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The Kearney Center has compiled all the most important information for this week in one place! We want to make finding information easy for you, so we've put all important announcements here in this of the Kearney Center Current Student Newsletter. Watch for the monthly newsletter at the beginning of each month! You can find this edition and others on the Kearney Center website.

Updates: May 25th - May 31st, 2020 

Kearney Center Open Sessions

Every Wednesday, Kearney Center staff will be available to talk through concerns, questions and policies for one hour. Find more information on our calendar.

Food Assistance

  1. Campus Cupboard New Hours:  During the Corona pandemic the Cupboard is open Tuesdays from 11:00 1:00 for select-your-own foods. On Thursdays from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. The Cupboard offers a prepackaged box of food. Have your student ID with you.
  2. Bridges Pantry: This week Bridges will hold their assistance on Thursday.
  3. The Kearney Center updates our social media frequently with offers and help that we hear about. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Sprintax Tax Webinar on May 28, 2020 @ 1PM

Sign up here to attend the webinar and ask any questions you may have about filing your taxes. Sign up here>>>

2020-2021 Signature Night Application Open 

Exciting News! Applications are now being taken for International Recognized Student Organizations to host a Signature Event in 2020-21 with the Kearney Center! Signature Events are offered each semester to give our amazing international students the opportunity to share their countries and cultures with our campus and Greater Mankato community.

Past Signature Events have been held live and in person, offering food prepared by students, live performances and activities to engage and educate guests. In light of Covid-19 circumstances and the understandable importance of safety requirements, it’s possible that events will be held online. While certainly different than before, we Mavs have a great opportunity to implement new ideas and creativity!

Please find the application at

Go to Kearney Center's COVID19 Website

Immigration Updates

  • Need a Currently Enrolled Letter?: You can request a currently enrolled letter online. Once you submit the form, you will receive a letter within 3-5 business days. 
  • Summer Advising Hours Posted: 
  • NOTICE about KCISS Forms: If you have a KCISS form that needs to be processed (i.e. I-20 Travel Request, CPT form, OPT request, Transfer Out request, etc…), please send your immigration advisor an email with your fully completed form, and any other necessary documents (if applicable). Please allow 3-5 business days to have your documents processed. KCISS Forms can be found HERE.
  • Summer Curricular Practical Training (CPT): Before submitting CPT documentation, it is recommended that you talk with your immigration advisor to talk about if you are eligible. If you are eligible, you will then need to submit the following items to your immigration advisor:
    • Job Offer Letter that includes the following:
      • Dates of employment
      • Hours you will be working
      • Roles/Responsibilities
      • Printed on letter head and signed by hiring manager/supervisor
    • Register in an internship course for Summer 2020
    • CPT FORM completed by you and your academic advisor
  • Filing Form I-765? If you are filing the Form I-765 (for reasons: Pre-Completion OPT, Post-Completion OPT, STEM OPT Extension, or Severe Economic Hardship), please keep in mind that the form expires on 05/31/2020. Any questions regarding this, please check-in with your immigration advisor.

Campus Updates

Virtual Town Hall Series: President Davenport has invited the campus community to join him and the president's Cabinet in a series of Virtual Town Hall events via Zoom. The Virtual Town Hall series is part of an ongoing effort to maintain communication across campus and discuss topics of interest.

Upcoming Undergraduate Student Town Halls
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m

Tuesday, July 9, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Graduate Student Town Halls
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Remote Access to a Doctor! When MSU Health Services is closed, you have a remote option through your insurance plan to talk to a doctor.  It is HealthiestYou Telehealth.  1-855-870-5858    You will need your insurance ID number which is on your card or your account with UHC Student Resources.  This is free for anybody on UHCSR.    To access your card, go to    This is a great option for nights, weekends, winter break or when you are traveling.

COVID-19 Hotline: If you have concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), please call the student health services hotline at (507) 389-5591 to discuss your symptoms. They also have a COVID self-check on your Patient Portal to enter symptoms and receive advice.  If it has been determined that you should be tested for COVID-19, the International Student Insurance is waiving any deductible or copay costs. 
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