October 14, 2009 International Student and Scholar Services Volume 1, Issue 3 The Globe International Student and Scholar Services | 2200 S. Josephine | Ph: 303.871.4912 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.du.edu/intl/isss Inside this issue: Diversity Visa Lottery Now Open Immigration Q & A 2 The U.S. Department of State ply. A complete list of these has opened registration for the countries is available in the Curricular Practical 2 2011 Diversity Visa Lottery. instructions for the lottery. Training Seasonal and H1N1 Flu 3 The Diversity Visa Lottery is a Applicants may submit the congressionally mandated pro- Diversity Visa entry form gram that provides U.S. perma- online. Paper entries will not Health and Counseling 3 nent residency status (“green be accepted. Deadline for Center card”) to selected non- registration is noon November Explore Denver Program 3 immigrants. 30, 2009. A maximum of 55,000 Diver- Applicants who are selected Employment Workshops 5 sity Visas are available to per- will be notified by mail be- How to Apply sons from countries with low tween May and July next year. Submit entry form online at: rates of immigration to the Those not selected will not Fall Advising Hours www.dvlottery.state.gov United States. receive any notification. M W F 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Deadline Citizens of China (mainland- For more information: 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) born), India, and other coun- www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2 M-F 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday, November 30, 2009 tries with high rates of immi- 009/sept/129956.htm gration are not eligible to ap- Upcoming Events • 10/21/09 Spouses Club Halloween Party at the I-House! • 10/22/09 Join us at the I-House for our Costume Tips ISSS and ISO annual Halloween Party on Halloween Party Thursday, October 22nd, Want to dress up but not sure • 10/22/09 from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. where to find a costume? Visit CPT Workshop Good Will to find an abun- There will be pumpkin carving, dance of cheap, goofy, and fun face painting, and Halloween • 10/29/09 costumes ideas for Halloween. treats - an all around great time OPT Workshop to share with friends! • Put all of your clothes on Here are a few ideas for cos- • 11/3/09 backwards! Prizes will be awarded for the tumes: H-1B/PR Workshop • Switch outfits with our most creative, scary, and origi- • Come dressed as your nal pumpkin carvings and Hal- favorite celebrity! boyfriend or girlfriend! loween costumes. • Wear a crazy hat or a wig! Page 2 The Globe Volume 1, Issue 3 Immigration Q & A “Am I required to have students need. For more infor- based on employment, mar- health insurance while mation about health insurance, riage, or family in the United studying at DU?” contact the Student Health and States. ISSS only advises inter- Yes, all students at DU are Counseling Center. national faculty and staff on required to have health insur- “What is U.S. permanent the PR process. ance, including international residency?” Permanent residents are given students. Permanent residency (PR) is a a PR card, commonly called a Routine doctor’s visits, hospital type of immigrant status that “green card” because of the stays, and medication are very entitles you to certain employ- original card’s original color . expensive in the United States ment and travel benefits while To learn more about perma- Please email your without health insurance. studying or working in the nent residency, you can attend questions for the The DU student insurance United States. our free H-1B/PR workshop newsletter to plan provides coverage for the PR applications are processed on November 3rd (see at- email@example.com. most common medical services by USCIS and are usually tached flyer for details). Curricular Practical Training Curricular Practical Training dents who must complete a participate in training necessary (CPT) is an employment bene- required internship may be for their thesis or dissertation. Submit your complete fit that authorizes F-1 students exempt from this requirement. CPT is authorized by ISSS for CPT application to our to participate in a paid intern- The internship must either be one quarter at a time. Students office at least one week ship or practicum experience, required for the student’s de- may generally only be author- before your employment generally off-campus. gree program or an integral ized for part-time employment start date. Students must have been fully part of the program curricu- during the academic year. enrolled in F-1 status for 9 lum. To learn more about CPT, visit months prior to being author- Graduate students may use the Employment section of our ized for CPT. Graduate stu- CPT to conduct research or website. What is Halloween? Halloween is a popular holiday by dressing in costumes and such as ghosts and monsters, celebrated in the United States visiting houses to ask for treats but the holiday is intended to on October 31st. or candy, or “trick or treating.” be fun and lighthearted. The holiday originated as an Adults may also wear costumes Halloween Activities ancient Celtic festival and later on Halloween, but they typi- • Pumpkin carving to make the holy day of All Hallows’ cally attend parties and play jack-o-lanterns Eve, from which the name games at night. Halloween is derived. Halloween costumes and deco- • Haunted houses Children celebrate Halloween rations may depict scary images • Corn mazes and hayrides The Globe Volume 1, Issue 3 Page 3 Preparing for Flu Season Influenza, also known as the breath, pain in your chest or For more information: flu, is a contagious disease that abdomen, dizziness, or severe H1N1 FAQ’s causes symptoms such as fever, or persistent vomiting. headache, nasal congestion, www.du.edu/duhealth/flu Both seasonal and H1N1 flu and body aches. virus are spread by respiratory DU Flu Updates Students should be prepared droplets from coughs and www.du.edu/flu for two forms of the flu this sneezes. Center for Disease Control: If you have a sore throat and a year - seasonal flu and H1N1 To help prevent the spread of www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/ flu, or “swine flu.” fever, stay home and contact the flu, cover your mouth and nose Federal Government: Health and Counseling Center by H1N1 flu has been circulating with a tissue when coughing or www.flu.gov telephone. in the United States since April sneezing. Wash your hands 2009. It is generally mild, but frequently and avoid touching you should call a doctor imme- your eyes, nose, or mouth. diately if you have shortness of Spotlight on Campus: Health and Counseling Center The Health & Counseling Cen- HCC for counseling services to All students enrolled for aca- ter (HCC) provides a wide discuss concerns ranging from demic credit may use the HCC, range of physical and mental stress, homesickness, and rela- but the cost will be lower for To learn more about health services on campus. tionship issues to depression, those who have paid the the HCC, visit Students may visit the HCC for anxiety, trauma, and eating Health and Counseling fee. www.du.edu/ routine medical exams, diag- disorders. Types of Services Provided: duhealth/index.html nostic tests, prescription refills, Your medical records and the or call 303-871-2205 • Routine medical care vaccinations, and to see spe- care you receive at the HCC cialists in fields such as derma- are completely confidential. • Counseling tology and women’s health. Your information may only be • Women’s health care Students may also visit the released with your written per- mission. • Prescription filling DU Launches “Explore Denver” Program The Explore Denver program and the Denver Museum of the type of event. begins this fall and offers DU Nature & Science. For more information about undergraduate students free Discounted tickets are also Explore Denver, visit their and discounted tickets to arts available to a number of thea- office on the lower level of and science events in Denver. ter productions at the Denver Driscoll North, or check out Explore Denver offers free Center for the Performing their list of tickets online at www.exploredenver.org. admission tickets to attractions Arts, including the hit Broad- such as the Denver Art Mu- way musical “Wicked”. seum, the Denver Zoo, the Tickets are often as low as $5 Denver Botanical Gardens, depending on the venue and International Student and About International Student and Scholar Services Scholar Services We strive to provide timely, accurate, and effective advising and assistance to international students, faculty, and staff in matters of immigration, communication, and cultural adjustment. 2200 S. Josephine St. Denver, CO 80208 Our goal is to support the international community on campus so that each international student and scholar has a productive and fulfilling ex- Phone: 303-871-4912 perience at DU. We aim to promote international awareness and under- Fax: 303-871-4091 standing by working to support the positive impact international students E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and scholars have on the University. Visit us online: Submit a Story www.du.edu/intl/isss If you have an idea for a story, or if you would like to advertise an event at DU, please email us at email@example.com. Please note that not all stories will be published and content may be edited for style and space. Submit Your Photos ISSS is seeking photos that document the experience of inter- national students and scholars at DU and in the Denver com- munity. Selected photos may be featured in The Globe or on the new ISSS website at www.du.edu/intl/isss. Please email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upcoming Events at DU Second Annual Proceeds go directly to the peo- DU Homecoming 2009 ple and charitable causes repre- Shop for a Cause sented - some of which are DU’s 2009 Homecoming will Holiday Market local and others that are based take place Wednesday, October Dates: around the world. 28th, through Sunday, Novem- Sat., Nov. 7, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Holiday Market is also an ber 1st. Sun., Nov. 8, 1 - 4 p.m. opportunity for the DU and Enjoy the weekend of family and Denver communities to learn fun by participating in any of the (Set up times will begin at 8 about fair trade, have access to following scheduled activities: a.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. unique international and do- on Sunday.) mestic products, and shop for a • Parents and Family Break- Location: cause during the holidays. fast with the Chancellor University Park United Meth- What They Need: • Boo Bash odist Church, 2180 S. Univer- Volunteers to welcome shop- sity Blvd., Denver 80210. Visi- • Homecoming Parade pers, staff tables, set up, tear tor parking is available on the down, assist vendors, and • Taste of DU north side of church (enter more. from Josephine Street). • Pioneer Hockey Game If you can donate at least two The Cause: hours of your time on either • And much more! Providing an opportunity for day of the Market, please con- tact Laura Buhs by email at For the complete list of activi- organizations that directly bene- ties, registration requirements, email@example.com or by tele- fit people in need by inviting and ticket prices, please visit phone at 303-681-7861. vendors to gather in one loca- www.du.edu/homecoming/ tion and sell their products. schedule.html.