ISSS-BU News 04 November 2013 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Did you remember to set your clocks one hour back before you went to sleep on Saturday night? Sunday marked the return to “Standard Time” where we will have one less hour of daylight in the evening.

CONTENTS:

1. Multicultural Resource Center Hosts Speaking Up & Getting Support
2. Pursuit of Academic Success Group Meeting
3. DISCO Career Fairs For Japanese-English Bilinguals
4. International Night – Binghamton’s Got Talent, November 9th
5. ISSS No Longer Issues Letters of Certification (LOCs) or Letters of Invitation (LOIs)
6. International Student and Scholar Services Walk-In Advising Hours for International Students
7. Need Help Writing Your Research Paper?
8. Is Your I-20 or DS-2019 Expiring in December?
9. Applied for OPT? The ISSS Needs to Photocopy Your EAD Card!
10. Cold Weather and Snow May Come! How Can You Find Out if Classes are Cancelled?
11. Important Caution to Binghamton University International Students When Taking On-Line Courses
12. Did You Remember to Print Your Health Insurance ID Card From the HTH Worldwide Website?

1. Multicultural Resource Center Hosts Speaking Up & Getting Support

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2. Pursuit of Academic Success Group Meeting

Pursuit of Academic Success is to assist international students in maximizing their academic achievement. Participants of this group will discuss barriers to academic success and learn how they can better address them. This group is open to ALL international students!

Week 9: English Language Proficiency

“I could do much better in school. I could enjoy my life more here at Binghamton University. I could be happier with myself... Only if I spoke English better... Only if I had better English skills...Only if...”

Have you ever felt or thought this way? If so, Please join us Wednesday, November 06 at 2:30pm in the ISSS Conference Room to talk more about your English skills-related concerns and learn strategies to address them. English language proficiency is closely related to academic success, self-perception and life of international students in the US. Please come and share how you have improved your English skills to help each other. Pursuit of Academic Success is a great place to practice and improve your English skills.

Facilitator: Sangmoon Kim, Ph.D
Wednesday: 2:30- 4:00pm
Location: ISSS Conference Room, Hinman Commons Building, Room 120-B (come to the ISSS Main Office, for directions)

3. 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.

Boston Career Forum 2013
Nov. 8 -10th (Fri. – Sun.)
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (Boston, Massachusetts)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/?ref=201322&lang=E

This is our largest Career Forum with currently 206 participating companies, already surpassing last year's number of 190 participating companies. Students must be bilingual in English and Japanese to participate in the Boston Career Forum. Unlike typical job fairs, companies will be holding interviews at their booth and interview rooms during the Boston Career Forum and some may give out offers by the end of the three day event.

Tokyo Winter Career Forum 2013: mid-December

New York Career Forum 2014: February 2014

All the above Career Forums are for:

- Japanese-English bilingual (at minimum conversational level in both Japanese and English) and

- looking for a full-time or internship position

Any questions about the Career Forum, please contact us at cfn@careerforum.net

For additional information go to: http://www.careerforum.net/event/?ref=20130403a&lang=E

4. International Night – Binghamton’s Got Talent, November 9th

International Connection is hosting the second annual International Night: Binghamton's Got Talent on November 9th, 7:30pm-9:30pm in the Mandela Room in Old Union. The World Fair will be 5:30pm – 6:30pm and includes 11 performances, international food and a cultural fashion show.This event is sponsored in part by Watson School's International Alumni and Career Connections. Mark Ochweri will be the MC for the evening and the judges for the night are:

Eric Larson (Student Association)
Patricia Marrapese (Director of ISSS)
Olivia Schofield (Watson)

Bhangra, IFD, Quimbamba, Tae Kwon Do, Tap Dance and many other talented student organizations and individuals are performing. Who will win the top prize of $200 this year?

Ticket Price: $6 in advance or $8 at the door

Ticket Sale: Every Friday 12:00pm – 4:00pm at Tillman Lobby in Old Union you can contact internationalconnection@binghamtonsa.org for tickets or any questions

5. ISSS No Longer Issues Letters of Certification (LOCs) or Letters of Invitation (LOIs)

The ISSS is no longer issuing Letters of Certification (LOCs) or Letters of Invitation (LOIs). Please be aware that these letters are not required by the US Embassy or Consulate to obtain a visa. However, if you would still like to provide documentation to an embassy for yourself or others, please take note of the following:

Letters of Certification: If you need proof that you have maintained your enrollment at Binghamton University, you can make that request online through the Office of Student Records (formerly The Registrar’s Office).

Please follow the instructions on their website: http://www2.binghamton.edu/registrar/services/degree-enrollment-verification.html

Letters of Invitation: If you would like to invite your family/friends to visit you, you can write the invitation letter yourself! Invitation letters are not required by the US Embassy or Consulate to apply for a tourist visa. However, if you wish to provide a letter, it should include the following:

  • Your name, the reason for your living in the U.S., and your current immigration status (likely F-1 or J-1)
  • The names of your family members who wish to visit, and an explanation of the purpose of their visit and how long they expect to stay.
    • You can also provide a copy of your I-20/DS-2019, if you feel comfortable doing so

For more information on applying for a tourist visa, please visit the following site: U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs

6. International Student and Scholar Services Walk-In Advising Hours for International Students

The ISSS has walk-in advising hours every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The ISSS advising team will be on hand to answer any questions that students may have except for health insurance questions. Health insurance walk in hours will only be available on Tuesday mornings from 10:15am -12:00pm. There is no appointment needed for these times and all students will be attended to on a walk-in, “first come, first served” basis. Please be aware that appointments will only be made on a case-by-case basis for students as we move forward with our walk-in advising system.

The walk-in advising sessions will be as follows:
Monday - 10:00am – 11:45am
Tuesday – 10:00am – 11:45am
Wednesday – 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Thursday – 1:30pm – 3:30pm

7. Need Help Writing Your Research Paper?

The key to a successful research paper is taking the time to organize yourself and using the best sources of help.

A research paper is often a significant requirement of a course syllabus. Writing a good research paper is essential to getting a good grade.

It can be very challenging to figure out how to begin to write a research paper, or to find the research materials you need.

Fortunately there is help available to assist you. At the libraries you will find Subject Librarians assigned to your specific major. A Subject Librarian can help you find the research materials, (books, journals, videos etc.) that you need. http://libraryguides.binghamton.edu/subject_librarians

How to Write a Good Research Paper, is an article on the ISSS website that includes a detailed guideline to assist you. This guideline will help you organize your research plan and write your paper. It also includes information on helpful resources. To review this article go to our web page: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/getting-good-grades/goodrespaper.html

Remember your professors and teaching assistants are also available to help you clarify your ideas for your paper and to guide you. Be sure to set up an appointment with them now if you have any questions about what is expected.

8. Is Your I-20 or DS-2019 Expiring in December?

In the next week, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services will send e-mail messages to all international students in F-1 or J-1 status whose SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 will expire in December. The message provides information on filing for an extension of stay, where appropriate. Please note that the letter will not be sent to international exchange students, whose DS-2019 ending date coincides with the ending date for their program. All extension paperwork must be completed before the Fall semester ends. Students whose visa documents will expire in May or Summer 2013 will receive notification from the ISSS in mid-semester Spring 2013.

9. Applied for OPT? The ISSS Needs to Photocopy Your EAD Card!

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services reminds students who have applied for Optional Practical Training that once you receive your Employment Authorization Card, please bring it to the ISSS so that a photocopy can be made for your file. If you are away from Binghamton, you may scan, fax or mail a photocopy to the ISSS. This announcement is for those students who used an address other than the ISSS for their OPT application.

10. Cold Weather and Snow May Come! How Can You Find Out if Classes are Cancelled?

As the weather gets colder, many students wonder what the University procedures are for classes should there be a heavy snow fall.

As a State facility, Binghamton University can only be closed by order of the Governor of New York, but university presidents are authorized to cancel classes and recommend that all but essential employees not report to work in some situations. Unless weather conditions are so severe that the University issues special instructions regarding opening and remaining open, classes are in session. In the event of severe conditions, the Rave Mobile Safety messaging system will be activated. If you are subscribed to the Rave Mobile Safety messaging system, you will receive weather-related messages on your cell phone. Rave Mobile Safety allows you to register numbers to receive text messages, voice messages and even fax messages.

To register go to http://bubrain.binghamton.edu and click the "Login to BU BRAIN" link. Log in with your PODS User ID and password. Once logged in you will find the link to sign up for Emergency Alert Notification on the "My Information" tab. Click on the link and follow the instructions.

For more information, visit the Rave web page at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/banner/rave.html

You may also call the BU Snow Line, 607-777-7669 (607-777-SNOW) or the BU Alert Line, 607-777-7700. Local radio stations will also have this information.

Please note that on many days when local school districts close their schools due to weather conditions, the University will remain open, so be sure to arrange for text or e-mail messages through Rave Mobile Safety, or call the Snow or Alert line.

11. Important Caution to Binghamton University International Students When Taking On-Line Courses

Most international students are aware that US federal regulations limit the number of on-line or distance learning classes that can be taken by F-1 visa holders, even if the classes are offered by Binghamton University. A full description of the rules can be found at:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/immigration/rulecourse.html

If a student needs only one course to finish his or her program of study in the final semester (and this includes Summer Session or Winter Session), it cannot be taken through online/distance education. There must be a physical presence requirement for the course. If a student remains in the United States without reporting to any class, it becomes a security issue and cannot be allowed.

Recently, several students who took only a distance learning class in their final semester have found that they are not eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) because the distance learning course taken by itself, with no other physical presence courses, is a violation of F-1 regulations. Don’t less this happen to you! If you have questions, send an email message to isss@binghamton.edu or come to advising walk in hours.

12. Did You Remember to Print Your Health Insurance ID Card From the HTH Worldwide Website?

International students who have the SUNY international student health insurance program through HTH Worldwide, Inc., are reminded to be sure to print their Health Insurance ID card from the HTH Worldwide website: http://www.hthstudents.com before departing for the Thanksgiving Holiday break! If you will be traveling, it is especially important to have your insurance ID card with you. If you have not already accessed the site, be sure to follow the instructions sent to you from HTH Worldwide in September (enrollment@hthworldwide.com).

Having difficulty going to the HTH website to print your ID card? These tips may help:

Print a copy of the email from enrollment@hthworldwide.com

When setting up your HTH account on line at http://www.hthstudents.com/:
*Enter your name as it appears in the email
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Enter the certificate number that appears in the email
*When entering your email address, use the binghamton.edu email address which is where the HTH email message was sent

Still having problems printing your insurance ID card? The toll free number for assistance at HTH Worldwide is 1-888-350-2002. Or contact the International Health Insurance Team in the ISSS intl.insure@binghamton.edu

All international students, except for those graduate students with TA, GA or RPA funding, are covered under this health insurance policy.

If you are a GSEU-funded F-1 student or Research Foundation funded F-1 student on employee-benefit insurance, contact the appropriate benefits office for information on obtaining your health insurance card.

Your fall health insurance covers you through January 14, 2013, which is when the Spring health insurance coverage begins.

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