New Employee Spotlight – Tim Anderson

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.Anderson, Timothy

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

My new title is Program Coordinator for the Enumclaw Campus. I worked at Green River College a little over 5 years ago, where I was the Program Coordinator for Community Outreach. I’m very happy to be back. Since I’ve been gone, I’ve worked for Girl Scouts, Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Merrill Gardens Senior Living and Washington State Parks! A lot of places over a small span of time, looking for that perfect ‘fit’. I have several years of programming and management experience, along with event planning, enthusiasm and thinking ‘outside’ the box.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

In my quest for finding the perfect job, I discovered that what I really enjoy is education, nature and being outside. With that in mind, I decided to take a leap and go back to school to pursue becoming a park ranger. Recruiting for Green River, I know that we offer one of the best (if not the best) Natural Resources programs. Naturally, I decided to come to Green River for my new degree. To support myself while in school,  I started working as a Safety Officer at the Kent Campus. When the Program Coordinator position opened up at Enumclaw, I knew this was a perfect fit for me and that I could be a true benefit to the campus. I’m ecstatic that I was able to land the position and work at the college that I love while attending classes.

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

I’m commuting from Lakewood, so I have almost an hour to enjoy listening to several different things. My ‘go to’ is NPR or KOMO news radio in the mornings and also enjoy 90’s alternative rock or hits from the 80’s.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked at a lumber re-manufacturer, where I ran a machine that made molding and handrail, and I was also a certified lumber grader for light structural and decking.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I love working at satellite campuses! You are able to establish close relationships with your team and the community. I’m also just happy to be back at Green River in general. I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with former co-workers as a student over the past 3 quarters and as a safety officer over Fall Quarter.

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

Enhancing the experience of the students out here at Enumclaw. I am a firm believer in ‘Think Student, Then Decide’ and that is what drives my decisions here. There are exciting prospects out here and I’m looking forward to supporting new endeavors!

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

  • Backpacking 20-miles, alone in the Olympic National Park
  • The legacy that I’ve left behind at all of my past employers
  • The solar system diorama I did in 5th  grade

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

Tim the ‘tool’ man – I am pretty resourceful and I’m able to find possible solutions to a problem.

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

I would not be in the talent show. I more than likely would be the one that emcees, finds the talent (by encouragement), or advertising the event and getting people there.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Groups
Require
Energy,
Empathy &
Nourishment

 

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Green River College Foundation – Student Scholarships for 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 Scholarship Application process opened on January 15, and will close on April 30, 2019.  There are more than 300 Green River College Foundations scholarships available to be used for tuition, fees, books and required supplies at Green River College. By submitting one application, you’re applying for all scholarship that we offer.

To learn more about the Green River College Foundation or available student scholarships please click on the link

Visit https://grcfoundation.awardspring.com

 

Enroll in Long-term Disability during the month of March

From March 1 through March 31, 2019, you will have a special, one-time open enrollment opportunity for optional long-term disability insurance. You can enroll or reduce your waiting period without providing evidence of insurability (proof of good health). Normally, you must submit proof of good health to take these actions after your initial 31-day eligibility period for PEBB benefits.

This opportunity is available to employees whose employer offers LTD insurance. Changes made during March 2019 will be effective May 1, 2019. Learn more about optional LTD, or calculate your LTD insurance needs, on The Standard’s website.

If you haven’t enrolled in optional LTD in the past, or didn’t want to provide proof of good health, now is a great time to reconsider this benefit.

Note: The current preexisting condition exclusion and 12-month exclusion period will still apply during the one-time open enrollment. Please read your certificate of coverage carefully to understand this benefit.

How do I take advantage of this opportunity?

To enroll or reduce your waiting period, complete the Long-Term Disability One-time Open Enrollment/Change Form and submit it to your personnel, payroll, or benefits office by March 31, 2019.

Registration is OPEN for IT Skills Enhancement Training!

The IT department is happy to announce the opening of registration for the Winter Quarter IT Skills Enhancement Training. Workshops will begin in February and will include a repeat of 2 training sessions from Fall quarter (for those who missed them) plus SharePoint 101! it skills enhancement promo

Below are the topic descriptions including the registration links.  We hope you will join the fun of learning together while expanding your skills!

SET #1: Office 365 Overview  

This is a high-level review of the Office 365 tools that are available to all Green River Employees.  We’ll examine what tools you can leverage today and go over some of the exciting new programs that will be coming to GRC in the near future. This workshop will be offered in HL116 on the following days and times:

Tuesday, February 5th:   Noon to 1PM

Thursday, February 7th:  2PM to 3PM

Click here to register for SET #1:  Overview of Office 365

SET #2:  Getting the most from:  Remote Access, Shared Drives, Password Reset and more!

Use “Remote Access” while you’re not on campus.  Always save your information to the “shared drives”.  You can reset your passwords with the “Password Management System”.  IT references these tools all the time, but do you really know what they mean?  Join us for our second session where we’ll go over the IT tools that are in use at GRC today.  This session will incorporate hands on computer training to help build your ability to use these tools properly and with confidence in your day-to-day world.

This workshop will be offered in SH 350 on the following days and  times:

Tuesday, February 12th :             Noon to 1PM

Thursday, February 14th :            2PM to 3PM

Click here to register for IT SET #2:  Remote Access, Shared Drives, Password Reset and More!

SET #3:  SharePoint 101

SharePoint is Microsoft’s multi-function tool for collaboration, data sharing, web site hosting, and document storage. Today, SharePoint does all of this and is increasingly becoming the foundation for Office 365 collaboration. Join us for an overview of SharePoint. Together we will review SharePoint websites, web parts, permissions, and go over how SharePoint plays with other Office 365 tools.  We are excited, and hope you are too!

This workshop will be offered in HL 116 the following days and times:

Tuesday, February 19th:   Noon to 1PM

Thursday, February 21st:  2PM to 3PM

Tuesday, February 26th:   Noon to 1PM

Thursday, February 28th: 2PM to 3PM

Click here to register for IT SET #3:  SharePoint 101

READY, SET, GO!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee Spotlight – Sharmarke Ahmed

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.

ahmed, sharmarke

Sharmarke Ahmed

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

My position is Trio Educational Planner/Transfer Specialist. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado where I was a Graduate Hall Director/ University Apartments Manager and later a Career Counselor.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I started at Green River College and finished my A.A. Degree. After I graduated with my Master of Art in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado, I knew I wanted to work for Green River College. I have so much love for this institution.

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

I listen to music old or new. Hip hop, R&B, Pop Music, and the list goes on.

What was the very first job you ever had?

When I was in eighth grade I cut grass for my neighbor then the rest of the neighbors after I got better at my position.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

One-on-one with the students, making an impact on students’ life, and field trips.

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

I just want to get better in my position and get to know as many people as possible at Green River College.

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

Surviving the civil war in Somalia, getting a full ride scholarship from Bill & Melinda Gates, and getting my Master’s Degree.

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

I have been called ‘Shark’ all of my life. In the future, I would love to be called ‘Dr.Shark’.

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

I love doing stand-up comedy and just enjoy making people laugh.

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

Green River Effective Efficient Network

 

Employee Spotlight – Chris Casey

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.

casey, christopher

Chris Casey

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

Hello! My name is Chris Casey, the new Judicial Affairs and Compliance Officer.

My career has been a combination of residence life at Illinois State University, Colorado College, and Green River College coupled with student conduct at the University of Texas at Arlington and now Green River College. You might have seen me handling cases for student conduct this past year and it’s finally time for me

to transition to the role full time. I’ve got lots of big ideas and methods to maintain a high standard for our students throughout their education here.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

So many things! The wonderful people I get to work with every day, the gorgeous setting for the institution, and, certainly the main reason, our engaged, thoughtful, and motivated students. Our president has outlined our core values that focus on our students with strong educational programs and wrap-around services to ensure success. These are core values that I hold on my own and it’s a wonderful place to work!

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

If you’ve been to my office you might notice I listen to music a bit on the harder side. Genres like deathcore, industrial, djent, or just straight heavy metal. Nine Inch Nails is my favorite band!

What was the very first job you ever had?

I started working in the family red delicious apple orchards when I was a kid. Does that count? My first paycheck was through a local grocery store where I stocked shelves and mopped the floors. It was good, honest work when I was 16.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m excited to engage our community and illustrate how student conduct can support our faculty, staff, and students in maintaining a high level of standard both in behavior and academics. Student conduct is an excellent office to set that expectation throughout the college. Oftentimes alleged violations come from a lack of something: knowledge of the process, motivation to be competitive, understanding of the college system, etc. I hope to remedy all concerns in an equitable manner.

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

I want this office to be seen as a resource for education and support. When faculty, staff, and students understand when to report alleged conduct violations, how to report to this office or Campus Safety, and how to get involved with student conduct that would be a victory. We can do that in a year!

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

I’m proud of the family I’ve built with my wife, our daughter, and our son due in May. We’re a solid little group.

I’m proud of work I’ve done for students over the years. I stay student focused in everything I do and sometimes that leads to hard decisions. Though the letter, card, or email you get every once in a while where someone was appreciative or recognized your work keeps me motivated.

I’m proud of my work / life balance. It’s absolutely important to love your job (I do) and I also think it’s healthy to maintain an active and engaging life outside of the office. You’ve got to make this life count!

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

My staff often said “Boss Man” which I rather liked. Students have said Mr. Chris but that might be a bit too formal. My past supervisor called me Jason a lot though I think that was on accident.

Just remember my name, that’s all I would like. No need for a nickname.

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

Well, my bowling average is 180. Though that’s not incredibly exciting. So I’d say my ability to skip. I honestly didn’t learn how until I was in college but I’ve gotten quite good at it over the years.

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

Gummi bears, send them

Right now to me

Everybody

Everyone

Need them, please.

Classified Staff In-Service Day

On behalf of the Classified Training and Development Committee, we invite all classified staff to a workshop focused on the importance of student completion and how non-faculty members can play a role in assisting students towards that goal. February 7, 2019 will feature two options for attending this workshop: 9a-10:30a and 1-2:30pm (supervisors: make note that, while areas should remain open, employees should be given the time to attend one session). Below is a little bit of information about our day’s facilitator, Erin Jones!

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Erin Jones

Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working in Tacoma and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching in Spokane. In March of 2013, the White House recognized her as a “Champion of Change” and she received Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” award in 2015. In 2016, Erin ran as a candidate for State Superintendent (the first black woman to run for any state office in WA), a race she lost by a mere 1%.