Safety has a new home!

This week, the campus changed…just a little bit. Our Safety officers and their office have relocated to the Student Affairs Building in SA 156A! As we’re all getting used to this new reality, we encourage you to take a moment to stop in at Safety and say “hello”!

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New Employee Spotlight – Rahel Weldu

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.

Weldu, Rahel

Rahel Weldu

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

I am the new Financial Aid Assistance Director. I have worked in higher education for over 12 years in various departments. Some of my roles involved overseeing Veterans Affairs, Financial Aid Office and Admissions/Outreach departments. I also have little bit of experience working in a school district as a Family Advocate and Community Engagement Liaison.

 What drew you to apply to Green River?

Initially, the location was the reason why I stared looking into employment opportunities at Green River. However, the vision, mission and core values as stated on the website were what inspired me to apply for my current position.

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

It depends on my weather/mood of the day:  Air1, NPR, audio readings etc.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first job was working at Burger King as a cashier when I was in high school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Returning to the “financial aid world”! I did miss a little bit of dreaming about the never-ending Federal/State policies/updates in the middle of the night. More importantly, helping students with their financial needs to achieve their educational/career goals is what excites me the most!

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

During my first year, I would like to learn/adopt GRC’s culture & establish relationships with different departments that allow me to be more resourceful in assisting our students and supporting my team.

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

Three accomplishments that I am most proud of in my life are being the mother of my two amazing boys, personal development and outreach engagement that allows me to make a difference in people’s lives in my community.

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

 “Sweet Banty” is one of the nicknames… because kindness and harmony are most important values of mine, and I am a fighter who likes to challenges the impossible.

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

I do not think I have any hidden talent, but if GRC ever has annual talent show, I will go stand by the entrance to greet everyone with a big smile.

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

Guidance – for mentorship and leadership

Reestablishment – for change & restoration

Exploration – for new ideas and innovation

Engagement – for belonging and partnership

Nature – for acceptance of realities and facts

New Employee Spotlight – Don Thomas

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.

Thomas, Don

Don Thomas

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

My new title is Health Occupations Educational Planner. I have worked in higher education as an academic advisor for approximately 7 years, with extensive experience on-boarding, retaining and preparing students who are seeking entry into competitive admissions programs.  I  graduate from  Kentwood H.S. and have a master’s degree in Counseling and Student Personnel from Minnesota State University.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The opportunity to work with more non-traditional students and the beautiful campus.

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

Podcasts on finances and positive thinking.

What was the very first job you ever had?

The movie theater in Auburn.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Working with health care students again in an advising capacity.

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

  • Going to graduations in May and June for students
  • Received a master’s degree and started a Ph.D. program
  • Traveled to 30 of 50 US states

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

G– Guidance

R– Resilience

E– Engagement

E– Empowerment

N– Nature

New Employee Spotlight – Daniel Fergueson

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.

Fergueson, Daniel

Daniel Fergueson

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

I am the new Director of Student Activities and Engagement.  I worked at Linfield College as the Director of Activities and Fraternity & Sorority Life for the previous 17 years.  Prior to that, I worked as the Coordinator of Student Programs at Shawnee State University after obtaining my master’s in Education at Western Washington University.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The mission and core values at Green River align with my desire to help students be successful both inside and out of the classroom.

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

The Brock and Salk show on 710 ESPN, it allows me catch up on what is happening with the Seahawks!

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked at Wendy’s!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Working with a dedicated group of professionals and students who are committed to make campus life a vital part of the Green River experience.

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

To help build a cohesive team that is striving to help students have their best experience.

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

Graduating from Western Washington University with a master’s degree in Education.

Serving 5 years on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), including being the Chair of the Board.

Competing as a collegiate hurdler during my undergraduate years.

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

Ferg. That has always been my nickname growing up because it is easier to say that my full last name.

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

I would probably sing in a chorus, not a soloist, but am a decent singer in a choir.

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

Gators

Rock

Each &

Every

Night

New Employee Spotlight – Dr. Rolita Ezeonu

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.

Ezeonu, Rolita

Dr. Rolita Ezeonu

New title: Vice President of Instruction

Brief professional background:

  • 4 years in sales/customer service
  • 6 years K-12 teaching experiences
  • 20 years in the WA community college system
    • Highline College-adjunct faculty, full time tenured in Communication Studies, Dean of Instruction for Transfer and Pre-College Education, and Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I was drawn to apply for Green River because I would be able to work for an institution that has great strengths, an engaged faculty and staff, and be able to continue to serve our students and communities in South King County.

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

I listen to a variety of music from rhythm and blues, gospel, hip hop, Nigerian, Hawaiian, Samoan, and more Pacific Islander music.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My very first job I ever had was working for Burger King in Honolulu, HI.  I was 15 years old.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

To be able to make a positive difference and provide equitable experiences in higher education for our students, potential students and communities.

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

Build positive and solid relationships across campus and collaboratively work on ways to for our students to be successful.

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

Three accomplishments that I am most proud of are:

  • Starting and finishing my dissertation and earning a doctorate degree
  • Participating in 3 half marathons
  • Being a mom to my children, Chinwe (19 years old) and Chike (14 years old)

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

Aloha.

I would choose this word/nickname because I grew up in Hawaii and have seen the spirit of “aloha” as something tangible.  To me it is seen as choosing to live each day with a spirit of joy and life.

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

My hidden talent would be some form of dance.

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

Giving

Respectful

Empathetic

Energized

Noteworthy

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New Employee Spotlight – Katie Dailey

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.Dailey, Katherine

I am the new Program Coordinator for the BAS (Bachelor of Applied Science) in Information Technology – Network Administration and Security degree.

I’m a graduate of Centralia College where I earned my BAS in Applied Management and then was hired to work as their BAS Program Specialist representing their four BAS programs (2014). I then moved to a job at Grays Harbor College as the BAS Completion Facilitator for their three BAS degrees (2017). I’m currently working on my Masters in Science – Management and Leadership degree from WGU.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I love BAS degrees and the opportunity that they offer students who may have previously felt unable to continue their education. It was exciting to think of working for a college with so many BAS program options.

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

Mixx 96.1, because I drive a first generation Prius with only a tape player and the radio controls are on a terrible touch screen. So, I just set it to a station I know will work the whole way from Olympia to here.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked at a small hamburger restaurant called Mr. J’s in Centralia WA when I was 16.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m excited about how much this college seems to truly care about students. From what I can tell, Green River puts students, and their goals, first and that is exactly how I like to work.

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

I’d like to have a really solid understanding of who people are and what they do on campus. I’m terrible at names, but I love meeting people and work really hard to remember specifics about each person and what they are interested in.

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

The three accomplishments I am most proud of are:

  1. My kids: I have a two year old son, Brutus, and a two-month old daughter, Pavlina (we call her Finn). They are adorable and just as quirky as their mom and dad.
  2. My career: I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up and, considering what a terrible student I was for my associate’s degree, I definitely never expected to work on a college campus. However, finding this awesome career option where I get to provide customer service to students who are taking steps to change their lives is rewarding, fun, and a great use of my creativity.
  3. How weird I am (Can I count that as an accomplishment?): I like being different. I fully support everyone showing off what makes them unique and believe that the world is a better place if we embrace our peculiarities.

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

Kat – I love cats. This is a lame response, but I have nothing better. Besides my love for cats they’ll notice that I have a very loud laugh, I love bright colors, my love for houseplants is almost tied with my love for cats, and my idea of “professional business attire” includes facial piercings, visible tattoos, lopsided haircuts, and Fluevog shoes.

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

I might consider brushing up on my bassoon playing… it’s been 7 years, but I keep telling myself that I’ll get back into playing bassoon if I ever find the time. (I also say this about knitting, scrapbooking, photography, learning how to quilt, jewelry making…)

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

Gigantic

Rainbow

Elephants

Enjoying

Nature