Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
Tips for Student Success: Midterm Grades

All freshmen or first-year undergraduate students will receive midterm grades to help them check their academic progress. If this applies to you, check your grades to ensure you have no NF (Never Attended Fail) or SF (Stopped Attending Fail) grades, as they can affect your immigration status negatively.

International Student and Scholar Services verifies credit completion for all students on F-1 and J-1 visas regularly and if you have obtained an NF or an SF in any class, we advise you to discuss your situation with your professor or academic advisor to rectify the issue before the end of the semester. If the issue is not fixed, an NF or SF grade could put you below the full-time course load requirement and your SEVIS record would be terminated at the end of the semester. You can avoid this issue by checking your grades and fixing them now.

If you have questions about regarding your immigration status and the effects of NF/SF grades, please come talk to ISSS during Walk-In Advising.
On-Campus Employment Hours

International students are permitted by the U.S. government to work on-campus no more than 20 hours each week while class is in session. However during the semester breaks, such as spring, summer, or winter break, a student can work up to 28 hours per KSU policy.

If a student works more than the permitted 20 hours a week, it can negatively affect the student's immigration status. For students employed on-campus, please monitor your hours closely and contact ISSS at isss@kent.edu if you have any questions. 
Nominate a Student for the International Community 
Impact Award
 
Kent State International Community impact Award The International Community Impact (ICI) Award recognizes a graduating international student who has made significant contributions to the Kent State community through his or her activities and relationships. The award will be presented during this spring's International Graduation Reception, May 10 (see story at right).
 
If you know of someone whom you feel is worthy of receiving the award, we eagerly encourage you to nominate him or her. The deadline for nominations is April 16.
Showcase Your Talent

The Office of International Student Affairs and the International Student Council are calling all students to sign up to participate in the International Talent and Fashion Show scheduled for April 20. Model traditional clothing and perform music, song and dance from your home country. Deadline to enter is March 19. Sign up by email at: isckentstate@gmail.com 
Attention International Students: It's Time to File Your Income Taxes

Federal law requires all international students to file an income tax return each year. Tax returns for 2017 are due April 17, 2018 for students who worked in 2017 or June 15, 2018 for students who did not have income in 2017 within the United States in 2017. The Kent State 2017 Tax Guide is now available with step-by-step instructions to help you determine your residency status as non-resident alien or resident alien,and to guide you through the 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 on obtaining free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers.

Links to Helpful Resources :
Find Back Issues of International Student News on Our Archive Web page 

The Office of Global Education recently launched a new archive web page where you can reference all of our recent  issues of the International Student News dating back to the beginning of Fall Semester 2017. The site includes a thumbnail image, a list of the contents and a link to each issue. We hope our international students find the site a useful and convenient link to important information, helpful article and entertaining student profiles. Enjoy!
Spring 2018 Walk-In Advising Hours
 
International Student and Scholar Services

Mondays 
1:30 to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45
Tuesdays
 
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
Wednesdays
 
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00  1:30 to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45
Thursdays
No Advising 
Fridays 
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
March 7, 2018  |  Number 8
International Graduation Reception_ Fall Semester 2017
Spring Graduates! 
Celebrate Your Success With Us
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. The reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at 4:00 pm in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Invite your family and friends to share your upcoming graduation together. Enjoy refreshments and plenty of fun activities. And hold onto your memories with plenty of fun photos that you can share with family and friends. The event is FREE, but we ask you to please register in advance. The event is co-sponsored by the Kent State Alumni Association, the Office of Global Education and the Office of International Student Affairs.

Graduation Stoles
Graduation Stole
Another benefit of attending the International Graduation Reception is that you will receive a Graduation Stole (see photo). The name of your home country will be prominently embroidered on the stole so you can wear it proudly on commencement day. However, you must register for the Reception by April 23 to receive a stole. 
Students Trek to Cleveland to Cheer on Cleveland Cavaliers
Intenational Students attend Cleveland Caviliers Game_ Marhc 3_ 2018
An enthusiastic crowd of 53 international students headed to downtown Cleveland last Saturday for an evening of NBA Basketball as LeBron James and the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Denver Nuggets. The students enjoyed watching the game, touring Quicken Loans arena, shopping for souvenirs and sampling the arena's assortment of food and refreshments. Despite their cheers, the students couldn't bring home a victory as the Cavs fell to the Nuggets 126 to 117.
Upcoming Events

March 8 | A Rose for Women's Day
Second Floor, Kent Student Center  |  1:00 pm
Celebrate Women's Day with Kent State's International Women's Group. Members will be distributing a rose to everyone who visits the Group's display table on the Second Floor Mezzanine in the Kent Student Center.
March 9 | Latino Night
Kent Student Center Governance Chamber, Second Floor  |  5:00 pm
Kent State's SALSA (Spanish and Latino Student Association)  is hosting a "Latino Night." Come enjoy fun, food, dance and song. Free and open to all.
March 11 | Daylight Savings Begins 
2:00 am
Daylight Savings Time Begins_ March 11 In the early hours (2:00 am) of Sunday morning, March 11, you will need to set your clocks forward one hour as Daylight Savings Time begins for most of the United States. You may lose an hour of sleep,  but you'll also enjoy and additional hour of daylight in the evening. Plus, it is a sign that Spring is just a few days away. Seriously, you won't have to wake up at 2:00 to set your clocks ahead - just remember to do so when you wake up at your normal time.
March 15  |  "Sign and Dine" Travel Signature Party
Room 111, Van Campen  |  1:30-4:00 pm  
Sign and Dine
If you plan to travel this Spring Break, then you'll want to join the staff of the Office of Global Education for our "Sign and Dine" Travel Signature Party on March 15. Get your travel signature while enjoying fun, refreshments, giveaways and prizes. It's a fast, fun way to get your travel signature. We'll see you there!
March 15 | Speaker: Ravi Hutheesing 
Cartwright Hall, University Auditorium  |  6:30 pm  
Global keynote speaker  Ravi Hutheesing  will speak about cultural competency. Hutheesing has worked to bridge generational and cultural divides through the empowerment and education of leaders. Hutheesing empowers audiences with cultural competency tools that foster world peace.  
March 15 | "World Relief" Non-Profit Spotlight Speaker Series 
Room 201, Henderson Hall  |  6:30-8:00 pm  
World Relief_ Non-Profit Speaker Series Numerous Kent State sponsoring entities invite your to join them to hear Kara Ulmer, Director of World Relief Akron,  discuss the work of the nonprofit organization, as well as the lives of the many refugees living the Greater Akron area.      
March 16 | Omani Night
Governance Chambers, Kent Student Center, Second Floor  |  4:30 pm
Learn about Omani culture. Join the Kent State Omani Student Organization as it hosts an evening of Omani food and culture. All are welcome to this free event.  
March 16 | African Night: 54 Shades of Afrika
Kent Student Center Ballroom  |  6:30 pm
54 Shades of Afrika_ March 16 Presented by the Kent African Student Association and hosted by Aphricanape. The event promises to be a showcase of the beauty of the African culture through all the senses. Food will be served from 6:30 pm - 7 pm. The main event will begin at 7 pm promptly! This event is 100% FREE! Bring your friends, family and loved ones!  
March 21  |  Cultural Café, Finland and India
Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony, Third Floor  |  4:00 to 5:30 pm 
Cultural Cafe Learn everything you ever wanted to know and then some about Finland and India as two international students host presentations about their native lands. In between the presentations, sample selected dishes of the two countries' cuisine. 
Plan Ahead

March 17  |  St. Patrick's Day
March 20  |  First Day of Spring
March 26 to April 1  |  Spring Break
March 28 to 31  |  Spring Break Trip 2018: New York City
April 20  |  International Talent and Fashion Show  
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