What a semester it's been! I've seen your sons and daughters do amazing things, whether in the classroom, as part of one of our hundreds of student organizations or volunteering on or off campus. I am continually impressed by the talented, dedicated people they are. But I also know that students can feel immense pressure and sometimes struggle to meet their own expectations, let alone everyone else's. That's one reason why De-Stress December activities are so important as the semester ends.
These stress-relieving activities are meant to help your son or daughter cope during one of the most stressful times of the semester and they focus on a number of critical areas: physical well-being, mental well-being, nutrition, sleep, relaxation, humor and fun! Who wouldn't feel more relaxed after a free group exercise class, playing with a therapy dog, getting a free cookie during a study break or making their own stress ball? These are just a few examples of the many ways the campus has pitched in to make the last few weeks of the semester a little easier for your son or daughter. For a complete list of the activities, click here.
We're already planning for next semester when the Binghamton University Marketplace opens and students will have a new place to gather as well as a wide array of food choices. Until then, read about our happenings as well as important dates and deadlines below, and if you need assistance, contact my office at 607-777-2804 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy holidays and our wishes for wellness and success in 2014!
As the semester wraps up and finals are under way, encourage your student to set up a conducive study schedule and to find a quiet study location, preferably not in his/her room. To find a place that will work, suggest he/she explore Bartle Library, the Newcomb Reading Room or Science Library, as well as our Discovery Center locations!
You can also remind your son or daughter that we have professional staff able to meet one-on-one with him/her, and peer Discovery Advisors (DAs) to assist as well. The DAs hold office hours from 5-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday in College-in-the-Woods Library, the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center, the Mountainview Success Center and the Hinman Library. Have your student schedule a meeting with a DA if he/she needs help or has any questions. It's easy to schedule a meeting online.
Chef's Table and Meatless Monday − two brand-new programs − started this semester. The Chef's Table events are held in each resident dining center. Students register online for the complimentary event that includes an introduction, kitchen tour, Q&A, cooking demo and dinner with their chef.
Meatless Monday is a student-driven initiative where we've added vegetarian and vegan offerings to most stations in resident dining on Mondays, in addition to the existing vegetarian and vegan options. We also offer literature and information on the benefits of going meatless and provide students a chance to submit their meatless recipes!
The long-awaited Binghamton University Marketplace will be open when students return for the spring semester! This newly constructed space in the University Union will be a welcoming place in the center of campus for activities, food and more! Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo will offer 12 different food concepts in this new gathering place on campus: SubConnection, Mein Bowl, Pandini's, Starbucks, Wholly Habaneros, Café Spice, Red Mango, Garden Toss, Deli, The Diner, a station with a Pancake and Egg breakfast menu and a rotating lunch menu, and a Convenience Store.
For a little more information on the Binghamton University Marketplace, including planned hours of operation, read about it in Inside.
We hope your student had as much fun this semester as we did! We opened the new Dickinson Community, battled it out in hall competitions during Homecoming weekend and shared our holiday cheer with local children through a very successful Hand-to-Heart gift drive. Our co-rec football — a tradition since 1971 that pits buildings from every residential area against one other for bragging rights — was also featured in a Binghamton Buzz!
Students will start to trickle home soon as their finals end, and whether this has been your first semester with a college student or your seventh, there are bound to be some growing pains as your son or daughter reintegrates into the family structure after living independently for months.
To help with the transition, make sure you communicate your expectations for family obligations such as holiday celebrations, and rules regarding chores, curfew and the car. It's also important to let students have time to do as they wish, whether that's visiting with friends or simply catching up on sleep. Also, be sensitive if your or daughter is coming home to difficulties or change. With the stress and distractions of college life, he/she may not have had time — or desire — to deal with issues at home.
Unless your student lives in break housing, he or she must leave within 24 hours of finishing his/her last exam. Residence halls will close completely at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Remind your student to bring valuable items or necessities home over the break because there will be no access until we reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.
A list of break housing halls, closing checklists (i.e. blinds lowered, trash emptied, fridge defrosted) and a few travel suggestions can be found under our Residential Life monthly tip.
Graduating seniors were sent an e-mail notification about the EXIT Counseling requirement and student loan repayment information, if they borrowed federal loans as an undergraduate student. To view his or her federal loan history and complete required EXIT Counseling, he/she can log in to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) using his/her federal PIN.
To learn more about federal repayment information and options, check out the Department of Education's loan repayment, loan consolidation and loan forgiveness web pages. Repaying loans successfully will help students avoid going into default, which is important for ensuring their positive financial standing.
Note: If your student will be continuing his/her education in graduate school, loan repayment may be delayed based on the type and terms of the loan(s). Students should contact their loan servicer and/or private lender for more detailed information and to keep them informed of enrollment plans.
During winter break, the Career Development Center hosts a number of events in New York City to assist students in their career development. Encourage your son or daughter to participate in these events, as they are great opportunities to network with alumni and employers who can offer valuable career opportunities and/or advice.
Metro Career Night 2014 is a great way to make the most of winter recess! This special opportunity allows students to network, explore careers and receive career advice from successful Binghamton University alumni working in a wide range of careers in the metro NY area. The event is on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. The evening begins with an alumni panel discussion titled "Powerful Career Tips from Alumni" from 6–7 p.m., followed by networking with alumni from 7– 9 p.m. Admission to this event is free. Dress is business casual. A list of alumni who have registered to attend can be found on the Metro Career Night 2014 webpage. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is strongly recommended. Students who do pre-register and attend will be entered into a drawing to win special Binghamton University prizes.
Students with, or who are looking to explore, career interests in the communications, entertainment, media and sports fields are invited to attend a Binghamton University Specialty Internship & Job Fair in New York City. The Career Development Center is hosting this specialty fair exclusively for Binghamton University students from 1−4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Representatives from over 20 organizations will be available to speak with students regarding both full-time employment and internship opportunities as well as offer career advice about breaking into these fields. Employers and organizations continue to be recruited and the list of registered employers can be viewed on the event web page.
It has been a fantastic fall for us and your 4,500 sons and daughters who are Rec Center members!
We added Bokwa, Jolt, core camp and barre fusion to our more than 100 group fitness classes offered each week; opened the 18-hole disc golf course at Rec Fest; held clinics on our new Olympic lift station; and took second place in the Expresso virtual reality bike tournament, tallying an unbelievable 3,103 miles in the final 48-hour round.
This spring we'll have the same great class and program offerings, our regular open rec basketball, badminton, volleyball and swim times, plus a new specialty wellness class — INSANITY®, from the creator of P90X.
Intramural and club sports were increasingly popular this fall. Intramurals had nearly 2,000 unique players sign up for fall sports including flag and arena flag football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, coed dodgeball, team bowling and 3-on-3 basketball; participation in clubs was even greater, topping more than 2,500 members across 38 teams.
The Outdoor Pursuits program had a full season of activities as well, including a 6-mile trek to Lucifer Falls in Treman State Park in Ithaca, N.Y., and two full-moon hikes. The program also received a shout out in the Binghamton University Magazine for its back-country medicine credit class that prepared three friends to help rescue an injured woman from Zion National Park last summer.
The semester isn't over yet though! De-stress December events are in full swing for these last few days of finals. Raising one's heartbeat and taking time to zone out with exercise helps relieve stress, anxiety and tension — so we've been encouraging all students, regardless of membership status, to take advantage of our free group fitness classes through Friday, Dec. 20.
Winter intersession is a time when students often choose to travel abroad for a study program, internship or service opportunity. It is a good idea to review your student's plans with him/her to be sure everyone is comfortable with the quality and the nature of the arrangements in place and that the plans include safe travel practices. The program sponsor should be providing detailed information about expectations for the experience, logistics, and health and safety procedures during the program. You may want to check the sponsor's references.
Useful information for safe travel can be found on the U.S. State Department home page, where you will find general information for safe travel and country specific information about local conditions in the destination country. Travel warnings and alerts are provided for locations with safety concerns. The Centers for Disease Control also provides health information specific to the destination country on its home page.
At Binghamton University, staff in the Office of International Programs are available to consult with students and parents about assessing program opportunities and making personal preparations. We can be reached at email@example.com or 607-777-2336.
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Last Updated: 12/17/13