Thursday, October 22, 2015

10/21 OISS Digest

October 21, 2015
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

Important Announcements

Optional Practical Training (OPT)
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).

Access the OPT instructions and forms here:  

You may submit your complete OPT application packet at OISS each week at any of the following drop-in times: 
Monday 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.       Monday 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.       Wednesday 8:30- 9:30 a.m.      Friday 2:30- 3:30 p.m.
Experience American Tastes (EAT) Program

Experience American Tastes Program

The 2nd Tulane EAT Program will take place Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15.

EAT provides Tulane’s International students and scholars the opportunity to experience American culture and cuisine with a local host.

If you are interested in participating in the EAT Program, sign up HERE. Deadline Friday, 10/23!


Preferred Name & Pronoun Options Now Available

Beginning this semester, Tulane University is providing an online process for students to indicate a “preferred first name” that can be used on Splash Cards and faculty rosters.

This new process supports transgender and international students, as well as any student who uses a nickname or preferred name that is different from their legal first name in the student information system. Transgender students will also be able to indicate their pronoun to the Registrar.

Students who would like to have a preferred first name on their Splash Card should first enter the information through Gibson Online and then visit the Splash Card Office in the LBC to receive a new card.

Students who would like to indicate their preferred pronoun should also enter this information via Gibson Online.

Preferred names and preferred pronouns will be included on faculty class rosters and academic advising lists beginning in the Spring 2016 semester. For more information and FAQ’s on the use of preferred first name and pronoun please visit the Registrar's website.

Person of the Week

Do you want to be featured in our Weekly Digest? Do you want to share your experiences at Tulane? Then sign up to be our Person of the Week!

The OISS is looking for individuals to feature in our Digest every week. We would love to share more about you and your experiences to our international community!

Please contact our student worker, Karen Chen, at if interested.


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

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: American Football

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.



Weekly Coffee Hour
Join students, scholars, and the OISS Staff at our weekly Coffee Hour! This week we’ll be learning about American Football. We’ll provide the snacks – all you need to do is come and enjoy yourself!

WHEN: Thursday, October 22 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Josephine Louise House Ballroom (Bldg # 75, Uptown)

Workshops: Steps after OPT 
Please join us­­ for paired information sessions featuring representatives from the immigration law firm Gasparian Immigration. Attend one or both consecutive sessions.

After H-1B – Steps Toward Permanent Residence
Downtown:   Tuesday, November 3, 11:00 – 12:00 p.m., Tidewater 1208 (1440 Canal St)
Uptown:   Friday, November 6, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., GWH  130  (Building #39)

After OPT – Steps Toward H-1B
Downtown:   Tuesday, November 3, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Tidewater 1208 (1440 Canal St)
Uptown:   Friday, November 6, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., GWH  130  (Building #39)

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

International Education Week
November 16-20, 2015!

Tulane University and the Center for Global Education are proud to celebrate International Education Week! Tulane University supports the internationalization and exchange efforts on our campus.  Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to participate and recognize this important week of programming in celebration of the global village.  Find out more, here!


Date Smart: A Workshop on Healthy Relationships
Wednesday, October 21, 6-7pm
Upstairs at Tulane Hillel - 912 Broadway St.
Modern romance can feel confusing. Join Tulane Hillel in partnership with Newcomb College Institute for a workshop and conversation about why this is, and about how to identify and promote a healthy relationship to dating. It will be interactive, informative, and there will be food! Questions? Contact Jessica Rubinsky at

Career Workshops for International Graduate Students
The Office of Grad and Postdoc Studies will be holding a series of Career Workshops. A complete list of and registration information is HERE.

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!  

Changemaker Institute Opportunity
Info session
Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 PM in 200 Flower Hall. 
Will include food and refreshments.
Join this social venture accelerator that helps students transform their ideas for social change into an ethical, sustainable, scalable solution and a potential career.   More information here!
Feel free to stop by Flower Hall on Wednesdays from 12-5 PM with any questions or email us at  

Fridays at Newcomb - Moon Charania: "Will the Real Pakistani Woman Please Stand Up? (Un)Happy Archives and the Failure of Visual Culture."
Friday, October 23, Noon
Anna Many Lounge, Caroline Richardson Building
Moon Charania currently teaches in the Sociology/Anthropology department at Spelman College. Her current and previous scholarship cuts across disciplines and includes sociology, cultural studies, women’s studies, and transnational studies. She teaches in the areas of: transnational feminist and queer of color theories and practices; global violence against women; sexuality and Islam; and transnational feminist and queer social movements. Her current interest centers on transnational feminist and queer politics and visual culture.

Día de los Muertos with GENTE & TIS 
Join GENTE and TIS on Tuesday, October 27th and 8pm in the Caroline Richardson Building (next to student health) to learn about the history of Día de los Muertos, mainstream cultural appropriation of the tradition, and make papel picado and decorate candy skulls. Check out the Facebook event here:  

Get your FREE Flu Shots
Tulane Campus Health is offering free flu vaccinations throughout the month of October.
Uptown Student Health – Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 2p.m.
Downtown Student Health – Every Monday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & Thursday from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Pocket Park – Wellness Wednesday on October 21st.  


Monster Mash
Wednesday, October 21. 10:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Bruff Commons.
Join Sodexo in the Bruff Commons for a mid-term stress reliever. There will be fun games and activities and a lot of food! Don’t miss out!

New Orleans Film Festival
Wednesday, October 14 – Thursday, October 22. Various Times and Locations.
The 26th New Orleans Film Festival is coming up. This festival will feature more than 200 films over the course of eight days, and will also have a number of panels and conversations featuring representatives from major U.S. distributors and other filmmakers and leaders in the film industry. To learn more about this exciting event, click HERE.
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Thursday, October 22. 7:30 p.m. Orpheum Theater.
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents The French Connection. Acclaimed pianist Benedetto Lupo joins guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni and the LPO for a diverse performance featuring music with French origins and themes. Get your tickets HERE.

TUCP Fall Concert: Jeremih and Marc E. Bassy
Saturday, October 24. 7:00 p.m. LBC Quad.
TUCP is proud to announce JEREMIH as the headliner for the 2015 Fall Concert! JEREMIH’s first album debuted at number six on the US Billboard, selling 59,000 copies in its first week. He has had multiple singles on the top-ten list on Billboards Hot 100. Don’t miss out on this free performance!

Krewe of Boo Parade
Saturday, October 24. 6:30 p.m. Start at Elysian Fields & End at Mardi Gras World.
New Orleans’ official Halloween Parade is back! Come watch the spectacular Halloween themed floats pass through and try to catch as many throws as you can! For more information and to see the parade route, click HERE.

Win a Sunday pass to the Voodoo Music Festival!  
Enter to win on the CPS Facebook Page Check out the Voodoo Fest lineup and schedule!
Raffle will close Tuesday, October 27th. Open only to Tulane undergrads

Mid-City Volleyball: Halloween Tournament
Saturday, October 31. 12:00 p.m. Bayou St John (Across from Mid-City Post Office).
Come join Mid-City Volleyball at their Halloween Tournament Halloween Day! This event is open to people of all skill level and is a great and fun way to meet new people! There will be free drinks and a costume contest. $5 donation recommended to those who attend.
Mid-City Volleyball also plays every Saturday and always welcomes newcomers. For more information, check out their site HERE.

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

If selected, you will receive an invitation via email. The last day to request an invitation will be 11/5. 
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

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