Weekly Observer. July 14-27, 2008

PARSONS APPOINTS COCO FUSCO AS NEW CHAIR OF FINE ARTS


Parsons The New School for Design has announced the appointment of Coco Fusco, the acclaimed performance and multi-media artist, writer, and curator, as Chair of Fine Arts. Fusco succeeds Don Porcaro, who served as Chair since 2003 and as a member of the faculty since 1984.

"I am excited to join the academic and creative community at Parsons and to work with the exceptional faculty in Fine Arts and across Parsons and The New School," said Fusco regarding her appointment. "I am especially looking forward to working with the faculty to capitalize on and extend our Fine Arts programs’ strengths and to situate Fine Arts strongly in the context of the new academic planning at Parsons."

Fusco has an international reputation for her creative work, which has been shown in some of the most highly regarded arts events and venues worldwide, including the Whitney Biennial, London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Smithsonian Institution. From staged multi-media performances incorporating large scale projections and closed circuit television, to live performances streamed, to the Internet that invite audience interaction, Fusco has explored and challenged paradigms in culture, race, gender, social behaviors, war, and politics. She is represented by the Project Gallery in New York.

As a curator and writer, Fusco's work includes the 2003-05 exhibition Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, co-curated by Brian Wallis, which examined the history of race representation in American photography, and was presented at the International Center for Photography in New York, the San Diego Museum of Art and Museum of Photographic Arts, and the Seattle Art Museum. In conjunction with the exhibition, she co-edited (also with Brian Wallis) a book of the same name (Abrams, 2003). Coco also authored: A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (Seven Stories Press, 2008); English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (The New Press, 1995), and The Bodies That Were Not Ours and Other Writings (Routledge/INIVA, 2001).

Coco previously was on faculty at Columbia University, most recently as an associate professor in the Visual Arts Division. She has also taught at Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Grinnell College. At Columbia, in addition to being a member of the Visual Arts faculty, she worked with the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender, and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, as well as the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Comparative Literature and Society.


NEW SCHOOL JAZZ FACULTY RECOGNIZED BY JAZZ JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION

The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) recently named their 2008 Jazz Awards at their 12th annual celebration, held at the Jazz Standard, on Wednesday, June 18. Categories included excellence in jazz and jazz journalism, as well as the induction of an “A Team” of activists, advocates, altruists, aiders, and abettors of jazz.

Full-time faculty member, Jane Ira Bloom was named Soprano Sax Player of the Year. In addition, part-time faculty member Bobby Sanabria's grammy-nominated CD, Big Band Urban Folktales, (Jazzheads), was named Latin Jazz Album of the Year.

The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) is a worldwide organization of jazz writers, broadcasters, photographers, and new media professionals dedicated to the support of jazz and the people who document and promote it.

Visit the Jazz House website for further information about the 2008 Jazz Awards and the Jazz Journalists Association.


UNIVERSITY NEWS


THE LOSS OF THERESA LANG

On Monday, June 30th, The New School lost a friend and valued member of our community. Theresa Lang, wife of New School trustee Eugene Lang, passed away at the age of 90. Known as Terry to friends and family, she was a rare human being. Kind, sincere and generous, she represented the nobility of compassionate service, the sterling qualities of friendship and the profound meaning of family. She could often be found at The New School trustee events and the facility named in her honor, the Theresa Lang Student and Community Center located at 55 West 13th Street.

In addition to her affiliation with The New School, she was involved in numerous philanthropic activities, focusing on issues of education and quality health care. She served as trustee of the New York Hospital in Queens, where she is memorialized by the Theresa Lang Emergency Pediatric Clinic, Ambulatory Pediatric Clinic, Auditorium and Center for Research and Education. She also worked with the New York City Visiting Committee of the United Hospital Fund, beginning in 1975. In addition to serving as Chair of the group, she was named ‘Hospital Trustee of the Year’ in 2008. In 1986, she became a Trustee of Rockefeller University and chaired its Hospital Committee. She also served on the Boards of the New York City Opera, Roundabout Theater, and the Hunter College Foundation.

Terry graduated from Jamaica High School in 1936. In 1997, at the age of 79, she earned her B.A. from Marymount-Manhattan College. As a Marymount Trustee, she was awarded an honorary L.H.D. degree early this year.

 

BOB KERREY DISCUSSES THREATS TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE WITH ECONOMIC EXPERTS ON NEWTALK.ORG

Social Security and Medicare have promised trillions of dollars in benefits to U.S. citizens, but can we continue to afford these entitlements? This week, Bob Kerrey, president of The New School, will join other leading economic policy experts in a discussion about the growing crisis facing current and future U.S. taxpayers during a three-day online forum on NewTalk.org.

The discussion, titled “Can We Afford Our Entitlement Promises? How Close Is the Cliff?” begins Tuesday, July 22, at 9:00 a.m., and runs through Thursday, July 24, at 5:00 p.m. Members of the general public can visit the NewTalk website to view the discussion as it unfolds and join the conversation alongside the experts.

Launched in June 2008, NewTalk offers a new kind of online conversation: one that acknowledges reality, uncovers common ground, and finds a responsible way forward. NewTalk was created and is supported by the nonprofit organization Common Good in recognition of the need to improve the quality of public discourse on a broad range of topics.

 

WINNERS OF 2008 DISTINGUISHED UNIVERSITY TEACHING AWARD ANNOUNCED


The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the recipients of the Distinguished University Teaching Award for 2008. The winners, selected for demonstrated excellence and leadership in teaching that has contributed significantly to student learning, are:

Steven Faerm Rachel
Heiman
Marcel Kinsbourne Lisa Servon

Steven Faerm, Parsons The New School for Design,

Rachel Heiman, The New School for General Studies,

Marcel Kinsbourne, The New School for Social Research

Lisa Servon, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy.

These faculty members were chosen from a pool of 89 faculty who were nominated by students, faculty, and staff. The nominating committee consisted of five faculty members who are former teaching award winners.

The awardees will be officially recognized during the University's Convocation Ceremony on Thursday September 4, 2008. Please plan to attend.

NEWS FROM THE NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH


SCEPA ISSUES NEW MEASUREMENT STANDARD ON GLOBAL INEQUALITY

Anwar Shaikh

Amr Ragab

The International Policy Center recently published a report on improving measurements for global inequality by a research team at The New School for Social Research’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analsysis (SCEPA). The research brief, titled, “The Vast Majority Income (VMI): A New Measure of Global Inequality,” is the work of Anwar Shaikh, a professor of economics at NSSR and a faculty research fellow at SCEPA, and research assistant Amr Ragab.

The SCEPA team addresses the shortcomings of GDP per capita as the most popular measure of international levels of development as an “an imperfect proxy for important factors such as health, education, and well-being.” They propose a new measure called the Vast Majority Income (VMI), which represents the average income of the first 80 percent of the population. By removing a country’s most wealthy from the average, the VMI provides a direct measure of the standard of living of the vast majority. The SCEPA team hopes this new tool will broaden the discussion of international inequality and shed new light on several important issues, such as the relationships between inequality and development, trade liberalization, gender, and political instability.

The International Policy Centre is jointly supported by the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) and the Bureau for Development Policy at the United Nations Development Programme. This research brief is based on the authors’ SCEPA Working Paper, “An International Comparison of the Incomes of the Vast Majority,” and the subsequent SCEPA Policy Note available at the SCEPA Website


NEWS FROM EUGENE LANG COLLEGE THE NEW SCHOOL FOR LIBERAL ARTS


AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A WARDROBE, LANG FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES NEW BOOK

Elizabeth Kendall, associate professor of writing at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, has published a new book, Autobiography of a Wardrobe. The book describes Kendell’s own life from the perspective of her wardrobe. The book consists of 47 short chapters, each a vividly remembered outfit or trend, or a store that defined a fashion moment and its philosophy, or an event defined by the way one dresses for it (e.g., dance party girdle, funeral service black).

Kendall’s other books include Where She Danced, about the women of modern dance; The Runaway Bride, a study of women in screwball comedy; and American Daughter, a family memoir.

 

NEWS FROM THE NEW SCHOOL FOR JAZZ AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
AND MANNES COLLEGE THE NEW SCHOOL FOR MUSIC


NEW SCHOOL MUSICIANS FEATURED AT STARS OF TOMORROW SERIES

See tomorrow's jazz and classical virtuosos every Tuesday, beginning in June on Pier 45, one of Hudson River Park's most beautiful spots. Through August 19, the Stars of Tomorrow Series will feature jazz and classical performances by exceptional groups from Mannes College The New School for Music and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Enjoy a sunset and be dazzled by an international coterie of emerging artists who have performed to critical acclaim around the world.

  • July 15, Mallory Glaser Quartet, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
  • July 22, Woodwind Trio, Mannes College The New School for Music
  • July 29, Brass Trio, Mannes College The New School for Music
  • August 5, Itamar Borochov Trio, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
  • August 12, Brass Trio, Mannes College The New School for Music
  • August 19, Nick Paul Trio, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

All performances take place at 6:30 p.m. at Pier 45 at Christopher Street, the Hudson River @ West 9th Street.

 

NEWS FROM MANNES COLLEGE THE NEW SCHOOL FOR MUSIC


MANNES ALUMNA MAKES DEBUT WITH SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

Mannes alumna Tamara Wapinsky (Professional Studies Diploma, 2007), soprano, made her debut last month with the San Francisco Opera, where she has been an Adler Fellow (the SFO's young artists' program) this season.

She sang the role of Freia in Wagner’s Das Rheingold. The San Francisco Chronicle noted in its review that she "shone in her company debut as Freia, holding her own superbly with more experienced colleagues."

Tamara Wapinsky’s other roles include Nella in Gianni Schicchi and Fiametta in the Gondoliers at Chautauqua Opera; Giorgetta in Il Tabarro; Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly; Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes; Beatrice Carbone in A View from the Bridge; and the title roles of Suor Angelica and Ariadne auf Naxos. She has appeared with the Bay Shore Lyric Opera, and the Tri-Cities Symphony Orchestra. She is a prizewinner of the Giulio Gari Compeition, the Joan Kreitzer Snyder Award-Metropolitan National Council Regional Auditions, and the Opera Index Competition.


SUMMER 2008 INSTITUTES, FESTIVALS, AND SEMINARS WRAPS UP

Mannes College The New School for Music presents a number of not-to-be-missed classical music institutes, festivals, and seminars that go beyond the usual “light” summer fare. The final festival wraps up with The Ninth Annual International Keyboard Institute and Festival, July 13-27.

The Tenth-Annual International Keyboard Institute and Festival (IKI) (July 13-27)

The International Keyboard Institute, founded by Mannes alumnus and faculty member Jerome Rose, features performances by world-renowned pianists, master classes, and symposia. Two concert series will take place this year: Prestige Series concert at 6:00 p.m. feature accomplished young artists from around the world, many of them recent winners of major international competitions; Masters Series concerts at 8:30 p.m. feature guest artists and faculty.

This year the guest artist faculty includes distinguished pianists Menahem Pressler, Joaquín Achúcarro, and Philippe Entremont. Founder and Director Jerome Rose will perform the opening concert. Marc-André Hamelin will be returning to the festival for the sixth season to perform the final concert in the Masters Series. For a detailed schedule of Program Information, Evening Events, and Master Classes, please visit: www.ikif.org or call 212.580.0210 x4858.

Location for all International Keyboard Institute and Festival Concerts: Mannes Concert Hall, 150 West 85th Street, NYC

Admission: $20 per concert; $15 per master class; Daily Pass: $50 (classes plus 2 concerts); Festival Pass (2 weeks - 28 events): $250; Week I, Festival Pass: $125 (13 concert events); Week II, Festival Pass: $125 (12 concert events; 1 lecture; MacKenzie semis and finals)

 

MANNES FACULTY WINS PRESTIGIOUS CHORUS AWARD

Mark Shapiro, faculty member at Mannes College The New School for Music, and artistic director of the Monmouth Civic Chorus in Red Bank, NJ, was named the 2008 recipient of the Alice Parker ASCAP/Chorus America Award. Shapiro teaches choral conducting at Mannes, and also teaches a university lecture course “Music and Mind” with New School for Social Research Dean Michael Schober.

The Alice Parker ASCAP/Chorus America Award is given to only one chorus in North America each year, the award recognizes a chorus for programming significant recently composed music that expands the mission of the chorus and challenges the chorus's audience in a new way.

 

NEWS FROM PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN


PARSONS PRESENTS I.D. 2008 ANNUAL DESIGN REVIEW

Bikedispenser/Springtime

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This summer, Parsons The New School of Design is partnering with I.D. magazine to present an exhibition of the I.D. Annual Design Review. On view through September 28, 2008, the Review offers a rare and timely look at the state of contemporary design. More than 130 works representing the finest examples produced in a wide range of design categories will be on view at Parsons' new exhibitions center, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center by Lyn Rice Architects, which itself has won accolades for its cutting-edge design.

For the competition and related exhibition, I.D. has selected the finest examples of work produced in eight wide-ranging design categories, with the help of prominent experts in the field. Every year, the review grows more competitive, drawing more than two-thousand entries from every part of the world. The resulting designs will also be featured in the July/August issue of I.D.

Of the featured works recognized in each of the eight categories—consumer products, graphics, packaging, environments, furniture, equipment, concepts, and interactive—one entry is selected as the best of its category, with others receiving design distinction or honorable mention. Among the "best of" work from the past year is the iPhone from Apple in the consumer products category. Additional winners include the new New York City Condom Dispenser by the noted industrial designer Yves Béhar of Fuseproject; the Datum Line, an innovative conceptual project that would visibly communicate the impact of the melting polar ice sheets on the world's sea levels; Bikedispenser, from the Dutch company Springtime, a fully automated bicycle rental station; and Simpledoubledeux, designed by Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architects of Zurich, an interchangeable bed frame made of two interlocking wood elements.

The exhibition will feature a majority of these projects in real form, with others represented creatively by the exhibition designers Paul Carlos and Urshula Barbour of Pure+Applied, who also have taught at Parsons. For more information visit the Parsons event calendar.

 

UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR U.S. STUDENTS

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Forty individuals are selected each year to study at a graduate or, in some cases, undergraduate institution each year in the United Kingdom. Fellows are supported for two years. The fellowship award includes university fees, living expenses, an annual book and thesis grant, grants for daily research and travel, and travel expenses to and from the United States. In some cases, where applicable, the scholarship will also pay towards supporting a dependent spouse. Applicants may be from any area of study and will need to have graduated from their institution after April 2006 for the 2009 award. For more information visit the scholarship website. The application deadline is October 2, 2008.

THE NINTH TCDS DEMOCRACY AND DIVERSITY GRADUATE INSTITUTE IN CAPE TOWN,
SOUTH AFRICA

The New School’s Transregional Center for Democratic Studies will be conducting its ninth Democracy and Diversity Institute in Cape Town, South Africa, January 6-22, 2009. During the intensive two-week program, up to 40 junior scholars and graduate students from sub-Saharan Africa, the United States, Latin America, and central and eastern Europe will gather to examine challenges to democracy in the host region and beyond. The institute will offer seminar courses in political science, anthropology, economics, sociology, and gender studies, to be co-taught by faculty from The New School for Social Research and South African academics. Students will select two of the four seminar courses; they will also attend a series of master classes conducted by scholars and intellectuals from South Africa and other countries in the region. The program includes evening guest speakers and study tours to socially and politically significant sites in the Cape peninsula.

New School students will receive credits upon successful completion of their coursework (three credits per course). This graduate program is also open to advanced students from Eugene Lang College.

The following seminar courses will be offered at the 2009 institute:

Democracies and Boundaries: Conflicts About Membership, Borders, and Diversity
Prof. David Plotke,Department of Political Science, The New School for Social Research

Gender and Democracy
Profs. Elzbieta Matynia, Department of Sociology and Liberal Studies, The New School for Social Research, and Shireen Hassim, Department of Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Democracy and Africanism
Prof. Hylton White, Department of Anthropology, The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College, and guest speakers

Shifting Power in the Global Economy: Rethinking Development Strategies
Profs. William Milberg, Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research, and Stephen Gelb, executive director, the EDGE Institute, Johannesburg, and Department of Development Studies, University of the Witwatersrand

Applications, with full instructions, will be available beginning in September at www.newschool.edu/tcds. The deadline for applications is October 17, 2008.

For a full program description, contact TCDS at 212.229.5580 x3136 or tcds@newschool.edu, or visit www.newschool.edu/tcds.

TIME OUT NEW YORK DISCOUNT OFFER

Start your year off being in the know about things free or fancy. Time Out New York is offering all students, faculty, and staff at The New School a full year's subscription for just $20! That's 51 issues for the entire year and only 39c an issue. Steal this deal for yourself or a gift to another.


THE BEST DEAL FOR AFFORDABLE THEATER, Dance, and concert TICKETS:
THEATRE DEVELOPMENT FUND

An exciting spring theater, music and dance season is under way: Why pay $100 or more, when you can pay $20-$36 for Broadway shows and Off-Broadway shows, dance performances and concerts? An inexpensive way to enjoy the best of New York culture is to join Theatre Development Fund (TDF).

To be eligible, you must be a full-time student or teacher, senior citizen (62+), civil servant, union member, staff member of a not-for-profit organization, performing arts professional, or member of the clergy or armed forces. Annual membership fee is $27.50, and you can join online.

A small sampling of performances recently available to TDF Members for $20-36 per ticket include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Bronx Tale, A Chorus Line, Altar Boyz, American Ballet Theatre, August: Osage County, Avenue Q, Big Apple Circus, Celia, The Color Purple, Come Back Little Sheba, Crimes of the Heart, Curtains, The Fantasticks, The Farnsworth Invention, Forbidden Broadway, Gypsy, The Homecoming, In the Heights, Is He Dead?, Les Miserables, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, November, Passing Strange, Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Phantom of the Opera, Rent, The Ritz, Rock 'n' Roll, The Seafarer, Sunday in the Park with George and Xanadu.. So don't miss this great opportunity to see great theater at great prices.

NEW YORK TIMES DISCOUNTS

The New York Times is offering a 60 percent discount ($.40/per day Monday-Saturday, $2.00 on Sunday) for home or office subscriptions to all faculty, staff, and students.

Here's how it works. Unlike traditional subscriptions, the education rate can be set up by semester or in a combination that best reflects your schedules for both delivery and billing. New School faculty, staff, and students can have a subscription Monday-Friday, Sunday only, weekends only, or any combination.

To take advantage of the special discount to the Times or to change a current subscription, students, faculty (full-time and part-time), and staff should contact the customer service center at 888.NYT.COLL, to order a single subscription or a classroom subscription of up to eight copies for required reading in the classroom.

To order a classroom subscription of eight or more copies for required reading in the classroom, contact the education program's customer service center at 800.631.1222.

WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY ON ENTERTAINMENT?

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CATCH THE LATEST EXHIBIT AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART FOR FREE

Did you know that you could get into this exciting museum for free? In order to receive your free admission, go to the lobby information desk and show them your valid New School ID. Students, faculty, and staff receive one free admission for themselves. Faculty and staff may also obtain an additional two tickets for their guests. Enjoy!

STUDENT SERVICES


ADMINISTRATIVE REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS

ELECTRONIC AWARD NOTICES
In our continued efforts to offer greater access to financial aid award information and reduce our impact on the environment, The New School has begun issuing electronic financial aid award notices for the fall 2008 term.

Students will no longer receive paper award notices at their official mailing address, and will instead receive a notification to their New School (@newschool.edu) email account when their awards have been prepared or changes have been made to their existing financial aid awards.

For those without a New School email account, we will continue sending paper award notices.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS INFORMATION
To ensure that you receive correspondence from The New School in a timely manner, please review your official address in MyNewSchool to make sure that it is current. If it is not, you can change your address online. This is especially important for students who are expecting to receive a refund.

STUDENTS: ACCESS GRADES AND REGISTRATION FEES THROUGH MYNEWSCHOOL
The New School does not automatically mail copies of semester grades. If you need a printed copy of your grades, you can request a copy through MyNewSchool (click the Student tab; then, in the Self Service channel, click Student Academic Information). Your semester grades will be mailed within two weeks. You can also access registration fees through MyNewSchool.

STUDENTS: REQUEST YOUR OFFICIAL ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT ONLINE
Students can request an official transcript through MyNewSchool. Click the Student tab; then, in the Self Service channel, click Student Academic Information). Transcript requests are processed five business days after they are submitted. There is no fee for regular five-business-day service. Next-day transcript service is available only to students who submit requests in person. Transcripts of students with library or financial holds of any kind will not be released.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

2008-09 STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE
All degree, diploma, online only, visiting, mobility (study abroad), Lang and Parsons consortium, graduate certificate program, and both graduate and undergraduate degree program non-matriculating students are automatically charged a Student Health Services Fee and a Student Health Insurance Fee. Milano branch campuses and Parsons Decorative Arts program, Washington, DC, are excluded. Depending on course load and status, students may be eligible to decline these services by submitting a completed Online Waiver Form by September 29, 2008.
Students may access the Online Waiver Form and select the “New School” link. Students may also access the Online Waiver Form via a link in their MyNewSchool Online Services account located in the “Forms” box under the “Student” tab.
For additional information on fees, deadlines, policies and procedures regarding the Student Health Insurance program, please visit the New School website at www.newschool.edu (click on “Student Services”, then “Health Services”).

A FEW MINUTES FOR YOUR LIFE: TAKE THE HIV TEST FOR FREE-SUMMER 2008 HOURS
Hispanic AIDS Forum, in collaboration with New School Student Health Services and the Office of Student Development and Activities (OSDA), will be offering FREE confidential HIV testing every week on Thursdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in June, July, and August. The testing site will be at Loeb Residence, 135 East 12th Street, 2nd floor. For further information, please contact Student Health Services at 212.229.1671, option 1 or 2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES

Student Disability Services Newsletter
The latest edition of the spring 2008 Student Disability Services newsletter has been posted online. The newsletter spotlights deafness and hard-of-hearing, and features a story about the award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, who is deaf. The newsletter also includes tips on final exams and test taking as well as information about career guidance for people with disabilities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES (ISS)

I-20 END DATES
Section 5 on your I-20 indicates the date when the validity of your I-20 ends. If you will be completing your studies by that time, please be advised that you will have a 60-day grace period after the program end date on your I-20 in which to either depart from the United States or transfer to another college or university. You will not be able to reenter the United States using your current I-20 during this grace period. If you find that you will not be able to finish your current degree by the completion date on your I-20, you can request a program extension. You must make your request at least 30 days before the completion date. Visit the student services website to find out what documents you need in order to request a program extension. If you plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), you must attend an OPT workshop before you apply and USCIS must receive your application before the last day of class. If you have been admitted to pursue a different degree at the New School, you must apply for your new I-20 before the end date on your current I-20. Contact iss@newschool.edu if you have any questions.

CHANGE OF MAJOR OR EDUCATIONAL LEVEL REQUIRES NEW I-20
Please note that if you change your major (e.g., from a BA in Fashion Design to a BA in Product Design) or your educational level (e.g., from MA to PhD), you MUST request an update to your I-20 to reflect your current degree and program information.
Deadlines:
Change of major: By the end of the add period (for spring 2008, this date is Monday, February 4)
Change of education level: You must apply for the new I-20 BEFORE you begin your new program.
Failing to request the changes in your I-20 for a change of major or educational level in a timely manner may jeopardize your I-20 status.


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