International Student News
January 24, 2018  |  Number 2
       
Kent State International Students Offer an Inside Look at Their Home Countries at Cultural Cafés   
 
To foster multicultural diversity and awareness on campus, the Office of Global Education sponsors a series of Cultural Cafés each 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. During each Cultural Café, two international students from different countries give a short presentation about their home countries. The presentations can include photographs and feature information about their traditions and culture, government, history, geography and food. Between the presentations, attendees can enjoy samples of the traditional cuisines from the presenting countries. Countries featured in recent Cultural Cafés include Benin, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt and Haiti.
 
During spring semester 2018, Cultural Cafés are scheduled for February 28, March 21 and April 18. The Cafés will be held between 4:00 and 5:30 pm in the Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony (third floor).
 
 You can become a goodwill ambassador for your home country by presenting at one of the upcoming Cultural Cafés. Learn more from the related article below.
Upcoming Events  
16th Annual MLK Celebration
January 25 - 16th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration
Ball Room, Kent Student Center | 3:30 to 5:00 pm   
The keynote speaker for the event is Bertice Berry, Ph.D., an award-winning entertainer, lecturer, comedienne and Kent State Alum. Her vision is to enable, empower and uplift others to live an intentional life of purpose and joy. Berry's mission is to inspire change and transformation through life-long learning, diversity, values and excellence. 
 
Cleveland Monsters Hockey Game
January 27 - Cleveland 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 Cleveland Monsters take on the Iowa Wild. $15 (ISAF) and $25 (Non-ISAF). Cost includes transportation to and from campus. Tickets limited. Registration required.
 
January 29 - OPT Workshop   
Room 108, University Library  |  2:00 to 3:30 pm
If you are graduating in May 2018 and plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), join OGE's International Student & Scholar Advisors for our next OPT workshop. The workshop will cover OPT eligibility requirements, the application process, and end with a Q&A session. 
  International Student Reception
February 1 - International Student Reception
4th Floor, Library  |  6:00 to 8:00 pm 
The staffs of the Kent State Library and the Office of Global Education welcomes all of our international students back to campus with an evening of games, prizes and a buffet dinner. Don't miss all the food, fun and new friends. To ensure sufficient food for all attendees, your registration is requested!
 
Kent State Student Organization Fair
February 1 - Student Organization Fair
2nd Floor Windows , Kent Student 
Center   |  11:00am to 4:00 pm 
Learn more about Kent State's more than 400 student organizations all in one place. A great opportunity to connect, network and discover people who share the same interests as you!
 
 
Canton Charge
February 3 - Canton Charge Pro Basketball Game 
Canton Memorial Civic Center  |  Game Time: 7:00 pm   
The Office of Global Education has a limited number of FREE tickets available to the Canton Charge versus the Westchester Knicks Basketball game. Students can pick up tickets while supplies last at the Office beginning today, January 24, during normal business hours. Students must make their own travel arrangements to and from the game. The Canton Charge competes in the G League (NBAGLeague), the official minor league of the NBA.
 
Brandywine Ski Trip  
February 17 - Brandywine Ski Trip
Brandywine Ski Resort  |  8:15 am to 
5:30 pm 
Please join the Office of Global Education on our trip to the Brandywine Ski Resort. Students will spend the day experiencing Ohio's winter snow activities and learning to ski. Cost for this trip 
is $40 for students who are assessed the International Student Activity Fee and $50 for those who are not. Cost is nontransferable and nonrefundable. This cost includes transportation to and from Brandywine Ski Resort, ski equipment rental, a full-day lift ticket, as 
well  as a one hour ski lesson for beginners.
Introducing our New ISSS Advisor: Deanna Laubis
 
Here at the Office of Global E duca tion (OGE) we  are happy to welcome a new student advisor to our team: Deanna Laubis. Deanna started as an International Student Advisor with KSU this January. 
She has worked in international admissions and services over the course of 5 years. Her education includes Heidelb erg University with a BA in Spanish and Tiffin University with an MBA. Deanna's favorite international cities are Granada, Spain and Bangkok, Thailand. In the U.S., she loves the seafood and history found in Boston, Massachusetts. Her hobbies include trying to cook new types of foods, reading mystery novels, and curling up with her cat. She is excited to make Kent State University her new home and looks forward to seeing student faces around campus. Go Golden Flashes!

Become a Goodwill Ambassador for your Home Country at a Cultural Café
 
The Office of Global Education is currently scheduling cultural c afés for the spring 2018 semester. Would you like to showcase your country?
 
Available dates include:
  • February 28
  • March 21
  • April 18
How do Cultural Cafés work? International students and scholars can sign up to represent their home country and to give a short presentation about something that makes their country unique. Presentations are diverse and can include history, highlights, and information about interesting people, places, or things. They can include music, dance, games, discussion, and more - it's up to you! Did we mention that there is food? Our Cultural Café coordinator will work with you and with dining services to prepare two traditional foods from your culture (an entrée and a dessert!).
 
Are you interested in presenting or learning more? 
 
Contact: 
Angelia Zielke 
Graduate Assistant for International Student & Scholar Services 
azielke_STU@kent.edu  |   330-672-7483
 
We can't wait to hear from you!  
Ask a Librarian: International Librarian Onsite     
 
For the convenience of our international students, the Office of Global Education will host Kent State's Global Education Librarian, Peggy Nzomo, in our offices on Monday mornings from 9:00 to 11:30 am beginning January 29. She will be available to students for one-on-one assistance with a variety of topics -- everything from how to conduct research to tips about avoiding plagiarism. Stop by next Monday, say "Hello" to Peggy and learn how she can lend you a hand.

Peggy Nzomo
Resident- Global Education Librarian
pnzomo@kent.edu  |  330-672-1661
Online Orientation is On the Way

All new international students enrolled for Spring 2018 need to complete an online orientation. New students will be able to access the online orientation training course beginning Monday, February 4. The course must be completed by Friday, March 23 (the Friday before Spring Break). You will be enrolled through your BlackBoard in your FlashLine account. Instructions for completing the course will be included. A passing grade of 80% must be attained - however, the course can be taken multiple times. If you have any questions, please contact the office at: ISSS@kent.edu.
Graduate Student Requests Your Assistance

International Doctoral student Suleyman Akeil is conducting a study investigating the relationship between cyberbullying-victimization, acculturative stress and depression. To gather data for his study, he is requesting that his fellow international students complete a short survey. Participants in the survey will have the chance to win one of four $50 Visa Gift Cards. Click on the button below to take the survey.
Take the Survey 
If you have any questions about this study, Mr. Akeil may be contacted by email at sakcil@kent.edu. You may also feel free to contact his faculty advisors, Dr. Marty Jencius at mjencius@kent.edu and Dr. John Rainey at jrainey@kent.edu. 
 
Your participation in this study is most sincerely appreciated.

Office of Global Education Hosting Career Services for International Students

While their offices in the Schwartz Building 
are undergoing renovations, staff members of Career Exploration and Development Services  are operating several drop-in career advising centers across campus, including the Office of Global Education on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am until Noon. Whether you're looking for on-campus employment or just beginning to plan your job search following graduation, you can find helpful career counseling right here at OGE.

More about Career Exploration and Development for International Students
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
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