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ISSS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, 01 MAY 2019


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Contents:
1. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, May 3
2. Traveling Soon? Obtain an Updated Travel Signature at Coffee Hour
3. Application Deadline Extended: Leadership Volunteers needed for Fall 2019 International Student Orientation
4. Reminder of ISSS Availability
5. Bus Service from JFK to Binghamton University
6. Thinking of Applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
7. Did You Receive A Grade of "Incomplete" in Fall 2018?
8. Are You Graduating this Semester? Check your driver's license!
9. Summer Opportunities Available with the English Language Institute
10. Consider Pursuing a Global Studies Minor

1. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, May 3
Celebrating Graduating Students of Spring 2019! Good company! Complimentary refreshments! Join us for May's International Coffee Hour, from 3:30-5:00pm on Friday, May 3, in the Old Champlain Atrium (Old Champlain, Room 133). May's coffee hour sponsor will be The Graduate School. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the sponsor while mingling with both international and domestic students as well as scholars. There will be complimentary coffee and snacks, interactive activities & Baxter the Bearcat will be there! Participants are also invited to celebrate students who are completing their studies this semester. Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

If you have any questions about International Coffee Hour, please contact Katie Barvinchak, International Student Advisor. All are welcome!!

2. Traveling Soon? Obtain an Updated Travel Signature at Coffee Hour
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.

ISSS staff will be available at the upcoming International Coffee Hour on Friday, May 3, in the Old Champlain Atrium (Old Champlain, Room 133) to issue updated travel signatures.

3. Application Deadline Extended: 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 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 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 May 17. Questions? Contact Katie Barvinchak, International Student Advisor.

4. Reminder of ISSS Availability
The ISSS will be unavailable on Wednesday, May 1 from 11:30am – 1:15pm. Thank you for your patience and please plan accordingly. Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.

Shift to University Summer Hours:

On Monday, May 20, the ISSS will begin to operate on summer hours. This means that the office will be open on weekdays from 8:30am to 3:45pm until Friday, August 16. On Monday, August 19, the ISSS will resume regular business hours, weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

5. Bus Service from JFK to Binghamton University
Several departments on campus have collaborated to create a bus service for students traveling from JFK to Binghamton University. This bus service is for new and continuing international students. Buses will run in late July and early/mid-August. The deadline to register for this service is July 1, 2019. Additional information can be found here. If you have any questions, please email intarriv@binghamton.edu.

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 is an off-campus work authorization for a temporary position, such as an internship, that is directly related to your degree program. Federal immigration regulations state the internship experience must be integral to (part of) your academic studies. Click here for additional information on CPT and/or to access to the CPT application. If you have any questions about how to apply for CPT authorization contact us at intlwork@binghamton.edu.

7. Did You Receive A Grade of "Incomplete" in Fall 2018?
All students who received a grade of "incomplete" in the Fall 2018 semester have until the end of the Spring 2019 semester to turn in the required work. If the Fall 2018 coursework is not completed, or if the professor does not submit a grade change form prior to the end of the Spring 2019 semester, the Incomplete will change to "W" or withdrawn for graduate students, and to "F" or failure for undergraduate students.

If the incomplete course was being counted towards a full-time course load, the "W" grade means that the course was not successfully completed, and will therefore drop the student from full-time to part-time. This may mean that the F-1 or J-1 student is in violation of U.S. immigration requirements. Students who find themselves in this situation should visit ISSS advising walk-in hours.

8. Are You Graduating this Semester? Check your driver's license!
Students in F-1 or J-1 status are issued driver's licenses with a Temporary Visitor notation that matches the program end date on your I-20 or DS-2019. The NYS DMV will not extend the Temporary Visitor notation for F-1 students unless you have an EAD card for Optional Practical Training. J-1 students must have an updated DS-2019 showing an extension for Academic Training. You will find additional information here.

If you are not applying for OPT or Academic Training, but are enrolling in a new program of study in the Fall 2019 semester, you may need to wait until the program start date on your new program I-20 or DS-2019 to renew your Temporary Visitor notation.

9. Summer Opportunities Available with the English Language Institute
Volunteer as a Mentor
Mentors assist students during the program by acting as models and peer mentors. Our summer mentors participate in social events, workshops, and trips. In the past, this has included an ice cream social, IT tips workshop, and trips to Syracuse, and the Corning Glass Museum. Mentors generally befriend new students in order to describe life at Binghamton University during informal events. This is a great chance for you to pay it forward, exchange culture, and ease concerns that new students might have. If interested, please apply here. You will be contacted to sign up for specific events at a later date when scheduling is finalized.

Volunteer as an ESA
Voluntary English Speaking Assistant (ESA) positions are available during the summer. Summer ESAs assist in language and culture workshops during weekdays, between July 29 - August 14. ESAs can choose either language workshops (Monday - Friday between 9:00am-12:00pm) or culture workshops (Monday - Friday between 1:00pm-3:30pm). Lunch is provided. If interested, please email AATinfo@binghamton.edu.

Volunteer as a Conversation Partner
Conversation Partners voluntarily meet with ELI students in group settings to allow them to practice their English speaking skills, and learn about American culture. Non-native speakers are allowed to apply with the understanding you are the English speaker. For more information on the responsibilities of our Summer Conversation partners, or to apply, click here.

10. Consider Pursuing a Global Studies Minor
Attention all undergraduate international students! Did you know that you qualify for the Global Studies Minor at Binghamton University? Global Studies is a unique and individualized program that complements any major and which can be tailored to suit both your academic and future professional goals. With the Global Studies Minor you can enhance your degree and gain a competitive edge. Capitalize on your international experience by declaring the minor.

Email glst@binghamton.edu or stop by LT 315 to learn more about the program. Please see our website for office hours and additional information.

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