Wednesday, October 26, 2016

10-26 OISS Digest

Weekly Digest for October 26, 2016



  • CGE NEWS & EVENTS - Thanks for a great International Education Week 2016! Halloween Pumpkin Carving Event, Volunteer Opportunities for the Thanksgiving Potluck, and Career Workshop. 
  • TULANE OPPORTUNITIES - Tulane Homecoming Weekend, International Student Dinner, NCI Meet & Eat, Fridays @ Newcomb, Dialogues on Difference 2016, PLEN Applications, Career Workshops, CELT Bag Lunch Series, Vanessa Bayer, Changemaker Institute, Tulane Alternative Breaks, Patent Workshops, and more! 
  • ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS - OPT Drop off Times, Global Cafe, Uptown & Downtown hours.
  • INFORMATION SECURITY REMINDER - Watch out for email and phishing scams! Vital info below.
  • HAPPENING IN NEW ORLEANS- HALLOWEEN! Voodoo Festival, Faux Real Festival, and more! 


  • If you are travelling for Thanksgiving please make sure that you have a valid I-20/DS-2019, and that the travel signature is up to date.

  • If you are graduating in December, now is the time to inform us if you have changed your major or if you are planning on extending your status/studies. 





The Center for Global Education would like to thank everyone who participated in the events of this years' International Education Week.   We had a great time and we hope you did as well.


Halloween Pumpkin Carving Event! 

  • When: TOMORROW, Thursday October 27 from 3:00 - 5:00 P.M.
  • Where: Greenbaum Lounge (Bldg#71

BOO! Join us this Thursday evening for a night filled with spooky pumpkin carving and candy madness! 

Click here to see the Facebook Event.


Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner

Tuesday, November 22 at 5:00pm in LBC Qatar Room (Bldg#29

We are in need of volunteers for:

  • Setting up the event
  • Preparing and serving food
  • Kid Zone
  • Cleaning up

If you'd like to bring your own food, you can use the volunteer form to let us know as well. 



Career Workshop with OGPS: Career Considerations for International Students 

  • When: Wednesday, November 2nd from 1:00 - 3:00 P.M.
  • Where: Uptown Campus, LBC (Bldg. 29) Room #210, McKeever Conference Room

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS), together with staff members from the OISS, are going to be presenting this employment workshop.  OGPS is also going to be having additional workshops happening at later dates, you can view the calendar in the section below.




Global Cafe: A gathering of internationally-minded Tulanians.

  • When: Every Monday from 3:00 - 5:00 P.M.
  • For Monday October 31st: This Global Cafe will take place at LBC's Pocket Park.  
  • Usual Location: Lavin-Bernick Center (Bldg. 29) Pedersen Lobby (behind the ATM machines)

Join us Mondays from 3 to 5 PM for coffee and conversation in the Pederson Lobby in the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life (behind the ATMs one level below the food court, on garden level). Sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of International Students and Scholars and the Lavin-Bernick Center for Student Life.




OSA and OISS are excited to announce the Fan Favorite in the IEW Photo Contest! Thanks to everyone who voted on Facebook and Instagram! The Fans have spoken and the winner, announced at the FAQ on Friday, is Nithya Kasireddy, PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering. She submitted this photo, titled "Global Connections," which was the theme of this year's contest. To check out what she wrote about how she demonstrated the theme and other photos submitted into the contest, click the photo above!




Tulane University Homecoming, Reunion & Family Weekend! 

Starting Thursday, October 27th, there will be campus-wide programming for Tulane's annual Homecoming weekend! From Jazz lunches to tailgating for the Tulane vs. SMU Football game, 

For more information and a calendar of events, click HERE or the banner above. 


International Student Dinner & English Conversation Groups

Thursday nights at 6:00pm in the BCM House (7111 Freret St)

The BCM House at Tulane is sponsoring a weekly International Student Dinner & English Conversation Groups event! This is a great opportunity to practice your conversational English skills with some American students while eating a delicious home-cooked meal.

Contact Sarah Reed at or John Nam at for more information. 


Newcomb College Institute Meet & Eat!

Monday, November 7, 12:30-1:30pm, NCI House, 7025 Freret St

Come to our Midterm Meet & Eat at the NCI House. Meet like-minded students and staff while enjoying lunch. No RSVP required.This time only, we will have snacks from 1:30 -5 pm during midterm studying. CLICK HERE for more details! E-mail Betsy at with questions. 

Fridays At Newcomb

October 28th from 12-1pm in the Anna May Lounge in Caroline Richardson (#84)

Join the Newcomb College Institute to hear from an exciting speaker while eating lunch and meeting staff and students from all over Tulane.


Dialogues on Difference 2016

The Community Engagement Advocates are offering a series of free workshops open to the Tulane community about issues of power, privilege and identity. This Fall, the monthly workshop topics will be “Race + Racism”, “Classism + Inequality”, and “Gender + Sexuality”. These 90 minute sessions are designed to create space for members of the Tulane community to learn, share and explore these topics together through dialogue and interactive activities. 

Space is limited to 25 participants per session and participants are strongly encouraged to RSVP on Orgsync to ensure a spot. For more information, contact Melanie Johnson at or Ben Brubaker at  


PLEN Applications

Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) seminars provide college students the valuable opportunity to explore their career interests through meetings with industry leaders, interactive workshops, and site visits in Washington, DC. Applications for 4 PLEN sessions are open now through Oct. 31 and can be found here. To learn more, attend our information session or e-mail Betsy at


Fall 2016 Career Workshops for Graduate Students & Post Docs

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is hosting a series of career workshops.  Below are the upcoming dates:

October 26: Exploring Non-academic Career Options - 2:00 - 4:00 P.M - Uptown Campus, LBC (Bldg. 29) Room #210.

November 2Career Considerations for International Students - with OISS Staff! - 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. - Uptown Campus, LBC (Bldg. 29) Room #210, McKeever Conference Room

*Click on the image to see the entire calendar.


CELT + OGPS - Bag Lunch Series - "Innovations in Graduate Education"

The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies are pleased to present this series to be hosted by Brian S. Mitchell, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  It is intended to engage faculty, Directors of Graduate Studies, and graduate students/postdocs interested in faculty careers in a dialogue on current theories and developments in graduate education. All meetings will be held from 12 to 1 pm. Drinks and cookies will be provided, but attendees should bring their own lunch if they wish. 

Wednesday, 11/16, in Stibbs Conference Room, LBC, and will cover Career Success (Rubio, Acad Med, 86, 1571, 2011)


CAPS - Dissertation Progress Groups

The Dissertation Progress Groups will help students explore how they might overcome personal barriers while engaging with their project. They will be discussing common dilemmas facing graduate students trying to move forward with their work, and assist in identifying strategies for taking the edge off the strain.

Click on the flyer for more details.


PLEN Applications for Public Policy, STEM, Business & Non-Profit Sessions due Oct. 31st

Where: NCI House – 7025 Freret St. (around the corner from the library) (Bldg. 64)

NCI funding support to attend "Women in Public Policy," “Women in STEM Policy,” “Women, Business, and Policy,” and “Women Unlocking Non-profits” will be open until October 31st.   Click on the session you are interested in for the application and visit our website for more information

CELT - Intern Tulane

Wednesday October 26th from 4-5PM in LBC Kendall Cram Room(Bldg. 29)

Come hear from NCI, NTC, CELT, CPS, Taylor, and Career Center about the resources we can offer you to help find, support, fund, or earn credit for an internship.

For more information and to RSVP, click HERE!


TUCP Presents: Vanessa Bayer!

Wednesday, October 26 from 8:00-9:30pm

Come out to McAlister Auditorium (Bldg. 43) to see SNL's Vanessa Bayer perform stand up comedy!  Vanessa returned to SNL for her seventh season and recently starred in the box office hit "Trainwreck" alongside Amy Schumer. Bayer will next be seen in Susan Johnson's independent feature, "Carrie Pilby," as well as in the Dreamworks feature "Office Christmas Party."


Social Innovation Conversations - Design Thinking in Global Development 

  • When: Friday, October 28th from 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.
  • Where: Flower Hall - Room 200 (Bldg. 13)
  • Coffee and Snacks will be provided.

Maille Faughnan, a Tulane doctoral candidate in the Payson program in global development, will present her experiences and insights from conducting recent field research in rural Kenya on the uptake of human-centered design mindsets and methods for an international development organization. 


International Mom's Club Fall Pumpkin Farm Trip

Saturday, October 29 from 3:00-8:30pm

Join other international moms (+kids and dads are welcome!) for a trip to Amite, LA and Liuzza Farms.  The farm hosts a fun and educational event for children to celebrate fall including a pumpkin patch, pony rides, tunnel slide, feeding goats, learning about 19th century farming and more!  CLICK HERE TO RSVP!

Kids $10, Parents $5 (children under age 2 FREE). Sponsored by Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship

3-Minute Thesis 

November 9th at 2pm in the LBC Kendall Cram Hall (Bldg. 29)

Check out the Three Minute Thesis competition, where you can hear students from around the Tulane explain their research in only 3 minutes!


Coffee with a Cop

October 26th from 5-8 PM in PJ's on Willow St. 

The Tulane University Police Department (TUPD) and PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans (PJ’s) are excited to host the first Coffee With a Cop: an opportunity for community members to come together with the TUPD in an informal space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink free coffee. Click the badge for more details!


Eat & Meet with TUPD!

November 2nd at 8pm in Sharp Lobby 

The Tulane University Police Department (TUPD) is hosting a Eat & Meet event in order to bring community members together in an informal space and meet one another and discuss community issues. 


Patent and Trademark Workshops

The Howard Tilton Memorial Library is hosting a series of patent workshops in partnership with The Office of Technology Transfer & Intellectual Property Development.  The next and final workshop is:

Introduction to Trademarks - November 10 - 12:00 - 1:00 P.M. - Howard Tilton Memorial Library (Bldg. 60) - Room 308.


Changemaker Institute

Have an idea for social change? Applications are now open to the Changemaker Institute (CI), a free social venture accelerator for undergraduate and graduate students hosted by Tulane’s Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking.The program features:

  • An eight-week workshop series with expert social entrepreneurs
  • Individualized Mentors in the changemaking ecosystem in New Orleans
  • Up to $20,000 in funding opportunities and staff support
  • A strong cohort with like-minded students across campus

Additionally, there will also be an interactive career panel on November 2 from 12:00 - 1:00 P.M.  Fore more information click here.

Click HERE to access the Changemaker Institute website


Presentation: Berta Caceres' Daughter - Human Rights Activist

Thursday, October 27 at 6:30pm, Room 102 in Jones Hall (#25)

Attend a presentation by the daughter of Berta Cáceres, a human rights activist that helped to transform many aspects of the social and political atmosphere in Honduras. Come out and hear first hand from her daughter, Olivia Zúñiga Cáceres. Talk will be in Spanish with English interpretation provided.

Sponsored by Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Newcomb College Institute, the Environmental Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Amigos de Nuestra América.


Tulane Alternative Breaks (TAB): Roots of Renewal and City Park 

Roots of Renewal is asking for volunteers for a two-day project on November 5th (10AM-5PM) and the 6th (1-5PM). This two-day commitment includes orientation, so no experience is necessary! The participants will survey around Central City, interacting with citizens and collecting data to analyze the poverty in the community.

They will be doing service at City Park on November 19th from 8:45AM to 12:15PM. With other volunteers from all over the city, participants will be involved in forest improvement including tree plantation and clearing the trail.  Sign up at this 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



You may submit your complete OPT application and packet at OISS each week at any of the following drop-off times:

Monday- 12:00pm-1:00pm

Wednesday - 8:30-9:30am and 3:30 - 4:30pm

Friday - 10:00-11:00am


Global Cafe: A gathering of internationally-minded Tulanians.

  • When: Every Monday from 3:00 - 5:00 P.M.
  • Where: Lavin-Bernick Center (Bldg. 29) Pedersen Lobby (behind the ATM machines)

Join us Mondays from 3 to 5 PM for coffee and conversation in the Pederson Lobby in the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life (behind the ATMs one level below the food court, on garden level). Sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of International Students and Scholars and the Lavin-Bernick Center for Student Life.



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 int'l student at the downtown campus, you can also complete your required check-in process during these hours.

Starting on September 20th WFMO’s international tax office is going to have a representative available every other Tuesday. This is a resource for international students and scholars to get assistance with U.S. taxes and get answers to tax-related questions.

We will also have scheduled lunches at Tidewater Room 1210, from 12:00 - 1:00 P.MThey will take place on October 25th and November 15th. This will be a time for students, faculty, and staff to relax and take a break from studying.




Halloween in New Orleans

October 28-30th, citywide

Halloween is a crazy time in New Orleans! Parades, trick-or-treating, and more! For more information, click the picture below. 

Voodoo Music Festival

October 28-30th in City Park!

For more information and the lineup for this years fest, click the logo below. 

Faux Real Festival

November 3-13, citywide

This performing arts festival celebrates entertainment all over New Orleans! For more information, click the banner below. 


2016 Azúcar Ball

  • When: Saturday, November 19th
  • Where: Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave.

This will be a festive night of music, dancing, great food and entertainment. The prestigious Gálvez Cup will also be awarded to an outstanding member of our community as part of the program, which also will include an exciting silent auction. The black-tie event will be coordinated by the NOHHF’s 2016 Azúcar Ball Committee, chaired by Heidi Kiesling and Aimee Bonomolo. 

The 2016 Azúcar Ball Online Silent Auction will be open for bidding on November 4, 2016.




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.  
  • Visit this page to do training that can help you identify phishing and other dangers present on the internet. 

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.







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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