Tuesday, September 29, 2015

9/23 OISS Digest

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



Weekly Coffee Hour
Join students, scholars, and the OISS Staff at our weekly Coffee Hour! This week we’ll be having fun exploring U.S Culture, complete with free coffee and snacks. See you there!

WHEN: Thursday, September 24 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Josephine Louise House Ballroom (Bldg # 75, Uptown)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application Workshops
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).

Friday, September 25, 3:00- 4:00 p.m. Uptown GWH2 2110 (Building #40)

New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) Meet Up
Wednesday, September 30, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Join a group of Tulane students for a visit to the New Orleans Museum of Art. The museum is free every Wednesday for Louisiana residents, so bring your Splash Card and get into NOMA for free. Explore one of the best art museums in the South, with a permanent collection of over 40,000 items from around the world and current exhibitions about Louisiana history. Bring lunch or snacks to enjoy in the beautiful Sculpture Garden next to the museum.

Uptown students meet at Bruff Commons at 10:00 am and we will take the shuttle to Deming together. Downtown students meet at Deming at 10:40 am. We will take the City Park streetcar near Deming and get to NOMA around 11:00 am. We’ll leave NOMA around 2:00 pm, but you are free to stay as long as you like!

Career Workshop for International Students
This will be an informational and interactive presentation about career-
related topics for all international students.  We will cover topics such as Western business culture, interviewing skills, discussing immigration status with employers, the unique transferable skills internationals students offer employers, tips for academic success and information about what the Career Services Center has to offer.
Downtown:  Tuesday, October 6 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
                     Tidewater 1210 (1440 Canal Street)

Steps after OPT Workshops (H-1B visas & the Permanent Residence process)
Please join us for an information session featuring representatives from the immigration law firm Gasparian Immigration.

Downtown:   Tuesday, November 3, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Tidewater 1208 (1440 Canal St)
Uptown:   Friday, November 6, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., GWH  130  (Building #39)

No RSVP is necessary for these workshops. Please attend, and bring your international friends and classmates! 


PORTulane is a listserv that brings together the Portuguese-speaking community of the uptown and downtown campuses of Tulane university. Any and all Portuguese speakers of any level are welcome. We will send out weekly notices including upcoming Portuguese-language events and opportunities. Venham participar!

If you’re interested in being on the listserv and/or participating in any of the events, please send an email to Dr. Megwen Loveless: mloveles@tulane.edu.

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: http://tulane.edu/global/eapp/fall2015.cfm or here http://tinyurl.com/EAPP2015NOW

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 LearnEng@tulane.edu  if you have any questions. As always check out our website at http://English.Tulane.Edu   or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tulaneeapp  

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.

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 13 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.

CV Writing Workshop - Thursday, October 22 at 12:00 p.m.
This workshop is geared for international students considering academic careers and will help students with their Curricula Vitae.

and more!

Asian Bilingual Career Forum
Invitation Only Event - Nov. 20 - 22 (Fri. - Sun.)

·         bilingual in English and one Asian language, excluding Japanese (e.g. Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay, etc.)
·         graduating with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. university
·         available to work in Asia  recipients of an invitation from DISCO

Submit invitation request form at http://asian.careerforum.net?ref=20152

If selected, you will receive an invitation via email. The last day to request an invitation will be November 5.

This is a great opportunity to meet with world-class companies seeking bilinguals such as yourself.

Please make sure to submit an invitation request form in order to be considered for the invitation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at abcf@careerforum.net.

We look forward to seeing you at the Asian Bilingual career Forum!

NOLA Horror Film Fest
Thursday, September 24 – Sunday, September 27. Rare Form, 437 Esplanade Ave.
Nola Horror Film Fest is a horror film festival created by horror filmmakers for horror fans. As film auteurs ourselves, we appreciate the blood, sweat, and tears that go into making movies. We also understand that the fans are ready for something different! The NOHFF is committed to celebrating the craft and the art of genre filmmaking at its best. For more information click HERE.

Gran Fiesta Welcome Reception
Friday, September 25. 4:00 -7:00 p.m. Richardson Memorial (Building #4) Room 201
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies cordially invites you to our Gran Fiesta, a welcoming reception for Latinamericanist faculty, staff, graduate students, and friends! Please RSVP by Thursday, September 24th by emailing rtsclas@tulane.edu or by calling 504.865.5164.

Shabbat with Tulane International Society
Friday, September 25. 7:30 p.m. Hillel, 912 Broadway St.
TIS is hosting Shabbat dinner this Friday! Shabbat is a Jewish tradition which includes FREE dinner every Friday. This is a great chance to learn more about TIS, about Jewish culture, and to enjoy a great meal with your peers!

Movies & Munchies – Jurassic World
Friday, September 25. 10:00 p.m. LBC Kendall Cram.
Come to the LBC Kendall Cram Room for free food and to watch a screening of Jurassic World! Jurassic World is about a new theme park built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park’s newest attraction escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Reily Center Organized Work/Play Service Day
Saturday, September 26.  8:00AM-5:00PM
Registration Deadline: Saturday, September 26, Register here!
Cost: FREE
Are you passionate about America’s wetlands, and want to assist in their upkeep and restoration? Come help the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, along with a host of other volunteers, cleanup and restore the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex in Lacombe, Louisiana. Volunteers will work on trail and garden maintenance throughout the property, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the wetland ecosystem, and contribute to the overall beatification of the park. After a morning of work, lunch will be provided followed by a canoe outing on Bayou Lacombe. If you are passionate about the wetland ecosystem, love the outdoors, and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, this is the trip for you!

Museum Day Live!
Saturday, September 26. All Day. Various Locations.
Museum Day Live! Is an annual event in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket for FREE. Get your free ticket HERE and see the list of participating museums in New Orleans HERE.

Kevin Breel: Author, Comedian, Activist
Sunday, September 27. 6:00 p.m. LBC Qatar Ballroom
Author, comedian, and activist Kevin Breel is coming to Tulane to share his experiences and to bring our community together to support mental well-being. Kevin Breel is best known for his passionate TEDx talk with over 3 million views entitled “Confessions of a Depressed Comic.” There will be free food at the event.
Total Lunar Eclipse
September 27 9:11- 10:23 (9:47 peak visibility)
Visible in New Orleans with the maximum eclipse being 9:47 pm.  Sometimes the moon has a reddish glow as it passes through the earth's shadow.  It will be an event well worth watching as it conveniently occurs in the evening hours.  

Newcomb Film Series: Trials of Spring
Tuesday, September 29. 3:30 p.m. Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center (Building #81).
The Trials of Spring screening will feature six short films that offer a rarely seen look at the gripping personal experiences of female activists in the wave of revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa. The films profile nine women across Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, with each detailing their journey through uprisings and crackdowns. While each story is unique, they often share an arc similar to the larger political developments of the post-revolution countries in the region, where an initial hope for change is quashed by increasing repression and conflict. The screening will feature remarks and a Q/A session with filmmaker Lauren Feeney.

Audubon Zoo Cool Zoo/Gator Run $5 for College Students
Weekends through Sunday, September 27. All day. Audubon Zoo.
Cool off at the zoo’s water park for only $5! This great deal will only last until the end of September. For more details Click here.

Thursday, October 1. 9:00 p.m. Reily Student Rec Center, Main Gym.
Join us for the popular exercise phenomenon, Zumba, at this upbeat event to raise awareness for suicide outreach and support. All levels are welcome!


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

Person of the Week

Tasimba Mhizha
Harare, Zimbabwe

What are you researching at Tulane?
I am a research scholar in the Department of Tropical Medicine. My focus is Malaria research – specifically on the hallmark transmission blocking vaccine. This exposure is stretching me but I am gaining a lot of skills that I appreciate. I believe my Tulane experience is bringing life changing implications and I will look back at this phase of my life with a smile.

How have you liked New Orleans so far?
Every day in New Orleans is a special day because it brings forth pleasant memories. The city has been warm and inviting. I have been to a lot of places but this city has just got so much to see. Of all I have done in New Orleans, making friends has been the most memorable. I have made friendships that I believe will persist through my life time. Cheers to all my new mates!

How was the transition from Zimbabwe to Nola?
Transitioning and settling in wasn’t an arduous task. Tulane staff in different offices were very helpful and God bless the shuttle drivers. The only thing I struggled with was the August weather. It never gets this hot back home, so the sharp contrast between the AC controlled rooms and the heat outside made it hard to pick what to wear. Oh, and then there’s Bourbon street - Culture shock 101. I’ve never seen a place that has a whole street dedicated to just partying and having a good time 24/7.

What’s something you are looking forward to while you’re here in Nola?
Before my time in New Orleans is up I would like to watch a New Orleans Saints game, (Hint hint, anyone wanna take me to one?) as well as watch and listen to a New Orleans orchestra. Luckily, I’ll be around for a while pursuing my Ph.D.

On Going Weekly Events

Uptown hours

Location:  6901 Willow Street
Time:  Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m- 5:00p.m.

For general information, check-in, document drop off/pick up, letter requests come visit us. If you would like to meet with and advisor, please schedule an appointment

Downtown hours

Location:  Tidewater Building, Room 2460
Time:  Tuesdays, 12:00- 4:00p.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 (Building #75)
Time:  Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Theme: U.S. Culture

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

Prayer Space (Downtown)

Location: Tidewater Room 1506
Time: Open when building is open

Tidewater Building, 15th Floor, Room 1506 has been dedicated as a quiet prayer space for students of all religious denominations.

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

SOAR Presents:
Undoing Racism/Community Organizing Workshop     
What is it? Are you concerned with confronting racism and economic oppression as a student, staff, or faculty member at Tulane? Do you want to be an effective community organizer in your school, neighborhood, city, and world? Come to this workshop to better understand what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone.
Who provides it? This unique workshop is facilitated by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national, multiracial, anti-racist network of anti-racist organizers dedicated to ending racism and other forms of institutional oppression.
When is it? The workshop will take place Friday, October 9th - Sunday, October 11th. The exact times are as follows: Friday 6pm - 8pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm, and Sunday 1pm - 5pm.
Where is it? The workshop will take place on Tulane's Uptown Campus in Newcomb Hall Room 123.
How do I get involved? Registration for the workshop is officially open, and please sign up ASAP because spots are limited! Here's the link to register: http://bit.ly/1OtWZBM  
Follow-Up? In addition, there will be a Follow-Up session on Saturday, October 24th from 2pm - 4pm in the Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC) Stibbs Room 203. The Follow-Up is optional but highly recommended.

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