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SISS International Student Newsletter

December 2013

Services for International Students & Scholars (SISS) Monday—Friday, 9am—Noon and 1pm—4pm For appointments call: 530-752-0864 ext. 0 “Like” us on Facebook for continual updates on important information and fun events! “UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars”

In This Month’s Newsletter: 

Special Dates for SISS Office

Aggies Leading the Way Leadership Conference

Preparing for Tax Season as a Graduate Student

Undergraduate Research Training & Mentorship Program

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Series

Global Ambassadors Mentorship Program

Holiday Card Making Event

Special Dates for the SISS Office For the holidays, the SISS Office will be closed on the following dates: Thursday, November 28th—Friday, November 29th Monday, December 23rd—Wednesday, January 1st Additionally, many SISS staff members will be taking vacations during this time of year so staffing will be limited. Please plan your appointments, submit any document requests, or receive travel signatures in advance. We will also be conducting a Travel Signature Day on Thursday, December 5th during regular SISS open hours. Thank you for understanding, and we wish you happy holidays!


Aggies Leading the Way Leadership Conference The Center for Leadership Learning is co-sponsoring an undergraduate student leadership conference with Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs! This year’s conference theme is “Discovery, Partnership, Change”. The goal of the student leadership conference is to help students discover their leadership capacity, facilitate the creation of peerto-peer partnerships, and empower them to create positive change in their community. Students attending the conference will be able to select from 18 different interactive development workshops, listen to engaging keynote and workshop speakers, network with fellow student leaders, and foster connection among many student communities across campus. Morning refreshments, lunch, and afternoon snacks will be available. Registration for the 2014 Aggies Leading the Way undergraduate student leadership conference is now open! Conference registration is $10.00.

Preparing for Tax Season as a Graduate Student As a current UC Davis Graduate student, you are invited to learn about preparing for tax season. Graduate students tend to have unique filing needs, especially surrounding tuition and personal loans while completing masters, doctoral and continuing education degrees. Join CAAA and a panel of qualified tax professionals for an open discussion on how to be prepared and an opportunity to ask difficult tax questions. Preparing for Tax Season as a Graduate Student Thursday, December 5 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Buehler Alumni Center - AGR Hall Alumni Lane, CA 95616 This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, please click here. Upon registering, please submit any specific questions you may have for the tax professionals. These questions will be shared with participating speakers so that they can come prepared to speak to attendee concerns. Graduate students, still in school and recently graduated, can take advantage of special services and discounts from CAAA. Network with fellow alumni and access services like health insurance, mortgage assistance and more when you become a member. Click here to learn more. Contact alumni@ucdavis.edu or call 530-752-0286 for any questions or concerns.


IUSC Holiday Tandem Event Join the IUSC and Pal Program for a fun night of language and cultural exchange! Free food and refreshments will be provided. Thursday, December 5th, 2013 5:30PM—8:00PM Kerr Hall, Room 273

Undergraduate Research Training and Mentorship Program The UC Davis Undergraduate Research Center is coordinating the 2013-2014 Research Training & Mentorship Program for second-year undergraduate students interested in humanities and social sciences research, with the goal of introducing students to academic research training and skill development under the guidance of a graduate student. This will give them experience to approach professors for research opportunities in their third and fourth year. Participating undergraduate students will receive a letter of recommendation based on their performance in the program. For more info about participating in this program, please contact Emerald Nguyen at etnguyen@ad3.ucdavis.edu. Click here if you would like to learn more about the Undergraduate Research Center.

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Series The Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Series (EILS) offers advanced training for experienced student leaders who are currently hold an on or off-campus leadership position. The purpose of EILS is to teach students how to think intentionally about the environment of a leadership situation and how to analyze and adapt their emotions as they influence leadership dynamics. Deadline to submit applications is Friday, December 6, 2013. Limited space to 25 students so apply now! For more details please visit this website or contact cll@ucdavis.edu.


Global Ambassador Mentorship Program Are you interested in expanding your cultural experience and helping the integration of the international community? Become a Global Ambassador and develop strong intercultural leadership and communication skills with hands on experience being a mentor to support new incoming international students. The Global Ambassadors work with the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) on a mission to successfully integrate international students into the UC Davis campus and U.S. culture. There are no citizenship or permanent residency requirements. Selected ambassadors will take an Intercultural Leadership Class in spring quarter and participate in an internship fall quarter, which includes a transcript notation. Come to the Global Ambassadors informational meeting to learn more about how you can get involved! Wednesday, January 8th Thursday, January 9th Tuesday, January 14th

12:00-1:00PM 6:10-7:00PM 4:10-5:00PM

@ University House Annex @ University House Annex @ University House Annex

For more information about the Global Ambassadors program, go to this link or contact outreachstudent@ucdavis.edu.

Holiday Card Making Event In order to celebrate the many different holidays in December, the International Students Club, Cross Cultural Center, and the Global Ambassadors invites you to the annual Holiday Party and Card Making Event. Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 5:00PM—6:30PM Student Community Center, Room D Have lots of fun creating and personalizing holiday cards with great company, and send it to your loved ones!

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December 2013 Newsletter