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  1. Executive Order: March 6 Update
  2. Graduating Students: How to prepare your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application
  3. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, March 10
  4. Together: International Student Support Group
  5. The 11th Annual Health Fair
  6. Submit Photo and Enter to Win a Gift Card
  7. Opportunity to Volunteer during Spring Break
  8. Leadership Volunteers Needed - Fall 2017 International Student Orientation


1. Executive Order: March 6 Update

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States." The order includes a revised entry ban on nationals of 6 countries. The new order revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769 in its entirety, effective March 16, 2017. The administration hopes that the new order will address the legal challenges that barred enforcement of the prior 90-day entry instituted by Executive Order 13769.

Read the New Executive Order

The new Executive Order is effective for 90 days starting on March 16, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. eastern time (10 days after the Executive Order was signed). This calculates until June 13 or 14, 2017, depending on whether you count the first and last days of the 90-day period.

The new Executive Order affects citizens of six of the seven countries that had been selected in the prior 90-day bar. Iraq has been removed from the list of countries in the new executive order.
1. Iran
2. Libya
3. Somalia
4. Sudan
5. Syria
6. Yemen

For more information regarding this Executive Order and other related updates, please visit our website.

2. Graduating Students: How to prepare your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application

The workshop, How to Prepare Your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application, will be held tomorrow, March 8 from 10:50am to 11:20am in OH-G49 (Old Champlain, Room G49).  This workshop is recommended for international students who are graduating in May 2017.  Participants will learn how to:
* Prepare and complete all documents needed to apply to USCIS for OPT authorization
* Understand the two-step application process
* Learn how to pick an appropriate OPT start date

To better prepare for this workshop, review this OPT checklist prior to participation. The conference room door will shut at the start of this presentation.  As a courtesy to other participants, please arrive on time. 

Note that space is limited. To attend this event, 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.

3. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, March 10

Good company! Complementary refreshments! Relax by coming to this month's International Coffee Hour from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, March 10, in Old Union Hall. This month's sponsor is the Graduate Student Organization.  March Coffee Hour participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the sponsor while mingling with both international and domestic students.

International Coffee Hour strives to be a space where the entire Binghamton University community, including international students, U.S. students, faculty/staff and community members are welcome. The coffee hours are informal and provide an opportunity to meet and learn more about each other in a relaxed atmosphere. They are usually held from 3:30-5 p.m. on the first Friday of every month during the academic year.  If you have any questions about International Coffee Hour, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.  All are welcome!

4. Together: International Student Support Group

Discussion facilitator: Dr. Sangmoon Kim, staff psychologist at University Counseling Center
When: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00p.m.
Where: University Union, visit B-Engaged for the full schedule of locations

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, March 14 in UU 121 (University Union, Room 121). Weekly attendance is not required but recommended. If you have any question about the Together, please email Dr. Sangmoon Kim.

5. The 11th Annual Health Fair

Come down to the East Gym on Wednesday, March 22 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM for our 11th Annual Health Fair! Walk around the gym to visit over 65 wellness vendors, participate in fun fitness demonstrations and enjoy some healthy snacks! This year, stick around for Guided Meditation with the University Counseling Center and relieve some stress with the help of BARK-9 Therapy Dogs.

6. Submit Photo and Enter to Win a Gift Card

Attention All Students: Are you inspired by your surroundings? Do you like to take photographs? Then you're invited to share a photo of Binghamton or the surrounding area for our First Friday Photo Contest! ISSS will be hosting a First Friday photo exhibit at the UDC on April 7. Participants have the opportunity to win a $50, $30, or $20 gift card.

Photo entry is free and easy! Submit your photo here on B-Engaged.  All submissions must be received by March 30.  Questions? Contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS Programming Coordinator, at

Thank you to our co-sponsor: Office of International Education and Global Initiatives

7. Opportunity to Volunteer during Spring Break

The Center for Civic Engagement and ISSS are organizing an Alternative Spring Break for Binghamton University students!  Participants will have the opportunity to volunteer at different community organizations on Tuesday, April 11 and/or on Wednesday, April 12.  Students can choose to volunteer at the Crime Victims Assistance Center, Broome County YMCA, Family Enrichment Network, Endicott Performing Arts Center, Broome County Council of Churches, and/or the Red Cross. Volunteering activities will run from 8:45am to 3:30pm on both days. Students may register to participate in one or two days of community service.  Please click here to register!

Please note that transportation between campus and the volunteer locations will be provided for all volunteers. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served both days.  Information on each volunteer site can be here.  If you have any additional questions, please contact the Center for Civic Engagement, at

8. Leadership Volunteers Needed - Fall 2017 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, sign up to be a Leadership Volunteer! All international and domestic students are welcome!! Leadership Volunteers are a select group of Binghamton University students, who join ISSS staff to welcome new international students during Fall International Student Orientation. Leadership Volunteer recruitment is now underway.

Leadership Volunteers engage in a 2-day training program to help prepare them for their role during Orientation. The training program is organized by the 5 goals of the Orientation program: help new students feel comfortable in a new environment (networking), meet students’ needs, share important information, learn about U.S. & foreign culture, and build trust and make new friends.

During Orientation, Leadership Volunteers greet new international students at check-in, welcome them during the introductory meeting, participate in group events, provide reassurance and essential information, and most importantly contribute to a warm and sincere presence during the new international student's first few days on campus. Many new students tell the ISSS how important the Leadership Volunteers were to their initial experience at Binghamton University. Many Leadership Volunteers tell the ISSS how valuable the training was to their own professional and personal development.

Leadership Volunteer Training will take place Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15. International Student Graduate Orientation is Wednesday, August 16.  International Student Undergraduate Orientation is Thursday, August 17 and Friday, August 18.

If you are interested in becoming a Leadership Volunteer, please click here to complete the application formPlease note that your application must be submitted by April 23, 2017.  Questions? Contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS Programming Coordinator, at


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Last Updated: 3/8/17