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ISSS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, 01 NOVEMBER 2017


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Contents:

1. Graduating Students: How to prepare your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application Workshop Today
2. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, November 3
3. Binghamton's Got Talent, November 4
4. Together: International Student Support Group
5. International Education Week
6. Going Global with Coffee, Culture and Conversation, November 15
7. Reminder of ISSS Availability
8. Binghamton in the City Week 2018
9. Beware of Phishing/E-mail Scams, Phone Scams and Other Scams

 

1. Graduating Students: How to prepare your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application Workshop Today

The workshop, How to Prepare Your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application, is recommended for international students who are graduating in December 2017. This workshop will be held today, November 1 from 11:20am to 11:50am at the ISSS. Please meet at the ISSS Front Desk in OH 142 at 11:20am.

As a December 2017 graduate, you can apply for OPT authorization beginning Monday, September 25, 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. Event dates, times and locations can be found below.

To attend this event, register on B-Engaged. You can register by selecting the circular button on the right side of the B-Engaged Event webpage that says I will be attending and then by clicking the grey button below it that reads RSVP TO EVENT. If you have any questions about this workshop or registration, please contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.

 

2. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, November 3

Good company! Complimentary refreshments! Relax at this month's International Coffee Hour, 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, November 3, in the Mandela Room. This month's sponsor is the Multicultural Resource Center. November coffee hour participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the sponsor while mingling with both international and domestic students. There will be games, interactive activities, and complimentary coffee and snacks! If you have any questions about International Coffee Hour, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator. All are welcome!

 

3. Binghamton's Got Talent, November 4

International Connection's biggest event of the year, Binghamton's Got Talent, will be held Saturday, November 4 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm in the Mandela Room. The event will feature international cuisines, and performances by cultural groups, as well as talented individuals. All are welcome to join International Connection for a fun night! Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Questions? Contact International Connection at: internationalconnection@binghamtonsa.org.

 

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: 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, November 7. Weekly attendance is not required but recommended. If you have any question about the Together, please email Dr. Sangmoon Kim. Information on additional groups can be found in the attached PDF.

 

5. International Education Week

International Education Week (IEW) is November 13 to November 17. IEW celebrates international education worldwide. This is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. If you are hosting an event that celebrates/promotes international education or cross-cultural communication during IEW, please let the ISSS know so that we can assist with advertising. For additional information and/or to share events, please contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.

 

6. Going Global with Coffee, Culture and Conversation, November 15

Good company! Complementary refreshments! Join ISSS staff, campus clubs, and various university departments for Going Global with Coffee, Culture and Conversation (a special edition of International Coffee Hour) on Wednesday, November 15 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in the Mandela Room. This event will celebrate International Education Week, promote cross-cultural communication, and encourage the sharing and learning of different cultures! All are welcome! If you have any questions, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.

 

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 be advised that ISSS advising walk-in hours are cancelled for Wednesday, November 22 and Thursday, November 23. ISSS walk-in hours will resume as scheduled on Monday, November 27. Please visit the ISSS Website for updates.

Special Notice Regarding ISSS Unavailability:
The ISSS will be unavailable from 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24 at 5:00pm. Regular business hours will resume Monday, November 27 at 8:30am. Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.

 

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. Beware of Phishing/E-mail Scams, Phone Scams and Other Scams

The ITS website provides the following definition, information and advice on phishing:

Phishing is a technique in which users are directed by an official-looking e-mail to provide personal information under false pretenses. The message may appear to come from a bank, police agency, or other legitimate entity. The information requested may be a credit card number, social security number, ATM PIN number, password or other personal information. The recipient is asked to provide this information via e-mail or by visiting an official-looking web site, and warned that failure to do so may result in a discontinuation of service. Legitimate businesses and government entities are aware of phishing scams and would not ask you to send sensitive information in response to unsolicited e-mail. You should treat these messages like spam and never reply to them. Information Technology Services advises people to never send any passwords via an e-mail message for any reason. Please click here for additional information.

If contacted via phone and asked for personal information, 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.

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.

 

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