Thursday, October 1, 2015

OISS Digest 9/30 NOMA Meetup

 September 30, 2015
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

Important Announcements

Get A Travel Signature If You will Travel This Fall

Due to high seasonal demand, if you need your I-20 or DS-2019 signed for travel, along with a travel letter, we
recommend that you please come to the office and request your travel documents as soon as possible.  At a
minimum, come one week before you plan to travel.  NO SAME DAY REQUESTS WILL BE PROCESSED.



Weekly Coffee Hour
Join students, scholars, and the OISS Staff at our weekly Coffee Hour! This week we’ll be learning about how to Get Involved in New Orleans from guest speakers who are involved in the New Orleans Community! Come grab some free coffee and snacks! See you there!

WHEN: Thursday, October 1 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Josephine Louise House Ballroom (Bldg # 75, Uptown)

New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) Meet Up
Wednesday, September 30, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
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!

Career Workshop for International Students
This will be an informational and interactive presentation about career-
related 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.
                     Tidewater 1210 (1440 Canal Street)

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! 

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

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.

PORTulane is a listserv that brings together the Portuguese-speaking community of the uptown 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 Loveless:

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 Graduate Students
The Office of Grad and Postdoc Studies will be holding a series of Career Workshops. Registration for these workshops are available 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!  

Positive Living Through Mindfulness: Session 1
Wednesday, September 30. 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Caroline Richardson, Anna Many Lounge.
Learn how to cultivate relaxation and well-being from two trained facilitators once a week for four weeks at these mindfulness sessions. Registration can be found at

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!

Grand Opening: Interfaith Prayer Room
Friday, October 2. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tidewater Room 1506.
Come celebrate the official opening of our new SPHTM Interfaith Prayer Room!
There will be refreshments provided.

Culinary Connections: Creole Cuisines of Louisiana and the Caribbean
Featuring Chef Rico Riz
Friday, October 2. 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Jones Hall, Patio.
Chef Rico Riz, a third-generation chef and hunter-gatherer of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent, will discuss his experiential knowledge of Creole Cuisines of Louisiana and/as the Caribbean. This will be followed by a food presentation and tasting. This event is free but an RSVP is required to attend. Please contact Kristin Okoli at to RSVP.

Grammy Nominated Comedian: Tig Notaro
Tuesday, October 6. 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. McAlister Auditorium.
Comedian Tig Notaro has been included on Business Insider’s list of “50 Women Who are Changing the World and Rolling Stone’s list of “50 Funniest People Now.” In the summer of 2012, Notaro was blindsided by a health scare that was quickly followed by a family tragedy. Don’t miss out on this forum to hear her story and get some laughs!

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.

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!

Community Organizing Workshop

SOAR Presents:
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 undone.

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 oppression.

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:  

Follow-Up? In 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.

Tulane Game Days!


Saturday, October 3
vs. UCF
11:00 A.M.
Yulman Stadium
Friday, October 16
vs. Houston
8:00 P.M.
Yulman Stadium


Wednesday, October 7
vs. Houston
7:00 P.M.
Devlin Fieldhouse
Friday, October 16
vs. Cincinnati
1:00 P.M.
Devlin Fieldhouse
Sunday, October 18
vs. Memphis
1:00 P.M.
Devlin Fieldhouse


Saturday, October 24
UNO Invitational
All Day
University of New Orleans.
Sunday, October 25
UNO Invitational
All Day
University of New Orleans

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: Get Involved in New Orleans

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.
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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

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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 immigration regulations.

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 community.

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