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ISSS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, 1 NOVEMBER 2018


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Contents:

1. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, November 2
2. Binghamton's Got Talent: Sunday, November 4
3. International Education Week
4. Going Global with Coffee, Culture and Conversation: Tuesday, November 13
5. Reminder of ISSS Availability
6. Binghamton in the City Week 2019
7. Leadership Volunteers needed for Spring 2019 International Student Orientation
8. Traveling Soon? Obtain an Updated Travel Signature and Bring your Immigration Documents with You
9. Beware of Employment Scams

1. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, November 2
Good company! Complimentary refreshments! Relax at this month's International Coffee Hour, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Friday, November 2, in the Old Champlain Atrium (Old Champlain, Room 133). This month's co-sponsors are the Dean of Student's CARE Team and the ISSS Office. 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 Katie Barvinchak, International Student Advisor. All are welcome!

2. Binghamton's Got Talent: Sunday, November 4
International Connection's biggest event of the year, Binghamton's Got Talent, will be held Sunday, 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 $6 in advance and $7 at the door. If you have any questions, contact International Connection.

3. International Education Week
International Education Week (IEW) is November 12 to November 16. 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 ISSS at isss@binghamton.edu.

4. Going Global with Coffee, Culture and Conversation: Tuesday, November 13
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 Tuesday, November 13 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 please contact ISSS at isss@binghamton.edu.

5. 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 21 and Thursday, November 22. ISSS walk-in hours will resume as scheduled on Monday, November 26. Please visit the ISSS Website for updates.

Special Notice Regarding ISSS Unavailability:
The ISSS will be unavailable from 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23 at 5:00pm. Regular business hours will resume Monday, November 26 at 8:30am. Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.

6. Binghamton in the City Week 2019
Join other Binghamton University students for Binghamton in the City Week 2019; January 7-10! Binghamton in the City offers students the opportunity to engage with industry professionals through a variety of activities during the week. You will meet with alumni and industry leaders living and working in New York City. Additional information on all scheduled events, as well as registration information, can be found here. Registration for this event takes place between Sunday, November 4 and Sunday, November 18.

7. 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.

8. Traveling Soon? Obtain an Updated Travel Signature and Bring your Immigration Documents with You
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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can request to see your I-20 or DS-2019, passport, and I-94 anywhere that is within 100 miles of a U.S border. If you are traveling outside of the Binghamton area, please remember to carry your original I-20 or DS-2019, your passport, and a printed copy of your I-94 record, even if you are not leaving the United States. Be mindful of keeping your documents safe while you are traveling. If you have any questions about documents to carry while traveling, please speak with an ISSS advisor.

9. Beware of Employment Scams
While the Fleishman Center does their absolute best to vet and verify each job and internship posting that is listed in hireBING, it is your responsibility to fully research each opportunity before applying. Before accepting any offers, it is recommended that you carefully review the position, responsibilities, and expectations (including pay rate/schedule and your work schedule).

Please be extremely careful of any employers that email you directly with a job or internship opportunity. Classic scams can include:

  • Misspellings and typos in the email
  • You are asked to provide a bank account or other financial information
  • The from email is a personal email such as gmail or yahoo account
  • You are asked to deposit a check
  • Position titles such as Personal Assistants should be reviewed very carefully
  • It sounds too good to be true
  • An employer claiming they received a list of students from the Fleishman Center or ISSS

We recommend that you contact the Fleishman Center by emailing hirebing@binghamton.edu if you receive such a posting and have any questions. You can also contact ISSS at intlwork@binghamton.edu or visit us during walk-in hours if you have any questions about a potential employment opportunity.

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