Holiday Campus Closings

Greetings Green River Colleagues!J-Happy-Holidays

The holidays will soon be upon us and we’d like to share this year’s holiday schedule. Our campus will be closed to the public beginning at noon on Monday, December 24, 2018 and Monday, December 31, 2018.   Employees should plan to work their entire regular shift on those days or, if on approved leave, submit vacation, personal holiday, or other appropriate paid leave for the hours of their entire regular shift not worked. Have a great holiday season!

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New Employee Spotlight – Mark W. Brown

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.

Brown, Mark

Mark W. Brown

 Greetings Green River Colleagues! My current role is Learning & Development Manager. 

 I’ve been in the world of learning and development for over 15 years and most recently served as Training Manager and curriculum lead at University of Michigan, where I was responsible for leadership development programs. I also researched, designed and facilitated courses on generations in the workplace, managing the generational shift, which focuses on Millennials in the workplace, onboarding and performance management. I’m looking forward to getting to know and work with everyone here at Green River!

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I was looking for a position that would offer a level of creativity and challenge.

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

I listen to NPR on either KNKX or KUOW.

 What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Creating and developing a world-class learning organization for students, staff and faculty

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

The one thing I’d like to accomplish is creating a stellar orientation and onboarding process.

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

Completing my MBA with a specialization in Human Resource Management, owning my own catering business, and helping to raise my nephew.

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

Can we have a bake-off? I think cooking or baking something would be my talent.

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

Gracious

Respectful

Engage

Energize

Nurture

New Employee Spotlight – Samuel Krahn

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.

Sam Krahn

Samuel Krahn

My new title is tenure track Music Instructor in the Department of Music and Theater. My background is in music composition, classical and electric guitar performance, electronic music, and improvisation. Before Green River, I taught as a faculty member at Montana State University, the University of Providence, Great Falls College – MSU, and as a Graduate Instructor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I received a Ph.D. in music composition at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a M.Mus. in music composition from Roosevelt University, and a B.Mus. in classical guitar performance from Boston University.

As a composer, I participated in the 17th World Saxophone Congress and Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the MATA Festival in New York City, the Source Song Festival in Minneapolis, the 2015 Root Signals Electronic Music Festival, the 46th Ball State Festival of New Music and the 70th annual Cheltenham Music Festival in England. In 2017/2018 I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Contemporary Art, where I created an interactive sound art installation: Sound/Play. I received a grant from New Music USA for a new 35-minute work for saxophone and electronics and was a recipient of the 2017 Montana Arts Council Artist’s Innovation Award.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I was impressed with the growing music program and saw potential for expansion in the program within my own area of expertise. Also, when I interviewed, I was struck by the beauty of the Auburn campus.

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

This list changes often: Frank Zappa, Prince, Bob Dylan, Sun Ra, Segovia, 20-minute drum solos, noise, etc.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am enthusiastic to share my musical knowledge with students and to get students excited about creating music and sharing their work with the community.

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

My primary goal this year is to create a recording studio space in the RLC building for music students and for future interdisciplinary collaborations.

 

New Employee Spotlight – Jessie Kimes

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.

Kimes, Jessie

Jessie Kimes

I am the Program Manager for Veteran Services.  My most recent position was at Pierce College as a Student Success Coach (Advisor); serving soldiers, airmen, veterans and their families.  Prior to that, I was a middle school teacher in Washington and Hawaii as well as a contractor for the Army and Marine Corps in Northern Virginia.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I was drawn to apply to Green River because I wanted to continue working within the veteran/military community, and I really appreciate the programs the college offers. In my role as an advisor, I not only evaluated transcripts and assisted in quarterly course selection, but also helped students navigate educational pathways to find the degrees/certificates that met their personal and professional needs. In coming to Green River, I feel I will be able to continue in this capacity in serving those who have served us.

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

I usually try to catch up on the news, so I will either listen to KIRO 97.3 or NPR. Otherwise, it’s Pandora and my punk rock or metal stations! 🙂

What was the very first job you ever had?

The summer when I was 15, I worked in the Admin Office of the Vehicle Maintenance Squadron at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I look forward to connecting with students and helping them find/stay on the path to achieving their educational or career goals. I look forward to sharing my experiences and helping to ensure our veterans, service members and their families are given every opportunity to be successful.

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

In my first year at Green River, I’d love to find my way around without getting lost (haha!). I also hope to continue developing an understanding of our student veterans’ needs and building opportunities for both students and staff.

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

Two of my proudest accomplishments are my children, and seeing them develop into compassionate and kind people; third, would have to be completing my Master’s Degree. (I’ll also add a fourth: moving to Hawaii!)

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

My co-workers at Pierce College adopted the nickname my son gave me, Big Mama. I am barely 5 feet tall…so it is obviously very appropriate. Another nickname I was given was “Elsa,” from the movie, Frozen. I have never seen it, but suppose the fact that I am always cold makes that one spot on!

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

Parallel parking

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

G – Grateful

R – Resilient

E – Effervescent

E – Eternally Optimistic

N – Neighborly

Open Enrollment Continues!

On behalf of Sheryl Gordon:

Our Open Enrollment period is continuing but you’ve got just 15 days to make changes to your current plans! From now until November 30, you can make the following changes:Open Enrollment

 

You make changes on your My Account feature on the PEBB website 24 hours/day.

 

Changes made during Open Enrollment become effective January 1, 2019.

Winter In-Service Day (Save the date)

Winter In-Service day (February 7, 2019) is coming right up! We hope you’ll make a note in your calendars and keep the below information in mind:Reminder

For the Winter In-Service Day (07 February 2019), Green River College will be closed to the public.  There are no classes that day so that faculty may participate in divisional in-service activities.  We are closing to the public so that classified staff may attend sessions with a speaker (details pending) as they did last year.  Additionally, the exempt staff will have an in-service opportunity this year.

If you have any questions about the closure to the public, please contact your manager.  If you have any questions about the content of the in-service day, please stand by as instructional divisions and the committees (CSTDC and ESTDC) are currently planning the sessions.

Employee Spotlight – Kim Macias

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.

Macias, Kimberly

Kim Macias

 

Program Coordinator-Enrollment Services

Worked at San Diego State University as an Administrative Coordinator/Residency Specialisfor 20+ years in Office of the Registrar

What drew you to apply to Green River?

After looking at open positions, the position I applied for was a perfect fit to what I was currently doing at SDSU, after relocating to Washington I was looking to get back into the same kind of position.

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

SiriusXM-station 53

What was the very first job you ever had?

Working at Wendy’s

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Being able to work with and help students, faculty and staff in person.

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

Become a valuable team member in Enrollment Services, and get to know our students as well

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

  • Graduating from Dental Assistant School
  • Working with SDSU for 20+ years
  • Relocating from out of state and finding my new job

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

Bubbles…I guess because of the personality

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

Great

Rocking

Excellent

Education

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