New Employee Spotlight – Tracy Norton

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.

Norton, Tracy

Tracy Norton

Hello! I am the Retention Specialist for the new MESA program at GRC. Most recently I served in Peace Corps in Cambodia. Prior to that I worked at UW Tacoma in Admissions and Advising. It’s great to be at GRC and I am looking forward to getting to know the campus.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The MESA program, the students, and the trails!

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

Traffic updates, NPR, or music.

What was the very first job you ever had?

At 14, I worked in a concession stand at a little league ballpark. I loved it.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am most excited about the onboarding of MESA and to work with the amazing students at GRC.

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

I plan to spend the first year getting to know the campus and growing the MESA program.

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

Lip sync battle.

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

Go Read Everything, Everywhere-Now!

 

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New Employee Spotlight – Kevin Grossman

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.

Grossman, Kevin

Kevin Grossman

I’m the newest Business Advisor with Green River’s Small Business Development Center. I love helping business owners start and grow their companies.  It is terrific being part of helping them thrive!

What drew you to apply to Green River?

Who could resist being a gator? I like water, warm weather and New Orleans –
laissez le bon temps rouler!

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

KNKX or podcasts

What was the very first job you ever had?

The first money I earned other than for chores was delivering the Spokesman Review newspaper.  The daily issues were pretty easy (although before sunrise except for summer), but the Sunday edition was quite a workout!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I like to help people.  There are a lot of moving parts to make a business work. I’ve done many of them over the years, from picking up trash to a number of Board positions.  I can help folks because I’ve either done or been involved with what they’re dealing with.  It is all about helping them move their businesses to the next level.

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

I want to be a great connector between the College, the general community and the business community.  It’s fun for me to get people together with related interests that might not have met otherwise, and see what great stuff comes out of those new relationships.

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

  1. I have three kids that are amazing – an accomplished chef, an incredibly engaging and effective retail store manager and an animal loving graduate student in immunology.
  2. I redeveloped a 1920’s building in a tough neighborhood that is now the center of a community revival.  A couple of weeks ago the Mayor chose to have a meeting with the Governor there, instead of her office, to highlight the positives of fixing old buildings.
  3. I was a college trustee for a number of years, and am very proud of the innovative programs the faculty and staff accomplished for our community!

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

I’ve been called the absent-minded professor.  I get so into my work that at times I forget to eat or go home at a normal time when I’m in the grove of a project.

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

Well, it’s not a talent for a stage – but I do enjoy making food and feeding people. I get the best feedback from my baking.  Last week I made a killer Kalamata olive bread that I took to some friends. I may have set the bar too high – I don’t know if they’ll let me visit if I don’t bring it again.

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

Grow Relentlessly,

Engage Everyone Nicely

Your vote counts

As we end primary season and look ahead to the November mid-term elections, we’re voting-ballotreminded that every vote is an important part of our democracy. For those who have had felony convictions, there can be a number of questions surrounding voter eligibility. To help determine eligibility, our local branch of the ACLU has sent us some handy guides that we would like to share with you. Below, we’ve included two versions of the same poster (English and Spanish). We hope you’ll take a look here or at aclu-wa.org/voting-rights and canivote.aclu-wa.org and share this information with anyone who has been affected by prior felony convictions.

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Happy Summer 2018!

Now that summer has officially begun, lots of us will be taking some time to enjoy travel and well-deserved “down time”. As you plan your vacations and leisure time, be sure to check out the articles and resources offered through our Employee Assistance Program. The link below will guide you to a number of informative articles to help you get the most out of your free time.

 

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Summer Hours are a-comin!

Last month, we let you know about the upcoming summer hours for campus. As a little reminder, here’s some information about what will happen beginning July 9:3-2-sun-png-clipart

  • Summer hours begin the week of 09 July (the week after Independence Day).
  • Summer hours run through the week of 27 August (meaning that regular hours resume the week of Labor Day).
  • The summer campus hours shall be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday-Thursday (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.
  • The default work week for all employees shall be four (4) 10 hour shifts from Monday through Thursday.  Certain departments may have needs outside of those hours and will work with employees directly to set shift expectations.
    • Employees who cannot work the four (4) 10 hour shifts should contact their direct manager and their Employee & Labor Relations person (either Barbara or Chernenko).  Employees who cannot work the shift may be defaulted to five (5) 8 hour shifts.

As a note:

  • employees may request of their manager a schedule adjustment (for WFSE employees, this is 7.3 (B)(4)) at any time.  Schedule adjustments will be considered by the manager in coordination with Human Resources and may be granted if business needs can be met.
  • employees may request vacation time using the same college and departmental policies and procedures in place.

New PEN form

Our updated PEN form is live! This new form includes updated hourly rates as well as updated supervisor listings. If you are managing non-permanent workers, here’s an especially important reminder: be sure to use the form at the link below! As we’ve mentioned, the PEN form is a living document and changes at least a few times during the year.

https://www.gatornet.greenriver.edu/hr/Forms/index.shtm#p.

New Employee Spotlight – Melissa Sitzenstock

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.

Sitzenstock, Melissa

Melissa Sitzenstock

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

I’m the new Curriculum Program Manager in Instructional Support. I was previously at the State Board working on the ctcLink project, missed being on a campus the entire time. Prior to that spent 14 years at Bellevue College in Enrollment Services.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The same thing that drew me to Green River to be a student: location, campus feel, the programs, and opportunities here.

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

NPR

What was the very first job you ever had?

I was a housekeeper at a Victorian bed and breakfast in Port Townsend while in high school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Learning processes/procedures and relationship building that is required to manage the curriculum at the college

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

Become the subject matter expert in implementing change to curriculum and programs.

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

  1. Travel-Been to Australia, New Zealand, British Isles (UK, Ireland, Scotland), Caribbean, Mexico, and planning more.
  2. My home, I love to garden and take care of our animals (horses, dogs, cat, fish, and any wildlife running around the property).
  3. The self-awareness that higher education is my passion and the opportunity to do what I love.

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

I don’t want to limit the creative expression of my new co-workers, but it could be anything; the crazier, the better.

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

My best hidden talent is my ability to sleep anywhere — on a bus, plane, boat — you name it, I can sleep there.

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

Growing

Restless

Eating

Everything

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