It's amazing how time flies and we're already nearing the end of the semester. Your sons and daughters will soon be home for the Thanksgiving break, and then it will be a few short weeks until finals.
This can be a challenging time for both students and their families as students return home for the holidays, perhaps for the first time since August. Student and family expectations may not match when a more-independent son or daughter walks in the door after several weeks on campus. Our suggestion to help you navigate what may be a rocky road is to talk to your son or daughter now. Be clear about your expectations and ask about his/hers so that − together − you will be able to enjoy your time together. It will be helpful to be specific about things like curfew because your young adult has likely not had one of those since leaving home. Family time will also be important as many students want to reconnect with friends who are home on break as well. We have also included in this edition some helpful information to help you discuss alcohol and other drugs with your son or daughter.
After some much needed family time with you, students will be coming back to prepare for the end of the semester. We'll help them stay as relaxed as possible while they complete papers and take final exams. Encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of the many De-Stress December activities we have scheduled, including an open office-hours fest, donuts with the dean, free group fitness classes, nutrition and sleep awareness advice, stress chats, study breaks, getting outdoors for some fresh air and lots more!
We're here to help students be successful, no matter what time of the semester. Feel free to contact my office at email@example.com with any concerns, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
The flu has hit Broome County (where Binghamton University is located)! We urge students to do what they can today to stop themselves from getting sick! Registered students can get a free flu vaccination at the Decker Student Health Services Center. There are several options for students to get vaccinated: 1) during scheduled clinic times that are announced in B-line (the daily student listserv); 2) during walk-in hours from 8-11 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Decker Student Health Services Center; 3) by making an appointment for a vaccination by calling 607-777-2221 for a nurse appointment; or 4) by scheduling an appointment online.
Students will need to show their Binghamton University ID and must sign a consent form. Those students not yet 18 must have parental consent before getting the vaccination.
Class schedules and registration time tickets are currently viewable in BU BRAIN.
Be sure all holds are cleared, including outstanding account balance holds, which prevent registration. Holds are viewable in BU BRAIN.
Students looking to withdraw completely from the University should review and submit the signed University Withdrawal form to Financial Aid and Student Records, Student Wing, room 119. The Semester Withdrawal Form is required for a student who wishes to drop all fall semester courses and who wants his/her academic record to indicate good standing.
The Application for Degree (AFD) deadline has passed (Nov. 1), but you can find out all you need to know about graduation requirements online.
For more information about fall 2013 graduation weekend, check out Binghamton's Commencement website.
With course registration here make sure to remind your son or daughter to talk with a Discovery advisor or a professional advisor about course selection for the spring semester. Also encourage him/her to make a study plan now for final exams and to complete final assignments because the semester will end quickly after Thanksgiving break! Visit our website and check out our helpful information for students about studying and time management. As always, our Discovery Advisors have office hours from 5-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday in College-in-the-Woods, Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center, Mountainview Success Center and Hinman Library.
As students return home over the holiday break, some for the first time since August, now is an excellent time to touch base with them. During the course of a semester, students are confronted with countless choices and decisions about academics, career goals, relationships, how they view themselves or substance use. These decisions can impact their lives in very meaningful ways, so are worthy of conversation, but let us tackle substance use which can be among the trickier conversations to have with your student.
Binghamton University strives to provide a safe and healthy environment where your son or daughter can succeed. It is, however, not uncommon for students to be exposed to substances, legal and illegal, while in college. For students who are new to Binghamton University, we provide education about the risks associated with substance use through a variety of resources such as our Alcoholwise online program, or the "Happy Hour" info session held during orientation. If you would like to talk with your son or daughter about his/her views on substance use, but are unsure how to start the conversation, here are a few suggestions to help make it a positive conversation:
1) Consider your goals before you start the conversation. If you are not certain how the conversation will go, or feel a little uncomfortable bring up the topic, start small. A few examples might be:
Letting them know you are open to talking about what they have experienced, letting them know you are concerned about them, asking them how they feel about substance use in general and sharing your views on substance use.
2) Consider when your son or daughter is most likely to be willing to have a conversation. Everyone has preferences about when and where they want to talk about something. Some are comfortable talking over a meal or while watching television; some are comfortable talking in public, while other prefers to speak in private or away from distractions. If you are not sure, ask when a good time to talk would be.
3) When you do speak, remember your goal, speak plainly and directly, and keep a calm, even tone. Stick with I statements such as "I feel that", "I've noticed" or "I'm concerned that"; these statements tend to be less provoking than You statements which can feel judgmental such as "You are", "You've been" or "You have not". Consider what he/she is saying and don't cut him/her off. You do not have to agree with what your son or daughter says, but by showing that you are willing to listen he/she is more likely to do the same.
4) Stick to the goal you set for the conversation and keep yourself on target.
5) After the conversation, remember that, even if it did not go exactly as planned, by engaging in the topic with your student you have shown that you are interested in him/her and in the important decisions which impact his/her life. Your son or daughter may not be fully ready to talk about an issue when you are. Perhaps he/she isn't even fully sure how they feel about it. Now he/she knows that if he/she does want to talk about it, you are willing to listen.
For more information on substance topics, resources available on campus or online, or questions, feel free to contact Garrett Fitzgerald, associate director of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs and Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here comes Thanksgiving break! It's a great time to catch up with your son or daughter about the semester and his or her plans for next year. Roommate issues are common, and if other forms of resolution have failed to decrease the tension, now is the chance for your student to request a housing change. Visit our website for details and deadlines.
Looking further ahead, housing sign-ups for 2014-15 are nearly here — are you and your son/daughter ready? If you're still wavering regarding on campus housing or off, review our November tip outlining the benefits of staying on campus, and the items to consider before choosing an off-campus residence. Don't forget that we do offer single rooms in both traditional and apartment-style housing!
Another way for your son or daughter to get a single room as well as great leadership experience is to become an RA. Applications for fall 2014 placement are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. It's a fun and rewarding job that will offer your son or daughter the opportunity to be an integral part of the growth and development of individuals on his or her floor and build overall community spirit. RAs enhance the quality of life for their residents though programming that highlights diversity, personal and professional growth, and ways to get involved and enjoy everything the University has to offer. A full job description, application and FAQs are available on the RA selection website.
Students looking for a summer internship or full-time employment should mark their calendar for Feb. 5, 2014 for the University's spring 2014 Job & Internship Fair! In preparation for the fair, which will take place the eighth day of spring semester classes, the Career Development Center (CDC) strongly encourages all students to take advantage of CDC programs and services between Thanksgiving and finals week, as well as programs offered in January. Encourage your son or daughter to participate in the following special CDC programs and services to help them get a jump on the spring fair:
Have his/her résumé reviewed and finalized before winter break! Students should attend a résumé program, group appointment and/or visit CDC South (LS-G500) to meet with one of our résumé experts during walk-in Counselor-on-Call hours.
Writing Your Resume, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in UU-102. Learn the necessary components to drafting a strong résumé. Topics to be covered include the purpose of a résumé, format options, appropriate résumé section headings and the concept of using action verbs to highlight skills, accomplishments and results.
Résumé Review Session, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in UU-103. Bring a paper copy of your résumé and learn how to spot common errors in a résumé, improve your résumé language and gain tips on how to conduct an initial self-critique. Bring your ID! Reserve your spot today through the eRecruiting calendar!
Dress to Impress: Your Guide to Dressing Professionally in Any Situation, 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in UU-111. Upcoming events, like the January Metro Career Night and the spring 2014 Job & Internship Fair require an appropriate wardrobe! Learn what to wear and when to wear it to make a professional impression!
Metro Career Night: A Career Exploration Event for Students, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in New York City (Fashion Institute of Technology, 7th Ave. at 28th St., Manhattan). Metro Career Night is a special opportunity for students to network with successful Binghamton University alumni living in the Metro New York area and working in a range of careers. The event will kick off with a panel discussion focusing on "Powerful Career Tips from Alumni," followed by a student-alumni career networking session. To attend, complete the online registration form.
In Campus Rec, we find ways to make a healthy lifestyle fun. For the past month, Binghamton has been pedaling its way through an interactive bike tournament, the Fall Frenzy, sponsored by Expresso. We battled for 48 hours each week against another college competitor, working harder each week than the one before to advance us to the finals. While we were defeated in the championship round by LSU, it was not without an outstanding display of determination and spirit. We are very proud of the accomplishment of our riders who tallied an astounding 3,103 miles in the final round, and 7,412 miles over the course of the tournament.
Events such as Fall Frenzy are a great way for your son or daughter to work out, and more importantly as the semester wears on, to de-stress. Talk with your son or daughter about how to manage stress and encourage him/her to watch for our tips and activities. Raising his/her heartbeat and taking time to zone out with exercise will help with anxiety, stress and tension as finals approach.
Wellness Services also has several specials going on through the end of December making it the ideal time to treat your son or daughter to a massage, energy treatment or nutritional service that will help them relax and refocus before their final exams. For instance, through Dec. 20, get 10 extra minutes free with any 60-minute massage purchase. All of our coupons and promotions as well as full-service descriptions, pricing and hours are detailed on the Wellness Services website.
Check your mailboxes! The Binghamton Fund, the University's annual giving program, will be sending a special mailing to parents this month asking for your support.
The Binghamton Fund provides your student with valuable extras not funded by tuition or the state -- including career fairs, internships, research projects and cultural events. We're asking you to join with the over 1,700 parents who contributed last year to make Binghamton an even more wonderful place for students like yours to learn and grow.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the Binghamton Fund at 607-777-6209 or via e-mail.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, contemplation, appreciation and, of course, food! Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo offers students a wide variety of desserts available to order such as apple pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, pumpkin cheesecake, banana bread and an assortment of cookies. Home-made goodness just like Grandma bakes − and possibly better (sorry Grandma)! Orders must be placed by Wednesday, Nov. 20. To place an order, go online and click on the Student Holiday Baked Goods Order Form under Announcements.
For those students remaining on campus over break (or for those who just want a tasty meal on their way home) we offer a couple of meal options available to order. One is a breakfast-type meal including a bagel, yogurt, oatmeal, a banana and juice. The other is a lunch- or dinner-type meal including four different options to choose from to suit individual palates. (Orders must be placed by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19.) Also available to the students remaining on campus over break − a special menu will be in effect at the Hinman Café for them to enjoy!
You can find more information on our website − check it out online. We wish everyone safe travels and a happy holiday!
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Last Updated: 11/21/13