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ISSS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, 02 JANUARY 2018


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Contents:

1. Reminder of ISSS Availability
2. New International Student Orientation Information
3. First Friday Art Walk with the ISSS, January 5
4. Soccer Day 2018
5. OA Opportunity for Undergraduate Students
6. January Basketball Games
7. International Health Insurance Team is Now Accepting Insurance Fee Waiver Requests
8. Health Insurance Enrollment for Spring 2018 Semester
9. Important Caution to International Students When Taking On-Line Courses
10. Graduating in May 2018? Planning to Register Less Than Full-Time?

 

1. Reminder of ISSS Availability

Advising Walk-In Hours & Updates:

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 Thursday, January 11, 2018. Please visit the ISSS Website for updates.

Special Notice Regarding ISSS Unavailability:

The ISSS will be unavailable on Thursday, January 11 from 11:30am to 1:45pm due to an Orientation related function. On Monday, January 15 the ISSS office will be unavailable for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.

 

2. New International Student Orientation Information

New students are beginning to arrive to begin their studies for the Spring 2018 semester. If you are assisting a new student, be sure to bring them to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services so that ISSS can distribute its new student early arrival information.

International Student Orientation activities begin Thursday, January 11. The first event will start at 8:30am in the Old Champlain Atrium. Additional information on International Student Orientation schedule is available here.

 

3. First Friday Art Walk with the ISSS, January 5

Join the ISSS on Friday, January 5 for the First Friday Art Walk! We will meet at the University Downtown Center (UDC) in room 220B at 6pm and informally chat about Binghamton history and culture. We will then depart from the UDC at 6:45pm and join in on the First Friday Art Walk activities. This is a great opportunity to relax and to make new friends. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate!

Please note that if there is inclement weather, we will send event updates via email to those who have registered on B-Engaged.

To ensure we have enough staff to implement this event, we request that all participants 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 are unable to register via B-Engaged or if you have any questions, email Linda Torricelli, international student and scholar programming coordinator, at ltorrice@binghamton.edu.

 

4. Soccer Day 2018

Are you staying in Binghamton over winter break? Arriving back to campus early? Looking for something fun to do? Then you are invited to participate in International Student and Scholar Services' Soccer Day 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, in the West Gym! All students are invited to participate in this event! Use this form to register a whole team or as a Free Agent. If you register as a free agent, we'll place you on a team with other free agents. All teams and free agents must register by Wednesday, Jan. 10. Bring your student ID the day of the event. If you have any questions or if you are unable to register via B-Engaged, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator, at ltorrice@binghamton.edu.

 

5. OA Opportunity for Undergraduate Students

Do you want to improve your leadership skills? Are you looking to build your resume? Do you enjoy helping others? Are you looking for an on campus summer job? Then apply to be an Orientation Assistant (OA) with New Student Programs (NSP)! Applications are due by Wednesday, January 17. Click here for additional information and/or to complete the application.

 

6. January Basketball Games

Come cheer on your fellow Bearcats at home basketball games! All home basketball games are played on campus in the Events Center. Undergraduate students can get in for free with their student ID.
* Saturday, January 6, 2018 - Men's Basketball vs. Maine at 1pm
* Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Women's Basketball vs. UNH at 7pm
* Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Women's Basketball vs. Hartford at 4pm – Women's Basketball Team Poster giveaway and post-game autograph session!
* Monday, January 15, 2018 - Men's Basketball vs. Albany at 7pm – Come cheer on the Bearcats before the spring 2018 semester begins!
* Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Women's Basketball vs. Stony Brook at 7pm
* Sunday, January 21, 2018 - Men's Basketball vs. UMass Lowell at 2pm
* Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - Women's Basketball vs. UMBC at 7pm
* Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Men's Basketball vs. UNH at 4pm – Binghamton University Bookstore Giveaway!
* Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Men's Basketball vs. Vermont at 7pm - WEIS "Pack the House" Night - Coupons can be redeemed weekdays at the Events Center ticket office from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. White out game – the first 4,000 fans will receive a FREE Bearcats white t-shirt!

 

7. International Health Insurance Team is Now Accepting Insurance Fee Waiver Requests

The International Health Insurance Team is now accepting requests from those that believe they meet the requirements for an international health insurance fee waiver. In order to qualify for a waiver of the fee you must:

*** Meet ALL of the requirements found here.
*** Complete and submit a request for Waiver E-Form. Follow the link for the E-Form instructions also found here.
*** Please note that a submission does not guarantee approval. A full review of your policy must be conducted to ensure compliance.

Approved waivers are valid for one semester only. Every semester a new request must be submitted. The deadline for submission of a waiver request is February 15, 2018. No exceptions are granted.

 

8. Health Insurance Enrollment for Spring 2018 Semester

Enrollment into the GeoBlue International Health Insurance plan will take place automatically early in the Spring 2018 semester. The exact date has not yet been determined. If you currently hold a GeoBlue international insurance policy from Fall 2017 your current expiration date is noted on the insurance card. For most students that date is January 14, 2018. Students who have an immediate need for their insurance card upon return to campus for the following Spring semester, (for example, to fill a medical prescription), may request an 'early enrollment' from the ISSS Insurance Team at Intl.insure@binghamton.edu. Please indicate the reason you need your insurance card prior to mass distribution in your email.

 

9. Important Caution to International Students When Taking On-Line Courses

Most international students are aware that US federal regulations limit the number of on-line or distance learning classes that can be taken by F-1 visa holders, even if the classes are offered by Binghamton University. A full description of the rules can be found here on the ISSS website.

If a student needs only one course to finish his or her program of study in the final semester (and this includes Summer Session or Winter Session), it cannot be taken through online/distance education. There must be a physical presence requirement for the course.

Students who take only a distance learning class in their final semester are not eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). If you have questions, send an email message to isss@binghamton.edu or visit ISSS during walk-in advising hours.

 

10. Graduating in May 2018? Planning to Register Less Than Full-Time?

Undergraduate students who will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2018 semester and plan to register for less than a full-time course load because they need fewer than full-time credits to graduate must submit an Application for Reduced Course Load Permission E-Form. Graduate students who are graduating at the end of Spring 2018 and are registered for a course rubric that cannot be certified as full time must also complete this form.


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