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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: June 8-14, 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

The Kearney Center updates our social media frequently with offers and help that we hear about. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out the most updated information.


2020-2021 Signature Night Application: Deadline June 21 

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.

Please find the application at https://link.mnsu.edu/signaturevent
 

Watch out for Scam Emails and Phone Calls

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the United States, phone and email scammers have seized the opportunity to prey on consumers. Please stay vigilant to these scams and use the tips below to keep yourself safe!

RECOGNIZING SCAMS:

  • Scams will claim they represent a government agency in the United States or your home country.
  • They will say you owe money for fees or have committed a legal offense.
  • They may offer employment opportunities that you did not request information on or sound too good to be true.
  • They may demand immediate payment over the phone.
  • They may ask you to pay with gift cards or other untrackable currency such as Bitcoin. 
  • They will attempt to keep you from hanging up.
  • They may threaten you with legal action if you do not meet their demands.
Find more information on how to safe by reading through the Kearney Center's Avoiding Scams resource and the FCC's Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips.
Go to Kearney Center's COVID-19 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.
  • Traveling: If you are planning on traveling internationally during this time, please make sure you meet with your immigration advisor to talk about documents to travel with, as well as travel considerations.
  • Fall 2020 registration: Fall 2020 registration is open—you may need to meet with you academic advisor to obtain your individual access code in order to register for the Fall 2020 semester. For undergraduate students, you must enroll in at least 12 credits. For graduate students, you must enroll in at least 6 credits to maintain your full-time student status.
  • Expired I-765 Form Notice: On 05/31/2020 the I-765 Form expired and USCIS has not updated the form. Since the USCIS form has expired without an updated form being issued they have continued to accept the old form. If you are filing the I-765 Form, make sure that you use the edition date of 12/26/19, found at the bottom of the I-765 form. See the statement below regarding the Edition Date from the USCIS website:

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.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT VIRTUAL TOWN HALLS
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.

GRADUATE STUDENT VIRTUAL TOWN HALLS
Upcoming Graduate Student Town Halls

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

Return to Learn

Stay informed and updated on Fall 2020 announcements and information at the Return to Learn website. This link will bring you to every announcement that has been sent out by the University administration.


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   www.telehealth4students.com    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 www.uhcsr.com/myaccount    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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