International Student News
November 29 2017  |  Number 12
       
India Captures First Place at 2017 International Cook-Off
An audience of more than 700 Kent State students, faculty, staff and families packed the Kent Student Center Ballroom Thursday night, November 16, to sample and enjoy the culinary creations of six international cooking teams. The occasion was the eighth annual International Cook-Off Competition. Three judges - which included Ricardo Sepulveda, Director, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Shakhnoza Yakubova, Ph.D. Student, Higher Education Administration and Lamar Hylton, Dean of Students - were given the task of selecting the top three winners in the competition. The audience also used their cell phones to vote for the winner of the People's Choice Award.
 
For the first time, two teams from the same country, South Korea, competed in the Cook-Off and represented the Korean cities of Jeonju and Seoul. The remaining teams included previous Cook-Off fan favorites: Brazil, India, Oman and Sri Lanka.
 
The evening's excitement peaked when the awards ceremonies began. The audience responded with thunderous applause with each announcement of the winners.
  • First Place: India | Mughlai Chicken 
  • Second Place: Brazil | Moqueca Bahiana de camarao
  • Third Place: Oman | Biryani with Chicken
  • People's Choice: Oman | Biryani with Chicken

Upcoming Events
 
With International Education Week, the International Cook-Off and Thanksgiving behind us, we can finally begin to look forward to the end of Fall Semester and the upcoming Winter Break. But with the Winter Holidays ahead of us, you can still find plenty of fun and festive events in the weeks ahead. The following are just a few of them which we suggest you won't want to miss!
 
Kent Student Center, Multicultural Center, Ro0m 206 |  5:00 to 7:00 pm
Celebrate all of the winter holidays with us. Wear an ugly sweater and join the ugly sweater competition - will you be the one to win the grand prize? Enjoy hot chocolate and other winter fare.  
 
December 2 - Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration 
Oscar Ritchie Hall, Room 250 |  2:00 to 4:00 pm
The Center of Pan-African Culture is hosting a Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration. The event will follow the culturally relevant workshop of the Fulani Institute for youth ages 6-17.
Kent State World Music Ensambles_ December 5 
December 5 - World Music Ensembles 
Center for the Performing Arts, Ludwig Recital Hall  |  8:00 to 9:30 pm
Join us for the World Music Ensembles concert, which includes the Kent State African Ensemble, the Thai Ensemble and the Steel Band. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available.
 
Graduate Student Social_ December 6 December 6 - International Graduate Student Social
Kent Student Center, Room 310  |  5:00 pm
The International Graduate Student Association (IGSA) invites all international graduate students to its fall social. Relieve your stress with free food and games. 
 
International Graduation Reception_ December 13 December 13 - International Graduation Reception 
Center for Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement - First Floor Lobby Area  |  4:00 to 6:00 pm 
Bring your friends and family and join us for a celebration of your graduation with our special guests and activities. Visit and explore the new Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. Enjoy complimentary food and refreshments. We will recognize graduating international students who had a positive impact on the Kent State community by awarding the International Community Impact Award. Registration closes December 7.
Plan Ahead 
  • December 10 - Fall Classes End
  • December 11 to 17 - Fall Final Examinations
  • December 18 to January 15 - Winter Break, No Classes
  • December 25 and 26 - Christmas Holiday Observed, Offices Closed
  • December 27 to 31 - Holiday Schedule
  • January 1 - New Year's Day, Offices Closed
  • January 16 - Spring Classes Begin
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

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**
 
Please note:
*Walk-in advising has been cancelled for Wednesday morning, November 29.
   ** Walk-in advising ends at 10:15 am on the morning of Friday, December 8.
Time is Running Out! We Still Want to Hear from You!
 
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 before the end of this week - December 1 - 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.

We appreciate your time and assistance.

Fall Graduates!
Are Friends and Family Attending Your Graduation?
 
If your family and friends are planning to travel to the United States to attend your graduation, they will need a Visa. You can help them with their visa interview by providing them with the following two documents. Although the documents can be helpful, they may not be required in all cases, so your family and friends should always first verify with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate what documents are required.  
  1. Write them a personal letter in which you formally invite them to your graduation, Include details about their trip, such as their final destination (Kent, Ohio), where they will stay and how long they will be in the U.S.
  2. Obtain and send them a copy of your official transcript to verify that you are currently enrolled at Kent State.
Once your family and friends receive your letter and transcripts, they can use the documents to verify the nature of their travel when they visit their local immigration office.
 
For your convenience, you can find a template which can help you prepare your invitation letter online at : Invitation Letter Template.

Winter Break Housing 
 
Kent State Residence Halls will be closing for Winter Break on Friday, December 15 at 7:00 pm. If you live in one of the residence halls and plan to remain on campus during the upcoming Winter Break and need to stay beyond the closing date, you will need to make arrangements with Residence Services, including submitting a Winter Break Housing Application. The cost for Winter Break Housing is $35.00 per night. 
 
For more information about housing arrangements during the winter break, please visit the Kent State Housing webpage or contact you Residence Hall Director (RHD).  

Stay Connected with Us on Social Media
 
Friend Us on Facebook. Enjoy Our Event Photos on Flickr
Besides our Weekly Student News, you have two additional options to keep track of all the events and activities of international interest which are happening on-campus by visiting our ISSS Facebook page and Flickr site.
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Safeguard Your Travel Plans for Winter Break
 
Ensure you have the correct documents and approvals with you
If you plan to travel outside of the United States during Winter Break, December 16 to January 15, 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)
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.

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