Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
STEM OPT
 
Are you participating in an OPT program and does your EAD card expire soon? You may be eligible for a 24-month OPT extension if you have completed a qualifying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) degree. Find more information about your eligibility and the application procedure on our 24-Month OPT STEM Extension Webpage.
Showcase your country at a Cultural Café!
 
The Office of Global Education is currently scheduling cultural cafes for the 2018- 2019 academic year (fall and spring). Would you like to showcase your country?
 
How do Cultural Cafés work?
International students and scholars can sign up to represent their home country and to give a short presentation about something that makes their country unique. Presentations are diverse and can include history, highlights, and information about interesting people, places, or things. They can include music, dance, games, discussion, and more - it's up to you!

Did we mention that there is food? Our Cultural Café coordinator will work with you and with Dining Services to prepare two traditional foods from your culture (an entrée and a dessert).
 
Are you interested in presenting or learning more? Contact Angelia Zielke, Event Coordinator for International Student & Scholar Services.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Travel Signatures  
 
Traveling Outside the U.S. this Summer? Plan Ahead!
International students planning to travel outside the United States over the summer need to obtain a travel signature prior to leaving the country. We invite you to plan ahead in requesting a travel signature. The best way to do this is to join us to connect, enjoy refreshments, and receive your travel signature all at once.
 
Sign & Dine
Thursday, April 26, 2018
1:30 - 4 p.m.
Office of Global Education, VCH 106
 
Ensure you have the correct travel documents and approvals with you.
Please remember to travel with the following documents:
  • Valid passport
  • Valid visa
  • I-20/DS-2019 with a valid travel signature (see following)
  • EAD card, job offer letter, and pay stubs (if you are participating in OPT or STEM OPT - pay stubs are optional)
If you are unable to join us for this event, you can obtain a travel signature by dropping off your most recent I-20/DS-2019 to the reception desk at the Office of Global Education
during normal business hours. Your I-20 will be ready for pick up the following business day with an updated travel signature on page 2 for I-20s or page 1 for DS-2019s. The travel signatures are valid for 1 year (unless you are on OPT or STEM OPT).
 
Because of required processing time, we recommend that you plan well in advance to obtain your travel signature. 
 
The travel signatures are valid for 1 year (unless you are on OPT or STEM OPT). 
NF/SF Grades

Did you know?
Attending class is the number one predictor of academic success. Similarly,  maintaining full time status is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your F-1 or J-1 status. As an international student, it is important to know that earning grades of NF (Never Attended Fail) or SF (Stopped Attending Fail) can result in loss of full-time status, as those grades do not bear credit. 

For example, if you are enrolled in 12 credit hours, but receive a NF or SF in one 3-credit hour course, your final credits earned at the end of the semester would be 9. Your SEVIS record will be terminated (F-1 status and I-20 or J-1 status and DS-2019) if you have dropped below full-time enrollment. 

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) verifies credit completion for all students on F-1 and J-1 visas regularly. If you have obtained an NF or an SF in any class (check your Graduate Planning System or GPS in FlashLine), we advise you to discuss your situation with your professor or academic advisor and rectify the issue before the end of the semester.
Answering the DACA Question  

If you are a DACA student (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) attending Kent State, you may rightfully be confused about the status of the program, especially in regards to renewal applications. Recent actions within the U.S. government towards the program have left many uncertainties and questions.
 
To assist your understanding of the recent actions and your resulting, Kent State Student Legal Services has made available a helpful Questions and Answers document, which was originally published by the Immigrant Legal Services Center of the University of California in late March. We encourage all DACA students to review the document and take any appropriate action. Simply click the link below to access the document.
University Library Offering Workshops for International Students

The University Library is offering the following one-hour workshops, which are designed specifically to support the academic success of international students. All workshops are free and are held in the University Library.
 
Resume and Cover Letter Writing
April 25, 4:00 pm, Room 334
 
APA Workshop
April 26, 10:00 am, Room 333
 
Citation Management Workshop
April 27, 10:00 am, Room 334

More Resources for Instruction:
For more information, contact Peggy Nzomo, Global Education Librarian
Phone: 330-672-1661
Walk-In Advising Hours for Spring 2018

Monday  
1:30 to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45
Tuesday
 
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
Wednesday
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
1:30 to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45 
Thursday
No Advising 
Friday  
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
 
Contact Us: 
Phone: 1-330-672-7980 
Email: isss@kent.edu 
Campus Location: Van Campen Hall 
Address: 106 Van Campen Hall, 625 Loop Road, Kent, OH 44242-0001 

International Student News
April 25, 2018  |  Number 14 

Hello, Spring! Where Have You Been?

Finally! Just when we all began to question whether winter would ever release its icy grip on the Kent campus, spring - long overdue - looks like it has finally arrived this week as temperatures are approaching 60 ° F (17 °C). Finally, we can all set aside our coats and parkas, gloves and boots, and walk to class without worrying about getting frostbite on the way.   
 
It's hard to decide which is the more picturesque time on the Kent campus, spring or fall. But spring arrives with a burst of color as the scenery goes from grey to green and flowers appear seemingly out of nowhere. Between now and the end of the semester, be sure to find some time to enjoy spring in all its glory. Soak up the sun, embrace the warmth and stop to smell the flowers. Campus life is not all books and brains. Engage your senses for a while.
 
And there is no better place than the Kent campus to celebrate spring. It should come as no surprise that the Arbor Day Foundation recently honored Kent State with its prized Tree Campus USA award for the 10th Consecutive Year! Just in time for Arbor Day, which is celebrated on April 27 around the world.

Happy Spring, Everyone! 
International Students Showcase Their Countries at Cultural Café
 
 
An audience of approximately 75 interested Kent State students, faculty, staff and special guests was on hand last Wednesday, April 18, for the third and final Cultural Café of the spring semester, which was held in the Ballroom Balcony in the Kent Student Center. The countries of Rwanda and Vietnam were featured. Special thanks t0 (left to right in above photo) Pacifique (Rwanda) and Tam, Van, Ibrohim,  and (not shown) Hang (Vietnam) for delivering informative presentations which included many fascinating facts, features and figures that make their respective countries unique in the world. Between the presentations, the Cafe's attendees sampled foods selected by our presenters that showcased tastes of home from their countries. Watch our online Calendar of Events for the fall semester-Cultural Café line-up.
International Students Celebrating Islam Appreciation Week

Muslim Students_ Association of Kent State University The Muslim Students' Association at Kent State University is celebrating Islam this week with a series of events in preparation of the upcoming holy month of Ramadan (May 15 through June 14). Plan on joining the Association for the remaining events scheduled this week.

April 25: Hijab Day  |  11 am to 4 pm.  Student Center
What is hijab? Why do Muslim women wear it? Why do you personally wear it? Let's talk about it and style hijabs on people! Feel free to come and go as you please. And if you have hijabs to donate, bring them by!

April 26: Not Your Dinner Table Discussion  |  7:00 to 9:00 pm. Student Multicultural Center (2nd floor of the Student Center)
We'll be meeting to discuss exactly how much of religion is culture, and how much of culture is religion? Are certain religious practices more rooted in culture than in our deen? Let's discuss over a dinner featuring some of our favorite foods from majority Muslim countries (hummus, kababs, samosas, butter chicken, and more!)

April 27: Jumuah Prayer | 1:00 pm. Manchester Field
ISAK's Imam Abdul Kareem Sekta will lead Jumuah prayer. Come and attend his khutba (sermon) on the pursuit of Ishan, or excellence. This is a great khutbah that will help us prepare for Ramadan.

For more information, contact the Muslim Students' Association at: msakentstate@gmail.com
Upcoming Events
April 25  |  International Scholar Poster Fair
Second Floor Mezzanine, Kent Student Center |  1:00 to 3:00 pm 
International Sholar Poster Fair_ April 25 The Office of Global Education invites you to explore the important work and research being performed by Kent State International Scholars. The Poster Fair format enables you to meet our scholars and listen as they present their research.
April 26  |  SummerTime Sign and Dine
Office of Global Education, Van Campen Hall  |  1:30 to 4:00 pm 
SummerTime Sign and Dine_ April 26 International students planning to travel outside the United States over the summer need to obtain a travel signature prior to leaving the country. We invite you to plan ahead in requesting a travel signature. The best way to do this is to join us to connect, enjoy refreshments, and receive your travel signature all at once.
April 27  |  World Music Ensembles
Ludwig Recital Hall, Center for the Performing Art |  8:00 to 9:30 pm 
Experience music from around the world with the Thai Ensemble, African Ensemble and Steel Band. This concert is free and open to the public.
April 28  |  Kent State Night at Progressive Field
Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH | First Pitch 4:10 pm 
Join us for Kent State University Night at Progressive Field. Watch MLB action as the hometown Cleveland Indians take on the Seattle Mariners. Arrive early and enjoy the special Kent State pregame event in the East Ninth Street Patio within Progressive Field with raffles, drawings, giveaways, music and more.  Use the special Offer Code KIPNIS to purchase discounted tickets!
May 10  |  International Graduation Reception
Kent Student Center Ballroom | 4:00 to 6:00 pm 
International Graduation Reception Congratulations to our Spring 2018 graduates. Celebrate your success with us at the International Graduation Reception. The event is free and open to all international students graduating this semester. Invite your family and friends to share your upcoming graduation together. Enjoy refreshments and plenty of fun activities. The event is FREE, but we ask you to please register in advance. Registration closes May 2.
Plan Ahead
 
April 13 to May 6  |  Spring for the Arts 
May 1  |  World Music: Asian Music
May 4  |  May Fourth Remembrance
May 6  |  Spring Classes End
May 7 to 13  |  Spring Final Examinations
May 12  |  Spring Commencement
May 15 to June 14  |  Ramadan 

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