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

Dear Parents/Families

With just a few short weeks left until the end of the semester, the campus is a hotbed of activity. As students ready themselves to take final exams and complete final projects, they're also celebrating spring and preparing for major end-of-the-academic year events like Spring Fling, Relay for Life and concerts. And they're also transitioning to new leadership for their student organizations next fall, ensuring that our nearly 300 student organizations remain vibrant in the future.

I can't think of a busier time of the semester – or of the academic year – as students prepare to graduate or begin internships and summer jobs. That's why we're continuing our efforts to provide stress-relieving activities for students. We're still building the schedule, but Stress-Free Spring begins May 1, offering healthy and fun ways for students to take breaks from their studies so they can return with renewed focus. The schedule is being updated on a daily basis and can be found online

And that's the point. We want students to remain focused on their studies. We're here to support your students so they can be successful at Binghamton, and learn the skills to succeed once they graduate. 

As always, if you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at 607-777-2804 or dos@binghamton.edu.

April Thompson
Dean of Students


Support from a distance

As we enter a busy and sometimes overwhelming time of the semester, approaches to stress management become increasing important. Support from known professionals from a distance can be a vital resource for some students. If this would be helpful to your student, Binghamton University can assist. Student living situations seldom provide a calm and private environment needed to communicate with providers from a distance. The Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) offers students a quiet and confidential place to participate in Skype sessions with their home provider via a large screen television (TV).

The steps involved in scheduling this service can be found on our website

Binghamton University is not responsible for nor insuring the quality of the therapy received, but is purely providing a confidential space for the interaction to occur. Should the arrangement not benefit the student as hoped, students are reminded of campus resources through the DSHSC and the University Counseling Center. Community referrals are also available. Contact the DSHSC staff for further information at 607-777-2221.

Choosing a major and career

Because students will be solidifying their course registration for the fall 2015 semester when they return from spring break, now is a great time for parents to check in with their student regarding his or her major choice and career plans. Encourage your student to make the most of campus resources available to him or her in making purposeful course selections and learning more about the wide variety of career options available.

Encourage students with questions about their major and how that correlates to a possible career to attend upcoming Fleishman Center programs on "Choosing a major/career" and "So you want to take a career test." These group-appointment programs will be offered from April 13–May 8. Students can also discuss their major and receive career guidance by speaking to career center staff at the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development during walk-in hours or by scheduling an individual appointment in hireBING. Additional resources are also available on the website, including quick reference guides on choosing a major and getting down to business.

Residential Life

Spring is the time to take a break from the cold and snow of a particularly long winter here in the North. Whether your student traveled someplace warmer or traveled home, we hope your student had a more relaxing and enjoyable break. Springtime also includes registering for summer and fall classes and is a good time to make connections at our end-of-semester Residential Community events. For tips on spring planning, visit our website.

Campus Recreation

March was another eventful month in Campus Rec, and we're excited for what's to come during the rest of April.

The "Commit to B-Fit" Health Fair was a great success drawing a large crowd of faculty, staff, students and community members to the Recreation Center. Visitors enjoyed the many vendors, activities, demos, lectures and giveaways. We were happy to co-sponsor this event with Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo.

Intramural seasons just wrapped for our popular 5-on-5 basketball leagues, billiards, bowling and racquetball (photos of winning teams are up on our Facebook page — check them out and see if your student was named intramural champion). Next up are our spring softball and disc golf tournaments.

Outdoor Pursuits activities have a warmer theme as we welcome spring. Encourage your student to get out and join us for a river trails and ice cream bike ride, an open day of ziplining on our Challenge Ropes Course or a bike repair clinic. Our fall credit classes are also open and taking registrations. Students can earn credit while having fun in English horsemanship, hiking, bicycling and backcountry medicine.

Finally, students and families came out to support the Men's Rugby Club as they once again played host to a national qualifying sevens tournament, Saturday, April 18, at the Binghamton University East Gym track field. Rugby sevens — played with fewer players and shorter matches — will make its Olympic debut in Summer 2016. Tournament day in Binghamton provided an exciting glimpse into this exciting, fast-paced sport. Find out more on our homepage.

New in the Libraries: For-credit research opportunities

The Libraries are offer for-credit research opportunities to undergraduate students seeking hands-on experience. Current topics include "Evaluation of Library Space Use," "Inventory Management in a Research Library" and "Peer-to-Peer Research Instruction."

To learn more, and for a complete listing of opportunities, visit the Campus Research Opportunity Postings (CROP) site.

Tag Day 2015 — Thank you to our parent community!

We love our donors! And on March 19, we showed you why via Tag Day, a campus-wide event that engaged and educated students, faculty and staff about the importance of giving back. It provided a visible representation of all the areas of campus that benefit from donor support.

Donors provide crucial resources for the entire campus. From scholarships, to funding for faculty development and research, to support that enhances academic programs and campus facilities — every gift makes a difference. Take a look at 20 things that wouldn't exist without your support!

Textbook rental returns

Did your student rent textbooks this semester? Remind them to return them to the Bookstore before they leave campus. All rentals are due by Sunday, May 17. Not on campus? Their reminder e-mails include a link to a free shipping label!

Save on summer session books

It's never too early to start saving! Now is the time to order for summer. Be the first for rentals and used textbooks. Visit our website for more information.

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 Summer Financial Aid

Students wishing to use their Federal Direct loans to help pay for their summer courses must have their 2015-16 FAFSA on file in the office of Financial Aid & Student Records. For information on how to finance summer courses visit our website

Summer 2015 registration and advanced registration for fall 2015 is open

Students can complete the following online through BU Brain:
• View the online schedule of summer and fall classes
• Register for summer classes.
• View their registration start time for fall 2015 and register for fall classes once their registration time has begun.
• Note: Students must clear all holds before any registration activity can take place.

Students can still file their 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

Have a senior graduating?

Cap and gown pick up starts Monday, May 11. Class ring specials, diploma frame discounts and other sales will be happening during that week.

Encourage your senior student to complete the Senior Survey

Congratulations on being a parent or family member of an upcoming Binghamton University graduating senior! Your student will be faced with many details during these last two months. One of these is the University's Senior Survey. Each semester prior to Commencement, the campus surveys graduating seniors to collect information about post-graduation career plans. This information helps us to better understand the career pathways of our graduating seniors as they help inform decisions about resources, program improvements and trends. Encourage your student to participate in the survey when they receive it. It should only take three minutes to complete and they may be eligible to be entered into a drawing for one of many prizes.

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
  • May 8: Last day of classes
  • May 11-15: Finals week
  • May 15: Graduate School Commencement
  • May 16-17: Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies
  • May 26: Summer Session Term I begins

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Last Updated: 4/19/15