Greetings from ISL! The following are upcoming events and opportunities for the weeks of December 19th, 2011 - January 2, 2012.
  1. Holiday Hours for ISL
  2. Tax Reminder for International Students
  3. Free English Conversation Practice During Winter Break
  4. Save the Date! 12th Annual GSA Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference

  5. Georgia International Leadership Conference - Free Opportunity for UGA Students!



1. Holiday Hours for the International Student Life Office

International Student Life and the University of Georgia will be closed for the winter holidays beginning Monday, December 26, 2011, and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.  If you require immediate assistance or have an emergency when UGA is closed, please contact the University of Georgia Police at 706-542-2200.

Have a happy holiday season! We look forward to seeing you in 2012!

2. Tax Reminder for International Students
A reminder to all international students: any international student who was present in the United States for any part of 2011 must file some form of tax paperwork.

If you are not returning to UGA after this semester, please be in contact with the International Student Life Office in February in order to file your tax paperwork from abroad. For students who will be at UGA in spring 2012: you will receive more information about taxes in the spring semester via email and a brochure will be mailed to you in late January.

The forms needed to complete the tax paperwork will not be sent out until mid to late January. Please  keep any paperwork you receive that is tax-related, and when you receive instructions in late January/early February from our office, you will know what to do with the paperwork at that time. Tax assistance workshops will begin in mid-February 2012.
Questions about tax paperwork? Please email International Student Life at [log in to unmask]

 

3. Free English Conversation Practice During Winter Break

 "If you are going to be staying in Athens during winter break and would like to practice your English conversation skills, this message is for you!  Re:new, a student organization on campus, is coordinating an opportunity for international students to meet with native speakers to practice (and improve!) their English-speaking skills.  If you are interested, please e-mail [log in to unmask] with the day and time you would like to initially meet along with any preferred meeting locations.  Meetings can be one-on-one or multi-person groups.  Transportation also provided as needed.  We hope to hear from you!"

 

4. Save the Date! 12th Annual GSA Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference:  “Crossing Boundaries: Collaborative Research”

What:  12th Annual GSA Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference:  “Crossing Boundaries: Collaborative Research”
When:  Friday, March 23rd, 2012, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where:  Tate Center (portion of Grand Hall and other rooms TBD)
Who:  You!

Do you need to sharpen your presentation skills before hitting the road for regional and national research conferences?  Are you looking to get your first experience presenting your research?  Or perhaps you are simply interested in hearing about new ideas?  If you have any interest in research, “Crossing Boundaries: Collaborative Research” will provide an exciting opportunity to become engaged in the research community at the University of Georgia!

“Crossing Boundaries” is an interdisciplinary research conference organized by the Graduate Student Association at UGA.  The goal of this conference is to give researchers from a wide array of backgrounds a forum for displaying their research on campus at UGA.  “Crossing Boundaries” will provide a great opportunity for presenters and attendees alike: whether you would like an opportunity to practice your presentation skills or are just looking to hear some new interesting ideas, “Crossing Boundaries” should have something valuable to offer for you!  

Come join us for:

A great lineup of speakers

Fascinating original research from across the academic spectrum

Engaging roundtable discussions

Prizes for the best presentations!

FOOD!

If you are interested in presenting your research at “Crossing Boundaries”, please submit an abstract at www.ugagsa.org before February 10, 2012 (submission fee: $15).  Those interested in attending the conference as an observer can also register at www.ugagsa.org.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [log in to unmask]

Stay tuned for more information as the conference date draws nearer!

--University of Georgia Graduate Student Association

 

5. Georgia International Leadership Conference - Free Opportunity for UGA Students!

Get Excited! It is registration time for the Georgia International Leadership Conference (GILC). GILC is an awesome opportunity for UGA students to meet with international and U.S. students who are leaders on other Georgia campuses for international and multinational populations.

Please read below carefully for important information / full details

 

What:  The Georgia International Leadership Conference (GILC) is designed for international students and U.S. students working with international/multinational organizations. All participants must be currently enrolled at Georgia colleges and universities. The conference aims to leverage these students' international experiences to promote leadership, cross-cultural communication, and build social networks.  Students will participate in cultural simulation games, be exposed to principles of leadership, and have a better understanding of their leadership styles. 

Who:  UGA students that will be enrolled in classes at UGA during spring 2012 are eligible to attend GILC 2012. 

When:  This year's conference will be held from February 24th-26th, 2012 in Eatonton, Georgia at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center.  We will discuss specific arrival/departure times in the spring semester.

Cost: International Student Life will be able to cover the cost of all participants in GILC. However, in order to reserve your spot on the roster you must submit a $70 deposit  by cash or a check made payable to: The University of Georgia / International Student Life. Students who submit this deposit in person at the ISL Office, 210 Memorial Hall, will be given a link to complete their application online. Students must complete the online application after submitting the deposit and receiving the link. Students who attend the conference will be given their deposit back in the form they presented it to the office at the conclusion of the trip. Students who submit a deposit but fail to attend the conference will not have their deposit returned to them. Be sure to consult your schedules and speak to any professors in advance of making the deposit in order to ensure that you do not have any conflicts with the trip.

Transportation:  ISL will provide UGA vans to help transport students to Rock Eagle and back to Athens.  (There is no additional charge for this service.) Please note that if you travel separately from the ISL UGA vans, you will not be given any additional money for traveling expenses.

Presentations: If you are interested in presenting on a topic of your interest at the conference, please contact Ashley Wichman or Chase Harvey. Presentation proposals are due December 9th. In addition to contacting us to show your interest, you must submit an online proposal for your session at https://sites.google.com/a/columbusstate.edu/gilc/ If you need help filling out the form, please contact Liz Havey at [log in to unmask] with questions. If you would like to present at a session, but need help brainstorming topics and ideas, please contact Ashley Wichman at [log in to unmask] or Chase Harvey at [log in to unmask]


All deposits are due Wednesday, December 14th by 4:59 pm in the International Student Life Office (210 Memorial Hall).  The last possible day to submit your online application is December 16th .

 

Please note:  Applications are considered on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.  There are limited spots. Please see the attached brochure for more information about this year's GILC conference.

We hope that you can make it!

 

Chase Harvey

Graduate Assistant for Coffee Hour and Programming

University of Georgia 

210 Memorial Hall

Athens, Georgia USA 30602-3108

(706) 542-5867

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Ashley Wichman

Coordinator for International Student Life
University of Georgia
210 Memorial Hall
Athens, Georgia USA 30602-3108
(706) 542-5867

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International Student Life
University of Georgia
210 Memorial Hall
Athens, Georgia 30602-3108  USA

Phone:  706-542-5867
Fax:  706-583-0006
Email:  [log in to unmask]


Leigh Poole, Associate Director of Intercultural Affairs for International Student Life

Ashley Wichman, Coordinator for International Student Life

Jackie Minus, Administrative Assistant
Chase Harvey, Graduate Assistant for Coffee Hour and Programming
Jessica Walker, Graduate Assistant for Student Organizations and the Non-Resident Tax Program