ISSS-BU News 19 November 2012 ISSS-BU News

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Editor’s Note: Classes will recess for the Thanksgiving Day holiday after 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 21. Classes will resume on Monday, November 26. All University offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23. However, ISSS voice mail and email will be monitored during the holiday. ISSS-BU News wishes all of our readers a pleasant Thanksgiving Holiday break!

Special Note: For the fifth year, there will be a special International Student Graduation Reception for Fall 2012 graduating students, in addition to the one held each Spring. The Fall graduation reception will take place Saturday evening, December 15, 2012 at 7:00pm in the University Union Old Union Hall. This is the night before the commencement exercises on Sunday, December 16. We hope that many of our Fall 2012 graduating students will be able to attend! We also extend an invitation to any Summer 2012 graduates who were not able to attend the Spring 2012 international student graduation reception. Invitations will be sent by email within the next two weeks to those who have indicated their intention to graduate in Fall. If you are a Summer 2012 graduate who would like to receive an invitation to the Fall graduation reception, please send an email requesting same to


1. Traveling During the Thanksgiving Holiday?

2. Employment Walk-in Hours Will Be Held Tuesday, November 20 for This Week Only!

3. Cold Weather and Snow May Come! How Can You Find Out If Classes are Cancelled?

4. OCCT to End Service Early On November 21

5. Advance Registration for the Spring 2013 Semester ends December 14

6. Accessing Your BMail Account in China During Intersession Break

7. Holiday Curtailment Period for International Student and Scholar Services

8. Student Bills for Spring 2013

9. Selective Service Registration

1. Traveling During the Thanksgiving Holiday?

If you are traveling during the Thanksgiving Holiday, be certain that you have your passport, I-94 card and current SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 with you, even for travel within New York State. This is essential in case you are asked to produce these documents by a police official. Failure to have such documents on your person can result in your being detained until the documents can be produced. Also, be sure to carry proof of health insurance with you.

For complete details, read our travel check list at:

2. Employment Walk-in Hours Will Be Held Tuesday, November 20 for This Week Only!

Employment walk-in hours are normally held every Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:15pm. Due to the upcoming holiday, this week’s employment walk-in hours will take place on Tuesday, November 20 from 1:30pm to 3:15pm. Individual appointments with a member of the Employment Team may also be scheduled for the week of November 26, for those who are either unable to attend the walk-in hours, or who have a complicated question or questions.

3. Cold Weather and Snow May Come! How Can You Find Out if Classes are Cancelled?

As the weather gets colder, many students wonder what the University procedures are for classes should there be a heavy snow fall.

As a State facility, Binghamton University can only be closed by order of the Governor of New York, but university presidents are authorized to cancel classes and recommend that all but essential employees not report to work in some situations. Unless weather conditions are so severe that the University issues special instructions regarding opening and remaining open, classes are in session. In the event of severe conditions, the Rave Mobile Safety messaging system will be activated. If you are subscribed to the Rave Mobile Safety messaging system, you will receive weather-related messages on your cell phone. Rave Mobile Safety allows you to register numbers to receive text messages, voice messages and even fax messages.

To register go to and click the "Login to BU BRAIN" link. Log in with your PODS userid and password. Once logged in you will find the link to sign up for Emergency Alert Notification on the "My Information" tab. Click on the link and follow the instructions.

For more information, visit the Rave web page at:

You may also call the BU Snow Line, 607-777-7669 (607-777-SNOW) or the BU Alert Line, 607-777-7700. Local radio stations will also have this information.

Please note that on many days when local school districts close their schools due to weather conditions, the University will remain open, so be sure to arrange for text or e-mail messages through Rave Mobile Safety, or call the Snow or Alert line.

4. OCCT to End Service Early On November 21

OCC Transport will end service early on Wednesday, Nov. 21 with its 3:00pm runs, due to the start of the Thanksgiving break. Service will be suspended for the length of the break and will resume on Monday, November 26. Full details can be found at

5. Advance Registration for the Spring 2013 Semester Ends Friday, December 14

Have you advance registered for your Spring 2013 courses? Hurry, because advance registration ends on Friday December 14. The Spring 2013 course schedule is available for viewing at:

Currently enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate students and all graduate students who do not have “holds” on their record can register for courses for the Spring 2013 term using online registration on the BU Brain seven days a week until Friday, December 14.

The registration period for Spring 2013 courses will re-open on Friday, January 25, 2013.

6. Accessing Your BMail Account in China During Intersession Break

Binghamton University students traveling to China during intersession break may find that they cannot log into their B mail account from 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:

Google provides a summary page of accessibility to Google services world-wide. Click here for current status information.

7. Holiday Curtailment Period for International Student and Scholar Services

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services, along with most other university offices, will be participating in what is traditionally known at the University as the "holiday curtailment" period. The official holiday curtailment starts at the close of business on Monday, December 24, 2012 with offices re-opening on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. During this period, there will be no mail delivery into or out of offices. Voice mail, e-mail and fax will be monitored periodically, but not every day.

International students and scholars who have paperwork that needs to be processed by the ISSS should note these dates and anticipate that after Friday, December 21, there will be a wait until January 2 before work resumes. It is strongly recommended that any requests for documents be made no later than Friday, December 14 to assure timely processing. Remember not to wait until the last minute!

8. Student Bills for Spring 2013

For students who participated in advance registration for Spring 2013 courses, you will receive your Spring 2013 semester student bill at your email account on or about January 4, 2013. Once you receive your Spring 2013 bill from Student Accounts, you must confirm your enrollment for the Spring semester. The deadline for confirming your enrollment is the 5th day of classes (Friday, February 1). If you do not confirm your enrollment by the 5th day of classes, you will be dropped from all of the classes you have registered for.

9. Selective Service Registration

If you are a male and between the ages of 18 and 25 you may receive a notice from the U.S. government’s Selective Service System (SSS) that you have been registered. Registration means that your data has been provided to the US government in the event that the US military needs to call up more soldiers than those who are already serving as volunteers. Even though such registration is normally only required of US citizens and US permanent residents, foreign nationals on non-immigrant visas may receive a notice in their mail, informing them of their registration.

How does this happen?

Many states, including New York, have enacted legislation which links SSS registration with the process of applying for a driver's license or state identification card. This is done to ensure compliance with the Selective Service registration requirement.

But, foreign nationals who are male and who are in the United States on student or visitor visas, and men who are part of a diplomatic or trade mission and their families are not required to register for Selective Service.

If you receive (or have received) such a notice, return the Selective Service registration card and a photocopy of your I-94 departure card, along with a letter of explanation, to:

Selective Service System
PO Box 94636
Palatine, IL 60094-4636

Be sure to keep a copy for your records. This instruction and address also appear on the registration card. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.


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