ISSS-BU News 02 July 2012 ISSS-BU News

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Editor’s Note: University Offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of the U.S. Independence Day holiday. Banks and post offices are also closed.

1. Employment Walk-In Hours Change for Tuesday, July 3
2. A Brief History of the U.S. Independence Day
3. Fall 2012 Tuition and Fee Charges
4. Fall 2012 International Student Orientation – Leadership Volunteers Needed
5. Term II OCCT Schedule Now Posted

1. Employment Walk-In Hours Change for Tuesday, July 3
Employment walk-in hours will start and end earlier than usual on Tuesday, July 3, due to limited staffing. Students with employment questions may come to speak with an advisor from 11:00am to 12:45pm that day. Regular employment walk-in hours resume on Tuesday, July 10.

2. A Brief History of the U.S. Independence Day
Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. [From]

To read a transcript of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, go to this link:

3. Fall 2012 Tuition and Fee Charges
Fall 2012 tuition and fee charges have now been published by the Office of Financial Aid and by the Office of Student Accounts, and are posted on their websites. Both non-resident graduate and undergraduate tuition have increased, as have some fees. Room costs (for undergraduates) and Board (Meal) plans have also undergone some changes.

International Student and Scholar Services have consolidated the information from Student Accounts and it is posted on the ISSS website at:

New features include a payment plan that spreads payments out over four months, and a service for wire transfers from overseas banks. Details on these plans, and other payment information, can be found at:

For a complete listing of room rates for undergraduates, see: and review the 2012-13 Housing Rates.

For a complete listing of meal plan options, see: Click on “plans” and select “residential” or “commuter.”

4. Fall 2012 International Student Orientation - Leadership Volunteers Needed
Are you interested in helping new international students during Orientation and adding Leadership and U.S. Culture Training experience to your resume? There is still time to sign up to be a Leadership Volunteer!
Leadership Volunteers are a select group of Binghamton University students, who join ISSS staff to welcome new international students during Fall International Student Orientation. Leadership Volunteer recruitment is now underway.

Leadership Volunteers engage in a 5-day training program to help prepare them for their role during Orientation. The training program is organized by the 5 goals of the Orientation program:
  • Help New Students Feel Comfortable in a New Environment (Networking)
  • Meet Students’ Needs
  • Share Important Information
  • Learn about U.S. Culture
  • Build Trust

The Training Program includes activities that give all Leadership Volunteers the opportunity to:
  • Become a Team
  • Prepare Presentations for Small Group Activities
  • Understand the Needs of New International Students
During Orientation, Leadership Volunteers greet new international students at Check-In, welcome them during the Introductory Meeting, lead small group discussions, accompany them to all meals, provide reassurance and essential information, and most importantly contribute to a warm and sincere presence during the new international student's first few days on campus. Many new students tell the ISSS how important the Leadership Volunteers were to their initial experience at Binghamton University. Many Leadership Volunteers tell the ISSS how valuable the training was to their own professional and personal development.

Leadership Volunteer Training will take place Monday, August 20, to Friday, August 24, 2012. International Student Orientation starts Monday, August 27 and ends on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Anyone who wants to be a Leadership Volunteer must participate in the full week of training and all three days of International Student Orientation.

If you are interested in applying to be a Leadership Volunteer, please complete the Leadership Volunteer application on our website:

5. Term II OCCT Schedule Now Posted
OCC Transport’s regular service is not running during intersession week, July 2 to 6. However, ITC shuttles will run during this time period, beginning with the 8 a.m. run, and ending with the 5:40 p.m. run. ITC shuttles depart from the Mohawk bus stop every 20 minutes. There will be no service on Wednesday, July 4.

Summer Session II service will begin Monday, July 9, following the same schedule as Summer Session Term I. See the OCCT website at

Service questions may be directed to Mark Zakariya, OCCT Office Coordinator, at

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