A photo of the Dean of Students at Binghamton University. Message from the
Dean of Students

Dear Parents/Families

I'm sure you'll agree with me that after such a brutally cold winter we're all ready for spring! And now that temperatures are starting to climb and the snow is melting away, we have past midterm in the semester. Just as we did in December as we headed toward finals, we offered a number of programs and activities to help students relieve their stress during midterms. For a listing of some of the activities we provided, visit our Manageable Midterms page on the Web. 

In addition to our Manageable Midterms initiative, I want to remind you of the many resources we have available on campus for students who need guidance or assistance at any level. Our University Counseling Center, our Discovery Centers for academic assistance, academic advisors based in our schools, the Decker Student Health Services Center and case managers in my office are just some of the resources available to students in need. Students who don't know where to turn can start with my office and be referred to appropriate resources.

Spring Break is also on the horizon. Many of our students will be returning home for the break, but many will also choose to travel or spend their time volunteering and giving back during what we call an "alternative Spring Break." No matter what our students are planning, we hope you encourage your student to take time to recharge safely before returning to campus for the final four-week push to the last day of classes.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, reach out to me and my staff at 607-777-2804 or dos@binghamton.edu.

April Thompson
Dean of Students

Parents: Get involved and make a difference for future Bearcat families!

Parents we need your help and your expertise! Spring Open House dates are Saturday March 28, Sunday March 29, and Sunday April 19.

Thousands of prospective students and parents will be visiting campus this spring for Admitted Student Open House days. This is an opportunity for admitted families to get to learn more about Binghamton University before making their big decision. Many of these parents are curious and want to know: "What is it like to be a parent of a Binghamton University student?"

Who better to answer that question than our current parents! We value your insight, and know these new families in attendance will, too. This is a great opportunity to make the trip to Binghamton to visit with your current student, and make a difference for prospective parents. If you are available any of these dates and are interested in helping, e-mail families@binghamton.edu for more details.

B-Healthy Health Fair

On Wednesday, March 25, the Recreation Center East Gym will play host to the University Health Fair sponsored through a partnership with Campus Recreational Services and Binghamton University Dining by Sodexo. In its ninth year, we're hoping to top last year's success with more than 70 University groups, food vendors and community businesses returning. Participants will learn how to incorporate personal health and wellness into their daily lives through exercise and wellness demos, healthy foods and beverage samples, as well as blood glucose, cholesterol testing and health screenings. Encourage your student to stop down — the Health Fair is free! 

Internships help students develop the skills and qualities employers value

Top job candidates, in addition to having strong academics, must also possess a number of soft skills. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2015 survey, employers considering new college graduates are looking for leaders who can work as part of a team and communicate effectively. These skills/qualities are followed by written communication skills, problem-solving skills, strong work ethic and analytical/quantitative skills.

While some of these skills may be learned in the classroom, others need to be developed through out-of-classroom experiential learning opportunities, such as internships. The CDCI program, facilitated through the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, is an opportunity for students to complete credit-bearing internships and gain valuable workplace skills and experience. Students can view the more than 130 Binghamton-area fall semester internship sites in the Fleishman Center's online job and internship search portal, hireBING. Applications for CDCI fall 2015 internships are due in hireBING by March 30. Most internship sites secure their fall interns before the end of the spring semester.

Students who require assistance with their internship search, résumé and cover letter development, and/or interviewing are encouraged to visit the Fleishman Center during walk-in advising hours from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening walk-in hours are available from 4–6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Students also have the option to schedule an appointment through their hireBING account.

Campus Recreation updates

Campus Recreation will be breaking ground on construction of a turf complex! This 130,000-square-foot, lighted field will expand opportunities for the more than 6,000 students who annually take part in intramural and club sports. Construction will begin June 2015 — after the spring intramural season has ended — to convert two sports fields from grass to synthetic turf. The complex is expected to be open for play at the beginning of the fall 2015 semester.

The snowy conditions continue in Binghamton, making it ideal for our winter hiking, snowshoeing and other outdoor adventure activities that have continued to trek out nearly every weekend. As the weather warms, canoe wars will come to the Rec Center again, as well as a few open times for students to try out the popular Challenge Course zipline. Check our website for dates, times and other details on how to sign up.

Campus Recreation's training services made the campus news recently! We're proud of our clients as well as our student staff who do a great job helping others get, and stay, fit. If you think your student would be interested in joining our team of personal trainers, encourage them to check out our personal training internship. Applications are being accepted now!

We invite the entire University community to attend (or run in!) Binghamton crew club's 9th annual John McKenna IV Memorial 5K, Saturday, March 21, at Recreation Park on Binghamton West Side. McKenna — a rower who attended Binghamton from '94-'98 — lost his life while serving his third tour in Iraq. Have a runner in your family? Registrations continue through race day.

Make plans now for Move-in Day!

If you'll be moving your student back Aug. 27 or 28, especially if you plan to spend a night, be forewarned that the Greater Binghamton area will be bustling with a major community event – the Senior PGA Tour Dick's Sporting Goods Open – so hotel rooms will be at a premium and it will likely take longer than usual to drive from point A to point B. Make your plans now! 

Financial Aid and Student Records deadlines/info

2015-2016 FAFSA now available online

Students can complete their 2015-16 FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Our recommended file date for continuing & returning students is April 1, 2015.

Continuing students who have filed their 15-16 FAFSA already can expect financial aid offer e-notifications in early May.

Binghamton University scholarship applications available online

Scholarship applications for full-time students returning for fall 2015/spring 2016 are available online. Application deadlines are in April.

Summer registration!

Summer registration is now through BU BRAIN. The online schedule of summer classes is now available to view through BU BRAIN. Students must clear all holds before they can register.

Fall advanced registration

Fall registration will begin March 27 through BU BRAIN. The online schedule of fall classes and student time tickets will be available to view on March 20 through BU BRAIN. Students must clear all holds before they can register.

Important deadlines

Friday, March 27:

  • Grade option change deadline - last day for students to change grading option. Students may select a grading option when registering for a course.
  • Course withdrawal deadline - last day for students to withdraw from a course. Available online through BU BRAIN. Students will receive a W on their official transcripts for any course they withdraw from.
  • Deadline for students to submit the spring 2015 Application for Degree
    • Is your student a graduating senior? Applications for degree are available online now through BU BRAIN.
    • Students must notify us of their intent to graduate by completing the online Spring 2015 Application for Degree available in BU BRAIN in order to receive their degree.
    • Find out all you need to know about spring 2015 Commencement weekend online

From the Bookstore

Is your student graduating?

Pre-order their cap and gown between now and March 22, and save 20 percent!

Spring tee sale

All Binghamton tees will be buy-one-get-one 50 percent off from March 25-27.

Binghamton University Dining Services -- making an impact this semester

Visit the website. This is your student's portal to all things dining services, including information about menus, events, promotions, health and wellness and how you can provide your feedback about dining services.

We've had some big dining events so far this semester with even more in store for the remaining semester. These include a Chef's Fare event inspired by the Student Culinary Council, the annual Health Fair with a myriad of community vendors spreading health and wellness education and information, samplings and giveaways, and lots more!

Dining services has also been involved in many student-driven programs including the Food Recovery Network. Recent statistics show that this semester, students are recovering an average of 1,400 pounds of food per week. This program provides much-needed help those less fortunate in the Binghamton area and dining services is proud to be a partner!

Parents: Want the opportunity to give your opinion? Want to win Binghamton apparel? It's all here!

Like the Bearcats Family Association Facebook page today so you can receive daily news and information from Binghamton University, as well as win fun prizes just for parents!

Live support after hours – we're here for you! 

Parents: Can't call during business hours? Want a live response instead of waiting for an e-mail? We understand parents and family members have busy lives, which is why we've created the live-chat system just for you. Learn more online!

Check out Binghamton University on Facebook, too

Want to know more about what's going on at Binghamton University beyond the parent Facebook page? Check the Binghamton University main page out on Facebook.

Visiting Binghamton?

If you're planning a trip to Binghamton, visit the Visiting Binghamton section on our website or the Greater Binghamton Convention and Visitors Bureau for information on what to see, where to stay and where to eat while you're here.

Update parent information

Keep your contact information updated in our parent database. If your address, phone or e-mail has changed, send a note to kellis@binghamton.edu to let us know. And if you're looking for more from us, check out some of our pages targeted directly to parents and guardians:

Calendar of events

  • University's Academic Calendar
  • Course withdrawal deadline: March 27
  • Last day for seniors to submit application for degree for Spring 2015: March 27
  • Classes recess at 1 p.m. for spring break: April 3
  • Residence halls close at 2 p.m. for spring break: April 3
  • Residence halls open at 2 p.m.
  • Classes resume

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Last Updated: 3/17/15