ISSS-BU News 15 October 2012 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: This is a busy period for mid-term examinations. We wish our student subscribers good luck with their examinations and papers!

CONTENTS:
1. Speaker on Creating Leaders for Tomorrow: What it Means for Young Professionals to be Prepared for Today's Global Environment, Thursday, October 18
2. Liberal Arts to Communication Speakers Thursday October 18
3. Plan Now for Mid-Term Exams
4. Do You Owe Any Money to the University for the Fall 2012 Semester?
5. National Circus of the People's Republic of China Performing November 19
6. The U.S. Department of Defense Re-Opens the MAVNI Program
7. Have You Lost or Misplaced Property?
8. International Students and Participating in Protests
9. Laws That Every International Student Should Know
10. Advice from “I’ve Been There”

1. Speaker on Creating Leaders for Tomorrow: What it Means for Young Professionals to be Prepared for Today's Global Environment, Thursday, October 18

Ms. Hilary Corna, Author of One White Face and SUNY Global Author in Residence will come to Binghamton on Thursday, October 18 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in Old University Union Room 108.

Ms. Corna will share her story about how she, in response to a dare, bought a one-way ticket to Singapore in hopes of pursuing an international career. With serendipity and hard work at hand, she secured a job as Senior Executive Officer for Toyota in Singapore, and for three years managed a team of people and worked across six Asian countries—all at the age of twenty-two.

Come hear Ms. Corna talk about ways to make your own international opportunities!

Co-sponsored by SUNY Global, the Binghamton University Globalistas (BUGs), Career Development Center, Office of International Programs, International Connections Club

2. Liberal Arts to Communication Speakers Thursday October 18

A panel on careers in the field of communication for students majoring in the Liberal Arts and Sciences will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in Old University Union Room 102. The panelists include:

Mr. Rich Appel, Billboard Radio Columnist and On-Air Personality for WRNJ Radio
Mr. Andrew Block, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, City of Binghamton
Mr. Ryan Yarosh, Assistant Director of Media and Public Relations, Binghamton University

3. Plan Now for Mid-Term Exams

It is mid-October and at Binghamton University that means it is also time for midterm exams. In most classes, midterm exams are a major component of your grade. Do not worry too much, there are plenty of ways to prepare and be successful!

Meet with Your Professors or Teaching Assistants:
If you are concerned about any of your course material or are unsure of your understanding, ask your professor or teaching assistant for an appointment time. You can then meet with them, ask your questions and come to a better understanding of what is confusing you.

Tips from Successful International Students:
This website provides tips from successful international students to help you survive midterm exams(academically and emotionally!)
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/getting-good-grades/Surviving%20Mid-Terms.pdf

Plan Your Time:
Waiting to the last minute is never a good idea when you need to prepare for an exam. Planning how you will use your time will help you prepare and be less stressed. Plan time for study and schedule breaks, or time for a little fun. Remember, sleep is an essential part of preparing for a mid-term exam!
This website has a calendar you can print out to use to plan your time before midterm exams.
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/getting-good-grades/Fall%202011%20Planning%20Calendar.pdf
You can also use the calendar function in Google to create a study schedule. Open your Bmail account, look at the top of the page to find the calendar function.

Visit the Discovery Centers:
Below you will find a link to the Discovery Center. If you are an undergraduate student, then at a Discovery Center you can learn about study groups and tutoring services. Don't forget, Binghamton University has many resources for academic support!
http://www2.binghamton.edu/discovery/centers.html

4. Do You Owe Any Money to the University for the Fall 2012 Semester?

The Office of Student Accounts reminds all students to check their payment record in BU BRAIN to be sure that their student bills have no outstanding balance for the Fall 2012 semester. Why is it important to check? Because you won't be able to advance register for Spring 2013, order transcripts, or receive your diploma if you will graduate in December 2012, unless your account is paid. To check your account, just log into BU BRAIN, find the “student tools” menu, click on the student accounts menu, click on "QuikPAY-Web Payments" and re-enter your user id and password. Then, click on “view accounts” to view your bill.

At the end of the sixth week of classes, a “hold” is placed on the student’s record if there is an outstanding balance. An outstanding balance that results in a hold on the student’s record must be paid in full in order to participate in advance registration for the next semester.

5. National Circus of the People's Republic of China Performing November 19

The National Circus of the People's Republic of China will come to Binghamton University for one performance on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 8:00pm in the Anderson Center Osterhaut Theatre.

Direct from Beijing, this company of 48 will perform Cirque Chinois, a theatrical extravaganza that influenced the pioneers of Cirque du Soleil. The company has toured in 80 countries around the world and has won more than 20 gold and silver medals at international circus festivals.

You can purchase tickets by visiting the Anderson Center Box Office on campus, calling 607-777-ARTS or on line at http://anderson.binghamton.edu Tickets cost: Students - $22; BU faculty/staff and senior citizens - $40; General public - $45.

6. The U.S. Department of Defense Re-Opens the MAVNI Program

The June 4, 2012 edition of ISSS-BU News featured an article about the return of the U.S. Department of Defense’s MAVNI Program:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/isss-new-bu-news/2012/june042012.html#l7

The law firm of Ware/Gasparian, immigration attorneys has recently updated the information on their website here:

http://david-ware.com/immigration-information/breaking-news/mavni-program-officially-reopened

The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest recruiting program (MAVNI) allows certain noncitizens who have been in the United States at least two years to enlist in the Army. The Army is seeking critical language and technical skills, particularly those who are licensed Health Care Professionals into the Officer Corps. The advantage to the noncitizen is that it provides a pathway to U.S. citizenship, bypassing the permanent residency process, in return for specified years of service in the U.S. military.

MAVNI is expected to remain open until May 15, 2014.

You are urged to read the updated information at the link above, if interested.

7. Have You Lost or Misplaced Property?

If you have lost or misplaced property, University Police may be able to help. Property is turned in to them on a regular basis, and is logged in and secured in the University Police station on the ground floor of the Couper Administration Building. Call 607-777-2393 or e-mail lfbupd@binghamton.edu with lost-property inquiries.

8. International Students and Participating in Protests

Last year, the ISSS updated its article titled: What International Students Should Know About Participating in Protests. The revised version can be viewed at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/publications/intstushldkno.html
The revision was originally prepared due to the expansion of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement beyond New York City to cities throughout the United States. The update remains timely.

9. Laws That Every International Student Should Know

Binghamton University Police has placed information on its website that discusses New York State laws and ordinances as they apply to college students. This section includes a discussion of alcohol law and other laws from the penal code that may be used in certain situations. To view the entire document, visit: http://www2.binghamton.edu/police/crime-information/law-and-you.html

10. Advice from “I’ve Been There”

Dear Students,

    Feeling mixed up and fuzzy is bad. But feeling guilt and shame about something we cannot control is the absolute WORST! The best thing to do is to talk to someone and let words tumble out instead of keeping it all inside. I know b’cuz I’ve been there.

    My second semester at college wasn’t the best. I felt like I wasn’t getting along my roommate and my classes were really tough. On top of that, things with my family were a mess. One night, I went out and got really drunk.

Signed,

I’ve been there.

Dear “I’ve been there,”

The Counseling Center is a great resource for learning how to manage stress so that you can concentrate better. You can call them at 607 777-2772 to make an appointment.

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