Green River Summer Camps

Kent-summer-campsSummer is so close, you can almost feel it! If you’re a parent (or parent adjacent), Green River offers a few summer camps that may be just the thing for you. All three Green River College campuses are offering summer day-camps with topics that range from Lego robotics and STEM to theater. As an incentive, there are a few ways to get at 10% discount on enrollments! Click the link below to find out how you can get your child involved.

Summer Kids’ Camps at Green River College

New Employee Spotlight – Shannon Percell

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.

Percell, Shannon

Shannon Percell

I am the new Director of Athletics and Recreation and I’m so excited to be here at Green River!  I’ve spent the last 10 years in Northern California, most recently working at Sonoma State University.  During my time at Sonoma State I wore many hats.  I spent a number of years as the women’s soccer assistant coach then transitioned to administrative side of athletics where I spent time as the assistant, associate and most recently the interim Director of Athletics.  Prior to arriving in California I coached soccer at the University of Idaho, the University of Montana and Seattle University.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

After spending time as the Interim Director of Athletics at Sonoma State University, I knew I was ready to take the next step in my career and become an Athletics Director.  In my search for this sort of work I came across the opening here at Green River.  As I was researching Green River College I began to fall in love with what it had to offer.  During my time interviewing, I was amazed by the people here.  Both students and employees were so welcoming.  I knew I found a place to call home.  Having a passion for athletics and a love for fitness, this position was the best of both worlds allowing me to work in both athletics and recreation.

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

I listen to a little bit of everything.  I love trivia so I’m drawn to the morning quizzes on the various stations.  I also channel surf to find songs I like.  I don’t have a favorite genre of music so it’s easy to find something good to listen to.  I used to live five minutes from work so the commute is something new to me but I’ve been enjoying it.  It allows me time to think and relax.

What was the very first job you ever had?

When I was young I used to mow my neighbor’s lawn for $5.  It seemed like such a great job to a young kid back then but looking back it was a big yard (front and back) so I definitely earned my money :).

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m excited to work with a more diverse population of students.  I have enjoyed my first few days in the RAC getting to know the students and student-athletes.

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

I’d love to build stronger relationships between athletics and other departments on campus.

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

I am proud of my three sons (Owen, 8, Duncan, 6 and Parker, 3).  They challenge me to be the best parent I can be.  I have really missed them in the transition as they have stayed behind in California to finish school.

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

Former coworkers have either called me Sha-nay nay or Schmannon.  I think by calling me those names it brought a lighthearted atmosphere to the office environment.

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

My kids seem to think I’m great at telling jokes.  They always laugh no matter how bad they are.  I’ll admit that my jokes are really corny but that’s all I can think of for a talent.

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

Get invoved

Respect one another

Encourage others

Excellence everyday

Never stop growing

New Employee Spotlight – Ruth Mueller

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.

Mueller, Ruth

Ruth Mueller

My new title is tenure track Ethnomusicology Instructor for the Department of Music and Theater. For those of you that are wondering, ethnomusicology is an interdisciplinary field that engages with the study of music in the cultural context. My work as a musician and ethnomusicologist has allowed me to travel to many different countries and to live on three different continents. Through my Ph.D. (University of Sheffield, UK) my research focused on South Korean traditional music, cultural preservation, gender, and identity. As part of my new position I will be starting a Korean drumming ensemble. Keep an eye (and an ear) out for us!

What drew you to apply to Green River?

Ethnomusicologists in university programs usually focus on either a variety of coursework for general education that uses music as a tool to discuss and experience culture and identity or it focuses on graduate teaching in the methodological approaches to the field. As someone that is dedicated to the former I wanted to be at an institution that specializes in this kind of teaching and where my work would be the primary focus.

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

I listen to NPR. I think that it is incredibly common among musicians not to listen to music when driving or as a background activity. It is hard for my brain not to focus on music when it is playing. When you work with music all day, listening to spoken word on the drive is a good way to transition.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first official job was working at the Muny Theater in St. Louis, Missouri. I was always into music and theater and while I wasn’t nearly good enough at fifteen to audition, I did get a job in the dining pavilion busing tables before each show. I got to see most of the shows for free and was able to wander around the stage construction and costume areas and what not. In spite of the sweltering heat and brutal humidity of St. Louis summers, I did this job for three summers and loved it.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am excited about bringing a new field of study to the college! Ethnomusicology is such an interdisciplinary field. I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues around campus and creating some new and exciting coursework.

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

I will have a drumming ensemble starting in autumn quarter. My goal in the first year is to create a space for music and sound as a way to experience the rich cultural diversity of our campus.

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

-Being a generous and kind human being with strong and meaningful relationships

-Being a fearless and adventurous traveler

-Investing in my education. I love being a student and I hope curiosity helps me to be an effective teacher.

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

Oh, it would probably be something awful like “Sally Sunshine.” I am not always bright and happy, of course, but I approach my work with excitement and with a smile on my face. Even on tough mornings I think it is important to greet people with warmth and create a sense of community.

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

This is a bit of a tricky question for those of us in the Department of Music and Theater. We are used to displaying our talents, but hidden talents are a different story. I guess I would make a really tasty chocolate cake. I would offer to do it blindfolded, but we all know that would be a huge mess. I might be talked into doing it while hopping on one foot or while playing a kazoo.

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

G – generous

R – refreshing

E – engaging

E – exciting

N – nurturing

New Employee Spotlight – Kristine Schroeder

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.

Schroeder, Kristine

Kristine Schroeder

I am the Director for the new MESA Program at Green River. I most recently worked as the Director for SHINE: Seattle’s Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education, but I started my career in higher education as a Lab Technician for the nanotechnology, chemistry, and anatomy/physiology labs. I have also had the opportunity to teach a few chemistry, nanotechnology, and continuing ed courses. Before higher education, I worked at a credit union and bank for several years in member services and as a loan officer.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

When I went back to school for my science degree, I was in the MESA program at a community college and university. I attribute the support of the community college system and MESA as major factors for my success. I found out that WA MESA was expanding its community college program, around the same time the project I was working on was ending, so I jumped at the opportunity to apply here.

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

I rotate between a few things, usually reggaeton, funk, or jazz stations on Google Play. I also want to become fluent in Spanish, so sometimes I work through Spanish lessons on Audible.

What was the very first job you ever had?

In high school, I worked at the first Cold Stone Creamery in San Diego County.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

My position aligns closely with what I am passionate about, which doesn’t happen a lot in life, so that’s pretty awesome.

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

I want to make good connections across the campus and recruit a strong group of students into the MESA Program that will help establish a supportive community culture.

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

  • Earning my college degree; I am the first in my immediate family and possibly the only one in my super-extended family to earn a science degree.
  • Having the courage to start over, both in my professional and personal life.
  • Being a positive influence on my little cousins.

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

Tammy in HR has already started calling me the “Crow Lady” but she is still searching for a more appropriate name. If I had to choose, it would be a toss-up between two nicknames:

  • Crow Master (in training)
  • Ultimate Neighborhood Cat Wrangler

I think these names are self-explanatory. J

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

I don’t have an answer for this one.

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

Greatness

Requires

Effort

Education (and)

Never giving up

 

Meet the VPI Finalists!

Next week, and the following week, Green River College will host four finalists for the Vice President of Instruction! Each candidate will have a full day of interviews on campus, followed by an hour-long Campus Forum at the Bleha Performing Arts Center. All employees are welcome and encouraged to attend any of the campus forums. Meet our finalists:

Sachi Horback

Sachi Horback

 

 

 

Campus Forum: Wednesday, May 2, 2018  2pm-3pm

 

 

Rebecca Williamson

Rebecca Williamson

 

 

 

Campus Forum: Thursday, May 3, 2018  2pm-3pm

 

 

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Joyce Hammer

 

 

Campus Forum: Tuesday, May 8, 2018  2pm-3pm

 

 

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Rolita Ezeonu

 

 

 

Campus Forum: Wednesday, May 9, 2018  2pm-3pm

 

 

 

You can find out more information about each candidate here:

Vice President of Instruction Search

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Hours are on the way!

3-2-sun-png-clipartThough we’re enjoying some fantastic spring weather, our minds can’t help but turn to (what we hope will be) an even better summer season! With that in mind, here are the guidelines for summer hours this year:

  • 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 campus hours (current hours as indicated here on the website: https://www.greenriver.edu/campus/) shall be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  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.