Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
ISSS Updates
international education week 2018
International Education Week: November 12-16
International Education Week is a week of events focused on sharing the international education initiatives that exist at Kent State University and highlighting the knowledge, talent, and diversity that our international students, faculty, staff, and scholars add to our community. In 2018, campus offices, and organizations will host more than 20 events across campus. From an international poetry reading to scholar lectures; from movie discussions to education abroad fairs, and a Career Boot Camp, the IEW 2018 calendar has something to offer everyone. You can learn more about the entire schedule of events on the   IEW 2018 website . International Education Week is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about events across the country here .
International Cook-Off
Thursday, November 15 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm
KSC Ballroom
The International Cook-Off is the largest event of International Education Week. Our student teams from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka, are preparing authentic, interesting, and delicious dishes as they compete for 1st Place in the 2018 International Cook-Off. Our panel of expert judges choose the first place cook-off team, but we need your help to select the People's Choice Award!
 
Stick around after the Cook-Off to check out the FAB-ulously International FAB Friday, hosted by Flash Activities Board; you'll find games and activities on the 2nd floor of the KSC from 7-10:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, November 14 | 12:30 to 4:30 pm
Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony
An afternoon of career prep! This event for international students will help you prepare for career searches across the globe. Topics include: Resumes & cover letters, elevator pitches, interview preparation and more. Hear from current international faculty and staff about their personal journeys in transitioning to careers in the United States. Students can also take professional attire from the Career Closet at no cost. At the event's conclusion, students receive a career report card, Career Ready Certificates, padfolios and free headshots for LinkedIn and may be eligible for Career Awards up to $200!

On-Campus Employment
Many of you have found on-campus employment and we are excited you have! We wanted to pass on a few reminders to help you maintain your status.
  1. You are not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week while class is in session.
  2. During the breaks (summer, fall, winter, and spring), KSU policy allows you to work up to 28 hours.
  3. These hours are not per job, but total. If you have multiple jobs, the combined totals are not allowed to surpass 20 or 28 hours, depending on the time of year.
  4. Lastly, for students on a J-1 visa, you need to discuss any and all on-campus employment with ISSS before starting so that we can update your DS-2019.
Don't work too hard, but have a bit of fun and stay in status!
Library & Technology Workshops
In conjunction with Information Services, the Library offers technology workshops and workshops on topics such as Avoiding Plagiarism, Citation Management and How to Write a Literature Review.
 
ISSS Advising Hours for Fall 2018
Appointments can be made in KSU Advising through our  website.

Appointment slots are available every day of the week except Thursday.

Walk-In Advising 
Wednesday
9:00 am to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45

Call-In Advising 
Monday  
9:00 am to 11:30 am
Tuesday
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm 
Wednesday
9:00 am to 11:30 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
We Want to Hear from YOU!
Starting this fall, we want to showcase you in our newsletter! Each week, one international student will be chosen to be interviewed and highlighted in our newsletter. Topics of interest include your home country, major, student involvement around campus, advice, and more!

If you are interested in being showcased, please contact Olivia Albrecht at  oalbrech@kent.edu with "International Student Profile" in the subject line.
International Student News
November 7, 2018  |  Week 11
International Student Showcase: Meet
Junaid Ali Majaz
Junaid Ali Majaz is an international graduate student studying Visual Communication Design. He is in the second year of completing his master's degree and plans on graduating in the spring of 2019. Originally from Pakistan, Junaid decided to come to Kent State in fall of 2016 because of the great VCD program. "Many other schools have a certain track for its VCD students, but Kent State allows you to choose a lot of your classes to make your education yours," he says about the program. He is very passionate about design and focuses most of his work on user interface and user experience design.

Outside of school, Junaid likes to hang out with friends, bowl, and bike. He is also involved in an on-campus organization for VCD students. He loves science fiction movies and enjoys going out with friends to catch the newest flick at Hudson Cinema.

Pakistan is a country in Southern Asia nestled in between India and Afghanistan. It is the sixth most populous country in the world and has a very rich culture. "The official religion is Islam, but we are not a typical Muslim country," Junaid says, "We are very liberal and open minded. Women have more rights than in most other Islamic countries, and we can be laid back about a lot of things. It is a very beautiful country, and I wish more people in the world would appreciate our culture. When most people hear Pakistan, they think of India because India's culture is known all around the world." Due to the cultural diversity of Pakistan, Junaid speaks four languages: Urdu, Arabic, English and Hindi.

One piece of advice Junaid has for other international students is to be more open minded and to make friends with American students! He says, "A lot of international students will come to the U.S. and only hang out with people from their country because it is safe and they have cultural similarities in common, but you need to learn about American culture too!" One of the best things that has happened to him while studying here at Kent was meeting his two friends, Greg Brian, who has helped him learn about American culture, and Hyena Nam, a student from South Korea whose academic guidance and support has really helped him adjust to life in the U.S.

Once Junaid graduates in the spring, he hopes to find work here in the U.S. in order to gain more experience. However, in the long run he wishes to return to Pakistan where he plans on becoming a lead designer. In ten years, he hopes to have opened his own design studio where he can invite young talented designers to come work for him. He also has a YouTube channel that he loves working on and wants to grow it to reach a large amount of viewers one day. If you'd like to check out his work, his channel can be found here.  Also, get to know Junaid more by following his Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat- ali.majaz.

If you would like to be showcased, keep reading the newsletter for more details.
 
Upcoming Events
Alternative Breaks Open House
Thursday, November 8 | 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE)
Registration is now open for the 2019 Alternative Winter and Spring Break programs! Travel to communities near and far to learn about important topics through community service, cultural excursions and group reflection. All programs include student and faculty/staff leaders, and provide wonderful opportunities to connect outside of the classroom.
 
12-Hour Knit-a-Thon
Friday, November 9 | 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 on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm at the Kent State University Library, 4th floor. 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  learn.create.serve@gmail.com .
Diwali 2018
Sunday, November 11 | 6:00 pm
KSC Ballroom
Join the Kent Indian Association for Diwali 2018! It's a night filled with performances, Indian music, a fashion show, Indian cuisine, and more! Entry costs $6, and the celebration starts at 6 pm. Please call 234-263-7093 for more details.
Cultural Cafe: Indonesia & Democratic Republic of Congo
Tuesday, November 13 | 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony
November 2018 Cultural Cafe graphic
To foster multicultural diversity and awareness on campus, International Student and Scholar Services at the Office of Global Education sponsors a series of Cultural Cafés every semester. Each month, students, faculty and staff are invited to the informal and free Café that seeks to educate and familiarize them about the home countries of our international students.

International Thanksgiving Dinner
Friday, November 16 | 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Room 306, KSC
Join the Office of Global Education for a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner on Friday, November 16!  This event is $5 and open to and open to all students, faculty, staff, and guests.. Please register below.

Oman's 48th National Day Celebration
Monday, November 19 | 6:00 pm
KSC Ballroom
Join the Omani Student Association as they celebrate Oman's 48th National Day. Free food and free henna!
International Graduation Reception
Thursday, December 13 | 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Center for Service and Alumni Engagement
Attention December graduates! As you prepare for commencement, we hope that you take a moment to reflect on your accomplishments. Graduation is a milestone; in just a few weeks, you will join the ranks of over 241,000 former students as proud Kent State University alumni. The Offices of Global Education, International Student Affairs, and the Alumni Association would like to recognize your achievements as an international graduate by presenting you with a graduation stole. Graduation stoles are garments worn at graduation to denote outstanding achievement and membership within a community. Order your free graduation stole when you register for the International Student Graduation Reception by Friday, November 30th Congratulations, graduates! #FlashesForever!
 
Registration to receive a FREE graduation stole is required by November 30, 2018

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