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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 11th- May 17th, 2020 

International Student Emergency Assistance Grant 

Global Education and the Kearney Center are excited to announce the International Student Emergency Assistance (ISEA) grant available to F-1/J-1 students currently enrolled at MSU, Mankato. 

To be considered for this funding opportunity, you must:

·         Meet with your immigration advisor to receive a recommendation

·         Demonstrate financial need through the grant application process

·         Be in valid F-1/J-1 status

·         Be currently enrolled in a degree program at MSU, Mankato

Grants range between $100-$1,000 depending on financial need. 

Please set up a zoom appointment with your advisor to learn more!
 

Food Assistance

  1. FREE FOOD! Happening on Saturday, May 16 from 12noon to 2pm. Go to the Wisdom House (222 East Walnut Street) during the designated time and you will receive FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES. Students are expected to socially distance themselves by attending the event in cars and the driver is advised to cover the face, if possible. No need to RSVP.
  2. 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.
  3. Bridges Pantry: Please see below for details.
  4. 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

May 14, 2020 11:00 AM: Register Here

Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • A recap of IRS filing obligations for nonresident international students, scholars and professionals (including some polls to engage the audience)
  • Overview of the IRS stimulus payment eligibility and updated information received from the IRS on how to return payments for those who received it in error
  • Amending tax returns for those who incorrectly filed as a resident
  • A short overview of the core screens of Sprintax to familiarize them with the process of preparing their tax returns online.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar from GoToWebinar.

Go to Kearney Center's COVID19 Website

Immigration Updates

  • 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.
  • ISEA Grant reminder: Please note that the FIRST step of the ISEA grant process is to meet with your immigration advisor. You can schedule an appointment by scheduling the appointment yourself via MavConnect. HERE is more information about how to schedule an appointment.
  • Graduation: If you are graduating this May 2020, below are a few considerations/options you may have—
    • Interested in applying for OPT?
    • Accepted into a new Degree Program for Summer/Fall 2020?
      • If you are looking to Transfer Out your SEVIS record because you have been accepted into a new program at another institution, you will want to complete a Transfer Out FORM and provide your immigration advisor with an acceptance letter.
      • If you have been accepted into another degree program at MSU-Mankato, you will have to complete the I-20 Request FORM
  • 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

Campus Updates

 
Late Stays in Dorms: Students who need to stay in the residence halls past the end of finals week may do so. You are asked to complete a “Late Stay Request.”  Here’s the link. You can also call Residential Life at 507-389-1011 during office hours (8 am to  4:30 pm through May 8) and a staff member will assist you.    

Library Return and Renewals: If you are registered for Summer or Fall classes, you will be able to renew library materials until August 17, 2020. This includes laptop computers from the Library, which are normally not renewable.
  • Laptops distributed by IT Solutions -- similar policy applies. You should have received an e-mail from IT last week with detailed instructions and will receive a Library notice as well. If you are registered for Summer classes, you can renew the IT laptop, if not, it needs to be returned by May 15 as instructed. (*Library system couldn’t set a due date after grading day, so laptops will show as due on May 11, but no late fees as long as returned by May 15.)
  • Need a book for the summer, but aren’t taking summer classes? Ask to be switched to Community Patron status so that books can be renewed. (Laptop computers and other equipment cannot be checked out or renewed with a Community Patron status).
  • Interlibrary Loan: Items received from other libraries using our ILL service, do not have to be returned until end of semester (May 11), regardless of original due date. If you need the book for the summer, it can be renewed.
  • Contact the Circulation Desk at 1-507-389-5931 or msulibrary@mnsu.edu with further questions.
  • Want to return books but are not in Mankato? If you need to mail library materials back to the library, please send your full name and mailing address to msulibrary@mnsu.edu to receive a prepaid mailing label. (Does not include international postage - If the book is not in the US, renewing until they return is the better option.)
  • To see how to renew: visit our Renew Library Items guide to learn more.
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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