ISSS-BU News 01 July 2013 ISSS-BU News

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Editor’s Note: University Offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the U.S. Independence Day holiday. Banks and post offices are also closed. The ISSS will re-open on Friday, July 5 at 9:30am.


  1. National Holidays for the Month of July
  2. A Brief History of the U.S Independence Day
  3. Leadership Volunteers Needed - Fall 2013 International Student Orientation

1. National Holidays for the Month of July

The following countries are celebrating national holidays during July:

Burundi 1-Jul
Canada 1-Jul
Rwanda 1-Jul
United States 4-Jul
Venezuela 5-Jul
Comoros 6-Jul
Malawi 6-Jul
Solomon Islands 7-Jul
Argentina 9-Jul
Bahamas 10-Jul
Mongolia 11-Jul
São Tomé and Príncipe 12-Jul
France 14-Jul
Iraq 14-Jul
Colombia 20-Jul
Belgium 21-Jul
Egypt 23-Jul
Tunisia 25-Jul
Liberia 26-Jul
Maldives 26-Jul
Peru 28-Jul
Morocco 30-Jul
Vanuatu 30-Jul

2. A Brief History of the U.S. Independence Day

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. [From]

To read a transcript of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, go to this link:

3. Leadership Volunteers Needed - Fall 2013 International Student Orientation

Are you interested in helping new international students during Orientation and adding Leadership and U.S. Culture Training experience to your resume? Then, sign up to be a Leadership Volunteer!

Leadership Volunteers are a select group of Binghamton University students, who join ISSS staff to welcome new international students during Fall International Student Orientation. Leadership Volunteer recruitment is now underway.

Leadership Volunteers engage in a 3-day training program to help prepare them for their role during Orientation. The training program is organized by the 5 goals of the Orientation program:

· Help New Students Feel Comfortable in a New Environment (Networking)

· Meet Students’ Needs

· Share Important Information

· Learn about U.S. Culture

· Build Trust

The Training Program includes activities that give all Leadership Volunteers the opportunity to:

· Become a Team

· Prepare Presentations for Small Group Activities

· Understand the Needs of New International Students

During Orientation, Leadership Volunteers greet new international students at Check-In, welcome them during the Introductory Meeting, lead small group discussions, accompany them to all meals, provide reassurance and essential information, and most importantly contribute to a warm and sincere presence during the new international student's first few days on campus. Many new students tell the ISSS how important the Leadership Volunteers were to their initial experience at Binghamton University. Many Leadership Volunteers tell the ISSS how valuable the training was to their own professional and personal development.

Leadership Volunteer Training will take place Monday, August 12th – Wednesday August 14th, 2013. International Student Graduate Orientation starts Thursday August 15th – Friday August 16th, 2013 and International Student Undergraduate Orientation begin Monday August 19th – Wednesday August 21st, 2013

If you are interested in becoming a Leadership Volunteer, please fill out the form at this link: Questions? Contact Associate Director Karen Keefe-Guzikowski at

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