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ISSS-BU News 16 April 2012 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Tuesday, April 17 is the deadline for filing income tax forms. Please see this article from last week’s ISSS-BU News for details:
                    http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/isss-bu-news/2012/apr092012.html#l3

 

CONTENTS:
1. Workload Issues in the ISSS
2. Income Tax Update
3. Taste of Asia on Monday, April 16
4. Social Media Week at Binghamton University: April 16-20
5. E-Mail Messages from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Are Not Real
6. Additional Day for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance on Tuesday, April 17
7. Brush up on your Professional Etiquette skills before it really matters at The Etiquette Factor: Professional Etiquette & Networking Event on Friday April 27!
8. Develop Your English Speaking Skills! Visit the Public Speaking Skills Lab!
9. New Student Programs Summer Staff 2012 Application Now Available!
10. Work Opportunities in the Center for Civic Engagement for Summer and/or Fall 2012
11. This Week’s Campus and Community Connections Newsletter
12. International Student Fest, Sunday April 29
13. International Student Graduation Reception Update
14. J-1 Students and On-Campus Employment
15. H-1B Visa Cap Count Is Moving Quickly
16. Upcoming DISCO Career Fairs For Japanese-English Bilinguals

1. Workload Issues in the ISSS
As we get closer to May, the ISSS is in the midst of its busiest work period. New student visa documents are being mailed on a daily basis and current students come to the office with questions regarding travel, practical training employment, and extensions to name a few! The ISSS is always happy to be of assistance to you, but as will naturally occur during a busy period, it takes staff longer to accomplish office tasks. This includes forms processing, appointments and responses to e-mail messages. So, if it is necessary for you to meet with Karen Keefe-Guzikowski, Shawna Szabo or Ellen Badger, or need to have paperwork processed by ISSS staff, please allow extra time for an appointment, e-mail reply, or paperwork. They appreciate your understanding. Thank you!

2. Income Tax Update
GLACIER Tax Prep continues to be available to Binghamton University students and scholars for those who are filing late, and will stay available until July 15, 2012. After that date GLACIER users will be able to access the “printed .pdf” only, but will no longer be able to complete an income tax return. The ISSS will continue to provide access to GLACIER through July 15 for those students who are filing late, and will maintain its supply of income tax forms for several months, for those who need to file amended returns. Then the forms will be placed in storage. Remember to print a copy of your GLACIER -prepared tax forms for your files before July 15, 2012.

To date, more than 660 current and former BU international students and scholars have accessed GLACIER. More than 460 users were eligible for refunds, and nearly 6.8 million dollars in total gross income was reported by BU GLACIER users.

3. Taste of Asia on Monday, April 16
Please join the Multicultural Resource Center and 15 Asian Student Groups for the Taste of Asia Event that will be held in the Mohawk Great Room on Monday, April 16, 2012 from 5-7pm. ALL are welcome! The event is $3 to sample foods from China, India, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines and Korea.

4. Social Media Week at Binghamton University: April 16-20
Social Media Week events will be taking place every day at Noon in the Undergrounds Coffeehouse. Topics are on: Google+ Hangouts, Linked In, Cyber Stalking, and Creating an Online Identity. Lunch is provided for attendees at all of these events. All events are open to Students, Faculty, and Staff - so please feel free to attend!

Also during the week we are encouraging the University community to add to our Social Media "Blog it Out!" page. Topics are given for each day. Anyone who blogs about the topics will be listed and given credit. Don't have a blog? Want to learn more or start one? There's information on the Blog It Out information page to get you started.

Additionally, there will be a Social Media Challenge component to the week. To encourage more discussion about the usage of social media, we have created a list of challenges that need to be completed. Anyone who completes all challenges (and gets their card punched) will be entered to win a Kindle Fire.

Lastly, there will be a ladder with buckets in the Tillman Lobby every day from 1-4pm which will allow the Binghamton community to self-identity where they are on our "Social Technographics ladder". This is taken from imagery in the book "Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed By Social Technologies". From users creating content to those that merely "collect" information - we're going to find out how connected (and at what level) Binghamton University really is!

For more information, visit: http://binguactivities.tumblr.com/socialmediawk2012

5. E-Mail Messages from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Are Not Real
Some students have reported receiving email messages from the US Department of the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS will NEVER send an email to a taxpayer. There are many email scams that look very real. If you receive an email “from the IRS” – It is NOT REAL. Do not open any links and definitely do NOT give out any bank or credit card information. In most cases, the email states that the IRS is trying to make a tax refund but needs a confirmation of the bank information. Or, the email might state that they can put the refund on a credit card if the student will just provide his or her credit card information. Again, the IRS DOES NOT collect email addresses, so any email about a tax refund and needing a confirmation of information will always be fake.

6. Additional Day for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance on Tuesday, April 17
The ISSS had previously announced that Jim Rollo’s last day to offer non-resident income tax assistance would be Thursday, April 12 from 11am to 1pm. Mr. Rollo has kindly added an additional day, Tuesday, April 17 from 11 a.m.-1 pm. Please note that April 17 is also the income tax filing deadline for both federal and state taxes. Non resident income tax forms must be post-marked no later than midnight April 17.

7. Brush up on your Professional Etiquette skills before it really matters at The Etiquette Factor: Professional Etiquette & Networking Event on Friday April 27!
Making a first positive impression takes practice. Etiquette and networking expert Barbara Lang will address how to make the most of networking opportunities without dropping your hors d'oeuvres and spilling your drink. The event is on Friday, April 27, 2:30-4 p.m., Mountainview Room 111. Registration required via the CDC Website under the NEWS section by April 20. Space is limited, and there is a $5 fee.

8. Develop Your English Speaking Skills! Visit the Public Speaking Skills Lab!
Students are encouraged to use the lab to prepare for presentations in both classroom and organizational settings. Our new state of the art equipment allows trained undergraduate interns to videotape each student and provide an immediate oral and written assessment about their performance. Following their appointment, students are sent a digital copy of their video recording. The Public Speaking Skills Lab provides a unique opportunity for students to improve their proficiency in this much needed skill area.

Students can make half hour appointments for a maximum 15-minute presentation, leaving the rest of the time for assessment. Students may come with a prepared presentation or visit the lab to practice impromptu speaking skills. Feedback includes evaluation of all areas of the presentation including structure, body language, filler words and more. Our main focus is on presentation delivery.

The Public Speaking Skills Lab is located in the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center (C4) building, Discovery Center, room 101B. More information about the lab and how to schedule appointments is available through the webpage: www.binghamton.edu/public-speaking. Click the following link to read a recent article from Inside Binghamton University: http://www.binghamton.edu/inside/index.php/inside/story/public-speaking-skills-lab-opens-on-campus.

The Public Speaking Skills Lab is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. Contact speakinglab@binghamton.edu with any questions.

9. New Student Programs Summer Staff 2012 Application Now Available!
New Student Programs is hiring for their Summer Staff position for the summer of 2012. Interested students should fill out the online application at http://www2.binghamton.edu/orientation/staff/summerstaff.html. Applications are due Friday, April 18.

10. Work Opportunities in the Center for Civic Engagement for Summer and/or Fall 2012
Binghamton University’s Center for Civic Engagement announces work opportunities for Summer and/or Fall 2012. For more details, visit this link:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/cce/opportunities.html

11. 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-Spring2012-34.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 and Community Events

* Volunteer and Service Opportunities

* Internships (Credit and 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/

12. International Student Fest, Sunday April 29
The Vice President for Multicultural Affairs of the undergraduate Student Association and the Multicultural Resource Center is sponsoring International Student Fest, an all-afternoon event with free food and entertainment on Sunday, April 29 from 12 noon to 4:00pm in the Dickinson Amphitheater (between Dickinson Dining Hall and the old University Union. There is no admission charge.

13. International Student Graduation Reception Update
The 26th annual International Student Graduation Reception is 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, in the University Union Old Union Hall. Invitations will be sent by e-mail in about one week. All students completing their programs who plan to attend need to respond by completing the on-line reply card no later than Monday, May 14! Be sure to include any guests who may accompany you by indicating the appropriate number on the response form.

A large number of international students are graduating Binghamton this year, and we look forward to seeing many of you there. Please note that the date is the Friday of commencement weekend. Food and beverages will be served, there will be many photo opportunities, and a commemorative gift will be given to each student being honored.

Students frequently ask about appropriate dress for the reception. While business suits are not required, consider it a Friday evening out, so feel free to dress up in Western or traditional clothing! The reception should end before 9:00pm, so there will be plenty of time for you to enjoy other evening plans following the reception. Cameras are encouraged, as there will be lots of opportunities for picture taking. This is your evening to celebrate your achievement!

14. J-1 Students and On-Campus Employment
Students in J-1 status who have been offered on-campus employment opportunities for either Summer 2012 or Fall 2012 are reminded that even on-campus employment must be authorized in advance. The ISSS has developed a simple on-line form for J-1 students to complete so that the appropriate authorization letter can be prepared. Visit: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/employment/jempframe.html

15. H-1B Visa Cap Count Is Moving Quickly
According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), 17,400 cap-subject H-1B petitions have been receipted as of April 9 2012, just three days after the filing season began. The USCIS California Service Center Deputy Director Don Shoney indicated that demand appears to be double last year’s, and 8,200 of the 20,000 available US master’s cap numbers have been receipted. Nearly 25 percent of the petitions are requesting premium processing.

If these numbers continue at this pace, indications are that the visas subject to the cap will be exhausted much more quickly than last year.

Persons who are already H-1B and are requesting an extension of their H-1B stay, a change from quota subject employer to quota subject employer, who have previously been counted against the quota in the past six years, who work for an institution of higher education or affiliated nonprofit, a nonprofit research organization or a government research organization, are not subject to the cap.

The Department of Homeland Security updates the cap count periodically at this link: http://www.uscis.gov/h-1b_count

For more information on H-1B visas, visit this link:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/employment/pgemploy.html

16. Upcoming DISCO Career Fairs For Japanese-English Bilinguals
DISCO International, organizer of the largest job fair for Japanese-English bilinguals, the Boston Career Forum, will be holding several job fairs this year. With opportunities to meet companies face-to-face, we encourage Japanese-English bilingual students to take advantage of these events. No fee to register or attend.

London Career Forum 2012

June 9 and 10 (Saturday and Sunday)

http://www.careerforum.net/event/ldn/?lang=E

Tokyo Summer Career Forum 2012

June 30 and July 1 (Saturday and Sunday)

http://www.careerforum.net/event/tks/?lang=E

Los Angeles Career Forum 2012

Sept. 14 and 15 (Friday and Saturday)

http://www.carrforum.net/event/la/?lang=E

Boston Career Forum 2012

Oct. 19-21 (Friday-Sunday)

Website available in early May

Tokyo Winter Career Forum 2012: mid-December New York Career Forum 2013: February 2013

All the above Career Forums are for:

- Japanese-English bilingual(at minimum conversational level in both Japanese and English) and

- looking for a full-time or internship position

Any questions about the Career Forum, please contact us at cfn@careerforum.net

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