only do these people continue to inspire me, but I also made significant connections through those events.
What are your plans after graduation?
      I’m going to be a broadcast journalist! I will probably start in a small market near New Orleans, like Biloxi/Gulfport or Baton Rouge.

What advice do you want to share with other/incoming international students?
When I studied abroad, the only way I learned Italian and got an authentic experience was to separate myself from other non-native speakers. No one says it’s easy, but when you find yourself among a group of people from your host country and you feel like you finally fit in, it is so worth it.


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
Dates: 4/14, 4/21,

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 17, 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.


Coming Soon!
End of the Year Event – Keep your calendars open, more details in the next digest! 

Weekly Coffee Hour
There will be no coffee hour this week. Coffee hours resume the on 4/17! We hope to see you there.

Beyond OPT and Beyond H-1B Workshops
Please join us for an information session featuring representatives from the immigration law firm of Ware|Immigration and Tulane’s Office of the General Counsel

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Beyond OPT - Downtown, 12 pm to 1 pm, Tidewater 1208 (Map)
Topic: Steps after OPT including H-1B visas and the Permanent Residence process
Who: Current Tulane students in F-1 or J-1.
Note: we will not be discussing the OPT process.
Beyond H-1B - Downtown, 2 pm to 3 pm, Tidewater - Diboll Auditorium (Map)
Topic: Steps after H-1B (and other work visas) including the Permanent Residence process
Who: Current Tulane employees in H-1B, TN, and O-1 status, and department administration.
Note: we will not be discussing the H-1B process.
Beyond OPT - Uptown, 4 pm to 6 pm, Goldring-Woldenberg II 3110 (Building #40 - Map)
Topic: Steps after OPT including H-1B visas and the Permanent Residence process
Who: Current Tulane students in F-1 or J-1.
Note: we will not be discussing the OPT process

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 26th Annual Josephine Gessner Ferguson Lecture

featuring Professor Lisa Ruddick

Thursday, April 9, 2015. 6 pm. Woldenberg Art Center, Freeman Auditorium.
Professor Lisa Ruddick will deliver her lecture on Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 pm in the Freeman Auditorium of the Woldenberg Art Center. The title of her talk is "Poetry, Psychoanalysis, and the Self".  Professor Ruddick is Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago, where she teaches courses in British fiction, literature and psychoanalysis, and poetry and poetics.

French Quarter Festival
Thursday, April 9, 2015 – Sunday, April 12, 2015. All Day. French Quarter.
During this 32nd Annual French Quarter Fest, more than 1,700 musicians will be performing on 23 stages located throughout the French Quarter and the Spanish Plaza. More than 60 food and beverage vendors will be set up in half a dozen locations offering a wide variety of Crescent City culinary delights. Some of the New Orleans; top artists and artisans will have their talented work on display and for sale, and there will be fun activities for children to enjoy as well. Don’t miss out on the “World’s Largest Block Party!!”

The Dynamics of Gender in France: the 17th and 21st Centuries

featuring Professor Domna C. Stanton

Friday, April 10, 2015. 4:30 pm – 6 pm. LBC Rm 201.
Join Prof. Stanton as she discusses her new book, “The Dynamics of Gender in Early-Modern France: Women Writ, Women Writing”, and talks about the heated debates over gender studies in France today.A major scholar of gender and a pioneer of feminist approaches within French studies for over three decades, Prof. Stanton has constantly striven to expose readers to women’s writing and gender issues.  

 Into the Woods
Friday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11, 2015. 7:30 – 9 pm. Dixon Hall.
Newcomb Department of Musical Theater presents, Into the Woods – a musical about a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Don’t miss out on what will be a very exciting show!! Tickets are $10 for students and $15 general admission. Check out the flyer HERE.

Film Screening of Bayou Maharajah:

The Life and Music of New Orleans Piano Legend James Booker

Monday, April 13, 2015. 7 pm – 9 pm. Woldenberg Art Center, Freeman Auditorium.
Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. The film paints a portrait of an overlooked genius and will be presented by the director, Lily Keber, with a Q&A and reception.

Public Lecture: The Politics of Irony

featuring Kaarina Nikunen

Tuesday, April 14 2015. 12 pm – 1:30 pm. LBC Rm 202.
Join Kaarina Nikunen as she discusses the politics of irony in the debates on immigration, race, and ethnicity in Europe and Nordic countries, and the role of new media in these debates. Nikunen’s research reveals the affective charge of the politics of irony: fear, disgust, and hate are circulated in images of violent asylum seekers, vulnerable Muslim women and feminist multicultural activists. Nikunen will also discuss the ways in which social network sites organize and shape affective political struggles about race, ethnicity and gender and the implications of these struggles for the wider political trajectories in Europe.

Breaking Trends: A Workshop on Cultural Appropriation and the College Environment
Wednesday, April 15 2015. 5:30PM-6:30PM LBC Rm 203 (Stibbs)
Join Student Affairs Associates Ainsley Fagan and Ghiya Ali in partnership with Desiree Anderson from the Office of Multicultural Affairs in this hour long workshop on the definition of cultural appropriation and the meaning of identity. Please join the Facebook event HERE .

Career Workshop: Work on Purpose – Fear Means Go

Thursday, April 16, 2015. 12 pm – 1 pm. Taylor Center, SISE Lab, 2nd Floor Flower Hall.
Confront your fear of failure, a central barrier emerging professionals face when pursuing their purpose. Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose program inspires and equips those in the first decade of their careers to realize their unique way to make a social impact. For more information click HERE and to RSVP click HERE.


Saturday, April 18, 2015. 11 am – 7 pm. LBC Quad.
This is a can’t miss event!! Crawfest is an annual music, food, and art festival located on Tulane’s uptown campus. Each year, 10,000 – 12,000 community members and students enjoy an amazing music lineup, 20,000 pounds of crawfish, and local food and art vendors. Crawfest is FREE for Tulane students and staff with a Splash Card and is $10 general admission. For more information click HERE.

Tulane Concert Band’s Spring Concert 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015. 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Dixon Hall.
TU Concert Band’s Spring Concert is the culminating artistic event of the academic year for the band program, showcasing 80 student performers who represent every academic school across the university. The repertoire for this concert features composers of the British Empire, who transformed the military bands of the late 1800’s into the modern concert band ensembles of the 20th Century.

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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