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PAL Program and I-Fellows host Easter Egg Hunt for International Students
As a prelude to the Easter holiday, the PAL (Peer Advisor and Liaison) program and I-Fellows (International Fellows) hosted an Easter Egg Hunt in Foust Park on March 27. International students, PALs, and residents of Phillips-Hawkins Residence Hall were invited to experience an Easter tradition and search for Easter eggs with their peers. Over 200 plastic Easter eggs were filled with candy and hidden around Foust Park. The egg hunt was a first-time experience for several of the international students. For one student, the event marked not only her first Easter Egg Hunt but also her first time trying a jelly bean! Everyone who participated had a great time and went home with lots of candy.
This is the first year the PALs and I-Fellows have hosted an Easter Hunt for international students, and they hope to make this an annual event.
Established in 1993, the PAL program pairs newly arrived international exchange students with UNCG students. The purpose of the program is twofold. First, it helps exchange students adjust to life at UNCG, both in Greensboro and in the US. Second, it gives domestic students (many of whom have studied abroad or plan to study abroad) the opportunity to interact with international students on a regular basis. In the initial year of the program, UNCG received US government support from the Cooperative Grants program of NAFSA's Association of International Education. In 1993, 14 PALs were identified for the program. This year, 177 UNCG students participated in the program.
The PAL program also includes the Staff PAL program, which pairs international students with members of the UNCG staff. The Staff PAL program was started in Spring 2012, with five UNCG staff members participating.Workshops for International Students: Tax Workshop and Beyond OPT Workshop
Every February, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offers a tax workshop to international students. This year's presenter was Andrew Hong, a local CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and professional tax consultant. On February 13, he gave attending students an overview of filing tax returns, information about completing non-resident (NR) tax returns such as the 1040NR, and typical details regarding international tax treaties. After the presentation, Hong worked with students on an individual basis to help them file tax returns.
On February 14, Arthur Serratelli, immigration attorney from Vandeventer Black LLP, made his bi-annual visit to UNCG to share his expertise on the topic of visas beyond graduation for degree-seeking international students. He was joined by Chad Collins, Assistant Director of UNCG Career Services, who discussed resume writing, job search tips, and interviewing basics, and Mike Elliott, Director of ISSS. Approximately 25 students, including several recent graduates, attended the workshop to learn about US visa options available after completion of a university degree. The following day, Mr. Serratelli met on a one-on-one basis with some of the attendees who had pre-arranged complimentary consultations to discuss their personal goals and immigration and visa issues.
Offered annually, these and other workshops are part of ISSS’s annual efforts to provide critical services to degree-seeking international students. The purpose of this interactive workshop series is to provide in-depth information to students about pertinent issues and help them navigate the nuts and bolts of studying, working, and living abroad in the US.Interested in participating in a future Tax and OPT/Beyond OPT workshops? Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.