Parent Connect Newsletter

September 2022

Randall M-J Edouard

Dear parents and families, 

We’ve made it through the first few weeks of the semester, and it’s so good to feel that Binghamton energy surging through campus once again. Our students are truly what make this school so great.

I personally invite you to come experience the Binghamton spirit yourself during Family Weekend, Sept. 30–Oct. 2. We have a host of fun activities and events planned for you and your students, but we’re perhaps most excited about hearing from our featured speaker, Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times best-selling author of the anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult, which gave rise to a TED Talk that has more than 5 million views. 

Lythcott-Haims draws on her research, conversations with educators and admission officers, and her own insights as a mother and the former dean of freshmen at Stanford University to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms kids and prevents them from developing self-efficacy: the knowledge that one’s own actions lead to outcomes. Listen as she offers practical strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness and inner determination necessary to become healthy, thriving adults. Lythcott-Haims will be signing books after the event.

I hope to see you on campus soon, if not for Family Weekend, then some other time. Homecoming is the following weekend, Oct. 7–9, but there’s never a bad time to visit Binghamton in the fall. Nothing beats Upstate New York fall foliage!

Sincerely,
Randall M-J Edouard, EdD ‘22
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


Register for Family Weekend!

We've been busy planning an eventful weekend for you and your family and are excited about your arrival! If you haven't already registered for Family Weekend, you still have time! Pre-register by 5 p.m. Sept. 16. On-site registration will be available, but tickets for the comedy show and lunch are going quickly, so secure yours by registering now.

Your registration includes:

  • A special Binghamton family check-in stadium bag full of Binghamton goodies and information from our sponsors
  • An opportunity to purchase tickets to our Family Weekend Lunch and Baxter's Spirit Celebration on Saturday
  • Access to all events, programs, tours and workshops throughout the three days (Family Weekend Lunch and Baxter’s Spirit Celebration require separate registration while tickets last)
  • Entry into Saturday evening's Absolutely A cappella performance
  • A coupon for 10% off a single item at the University Bookstore
  • Weekend parking pass
  • Entry to win a Family Weekend prize

REGISTER online today! This is a wonderful opportunity to visit your student's new home away from home. The weekend is filled with events that will give you a snapshot of our campus culture, the community's academic excellence and the energy of our vibrant campus.

Family Weekend schedule highlights include:

  • Welcome from President Harvey Stenger
  • Keynote speaker Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult
  • Family Weekend Lunch and Bearcat Spirit Celebration, featuring the Binghamton "spiedie"
  • Community service project: bring a non-perishable item to donate to the Food Pantry
  • Nature Preserve tours
  • Absolutely A Cappella student performance
  • Art Exhibition
  • Art Museum tours
  • Family Fun Bonfire
  • Late Nite Movie: Thor: Love and Thunder
  • Late Nite Carnival
  • Meet faculty, staff and other families!
  • And lots more!

Make sure your first stop is the Family Weekend Welcome Center in Old Union Hall in The Union. For more information, the full schedule of events and to pre-register, visit the Family Weekend webpage. Email us at families@binghamton.edu. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Fall Job and Internship Fair and other professional development opportunities

This fall, the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development will be offering students multiple opportunities to network with employers and learn more about their industries and careers of interest. Students at all stages of their career journey can participate in these events. Students actively searching for full-time employment or internships will greatly benefit from these networking opportunities as they begin their applications, and students who are exploring career possibilities can use these events to ask questions and learn more from company representatives.

Diversity Roundtable
6–7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Old Union Hall

The Diversity Roundtable event will connect students to employers who create and foster work environments that value and promote workplace diversity. Learn about opportunities and resources designed to recruit diverse talent and support students from diverse backgrounds in the transition from college to career through interactive discussion. A free networking dinner is included.

Job and Internship Fair
11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Events Center

Representatives from a variety of organizations will be present to speak to students about full-time jobs and internship opportunities. Students of all majors and class years are encouraged to attend as the employers present will be looking to recruit a variety of Binghamton University students. Students can view the list of attending employers to see which will be of interest to them.

Virtual Job and Internship Fair
11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 on the Handshake Virtual Fair Platform

A virtual fair option will be offered as well. Different employers will be present at the virtual and the in-person fairs, so students should plan to attend both. Students must register and sign up for sessions in advance in order to attend this fair.

Student tips for attending an employer event:

  • Research the employers beforehand. This will help you have thoughtful conversations with the representatives and get the most out of your experience.
  • Prepare a 30-second commercial. Having a strong opener will help you make a positive first impression and increase your confidence when you start a conversation.
  • Follow up with your new connections. Connecting with your new contacts on LinkedIn or following up through email is a great way to solidify the connection and begin a conversation about employment opportunities.
  • Browse employers you have not heard of before. Be open to meeting new employers whose names you do not recognize. This could be the way you discover new opportunities and land your next position.
  • Look your best with the virtual JCPenney Suit-Up. Binghamton students, alumni, faculty and staff can take 30% off workwear with an exclusive code. This event allows students to purchase clothing for employer events at a discount. Visit the Fleishman Center website for more information.

If your student could use some support as they prepare for employer events, advise them to make an appointment at the Fleishman Center. Staff members can assist them with preparing a resume, crafting a 30-second commercial, finding positions to apply to, exploring major and career possibilities, and more. The Fleishman Center offers appointments daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with some evening availability. Students can make an appointment on Handshake or attend walk-in hours weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. in UU-133.

Additionally, the Fleishman Center will be hosting opportunities for students who are interested in further education to connect with representatives from graduate and professional schools. Encourage your student to attend the Law Schools Fair (11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Oct. 12) or the Graduate and Professional Schools Fair (11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13) to explore their postgraduate education possibilities. More information about these fairs and registration information can be found on the Fleishman Center website.

Community Opportunities Fair

Encourage your student to join the Center for Civic Engagement and dozens of campus and local organizations from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in The Union to learn about opportunities to get involved in the community through volunteering, internships and more.

Learn more on this web page

Finding balance with Campus Rec

As young adults begin to shape their own independent lives, one of their biggest challenges is finding a balance between work and play. Luckily, it’s possible to combine the two! Not only is it possible, but it's preferred. Research shows that students who participate in recreational opportunities have increased retention rates, improved health and wellness, and strengthened soft skills like communication and time management. That’s why our mantra in Campus Recreation is "Work Hard, Play Hard."

At Campus Recreation, we offer a variety of programs and facilities that allow students to "play," or move their bodies while having fun doing it:

  • Open Recreation is available to all students, and a great option for those who want to play sports in a relaxed atmosphere. We have spacious basketball courts, an indoor swimming pool, and an outdoor FitCourt offering a bodyweight circuit-training system. We also offer open play on our turf, tennis courts and disc golf course!
  • Intramural leagues are another way to stay active. Students can sign up individually or on a team and play against other Binghamton students. It’s a low-pressure way to reconnect with sports they love (or try something new) and meet new people!
  • In addition to credit courses and gear rentals, Outdoor Pursuits offers Adventure Activities. These activities feature a series of social, scenic hikes designed for explorers looking to enjoy the lush nature of Upstate New York. Students can get connected with their home away from home, and enjoy the fall colors as they change.
  • For students that prefer a targeted workout experience, FitSpace has a wide range of equipment that exercises every muscle group in the body. A fitness membership will give your student access to our clean, convenient facility. It also includes access to our group fitness classes, which include barre, Zumba, yoga and Spin.

Encourage your student to balance work and play with Campus Recreation. From outdoor hikes to one-day sports tournaments, there are plenty of options for your student to get active and meet new friends. Visit Campus Recreation online at play.binghamton.edu to see all of what's happening this semester.

Parents sought for leadership council

Interested in getting involved at Binghamton at the leadership level? Parents of Binghamton students have an opportunity to join the Parents Leadership Council (PLC), whose members complement and support the University's strategic directives and initiatives by acting as advancement advocates for the Division of Student Affairs through private support and outreach. Members participate in quarterly conference calls and are invited to campus in the spring semester for an on-campus meeting and reception with President Harvey Stenger. 

If you have questions or would like to talk with a current PLC member, contact Betsy Staff, Director of Parent and Family Programs, at families@binghamton.edu.

September engagement highlight: Student Association

With classes up and running, Binghamton has begun another memorable fall semester. The start of a new school year is defined by an array of exciting, new experiences for students: diving into new course materials, creating and navigating daily schedules, making new friends, and of course, joining clubs! 

One of the best, and easiest, ways students can get involved with student clubs on campus is through the Student Association (SA). The SA is an undergraduate governing body that oversees 254 undergraduate student clubs. While each club has its own student-run executive board and member pool for students to be part of, they can also join the Student Association government, allowing them to interface with campus administration, make decisions that impact all student clubs, gain hands-on leadership experience and more. 

Using B-Engaged, or with the B-Engaged app, CampusGroups, students can easily connect with the 250+ SA clubs, register for their upcoming events and contact group officers. With cultural organizations, a cappella groups, religious clubs, residential community councils and more, there's something for everyone within the SA.

Family Weekend BOGO bubble tea

Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) takes pride in providing your students with the very best dining experience possible each semester and is looking forward to welcoming all of our Bearcats’ family and friends for a fun-filled Family Weekend!

In addition to this exciting occasion, join BUDS in marking the second year of Binghamton alumnus-founded 2nd Heaven, a bubble tea concept in the MarketPlace! Buy any milk or juice tea and get another for half of the price! Stop by the MarketPlace in The Union from 2–8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, to grab a cup of the tasty tea for you and your Bearcat and see just how delicious a Binghamton degree can be.

Try transit or share a ride!

Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) offers convenient alternative transportation options. Bus transportation and carpooling make it easy to get around campus and the community.

Off Campus College Transport (OCCT) and Broome County (BC) Transit provide reliable and convenient transportation to students at no cost with the swipe of their University ID. These transit providers offer service for daily commutes to each of our campuses, to shopping centers and other destinations.

OCCT and BC Transit have fixed schedules that can be found at the TAPS website. Both service providers also have apps that display real-time bus tracking information. Students should download the ETA Spot app for OCCT or the DoubleMap app for BC Transit.

If your student is interested in sharing or getting a ride, Binghamton University offers 511NY Rideshare, which is a free, online carpooling platform. 511NY Rideshare offers an easy way to find a carpool for everyday commutes and travel to and from home on holidays and breaks. Students can sign up, create a profile and easily find other students to travel with by posting a ride.

To find out more, visit the TAPS website.

Financial Aid and Student Records are here to help!

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).

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Flexibilities extended

No interest is accruing on federal student and parent loans through Dec. 31, 2022 due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 emergency.. For more information go online

Student Debt Relief

For information about the Biden-Harris administration's Student Debt Relief Plan, refer to the Federal Student Aid (FSA) webpage.

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 TAP application provides a single conduit for applying for payment of all 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 N.Y. State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) webpage. 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.

All aspects of the TAP application and applications for their respective awards must be complete for the awards to be sent from the HESC. 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 later this summer.

Ensuring financial aid bill credit

If there are any unsatisfied requirements for financial aid, this can prevent your student’s aid from crediting their bill. Your student can check if they have any unsatisfied requirements by logging into their BU Brain account and following the steps below:

  1. Login to the Portal at http://my.binghamton.edu.
  2. Click on the BU BRAIN Self Service icon at the top of the page.
  3. Go to the FINANCIAL AID tab, select ELIGIBILITY. Choose the appropriate year when prompted for Award Year.
  4. View STUDENT REQUIREMENTS.

Information about other common reasons for aid to not appear on the bill is available on the Financial Aid website.

Refunds

Is your student expecting a refund from Financial Aid?  Most refunds will be available the first week of classes. Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit to avoid waiting in long lines. Direct deposit allows the Student Accounts office to deposit any excess financial aid directly into a student’s bank account. Students sign up for direct deposit via the Binghamton portal at my.binghamton.edu.

Federal work study

Students participating in the federal work study program that begin working during the first week of classes will not receive their first paycheck until late September. The federal work study pay period schedule can be found on the Human Resources website.

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

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

Student Records

For more information visit the Student Records website.

Summer degrees

Degree candidates for the summer can expect to have their degree awarded by the beginning of September. Conferral date was Aug. 21. Diplomas are expected to go out in the mail in mid-September.

Fall registration

  • After the add/drop deadline (11:59 p.m. Sept 6), students may petition to late add individual courses. A $20 fee per course will be charged to your student’s account. To do this, students go to BU BRAIN, Student tab, Registration, Late Course Add/Drop/Withdrawal Petition to complete the petition process online.
  • After the drop deadline, students may withdraw from a course themselves on BU BRAIN, Student tab, Registration, Add or Drop courses then follow instructions for a web withdrawal. This will create a ‘W’ on the student’s record.
  • After the withdrawal deadline (11:59 p.m. Oct. 28), students may petition to withdraw from a course using the Late Course Withdrawal Petition process outlined above.

For more information visit the Student Records website.

Confirmation of enrollment 

Confirmation of enrollment is now available online through BU BRAIN my.binghamton.edu. The deadline for students to confirm their enrollment is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, to avoid cancellation of courses and for disbursement of their financial aid. 

Fall Proof of Enrollment

Fall 2022 proof of enrollment will be available online through the National Student Clearinghouse in September after the add/drop deadline, once fall enrollment records have been uploaded to the National Student Clearinghouse. Students can access this through BU BRAIN. Click Student tab, then Student Services Tools to print an enrollment certificate.

If you have an enrollment verification form that needs to be completed by the Student Records office, email the form to registrar@binghamton.edu and include your student’s name and B number.

DegreeWorks Audit

Students should review their DegreeWorks audit to ensure their fall 2022 courses are meeting degree requirements.

Lost IDs

Students can request a replacement ID card through my.binghamton.edu or send us an email (using their official Binghamton University email account — emails from other accounts cannot be processed) with their name and B-number to idcard@binghamton.edu.

  • 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 on the website.

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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