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ISSS-BU News 20 February 2012 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Today is Presidents Day in the United States, a federal holiday. Banks and Post Offices are closed. BU classes are not in session and most University offices will re-open on Tuesday, February 21, including the ISSS.

CONTENTS:
1. Why Can’t I Access Glacier Tax Prep?
2. International Student Grant-in-Aid Applications Now Being Accepted
3. Are You A Native Or Near-Native Speaker of Spanish or Cantonese?
4. Moved Recently? Time to Report Your Change of Address
5. Students Cautioned About Travel to Mexico
6. Thinking of Applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)? Be Sure to Submit a Complete Application to Avoid Unnecessary Delays
7. Taylor 2 Dance Troupe Coming To BU’s Anderson Center For A Three Week Residency
8. Travel Grant Awards Now Being Accepted for Graduate Students Presenting at Professional Conferences
9. This Week’s Campus and Community Connections Newsletter
10. Offices That Can Help
11. View Summer 2012 Course Schedule
12. New York City Career Fair for Japanese-English Bilingual Students February 24-25
13. Income Tax Information: Who Needs To File a New York State Income Tax Return?
14. Income Tax Information: In-person Assistance With Your Non-Resident Income Tax Forms

 

1. Why Can’t I Access Glacier Tax Prep?

Many students are eager to start using Glacier Tax Prep (formerly CINTAX) to do their required income tax filings. Unfortunately, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services has encountered delays in launching this product.

We have a new database system that includes a portal feature into Glacier, but it is not yet fully functional. We are working with the software vendor to bring Glacier on line, but have met with several obstacles. The web form and system that we used in previous years to distribute access codes is no longer available. As soon as Glacier is in production, an email message will be sent to all subscribers. Please note that the filing deadline for this year is April 17, 2012. In person assistance with income tax filings will begin in mid-March, and our income tax webcasts will be launched the week of February 27. The ISSS apologizes for both the inconvenience and the delays.

2. International Student Grant-in-Aid Applications Now Being Accepted

Each semester, awards of up to $500 are made to a small number of international students who have a severe financial need. To be eligible, students must be in F-1 or J-1 status, have been in attendance at Binghamton University at least one year (began their studies at Binghamton University in Spring 2011 or earlier), document need, have no outstanding obligations to the university, and be full-time students in good standing.

Some students may find themselves in financial difficulty through no fault of their own. Examples can include reduced support from a sponsor, or unanticipated expenses. Applicants are strongly advised to carefully document their financial situation when submitting the application form, as there are always more students seeking assistance than there are funds.

Students with outstanding balances in their student account with the University should note that based on BU policy, any scholarship award will first be applied towards the balance on their student bill. Applications are available now in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services and must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

3. Are You A Native Or Near-Native Speaker of Spanish or Cantonese?

The Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) program is now accepting applications for the position of Language Resource Specialist (LRS) for Spring 2012 who speak Spanish or Cantonese.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Based on work with LxC staff, instructors and other LRS colleagues, LRSs design a syllabus for the Languages Across the Curriculum study group and research and prepare reading assignments (or films or internet-based assignments). LRSs lead discussions of these assignments in the study groups and evaluate students' performance. Throughout the semester, LRSs compile a Blackboard-based teaching portfolio consisting of all the materials used in the study group. LRSs are expected to meet weekly for mandatory LxC staff training.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: The ideal candidate will have previous teaching experience, strong analytical and critical thinking skills; be eager to develop pedagogical skills that foster a globalized understanding of the world, have very strong English language skills and native or near-native proficiency in one or more other languages. LxC supports an array of courses in a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to: Environmental Studies or Life Sciences, American History, Political Science, Education and Human Development, Theater, International Business, Engineering, and Marketing.

Pay begins at $10/hr and LRSs work 5-10 hours per week. Weekly study group meetings led by each LRS begin in the 5th week of classes, scheduled at the convenience of the LRS and her/his students.

NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN ASSISTANTSHIP.

Use the PDF form available in this link to apply: http://www2.binghamton.edu/oip/lxc/LRS_appl_form.pdf, or call for a hard copy to be mailed to you. All applications should be submitted to the Languages Across the Curriculum office as hardcopy or via email (lxc@binghamton.edu).

Some interviews will take place during the this or next week. For more details you can call the LxC office at 607-777-2499, or email us:lxc@binghamton.edu

4. Moved Recently? Time to Report Your Change of Address

Have you moved? Did you remember that SEVIS requires that you report your change of address to the ISSS? The ISSS makes it easy for you to comply with the address requirement by filing out a change of address form on the web. Visit: http://isss.binghamton.edu/forms/addrChange.html

5. Students Cautioned About Travel to Mexico

The Department of State has issued a Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and living in Mexico of concerns about the security situation there. The complete Travel Warning can be found at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5665.html Increased violence in Mexico has prompted the warning, which specifically urges U.S. citizens to delay unnecessary travel to parts of Durango, Coahuila and Chihuahua states. The warning includes detailed information on staying safe in Mexico at

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html and provides a link to the publication, “Spring Break in Mexico – Know Before You Go!” at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/spring_break_mexico/spring_break_mexico_5014.html

6. Thinking of Applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)? Be Sure to Submit a Complete Application to Avoid Unnecessary Delays

This is the time of year that many international students in F-1 status apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). CPT is the authorization required for any paid or unpaid internship. Planning is very important to making a successful CPT application.

Your application needs to be complete before you submit it to the ISSS office. There are three essential elements to a successful CPT application:

1. Unless the internship is a degree completion requirement for all students in your academic program, a minimum of 1 credit of your full-time registration during the CPT period must be related to your employment. This includes Winter and Summer Terms, as well as Spring and Fall semesters.

2. The Advisor's Recommendation Form for Curricular Practical Training must be completely filled out on both sides. Be sure your advisor has signed your form and filled out the required "Remarks" section of the form

3. You must submit an offer letter from the employer that gives the start and end date of the proposed CPT, the number of hours to be worked each week and a brief description of the duties of the position

Processing of a CPT cannot begin until all the necessary parts of the application are received. Applications that are incomplete can take more than 10 business days to process because staff will need to wait until you submit the missing information. You can avoid unnecessary delays by planning ahead and submitting a complete application.

If you have any questions about how to apply for CPT authorization contact us at intl.work@binghamton.edu

7. Taylor 2 Dance Troupe Coming To BU’s Anderson Center For A Three Week Residency

The Taylor 2 Dance Company, an adjunct group of the main Paul Taylor Dance Company based in New York City, will be in Binghamton for a 3-week residency from February 20- March 9, 2012.

World-renowned choreographer Paul Taylor established Taylor 2 in 1993 to ensure that his works could be seen by audiences all over the world, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. Engagements are customized to meet the needs of each community consisting of master classes, workshops, lectures in addition to performances.

Events open to the public

Feb. 22 7pm Paul Taylor documentary film “Dancemaker” - Anderson Center Chamber Hall - FREE

Feb. 25 1pm Taylor 2 performance (Oakdale Mall Center Court) - FREE

Mar. 08 7pm Shadow program performance (18 Local dancers) followed by a Taylor 2 performance (AC Chamber Hall)- $10

Mar. 09 4pm Lecture by Suzanne Carbonneau, Dance critic & historian, Casadesus Recital Hall, FA 117 - FREE

Please note there is a $10 charge for the March 8 performance. Call 777-ARTS or anderson.binghamton.edu for tickets and information. This tour of Taylor 2 is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with the support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

8. Travel Grant Awards Now Being Accepted for Graduate Students Presenting at Professional Conferences

The Graduate School is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2012 Binghamton Foundation Travel Grant Award. For more information and to access the on-line application, visit this link:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/grad-school/new-and-current-students/current-students/cost-aid-funding/travel-research-travel.html

Scroll to bottom of the section that describes the Foundation Travel Grant for the link to the actual application. The deadline for submission is April 6, 2012.

9. This Week’s Campus and Community Connections Newsletter

The latest Campus and Community Connections newsletter has been posted at:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/cce/connect/CCC-Spring2012-25.pdf

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/

10. Offices That Can Help

Many international students regard the ISSS as their first stop for assistance, and the ISSS appreciates that very much! Today, the ISSS would also like to highlight some other offices that may be of help to you. Learn more about them by clicking on their websites or by visiting.

Office of Residential Life, Temporarily in O’Connor Hall, Dickinson Community for 2011-12

607-777-2321 http://reslife.binghamton.edu

Dean of Students Office, University Union West-207

607-777-2804 http://www2.binghamton.edu/dean-of-students/

University Counseling Center, Library North -1202

607-777-2772 http://www2.binghamton.edu/counseling/

New York State University, Police Couper Administration Building-G35

607-777-2393 http://www2.binghamton.edu/police/

Human Resources Office, Couper Administration Building -412

607- 777-2187 http://www2.binghamton.edu/human-resources/

Office of Student Conduct, Temporarily in O-Connor Hall, Dickinson Community for 2011-12

607-777-6210 http://studentconduct.binghamton.edu/

Office of University Ombudsman, Couper Administration Building Room 138

607- 777-2388 http://www2.binghamton.edu/ombudsman/

Services for Students with Disabilities, University Union -119

607-777-2686 http://www2.binghamton.edu/ssd/

Office of Transfer Services Initiatives, College in the Woods IR Room 102

607-777-4709 http://www2.binghamton.edu/transfer-services/

Decker Student Health Services Center

607-777-2221 http://www2.binghamton.edu/health/

English as a Second Language Program, Library North Room 2412

607-777-6725 http://www2.binghamton.edu/esl/

Career Development Center, Library South Ground Fl. 500

607-777-2400 http://www2.binghamton.edu/career-development-center/

Center for Civic Engagement, University Union Room 145

607-777-4287 http://www.binghamton.edu/cce/

11. View Summer 2012 Course Schedule

Thinking about taking a BU course(s) over the summer? You can get a head start. The course schedule for summer 2012 is now available on BU Brain: https://buonline.binghamton.edu/banner/bwskfcls.p_sel_crse_search select “Summer 2012” from the Search by Term drop-down menu.

12. New York City Career Fair for Japanese-English Bilingual Students February 24-25

DISCO International, organizer of the largest job fair for Japanese-English bilingual students, invites you to the New York Career Forum, February 24th & 25th, 2012 (Fri. & Sat.) at Penn Plaza Pavilion http://www.careerforum.net/event/ny/index.asp?lang=E

No fee to register or attend

Meet face to face with companies

Attend company seminars

Partial List of Participating Companies:

A Group / Delta Air Lines, Inc. / Disco, Inc. / Enspirea, Llc / Fci, Inc. / Grop Corporation / Iij America, Inc. / International Finance Corporation / Matsusada Precision Inc. / Mercury And Earth, LLC / National Instruments Japan Corporation / Nishimoto Trading / Pasona Na, Inc. / Valqua America, Inc. / Y's Publishing Group

Complete participating list is available at:

http://www.careerforum.net/event/ny/comlist.asp?lang=E

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Disco International at cfn@careerforum.net

13. Income Tax Information: Who Needs To File a New York State Income Tax Return?

Staff in the ISSS are frequently asked, do I need to file a New York State income tax return?

You will want to file a New York State tax form:

You must file New York State form IT-203 if you have income from a New York State source and your New York adjusted gross income is more than your New York State standard deduction ($7500 for single or married individuals, $15,000 if a married individual from Canada, Mexico, Korea or student from India whose spouse is in the United States but earned no income). New York state adjusted gross income includes income from New York State and any other states you may have worked in 2011.

Note: New York adjusted gross income is determined by completing IT-203 lines 1 through 31 and comparing line 31 Federal Amount (which includes income from NY State and other states) with your New York standard deduction. Thus, you may be required to file a New York State form IT-203 if your wages from work in other states plus your New York state wages is greater than your New York State standard deduction.

For help, watch for our upcoming webcast on this topic, titled “Who Needs To File NYS Tax Forms, which will be posted on our webpage soon.

For those of you who will need to file a New York State tax return you may prefer to print your New York State tax forms on the computer rather than handwrite them. The New York State Tax Department provides “fillable forms” on-line that you can then print from your computer. Links to all New York State forms may be found at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/nysformit.html

but you are urged to view the webcasts that the ISSS has recorded on the New York State forms, posted to our web pages soon, for line-by-line instructions on how to complete them.

14. Income Tax Information: In-person Assistance With Your Non-Resident Income Tax Forms

ISSS is pleased to announce the availability of in-person assistance with completing your non-resident income tax forms. This service is primarily to assist you if you need help with New York State forms IT-2, IT-203 and IT-203ATT, since Glacier Tax Prep will soon be available for completing your federal returns. However, federal non-resident tax questions can be answered as well.

Mr. Jim Rollo, who graduated from Binghamton University’s School of Management in 1984 and is a local businessman, will be available beginning Tuesday, March 20 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 1pm in Room 126, in the Hinman Commons portion of Rockefeller Center (up the outdoor stairs and enter to your left). Then, follow the signs down the hall to Room 126. This service will end on April 12.

Appointments are not required. Be sure to bring your income tax forms with you.

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