ISSS-BU News 03 September 2012 ISSS-BU News
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“Like” Us on Facebook!Editor's Note: Today, Monday, September 3 is Labor Day in the United States. Classes are not in session, and most University offices, including International Student and Scholar Services, will be closed. University offices will re-open on Tuesday September 4.
Tomorrow, September 4 is the first day of classes for the Fall 2012 semester. ISSS-BU News wishes all of our student, staff and faculty subscribers a successful and productive Fall semester!
Beginning next week, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services will start subscribing new students to ISSS-BU News. Some new students have already subscribed themselves, using their binghamton.edu e-mail account. Our issues can also be read on the internet, and are usually posted the same day as the e-mail version. Just go to http://isss-new.binghamton.edu and select “ISSS-BU News.”
- National Holidays for September
- New International Students Still Checking In With the ISSS
- OCC Transport Resumes Service
- Fall 2012 International Spouses Program (ISP) English as a Second Language Classes
- Essential Requirement: You Must “Confirm” Your Fall 2012 Enrollment in BU Brain by September 7 or Risk Having Your Registration Cancelled
- BU Korean Social Debate Club General Interest Meeting (GIM) on Thurs, September 6
- First International Coffee Hour of the School Year is Friday, September 7
- On-Campus Job Opportunity! Are You A Native Or Near-Native Speaker Of Spanish, German, French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Italian, Or Some Other Language?
- Emergency Alert Messages
- A Message from BU Bearcats Athletics Regarding Attendance at Inter-Collegiate Games
- Attention Current International Students Who Have Returned from a Trip Abroad
- Secure Your I-94 Card
- Fall 2012 Edition of the International Student Handbook Now Available
- Academic Calendar for Fall 2012
- Fall Career Fairs in the U.S. for Japanese-English Bi-Linguals
- Consenting to Sex
1. National Holidays for September
The following countries are celebrating national holidays during the month of September:
|Papua New Guinea||16-Sep|
|St. Kitts and Nevis||19-Sep|
2. New International Students Still Checking In With the ISSS
Nearly 700 new international students took part in International Student Orientation activities August 27-29, a record attendance. A few new students have only just arrived, or will arrive this week. If you meet a newly arrived international student, please remind them to report to the office of International Student and Scholar Services so that staff can photocopy and sign their visa documents, give them a new student folder, and provide other important information.
The ISSS has scheduled a series of special new student orientation meeting for students who were not able to attend the regular international student orientation. Students will be scheduled for those sessions when they come to the ISSS.
Fall 2012 service begins on Tuesday, September 4. We have significantly increased overall service this year, particularly to the University Downtown Center. For schedules, route information and more, visit http://www.occtransport.org.
These are non-credit bearing classes for spouses of BU international students, faculty and staff. BU Research Scholars are welcome to join as well. These classes are NOT intended for current BU students. The focus is to practice conversation, reading, grammar skills and daily living in the United States.
Classes begin on Tuesday, September 4 but students are welcomed at any timeTwo classes and a Discussion Group will be offered this semester at the following times:
Basic Conversational English (Beginner- Pre-Intermediate):
Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Science Library Classrooms Room 311
First Class: Wednesday, September 5
Time is spent on all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). There is work done using material out of various ESL text books that include a focus on grammar and sentence structure, while conversation is always incorporated into the lessons as well.
Thursdays from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Fridays from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Location: Science Library Classrooms Room 311
First Class: Thursday, September 6
There is an ongoing focus on grammar and sentence structure while tenses such as the passive, past perfect, future perfect may also be covered. Additional topics may include verb patterns, everyone’s favorite verb “get”, reported speech as well as other topics in between. Articles covering topics of interest will also be discussed.
Fridays 9:00am to 10:30am
Location: Hinman Commons Building Room 120B
Open to all levels of English and native English
First Class: Friday, September 7
A $5.00 fee per semester per student is requested towards the copying of materials (no need to purchase a textbook for these classes). The instructor will collect this fee.
Our ESL instructor is Ms. Myriam Stanton. Myriam has many years experience teaching English overseas and ESL here in the United States. This is her fourth year as our ISP ESL instructor.
If you have any questions about the ESL classes, please contact the instructor at email@example.com
5. Essential Requirement: You Must “Confirm” Your Fall 2012 Enrollment in BU Brain or Risk Having Your Registration Cancelled
Students must confirm enrollment by Friday, September 7. If you do not confirm your enrollment, your courses will be automatically cancelled whether or not your semester bill is paid.
All undergraduate and graduate students are required to confirm enrollment at the start of each semester via BU BRAIN at http://bubrain.binghamton.edu. For fall 2012, confirmation must be completed by 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, to avoid cancellation of your courses. 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 at http://bubrain.binghamton.edu, click on the “Start of Term” tab. For step-by-step directions, go to http://www2.binghamton.edu/registrar/students/course-registration/confirmation-enrollment.html. Problem accessing? Contact the Help Desk at http://its.binghamton.edu/helpdesk.
To confirm your enrollment follow the steps explained at this link:
The Registrar’s Office also provides a helpful link to check for start of the semester requirements for both new and continuing undergraduate students. Visit it at:
6. BU Korean Social Debate Club General Interest Meeting (GIM) on Thursday, September 6
BU Korean Social Debate Club "CASE STUDY" is having a GIM in Science Library Room 210 ( SL210 ) on Thursday September 6 at 8:00pm. CASE STUDY is a group of competent debaters who love arguing about various social issues and interesting topics through discussions and presentations in Korean.
You can be prepared as a member of society by building communication skills in the course of debate like a business person! In addition to GIM, the BU Korean Social Debate Club will hold an open forum for the following two weeks on Friday, September 7 and again on Friday, September 14) in Science Library Room 210 (SL210) at 4:00pm, so come and watch us!
For more information, contact Hyunwoo Lee
7. First International Coffee Hour of the School Year is Friday, September 7
Meet new and returning students! Good company! Free refreshments! Celebrate the beginning of the Fall semester by coming to this month's International Coffee Hour on Friday, September 7 from 3:30pm-5:00pm in University Union, Old Union Hall. This month's sponsor is United University Professions (UUP).
The Coffee Hour strives to be a space where the entire Binghamton University community, including international students, U.S. students, faculty/staff, and community members are welcome. The coffee hours are informal and provide an opportunity to meet and learn more about each other in a relaxed atmosphere. They are held on the first Friday of every month during the academic year. Each coffee hour has free hot and cold beverages, cookies, vegan bars and breads, sponsored by a different department on campus.
8. On-Campus Job Opportunity! Are You A Native Or Near-Native Speaker Of Spanish, German, French, Hebrew, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Italian, Or Some Other Language?
Why not apply for an LRS position? We would like to encourage you to visit our website and to submit an application early.
The Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) program is now accepting applications for the position of Language Resource Specialist (LRS) for Fall 2012 who speak Spanish, Korean, Russian, French, Hebrew, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Italian, and a host of other languages.
Based on work with LxC staff, instructors and other LRS colleagues, LRSs design a syllabus for the Languages Across the Curriculum study group and research and prepare reading assignments (or films or internet-based assignments). LRSs lead discussions of these assignments in the study groups and evaluate students' performance. Throughout the semester, LRSs compile a Blackboard-based teaching portfolio consisting of all the materials used in the study group. LRSs are expected to meet weekly for mandatory LxC staff training.
The ideal candidate will have previous teaching experience, strong analytical and critical thinking skills; be eager to develop pedagogical skills that foster a globalized understanding of the world, have very strong English language skills and native or near-native proficiency in one or more other languages. LxC supports an array of courses in a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to: Environmental Studies or Life Sciences, American History, Political Science, Education and Human Development, Theater, International Business, Engineering, and Marketing.
Pay begins at $10/hr and LRSs work 5-10 hours per week. Weekly study group meetings led by each LRS begin in the 5th week of classes, scheduled at the convenience of the LRS and her/his students.
NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN ASSISTANTSHIP.
Use the PDF form available in this link to apply: http://lxc.binghamton.edu/forms/LRS_appl_form.pdf, or call for a hard copy to be mailed to you. All applications should be submitted to the Languages Across the Curriculum office as hardcopy or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Some interviews will take place during the next few weeks. For more details you can call the LxC office at 607-777-2499, or email us:email@example.com
9. Emergency Alert Messages
Do you want to know when classes are cancelled, or if there is an emergency condition on campus or in the community? The RAVE Emergency Alert System is used to alert you of campus emergencies: including fire, weather and police emergencies. You can have messages sent to your mobile phone and to your email account. All students are urged to register with RAVE.
To learn more about RAVE, visit:
To register for RAVE and set up your account, visit:
10. A Message from Bearcats Athletics Regarding Attendance at Inter-Collegiate Games
Bearcats Athletics was thrilled with the student turnout for last Tuesday’s men’s soccer game against Syracuse, however, the policy is that at all home regular season soccer, basketball and lacrosse games, undergraduate students receive free admission with their valid BU ID, as they pay the athletics fee. Graduate and doctoral students need to pay for a ticket, which are $5 general admission for soccer and lacrosse, higher for basketball. If international graduate or doctoral students would like to bring a group to a game (or two), we do have special group rates for 20 or more. Contact Erin M Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-777-3741 directly to set up this group rate.
11. Attention Current International Students Who Have Returned from a Trip Abroad
Many continuing international students were fortunate to be able to travel abroad during the summer vacation. If you obtained a new visa while you were away or entered the United States using your new SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019, please come to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services with your passport and visa documents so we can make copies for your files. Thank you!
12. Secure Your I-94 Card!
The I-94 departure card (the small white card that is stamped and returned to you after your immigration inspection upon entry to the United States) is a very important immigration document, that costs $330 to replace if lost! Generally, the immigration inspector staples the card to an empty passport page, usually the page facing your US student visa stamp. Sometimes however, the card is returned “loose.” The Office of International Student and Scholar Services urges international students to check your I-94 departure card. If it is not stapled into your passport, you are urged to do so yourself to avoid loss. Or, come to the ISSS and staff will be happy to staple it into your passport for you.
13. Fall 2012 Edition of the International Student Handbook Now Available
The BU International Student Handbook is now on line. This is the same handbook we make available to new students at Orientation.
The on line Handbook is a great source of information on a variety of topics that has been gathered in one place. New students will find much valuable information arranged in one compact publication. The Handbook is updated each semester, so that current students who have outdated copies of the Handbook from when they participated in Orientation will be able to view the latest materials with ease.
The Handbook is available at:
All of the contents may be viewed in the menu on the left side of the screen.
14. Academic Calendar for Fall 2012
For a copy of this semester’s academic calendar, please visit the following link:
15. Fall Career Fairs in the U.S. for Japanese-English Bi-Linguals
DISCO International, organizer of the world's largest job fair for Japanese-English bilinguals, invite Japanese-English bilingual students to our upcoming Career Forums this fall.
LOS ANGELES CAREER FORUM
Sept. 14 & 15, 2012 (Fri. & Sat.)
Loews Hollywood Hotel
*Special offers just for LA Career Forum participants* http://www.careerforum.net/event/la/?lang=E
BOSTON CAREER FORUM
Oct. 19 - 21, 2012 (Fri. - Sun.)
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (Boston, Massachusetts) http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/?lang=E
Los Angeles/ Boston Career Forums are for anyone who is:
- Japanese-English bilingual(at minimum conversational level in
both Japanese and English)
- looking for a full-time or internship position
Companies will be holding seminars as well as one-on-one interviews at their booth during the event. Some companies may give out offers by the end of the event. Registration and attending the event is free.
For online registration and more info regarding the above, please go to:
Los Angeles Career Forum:
Boston Career Forum:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact DISCO international at email@example.com
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16. Consenting to Sex
The following information is provided by the University Counseling Center.
As you begin the fall semester, lots of fun events and social gatherings are going on. We would like to bring your attention to some important things you should know and remember if YOU decide to initiate or participate in any kind of sexual behavior.
- Effective consent is essential to engaging in healthy, safe sexual behavior. Effective consent is informed, freely and actively given, mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.
Consent is not effective if it results from the use of physical force, threats, intimidation or coercion.
Consent for one act of sex is not consent for another act of sex.
- Consent can be established if the following four conditions are present:
-both participants are fully conscious
-both participants are equally free to act
-both parties have clearly communicated their willingness/permission
-both parties are positive and sincere in their desires
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