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ISSS NEWS FOR MONDAY, 04 DECEMBER 2017


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Contents:

1. Together: International Student Support Group
2. Leadership Volunteers needed for Spring 2018 International Student Orientation
3. Traveling Soon? Obtain an Updated Travel Signature
4. MRC Extended Hours
5. Bus Service from JFK to Binghamton University
6. UPS Year-End Holiday Schedule
7. Reminder of ISSS Availability
8. Binghamton in the City Week 2018
9. Not Returning to Binghamton for Spring 2018? Remember to Comply With Federal Regulations

 

1. Together: International Student Support Group

Discussion facilitator: Dr. Sangmoon Kim, staff psychologist at University Counseling Center
When: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00p.m.
Where: UU 124 (University Union, Room 124)

Hello international students at Binghamton University! You are warmly invited to the Together: International Student Support Group. You will meet fellow international students. Together aims to promote international students' social interaction and sense of belonging as well as academic success. You can practice and enhance your English skills. We will meet most Tuesdays; our next meeting is Tuesday, December 5. Weekly attendance is not required but recommended. Please note that Tuesday, December 5 will be the final meeting of the Fall 2017 semester. If you have any question about the Together, please email Dr. Sangmoon Kim.

 

2. Leadership Volunteers needed for Spring 2018 International Student Orientation

Are you interested in helping new international students during Orientation and adding leadership and cross-culture training experience to your resume? Then register to be a Leadership Volunteer! The ISSS is currently recruiting Leadership Volunteers for the Spring 2018 International Student Orientation. We will need help with check-in, the Welcome Luncheon, and presentations. Spring 2018 Volunteers commit to assisting the ISSS on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. If you would like to volunteer, please complete this application by Sunday, December 10 at 11:59pm. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.

 

3. Traveling Soon? Obtain an Updated Travel Signature

All Binghamton University international students are reminded to check their most recent SEVIS I-20 or SEVIS DS-2019 to be sure they have an updated travel signature from the ISSS. If the travel signature (on the bottom of Page 2 of the I-20, or in the lower right hand section of Page 1 of the DS-2019) will be more than 12 months old when you return to the United States to resume classes in the Spring, visit the ISSS for an updated signature BEFORE you travel. If you need a new travel signature on your document you will want to bring your SEVIS I-20 or SEVIS DS-2019, passport and student visa to the ISSS. We can then sign your SEVIS I-20 or SEVIS DS-2019 for you.

 

4. MRC Extended Hours

The MRC (Multicultural Resource Center) will offer extended hours during the final examination period. Now through Thursday, December 14, the MRC will be open from noon to midnight Monday through Friday; noon to 6pm on Saturdays; and 3pm to midnight on Sundays. The MRC is located in the Glenn G. Bartle Library South, LS-G500. The MRC will also be offering a few De-stress December activities in the center. Come relax, de-stress and/or study with us in our new center!

 

5. Bus Service from JFK to Binghamton University

Several departments on campus have collaborated to create a bus service for students traveling from JFK to Binghamton University. This bus service is for new and continuing international students. Additional information can be found here. If you have any questions, please email intarriv@binghamton.edu.

 

6. UPS Year-End Holiday Schedule

This year's UPS Year-End Holiday Schedule can be found here. Please plan accordingly if you need to utilize the UPS Express Mail service.

 

7. Reminder of ISSS Availability

Advising Walk-In Hours:

The office of International Student and Scholar Services holds walk-in advising hours on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00am to 11:45am and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Please visit the ISSS website for updates.

Special Notices:

The ISSS will be unavailable, Tuesday, December 5 from 2:45pm to 5pm and Friday, December 8 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. Thank you for your patience and please plan accordingly. Please visit the ISSS website for updates.

Winter Hours:

On Monday, December 18, the ISSS will begin to operate on winter hours. This means that the office will be open on weekdays from 8:30am to 3:45pm until Friday, January 12. Monday, January 15 is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. On Tuesday, January 16, the ISSS will resume regular business hours, weekdays from 8:30am to 4:45pm.

Holiday Curtailment Period:

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services, along with most other university offices, will be participating in what is traditionally known at the University as the "holiday curtailment" period. The official holiday curtailment starts at the close of business on Friday, December 22, 2017 with ISSS resuming standard hours of operation on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. During this period, there will be no mail delivery into or out of offices, ISSS staff will not be on-campus, and voicemail and e-mail will be monitored periodically. Please plan ahead if you need ISSS services prior to the holiday break.

 

8. Binghamton in the City Week 2018

Join other Binghamton University students for Binghamton in the City Week 2018; January 8-12! In addition to Employer Site Visits, this week of programming will feature multiple events such as Ice Skating in Bryant Park and Metro Connections Night. Additional information on all scheduled events, as well as registration information can be found here. You must pre-register for all events you wish to attend.

 

9. Not Returning to Binghamton for Spring 2018? Remember to Comply With Federal Regulations

Students not returning to Binghamton University for the Spring 2018 semester need to complete a departure form with the ISSS, unless they will be on optional practical training. The departure form can be completed here.

Those needing to complete a departure form include:

*those who are graduating in Fall 2017 but who will not be pursuing optional practical training
*exchange students who are completing their programs
*those who have decided to stop their Binghamton studies and either return to their home country or transfer to a new U.S. school
*anyone withdrawing or terminating their studies as of the end of the Fall 2017 semester

 

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