ISSS NEWS FOR MONDAY, 03 JULY 2017
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1. Summer Soccer with the ISSS, July 6
2. Binghamton's 55th Annual July Fest
3. Arrival of New International Students
4. Binghamton University Goes Tobacco Free August 1, 2017
5. Don't Become a Victim of a Phone Scam!
6. Reminder of ISSS Availability
Are you in Binghamton over summer break? Are you looking for something fun to do? Then you're invited to participate in Summer Soccer with the ISSS from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the Newing Co-Rec Field! We will play one or more non-competitive games of soccer. All students are invited to participate as either a player (all skill levels are welcome) or as a spectator (come cheer on your friends). Remember to wear sneakers and appropriate soccer clothes and to bring sunscreen, bug spray and water! The ISSS will bring the soccer equipment and soccer pinnies.
To ensure we have enough staff to implement this program, we request that all participants register on B-Engaged. You can register by clicking the blue button on the right side of the B-Engaged Event webpage that says: RSVP to event. If you are unable to register via B-Engaged or if you have any questions, email Linda Torricelli, international student and scholar programming coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Binghamton's July Fest returns to downtown Binghamton bigger and better than ever with something for everyone – art, music, crafts, races and great food. This downtown celebration will start on Friday, July 14 and continue through Sunday, July 16! Click here for additional information.
If you happen to meet a new international student prior to Monday, August 14, please be sure to direct them to the ISSS (Old Champlain, Floor 1r, Room 142) during regular business hours. New students should bring their immigration documents (Passport, Visa and I-20/DS-2019). The ISSS is recording new student arrivals and distributing helpful early arrival information. After August 14, you should encourage new students to check-in with ISSS during their scheduled orientation dates.
Starting Tuesday, August 1, 2017, students, faculty, staff and visitors may not use any tobacco product anywhere on the Binghamton University campus. Tobacco products include, but are not limited to: cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems, cigars, hookah-smoked products, clove cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, smokeless tobacco and snus. To prepare for the change please review the policy statement found on the Tobacco Free website.
We realize that for many this change is a challenge. Therefore, as we move toward our goal of becoming a campus that fosters health, wellness, safety and a supportive environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, Binghamton University is offering a variety of programs designed to help manage and/or change tobacco use habits. On-campus resources will include: free Tobacco Cessation classes, a B-Tobacco Free Support Club, Peer Support Volunteers who have quit "the habit", complimentary Nicotine Replacement therapies provided through Decker Student Health Services, EAP assistance for faculty and staff, and a Healthy Practices Clinic offered through the Decker School of Nursing. A variety of services will also be available in our Binghamton/Triple Cities community to offer support. To obtain knowledge of all resources click here.
Recently we became aware that Binghamton University international students have received phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS or from U.S. Immigration. The students were told that there was a criminal issue against their social security number, or a visa status issue, or that laws had been violated, and then they were asked for personal information and/or payment. Please beware and DO NOT FALL VICTIM TO THIS SCAM!
If contacted via phone, you should immediately be suspicious. Ask for the person's full name, agency, and reporting office, and for a government telephone number to call the person back. They will probably tell you that your only opportunity is at the time of the call and that you have to take action now. Don't believe them. Never release personal information over the phone, and be aware that a government agency would never go about any formal proceedings with a phone call. Should you ever get any requests in print, please bring them to ISSS immediately and we will review them and advise accordingly.
Please note that students have also received IRS scam calls where the caller tells the student that the caller is aware of the student's recent credit card purchases. Contact your credit card company immediately if someone calls you saying they know about credit card purchases. Your credit card information may have been stolen. Your credit card company can issue you a new card and may be able to cancel charges to you that you did not make. Remember to never release personal information over the phone. Access the credit card fraud link here.
USCIS and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) want to stop scams about income tax payments or immigration violations. You will not get in any trouble for reporting a scam. Additional information about common scams and about how to report such scams can be found on the USCIS Website and on the IRS website (common scams link and the reporting scams link).
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 Notice Regarding ISSS Unavailability:
The ISSS will be unavailable on Wednesday, July 4. Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.
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