ISSS-BU News 02 April 2012 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Binghamton University is now on Spring Break. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 10. Most University Offices, including the ISSS, are open during Spring Break.

CONTENTS:

1. Health Insurance Walk-In Hours This Week are Monday, April 2 from 10:15am to Noon
2. International Students Receive Graduate School Awards for Excellence
3. OCC Transport Spring Break Updates
4. H-1B Employment Petitions May Be Filed Beginning April 2, 2012
5. No International Coffee Hour This Friday. Re-Scheduled for Friday, April 13
6. Summer Employment Opportunity for Undergraduates: Want to be a Summer Tour Guide?
7. In-Person Income Tax Assistance Ends Thursday, April 12
8. This Week’s Campus and Community Connections Newsletter
9. Income Tax Information: How to Apply for an Extension If You Need More Time to File Your Income Tax Forms
10. The Deadline for Filing Federal and State Income Tax Forms is Tuesday, April 17!
11. Pre-Registration for Fall 2012 Begins April 10
12. Attention Undergraduates! Get Help With Planning Your Fall 2012 Course Schedule

1. Health Insurance Walk-In Hours This Week are Monday, April 2 from 10:15am to Noon

This week’s international health insurance walk-in hours will be held Monday, April 02, 2012 from 10:15am to Noon in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, rather than the usual Tuesday. The regular schedule will resume on Tuesday, April 10.

2. International Students Receive Graduate School Awards for Excellence

We want to congratulate the following international students who were recently honored with awards from the Graduate School for excellence in research, teaching, and service/outreach. To read the biographies of each winner go to:

http://www.binghamton.edu/inside/index.php/inside/story/2012-graduate-excellence-award-winners

A total of twenty-one graduate students, both domestic and international, were honored. Well done!!

Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research:
Mohammad Hamasha – Industrial and Systems Engineering
Chanyu Hao – Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Naumih Noah - Chemistry
Chunghoon Shin – Art History
Yuxuan Wang – Materials Science and Engineering
Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching:
Jun Guo – Management
Paul Tanui – Chemistry

3. OCC Transport Spring Break Updates

OCC Transport resumes service on Tuesday, April 10, with all regularly scheduled runs. During the spring break, there will only be service to the ITC. Shuttles will run on the current 20-minute schedule beginning with the 8 a.m. shuttle and ending with the last shuttle leaving the Mohawk Bus Shelter at 5:40 p.m. Contact Public Relations Coordinator Jonathan Yousefzadeh pr@occtransport with any questions or concerns. For more information about spring break service, visit http://occtransport.org.

4. H-1B Employment Petitions May Be Filed Beginning April 2, 2012

U.S. employers interested in sponsoring a foreign national for an H-1B visa that is subject to the “cap count” may begin filing applications as of today, April 2, for a start date of October 1, 2011, the first day of the U.S. government’s federal fiscal year. US Citizenship and Immigration Services will maintain a H-1B “cap count” at this link:

http://www.uscis.gov/h-1b_count

For detailed information on the H-1B visa category, click on this link:

Additional information may also be found on the ISSS website: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/employment/pgemploy.html

5. No International Coffee Hour This Friday. Re-Scheduled for Friday, April 13

Good company! Free food! An opportunity to gather prior to the start of Spring break and visit with friends and classmates!

This month's International Coffee Hour will be held on Friday, April 13 from 3:30-5:00pm in the University UnionOld Union Hall. This month's sponsors are the Career Development Center and International Student and Scholar Services. The date is changed because the usual “first Friday of the month” falls during Spring Break this year.

The Coffee Hour strives to be a space where the entire Binghamton University community, including international students, U.S. students, faculty/staff, and community members are welcome. The coffee hours are informal and provide an opportunity to meet and learn more about each other in a relaxed atmosphere. Each coffee hour has free hot and cold beverages and cookies, sponsored by a different department on campus.

6. Summer Employment Opportunity for Undergraduates: Want to be a Summer Tour Guide?

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is now accepting applications for Summer Tour Guide positions. To apply, fill out the form at https://docs.google.com/a/binghamton.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGFBTTdneG8yYVM0QTlKZGM2S0R4WFE6MA Applications must be completed by midnight Tuesday, April 10. If you have any questions, contact Amber at aferger1@binghamton.edu

7. In-Person Income Tax Assistance Ends Thursday, April 12

Mr. Jim Rollo’s last day for providing assistance with income tax filing is Thursday, April 12 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Until that date, Mr. Rollo is available Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the ISSS.

8. This Week’s Campus and Community Connections Newsletter

The latest Campus and Community Connections newsletter has been posted at:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/cce/connect/CCC-Spring2012-31.pdf

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) publishes Campus and Community Connections to provide BU students with information on ways to participate in activities both on campus and in the local community, including:

* Upcoming Campus & Community Events
* Volunteer & Service Opportunities
* Internships (Credit & Non-Credit)
* Community-Based Research Project

Previous newsletters are archived at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/cce/campusconnect.html

For more information on the Center for Civic Engagement, visit http://www2.binghamton.edu/cce/

9. Income Tax Information: How to Apply for an Extension If You Need More Time to File Your Income Tax Forms

All individuals in F or J status, including F and J dependents, who were in the United States during any part of 2011 must file federal income tax forms, even if they did not have any U.S. earned income!

The deadline for filing income tax forms is Tuesday, April 17, 2012. What happens if you have income and are unable to file your federal and state income tax forms by the April 17 deadline? You can file for up to a six-month extension of your federal income tax form by completing form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File a Tax Return. You can obtain a similar extension from New York State by filing form IT-370. Supplies of federal form 4868 and New York State form IT-370 are available on-line. You may download them from the link below.

For instructions on how to complete the forms, and for the links for downloading the forms, go to: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/taxexten.html

Forms 4868 and IT-370 should be used if you are unable to meet the April 17, 2012 filing deadline for federal and New York State tax returns. Forms 4868 and IT-370 provide an automatic six-month extension. However, forms 4868 and IT-370 do not allow for an extension of any taxes owed. If you owe tax to the U.S. government or the State of New York, you must enclose payment (or an estimated payment) with forms 4868 and IT-370. Do not attempt to file the 4868 or the IT-370 electronically. File them as paper forms. Both forms include instructions.

Students sometime ask whether there are any consequences to not filing tax forms. There can be immigration consequences for failing to file tax forms. For example, applicants wanting to change from F-1 to H-1B (the specialty occupations visa) can be asked by the Immigration Service to submit copies of previous years' income tax forms as part of their H-1B application. Applicants for permanent residency ("green cards") can be asked to show copies of tax forms filed for previous years. A person who appears at a U.S. consulate abroad for consular processing of a permanent residency visa application may be asked to produce U.S. income tax forms from their previous years in the United States.

10. The Deadline for Filing Federal and State Income Tax Forms is Tuesday, April 17!

Do you need to know how to properly assemble and mail your federal and New York State income tax forms? Go to: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/taxaddress.html

Are you using GLACIER Tax Prep? Almost 500 current and former BU students and scholars who are non-residents for tax purposes have logged into GLACIER as of Sunday, April 1

For the most up-to-date information on services available to help you with your income tax forms, visit: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/taxsem.html

11. Pre-Registration for Fall 2012 Begins April 10

The Registrar’s Office has posted the Fall 2012 Schedule of Classes on BU Brain It can be viewed as a grid schedule of classes and as a detailed schedule of classes. The online schedule is the most up to date and accurate source of course information and is the only published version of the Schedule of Classes.

Fall 2012 Pre-Registration will begin April 10 for Graduate students and April 11 for Undergraduate students. Pre-registration ends on Friday, May 11th. For general information on registration times visit: http://registrar.binghamton.edu/registration.htm For your specific registration time for Fall 2012 pre-registration, go to BU Brain

Students with outstanding financial obligations and students who haven't complied with health requirements to the Health Service office will be blocked from registering. Students can also view their account balances and pay any outstanding debts through BU Brain.

Accessing your schedule: You can view and print your schedule online by logging into the BU BRAIN. Room assignments shown online are the most accurate and up to date, but know that these assignments are subject to change.

Credit limit: The maximum number of credits you may register for are listed by student level and term at http://registrar.binghamton.edu/registration.htm These limits include HPEY or MUSP credits and are enforced regardless of GPA. If you seek to register for more than the stated limit, please follow your school's procedure for petitioning for an overload (see http://bulletin.binghamton.edu).

12. Attention Undergraduates! Get Help With Planning Your Fall 2012 Course Schedule

Undergraduates are invited to attend a series of programs where you can receive assistance with selecting courses during the Fall 2012 pre-registration period.

Undergraduates from all schools are invited to an Academic Advising and Scheduling Fest on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in University Union Old Union Hall. This event is sponsored by the Discovery Center.

The Harpur College Academic Advising Office is offering three “Spring into Advising” programs for Harpur College undergraduates. These programs provide extended walk-in hours in the Harpur College Academic Advising Office, Academic B Room G 18 during pre-registration. They will be held on Wednesday, April 18, Thursday April 26 and Tuesday May 1. All three will take place from 1pm to 5pm.

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