Students Enjoying Themselves at the Library_s International Student Reception
International Student News
September 20, 2017  |  Number 3
 
The Best Place on Campus to Study is Also the Best Place to Have Fun  
A rollicking contingent of international students enjoyed the ample fun and food at last week's International Student Reception hosted by the staffs of the Kent State Library and the Office of Global Education. Held on the fourth floor of the library, the reception enabled students to learn more about the services which the library provides, as well as to meet many of its librarians. The students also welcomed each other in their native languages, shared tips about how to assimilate into American culture and even participated in an enjoyable game of social bingo which helped them meet and make many new friends.
Online Orientation is Here
If you are a new international students for Fall 2017, you are now enrolled in the Online International Student Orientation Training Program effective as of September 15. You will find the program under the BlackBoard tab of your Flashline account. Before beginning the training, we strongly recommend that you read the OSIO Guide - it will help you more easily navigate the training program. Once you complete the orientation training - it will take you approximately an hour - you will need to take the Final Test. A passing grade of 80% is required, but don't worry - you can take the test multiple times. Please note: you must complete the training and the test by October 2. If you have any questions, please contact the office at: ISSS@kent.edu.  
 
Upcoming Events
 
There are plenty of International-related events happening this week, including our first Cultural Cafe of the semester, IndiaFest, the celebration of the United Nation's International Day of Peace and lots more! Bring a friend and join the fun.    
    
Cultural Cafe_ Pakistan and Haiti_ September 20September 20 - Cultural Cafe, Pakistan and Haiti 
4:00 to 5:30 pm  |  Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony, 3rd Floor 
Learn everything you ever wanted to know and then some about Pakistan and Haiti as two international students host presentations about their native lands. In between the presentations, sample selected dishes of the two countries' cuisine. 
 
September 21 - International Day for Peace and Moment of Silence  
12:00 to 1:00 pm  |  Room 200, White Hall 
The Center for International and Intercultural Education invites all to attend this event which honors the United Nation's International Day of Peace. Join others from around the globe for a moment of silence in commemoration. All attending will receive a peace crane package to share with others as a symbol of spreading peace to others all around you.  
  
Fall Arts Festival_ India Fest September 21 - Fall into the Arts: IndiaFest  
3:00 to 6:00 pm  |  Risman Plaza 
Celebrate Kent State's Annual Fall Arts Festival with the College of the Arts as we celebrate IndiaFest. Live entertainment, authentic cuisine, booths, activities and giveaways. Don't miss the fun!
  
Fall internship_ Co-op and Career Fair
September 21 - Fall Internship, Co-op and Career Fair  
12:00 to 4:00 pm  |  Main Lobby, Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Don't miss this opportunity to meet and network with representatives from a wide variety of organizations seeking interns for 2018 and candidates for immediate and future openings. ALL majors are encouraged to attend. Student/alumni registration is not required 
 
Lake Erie Cruise and West Side Market_ September 30 September 30 - OGE Student Trip - Cleveland's West Side Market and Lake Erie Cruise  
Downtown Cleveland 
We invite you to join us for a day-trip to Cleveland to enjoy the food and fair at the West Side Market followed by a cruise on the GoodTime3 around the Cleveland Harbor.  
   
Plan Ahead 
Introducing Our New Student Advisors  
 
Here at the Office of Global Education (OGE) we are happy to welcome two new advisors to our team: Megan (Meggie) Cale and Noelle Brooker. While they both are new to the Office of Global Education, they are not new to Kent State- Meggie attended KSU for her masters degree and Noelle attended KSU for her undergraduate degree. If you have time in the next few weeks, stop by the OGE and meet Meggie and Noelle, they would love to talk and get to know you!
 
Megan Cale 
Megan Cale Before returning to Kent State, Meggie spent about three years at Long Island's Stony Brook University in New York. While there, she worked as an RH director and an International Student and Scholar Assistant. On her return to Kent, she was very impressed with how things have changed since she was a student here. She is most excited with all of the new places for students; inside and outside, there are so many great, new places for students.  
 
With her new position at the OGE, Meggie will now be working with international students, making sure they follow all of the appropriate immigration regulations and that they maintain their status. She will also be helping to educate students on cultural differences and what life is like in the U.S.
 
Because one of her main goals is to assist international students as much as she is able, she "envisions being able to take on advising appointments and to be able to meet and get to know students and their needs."
 
Talking to international students, she would like to "encourage you to ask questions, step out of your comfort zone and take in all that you can while you are here."
 
Noelle Brooker 
Noelle Brooker While Noelle attended KSU for her undergraduate degree, she began working in the ESL center. After obtaining her degree, she then lived in Saudi Arabia for three years where she taught English at Princess Nora University. Upon returning to the U.S., she received a masters from the Middlebury Institute of International Students and later completed a graduate practicum at Case Western Reserve. Now that she is back in Kent, she is impressed to see all of the expansions and the positive changes that have been created on campus and downtown.
 
Similar to Meggie, at the OGE Noelle will be ensuring that international students maintain their immigration status. She is also going to be a culture advisor for students, in order to make sure they are adjusting to the new, various cultures they are now surrounded by. Additionally, Noelle will be helping connect international students with any campus services they may need.
 
In order to assist international students, Noelle hopes to "provide a safe and inclusive space" and she wants students to know that she will gladly be an advocate for them and she will always be someone they can talk to.
 
In this coming semester, Noelle looks forward to hopefully meeting a student from a country she has never been and she hopes to be educated on that country. 
   
Follow Your Faith  
 
While studying at Kent State, you can still stay connected to your faith thanks to numerous churches, synagogues, temples and mosques which you can attend in and around the Kent area.
 
Kent State's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is representative of the university's acceptance and support of personal differences. Its goal is to maximize individual and collective contributions, thereby creating an environment that welcomes  diversity of thought, continuous personal growth, academic attainment and above average achievement. Local religious establishments can help support the faith-based aspects of your personal growth.
 
You Are Welcome Here  
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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