Parent Connect monthly newsletter

February 2017

Harvey Stenger

  Dear Parents/Families,

  As we make our way through the cold and sometimes rainy and       snowy winter, I’m reminded of how easy it is to get run down at this   time of year. I ask that you encourage your students to make sure       they balance their activities: get enough sleep, eat right and           exercise daily. I know your goal, as well as mine, is for them to do     well in their studies, and remaining healthy is vital for them to excel.

Even as I write this message, however, the days are getting longer and we’re moving forward with a number of initiatives on campus. One milestone is that our new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has received all of the necessary approvals to allow us to enroll our inaugural class of students this fall — many are our rising seniors. We’re constructing a new health sciences campus a few miles from our main Vestal campus that will house the pharmacy school as well as our Decker School of Nursing. The pharmacy building will open in 2018, and the Decker School will move to its new site in 2019.

These initiatives have grown from our Road Map to Premier strategic plan that was developed in 2013. Now, we’re in the midst of a Road Map Renewal. As for the original Road Map, hundreds of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members have come together in teams to develop proposals that meet our strategic priorities. Proposals from the renewal process are due in April, and I’m excited to see what we can realize from them.

If you’re interested in learning more about our Road Map to Premier, and its renewal, you can read about it on our website

And if you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at


Harvey Stenger


Suspect cases of mumps being investigated

The Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) and Broome County Health Department are investigating six Binghamton University students with possible mumps. All suspect cases have been appropriately isolated. Mumps is a contagious, respiratory viral infection that can be transmitted through the air by cough or sneeze. It can also be transmitted by touching contaminated surfaces. Patients infected with mumps virus often experience fever, headache, muscle ache, cough, and, characteristically, swelling over the jaw areas.

The campus community is advised to use normal precautions to avoid the spread of germs and to practice good hygiene.

Students, faculty and staff should monitor their health status and report their concerns if they experience respiratory symptoms and unusual swelling of their jaw area. Students should visit the DSHSC if they develop any symptoms and faculty and staff are advised to check with their primary care provider. More information about mumps is available from the New York State Department of Health

Parents/guardians who have questions about mumps at Binghamton University may contact DSHSC at 607-777-2221.

Who – and what – are collegiate professors?

Collegiate professors are part of the living/learning model and play an essential role in helping on-campus students adjust to living within their communities as well as navigate their academic courses. These faculty members teach on campus and have an office in their community. They provide academic advising, work with student government and develop programs around specific themes for their community.

More about the model

Residential communities are more than a place to eat and sleep – they’re central to academic success. At Binghamton University, our communities provide support for both living and learning. Binghamton’s collegiate system actually comes from a visionary plan developed in England, often called the “Oxford Model,” adopted back in the 1960s when we were known as Harpur College. It’s an organizational model that combines academic opportunities for learning together with a community atmosphere where students live.

Meet our collegiate professors

College-in-the-Woods (CIW): Stephen Ortiz

Ortiz is in charge of the two Learning Communities we have in College-in-the-Woods: International Relations and Cultural Exchange and Politics, Law and Society

Dickinson Community: Kim Jaussi

Jaussi oversees the Entrepreneurship Learning Community and the Dickinson Research Team (DiRT). She is not in charge of CoRE or Health and Wellness that are the other Learning Communities within Dickinson.

Hinman College: Al Vos

Vos is in charge of the Public Service Learning Community - ALIVE Achieving Leadership In Volunteer Experiences (ALIVE).

Mountainview College: Kevin Wright

There are four Learning Communities at Mountainview. Wright oversees two of them:
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Art (STEAM) and Social Activism (SALC).

Newing College: Mark Reisinger

Reisinger oversees the Education Learning Community.

The Apartments: Laura O’Neill

Because this community is generally upperclassmen, instead of a collegiate professor, O’Neill is assigned to the community as a career and professional development consultant. She helps with career goals for the residents, collaborating through the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development.

Alcohol and Other Drugs programs and services


According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 59.8 percent of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 drank alcohol in the past month; 37.9 percent engaged in binge drinking (five or more drinks on an occasion); and 12.2 percent engaged in heavy drinking (five or more drinks on an occasion on five or more occasions per month). These rates are higher than those for their non-college attending peers.

The primary goal of the Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) is to support students when they face questions or concerns regarding substance use. We work to provide students with sound information, techniques and strategies that they can use to make informed choices about alcohol and other substances.

Now that students are well into the semester, and for those who are new to Binghamton University, AOD is reminding students about education requirements and services available to them. The following programs and services are in place:

  • All new undergraduate students are required to complete an online program – Campus Clarity, Think About It. Ask your student if he/she has completed this requirement.
  • Binghamton University is going tobacco free August 1, 2017. No one, including students, who use tobacco products including hookah, chew and/or electronic cigarettes, will be allowed to use these products on any University grounds, beginning Aug. 1. For students needing tobacco cessation and support, encourage them to contact or for more information. Our office has trained student and professional staff to assist in their needs.
  • For students needing more structured options focused on creating and sustaining healthy choices, we offer two models – CHOICES and BASICS – both of which are available by appointment for individuals or groups. Students may self- select into one of the programs or be required by the Office of Student Conduct in the event a student is found responsible for an alcohol or drug violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
  • ATOD Outreach team consists of trained student leaders who facilitate presentations and street outreach – the team is often seen with the Perfect Pour bar, educating students on risk-reduction practices and providing supportive resources.

For more information about AOD and its programs services, visit our website

Think Green...another perspective

Sure we all want to do our part when it comes to conserving energy, recycling and otherwise protecting our environment, but there’s another way to "Think Green" at Binghamton University. 

Our official school colors are green and white, specifically Pantone 342 green and white

A relatively new tradition on campus is to show off our school spirit and pride by wearing green on Fridays; Green Day Friday! For more on Green Day Friday check out this YouTube video

The Bookstore on campus offers a tremendous assortment of spirited apparel items, many of which are green or otherwise adorn an official campus logo or one of the Bearcat logos.  Many of the schools, Decker, Harpur, Watson, CCPA and SOM, also have apparel available for purchase in the bookstore.  So when you are thinking about what to wear on Fridays, consider showing off your school spirit and wearing something Binghamton or preferably, something GREEN!  You never know when Baxter might be out and about rewarding students, faculty and staff for wearing green and showing off their school spirit!

Want your student to get more involved in campus spirit? Suggest he/she consider joining one of the five student spirit groups: Kickline (a club sport), Pep Band (an SA- chartered group), BU Zoo (an SA-chartered group) or the Cheer Team or Dance Team (Athletics). Find more information on the spirit squads online.  

There's also a campus Spirit Committee. Students interested in joining the committee should contact Dave Simek at

Searching for summer internships 

Summer internships help students make meaningful career decisions

It may still be snowing, but with summer right around the corner, the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development encourages students of all majors to actively search for summer internship experiences that can help them explore potential careers. Students may begin their search on the Fleishman Center’s online job and internship search portal, hireBING, and are also encouraged to search for experiences on sites like, or industry-specific professional organizations. The Fleishman Center also provides a number of resources on its website.

Students who require assistance with their internship search, résumé and cover letter development, and/or interviewing skills can visit the Fleishman Center during walk-in advising hours from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Earning academic internship credit

The Career Development Centralized Internship (CDCI) program, facilitated by the Fleishman Center, gives students the opportunity to earn general, upper-level academic credit while they gain valuable workplace skills and experience through their internships. Once students secure their summer (or any semester) internships, they can contact to request academic credit (summer tuition rates apply) and be registered for the online CDCI seminar class. In this class, students reflect on their experiences and engage in meaningful professional development assignments.

Student Affairs Internship Fund

While internships are invaluable for gaining hands-on experience, sometimes committing to an unpaid summer internship is hard when students also need to make money. The Fleishman Center recognizes this and administers the Student Affairs Internship Fund to help talented undergraduate students defray the costs associated with unpaid internships. This fund is an opportunity for students to secure financial support and receive a stipend of up to $5,000 for their summer internship. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 1.

Those who are interested and want to learn more about eligibility requirements and the application process should visit the Student Affairs Internship Fund webpage

Updates from Education Abroad

Did you know that your student has access to over 1,000 programs through the Binghamton and SUNY education-abroad system? Gaining education-abroad experience is the perfect way for students to internationalize their degree and get a leg up in the job market after graduation. So, here is our best advice to parents and students: the most important part of seizing the opportunity to study abroad is planning ahead!

Students are welcome to come into our office, located in Old Champlain Room 240, for walk-in advising any weekday between noon and 4 p.m. It’s the perfect time to get advice on what programs are available that will give students useful credits for their major, minor or general education requirements, and how to finance their education abroad through financial aid and scholarships.

We have so many options available to students – from a Semester in London program that’s a great fit for English and theatre majors, to a summer program to China for students interested in learning about the urban development in some of the biggest cities in China, to service learning in Malawi and everything in between!

Students can also acquire international internships through SUNY education abroad! Feel free to visit our website to find additional details about the education-abroad programs we currently offer, and reach out to us at if you have any questions.

Financial Aid and Student Records

Did you file the 2017-18 FAFSA yet?

Students can complete the 2017-18 FAFSA online. Our recommended filing date for continuing students is April 1. Parents and students will use 2015 tax return information to apply. Be sure to add Binghamton’s school code – 002836. 

Eligible students who have their 2017-18 FAFSA information sent to Binghamton University can expect financial aid award offer e-notifications beginning mid-April.

Note: For students who received a Renewable Scholarship from Binghamton University in 2016-17, a 2017-18 FAFSA must be filed no later than April 1 or renewing of the scholarship could be jeopardized. If the student is unsure if his/her scholarship is renewable or not, click on the scholarship named in the award offer on the Financial Aid tab in BU BRAIN to see the details pertaining to the specific scholarship.

Completed your FAFSA? How about TAP for 2017-18?

New York state (NYS) residents attending NYS schools have the option to link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page. Once the FAFSA is complete, be sure to fill out the TAP application. TAP is a state grant given to full-time matriculated NYS residents who qualify financially and maintain an academic requirement. They must fill out a TAP application online. Be sure to add Binghamton’s school code – 0880.

Parent PLUS Loan – another option for funding your student

The Parent PLUS loan is taken out by the parent of an undergraduate student to aid in paying for the student’s education. Learn more and apply for this loan online.

Proxy Access 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 set up an account.

Proof of Enrollment now available online

Proof of enrollment for spring 2017 is available online through the National Student Clearinghouse. Students can access this through BU BRAIN.

Graduating seniors - Applications for Degree

Is your student a spring 2017 graduating senior?

  • Spring 2017 Application for Degree is now available, and students must notify us of their intent to graduate by completing the online application for degree available in BU Brain in order to receive their degree.

Binghamton University Bookstore

Is your student graduating?

Make sure your student pre-orders a cap and gown between now and March 25! Cap and gown, announcements and class rings are all available at a discounted price.

Upcoming sales

Women’s clothing BOGO 50 percent off from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16

Hats BOGO 50 percent off from March 21 to March 23

Save today at the Bookstore online.  

Learn more about the Parents Leadership Council!

If you’re interested in supporting student success, creating engagement opportunities for families and philanthropy, we hope you’ll consider joining the Parents Leadership Council at Binghamton! This council is designed to serve as the link between Binghamton University and parents of our undergraduate students. Learn more about our current members or e-mail Morgan Appel Kenyon to find out how you can get involved! 

Get more involved now

Active and involved parents make a difference at Binghamton by offering charitable support. Parent giving to the Binghamton Fund continues to have a significant impact on the student experience, providing internships, research and networking opportunities, and other life-changing educational experiences for students like yours.

Your gift matters. Go online or contact the Binghamton Fund at 607-777-6209.

Parents-Facebook just for you!

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!

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 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
  • March 3: Residence halls close at 11 a.m.
  • March 3-7: No classes (winter break)
  • March 7: Residence halls open at 2 p.m.
  • March 8: Classes resume
  • March 22: Health Fair
  • March 24: Course withdraw with a "W"/change of grade option deadline
  • March 24: Last day for seniors to submit an application for degree for spring 2017

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Last Updated: 2/15/17