Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
We Want to Highlight YOU
Want to be featured in a newsletter? We would love to highlight you! If you are chosen to be interviewed, we will ask you information about why you decided to attend Kent State, any organizations you are involved in around campus, and the best way for fellow students to reach out. This way, you can learn about other students with similar interests and learn more about organizations around campus you may want to be involved in. 
 
If you would like to be highlighted, please contact Alexandra Horchy at ahorchy@kent.edu by putting "International Student Profile" in the subject line. Feel free to check out previous student profiles here.
ISSS Updates

Washington, D.C. Spring Break Trip!  Registration Closing SOON !
There's only a few days left to register for our trip to Washington, D.C.! The bus will leave Van Campen at 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 28 and return around 2:00 am on Sunday, March 31. 

We will explore the sights and sounds of the U.S. Capital city including museums, monuments, and more. Your registration includes transportation via motor coach, hotel, breakfast while in DC, and a guided bus tour of the National Monuments. Feel free to explore with us or on your own. We are all about having fun on this trip! 

***REFER A FRIEND, GET $50!***
This trip is now open to domestic and international students and scholars!
Tell your friends to spend spring break exploring Washington, D.C., and you each get $50 towards the trip!

Questions? Please contact our trip coordinator at azielke_stu@kent.edu
Global Education Library Consultations
Peggy Nzomo, the resident Global Education Librarian is available on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 11:30 am in room 510 of the library for consultations on research, citations, and literature reviews. Please reach out to her via email at pnzomo@kent.edu if you have any questions.

FlashLine Updates:
Address/Telephone
Did you know that you have to update your address and phone number within 10 calendar days of the change in order to maintain your immigration status? In order to update the changes, please log into flashline and update your "Local Address." For specific steps, please use our "Local Address and Telephone Update" guide to assist you.
Responding to ICE Officials
What should I do if officials from ICE or any other police agency come to my home?

You are lawfully within the U.S., and you have certain rights under the law and constitution.  Ask the official to see his identification badge and ask if he has a warrant to show you. You are not required to let any government official into your home without a warrant unless there is an emergency. An example of an emergency is if someone within your home is in danger of harm.   You are required to give the official your correct name and date of birth. Beyond that, you have a "right to remain silent." You are not required to volunteer any other information. Do not give any false information. You should calmly and politely state that you do not want to answer any questions until your attorney can be present. The official might say things like he will not be able to help you unless you help him. He may try to make you think you will get into trouble if you do not answer his questions.

You cannot get into trouble for remaining silent. This is your right.

To  protect yourself, it is important that you do not speak with ICE or any other police officer unless you have a lawyer with you. Simply ask how to contact the officer then consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
It's Time to File Your Taxes!
Federal law requires all international students to file an income tax return each year. Tax returns for 2018 are due April 15, 2019. The  Kent State 2018 Tax Guide is now available with step-by-step instructions to help you determine your residency status as a  non-resident alien or  resident alien, and to guide you through the 2018 tax filing process.

The tax filing depends on your residency status for tax purposes. Students with F or J VISA's are considered non-resident aliens during their first five years in the United States. Please use the  Tax Status Chart 1 to determine if you are automatically a non-resident alien. If you are not automatically a non-resident alien according to  Tax Status Chart 1, then use  Tax Status Chart 2 to determine your residency status.

Non-Resident Alien Filing
If you are a non-resident alien for tax purposes, you will use the GLACIER software to file your taxes. GLACIER is the only software you can use. Please read and follow the  2018 Tax Guide carefully for steps to use the software.  
 
Please Note:  If you need assistance using the software, please email  support@online-tax.net. Because ISSS, the payroll office, the tax office, and VITA@Kent State are not tax advisors, they can only refer you to the 2018 Tax Guide and the glacier support e-mail for assistance.  

Resident Alien Filing
If you are a resident alien for tax purposes (consult the two Tax Status Charts), please visit the  Kent State VITA webpage for more information about obtaining free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers.

Please Note: Kent State VITA is not preparing returns on campus this year, but there are other resources listed on the page for you to refer to.

Links to Helpful Resources
ISSS Advising Hours
Appointments can be made in KSU Advising through our  website.

Walk-In Advising 
Wednesday
9:00 am to 11:00 am
1:30 pm to 3:45 pm


Call-In Advising 
Monday  
9:00 am to 11:30 am
Tuesday
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm 
Wednesday
9:00 am to 11:00 am 
Thursday
No advising
Friday  
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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 
106 Van Campen Hall
International Student News
March 13, 2019 |  Week 9
International Student Profile:
Sanskruti Desai
Sanskruti Desai is a sophomore international student from Gujarat, India studying Business Management. In the future, she hopes to become an entrepreneur and start her own business. Originally a biology major, Sanskruti decided to study in the United States because of its medical schools. However, she soon realized biology was not something she wanted to peruse a career in, and then discovered her interest in business.
 
Sanskruti wanted to study in America because of the opportunities it would bring her. One of her favorite parts about studying in the United States is the independence she has. She says, "here, I can make my own decisions. My parents never restricted me, and they don't want me to be restricted in the future." She explains that Kent has given her many opportunities. Since coming here, she feels like she has gained more confidence in herself and her abilities. Sanskruti landed an internship in Columbus this semester where she will be working in social media marketing as an event planner. In the fall, she will be studying in Australia.
 
One of Sanskruti's favorite parts about Kent are the business department and its professors. She loves that she has been able to meet people from all over the world while studying here. There are still times when Sanskruti misses Indian culture, food, clothes, and her parents. She noted "I need to have Indian food at least one meal a day." One of her favorite Indian holidays is Holi, a festival of forgiveness where people throw colors on each other to say "sorry." Kent's Indian Association celebrates Holi in the Spring semester.
 
In her free time, Sanskruti enjoys singing, playing loud music alone, hiking, and writing. She has her own blog where she writes about Indian culture. Soon, Sanskruti will model traditional Navartri clothing, a Hindu holiday that celebrates the goddess Durga.  

When studying abroad, Sanskruti says it is important to be "independent, do what makes you happy, and explore yourself." She explains that it can be hard to study in America, and you should make the most of it if you get the chance to.


Check out Sanskruti's blog here.

Article written by  Alexandra Horchy, Office of Global Education Spring 2019 Intern
Upcoming Events
Sign & Dine
March 14, 2019 | 1:30-4:30 pm
106, VCH (OGE)
If you are leaving the country for spring break, stop in for our Sign & Dine event to get your travel signature. Celebrate "Pi Day" (π = 3.14) by eating some delicious snacks; de-stress with a fun coloring project, and plan ahead for your upcoming trip! Once your I-20 or DS-2019 is signed, you are free to travel the world. Hope to see you there!

Don't forget! If your visa is expired or will expire during your travels, you will need to renew it before reentering the United States.
International Fashion & Talent Show
March 15, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Ballroom, Kent Student Center
The OISA and ISC are hosting a fashion and talent show on March 15 in the KSC Ballroom. There will be free food and performances!  Please contact isckentstate@gmail.com with any questions.
Knit-A-Thon
March 15, 2019 | 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
4th Floor, Library
Knitting for Those in Need (KTN), a charitable organization based in Kent, Ohio, will join its Kent State University student chapter in sponsoring a 12-hour Knit-a-Thon. The event is free and open to the public. Experienced and non-knitters are welcome. Supplies are provided, and a simple form of knitting will be taught during the event. Come when you can, leave when you need to. The volunteer service organization promotes the use of the yarn arts of loom knitting, needle knitting and crochet to create warm items to serve people of need in the community.

For more information about the event, or KTN and its mission, contact 330-552-8299 or email learn.create.serve@gmail.com
Flashanthropy St. Paddy's Day 5K
Run for Gold and support philanthropy at Kent State by getting outside to walk, run, or just be outside for a great cause! The annual St. Paddy's Day 5K was created to promote the message of the organization - to "Pay It Flash Forward" to the Kent State community while also providing a fun and competitive event that supports student and employee wellness.

The St. Paddy's Day 5K will take place on Saturday, March 16 at 9:00 am. Registration and check-in will begin at 8:00 am in the Kent State KIVA. The race will start at Risman Plaza and loop through the university on the Run the World 5K route. Food and drinks will be provided for race participants. There will be medals for overall and age group winners and each participant receives a tech shirt.
Students, employees, alumni, family, friends are encouraged to participate and support philanthropy at Kent State.

Pansori is a unique tradition of story-singing originating in South Korea, in which a solo vocalist, accompanied by a single barrel drum called buk, performs all the roles, as well as the narration.

Dr. Chan E. Park will treat audience members to a bilingual performance (in Korean and English) of "Sugungga," an ancient fable in which a turtle uses trickery to lure a wily hare to the undersea palace of the Dragon King.

There is a $10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
Cultural Cafe: China and Iran
Each semester, we host three Cultural Cafes to showcase  the cultures represented in the KSU community! On March 19, we are looking forward to learning about China and Iran. If you haven't been to a Cultural Cafe yet, be sure to check it out! You'll hear a short presentation from each presenter, then you'll have the opportunity to try a traditional dish and dessert from each country. This event is free and open to all, so bring your friends and families along to join the fun!
Kent State Day @CIFF
Join us for Kent State Day @CIFF, and the Office of Global Education a proud sponsor of the film, Midnight Traveler at the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF). Please join us to support Kent State, OGE, the filmmakers, and CIFF's 43rd year of CIFF promoting artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition. #CIFF43

  • Sunday, March 31-- 11:15 am, introduced by Moema Furtado
  • Monday, April 1-- 7:05 pm, introduced by Amber Cruxton
  • Tuesday, April-- 11:35 am, introduced by Salma Benhaida

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