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Editor's Note: The ISSS Newsletter is distributed monthly. Please 'Like' us on Facebook and 'Follow' us on Instagram to learn about programs, events, and additional information between monthly Newsletters. 

1. Reminder of ISSS Availability
2. Together: International Student Support Group
3. Graduating Students: How to prepare your Optional Practical Training Application
4. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, March 9
5. Leadership Volunteers Needed - Fall 2018 International Student Orientation
6. Thinking of Applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
7. The Clock is Ticking on the Optional Practical Training Application
8. March Sporting Events
9. Binghamton University Dining Services Announcement
10. When it Comes to Alcohol: Don't Count On Luck

1. 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 Notice Regarding ISSS Unavailability:
The ISSS will be unavailable today, March 2, 2018. Regular business hours will resume Monday, March 5 at 8:30am. Thank you for your patience and please plan accordingly. Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.

2. 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 121 (University Union, Room 121)

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 13. Weekly attendance is not required but recommended. If you have any question about the Together, please email Dr. Sangmoon Kim.

3. Graduating Students: How to prepare your Optional Practical Training Application

The workshop, How to Prepare Your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application, will be held Friday, March 9 from 11:00am to 11:30am in the Old Champlain Atrium. If you arrive at Old Champlain and cannot find the event room, please visit the ISSS Front Desk (Old Champlain, Room 142) and a member of the ISSS Team will be able to assist you. Please note that space is limited. To attend this workshop, register on B-Engaged.

This workshop is recommended for international students who are graduating in May 2018. 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.

4. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, March 9

Good company! Complimentary refreshments! Relax at this month's International Coffee Hour, 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, March 9, in Old Union Hall. This month's sponsor is the Division of Advancement. March 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, prizes, interactive activities and complimentary coffee, tea and cookies! If you have any questions about International Coffee Hour, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator. All are welcome!

5. Leadership Volunteers Needed - Fall 2018 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 13 and Tuesday, August 14. International Student Graduate Orientation is Wednesday, August 15. International Student Undergraduate Orientation is Thursday, August 16 and Friday, August 17.

If you are interested in becoming a Leadership Volunteer, please click here to complete the application form. Please note that your application must be submitted by April 22, 2018. Questions? Contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS Programming Coordinator.

6. Thinking of Applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?

This is the time of year that many international students in F-1 status apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). CPT stands for Curricular Practical Training and is an off-campus work authorization for a position that enhances your studies. Federal immigration regulations state the work or internship experience must be integral to (part of) your academic studies. Click here for additional information on CPT and/or to access the CPT application. If you have any questions about how to apply for CPT authorization contact us at

7. The Clock is Ticking on the Optional Practical Training Application

F-1 students who will be graduating in May 2018, and plan to apply for post-completion optional practical training (OPT), are reminded to submit their application paperwork to the ISSS office so a new OPT I-20 can be created. It can take 7-10 business days for the ISSS office to process a new OPT I-20. After an I-20 is created, an OPT application must then be submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS must receive an OPT application no later than sixty days after the degree conferral date, which is May 20, 2018. The Student Checklist: Applying for Optional Practical Training will provide you with more information regarding the OPT application requirements. Click here for additional information. If you have any questions contact us at

8. March Sporting Events

Come cheer on your fellow Bearcats at home games! All home games are played on campus. Undergraduate students can get in for free with their student ID.
*Monday, March 5 – Women's Lacrosse vs. Canisius @ 4pm, Bearcats Sports Complex
*Friday, March 9 – Women's Lacrosse vs. Ohio State @ 4pm, Bearcats Sports Complex
*Saturday, March 10 – Men's Lacrosse vs. Delaware @ 1pm, Bearcats Sports Complex
*Friday, March 16 – Women's Tennis vs. Marist @ 7pm @ Binghamton Tennis Center
*Saturday, March 17 – Men's Lacrosse vs. UMass Lowell @ 1pm, Bearcats Sports Complex
*Tuesday, March 27 – Men's Lacrosse vs. Siena @ 4pm, Bearcats Sports Complex

9. Binghamton University Dining Services Announcement

Did you know that the Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) menu includes vegan, vegetarian, kosher, halal, allergen free, and much more? You can find the menus online at BUDS recently added Moghul Fine Indian Cuisine to our resident dining centers, in addition to their venue in the MarketPlace at University Union. Moghul is now available at C4 dining center daily and CIW dining center every Wednesday, with the hopes to expand. Follow us @BingCampusFood on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat for all things dining. We offer information for dining on campus, dining giveaways, and fun food events. Look for an @BingCampusFood post on Facebook for your chance to win dining dollars! Winner to be messaged by Friday, March 9.

10. When it Comes to Alcohol: Don't Count On Luck

If you decide to participate in Parade Day 2018, please remember the following:
*You must be 21 years old to consume alcohol
*It is prohibited to drink alcohol in public
*Drinking and driving is illegal
*Driving under the influence of alcohol can lead to legal and immigration troubles
*You are not invincible

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Last Updated: 1/3/19