The cold and snow have been much more challenging this winter than in recent years, so we're looking forward to the warmer weather. If your son or daughter struggles with remaining positive during the winter months, remember that we're here with the support he/she needs to stay focused and be successful. Our Residential Life staff even has Better Bearcat stress relief programming in the residential communities.
While we wait patiently for warmer days, we're already making plans for the fall. We know you're doing the same as you talk with your students about where they will live next academic year. There are a number of housing options available to students, and now that it's "crunch" time for making a decision, it's important to discuss the pros and cons of each option your son or daughter may be considering.
For example, did you know that students who live on campus tend to be more engaged with the community and have stronger ties to campus – as well as slightly higher grade point averages than students who live off campus? And did you know that if your student chooses to live off campus, our Off Campus Programs and Services Office maintains a list of off-campus properties that have passed code inspections and still have openings?
These are just a few discussion topics when students are considering whether to live on or off campus. Cost is certainly a factor as well, and is dependent upon where a student chooses to live – and how many others are sharing the rental costs.
To help in the decision-making process, we've created a brochure (pdf, 216.1kb) to help prompt discussion about location, condition, leases, needs, safety, convenience, services and more.
We hope you are finding some fun ways to enjoy the last of winter before the flowers start to pop up and students can put away the snow boots. Campus really comes to life in the spring, so we can't wait!
I hope your students are looking forward to the warm weather as much as we are. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Be a Better Bearcat programming series continues this month with a focus on communication! Specifically, how to communicate and navigate the changing relationship with you — their family — as students make plans and decisions on the path to becoming an adult. Dean of Students April Thompson will be leading the Tuesday, March 11 talk. These events are free, so encourage your student to attend and learn strategies to attack stress head-on and become better in all aspects of his/her life.
Returning student housing sign-ups are just around the corner as well. Here's a quick synopsis of the process and timeline:
If your son or daughter wants to live with one or more friends, he or she will have to take part in group formation (happening now!). The person who creates the group is the group leader who is later responsible for signing the entire group up for housing. Priority for nabbing a current space or community is determined by who is chosen as the group leader — so encourage your son or daughter to choose the leader strategically! Room reservations will begin March 13 for the apartments, and then March 19 for all other residential communities.
If you're interested in finding out more about housing sign-ups so you can support your student during the process (i.e. What are priorities? How does the system work?), we offer a video tutorial and information guide on the Residential Life website.
Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo recently helped establish the new Student Culinary Council (SCC) on campus. The SCC is a pro-active group of students that will work with Dining Services to improve the overall dining experience on campus.
Four teams sit within the SCC, focusing on specific areas of improvement. Team members contribute their ideas and follow through to implement lasting change in environmental and social responsibility, nutrition, resident dining and retail dining.
"The job of the Student Culinary Council is to represent the voice of the students, provide direction by keeping the pulse of the student customer and follow up with our campus partner (Sodexo) to bring about changes in an informed, transparent manor," said Peter Napolitano, director of Auxiliary Services.
Jill Shotwell, a senior and SCC president, said the SCC "It's a place to create change," said Jill Shotwell, a senior and SCC president. "We want to hear the issues, and we also want to do something about them."
SCC meetings are open to any students looking for a voice in the changing landscape of Binghamton University. For more information, go online or follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook @BUCampusFood.
The Career Development Center encourages students who are undertaking an unpaid summer internship to apply for the Sodexo Internship Fund. Sponsored by Binghamton's campus food services provider, Sodexo Campus Services, Inc., the Sodexo Internship Fund provides the opportunity for talented undergraduate students to secure financial support while completing an unpaid summer 2014 internship. Selected students receive a stipend of up to $5,000 to complete an unpaid internship. Students who are interested in applying or want more information about the application process and how to apply should visit the Sodexo Internship Fund webpage. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 17, 2014, and decisions will made on a rolling basis. The final deadline to apply is April 23, 2014.
The semester started off great, and we're busting at the seams in Campus Rec ─ but there's always more coming!
For the adventurous student looking to give back to our nation's trails, Outdoor Pursuits is offering an alternative spring break trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stewardship of our public lands, a spirit of camaraderie, exploration of new places, adventure and hard work is promised during the seven days. For more details, visit the Outdoor Pursuits website or stop by the office in the Recreation Center. Deadline to sign-up is Friday, March 14.
We invite the entire University Community to attend (or run in!) Binghamton Crew Club's 8th annual John McKenna IV Memorial 5K, Saturday, March 22, at Recreation Park, on Binghamton's 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.
Then on Tuesday, March 25, Campus Recreation is hosting the University Health Fair, also in its eighth year, at the Recreation Center in partnership with Binghamton University Dining by Sodexo. We're hoping to top last year's success that touted 75 University groups, food vendors and community businesses. 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!
Students can complete their 2014-15 FAFSA online. Our recommended file date for continuing students is April 1. Parents and students can now take advantage of the IRS Data Match when completing the FAFSA. It's easy, accurate and a time saver!
Continuing students who have filed their 2014-15 FAFSA already can expect financial aid offer e-notifications at the end of April.
Scholarship applications for full-time students returning for fall 2014/spring 2015 are available online. Application deadlines are in April.
Summer registration is available through BU BRAIN beginning March 10. The online schedule of summer classes is now available to view through BU BRAIN. Students must clear all holds before they can register.
Advanced fall registration will begin through BU BRAIN March 27. The online schedule of fall classes and student time tickets will be available to view on March 19 through BU BRAIN. Students must clear all holds before they can register.
Find out all you need to know about Spring 2014 graduation weekend online
From a "20 by 2020" enrollment initiative to a new venue for the State of the University address, growth served as the theme of President Harvey Stenger's annual talk.
"A public university has to meet the demands of the population and has to help society," Stenger said during the Jan. 31 address. "We've proven to ourselves over the past two years that we can get bigger and better at the same time."
To help Binghamton University grow to 20,000 students — 14,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate students — by 2020, Stenger unveiled a 4-1-1 program to attract and retain graduate students. The program would combine career-based, credit-bearing internships with advanced coursework as students pursue master's degrees.
State of the University pdf (pdf, 4.2mb)
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Last Updated: 3/10/14