Summer Hours 2019

Summer hours are almost back! This year’s summer hours setup is a little different than the past few summers, so here is some information to guide you on how things will work this year:3-2-sun-png-clipart

  • Summer hours begin the week of July 8 (the week after Independence Day).
  • Summer hours run through the week of August 30 (meaning that regular hours resume the week of Labor Day).
  • The summer campus hours will be 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Thursday, with campus closed to the public on Fridays (our current hours are indicated here on the website: https://www.greenriver.edu/campus/).  Not all shifts will align directly with the hours as there may be personal, departmental, or support needs that fall outside of those hours.
  • Employees should work out their individual schedules with their supervisors. While we are closed to the public on Fridays, employees can work on Fridays, with supervisor approval (HR approval is not required).  Please note, for employees who work on Fridays during the summer, we will have very limited services.  There will be no Facilities, Food Service, Bookstore, Mailroom, IT or HR support on those days, and no expectation that other offices will be available.

Here are a few notes to help clarify this year’s summer hours:

Q:  This seems less complicated than past requirements around summer hours.  What’s the catch?

A:   We know that better decisions are made when we give employees and supervisors the flexibility to work together to meet the unique needs of their departments.  We wanted simple and flexible.  No catch.

Q:   How do we complete our TLRs?

A:   That depends on your schedule.  In coordination with your supervisor, you can choose to work 4-10’s, or some combination (4-9’s and 4 hours leave, 5-8’s, or something else).  Once you and your supervisor agree on your schedule, fill out your TLR to reflect those hours that you’ve worked and/or taken leave.

Q:  Can I work 2-20’s?  Do I have to take a lunch break?  Can I start at 3:00am?

A:  There are some parameters around number of hours worked each day, lunch breaks and start times.  Our general rule is you should not work longer than a 10-hour day (plus lunch break) and if you are classified staff, you must take a lunch break.  We also strongly recommend starting hours for most staff to be no earlier than 7:00am.  That’s because we have Facilities staff and others whose regular start times are earlier so that they can get work done in your areas before you get here.  A sample schedule for a classified employee working 4-10’s could be M-Th, 7:00am to 5:30pm with a half hour lunch, or 7:00am to 6:00pm with an hour lunch.  These are just examples; talk to your supervisor to ensure department needs are adequately addressed.

Q:  Aren’t we prohibited from being here on Fridays?

A:  No, but please note that many campus services including IT, HR and Facilities will not be available on Fridays.

Q:  I am classified staff.  Can I work 32 hours one week and 48 hours the next week if it’s all in the same pay period?

A:  No.  Because of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules, you cannot work more than 40 hours in a one-week period, because that puts you in overtime status.

Q:  Don’t I have to have multiple approvals to be allowed to work on Fridays? 

A:  No, your schedule (subject to the conditions already noted above) should be worked out between you and your supervisor.  If you need HR help, just let us know.

Q:  Will my supervisor allow me to work on Fridays?

A:  You will need to discuss that with your supervisor.  We are encouraging departments to have conversations around staffing needs, and to be as flexible as possible.  You do not need HR approval to work on Fridays.

Q:  I am a supervisor and I don’t want to work on Friday, but I have classified staff who do.  Can my staff work without a supervisor?

A:  We are encouraging departments to develop schedules that work for the college and the employee.  In general, we need to have some supervisors and administrators here on Friday if we have staff working.  That’s because sometimes things happen that require individuals with specific levels of authority to be available.  An example might be a power outage, or a snowstorm.  We need someone on campus who is authorized to act on behalf of the college, however every department does not need to have specific supervisors working.  As an example, the Business Office might have people from Purchasing, Accounting and Budget all working on Friday, but the only supervisor here is the Budget Director.  That would be fine – we don’t need three supervisors here.  We might also not have any supervisors in the Business Office on a given Friday; however in that case someone would be identified as being available if needed, typically via telephone or email.  A situation where you might want to have a specific area supervisor present is if you have new employees – it might not be comfortable or even possible for them to work unassisted on Friday.  We also have entire departments who work on Fridays year-round, because the work they do has to happen whether we are open to the public or not.  We are trying to make things as simple as possible for everyone, while giving departments and individuals as much flexibility as possible.

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2019 Distinguished Faculty Award Recipients

The votes are in, and the 2019 Green River College Foundation Distinguished Faculty Award Recipients are:

  • Diana Holz, Early Childhood Education
  • Rob Jonas, Mathematics
  • Danny Najera, Biology

The 2019 nominees also included Antonia Bennie-George and Laurie Centauri.

Faculty members received their awards at commencement, Friday, June 14th at the Kent Showare Center.

Please extend your congratulations to the award recipients and nominees!

New Employee Spotlight – Michael Taing

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words. 

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

Taing, Michael

Michael Taing

My new title is the Program Coordinator for the Running Start department. I have 3 years of working in Student Support positions, even while I was still a student. I started my path here at Green River College as a commissioner for the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. After completing my Associate’s in Arts and Business, I transferred to UW Tacoma where I received my Bachelor’s in Business Administration: Management. While attending UW Tacoma, I worked as the office manager for their student government (ASUWT) and then transitioned into being an Administrative Assistant for their Finance & Administration department.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I applied to Green River because I had the opportunity to be here as both a student and student employee. Green River College was my first college and stayed with me throughout my academic and professional career. The culture, location, and community that the college had built always motivated me to try and bring those same aspects with me to UW Tacoma. After graduating from UW Tacoma, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to come back to where it all began and join the department that set me ahead in my higher education.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

A wide array of music, that probably makes anyone sitting in the passenger seat think I’m weird. I listen to a mixture of Top 40s, Video game music, and EDM.

Sometimes I’m in the mood to pretend like I’m playing video games, sometimes I’m in the mood for listening to what’s popping currently, and sometimes I’m in the mood to hear music that makes you dance.

What was the very first job you ever had?

The first job I ever had was being a Parcel Clerk (cart-pusher) at Fred Meyer. It wasn’t what I really wanted to do or wasn’t what I was going for in a career, but I was 16 and just liked having $90/week.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

What’s most exciting to me is seeing what the background operations are like for Running Start and what it takes to help students get a head start. Also what it generally is like to be an employee of Green River College.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

Something I’d love to accomplish in my first year at Green River College is making some sort of difference in the office. This difference could be making things easier or faster or more fun than they already are!

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

My first one is finishing my Bachelor’s at UW Tacoma. My second one is getting to this point in my life doing things the way I wanted and going towards the future I see for myself. The third accomplishment is exploring my identity and finding a way to express myself, while connecting with others.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?

Mickey because my usual nickname is Mikey, but I’d feel that after enough time in this office, people will see me as happy-go-lucky and positive as Mickey Mouse.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

Making 100+ crab legs disappear with a chomp from my mouth.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

Gators rarely embody eerie negativity.

New Employee Spotlight – Sophia Giakoumatos

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

Giakoumatos, Sophia

Sophia Giakoumatos

I am the Educational Planner for Health Sciences programs. I came from Renton Technical College (RTC), where I worked for just under five years. I have experience working in Disability Services, Enrollment Services, and with BAS Programs.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I have enjoyed all of my visits to the college. I particularly enjoy the nature all around the area.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

I generally listen to local radio stations. I like to listen to see if there are any contests, since I enjoy playing (and winning) radio contests.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first full-time job out of college was actually at RTC. Prior to that, I had a few part-time jobs at the University of Washington, where I was a student for four years.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am excited to help get students on the right track to enrolling in a health science program. I have always enjoyed working with students and I am excited to be able to do this in a new setting.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

I want to get to know as many staff and faculty as I can, especially those who I will be working most closely with. I also want to build meaningful relationships with the students I serve.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

I am most proud of graduating from the University of Washington with two bachelor’s degrees plus a minor in four years, being the first in my family to receive a master’s degree, and winning many contests.

 

 

New Employee Spotlight – Samantha Fernald

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

Fernald, Samantha

Samantha Fernald

Hello, my name is Samantha and I’m the Business BAS Program Coordinator. I spent a year at Interstate Distributor Co. as a Human Resources Assistant in their Driver Care Center. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a B.B.A in Marketing. After graduating, I took some time off to travel and got the opportunity to explore the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I was drawn to apply at Green River because I wanted to work somewhere that made a positive impact on people within the community. I believe that education can provide people with life-lasting knowledge and opportunities.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

I listen to a little bit of everything, audiobooks, podcasts, Ted talks, and music. Currently I’m listening to Pete Buttigieg’s autobiography “Shortest Way Home.”

What was the very first job you ever had?

The first job I had was being a Sales Associate at Marshalls. I got hired before the store was done being constructed, so for my first 3 months I unloaded pallets of items to get the store ready.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m excited to reach out and connect with students. I look forward to helping students on their education journey and having them learn about the BAS in Realtime reporting. Also, I’m excited to use my creative side when working on outreach via marketing.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

I’d love to assist students in having a smooth and stress free enrollment process.  I want to ensure they love their time at GRC and are excited for the opportunities that await them after graduation.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

I’m proud I graduated with my B.B.A in Marketing. I’m also proud of the work I did on my final university project, helping a small Tacoma business (Purely Africa) research and discover how to market and implement a new product line. The third thing I’m proud of is managing difficult situations during the solo travel I’ve done.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?

Sam? Does that count haha?

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

I’m good at memorizing rap music.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

Goodhearted

Resourceful

Encouraging

Engaging

Notable

Employee Spotlight – Maati Ka’awa

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words. 

Ka'awa, Maati

Maati Ka’awa

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

I am the new Director of Branch Locations for Auburn Center, Enumclaw, and Kent Station. For the last 3 years, I worked with South Seattle College at both the West Seattle and the Georgetown campuses, coordinating with Deans to provide day-to-day support for apprenticeship students and faculty. Prior to that I spent 4 years at Highline College in the Continuing Education and Workforce Education departments. I am excited to partner in this good work with you all.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I was attracted particularly to this position at Green River because it was a good fit for what I have done previously and a great opportunity to learn so much more in a new role. I also live in a nearby community, so this is an opportunity for me to invest in South King County and communities where I live.

From the interview, to completing the hiring process, to my first day, every step has been such a warm welcome and community feel. At every step, I felt that this was going to be an amazing community to work with and for.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

I often don’t listen to anything in the car because I like the silence.  I use that quiet time to wake up with my coffee, unwind, or reflect important aspects of the day.

What was the very first job you ever had?

It was a cashier and customer service position. I learned so many transferable people skills in that job.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m really excited to partner with the new Dean, the faculty, and the staff to serve students at the extended campuses. I attended branch campuses in Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington at all levels of my educational journey, so I have a real personal connection in how these campuses add value to lives and communities and am really excited to be a part of our students’ paths to success.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

This first year is going to be about establishing relationships. I want to meet and connect with as many people, departments, and community partners as possible. Some of the best collaborations are unintentional, but occur when people come together and discuss their work, passion, and goals, and where that might intersect.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

My most recent accomplishment was finishing my Master’s degree in Higher Education at Central Washington University in August 2018. It took 4 years, one class at a time, while also working full-time. I have a greater appreciation for our students who are going to school while also being partners, parents, caregivers to older parents, working, overcoming barriers, etc.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?

I’m not sure! I guess I’m going to have to see. 🙂

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

Good

Relationships

Equal

Excitement and

Noisiness