International Student Newsletter
12/09/2014 ISS Newsletter
With respect to your time, please scan the headlines for information pertaining to your needs or interests and read further for important reminders.
Office of International Programs (OIP) office hours during the break
From December, 22, 2014 until January 9, 2015 our office will be open from 8 am until 4:30 pm.
The office will be closed at 12 pm (noon) on December 24th and all day December 25th in recognition of the holiday.
The office will be closed all day January 1, 2015 in recognition of the holiday.
Join us on December 11th for Pakistan night in the Loading Dock. Learn about this fascinating country and share in a tasting of its delectable food items presented to us by members of our own UND family. Cultural Nights begin at 6:30 pm, are Free, and open to the public.
Are you interested in hosting a Cultural Night in the coming year? For more information contact Colleen Hutchinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-777-2033.
Assist international students in the preparation of U.S. income tax returns.
• Many international students who work or receive scholarships are required to file a U.S. tax return
• VITA is a unique volunteer opportunity
• No previous tax experience is required
• Free tax training
• Learn how to prepare your own return (receive IRS training plus IRS NRA VITA certification)
• Assist international students who have few options for filing their tax returns
• Prepare returns using tax software (no line by line entry)
Training will occur in January 2015. Returns will be prepared during the 2015 filing season beginning February 2015 and ending April 15, 2015. All return preparation and training will take place at the International Center. Please contact Kevin Kuntz at email@example.com if you have questions or you want to volunteer.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015
A day of events designed to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., celebrate the results of his inspiration and work, and challenge us to continue the work of establishing equality and inclusion for all people, will occur on Monday, January 19, 2015.
Morning Event (held at University of Minnesota, Crookston)
Unity Walk-10:30 am
Fellowship & Food 12:00-1:00 pm
UND Chester Fritz Auditorium 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
UND international students are invited to carry their home country flag in the Unity Walk on the UMC campus, a distance of approximately a quarter of a mile. We would like to have 20 students from a variety of nations as part of this celebration. Free transportation will be provided for you and your flag, departing from UND at 9:30 am and returning by 2:30 pm.
You may also participate in the morning or evening events by reading portions of Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech in your native language (not English).
If you are interested and able to assist, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Email Address: _____________________________
3) Phone Number: _____________________________
4) Home Nation: _______________________________
5) If applicable, indicate your preference:
I'd like to read Martin Luther King's words in my native language ___________________, at the
• Morning Program
• Evening Program
• Both Programs
Meet out new Advisor
We would like to introduce our newest Advisor in the office! Her name is Alison Finn and has joined us from New York! If you see a new face around the office, be certain that you give her a warm welcome to UND!
I-20 signed before travelling
Don't forget to stay up to date with your status requirements and remember to have your I-20 forms signed by an International Student Advisor before leaving the US! I-20s may be signed during AOC (Advisor on Call) hours or in an appointment.
Advisor on Call (AOC)
Do you need help with an issue related to being an International Student here at UND? The International Student Advisors are here to help! AOC is having special hours this week. Monday-FRIDAY between 11:00am-1:00pm to answer quick questions and/or assist with any problems or concerns that arise during your time studying here at UND.
You may also schedule an appointment with an advisor by calling the front desk at 701-777-4231.
*** We will have NOT have Advisor On Call through the winter break. Advisor On Call will return on January 13th
Registrar's Important Dates & Deadlines
Last Day of Classes: December 11th
Reading & Review Day: December 12th
Final Exam Period: December 15-19th
Graduation: December 19th (Chester Fritz Auditorium)
Spring Semester Begins: January 12th, 2015 4:00 pm CST
Health insurance ($1,356) is due January 12th!
Is studying for finals stressing you out? Come de-stress at DeStress Fest on Wednesday Dec. 10th 11am- 2pm.
The UND Health & Wellness Hub invites all students to increase their knowledge about stress and how it affects the body and mind, and encourage students to participate in activities to help relieve stress and anxiety associated with finals week.
The FREE event will have a "Let it go" theme and will include crafts, games, food, massages, and therapy dogs.
Since this is the last Newsletter of the semester, the International Student Advisors here at OIP wanted to wish everyone good luck on their finals. Please travel safely and we will see you in the spring semester! :-)