ISSS-BU News 17 October 2011 ISSS-BU News
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1. Like Food?
2. Harpur Fellows Program for Harpur College Undergraduates
3. Do You Owe Any Money to the University for the Fall 2011 Semester?
4. Advice from “I’ve Been There”
5. This Week’s Campus and Community Connections Newsletter
6. Compañía Flamenca José Porcel to Perform at The Anderson Center on October 26
7. International Students and Participating in Protests
8. Laws That Every International Student Should Know
1. Like Food?
Come by and engage in a discussion about food from around the world! Refreshments will be served. Wednesday 19th October, 6:00pm in the Mohawk Hall Great Room (College in the Woods). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
Begun two years ago with generous private support, this program provides students with $4,000 to pursue a passionate interest through a self-designed project that serves a community. Typically, students conduct their projects during the summer. The Harpur Fellows Program will award as many as six fellowships for the coming year.
In the past two years Harpur Fellows have conducted a number of very imaginative and impressive projects that have served communities in Russia, Uganda, Costa Rica, New York City and Binghamton. They include:
*Taking sewing machines to Uganda and teaching refugees displaced from their homes by civil war to sew so that they can make marketable products and earn a livelihood
*Taking dental supplies to an orphanage in Russia and teaching children there about dental hygiene
*Engaging at-risk youth in production of a play designed to help them discuss and better understand issues of violence prevalent in their lives
*Bringing internet service to a remote village in Costa Rica and teaching villagers how to use the internet
*Developing a summer reading program for children at a community library
*Developing a summer writing program for children
This is a wonderful opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in their classes, develop and carry out a project, hone their problem-solving skills, and do something they love.
For further information about the application, visit the Harpur Fellows website:http://www.binghamton.edu/harpur/fellows/ The deadline for applications is December 5, 2011. There will be an information session on Monday, October 24 at 5 pm in University Union West Room 325.
The Office of Student Accounts reminds all students to check their payment record in BU BRAIN to be sure that their student bills have no outstanding balance for the Fall 2011 semester. Why is it important to check? Because you won't be able to advance register for Spring 2012, order transcripts, or receive your diploma if you will graduate in December 2011, unless your account is paid. To check your account, just log into BU BRAIN, find the “student tools” menu, click on the student accounts menu, click on "QuikPAY-Web Payments" and re-enter your user id and password. Then, click on “view accounts” to view your bill.
At the end of the sixth week of classes, a “hold” is placed on the student’s record if there is an outstanding balance. An outstanding balance that results in a hold on the student’s record must be paid in full in order to participate in advance registration for the next semester.
Feeling mixed up and fuzzy is bad. But feeling guilt and shame about something we cannot control is the absolute WORST! The best thing to do is to talk to someone and let words tumble out instead of keeping it all inside. I know b’cuz I’ve been there.
My second semester at college wasn’t the best. I felt like I wasn’t getting along my roommate and my classes were really tough. On top of that, things with my family were a mess. One night, I went out and got really drunk.
I’ve been there
Dear “I’ve been there,”
The Counseling Center is a great resource for learning how to manage stress so that you can concentrate better. You can call them at 607 777-2772 to make an appointment.
The latest Campus and Community Connections newsletter has been posted at:
The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) publishes Campus and Community Connections to provide BU students with information on ways to participate in activities both on campus and in the local community, including:
* Upcoming Campus & Community Events
* Volunteer & Service Opportunities
* Internships (Credit & Non-Credit)
* Community-Based Research Project
Previous newsletters are archived at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/cce/campusconnect.html
For more information on the Center for Civic Engagement, visit http://www2.binghamton.edu/cce/
On Wednesday, October 26 at 8 pm., Compañía Flamenco José Porcel brings a red-hot company of dancers, musicians and singers to the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts. The blend of traditional flamenco and contemporary music paired with evocative costumes and sultry dances promises a memorable evening of entertainment for all.
Artistic Director José Porcel made his professional dance debut in 1989 and choreographed his first flamenco work in 1993. Flamenca is an evocative art form that originated around the 15th century and is known for its erotic appeal. José Porcel together with his troupe of talented dancers, singers and musicians, famous for their explosive performances, will bring all the vitality, passion and intensity of the Spanish people to the Anderson Center stage.
Tickets: Students $21; BU Faculty & Staff $36; Seniors, $36; General Public, $41
Call 607-777-ARTS or visit anderson.binghamton.edu
The ISSS has updated its article titled: What International Students Should Know About Participating in Protests. The revised version can be viewed at:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/publications/intstushldkno.html With the expansion of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement beyond New York City to cities throughout the United States, and protests around the world against the policies of national and global financial systems regarding the distribution of wealth, the update is timely.
Binghamton University Police has placed information on its website that discusses New York State laws and ordinances as they apply to college students. This section includes a discussion of alcohol law and other laws from the penal code that may be used in certain situations. To view the entire document, visit: http://www2.binghamton.edu/police/crime-information/law-and-you.html
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