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ISSS-BU News 29 October 2012 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Did you know that Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday? November 4 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 3.

CONTENTS:

  1. Hurricane Sandy
  2. National Holidays for November
  3. Next International Coffee Hour is Friday, November 2
  4. The U.S. Election Day
  5. Have You Recently Moved?
  6. Pre-Registration for Spring 2013 Begins This Week
  7. Information for Korean Males Who are Planning Military Service
  8. Thinking of Doing an Internship During the Winter Break?
  9. Traveling During Intersession?

1. Hurricane Sandy

This announcement was posted on Sunday to both Dateline and B-Line: Binghamton University is closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Sandy and making preparations for possible power outages and water shortages on campus. Classes are still scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29. A decision on when or if to cancel classes and activities later in the day Monday or Tuesday will be announced at noon Monday, following a National Weather Service briefing.

At this time, all employees are expected to report to work as usual Monday, Oct. 29.

If you are not currently registered to receive emergency messaging, you are strongly encouraged to do so by logging into BU Brain at http://www.binghamton.edu/self-service/ or logging in directly at https://www.getrave.com/login/binghamton.

In preparation for any power outages and water shortages, the campus is asked to conserve water. Students are also urged to fully charge all of their electronic devices and avoid the use of any candles. Additional items to avoid, as noted in housing licenses, include halogen or multi-headed lamps, toasters and toaster ovens, rice cookers, lamps with plastic shades, incense, space heaters, hot plates, extension cords or cube adapters and anything with an open flame or heating element.

For the latest updates, visit the Binghamton University homepage at http://www.binghamton.edu/.

2. National Holidays for November

The following countries are celebrating national holidays during the month of November:

Algeria 1-Nov
Antigua and Barbuda 1-Nov
Dominica 3-Nov
Micronesia 3-Nov
Panama 3-Nov
Tajikistan 7-Nov
Cambodia 9-Nov
Angola 11-Nov
Latvia 18-Nov
Oman 18-Nov
Monaco 19-Nov
Lebanon 22-Nov
Suriname 25-Nov
Albania 28-Nov
Barbados 30-Nov

3. Next International Coffee Hour is Friday, November 2

Good company! Free refreshments! Celebrate the beginning of the Fall season by coming to this month's International Coffee Hour on Friday, November 2 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 give a brief presentation on volunteering in the community.

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.

4. The U.S. Election Day

The U.S. Election day takes place Tuesday, November 6. 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 is the Presidential race, a US senate race, Congressional races, and a number of local races. Local voters will be choosing a new Broome County Executive, among others. Some of the smaller municipalities are electing new mayors and village trustees.

The major US television stations will carry live election coverage throughout the evening.

5. Have You Recently Moved?

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/

6. Pre-Registration for Spring 2013 Begins This Week

Currently enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate students and all graduate students will be able to register for courses for the Spring 2013 term beginning this week. Currently enrolled graduate students can register for courses for the Spring 2013 term beginning Wednesday, October 31 at 9:00am. Currently enrolled undergraduate students can register for courses beginning Wednesday, October 31 at 1:00pm. Online registration in BU Brain will be available seven days a week until pre-registration ends on Friday, December 14.

*Students are assigned starting times (called "Time Tickets" in Banner) for registration according to their total completed cumulative credit. This does NOT include in progress courses. Students will receive an e-mail directing them to check their registration start time (or time tickets) on BU BRAIN, beginning Monday, Oct. 22. Registration start time is based on the number of earned credit hours (in-progress courses are not included).

The Spring 2013 schedule of classes is now available on line at http://bubrain.binghamton.edu. After logging in, select “detailed schedule of classes” and then “Spring 2013: under “search by term. Or, you can view the schedule without logging in: https://buonline.binghamton.edu/banner/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched

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 2013 registration procedures may be found by visiting: http://registrar.binghamton.edu/registration.htm

7. Information for Korean Males Who are Planning Military Service

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: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/publications/korean.html

8. Thinking of Doing an Internship During the Winter Break?

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: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/employment/empWebinar.html

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 intl.work@binghamton.edu If you prefer, you can come to employment walk-in hours, held each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:15pm.

9. Traveling During Intersession?

We want to remind our readers that there is a wealth of travel information on the ISSS website. Just use this link to visit the Travel index: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/travel/index.html

Here are our picks:
Travel Check List
Taking a Cruise?
Travel Plans for Thanksgiving or Intersession
Travel to Canada
ISSS-BU News Travel Extra

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Last Updated: 10/29/12