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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.

KCISS Updates: April 13th - April 19th, 2020 

COVID-19 & Advising
 

The Kearney Center for International Student Services is operating on a virtual basis starting March 17, 2020, due to COVID-19.  You may contact a staff person via email and they will follow-up with you. 

advising hours will be held online in the following hours:

Dan: 8 – 10 AM

Erika: 10 AM – 1 PM

Jordan: 1 PM – 3 PM

Alissa: 3 PM – 4 PM

Coronavirus Updates

Trust that we want to provide you with the most up-to-date information possible.  The global health challenge related to COVID-19 continues to evolve and we understand you have questions and concerns.  Our University website has up-to-date information regarding classes and events.  Also, The university has created this website to centralize available campus and community resources. New resources will be added and updated on the website constantly. 

Maverick Global Ambassador - Application is Open


Are you looking for a fun and interactive way to fulfill your CCS requirement next year? Are you looking for a leadership opportunity to boost your resume? Apply to be a Maverick Global ambassador!

The MGA program is opening applications for the upcoming year, and we are looking for hard-working students who would like to join us! The MGAs' primary responsibility is to act as an active resource on the KCISS social media platforms and inform students about campus resources and provide tips for prospective and current international students. Some of the work includes shooting informative videos, participating in online webinars, and writing blog posts about life at MNSU.

Check out the application on Engage under forms. The application is due April 24th at 11:45 PM.

 

Weekly Virtual Events 


Wednesday, April 15 - 12-1 p.m. - Chat and Chow

Could you use a little friendly company? Kearney Center staff will host a Chat and Chow lunch this Wednesday, April 15 @ 12-1 p.m. We’d like to hear how you are doing and share some tips and encouragement during this time of transition. Bring your lunch and we'll share a meal around our computers and phones. Tell your friends! 

 

Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/94075816124

Meeting Password: 307365

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Wednesday, April 15 - 2:30-3:30 p.m. - Finishing Strong: Health and Wellness Tips

Hosted by the Counseling Center and KCISS to provide tips on diet, exercise, nutrition, overall wellness, stress management, etc. 

Meeting: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/540098710

Password: 372129
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Friday, April 17 - 4-5 p.m.  - Cultural Conversation Kickstarter!

Kickstarters are a weekly opportunity to meet your fellow Mavs around the table for fun, meaningful conversations and to learn about other cultural perspectives. Your hosts will be Ramiro, Ali and Stephanie from the Kearney Center. Tell your friends, both domestic and international, and join us at https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/91366544069

 

Transcripts


You may order copies of your Official Transcripts at the following link.

EXCHANGE STUDENTS:
 One (1) copy of your official transcript will be shipped free of charge to your home university AFTER the completion of the spring semester. You do not need to request this service. 
Go to Kearney Center's COVID19 Website
What Does a 'Shelter in Place' order mean?

KCISS VIRTUAL EVENTS


For Further Information, See above and find the Zoom links to the different events. 

 

Immigration Updates

 

GENERAL UPDATES Q&A 


Please make sure to check the Kearney Center website for the latest updates, questions, and concerns about COVID-19. 
 
  • Withdrawals: The official last day to withdraw from classes this Spring 2020 semester is Monday, April 27, 2020. Please note that this has recently changed. If you are thinking of withdrawing from a course this semester, it is important to not only consult with your Faculty Advisor, but also your Immigration Advisor regarding this matter.
  • Registration: Registration season is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about what courses to take for Fall 2020. Below are some tips and reminders to consider:
  • Immigration Considerations:
    • Are you registered for 12-credits for Spring 2020?
    • Is Fall 2020 your last semester and you have less than 12 credits to complete your program of study? Then you will want to complete a Reduce Course Load (RCL) Form before the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Registration Considerations:
    • Make sure you meet with your Faculty Advisor to obtain your Fall 2020 access code. Your access code changes every semester and you will need it before registering. Once you receive your access code, you can add that to “Registration Access Code”
    • Go to your “Registration Window” on eservices to see the date and time that you register. Once you know that information, add it to your calendar!
    • Plan ahead: start looking at courses and add them to your Wish List, and then you can “View/Modify Class Schedule” to see what courses you have all added.
    • Here is a link to the registration builder that can help you visually see what your class schedule will look like
    • Holds” may prevent you from registering, so you will want to make sure you have cleared those before registering. You can see what holds are on your account by looking at your e-services home page.

 

  • Currently Working From Home? Here is a quick read that talks about “9 different ways to stay productive when you work from home!”
  • Know your I-20 End Date: With the end of the semester approaching we would like to remind F-1 students to be aware of the end date on your I-20. If you are finishing your program, congratulations!! F-1 students have a 60-day grace period following your program end date. During the 60-day grace period you have the following options:
    • Apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)
    • Begin a new program of study at Minnesota State, Mankato
    • Transfer to a new school
    • Change your immigration status to a different visa type
    • Depart the United States
  • You can find your program end date on the first page of your I-20. The end date is circled in red on the example of the I-20 (see below)

 

Campus Updates

Minnesota State is continuously reviewing a range of strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our campuses and the communities in which we live and serve.  I am committed to taking all steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and our staff. 

All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to heed the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health, and in particular, staying home when sick, covering your cough, practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing.

Chancellor update regarding COVID-19: 

Governor Walz announced an official “stay at home” order for all Minnesota residents. This means that we are to stay home and limit movements outside of our homes to only essential needs.

For updated information, visit your college or university website or https://minnstate.edu/coronavirus/index.html.


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. 
 

The Counseling Center cares about the mental and physical well being of our students.  As such, in response to COVID-19 and the University's decision to transition to online-only classes for the Spring 2020 semester, the Counseling Center has temporarily shifted away from in-person service delivery as of March 19, 2020:

  • All individual appointments, groups, workshops, and seminars are cancelled until further notice.
  • Phone services will be provided in place of in-person appointments.  If you need to speak with a counselor, please call the Counseling Center at 507-389-1455 or email us at counseling-center@mnsu.edu to request services and we will get back to you.

Tax Season: As a non-resident student in the US, you’re legally required to file a tax return if you received US income during 2019. And even if you didn’t work or receive income in the US, you’re still obliged to file a Form 8843 with the IRS. Minnesota State University, Mankato has arranged free access to Sprintax Tax Preparation for you. Sprintax will guide you through the tax preparation process, arrange the necessary documents and check if you’re due a tax refund. All you need to do is:
  1. Register and follow the simple instructions
  2. Complete the online questionnaire
  3. Enter your unique code SpX19MSUM251F provided in the box on the ‘Review your order’ page
  4. Sprintax will prepare your tax return

Finally, once you complete the preparation process in the Sprintax software, you must print, sign and mail your documents to the IRS.

If you have any questions, the Sprintax team will be happy to help via their 24/7 live chat facility.  You may also view their YouTube videos.

For further information about taxes please refer to the following link.

Career Development Center Updates

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