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ISSS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, 02 JANUARY 2019


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Contents:

1. Reminder of ISSS Availability
2. New International Student Orientation Information
3. OA Opportunity for Undergraduate Students
4. Binghamton University's Metro Connections Night: Tuesday, January 8
5. International Student Professional Development Conference: Monday, January 14
6. January Basketball Games
7. International Health Insurance Team is Now Accepting Insurance Fee Waiver Requests
8. International Coffee Hour: Friday, February 1
9. Enrollment Requirements for the Spring 2019 Semester
10. Beware of Phishing/E-mail Scams, Phone Scams and Other Scams

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:

On Monday, January 21 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 InformationNew students are starting to arrive to begin their studies for the Spring 2019 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 17. The first event will start at 8:30am in the Old Champlain Atrium. Additional information on International Student Orientation schedule is available here.

3. 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 Sunday, January 27 at 11:59pm. Click here for additional information and/or to complete the application.

4. Binghamton University's Metro Connections Night
Metro Connections Night, held on Tuesday, January 8 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm, offers students an opportunity to network with nearly 140 alumni in various industries in one location. All students are welcome to attend! Space is limited – RSVP on hireBING. Contact the Fleishman Center with any questions at careers@binghamton.edu.

5. International Student Professional Development Conference
Get a head start on your job and internship search by attending the International Student Professional Development Conference on Monday, January 14 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Co-sponsored by the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development and the International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS), this one-day mini-conference will provide you with the tools you need to navigate your job or internship search. Interactive sessions will cover topics such as: resume writing, interviewing, LinkedIn, and understanding CPT and OPT and explaining it to employers. Lunch is included and the entire event is free! Register on hireBING. Contact Erica Kryst with any questions at ekryst@binghamton.edu.

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.
* Tuesday, January 2, 2019 – Men's Basketball vs. Columbia University at 7pm
* Saturday, January 5, 2019 - Men's Basketball vs. University of New Hampshire at 2pm
* Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - Women's Basketball vs. Stony Brook University at 7pm
* Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - Women's Basketball vs. University of Maryland Baltimore County at 7pm
* Saturday, January 19, 2019 - Women's Basketball vs. University of Vermont at 2pm
* Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - Men's Basketball vs. University of Massachusetts Lowell at 7pm
* Saturday, January 26, 2019 - Men's Basketball vs. University of Maine at 1pm
* Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - Women's Basketball vs. University of Hartford at 7pm

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.
*Upload documents as instructed here.
*Your policy submission must indicate the services that are NOT paid for under the policy, found in the "Exclusions and Limitations" section of the policy, plus the deductible charged to you.

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, 2019. No exceptions are granted.

8. International Coffee Hour: Friday, February 1
Good company! Complimentary refreshments! Come relax at the next International Coffee Hour, from 3:30-5:00pm on Friday, February 1, in the Old Champlain Atrium (Old Champlain, Room 133). February's coffee hour sponsor will be the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. 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!

9. Enrollment Requirements for the Spring 2019 Semester
The add/drop deadline for the Spring 2019 semester is Monday, February 4. You must be enrolled in a full-time course load by the end of the add/drop deadline in order to maintain a valid immigration status. If you will not be enrolled full-time, you will need to submit a Request for Reduced Course Load form to the ISSS Office.

As a reminder, U.S. federal regulations limit the number of on-line or distance learning classes that can be taken each semester. As an international student, you can only take one online course per semester that counts towards your full-time enrollment. Click here for more information on rules for taking online classes.

10. Beware of Phishing/E-mail Scams, Phone Scams and Other Scams
The Information Technology Services (ITS) website provides helpful information and advice on phishing/scams. The University and government entities will not ask for personal or password information in unsolicited e-mail messages. You should NEVER respond to them nor click on any links in the message, no matter how real they appear to be. Report any suspicious phishing emails to security@binghamton.edu.

If contacted via phone and asked for personal information, you should immediately be suspicious, especially if the person is claiming to work for a U.S. government agency. Ask for the person's full name, agency they are working for and a telephone number to call the person back. They will probably tell you that your only opportunity to resolve the issue is at the time of the call and that you have to take action now. Do not believe them. Never release personal information over the phone. Should you ever get any requests in print, please bring them to the ISSS Office immediately and we will review them and advise accordingly.

Some students have been targeted in scams where an individual or organization promised to secure a better exchange rate for tuition payments. You should never share your Binghamton University login information with anyone. Make all payments directly through Student Accounts, using the official Flywire service for currency conversion.

Lastly, please remember that scams can also happen in person. Never share your credit card, student ID card, passport, social security number, etc. with anyone. Please be cautious if purchasing items for anyone you do not know well.

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