ISSS-BU News 07 May 2012 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Today begins the last week of classes. Best wishes to our student subscribers as they work to complete projects, papers, and examinations!

Health Insurance Walk-In Appointment Times Have Changed for Tuesday, May 8 only.
Tuesday, May 8th walk-in appointments for health insurance will be held from 10:00am to 11:15am for this week only.

ISSS Staff Not Available Friday, May 11 from 11:45am to 1:30pm. 
ISSS staff will not be available on Friday, May 11 from 11:45am to 1:30pm while they attend a recognition event.


CONTENTS:
1. International Student Graduation Reception is Friday, May 18
2. Attending Commencement? Your Friends and Family Can Watch On Line!
3. Like Us on Facebook!
4. Not Returning to Binghamton For Fall 2012? Be Sure to Complete the SEVIS-Required Departure Form
5. Graduating? Wondering About Your BU E-mail Account?
6. Fall 2012 International Student Orientation - Leadership Volunteers Needed
7. ISSS Office Hours During the Summer Months
8. Summer Health and Counseling Fee
9. Latest H-1B Visa Update

 

1. International Student Graduation Reception is Friday, May 18
We are delighted that so many international exchange students and graduating students have informed the ISSS that they will be attending the 26th Annual International Student Graduation Reception in the University Union Old Union Hall, Friday, May 18 at 7:00pm. Invitations were sent by email on April 29, 2012.

If you are completing your program or are graduating, and have not yet responded to our invitation, please do so soon by using our on-line response form no later than Monday, May 14:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/gradreception/invite.html

Students who graduated in December 2011 or who will graduate in Summer 2012 and would like to participate in the International Student Graduation Reception should also use the invitation link, above.

Each student will receive a certificate from the ISSS and a gift from the Alumni Relations Office, in recognition of your achievements. If you will be graduating, or completing your exchange program this month, come join the ISSS staff and your fellow students for good food, short speech making, and lots of photo opportunities!

2. Attending Commencement? Your Friends and Family Can Watch On Line!
No one has to miss your graduation.

Perhaps you have a family member or friend who is unable to make the trip to Binghamton University. They can still share your special moment with you.

Spring 2012 Commencement may be accessed and viewed live online at http://www2.binghamton.edu/commencement/spring/family-and-friends/index.html Select “on-line broadcast.” Real Player is needed to view the broadcast. Make sure you tell them the time of your school’s ceremony.

http://www2.binghamton.edu/commencement/spring/schedule-of-events.html

So, tell your friends and family to bookmark the appropriate links and view the ceremony live on either Saturday, May 19 (for Graduate Students) or Sunday, May 20 (for Undergraduate Students).

3. Like Us on Facebook
International Student and Scholar Services has a Facebook page! Please go to http://www.facebook.com/ISSS.BinghamtonUniversity We hope you’ll “like” us!!!

4. Not Returning to Binghamton For Fall 2012? Be Sure to Complete the SEVIS-Required Departure Form
If you will not be returning to Binghamton University for the Fall 2012 semester, because you have graduated, completed your program, withdrawn early, temporarily stopping your studies, or are transferring to a new school, you must fulfill your federal SEVIS responsibilities by completing the ISSS Departure Form. This form can be completed on the web by going to the following link:

http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/DepartureForm/

If you will be continuing at Binghamton University but have changed your U.S. address, fulfill your SEVIS responsibilities by completing the ISSS Change of Address Form. This form can be completed on the web by going to the following link:

http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/changeofaddress/

Dual-Diploma students who are going home for their third year of study in Turkey do not need to complete either a departure form or a change of address form.

5. Graduating? Wondering About Your BU E-mail Account?
All Binghamton University students keep their B mail account when they graduate. However, once you have graduated, the University is obligated to enable advertisements, as for any personal Gmail account you may already have.
For more information, visit: http://its.binghamton.edu/google-apps/faq

6. 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.

If you are interested in being a Leadership Volunteer, please apply on line at:

http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/LV/ Questions? Contact Karen Keefe-Guzikowski isss@binghamton.edu

7. ISSS Office Hours During the Summer Months
Many students ask if the ISSS ever closes once the Spring semester ends. The answer is; the ISSS is open twelve months throughout the year. Although staff will rotate vacations during the summer, the office remains open for its usual hours except for state and federal holidays. Holiday closings will be posted on e-mail when they occur. "ISSS-BU News" is likewise published throughout the year.

ISSS office hours do alter slightly in the summer. From May 21 – August 24, the ISSS will be open weekdays from 9:30am to 3:45pm, except Thursdays when ISSS hours are from 11:30am to 3:45pm. We will resume our regular office hours on Monday, August 27.

8. Summer Health and Counseling Fee
Students registered for any summer session may access care at both Decker Student Health Services Center and the University Counseling Center. The student health fee is included in the University fees charged to students at the time of class registration.

Students NOT registered for summer classes will be charged a one time, non-refundable fee of $32.00 beginning May 21, 2012. Students who later register for summer classes after paying the summer fee will be charged the per credit student health fee associated with class registration.

Students who have graduated or are not returning in the fall, are no longer eligible for services after May 18, 2012. Decker Student Health Services Center will be glad to provide you with copies of medical records and referrals to local health care providers. Questions? Contact Decker Student Health Services Center at 607-777-2221.

9. Latest H-1B Visa Update
The most recent H-1B visa update was on Friday April 27, 2012.

USCIS reports that approximately 29,200 H-1B cap-subject petitions (against the 65,000 H-1B regular cap) and approximately 12,300 petitions qualifying for the 20,000 advanced degree cap exemption had been filed. The trend is about 5,000 regular cap numbers used each week since April 9. This rate appears to be much faster than previous years. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.

USCIS will provide regular updates on the processing of FY2013 H-1B petitions. The updates can be found on the USCIS’ Web site at www.uscis.gov/h-1b_count

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