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Office of International
Students and Scholars

International Center 125
University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Phone: (504) 280-6021
Fax: (504) 280-7317





Issue #12—October 2011  

•  Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshops —OISS will present OPT workshops each semester to give students general information about the application process and the benefits.  Our second workshop for the Fall 2011 semester will be held on November 4 at 12:30 p.m. in ED 202.  Workshops are open to all F-1 students and we encourage you to attend, especially if you will be graduating in December 2011.

•  Protect yourself! Prevent identity theft and fraud. —According to the Better Business Bureau and an annual survey by Javelin Strategy and Research, young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 were the second highest age group at risk for fraud. Javelin also found that, in cases where the victims knew how their ID was stolen, 79 percent of the time it was stolen by someone they had contact with; therefore, preventing ID theft is important both online and offline. Make sure to shred unnecessary documents that include personal information such as social security or bank account numbers and keep a close watch over credit and debit cards and checkbooks.

The most reported source of information used to commit identity fraud was a lost/stolen wallet, checkbook or credit card. Do not carry more credit cards than you absolutely need; do not carry PIN numbers or passwords in your purse or wallet; and avoid carrying your Social Security card.

You should leave your Social Security Card in a safe place at home to reduce the risk of identity theft!

Please take a moment to read over a list of Six Tips to Help Reduce the Risk of Identity Theft by the Better Business Bureau:

•  Got Soccer Skills?— The World Cup Soccer Tournament will be presented by the International Student Organization on Sunday, October 23 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the UNO East Campus Soccer Fields. This event is a chance for you to show off your soccer skills and enjoy a day of fun competition with student teams. It is a coed 8-on-8 tournament; registration will be $15 per player and each team can have between 8 to 12 players. Anyone is welcome to participate. For additional information or to register a team, email .

•  International Couples Date Night— This year, Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) @UNO wants to do something special for international couples at UNO.  BCM is planning a date night for couples each month and we'd like for you to come and join us for a fun night with the one you love.  We will leave from the UC at 6:00pm for our date night.  Our next date night is October 14  and we will be having a progressive dinner for this night out.  Our progressive dinner will be a dinner of 3 courses, appetizers, main entrée and dessert and we will travel to a different American home for each course.  This is a free event, but you do need to make a reservation, because there will be limited number of spots available for this event. You need to email Kimberly Myers at by Tuesday, October 11  to ensure that we have enough food and transportation.  We will provide vans to take couples to each location.  Please contact Kimberly if you have any questions.


Fall Semester 2011 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Fall 2011, please go to the following link:

Important October Dates

October 6-7: Mid-semester Break—No classes

October 10-14: Mid-semester Exams

OISS Fall Walk-In Hours Reminder

Monday & Thursday      8:00 am -12:00 pm
                                       2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Tuesday & Friday            9:00 am-12:30 pm
                                        1:30 pm-4:00 pm

Wednesday                      1:30 pm-4:00 pm

Walk-in consultations are for quick 10-15 minute discussions. You will receive assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Appointments are at specific times and with specific advisors. If your discussion involves changing status, an OPT or CPT application, or any other complex situation, please make an appointment. Please call 504-280-6021 to schedule an appointment or send an email to .

Please note: For past issues of OISS News please check our website under the heading “OISS News” .


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