ISSS-BU News 18 February 2013 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Today is Presidents Day in the United States, a federal holiday. Banks and Post Offices are closed. BU classes are in session and most University offices will be open.

CONTENTS:
1. Glacier Tax Prep is Now Available!
2. International Student Grant-in-Aid Applications Now Being Accepted
3. International Student Handbook is Now On-Line!
4. Skills To Be A Successful Student: Speaking Up & Approaching People For Help
5. Finnish Chef on campus Monday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 19
6. The Confucius Institute for Chinese Opera presents “I Sing Beijing” Concert on February 18
7. ESL Conversation Circle "Is The Modern Food Industry Killing Us?” Friday, February 22
8. Moved Recently? Time to Report Your Change of Address
9. Thinking of Applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)? Be Sure to Submit a Complete Application to Avoid Unnecessary Delays
10. Offices That Can Help
11. The 2013 NEW Leadership New York (NLNY) Summer Program Seeks Applicants!
12. Want To Be A Summer Tour Guide?
13. Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) for Fall 2013
14.View Summer 2013 Course Schedule
15. Income Tax Information: Who Needs To File a New York State Income Tax Return?

1. Glacier Tax Prep is Now Available!

As our readers know, we launched GLACIER Tax Prep this past week. To access GLACIER please follow the instructions at this link: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/glacier.html

If you are encountering any difficulties accessing GLACIER, please send an email message to isss@binghamton.edu, and include your full name as listed in University records, your date of birth, and whether you are/were an F student, a J student or a J research scholar or professor. Links to and information about tax forms are also available on line at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/index.html Please note that GLACIER Tax Prep will print all of the required federal forms for you. New York State forms are available on line at this link: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/nysformit.html. You need to complete the federal tax forms in GLACIER before you can complete the NYS income tax forms. We will soon post the ISSS Income Tax Webcasts. There will be a webcast that will provide line-by-line instructions for completing NYS forms.

2. International Student Grant-in-Aid Applications Now Being Accepted

Each semester, awards of up to $500 are made to a small number of international students who have a severe financial need. To be eligible, students must be in F-1 or J-1 status, have been in attendance at Binghamton University at least one year (began their studies at Binghamton University in Spring 2012 or earlier), document need, have no outstanding obligations to the university, and be full-time students in good standing.

Some students may find themselves in financial difficulty through no fault of their own. Examples can include reduced support from a sponsor, or unanticipated expenses. Applicants are strongly advised to carefully document their financial situation when submitting the application form, as there are always more students seeking assistance than there are funds.

Students with outstanding balances in their student account with the University should note that based on BU policy, any scholarship award will first be applied towards the balance on their student bill. Applications are available now in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services and must be submitted no later than Thursday, February 28, 2013.

3. International Student Handbook is Now On-Line!

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is pleased to announce that the BU International Student Handbook is now on line! This is the same handbook we make available to new students at Orientation, and the contents have been updated for Spring 2013.

The advantage of the on line handbook is that much of the information is very valuable to new students, who may find the on-line edition easier to consult than the paper version. Further, current students who have outdated copies of the Handbook from when they participated in Orientation can now have the advantage of viewing the latest materials with ease.

The Handbook is available at:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/handbook/index.html

A contents index may be viewed on the left side of the screen.

4. Skills To Be A Successful Student: Speaking Up & Approaching People For Help

Hello first year international students at Binghamton University! You are cordially invited to the Pursuit of Academic Success group. This week’s topic is:

“Speaking up & Approaching people for help”

“I know what they are talking about. I’m sure they will be impressed by my ideas and opinions. Only if I spoke up…”
“Hmm. I’m not quite sure what the professor is talking about. I’m sure I can do much better if I get some help from professor. Only if I approached…”

Have you ever felt or thought this way? If so, please join us to talk more about these struggles common to many international students and learn about strategies to address them. Active in-class participation and active help-seeking are CRITICAL for your academic success at BU.

Join us on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm in the ISSS conference room. Go to the ISSS main office, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Room G-1 for directions. The group leader will be Sangmoon Kim, Ph.D. For more information contact sakim@binghamton.edu

5. Finnish Chef on campus Monday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 19

Sodexo’s Global Chef Program is bringing authentic international cuisine to campus. Chef Tommi Hedman from Finland has traveled thousands of miles and time zones to cook traditional Finnish dishes Monday, February 18, during lunch for a live cooking demonstration in the Chenango Room from 11:30am - 1:30am, and Tuesday, February 19, during dinner at the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Try out this fun way to experience another culture through its food!

6. The Confucius Institute for Chinese Opera presents “I Sing Beijing” Concert on February 18

The Confucius Institute for Chinese Opera presents "I Sing Beijing", a free, gala concert, at 7 p.m. Monday, February 18, in the Osterhout Concert Theater at the Anderson Center. The members of "I Sing Beijing" are young professional opera singers selected from different countries who received a month's-long special training in voice performance and Chinese language pronunciation in Beijing. They will sing Western arias as well as songs from modern Chinese operas (not Beijing opera).

7. ESL Conversation Circle "Is The Modern Food Industry Killing Us?” Friday, February 22

Join Kristiana Zuccarini Friday, February 22 from 1:20-2:20pm in University Union West Room 206 for the ESL program’s conversation circle. The topic is "Is the Modern Food Industry Killing Us?”

8. Moved Recently? Time to Report Your Change of Address

Have you moved? Did you remember that SEVIS requires that you report your change of address to the ISSS? The ISSS makes it easy for you to comply with the address requirement by filing out a change of address form on the web. Visit: http://isss-new.binghamton.edu/forms/addrChange.html

9. Thinking of Applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)? Be Sure to Submit a Complete Application to Avoid Unnecessary Delays

This is the time of year that many international students in F-1 status apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). CPT is the authorization required for any paid or unpaid internship. Planning is very important to making a successful CPT application.

Your application needs to be complete before you submit it to the ISSS office. There are three essential elements to a successful CPT application:

1. Unless the internship is a degree completion requirement for all students in your academic program, a minimum of 1 credit of your full-time registration during the CPT period must be related to your employment. This includes Winter and Summer Terms, as well as Spring and Fall semesters.

2. The Advisor's Recommendation Form for Curricular Practical Training must be completely filled out on both sides. Be sure your advisor has signed your form and filled out the required "Remarks" section of the form

3. You must submit an offer letter from the employer that gives the start and end date of the proposed CPT, the number of hours to be worked each week and a brief description of the duties of the position

Processing of a CPT cannot begin until all the necessary parts of the application are received. Applications that are incomplete can take more than 10 business days to process because staff will need to wait until you submit the missing information. You can avoid unnecessary delays by planning ahead and submitting a complete application.

If you have any questions about how to apply for CPT authorization contact us at intl.work@binghamton.edu

10. Offices That Can Help

Many international students regard the ISSS as their first stop for assistance, and the ISSS appreciates that very much! Today, the ISSS would also like to highlight some other offices that may be of help to you. Learn more about them by clicking on their websites or by visiting.

Office of Residential Life, Tuscarora Hall College in the Woods Second Floor

607-777-2321 http://reslife.binghamton.edu

Dean of Students Office, University Union West-207

607-777-2804 http://www2.binghamton.edu/dean-of-students/

University Counseling Center, Library North -1202

607-777-2772 http://www2.binghamton.edu/counseling/

New York State University, Police Couper Administration Building-G35

607-777-2393 http://www2.binghamton.edu/police/

Human Resources Office, Couper Administration Building -242

607- 777-2187 http://www2.binghamton.edu/human-resources/

Office of Student Conduct, Tuscarora Hall College in the Woods Third Floor

607-777-6210 http://studentconduct.binghamton.edu/

Office of University Ombudsman, Bartle Library LS-G526

607- 777-2388 http://www2.binghamton.edu/ombudsman/

Services for Students with Disabilities, University Union -119

607-777-2686 http://www2.binghamton.edu/ssd/

Office of Transfer Services Initiatives, College in the Woods IR Room 102

607-777-4709 http://www2.binghamton.edu/transfer-services/

Decker Student Health Services Center

607-777-2221 http://www2.binghamton.edu/health/

English as a Second Language Program, Library North Room 2412

607-777-6725 http://www2.binghamton.edu/esl/

Career Development Center, Library South Ground Fl. 500

607-777-2400 http://www2.binghamton.edu/career-development-center/

Center for Civic Engagement, Bartle Library LS-G548

607-777-4287 http://www.binghamton.edu/cce/

11. The 2013 NEW Leadership New York (NLNY) Summer Program Seeks Applicants!

This summer residential program is designed for the next generation of women leaders in their quest for public service leadership. It will be held May 29 - June 4, 2013at the University at Albany, State University of New York. NLNY is a fully funded, intensive, one-week residential program to educate college women about the political process and teach them to become effective leaders.

Program

Participants will take part in training sessions, experiential workshops and field trips to help them explore and develop their own leadership style. Students will receive an introduction to women's history, New York State politics and policymaking, campaign and community organizing, ally building and advocacy skills. Networking and mentoring opportunities and special events will take place throughout the week. Participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement upon successful completion of the program and have an opportunity to compete for mini grant awards to implement program for youth back on their home campus or community.

Eligibility

NLNY is open to:

  • All undergraduate students enrolled in any New York State college or university
  • All applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered.
  • All applicants must have a demonstrated interest and experience in developing leadership skills with professional and academic references
  • All Applicants must submit an official copy of their undergraduate transcripts, and a current resume, if available.

The program is open to undergraduate international students attending college in New York State. Interested students will find more information about the program and an online application at http://www.albany.edu/womeningov

The deadline to apply is March 1st. Selected candidates will be notified by March 15th.

12. Want To Be A Summer Tour Guide?

Think you know everything about Binghamton? Do you have enormous school spirit? Are you an undergraduate student? Do you want to share your amazing experiences at Binghamton University with prospective students? Want to be awesome? Apply to be a tour guide! Applications are available at the Admission Office front desk of Academic A and are due back there at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. If you have any questions, contact mailto:butg.hiring@gmail.com.

13. Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) for Fall 2013

Applications are now being accepted for undergraduate peer mentors to work with the 2013 Binghamton University Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). See the ELP website (www.binghamton.edu/emerging-leaders) for more information about the program.

Through the ELP, peer mentors have the opportunity to have a direct, positive impact on the lives of students new to the Binghamton University community. ELP Mentors serve as role models and primary contacts for new students making their way through their first semester. ELP provides an opportunity for students to put leadership into action, as it focuses on learning about and practicing distinct characteristics of leadership through a theme-based knowledge community and service learning project.

ELP Mentors will be enrolled in a 2-credit hour practicum, which includes a weekly 1 ½ hour seminar class that meets on Fridays from 4:00-5:30pm through the fall semester. The expected time commitment for the ELP Mentor position is approximately 6 hours per week.

ELP Mentor applications are available online through the ELP website: http://www2.binghamton.edu/emerging-leaders/elpmentor.html.

Please contact the ELP program director, Debora Clinton Callaghan (dclinton@binghamton.edu) or coordinator, Tyler Lenga (tlenga@binghamton.edu) with any questions. The application deadline is 11:59pm on Monday, February 25th

14. View Summer 2013 Course Schedule

Thinking about taking a BU course(s) over the summer? You can get a head start. The course schedule for summer 2013 is now available on BU Brain: https://banapp.cc.binghamton.edu:8483/banner/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched select “Summer 2013” from the Search by Term drop-down menu. Summer Session registration opens March 11, 2013.

15. Income Tax Information: Who Needs To File a New York State Income Tax Return?

Staff in the ISSS are frequently asked, do I need to file a New York State income tax return?

You will want to file a New York State tax form:

  • if you have New York State-sourced income (look at Box 15 on form W-2 for a “NY” code), and
  • if NY State income tax was withheld in Box 17 of form W-2 and
  • you would like to apply for a refund of the box 17 amount, regardless of how much money you earned.

You must file New York State form IT-203 if you have income from a New York State source and your New York adjusted gross income is more than your New York State standard deduction ($7500 for single or married individuals, $15,000 if a married individual from Canada, Mexico, Korea or student from India whose spouse is in the United States but earned no income). New York state adjusted gross income includes income from New York State and any other states you may have worked in 2012.

Note: New York adjusted gross income is determined by completing IT-203 lines 1 through 31 and comparing line 31 Federal Amount (which includes income from NY State and other states) with your New York standard deduction. Thus, you may be required to file a New York State form IT-203 if your wages from work in other states plus your New York state wages is greater than your New York State standard deduction.

For help, watch for our upcoming webcast on this topic, titled “Who Needs To File NYS Tax Forms, which will be posted on our webpage soon.

For those of you who will need to file a New York State tax return you may prefer to print your New York State tax forms on the computer rather than handwrite them. The New York State Tax Department provides “fillable forms” on-line that you can then print from your computer. Links to all New York State forms may be found at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/nysformit.html but you are urged to view the webcasts that the ISSS has recorded on the New York State forms, posted to our web pages soon, for line-by-line instructions on how to complete them.

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