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

Dear Parents/Families,

It is amazing to me that another semester is coming to an end and we will be saying goodbye to so many graduates in a matter of days. But before we do, we are well into our Stress-free Spring activities to help all of our students bring their semester to a successful conclusion. As your sons and daughters prepare for finals week, we've pulled together as many stress-relieving opportunities as possible to help them balance their studying with relaxation breaks. The complete schedule of activities can be found on my website

At such a critical time of the semester, we encourage students to get plenty of rest, eat well and exercise – and enjoy some treats as well – and we ask that you help us remind them of our extended counseling resources, open hours in the Dean of Students Office and 24-hour crisis information. Our goal is to help all of our students be at their best for exams, projects and papers.

Many of you have students who will graduate in a few days, and we wish your students well as they embark on careers or graduate school. If you have any last-minute questions about Commencement, visit our website for the answers

And for those of you whose sons and daughters will be taking summer courses from us and returning in the fall, we'll keep in touch over the summer with Parent Connect, and look forward to working with you to help our students be successful.

Read the entire Parent Connect here, and if you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to contact me at 607-777-2804 or dos@binghamton.edu.

April Thompson
Dean of Students

Join the Parents Leadership Council!

Parents, interested in getting more involved at Binghamton University? The Parents Leadership Council (PLC) was created to offer parents an opportunity to enrich the Binghamton student experience and to serve as the link between Binghamton University and the parents of our undergraduate students. The PLC focuses on supporting student success, creating initiatives to encourage parent engagement and fundraising. You can learn more by visiting the Parents Leadership Council website, or by e-mailing parent and family programs coordinator Morgan Appel

Online Summer Session course connects majors to careers (CDCI-200)

If your student is undecided about a major or uncertain of a career path, encourage him/her to sign up for CDCI-200, a two-credit online career development course offered during Summer Session. Taught by professional staff members in the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, the course engages students in their own career development and helps them make the most of their college experience in order to effectively prepare for careers.

"Bridging Academics to Careers: Exploring Opportunities in a Global Society" (CDCI-200) is a two-credit distance-learning course fulfilling a "W" requirement. The classroom portion of CDCI-200 is taught online. The course requires a day in New York City at two employer visits. The summer course offerings include:

  • CDCI 200 – 01, May 26 to June 26, with employer site visits in New York City on June 22 to A&E Network and MEC (Media Agency)
  • CDCI 200 – 02, May 26 to June 26, with employer site visits in New York City on June 23 to Mount Sinai Hospital and Spotify
  • CDCI 200 – 03, May 26 to Aug. 7, with employer site visits in New York City on June 22 to Barclay's and Wolfe Research

CDCI-200 is designed to help students understand how the skills they develop through their major and other activities relate to the world of work. Students will learn to articulate their own skills, interests, values and goals, relate them to the careers and gain practical knowledge of how to achieve their occupational goals. More information can be found at the CDCI-200 course page and enrollment is available through Continuing Education.

Campus Recreation activities

The spring semester is winding to a close but our Campus Recreation programs have continued until the very last Friday of the semester to provide our students with the resources they need to relax and reinvigorate before tackling finals.

We were happy to be able to provide all students with free group fitness classes for the final two weeks of the semester, as well as a meditation and Qigong hikes, and opportunities for free chair massages in the Wellness Services Suite.

Another round of 25 students graduated and moved up a level in our popular Pink Gloves Boxing (PGB) program. PGB is a small, women's-only fitness group working together to encourage personal goals. It combines conditioning and boxing drills to build fitness, strength and confidence.

We also want to give recognition to our club sports teams that have given us a lot to be proud of this spring:

  • For the second year in a row, the men's club lacrosse won the conference championship and advanced to the National College Lacrosse League (NCLL) Division II National Championship.
  • Five men's volleyball club players were named to the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Division I and Division II − North All Conference and Honorable Mention/Outstanding Performance Teams for 2015 for their academic achievements.
  • The men's baseball club advanced to the National Baseball Club Association (NBCA) Division II, District 1 playoff tournament. This was the club's first appearance since the 2011-2012 season.
  • In only their second year, the women's basketball club competed at the regional tournament at UMass Amherst.
  • And the equestrian club placed 5th overall as a team in their region — one of the largest in the northeast — with 11 members qualifying for IHSA regional competition.


Residential Life Commencement celebrations

Are you ready for Commencement? We're working hard to make this year's experience the best possible. Many Binghamton students truly connect with their residential college – whether they've lived on campus all four (five, six...) years, or just their first couple. To honor this part of their Binghamton experience each residential college/community hosts a Recognition Ceremony during Commencement Weekend. We welcome students and parents to come "home," reconnect with faculty, staff and friends, and share memories of their time with us. All ceremonies will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 15. Go online to register for your specific community

Financial Aid and Student Records updates

Student requirement if enrolled for summer 2015: Confirmation of Enrollment

At the start of each semester, all students are required to confirm enrollment via BU BRAIN Self Service via the portal at http://my.binghamton.edu. Deadlines to confirm enrollment:

  • Term 1: 4 p.m. Thursday, May 28
  • Term 2: 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 8

Reminder e-mails are sent to those students who have not yet confirmed their enrollment.

Parent loan information available in mid-June

Parent borrowers who have applied for a 2015-16 Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loan will begin to see approved loans as part of their student's financial aid award offer, viewable on BU BRAIN, in mid-June. Go online for further program information

Proxy access now available for financial aid information

"Proxy access" is the ability students have to grant others access to view their financial aid information in BU BRAIN. Currently, this is available for financial aid information. Go online for more information on proxy access and how to setup an account

Graduating seniors and loan repayment

Students who are graduating this month and borrowed student loans to help with educational expenses will need to start thinking about repayment. In fact, Financial Aid and Student Records sent repayment information via Bmail to all graduating seniors in April. Knowledge is power when it comes to repayment; knowing what to expect, choosing the right repayment plan and staying on top of loan payments can help students fulfill their financial goals. Go online for helpful repayment tips and resources

New dean of the Libraries named

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Nieman has announced that Curtis Kendrick, University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources at the City University of New York (CUNY), will become dean of libraries at Binghamton University, effective July 15.

"Curtis brings a wealth of experience in outstanding research libraries to Binghamton," Nieman said. "He is creative and collaborative and will work well with faculty, staff and students in the Libraries and across campus. I know that members of our community will enjoy getting to know him just as much as I have during the interview process."

"I am delighted for this opportunity to join Binghamton University as dean of libraries," said Kendrick. "The libraries have a critical leadership role to play as Binghamton becomes the premier public university of the 21st century, and it is an exciting time to be joining the University.

Read the complete story in Inside

Graduating Senior Survey

Congratulations to all parents or family members of a Binghamton University graduating senior! Your student will be faced with many details during these last two weeks – and one of them 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 son or daughter to participate in the survey. It should only take three minutes to complete and those who complete the survey are eligible to be entered into a drawing for one of many prizes.

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! 

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.

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: 5/4/15