Thursday, October 29, 2015

10/28 OISS Digest

October 28, 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.    
Coffee Hour Spotlight

 We had so much fun learning about football at last week’s Coffee Hour and we can’t wait to support Tulane’s football team at their next home game!
Tulane Football: Homecoming Game
    Saturday, November 7
     3:00 p.m. @ Yulman Stadium
     Against UConn

Saints Football:
Sunday, November 1
12:00 p.m. @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Against NY Giants
Sunday, November 8
12:00 p.m. @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Against Tennessee Titans

Don’t forget to come to this week’s Coffee Hour in the JL Ballroom, where we will be bringing spooky treats and doing fun Halloween activities!

 Person of the Week

Faraz Khalid

Faraz Khalid, a Fulbright Scholar at Tulane University, was instrumental in the opening of  The Interfaith Prayer Room.  
When Khalid first arrived at Tulane, he couldn’t find a suitable place to pray. He prayed in his room and, hesitantly, in his office. Khalid decided to write to the School’s Office of Student Services to ask about a prayer room. Soon, a student lounge became available for prayer a few hours each day. As word spread about this new lounge, more and more international students began using it. Although the lounge was a great start, it didn’t fully serve their needs, so Khalid and other students and faculty met again to discuss a full-time prayer room. Thanks to Khalid and the other students and staff who worked on this project, Tulane now has a full-time prayer room in Tidewater Room 1506. Kudos to you!

To read the full article, Click Here.

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

Ongoing 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: Halloween
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 Halloween. We’ll have snacks and pumpkins for you to carve!!

WHEN: Thursday, October 29 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! 
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!


Join Tulane International Society for our annual International
Student-Faculty Dinner on Nov 10th from 5:30pm-7pm upstairs in the Caroline Richardson Building. This is a great opportunity for students to network with professors who do international work or research, and to enjoy a free meal! If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here: 
Emailtulaneinternationalsociety@gmail.comwith any questions

Tulane Alternative Breaks Info Session
Tuesday, November 3. 7:00 p.m. Riess Room, LBC G01
Tulane Alternative Breaks is a service organization that prides itself on being an outlet for everyone. The upcoming spring break trips include: Urban Patchwork, Austin, TX; Big Bend Ranch State Park, TX; Everglades National Park, FL. Apply now at OrgSync: Tulane Alternative Breaks. There is an information session where the trip leaders will be explaining their trips in detail on Tuesday, November 3 at 7pm in LBC G01 (the Reiss room). The deadline to apply is November 16, 2015 at 11:59 PM. Thank you! If you have questions, email

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 isHERE.
 Careers In Academia II – The Interview Process
Monday, November 16 at 1:30 p.m. Race Conference Room, LBC
This workshop is geared for international students considering academic careers and will help students with their Curricula Vitae and more!  

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.  


Beyond Baianidade: Afro-Brazilian Cultural & Social Movements in Salvador da Bahia
African American Roots Tourism in Brazil: Encounters in Sameness, Difference, Solidarity, and Inequality
Thursday, October 29. 3:30 p.m. Newcomb Hall Room 16.
Patricia de Santana Pinho is Associate Professor in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies at SUNY-Albany. She is the author of Mama Africa: Reinventing Blackness in Bahia (Duke University Press, 2010), an expanded edition of Reinvenções da África na Bahia, which received an Honorary Award from LASA’s Premio Iberoamericano for the outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and the humanities in Spanish or Portuguese. Click here for more info.

Take Back the Night: March Against Sexual Violence
Thursday, October 29, 5pm

Tulane University is joining the international wave of peaceful protests to end rape and other forms of sexual violence by participating in Take Back The Night on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. Tulane joins Loyola and Dillard in planning this event. The ceremony will begin on the Marquette lawn on Loyola’s main campus. After a candlelight vigil, more than 600 participants are expected to march down St. Charles Avenue and end at Tulane’s campus where survivors will share their stories. All funds raised from raffle tickets and donations are distributed equally to benefit three local service groups dedicated to serving victims and survivors of gender-based violence, including the New Orleans Family Justice Center, Metropolitan Center for Women and Children and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program. Last year, the fundraising effort raised more than $2,200. For more information, contact Lauren Wethers

Tulane Musical Theater presents Rocky Horror Show
Thursday, October 29 - Friday, October 30. 8:00 p.m. Dixon Hall.
Tulane Musical Theater presents the classic musical - Rocky Horror Show. Don't miss out on this exciting performance featuring the song we all know and love, “The Time Warp”. See you there! Buy your tickets now!

.Dia de Los Muertos Family Concert
Saturday, October 31. 1:45 p.m. Roussel Performance Hall.
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the popular Mexican holiday of remembrance with festive and spooky music that is guaranteed to wake the dead! Arrive early at 1:45 p.m. to have your face painted in the sugar skull style and to interact with LPO Musicians. The concert will formally begin at 2:30 p.m. and will include music by Beethoven, Stookey, and Galindo.

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.
Halloween in New Orleans
Halloween in New Orleans is a special time of year. There are so many fun and exciting events happening throughout the city, from concerts, to basketball games, to haunted houses and more! Find out what you can be doing this Halloween season HERE.

Homecoming Week: Lighting of McAlister
Monday, November 2. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. McAlister Auditorium.
Come join Tulane’s Homecoming Committee, Tulane’s acapella group, and many more student organizations for Lighting of McAlister, a free event on McAlister Drive to kick off Tulane’s Homecoming Week! The homecoming court will be announced and there will be free food and s’mores to follow! 
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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