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Issue 12: March 15, 2019



Table of Contents

  1. Tax Filing Deadline is April 15! (more)
  2. Free Group Conversation Practice Sessions (more)
  3. Rochester Global Connections: International Game Night - Friday, March 22 (more)
  4. Campus Focus: SADACA's Annual Dinner for Peace - Sunday, March 24 (more)



Tax Filing Deadline is April 15!

We are just one month away from the end of our current tax season! As a reminder, international students and scholars who are present in the United States during any portion of 2018 must comply with Federal and State tax filing requirements. The required forms will depend on your residency status for tax purposes, your US earnings in 2018, and eligibility for any treaty benefits. Most tax forms are due by April 15. More information and resources are available online to help you file your taxes.


Free Group Conversation Practice Sessions

The Speaking Fellows are offering free group conversation practice sessions, intended to help participants grow more comfortable speaking in English in a variety of situations. There are two types of conversation sessions: casual and professional. Each casual session has a pre-set topic or theme so that participants can do any preparation ahead of time that they choose, though advanced preparation is not required. Professional conversation sessions are set up like mock networking events to help students grow more comfortable speaking about themselves and conversing in a more formal setting. Two speaking fellows will facilitate each session, but the students will be the primary contributors to the conversation. These sessions are pre-scheduled events that require sign-ups ahead of time. Please visit the Speaking Fellows’ website to see a more detailed schedule and sign-up information.


Rochester Global Connections: International Game Night - Friday, March 22

International Game Night 
Friday, March 22 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Henrietta Recreation Center
605 Calkins Road
Rochester, NY 14623

Rochester Global Connections is hosting its third annual International Game Night. International students will facilitate board game play from their respective countries. "Travel" around the world with your game passport and possibly win a raffle prize! Attendees get to meet new people, and learn a new game to possibly try at home with their friends and family. This event completely FREE for both international students and the general public!! If you are interested in attending, please register here. For more information, please visit the event’s website.

Rochester Global Connections (RGC) is a community-based volunteer organization that provides services to international students and Department of State visitors in the Rochester area. The International Services Office (ISO) hosts RGC at the University of Rochester and co-sponsors many events and activities.  For more information about RGC, visit their website at


Campus Focus: SADACA's Annual Dinner for Peace - Sunday, March 24

SADACA’s Annual Dinner for Peace
Saturday, March 24 – 7:00pm to 11:pm
Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons, River Campus

SADACA (Student Association for the Development of Arab Cultural Awareness) in coalition with Education for a Peaceful Middle East, Inc. will host the annual benefit dinner - Dinner for Peace - to raise awareness about the Middle Eastern refugee crisis. 

There will be a delicious selection of traditional Middle Eastern dishes, along with live entertainment from one of our wonderful UR a capella groups, a beautiful dance performance by Sihir Bellydance group, a debkke dance performance, and Arabic music and songs performed by Marc Haddad and Jenna Raslan. A short documentary will be shown to introduce guests to the crisis, and guest speakers will also be in attendance to share their personal experiences with this topic.

All ticket proceeds will be donated to Education for a Peaceful Middle East, Inc., a non-profit organization which aims to improve the education of Middle Eastern refugee children by supporting them with expenses associated with applying to universities and colleges. Ticket prices and more information can be found on the event’s website.



Editor: Molly Murray, Immigration Advisor