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International Student Newsletter

December 2012 Services for International Students & Scholars (SISS) We encourage all students and staff to “like” us on our Facebook: “UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars”

SISS Closure-Winter Break

EDU 98 Seminar-Winter Quarter 2013

SISS Welcomes New International Student Advisor

Global Ambassador Program

Upcoming OPT Workshops

Crafts and Coffee

NRT

Winter Quarter Reminders

Student Story

Winter Holiday Break Ideas

SISS Closure SISS will be closed December 24, 2012 through January 1, 2013. We will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 9:00AM. Please plan ahead if you need any last minute travel signatures or need to meet with an advisor. We will be open during our normal business hours on December 17-21 with our usual drop-in hours available. Should you have an emergency during this time, please contact the UC Davis Police Department at (530) 752-1727 and they will get in touch with a SISS staff member. You can also find more information on our website: http://siss.ucdavis.edu.

SISS Welcomes New International Student Advisor SISS is pleased to announce that we hired Holly Snyder Thompson as its newest International Student Advisor. While new to SISS, she is no stranger to the campus having received her undergraduate degree here, and later worked as a Student Advisor in UC Davis Extension’s Global Study Program. Holly comes to SISS with significant international experience. She studied abroad at various times in Israel, Jordan, Germany (UC EAP), Singapore and Indonesia. More recently she worked for the Mennonite Central Committee in Lebanon and Syria as a non-profit program administrator and English teacher. Holly earned her BA in International Relations (German minor) from UC Davis, and has a Master’s degree in Cross Cultural Studies from the Fuller Theological Seminary. She also has a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Her first day at SISS will be on Monday, December 10. Please join SISS in welcoming Holly back to UC Davis. SISS International Student Advisor Contact Information Wes Young Last name begins with A to I wryoung@ucdavis.edu

Catherine Berberich Last name begins with J to Q cjberberich@ucdavis.edu

Sarah Ligday Last name begins with R to Z sligday@ucdavis.edu


Upcoming F-1 OPT Workshops SISS will begin offering OPT workshops every month throughout the winter quarter. We will have separate monthly OPT workshops for our undergraduate and graduate students. All of our OPT workshops will take place at the SISS Annex. No registration is required. If you are planning on completing your academic program soon, please attend one of our OPT workshops for an overview of the OPT application process. SISS recommends applying for OPT 90 days prior to completing your academic program.

F-1 Undergraduate Students Tuesday, January 15, 2013 4:00PM-5:00PM

F-1 Graduate Students Wednesday, January 16, 2013 5:30PM-6:30PM

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:00PM-5:00PM

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 5:30PM-6:30PM

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 4:00PM-5:00PM

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 5:30PM-6:30PM

Non-Resident Tuition Fees (NRTF) Amandeep Kaur, a F-1 international graduate student in Physics, is working on the Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student’s Advisory Board (CGPSA). She plans to address some of the issues that international graduate students are facing, paying particular attention to the high non-resident tuition fees (NRTF), and she is looking to increase the amount of TA/GSR and external fellowships offered. SISS encourages you to look at the NRT/Funding Petition and support your fellow international graduate students by signing this petition to help alleviate the effect of NRT and to receive more funding opportunities. Your voice matters and so far she has received over 200 signatures, but to really make an impact, she will need more signatures, please feel free to sign the petition here: https://

A Student Story This story was submitted by Ahao Jian, he is a undergraduate student majoring in Economics: I am one international student from China and I did a great job during the first quarter of my first year as a college student. During last winter quarter, the second quarter, desiring to graduate earlier and to be freer after graduating from college, I registered 28.5 credits, maximum credits that I could do in UC-Davis, which was crazy and seemed unachievable for anyone, but I did it. Undoubtedly, I failed and received one warning message from the College of L&S by e-mail which was dreadful and left me with great pressure. In the end, I went to meet academic adviser, deciding to correct what I did wrong over last winter quarter after talking to her. I am still alive. Now, as one sophomore student here, I just want to give new students to UC-Davis one suggestion to students that they should be prepared for a new quarter and to not do crazy things. Page 2

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New International Student Success Course-Winter Quarter 2013-Sign Up Now! New Winter Quarter option for International Students! Enroll in the Student Academic Success Center's Winter 2013 2-unit EDU 98 Seminar: Cultural Approaches to Global Issues. New topics, more great resources! You will study and discuss how different nations deal with the issues that challenge all of us. Plus, you can practice important student skills, including how to:  research critical issues of your home country and of the U.S.A.  develop critical thinking and study skills  understand and deal with cultural adjustment  participate in classes, use office hours, find resources and answers for all kinds of questions 

Small class size (20 students per section) with a focus on student interaction and activities

2 units of P/NP course credit

Lots of individual attention in office hours; introduction to campus resources

No pre-requisites, midterms, or final exams

Check your Winter 2013 schedule and find a section for you: CRN Course

Sect.Type

74442 EDU 98

35 SEM

74443 EDU 98

Title

*Units Day/Time

Building/Room

Approaches to Global Issues 2

MW 10:00-10:50A

Academic Surge 2362

36 SEM

Approaches to Global Issues 2

MW 10:00-10:50A

Academic Surge 2368

74444 EDU 98

37 SEM

Approaches to Global Issues 2

TR 10:00-10:50A

Academic Surge 2363

74445 EDU 98

38 SEM

Approaches to Global Issues 2

TR 10:00-10:50A

Academic Surge 2362

74446 EDU 98

39 SEM

Approaches to Global Issues 2

MW 11:00-11:50A

Academic Surge 2362

74447 EDU 98

40 SEM

Approaches to Global Issues 2

MW 11:00-11:50A

Academic Surge 2368

74448 EDU 98

41 SEM

Approaches to Global Issues 2

MW 1:10-2:00P

Academic Surge 2362

74449 EDU 98

42 SEM

Approaches to Global Issues 2

MW 1:10-2:00P

Academic Surge 2368

74450 EDU 98

43 SEM

Approaches to Global Issues 2

MW 2:10-3:00P

Dutton 2258

74451 EDU 98

44 SEM

Approaches to Global Issues 2

MW 2:10-3:00P

South 16

74452 EDU 98

45 SEM

Approaches to Global Issues 2

TR 1:10-2:00P

Academic Surge 2362

74453 EDU 98

46 SEM

Approaches to Global Issues 2

TR 1:10-2:00P

Academic Surge 2368

*When registering, be sure to enter "2" for unit value. For more information, please visit the Student Academic Success Center, 2205 Dutton Hall, (530)752-2013. SASC hours are: Monday through Friday, 8:50 a.m. to 4 p.m. SISS December 2012 Newsletter

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Global Ambassador Program The Global Ambassadors, the first cohort of amazing 24 domestic and international students, have finished their quarter-long class on intercultural leadership. As mentors, each ambassador has a genuine commitment to serving as a social connection, a resource to academic services and a cultural interpreter so that international students will hopefully better adapt to academic life in the U.S. Mentors will also receive internship credit and a transcript notation for their participation. In January, they will welcome their mentees at a social event the first week and meet with them on a regular basis throughout the quarter. If you are interested in applying to this program, please contact Moira: madelgado@ucdavis.edu and she will send you information in early January. International experience is NOT required and we are looking for both international and domestic students with a strong commitment to service as well as a true interest in learning about different cultures. Global Ambassadors will hold information sessions on the program during the first two weeks of winter quarter. Applications are due January 25.

Crafts and Coffee on Thursday, December 20th Join SISS Advisors and Staff for a afternoon of crafts, coffee and snacks before the winter break. If you have a craft you would like to share, please contact Moira: madelgado@ucdavis.edu. Thursday, December 20, 2012 2:00PM-4:00PM SISS Annex

Winter Quarter 2013 Reminders December 15th-Winter Tuition is Due! January 4th-Winter Quarter Begins. All international students should be registered in 12 units (if you are not in 12 units by January 4th please meet with your International Student Advisor to see if you are eligible for an exception) January 7th-Instruction Begins January 18th-10th Day of Instruction, Part-Time Status and PELP applications are due January 23rd-12th Day of Instruction: Last day to add classes March 23rd-Quarter ends Page 4

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Staying in Davis over the Winter Break? Events and Places of Interest Sacramento Ballet Presents: "The Nutcracker" December 7-23 The Sacramento Ballet's annual presentation of "The Nutcracker" begins on Dec. 7. Best-known and most beloved of all Sacramento Ballet productions, Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people. The images of young Clara battling the Giant Mouse King, being saved by her Nutcracker Prince, and then journeying to the magical Snowflake Forest and Kingdom of the Sweets have become a part of our culture. Joining the professional company in this annual production are more than 500 youngsters from throughout the region who take their first “leap” into the world of performing arts with the Sacramento Ballet, making it a true holiday spectacular. For more information, call the box office at (916)808- 5181. Visit www.sacballet.org for more information on the Sacramento Ballet company and more 2012-2013 season offerings. Located at the Sacramento Convention Center: Community Center Theater, Sacramento, CA

Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink: Open Daily Until January 21, 2013 St. Rose of Lima Park 7th & K Streets The Westfield Downtown Plaza Ice Rink is Sacramento's original outdoor ice skating rink. The 7,000 square foot ice rink can accommodate up to 150 skaters. The rink is located at 7th and K Streets (across from the Westfield Downtown Plaza) and is a short stroll from Old Sacramento, the State Capitol, popular downtown restaurants and light rail trains. For more information: http://www.downtownsac.org/DSPAPP/V/promo/holiday-ice-rink.html

Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield, CA.

This fun factory is just 30 minutes away from Davis. Did you know that it takes more than a week to make a single jelly bean? Visit the Jelly Belly factory to see just how those sweet little treats are made. Take in all of the sights and smells of this colorful candy factory. During the 40-minute tour, see how Jelly Belly confects 150 flavors of jelly beans using massive sifting machines and conveyors. Learn about the nuances of jelly bean manufacturing. The factory doesn’t run on weekends, although tours are still held via video as you walk through the factory. No reservations are required and the tours are all FREE! This is a great day-trip idea for a rainy winter day. Grab a bag of “Belly flops”, the oops Jelly Bellies that are packaged in two-pound bags at a great deal of $7 or so. Stop by the Thompson Candy Company, near the entrance to the Jelly Belly factory, and have a quick tour of chocolate-making and some yummy samples. They offer great deals on bags of chocolate as well. Click here for the Jelly Belly website. For more information see the Jelly Belly website: http://www.jellybelly.com/visit_jelly_belly/california_factory_tours.aspx

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NEW International Students Club T-Shirt Help support the wonderful activities provided by the International Students Club. Come to SISS on Friday, December 7 from 2:00pm-4:00pm to buy a t-shirt. Only $12. Contact Shehzad, ISC president, if you would like to purchase a shirt: sslokhandwalla@ucdavis.edu.

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