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ISSS-BU News 22 October 2012 ISSS-BU News


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Editor's Note: Next Wednesday, October 31 is Halloween. You are likely to see children (and adults) dressed in costume on that day and/or evening. In some neighborhoods, children will travel from house to house to collect candy in the late afternoon and early evening. For more information on this holiday, visit: http://www.halloweenmagazine.com/history.htm

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services has been notified that many former Binghamton University students obtained H-1B visas that took effect on October 1. 2012. The ISSS congratulates these former students who have successfully obtained long-term employment in the United States in their field. If you are a recent recipient of H-1B status and have not scanned or faxed a copy of your H-1B approval notice to the ISSS, please do so. The fax number is 1-607-777-2889 and the email address for sending a scanned copy is isss@binghamton.edu

CONTENTS:

1. Start Up Success: From Liberal Arts Major to Entrepreneurial Innovator Wed. Oct. 24
2. Please Drive Safely at All Times
3. Need to Have Your Fall 2012 Health Insurance Fee Adjusted?
4. Registrar’s Office Reminds Students of Important Deadlines
5. Spring 2013 Course Schedule Is Now Available On-line; Advance Registration Starts October 31.
6. Scholarships for Female Students from Developing Countries
7. Christmas International House Now Accepting Applications

1. Start Up Success: From Liberal Arts Major to Entrepreneurial Innovator Wed. Oct. 24

Wednesday, October 24 from 6:00pm-7:00pm in Old University Union Room 206

Featured Speaker: Michael Weisman ’98 Co-Founder/Senior Vice President Campus Labs

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED!

Hear from a Binghamton University Anthropology major who made it BIG in the High Tech Start Up World!

As a college STUDENT he created a company that had contracts with over 650 higher education institutions and was the industry leader. That company was recently sold to a publicly traded company that was also created by college students!

How did he do it? How did his experience at Binghamton help shape him? How can you learn from his experience?

Michael Weisman, Harpur '98 is the Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, of Campus Labs, the leading platform and service provider for assessment in higher education. He has been instrumental in the forward evolution of Campus Labs, assisting in strategic, operational and sales roles since its beginnings. Michael currently directs the Campus Relations team in delivering a consistent and integrated Member Campus experience through a unified sales and services organization.

Michael is a recipient of the "Business First 40 under 40" honoring rising leaders in Western New York and is past winner of the Panasci Entrepreneurial Award at the University at Buffalo, where he earned his MBA. Michael is a proud alumnus of Binghamton University where he received his BA in Anthropology and has fond memories of living in both Newing and CIW.

Co-Sponsored by: The Career Development Center and Student Affairs Assessment and Strategic Initiatives

2. Please Drive Safely at All Times

The ISSS reminds all drivers to practice safe driving rules.

Be sure to gain experience driving in the United States and become experienced driving on US roadways. Consider taking the New York State road test to obtain a New York State driver’s license. To learn more about applying for a New York State driver’s license, visit:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/publications/lincense.html

Never drive after drinking alcohol. For those who go to a bar or attend a party, arrange for a designated driver who will not drink, or ask for help when you feel you are unable to drive.
Be sure to get enough sleep before long-distance driving. Drivers should pay extra attention to different traffic patterns or different weather conditions, and remember to stop for a rest on long road trips.

Here are some additional helpful links on safe driving:

NYS Driver’s Manual
http://www.dmv.ny.gov/dmanual/default.html

NYS DMV Traffic Safety Place
http://www.safeny.ny.gov/ts-place.htm

Traffic Safety Tips
http://www.safeny.ny.gov/roadrule.htm

Driving Safety Tips in Any Kind of Weather
http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/drivingsafety/drivingsafetytips/tipIndex.html

3. Need to Have Your Fall 2012 Health Insurance Fee Adjusted?

If you are a funded graduate student who has enrolled in employee health insurance and needs an adjustment to your Fall 2012 health insurance fee, please request the adjustment by using the on line form available at:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/health-insurance/waiverinfo.html

Please note that the deadline for requesting an adjustment of your Fall 2012 health insurance is December 1, 2012.

Questions about your international health insurance? Come to walk-in hours Tuesdays from 10:15am to 12 Noon, schedule an individual appointment, or send an email message to intl.insure@binghamton.edu

4. Registrar’s Office Reminds Students of Important Deadlines

Students who wish to withdraw from a course, change their grade option or apply for Fall 2012 graduation are reminded to complete the following steps by Friday, Nov 2
• Withdrawals: You may drop a class, but since the add/drop deadline has already passed, a “w” will appear on your transcript for the course grade when you withdraw. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday, Nov 2. For step-by-step instructions, visit the Registrar’s website at http://www2.binghamton.edu/registrar/students/course-registration/index.html

International students should remember that if dropping a class will take you below a full-time course load, you risk being in violation of US immigration law unless you follow the appropriate procedures for seeking permission first. Read the information at:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/immigration/lesscourse.html
• Grade Option Changes: To have your grading option for a course changed (either from a letter grade to pass/fail or vice versa) you must print and complete the Grade Option Change form available at

http://www2.binghamton.edu/registrar/students/course-registration/grade-option-change.html
and drop it off at the Student Records Office, Student Wing, Room 119, between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, Nov 2.
• Application for Undergraduate Degree for fall 2012: Undergraduate candidates planning to graduate this semester must submit this online form available on BU Brain by 11:59 p.m. Friday, Nov 2.

5. Spring 2013 Course Schedule Is Now Available On-line; Advance Registration Starts October 31

The Spring 2013 schedule of classes is now available on line at http://bubrain.binghamton.edu. After logging in, select “detailed schedule of classes” and then “Spring 2013: under “search by term. Or, you can view the schedule without logging in:
https://buonline.binghamton.edu/banner/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched
The on line version is the most up to date and accurate source of course information and is the only published version of the Schedule of Classes.

Currently enrolled graduate students can register for courses for the Spring 2013 term beginning Wednesday, October 31 at 9:00am. Currently enrolled undergraduate students can register for courses beginning Wednesday, October 31 at 1:00pm. Online registration in BU Brain will be available seven days a week until pre-registration ends on Friday, December 14.

*Students are assigned starting times (called "Time Tickets" in Banner) for registration according to their total completed cumulative credit. This does NOT include in progress courses. Students will receive an e-mail directing them to check their registration start time (or time tickets) on BU BRAIN, beginning Monday, Oct. 22. Registration start time is based on the number of earned credit hours (in-progress courses are not included).

Financial obligations and missing health forms will block registration: Students with outstanding financial obligations to the university and students who have not submitted a health form to the Health Services office will be blocked from registering. Students may view their account balances and pay any outstanding debts through the 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.

Please note: release of financial holds will not occur until the next business day.

Accessing your schedule: You can view and print your schedule online by logging into the BU BRAIN. Room assignments shown online are the most accurate and up to date, but know that these assignments are subject to change.

Credit limit: The maximum number of credits you may register for each semester is 18 credits. This includes any HPEY or MUSP credits and is enforced, no matter your GPA. If you seek to register for more than 18 credits, please follow your school's procedure for petitioning for an overload.

6. Scholarships for Female Students From Developing Countries

Several organizations have announced scholarship grant competitions for students from developing countries for the 2013-14 academic year.

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund awards 6 to 10 non-renewable grants of $12,000 each year to women from specific developing countries (More than 130 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean appear on their approved list). The Fund is administered by The World Bank Family Network. Applicants must have a record of service to women and/or children in her country, demonstrate financial need, plan to return to their home countries in about two years after receiving the grant, be currently residing in the United States, be in a valid non- immigrant status, be studying at a US accredited institution for the 2012-13 academic year and during the period of time covered by the grant, be at least 25 years old by December 31, 2012, and not be related to any World Bank group staff member or their spouse.

Applications and information are available now on the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund web site. Visit http://www.mmmf-grants.org/grants-us.html for full information and to obtain an application. The application deadline is January 09, 2013.

Other sources of financial aid include:
1. American Association of University Women International Fellowships
2013-2014 deadline is December 1, 2012, applications are available now on their website:

http://www.aauw.org/learn/fellowships_grants/international.cfm
The application is submitted on-line, supporting documents must be mailed.

AAUW Educational Foundation
Dept 60

301 ACT Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4030
telephone: 319-337-1716 ext. 60

e-mail: aauw@act.org

Eligibility: women only, graduate students, citizen of any country except United States, admission to an accredited U.S. institution, outstanding academic record, professional potential, record of civic or community involvement concerning women, intent to return to home country, potential of the field of study to improve lives of women and girls in the country of origin. Up to 57 fellowships awarded.

2. PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund
Philanthropic and Educational Organization For Women

2013-2014 deadline is December 15, 2012 to submit eligibility form. The eligibility form is submitted on-line.
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50312
telephone 515-255-3153

http://www.peointernational.org/peo-projectsphilanthropies and scroll down to “International Peace Scholarship Fund.”

Additional information is available at:

http://www.peointernational.org/sites/www.peointernational.org/files/content/ips_policies_2012.03.09_public.pdf

Eligibility: women only, full-time candidates for MA or PhD at U.S. school, citizen of any country except U.S. and Canada, intention to return to home country upon completion of degree, additional financial support to cover remaining expenses. The maximum award is $10,000. You must complete the eligibility form well in advance of December 15 in order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

7. Christmas International House Now Accepting Applications

Christmas International House (CIH) is a Christian ministry, founded by the Presbyterian Church. CIH is based on friendship evangelism, peacemaking, hospitality, and believing that God loves all persons. Its ministry involves meeting student needs in terms of housing, food and interaction with others. It provides the opportunity for both students and hosts to gain a better understanding of people around the world. The program is open to students of all faiths, and is designed primarily for international students away from home for the first time, rather than for students who have been in the U.S. for several years.

CIH is an organization that offers a “home away from home” in private homes in many areas of the United States for two weeks at Christmas each year. The dates for this year’s Christmas International House are December 18, 2012 to January 2, 2013.

Applications will be accepted by mail until November 15, 2012. Students who sign the application statement commit themselves to participate in all organized activities and stay the entire length of the program. Lodging and meals are provided for free by the hosts, transportation costs are the responsibility of the student.

A registration fee of $175.00 for singles ($200.00 for couples or families) must accompany the application form. Please make checks or money orders payable to AMIS/Christmas International House (Cash is not accepted). This fee will be refunded only if you are not placed. If you are placed, there is NO refund.

For more information and to obtain an application, visit their website at http://www.christmasih.org

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