ISSS-BU NEWS FOR MONDAY, 02 NOVEMBER 2015


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CONTENTS:

  1. Together: International Student Support Group
  2. Workshop: How to prepare your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application
  3. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, November 6
  4. You're invited: International Education Week 2015
  5. University Offices will be Unavailable November 26 and 27
  6. Cold Weather and Snow May Come! How Can You Find Out if Classes are Cancelled?
  7. Important Caution to Binghamton University International Students When Taking On-Line Courses

 1. Together: International Student Support Group

Discussion facilitator: Dr. Sangmoon Kim, staff psychologist at University Counseling Center
When: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00PM
Where: ISSS Conference room, LSG 552 (Ground floor of Bartle Library building)

Hello international students at Binghamton University! You are warmly invited to the Together: International Student Support Group. You will meet fellow international students. Together aims to promote international students' social interaction and sense of belonging as well as academic success. You can practice and enhance your English skills. We will meet every Tuesday; our next meeting is tomorrow, November 3, 2015. Weekly attendance is not required but recommended. If you have any question about the Together, please email Dr. Sangmoon Kim.

2. Workshop: How to prepare your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application

The workshop, How to Prepare Your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application, is recommended for international students who are graduating in December 2015. Participants will learn how to:

*Prepare and complete all documents needed to apply to USCIS for OPT authorization
*Understand the two-step application process
*Learn how to pick an appropriate OPT start date

To better prepare for this workshop, review this OPT checklist prior to participation. The conference room door will shut at the start of this presentation. As a courtesy to other participants, please arrive on time. Event dates, times and locations can be found below.

Workshop:

How to Prepare Your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application

Date

Time

Location

Thursday, November 5, 2015

3:00pm to 3:30pm

 

 

All workshops will be held in 

LSG552 (Library South, Ground Floor,

Room 552)

Monday, November 9, 2015

11:00am to 11:30am

Thursday, November 12, 2015

1:30pm to 2:00pm

Monday, November 16, 2015

11:00am to 11:30am

 

Please note that space is limited. To attend this event, register on B-Engaged. You can register by clicking the blue button on the right side of the B-Engaged Event webpage that says: RSVP TO EVENT. If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.

3. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, November 6

Good company! Complementary refreshments! Relax by coming to this month's International Coffee Hour from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the UU-Mandela Room. This month's sponsor is the Office of the Dean of Students. November Coffee Hour participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the sponsor 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 from 3:30-5 p.m. on the first Friday of every month during the academic year. All are welcome!

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

4. You're invited: International Education Week 2015

Join the Office of International Programs (OIP) and the office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in celebrating International Education Week! Representatives from both offices will be tabling in the MarketPlace to showcase their respective international education opportunities. OIP will have Study Abroad Ambassadors present and the ISSS will supply information on ways to get involved with Binghamton University's international community! We will have games, prizes and an abundance of information! All are welcome to stop by! If you have any questions, please contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.

5. University Offices will be Unavailable November 26 and 27

Classes will recess for the Thanksgiving Day holiday after 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 25. Classes will resume on Monday, November 30. ISSS Walk-In hours will be canceled for Wednesday, November 25 and Thursday, November 26 (the ISSS does not hold walk-in advising on Fridays). All University offices, including the ISSS, will be unavailable Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. ISSS voicemail and email will be monitored during the holiday. Have a great break!

6. Cold Weather and Snow May Come! How Can You Find Out if Classes are                     Cancelled?

As the weather gets colder, many students wonder what the University procedures are for classes should there be a heavy snow fall.

As a State facility, Binghamton University can only be closed by order of the Governor of New York, but university presidents are authorized to cancel classes and recommend that all but essential employees not report to work in some situations. Unless weather conditions are so severe that the University issues special instructions regarding opening and remaining open, classes are in session. In the event of severe conditions, the Rave Mobile Safety messaging system will be activated. If you are subscribed to the Rave Mobile Safety messaging system, you will receive weather-related messages on your cell phone. Rave Mobile Safety allows you to register numbers to receive text messages, voice messages and even fax messages. For more information, visit the Rave webpage.

You may also call the Binghamton University Snow Line, 607-777-7669 (607-777-SNOW) or the Binghamton University Alert Line, 607-777-7700. Local radio stations will also have this information.

Please note that on many days when local school districts close their schools due to weather conditions, the University will remain open, so be sure to arrange for text or e-mail messages through Rave Mobile Safety, or call the Snow or Alert line.

7. Important Caution to Binghamton University International Students When               Taking On-Line Courses

Most international students are aware that US federal regulations limit the number of on-line or distance learning classes that can be taken by F-1 visa holders, even if the classes are offered by Binghamton University. A full description of the rules can be found here.

If a student needs only one course to finish his or her program of study in the final semester (and this includes Summer Session or Winter Session), it cannot be taken through online/distance education. There must be a physical presence requirement for the course. If a student remains in the United States without reporting to any class, it becomes a security issue and cannot be allowed.

In the past, students who took only a distance learning class in their final semester discovered that they are not eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). This is because the distance learning course taken by itself, with no other physical presence courses, is a violation of F-1 regulations. Don't let this happen to you! If you have questions, send an email message to isss@binghamton.edu or come to advising walk in hours.

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