ISSS-BU NEWS FOR FRIDAY, 02 OCTOBER 2015


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CONTENTS:

  1. Next International Coffee Hour: Today!
  2. Learn About CDCI Credit-Bearing Internships for Spring
  3. Off-Campus Housing Fair
  4. Together: International Student Support Group
  5. Discussion: Success on Wall Street as a Non-U.S. Citizen
  6. Save the Date: Homecoming 2015
  7. Graduating in December? Planning to Apply for Practical Training? Now is the Time!
  8. Mental Health Advocate Certificate Series

 1. Next International Coffee Hour: Today!

Good company! Complementary refreshments! Relax by coming to this month's International Coffee Hour from 3:30-5 p.m. today, Oct. 2, in UU-Old Union Hall. This month's sponsor is the Harpur Academic Advising Office. October Coffee Hour participants will have the opportunity to chat with academic advisors while mingling with both international and domestic students. In addition to learning about the sponsor, participants will have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts with the Dean's Team and to visit with members of the Office of Residential Life.

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.

2. Learn About CDCI Credit-Bearing Internships for Spring

CDCI Internships offer you the opportunity to earn credit and gain valuable, hands-on experience, both on and off campus! Come to one of the required Information Sessions listed below to find out how the process works and how you can apply for a spring internship. Sign up for a session on hireBING. Spring internships that have been pre-approved for credit will be posted on hireBING by October 12, but you can also find your own internship elsewhere and petition for credit! Please note that you must have completed two consecutive academic semesters in your current degree program to be eligible to participate.

Learn all about the process at one of the Info Sessions below. All sessions below take place in UU 133A:

Fri., October 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Mon., October 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tue., October 6, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Wed., October 7, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Thurs., October 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Tues., October 13, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Learn more about the program online or visit the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development during walk-in hours, 10am-4pm, Monday - Friday.

3. Off-Campus Housing Fair

Are you living off-campus next year? Are you still looking for an apartment? Have you already found an apartment? Then you are invited to the Off-Campus Housing Fair on Monday, October 5 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in the Mandela Room! At the fair you can:
**Have all of your off-campus housing questions answered
**Learn from City of Binghamton Officials, Attorneys, the Binghamton Police Department, the Binghamton Fire Department, and the Financial Aid Office
**Be fully informed before signing your 2016-2017 lease
**Enjoy complimentary refreshments

4. 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 October 6, 2015. Weekly attendance is not required but recommended. If you have any question about the Together, please email Dr. Sangmoon Kim.

5. 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 perspective. Success on Wall Street as a non-U.S. citizen: The story of Alon Eckhaus, will run on October 7 at 3:30pm and again on October 14 at 4:45pm. Both programs will be held in LSG552. Please note that this event has limited seating. Questions? Contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.

6. Save the Date: Homecoming 2015!

Binghamton University's Homecoming will be October 9 to October 11. Homecoming is an annual event designed for both alumni and current students to celebrate their Binghamton University school spirit! All enrolled students are invited to participate in Homecoming events! Organized programs will include TIER Talks, a tailgate (a traditional U.S. barbecue prior to a sporting event), the men's soccer game, and many other events.

7. Graduating in December? Planning to Apply for Practical Training? Now is the Time!

Students in F-1 status who will be graduating in December and plan to apply for optional practical training (OPT) post-graduation are reminded that it can take as long as three months to obtain their Employment Authorization Document (EAD card) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Service Center. If you plan to begin employment as of January 2016 you should be submitting your paperwork as soon as possible. Application forms for optional practical training can be downloaded here. OPT Employment cannot begin until you receive your EAD card.

Questions about your OPT application? Do you want your application materials reviewed? Email your questions to intl.work@binghamton.edu or meet with an advisor during the ISSS Advising Walk-In Hours: Monday and Tuesday Mornings: 10-11:45am and Wednesday and Thursday Afternoons: 1:30-3:30pm.

8. Mental Health Advocate Certificate Series

Do you want to learn how to better help connect your peers with resources on campus? Interested in using your leadership role to make a difference and better help students? Want to increase your mental health literacy and build your resume? Then we have the program for you! We are excited to extend the offer to join the Binghamton University Mental Health Advocate (MHA) Certificate Program! The MHA certificate program is a non-academic bearing certificate series designed to empower students to become educated on mental health awareness, increase access to resources to those who need them, and create an environment on campus that is open to discussion and peer support.

The MHA Certificate program consists of five components relative to mental health which include Stigma and University Counseling Center (UCC) Awareness, Suicide Awareness/Prevention, Interpersonal Skills, Life Skills, and Mental Health Awareness. In order to complete the program, you will need to attend a workshop in each category and fill out a short reflection on B-Engaged. The MHA Certificate program is tracked on B-Engaged so it's easy to complete! Workshops and presentations will be sent in a monthly newsletter, as well as maintained on the M-HOPE Events page. To register for this program, please click here. If you have any questions about this program, please message outreach@binghamton.edu.

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