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International Student News
November 1, 2017  |  Number 9
       
Give Us a Few Minutes of Your Time  
and Make a Lasting Impression at Kent State
Because the staff at the Office of Global Education is committed to constantly improving the experience of our international students, we are asking you to take a short online Student Survey. When completed, the survey will tell us about your experiences to date within the Kent State community. Now is your opportunity to take a few minutes to tell us what you find enjoyable about Kent State, but what you may find frustrating as well.

Click the button to the right and you can complete the Student Survey in as little as 15 minutes. The results will help us to improve the academic opportunities and social life for yourself as well as future students at Kent State University.
 
The Office of Global Education recognizes the significant investment of time and money you have made in your studies and we value your opinion. By completing the Student Survey, you will play a part in enhancing the student experience for current and future students. 
 
We appreciate your time and opinions 
When you complete the survey, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win one of our two "Thank You" Gifts:
  • A $1000 cash prize or a $1000 donation to a charity of your choice*
  • A seat at a FREE Lunch with our own Dr. Marcello Fantoni, Associate Provost for Global Education, and 4 other survey respondents
*The $1000 prize is provided by i-graduate. The winner will be drawn from ALL survey respondents.  

Special Note: The Office of Global Education has partnered with International Graduate Insight Group Ltd (i-graduate) for its technical expertise in conducting the survey and processing its results.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Your attention, please! Two important events of which all international students should be aware will occur over the next several days.
 
November 5 - Fall 2017 Time Change  
Daylight Savings Time Ends November 5 Daylight Savings Time (DTS) in the United States ends in the wee hours of Sunday morning, November 5. That's when everyone must set their clocks BACK one hour. The exact time to set your clocks back is 2:00 am (but you can always wait until you awake later that day). Regardless, you'll have an extra hour on Sunday to spend as you please. Be careful, though, if you plan to use it to catch up on your sleep - Daylight Savings Time will resume next spring on Sunday, March 11, when you will lose that extra hour when we all move our clocks ahead again. Confused? Remember the mnemonic: Fall back, spring ahead.
November 10 - Veterans Day (observed)
November 11 became a United States federal holiday as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of the First World War. Following the Second World War, the holiday was renamed to Veterans' Day to honor American military veterans; those individuals who have served in the United States armed forces. This year, Kent State University will observe Veterans' Day on Friday, November 10. On that day, Kent State University - including the Offices of Global Education - will be closed and no classes will be held.
Global Health Symposium_ November 3
November 3 - Global Health Symposium 
143 Lowry Hall  |  1:00 to 4:00 pm 
This year's International Education Week will get underway beginning with a Global Health Symposium hosted by the university's College of Public Health. The symposium will feature three renowned keynote speakers, each with extensive personal experience with current issues in global health. 

International Education Week 2017_ November 13 to 17
November 13 - International Education Week
Various Locations Across Campus
Kent State University will celebrate the 18th annual International Education Week (IEW) during the week of November 13. As in past years, the week-long celebration will feature numerous internationally-oriented events, including lectures, presentations, exhibits and special events hosted by student groups, academic departments and campus offices, as well as individual faculty members.
Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony  |  4:00 to 5:30 pm
Explore these two countries without leaving home. Learn about their long histories, unique cultures and their place in the modern world. Plus, sample a taste of their traditional cuisine. Free and open to all.
 
2017 International Cook-Off_ November 16
November 16 - International Cook-Off Competition
Kent Student Center Ballroom | 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Join us for the highlight of International Education Week. Sample food prepared and presented by six international cooking teams. Vote for your favorite. Enjoy the food, fun, friends and festivities.
Plan Ahead 
Fall Graduates! Are You Ready?
 
If you are planning to graduate this December, then you should know about the following upcoming events and opportunities designed just for you. Check them out!   
 
OPT Workshop 
If you plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon graduation, join OGE's International Student & Scholar Advisors for our upcoming OPT Workshop on Thursday, November 9, 2:00-3:30pm, Room 309, Kent Student Center  The workshop will cover OPT eligibility requirements and the OPT application process. It will also conclude with a Q&A session. 
International Gradation Reception
As a graduating student, you will want to attend the special reception which the Kent State Alumni Association and the Office of Global Education has planned for you on Wednesday December 13 at 4:00 pm at  the new Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. Invite your family and friends to share your upcoming graduation together. Enjoy refreshments and plenty of fun activities. The event is FREE, but you must register by November 20.
 
Graduation Stole 
Graduation Stole Another benefit of attending the International Graduation Reception (see above) is that you will receive a Graduation Stole (see photo). The name of your home country is prominently embroidered on the stole so you can wear it proudly on commencement day. However, you must register for the Reception by November 20 to receive your stole. 
 
Nominate a Student for the International Community Impact Award      
 
International Community Impact Award Kent State University is currently seeking nominations for the International Community Impact (ICI) Award. The award recognizes a graduating international student who has made significant contributions to the Kent State community through his or her activities and relationships. The award will be presented during this fall's International Graduate Student Reception, December 13 (see above).
 
If you know of someone whom you feel is worthy of receiving the award, we eagerly encourage you to nominate him or her. The deadline is November 20.  

Let Us Know Your Health Concerns      
 
The staff at University Health Services (UHS) realizes that many of you may be new to the United States and that many of you may also be finding that adjusting to a new  culture can be frustrating and difficult. 
 
To better assist you with your health concerns, University Health Services asks that you complete its short, simple Health Survey. The results of the survey will enable us to better understand the health issues which most concern you. We thank you in advance for your time and assistance. 

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

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
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