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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
9/23 OISS Digest
Office of International
Students and Scholars
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!
Thursday, September 24 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:Josephine Louise HouseBallroom
(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).
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!
for International Students
This will be an
informational and interactive presentation about career-
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.
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 theuptown
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
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
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
The Office of Grad and Postdoc Studies
will be holding a series of Career Workshops.Registration for these workshops areavailable
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you at the Asian Bilingual career
AND LOCAL EVENTS
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)
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 email@example.com
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
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
Reily Center Organized Work/Play Service Day
Saturday, September 26. 8:00AM-5:00PM Registration Deadline: Saturday, September 26,Register
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
Uptown coffee hours will be held weekly, with a different
theme each week!
Tidewater Room 1506 Time:
Open when building is open
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.
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
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
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
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.
Learn how you can study,
intern, volunteer, and travel abroad
Find out what programs are
Talk to past participants,
professors, administrators, and program representatives!
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
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