Greetings from International Student Life! The following are announcements for the week of March 13 through March 18, 2012.

  1. International Student Life Spring Break Office Hours
  2. Saeeda Peermahomed Award Announcement
  3. Free English conversation practice during spring break and rest of the semester!
  4. AIESEC/International Events Association (IEA)- Youth Leadership Forum
  5. Scholarship Available for Asian-Pacific Islander U.S. Citizens
  6. OPT/CPT Workshop Schedule - Spring 2012
  7. Applications Open for International Street Festival 2012!

1. International Student Life Spring Break Office Hours

International Student Life Office will be open this week during normal business hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, there will be no International Coffee Hour and no tax assistance workshops next Friday, March 16th.

2. Saeeda Peermahomed Award Announcement

International Student Life and the Peermahomed Selection Committee at The University of Georgia are pleased to solicit nominations from the UGA community for the 2012 Saeeda Peermahomed Award.


The Saeeda Peermahomed Award is made possible by the Peermahomed Family and is given in memory of Saeeda Peermahomed. Saeeda was a University of Georgia student from India who was studying to obtain a Masters degree in Journalism when she was killed in a tragic automobile accident in North Georgia in 1979. This award is given in Saeeda’s memory to honor the goals of inter-cultural exchange for which she stood.


This annual award is given to an international student in recognition of outstanding scholarship, leadership and service in the field of international education. Recipients should be undergraduate or graduate international students at the University of Georgia and should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.


Please see the attached award announcement for more details. Award applications are due to the International Student Life Office on Friday, April 6th, 2012 at 5 p.m. Questions can be sent to the ISL Office at [log in to unmask]

3. Free English conversation practice during spring break and rest of the semester!


"Interested in practicing your English conversation skills over spring break (or the rest of the semester)?  If so, re:new, a student organization on campus, is coordinating an opportunity for international students to meet with English 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. 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. 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 visit for an application and instructions. 

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.

6. 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 30th



April 9th



April 25th


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

 7. 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