ISSP Newsletter

ISSP Newsletter

April 22, 2016

Summer and Fall Registration

Summer Priority Registration is scheduled to start on April 11, 2016, and Fall on May 2 for eligible continuing students. Please log unto your Pipeline Account now to check for the date(s) and time(s) assigned to you. It is important that you take advantage of the date and time assigned for a better selection of classes. If you are unable to pay for your Fall semester registration fees at the registration date and time assigned to you, please go to the International Student Support Program Office for assistance. You may be eligible for a Fee Deferral that would allow you to pay for the Fall registration fees at a later date.

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS



End of Semester Satisfaction Survey

Please take a moment to fill out our International Student Satisfaction Survey We are collecting information from international students to learn how we can improve our services.

Continuing Students Traveling

If you are traveling this summer and plan to continue your studies at SBCC in the Fall, please remember to bring your I-20 Form to the International Student Office by April 22 to ensure it is ready for you to pick up in time for your trip. Please follow these steps:

Step 1: Click this link to fill out the Travel Signature Form online.
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 starting May 2nd.


Books Grants Available

The International Office will be awarding several book grants for the fall semester, to help cover the cost of textbooks you purchase at the Campus Bookstore. Fill out the Book Grant Application attached to this email and submit it to the International Office by May 13. We will notify the recipients of the book grant by email before classes by Friday, August 19th.

Need Help Choosing Classes

Academic Counselors are available in the International Office for drop-ins Mon-Fri (hours vary).

Health Insurance Coverage

If you are NOT enrolling for the summer session(s), but wish to maintain health insurance coverage, you may pick up the Health Insurance Enrollment Form from the International Student Office. The form can also be e-mailed to you at your request.

Attendance and Participation

Attendance and Participation are Important. Maintaining attendance and participation in at least 12 units is required for your visa status. Failure to attend and participate in at least 12.0 units of classes may result in a violation of your F-1 status.

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. Now is the time to meet with an Academic Counselor to update your SEP and get help with choosing classes. Remember that no more than 3.0 units of your 12.0 unit load can be taken online.

Are you on Academic Probation

All students who have been placed on Academic Probation MUST meet with their Advisor/D.S.O. before you can register for next semester. Avoid the rush. Make your appointment now. All appointments will be made on the first-come, first-serve basis. See the Advisor/D.S.O. before the assigned priority registration date and time!!!

International Soccer Tournament

The 13th Bi-Annual International Soccer Tournament will take place on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, 2016 at La Playa Stadium at SBCC. Come support your favorite team. For any questions please contact Mr. Michael Ayres directly at mnayres@sbcc.edu , or by calling (805)892-3767.

Expiring 1-20

If your I-20 will expire at the end of the Summer session, and you need an extension to continue taking classes toward your educational goal, please schedule an appointment with your International Student Advisor/D.S.O. as soon as possible to see if you are eligible for an extension. If you will transfer to another school after the Summer session, please submit a copy of your acceptance letter and the SEVIS Release Authorization Form to your Advisor/D.S.O. within 60 days after the last day of the semester, or as soon as you decide where you will transfer. The deadline to transfer is July 13, 2016.

Ending Your Studies at SBCC

Check out the attached flyer for important deadlines and instructions:

o Transferring Fill out the SEVIS Release form and email me a copy of your acceptance letter from your new school.


o Going home Submit a copy of your flight itinerary showing your name and date of departure to your Advisor via email.


Will you stay or Will you go

If you will be returning home after this semester, please submit a copy of your flight details showing the date of your departure. If you will earn an Associate degree, you are permitted to stay in the U.S. for 60 days after the last day of classes. If you will not earn an Associate degree, you are permitted to stay in the U.S. for 15 days after the last day of classes. For questions, please contact the International Student Support Program.

h3>Welcome to SBCCAll transfer students who are enrolling for the first time at Santa Barbara City College are required to meet with their Advisor to complete the transfer from your former school, and receive a new I-20 from SBCC. Contact the International Office for an appointment once you have completed the matriculation process and have registered for classes.

h3>Completing an Associate Degree Review the Degree Application Instructions, Diploma Request Information, Commencement Information.

Become our Fan on Facebook and win a prize!

The International Office will announce one winner every week from our fanpage on Facebook. To qualify, become a fan on FB, post a comment, a picture, or an update to let us know you are a fan! Remember, all comments must be written in English! Facebook / SBCC International


WORKSHOPS FOR SBCC STUDENTS



Stress Management

Perfect Timing. This may be an excellent workshop for those of you who would like to manage stress and obtain a healthier lifestyle for better overall wellness. Mark your calendar – Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 1:00pm to 1:50pm in the CAI Lab 2 in the CLRC.

MLA Citation

Learn how to format your paper, build your works cited page, and integrate in-text citations. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the Cartwright Learning Resource Center next to the Luria Library. Arrive early to secure a seat!

APA Citation

Learn how to format your paper, build your reference page, and integrate in-text citations. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2016, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the Cartwright Learning Resource Center next to the Luria Library. Arrive early to secure a seat!

EVENTS



International Soccer Tournament

Let’s get this party started! The 13th Bi- Annual International Soccer Tournament will take place on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, 2016 at La Playa Stadium at SBCC. The games starts at 9:00am. Come cheer for your favorite team! We expect this tournament to be one of the most exciting ever!!! See you there!

Graduation Day

You Did It! All your efforts have paid off and now you are a candidate for Santa Barbara City College’s Commencement Ceremony. We are very proud of you and hope to see you at the commencement ceremony. If you haven’t done so, please take a few minutes to read through the commencement information carefully so that you can prepare for the day. Graduation Day– Friday, May 13, 2016 AT 5:00pm

Gradfest at Bookstore

Commencement Is Just Around the Corner!!! The SBCC Campus Bookstore has all your graduation needs, including caps, tassels, gowns, announcements, diploma frames, and alumni merchandise. Package cost of cap, gown, tassel, and diploma cover is $58.95. (The diploma cover will be handed to you at Commencement). SBCC sashes are available for $38.95. The cost of ten announcements is $21.95 plus tax. If you would like to order a sash with your country’s flag please visit Vision Wear website at: www.visionwear.com . They have more than 246 Flags available. These sashes are special order and are not available at the SBCC Campus Bookstore. Submit your request in a timely manner to receive in time for graduation.

Community Forum

A Community Forum is planned for Monday, April 25th, beginning at10:00 AM, and expected to conclude at 4:45 PM. There will be a one-hour break at 12:15 PM for lunch. SBCC employees, students and interested community members are invited to attend the forum. The forum will be held at the Garvin Theater at the SBCC Main Campus. Parking will be available via the West Campus Entrance off of Cliff Drive (link to Campus Map).

About the Community Forum
Finalists being considered for the Superintendent/President position will be in attendance at the Community Forum. The first half of the forum will consist of each finalist responding to the same set of six questions, drawn from questions submitted by College faculty and staff. During the second half of the forum, persons in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions of the finalists during a Q&A segment. The candidates are Anthony Beebe, Ed.D., current President of San Diego City College in San Diego, CA; Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., current President of Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas; Kindred Murillo, Ed.D., current President of Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe, CA; Melinda Nish, Ed.D., current President of Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA; and Jill Stearns, Ph.D., current President of Modesto Junior College in Modesto, CA.

The Community Forum will be live streamed for anyone unable to attend. A link to the live streamed event will be available on the College website and Facebook page the day of the Forum. A video recording of the Forum will also be available on the College website following the event.

Transfer Center Corner



Still Accepting

Did you know that some CSU schools are still accepting students for the fall semester? If you are ready to transfer to a college or university to earn a Bachelor degree, you still have time to apply! Check out this list of colleges from the Transfer Center, showing which colleges are still accepting international students: http://www.sbcc.edu/transferacademy/Fall%202016%20Open%20Admission%20List.pdf . For questions please visit the Transfer Center in the Student Services Building (SS-140).