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The J Connection

Reminder about renewing insurance

An insurance renewal notification will be sent to your Augusta University email address very soon. You will be required to renew your insurance through the J Program end date found on your Form DS-2019. Please read the email carefully and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Koons.

SUMMER FUN
Free admission to Zoo Atlanta with a Georgia public library card

Photo credit: Zoo Atlanta
Did you know you can get free admission to Zoo Atlanta for a family of four with your Georgia public library card? 

All you have to do is use your library card to check out the Zoo Atlanta Library Pass DVD. When you return the DVD, you'll get a receipt that will give you and up to three family members free general admission to the zoo. 

Be sure to check out the twin giant panda cubs while you're there! 
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OTHER REMINDERS
Traveling outside the U.S.?

For your convenience, you now may request an appointment with an IPSO advisor up to 60 days before leaving the U.S. 
Request an Appointment

Don't let your documents expire

Foreign passports may not expire while in the U.S. If your or your dependent’s passport is within 12 months of expiration, we recommend that you visit the nearest consulate or embassy of your home country to renew your passport. 
 
The Form DS-2019 may not expire either. If the end date on your Form DS-2019 is within 6 months of expiration, please see the "Extending Your J-1 Status" section on our website. 

MORE ABOUT THE LIBRARY
How to apply for a library card

Applying for a library card in Georgia is simple. Library cards are free to all residents of Georgia.

You can start the application process online. Then, just visit the library closest to you to complete the process. You'll need to bring your photo ID (passport or driver's license) and show proof that you live in Georgia (electricy, water or gas bill). 

The libraries in Columbia and Richmond counties are part of the PINES network of the Georgia Public Library Service. Once you have a PINES Library Card, you can use it at any library in Columbia or Richmond county — or any other Georgia library in the PINES network

Columbia County Library offers free ESL classes

The Columbia County Library in Evans offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. You do need a library card to participate (see above). 

For more information about the program, email Marsha at 7022esl@gmail.com or call the library at 706-863-1946. 

PHOTO CORNER
International Community Lunch

International employees, scholars and students attended the first International Community Lunch hosted by IPSO in May. LD Newman, director of IPSO, and Jonathan Harwood, senior coordinator of international services, spoke to the group about recent immigration policy changes and their impact on the AU international community. The next International Community Lunch will be in August.
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