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ISSS NEWS FOR MONDAY, 03 DECEMBER 2018


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Contents:

1. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, December 7
2. Traveling Soon? Obtain an Updated Travel Signature
3. Leadership Volunteers needed for Spring 2019 International Student Orientation
4. De-Stress December
5. Bus Service from JFK to Binghamton University
6. Reminder of ISSS Availability
7. Not Returning to Binghamton for Spring 2019? Remember to Comply With Federal Regulations

1. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, December 7
Good company! Complimentary refreshments! Relax at this month's International Coffee Hour, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Friday, December 7, in the Old Champlain Atrium (Old Champlain, Room 133). This month's sponsor is The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development. December 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, complimentary coffee and snacks & BAXTER the Bearcat will be there! Participants are also invited to celebrate students who are completing their studies this semester. Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

2. Traveling Soon? Obtain an Updated Travel Signature
All Binghamton University international students are reminded to check their most recent I-20 or DS-2019 to be sure they have an updated travel signature from the ISSS. If your travel signature will be more than 12 months old when you return to the U.S., visit the ISSS for an updated signature BEFORE you travel. Your travel signature can be found on the bottom of page two if you have an I-20, or in the lower right hand section of page one if you have a DS-2019.

ISSS staff will be available at the upcoming International Coffee Hour on Friday, December 7, in the Old Champlain Atrium (Old Champlain, Room 133) to issue updated travel signatures.

3. Leadership Volunteers needed for Spring 2019 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 2019 International Student Orientation. We will need help with check-in, the Welcome Luncheon and presentations. Spring 2019 Leadership Volunteers commit to assisting the ISSS on Thursday, January 17, 2019 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 9 at 11:59pm. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Barvinchak, International Student Advisor.

4. De-stress December
De-stress December is a campus-wide initiative coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students aimed at providing interesting, fun and stress-reducing activities for students as they prepare for and make their way through finals. #StudyBing provides a calendar where students can find places to study and eat after hours. Events run from Tuesday, November 27 - Thursday, December 13.

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. 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 on Friday, December 14 from 12:00pm to 4:45pm. The ISSS will also be unavailable on Monday, December 24 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Please visit the ISSS website for updates.

Winter Hours:

On Monday, December 17, 2018 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 18, 2019. Monday, January 21, 2019 is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday and the ISSS Office will be unavailable on this day. On Tuesday, January 22, 2019 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 holiday curtailment period will be from Tuesday, December 25, 2018 – Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The ISSS Office will resume standard hours of operation on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. 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.

7. Not Returning to Binghamton for Spring 2019? Remember to Comply With Federal Regulations
Students not returning to Binghamton University for the Spring 2019 semester should complete the ISSS Departure Form, unless they are graduating and/or applied for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

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