Thursday, October 8, 2015

10/7 OISS Digest

October 7, 2015
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

Important Announcements

Traveling outside the U.S. this fall? Make sure you have a valid travel signature   
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
Coffee Hour Spotlight

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, CACTUS and Tulane’s Shuttle Services for coming out and speaking to all of the attendees!

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.

Get updated on different opportunities CPS provides here:

CACTUS: (Community 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. Check out the directory for a list of organizations and projects to get involved with on campus, and the calendar for upcoming events. Any general questions? Email  for answers!

Tulane Shuttle Services: Tulane’s Shuttles are a great way to get around New Orleans – for free! All you have to do is show the driver your splash card.

Check out the different Shuttle Lines and Timetables here:

If you missed out on last week’s Coffee Hour,
make sure to come out tomorrow!!

Study Abroad Fair

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Learn how you can study, intern, volunteer, and travel abroad

Find out what programs are available!

Talk to past participants, professors, administrators, and program representatives!

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: Mental Health and Wellness

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 Wellness and Ways to De-Stress During Midterms. We’ll provide the snacks – all you need to do is come and enjoy yourself!

WHEN: Thursday, October 8 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:Josephine Louise HouseBallroom (Bldg # 75, Uptown)

Additional Optional Practical Training (OPT) 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).

October 9– Uptown,  2:00 - 3:00 p.m. GWH2 2110 (Building #40) – Map Link

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.

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.

Tickets available today through October 14 while supplies last.
If you would like to come on the trip with dependents, please sign up, in person, at OISS
and pay with check or cash.

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
When:  9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Departure Information

Downtown: Bus will arrive at Deming at 9:15 a.m. and will load and leave at 9:30 a.m. for Uptown.
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.

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! 


Be a Part of On-Campus Photo Shoots
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 
Join 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!

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 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!  

Angola Prison Rodeo
October 18th at 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. 
Join Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship for arguably the most interesting road trip you've ever taken! The Angola Prison Rodeo is 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 mom  ;)    
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! 

International Student 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. 
For more information: Check out the Tulane XAi website! 

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 for more info.

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.

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


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!

For more information please visit the Audubon website.

The Misanthrope
Featuring Tulane Department of Theatre and Dance
Tuesday, 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. 
Get Tickets HERE.

5th Annual Taste New Orleans, Savor Literacy
Wednesday, 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.

Japan Fest
Saturday, October 10. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Cir.
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.

Carnaval Latino
Saturday, 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
Monday, 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
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.

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