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12/14/2012 ISS Newsletter

Happy Holidays Semester Break Housing Events Job Opportunities Volunteer Opportunities Alexia Foundation Grants 2013 Winter Safety Spring Culture Series

Happy Holidays!

We would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season! Enjoy your travels and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Semester Break Housing

Please contact the Wilkerson Complex Office at 777-2779, with any questions you may have regarding Semester Break Housing.

Residence halls close at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 14, 2012

Residence halls open at Noon on Sunday, January 6, 2013

LATE DEPARTURE HOUSING for those students who have a room assignment is available, December 14-15, 2012.

EARLY ARRIVAL HOUSING for those students who have a room assignment is available January 4-5, 2013.

*Housing is not guaranteed during break housing to students assigned to buildings other than Brannon Hall.

There is an additional nightly charge ($26.35) for break housing room and board. Students who sign up for break housing room and board will be charged the appropriate daily rate.

When students apply for break housing, they will be held to the terms and conditions of the 2012-13 Room and Board contract.

LATE SIGN-UP FEE will begin at 12:00 am on Friday, December 7, 2012. Late sign up means you will be charged a late sign-up fee of $25 if you wait until December 8, 2012, to sign up.

CANCELLATION FEE - There is a $10.00 cancellation fee billed to your University account for any day(s) canceled after the late sign-up begins (12:00 am, Fri, December 7, 2011).

NO SHOW FEE - Students who sign up for break housing who do not cancel and/or do not show-up to check into their assigned break housing location (Wilkerson Service Center) to pick up a break housing key are subject to a $30.00 no show fee.

LATE KEY RETURN FEE - Failure to return your break housing key by Noon on the day you are to check-out will result in a charge of $10.00 per day for up to 7 days, for a total of $70.00, and your room may be subject to a re-core.

Upcoming Events:

Martin Luther King Junior Day Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration! I Have a Dream... 50 Years Later.

Come and celebrate the first-ever community wide MLK celebration. You are invited to all of the events or just what you are able.

Monday, January 21, 2013 11:00 – Unity Walk (Rally at the steps of the Central High School walk to the Empire Arts Theater) 11:30 – Arrive at the Empire Arts Theater 12:00 – Martin Luther King Jr. Program for the Grand Cities Area 1:00 – Community Social (Refreshments will be served)

If you have any questions about the event or would like to volunteer please call 701-777-4259 or email und.mss.programming@ad.ndus.edu

Job Opportunities

Resident Assistant:

The University of North Dakota Housing Department has an amazing job opportunity available as a Resident Assistant (RA) for the 2013-2014 school year. The personal and professional benefits of becoming an RA are endless. The position of RA challenges you to develop your full potential within a residence hall setting. Leadership, organizational, and communication skills are gained over the course of the job; skills that benefit you in any career choice you pursue after college. Employers seek these skills, and recruiters on campus have an appreciation for the RA position that most other college activities cannot rival. Personal benefits include being very involved in the many activities around campus, great memories and friendships that last a lifetime. I encourage each of you to take this opportunity to apply for the RA position. If you would like more information, please check out the following website: http://und.edu/student-life/housing/residence-halls/ra.cfm. If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to contact Casey Weaver at 701-777-8978 or casey.weaver@email.und.edu, or simply ask any of our current RA's to tell you about the job. This truly is an experience you cannot replace.

Volunteer Opportunities

World Cultures Day - Grand Forks Public Library

On Sunday, January 13, 2013, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. the Children's Dept. of the Grand Forks Public Library will be hosting World Cultures Day. This event will be a part of the Winter Reading Program for children in grades K-6. The library is looking for volunteers to share information and artifacts about their culture. There will be many different tables set up in the Children's Dept., each representing a different country, and volunteers will need to give short presentations about their country/culture to small groups of people throughout the hour. If you presented at this program last year, you are welcome to present again. If interested, please contact Aaron Stefanich, Children's Librarian at 772-8116 ext 13 or email aaron.stefanich@gflibrary.com

Classroom Presentations at a Holy Family St. Mary's Elementary School

HFSM is looking for students to present on their home country to 4th grade students. Presentations can take place on Fridays at 2pm. Transportation will be available. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Ms. Trish Mohr at tmohr1234@gra.midco.net or by calling (701)740-3319 Science and Engineering Fair

UND undergraduates are needed Thursday, Jan. 17, to judge the Science and Engineering Fair, Schroeder Middle School, 800 32nd Ave. South, Grand Forks. Everything needed will be provided. The time slots are: 9:30 to 11 a.m. and/or 12:30 to 2 p.m. Buses will be available to transport judges between Memorial Union and the middle school. http://webapp.und.edu/dept/our/uletter/?p=34966 To volunteer or for questions, e-mail Dakota.Science@gmail.com.

The Alexia Foundation Grants 2013

The Alexia Foundation has announced an upcoming grant opportunity to provide grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place.

Student Rules:

You are encouraged to consider stories that explore cultural understanding in or near you local community. While we do not discourage proposals on foreign topics, the judges give no extra weight to foreign topics.

The deadline for the student grants is Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Professional Rules:

The professional Alexia Grant recipient will receive $15,000 for the production of a substantial picture story that furthers the Foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Any photographer may apply for this grant. Proposals that have received grants or awards exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible. This award is for an individual photographer. Collaborative applications are not accepted.

The application deadline for the professional grant is Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. Eastern time. (Applications will be accepted from 15 November 2012 only.)

For more information, visit: http://www.fundsforngos.org/latest-funds-for-ngos/alexia-foundation-grants-2013/#ixzz2AtzRJYRY

Stay safe this winter

Winter Survival Kit smartphone app

With winter settling in, there is always a concern for the safety of travelers when winter storms arrive. NDSU Extension has developed a winter-survival app for smart phones. If you would like to benefit from this free application, click here: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/extension/apps/winter-survival-kit

Are You and Your Car Ready for Winter?

Make sure you and your automobile are prepared for winter travel! Find out what supplies you should keep in your car during winter and how you can ensure your safety despite unpredictable weather conditions. http://und.edu/health-wellness/student-health/_files/docs/winter-survival-kit.pdf

Spring Culture Series

If you are interested in presenting in the Spring Culture Series and have not already signed up, please speak with Matt Hiller. The series will resume again at the end of January, and there are still a few opportunities available to present.

12/07/2012 ISS Newsletter

End of Fall Semester 2012 Note Extended Advisor on Call hours next week OPT Applications Semester Break Housing Events Job Opportunities Volunteer Opportunities Alexia Foundation Grants 2013 Winter Survival Kit - free smartphone app Spring Culture Series

Fall 2012

International Student Services would like to wish everyone great success during finals! We hope you have enjoyed your Fall 2012 semester at the University of North Dakota. If you are traveling over break or returning home permanently, enjoy a safe and happy journey! Also, we would like to express gratitude to all of our student workers at the International Centre as well as the volunteers who help us to accomplish so much.

Extended Advisor on Call hours next week

Monday, Dec. 10th – 11am to 1pm (normal) Tuesday, Dec. 11th – 11am to 2pm Wednesday, Dec. 12th – 11am to 2pm Thursday, Dec. 13th – 11am to 2pm Friday, Dec. 14th – 11am to 2pm

Graduating Students – Reminder to Apply for OPT

Students graduating in December and wanting to apply for OPT work authorization after graduation should do so as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more or apply for OPT, please call our front desk at (701)777-4231 to schedule an appointment with your international student advisor.

Semester Break Housing

SIGN-UP: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, through Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 11:59 pm.

Sign-up for Semester Break Housing through: Campus Connection/Apply Online

*All students are responsible for signing themselves up for their stay.

Residence halls close at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 14, 2012

Residence halls open at Noon on Sunday, January 6, 2013

LATE DEPARTURE HOUSING for those students who have a room assignment is available, December 14-15, 2012.

EARLY ARRIVAL HOUSING for those students who have a room assignment is available January 4-5, 2013.

*Housing is not guaranteed during break housing to students assigned to buildings other than Brannon Hall.

There is an additional nightly charge ($26.35) for break housing room and board. Students who sign up for break housing room and board will be charged the appropriate daily rate.

When students apply for break housing, they will be held to the terms and conditions of the 2012-13 Room and Board contract.

LATE SIGN-UP FEE will begin at 12:00 am on Friday, December 7, 2012. Late sign up means you will be charged a late sign-up fee of $25 if you wait until December 8, 2012, to sign up.

CANCELLATION FEE - There is a $10.00 cancellation fee billed to your University account for any day(s) canceled after the late sign-up begins (12:00 am, Fri, December 7, 2011).

NO SHOW FEE - Students who sign up for break housing who do not cancel and/or do not show-up to check into their assigned break housing location (Wilkerson Service Center) to pick up a break housing key are subject to a $30.00 no show fee.

LATE KEY RETURN FEE - Failure to return your break housing key by Noon on the day you are to check-out will result in a charge of $10.00 per day for up to 7 days, for a total of $70.00, and your room may be subject to a re-core.

Please contact the Wilkerson Complex Office at 777-2779, with any questions you may have regarding Semester Break Housing.

Upcoming Events:

FREE Dance Lessons

UND Ballroom Saturday, December 8 Memorial Union 7-9:30pm

This month learn: Intro to Waltz, Intermediate Swing and Rumba!

The lessons are open and free to everyone. Invite your friends! Free Refreshments Sponsored by H20 and Cottonwood Community Church

For more information call 701-772-4126

Holiday Concert

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra is performing a holiday concert at Chester Fritz Auditorium on December 9th at 3:00pm. Cost: $14 students/military, $20 adults http://ggfso.org/concerts/

Martin Luther King Junior Day Celebration

January 21st, 2013 - Join in a series of events celebrating MLK Day

11:00 am – Rally at the steps of the Central High School and walk to the Empire Arts Theater 12:00 pm – Martin Luther King Jr. Program for the Grand Cities Area 1:00 pm – Community social (refreshments will be served)

You are invited for the whole day or to attend what you can. Please RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/mcss-mlk

Job Opportunities

Resident Assistant:

The University of North Dakota Housing Department has an amazing job opportunity available as a Resident Assistant (RA) for the 2013-2014 school year. The personal and professional benefits of becoming an RA are endless. The position of RA challenges you to develop your full potential within a residence hall setting. Leadership, organizational, and communication skills are gained over the course of the job; skills that benefit you in any career choice you pursue after college. Employers seek these skills, and recruiters on campus have an appreciation for the RA position that most other college activities cannot rival. Personal benefits include being very involved in the many activities around campus, great memories and friendships that last a lifetime. I encourage each of you to take this opportunity to apply for the RA position. If you would like more information, please check out the following website: http://und.edu/student-life/housing/residence-halls/ra.cfm. If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to contact Casey Weaver at 701-777-8978 or casey.weaver@email.und.edu, or simply ask any of our current RA's to tell you about the job. This truly is an experience you cannot replace.

Volunteer Opportunities

On Sunday, January 13, 2013, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. the Children's Dept. of the Grand Forks Public Library will be hosting World Cultures Day. This event will be a part of the Winter Reading Program for children in grades K-6. The library is looking for volunteers to share information and artifacts about their culture. There will be many different tables set up in the Children's Dept., each representing a different country, and volunteers will need to give short presentations about their country/culture to small groups of people throughout the hour. If you presented at this program last year, you are welcome to present again. If interested, please contact Aaron Stefanich, Children's Librarian at 772-8116 ext 13 or email aaron.stefanich@gflibrary.com Classroom Presentations at a Holy Family St. Mary's Elementary School HFSM is looking for students to present on their home country to 4th grade students. Presentations can take place on Fridays at 2pm. Transportation will be available. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Ms. Trish Mohr at tmohr1234@gra.midco.net or by calling (701)740-3319

The Alexia Foundation Grants 2013

The Alexia Foundation has announced an upcoming grant opportunity to provide grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place.

Student Rules:

You are encouraged to consider stories that explore cultural understanding in or near you local community. While we do not discourage proposals on foreign topics, the judges give no extra weight to foreign topics.

The deadline for the student grants is Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Professional Rules:

The professional Alexia Grant recipient will receive $15,000 for the production of a substantial picture story that furthers the Foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Any photographer may apply for this grant. Proposals that have received grants or awards exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible. This award is for an individual photographer. Collaborative applications are not accepted.

The application deadline for the professional grant is Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. Eastern time. (Applications will be accepted from 15 November 2012 only.)

For more information, visit: http://www.fundsforngos.org/latest-funds-for-ngos/alexia-foundation-grants-2013/#ixzz2AtzRJYRY

Stay safe this winter - Winter Survival Kit smartphone app

With winter settling in, there is always a concern for the safety of travelers when winter storms arrive. NDSU Extension has developed a winter-survival app for smart phones. If you would like to benefit from this free application, click here: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/extension/apps/winter-survival-kit

Spring Culture Series

If you are interested in presenting in the Spring Culture Series and have not already signed up, please speak with Matt Hiller. The series will resume again at the end of January, and there are still a few opportunities available to present.

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