Harvest Festival – 2017

Posted on behalf of Niki Nelson and the Classified Staff Training & Development CommitteeHarvest Fest

The Classified Staff Training & Development Committee (CSTDC) is proud to present the Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Green River College.  This event is for employees.  Buy your lunch from the cafeteria or bring your own and join us!

Cascade Hall
Student Affairs & Student Success Center
Look for the decorated tables!
Monday, October 30, 2017
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Featuring:

Costume Contest: 
  Prizes awarded for:

  • Best Team Costumes,
  • Most Creative Costume,
  • Funniest Costume,
  • The Perfect Pair, and
  • Spookiest Costume

Food Drive:  Donations will be delivered to the Auburn Food Bank in early November. Collection boxes or tubs will be delivered to departments around mid-October. Human Resources is sponsoring a coffee break to the department that best decorates their food collection receptacle.  We encourage everyone to visit all campus locations prior to the Harvest Fest in preparation for voting.

Pumpkin Carving Contest:  The IT Department challenges all other departments to a pumpkin carving contest!  Bring your entries to lunch with you for all to see.

Ballots will be provided to collect votes on costumes, decorated food collection receptacles, and pumpkins.  All ballots will be tallied after the event.  Prizes delivered by the CSTDC.

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Continuing Ed opportunity – Supervision Certificate Program

written on behalf of Mike Nielsen, Director of Corporate and Continuing Education

Would you like to develop your leadership, communication, motivation and problem-Mortarboard-and-Diplomasolving skills? Continuing Education is offering a 6-session certificate course in supervision. This daytime class meets from 9am-4pm (Thursdays) and will help you acquire the interpersonal skills needed to interact successfully in a supervisory role. Topics include turning negative situations into positive outcomes; identifying your leadership traits through personal assessment; leading effective meetings; providing feedback; establishing priorities; problem-solving techniques, and more! Earn the certificate by taking the courses individually or register for the series and save. Classes begin on October 12!!

Green River College employees are eligible for a 33% discount ($399) on the series cost of $599! Classified and exempt employees may use development funds to defray class costs. Sign up at the link below.

Supervision Certificate (6 Class Series)

Come join the Gator at the RAC!

written on behalf of Bob Kickner, Director of Athletics and Recreation

Did you know that Green River College employees are eligible to become members of theGRC Gator Mascot (1) (00000002) on-campus Recreation and Athletic Center (RAC)? You can purchase a Fall quarter membership for $50 (payable at the Cashier’s office) that is valid through December 31st. Employees are able to work out at the RAC in the morning, before work, or during the normal operational hours:

Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm; Friday 10am-6pm; Sunday 2pm-7pm

RAC memberships give you access to the RAC fitness spaces (weight room, gym, and studio) as well as the RAC’s programs and services. This includes intramural sports, equipment check-out, and group fitness classes. This quarter we are offering Dance Aerobics, Personal Training, MixxedFit, Kickboxing Cardio, and Yoga classes.

For more information email Rob Pedicone, RAC Coordinator at rpedicone@greenriver.edu or call x2482.

 

New Employee Spotlight – Joanne Veltung

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.

Veltung, Joanne

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

I am a Secretary Lead for the Science Department. I have 20 years of patient care in healthcare with a strong background in Radiology.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I’ve wanted to work in a school or college environment for a long time. I saw this as a chance to do so.

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

The Blend on Sirius XM

What was the very first job you ever had?

Babysitting

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

This position is a different environment than I have worked in for years. The transition from healthcare to school is very exciting to me.

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

I would like to immerse myself in the college community. I believe this will help with my transition into working at Green River.

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

  1. Being hired at a higher education school
  2. Raising my children to be good, moral, upstanding adults.
  3. I’ll need to see what accomplishments are still waiting for me.

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

Probably Monica Geller. I love to organize everything and have a tendency to be a perfectionist.

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

Organizing closets

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Generous
Resourceful 
E
nthusiastic
E
nergetic
New

New Employee Spotlight – Ryan Tipper

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.Tipper, Ryan

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My new position is Project Coordinator for the Extended Learning Program at the Auburn Campus. I have been actively involved in all forms of digital media and arts since I could first hold a marker. I have been working towards my AA in Digital Media Arts at Bellevue College and also have experience with office administration / support as well as social media coordination.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I have been an active student at community college since I first graduated high school in 2010. While enrolled at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham for a short while, I worked as a student researcher, reporter, writer and editor on the Horizon newspaper staff -the school’s student lead publication. During that time, I covered numerous on-campus topics and learned so much about what made the school run and grow. Since that time, and seeing the benefits of attending smaller, community-based colleges as opposed to the traditional 4-year universities, I have always wanted to find the perfect fit that allows me to use my formal education in digital media arts and my personal passions to combine them into an exciting future and career. This position at Green River sounded like the perfect first step.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
If I’m not listening to alternative or 80’s music, I usually have KIRO or KOMO news playing. My radio stops working if a country song tries to play…

What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first true job was working in a kitchen at the Lake Wilderness Gold Course and Country Club in Maple Valley my senior year of high school. I learned so much about the customer service industry and a ton about cooking in general. Now, cooking is something I love to do and I can look back on all I learned at the job and the things I still use and do today in my own kitchen.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
It’s the step towards a career path that allows me to be the person I want to be and contribute to Green River’s growth and success. To apply all I have learned professionally and personally up to this point on top of the formal education I have received in the digital media arts field and in the end work as hard as I can.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
To show my incredibly hard work ethic, learn as much as I can and be as creative as I can. There is also a vintage type writer that I will be getting to use and I hope to master it as it has always been a goal to do so.

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

Baseball is one of my biggest passions in life and is something I am still playing today after 20 years. When I was in 5th grade I made the Issaquah Little League All-Star team after setting out to do so at the beginning of that season and it’s still something I look at as one of my greatest accomplishments.

Another would be the nearly 4 years I have spent working towards my personal goal of becoming a published author. The novel I have been working on in my spare time currently continues to grow and develop with each chapter I write and I am extremely proud of how far I have come with it and where I will continue to take it.

Finally, I have never faltered in settling for things I didn’t want out of life. Life itself it too short to do so and it’s what motivates me to spend every minute following my passions and pursuing my goals.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Undoubtedly, it would be my last name of “Tipper”. No matter if it’s school, work, sports teams or the like, I feel like at this point I naturally expect to go by my last name more than my first.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I have always loved cooking and would most likely put on a Food Network-style cooking show or perhaps a reality show in which I played the host, the cook and the judge.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Green
Reminds
E
veryone (of)
E
nvironmental
Nuances

New Employee Spotlight – Marvin Viney

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.

Viney, Marvin

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

Assistant Director of Campus Safety and Transportation. 22 years in the Army in various fields to include Military Police.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I worked here a contracted Safety staff from September of 2016 to April 2017. During that time, I fell in love with the staff, faculty, and here on campus. In April of 2017, I filled in as the Interim Assistant Director of Safety and Transportation. I learned a great deal during my Interim status in this position. This solidified my decision to apply for the position.

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

I listen to either news or comedy.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I was a dishwasher at a local restaurant during high school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Learning the administrative aspects of Safety and Transportation.

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

Completing the implementation of a successful Building Captain Program.

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

Having my daughter, retiring from the military, and completing my BA degree.

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

Tony Stark, because I love gadgets and technology.

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

I have no hidden talent whatsoever.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Giving
Real
E
xcellent
E
ducation
Nice

New Employee Spotlight – Korland Simmons

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.
Simmons, Korland

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

I am the Executive Assistant to the VP of Human Resources and Legal Affairs. My professional background includes a number of education-based administrative roles (Duke University Housing Management, Boston University Biomedical Engineering Department, Houghton Mifflin Company College Division), a couple of interesting outliers (Energenix Co and Nat’t Bureau of Economic Research) and lots of professional singing.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I found out about the position opening and knew this would be an opportunity to both get back to campus work and continue going in the general HR-centered direction I had been going the past few years.

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

If not my “iPod” on shuffle, I’m usually inclined to turn on NPR.

What was the very first job you ever had?

If we’re not counting the summers spent cutting grass for my grandmothers, my first job was as an assistant in the housing management office for Duke’s (then) North Campus.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Getting to see a new side of campus life and digging into expanded HR functions.

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

Getting a really good grasp of the various systems at play so that I can become an effective partner.

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

  • Living (even for a short time) in the New York City world
  • Continuing to sing professionally
  • Learning to play tennis after 30

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

I already have one: Duke. It’s a callout to my alma mater: Duke University.

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

I would probably sing an aria.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Great
Reasoning
E
ntirely
E
vades
Nebulousness