Thursday, May 12, 2016

5/12 OISS Digest

Weekly Digest for May 11th, 2016



  • OISS NEWS & EVENTS - Wave Goodbye, Last Downtown Office Hours on May 17, Optional Practical Training (Appointment Only), Immigration Workshop PPTs
  • WEEKLY REMINDERS -  2016 OISS Survey is Online, Commission on Race & Tulane Values
  • TULANE OPPORTUNITIES - ISAB Mentorship Program, CPS Employment, DRLA Summer Classes & Institute



OISS/CGE Reception at Wave Goodbye

On May 13th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Tulane will be hosting the annual Wave Goodbye Event for graduating seniors and their families. The OISS and CGE staff will be in attendance on Blessey Patio giving out refreshments and cookies. Feel free to stop by and say hi! 


Last OISS Downtown Office Hours this Spring: May 17

The OISS will be opened for regular business hours throughout the summer.  The remaining downtown office hours in Tidewater 2460 will take place on May 17.  OISS staff will be there both days from 1:00- 4:00 for your convenience.

If you would like us to send documents downtown for pick up either of these days, please let our office know the day before.


 Workshop PowerPoints Available

The OISS hosted a workshop that covered specific updates regarding STEM OPT.  It covered important information about the new 24-month STEM, including how to apply for STEM, deadlines, and new regulations.  If you missed this workshop you can access the PowerPoint by clicking here.

For those of you who missed our immigration workshops with Ware Immigration earlier in April, you can now access the PowerPoint presentations that were used by clicking the links below:

Post Graduate Employment Options

Permanent Residence Overview for Research Scholars and Professors

The workshops covered steps and details for OPT, H-1B visas and the Permanent Residence process.  The content in these PowerPoints should be helpful for life in the U.S. beyond F-1 or J-1 status.


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 (36 months for certain STEM fields). Access to OPT instructions and forms are HERE

Starting on Monday May 16, you will have to schedule an appointment to drop off and pick-up your OPT Packet.  You can call the office at 504-865-5208 to do so or visit us at 6901 Willow St.




OISS Survey is ready! 

Check your e-mail for the survey link and help Tulane improve with your feedback!  Those who complete the survey will be entered into 10 individual drawings for a pair of Audubon Zoo Tickets!



The Director of the OISS, Kristy Magner, has been working closely with the Commission on Race and Tulane Values on the campus climate subcommittee. If you would like Kristy to be aware of a concern that you have related to campus climate or any of the work of the commission, please send her an email at Many have asked how they can find out what the commission has being doing or how to submit your concerns.  A website has been created and recent updates of the five sub-committees and other pertinent information has been added. For more information, please click the following link:




Help Mentor New International Students

The International Advisory Board (ISAB) has opened the applications for the Fall 2016 Student Mentorship Program (ISMP).  The primary mission is to help new international students connect with peers, upper class mentors, and other aspects of Tulane's institution so that they can succeed personally, socially, and academically. The program is opened to both American and international students.

To become a mentor please complete the online application.


"Shakespeare & Gender" - The First Folio! Exhibition

Monday, May 9 - Tuesday May 31, Newcomb Archives, Caroline Richardson Building

Click HERE for more information!


Got work? Got Leadership? CPS is Hiring!

The Center for Public Service is now recruiting students to join three leadership programs: 

  1. Service Learning Assistants
  2. Public Service Fellows
  3. Community Engagement Advocates

CPS has a wide range of ways to get involved. To nominate yourself or someone you know, click HERE. For more information, email Ben Brubaker at 

DRLA Summer Courses & Summer Institute

Tulane's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy is hosting two online classes through Tulane from May 23rd - June 24th, and a Summer Institute held in Washington DC in July! Click HERE for more information about the Institute and HERE for information on the summer classes!





Protect yourself from online threats! -- Visit eAcademy ( and download both a free licensed copy of Trend Micro Anti-Virus and the OpenDNS roaming client for password phishing protection. These applications will help protect your computer and the University network.

Don’t fall for phishing emails! -- Before clicking on a link in a message, please forward any suspicious emails or requests to or for verification. Tulane University will never ask you for your password in an email. Allowing your password to get into the hands of a scammer results in thousands of phishing messages distributed throughout the Tulane email system. If you are ever unsure of a message contact the Technical Support and Network Operations Center at (504)988-8888 or or Our staff are standing ready to address any questions or concerns. It is better to ask first than to click on an unsafe link.





    Location: 6901 Willow St.

    Time: Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm

    For general information, check-in, document drop off/pick up, and letter requests, come visit us. If you would like to meet with an advisor, please schedule an appointment.



    Location: Tidewater Rm 1506

    Time: Open whenever building is open

    Tidewater Building, 15th Floor, Room 1506 has been dedicated as a quiet prayer space for students of all religious denominations




    (May 17th is the last time downtown hours!)

    Location: Tidewater Building Room 2460

    Time: Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00 pm

    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 these hours.





    The mission of the Office of International Students & Scholars is to provide leadership in the internalization 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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