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ISSS-BU News 05 November 2012 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Did you remember to set your clocks one hour back before you went to sleep on Saturday night? Sunday marked the return to “Standard Time” where we will have one less hour of daylight in the evening.

The U.S. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. 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. The major US television stations will carry live election coverage throughout the evening.

CONTENTS:

  1. Assistance With Spring 2013 Course Registration Selection for Harpur College Undergraduates
  2. Ms. Asia Pageant Saturday, November 10
  3. Need Help Writing Your Research Paper?
  4. Get Published!
  5. Upcoming Workshop: Find U.S. Employers who Hire International Students
  6. Check Out The Uppergrounds, the New Student Lounge Space in the University Union
  7. Reminder from Human Resources Payroll
  8. Is Your I-20 or DS-2019 Expiring in December?
  9. Early Announcement! Holiday Curtailment Period for International Student and Scholar Services
  10. Applied for OPT? The ISSS Needs to Photocopy Your EAD Card!
  11. Mynavi Global Career EXPO 2012/ TOKYO WINTER!

 

1. Assistance With Spring 2013 Course Registration Selection for Harpur College Students

The Harpur College Academic Advising Office will offer special walk in hours for students seeking assistance with their Spring 2013 advance registration course selections, on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in their office, Academic B Room B18.

2. Ms. Asia Pageant Saturday, November 10

The Vietnamese Student Association is sponsoring MISS ASIA 2012?! Ten intelligent, talented, and beautiful candidates will represent countries from India all the way to Korea. Not only will you get to witness an amazing pageant, you will also be served authentic Vietnamese cuisine - such as summer rolls, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, iced coffee, and other dishes. Come and join us for the 1st ever Miss Asia pageant in Binghamton University! The event will be 7:00pm Saturday, November 10th in The University Union Mandela Room. Tickets are $8.

Come, have fun, and support your favorite contestant! See you all there!

Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)

http://www.facebook.com/vsabing

3. Need Help Writing Your Research Paper?

The key to a successful research paper is taking the time to organize yourself and using the best sources of help.

A research paper is often a significant requirement of a course syllabus. Writing a good research paper is essential to getting a good grade.

It can be very challenging to figure out how to begin to write a research paper, or to find the research materials you need.

Fortunately there is help available to assist you. At the libraries you will find Subject Librarians assigned to your specific major. A Subject Librarian can help you find the research materials, (books, journals, videos etc.) that you need. http://libraryguides.binghamton.edu/subject_librarians

How to Write a Good Research Paper, is an article on the ISSS website that includes a detailed guideline to assist you. This guideline will help you organize your research plan and write your paper. It also includes information on helpful resources. To review this article go to our web page:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/getting-good-grades/goodrespaper.html

Remember your professors and teaching assistants are also available to help you clarify your ideas for your paper and to guide you. Be sure to set up an appointment with them now if you have any questions about what is expected.

4. Get Published!

Have you studied abroad, hosted or attended a cultural event, or had a cultural experience? Are you an International Student that's been dying to dish on life away from home? Want to speak out for the LGBTQ community, women's issues or People with Disabilities? We are taking all forms of contributions: articles, short stories, poems, art, photography - anything! We are also looking for people who would like to be involved in editing, layout design, and graphic design. Submissions will be featured in Binghamton's first ever multicultural magazine entitled PRISM! For more information or to send submissions email us at vpma@binghamtonsa.org. Deadline November 15.

5. Upcoming Workshop: Find U.S. Employers who Hire International Students

Discover GoinGlobal, an international career database and search for job listings and their employer directory, which contains thousands of company listings. Maximize your job search to target employers who have petitioned for international employees in the past.

The workshop will be held Friday, November 16th, 2:30 - 3:30 University Union West Room 324. It is co-sponsored by the Career Development Center and International Student and Scholar Services

6. Check Out The Uppergrounds, the New Student Lounge Space in the University Union

Have you checked out "The Uppergrounds" a new lounge space in the University Union? Housed on University Union West Second Floor (208G), Late Nite staff have been working to create a fun, laid back environment for all students to come and relax (brand new comfy couches), watch tv, or play video games in between classes. There's free food and they always have free hot cocoa, tea, and coffee. So spread the word!

7. Reminder From Human Resources/Payroll

In partnership with the Office of the State Comptroller, annual W-2 statement of earnings forms will be mailed directly to BU employees’ addresses in January, 2013. This includes students who are employed as adjuncts, teaching assistants, research assistants, graduate assistants and those who are paid an hourly wage. The W-2 is essential to the filing of your income tax returns. To be sure the mailing is successful, it is critical that home addresses are correct in University systems.

The office of Human Resources/Payroll asks that all employees please check the address recorded on their paycheck to be sure it is accurate as of the check of 11/07/2012. If you need to make any changes, please report them to the department that employs you so they may submit the necessary personal data change smart form to assure the change on record and the timely arrival of your W-2 form. Or, print this form http://www2.binghamton.edu/human-resources/forms/forms-doc-files/Address_Change.pdf and complete it and send it to Human Resources, AD-244.

8. Is Your I-20 or DS-2019 Expiring in December?

In the next week, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services will send e-mail messages to all international students in F-1 or J-1 status whose SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 will expire in December. The message provides information on filing for an extension of stay, where appropriate. Please note that the letter will not be sent to international exchange students, whose DS-2019 ending date coincides with the ending date for their program. All extension paperwork must be completed before the Fall semester ends. Students whose visa documents will expire in May or Summer 2013 will receive notification from the ISSS in mid-semester Spring 2013.

9. Early Announcement! Holiday Curtailment Period for International Student and Scholar Services

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services, along with most other university offices, will be participating in what is traditionally known at the University as the "holiday curtailment" period. The official holiday curtailment starts at the close of business on Monday, December 24, 2012 with offices re-opening on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. During this period, there will be no mail delivery into or out of offices. Voice mail, e-mail and fax will be monitored periodically, but not every day.

International students and scholars who have paperwork that needs to be processed by the ISSS should note these dates and anticipate that after Friday, December 21, there will be a wait until January 2 before work resumes. It is strongly recommended that any requests for documents be made no later than Friday, December 14 to assure timely processing. Remember not to wait until the last minute!

10. Applied for OPT? The ISSS Needs to Photocopy Your EAD Card!

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services reminds students who have applied for Optional Practical Training that once you receive your Employment Authorization Card, please bring it to the ISSS so that a photocopy can be made for your file. If you are away from Binghamton, you may scan, fax or mail a photocopy to the ISSS. This announcement is for those students who used an address other than the ISSS for their OPT application.

11. Mynavi Global Career EXPO 2012/ TOKYO WINTER!

The job fair is for those who speak Japanese (at least business-communication level) and one additional language. I will take place on December 21 and 22, 2012 from 10:00am to 5:30pm at the Belle Salle Shiodome in Tokyo, Japan. All majors are welcome.

More information & registration (in Japanese): http://global.mynavi.jp

Companies from the following industries participated in 2011.

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.

Questions?
Mynavi USA Corporation
info@usa.mynavi.jp

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