ISSS-BU NEWS FOR MONDAY, 02 MARCH 2015


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CONTENTS:
1. Pursuit of Academic Success Group Meeting
2. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, March 6
3. Earn your Master's Degree at Binghamton
4. Discussion: Success on Wall Street as a Non-U.S. Citizen
5. Participate in the Madness of March!
6. Game Night: Understanding U.S. Relationship Culture
7. Presentation: Visas after graduation
8. Opportunity to Volunteer During Spring Break
9. ESL Program Announcements
10. The Clock is Ticking on the Optional Practical Training Application
11. Thinking of Applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
12. Flu Vaccine Available from Decker Student Health Services
13. When it Comes to Alcohol: Don't Count On Luck

1. Pursuit of Academic Success Group Meeting

The Pursuit of Academic Success group assists international students in maximizing their academic achievement. Each week a different challenge or barrier to academic success is discussed. This group is a drop-in meeting and weekly attendance is not required. All international students are invited!

Next Meeting Topic: Time Management
Facilitator: Dr. Sangmoon Kim
When: Wednesday, March 4 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Location: ISSS Conference Room (LSG552, Library South, Ground Floor, Room 552)
Questions? Contact Dr. Sangmoon Kim at 777-2772 or sakim@binghamton.edu

2. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, March 6

Good company! Complementary refreshments! Relax by coming to this month's International Coffee Hour from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, March 6, in Old Union Hall. This month's sponsor is the Office of Residential Life. March Coffee Hour participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the Office of Residential Life while mingling with both international and domestic students.

International Coffee Hour strives to be a space where the entire Binghamton University community, including international students, U.S. students, faculty/staff and community members are welcome. The coffee hours are informal and provide an opportunity to meet and learn more about each other in a relaxed atmosphere. They are usually held on the first Friday of every month during the academic year from 3:30-5 p.m. All are welcome!

If you have any questions about International Coffee Hour, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.

3. Earn your Master's Degree at Binghamton

Are you interested in earning your master's degree at BinghamtonUniversity?

If you are already planning on pursuing a master's degree, the accelerated option provides a faster and less expensive way to earn both your bachelor's and master's degrees. This is also a great option for people who are:

  • Interested in a post-secondary degree (PhD, MD, etc.) but want to further explore specific areas of interest
  • Interested in a post-secondary degree (PhD, MD, etc.) and want to improve their applications
  • looking to increase their professional marketability

Join us at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in C4-Rooms A/B, to learn more about the accelerated programs at Binghamton University. Current graduate students, the Binghamton University Graduate School and ISSS will all be present to help answer your questions. Light refreshments will be served.Please click here for additional information.

4. Discussion: Success on Wall Street as a Non-U.S. Citizen

Alon Eckhaus, a senior director of a financial firm on Wall Street, will be coming to Binghamton University to discuss his professional success. Eckhaus will also discuss the challenges of pursuing a career on Wall Street from a non-U.S. citizen prospective. If you would like to attend Success on Wall Street as a non-U.S. citizen: The story of Alon Eckhaus, please complete this form prior to Wednesday, March 18. Space is limited. Completion of this form does not guarantee participation. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from the ISSS to inform you that you have been successfully registered. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator, at ltorrice@binghamton.edu.

5. Participate in the Madness of March!

You are invited to celebrate the game of basketball and March Madness with the Global Studies Minor and ISSS!! How was basketball invented? What are its rules and how has it changed? Why is college basketball so popular? What exactly is "March Madness"? How is basketball a part of U.S. culture... politics, economics, traditions? Come with us for an afternoon of watching and learning about basketball! We'll be joined by Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Leah Truncale, and have a great time with snacks, fun and friends! All are welcome! This event will be held on Friday, March 20 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in UU103. If you have any questions, please contact: Dave Gerstle.

6. Game Night: Understanding U.S. Relationship Culture

20:1 Programs will be hosting a Game Night with trivia about Relationship Culture in the U.S. on March 23 at 7:30pm in the Delaware Great Room. All students are welcome to join us for a great time!! All participants will have an opportunity to play games and win cool prizes!! If you have any questions about Game Night or 20:1 Programs, please contact Nicole Ramos.

7. Presentation: Visas after graduation

Visas After Graduation will be presented by Hilary Fraser, partner of Miller Mayer LLP. This presentation will provide a summary of immigration options for international students after graduation. Visas After Graduation will be held on Wednesday, March 25 at 4:30pm in UU206. Please click here for additional information.

8. Opportunity to Volunteer During Spring Break

The Center for Civic Engagement is organizing an Alternative Spring Break for international students! Participants will have the opportunity to volunteer at two different community organizations on Monday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 8. Students can choose to volunteer at the Family Enrichment Network and Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park or at the Southern Tier Alternative Therapies and the Endicott Performing Arts Center. Volunteering activities will run from 8:15am to 3:15pm on both days. Please click here to register!

Transportation between campus and the organization will be provided for all volunteers. Complimentary lunch will be served both days. If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Civic Engagement, at cce@binghamton.edu.

9. ESL Program Announcements

The English Table is a weekly program organized for international students & faculty, as well as native speakers. Participants are invited to gather in the College in the Woods (C.I.W.) Dining Hall for dinner and English conversation. This program runs every Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm. If you have any questions, please contact: Patricia Alikakos, Lecturer, ESL Program.

Would you like to improve you English skills? University Tutoring Services now provides ESL tutors. ESL tutors are former Native Speaking Assistants (NSAs) from the ESL Practicum class. ESL tutors can assist with writing, grammar, pronunciation, listening and study skills. To make your first appointment, click here. For additional information, please contact Corrine Spencer.

10. The Clock is Ticking on the Optional Practical Training Application

F-1 students who will be graduating in May 2015, and plan to apply for post-completion optional practical training (OPT), are reminded to submit their application paperwork to the ISSS office so a new OPT I-20 can be created. It can take 7-10 business days for the ISSS office to process a new OPT I-20. After an I-20 is created, an OPT application must then be submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS must receive an OPT application no later than sixty days after the degree conferral date, which is May 17, 2015.

F-1 students who have not yet begun the practical training application process are urged to do so soon so that you will have the best possible opportunity to obtain your employment authorization card in a timely manner. Currently, it is taking the USCIS Service Centers approximately 12 weeks to process OPT employment authorization applications. Employment cannot begin unless you have the card "in hand."

Please click here for additional information on OPT. If you have further questions, please contact intlwork@binghamton.edu or come to walk-in advising hours to meet with an International Student Advisor (Monday and Tuesday: 10:00am-11:45am, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:30pm - 3:30pm).

11. 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 the authorization required for any paid or unpaid internship. Planning is very important to making a successful CPT application.

Your application needs to be complete before you submit it to the ISSS office in order to avoid unnecessary delays. There are three essential elements to a successful CPT application:

1. Unless the internship is a degree completion requirement for all students in your academic program, a minimum of 1 credit of your full-time registration during the CPT period must be related to your employment. This includes Winter and Summer Terms, as well as Spring and Fall semesters.

2. The Advisor's Recommendation Form for Curricular Practical Training must be completed. Be sure your advisor has signed your form and filled out the required "Remarks" section of the form.

3. You must submit an offer letter from the employer that gives the start and end date of the proposed CPT, the number of hours to be worked each week and a brief description of the duties of the position. An actual signature from your employer or supervisor must also be included on the offer letter.

Processing of a CPT cannot begin until all the necessary parts of the application are received. Applications that are incomplete can take more than 7-10 business days to process because staff will need to wait until you submit the missing information. You can avoid unnecessary delays by planning ahead and submitting a complete application.

If you have any questions about how to apply for CPT authorization contact us at intl.work@binghamton.edu.

12. Flu Vaccine Available from Decker Student Health Services

Decker Student Health Services offers free flu vaccines for all registered students. Students can visit walk-in hours Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 11:00am or make an appointment online. For additional information, please click here.

13. When it Comes to Alcohol: Don't Count On Luck

If you decide to participate in Parade Day 2015, please remember the following:

  • You must be 21 years old to consume alcohol
  • It is prohibited to drink alcohol in public
  • Drinking and driving is illegal
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol can lead to legal and immigration troubles
  • You are not invincible

 

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