ISSS-BU News 06 May 2013 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Today begins the last week of classes. Best wishes to our student subscribers as they work to complete projects, papers, and examinations!

ISSS Staff Not Available Wednesday, May 8 from 11:45am to 1:30pm
ISSS staff will not be available on Wednesday, May 8 from 11:45am to 1:30pm while they attend a recognition event and the office will be closed during that time period. The office will re-open at 1:30pm until 4:30pm.

ISSS-BU News Circulation
We know your schedules are busy, and it can often be a challenge to keep up with the daily stream of e-mail. With that in mind, after many years of ISSS-BU News being circulated on a weekly basis, we will now be sending out the electronic newsletter on the first Monday of every month. We will continue to share the most current, relevant topics (though issues may be lengthier), and also continue to provide access to current and previous ISSS-BU News editions on our website at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/isss-new-bu-news/index.html for your reading convenience. We hope that this change is one that facilitates continued information sharing and ease of access as we move to our new circulation schedule. Happy reading!

CONTENTS:
1. 2013-14 Scholarship for Binghamton University Undergraduate International Students: Preference for South Korean Students
2. International Student Graduation Reception is Friday, May 17
3. Not Returning to Binghamton For Fall 2013? Be Sure to Complete the SEVIS-Required Departure Form
4. Graduating? Wondering About Your BU E-mail Account?
5. Leadership Volunteers Needed - Fall 2013 International Student Orientation
6. ISSS Office Hours During the Summer Months
7. Summer Health and Counseling Fee

1. 2013-14 Scholarship for Binghamton University Undergraduate International Students: Preference for South Korean Students

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services announces that applications are now being accepted for the 2013-14 Stanley Prep Scholarship for BU undergraduate international students. The scholarship is sponsored by Stanley Prep. To apply, students must meet the following criteria:

1) Be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time at BU with demonstrated academic merit (GPA of 3.5 or higher)

2) Preference for a student of South Korean descent (others may apply but students from South Korea are given first preference)

3) Must participate actively in school activities. Candidates are required to submit an essay describing their involvement in student activities at Binghamton University, along with a copy of their resume. You will also be asked which (if any) Korean Studies coursework you have taken at Binghamton University.

Go to this link for the required application cover sheet (http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/isss-new-bu-news/2013/STANLEY%20-PREP-App.pdf), which must be submitted via email with essay and resume (citing “Stanly Prep Scholarship Application” as the subject line) as a scanned attachment to: ISSS@binghamton.edu

Deadline for submitting: Friday May 17, 2013 at 4:00pm. Late applications will not be considered.

2. International Student Graduation Reception is Friday, May 17

We are delighted that so many international exchange students and graduating students have informed the ISSS that they will be attending the 27th Annual International Student Graduation Reception in the University Union Old Union Hall, Friday, May 17 at 7:00pm.

If you are completing your program or are graduating, and have not yet responded to our invitation, please do so soon by using our on-line response form no later than Monday, May 13: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/gradreception/invite.html

Students who graduated in December 2012 or who will graduate in Summer 2013 and would like to participate in the International Student Graduation Reception should also use the invitation link, above.

Each student will receive a certificate from the ISSS, in recognition of your achievements. If you will be graduating, or completing your exchange program this month, come join the ISSS staff and your fellow students for good food, short speech making, and lots of photo opportunities!

3. Not Returning to Binghamton For Fall 2013? Be Sure to Complete the SEVIS-Required Departure Form

If you will not be returning to Binghamton University for the Fall 2013 semester, because you have graduated, completed your program, withdrawn early, temporarily stopping your studies, or are transferring to a new school, you must fulfill your federal SEVIS responsibilities by completing the ISSS Departure Form. This form can be completed on the web by going to the following link: http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/DepartureForm/

If you will be continuing at Binghamton University but have changed your U.S. address, fulfill your SEVIS responsibilities by completing the ISSS Change of Address Form. This form can be completed on the web by going to the following link: http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/changeofaddress/

Dual-Diploma students who are going home for their third year of study in Turkey do not need to complete either a departure form or a change of address form.

4. Graduating? Wondering About Your BU E-mail Account?

All Binghamton University students keep their B mail account when they graduate. However, once you have graduated, the University is obligated to enable advertisements, as for any personal Gmail account you may already have.

For more information, visit: http://its.binghamton.edu/google-apps/faq

5. 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 Orientationbegin Monday August 19th – Wednesday August 21st, 2013

If you are interested in becoming a Leadership Volunteer, please fill out the form at this link: http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/LV/ Questions? Contact Associate Director Karen Keefe-Guzikowski at kkeefe@binghamton.edu

6. ISSS Office Hours During the Summer Months

Many students ask if the ISSS ever closes once the Spring semester ends. The answer is; the ISSS is open twelve months throughout the year. Although staff will rotate vacations during the summer, the office remains open for its usual hours except for state and federal holidays. "ISSS-BU News" is likewise published throughout the year.

ISSS office hours do alter slightly in the summer. From May 20 – August 16, the ISSS will be open weekdays from 9:30am to 3:45pm, except Wednesdays when ISSS hours are from 11:30am to 3:45pm. We will resume our regular office hours on Monday, August 19.

7. Summer Health and Counseling Fee

Students registered for any summer session may access care at both Decker Student Health Services Center and the University Counseling Center. The student health fee is included in the University fees charged to students at the time of class registration.

Students NOT registered for summer classes will be charged a one time, non-refundable fee of $32.00 . Students who later register for summer classes after paying the summer fee will be charged the per credit student health fee associated with class registration.

Students who have graduated or are not returning in the fall, are no longer eligible for services after May 19, 2013. Decker Student Health Services Center will be glad to provide you with copies of medical records and referrals to local health care providers. Questions? Contact Decker Student Health Services Center at 607-777-2221.

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