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Dear Parents/Families,

I'm always surprised when we reach this point in the semester because it seems as if we just opened our doors for the spring semester and now we're sending your sons and daughters off for spring break. As they return home to you for a few days, or head off to a vacation or alternative spring break service project, help them focus on what lies ahead when they return to campus.

It's important to have conversations about the value of their education. Talk to them about making the most of their last month of the semester so they can have a smooth and successful end to the 2013-14 academic year. Suggest they visit the tutoring center if they are struggling, have them touch base with an academic advisor as they preregister for classes. Help them make good decisions now and urge them to use the resources we have available to them.

We know there will be plenty of distractions when they return to classes on April 22 – good weather, recreational activities, Spring Fling and more. We encourage them to take a break from stress when necessary (we'll have lots of stress-free activities to help!), but with your reminders and ours, we hope they will avoid unnecessary distractions and keep their focus on academics. It's why they're here and, just as you do, we want them to do well.

If you have any questions or concerns, I can be contacted at 607-777-2804 or dos@binghamton.edu.

April Thompson
Dean of Students      

Graduating Senior Survey

Congratulations to all parents or family members of a Binghamton University graduating senior! Your student will be faced with many details during these last two months – and one of them is the University's Senior Survey.

Each semester prior to Commencement, the campus surveys graduating seniors to collect information about post-graduation career plans. This information helps us to better understand the career pathways of our graduating seniors as they help inform decisions about resources, program improvements and trends.

Encourage your son or daughter to participate in the survey when he/she receives it. It should only take three minutes to complete and those who complete the survey are eligible to be entered into a drawing for one of many prizes.

2014-2015 Financial Aid award offer timeline

2014 Summer Financial Aid

Students wishing to use some of their federal direct loans to help pay for summer courses must have their 2014-15 FAFSA on file, and be in good academic standing at the end of spring 2014.

For more information on how to finance summer, visit our summer and winter session website.

Summer 2014 registration and advanced registration for fall 2014 now open

Students can complete the following actions online via BU BRAIN Self Service:
     • View the online schedule of summer and fall 2014 classes
     • View registration start time for fall 2014
     • Register for fall classes, once their registration start time has begun.
     • Register for summer 2014 classes.
Note: students must clear all holds before any registration activity can take place

Residential Life: housing and programming support

We're deep into housing sign-up season but there's still time to grab a room on campus if your son or daughter is looking for a welcoming community and missed the original sign-up period. There are single rooms available in the apartments as well as limited space in some of our traditional communities. Encourage your student to come by the Residential Life office in College-in-the-Woods, TU-213, to fill out a wait list form as soon as possible. Anyone who paid a housing deposit (or had it waived) is guaranteed a spot on campus.

The sooner they act the better — especially with spring break nearly here! Buildings will close at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 12, and reopen at 2 p.m. Monday, April 21.

Upon returning from spring break, we invite your son or daughter to participate in our third and final Be a Better Bearcat program of the semester. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, Patti Dowd, group fitness program coordinator for Campus Recreation, will lead a yoga and relaxation session. Her holistic approach will help students reduce stress and anxiety and make them feel more in control of their lives and at peace. These events are free, so encourage your student to attend and learn strategies to attack stress head-on and become better in all aspects of his or her life.

Keep informed of important Residential Life dates, resources, programs and news on our website or Facebook page.

Choosing a major and career

Spring break is a good time to check in with your son or daughter with regard to his or her choice of major and/or career plans. Continuing students will be solidifying their course registration for the fall 2014 semester when they return from spring break. Encourage your student to make the most of the time away from campus and focus on making purposeful course selections and/or learning more about the wide variety of career options available.

If your student has questions about what to select as a major, encourage him/her to register for a Choose A Major group appointment through their eRecruiting calendar. Sessions after spring break are on April 22, 25, and 29. Students can also discuss their major/career by visiting the Career Development Center (CDC) and speaking with a career counselor during the CDC's walk-in hours which can be found on the CDC calendar on the CDC website. Additional resources are also available on the CDC website such as choosing a major and getting down to business quick reference guides.

Lots of activity for Campus Rec

March was another eventful month in Campus Rec, and we're excited for what's to come in April.

Construction was completed on our new challenge ropes course, including six low elements, a canopy tour of four elements and a fifth vertical playpen high element. Training and course certification for this outdoor personal development and team building activity will take place over the next few months, with a grand opening ceremony planned during our Rec Fest at the beginning of the fall semester.

The "Commit to B-Fit" Health Fair was a great success, drawing a large crowd of faculty, staff, students and community members to the Recreation Center. Visitors enjoyed the many vendors, activities, demos, lectures and giveaways. We were happy to co-sponsor this event with Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo.

The intramural season just wrapped up for our popular 5-on-5 basketball leagues (photo galleries are up on our Facebook page — check them out and see if we caught your son or daughter in action), and the March Madness bracket challenge winner will be announced soon. Next up is softball. Encourage your son or daughter to register now — play begins as soon as field conditions are ready for play.

Finally, we're bringing back the University walking program to encourage students, faculty and staff to get up, get moving and stay healthy! There will be 12 monthly contests to help keep participants motivated — some will be personal challenges, others will be team. The Steps to B-Healthy walking program is also co-sponsored by the Department of Campus Recreation and Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo. We hope you'll help us encourage your student to register and start tracking his or her steps.

You can find details regarding these and other Campus Recreation activities on our website and Facebook page.

Students of Concern Committee here to help

People experiencing difficulty may show signs that they need help. Is your son or daughter exhibiting personality or behavioral changes such as a lack of interest or engagement with others or signs of aggression? If so, and you're concerned about your son or daughter, the Students of Concern (SOC) Committee on campus may be the right place to turn.

The Students of Concern (SOC) Committee can:

The committee's goal is to foster early identification of concerns about students. Early review of problematic situations can reduce the impact to a student and/or the classroom, social or living environment.

To speak with a member of the Students of Concern Committee, contact the Dean of Students Office at 607-777-2804 or dos@binghamton.edu.

If you're unsure about bringing a person to the attention of the SOC Committee, contact the case manager, Beth Riley, for more information. When consulting with the case manager, only those with a need-to-know will be brought into the circle of information. Consulting with the case manager does not mean the student of concern's situation is automatically brought to the SOC Committee.

For additional information on the Students of Concern Committee and case management at Binghamton University, visit the Dean of Students website

What you make possible

Thank you to the over 1,500 parents who have contributed to the Binghamton Fund so far this year! Because of you, Binghamton has been able to provide students with valuable extras not funded by tuition or the state.

For example, gifts to the Binghamton Fund for Student Life this year have added enhancements to the Public Speaking Skills Lab (PSSL) so students are better prepared for class presentations as well as internship and job interviews. Gifts have also allowed more faculty mentors to get involved with student community projects in Residential Life. One project is going to result in a multimedia history of Binghamton!

If you haven't made your gift to the Binghamton Fund yet this year, there's still time. Checks can be sent to the Binghamton University Foundation at PO Box 6005 Binghamton, NY 13902, or you can make your gift online.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Binghamton Fund at 607-777-6209 or via e-mail.

Don't forget to return rented textbooks!

If your student rented any textbooks from the University Bookstore this semester, they are due to be returned by May 16. If they are not returned, the credit card on file (which might be yours) will be charged a replacement fee. Your student will receive e-mail reminders directly from the University Bookstore, but sometimes a parent's reminder is more effective.

On a separate note, if your son or daughter is looking for a seasonal job on campus, we hire students to work at our busiest times of year: the beginning and end of each semester. Visit our website for more information on available jobs and to apply online.

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University Call Center has summer job openings

Is your student staying in Binghamton for the summer and looking for employment opportunities? The University Call Center is hiring students to provide customer service for major departments on campus as well as for general information through the summer and into the 2014-15 academic year. Positions are available for students graduating in May or after. The application can be accessed via the website.

University communications can keep you informed

Binghamton University publishes the Binghamton University Magazine three times a year, and makes it available online. For more in-depth stories about students, faculty, research and alumni, check it out online. And while you're at it, for more timely news and information, Inside, the University's online newspaper, is worth a look!

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Last Updated: 4/10/14