ISSS-BU News 31 October 2011 ISSS-BU News
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Editor’s Note: Happy Halloween! Did you know that Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday? November 6 will be the first day of Eastern Standard Time. You will want to fix your clocks and other electronic devices by setting them one hour earlier when you go to sleep on Saturday, November 5.
1. National Holidays for November
2. The U.S. Election Day
3. Come and Support Victims of the Earthquake in Turkey on Wednesday, November 2
4. Next International Coffee Hour is Friday, November 4
5. Have You Recently Moved?
6. Pre-Registration for Spring 2012 Begins This Week
7. Help for Harpur College Undergraduates to Plan Their Spring Schedule
8. Free Flu Shots for Students
9. Updated Employment Webinars on the ISSS Website
10. US Department of Homeland Security Employment Authorization Card is Changing Its Appearance
11. National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China to Perform at BU on November 21
12. Information for Korean Males Who are Planning Military Service
13. This Week’s Campus and Community Connections Newsletter
14. Thinking of Doing an Internship During the Winter Break?
15. Mynavi Global Career EXPO 2011/Tokyo “Winter”
The following countries are celebrating national holidays during the month of November:
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The U.S. Election day takes place Tuesday, November 1. Unlike many countries, elections in the United States are held on a weekday, and most offices and businesses throughout the country are open. Schools are in session. Since Election Day is not a federal holiday, mail is delivered on that day.
Voting places open and close at different hours throughout the fifty states. In New York, voting starts at 6:00am and ends at 9:00pm. Some voters have already voted by absentee ballots. Only U.S. citizens can vote in elections.
There are no national or state-wide positions on the ballot this year in New York State, although there are a few local races. Local voters will be choosing a new Broome County Executive, District Attorney, and Family Court Judge. Some of the smaller municipalities are electing new mayors and village trustees.
On Sunday, October 23, 2011 there was a major earthquake in Eastern Turkey, centered in the city of Van, that resulted in death and injury to hundreds of people. The undergraduate Turkish Cultural Association (TURCA) is sponsoring Turkish Night at the old Dickinson Dining Hall on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30pm to help with earthquake relief efforts.
TURCA will be collecting money for victims of the earthquake and 100% of proceedings will go to the Turkish Red Crescent. There will also be free baklava, kadayif, borek, Turkish salads and other Turkish food. Please attend to support TURCA and help the victims of this disaster.
Good company! Free refreshments! Celebrate the beginning of the Fall season by coming to this month's International Coffee Hour on Friday, November 5 from 3:30-5pm in University Union Old Union Hall, next to the Mandela Room. This month's sponsor is Office of the Vice President for External Affairs.
The Center for Civic Engagement will have free gifts for those attending, and will give a brief presentation on volunteering in the community during the Thanksgiving Holiday break.
The 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 held on the first Friday of every month in the University Union Old Union Hall from 3:30pm-5pm. Each coffee hour has free hot and cold beverages and cookies, sponsored by a different department on campus.
The ISSS reminds all individuals in F or J status of the requirements under SEVIS to report any change of U.S. address to the ISSS within ten days of the change. You may take care of this requirement and fulfill your SEVIS responsibilities by going to the following link: http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/changeofaddress/
Currently enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate students and all graduate students will be able to register for courses for the Spring 2012 term beginning this week. Currently enrolled graduate students can register for courses for the Spring 2012 term beginning Wednesday, November 2. Currently enrolled undergraduate students can register for courses beginning Thursday, November 3. Online registration at http://bubrain.binghamton.edu will continue until pre-registration ends on Friday, December 9.
The Spring 2012 schedule of classes will be available on line at http://bubrain.binghamton.edu this week. After logging in, select “detailed schedule of classes” and then “Spring 2012: under “search by term.” Or, you can view the schedule without logging in:
The on line version is the most up to date and accurate source of course information and is the only published version of the Schedule of Classes.
Complete information on Spring 2012 registration procedures may be found by visiting:http://registrar.binghamton.edu/registration.htm
Harpur College undergraduates can obtain assistance with planning their Spring 2012 course schedule by attending “Spring into Advising” extended walk-in hours, in Academic B Room G-18 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on the following days:
The Decker Student Health Services Center plans to conduct additional free flu shot clinics for registered BU students before the Fall semester ends. When the dates and times are posted, we will publish the information in ISSS-BU News. Students also have the option of obtaining free flu shots at the Decker Student Health Services Center during specific times. Students may receive a dose of 2011-12 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine by either coming to walk-in services Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., or by calling 607-777-2221 for a nurse appointment.
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) has updated two employment webinars on its employment webinar page: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/employment/empWebinar.html
The new webinars are both on Optional Practical Training. The first webinar is titled “Work Rules! What F-1 Students Need to Know About Optional Practical Training (OPT).” The second webinar is titled “Applying for Optional Practical Training.” The ISSS hopes you’ll find them helpful.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, announced that beginning October 25, 2011, it has begun to issue new Employment Authorization Document (cards) with enhanced security and anti-fraud features. All previously issued EADs remain valid until the expiration date printed on the card. The EAD is most frequently issued to F-1 students applying for Optional Practical Training or Employment Based on Economic Hardship, and to J-2 spouses/dependents applying for employment authorization.
To read the official USCIS announcement, click on this link.
If you have any questions regarding the new EAD card, please contact the ISSS employment team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct from Beijing, the National Acrobats were the first National Performing Arts Troupe established by the government in 1950. The troupe has toured to over forty countries with an extensive repertoire of International and National Gold Prize winning acts and in 2011, the National Acrobats will make its inaugural tour of the United States and Canada. As part of the tour, they will give one performance at the Osterhaut Concert Theatre in the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 8:00pm
In addition to touring, the company owns the Institution for Acrobatic Schooling, Training and Repertoire, which has over 150 resident performers and over 500 acrobatic students of all ages.
Tickets are Student: $21; BU Faculty/Staff: $36; Senior Citizen: $36; General Public: $41.
Call 607-777-ARTS or visit http://anderson.binghamton.edu
Many undergraduate male students from the Republic of Korea consider beginning their required military service sometime during their undergraduate study. Most students return home to begin service after a Fall or Spring semester, and then return to Binghamton to resume study once their military service is over. The ISSS has prepared a summary of the requirements for leaving, and then resuming studies, and it is available at the following link:
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/
If you are in F-1 status, and are planning to do an internship during Winter Break, or next Spring, don’t forget that you must apply for Curricular Practical Training CPT) authorization! Whether the internship is paid or unpaid, international students must be authorized before beginning internships or employment. Protect your valid immigration status!
It is easy to apply for CPT– you will need an offer letter from your employer with certain information. Your academic advisor will also need to fill out the required Academic Advisor’s Recommendation form.
You can pick up a CPT application at the ISSS Office or download the Academic Advisor’s form from the ISSS website. More information on the federal immigration rules for CPT is found at the following link:http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/employment/index.html#cpt
Or, you can view our on-line CPT workshop at:
Remember that you must have the approved authorization before the internship or other employment can begin.
If you have any questions, contact the ISSS employment team at email@example.com If you prefer, you can come to employment walk-in hours, held each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:15pm.
Mainichi Communications USA Inc announces a Job Fair for Japanese speaking students in late December, in Tokyo. It will take place Wednesday, December 21st 10:00-17:30 and Thursday, December 22nd 10:00-17:30 at Belle Salle Shiodome (Tokyo, Japan). All majors are welcome.
Companies from the following industries participated in 2009.
Automobile/ Banking/ Chemical/ Communication/ Consulting/ Education/Electronic/ Energy/ Entertainment/ Financial/ Food/ Human Resources/Insurance/ IT/ Manufacturing/ Media/ NGO/ NPO/ Publication/ Real Estate/ Research/ Trade/ Travel etc.
Website (in Japanese): http://global.mynavi.jp/index.html
Questions? Contact Mainichi Communications USA Inc. 1 (212) 867-7230
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