International Student News
December 6, 2017  |  Number 13
       
Fall Semester 2017 is Coming to a Close and 
Winter Break is Just Days Away 
As another semester winds down on the Kent State campus, the staff of the Office of Global Education offers a few thoughts to all of our international students:
  • We hope you had a productive, yet rich and rewarding fall semester and that you excelled in all of your courses.
  • To our new students, we hope that you became acclimated to life here in the United States and learned to navigate your way around the Kent State campus with confidence and ease.
  • We wish you the best of luck with your final exams next week. We are confident that you will do your best.
  • We offer our sincerest best wishes to all international students who will graduate this fall. We trust that you will be successful in all of your future endeavors.
  • Whether returning home, traveling about the U.S. or just hanging around campus, we hope that you have a happy and joyous time during Winter Break.
  • We wish you a very merry and happy New Year - 2018.
  • We look forward to greeting every one back to classes on January 16.

Please Note: This is the final edition of International Student News for fall semester 2017. Look for the first issue of spring semester 2018 on January 17.  

 

Winter Break Hours 
 
Most of Kent State University's offices, including the Office of Global Education, will be closed Dec. 23, 2017, through Jan. 1, 2018. Normal business operations will resume Jan. 2, 2018.  
 
Kent State in the Winter In addition, the University Libraries will have limited hours of operation over the next few weeks:
CLOSED: December 17
OPEN: December 18 to 22 but only from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
CLOSED: December 23 to January 1.
For more information, visit: 

 

Important Dates for Early 2018   

 

January. 11: Spring International Student Orientation 

January 12 Spring Graduate Student Orientation

January 16: Spring classes begin

 

Upcoming Events  

 

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. Registration closes December 7.
 
January 11 - New International Student Orientation
KIVA Auditorium, Kent Student Center |  10:00 am to 2:30 pm
The orientation is a mandatory event for all new incoming international students arriving at Kent State for the first time for Spring 2018 semester. Students will learn about important on-campus student services and resources, as well as immigration guidelines. Registration is required.
New International Student Orientation Registration  
 
Winter Wonderland Ice Skating_ January 12 January 12 - Winter Wonderland Ice Skating
Kent State Ice Arena  |  6:00 to 8:00 pm
Kick-off the Spring 2018 semester in fun fashion. Join the Office of Global Education and the International Student Council for an evening of skating, food and new friends. The event is FREE and open to all. 
 
Lake Erie Monsters Hockey January 27 - Lake Erie Monsters Hockey Game
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland  |  Leave Campus: 5:00 pm  |  Game Starts at 7:00 pm  |  Return to Campus: 10:00 pm   
Join the Office of Global Education as we head north to watch professional hockey as the Lake Erie Monsters take on the Iowa Wild. $15 (ISAF) and $25 (Non-ISAF). Cost includes transportation to and from campus. Tickets limited. Registration required.
Lake Erie Monsters Hockey Game Registration     
 
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, Offices Closed
  • January 1 - New Year's Day, Offices Closed
  • January 16 - Spring Classes Begin
The Kent Stater Wants to Know How You Will be Spending Winter Break 
 
Edan Kraus, the International Correspondent for the Kent Stater, is preparing an article for the newspaper about how Kent State International students will be spending their time during Winter Break. If you are interested in sharing your plans with Edan, contact her at: ekraus5@kent.edu. She will be glad to hear from you.   

Winter Tips For Student Tenants
 
While I am gone over winter break, is it all right to turn off the heat in my apartment in order to save money?
This is NOT a good idea. Many students believe that it is appropriate to turn the heat off in their apartment while they are away during winter break. However, the few dollars that might be saved in doing so are NOT worth the risk of causing extensive damage to the apartment due to the possibility of frozen water pipes. Winters in Ohio can be very harsh and temperatures can fall far below freezing. Even if your apartment is on the inside portion of a very large complex, you cannot rely upon the heat from other units to sufficiently keep your unit warm enough to prevent pipes from freezing. So, leave your thermostat set at least 60° F (15.5° C). 
   
What happens if water pipes freeze?
Once heat is restored to the residence, or temperatures rise outside, the thawing action of the frozen pipes will cause them to burst. If the pipes burst, there is nothing to prevent the water from escaping the pipes. The resulting unchecked flow of water will likely flood your residence and adjacent apartments. In severe cases, the water could even jeopardize the structural integrity of the building itself.
 
Under these circumstances, who is responsible for replacement of my personal property and repairing any damages to the apartment?
Ohio's Landlord and Tenant act as stated in section 5321 of the Ohio Revised Code requires that tenants refrain from intentionally or negligently damaging the landlord's property. In other words, you would be legally responsible for reimbursing Student Legal Services the landlord for the costs necessary to repair the damage caused by your actions. Plus, the landlord would not be responsible for replacing any of your belongings that were ruined.

Human Communication Course Offered this Spring 
 
The School of Communication Studies is offering a section of COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication during the upcoming Spring 2018 semester. The course is specifically designed for students who have English as a second language and all international students are encouraged to attend.  
 
Course information:
COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication
Section 027
CRN 12120
Mondays/Wednesdays 4:25- 5:15pm
Professor Pam Harr
 
Students will need special approval to enroll and should contact Professor Aaron Bacu at abacue@kent.edu with their name and Kent ID Number for a permit.

Open Enrollment Underway for Graduate Assistants
 
The Graduate Assistant Spring/Summer 2018 open enrollment period with United Healthcare Student Resources began December 1, 2017. The Graduate Assistant open enrollment website,  will remain open until January 31, 2018.

Residence Hall Survey
 
Kent State Residence Services Is Looking for Your Input
Kent State Residence Services is currently exploring the need for on-campus family housing.
Many of our international students, especially graduate students, arrive at Kent State with members of their families, spouses and children. Therefore, Residence Services is especially interested in hearing from international students about establishing family-based housing on campus.  

 

If you feel strongly that the university should take steps to create on-campus family housing, we urge you to take a view minutes to complete a short survey so that your opinions can be heard!  

Take the Survey
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*
 
  * Walk-in advising ends at 10:15 am on the morning of Friday, December 8.

Winter Break Office Closings
Please be aware that the Offices of Global Education will be closed for the Holiday Break from Saturday, December 23 through Tuesday, January 2. Normal office hours and walk-in advising will resume on Wednesday, January 3.

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
 
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