Now that we've welcomed your sons and daughters back for the spring semester, we know 2014 will be a great year for them academically. Now is their time to start working toward a high GPA!
If your son or daughter needs some guidance on how to make it his/her best academic year yet, there are lots of resources available on campus. Each college has academic advisors to help sort out requirements and ensure students are on the right path for their degree, there are Faculty Masters in each residential community and the Discovery Program is a clearinghouse of resources all about improving academic performance. Whether that means managing time better, trying some study skills tips or enlisting the aid of a tutor, the Discovery Centers can help, as you'll read about in the newsletter below. Lawrence Greenfield, director of Harpur Academic Advising notes that, "Binghamton University encourages students to take responsibility for their own education. One way that a student can take responsibility involves reaching out for assistance. As I tell students, seeking assistance isn't about giving up responsibility; seeking assistance is about taking responsibility for one's circumstances. "
Spring is also a busy time for first-year students who are interested in fraternity and sorority life. If your student is interested in joining one of these groups, I encourage you to learn as much as you can about the values of the organization they are joining. Students who have completed at least 12 credit hours and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 are now eligible to join. Binghamton University currently recognizes 51 fraternities and sororities. More information on fraternity and sorority life, including a list of recognized organizations and chapter academic performance statistics, can be found online or by calling the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at 607-777-2797.
I hope your students are looking forward to the spring semester as much as we are. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact my office at email@example.com.
With the new semester under way, now is the time to take advantage of the resources available to make the most of the semester. Remember to encourage your student to meet with one of the Discovery Advisors (DA) who are here to assist students with reading their DARs and other useful information on how to manage their time. If your son or daughter struggled academically last fall, encourage him/her to meet with one of the Discovery Center's professional staff members who can help him/her get back − and stay on track − this spring semester.
The Discovery Program is located in the College-in-the-Woods Library and Discovery Centers are located in the College-in-the-Woods Library, C4 Collegiate Center, Mountainview Success Center and the Hinman Library. DAs hold office hours from 5-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Your student can also contact a DA with questions or to arrange an appointment online.
The Binghamton University MarketPlace had its grand opening on Monday, Jan. 27! The brand-new MarketPlace is a welcoming spot to gather in the center of campus with activities, food and more! Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo offers 12 different food concepts in this new venue on campus, including Mein Bowl, SubConnection, Pandini's, WPS Starbucks, Wholly Habaneros, Café Spice, Red Mango, Close to Home, Garden Toss, Deli, The Diner and a Convenience Store. Check out their website for more information, and watch the new MarketPlace video here!
Binghamton University's Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) offers students a way to maintain progress in psychotherapy or other provider services via a quiet, confidential place to participate in Skype sessions with their home provider via a large-screen television (TV).
To schedule the Skype service, students should follow these steps:
Binghamton University is solely responsible for providing a confidential space for the interaction and is not responsible for insuring of the quality of the therapy received. Should the arrangement not benefit the student as hoped, he/she is reminded of campus resources available through the DSHSC and the University Counseling Center. Community referrals are also available. Contact DSHSC staff for further information.
The Career Development Center (CDC) has rescheduled the Spring Job & Internship Fair (JIF) that was canceled due to the winter storm that hit the region and will now be held Thursday, March 20. Employers are being contacted to invite them to campus for this new JIF date. Representatives from for-profit, government and non-profit organizations will be eager to speak with students from all majors regarding full-time and/or internship opportunities. Students from all class years and majors are encouraged to attend; seniors to job search, juniors and sophomores to explore internship opportunities and freshmen to better understand what's in store for them in the years to come. Students planning to attend the fair should prepare to be professionally dressed for the fair. More details will be announced on the CDC website. Students will also be alerted to additional details through CDC social media and e-mails.
Students can now file their 2014-15 FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Binghamton University's recommended filing date is April 1 for continuing students. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is encouraged (once you have filed your 2013 federal tax return) to pull accurate tax data directly from your federal tax return into the FAFSA application. It's accurate and easy!
New York State (NYS) residents attending NYS schools will be presented with the option to link directly to the TAP application once the FAFSA is completed and a confirmation page is displayed. If missed, HESC will send an e-mail or postcard encouraging students to complete the NYS TAP application online via the HESC website.
Proof of Enrollment is available through the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) via BU BRAIN Self Service. Go to the Student tab, and select Student Tools, Proof of Enrollment.
Is your student graduating after the winter session or in May 2014 after the spring semester? Students must notify us of their intent to graduate by completing the online Application for Degree (AFD) in order to receive their degree.
• Spring 2014 Application for Degree (AFD) is available on BU BRAIN now through through Friday, March 28.
Once the spring semester begins, students looking to withdraw completely from the University should submit the University Withdrawal Form to Financial Aid and Student Records, SW-119. The semester Withdrawal Form is required for a student who wishes to drop ALL courses and have his/her academic record to indicate "good standing."
For more semester dates/deadlines, click here.
For those parents with an outdoor adventure seeker, we recommend that your student stop by the Outdoor Pursuits office and check out our equipment rental center. With hiking and winter gear that includes skis, boots, poles, snowshoes and backpacks, we can set students up with everything they need to head out and enjoy the beautiful areas and parks surrounding our campus.
We're excited to have our 7,000 residents back!
Our community leaders are jumping in on both the fun and challenging aspects of living on campus including:
Did you know that as a resident, your student has access to more than 600 RA events in a given semester? Our 200+ RAs put on three events apiece — one relating to personal improvement, i.e. health and money management; one relating to academics, i.e. DARS and résumé help; and the third relating to understanding the world globally and expanding horizons. All of these events are posted around the residence halls as well as on B-Engaged.
We also hope that your student will continue to live with us next year! Housing registration for fall '14 will be here before we know it, so remind your son or daughter that if he/she would like to live on campus again, a housing deposit of $200 is required by Feb. 26.
Want to know more about what's going on at Binghamton University? Check us out on Facebook.
If you're planning a trip to Binghamton, visit the Visiting Binghamton section on our website or the Greater Binghamton Convention and Visitors Bureau for information on what to see, where to stay and where to eat while you're here.
Keep your contact information updated in our parent database. If your address, phone or e-mail has changed, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. And if you're looking for more from us, check out some of our pages targeted directly to parents and guardians:
If you no longer have a need to receive this newsletter, you can unsubscribe by sending a message to email@example.com.
Last Updated: 2/12/14