Thursday, November 5, 2015

11/4 OISS Digest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   November 4, 2015
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

Important Announcements                                  
 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.
Person of the Week

Scherzade Agha

 Scherzade is originally from Pakistan. She is a Fulbright Scholar at Tulane and is currently pursuing a Masters in Finance.

Scherzade is a very determined and goal-oriented student. Scherzade decided to come to America because she wanted to gain more knowledge in finance to develop the right tools and techniques to reach her goal: To create an asset or portfolio geared towards helping people who live in poverty-stricken countries.

Since Scherzade has been here, she has gotten involved in many different organizations, such as the Algorithmic Trading Club, Tulane Toastmasters, and Fencing. She has also spent a lot of time learning how to cook, a new hobby of hers.

Scherzade is excited to experience more of New Orleans and to continue getting closer to reaching her goal.


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.

National French Week

Tulane’s Department of French and Italian presents a week of events celebrating French Culture!

There will be events held daily including trivia, French dining, movies, lectures, a concert, tea tasting, and even a murder mystery party!

For a detailed list of events, Click HERE.

 Coffee Hour Spotlight

Everyone was hard at work carving their pumpkins at our Halloween themed Coffee Hour! Thanks to everyone who came and we can’t wait to see you all this Thursday.

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: SPECIAL LOCATION THIS WEEK - Barbara Greenbaum House, First Floor Lounge (Bldg # 71, Uptown)
Time:  Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Theme: Tulane Traditions

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 exploring Tulane’s Homecoming Traditions.  Come learn the football fight song, participate in raffles for Tulane spirit gear, and of course we’ll be providing a lot of coffee and snacks for you to munch on!

WHEN: Thursday, November 5 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: SPECIAL LOCATION THIS WEEK - Barbara Greenbaum House, First Floor Lounge (Bldg # 71, Uptown)

Workshops: Steps after OPT
Please join us­­ for paired information sessions featuring representatives from the immigration law firm Gasparian Immigration.Attend one or both consecutive sessions.

After H-1B – Steps Toward Permanent Residence
Uptown:   Friday, November 6, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., GWH  130  (Building #39)

After OPT – Steps Toward H-1B
Uptown:   Friday, November 6, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., GWH  130  (Building #39)

No RSVP is necessary for these workshops. Please attend, and bring your international friends and classmates! 

Homecoming Activities for International Students
Tulane University’s homecoming is this weekend.  Homecoming is a tradition at American universities where we welcome alumni back to campus, and celebrate with events and a football game. To find out more about activities on-campus, CLICK HERE!

Visit OISS this week for FREE TICKETS to the homecoming football game. The game is this Saturday, 11/7, at 3 pm. Before the game, visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs tent on the quad from  10 am—2pm to get food, drinks, and to get in the homecoming spirit!

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, here!

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

Join Tulane International Society for our annual International Student-Faculty Dinner on Nov 10th from 5:30pm-7pm upstairs in the Caroline Richardson Building. This is a great opportunity for students to network with professors who do international work or research, and to enjoy a free meal! If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here: 

To receive updates on events held by TIS, join their organization on OrgSync HERE.
Please email with any questions

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!  


Above the Oaks featuring Newcomb Dance Company
Wednesday, November 4. 8:00 p.m. McWilliams Hall Room 300.
Presented by the Newcomb Dance Program at Tulane University, this season’s Above the Oaks features provocative new work by Gali Du, Megan Wolfkill, Brooke Duarte, and Avery Zucker. These works delve into ideas of relationships, conformity, cause and effect. All choreography is performed by Newcomb Dance Program students.

Homecoming Concert: Hoodie Allen
Thursday, November 5. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. LBC Quad.
Come to the LBC Quad at 7 p.m. for the annual homecoming concert. This year, Tulane’s Homecoming Committee is bringing in Hoodie Allen as the headliner and Abby Diamond as the opener. Don’t miss out on this free concert! 

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents The Wizard of Oz
Friday, November 6. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 7. 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Orpheum Theater.
Celebrate 70 years of the classic tale, The Wizard of Oz, with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The Orchestra will bring back all the favorite tunes from the movie. A great way to spend your evening.

African-American Leadership Conference 2015
Friday, November 6 – Saturday, November 7. Loyola University.
Chi Alpha is putting on a African American Leadership Conference. This conference has a Christian theme: “Set the Record Straight: Discovering Truth and Your Place in the Kingdom of God.” The purpose of this conference is to encourage and empower African-American students to take their place and lead in the Kingdom of God. To register, click HERE.

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.

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 11/5. 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

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