Greetings from ISL! The following are upcoming events and opportunities for the week of March 5 - March 11, 2012.
  1. Extra Tax AssistanceWorkshop Today!
  2. Get a Certificate in Global Leadership from International Student Life - Final Seminar On Tuesday!
  3. International Coffee Hour - This Friday
  4. AIESEC/International Events Association (IEA)- Youth Leadership Forum - Coming Soon!
  5. International Family Association - Game Night Tonight
  6. Death By Alcohol: The Sam Spady Story Documentary Screening

  7. UGA Law School - War Crimes Lecture - Tomorrow
  8. Scholarship Available for Asian-Pacific Islander U.S. Citizens
  9. OPT/CPT Workshop Schedule - Spring 2012
  10. Applications Open for International Street Festival 2012!


1. Tax Assistance Workshops

Welcome to Tax Season 2012! ISL is excited to assist non-resident international students with filing their 2011 tax paperwork.

Today, Monday, March 5th, there will be a tax workshop from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m in MLC 214!

Attached to this email are two documents: one is a welcome letter that gives overall information about Tax Season 2012, and the second is a brochure that outlines, in very specific detail, the tax assistance process for Tax Season 2012. All current UGA international students should also be receiving the brochure in their mail over the next few weeks.

 A tax assistance workshop will also be happening this Friday, March 9th, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Ballroom Balcony. We will host weekly Friday workshops until April 6th (excluding spring break), and we will host four additional tax workshops. Please see the attached brochure for all dates, times, and locations.

Questions? Email [log in to unmask]


2. Get a Certificate in Global Leadership from International Student Life -  Third Seminar Tomorrow!
By attending 3 of the 4 following seminars, ANY UGA student can obtain a Global Leadership certificate.  The Global Leadership Institute is a program hosted by International Student Life.  Each seminar offers students a different perspective on global leadership and cultural awareness. Please see the attached flyer!  The seminar topics, dates, and times are as follows:

Seminar 4: Leadership in Global Health
Presented by: The Institute for Global Health
3/6/12, 6:00-7:30pm, MLC 348

Questions? Email ISL at [log in to unmask]


3. International Coffee Hour - this Friday!

International Coffee Hour at the University of Georgia is a weekly program that brings UGA students, faculty, staff, and community members together over coffee and international cuisine. Meet others and learn about cultures from all over the world!

Hosted by the Turkish Student Association and the Russian Club

Friday, March 9, 2012

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Memorial Hall Ballroom

For more information, contact: 706.542.5867


4. AIESEC/International Events Association (IEA)- Youth Leadership Forum

    AIESEC and IEA are teaming up and inviting students to the Youth Leadership Forum as a way to provide leadership development opportunities to students at UGA. Through this forum, we aim to allow these students a chance to discuss with and learn from various leaders in the Georgia community.

    The Youth Leadership Forum will be hosted on Monday, March 26th, from 6-8 pm at The Foundry Park Inn + Spa in downtown Athens. The first hour will consist of a panel discussion which will take place in the ballroom. The second hour will be dedicated to a networking session which will take place in the Galleria.

    Below is the link to the invitation.  Please RSVP if you are interested in participating in this great opportunity!


AIESEC is the largest, not-for-profit, student run organization that helps UGA students intern abroad and international students during their internships within the states.  The International Events Association (IEA) is a student-run organization who's goal is to develop its members into Global Citizens through community service projects, multicultural awareness events, and team-building social experiences, all of which are member-run. 


We look forward to seeing you at the forum!



5. International Family Association - Game Night Tonight!

The International Family Association will be hosting a game night tonight, Monday, March 5th from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Family & Graduate Housing Community Room. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

6. Death By Alcohol: The Sam Spady Story

A screening of the documentary “Death by Alcohol: The Sam Spady Story” will be shown on March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Theater. A panel discussion on binge drinking and the warning signs of alcohol poisoning will follow the film. Please see the attached flyer for more information. This is a free, Blue Card event.

7. UGA School of Law: War Crimes Lecture - Tomorrow

The UGA School of Law will be hosting a lecture entitled "The End of Impunity: War Crimes Tribunals in the 21st Century" tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6th, at 2:30 p.m. in the Larry Walker Room of Rusk Hall. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

8. Scholarship Available for Asian-Pacific Islander U.S. Citizens

The Asian Pacific Islander Organization (APIO) , a Professional Society of Natural Resources Conservation Service Employees, is seeking qualified students to award three scholarships for this yea
The scholarship applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited 2-year or 4-year institution of higher learning. The applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student and, by the application deadline, must have the equivalent of at least 15 semester hours towards a degree in one of the following natural resource fields: Agricultural Business, Agronomy, Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geology, Horticulture, Plant Science, Rangeland Science, Soil Science, or Agricultural, Civil, or Environmental Engineering, and other related fields of study. Only Asian or Pacific Islander students, who are U.S. citizens, are eligible for this scholarship.

Please review the attached documents for more information.

Students can submit applications until March 31, 2012. If you have further questions please contact:
Gina Schworm
Grassland Conservationist
Asian American/Pacific Islander SEPM
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
(740) 452-8618
Please visit for additional information.


9. OPT/CPT Workshop Schedule - Spring 2012

Below is the Spring 2012 OPT/CPT Employment Workshop Schedule.  All workshops will be held at the Office of International Education (OIE) in the Main Conference Room. Students may call the OIE front desk at 706-542-2900 or email [log in to unmask] sign up for these workshops.  



March 15th



March 30th



April 9th



April 25th


Further information about CPT and/or OPT can be found on the ISSIS website,


 10. Applications Open for International Street Festival 2012!

The International Street Festival Planning Committee and ISL are gearing up for the 2012 International Street Festival, which takes place in downtown Athens on Saturday, April 14th, 2012 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.


We are excited to announce that the application for Table Displays and the application for Performances at the 2012 International Street Festival are now open!


If your organization is interested in having a table display space at this exciting event, please fill out the Table Display application form through this Google Doc link,


If your organization is interested in performing at International Street Festival, please fill out the Performance application form through this Google Doc link:


There are three ways that you can perform at Street Festival:

1)       On-stage or off-stage performance

These performances can include a large variety of performances ranging from traditional dances to bands to martial arts demonstrations or any other performance related to your organization.


2)       Fashion show

This fashion show will allow groups to exhibit clothing representative of their cultural group. It will be comprised of a variety of countries and require a minimum commitment.


3)       “Staged” Dance-off

The “Staged” Dance-off is intended to allow for an opportunity for organizations to interact and hold an “impromptu” dance-off during street fest. It will incorporate cultural music from those participating and ideally end with a group number. This is nothing too serious, but an opportunity for organizations to collaborate.


None of these are exclusive of the others and feel free to indicate interest in participating in all three. If you are submitting an application for Performances feel free to indicate interest in the appropriate areas of the form.  If you are only interested in peformance options #2 (Fashiong Show) and #3 (Staged Dance-Off), please email the Peformance Commitee Co-Chairs at  [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask].


Please note that there are two application forms – one for Table Displays and one for Performances. The deadline for all table display and performance requests is Monday, March 19, 2012, at 5pm. By submitting these applications, you/ your organization are indicating your interest in participating at International Street Festival 2012 on April 14, 2012 between 12-5pm. There is no promise that all applications will be given a performance slot or table display space.




For table display questions, please contact Weiyi Zhang, Committee Chair for Table Displays, at [log in to unmask].


For performance questions, please contact Olakekan Kamau-Nataki ([log in to unmask]) and Dongdi Grace Gu ([log in to unmask]), Performance and Entertainment Committee Co-Chairs

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