ISSS Announcements: Special Reminders for New & Returning Students

posted Sep 15, 2010, 2:12 PM by Austin Powers

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1. Horizons International Welcome Dinner – Sat., Sept. 11th at 5:30 pm

2. New I-20s are ready for students who transferred their SEVIS records to UAlbany for Fall 2010.

3. Beginning of the semester reminders:

            a. Make sure you are registered for full-time study.

b. Is your information correct in MyUAlbany? Please check.

c. New students, have you checked in at ISSS?

4. Safety Reminder to all students, especially those living off campus in Albany.

5. Are you a mature international student (over the age of 30, perhaps) who is finding it difficult to find friends your own age?

6. Upcoming ISSS events:

            a. Apple Picking & Hike – Sat. Sept. 17

            b. ISSS Social – Back to School Backyard Party – Fri., Sept. 24

            c. International Knits – Every Tuesday

 

 

For more information on these topics, please see below.

 

1. Horizons International Welcome Dinner – Sat., Sept. 11th at 5:30 pm

 

Horizons International will sponsor a welcome party for new U Albany and St. Rose international students on Saturday evening, September 11, from 6:00-9:00 pm at Pineview Community Church ( 251 Washington Avenue Ext, Albany ).  There will be home-cooked American food, games, prizes, singing, and an opportunity to get to know some Americans and learn more about Horizons.  We have hosted this party at U Albany for more than 20 years.  Many students have really enjoyed it in the past.  The party is open to all new international students, visiting scholars, and spouses or anyone who has never attended a Horizons welcome event before.  Rides will be available from the Collins Circle on the uptown campus at 5:30 pm on September 11

 

If you're interested in attending the party, please call (374-1251) or e-mail (rvanluik@nycap.rr.com) Rick and Robin VanLuik by Friday, September 10

 

To learn more about Horizons, please visit our web-site at www.horizons-int.org.

 

Horizons (www.horizons-int.org <http://www.horizons-int.org>) is a Christian organization serving international students in the Capital District since 1986. Horizons' goal is to help international students adjust to life here and to promote friendship and understanding between students and members of the local community. To that end, Horizons offers group outings, friendships with Americans, and opportunities to learn about the Bible. Students from all religious backgrounds are welcome and respected.

 

 

2. New I-20s are ready for students who transferred their SEVIS records to UAlbany for Fall 2010. If you are a new international student at UAlbany, but transferred your SEVIS record to us from another US institution, you have been registered in SEVIS and can pick up your new “transfer complete” I-20s in the ISSS office (SL G-40).

 

 

3. Beginning of the semester reminders:

a. Make sure you are registered for full-time study. ISSS would like to take this opportunity to remind students in F-1 and J-1 status that you are required to be registered for a full-time course load each semester. The minimum number of credits you must be registered for is 12 credits per semester (or 9 credits with an assistantship). You must be registered for full-time study by the end of the day on Sept. 14 and ISSS will begin registering students in SEVIS on Sept. 15. Anyone who does not get registered in SEVIS at this time will be considered to be out of status!

 

b. Is your information correct in MyUAlbany? Please check. Please make sure your Albany.edu e-mail is set as the “student” e-mail. Also, make sure your “permanent address” is your home country’s address. This address cannot be a US address.

 

c. New students, have you checked in at ISSS? If you are a new student at UAlbany, please make sure you have come into the ISSS office and checked in. We need copies of your passport, visa, I-94 card and I-20 or DS-2019. If you have not yet checked in at ISSS, please do so as soon as possible. Not doing so puts you out of status and can cause serious immigration problems later on.

 

 

4. Safety Reminder to all students, especially those living off campus in Albany:  Early in September several burglaries were reported to Albany police, including two involving residences of UAlbany students.  As reported in the Sept. 3 issue of the Times-Union newspaper, Detective James Miller of the Albany Police Department said, "Keeping your doors locked and windows shut and locked at all times can help deter anyone from entering your home.... Exterior lights should be kept on at night and you should call police [911] if you think there is anything suspicious in your neighborhood." 

 

 

5. Are you a mature international student (over the age of 30, perhaps) who is finding it difficult to find friends your own age? Sometime, when international student are a few years older than their classmates, they have trouble making friends and feeling like they fit in. ISSS would like to help with this by scheduling a meet & greet for international students over the age of 30 who might feel a bit isolated in the UAlbany community.  But we would like your feedback. If you think we should schedule an event specifically designed to get “older” students to meet, please let us know. If you like this idea, you can contact Annie Heavener at AHeavener@uamail.albany.edu. Please include any suggestions you might have for what you’d like to do at this event.

 

 

6. Upcoming ISSS events:

a. Apple Picking and Nature Hike – Sat., Sept  18th from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at Thatcher Park and Indian Ladder Farms. Cost: $5.00. See the attached flyer for more information. Sign-up for this event in the ISSS office (SL G-40).

 

b. ISSS Social – Back-to-School Backyard Party – Friday, Sept. 24th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm on the lawn behind the Science Library. Come and enjoy a fun afternoon of sports and free ice cream. Everyone is welcome. See the attached flyer for more information.

 

c. International Knitter’s Club – Tuesdays beginning Sept. 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in ISSS (SL G-40). Open to everyone! All skill levels – from beginners to advanced. Free supplies! See the attached flyer for more information.

 

 

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