ISSS-BU News 21 May 2012 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Summer hours are now in effect through August 24, 2012. Most offices on campus will be open for most or all of the day from 8:00am to 4:00pm weekdays. The ISSS will be open weekdays from 9:30am to 3:45pm, except Thursdays when we will be open from 11:30am to 3:45pm. We look forward to seeing you during the summer months.

CONTENTS:
1. Message from Ellen Badger, Director of ISSS
2. Requirement for ALL Students Attending Summer Session 2012 Classes: Confirmation of Enrollment
3. OCC Transport Summer Term 1 2012 Schedule
4. Does The ISSS Have a Certificate For You?
5. Sixty Second Annual BU Commencement Held This Weekend
6. Monday, May 28, 2012 is Memorial Day. University Offices Will Be Closed
7. B Mail Access for Students in China
8. Graduating? Now You Can Keep Your B Mail Account!
9. Are You Graduating in Summer 2012 and Plan to Apply for Practical Training?
10. Important Information for Those Who Will Graduate in Summer 2012
11. Have You Received Your Income Tax Refund for 2011?
12. Wireless Authentication to Change for Fall 2012

1. Message from Ellen Badger, Director of ISSS
It was wonderful to see students, family members and friends at Friday night's International Student Graduation Reception! The room was full and we hope that everyone enjoyed the evening. On behalf of the ISSS staff, I want to thank our co-sponsor, The Office of International Programs for helping to make this event possible. The ISSS will be posting photos from the International Student Graduation Reception soon.

My thanks to Yash Muni and Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Rose for their timely and warm remarks.

2. Does The ISSS Have a Certificate For You?
A number of students who had indicated their intention to attend Friday's International Student Graduation Reception but then did not attend, have certificates of achievement ready for pick up in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. The ISSS will be sending e-mail messages early this week to students who did not pick up their certificates at the Graduation Reception.

Students who were at the reception and were informed that a certificate would be ready in the ISSS this week are asked to stop by beginning Wednesday afternoon after 1pm. Thanks.

3. Requirement for ALL Students Attending Summer Session 2012 Classes: Confirmation of Enrollment
At the start of each semester all undergraduate and graduate students are required to confirm enrollment via BU BRAIN at
http://bubrain.binghamton.edu For summer 2012, confirmation must be completed by 8 a.m. Monday, May 21, to avoid your courses being canceled. If you fail to confirm enrollment and your classes are dropped, you will have to re-enroll in the courses online via BU BRAIN. How do you confirm enrollment? After logging into BU BRAIN, click on the "Start of Term" tab. View a step-by-step guide on how to confirm enrollment at http://www2.binghamton.edu/registrar/students/course-registration/confirmation-enrollment.html Problem accessing? Go to http://its.binghamton.edu/helpdesk


4. OCC Transport Summer Term 1 2012 Schedule
OCC Transport has posted the Summer 2012 Term 1 Schedule on its schedule page! Visit
http://www.occtransport.org/index.php/schedules to download the schedule. Note that this schedule is for Summer Term 1 ONLY and will begin on Tuesday, May 29. As well, the JC Westside route has been split into two new routes called the Westside Shuttle and UDC-Riverside. For more information about these new routes, visit our route maps at http://www.occtransport.org/index.php/route-maps Contact Public Relations Coordinator Jonathan Yousefzadeh at mailto:pr@occtransport.org with any questions or concerns.

5. Sixty Third Annual BU Commencement Held This Weekend
Congratulations to the approximately 3300 Binghamton University students who received their degrees at Saturday and Sunday's commencement exercises at the Events Center.

6. Monday, May 28, 2012 is Memorial Day. University Offices Will Be Closed
Next Monday, May 28, 2012 is Memorial Day, a U.S. Federal holiday. Binghamton University will also be observing the holiday. All University offices and facilities will be closed. Locally, district schools are not in session, and banks and post offices are also closed.

7. B Mail Access for Students in China
Students traveling to the People’s Republic of China may find that they have difficulty accessing the Binghamton University e-mail account (BMail) at
http://bmail.binghamton.edu This is because B mail is powered by GoogleMail, and access to various Google application services may be affected in China.

There is an alternative link to access BMail from China, provided by BU’s Office of Information Technology Services. Use this link: https://mail.google.com/a/binghamton.edu

8. Graduating? Now You Can Keep Your B Mail Account!
Now that the University has switched to B Mail as a Google application, all 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

9. Are You Graduating In Summer 2012 and Plan to Apply for Practical Training?
Students in F-1 status who will be graduating in Summer 2012 and plan to apply for Optional Practical Training after graduation are reminded to file their practical training applications well in advance of the date they would like practical training to begin. Currently, the USCIS Vermont Processing Center is taking approximately twelve weeks to process EAD cards for practical training.

In general, the ISSS recommends that practical training applications be filed at least 100 days (three months plus ten days) in advance of the requested starting date. So, if you would like your practical training to begin in late August to mid-October, now is the time to start the application process!

Your application must be received by the USCIS Vermont Processing Center no later than 60 days following your degree completion date, which is August 17, 2012 for Summer 2012 graduates.

Applications for OPT are available in the ISSS, and on-line at

http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/employment/OPTAdvForm.pdf Please allow 7 to 10 days for ISSS processing. Still have questions? Then send an email message to intl.work@binghamton.edu make an appointment with Karen Keefe-Guzikowski or Shawna Szabo, or attend the Tuesday afternoon employment walk-in appointment time, 1:30pm to 3:15pm.

10 . Important Information for Those Who Will Graduate in Summer 2012
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services reminds students that if you will graduate in Summer 2012, you must do two things:

· You must be registered for the Summer (and confirm your registration on BU Brain)

· You must file a "Graduate Application for Degree" if you are a graduate student, or an "Application for Degree" if you are an undergraduate student. Both of these forms may be completed on line at BU Brain Once you are signed in, press the “Student Tab” and scroll down until you see the forms.

Failure to take care of both steps may have negative consequences for your immigration status if you are an F-1 or J-1 student and have a SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 with a summer completion date.

11. Have You Received Your Income Tax Refund for 2011?
Students and scholars who filed their 2011 income tax forms by the April 2012 deadline and were eligible to receive an income tax refund should have received their payments by now.

But, for those of you who expected a refund but have not received a response as yet, both the U.S. Federal government and the New York State government provide easy ways for you to check on the status of your refund.

The phone number for inquiries about federal income tax refunds is: 1-800-829-1954. Assistance is available Monday-Friday 7am to 10pm

You can also inquire on the web at:
http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96596,00.html

The phone number for inquiries about NYS income tax refunds is:
1-800-443-3200. Assistance is available Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm
You can also inquire on the web at:
https://www8.tax.ny.gov/PRIS/prisStart

This information is also available on the ISSS tax web page. The direct link is:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/taxrefunds.html

You should have a copy of your income tax forms in front of you when you call or go on the web, as you will likely be asked to indicate the numbers of the forms you filed. You will also be asked for your social security number.

12. Wireless Authentication to Change for Fall 2012
Starting in late summer 2012, Binghamton University will be replacing its wireless device registration system (currently based on Bradford's Campus Manager) with a new system. The new system will be based on a more common approach used by many universities and should make it easier for faculty, staff and students to register devices on the campus wireless network. No action is necessary at this time. Stay tuned to
http://its.binghamton.edu for more information on this new system as it becomes available.

 

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