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Thanksgiving Dinner VolunteersThis year’s 26th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner will take place on November 23 in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. Ohio State hosts one of the largest dinners on a college campus, with an estimated 2,000 guests attending each year.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner is made successful with the help of the community and Buckeye volunteers who spend a portion of their Thanksgiving Day serving dinner to those guests who are unable to make it home for the holiday.

Volunteer positions include beverage, dinner and dessert servers, greeters, hosts and food carriers. Registration is now open for volunteers and will be until October 23.

Dinner is served in two shifts: the first starts at 11:45 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. Register to volunteer for the first or second shift online.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner is an Ohio State signature event and is supported by the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Ohio State is home to more than 6,500 international students who are a vibrant part of the campus community and interact with faculty and staff every single day.

To educate faculty and staff about how they can work more effectively with the international student population, the Office of International Affairs developed the International Student Experience Workshop Series

The workshop has three sessions that cover three large themes: Pre-Arrival, Check-In and Orientation, Cultural Adjustment and Academics and Career Expectations.

The sessions will include presentations by staff from the Office of International Affairs and other offices on campus, as well as a panel of international students who will answer questions and share experiences on the selected topics. Faculty and staff are encouraged to register for all three workshops, and those who complete the three-part series will receive a training certificate.

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2015 Best in Show - Fire and Ice (Paul Woo)All Ohio State University students, staff, faculty, visiting scholars and alumni are invited to submit photos to the 2017 International Photography Competition. All photographs must be the original work of the entrant, of high quality and taken outside of the United States. Photographers are invited to submit one photo in each category: People, Places and Politics. Submissions are accepted until October 9, 2017. Review the 2017 competition and submit your best international photos.

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Ohio State is expecting close to 2,000 new international students to join the Buckeye family this autumn semester.

They hail from all over the world – a total of 68 different countries will be represented including Albania, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia and Turkey.

The leading home countries for the new international students are China (1,380), India (236), South Korea (104), Malaysia (36) and Taiwan (30).

The Office of International Affairs plans and organizes orientation for international students once they arrive at Ohio State to help them prepare and acclimate to life in Columbus and at an American university.

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The Office of International Affairs (OIA) will begin a new system for signing in and queuing students and scholars who walk in for advising hours or their appointments. This system will be paperless and will automatically alert the international student and scholar team when visitors sign in at the front desk.

Students coming in for advising on Fridays, STILL must schedule an appointment online and sign in with the receptionist at the front desk when they arrive at Enarson. For the walk-in advising hours that take place Monday – Thursday, 1 – 4 p.m., students will use the new appointment kiosk to sign in.

How to use the appointment kiosk:

  1. Approach the monitor located at the front desk
  2. Swipe your BuckID (if you don’t have a BuckID, click on No BuckID and search your name by lastname.#)
  3. Select the unit you are there to see
  4. Select your appointment type: Scheduled Appointment or Walk-In Advising
  5. If you are there for a scheduled appointment, select the immigration coordinator with whom you have an appointment
  6. If you are signing in during walk-in hours, select the topic you would like to discuss with an immigration coordinator

If you have any questions or need assistance, please ask the receptionist for help.