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Recently the restrictions on the All-College Community Mail list serve were lifted as a result of successful mediation between the United Faculty Coalition and Green River College. All members of the campus community now have access to send through the “All-College Community” list.

The College Council and relevant bargaining units will work together to develop a long-term solution while this agreement is in place.

Please keep in mind the following guidelines for use:

  • All-College Community email use must follow the Green River Board of Trustees’ Civility Policy.
  • Out of respect for others and their time, please use “Reply All” with extreme discretion. If you are the only person to whom replies should be directed, please use the BCC line to include this group.
  • Remember, we are communicating with human beings. Although email may feel impersonal, there is another person at the other end of your message. Try to exercise kindness and patience, and refrain from personal attacks.
  • Think before you hit SEND.
  • Any disputes or issues that arise over faculty use of the “All-College Community” email list will be addressed first through consultation between the Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs and your Appointing Authority (with the exception of Faculty where it will be with the President of the United Faculty Coalition).

If you have any questions about this change or wish to receive further information, please contact your supervisor.

New Employee Spotlight – Edrick Goad

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.

goad-edrickPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I have been in the IT world for 20 years, supporting everything from desktops to large virtualized environments. I have worked with databases, systems management tools, and security initiatives. I hold many certifications from multiple vendors.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I recently had my first teaching experience in Honduras and enjoyed it greatly. When I found this position I immediately applied, so that I could continue my teaching experience and pass on what I have learned.

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

What was the very first job you ever had?
Dishwasher at a rib restaurant.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
To be able to continue to learn about new technologies, as well as to share the information with others.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Become a great teacher.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
That guy that drinks all the coffee.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
My ability to watch an entire Netflix series in a single sitting.

New Employee Spotlight – Enrique Hamilton

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. hamilton-enrique

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Hey, everyone. I’m your new evening custodian. Some of you will recognize me from the college lunch room. I have been told I make a mean breakfast burrito. This is my first non-cooking job in a while. I’m looking forward to a new opportunity.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I know some staff members from my time in the kitchen, and they recommended it.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Sports radio. I have to keep up on my Seahawks.

What was the very first job you ever had?
McDonald’s. It definitely was not my favorite job, LOL but it taught me a lot.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I have been cooking for many years, and I felt like I needed a change. It’s also a better job for me and my family. I get to see my girls off to school. It’s great to have that time with them before work.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I want to show I’m a hard worker. I want to grow in the company. That I know will take more than a year.

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

  • Winning a state title in my senior year – Skyline High 3A football champs.
  • Graduating high school.
  • Becoming a father. They’re my world. That, and marrying my wife.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I think Batman. I’m a huge Batman fan! – Since I was 5 years old. I have been called that in the past.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I will be totally real with you. I have none LOL.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
reen
Rainy
Evergreen
Emerald City
Northwest

Kaiser Permanente Acquisition is Complete

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordonkaiser-permanente
Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative became final February 1, and with that, Group Health is now part of the largest integrated health system in the nation. While Group Health will now be part of Kaiser Permanente, it’s important to remember:

  • The plan you’ve selected won’t change. Your premiums, benefits, and costs will stay the same in 2017. So will your member number.
  • You can keep your doctors. You and your family will continue to receive care from the doctors and care teams you count on.
  • You can still get care at the locations you visit now. The name on the buildings will change, but the same convenient clinics — with doctors’ offices, lab, pharmacy, and X-ray usually under one roof — will continue to serve you. The same goes for online services, including the mobile app, your electronic health record and secure messaging with your doctor.

Group Health members can expect to receive a letter from Kaiser Permanente in March with new ID cards (but with the same member number). Your existing Group Health card is still valid; continue to use it until you receive your new Kaiser card.

Sheryl F. Gordon
Benefits Manager
Extension 2600

Take a Hike!

Posted on behalf of Chernenko Wheatley, Employee & Labor Relations Manager

Spring is right around the corner and with it warmer weather! Don’t forget about the wonderful trails here at Green River. Many of our staff and faculty have enjoyed these, so I say join them, and you will enjoy them too.trailmap

However, if the smell of fresh air, pine trees and wildlife disturb, offend or bring about a severe allergic reaction, then please consider the wellness and fitness programs on campus. We have an awesome Recreation and Athletics Center in the Student Union with a variety of fitness classes. Contact Mollie Gunter for information about hours and fees.

New Employee Spotlight – Cassandra Knipfing

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.

knipfing-cassandraPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am Green River College’s new IBEST/ESL Career Pathway Navi-“Gator”. My first position within higher education was at GRC’s Assessment Center as a part-time proctor. From there, I transitioned to a full-time Assessment Specialist position at Tacoma Community College working mainly with the Transitional Studies/ABE/ESL/GED department. Feel free to ask me any and all of your ctcLINK questions; I have lived and survived it (and now I kind of like it).

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I left my favorite mug here 2 years ago, and I just had to get it back.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
KIXI radio 880 AM.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked at an outdoor concert venue in New Jersey where I was able to watch concerts for free during the summer season and then dress up as an elf and drink endless hot chocolate during the winter holiday lights drive-thru show.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

  • The opportunity to be help grow and develop the I-BEST programs here at Green River.
  • Also, the opportunity to MAYBE see a wild bear.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d love to have created a strong network of communication throughout different departments, so I can confidently direct students to resources on campus that will support them through their educational journey.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I successfully orchestrated a “traditional” Thanksgiving Dinner in Finland for 20 international students, even after completely overestimating the size of a European oven. I also am proud to say that I do not have a “Jersey Accent” from growing up on the “shore.”  As well as my affinity for quotation marks, “apparently.”

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My previous office nickname was “Princess Cassie,” however I would like to relinquish my throne and perhaps go with something more casual similar to my nickname in college, “Scrappy.”

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I think I could manage a bang-up lip-syncing performance to the Police’s “Roxanne.” I happen to rehearse rather regularly when home, much to the frustration of my downstairs neighbor.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
reen
Reen
Een
En
N
(I am very sorry I couldn’t think of anything. This might correlate with my struggles in Scrabble and Bananagram.)

New Employee Spotlight – Richard Scherer

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.

scherer-richard
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I will be working as a custodian on swing shift at Green River, helping to keep the school looking great at all times. I have worked in the custodial field for about 4 to 5 years in places such as Marshalls, Jack in the Box , Clean as a Whistle company, and Hallmark Manor Nursing Home. I also spent 13 years in the baking industry working for many different companies.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I came to Green River looking to work for a good place, to grow as a top notch custodian and to enjoy the beautiful campus area it offers.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
On the car ride to work , I listen to 710 for all the sports information and current happenings.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The very first job I had was working at the Windmill nursery in Sumner for about 4 months.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am looking forward to learning new ways and styles of cleaning and building care for the campus.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I want to accomplish in year one the routine and ordinary things that are wanted and needed done.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
The 3 top accomplishments in my life are: 1- traveling to a foreign country for the very first time and by myself.   2- Meeting and marrying my future wife from the Philippines.  3- Taking care of my injured mother in 1990 and caring for my father who had a very bad stroke in 2001.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
If I were given a nickname it would ether be FLASH, because I really like thunderstorms, or CRICKET, because I can whistle a cricket-like sound and other whistling sounds

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
My best talent is painting landscape types of pictures in acrylic paint.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
raduation
Reading
Education
Exam
Necessary