Doughnut Fundraiser for Court Reporting

Posted on behalf of Lori Rapozo, Computer Reporting Technologies Faculty

krispy-kreme-court-reportingHello all Krispy Kreme fans!

It’s time for the Court Reporting Student Association Annual Krispy Kreme Doughnut sale Monday, January 23, 2017. The students thank you very much for all of your past support. It has enabled students to attend both the National Court Reporting/Captioning Conference and the Washington State Court Reporting Conference. In years past, our program has had national award recipients, and thanks to your support of CRSA, they were able to attend and receive the award in person. They truly learn so much at these events and are able to share this information with the whole Court Reporting/Captioning student body.

The sale takes place in the Student Union lobby beginning at 7:00 a.m., but you can preorder your doughnuts now by placing an email to me.  I will confirm your order.
lrapozo@greenriver.edu

Here are the details:

One box (doz.) of doughnuts is selling for $12 this year – same price as last year.  Just let me know how many boxes you’d like and then what time and where you’d like them delivered.  You can then either send me a check in campus mail (Mailstop: SH2) or have payment ready upon delivery.  If paying by check, please make it out to:  CRSA.
If paying by cash, please have the exact amount. 

So get your orders in, and spread the word. Treat yourself, your colleagues, your students, and family.  The students are waiting to sweeten your day!

 

Mumps Outbreak

Posted on behalf of Julie French, Health Services Coordinator

Mumps UpdateFlu Season

In late December, there were news reports of a mumps outbreak in South King County and cases reported in Pierce County. It is important to be aware of the health information in this post, should mumps surface on campus as the winter quarter progresses.

As of January 6th, 2017, there were 123 in King County:

  • 94 cases in Auburn
  • 9 in Kent
  • 5 in Federal Way,
  • 3 in Seattle
  • 3 each in Algona, Covington and Des Moines.
  • 1 each in Bellevue, Black Diamond and Renton

Mumps is a highly contagious, viral illness. We encourage you to help protect the health of our campus, and to prevent the spread of mumps to our local communities by educating yourself about mumps and taking reasonable precautions.

Mumps Facts

  • Mumps is a virus that infects the salivary glands and can be spread through contact with an infected person’s respiratory secretions and saliva. It can be spread before the symptoms begin to show.
  • Common symptoms include swelling and tenderness of the cheeks, usually preceded by a fever, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms can develop anywhere from two to four weeks after being exposed to someone with a mumps infection.
  • If you experience these symptoms, you should distance yourself from others and be seen by a healthcare provider.
  • For more information about mumps and immunization effectiveness please check the King County information page.

Julie French
Health Services Coordinator
jfrench@greenriver.edu
253-833-9111 ext. 2430

 

New Employee Spotlight – Anicah Anderson

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. anderson-anicah

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am very excited to be the new Program Coordinator at the Kent campus! Before coming to GRC, I worked as an international students’ recruiter in a Japanese school in Tokyo, Japan. Then, I worked as an account executive for a telecom company. After arriving in the United States, I was a Chinese language tutor for children and adults. Then, I worked as a buyer for an import/export company. After a few years of being a full time mom (the most difficult job of them all by the way!), I went to work for a non-profit agency, which helps disabled people manage their social security monetary benefits. I’ve also been an assistant teacher for the ESOL program here at GRC, as well as a computer lab assistant. Now I am here full time, and I could not be more excited! I look forward to working with you all and having many rewarding years at GRC.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was drawn to GRC because it enables me to use my language skills and my experience working with people from many different cultures. I also enjoy the idea of being able to share all of my experiences with everyone.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to everything – my kids’ pop music, to news radio and soft rock.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The first summer after I graduated high school, I worked as a translator for the Pan- Asian games in Beijing.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am most excited about being able to work with so many of the wonderful stuff and students here at GRC, many of whom I know already.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
In my first year at this position I plan on mastering the many aspects of my jobs – there is so much to learn.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I am so proud of my two daughters and my niece. They make me proud every day.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I don’t know…

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
My hidden talent would be my ability to clear the room when I sing.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Genius
Resource
Education
Environment
National

New Employee Spotlight – Teresa Buchmann

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. buchmann-teresa

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Director of Student Financial Aid. I started working in financial aid in 1999, back when the FAFSA was on paper and we weren’t sure if computers would work in the year 2000. I have worked at several different colleges in my career which gives me a unique perspective on the many different ways we can help students. Most recently I have been the Financial Aid Supervisor of the Puyallup campus of Pierce College.

I have a strong passion for helping students take their next step and helping them change their family tree through Financial Aid. Financial Aid made my education a reality, and I love being a part of changing so many student lives.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I love how the mission of Green River highlights a student focus. Responsive services is the perfect way to describe my view of customer service. There is no one-size-fits-all answer in financial aid. I’m excited to work for a college that has this viewpoint in its DNA.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I love listening to podcasts. A few that are always downloaded on my phone:

America’s Test Kitchen, Revisionist History, Radiolab, This American Life, Freakonomics, Plant Money, Serial, Reply All, and Homecoming

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was at Subway. I started working when I was just 14, which meant I couldn’t touch the ovens. In my interview I made the joke that the witch from Hansel and Gretel might push me into the oven if I were less than 15. I’m confident this sealed my new job for me and got a lot of laughs. I learned a lot of great customer service skills in my time at Subway (and I can make a sandwich in less than a minute).

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am most excited about leading a new team and leveraging technology to help us serve students faster and better. I have great ideas of how we can minimize barriers for students so they can get enrolled faster and have better support while enrolled.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
My goals are to streamline the process of financial aid for students and decrease the processing time.

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

  • My three boys (8, 16, 19) and the great men they are becoming (and, of course, my husband who guides our family so well).
  • Completing my Bachelor Degree while a single mom, working full-time
  • The changes I made at Pierce Puyallup including decreasing processing time and making the financial aid department the friendliest place on campus.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I asked my former staff at Pierce for suggestions: Sunshine, Bubbles, Financial Aid Guru, Smiley, Sparkles, Pollyanna (because I always see a silver lining), SuperSquirrel (Think “squirrel” in the movie UP, always being pulled in multiple directions, but able to navigate it with grace and get everything done).

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
While it isn’t a hidden talent, I love to cook. So I would offer to cater the talent show and let people with real talents perform.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Guiding
Resources
Education
Equity
Nourishing

Innovation Fund – Round 2

idea2The Innovation Fund was established by Interim President Morgan and the Board of Trustees to provide resources to any individual or group on campus with an idea to advance the college’s three main goals: enrollment, completion and diversity & equity. More information can be found on the participatory governance website.

If you didn’t make the first application round deadline, the next is right around the corner:

Next round of applications are due January 9th by 5 pm.

Based on the first round of applications, the application review committee would like to make the following suggestions:

  • Proposals MUST demonstrate a measurable impact to one or more of the college goals (enrollment, completion and diversity & equity).
  • Please include the number of students/individuals that will be served/impacted.
  • Project budgets should be itemized – be clear on what is being spent on personnel, goods & services, travel, etc.
  • Projects should be shorter-term (less than 16 months) – and again, should have direct impacts on enrollment, completion and diversity & equity.
  • Collaboration with other areas is valued.
  • Innovation funds are college funds (not Foundation dollars), so college rules around serving food apply.  In addition, funds cannot be used for hosting or gifts.

The College Council will receive quarterly reports regarding approved projects in order to inform the college community.

If you have a great idea, but need more time, a third round will follow! Please send any questions to the Participatory Governance Coordinator.

New Employee Spotlight – Rozella Cruz

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. cruz-rozella

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the newest member of Student Support Services/Academic Advising. My title is Educational Planner, Academic Standards.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
The position description itself, as well as the beautiful campus.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
NPR/KUOW 94.9

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was at McDonald’s during high school in Chicago, IL.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am excited to collaborate with new colleagues in creating a safe and student/learner-centered environment for our students.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
One of the first things I’d like to accomplish in my first year at Green River is understanding who our students are and where they want to take their lives during and beyond college.

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

  • Living and studying abroad on three separate occasions.
  • Speaking a few other languages other than English.
  • Empowering students in leading successful lives according to their needs.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
“Favorite Foodie Chef de Cuisine” – I’ve been told I make a mean Persian lamb, kimchi fried rice, and paella. My family and friends say they all eat better because of me, especially our pets.

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

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Generating
Real
Educational
Equality
Now

New Employee Spotlight – Benjamin Orr

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. orr-benjamin

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Welding Instructor Tenure Track – Fall Quarter 2016. After attending Scott Schreiber’s welding class in 2004. I went out in the real world and began my welding career. I worked for many different companies, some fab shops, manufacturing, and repair shops. In 2013 I was offered a chance to teach for a quarter to fill in for Casper Fox. From that moment on I was hooked on teaching. I then became Casper’s instructional aide for about a year and a half. It was at this point I was offered to teach the weekend welding class as an adjunct. Of course I jumped on it. I’ve been teaching the weekend class for a little over a year now. Since 2013 I have maintained two jobs welding Monday-Friday and Teaching Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Needless to say but I’m looking forward to just teaching in the fall of 2016.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I enjoy the people I work with and all the new people I meet each new quarter.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
On the way to work I like to listen to talk radio and news. This keeps me up to date on current events and what’s going on in the world.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was McDonald’s at the age of 16.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Right now it’s getting down to one job and having more time to spend with my wife and kids. However, I’m also excited to take on more responsibilities and help grow the welding program.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
One thing I would love to accomplish is getting the welding robot class up and running.

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

  • My wife,
  • my four kids and
  • my career as a welder/teacher.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I don’t know – something bad, LOL!

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I don’t know. All of my talents are front and center for everyone to see all the time.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
I got nothing for this one sorry.