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Thursday, October 8, 2015
10/7 OISS Digest
of International Students and Scholars
outside the U.S. this fall? Make sure you have a valid travel
Due to high seasonal demand, if you will be leaving the
country during the
fall, we recommend that you check now to see
whether you need your I-20 or DS-2019 signed for travel. If you do, please come to the office and
request your travel documents as soon as possible. At minimum, come one
week before you plan to travel. NO
SAME-DAY REQUESTS WILL BE PROCESSED. For more information, read our Travel Signature Notice
Thanks to all who came to our Coffee Hour
last week! We had a great time learning more about getting involved and
getting around New Orleans.
We want to thank Rotaract at Tulane,
the Center for Public Service, CACTUSand
Tulane’s Shuttle Services for coming out and speaking to all of the
Rotaract at Tulane:Rotaract
at Tulane is a local club that is part of one of the oldest, largest
service organizations in the world!
Meetings are held every Tuesday in
Herbert Room 201 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Center for Public Service:
In support of Tulane’s mission, the CPS engages the Tulane
and broader communities by facilitating mutually-beneficial relationships
and transformative teaching, learning, and research to address social
challenges and foster responsible citizenship.
Action Council for Tulane University Students) As Tulane University’s
oldest and largest community service organization, CACTUS facilitates all
service projects and organizations on campus in addition to sponsoring
campus-wide service events.
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!
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
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 Wellness and Ways to
De-Stress DuringMidterms.We’ll provide the snacks – all you need to do is come and
Thursday, October 8 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:Josephine Louise HouseBallroom (Bldg # 75, Uptown)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshops
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).
October 9– Uptown, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
GWH2 2110 (Building #40) – Map Link
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 –
• Wednesday 8:30-
• Friday 2:30-
Honey Island Swamp Tour
Join the OISS for a swamp outing in the Honey Island Swamp,
where you will be able to enjoy some of the richest wildlife stretches of
the river and of Honey Island…all from the comfort of a tour boat! You may
see alligators, red wolves, deer, exotic birds, and maybe even a cougar!
Don’t miss out! Get Tickets HERE.
available today through October 14 while supplies last.
would like to come on the trip with dependents, please sign up, in person,
with check or cash.
Date: Saturday, October
When: 9:30 a.m. –
arrive at Deming at 9:15 a.m. and will load and leave at 9:30 a.m. for
Uptown: Bus will arrive 9:30 a.m. to Freret Street by the
Library. All buses will leave at 10:00 a.m.
Return time to campus around 2:30 p.m.
OPT Workshops (H-1B visas & the Permanent Residence process)
Please join us for an information
session featuring representatives from the immigration law firm Gasparian
No RSVP is necessary for these
workshops. Please attend, and bring your international friends and
Be a Part of On-Campus
Tulane Communications is preparing for
a university website redesign, and is in need of exciting new photography
for the website and other marketing materials. They are looking to develop
a list of willing students to call upon for photo shoots with various
photographers in on-campus settings. These photo shoots will be scheduled
over this academic year.
If you are interested in
participating, please fill out the form here:
October 13th at 8pm in
Caroline Richardson Building
Tulane International Society to discuss culture shock coming
to America. This is an opportunity for international students to share
their experiences, struggles, and funny stories, and for American
students to reflect on their own culture through the eyes of someone else. Snacks
will be provided and all are welcome! https://www.facebook.com/events/719580301508356/
Career Workshops for International
The Office of Grad and Postdoc Studies
will be holding a series of Career Workshops.Registration
for these workshops areavailable 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!
Join Chi Alpha Christian
Fellowship for arguably the most interesting road trip you've ever
taken! The Angola
Prison Rodeois the longest running prison rodeo in
the nation. It is hosted at the prison in the fall and spring each year. It
is a professionally produced rodeo with trick dogs, beautiful horses, and
crazy lookin' bulls. Inmates train all year to participate and compete in
the rodeo and the action is non-stop! There is also a craft fair
where inmates sell handmade items like purses, paintings, wood crafts, and
baskets. It is truly amazing to see these beautiful crafts, produced
behind bars. There are also unique food vendors at the craft fair so
you can try a fried Snickers bar or foot long hot dogs. PLUS you can
take a lot of pictures of yourself in prison and send them to your
Tickets for this event
sell out fast! If you want to go, register here.You
will receive an invoice to pre-purchase your ticket which covers the
cost of the ticket and transportation.For
more information: Check out the Tulane XAi website!
Bible Discussion Groups: hosted by Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship All
questions and perspectives are welcome in this open learning opportunity.
Friday, 6:00-7:30 p.m.,
2620 Palmer Ave: Special guest professor - Being a Christian in Research
Friday, 7:30-9:00 p.m.,
Willow A Conference Room (behind PJs Coffee): Homemade Ice Cream and
Creation: read and discuss what the Bible says about the origins of the
world and humanity.
Saturday, 8:00-9:30 p.m.,
LBC Food Court by the bookstore: read and discuss what the Bible says about
the origins of suffering in the world.
Be a Guest Speaker for the
Marketing Association The Tulane University American
Marketing Association (TUAMA) is planning an event open to all of Tulane
where guest speakers will speak on how advertising and marketing varies in
different countries, including how companies alter their messages and products
to match the unique needs of people across the world. The goal of this
event is to increase Tulane students’ awareness and understanding of
different cultures around the world.
This event is a great opportunity to
enlighten others about your culture. If you are interested in working with
TUAMA, please email email@example.com
for more info.
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.
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
TULANE AND LOCAL EVENTS
Celebracion Latina 2015
Where: Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Ave.
When: October 11, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Join us for our annual family festival as we celebrate 11
years of the festival! Please join us at the zoo to explore and celebrate
the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina at the Zoo’s
Capital One Stage and Field will offer a true taste of the Latin American
culture with live music, children's activities and authentic Latin cuisine
prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell handmade
crafts, and local social service, health and education organizations will
offer wellness, education and social service information.
Celebración Latina is presented by the Stone Center for
Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Contributing sponsors include
Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Marathon Petroleum Co., and Jefferson
Financial Credit Union. Children's artwork on display provided by 1st Grade
students in the ReNew Cultural Arts Academy Expanded Day Program.
Celebración Latina is free with Zoo admission. No
outside food or beverages please!
October 6 – Sunday, October 11. 2:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. Dixon Room 150.
Outrageous and funny, The Misanthrope by Moliere
spotlights the absurdities of social and literary pretension. The
Misanthrope shows us a man who is quick to criticize the hypocrisies,
inconsistencies, and faults of others, yet remains blind to his own. As
“the misanthrope” grows more and more irritable with others, the play
becomes more and more entertaining, even as a happy ending for the hero
seems less and less likely.
October 7. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. LBC, Pocket Park.
Taste New Orleans,
Savor Literacy is an on campus Food Gala where restaurants all around New
Orleans donate food to give out during the gala. Tickets are needed to get
in, but once you’re in, you get an unlimited amount of food. Tickets are
$20 and 100% of the proceeds benefit local non-profit STAIR – which has
been working to reduce the literacy crisis in New Orleans. Get tickets HERE.
October 10. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins
October brings the return of Japan
Fest at NOMA, the annual celebration of Japanese culture featuring live
music, food, dancing, fashion shows, guided Japanese art tours, martial
arts demonstrations, and more! The festival starts at 10 a.m. with an energetic
performance from Kaminari Taiko drumming ensemble on the steps of the
museum. Bring the whole family along and join us! This event is $5 for
nonmembers and free from NOMA members. Get more information HERE.
October 10 – Sunday, October 11. 2940 Royal Street.
The 16th edition of
Carnaval Latino is coming this weekend! This carnival is a celebration of
the extraordinary Latin Music and our city’s Hispanic heritage and culture.
Festival goers will enjoy some of the best in Latin music, food, drink, and
architectural beauty of the most Hispanic neighborhood of our country.
Launching these festivities will be the Desfile of the Americas
Parade. For more information click HERE.
Gracias Christmas Cantata – Free Tickets at OISS
October 12. 7:00 p.m. Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave.
The Gracias Christmas Cantata is a
show-stopping Christianmusical event that has been performed all over the
world. With 3 beautiful music-filled stages, and 1 eternal message of hope,
Gracias Christmas Cantata instills in its audiences the meaning of
Christmas, which is the birth of Jesus, love, and God’s forgiveness in
every one of our hearts. For FREE Tickets, stop by the OISS front desk.
Tickets will be given out on a first come first served basis.
New Orleans Film Festival
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.
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
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.