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10/25/2012 ISS Newsletter

AOC cancelled on Monday, October 29th UPC Events this weekend International Education Week - Volunteer Opportunity Semester Break Housing More Volunteer Opportunities Last Day to Drop Classes Fall 2012 Culture Series

AOC cancelled on Monday, Oct. 29th

Advisor on Call hours for Monday, October 29th are cancelled, but will resume on Tuesday, October 30th. If you need to see an advisor on Monday, please schedule an appointment by calling 777-4231.

UPC Events this weekend

This Saturday, come to the Hockey Watch Party at the Loading Dock at 7pm. Free Buffalo Wild Wings will be served. Total Recall will be the movie shown this weekend on Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 10pm. The movie will be shown in the Loading Dock on Friday and shown in the Lecture Bowl on Saturday. Also, next Wednesday, come check out Sessions at the Dock from 11:30-12:30 and support a UND musical artist. Free pizza will be served.

International Education Week

We are looking for people who interested in sharing their culture during the International Fair on Friday, November 16, 6pm - 8pm at the Wellness Center. We are looking for volunteers for the following:

Carry your home country's flag during the Parade of Nations Cooking demos, e.g. "Cooking Korean" or "My favorite Indian curry" or "Curry to Curl your Toes" Country displays similar to the tables at the Feast of Nations Dancing, e.g. "How to Salsa" or "Bhangra made easy" or "Belly Dancing for Everyone" Sporting, e.g. "An Intro to Cricket" Writing, e.g. "How to write your name in Farsi, or Japanese, or Mandarin, or Korean, or Arabic" Exercise, e.g. "Yoga for all" or "T'ai chi: an introduction" Spirituality, "An introduction to Hinduism" or "Spiritual practices of Buddhism" We have the following spaces available:

Multi-Activity Court (perfect for a cricket display) 2 of the 3 courts in the gymnasium (perfect for country vignettes, small group interactive displays) Atrium Quiet Lounge (ideal for spiritual practices) Culinary Corner (cooking displays) Pilates Room (exercises) Classrooms next to the Culinary Corner (perfect for writing displays, or intro presentations) GX room on 2nd floor (perfect for dancing) Track on 2nd floor (Parade of Nations) More information regarding International Education Week and the sign-up forms can be found on the following site. http://und.edu/academics/international-programs/iew.cfm. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the Office of International Programs.

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.

More Volunteer Opportunities

Warm up and enjoy a fun, cozy afternoon of blanket tieing and hot-cocoa drinking with Amnesty International and Christus Rex, Saturday, November 17th from 3-6 pm! Join us as we gather in the sanctuary of Christus Rex (attached to Archives Coffeehouse) to make warm fleece tie-blankets for homeless individuals in North Dakota and Minnesota. All blankets will be donated to Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks and St. Stephens Homeless Shelter in St. Paul, MN. We will watch the movie The Pursuit of Happiness while making blankets. Afterwards, feel welcome to stay any enjoy a free spaghetti dinner! (Those who are attending the hockey game that evening- there is plenty of time between dinner and the game, so come warm up before you head over to the Ralph!) See you there!

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

Last Day to Drop Classes

November 9th is the last day to drop classes for the fall semester.

Fall 2012 Culture Series

The line-up for the Fall 2012 Culture Series is as follows:

September 27: India October 4: Bangladesh October 18: Nepal October 25: Pakistan November 15: Russia & Taiwan November 29: UND Indian Association If you are interested in presenting in the future, please contact Matt Hiller.

10/18/2012 ISS Newsletter

UPC Events this weekendInternational Education Week - Volunteer OpportunitySemester Break HousingFREE Practice Test for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, or PCATMore Volunteer Opportunities Town Hall Meeting - Alcohol and Other DrugsLast Day to Drop ClassesUpcoming Survey for Students New to UND this fallFall 2012 Culture Series

UPC Events this weekend

On Friday night at 9pm, Comedian Sam Conroe will be in the Loading Dock. Free pizza will be available. Batman: The Dark Knight Rises will be playing again in the Lecture Bowl at 8pm. On Saturday at 9pm, UPC will have Grocery Bingo in the Loading Dock. Right after, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises will be shown at 10pm

International Education Week

We are looking for people who interested in sharing their culture during the International Fair on Friday, November 16, 6pm - 8pm at the Wellness Center.  We are looking for volunteers for the following:

Carry your home country's flag during the Parade of NationsCooking demos, e.g. "Cooking Korean" or "My favorite Indian curry" or "Curry to Curl your Toes"Country displays similar to the tables at the Feast of NationsDancing, e.g. "How to Salsa" or "Bhangra made easy" or "Belly Dancing for Everyone"Sporting, e.g. "An Intro to Cricket"Writing, e.g. "How to write your name in Farsi, or Japanese, or Mandarin, or Korean, or Arabic"Exercise, e.g. "Yoga for all" or "T'ai chi: an introduction"Spirituality, "An introduction to Hinduism" or "Spiritual practices of Buddhism"

We have the following spaces available:

Multi-Activity Court (perfect for a cricket display)2 of the 3 courts in the gymnasium (perfect for country vignettes, small group interactive displays)AtriumQuiet Lounge (ideal for spiritual practices)Culinary Corner (cooking displays)Pilates Room (exercises)Classrooms next to the Culinary Corner (perfect for writing displays, or intro presentations)GX room on 2nd floor (perfect for dancing)Track on 2nd floor (Parade of Nations)

More information regarding International Education Week and the sign-up forms can be found on the following site. http://und.edu/academics/international-programs/iew.cfm. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the Office of International Programs.

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.

FREE Practice Test for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, or PCAT

On Saturday, October 20th, Kaplan is holding a FREE Practice Test for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, or PCAT. The event will be more convenient than ever as you'll be able to take the exam live and online in our Classroom Anywhere environment, available from anywhere you have internet access.

As space is limited, this event does require pre-registration. However, a number of seats have been reserved for UND students.  Once registered, you will receive unique log-in information that you will use to enter Kaplan's state-of-the-art, online classroom and begin the exam.

Tests will be proctored like an actual exam, and students will receive their score immediately following the exam. After the test, one of our expert instructors will give a short workshop on test-taking strategies and will answer any questions that you may have.

This is a great opportunity for you to see how you might score on the real thing, and also to become familiar with the kinds of questions that will be on the real test.  For most students, this exam will be a more realistic test-taking experience as you can practice in the format that mirrors nearly all graduate school exams.

To register for this free event, fill out the following web form: bit.ly/UNDPRACTICETEST.  For additional information, visit www.kaptest.com/practice or call one of Kaplan's test experts at 1-800-KAP-TEST. Before the event, we will send you an e-mail confirming your registration and providing you with instructions for checking in on Saturday afternoon.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in going to business, grad, law, med, dental, optometry, or pharmacy school in the next few years.

More 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.comClassroom 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

Town Hall Meeting - Alcohol and Other Drugs

The UND Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee would like to invite you to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Town Hall Meeting.  It will be hold on Monday, October 22nd, from 7:00pm until 8:30pm at Altru Building One, 860 S. Columbia Road.  The purpose of the meeting is:

To raise awareness of the negative impacts of high risk alcohol and other drug use/abuse and their effects on the quality of life of our community.To help people understand that no matter who they are, no matter what role they play, they can have an influence in reducing negative consequences associated with high risk alcohol and other drug use/abuse through the choices they make in their own lives, through their relationships with family, friends, and co-workers, and through their involvement in the community.To obtain input and share ideas about concrete actions our community could take that would make a difference and how citizens can help make that happen.To mobilize the community to get involved and support policy/environmental changes.

For more information please contact Bill Vasicek at (701)780-5939 or at bvasicek@altru.org

Last Day to Drop Classes

November 9th is the last day to drop classes for the fall semester.

Upcoming Survey for Students New to UND this fall

Students who were new at UND this fall should watch their email in the next few days for an orientation and evaluation survey. This survey is open to students whether they attended orientation or not.   We strongly encourage you to provide your feedback so that we can continue to make improvements on the orientation program.  The survey will be coming from Whitney Maine, an intern in our office, so please watch for an email from her in your mailbox.

Fall 2012 Culture Series

The line-up for the Fall 2012 Culture Series is as follows:

September 27: India

October 4: Bangladesh

October 18: Nepal

October 25: Pakistan

November 15: Russia & Taiwan

November 29: UND Indian Association

If you are interested in presenting in the future, please contact Matt Hiller.

10/11/2012 ISS Newsletter

New International Student Advisor!

Matt's Office location has changed

UPC Events this weekend

FREE Practice Test for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, or PCAT

Volunteer Opportunity

Town Hall Meeting - Alcohol and Other Drugs

Last Day to Drop Classes

Upcoming Survey for Students New to UND this fall

Fall 2012 Culture Series

New International Student Advisor!

The Office of International Programs is happy to announce the addition of a new International Student Advisor, Ms. Rachel Walker.  Please stop by to welcome her to UND.  She is excited to meet everyone.

Matt's Office location has changed

Matt's office is now located in the basement of the International Centre in Room #2.

UPC Events this weekend

This Saturday at 9 PM, UPC and Johnstone/Fulton Hall Government will be hosting a homecoming dance at the Loading Dock with DJ Zach Martin. Free Papa John's pizza will be available! This is an 18+ event and photo ID will be required.

"The Buried Life" - The Buried Life originated in 2006 when four now twenty-somethings -- Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn -- set out in an old RV to complete a list of "100 Things We Want To Do Before We Die," and help out strangers along the way accomplish something on their own lists. The foursome pulled a borrowed '57 Dodge Coachman RV out of a field which lost five of its six tires on the road, bought a secondhand camera for $100 on eBay and hit the road for two weeks to see how many items they could check off their list. On their journey, TBL approached people to ask the question, "What do YOU want to do before you die? In 2008, MTV helped the team check off #53: Make a TV Show, by capturing the four in a reality show, in real time with no manipulation and no assistance from MTV, except for cameras rolling. Over an eight-week period, a grassroots movement grew to over 1.2 million Facebook Fans, more than 150,000 Twitter followers, a following from people in 220 countries and two million views per month on their website. In 2012 they completed another milestone on their list with the release of the New York Times best-selling book, What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? UPC is excited to announce we will bringing in two of the group of four on Oct 17th at 7pm in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The event is open to the public and the first 500 students will receive a free "The Buried Life" book.

FREE Practice Test for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, or PCAT

On Saturday, October 20th, Kaplan is holding a FREE Practice Test for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, or PCAT. The event will be more convenient than ever as you'll be able to take the exam live and online in our Classroom Anywhere environment, available from anywhere you have internet access.

As space is limited, this event does require pre-registration. However, a number of seats have been reserved for UND students.  Once registered, you will receive unique log-in information that you will use to enter Kaplan's state-of-the-art, online classroom and begin the exam.

Tests will be proctored like an actual exam, and students will receive their score immediately following the exam. After the test, one of our expert instructors will give a short workshop on test-taking strategies and will answer any questions that you may have.

This is a great opportunity for you to see how you might score on the real thing, and also to become familiar with the kinds of questions that will be on the real test.  For most students, this exam will be a more realistic test-taking experience as you can practice in the format that mirrors nearly all graduate school exams.

To register for this free event, fill out the following web form: bit.ly/UNDPRACTICETEST.  For additional information, visit www.kaptest.com/practice or call one of Kaplan's test experts at 1-800-KAP-TEST. Before the event, we will send you an e-mail confirming your registration and providing you with instructions for checking in on Saturday afternoon.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in going to business, grad, law, med, dental, optometry, or pharmacy school in the next few years.

Volunteer Opportunity

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 International 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 interested, please contact Aaron Stefanich, Children's Librarian at 772-8116 ext 13 or email aaron.stefanich@gflibrary.com

Town Hall Meeting - Alcohol and Other Drugs

The UND Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee would like to invite you to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Town Hall Meeting.  It will be hold on Monday, October 22nd, from 7:00pm until 8:30pm at Altru Building One, 860 S. Columbia Road.  The purpose of the meeting is:

To raise awareness of the negative impacts of high risk alcohol and other drug use/abuse and their effects on the quality of life of our community.To help people understand that no matter who they are, no matter what role they play, they can have an influence in reducing negative consequences associated with high risk alcohol and other drug use/abuse through the choices they make in their own lives, through their relationships with family, friends, and co-workers, and through their involvement in the community.To obtain input and share ideas about concrete actions our community could take that would make a difference and how citizens can help make that happen.To mobilize the community to get involved and support policy/environmental changes.

For more information please contact Bill Vasicek at (701)780-5939 or at bvasicek@altru.org

Last Day to Drop Classes

November 9th is the last day to drop classes for the fall semester.

Upcoming Survey for Students New to UND this fall

Students who were new at UND this fall should watch their email in the next few days for an orientation and evaluation survey. This survey is open to students whether they attended orientation or not.   We strongly encourage you to provide your feedback so that we can continue to make improvements on the orientation program.  The survey will be coming from Whitney Maine, an intern in our office, so please watch for an email from her in your mailbox.

Fall 2012 Culture Series

The line-up for the Fall 2012 Culture Series is as follows:

September 27: India

October 4: Bangladesh

October 18: Nepal

October 25: Pakistan

November 15: Russia & Taiwan

November 29: UND Indian Association

If you are interested in presenting in the future, please contact Matt Hiller.

10/4/2012 ISS Newsletter

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Volunteer Opportunity

Town Hall Meeting - Alcohol and Other Drugs

Survey

Last Day to Drop Classes

Upcoming Survey for Students New to UND this fall

Health Insurance Cards have arrived

International Student Hold on Campus Connection

Fall 2012 Culture Series

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

The Chinese Student and Scholar Association will be hosting their Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration.  It will be held this Saturday, October 6th at 5:15pm in the North Ballroom of the Memorial Union.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  There is no mandatory fee.

Volunteer Opportunity

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 International 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 interested, please contact Aaron Stefanich, Children's Librarian at 772-8116 ext 13 or email aaron.stefanich@gflibrary.com

Town Hall Meeting - Alcohol and Other Drugs

The UND Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee would like to invite you to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Town Hall Meeting.  It will be hold on Monday, October 22nd, from 7:00pm until 8:30pm at Altru Building One, 860 S. Columbia Road.  The purpose of the meeting is:

To raise awareness of the negative impacts of high risk alcohol and other drug use/abuse and their effects on the quality of life of our community.To help people understand that no matter who they are, no matter what role they play, they can have an influence in reducing negative consequences associated with high risk alcohol and other drug use/abuse through the choices they make in their own lives, through their relationships with family, friends, and co-workers, and through their involvement in the community.To obtain input and share ideas about concrete actions our community could take that would make a difference and how citizens can help make that happen.To mobilize the community to get involved and support policy/environmental changes.

For more information please contact Bill Vasicek at (701)780-5939 or at bvasicek@altru.org

Survey

Please see the message below from one of your fellow students regarding a survey on technology proficiency.  I'm sure your help would be greatly appreciated!

The purpose of this survey is to gather information on the technology proficiency of international students at the University of North Dakota. Data obtained will be used as a reference point for technology decisions of international students on campus. All responses are anonymous, so feel free to respond honestly. However, if you have any question, you can contact me at Jacob.manu@my.und.edu or contact the Office of International Programs. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and your response is a consent and assent to be included in the analysis. Please, click on the link below to get survey:

https://und.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0BYrLfeaFagBm3a

Last Day to Drop Classes

November 9th is the last day to drop classes for the fall semester.

Upcoming Survey for Students New to UND this fall

Students who were new at UND this fall should watch their email in the next few days for an orientation and evaluation survey. This survey is open to students whether they attended orientation or not.   We strongly encourage you to provide your feedback so that we can continue to make improvements on the orientation program.  The survey will be coming from Whitney Maine, an intern in our office, so please watch for an email from her in your mailbox.

Health Insurance Cards have Arrived

Health insurance cards have arrived at the International Centre.  You can pick them up Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.  You will need to bring your student ID and you will only be allowed to pick up your insurance, not anyone else's.

International Student Hold on Campus Connection

You may soon notice that an "international student hold" will be placed on your campus connection student account.  This hold will only prevent you from dropping any classes without consulting an international student advisor first -- this is to prevent students from accidently dropping below a full courseload and violating status.

Remember when dropping a course that you must maintain the minimum requirements for international students:

undergraduate:  12 credits per semester

graduate without assitantship: 9 credits per semester

graduate with assistantship: 6 credits per semetser

Fall 2012 Culture Series

The line-up for the Fall 2012 Culture Series is as follows:

September 27: India

October 4: Bangladesh

October 18: Nepal

October 25: Pakistan

November 15: Russia & Taiwan

November 29: UND Indian Association

If you are interested in presenting in the future, please contact Matt Hiller.

Last Modified 11/4/13