New Employee Spotlight – Barry Robinson

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. Robinson, Barry

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Dean of Health Sciences and Technology. My background is in clinical research and higher education. I studied the effects of viruses in the body, how the immune system responded to the viruses and how multiple viruses seemed to be coordinating their efforts within the same host. I did my research at various institutions: Eastern Kentucky University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centers, Johns Hopkins, University of Kentucky and University of Washington. I have a bachelor’s degree from Brescia University, master’s degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and Capella University and a PhD from University of Kentucky.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Green River had gone through a rough period in the school’s history and I had heard that they were in the process of rebuilding. During this rebuilding process, they wanted to recruit eager, motivating and high spirited individuals to return to where the school was prior to the rough period; while keeping in mind that the focus was on making sure that students had the best opportunity for success. I love sharing knowledge and have a reputation of setting standards that students can reach but they have to meet me half way because I cannot force them to do anything that they do not want to. I was drawn to apply to Green River because I wanted to be a part of the revitalization of this great school and do all I can to assist in getting everyone back to where they were before the rough period.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
This one is easy because I do not listen to anything but my thoughts…SMILES!!!

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first unofficial job was cutting my grandmother’s and her friends’ grass. My very first tax paying job was working for a catholic restaurant called St. Martin’s Afro-German Tearoom as a busser/entertainer/waiter.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The most exciting part of my new position is meeting all the wonderful people and getting to know them better; not to mention, learning from everyone. I believe that there is an exchange of knowledge whether we realize it or not…we learn from all those that we encounter. So, Health Sciences and Technology be prepared to teach me all that you can…I am here to learn and help you the best that I can.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
The main things that I would love to accomplish within the first year would be to be able to feel more at ease in this position and have gain a strong relationship with the individuals in Health Sciences and Technology. Next, I have set a goal to recognize all the administration, faculty and staff by first name. This will be a great challenge since I am bad with names.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
First, my son…second, my continued education…third, having had the opportunity to find love.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Happy…because I always try to make at least one person smile a day; more is always better but the minimum is one.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
A hidden talent to be showcased at the Annual Green River Talent Show…would be making shadow puppets in a marionette mini-stage. Seriously, I would have to say it would probably be ballroom dancing.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
row continuously
Refresh your mind and thoughts
Explore the world around you
Experience life to the fullest
Never give up on your dreams

New Employee Spotlight – Hedayatullah Qaderi

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. Qaderi, Hedayatullah

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I currently work as Program Coordinator with Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE) team in Business Division at Green River College. I have worked as Admin Assistant with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as Administrative Assistant with Louise Berger Group (LBG) funded by U.S. government, as Program Assistant with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and as Admin Assistant with Conference Services at Green River College.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
GRC is a well-known college for serving a diverse community, I have an Associate degree in business from Green River College, previously worked with Green River, well familiar with GRC compound, and I love the environment at GRC.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Mostly news and sometimes music.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Admin Assistant with JICA.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Yes, definitely. I am very excited and delighted for being promoted from the position of Admin Assistant to Program Coordinator.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Despite of doing my own duties and responsibilities, I would also love to be a good team player where I could cooperate with others and contribute to the best of my abilities in order to achieve our goals.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
First, getting my first Associate Degree in business from Green River College. Second, I am a Senior at Central Washington University (CWU) pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in business with double majors in Finance and Management and will be graduating in Fall quarter 2017. Third, being selected for the position of Program Coordinator at Green River College. These are the three accomplishments that I am really proud of in my life.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I think that would be Raihan and that’s because I go by this name as well.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I can speak five languages and I am a good Soccer, Volleyball, Cricket and Billiard player.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
reat
Representation of
Equal
Employment
Numbers

9th Annual Challenge Coin Ceremony

Posted on behalf of Sandra Mathews & Manila Mercurio, Veterans Services Team

Vet Coin Ceremony Coins

2015 Green River Challenge Coins

Please join us for Green River’s 9th Annual Challenge Coin Ceremony!

Where: River Room, Mel Lindbloom Student Union
When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 11:30a.m. to 1p.m.

  • 11:30a.m.: Doors open & Lunch Served
  • Noon – 1p.m.: Ceremony

Lunch will be provided, and all veteran students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. Veterans will receive a complimentary Green River College Anniversary Challenge Coin! In consideration for our speakers and Veteran students, we ask that if you attend, please make every effort to stay for the ceremony. Space is limited – first come, first served!

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Veteran Services at 253-833-9111, ext. 2466; or by email at veterans@greenriver.edu.

Suzanne Johnson named next Green River President

Posted on behalf of College Relations

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Auburn, Wash. (April 25, 2017) – Dr. Suzanne Johnson will be the next president of Green River College.

The Green River Board of Trustees announced the decision during an April 25 board meeting. Johnson, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, New York, will start effective July 1. She will succeed Interim President Scott Morgan, who was appointed by the Board of Trustees on July 28, 2016.

“Dr. Johnson has the leadership qualities, professionalism, personal background and strength to lead Green River College into the future,” said Green River College Board of Trustees Chair Claudia Kauffman.

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.

The Board of Trustees chose Johnson as the next Green River College president from a pool of 36 applicants. A 12-member Presidential Search Committee chaired by Interim President Morgan, included trustees, faculty, staff, students, and community members who volunteered their time to screen applications and recommend finalists to the Board of Trustees.


Allison Friedly
Executive Director of College Relations

New Employee Spotlight – Alan Nguyen

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. Nguyen, Alan

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
International Student Advisor in International Programs. I have worked in mostly in higher ed, but have some experience at a boarding school as well. I worked at Everest College in Bremerton, Solomon Christian School in Edmonds and Seattle Central College previous to coming here. I have been working with international students close to 6 years now and hope to continue that trend for a long time.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I actually used to study here when I was in Running Start through Kentwood High School when I was younger. I have fond memories as a student here. Also, the change in responsibilities from my previous position at Central to the one here will probably give me more room to grow professionally.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Podcasts, Sports Radio, Spotify

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked for a catering company for a couple summers while in High School. A lot of big corporate (e.g. Microsoft, Boeing, T-Mobile) summer bbqs were hosted there in North Bend. It was hard grueling work in the hot sun washing dishes in what was basically a metal box.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The fact that this is a homecoming for me is probably most exciting. So much has changed in the last 10 or so years!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to target and create a project that will be hugely beneficial to International Programs, Green River at large, whether it is our processes or to help our students.

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

  1. When I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from WSU, that was probably my proudest moment
  2. When I got my first career job out of college
  3. When I bought my house

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
A student once called me a “General”, like a military officer, because of the tone of voice I have sometimes. He linked it to my upbringing since my father is ex-military. That nickname stuck with a lot of coworkers.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
For the annual talent show, I would have to share my karate skills since I did it for about five years off and on.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
ive
Respect,
Expect
Encouragement and
Nice things will come

New Employee Spotlight – Angelica Hildebrandt

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. Hildebrandt, Angelica

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I’m the new Program Liaison for the Customer Services Representative Certificate. My background is in business development, marketing and sales. I’m an entrepreneur by nature, highly involved in social responsibility initiatives to support low income, single moms in my home country of Colombia.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
First, I am passionate for education. Second, this program offers students hands on training to succeed in fast growing industries which is great. Third, my position allows me to do what I do best while helping students fill the need for skill workers in our area.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Meditation music on Pandora

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was at a technical college in Bogota, Colombia where I worked as an Admissions advisor.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am very excited about the opportunity to make an impact in student’s lives. Our students get industry-recognized credentials and networking opportunities to get hired right out of our training program.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to achieve my recruitment and student employment goals.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I am proud of having a successful military family, and I’m grateful for being able to give back to the community.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Angel…it’s short and sweet!

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

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
reatness
Responsibility
Education
Engaging
Nature

2017 Summer Business Hours

Effective Monday, July 10, 2017, the hours of college business operations will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with the campus closed on Fridays.

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What does this mean to the public and our students? We will continue to provide support and services through the summer, but limited to a Monday to Thursday work week.

What does this mean to you as an employee? Although the college will be open to the public from 8am to 5pm, work days will consist of four, 10 hour days from Monday to Thursday.

*Note: The 30-minute meal and 15-minute rest breaks must still be taken in compliance with our respective collective bargaining agreements, and/or state and federal regulations. Please contact Barbara Iribarren or Chernenko Wheatley if you have any questions about the revised schedule or alternate work schedules.

Who should I contact if I have questions? Please reach out to your supervisor first. Supervisors should contact the appropriate Employee & Labor Relations Manager in the Human Resources office to make sure that any proposed schedule changes meet with federal, state, and local laws as well as negotiated agreements.

When will it end? Normal business hours will resume Monday, September 4, following the Labor Day holiday.