ISSS-BU News 17 December 2012 ISSS-BU News
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The ISSS will curtail services for the holiday break at the close of business at 3:45pm on Monday, December 24. The office will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 9:30am. During the holiday curtailment period, e-mail, voice mail and faxes will be checked, but not every day. If you have a medical or safety emergency, please call University Police at 607-777-2393. We hope that our readers enjoy their holiday.
There was a very nice attendance at Saturday night's Fall International Student Graduation Reception! We hope that everyone enjoyed the evening. The ISSS thanks the event’s co-sponsor: The Office of International Programs for helping to make this event possible. Photos taken at the Reception and at Sunday’s Commencement Ceremony will be posted to the ISSS Facebook page this week.
Nearly four hundred BU students received Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees at the Fall 2012 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, December 16. We congratulate the many international students who participated in the ceremony!
The Transfer Student Initiatives and Services Office with Tau Sigma honor society is sponsoring “Come Relax With Us”, our finals week event.
Take a break from your studies on Monday, December 17th from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Bartle Library (Rooms LN-1404 and 1406 – across from the library entrance)
The event is open to all students. You do not have to be a transfer student to attend. There will be free pizza, desserts, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Take a few minutes and come take a break with us!
OCCT will operate on a normal service schedule until Friday, Decenber 21. There will be no Late Nite service on Friday, Dec 21. OCCT will conclude Fall 2012 service with the following runs: 9 p.m., Oakdale Mall Shuttle; 9:30 p.m., Riviera Ridge/Town Square Mall; 10 p.m., ITC Shuttle; 11 p.m., University Plaza Shuttle; 11:30 p.m., Downtown Express; 11:45 p.m., Residential Shuttle; midnight, Westside Shuttle; 12:15 a.m., Downtown Center Riverside. http://www.occtransport.org/index.php
The International Health Insurance Team is now processing spring 2013 international health insurance fee waiver requests. If you are a non-funded student and believe you are eligible for a waiver of the international health insurance fee, please go to
http://www.binghamton.edu/isss/health-insurance/waiverinfo.html. Funded graduate students’ waivers are automatically processed and do not need to fill out a waiver form. Questions? Contact the International Health Insurance Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Records remind s students to confirm their enrollment for winter 2013 courses – a requirement for ALL undergraduate and graduate students. Note: This is the first time confirmation of enrollment is required for Winter Session courses. If students do not confirm enrollment for Winter Session 2013 via BU BRAIN by Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, they will be dropped from their courses.
An increasing number of international students are finding good prices for short cruise vacations during holiday breaks and are asking staff in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services whether there are any special issues associated with cruise travel to other countries.
The answer is yes! Please read the article on Cruise Travel posted at:
Beginning Monday, December 24 and continuing through Friday, January 18, many University offices will operate with reduced hours. For the ISSS, hours to the public during this time period will be weekdays from 9:30am to 3:45pm, except Wednesdays, when the hours will be 11:30am to 3:45pm. Phones will be answered from 8:00am to 4:00pm weekdays. The ISSS will resume regular academic year operational hours on Monday, January 21. Be sure to note the ISSS holiday curtailment hours. The ISSS will curtail services for the holiday break at the close of business at 3:45pm on Monday, December 24. The office will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 9:30am.
There will be no International Coffee Hour in January. Instead, the regular international coffee hour schedule will resume Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:30pm in the University Union. Watch for the announcement in an upcoming edition of ISSS-BU News.
Faculty and staff are asked to remind students that the deadline to apply for the 2013-2014 Faculty-Student Scholarship Program is 4 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2013. Applicants must be juniors, seniors or graduate students during the 2013-14 academic year and have a 3.2 cumulative GPA. Recipients will earn $3,200 working 10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters in one of the following on-campus sites/positions: Anthropology Department (Interdisciplinary Tick-Borne Disease Research Assistant); Career Development Center (Marketing and Social Media Specialist); Center for Civic Engagement (Community Issues Assistant); Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (Research Videographer and Media Assistant); Office of International Student and Scholar Services (International Student Success Assistant); Media and Public Relations (Video and Multimedia Specialist); School of Management Advising Office (Advising Assistant); Services for Students with Disabilities (Student Manager of Adaptive and Assistive Technology); Student Affairs Assessment and Strategic Initiatives (Research and Assessment Assistant); Undergraduate Research Center/Office of External Scholarships (Communications Assistant). Details and application can be found at http://www.binghamton.edu/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships/faculty-student-scholarships.html
Some students worry about their credit card records, especially if it is possible that a credit card has been lost or stolen, or if they suspect that their identity information has been compromised. There is some very good information on this subject at the web site of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, an official government agency. Read their materials at:
"Annual Credit Report.com” is the only official source for truly free credit reports. Visit their web site at:
Many students who visit the websites of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Tax Department find announcements that encourage tax filers to use e-filing to submit their income tax forms electronically to these two agencies. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services reminds students that if you are a non-resident for tax purposes, you cannot file electronically, but must file paper forms.
Who is considered to be a non-resident for tax purposes? International students in F or J status for 5 years or less (since 2008 or later) and their F-2 or J-2 dependents, file tax forms as non-residents. Research scholars or faculty in J-1 status for 2 years or less (since 2011 or later) also file as non-residents. Non-residents file different tax forms than residents.
The ISSS provides access to free income tax compliance software, known as Glacier Tax Prep to all international students, international faculty and scholars, and international alumni who are eligible to be considered as non-residents for tax purposes. Glacier Tax Prepprovides an easy to use web interface for entering information regarding your income tax liability, and then enters the information onto the required forms so that you can print them. Glacier Tax Prepis password-protected so that only you have access to the information. So, Do not attempt to complete your income tax forms using the e-filing options recommended by the Internal Revenue Service. It is not possible to e-file tax returns if you are a non-resident for tax purposes. Information about how to access and use Glacier Tax Prep will be announced in late January.
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