Greetings from International Student Life! The following are announcements for the week of March 19 through March 25, 2012.

  1. International Student Life Percentage Night at Ben & Jerry's - This Wednesday
  2. World Leader Interest Meeting - Next Week!
  3. Saeeda Peermahomed Award Announcement
  4. Free English conversation practice!
  5. AIESEC/International Events Association (IEA)- Youth Leadership Forum
  6. Korean Film Festival - Coming Soon
  7. Bone Marrow Registration Day
  8. Chinese Scholar Council Fellowship –  deadline tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20th
  9. Scholarship Available for Asian-Pacific Islander U.S. Citizens
  10. OPT/CPT Workshop Schedule - Spring 2012
  11. Applications Open for International Street Festival 2012 - Due Tonight!


1. ISL Percentage Night - This Wednesday!
The Internaitonal Student Life Office is having a  percentage night, this time at Ben & Jerry's in downtown Athens! It will be on March 21 (this Wednesday), from 6 to 8 pm! All of the fundraised money will go towards the International Street Festival, which will occur on April 14, 2012.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

2. World Leader Interest Meeting - Next Week!

Are you interested in learning about different cultures?  Do you want to have friends from around the world?  Do you want to help international students acclimate to the University of Georgia?  Well, here's your chance! It’s time once again for ISL to start recruiting orientation leaders (World Leaders) for fall international student orientation 2012!  We will have an interest meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm at ISL (210 Memorial Hall).  Please mark your calendars, save  the date, and tell your friends!

Information about the application process is coming soon!


3. 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]


4. Free English conversation practice!


"Interested in practicing your English conversation skills this 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!"


5. 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.

6. Korean Film Festival - Coming Soon!
The Korean Student Association will host a Korean Film Festival at 4pm and 7pm on both March 28th and April 4th . This year, the event will be held at Tate Theater and will screen the following movies: ‘Don’t Cry for me, Sudan’,  ‘Jeon Woo Chi’, Poetry’, and ‘Cyrano Agency’.  This is a free event and you can also enjoy free Korean snacks and drinks.  English subtitles are provided.  Details including movie synopsis and running time are included in the attached flyers. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn about Korean culture!! 
  • Don’t Cry for Me Sudan: 3/28 (Wed) 4:00 PM
  • Jeon Woo Chi: 3/28 (Wed) 7:00 PM
  • Poetry: 4/04 (Wed) 4:00 PM
  • Cyrano Agency: 4/04 (Wed) 7:00 PM 


7. Bone Marrow  Registration Day
Be the Match at UGA is hosting a Bone Marrow Registration Drive at UGA. 
Drive Details:
March 28th from 10 AM - 4 PM in the Tate Student Center North Lawn Area (The lawn in between the bookstore and Bulldawg Cafe)

Questions? Please see the attached flyer, or email: [log in to unmask] They also have a Facebook page which has all the information regarding this drive and their student organization on campus:
8. Chinese Scholar Council Fellowship –  deadline Tuesday, March 20th
The Office of International Education and the Honors Program are pleased to announce that UGA has just received word of two full-year fellowships for UGA students and recent graduates for a full year of study in China, funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council.  The Chinese Scholar Council Fellowships are open to non-Chinese citizens, under 25, in good health, with some background in Chinese language.  The funding pays for one year of study (2012-13) in China at a university selected from an approved list: registration and tuition fees, accommodation, textbooks, and a partial living subsidy. 
To apply:
Send a UGA transcript and a statement of purpose/study plan to Dr. Kasee Laster at the address below by 5:00 Tuesday, March 20th (the Tuesday following spring break).  Your statement of purpose/study plan should outline what subject(s) you wish to study while in China and why.  Within this statement, please describe your approximate current level of Chinese and whether you will need to take intensive language while there, and please identify a handful of Chinese universities that you believe would suit your study needs.  Your study plan should be 500 words or less.
Also please begin making arrangements/appointments for a full medical exam (we will provide the two finalists with the required Chinese government form to take to their doctors) and for two letters of recommendation, one of which must address your Chinese language fluency.  These materials will be required by the Chinese Scholarship Council for the two selected individuals.  The two selected individuals will be required to turn in all materials, as well as fill out an on-line form BY 5:00 ON THURSDAY, March 29th.  The Office of International Education will overnight the materials to the Chinese Consulate in Houston.
Two students are currently in Chinese pursuing 2011-12 fellowship, and have graciously offered to correspond with interested students: Jarred Klorfein ([log in to unmask]) and Henry Oddi ([log in to unmask]).  Please feel free to contact them for an “insider” perspective.
Submissions to:
 Dr. Kasee Laster
Director of Education Abroad
Office of International Education
1324 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, Georgia  30602


9. 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.

10. 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,


11. 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