International Student News
November 15, 2017  |  Number 11
       
November 23. A Time to Give Thanks
With the arrival of November, our new international student may have noticed images of turkeys, cornucopias, pilgrims, multi-colored leaf decorations and other Holiday themed items displayed about the campus. All of these items reference one of the most famous American holidays: Thanksgiving. While it is an American holiday, many other countries celebrate a similar tradition of giving thanks for the year's blessings, bounties and benefits. Canada celebrates its Jour de l'Action de GrĂ¢ce and China has its August Moon Festival. Although it's an American Holiday, everyone can celebrate the many traditions of Thanksgiving by giving thanks around a meal with friends and family.
 
Thanksgiving occurs on the fourth Thursday of November, so its exact date will vary from year to year. But with an entire day dedicated to parades, football, family, and food, it is no wonder that Thanksgiving is many Americans' favorite holiday. One of the most gratifying things about "turkey day" is the chance to gather with family and friends to renew old acquaintances and make new ones. The day is truly about spending time with your loved ones, gathering around a table filled with food, taking the time to enjoy each other's company and being thankful for all your blessings.  
 
Typically on Thanksgiving, the dinner will consist of traditional American food such as: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, corn, cranberry sauce, green beans, applesauce, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie. But just like any other holiday, traditions are not set in stone and people always find ways to establish new ones. The important part of the tradition is gathering with friends and family, counting your blessings, and giving thanks.

So whether this is your first or fiftieth Thanksgiving, take time to give thanks this holiday for all of the wonderful opportunities, blessings, and people in your life. This year Kent State will celebrate Thanksgiving with an academic break from November 22 to 26. The annual International Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the Office of Global Education will be held on November 21 beginning at 3:45 in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Please join us and give thanks with your Kent State friends and family.  
Upcoming Events
 
International Education Week 2017 is well underway this week with plenty of events and activities still to come. Two events that you definitely won't want to miss is tomorrow's International Cook-Off which gets underway in the KSC Ballroom at 6:00, as well as the Kent State Diwali Festival which the Kent Indian Association is hosting Sunday night beginning at 6:00. The Diwali Festival is also in the KSC Ballroom. Admission is $6.00. Evidence of the huge popularity of the events are the large audiences which both attract. We'll see you there!
International Education Week 2017_ November 13 to 17
Week of November 13 - International Education Week
Various Locations Across Campus
Kent State University will celebrate the 18th annual International Education Week (IEW) during the week of November 13. As in past years, the week-long celebration will feature numerous internationally-oriented events, including lectures, presentations, exhibits and special events hosted by student groups, academic departments and campus offices, as well as individual faculty members.
Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony  |  4:00 to 5:30 pm
Explore these two countries without leaving home. Learn about their long histories, unique cultures and their place in the modern world. Plus, sample a taste of their traditional cuisine. Free and open to all.
 
November 16 - International Cook-Off  
Kent Student Center Ballroom | 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Join us for the highlight of International Education Week. Sample food prepared and presented by six international cooking teams. Vote for your favorite. Enjoy the food, fun, friends and festivities.
 
November 17 - Kent State Knit-a-Thon
Kent State Library, 4th Floor  |  9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Come and enjoy a day of knitting with friends, and university and community members. This Knit-A-Thon is for knitters and non-knitters alike! You do not need any experience to attend this event. Yarn and other tools will be supplied.
 
Russian Night_ November 15 November 17 - Russian Night
Kent Student Center, Governance Chambers  |  5:00 to 7:00 pm
A night filled with fun and food. Learn about the country, people & food of Russia. Free & open to all.
 
November 17 - Discover Immigration Law
200 White Hall  |  5:30 to 6:30 pm 
Kent State Legal Services and the Gerald R. Read Center are sponsoring Discover Immigration Law. During the event,
Angelina Gingo, a private attorney with experience in immigration law, will discuss immigration law, share information regarding specific areas of interest and answer students' questions.  
 
IWG_ Breaking Down Stereotypes_ November 17 November 17 - Breaking Down Stereotypes
Kent Student Center, Room 316 |  5:30 to 7:30 pm
The International Women Group (IWG) offers a presentation about how to go beyond the stereotypes attached to women around the world.   
 
November 19 - Diwali Festival
Kent State Student Center Ballroom  |  6:00 pm
Join the Kent Indian Association as it celebrates Diwali, the traditional Indian Festival of Lights. The event will feature traditional Indian dance, food and music. Admission is $6.00 per person.   
 
November 21 - International Thanksgiving Dinner
Kent Student Center, Room 306  |  3:45 pm
Join the Office of Global Education family for a traditional American Thanksgiving. Admission $5.00. Registration is required.
 
Plan Ahead 
Thanksgiving Week Schedule
 
Please be aware of No Classes and Office Closings next week
Another thing to be thankful for next week is Thanksgiving Break, Wednesday through Friday, November 22, 23 and 24. During those three days, no classes will be held. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Enjoy your time away from classwork.

Kent State Offices, including the Office of Global Education, will be open on Wednesday, November 22, but closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.

Because of the short week next week due to Thanksgiving Break, we will not publish the International Student News on Wednesday, November 22. Look for our next issue on Wednesday, November 29.

Safeguard Your Travel Plans
 
Ensure you have the correct documents and approvals with you 
If you plan to travel outside of the United States during Thanksgiving Break, please r emember 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)
To obtain a travel signature, please drop 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.

Talk to Us! We're Listening!
 
International Student Survey
We sincerely thank those of you who have already participated in the International Student Survey and provided us with your thoughts and opinions about student services and campus life at Kent State.

Take the International Student SurveyHowever, we would like to hear from more of you. Please take a few minutes over this long Holiday Weekend to take the survey so that your voice can be heard. When you complete the survey, you will be playing a part in enhancing the student experience for all current and future Kent State international students.

Fall Graduates! Celebrate Your Success with Us
International Graduation Reception_ December 13 International Graduate Reception 
The Kent State Alumni Association and the Office of Global Education, is hosting a International Graduate Reception for all international student graduating at the end of the semester. The reception is scheduled for Wednesday December 13 at 4:00 pm at  the new Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. Invite your family and friends to share your upcoming graduation together. Enjoy refreshments and plenty of fun activities. The event is FREE, but you must register in advance.
 
Graduation Stoles
Graduation StoleAnother 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 November 20 to receive a stole. 
 
Nominate a Student for the 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 fall's International Graduate Student Reception, December 13 (see above).
 
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 is November 20.  

Let UHS Know Your Health Concerns      
 
To better assist you with your health concerns, University Health Services (UHS) asks all international students to complete a short Health Survey. The results of the survey will enable UHS to better understand the health issues which most concern our students. UHS thanks you in advance for your time and assistance.  
 
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

Fall 2017 Walk-In Advising Hours
International Student and Scholar Services

Please Note: Our offices will be closed for Thanksgiving Break on November 23 and 24. No advising on those two days.  

Mondays
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Tuesdays
No Advising
Wednesdays
9:00 to 11:00 am
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Thursdays
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Fridays
9:00 to 11:00 am
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