Presidential Finalists Announced

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We are one step closer to having a new College President! The search committee’s hours of painstaking deliberation have paid off, and the Board of Trustees now has four outstanding candidates from which to choose:

Utpal GoswamiUtpal K. Goswami, Ph.D. currently serves as president of Metropolitan Community College- Maple Woods, in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Goswami has more than 33 years of higher education experience, divided between classroom and administration at colleges and universities in Arizona, California, Missouri and Texas. He is experienced in advocating for community college funding, fostering shared governance, enhancing student success, programming for workforce development, launching and completing capital projects, and revamping and integrating technology platforms. Goswami is actively involved in statewide and local community organizations related to education, community service and economic development.

Suzanne JohnsonSuzanne M. Johnson, Ph.D. is the current Vice President of Academic Affairs at Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, NY. Dr. Johnson began her career in higher education in 1988 as a psychology instructor at Dowling College, and moved through the ranks to become the Dean of the College in 2012. Johnson also served as the Interim Campus President of the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College in Portland, OR. Johnson has been instrumental in accreditation reviews, providing leadership over both instruction and student affairs, as well as having a deep commitment to the community college mission.

Kenneth LawsonKenneth G. Lawson, Ph.D. is currently the Vice President for Instruction at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA. He has a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Washington.  Dr. Lawson served as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Seattle Central College and Dean of Equity and Social Justice/Social Sciences at Shoreline Community College.  Dr. Lawson started teaching International Studies and Political Science at Shoreline in 2001. He has a passion for teaching and learning, and he is committed to ensuring underserved students have an equitable opportunity to succeed.

Elliot SternDr. Elliot Stern serves as the Vice President of Instruction at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, WA. Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Stern earned both a Juris Doctor and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and had a successful career as a physician-attorney and medical malpractice litigator. Stern changed career paths in 2003, and joined the ranks of Biology faculty at Everett Community College, where he later became Dean of Allied Health. Stern also served as the Dean of S.T.E.M. at Edmonds Community College.

The candidates will each have a full day on campus packed with multiple interviews and campus forums. The schedule has been posted on the presidential search page at greenriver.edu/president.

**During the interview week, members of the campus community will have the opportunity to provide feedback via an online survey, the results of which will be passed on to the board for consideration. **

If you wish to learn more about the candidates prior to their visit, candidate resumes are available to Green River College faculty and staff on the shared N Drive (N:\human resources\Presidential Search). This link is only accessible from campus computers or via remote desktop.

New Employee Spotlight – Micki Chikwinya

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. Chikwinya, Micki1

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Senior Director of Financial Services. 20+ years in Accounting Management, including government/fund accounting, ERP (accounting) system implementations, audit and training.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
As a resident of the GRC district I have watched the growth and positive impact the College has for so many people. I want to be a part of something that is bigger than me. Contributing my core competencies to the success of the College allows me to strive for that goal. Also, this commute is beautiful.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Seattle Wolf radio.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Sorting returned bottles/cans (Oregon) at my family’s grocery store.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Being a part of the College.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Learn as much as possible about our current accounting system (FMS) in order to lead our team successfully both in the short term and in the planning for success with the conversion to the new system (cTcLink).

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

    1. Successfully raising my son.
    2. Buying my house and two other investment properties all by myself.
    3. Being a kind and generous person.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Nickname would be Searcher, because I am always looking for information and knowledge and sharing with others to help solve challenges.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
How to sew on a button. Only because so many people never learn things like this any more.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
et
Receipts
Entered
Efficiently
Now!

New Employee Spotlight – Zulfiya Kadimova

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.

KADIMOVA, ZULFIYAPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I have just been hired as the Full-Time Program Assistant in the TSW department (Transitional Studies & Wellness). I worked at this position as an Office Assistant (hourly) employee for four years.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was introduced to GRC when I came to USA and started as an ESOL student. In the last 10 years I got more involved with GRC. From 2012 I started as an employee. When a new position was available I could not miss being more involved with friendly faculty/staff and a beautiful campus.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
On the way to work I like to listen to the radio, news and “Power Turkey” through the phone.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was in upholstery in a furniture company.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Actually, I worked at this position for the last 4 years in the office with my supervisor and my two other colleagues. I was relying that they can help me with questions. The most exciting thing in my new position is that I’ll be by myself in the KC office, and I must find a way out from any situation on my own. Also, I am excited to meet more students and form new relationships.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I love to help more students who are learning English and going through the path that I passed. I want to provide as much as confidence to the students at Kent Campus, so they do not have to run to Main Campus for their issues. Also, I would love to learn my job well enough and see myself as a Program Coordinator after a year.

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

    1. I raised two beautiful, intelligent and well-educated sons.
    2. I came to USA with zero English and was able to get my AA degree as a Medical Office Assistant.
    3. My career as a Program Assistant.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I do not like to give a nicknames to anyone and would not like to have one. All of us have been given beautiful names by our parents why not to use it instead?

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I have one singer and one poet among siblings, but unfortunately my parents have not presented me with any talents. I do enjoy sewing.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
et
Really
Excited about
Everything
Never stop smiling

U.S. HealthWorks – 8 Tips to Better Manage the Time Change

Post courtesy of US HealthWorks

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US Health Works Time Change

Rested. Focused. Productive.

a healthy transition to daylight saving time

Helpful Tips for Your Employees

  1. Get ample sleep. Commit to 7-8 hours every night.
  2. Keep a fixed schedule. Maintain consistent sleep and wake times.
  3. Exercise regularly. Even moderate exercise can improve sleep.
  4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed. Both interfere with sleep habits.
  5. Eat a light dinner. Avoid heavy meals and finish eating 2-3 hours before bed.
  6. Relax before bed. Read a book, listen to music, or take a bath.
  7. Create a sanctuary. Your room should be cool, quiet, and free of distractions.
  8. Invest in a good mattress. Make sure it provides ample comfort and support.

READ INTERESTING FACTS ON
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

 

College Council Explained

The staff of Green River College is a mix of new hires and veteran employees, and their variety of interests and passions has lead to a number of campus councils and committees.

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College Council in particular plays a central and important role in the College’s vision of maintaining participatory governance. For the uninitiated, this term reflects our College’s practice of encouraging faculty, staff and students to engage one another and discuss ideas, concerns and potential recommendations to the College President.

The Council is a representative body that gives the different employee groups on campus an avenue to bring forward topics of interest. It is therefore composed of the following:

  • Two members of the Administrator Council
  • Two members of the Classified Council
  • Two members of the Exempt Council
  • Two members of the Faculty (Instructional) Council
  • Two members of the Student (ASGRC) Council

Currently, the Council is working on developing a policy for All-College Emails, and will be working to establish this year’s Summer business hours.

As always, the ultimate goal is to ensure and improve student success. 

If you have an item relevant to the entire college, the Council reserves time in its meetings for public comment. Meeting times and locations are posted online.

Feel free to send any questions related to College Council to the participatory governance coordinator.

New Employee Spotlight – Aileen Mata

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. mata-aileen

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I’ve been hired as a Program Specialist for the Recruitment and Outreach Office. I have my Master’s in Education Policy from the University of Washington. I have worked with college access and closing the opportunity gap for over 5 years now and am excited to join the Green River Community.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I wanted to center my work on community outreach in higher education in South King County Area. South King County has become very diverse over the last couple years and I want to continue working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
On my way to work I listen to my Hip-hop station on Pandora. I need upbeat-feel good music on my way to work to help motivate me for a new day.

What was the very first job you ever had?
When I was 12 years old I worked out in the fields picking strawberries to help pay for school clothes. I still remember the first day of picking, it was very hard work and I told myself that I would make sure that I would never have to endure this kind of work when I got older.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am eager to meet new colleagues, community partners and students! College access work is my passion, and I am excited to see how I can contribute to the Green River Community!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d love to help establish new strategies on how to outreach to new communities. I am always up for a challenge and love innovating new ideas and projects that will produce positive outcomes.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
The 3 accomplishments that I am most proud of are my graduations from high school and college. I was the first one in my family to graduate high school and attend college. I knew that my degrees were bigger than me; they were not only for my family but for my community.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
The nickname would have to be Luna “moon”. I am always in the movement night or day; social change is what drives the work I do.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I would perform Baile Folkorico “folkloric dance” from Mexico. I use to dance when I was an undergrad at Western Washington University and it was a lot of fun- not to mention a really great workout!

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
iving
Restorative
Equitable
Education
Needed

New Employee Spotlight – Seth Deister

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. deister-seth

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am a Program Assistant at Foundation for Success. Previously, I was Program Coordinator at South Seattle College’s Georgetown Campus. My department, Corporate & Customized Training, provided employee training to local companies. My roles were marketing, program support, and interfacing with instructors.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I knew I liked working at a college, but I wanted to work more directly with students. I love their energy and creativity. The opening at FFS looked like it would be a lot of fun and so far…it has!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
The speakers on my car were broken for a long time, so I previously listened to tires rolling. I fixed the speakers, and now I listen to punk rock or classic rock.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I was a Donation Station Attendant for Goodwill. It’s a very fancy title for basically sorting people’s used stuff and putting it in a truck. Separate your linens, clothes, and accessories when you go to Goodwill, people! They will love you.

I quit because lifting books and TV’s was doing a number on my back, and I started studying at the University of Washington anyway.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am most excited to be working with international students, plus I will get my own student worker!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to start taking some language classes at Green River. A long term goal of mine is to learn Chinese.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I don’t like ‘bragging,’ but here are two things I am proud of accomplishing:

  • Riding my mountain bike down one of Whistler’s most difficult biking runs (Goat’s Gully) and surviving
  • Finishing a one month, 12 graduate credit S-TESL course with a 4.0

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Most people try to make my name into something longer, like Setherson or Setheriah.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Probably juggling. I’m not particularly ready for the circus or anything, but with a little (ok, a lot) of practice I could probably put on a decent show.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
ee
Rent is
Excessively
Expensive
Now