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January 13, 2015
Office of International Students and Scholars
Weekly Digest

Important Announcements
Required New-Student OISS Check-In

Please remember to check in with OISS.
You must have the following documents in order to check in:

Additional for F-1 Students:
Additional for J-1 Students:

·         Passport        
·         Printout of electronic I-94 (You must go to this website and print it out:

·         Original I-20 (If you are a transfer, please bring your I-20 from your former school as well.)
·         Signed green page from F-1 information packet

·         Original DS-2019
·         Signed blue page from J-1 information packet

 Welcome New & Returning Students!


Thank you to everyone who came out to our Spring Orientation. We had a great time meeting and showing y’all around campus!

If you have not Checked-In yet, please do so as soon as possible. This can be done at the OISS Office or during our Downtown Office Hours.

Also, make sure to attend our Coffee Hour tomorrow. This is a great opportunity to meet other students and the OISS staff. There will be coffee, food, and a lot of fun activities.

Like OISS Tulane” on Facebook to keep up with all the latest events going on at theOISS and on-campus.

We hope your first week of classes are off to a great start! See you all at Coffee Hour!

Mardi Gras Series

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

1.      Zulu: Named after the fiercest of the African tribes, the Zulu parade draws large crowds seeking the coveted Zulu coconut.
2.      Bacchus: The most innovative and imitated krewe created during the 20thcentury appoints a national celebrity as its monarch.
3.      Endymion: This super krewe is known for its celebrity grand marshals, as well as some of the largest and most ornate floats.
4.      Tucks: Loyola University students organized this krewe back in 1969 and named it after the popular college bar, Friar Tucks.
5.      Muses: An all-female krewe that promises a satirical, but secret theme. The most prized throw from this krewe is one of their decorated high-heeled shoes.



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, and letter requests,come visit us. If you would like to meet with and advisor, please schedule anappointment.
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: Welcome Back 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.


OISS EVENTS Coffee Hour of the Semester
Join students, scholars, and the OISS at our first Coffee Hour of the year! Meet other international students, get to know the OISS staff, and celebrate the beginning of Mardi Gras season with some traditional King Cake pastry! 

WHEN: Thursday, January 14 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Greenbaum Lounge (Bldg #71, Uptown)
                                            RSVP on FACEBOOK

OISS Downtown Campus Hours Resume
Stop by our Downtown Office Hours to get assistance with check-ins, letters, and to answer any of your questions. 
If you need documents or mail brought from the OISS please email or call us before 10:00 a.m. that Tuesday.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 19 from 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm
WHERE: Tidewater Building (Bldg #3, Downtown), Room 2460 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.

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.


Are you interested in being an RA? Do you want to become part of an exciting, dynamic team? Then apply by January 13. 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 If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Klein at

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 is necessary if you want to attend. Please RSVP HERE.  


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jazz Tribute Concert
Friday, January 15. 6:00 p.m. Dillard University's Lawless Memorial Chapel.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents its 5th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jazz Tribute Concert, titles "Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement." This concert will feature three outstanding performers: vocalists Mary Stallings and Charles Turner, and saxophonist Ernie Watts. This is a FREE event and no rsvp is required.

Tulane Men’s Basketball
Sunday, January 17. 2:00 p.m. Devlin Fieldhouse.­­­
Come out and support Tulane Men’s Basketball this Sunday night while they play against SMU. Please visit for information on how to claim your student tickets.

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

Convocation & Featured Speaker: Wednesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m. LBC Qatar Ballroom.
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.

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

Day of Service: Saturday, January 23. 8:00 a.m. Loyola University Residential Quad.
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.

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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