Maryam Jamil presents her native country of Pakistan to fellow students
International Student News
September 27, 2017  |  Number 4
 
Students Enjoy Presentations and Sample Traditional Cuisine at Semester's First Cultural Café     
A group of about 60 inquisitive students attended our first Cultural Café of the semester during which Maryam Jamil (above) and Gwenaelle Lalenne provided engaging presentations describing their respective home countries of Pakistan and Haiti.  
 
The informal and free Cafés seek to educate and familiarize Kent State students, faculty and staff about the home countries of our international students. Perhaps the most attractive and interesting feature of the Cultural Cafés is the traditional food dishes from the presenting countries, which Café guests can enjoy during the intermission between the two presentations.
 
Be sure to join us for our next Cultural Café scheduled for October 18 beginning at 4:00 pm in the Ballroom Balcony of the Kent Student Center (3rd floor) and discover the countries of Afghanistan and Egypt. Be sure to bring along your American friends.
 
   
Student Organizations Can Get Help with Events and Activities
 
To encourage International Student Organizations to plan, host and stage events and activities, the Office of Global Education (OGE) is now making available financial support through its new
 
International Student Event  
Each semester, OGE collects an International Student Activity Fee from all international students. A portion of those funds - the International Student Event Fund - is now available to international student organizations with a membership majority of international students for use in conducting activities and events which seek to:
  • Promote international understanding or enhance knowledge of an international culture
  • Facilitate interaction between two or more cultures
  • Enhance participation in university-wide events, such as International Education Week

To receive funding, an application request must be submitted and a number of requirements met. Also, funding is limited, so organizations are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure that funds remain available.

 

For more information and to submit a funding application, visit the ISEF website. 

 
Upcoming Events
 
Take a break from your studies this weekend and join us for one or more of the many events which Kent State and the Office Global Education has planned for you. Bring a friend or make a new one.   
Chinese Night_ September 29_ Kent Student Center September 29 - Chinese Night
Governance Chambers, Kent Student Center  | 5:00 pm 
The Office of International Student Affairs and the International Student Council invite everyone to enjoy an evening of free traditional food while learning about Chinese culture. 
   
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.
 
Game Fair_ September 30_ Kent Student Center September 30 - Game Fair
Rooms 306ABC, Kent Student Center (3rd floor)  |  5:00 pm 
The Kent Indian Association invites everyone to enjoy an evening of fun and games, free goodies, prizes and more. Gaming adventures for all levels. 
 
Kent Creativity Fesival_ September 30 September 30 - Kent Creativity Festival
Esplanade, between Downtown Kent and Rockwell Hall  |  11:00 am to 5:00 pm
The hands-on arts festival is free and open to all ages. The festival features live entertainment, food trucks, over 30 different interactive art creations in the visual arts, dance, choreography, music and many other art making activities. Presented by KSU College of the Arts and the City of Kent.
 
Field Notes_ Studying Abroad in Isreal_Palestine October 4 - Field Notes: Studying Abroad in Israel/Palestine
Room 317, Kent Student Center  |  6:00 to 8:00 pm
Join returning Kent State students who recently completed an education abroad program in Israel and Palestine for a panel discussion of their experiences. Sponsored by the Education Abroad Executive Leadership Council.  
 
Calling All Cooks!   
 
The Office of Global Education (OGE) is calling all of our international students with an interest in cooking and traditional cuisine to compete in our Ninth Annual International Cook-Off Competition. This year's event will be held on Thursday, November 16, in the Kent Student Center Ballroom beginning at 6:00 pm. The Cook-Off is typically the highlight of International Education Week, which this year occurs November 13 - 17. Nearly 1000 Kent State students, faculty and staff attended last year's event in which Team Saudi Arabia took first place with its dish of Kabash.  
 
2017 International Cook-Off_ November 16 
 
To register for the competition, cooking teams must submit the recipe for a main dish and beverage which they would prepare for the competition. Cooking teams must consist of at least six members. Six finalists teams will be selected from among the entries to compete on the night of the Cook-Off.  
Register now for 2017 International Cook-Off 
Kent State Dining Services will assist the student cooking teams to obtain the necessary ingredients and prepare the dishes. A panel of three judges will sample the food to select the Cook-Offs first, second and third place winners. Event attendees will also have the opportunity to sample the food and vote for their "People's Choice" winner.   
 
Whether you are one of the competing "chefs" or simply among the many expected attendees, the Cook-Off is a thoroughly enjoyable event that is packed full of food, fun and friends. So mark your calendars - it's one event you won't want to miss. 
 
Watch Video Coverage of the 2016 International Cook-Off
Fraud Alert for International Students   
 
Kent State Legal Services We have received information from attorneys at other universities that international students are being targeted as victims of scams. These students have received phone calls from persons claiming they are from the United State Government. The scam artist claims the student is in trouble with the U.S. for failing to pay taxes and threatens that they will be sent to jail, lose their visa or be deported if they do not pay large sums of money. Typically, the victim is instructed to pay the money by purchasing gift cards.
 
Do not become a victim of this type of scam. No one from the U.S. Government will contact you by telephone about such matters. If you receive such a call, do not give the caller any personal information. Copy the phone number, and then block it from calling your phone again. Do not purchase any gifts cards or send any money in any form. Contact Student Legal Services at 1-330-672-9550 for further help.
 
To protect yourself from frauds and scams:
  1. Do not answer a call if you don't recognize the phone number.
  2. Use good security on your laptop.
  3. Control your privacy settings on social media and do not accept friend requests from persons you do not know.
  4. Never agree to wire money, give your credit card information or cash a check for someone you do not know.
  5. Only visit websites and order goods from trusted sources.
The above information was kindly provided by Kent State Student Legal Services.
 
Learn Mental Health First Aid    
 
Be prepared when a mental health crisis happens and help others in need.
 
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses teach students, faculty, and staff how to respond to mental health problems. Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, MHFA is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.  
 
The MHFA course is free to all students, faculty, and staff. Courses are delivered in two, four-hour interactive instructive periods. During each instructive period, participants can expect to engage in educational and engaging activities to learn about mental health problems. Students who complete the course earn 1500 FlashPerks. 
 
Commencement Reminder for Fall 2017 Graduates   
 
International Graduates Fall 2017 Graduates must register for Commencement by October 11. For complete information, reference the online checklist for Graduation and Commencement including instructions about the registration process as well as other useful information about Commencement.
 
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