Thursday, September 3, 2015

9/2 Digest

September 2, 2015
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

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


Weekly Coffee Hour
Join students, scholars, and the OISS Staff at our 2015-2016 Inaugural Coffee Hour! This week we will be covering how to get involved at Tulane, complete with free coffee and snacks. See you there!

WHEN: Thursday, September 3 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Josephine Louise Ballroom (Bldg # 75, Uptown)

City Bus Tour
Tour the unique city of New Orleans by bus! Explore Uptown, the Warehouse District, the French Quarter, and Mid-City!

WHEN: Sunday, September 13 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
COST: $10 per person (plus online ticket processing fee).
If you would like to come on the trip with dependents, please sign up in person at OISS and pay with check or cash.

Downtown: Will begin loading at Deming at 9:15 a.m. and bus will leave at 9:30 a.m.
Uptown: Will being loading in front of the library on Freret St. at 9:30 a.m. and all buses will leave at 10:00 a.m.

ESL Class for International Spouses/Partners
English for Academic and Professional Purposes is  pleased to announce this exciting class starting September 9. Join to practice your English skills to gain the confidence and  fluency to effectively communicate in everyday contexts!  For dates and times and enrollment information Click here.

Non-credit English program for international students and scholars. 
This year we are building the non-credit program completely around the interested students' schedules.  So, all you have to do is sign up here: or here
We will match you with five to ten students at your available time.   The class meets several times a week at both the uptown and downtown campuses, as well as online.

Remember the non-credit program is an ungraded opportunity to continuing enriching your English. What do we do?  We set up individualized goals to improve your English to accomplish your academic and professional goals.  We have had undergrads, grad students, postdocs, spouses, children, staff and faculty all participate.  This year it will be headed by Donna Murray, Ph.D. Email  if you have any questions. As always check out our website at http://English.Tulane.Edu   or like us on Facebook at  

Robert Connor, Ph.D.
Administrative Faculty
Director of English for Academic and Professional Purposes Director of English as a Second Language English.Tulane.Edu
6901 Willow Street Room 103
Center for Global Education
Tulane University

Career Workshops for International Graduate Students
The Office of Grad and Postdoc Studies will be holding a series of Career Workshops. These workshops are great opportunities to get ahead on your career search. More information about these workshops can be found below in the lower right hand column.

Be a Visitor Speaker on Latin America in your Community
The Latin American Resource Center is looking for speakers for the Fall 2015 semester!
If you are a faculty member, post-doc or student who is a part of Latin American Studies or any of its affiliated departments, you can volunteer to go into local classrooms and community organizations to give an engaging presentation on a Latin American topic. For more information and to participate, please CLICK HERE.

Tulane Confucius Institute invites you to Join a Chinese Community Class
Introduction to China
Thursdays from 9/24 – 12/3 at 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. LBC 209.
This class includes 9 sessions of fun introductions to Chinese culture and useful phrases. Bag lunches will be provided.

Survival Chinese
Saturdays from 8/29 – 12/5 at 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Newcomb Hall 200a
This is a Chinese language course for beginning non-heritage learners. The course requires no prior knowledge of the language. It teaches beginning Chinese and introduces Chinese culture to interested learners, who are Tulane faculty and staff, students and community members. There is a $200 fee for the course including the expenses for textbooks and materials.

For more information, please contact or 504-862-3659.

First INSTANT Meetup
Thursday, September 3, 2015. 5:30 p.m. Bruno’s Tavern, 7538 Maple St.
Are you an international student who wants to learn about Saints football? Like food and happiness? Then come join Tulane’s International Studies Activism and Networking at their first meetup, where you’ll be able to watch the preseason Saints game with other students and stuff your face with free food! Contact Diane Kowalski at for more information or see the Facebook event.

Jazz in the Park
Thursdays between September 3 – October 29, 2015. 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Louis Armstrong Park.
Just outside of the French Quarter lies the famous Louis Armstrong Park. Starting on Sep 3, the park will host a live concert series every Thursday from 4-8 p.m. There will be local bands, live painting and art displays, food vendors, and even a DJ to host each event! Admission is free so head on over to the park and watch the sun go down to the sounds of a NOLA band.

Elegua Dance & Drum Company
Workshop - Friday, September 4, 2015. 10:00 a.m. Ashe Cultural Arts Center
Tour/Concert – Friday, September 4, 2015. 6:00 p.m. Ashe Cultural Arts Center

Elegua, the internationally renowned women’s percussion ensemble from Venezuela, will make a rare appearance in New Orleans. The group brings pure excitement and rhythms that will make you want to get up and move. There will be a drum and dance workshop for young adults. To participate, call (504) 569-9070 to reserve space for your group. There will also be an exhibition tour and concert, which costs $10. Hope to see you there.

Louisiana Seafood Festival
Friday, September 4 – Sunday, September 6, 2015. 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. City Park Festival Grounds.
From our waters to your plate, the Louisiana Seafood Festival is a celebration of all the fresh and flavorful seafood that makes our state great. This three-day festival is free of admission and has live music, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, a beer garden, a kid’s tent, an arts village, and of course tons of food and beverages! Learn more about this festival HERE.

A Shared Space: KAWS, Karl Wirsum, & Tomoo Gokita
Exhibition Opens Thursday, September 10, 2015. 10:00 a.m. Newcomb Art Gallery
If you’ve walked around Tulane’s campus, you have probably seen the giant sculpture by KAWS in front of the Woldenberg Art Center. Be sure to check out more of his work at this exhibition. Alongside pieces from KAWS’ collection will be work by Chicago-based artist Karl Wirsum and Japan-based artist Tomoo Gokita.

News and Other Announcements 

News Article and Interesting Reads

Mental Health and Mindfulness Resources

Explore resources for mental well-being now:


Kristy Magner
OISS Director

Belinda Schneider
F-1 Students

Beth Nazar
J-1 Students

Nancy Lauland
H-1B and J-1
Faculty, Researchers & Staff

Evan Kirk
Operations Assistant

Facebook Spotlight

Have you checked out our OISS Facebook Page or our Facebook Groups? Make sure to Like and Join us on social media to stay connected with OISS.  

On Going Weekly Events

Downtown hours

Location:  Tidewater Building, Room 2460
Time:  Tuesdays, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Downtown hours are an opportunity for international students, scholars, and staff at Tulane’s downtown campus to meet with an OISS advisor, ask questions, and request services. If you are a new international student at the downtown campus, you can also complete your required check-in process during downtown hours.

Coffee Hours

Location:  Josephine Louise Ballroom
Time:  Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Uptown coffee hours will be held weekly, with a different theme each week!

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.
Career Workshops

Career Workshops for International Graduate Students

The Office of Grad and Postdoc Studies will be holding a series of Career Workshops.
Registration for these workshops are
available online HERE.

Careers in Academia I: Initiating the Job Search
Tuesday, October 13th at 3:00 p.m.
This workshop is designed for graduate students in their dissertation period and postdoctoral fellows and will provide information about the career search.

Careers in Academia II: The Interview Process
Tuesday, November 10th at 6:00 p.m.
In this session you’ll learn what to expect and prepare within the interview process: phone interview skills, what to anticipate at an onsite interview, preparing for the job talk and sample class, and negotiating a job offer.

CV Writing Workshop
Thursday, October 22nd at 12:00 p.m.
For international students considering academic careers

Resume Writing Workshop
Wednesday, November 18th at 12:00 p.m.
For international students considering careers outside of academia.

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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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