Parent Connect Newsletter

June 2022

Randall M-J Edouard

Dear parents and families, 

Now that Commencement is over and most of our students have left campus for professional employment, summer jobs, internships and hopefully some relaxation, it’s tempting for those of us still here to pause, breathe and savor the beautiful Binghamton summer. We will do that, but we also know it can’t last because before we know it, Orientation will begin, and then, the new academic year will be upon us in no time!

It’s an exciting time looking ahead to a new year. In the Division of Student Affairs, we spend time evaluating programs and initiatives from the previous year as well as celebrating the team’s successes. We put an equal amount of thought and ingenuity into reimagining how we could do it better next year because that’s who we are at Binghamton — always looking forward and reaching higher. 

And it’s your students who inspire us to keep going by the tremendous efforts they put forth to excel academically and create this community that we all love. Without the students, Binghamton is nothing.

In this newsletter, join us in looking back at recent successes like the revitalized Student Awards Gala, and learn about some of the services still available for students over the summer, whether they are in the area or not.

We’re still hard at work, and we will be ready and waiting to welcome them back in August!


Randall M-J Edouard, Ed.D. ‘22
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Students Affairs Awards Gala

To recognize the broad range of excellence exhibited by our students, both inside and outside the classroom, the Division of Student Affairs hosted the Binghamton University Student Awards Gala on May 2, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in downtown Binghamton.

This year the awards ceremony was revitalized, including live entertainment, a reception, desserts and more. Also for the first time, the awards included a scholarship component, with winners receiving between $300 and $500. Read more about the gala and some of our exceptional students on BingUNews.

June engagement highlight: summer activities in Binghamton

Is your student staying in Binghamton this summer break? Maybe your family is passing through town or planning a quick day trip to the area? There are plenty of summer activities to keep everyone busy all summer long! 

The Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the New York Mets Double-A Affiliate team, calls our community their home and have games all summer long at Rumble Ponies Stadium downtown. First Friday Art Walks, a tradition in the City of Binghamton since 2004, allow patrons to appreciate and explore art displays at 30–40 business, restaurants and other participating locations every first Friday of the month.  

The Ross Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in America, is right in Binghamton, and Animal Adventure Park, an interactive educational animal park, is nestled in Harpursville, just 15 minutes away. And of course, it wouldn't be summer without staying active in the great outdoors. The greater Binghamton Community offers beautiful local, and state parks, hiking trails, nature centers and more to explore and enjoy. 

There's something for everyone in Binghamton this summer! We hope to see you around!

Five ways to keep career plans on track this summer

There are a lot of ways students can make the most of downtime this summer and set a solid foundation for the rest of their college years and beyond. Here are five things students can do to continue working toward their career goals:

1. Grow professional networks online:

Students can join Mentor Match, Binghamton University’s free online mentoring platform, or use LinkedIn to connect with alumni career mentors in their field of interest. When making a new connection, it’s important for students to send a personalized note to potential mentors. For guidance on how best to network, students can sign into their BU account and watch the Fleishman Center’s informative videos on network building and LinkedIn best practices.

2. Update resumes and LinkedIn profiles:

Ensure new skills are accurately portrayed and all relevant experiences and achievements (including projects, part-time jobs, internships, clubs, research and other activities) from the past year are included. Students can utilize the Fleishman Center’s Career Guide for more information on how to write strong bullets and to view examples of strong resumes and LinkedIn profiles.

3. Meet with a Fleishman Center career consultant:

Virtual appointments are available for students all summer long to discuss any career-related topic including job or internship strategies, interview preparation, career exploration, resume reviews and more! Appointments can be scheduled in hireBING. The Fleishman Center also has a variety of on-demand recorded workshops covering a variety of topics that students can access at any time.

4. Enroll in a career exploration course:

Students have the option to take CDCI 200, an online career exploration course, during Summer Session II (July 11–Aug. 12). This course is designed for students who are struggling to pick a major, are considering changing majors or who do not know what to do with their major. Students enrolled in this course will learn about how their skills and interests can translate to a career and create a meaningful career plan. The deadline to register is June 30.

5. Take advantage of free online classes to develop new skills:

There are a variety of online learning platforms that students can utilize to build up their resume, and even earn digital badges. These websites offer courses on a variety of topics including programming, advanced Excel, web development, graphic design, nutrition and languages. Here is a list of suggested platforms students can take advantage of that offer free courses or free trials: LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, Codecademy, edX, Skillshare and Duolingo.

If you have questions about career services available for your student, contact the Fleishman Center at

Summer support services

Residential Life MSW interns

Looking for well-being support over the summer? Residential students have access to our Master of Social Work (MSW) interns who are available throughout the summer months. Find their contact info online.

Binghamton Support Network

For a searchable database of both on-and off-campus resources, check out the Binghamton Support Network.

Food Pantry

The Binghamton University Food Pantry will be open throughout the summer from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Students who wish to order food or personal items can fill out the online order form starting at 5 p.m. on Friday for the following week. Find more information and the order form on their website.

Staying active in the summer

Is your student staying in Binghamton for the summer? There are plenty of ways to stay active with Campus Recreation, from fun fitness classes to outdoor exercise areas. Students currently enrolled in summer or fall classes have access to the Recreation Center at the East Gym for Open Recreation activities like swimming, badminton, basketball and racquetball.

Campus Recreation’s Find Your Fit series of fitness and wellness classes are offered to students throughout the year. There are a variety of activities this summer, from learning how to play Pickleball to disc golfing the first nine holes on the campus course to circuit training on the FitCourt. Students can register for any upcoming activity through B-Engaged.

For students who would like to focus on their fitness goals, a fitness membership may be a good fit. A fitness membership gives your student access to FitSpace and group fitness classes. Memberships can be purchased online and are available for either Summer Session I or II, or the full summer.

Another option to complement your student’s fitness and wellness goals is the new outdoor FitCourt. This bodyweight circuit-training system is adjacent to the Recreation Center at the East Gym. No fitness membership is needed to access the FitCourt, which is lit for evening use. You can even download an app to help guide you through the stations.

Other outdoor recreational facilities include Campus Recreation's tennis courts and 18-hole disc golf course. Sporting equipment is available for check-out at the front desk of the East Gym with a valid Binghamton University ID. Whether it's swimming, playing disc golf or functional training, Campus Recreation offers plenty of ways for your student to get and stay active during the summer.

Financial Aid

For all servicing options, hours of operation, document submission upload instructions, and much more, visit the following websites:

Document submission: All documents can be uploaded securely through the myBinghamton portal. Click on Financial Aid and Student Records Document Submission (helpful links section on the left side of the page).

Summer 2022 financial aid

Financial aid resources for the summer are available for matriculated Binghamton University undergraduate and graduate students who are in good academic standing. Students enrolled for at least six credits during Summer Session may be eligible to use Federal Direct Student Loans, Federal Parent PLUS Loans and private loans to help finance Summer Session. Pell-eligible students will receive the award automatically based on eligibility and enrollment.

The 2022 Summer Loan Request Form is now available.

For more information about Summer Session, visit the Summer Session website.

For more information about financial aid for the summer, visit the Financial Aid website.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Flexibilities extended

No interest is accruing on federal student and parent loans through Aug. 31, 2022, due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 emergency.

For more information go online

Fall 2022 Excelsior Scholarship application

The fall 2022 Excelsior Scholarship application opened on Tuesday, May 24. The application will close on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Review eligibility requirements and complete your application online.

Current Excelsior recipients do not need to file a new Excelsior application, but must file a New York State Student Aid Payment Application every year.  

2022-23 New York State Aid

To apply for New York state aid, students must complete a New York State Student Aid Payment Application. The payment application provides a single conduit for applying for payment of state grants, scholarships and awards, which includes TAP, Excelsior and STEM. Students and parents have the option to link directly to the application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page or complete the application by going to the NYS HESC webpage. Be sure to include Binghamton’s school code (0880). Note that students must be full-time, matriculated N.Y. state residents, who qualify based on income and academic requirements.

Students are strongly encouraged to speak with their academic advising office to ensure their fall 2022 coursework meets degree applicability requirements. For more information on the New York State guidelines regarding degree applicability, view our webpage.

Students who have applied for and been approved for Excelsior, STEM, NYS Merit or other state aid will not see their actual awards in BU BRAIN until mid-summer. 

2022–23 Parent PLUS Loan — another option for funding your student's education

The 2022–23 Parent PLUS loan application will be available beginning May 15, 2022. Parents can apply online using their FSA username and password. For more general information about Parent PLUS loans, visit the financial aid PLUS loan webpage

Proxy access available for financial aid information

"Proxy access" is the ability students have to grant others access to view their financial aid information in BU BRAIN. For more information about proxy access and instructions for students, visit the proxy access webpage

Graduating seniors and loan repayment

Is your student graduating this spring and did they borrow student loans to help with educational expenses? Knowledge is power when it comes to repayment. Knowing what to expect, choosing the right repayment plan and staying on top of loan payments can help your student fulfill their financial goals. Visit the Federal Student Aid loan repayment plan webpage for helpful repayment tips and resources…and congratulations on your student’s graduation!  

New York State Get On Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program

The New York State Get on Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program provides up to 24 months of federal student loan debt relief to recent New York state college graduates who are participating in a federal income-driven repayment plan whose payments are generally capped at 10 percent of their discretionary income. Find more information and the instructions to apply online.

Student Records

Summer 2022 registration

  • Students must clear all holds before they can register.
  • Summer Session dates are:
    • Term I: May 31–July 1
      • Add/drop deadline: 11:59 p.m.  June 2

      • Course withdrawal deadline: 4 p.m. June 20

      • Change of grade option deadline: 11:59 p.m. June 20

    • Term II: July 11–Aug. 12
      • Add/drop deadline: 11:59 p.m.  July 14
      • Course withdrawal deadline: 4 p.m. July 29
      • Change of grade option deadline: 11:59 p.m. July 29
    • Once registered for a summer class, be sure to confirm enrollment on BU Brain. Please use a computer or tablet to complete confirmation of enrollment because confirming on cell phones often does not work. Failure to confirm enrollment successfully will lead to students being dropped from all registered courses.

For more information visit the Student Records website.

Fall 2022 advanced registration

Advanced registration for the fall semester closed on the last day of classes, May 11. Continuing students will be able to register with a time ticket based on earned credit hours when the add/drop registration period for the fall semester opens right before classes begin in August.

Lost IDs

Students can request a replacement ID card through the myBinghamton portal or by sending us an email (using their official Binghamton University email account — emails from other accounts cannot be processed) with their name and B-number to

  • There is a $20 fee for all replacement ID cards, which will be assessed to the student's bill in Student Accounts.
  • Students will need a photo ID to pick up their card. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver’s license, passport, high school or other university photo ID.
  • ID distribution plans are posted online.

Official expedited electronic transcripts are available

In addition to free official paper transcripts, we offer official expedited electronic transcripts. There is a $5 charge per recipient for the expedited service. More information about electronic transcript service is available online.

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