If you are unable to read this HTML version, please click Global Beat, Spring 2007, Vol 2 Issue 2
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E-newsletter to Trinity University international students
Volume 2, Issue 2

Spring 2007

In this issue:

Immigration news
Mark your calendars
Birthdays
What’s new?
International club

Visit International Students Photogallery
and
Videogallery

ASR votes are in

Congratulations to international students Milana Dostanitch (Russia/Cyprus) and Sebastian Pinzon (Colombia) for being elected as Senators to Association of Student Representatives (ASR). Some issues that these students want to accomplish are bringing back on-campus storage for out-of-state and international students and bringing more global awareness to the Trinity student body.

Immigration news

Update your address on-line
As of January 12, 2007, the Department of Homeland Security launched a web-based service that allows applicants to change their address on-line, rather than mailing in the Form AR-11, Change of Address. As a reminder, all non-citizens in the United States (including U.S. permanent residents) are required to keep the USCIS informed of any change of address within 10 days of their move by completing a Form AR-11, Change of Address. For more information, please see the USCIS Press Release.


The Electronic Embassy is one of sources to replace your passport, to obtain a transient visa and more. It provides information on each of the embassies in Washington D.C., with links to Web-based resources where available.

May graduates interested in applying for employment authorization, must hurry
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment authorization that is related to an F-1 student’s academic program. The work done does not count towards course credit; therefore it is the student’s option to apply for OPT. OPT may be used during a degree program as well as after completion of course requirements. The application process takes approximately three months for both initial applications and renewals. To view OPT check list click here, for a list of important points to remember about OPT click here.

New naturalization test in the works
Starting in February 2007, the USCIS will conduct a pilot program in 10 cities across the U.S. for redesign of the naturalization test.  The USCIS plans to pilot 142 U.S. history and government questions and approximately 36 reading and 36 writing items.  The 10 pilot cities include San Antonio, Texas. Naturalization applicants in these cities should be given the option to decline participation in the pilot test.  For those who decline, the current naturalization test will be given.  For more information, please see the USCIS Press Release.

Spring Break travel safety information
(adopted from U.S. Department of State website)
We wish all students who travel abroad this Spring Break a well-deserved vacation. We also want to help them avoid the many mishaps that can turn a Spring Break vacation into a nightmare. Find more information about how to stay safe this Spring Break:

During Spring Break the dorms will remain open
This year, for the 1st time, the halls will remain open all academic year except between semesters (December 16 - January 7). For those who are not planning to leave for the Spring Break, March 10-16, 2007, the dorms will stay open and you can stay on campus. If you have any questions, please e-mail Wanda Olson, Associate Director of Residential Life.

Filing taxes
Filing federal income tax forms is the personal responsibility of each international student and scholar. If you received any sort of income, including tuition reduction, scholarships, fellowships, grants, salaries, wages, interest, dividends etc. from US sources you are required to file taxes.
Resources to help you:
International Revenue Service (IRS) of the US Department of the Treasury
Guide for Nonresident Aliens preparing federal income tax returns, provided by University of Texas at Austin, International Office provides the step-by-step process to determine which forms should be filed and how to download and complete them.

International Student Taxes (IS Taxes) can help you with preparation and submission of all forms for a fee ($9.99 - $19.99)
For resources available on theTrinity University campus click here.

Obtaining Individual Taxpayer Identification Number - ITIN
ITIN numbers are for tax filing purposes only. Students who are not eligible for a Social Security number may apply for an ITIN number only if they are eligible to be claimed on their spouse's income tax return. To apply for an ITIN: 1) applicants should complete Form W-7 and take their supporting original documents, I-20, passport & I-94, along with their completed U.S. federal tax return to an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center in their local IRS Office, or 2) mail the completed Form W-7 with certified or notarized copies of the applicant's I-20, passport,visa page and I-94 along with a completed U.S. federal tax return. After your Form W-7 has been processed, the IRS will assign an ITIN to the tax return and process the return. Federal tax returns accompanied by an application for an ITIN should be mailed to: Internal Revenue Service, Philadelphia Service Center, ITIN Unit, P.O. Box 447, Bonsalem, PA 19020.

Support TU international student intramural organization
Puños Rosas is a new international student intramural organization at Trinity University. This soccer season has started and the team plays on Sundays at 10 p.m. on the Trinity University soccer field. Support the team by coming and watching the games. If you have any questions, please e-mail Fernando Balda.

International Studies Internship
International Student Internship is a great opportunity for returning international, study abroad students and/or International Studies majors to work in a fun environment with Trinity international students and receive academic credit for it.
Internship Application (in Word)  Internship Application (PDF)
International Studies Internship Q&A Sessions: Thursday, March 8, 2007 @ 4 – 5 p.m. **or**  Friday, March 9, 2007 @ 3 – 4 p.m., Chapman, 2nd floor – Room 045
Important fall 2007 dates to keep in mind:
Internship applications due by noon March 30, 2007
Intern early move-in date – Thursday, August 9, 2007
Intern training – Friday, August 10, 2007
International student orientation – August 14-16, 2007
New student orientation – August 17-22, 2007
Classes start – August 23, 2007
Family Weekend ranch trip – Saturday, October 6, 2007
Trip to Austin/San Marcos – Friday, October 12, 2007

Non-residental host family program "Friends of Trinity International Students (FTIS)"
FTIS is a non-residential program where international students are paired up with local families. This program gives students and community members an opportunity to explore the city, expose students to Texas culture, or for students to teach about their own culture. Applying is easy and the entire process is just a click away. Go to the website and select Friends of Trinity International Students, choose either the student or family application form, fill it out and the International Student & Scholar Servicesstaff will pair a student with a family based on the information in the applications.  

Mark your calendars

Can I kiss you?
The Student Affairs Speaker Series will bring Mike Domitrz, an international expert on dating and intimacy, to campus on Monday, March 5 at 7:30pm (Laurie Auditorium).  Mike will present a hilarious look at dating, respect, and communication, and will teach his audience the secrets to body language and playing the dating game.  His intent is to reduce sexual assault among students.  For more information about Mike Domitrz, please use this link.

Celebrating International Woman's Day at Trinity University
Coates University Center, 1st floor, 11:30 - 1:30
Sponsored my CCI and International Programs


Upcoming lectures in Laurie Auditorium

Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, Professor of Economics, Trinity University, "The Mexican Economy: from Fox to Calderon", March 20, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
Vincente Fox
, former President of Mexico, March 27, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.

International Club

Karaoke night
International Club "Karaoke night" fundraising event last Thursday, February 22, 2007 was a huge success. To view pictures from the event click here.

International Club dinner outing
This Thursday, March 1st, International Club is hosting March Dinner Night at The Lion and Rose British Restaurant and Pub on Broadway at Cleveland Ct. Meet at the Witt Center at 5:30 pm for carpooling, and eat at 6:00.

International items still needed for the "International Banquet" silent auction
Formerly known as the International Potluck, this event is sponsored by International Club and International Programs Office. Join us on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 in Great Hall from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. We are still looking for unique items to be sold at the International Banquet silent auction to raise funds for future functions of the International Club. Please bring 1-2 items from your travels to be donated towards the silent auction. Items can be dropped off at 245 Chapman. To donate, please submit Donation Form.

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March

1

Renna Damon

15
Fernanda Zapata
18
Megan Gaughan
20 Caleb Leung
26

Thu Huong Vuong


Order convenient Birthday Packages trough Campus Dining. Orders include your choice of cake, balloon bouquet and a greeting card.



April

5 Yaya Garcia
Sanam Momin
9 Alexander Schmidt
10 Brittany Bennett
Stephanie Dang
11 Laura House
Shane Knights
12 Iuri Gagnidze
14 Graeme Baxter
18 Ramya Vangipuram
19 Christopher Williams
20 Juan Carlos Suarez
Mehr Shakir
22 Bianca Brown
27 Sang Gyu Lee
28 Catherine Wong
30 Jose Antonio Borges