ISSS-BU News 02 December 2013 ISSS-BU News


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CONTENTS:
1. Next International Coffee Hour Friday, December 6
2. Fall 2013 International Student Graduation Reception Thursday, December 19
3. Request for Pictures from Graduating Students
4. Upcoming DISCO Career Fairs For Japanese-English Bilinguals
5. It’s Time! Research Papers, Presentations, Final Exams - How to Survive
6. Grades of Incomplete from Previous Semesters
7. Fall 2013 Grades Information
8. Taking a Winter Session Class at BU? Remember That Confirmation of Enrollment Is Required
9. Traveling During Intersession? Not Returning for the Spring 2014 Semester?
10. International Students and DWI/DUI Arrests or Convictions
11. Not Returning to Binghamton for Spring 2014? Remember to Comply With Federal Regulations
12. Important Off-Campus Work Authorization Reminders!
13. A Reminder About Optional Practical Training EAD Cards

1. Next International Coffee Hour Friday, December 6

Good company! Complementary refreshments! Relax by coming to this month's International Coffee Hour on Friday, December 6 from 3:30-5pm in University Union Old Union Hall. This month's sponsors are the Vice Provost for International Affairs, and the Office of International Programs.

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 from 3:30pm-5pm. Each coffee hour has complementary hot and cold beverages and cookies, sponsored by a different department on campus.

2. Fall 2013 International Student Graduation Reception Thursday, December 19

Students who are graduating or completing their programs at the end of the Fall 2013 semester have been invited to attend the sixth annual Fall International Student Graduation Reception on Thursday, December 19, 2013 in the University Union Old Union Hall. Click here to let the ISSS staff know that you will be attending.

3. Request for Pictures from Graduating Students

Please help ISSS make the International Student Graduation Reception extra special by sending ISSS 2 or 3 pictures of your time here at Binghamton. These pictures should be e-mailed to Linda Torricelli at ltorrice@binghamton.edu by Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

4. Upcoming DISCO Career Fairs For Japanese-English Bilinguals

DISCO International, is the organizer of the largest job fair for Japanese-English bilinguals. With opportunities to meet companies face-to-face, we encourage Japanese-English bilingual students to take advantage of these events. No fee to register or attend.

Tokyo Winter Career Forum 2013: December 19 -20, 2013

Place: Tokyo Big Sight, East Hall 1 (Tokyo, Japan)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/tkw/index.asp?ref=201321&lang=E

New York Career Forum 2014: February 21-22, 2014

Place: The Altman Building (New York, New York)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/ny/index.asp?ref=201321&lang=E

(Travel scholarship is available for the New York Career Forum. Currently accepting applications online.)

5. It’s Time! Research Papers, Presentations, Final Exams - How to Survive

Everyone feels concern, even panic, as we approach the end of the semester. Preparation and planning are essential to success when the date of an important exam, presentation or research paper is near. International students who have been at Binghamton University for more than one year have suggestions to help you prepare.

For strategies and suggestions to help you manage your time and your emotions:

1. Check out the Surviving Finals section of our Getting Good Grades website for strategies to help you prepare and suggestions to help you manage your time and your emotions:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/getting-good-grades/survivefinal.html

2. Some of you may have research papers to write. If you have not already done so review the guidance on our website, How to Write a Good Research Paper:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/getting-good-grades/goodrespaper.html

3. For guidance or help with time management or stress you can make an appointment to speak with a counselor by calling the Counseling Center at 607-777-2772. You may also find it helpful to review one of the pamphlets on the website:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/counseling/resources-tools/index.html

Best wishes for success!

6. Grades of Incomplete from Previous Semesters

International students are reminded that if you received a grade
of “Incomplete” for any course that you took for the Spring 2013 semester that ended in May 2013, and you have not yet submitted the required work for the course, the incomplete grade will automatically convert to “withdrawn” for graduate students and “failure” for undergraduate students after December ends. If the course was being counted towards your full-time registration, conversion of the incomplete grade to W will effectively place you in violation of your F-1 or J-1 status. You are urged to either complete your work by the deadline, or request that your professor file for an extension of your incomplete. Do not place your immigration status in jeopardy!

7. Fall 2013 Grades Information

Grades for Fall 2013 courses are generally posted by faculty 72 hours after the last class or the final exam for a course (whichever is later), but they may not appear on your record until the week after finals. Some faculty choose to post grades on Blackboard, but until they are available for viewing in BU BRAIN, the grade has not been officially recorded. Students can access their grades as soon as they have been processed by the Registrar’s Office by visiting BU Brain at: http://bubrain.binghamton.edu

Note: If an MG (Missing Grade) or an I (Incomplete) is noted on your transcript, your degree will not be conferred until you are given a final grade. Contact the instructor of the course with questions.

8. Taking a Winter Session Class at BU? Remember That Confirmation of Enrollment Is Required

Student Records reminds students to confirm their enrollment for winter 2014 courses – a requirement for ALL undergraduate and graduate students. If students do not confirm enrollment for Winter Session 2014 via BU BRAIN by 3:30pm on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, they will be dropped from their courses.

9. Traveling During Intersession? Not Returning for the Spring 2014 Semester?

We want to remind our readers that there is a wealth of travel information on the ISSS website. Just use this link to visit the Travel index: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/travel/index.html

Here are our picks:
Travel Check List
Taking a Cruise?
Travel Plans for Intersession
Travel to Canada
ISSS-BU News Travel Extra

Also, if you are not returning to Binghamton for the Spring 2014 semester, you must complete the required departure form at: http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/DepartureForm/

10. International Students and DWI/DUI Arrests or Convictions

International students hope that they will never be arrested or convicted for a crime while in the United States. But many students do not know that a single arrest for drunk driving, commonly known as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving While Under the Influence (DUI) can have serious implications for student visa renewals abroad or an application for a visa in a new category (such as H-1B).

To learn more, go to this link

11. Not Returning to Binghamton for Spring 2014? Remember to Comply With Federal Regulations

Students not returning to Binghamton University for the Spring 2014 semester need to complete a departure form with the ISSS, unless they will be on optional practical training. The departure form can be completed on the web by visiting:

http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/DepartureForm/

Those needing to complete a departure form include:

- those who are graduating in Fall 2013 but who will not be pursuing optional practical training

- exchange students who are completing their programs

- those who have decided to stop their Binghamton studies and either return to their home country or transfer to a new U.S. school

- anyone withdrawing or terminating their studies as of the end of the Fall 2013 semester

12. Important Off-Campus Work Authorization Reminders!

The ISSS wants to remind students applying for work authorization (Curricular Practical Training, Optional Practical Training, Academic Training and Off-Campus Employment Based on Economic Hardship) that you may not begin employment until you receive the appropriate work authorization:

Curricular Practical Training (CPT): I-20 endorsed on Page 3 with a CPT approval

Optional Practical Training (OPT): EAD card issued by USCIS

Academic Training: Work authorization letter from the responsible officer for your J-1 Program and a DS-2019 endorsed for academic training

Economic Hardship: EAD card issued by USCIS

Beginning employment in advance of receiving the appropriate work authorization is a VIOLATION of immigration regulations governing F-1 and J-1 students and may have VERY SERIOUS consequences, including the revocation of your valid immigration status.

Please be sure that you allow adequate processing time for all work authorization applications. Normal processing time, once the ISSS receives a completed application, is approximately 7-10 business days.

If you have questions or concerns about employment-related issues, please attend advising walk-in hours. (Monday & Tuesday: 10am to 11:45am; Wednesday & Thursday 1:30pm to 3:30pm)

13. A Reminder About Optional Practical Training EAD Cards

F-1 students who have obtained authorization for Optional Practical Training from the USCIS and who used a mailing address other than the ISSS Office for their Employment Authorization cards are reminded to please bring their EAD cards to the ISSS so that we can make a photocopy for your files. Having a photocopy in the ISSS could become very important to you in the future, if we need to verify your F-1 status or if the card is lost or stolen.

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