International Student Newsletter VIII



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Students and Staff enjoy the International Student Lounge.

Our International Student Lounge is open Monday-Friday from 1-4pm.  We are located in East Hall Room 122.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Jill, Anna and Sarah                                           

Your International Student Life Team


Contact Us:

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Immigration Advising - East Hall Room 101   (Monday-Thursday from 1-4pm).

International Student Lounge - East Hall Room 122 (Monday-Friday from 1-4pm).


632 SW Hall St.  

Portland, OR 97201                      



Spotlight on: Ngoc Phan

International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) Scholar.

To help you get to know us a little better, we are going to focus on one member of our International Student Life family at PSU every week.  This week, we have chosen Ngoc Phan, a scholar in our International Cultural Service Program.

Phan Ngoc


Ngoc Phan. Photo by Vu Tran.

Ngoc was born and raised in a small family with three girls and her parents.  Coming from a diverse background, she has a deep appreciation of all aspects of literature, history, cultures, politics, food, social taboos etc.  When away from school, Ngoc likes hanging out with friends, volunteering, hiking, cooking and enjoying time skype-ing with her family.  Ngoc is fascinated to share her culture with audiences of all ages.

Ngoc came to the United State in summer 2006 to fulfill her dream of becoming a dentist.  She loves all aspects of science and arts.  Ngoc majors in Micro/Molecular biology with a minor in Chemistry. In the future, she would love to find the fulfillment in the practice of dentistry and to give others the beautiful smiles they are proud to wear.

Ngoc is thankful for being a part of the ICSP family. It is the best honor she has ever received in her student life as an international student.


Art and Photo Exhibits:


* "Colorful Memories" Art Exhibition *
Monday, November 15th-Friday, December 31st, East Hall West Corridor (1st Floor)

The International Student Life Team invites you to "Colorful Memories" an exhibition featuring paintings by Lewis (Lewie) Lytal.  Lytal was a self-taught artist who used a variety of skills including forging, welding, and casing, to make his art.  His aesthetics came from an assortment of objects, symbols, and metaphors that he latched onto and used in association with personal dilemma and vision.  This exhibit gives you an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide and honors International Education Week, which occurs on November 15-19th.  "Colorful Memories" will remain on display until the end of the year. 

If you are an artist who would like to display your artwork in the East Hall West Corridor, please contact Anna at for more details.


* Partners in Health: A Photo Exhibition *

Monday-Friday Noon-4pm,  Saturday Noon-2pm, PSU Littman Gallery, SMSU 250

Partners In Health is the Boston-based aid organization renowned for its pioneering work to bring high-quality medical care to destitute communities around the world.

“On the Same Map: A Photo Exhibition Celebrating Partners In Health’s 20 Years of Health and Social Justice,” depicts clinics and communities—in Haiti, Peru, Rwanda, and beyond—where PIH has forged partnerships with patients and local health workers to combat epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, hunger and poverty.

The exhibit includes recent images from ongoing work in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake.

* "Collaborative Media Projects in China's Na Villages" Photo Exhibition *

EH 3rd Floor

The international studies department invites you to attend this International Photo Exhibition this month.


FREE Immigration Clinics           

Call 503-725-4556 or go to SMSU, M343

PSU Student Legal Services now offer free, confidential immigration consultation to Portland State students. Students should call 503-725-4556 or go to the SMSU, M343.

Pictures of the Week

Each week we will choose an interesting picture to share with the international community here at PSU. 

This week, we have chosen two pictures by Marta Barberini, a former ICSP member and an international student from Italy.


"Venezia 1."  Photo by Marta Barberini.


"Venezia 2." Photo by Marta Barberini.


Travel Signature Days

Monday, November 22nd, 2-4pm, EH 109

Tuesday, November 30th, 11am-1pm, EH 109

Wednesday, December 8th, 1:30-3:30pm, EH 109

Will you be traveling out of the U.S. over the Thanksgiving weekend or winter break?

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is having Travel Signature Days so that you can get a travel signature immediately.  Please bring your passport and newest I-20 or DS-2019, and be sure to register full-time for winter term 2011.






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 International Education Week is Here!

International Education Week is here!  It is time to celebrate the benefits of international education at Portland State University.  The International Student Life Team invites you to participate in a number of events this week which embody the spirit of International Education Week, and we have highlighted them below with *stars*. 


Check out the November issue of Student Health 101 here.

We now have a monthly event calendar which you can download from the Student Life/Events page on our website. Click here to view the calendar.



Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday, November 24th, 6-8pm

Multicultural Center, SMSU 228

Thanksgiving Dinner

Students enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner 2009. Photo by Emily Tsoi.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Organization of International Students (OIS), and the Multicultural Center (MCC) invite you to join them for a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, including roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.

The cost for students and international scholars is $5, non-student guest tickets are $10 (1 guest per person please), and children are free.

To sign-up and pay, please go to the International Student Lounge, EH 122, before 5pm on Friday, November 19th.


International Student

Coffee Hour 

Every Wednesday, 3:30-5:30pm,

Multicultural Center, SMSU 228

Vietnamese Students Serve a Traditional Vietnamese Coffee

Students making a traditional Vietnamese coffee. Photo by Vu Tran.


Please come and join us this week to share your experience of studying and living in the United States, while enjoying free coffee, snacks, and great company.  This event is organized by the Organization of International Students (OIS) and the Intensive English Language Program (IELP).

We want this coffee hour to be environmentally friendly, so please remember to bring your own cup!


 International Women's Group

Every Friday, Noon-1pm, EH 122, FREE


International Womens Group image

The International Student Life Team is partnering with the Women's Resource Center (WRC) to create a safe and comfortable environment for women to chat about dating, marriage and life in the USA.  No topic is off limits, so we encourage all international women to join us for a hot drink and a chat.  Please feel free to bring your lunch with you!   


 "Let's Talk"

Every Wednesday, 3-5pm

EH 113A (New Location), FREE

Let's Talk picture

"Let's talk" is an opportunity for you to chat with a SHAC trained Counselor and is available to all international students at PSU.  
"Let's talk" is confidential and completely free, and appointments are not necessary.  Any topic is ok to talk about, for example: stress, sadness, difficulty adjusting to school, academic concerns, family problems, financial struggles, and relationship concerns.   

Please note that "Let's Talk" has moved location and is now in EH 113A for your privacy. 

Organization of International Students (OIS) and Student Leaders for Service (SLS) Volunteering Program

The Organization of International Students (OIS) is coordinating a volunteer program with Student Leaders for Service (SLS). The goal of the program is to help international students to volunteer in the local community. Both international and domestic students are encouraged to volunteer for projects and events listed here.


*International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) Presentation:*

A Story of Dreams and Hope

by Flamur Vehapi

Thursday, November 18th, 3-4pm, EH 109

Flamur Vehapi

Flamur Vehapi. Photo by Vu Tran.

Flamur Vehapi, an ICSP scholar and a Conflict Resolution major, is a survivor of the war and ethnic cleansing in Kosovo in the 1990’s. Flamur will be sharing his life story of war, challenge and success.


* ¡Baile Folklorico! *

Friday, November 19th, 7pm, Ballroom, SMSU

Dancing couple

Chicano/Latino Studies is holding an event to celebrate Latino Culture with performances by Portland's best folklorico dancers. 

The Chicano/Latino Studies Foundation supports scholarships for students as well as materials needed for our workshop courses (Muralism and Mexican Folk Dance).

Food will be provided by Santa Fe Taqueria and the event is free with a suggested donation of $10 to support the Chicano/Latino Studies Foundation.


FOCUS Friday Night
Coffee House

Every Friday, 7-10pm, Historic First Baptist Church


Turkey Day - All About Thanksgiving

One of America’s biggest holidays is coming up next week – Thanksgiving.  But what is it all about?  Come learn about the first Thanksgiving in a performance by the "Not Ready For You Tube Players," how it is celebrated, what things we are thankful for, and why it’s called Turkey Day.

NOTE: There will be no FOCUS Coffee House next week on Friday, November 26 because of the Holiday.

FOCUS Coffee House is every Friday night from 7-10pm at the historic First Baptist Church downtown (at the intersection of SW Taylor and SW 12th). For information, maps, etc. go to the FOCUS website or stop by the office, EH 312.  FOCUS can be reached at 503-725-4196 at, or you can find them on Facebook at FOCUS at Portland State University.

FOCUS is a community coalition of non-profit organizations, churches, campus ministries and individuals in the Portland metropolitan area that provides support and services for international students and scholars of all cultures and beliefs.