Wednesday, October 19, 2016

10/19 OISS Digest

Weekly Digest for October 19, 2016



  • CGE NEWS & EVENTS - International Education Week 2016! 
  • TULANE OPPORTUNITIES - International Student Dinner, TCSSA Ping Pong Tournament, PLEN Opportunities, A CELT + OGPS Bag Lunch Series, Dialogues on Difference 2016, OGPS Career Workshops, CAPS Dissertation Progress Group, Patent Workshops, Changemaker Institute 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- Voodoo Festival, Oak St. Poboy Festival, Azucar Ball, and the New Orleans Film Festival. 



International Education Week 2016


Visit Tulane’s International Education Week (IEW) website for a complete listing of events or click this link to download the IEW poster (see below), which contains the full IEW schedule of events.  Below are some featured events that we don't want you to miss!


Study Abroad Fair

TODAY from 2:00 - 5:00 P.M. at the LBC's Qatar Ballroom. (Bldg.29)

Learn about Tulane's programs abroad. Meet program representatives, Tulane study abroad alumni & professors. Learn about international volunteer & intern opportunities. Apply or Renew your USA passport (Conducted by USPS).

Click here or the poster for more details. 

Presidential Debate & Desserts with Dr. Brox

  • TODAY from 8:00 - 11:00 PM
  • Where: Nalty Commons (by waterfalls in LBC)

Watch the debate and learn about the US Election Process with Tulane Professor Brian Brox! Refreshments and Desserts will be served.


International Programs Reception by Tulane Alumni Association

When: Thursday, October 20 from 4:00 - 6:00

Where: Bea Field Alumni House (Bldg. 100

Meet with the Tulane Alumni Association staff and learn about International Alumni Clubs around the world as well as other ways to get involved with Tulane internationally after graduation.  Refreshments will be served.



International Food Week At Bruff

  As part of this week's International Education week, Bruff and the 1834 club are serving a new cuisine every day! 

Click here or the poster for more details. 


IEW Friday at the Quad! 

  • Where: LBC Quad        
  • When: October 21st, 4-6pm

Join us at Friday at the Quad to celebrate International Education Week! 

There will be international food by La Cubana and world music!


Full International Education Week Schedule: 


(Click on the posters to see the larger version)




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.




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. 


TCSSA Ping Pong Tournament for International Education Week

Participate in some competitive Ping Pong with Tulane's Chinese Students and Scholars association.  Use the sign up link to check for the available times.  If you have any further questions please e-mail


Newcomb College Institute Meet & Eat!

Monday, October 24, 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 21st 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 Info Sessions and Applications

Oct. 20th at 4:00 P.M. at the NCI House (7025 Freret St.)

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 19Introduction to Academic Careers - 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. - Downtown Campus, School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Ave., Room 4150  

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

*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, 10/26, in Stibbs Conference Room, LBC, and will cover the Future of the Dissertation (Sharmini, Asses Eval High Ed, 40, 89, 2015

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.


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 workshop is:

Finding Patents - October 24 - 5:00 - 6:00 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

Attend an info session on  10/18 or 10/19 @ 6:30 pm to build your team & learn more about the application and interview process.

Click HERE for more information!


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 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. 





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.




New Orleans Film Festival

October 12-20 all over New Orleans!

For more information, click the flyer below. 

Voodoo Music Festival

October 28-30th in City Park!

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

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival!

Sunday October 23 from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. - Starts at the intersection of S. Carollton and Oak St.

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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