Thursday, November 19, 2015

11/18 OISS Digest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 November 18, 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.
 EAT Spotlight

The Laulands had a full house this weekend! International students visited their home to share a home-cooked meal with the family.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Experience American Taste (EAT) Program this past weekend. We hope you enjoyed a feast of good food and had a great time conversing with one another!

 International Education Week

This week, November 16-20, is International 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:

 BrazilBrazilian Forró dance lessons, Portuguese language activities, and focus on the African Diaspora in Brazil.
 ItalyItalian cinema night, featuring the vivid historical drama “I Am Not Scared”.
 IndiaIndian celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, and recollections of studying abroad in India.
cid:image012.jpg@01D11BCF.024BB030Work Abroad event, with representatives from the Peace Corps, Fulbright, Insight Cuba, and more. Perspectives, a Pecha Kucha event on internationals’ experiences at Tulane. 2016 international service-learning opportunities from the Center for Public Service.

Click on the links below for our poster, a complete listing of events herePoster,ScheduleInformation.

To represent international education, make sure to pick up a cool IEW pin at the Center for Global Education, 6901 Willow Street (Building #94)!

 Study Abroad/Internship Opportunities

Want to study abroad, but think it's too expensive? Concerned it will get in the way of your coursework? 
Don’t let that stop you. Cultural Vistas is here to help. 

Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization that offers many affordable opportunities for students and young professionals to gain work experience in an international setting. It develops international professional experience that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens.

Cultural Vistas offer many different programs in a variety of locations including Spain, Russia, and Germany. For more information on Cultural Visa, visit its pageHERE


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: No Coffee Hour This Week

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.


No Coffee Hour This Week
There will not be a Coffee Hour this week. Instead, please attend OISS’s Global Perspectives!

  cid:image003.jpg@01D11CA2.3594D100Global 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 event will take place at the following time:
•         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

End of Semester Holiday Event
Join the OISS at our holiday celebration to close out the end of the semester.
This event will feature staff speeches, awards, dinner, international holiday treats, and a white elephant gift exchange. We would love for everyone to attend,especially graduating students.

§  Attendees are encouraged to contribute a traditional holiday treat to share with others.
§  Attendees are also encouraged to participate in the “White Elephant Gift Exchange”. To participate, please bring a wrapped, gender-inclusive gift of up to $10 to the event. The gift does not have to be new and can be wacky.   The instructions will be explained during the event.  Even if you don’t participate, it is a fun game to watch!

WHEN: Wednesday, December 2. 5:00 – 7:00 p.m
WHERE: Bea Field Alumni House, 6319 Willow St.
ATTIRE: Smart Casual or Traditional Attire
Because there is limited space, Please RSVP for the event HERE.

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:

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

 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.

Resume Writing for International Students
Wednesday, November 18 at 12:00 p.m. Stibbs Conference Room, LBC
This workshop is geared for international students who need help with putting together their resume or want their resumes looked over.


Meet Your Match: Speed Networking Event
Friday, November 20. 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 1441 Canal St.
The Tulane Alumni Association is hosting a speed networking event for students, alumni, and prominent local entrepreneurs. Meet and network with a variety of other people. There will also be a wine and cheese reception following the event. RSVP HERE. For more information contact Nicole Bush at

TASA: Thanksgiving Dinner & Debate Night
Friday, November 20. 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tidewater Building 1208.
Join Tulane African Student Association as they celebrate Thanksgiving and debate on the hot topics related to the African Continent. All are welcome and Dinner will be provided. For more information please contact Ayoyinka Shyllon

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!

Upcoming Athletic Events
Sunday, November 22. 12:00 p.m & 3:30 p.m. Devlin Fieldhouse (Bldg #30)
Come join Greenwave Athletics at these upcoming athletic events!
·         Volleyball vs. East Carolina will start at 12:00 p.m.
·         Men’s Basketball vs. Appalachian State will start at 3:30 p.m.
For student tickets, please click HERE.

Oak St. Po-Boy Festival
Saturday, November 22 & Sunday, November 23. 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.

Canal Street Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, November 24. 5:30 p.m. 739 Canal St.
Stroll along Canal Street and watch as the Downtown Development District flip the switch, turning on ore than 1 million twinkling lights on New Orleans’ grand corridor. With the Donation of an unwrapped toy, kids can join Santa and decorate holiday cookies in Astor Crowne Plaza’s ballroom from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Tunes for Toys: Free Concert featuring Trombone Shorty
Tuesday, December 1. 8:00 p.m. McAlister Auditorium.
Tulane University and the Trombone Shorty Foundation present Tunes for Toys – a free concert for the community. All are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy in exchange for admission.

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

International Education Week Articles

International Education Week
What Do We Mean When We Talk About Global Education
Bringing the World to U.S. Classrooms
IEW Creates Refugee Simulation at OU

Mental Health and Mindfulness Resources

Explore resources for mental well-being now:
E-Health Promotion
Mental Well-Being
Mindfulness: Preventative Mental Health Care
Counseling & Psychological Services
Student Health Center

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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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