New Employee Spotlight – Rebeka Ferreira


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. Ferreira, Rebeka3

Hello, my name is Rebeka Ferreira and I have just been hired as the new full-time tenure-track Philosophy Instructor beginning Fall 2015. I studied philosophy and received my Master’s degree from San Francisco State University in 2012 where I primarily focused on traditional, religious, and virtue epistemology as well as philosophy of religion. Prior to being hired full-timer, I taught as an adjunct instructor of philosophy here at Green River for three years; as well as at Highline College, South Seattle College, Oregon Institute of Technology, and South Puget Sound Community College (sometimes all at once).

What drew you to apply to Green River?

Green River, by far, has the most extensive course offerings in philosophy at the junior college level. This along with the number of relationships I have made over the course of my adjunct career made Green River very appealing.

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

My radio is broken :( one of the first things to fix with a new salary.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I waited tables towards the end of high school and all through college: at El Camino Community College in southern California, as well as through undergrad and graduate school in San Francisco.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am very passionate about reinvigorating the relevance of philosophy (as well as the Humanities more generally) in people’s everyday lives as well as academic pursuits. I would like to utilize the pedagogical resources available to full-time faculty to assist in pursuit of this goal.

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

I would like to see enrollment in philosophy courses grow to point that we are no longer cancelling classes (and in the future I would like to see the department offer more courses than we already do).

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

Having worked full-time through college to the extent that I paid my own way without having to take out any student loans, having earned my master’s degree and continuing my education at the University of Washington (when I have the time), and having been hired full-time after four years of teaching at numerous colleges.

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

Not sure, maybe smiley. I smile a lot.

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

I can do the worm… but that is about it :)

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

G – great faculty and staff

R – reactive to change

E – energetic campus

E – enthusiastic students

N – noteworthy programs

New Employee Spotlight – Carel Neffenger


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.

I’m a new full-time faculty member with the Communication Studies department. I’ve been teaching communication studies courses at GRC for 10 years, and at Highline College for 18 years as an adjunct. Previous professional excursions have included advertising and graphic design, a dot-com startup with my twin brother, as well as working line service at a regional airport.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

Having taught as an adjunct at Green River for 10 years, I’m familiar with the comradery among faculty and staff – they’ve always made me feel very welcome. In addition, the newer facilities, the opportunity for professional growth, and, of course, the diverse student population, make Green River an attractive place to work..

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

I’m an NPR and podcast addict. I like the morning talk shows, listening to conversation. For podcasts, I especially like any of the language-inspired shows, such as Lexicon Valley, A Way With Words, and the Mortified Podcast.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked the layaway counter as a stockboy for an old Midwestern chain called Zayre’s. They were a precursor to the Targets and Wal-Marts of today. My friend’s mom got me the job so that I could make some extra cash to go on a trip the following summer. The layaway counter was part of the home electronics department which offered commissions on sales. The head of that section, a very kindly older man on the verge of retirement, took me under his wing, taught me how to sell, and helped me earn some pretty hefty commissions.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

That would be the ability to slow down from the hectic life of an adjunct, where I was always running off to the next class or campus, to spend more time with students and class development.

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

I know it might sound corny, but it’s the same thing I like to try to accomplish every year – be the best darned teacher that I can be. That means conducting continuous evaluation of my courses, assignments, and class activities.

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

  1. Coordinating my dad’s 90th birthday party and having every living descendant attend.
  2. Playing the piccolo part to Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” as a duet with my twin brother for the United States Collegiate Wind Band at concerts throughout Europe.
  3. Making 2 summit attempts with the Climb for Clean Air on Mt. Rainier and raising $8000 for the American Lung Association

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

Mr. Handout. I just seem to have a handout for everything.

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

Neffenger, Carel2

I play ukulele, so I would probably get them all dancing to a hukilau.

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

Gratitude

Respect

Enthusiasm

Education

Neighbor

New Employee Spotlight – Chase Magliocca

Magliocca, ChaseWe’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.

My new title at Green River College is Educational Planner. I have been working in higher education for 5 years. Most recently I held the title of Program Specialist for the 13th Year Promise Scholarship program at South Seattle College where I supported high school seniors from South’s feeder high schools through the college’s enrollment process and throughout their first year at South. In 2014, I obtained my M.Ed in Educational Leadership & Policy from the University of Washington.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

Although I didn’t attend a community college, after working at a community college and as a first-generation college student, I recognize and value the mission and role of the community college in the United States. They provide accessible education and support to a diverse range of students, including traditionally underrepresented student populations within higher education.

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

I listen to music on either my phone or the radio. I’m always listening to 90s throwbacks.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first job was as a night stocker at a pet store when I was in high school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am most excited about joining a dynamic team of professionals at Green River where we can collaborate in helping students achieve their educational goals.

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

I enjoy program development and would love to help build upon the work that advising is already doing or to develop new programming that would support student success

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

1) Being the first in my family to attend college and to obtain a bachelors and masters degree.

2) Traveling for 8 months through South America and Asia by myself.

3) Having a great circle of friends and family over the years.

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

My office nickname would be something along the lines of “neat-freak” because my workspace is always organized and I am probably borderline OCD.

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

Unfortunately I don’t have any exciting hidden talents, but I can stare for a really long time without blinking

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

Genuine, Respectful, Equitable, Excellence, Noble

New Employee Spotlight – Howard Valenzuela

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.

Valenzuela-HowardPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the Equipment Technician Lead for the Trades Division. My professional background consists of Commercial Driving, Roofing, Landscaping, Management, maintenance, as well as others. In all the fields of employment I have taken on the responsibility of maintaining equipment and revisions for a more productive environment.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I found the diversity of the college to be enthralling.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
The B.J. Shay show on KISW

What was the very first job you ever had?
I was an equipment technician/loader of a Grain distribution plant.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The unknown challenges that lie ahead as well as the opportunity to expand my knowledge in my personal/professional being by working with students and staff.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
My goal is to be a voice within the many diversity and equity programs offered here at the college in hopes of being a part of positive change.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I have been happily married to my beautiful wife for almost 16 years (in August), blending and raising my 5 wonderful children (with 3 grandsons). Last, but not least, being the first person in my family to obtain a degree.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
It would probably be Mr. O.C.D. I tend to strive for perfection in all things I do.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I would say the talent not many know is my ability to track game. (I am talking wildlife here, lol!)

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G – Goal-Oriented
R – Reputable
E – Enriching
E – Empowering
N – Noetic

New Employee Spotlight – Kowsar Abshir

Abshir-KowsarWe’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.
My name is Kowsar Abshir and I’m a Program Support Supervisor with the Outreach and Service Learning Department. I am committed to the power of Education in transforming lives.

Prior to coming to Green River Community College my professional life was centered on empowering my community through employment, educational training and housing resources. I have always been blessed with support from exceptional mentors, family, friends and community. My desire is to give back the same support and encouragement to the students of Green River College.  I come to Green River College with more than three years of advocacy, outreach and recruitment experience and have a degree in English, Professional and Technical Writing from the Washington State University.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
My commitment to student success aligns with Green River’s core themes of increasing student Access, Success and Equity.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Some days I listen to the Quran and other days I play random stations on Pandora.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I got my first job when I was 14 years old as a Community Mapper.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
My new job allows me to utilize my already established non-profit partnerships while broadening my network with all service providers and academic institutions. I am excited about my new position because there are always new opportunities and projects to engage in and new things to learn.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to increase Full Time Enrollment numbers for the college.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
1) Earning the College Success Foundation Achievers Scholarship during high school.
2) Earning my Bachelors Degree.
3) Learning the first couple of chapters of the Holy Quran.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
Great question, you would have to ask them.

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?
Global. Robust. Engagement. Envision. Network.

New Employee Spotlight – James Mascenik

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.

James MascenikPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Hi! My name is Jim Mascenik and I’m the new Director of Institutional Assessment, Evaluation and Analysis at GRC. Most of my professional experience has been institutional research and assessment. With no doubt, my true passion is in the assessment of student learning. To prepare myself for this type of work, I completed graduate degrees in both Educational Research and Psychology.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was drawn to Green River because of the wide range of educational opportunities that the college provides to the region. Community colleges play a major role in improving the quality of life for so many individuals and this is a mission that I always greatly respected.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to both alternative and classical music – interesting dichotomy!

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was the painting of bleachers for the Parks and Recreation Department in Linden, New Jersey. This was a summer job I had between the 7th and 8th grades. In retrospect, it’s a funny realization that many people sat on my best work.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
My position enables me to work with so many different types of individuals across the campus – administrators, faculty and staff. It is my hope that I am helping others to better understand and implement meaningful assessment activities.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to improve upon the assessment activities that are already taking place at the college. These improvements will include greater clarity, consistency, and use of results to improve future student learning outcomes. I also would like to reduce the amount of “mystery” and unneeded complexity that still persists in some assessment processes.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
(1) Completing college (2) Convincing my wife to marry me (3) Escaping from New Jersey

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
For ironic reasons, it would be “Loudmouth Jim” because of my quiet demeanor.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I enjoy acting. For some reason, introverts still need to have their time in the spot light :-)

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for? Genuine Reasonably priced Educational Experiences Needed by all, provided only at GRC!

New Employee Spotlight – Jean Sauvion

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.

Jean Sauvion

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the IESL (Intensive English as a Second Language) Student Advisor for International students in IESL levels 1-3 at Kent Campus. I have been working in International Education for over 15 years, both here and in the UK, and I love it. I taught ESL in London, Warsaw, Milan and Seattle, in traditional class room settings, and in summer camps. When an administrative role opened up and it was suggested I apply, I discovered I also enjoyed interacting with students in a different capacity and I haven’t looked back. I enjoy learning and embracing the new.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I knew about Green River, as my previous school had a relationship with Green River and I was always impressed by the staff’s responsiveness and care for their current students as well as prospective ones. On a tour of the college a few years ago, I was impressed with all the services and activities available to students, and the lively Student Life department.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to NPR and KEXP depending on my mood. I also have a few Flamenco CDs in my car, as I love Flamenco music and find it very relaxing. Sometimes I just want to be in the Flamenco zone.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The first job I had was working for the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists as a life model. The artists worked mostly in charcoal and pastels. I learned the art of patience and endurance, and enjoyed seeing different approaches and styles.

What about your new position is most excited for you?
Working with students is very rewarding, and I enjoy my frequent meetings with them. The most exciting thing is seeing them grow and try new things, and knowing I may have played a part in that.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d like to be able to organize a volunteer fair at the Kent Campus for students who want to volunteer in and around Kent. A number of students have told me they want to be more involved, so I’d like to make this happen.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I am proud of giving birth to 2 vivacious girls, performing in numerous plays, and for the positive ways I have been able to touch the lives of the colleagues I work with and students I serve.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
Hmm… that’s a difficult one! ‘That lady over there’? – as the only IESL advisor in Kent, they all know who ‘that lady’ is. But typically, it’s just Jean.

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

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Global – Rewarding – Envisage – Enterprising — Nurture

New Employee Spotlight – Melissa Archuleta

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.

Melissa ArchuletaPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Program Coordinator in Student Life. I work mainly with clubs and organizations in handling paperwork and budgets. Prior to coming to Green River, I worked as the Graduate Assistant in the International Student Center at Seattle University and in the Student Life office at Tacoma Community College.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
What drew me to Green River was the opportunity to work with a diverse population of students and alongside colleagues who are dedicated to serving students.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I am a radio-channel surfer. I scan for a song that I want to listen to. But if I give up on that, I’m usually listening to a Justin Timberlake album.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The first job I have ever had was on a military base in Germany. I was in high school and worked in an office that housed boxes and boxes of old maps. My job was to catalogue them and file them away.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I’m excited for the opportunity to work with students and to encourage them to reach their goals.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
An overall goal is to continuously improve my leadership and advising skills.

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

  •  I’m proud to be the first college graduate in my family.
  • Of seeing how hard my siblings work to be successful in their educational goals.
  • And of my parents who work hard to support the family and who also are both continuing their education.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
I’m not sure. In prior positions my coworkers called me “Archie.” How that came about, I’m not sure, but it stuck.

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

I’m fluent in movie lines. I can recite the entire “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with Jim Carey.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G-gratitude. R-rewarding. E-educate. E-enjoy. N-network.

2015 Service Awards Recipients

September is an exciting month for our college for many reasons. Why am I talking about September when it’s only May, you say? It’s my time to coordinate the recipients for service awards. My favorite time of year. No, really!

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Roger is set to receive his 25 year award!

We count years of service from the first day of permanent employment. For instance, if you were an adjunct or hourly employee before becoming a permanent employee (classified, exempt or tenure track faculty) we begin counting from the start date of your permanent position. If an employee leaves Green River and is rehired, we combine the years of service.

Presentation of service awards will be on Opening Day – September, 2015. Over sixty employees will be honored with awards for their years of dedicated service to Green River College, ranging from five to forty years.

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Some of the many awards given in the past.

Take a look at our 2015 Service Award Recipients below, and join us in expressing our appreciation for their commitment to Green River College!

Any questions? Simply send an email to hr@greenriver.edu with the subject line of “Service Award Question.”

5 Years

Michael Berry
Eileen Ely
Jamie Hatleberg
Tamara Hauge
Yvonne Huang
David Larsen
Steve Lynch
Nataliya Maruk
Caitlyn Orchard
Jennifer Warden

10 Years

Heidi Aranda
Avis Adams
Beverly Baker
Kimberley Crawford
Susan Critchlow
Linda Downing
Lois Ermish
Beckie Jensen
Mike Kenyon
Jodi Sahlin
Tim Scharks
Valentina Shanazarova

15 Years

Vivette Beuster
Heather Lambert
George Comollo
Pam Dally
Dale Detton
Gail Hanlon
Todd Henderson
Oleg Kanonik
John Knowlton
Erik Levin
Irina Malskiy
Lara Michaels
Dave Mullet
Ajay Narayanan
Adrienne Palmer
Gary Peitsch
Pam Reising
Stephanie Scoby
Julie Spiers
Stephane Teel
Toya Turner
Lyudmila Zadneprovskaya
Lyubov Zaremba

20 Years

Mike Behrbaum
Arthur Danielson
Catherine Duva
Leana Hagen
Marsha Medgard
Eric Nelson
Scott “Sal” Salaguinto
Patty Sikora

25 Years

Sam Ball
Cindy Card
Annalee Dunn
Roger Esperanzate
Beth Gatzke

30 Years

Peggy Barton
Ann Lovell

40 Years

Carsh Wilturner

New Employee Spotlight – Casper Fox

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.

Casper FoxPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am a tenure track welding instructor. My career in welding has allowed me to work on fishing boats with Marel industries to working on CAT equipment with NC Machinery. To this day I still work construction from time to time with Chet Williams Construction. I still enjoy working in industry to stay current in my field.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I graduated from GRCC in 2003 with Scott Schreiber as my instructor.  My cousin and I were Scott’s first two year program students to graduate with our AAS in welding technology. When I graduated I told Scott that one day I would like to come back and teach. Scott provided me with a career path to strive for to pursue my goal of teaching.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Country, KISW and sports talk

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked for a company called Ropak. I worked for Ropak before I graduated high school and eventually became an inventory specialist. Being an inventory specialist was exciting because it allowed me to travel quite often to places like Canada, Texas, New Jersey and Atlanta. After 10 years of working for Ropak my division here in Washington closed down so the company offered to move me to Atlanta but instead I chose the lay off and became a full time student here at GRCC.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I like to make a difference in people’s lives.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
It would be nice to finish my Professional Technical Instructor Certification Plan (PTICP). Wishful thinking I’m sure.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
1. Seeing my daughter get married. 2. Becoming a tenure track welding instructor. 3. Purchasing a wedding store with my soon to be fiancé (Shhh, don’t tell her) in Olympia called Weddings with Joy.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
My coworkers probably think Casper is already a nickname. lol

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
No significant hidden talents but I do own two snowmobiles that I like to drag race in the quarter mile and Pacific Raceways. It’s not every day you see a snowmobile race on asphalt.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Great
Reinforcement
Encourages
Everyone’s
Nobility

New Employee Spotlight – Mouy-Ly Wong

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. 

Wong,-Mouy-LyPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Basic Skills Transitions Advisor at the Master Achiever Center (MAC). After graduating from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s in Business Management, I worked for Boeing as a Financial Analyst. While pursuing my Master’s in Curriculum and Instructions from Lesley University, I worked as an ESL Coordinator for Americorps.  After receiving my Master’s, I started my advising career as an Educational Planner at Green River and worked ten years at Highline College where I served as an Academic Advisor and Phi Theta Kappa Advisor during the first six years. I also had the opportunity to work with ESOL, GED, and ABE students as a Transition Advisor for four years.

I started working at the MAC in January and have already met many amazing staff, faculty and students.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I have always enjoyed working with ESOL, GED and ABE students and I feel that the MAC advisor position is the right fit for me at this time.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I enjoy listening to 95.7 (The Jet) and National Public Radio for fun music and current events.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was working at my parents’ bakery. The best perk of the job was eating all of the freshly made donuts to my heart’s content!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The most rewarding part of my work is helping students to achieve their educational goals and seeing them successful while overcoming the many challenges and barriers they face.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
During my first year, I would like to assess the needs of our students and work collaboratively with staff and faculty in developing resources/services that will support student transition.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Three things that I am most proud of accomplishing are: being first in my family to receive a Master’s Degree; my Americorps experience; and my experience in working with students.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
I don’t have a nick name, but many people said that I am cheerful.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I don’t have any hidden talent, but I enjoy nature photography.

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

Great Results = Engagement + Encouragement + Nourishment

New Employee Spotlight – Lionel Candido

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.

Lionel CandidoPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new addition to the iGrad family. My official title is iGrad Case Manager. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2010, I started working for a non-profit in the area called Friends of Youth. I started as a Residential Bilingual Youth Counselor and was shortly promoted to the Program Supervisor for one of their residential programs. While working at Friends of Youth, I also worked at Auburn Youth Resources as an on-call staff for a couple of their shelter programs.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I loved residential work but the hours were crazy. Having to be on-call every minute of the day and getting called in to cover a shift for one of my staff members was taking a toll on my personal life. I wanted a new job that would allow me to work more traditional hours so that I can have more time to spend with my now 4 year old son and 2 month old daughter; while at the same time working with young adults to help them figure out this thing we call life.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Well staying true to my Latino roots, I love myself some bachata music. If I’m not listening to that then my radio is most likely on 92.5 getting a good laugh in with their morning prank calls that they do.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Both of my parents were agricultural workers so they would always take me and my siblings to the fields to help them out. I have very fond memories of picking cherries every summer while working on my tan!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
What I’m most excited about is directly working with the population that our program works with. Our population is so diverse that you never really know what situation is going to walk through the door. I like it….keeps my job exciting!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to continue to build my rapport with our students so that they eventually know that they have a support system in place that truly wants to see them succeed. I’m really excited to see them achieve their goals.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Two of them would be my two beautiful kids, Lionel Jr. and Anali. The third would be being the first to go to college and to graduate. I wanted to show my siblings that it could be done, with our background, and the potential lifestyle that they can live if they choose to pursue higher education.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
I’m not quite sure what it would be. I asked them and they couldn’t think of anything.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I love to dance so I would probably show off some of my dance moves.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G.ive , R.espect, E.ducate, E.quity, N.ourish

Show Me the Way to I-9 Central!

Reviewing I-9s

I was doing the happy dance when I discovered that Department of Homeland Security had finally updated their website with some user friendly I-9 instructions. They call it I-9 Central.

What is an I-9?

Federal law requires that every employer who has hired an individual for employment in the United States complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Form I-9 will help you verify the employee’s identity and employment authorization.

I-9 Process

You may remember completing the I-9 form when you began employment at Green River and are curious to learn more about it. Or perhaps you are the person designated to assist newly hired work-study students, hourly employees or adjunct instructors with their HR forms, including the I-9. Do I have your attention? Then this is for YOU.

What will I find at I-9 Central?

So, I’m here to spread the joy. I encourage you to visit I-9 Central for concise and up-to-date guidelines to achieve the coveted complete and correct I-9 form!

Excited About I-9s

New Employee Spotlight – Chernenko Wheatley

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.

Wheatley, ChernenkoPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I share the title of Employee & Labor Relations Manager. I worked in the Human Resources arena during the last 6 of my 12 years of service in the US Army.

What drew you to apply to Green River College?
I was told that Green River College was a great place to start a new career and develop yourself. I was also told there are some great mentors here at the college.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Lately, I am mostly listening to comedy on my way to work.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I was a cashier/stocker at a wholesale retailer.

What is it about your new position that is most exciting for you?
This position requires researching and applying state and federal law into every day functions. This is the most exciting part because it creates a standard for supervisors/managers, and I get to see how they develop their departments and programs to become better and better and better over time.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Establish a great rapport with all the departments that I serve.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
The three accomplishments I am most proud of are raising two awesome girls, meeting both President Obama and President Bush, and having an overactive imagination where I imagine myself winning the lottery.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Rocco/Rako….Complicated first name and who doesn’t like nicknames?

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I don’t have any exciting talents, but whoever convinces me to even sign up for a talent show is very talented in the art of trickery.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
etting Really Excited for Entertaining News 

New Employee Spotlight – Leda Voigt

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.

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

I am the new Controller in the Business Office. I have over 10 years of accounting experience working in various industries including Real Estate, Public Accounting, Government, and Education.

What drew you to apply at Green River?

I attended GRC as a running start student and when I saw the job listing, I thought this was an opportunity I could not pass up.

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

My iPod, it is an eclectic mix of classic to current music.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked at a local pizza place. Pizza is still one of my favorite foods! :)

What is it about your new position that is most exciting for you?

I’m most excited about the opportunity to meet and collaborate with others in the same field. We are very fortunate to be a part of a network of colleges, whom we can share ideas with on a regular basis.

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

Prepare a Financial Statement from start to finish, including pulling data from the accounting system.

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

The three accomplishments I am most proud of is earning a Master of Accountancy degree, becoming a licensed CPA and my recent 30lbs. weight loss.

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

Betty Crocker – I love to bake and entertain.

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

I think tap dance would be my hidden talent, although it has been more than 15 years since the last time I tap danced.

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

Great Recipe that Everyone will Eat and Need

New Employee Spotlight – Shweta Parajuli

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.

Shweta ParajuliPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
नमस्ते, मेरो नाम श्वेता पराजुली हो। Namaste, my name is Shweta Parajuli. I was born and raised in Lalitpur, Nepal. I am excited to join the International Admissions and Business Operations team as a Program Specialist at Green River College. I have worked in international programs for almost seven years in various capacities. At my previous job, I started my career as a Student Assistant, and worked my way up to becoming International Admissions Assistant. Over the years I have worked with colleagues and students from around the world and have gained new insights and perspectives on how we can improve operations of the department. Having grown up speaking four different languages, diversity is a necessity and way of life for me. Working with international students and higher education system fulfills my professional and personal goals of being involved in the global community.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?What drew you to apply to Green River?
Large international student population, diversity and student based innovative programs and resources drew me to apply to Green River.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to NPR on my way to work. It keeps me well informed about current news and events from around the world.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was at Aptech Computer Education, Nepal, as a telemarketing assistant.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am very excited about becoming a Designated School Official (DSO). It will give me an opportunity to enhance my knowledge about international student visa rules and regulations and allow me to help international student pursue their goals.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
During my first year, I would love to improve my global competency. By learning more about other cultures, understanding their expectations, and the way they do business, I will find new and innovative ways to reach out to the students.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
My three accomplishments that I am most proud of are:

  • Being the first member from my family to travel overseas for higher education.
  • Having a successful career in the United States.
  • Contributing to my family’s wellbeing.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
Ms. Congeniality; because I have had good relationship with all of my colleagues in the division.

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. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

  • G – Gratitude
  • R – Respect
  • E – Educate
  • E – Excel
  • N – Network

New Employee Spotlight – Shane Daetwiler

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.

Shane DaetwilerPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Director of Judicial Affairs and Compliance.  I spent the last 18 years as the Director of Residence Life and Off-Campus Student Services at the University of Puget Sound.  Prior to that I also held positions at The Art Institute of Seattle, Pacific Lutheran University, California State University, Chico and The University of Redlands.  The majority of my work was in Residence Life, however, I was a Conduct Hearing Officer at Puget Sound and spent some time as the Chief Judicial Officer at Pacific Lutheran.  My work experience has also covered being a member of the Student Alert Group, BHERT (Bias Hate Education Response Team), MARSSH (Mandatory Assessment Risk of Suicide and Self-Harm), Sexual Assault and Harassment Review team and the Orientation and First Year experience review team. He also served as a staff representative to the Budget Task Force and Staff Senate.   I am very excited about the opportunity to be at Green River and have already in the first month found the work to be very challenging and rewarding.                                                                                                                    

What drew you to apply to Green River?
The student-centered approach to the work we do and the diversity of the campus were attractive to me. It also provided me the opportunity to work with a lot of students and provide the campus and our students with the support it needs handling challenging situations.                                                                  

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Pandora or KJR Sports Radio. On Pandora, lately I have been listening to either the Avett Brothers station or Modest Mouse.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Filling bags of ice in a small town supermarket with I was 13 years old. I have been working ever since.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The opportunity to work one on one with students and discuss the challenging decisions made and those ahead.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to get to know as many students, staff and faculty as possible. As the Director of Judicial Affairs it’s easy to become a “duck-and-hide-from” person on campus. However, I am confident that the way I look at my job and the way I go about my work will allow for some pretty solid connections with our students. I am very excited about that.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
My three children come to mind right away.

If your former coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why? 
“Is what it is”. I used that phrase all of the time with my staff. Some in the division called me Weird Al Shankovich, as I often would have my guitar at staff functions and would develop songs for staff members’ birthdays to celebrate in a humorous way.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Singer. Somewhat song writer. I also am also incredibly deadly behind the 3-pt line in basketball.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G-Getting
R-Ready
E-(to) Encourage
E-(and) Empower
N-(the) Nameless

New Employee Spotlight – Amanda Owen

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.

Amanda Owen

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Financial Aid Program Coordinator and will work as one of the faces of the Financial Aid Office. I am recent graduate of University of Washington Tacoma and received my degree in Business Management with a minor in Education. However, for three years as an undergrad, I also worked in UWT’s writing center as a writing consultant. I worked one on one with students through consultations about their academic writing and grew to love working in higher education.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I applied for Green River because I have a desire to work in higher education. I want to work with students and help them throughout their pursuit of their degrees. Additionally, I grew up in Auburn so I have seen how important Green River is for the Auburn community. I am excited that I get to help further that impact.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
If I am not listening to my iPod then my radio station is most likely on 103.7 reliving all of the songs I grew up with.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was working as a cashier/clerk at Bartell Drugs. It was my first and last retail job ;)

What about your new position are you most excited about?
I am most excited to interact with students each day and to help them receive financial aid that they may not have known existed.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to increase student satisfaction with the help and information they receive at the financial aid office.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
The three accomplishments I am most proud of is graduating cum laude in four years at UWT, being promoted to Lead Writing Consultant at my previous job, and giving a presentation at the PNWCC about a white board project that I had implemented.

If your former coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
I’ve never been a nickname person so I can’t come up with anything, sorry!

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Unfortunately, I don’t have any of the typical talents that are often displayed in talent shows, but I can do some jump rope tricks, so I would probably showcase those.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Giving  Really  Enthusiastic  Explanations  Now

New Employee Spotlight – Kimberly Wilson

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.

KimPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Instruction and to the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness. I have worked in higher education for many years at Tacoma Community College, The University of Texas – Prairie View, A & M University and Saint Martin’s University respectfully.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Wonderful opportunity, college setting, location.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
R&B, jazz, or nothing at all. I like to be silent sometimes.

What was the very first job you ever had?
A college workstudy job in the Learning Resource Center.

What about your new position are you most excited about?
Meeting new people, learning my job and campus processes, putting my own touches on my responsibilities, updating and organizing.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Paperless! I would love to have files electronically.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
College graduation, my kids, me!

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
Not sure. I hope it would be something nice or an accurate reflection of my work style and ethics!

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I just try to be the best person I can be at all times. I don’t sing or tap dance or anything like that but it sounds good.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Green  River  Education  Excellence  Northwest!

LinkedIn Groups for the Late Bloomer

As I confessed to you last week, I am making up for lost time in getting on the LinkedIn bandwagon. Hence, I have referred to myself as a Late Bloomer. While searching for groups to join, I’ve come across some that you may be interested in…

LinkedIn Groups

Any Trekkies out there? Live long and prosper.

New Employee Spotlight – Zachary Smith

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.

Zach SmithPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Title:  Executive Assistant to Vice President of HR and Legal Affairs
Background:  US Army Medic

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I began my education at Tacoma Community College, and I appreciated the diverse and welcoming environment of the community college setting. I found the opening at GRC, and was happy to start!

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

What was the very first job you ever had?
I gave classical guitar lessons to my neighbor.

What about your new position are you most excited about?
I get to learn about an aspect of business that will truly help me in any position I might have in the future.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d like to get to know all of our other employees.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
My army career, my education and my son.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
Zack is just fine. “Zachary” brings me back to moments of childhood bad behavior.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I am a yo-yo master.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Get Ready to Enjoy Eating Nuts

LinkedIn 101 for the Late Bloomer

LinkedIn 101 for the Late Bloomer

So, I admit I am a newbie when it comes to this subject and most of you could teach me a thing or two about it. Facebook, on the other hand, is another story all together.

Thinking About LinkedIn

I think I’m ready to do this LinkedIn thing.

What intrigues me the most about LinkedIn, is how it can help me connect with others in my field to get information, feedback and ideas about projects and processes — and to share Green River’s career opportunities. I’ve done a little research on the subject and perhaps it will convince you to try something new, in addition to Facebook.

Starting Out:

Begin by connecting with people you know well. These might include family members, friends, current and former coworkers and supervisors (and Facebook friends :-0 ). When you’re first starting with LinkedIn, aim for adding at least 50 connections.

Joining and Contributing to Groups:

(This is the part when you start reaching out to other professionals in your field.)

Green River is on LinkedIn!

I can network with other HR professionals on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn offers many groups for users. Groups may be focused on a common profession, industry, program or affiliation. Users can join up to 50 groups. Joining a group will connect you to other individuals with common careers, interests or affiliations with whom you can share information, network, and have discussions.

Using the Search Box on LinkedIn, you can conduct a search of LinkedIn groups by keywords of interest. You will likely receive many results for each industry or keyword that you enter. It would be a good idea to compare multiple groups and see how active they are, how many members they have, and if the content interests you.

LinkedIn offers two types of groups: Members-Only Groups and Open Groups. Members-Only Groups require individuals to join the group in order to see and contribute to the discussions. The discussions cannot be shared on other social media platforms. Discussions in Open Groups are visible by anyone and can be found using Internet search engines. These discussions can also be shared on various social media platforms.

Members: You are able to view all of the members of a group you have joined. Here, you can find and send messages to people with whom you are interested in sharing information about processes and projects pertaining to your department or program.

Discussions: Group members can post discussions to encourage dialogue of interest among other members. Discussions are often focused on relevant news or updates for the particular field or trending topics in your field. If you wish to start your own discussion, you may consider posting an article you have recently read with your thoughts or opinions; posing a question about a specific topic, or requesting advice or fresh ideas.

Claire on LinkedIn

I’ve got this!

Status Updates:

Posting status updates on LinkedIn is a great way to interact with your connections and maintain an active presence. Similar to other social media, when you post a status, it will be shared with all of your connections. Some topics you may consider when posting a status are:

  • Interesting articles you’ve read about your field or program, along with your thoughts
  • Questions you have for other professionals

Who’s Who:

First degree connections are people you are directly connected to and likely know well. You will be able to see their full profiles.

Second degree connections are individuals who are directly connected to one of your first degree connections but not to you. You will be able to see your second degree connections’ full names and select information from their profiles.

Third degree connections are people who you are more distantly connected to, as they are connected to your second degree connections. Based on the individual’s privacy settings, you may be able to see a third degree connection’s full name, or you may only be able to see their first name and first initial of last name.

Group connections are members of the groups you join. Individuals elect whether or not to accept messages from group connections, so you may not be able to contact all of your group connections directly.

This concludes LinkedIn 101 for the Late Bloomer. See you on LinkedIn!

New Employee Spotlight – Suzanne McCudden

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.

Suzanne McCuddenPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Executive Assistant to Dr. Ely. I came from Helping Hands for the Disabled. Worked there for 16.5 years in a variety of positions – Caregiver, Supervisor, HR Administrator, Executive Assistant & Event Coordinator.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Close to home and heard great things from family who had attended school & worked here at Green River.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, oldies, country – just about anything!

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked at Elk Run Stables in North Bend – I worked in exchange for horseback riding lessons.

What about your new position are you most excited about?
Learning from the people around me – there is so much knowledge to share!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to remember everyone’s names & something unique about them. I would also love to learn all of the trails here.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Being a mom; getting back into horseback riding after a terrible fall; & stepping out of my comfort zone to leave my job of 16 years to try something new!

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
Candy? I keep a basket of candy bars on my desk to share (and eat!) but my coworkers do the same so it’s just not me!

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

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Grateful  Relationships  Environment  Exceptional  Nice

New Employee Spotlight – Angela Rambo

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.

Angela RamboPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am one of the new Progress and Completion coaches. I’m housed in Financial Aid.  I am coming from the UW: School of Social Work where I’ve worked for the last 13 years. I have a Master’s degree in Social Work from the UW.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I started out working at Tacoma Community College and wanted to return to the community college setting as opposed to the university. It’s also closer to my home.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Christian music, urban gospel

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked in the Student Services office of Evergreen State College during the summer of my junior year as part of the Upward Bound program.

What about your new position are you most excited about?
Working with underrepresented groups and helping them achieve their goal of graduating and receiving their degree.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d love to become familiar with all aspects of Green River so that when I’m helping students I am giving them the best information possible.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Working in my community to impact change; using my skills and knowledge to help others navigate child welfare; seeing my children become productive adults

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
Not sure, I haven’t been there long enough.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
:-) I would be helping behind the scenes.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Gaining Resources that Encourage Everyone to Never give up!

New Employee Spotlight – Liliana Godinez

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.

Liliana GodinezPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Diversity and Equity Completion Advisor at the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. I have over 7 yrs experience assisting students from all walks of life, preschool to higher education. I spent the last 3 yrs as a mental health counselor, serving at risk youth and mentoring them to achieve a college education.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Working under a diverse group of staff and offering my skills and strengths to help students break down barriers towards college graduation. I am highly resourceful and enjoy new challenges.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
During my morning ride, I listen to 92.5 Brooke and Jubal. My favorite segment is the Second Date Update. On my way back home, mostly salsa, bachata and Mexican cumbia and banda.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first job in an educational setting was at 14 yrs of age, teaching Microsoft Office to Latino mothers, and translating for parenting classes. This experience determined my choice of career.

What about your new position are you most excited about?
Assisting students solution focus and problem solve challenges, emphasizing that anything and everything is possible with determination.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
To get to know the students, staff and resources as well as see the new Project Finish Line succeed and be an exemplary example of what team work can accomplish.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
1) Being the first and only college graduate in my family of six; 2) Being a mother; 3)My family, friends and spirituality.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
Maybe something along the lines of my culture, because my face lights up when I talk about my Mexican-American experience, e.g. “Chica”.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I am an artist at heart. I have been painting children since high school. I love kids and I enjoy painting with the imagination of one. I paint children in surreal environments, e.g. the Safari, clouds, etc.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Go big   Re-invent   Educate   Equality   Never give up

New Employee Spotlight – Benjamin Lealofi

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.

Benjamin LealofiPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Talofa, my name is Benjamin Lealofi. I was born and raised in Seattle, WA. I am excited to apply my extensive experience in program management, development and success!

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Green River is a remarkable campus that serves a diverse population. As a staff member of ODEI, I want to help students get acclimated to student life and ensure that they get the services/resources they need for retention and graduation.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
It depends on my mood. I mostly listen to inspirational and upbeat tunes to give me the energy I need to start the day.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I was a weed remover, removing weeds from local elementary schools in the Tukwila School District.

What about your new position are you most excited about?
I am excited to celebrate the diversity programs we have on campus, but also serve students and recognizing their struggles to help them navigate college and be successful in school & life!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Produce a system of organizing programs, improve our services, add more partnerships and resources and find a cohesive relationship for staff and students to work towards a common goal and accomplish what was initiated.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Graduating 4th in my high school class; attending UW Seattle and being a Gates Millennium Scholar; and loving God and loving people.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
“Strictly Bickly”:  I mean business and take NO exceptions, and “Benny”: Because I’m a big teddy bear.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Poetry, acting singing, dancing, modeling and emceeing :-).

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G – Give
R – Respect
E – Everyone/Educate
E – Equity
N – Never (give up)

New Employee Spotlight – Alexa Plourde

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.

Alexa PlourdePlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Program Specialist in International Programs.  After studying Finance & International Business at Penn State University, I worked for International companies both in Spain and the US in diverse sectors such as IT software, fashion, and digital stock photography, and have helped to expand their presence in international markets. I also have a Master’s in Marketing & Sales from ESADE in Spain.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Very marketing and service oriented International Programs department in higher education.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
KOMO news and KLCK.

What was the very first job you ever had?
International Marketing Assistant at Paul Fredrick Menstyle in PA.

What about your new position are you most excited about?
Working with International students and agencies.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Help increase international students and agencies.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
My daughter, son and husband :-).

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
No idea. Sorry!

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

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Go – Reach – Excel – Endeavor – Nourish

Verifications of Employment and Letters of Recommendation

Letter of Recommendation

In Human Resources, we often receive questions from employees asking if they are allowed to provide feedback to people outside the college (employers, other colleges, etc.) for students, colleagues or direct reports. As there has been significant litigation involving reference information and the possibility of personal and college liability, we combed through the multitude of information available and hope you find the following rules of thumb helpful.

Verification of employment forms or requests that you receive:

  • If you are an employee of our college, please forward these requests to Human Resources to handle.

Recommendation letters you are asked to write:

  • If you are an employee of our college writing a recommendation letter or email for a current/former Green River student, you MAY use Green River letterhead and/or email.
  • If you are an employee of our college writing a recommendation letter or email for a current/former employee or colleague (that was not a student of Green River) you MAY NOT use Green River letterhead and/or email.

We appreciate your cooperation in following these rules of thumb. If you have specific questions about recommendation letters, do not hesitate to contact our office!

Coming to a Wall Near You!

First stop, Enumclaw Campus! Krispy Kremes and posters in hand!

Why is HR putting up new, 2015 labor law posters across main and branch campuses? Employers in the United States are required to display the most current federal and state labor laws. Workplace posters are important because they inform workers and employers of their rights and responsibilities. These posters include the current minimum wage, Job Safety and Health Law, Employee Polygraph Protection Act, Family and Medical Leave (FMLA), Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and more. If you have questions regarding these laws, please contact Employee and Labor Relations Managers, Barbara Iribarren and Chernenko Wheatley.

Betsy Williams and Beckie Jensen, our first recipients of the 2015 labor posters!

Betsy Williams and Beckie Jensen, our first recipients of the 2015 labor posters!

Links to each poster are listed below and will be coming soon to the GatorNet.

It's official! Enumclaw is ready for 2015!

It’s official! Enumclaw is ready for 2015!