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Thursday, December 3, 2015
12/2 OISS Digest
December 2, 2015
of International Students and Scholars
Traveling outside the U.S. this
Winter? Make sure you have a valid travel signature
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
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: https://tulane.app.box.com/OPT
Beginning 12/7, please contact the OISS at 865-5208 to
schedule an appointment to drop off or pick up OPT your application.
Person of the Week
The OISS wants to
welcome our newest staff member, Kabir Hingorani Punjabi.
Kabir Hingorani Punjabi was born in Panama, grew up in
Chile, and has also lived in the U.S., England and China. He was an
international student at Loyola University, graduating in 2012 with a major
Journalism and minor in English.
Prior to joining us he worked at a trading company based in
Guangzhou doing business in Hong Kong, Chile, Argentina, Panama and various
other countries. He moved back to New Orleans in November 2014 where
he has been working as a paralegal.
He is very excited to be a part of the OISS team to further
assist international students.
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.
Vistas offer many different programs in a variety of locations including
Spain, Russia, and Germany. For more information on Cultural Visa, visit
its page HERE
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
Location: Tidewater Building, Room 2460
Time: Tuesdays, 12:00- 4:00p.m.
There will be no
more Downtown Hours this semester. Downtown Hours will resume on January 12.
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.
Location: Josephine Louise Ballroom (Bldg # 75, Uptown)
Time: Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Theme: Finals Study Break
Uptown coffee hours will be held weekly, with a different
theme each week!
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
Check the digest
weekly for more updates about times and locations.
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.
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!
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
Final Coffee Hour of the Semester
scholars, and the OISS at our last Coffee Hour of the year! Come take a
break from all the end-of-the year madness and enjoy some coffee, tea,
snacks, and final exam survival tips!
WHEN: Thursday, December 3 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Josephine Louise Ballroom (Bldg # 75, Uptown)
Student Spring Orientation
Day 1 (Mandatory):Combined
F-1 and J-1 student orientation with essential immigration information.
Attendance is mandatory. Topics may include: Immigration, Health and
Wellness, Insurance and Emergency Management, Adjusting to Life in the
U.S., Honor Code and Academic Success, and Safety.
Day 2 (Optional):Combined
international student orientation with additional information and
activities to familiarize new students with Tulane and New Orleans.
Attendance is optional. Topics may include: New Orleans Culture + The O,
Transportation, Student Panel, Campus Tour
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:
Are you interested in being an RA? Do
you want to become part of an exciting, dynamic team? Then make sure to
come to the LAST RA Informational Session on January 12 in Paterson’s
Lounge at 7:00 p.m. As an RA you will be in charge of residents on a
floor of a residence hall. RAs receive free rooming and a discounted meal
plan. The RA application is open an can be found at Tulane.erezlife.com. If you
have any questions, please contact Danielle Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND LOCAL EVENTS
Dance Performance Wednesday, December 2 –
Friday, December 4. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. McWilliams 300 (Bldg #70). split/shift
is a free performance thatshowcases
dance and multi-media performance work made in the Newcomb Dance Program at
Tulane. Wednesday’s program features work from Tulane’s new
Interdisciplinary Performance MFA program. Thursday and Friday’s program
features projects developed in compositional courses.
Envy Winter Concert Friday, December 4. 7:00 –
8:00 p.m. LBC Kendall Cram. Come celebrate the
end of the semester with Green Envy, one of Tulane’s a-cappella groups!
Enjoy songs by Hozier, Ariana Grande, and many more. Best of all…its free!
Wave Community Market Sunday, December 6. 12:00
– 3:00 p.m. Tulane Hillel.
Come out to the last Green Wave Community Market of the
season! This is a great way to take a break from the stress of finals, so
give yourself an hour to relax and bring a friend. As always, the market will
have tons of cool produce, baked goods, crafts, jewelry, body products, as
well as gifts for the holidays.
Movies on the Mississippi Don’t miss out on these
free outdoor movies showings every Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. at the
Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza. Friday, December 4 – Polar Express Friday, December 11 – Home Alone Friday, December 18 - Elf
New Orleans Festival of Photography Thursday, December 10 –
Sunday, December 13. Various times and locations. PhotoNOLA is an
annual festival of photography in New Orleans. It will be showcasing work
by photographers near and far at various museums and galleries. The
festival programming includes exhibitions, workshops, lectures, a portfolio
review, a gala, and more. PhotoNOLA draws hundreds of photography
professionals to the city to partake in a variety of educational programs,
and reaches broadly into the local community with exhibitions and events
that are largely free and open to the public.
NOLA ChristmasFest Friday, December 18 – Sunday,
December 27. 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. New Orleans Convention Center. Christmas in New Orleans has always
been a magical time and in its third year, NOLA ChristmasFest offers
another opportunity to get into the holiday spirit. The festival will
feature a variety of different activities which include: an indoor ice
skating rink, a carousel, carnival rides, inflatables, crafts and more!
to Welcome Syrian Refugees Saturday, December 19.
1:00 p.m. 365 Canal St, New Orleans. Help us shed light to
the Syrian cause as thousands of individuals have had no other choice other
than to relocate their remaining family members in a time of war. More than
half of the United States have motioned to refuse welcoming in the Syrian
refugees. Let us peacefully urge officials and members of the New Orleans
area to open their hearts and find remorse and compassion for our fellow
human beings. For more information click HERE.
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
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.