ISSP Newsletter

ISSP Newsletter

March 24, 2016

Spring Break 2015

Spring break will be from MARCH 28 TO APRIL 2. Please make sure that you have stopped by the office to get your I-20 signed if you are traveling outside the USA during spring break. We wish you a restful and safe spring break! If traveling to other countries we asked that you consider the Travel Warnings issued by the US Department of State.

You can now request the travel signature by filling out a simple form! Follow these steps:

Step 1: Click this link to fill out the On-Line Travel Signature Form
Step 2. Bring your I-20 to the International Office and give it to the front desk staff.
Step 3: Pick up your I-20 from the International Office the next day!


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS



International students must maintain 12.0 credits

The regulations of the F-1 visa require all international students to maintain a full-time course load each semester; at SBCC this means that students must be enrolled in at least 12.0 credits. Only one of these classes can be an online or distance learning class.

Priority Registration

Priority Registration will soon take place for continuing students. Please take a few minutes to check your Pipeline account and make sure you do not have any financial debts with the college. If you do, we ask that you please take care of those immediately so that you can take advantage of your assigned registration date and time.

Log Out of Pipeline

Please make sure to log out of Pipeline AND close the browser afterwards to prevent someone else from accidentally accessing your account. Sometimes, even when Pipeline is logged out, other accounts such as campus card or Gmail might remain logged into if the browser stays open. So, remember to log out and close that browser!

Tax Deadline is April 15

If you have received a W-2 Form from an employer(s) or a 1098T Form(s) from schools attended during the 2015 year, it is recommended you consult with a tax preparation service to find out if you will need to file the 2015 Year Taxes. All international students are expected to complete and file tax forms with the U.S. federal government, whether or not they earned income during the 2015 tax year. If you would like assistance with preparation of your taxes please contact: Sprintax, a Non-Resident Tax Filing Service, at www.sprintax.com . For more information please visit: http://international.sbcc.edu/about/faq/?pid=27 . If you have questions, please feel free to stop by International Student Office for assistance.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS



Apply to become and International Student Ambassador

The deadline to apply for the Ambassador Program is on April 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM! Don’t miss your chance to get involved on campus and to work directly with other international students and the Santa Barbara community. Ambassadors are trained in leadership skills, cultural awareness, peer support strategies, event planning, marketing and more! Build your resume with an Ambassador Program Certification this year! Download an application from our facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/SBCCambassadors . If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, or curious about future events, please like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SBCCambassadors . You can also follow us on Instagram: sbccambassadors

AMBASSADORS CORNER



Events

The SBCC Ambassadors would like to invite you to join at the following events:

Soccer Tournament (April 23-24, sign-up due by April 15)
https://www.facebook.com/events/837277669751445/

International Day (April 20) – TBA. Details are being finalized.


EVENTS



Deltopia 2016

Be Responsible, Be Informed - http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2015/015273/deltopia-keeping-it-local

2016 Faculty Lecture

The Power of Resilience = C7 SBCC Invites you to attend the 37th Annual Faculty Lecture by Dr. Kelly Lake on April 13, 2016 at 2:30pm in the Garvin Theatre. Dr. Kelly Lake, Professor, Early Childhood Education, has been named SBCC’s 2015-2016 Faculty Lecturer. Kelly joined the college in 1992 and received his B.A. degree from Indiana University, his M.A. degree from Ball State University, and his Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University. According to the Faculty Lecturer Committee, “Kelly's dutiful and unrelenting efforts in our local community, at SBCC and statewide provide our students with wonderful learning experiences in and out of the classroom. His kind demeanor, intellect and his devoted work ethic make him a wonderful colleague and inspiring teacher. His diligent work on our campus has directly benefited our students, and his thoughtful dedication and passion are evident in the myriad of committees and endeavors to which he has contributed over the years.”
Delivering the annual Faculty Lecture is considered the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member each year.

Soccer Tournament

Mark your calendar. The 13th Spring International Soccer Tournament hosted by the International Student Program will be held on Saturday, April 23rd, from 8:00am to 6:00pm and on Sunday, April 24th, from 8:00am to 6:00pm at La Playa Stadium. Registration packets are ready and can be picked up at the at the Student Life Office, Ambassador table, Welcome Center, and International Student Office. They are due no later than Monday, April 15th. There will be a mandatory meeting which all team are required to attend. If you have any questions, please stop by the ISSP Office or contact Michael Ayres, Activities Coordinator, at mnayres@sbcc.edu, or at 805-892-3767.

First Thursday Art Walk on State Street

1st Thursday is an award winning program highlighting downtown arts, culture, and entertainment on the first Thursday of every month. All 1st Thursday attractions are FREE from 5-8 pm. For more information, please visit http://www.santabarbaradowntown.com/about/1st-thursday .

TRANSFER CENTER REPRESENTATIVES


University Representatives on Campus

Several university representatives will be on the SBCC campus to provide you with university information, applications, pamphlets, and the opportunity to ask questions about admissions, scholarship opportunities for international students and specific major requirements. For a list of the universities who will have representatives on campus, dates and locations where they will be tabling, please visit http://www.sbcc.edu/transfercenter/visitingrepresentatives.php . Representatives will gladly meet with students on an individual basis by appointment. To schedule an appointment you will need to visit the Transfer Center (Student Services Bldg., Room 140).