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Message from the Dean of Students Dean April Thompson

Dear Students,

We're happy to see you all back on campus − we've missed you over break! The weather's been quite chilly lately, so make sure you're prepared for the cold with snow boots, coats and gloves as you walk around campus. Winters can be tough when you're adjusting to being away from home again, so try your best to get involved and get out to enjoy all of the winter fun − going to basketball games, having a snowball fight, renting snowshoes from Outdoor Pursuits at the Rec Center or going ice skating. Also know that there are resources in the Counseling Center and Dean of Students Office – my office – to help you through the cold winter.

As you keep busy with extracurricular activities, you'll have decisions to make as well – perhaps about housing for next year, whether to join a Greek letter organization, what major to pursue or what jobs to apply for as graduation nears. Please take advantage of faculty, staff and peer advisors that are always here to help with your decisions.

As always, my office can help direct you to appropriate resources no matter what the question or issue, and I am now offering open hours for students to drop in with questions, concerns and ideas every Tuesday afternoon from 4-6pm this semester.

If you have any questions or concerns, I can be contacted at 607-777-2804 or dos@binghamton.edu. I hope to see you soon and good luck with the new semester!

April Thompson
Dean of Students

February BING-O

Make sure to check out our DOS February BING-O competition by visiting our Facebook page, or logging onto tinyurl.com/codj3nd to fill out your board! By completing any 2 rows, you will receive a free DOS t-shirt, and by finishing the whole board, you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift card to the Binghamton University Bookstore! You have the entire month of February to complete BING-O, so begin your board now! Good luck and have fun.

Flu Shot? Get immunized now that you're back on campus!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects this year's flu season to be one of the worst in a decade. Flu is a serious, contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death.

There are currently several variations of the flu in the Binghamton University area, with symptoms lasting from 12 hours to several weeks and everything in between.
It takes the human immune system several weeks to build up full protection from receiving the vaccine – so get immunized as soon as you can! It's the first and most important step in protecting yourself against flu viruses. The shots are safe and it's not too late to get one for this season!

Time to file the 2013-14 FAFSA

You can now file your 2013-14 FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Binghamton University's recommended filing date is April 1 for continuing students. Use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is encouraged to pull in accurate tax data directly from your federal tax return into the FAFSA application. It's accurate and easy!

Break the Silence-April is Sexual Awareness Month

Interested in helping out with April Awareness events like "Take Back the Night" and "The Clothesline project?" For more information or to get involved, contact Jessica Krohn, the Interpersonal Violence Coordinator at jkrohn@binghamton.edu.



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Last Updated: 6/13/13