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ISSS NEWS FOR FRIDAY, 01 MARCH 2019


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Contents:
1. Next International Coffee Hour Today: Friday, March 1
2. Leadership Volunteers needed for Fall 2019 International Student Orientation
3. The Clock is Ticking on the Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application
4. Game Night with ISSS
5. Self Defense/Personal Safety Workshop
6. March Sporting Events
7. When it Comes to Alcohol: Don't Count On Luck

1. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, March 1
Good company! Complimentary refreshments! Relax at March's International Coffee Hour, from 3:30-5:00pm today, March 1, in the Old Champlain Atrium (Old Champlain, Room 133). March's coffee hour sponsor will be Harpur Academic Advising. 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. Leadership Volunteers needed for Fall 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, sign up to be a Leadership Volunteer! All international and domestic students are welcome! Leadership Volunteers are a select group of current 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 two day training program to help prepare them for their role during Orientation. The training program is organized by the five 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 for new international students during their 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 12 and Tuesday, August 13. International Student Graduate Orientation is Wednesday, August 14. International Student Undergraduate Orientation is Thursday, August 15 and Friday, August 16.

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 26, 2019. Questions? Contact Katie Barvinchak, International Student Advisor.

3. The Clock is Ticking on the Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application
F-1 students who will be graduating in May 2019, and plan to apply for post-completion optional practical training (OPT), are reminded to submit their application to the ISSS as soon as possible. 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 19, 2019. 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 intlwork@binghamton.edu.

4. Game Night with ISSS
Join ISSS for a super night of fun and games on Tuesday, March 5 from 4:00 – 5:30pm! We'll provide some popular board games and light refreshments. Please feel free to bring your favorite games to share. All are welcome--bring your friends and meet some new ones! If you have any questions about this event, email the ISSS at isss@binghamton.edu. Game night will be in the Old Champlain Atrium (Old Champlain, Room 133). Please register to participate on B-Engaged.

5. Self Defense/Personal Safety Workshop
Join ISSS and the University Police Department (UPD) on Tuesday, March 19 from 2:00 – 3:30pm to discuss ways to reduce the risk of becoming a crime victim and recognize potentially dangerous situations. UPD will also teach participants some basic physical self-defense skills. This workshop is appropriate for participants of all skill/athletic levels. No prior knowledge/training is needed. Both men and women are encouraged to attend. This will also be a very active class. Please wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. If you have any questions about this event, email the ISSS at isss@binghamton.edu. The workshop will be in the Old Champlain Atrium (Old Champlain, Room 133). Please register to participate on B-Engaged.

6. 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.

  • Friday, March 1 – Women's Lacrosse vs. Marist @ 4pm, Bearcats Sports Complex
  • Saturday, March 2 – Women's Basketball vs. Maine @ 12PM, Events Center
  • Saturday, March 2 – Men's Lacrosse vs. Hobart @ 2pm, Bearcats Sports Complex
  • Saturday, March 2 – Men's Tennis vs. Bryant @ TBA, Binghamton Tennis Center
  • Tuesday, March 5 – Men's Basketball vs. Albany @ 7pm, Events Center
  • Wednesday, March 6 – Women's Lacrosse vs. Lafayette @ 3pm, Bearcats Sports Complex
  • Tuesday, March 12 – Men's Lacrosse vs. Army @ 4pm, Bearcats Sports Complex
  • Friday, March 15 – Women's Tennis vs. Marist @ 7pm, Binghamton Tennis Center
  • Saturday, March 16 – Women's Lacrosse vs. Harvard @ 1pm, Bearcats Sports Complex
  • Saturday, March 23 – Men's Lacrosse vs. Albany @ 1pm, Bearcats Sports Complex
  • Saturday, March 23 – Baseball vs. Maine @ 12pm, Bearcats Sports Complex
  • Sunday, March 24 – Baseball vs. Maine @ 11am, Bearcats Sports Complex
  • Wednesday, March 27 – Softball vs. Cornell @ 3pm, Bearcats Sports Complex
  • Saturday, March 30 – Women's Lacrosse vs. Albany @ 1pm, Bearcats Sports Complex
  • Saturday, March 30 – Men's Tennis vs. Toledo @ 2pm, Lane Tennis Center

7. When it Comes to Alcohol: Don't Count On Luck
If you decide to participate in Parade Day 2019, 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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