Thursday, November 12, 2015

11/11 OISS Digest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  November 11, 2015
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

Important Announcements                                  

Traveling outside the U.S. this Winter? 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

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 a great time learning about
Tulane’s Traditions at last week’s Coffee Hour! Special shout out to Rebecca, Dillon and Liza for teaching us the Hullaballoo Cheer!

Learn the Hullabaloo Cheer Yourself:

A one, a two, a Helluva Hullabaloo
A Hullabaloo Ray Ray
A Hullabaloo Ray Ray
Hooray-Hooray Vars Vars Tee Ay
Tee Ay, Tee Ay Vars Vars Tee Ay

 International Education Week

Next week, November 16-20, isInternational Education Week at Tulane.  There will be many events happening throughout this week to promote and celebrate the global village at Tulane University. Some of these activities include:

Brazilian Forró dance lessons, Portuguese language activities, and focus on the African Diaspora in Brazil.

Italian cinema night, featuring the vivid historical drama “I Am Not Scared”.

Indian celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, and recollections of studying abroad in India.

Work Abroad event, with representatives from the Peace Corps, Fulbright, Insight Cuba, and more.

Global Perspectives, a Pecha Kucha event on internationals’ experiences at Tulane.

Summer 2016 international service-learning opportunities from the Center for Public Service.

Click on the links below for our poster, a complete listing of events here: Poster, Schedule, Information.

To represent international education, wear WHITE next Monday, November 16, and pick up a cool IEW pin at the Center for Global Education, 6901 Willow Street (Building #94)!

 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

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 (Bldg # 75, Uptown)
Time:  Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Theme: International Games

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 playing International Games.  Come play different games and munch on coffee and snacks!

WHEN: Thursday, November 12 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Josephine Louise Ballroom (Bldg # 75, Uptown)
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 to the left!

Ways to participate and show your support:

Wear white on Monday, November 16 to show your support of International Education! 
ü  Get an International Education Week pin this week (at the Center for Global Education (6901 Willow St)or OISS Coffee Hour) and proudly wear it next week!

ü  Attend an International Education Week event!

ü  Visit our table on McAlister!

ü  Say you are going! Share with the hashtag #TUIntlEdWeek !!!

Global Perspectives
Signature OISS International Education Week International Student and Scholar Pecha Kucha Event
Visiting international students and scholars share their stories during these Pecha Kucha events. 

The Global Perspectives special events will take place at the following times:
•         Downtown – Tuesday, November 17, 12 - 1 PM at Tidewater 1210, Lunch included.
•         Uptown – Thursday, November 19, 4 - 5 PM at LBC Qatar Ballroom (Bldg #29), reception following.

Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner
The O and OISS are holding a Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner for students and staff that will be on campus during the holiday break. The event is open to the entire Tulane community and will have a Kid’s Zone to drop off children. We are not only looking for people to attend, but are also looking for volunteers to serve food and volunteers to bring food.  If interested, please RSVP using the forms below:
Volunteer Sign-Up:

WHEN: Tuesday, November 24 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: LBC – Qatar Ballroom Room 212

The Office of Student Programs is currently inviting students to apply to be an Orientation Team Leader. The OTL position is a paid position where selected students are hired at the end of January and work from February through June to prepare for and implement New Student Orientation. OTLs will also return mid-August to make final preparations for Fall Welcome. OTLs are positive role models and guide for incoming new students.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of these info sessions prior to applying:

Tuesday, November 10 @ 5 PM, Rechler Room, 202 LBC
Wednesday, November 18 @ 5 PM, Race Room, 201 LBC
      Friday, December 4 @ 12 NOON, Race Room, 201 LBC

Read full position description here:
Deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 15

Public Service Internship Fair
Wednesday, November 11. 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. LBC Room 212.
Meet Community Partners and Find and Internship! Public service internships are a great way to fulfill the 2nd tier of the graduation requirement, earn credit hours, get involved in the New Orleans community, and gain professional experience. Come and meet representatives from over 100 local organizations looking to find interns from all academic fields for Spring and Summer 2016. Don’t forget your resume and professional attire! For more information, please contact Myriam Huet at

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

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!  


Tulane Basketball Games
Friday, November 13. 5:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Devlin Fieldhouse (Bldg #30)
Come join Greenwave Athletics at Tulane’s Basketball Home Opener!
Women’s Basketball vs. Arkansas-Little Rock will start at 5:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Alabama A&M will start at 8:00 p.m.
Both games will have a t-shirt giveaway. For student tickets, please click HERE.

John Koerner: Customer Business Manager of U.S. Walmart Sales
Thursday, November 12. 6:30 p.m. GW1 100 (Bldg #39)
The Tulane University American Marketing Association is proud to present a lecture from John Koerner, the Customer Business Manager of U.S. Walmart Sales for McCormick and Company Inc. Please join us as John discusses the marketing and retail industries while offering beneficial career advice for students of all majors.

The Unstoppable Women Conference
Saturday, November 14. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 2150 Veterans Blvd. Kenner, LA.
The Unstoppable Women Conference was created for women by women as a resource of inspiration and empowerment. The conference will feature many motivational speakers that will reach inside and grab hold of your mind, your heart, and most importantly speak life into you. For more information and to get tickets, click HERE.

 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival
Saturday, November 14 & Sunday, November 15. 11:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m. Louis Armstrong Park.
The eighth annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is coming soon. This FREE festival will host the finest display of traditional and contemporary New Orleans brass band jazz to be found anywhere on the planet. And then there’s the gumbo. The festival will offer a smorgasbord of New Orleans’ signature dish, in a variety of styles. Gumbo z’herbes, shrimp and oyster, chicken and andouille, Creole file, and more will be served in an expanded food court.

Ogden Museum’s Free Family Day
Saturday, November 21. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 925 Camp St.
On Saturday, November 21, the Ogden Museum will present a Free Family Day: Mixed Up Media. This free admission day includes family friendly art projects, entertainment, and food vendors. Projects will utilize unusual and found objects such as recycled plastics, buttons, beads, and more! Fun for the who family!

Oak St. Po-Boy Festival
Saturday, November 22 & Sunday. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Oak St.
The Oak Street Po-Boy fest is a uniquely New Orleanian festival, designed to honor the humble po-boy sandwich and to help revitalize the booming Oak Street business corridor. Come down to the festival to try all types of po-boys and to shop at the local boutiques and stores on Oak St.

Faux/Real NOLA: Festival of the Arts
Month of November at Various Locations.
Faux/Real is an all new arts festival that celebrates the creative artists of theater, literature, food, and drink. Its mission is to curate three weeks of top-tier performances, readings, tastings, and parties in one of the most thrilling cities on Earth. To find out more about the different events that will be held during this festival, visit its page HERE.

News and Other Announcements

News Article and Interesting Reads

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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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