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January 20, 2015
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

MLK Week of Service

Join other students and staff in celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr at the following events below

Wednesday, January 20. 5:30 p.m. LBC 1834 Club.
Convocation Reception: Mix and mingle with our keynote speaker, lifetime achievement award honorees, and community service award recipients.

Wednesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m. LBC Qatar.
Convocation & Featured Speaker: Come out to learn how young people are leading the revolution throughout our country and what youth can do in our city to make positive change and move from action to activism.

Friday, January 22. 7:00 p.m. Xavier University Ballroom.
Expressions of Unity and Step Off: Cheer on the step teams from each university and celebrate Dr. King’s dream through song, spoken word, dance, music, and more!

Saturday, January 23. 8:00 a.m. Loyola University Residential Quad.
Day of Service: Join 500+ students from different universities to answer Dr. King’s question, “What are you doing for others?” by going out into the greater New Orleans community and doing service for others. Volunteers may also participate in a poverty simulation with local community members.

Be Featured in the Digest

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.

Mardi Gras Series


Each week leading until Mardi Gras, OISS will feature tips and facts about the Carnival Season

1.    KREWE – Groups that organize Mardi Gras parades
2.    THROWS – Items tossed from the parade floats. These could be beads, doubloons, cups, and homemade trinkets and toys.
3.    LUNDI GRAS – French for “Fat Monday,” it’s the day before Mardi Gras, when the revels intensify after the weekend parades.
4.    NEUTRAL GROUND – Grassy medians where crowds stand to watch the parades and beg shamelessly for carnival throws.
5.    LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER – a Cajun French saying that means “ let the good times roll.” It’s become a mantra of Mardi Gras throughout the years.
6.    KING CAKE – A cake with a plastic baby figurine baked inside to represent Baby Jesus. The person who finds the baby is believed to have various privileges and obligations.
7.    BALL – A masked ball, where a krewe’s court is presented to the club members. Attendance is by invitation only and limited to krewe members and their guests.


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
SEVIS Coordinator

  Kabir Hingorani Punjabi
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,andletter 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, 1:00- 4:00 p.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: Greenbaum Lounge (Bldg # 71, Uptown)
Time:  Thursdays, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Theme: Mardi Gras Coffee Hour

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.



Mardi Gras Coffee Hour
Join students, scholars, and the OISS at ourMardiGras CoffeeHour!Meet other international students, get to know the OISS staff, and celebrate carvinal season with some fun Mardi Gras activities, including decorating your own masks, a Mardi Gras information guide and Kingcake! 

WHEN: Thursday, January 21 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Greenbaum Lounge (Bldg #71, Uptown)
                                     Pelicans Game with the OISS
OISS is taking a group to the Smoothie King Arena on Monday, February 1st to watch the New Orleans Pelicans play the Memphis Grizzlies at 7:00 p.m.. This should be a great game. All the students and scholars that come with this group will also have an opportunity for a post-game photo on the Pelicans court. Cost is $35 per person. If you would like to come on the trip with dependents, please sign up, in person, at OISS and pay with check or cash.

Purchase tickets HERE.

Uptown: Load bus on Freret St. by the library at 6:00 p.m. Bus leaves at 6:15 p.m.
Downtown : Bus arrives at Deming at 6:30 p.m. Load and leave for game immediately.

Please bring your Splash Card to the pick-up locations.

Career Workshops for International Students
Downtown:  Tuesday, January 26 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
                     Tidewater Room #1201 (1440 Canal Street)

This is part 1 of a 2-part series and will be an informational and interactive presentation about career- related topics for all international students.  We will cover topics such as U.S. business culture and discussing immigration status with employers.

  Career Workshops for International Graduate Students

Uptown:  Wednesday, January 27 from 3:30- 4:30 p.m.
LBC Room # 208 (Bldg # 29,Uptown)

This will be an informational presentation about career-related topics for all graduate international students.  We will cover topics such as U.S. business culture, interviewing skills, discussing immigration status with employers, the unique transferable skills internationals students offer employers.

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). 

Workshops (time and location to be announced)
Downtown: February 16                  Uptown: February 17
Access the OPT instructions and forms here:  
We will begin receiving complete applications February 20.


Tulane University Career Wave
Career Wave will be returning for its 4th annual year on January 23rd. Career Wave is a series of conferences and events (free of charge) through which Tulane University undergraduate students develop and strengthen important career planning skills, hear from some of the country's most recognized and respected speakers, and participate in networking opportunities with several of Tulane's most established alumni and parents from all over the country. RSVP isnecessary if you want to attend. Please RSVPHERE.  

Non-Credit English Classes for International Students
This spring, CGE is offering non-credit and flexible American Academic English classes that offer opportunities for developing and practicing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with other students in a relaxed conversational atmosphere that includes brief presentations. During this time, you will be encouraged to develop a personal English plan. By participating, you will also be given preferential access to one-on-one conversation partners, individualized writing instruction, and other specialized programs, such as intensive night classes and grammar classes.

It is all free to Tulane students and scholars. If you are interested, the classes are available at both the uptown and downtown Tulane campuses. You can attend one class a week, depending on your schedule, or more classes with the instructor’s permission. Please contact to enroll or if you have any further questions.

Mondays 12:00 – 1:00 PM American Academic English: Tidewater 1202
Mondays 2:00 – 3:00 PM American Academic English: Tidewater 1202

Tuesdays 10:00 – 11:00 AM American Academic English: Greenbaum House 106B

Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:00 AM American Academic English: Tidewater 1202
Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:00 PM American Academic English: Tidewater 1202

Thursdays 2:00 – 3:00 PM American Academic English: Weatherhead Hall ROOM TBA

Fridays 10:00 – 11:00 AM American Academic English: Weatherhead Hall ROOM TBA


Artist Talk with Andrea Dezsö
Wednesday, January 20. 6:00 p.m. Woldenberg Art Center, Freeman Auditorium.
In conjunction with the opening of her solo exhibition, Andrea Dezso: I Wonder, the artist will speak about her work and influences. The lecture will be followed by a reception at the Newcomb Art Museum from 7-8 p.m.

Jazz and Beignets: Trip to Preservation Hall and Café Du Monde
Friday, January 22. 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Pick up at Bruff Commons.
Friday is a perfect day for fun and friends and exploring the city! Join Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship for a live, traditional New Orleans Jazz concert at the historic Preservation Hall and then enjoy New Orleans' favorite, beignets, at the world famous Cafe Du Monde. Cost is only $13!!! (Preservation Hall tickets alone are usually $20.  Event price includes concert admission, transportation and beignets)

Register today to save your spot, as transportation will be limited. We'll meet at 5pm in front of Bruff Commons on Friday, but if you're not registered, we can't guarantee you a ride

Tulane Basketball
Women’s Basketball vs East Carolina
Saturday, January 23. 2:00 p.m. Devlin Fieldhouse.­­­

Women’s Basketball vs Temple
Tuesday, January 26. 7:00 p.m. Devlin Fieldhouse.­­­

Men’s Basketball vs USF
Wednesday, January 27. 7:00 p.m. Devlin Fieldhouse.­­­

Please visit for information on how to claim your student tickets.

Newcomb Film Series: No Mas Bebes
Tuesday, January 26. 6:00 p.m. Woldenberg Art Center (Bldg #82), Freeman Auditorium.
They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. The story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were prodded into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid, 26 year old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice.

Dear World at Tulane
Thursday, January 28. 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. LBC, Pederson Lobby and Kendall Cram (213).
Join students and staff and share YOUR unique story. Each of you has a unique identity, experience, and story to share with the world - and we want to hear it. Dear World is an interactive, award-winning event that explores the subtle and powerful connections between students, faculty, and staff. Visit the Pederson Lobby between 10a.m.-5p.m. to share your story in a photo taken by Dear World founders. Later, come to LBC Kendall Cram to hear from the Dear World team and hear a few of the Tulane stories shared throughout the day. Click HERE for more information.

King Cake Festival
Sunday, January 31. 11:00 – 5:00 p.m. Champions Square at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Don't miss out on the third annual King Cake Festival, a celebration benefitting babies & children at Ochsner. Spend the day strolling Champions Square and sampling New Orleans' finest King Cakes from the city's greatest bakers!

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Weekly Fact: Mardi Gras is also known as “Pancake Day.”
In Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, people celebrate Mardi Gras by eating pancakes and participating in pancake themed activities.

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