New Employee Spotlight – Abigail Hecht

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.

Hecht, Abigail

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

I am a new Program Coordinator here at the Assessment and Testing Center. I actually graduated with my AA here at GRC and then transferred to UW Tacoma afterward where I just received my Bachelor’s in Art, Media, and Culture with a focus in Literature in June of this year. Prior to coming here, I used to work in primary education as an After School Program Leader.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I thought it would be nice to come back as an employee to help students who may be struggling, looking for guidance, and paving their way for a better future, just like I was when I was a student here. Being in the assessment and testing center, I hope to be a happy and welcoming face for those coming in stressed out and nervous before taking their test.

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

I mostly listen to Korean and Japanese music in the car, but the genres I listen to range from hip-hop, ballad, R&B, acoustic, instrumental to alternative.

What was the very first job you ever had?

The very first job I had was when I was 16, and it was in the mall. It was at a place called Daiso, which is a $1.50 Japanese store!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The most exciting thing about my position is getting to interact with students. I look forward to meeting all kinds of students and becoming acquainted with them throughout their journey here at GRC.

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

The thing I want to accomplish the most this year is just remembering all of the passwords, procedures, departments, and names of my colleagues here at GRC.

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

  • The first would be having my family see me walk during my graduation.
  • The second one is actually not my own, but is for my husband. I am always proud of his successes and the progress that he has made being a 1st generation immigrant here in the U.S. It can be difficult living in a new country, so I am always proud of his perseverance and ability to maintain a positive mindset.
  • Lastly, I am proud of the bracelet I made with my elementary students during summer camp. You’ll probably see me wearing this around campus most days.

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

That’s a good question. I am not sure what kind of nickname they would give me yet! I guess I’ll have to wait and find out.

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

I’m pretty good at picking stuff up with my feet, but is that even a talent? Other than that, I make all sorts of miniature things out of clay! If you want a mini clay animal or piece of food, just let me know.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
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Ready to
Educate and
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nrich
New Students

MetLife Advantages

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon, Benefits Manager

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MetLife Advantages

By now most of us are aware that our life insurance company changed to MetLife during the last Open Enrollment, but are you aware that if you are enrolled in MetLife life insurance through Green River – as an eligible employee – you have access to free services for support, planning and protection when you need it most?

MetLife Advantages” is a comprehensive suite of valuable services that offers free product services to you and your family, such as will preparation and estate resolution services.

The services are offered by third-party vendors, but free for those enrolled in MetLife.*

Find out more about the program here, MetLife Advantages Program. Scroll down and click on the green “Sign in to MyBenefits” link.   (Note: you do not need to sign in –just click on the “Group Life Insurance” tab at the top of the page, then click on the “MetLife Advantages link).

*Note: some services require that you be enrolled in “supplemental” life insurance (more than just the employer-paid basic coverage) in order to utilize the particular resource.

New Employee Spotlight – Gustavo “Tavo” Gutierrez Bernal

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.Gutierrez Bernal, Gustavo_4

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My name is Gustavo (Tavo), and I work in the student life office as a program assistant. I am ecstatic to begin my professional career at Green River College and embark on new adventures and challenges.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was a community college student at one point and always had the desire to inspire, in others, a passion for a higher education as my mentors once did with me.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
My car ride to and from work is rather long, so music is always important in my car. I am a fan of many different music genres, but some of my all-time favorites include- Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Carol King, Frank Sinatra, Kelly Clarkson and of course, Broadway showtunes!

What was the very first job you ever had?
The very first job I had was as a reading tutor. I worked with elementary school kids to ensure they were being exposed to literature and had the proper resources to explore all kinds of literature.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
What I am most excited about is connecting with students and staff. Getting to know my community is very important as it will allow me to better assist others and make a greater impact all around.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
During my first year at GRC, I’d love to build connections and get to know people from different departments on campus. I believe that greater things are achieved when you work together and collaborate with others.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
One of my biggest accomplishments has been graduating college. I am a first generation graduate, so this was a very important event in my life.  Second, stepping out of my comfort zone and joining a cheer squad.  Third, waking up this morning…hey, waking up is always an accomplishment for me!

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Currently, my coworkers call me “Tavo.” It’s a shortened version of my name and is fun to pronounce.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I guess I would consider dancing and singing my hidden talents. Also, making people smile – smiling is essential!

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Generosity
Responsibility
E
fficiency
E
mpowerment
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Green River College 2017 Service Awards

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Green River College’s service awards presentation is just around the corner — on Opening Day, Tuesday, September 19th.  Over fifty employees will be honored for their service to Green River College, ranging from five to forty years.

Many of our service award recipients began as part-time hourly employees and adjunct faculty. Cyndi Rapier, who began her International Programs career as a temporary part-time hourly Housing Assistant and Host Family Coordinator, appreciated the flexibility her hourly positions provided at that time in her life. Later, in October of 2001, she was hired into a permanent appointment working full-time, managing the International Student Housing Placement Program. Cyndi now serves as Director of International Housing. Green River is grateful to Cyndi and all our award recipients for their many years of service!

See 2017 Service Award Recipients below:

5 Years

  • Corey Alix
  • Edward Bloch
  • Crystal Bolt
  • Robin Bowles
  • Natalya Bronitskiy
  • Adam Brown
  • Tim Broxholm
  • Sheila Capps
  • Srey Chea
  • Heather Cornelius
  • Sarah Dillon Gilmartin
  • Lisa Finnsson
  • Jamie Fitzgerald
  • Kendrick Hang
  • Kirsten Higgins
  • Pam Kikillus
  • George “Joey” Kissel
  • Samuel Le
  • Krishnan “Krish” Mahadevan
  • Douglas Moran
  • Kim Mucke
  • Catherine Ushka
  • Anthony Warnke

10 Years

  • Darla Abraham
  • Barry Bannister
  • Mary Butcher
  • Stephenie Cheng-Laboyne
  • Jackie Easley
  • Linda Flanigan
  • Jeremy Hawks
  • Cynthia Lemberg
  • Lindsey Morris
  • Erin Fernandez-Mommer
  • Inja Parker
  • Ron Riley
  • Joshua Staffieri
  • Catherine Wells
  • Jamie Wells

15 Years

  • Cynthia Rapier
  • Patty Sherman

25 Years

  • Crystal Gilliland
  • Diana Holz
  • Steve Kinholt
  • Tawnya McLavey
  • Shirley Quenga
  • Harry Rosemond
  • Socorro Trapp

30 Years

  • Michael McVay
  • Laura Moore-Mueller

40 Years

  • Joe Baker

The Washington State Budget and You

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The Washington Legislature passed Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increases for the 2017-2018 budget year at the conclusion of this year’s session. The budget funded a 2% increase for state employees for the coming year. While there are still some nuances to the budget, it is my pleasure to share with you how Green River College is implementing the increase.

Faculty

  • Because faculty working in the summer are on a contract that began before the increase was effective, the easiest way to process the increase was to do so for the entire summer quarter. The 2% increase for the summer quarter will be paid as a lump sum on the final summer payroll which is September 11, 2017.
  • All faculty (tenure, tenure-track and adjunct) not teaching in the summer will see the increase when they return this fall.

Classified

The salary schedule for classified employees was updated in the system. The increase will be reflected on the July 25th payroll.

Exempt/Administrative

The salaries for exempt and administrative employees were updated in the system. The increase will be reflected on the July 25th payroll.

Temporary/Hourly

  • Employees making the state-mandated minimum wage of $11.00 have received adjustments as the minimum wage has increased.
  • Employees making more than the state-mandated minimum wage of $11.00 have been updated via modification to PEN forms. As the employment data is re-entered each year in June, payroll entered the 2% increase into the system when performing the annual update.
  • The WFSE has negotiated a $12.00 minimum wage for its part-time hourly members. Those represented, hourly employees making less than $12.00 per hour will have their rates increased to this negotiated minimum. Those above $12.00 will receive the 2% increase.
  • Supervisors do not need to submit a new PEN form. HR will auto-correct the rate on forms submitted.

If you have specific questions after you review your Employee Earning & Leave Statement after the July 25 payroll cycle, do not hesitate to contact the Payroll Office at payroll@greenriver.edu.  Shirley, Elizabeth, and Dawnell are happy to assist you.

– Marshall Sampson
VP of Human Resources & Legal Affairs
Green River College

Cookies & Coffee for Classified Staff

Cookies and CoffeeBefore its annual retreat on Tuesday, July 18th, the Classified Staff Training & Development Committee is holding an “Open House” from 12:30 – 1:30 in the Administrative Building Boardroom. All classified staff members are invited. Stop by for cookies, coffee, soda and juice, and while there, learn more about what the college can do for you as part of your training and development.

They will also share what you can do to help the committee in its important work that goes beyond training and development—food drives, college spirit events and more!

– Marshall Sampson
VP of Human Resources & Legal Affairs
Green River College

New Employee Spotlight – Joseph Becker

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.Becker, Joseph

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the New Media Specialist on the College Relations team. I most recently worked in the private sector building and managing websites along with managing social media as a Digital Communications and Marketing Specialist. Prior to that I worked as a Digital Communications Specialist at the Phoenix Zoo in Arizona where I managed the zoo’s social media, website, and communications efforts.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
After working in the private sector I really wanted to return to a position working for a public facing organization that was making a positive impact in people’s lives.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I like to station hop and will find whatever suits my current mood.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The first paid job I ever had was working in the promotions/events department for a local chapter of Radio Disney. We would go out to events to entertain crowds, play games, and do giveaways.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I’m excited to be working for an organization that is impacting so many people.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d love to succeed in amplifying content and increasing engagement across Green River’s social media channels.

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

  • Recently becoming a father and welcoming my twin daughters into the world,
  • moving back to the Pacific Northwest (to stay!) after seven years away living in Phoenix,
  • and finding a career that I enjoy and am truly passionate about.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I’d be known as “Zookeeper” because of my history working as a professional zookeeper with a variety of animals, along with ten years working within zoos & aquariums.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
With two seven-week-olds at home my current talents seem to be drinking lots of coffee and functioning on little sleep.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Grevy’s Zebra
Reticulated Giraffe
E
lephants
E
land
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orth American Sea Otter – Ask me about some of the animals I’ve worked with!

2017-2019 WFSE Collective Bargaining Agreement Training

businessman-607831_960_720The Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) has a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) effective July 1, 2017. Training on the new CBA for represented classified staff and represented part-time hourly employees is here! We will cover key WFSE CBA Articles and highlight changes in the new contract including what employees need to know regarding:

  • Hours of work
  • Work schedules
  • Leave
  • Suspended Operations
  • Discipline
  • And More!

RSVP for the initial training session below by selecting the date and then clicking on “Register For This Event” (remember to save the training to your Outlook Calendar).  Please note that Supervisors/Managers/Deans have a specific training session tailored to their responsibilities AND both training sessions will be offered Opening Week!

We look forward to your attendance!

Kirk Walker, MBA | Training Manager

New Employee Spotlight – Jeremy Mauck

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.
Mauck, Jeremy
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I’m the new Small Business Advisor for Green River’s Small Business Development Center down on the Kent Campus.

Before I joined Green River, I most recently helped run marketing for Weyerhaeuser’s Wood Products business. Reaching farther back, I have a history in education too as I served as the Assistant Director in charge of marketing and membership for WWU’s Alumni Association.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I currently serve as an adjunct in the BAS in Marketing and Entrepreneurship program, and saw this as a great opportunity to take it to the next level, and better serve my community, by joining the Green River team in a full-time role!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Usually nothing … the car ride is my time to think.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Lifeguard at the local YMCA.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The ability to work with individuals as they pursue their dream of starting a new business!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Sometimes the simple things are the most important … and truthfully, I just want to learn everyone’s name!

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

  • First and foremost, that I have a happy family, and healthy 2-year old daughter.
  • I’ve been lucky enough to travel the country and see so many great sights along the way.
  • That I’ve been able to make it this far in my career with never having to put on a tie.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I don’t know why, but everyone at every job I’ve ever had has always just called me “Mauck” (my last name … I guess it’s fun to say or something). But I also answer to “hey you” pretty well, too.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
It’d be hard to show on the stage at a ‘talent show’, but take me to the river and I’d show everyone that I’m a pretty darn good kayaker!

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
You know, it is really hard to write an acronym like this … so, here’s the best I can do …

Green River is Excellent for Education Necessities

New Employee Spotlight – Marty Warden

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.
Warden, Marty
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I have done a little of everything. I have been a substitute teacher, a bellman/concierge, a real estate salesman, a tax pro for H&R block, a messenger for Brinks, Inc. riding in the back of an armored truck delivering cash and valuables. Marty currently works as a mail carrier in the GRC Mailroom.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
My wife alerted me, and she also works here. It has been a great first day.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
105.3FM or 950 sports or 98.1 classical.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I was a pizza cook for Straw Hat Pizza. (home of the deep dish pizza for those of us seasoned enough to remember the 70s and 80s).

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
It’s not my old position. Seriously, everything is fresh and exciting, and everyone is so polite and friendly!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Being the best I can be and doing my job at a high level.

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

  • Making the good choice to marry my wife.
  • Handling over 100 billion dollars in cash for brinks and never losing a dollar.
  • I got a hole in one at Christy’s golf club in Milton (course no longer exists).

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Not sure. I guess we’ll be surprised!

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
My ability to listen and encourage someone.

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

Great Responses Encourage Everyone Nicely

New Employee Spotlight – Robert Pedicone

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.
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Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the Coordinator of Recreation & Athletics. I will be managing the Recreation & Athletics Center (RAC) and be responsible for the operations and programming associated with the RAC. I have been doing collegiate recreation for 7.5 years. The past two years I was the Facilities & Operations Graduate Assistant in the Campus Recreation Department at Missouri State University.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I am from Puyallup, and I wanted to start my career near home. Additionally, Green River has an excellent reputation, beautiful campus, diverse student population, etc. I felt like I fit in ever since I took my first step on campus.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I am a hip hop/rap/R&B guy. Also, I am a podcast guy. Everything from the Bill Simmons Podcast, Joe Rogan Experience, etc.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I was a baseball umpire for youth baseball when I was 16. I umped the machine pitch league for the Puyallup Cal Ripken League.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The people! I love working with students and with university staff/faculty. Green River’s diverse population is definitely a plus!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
To grow our program offerings at the RAC. This includes more intramural programming, more group fitness opportunities, partnering with other Student Affairs departments, etc.

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

  • Overcoming hearing issues and a speech impediment when I was younger.
  • Receiving my master’s degree.
  • Getting this job.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I have been called the “Godfather” before . . . probably because I am Italian and have “presence”. That’s what people tell me…

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

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

Green (so many trees)
Revitalizing (vibrant campus climate)
Energetic
Ethical
Noble (school/campus community doing a lot of great things)

New Hourly Pay Scales

Human Resources and Payroll have worked tirelessly to improve our current system of compensating part-time hourly employees at Green River. Their efforts have resulted in businessman-607831_960_720a simplification of the hourly job classes, a standardization of hourly pay rates, and an improved PEN form. Below are the key changes:

  • Consolidated multiple positions such as “Hourly Admin Assistant 1, 2 and 3” into “HRY Admin Asst.” This has helped us to match supervisor and department needs with appropriate positions.
  • There are narrower pay ranges for hourly employees, which better reflect the Department of Personnel and Washington Federation of State Employees’ rates. As minimum wage increases over the next three years, the scales will also appropriately shift to accommodate these changes.
  • The updated PEN form will automatically limit pay ranges according to position. Managers and supervisors will be notified of adjustments to the PEN Form. As we work to correct the minor bugs in this new form, please look to the GatorNet for the most up-to-date version.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Barbara Iribarren (ext. 2601) or Zack Smith (ext. 3447) with any questions.

2017 GRC Foundation Distinguished Faculty

Posted on behalf of Green River Foundation

Announcing the 2017 Green River College Foundation
Distinguished Faculty Award Recipients

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We are pleased to announce the following three recipients of the 2017 Green River College Foundation Distinguished Faculty Awards:

  • Catherine Duva, ESOL, TSW Division
  • Jamie Fitzgerald, English, English Division
  • Dan Sorensen, Automotive Technology, Trades Division

On behalf of the Awards Review Committee, we commend all the 2017 nominees: Coleman Boettger, Dr. Neil Duldulao, Adriana Mendoza and Jody Segal.

The awards will be formally presented at commencement on Friday, June 16 at the Showare Center in Kent. We are sharing this information with the campus community now to give you a chance to congratulate the recipients and all nominees.

Thank you to the students, faculty and staff for submitting nominations and letters of support and to everyone for participating in the recognition process. Special thanks to Anthony White and Megan Evans for creating the faculty awards website.

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GRC 2017 Retirement Social

On June 7th, Green River honored its most recent retirees. Current and past staff and faculty came together to celebrate their combined total of 440 years of service to the college.

Many thanks to Josh Gerstman from the Green River Foundation, the fantastic Conference Services team, Peter Gudmunson from Marketing and Communications, Kirk Walker, Claire Gorenstein, Sheryl Gordon and Tammy Shilipetar from Human Resources, and Judy Brenden from Campus Safety & Transportation.

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Kirk Walker Stand-up in Action

 

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Gordy Dunn

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Darla Schutten

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Lois Ermish

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Dave Mullet

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Stephane Teel

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Diane Anderson

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Shobha Raman

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Marianne Jacobs

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Mary Edington

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Joanne Sanden

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Bart Dowd

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Julie French

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Patty Sikora

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Congratulations 2017 Retirees!

New Employee Spotlight – Yesenia Escoto

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.Escoto, Yesenia
My new title is Program Assistant for Youth Re-Engagement Department. I have taught in a Pre-School program for the last couple of years, worked as a Supervisor in the agriculture business, plus was employed as a server and shift manager at a winery at Lake Chelan.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I have always felt immense satisfaction in helping others. Working with pre-school and school age students gave me the opportunity to learn and empower other students to reach their full potential. I am excited and looking forward to this opportunity to help the Green River students.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
On the car ride to work I enjoy listening to Movin 92.5 with Jubal and Brooke in the morning. I listen to all different music; country, R&B, Hip-Hop, banda, cumbias, corridos, and much more. Music is a getaway for me it takes me to a new world where I can get lost and relax.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The very first job I had was working as a busser/host at the BBQ for Lake Chelan Winery.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I will love the opportunity to work with older students and continuing to help and assist them in any way I can. I enjoy meeting new people and discovering ways to empower their lives.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to master and excel at my position for my first year at Green River. I believe I will be a bigger asset by understanding every part of my position along with learning the programs Green River has to offer.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
The three biggest accomplishments I feel most proud of is being the first in my family to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree, paying for my education, and finally taking a leap of faith and starting my mezcal business in Mexico.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My office nickname would be Mimi because that is my childhood nickname. My older brother couldn’t pronounce my middle name Noemi and as a result “Mimi” was the new me.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I would showcase touching my nose with my tongue.

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

New Employee Spotlight – Chris Carlson

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.
Carlson, Chris
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Stage Technician I, Conference Services. I have over 20 years of experience in sound & lighting and theater production.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was a student of the P.E.T. (Professional Entertainment Training) program back in the 80s. I’ve also been a part-time employee of the Fine Arts Department for the past decade.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
NPR, or podcasts like The Morning Stream, Film Sack, Current Geek, and T.W.I.T. (This Week In Tech). It varies. News can be depressing.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Seattle Bindery and Mailing. I was 16 years old and my dad’s cousin (who owned the business) asked how old I was, and told me to get down to the shop. He handed me a mop. I was there for 30 years – not mopping. I was a driver and the manager of Shipping & Receiving Department.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
This job used to be my hobby! I’ve always wanted to work full-time for Green River!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
IDK, stay employed!

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

  • My 20+ year marriage
  • My two children
  • My work at Green River

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My former co-worker here at GRC gave me my nickname, “Adaptorman” over 25 years ago. I’m still known by that nickname to this day.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I played Alice from The Brady Bunch in a Music Company production, if anyone remembers the P.E.T. program. What more can you ask?

New Employee Spotlight – Shweta Singh

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.
Singh, Shweta

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My new title is Running Start Program Coordinator. As someone who is a previous running start student, I am beyond thrilled to be able to bring my background, skillset, knowledge, and first-hand experience into creating an even bigger sense of inclusion and equity in the RS department. When I was a RS student, I knew that I wanted to help others, and so I was originally going to explore a Psychology major. By the end of my senior year in High School – I realized that I liked UW Tacoma’s “Management” major, as this gave me the opportunity to gain insight on leadership, interpersonal skills, conflict management, etc. My love for public speaking grew as I was given the opportunity to be the “Student Panel Moderator” at the UW Tacoma, even as Alumni. Being able to talk to prospective students and families about their educational pathway truly brought me happiness. During my time at University, I became involved in multiple extracurricular activities on campus. My passion for working in Higher Education stemmed from my student leader jobs as an Event Coordinator and Peer Advisor on campus. I was also secretary of multiple clubs, as well as involved with the Center for Service and Leadership. Because of my student leader positions, I was able to work with varying departments on campus, students, the community, families, staff, faculty, and my fellow colleagues. It was then that I realized my passion for helping people and Bachelors in Business Administration with a focus on Management from the UW Tacoma had finally found its purpose – Higher Education.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
(Read large paragraph above again) and I LOVED my experience at Green River when I was a Running Start student. Even after graduation, my friends and I would talk about how we missed the environment and culture of this campus. I was honestly so surprised when I saw the posting in the Running Start department because it fit exactly what I was looking for – a position in Higher Education. But not only that – it was a position that I had my own personal experience in.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I am an all types of music person. I’ll listen to anything from Hip Hop to R & B to country to Disney. Right now however, I’m obsessing over “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara because I love the message hidden behind the song.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The very first job I ever had was at Jack in the Box…although I left it after only 3 months to go work at Sears, where I then worked for almost 3 years.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The opportunity to work with the students! I am so excited to be the voice for students, guide them, encourage them, and empower them. I’m also hoping to help create a more comfortable, welcoming, and inclusive environment because I’ve been a Running Start student, so I know how scary and nerve-wracking it can be to attend college at such a young age.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to, and am actually in the process of, developing and implementing change in how the Running Start department builds communication between students and staff. I’m going to be creating more social media outlets that will allow the Running Start team to develop a better connection with the students!

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Being a first generation college student, I am so proud to say that not only did I graduate with an AA degree from Green River through Running Start – but that I was also able to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Washington, Tacoma, in 2 years as well. I also, as odd as this sounds, feel proud to know that I have a good grip on where I think I’ll be heading in my career and how I’ll be developing professionally over the next few years.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Hmm…I’m not sure. I’ve had people call me Sweater before because they say that the pronunciation of my name sounds similar to it. I’ve also been called Fiji because I’m from Fiji Islands. In the office though, I could see them saying more of a phrase along the lines of “Shweta to the rescue” because I love to help out in any way that I can and am pretty good and juggling multiple tasks at once. I will come to the rescue for the Running Start team whenever they need me to!

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
A lot of people don’t know that I’m actually a theater girl. I’ve been participating in productions since I was 5 years old. My hidden talent would be that I can sing anywhere from the range of a low alto to a high soprano.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
ratitude
Respect
Enthusiasm
Equity
Never Give Up.

New Employee Spotlight – Holly Nay

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. Nay, Holly 2
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the Natural Resources Program Coordinator, and I am excited to promote and increase awareness of our Forestry BAS degree program.

Formerly, I worked for 16 years in the home improvement industry as an account manager for Fortune 500 companies. I’ve managed and operated multiple sports nutrition stores and managed staffs of 15-20 people. I began my working career as a lifeguard and have always enjoyed working with and helping people!

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Completing a 2-year degree in Park Management, at the Auburn campus, I became highly impressed with the culture of the college. The diversity, community involvement and overall “family” atmosphere that our college fosters help create a very welcoming experience for those seeking higher education. Students are never just a number among many but an important addition to the overall success and achievement of higher learning here.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
A mix of country, alternative rock, top 40 and 90s rap music. I’m definitely one to sing along and look like a lunatic while car dancing, just to survive the commute!

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked as a lifeguard for 3 years at Wild Waves.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Working with the students and faculty of Natural Resources to increase awareness of our Bachelor degree program and our reputation of graduating some of the most highly trained and capable foresters in the field! It is extremely exciting to talk to employers all over the NW that know our student’s reputation of being job ready from day one!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
My number one goal for my first year is to get our BAS program enrollment to 125% of our course capacity. Reaching past graduates of our 2-year program and retaining 50-60% of our graduating 2-year cohorts will allow this to happen.

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

  • Raising such incredible children, that truly seek to help others, is my proudest accomplishment.
  • Completing my 2-year degree at GRC and being within one year of completion of my BAS in Forestry follows second.
  • Third…working in the Tongass National Forest for the US Forest Service, last summer, hiking helicopter units through dense forest and being the most accurate data collector out of a group of 8, while being the oldest crew member, definitely makes me feel accomplished.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
“Happy Holly.” It’s been a long-standing nickname. I rarely have bad days and love sharing my nearly limitless optimism.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
How to climb a cell tower at work without getting caught!

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
enerosity
Resilience
Education
Enthusiasm
Natural

New Employee Spotlight – Katie Markham

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. Markham, Katie

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the Building Secretary for Cedar Hall. I was previously an Office Assistant for Salish Hall, Science Center, Cedar Hall and Technology Center. Before Green River College, I worked for Geico’s Claims department and Mercer University’s Enrollment Services in Central Georgia.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I am drawn to the atmosphere at Green River College. We are blessed to work on a beautiful campus that is filled with interesting and talented people.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I am an audiobook fan! I like to “read” a book or two every week.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was encoding checks with magnetic ink at SunTrust Bank. I loved it!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I think the Math and Technology instructors are so much fun! I also enjoy the interactions with students on a daily basis.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to make the Secretary’s Desk a place everyone feels comfortable stopping by for help. I want each person I work with to know they are welcome and understood.

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

  • I am proud of my volunteer work with Girl Scouts and FIRST Robotics,
  • of the people my teenagers are becoming,
  • and I am proud to be finishing my BS in Information Technology this year.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
They call me “Katie-Bell” or “Katie-May”. I’m not sure why. I think my southern accent explains it, in part, but southerners also call me “Katie-Bell”. I was named for my grandmother. Her name is Katie Nell, so “Katie-Bell” really fits.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Since it doesn’t exist, I will say stand-up comedy. I would be terrified if it did exist.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
et
Ready
Engage
Education
Now

New Employee Spotlight – Brenda Mueller

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.
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Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Development Specialist in the Foundation office overseeing the scholarship program. Previously, I worked at Charles Wright Academy as the Parent Association and Auction Coordinator and was the Summer Program Coordinator in the International Student Office at Saint Martin’s University. I have also lived overseas in China for two years where I taught ESOL and studied Mandarin.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was a community college student myself at TCC and have always loved the environment of higher education.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to mostly pop music but enjoy the occasional rock or hip hop station as well. I like to flip between five or six different stations while I fight traffic.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked as a dishwasher at a weekend retreat camp out in Yelm, where I lived in high school. I was thrilled to get a job at 16 and loved every minute of it.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I get to give money away to students! How fun is that?

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to see the awareness for Foundation Scholarships to be increased on campus. We have a lot of scholarship money available, and I would love to see as many students as possible applying and receiving funds for school.

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

  • My two sons, who are 4 and 6 are the light of my life.
  • Additionally, I’m very proud of finishing my BA degree, because I did so after my children were born, and it was very difficult.
  • Finally, getting my first job in higher education at Saint Martin’s University was a very proud moment in my life, because I had finally achieved my professional dream.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
That’s a tough one, but probably something like Ms. Coffee, because I drink a lot of it. LOL.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Well, I can’t sing or dance for anything, but I do enjoy writing. Maybe a poetry reading of something I wrote?

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
I love it here at Green River so far, and I think the GREEN acronym would stand for some pretty powerful words. Genuine, Riveting, Energetic, Equitable, and Natural beauty. I think all these words represent the Green River campus and people beautifully.

Student Affairs and Success Center Update

Student Affairs construction and remodeling is wrapping up. The directory below will help you familiarize yourself with the layout of the Student Affairs and Success Center (SASC).

As noted below, please direct new and prospective students to the Welcome Desk in the first floor lobby area of the SASC.

Career and Advising Center (ext. 2641) SA-104
Welcome Desk (ext. 6000) SA-120
Running Start (ext. 2674) SA-122
TRiO (ext. 2655) SA-211
Disability Support Services (ext. 2631) SA-210
Veteran’s Lounge (ext. 2277) SA-224
The Current (ext. 2375) *Move date TBD SA-218A
Completion Center (ext. 4959) *Move date TBD SA-105
Assessment and Testing Center (ext. 2650) SA-148
Campus Safety (ext. 3350) – Dispatch staying in current location (AD Building) until Phase 2 SA-156

Per David Larsen, Dean of Enrollment and Completion:

Building maps, signage, and publications are in the process of being updated, so please bear with us as we iron out the wrinkles in the new spaces.

A few items of note:

  • Offices are still settling in… while we’d love to give you all tours, doing so while serving students can be challenging and disruptive. Our plan is to invite the campus community to an open house in the future.

  • The Assessment and Testing Center now has lockers to be used by students for personal belongings while they test. The lockers, while great to have, are not large enough to accommodate every size bag students may have. If possible, students should leave large backpacks and bags in another secure location.

  • In the past, you’ve all been so fantastic referring new/prospective students to the Welcome Center. Please continue to make these referrals to the Welcome Desk, now located in the Student Affairs and Success Center in the first floor lobby area.

  • Special thanks to IT, Facilities, and the Business Office for helping with this much needed renovation and move. You all rock!

Verification of Employment & Letters of Recommendation

Gerrit_Dou_-_Scholar_sharpening_a_quill_penPosted on behalf of Claire Gorenstein, Human Resources

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.

Recommendation letters you are asked to write:

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

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.

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!

New Employee Spotlight – Barry Robinson

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. Robinson, Barry

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Dean of Health Sciences and Technology. My background is in clinical research and higher education. I studied the effects of viruses in the body, how the immune system responded to the viruses and how multiple viruses seemed to be coordinating their efforts within the same host. I did my research at various institutions: Eastern Kentucky University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centers, Johns Hopkins, University of Kentucky and University of Washington. I have a bachelor’s degree from Brescia University, master’s degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and Capella University and a PhD from University of Kentucky.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Green River had gone through a rough period in the school’s history and I had heard that they were in the process of rebuilding. During this rebuilding process, they wanted to recruit eager, motivating and high spirited individuals to return to where the school was prior to the rough period; while keeping in mind that the focus was on making sure that students had the best opportunity for success. I love sharing knowledge and have a reputation of setting standards that students can reach but they have to meet me half way because I cannot force them to do anything that they do not want to. I was drawn to apply to Green River because I wanted to be a part of the revitalization of this great school and do all I can to assist in getting everyone back to where they were before the rough period.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
This one is easy because I do not listen to anything but my thoughts…SMILES!!!

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first unofficial job was cutting my grandmother’s and her friends’ grass. My very first tax paying job was working for a catholic restaurant called St. Martin’s Afro-German Tearoom as a busser/entertainer/waiter.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The most exciting part of my new position is meeting all the wonderful people and getting to know them better; not to mention, learning from everyone. I believe that there is an exchange of knowledge whether we realize it or not…we learn from all those that we encounter. So, Health Sciences and Technology be prepared to teach me all that you can…I am here to learn and help you the best that I can.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
The main things that I would love to accomplish within the first year would be to be able to feel more at ease in this position and have gain a strong relationship with the individuals in Health Sciences and Technology. Next, I have set a goal to recognize all the administration, faculty and staff by first name. This will be a great challenge since I am bad with names.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
First, my son…second, my continued education…third, having had the opportunity to find love.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Happy…because I always try to make at least one person smile a day; more is always better but the minimum is one.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
A hidden talent to be showcased at the Annual Green River Talent Show…would be making shadow puppets in a marionette mini-stage. Seriously, I would have to say it would probably be ballroom dancing.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
row continuously
Refresh your mind and thoughts
Explore the world around you
Experience life to the fullest
Never give up on your dreams

New Employee Spotlight – Hedayatullah Qaderi

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. Qaderi, Hedayatullah

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I currently work as Program Coordinator with Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE) team in Business Division at Green River College. I have worked as Admin Assistant with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as Administrative Assistant with Louise Berger Group (LBG) funded by U.S. government, as Program Assistant with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and as Admin Assistant with Conference Services at Green River College.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
GRC is a well-known college for serving a diverse community, I have an Associate degree in business from Green River College, previously worked with Green River, well familiar with GRC compound, and I love the environment at GRC.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Mostly news and sometimes music.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Admin Assistant with JICA.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Yes, definitely. I am very excited and delighted for being promoted from the position of Admin Assistant to Program Coordinator.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Despite of doing my own duties and responsibilities, I would also love to be a good team player where I could cooperate with others and contribute to the best of my abilities in order to achieve our goals.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
First, getting my first Associate Degree in business from Green River College. Second, I am a Senior at Central Washington University (CWU) pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in business with double majors in Finance and Management and will be graduating in Fall quarter 2017. Third, being selected for the position of Program Coordinator at Green River College. These are the three accomplishments that I am really proud of in my life.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I think that would be Raihan and that’s because I go by this name as well.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I can speak five languages and I am a good Soccer, Volleyball, Cricket and Billiard player.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
reat
Representation of
Equal
Employment
Numbers

9th Annual Challenge Coin Ceremony

Posted on behalf of Sandra Mathews & Manila Mercurio, Veterans Services Team

Vet Coin Ceremony Coins

2015 Green River Challenge Coins

Please join us for Green River’s 9th Annual Challenge Coin Ceremony!

Where: River Room, Mel Lindbloom Student Union
When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 11:30a.m. to 1p.m.

  • 11:30a.m.: Doors open & Lunch Served
  • Noon – 1p.m.: Ceremony

Lunch will be provided, and all veteran students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. Veterans will receive a complimentary Green River College Anniversary Challenge Coin! In consideration for our speakers and Veteran students, we ask that if you attend, please make every effort to stay for the ceremony. Space is limited – first come, first served!

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Veteran Services at 253-833-9111, ext. 2466; or by email at veterans@greenriver.edu.

Suzanne Johnson named next Green River President

Posted on behalf of College Relations

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Auburn, Wash. (April 25, 2017) – Dr. Suzanne Johnson will be the next president of Green River College.

The Green River Board of Trustees announced the decision during an April 25 board meeting. Johnson, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, New York, will start effective July 1. She will succeed Interim President Scott Morgan, who was appointed by the Board of Trustees on July 28, 2016.

“Dr. Johnson has the leadership qualities, professionalism, personal background and strength to lead Green River College into the future,” said Green River College Board of Trustees Chair Claudia Kauffman.

Johnson began her career in higher education in 1988 as a psychology instructor at Dowling College, and moved through the ranks to become the Dean of the College in 2012. Johnson also served as the Interim Campus President of the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College in Portland, OR. Johnson has been instrumental in accreditation reviews, providing leadership over both instruction and student affairs, as well as having a deep commitment to the community college mission.

The Board of Trustees chose Johnson as the next Green River College president from a pool of 36 applicants. A 12-member Presidential Search Committee chaired by Interim President Morgan, included trustees, faculty, staff, students, and community members who volunteered their time to screen applications and recommend finalists to the Board of Trustees.


Allison Friedly
Executive Director of College Relations

New Employee Spotlight – Alan Nguyen

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. Nguyen, Alan

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
International Student Advisor in International Programs. I have worked in mostly in higher ed, but have some experience at a boarding school as well. I worked at Everest College in Bremerton, Solomon Christian School in Edmonds and Seattle Central College previous to coming here. I have been working with international students close to 6 years now and hope to continue that trend for a long time.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I actually used to study here when I was in Running Start through Kentwood High School when I was younger. I have fond memories as a student here. Also, the change in responsibilities from my previous position at Central to the one here will probably give me more room to grow professionally.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Podcasts, Sports Radio, Spotify

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked for a catering company for a couple summers while in High School. A lot of big corporate (e.g. Microsoft, Boeing, T-Mobile) summer bbqs were hosted there in North Bend. It was hard grueling work in the hot sun washing dishes in what was basically a metal box.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The fact that this is a homecoming for me is probably most exciting. So much has changed in the last 10 or so years!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to target and create a project that will be hugely beneficial to International Programs, Green River at large, whether it is our processes or to help our students.

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

  1. When I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from WSU, that was probably my proudest moment
  2. When I got my first career job out of college
  3. When I bought my house

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
A student once called me a “General”, like a military officer, because of the tone of voice I have sometimes. He linked it to my upbringing since my father is ex-military. That nickname stuck with a lot of coworkers.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
For the annual talent show, I would have to share my karate skills since I did it for about five years off and on.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
ive
Respect,
Expect
Encouragement and
Nice things will come

2017 Summer Business Hours

Effective Monday, July 10, 2017, the hours of college business operations will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with the campus closed on Fridays.

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What does this mean to the public and our students? We will continue to provide support and services through the summer, but limited to a Monday to Thursday work week.

What does this mean to you as an employee? Although the college will be open to the public from 8am to 5pm, work days will consist of four, 10 hour days from Monday to Thursday.

*Note: The 30-minute meal and 15-minute rest breaks must still be taken in compliance with our respective collective bargaining agreements, and/or state and federal regulations. Please contact Barbara Iribarren or Chernenko Wheatley if you have any questions about the revised schedule or alternate work schedules.

Who should I contact if I have questions? Please reach out to your supervisor first. Supervisors should contact the appropriate Employee & Labor Relations Manager in the Human Resources office to make sure that any proposed schedule changes meet with federal, state, and local laws as well as negotiated agreements.

When will it end? Normal business hours will resume Monday, September 4, following the Labor Day holiday.

Emotional Distress & Substance Abuse

Post courtesy of US HealthWorks

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EMOTIONAL DISTRESS
& SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Recognize At-Risk Employees

When life takes an unexpected turn for the worse, individuals may increase the use of alcohol, prescription medications, or illegal drugs. This creates a genuine threat to safety in the workplace.

What causes this to occur?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), traumatic events often take place with little warning, creating turmoil for those affected. The feelings of sadness, grief, and anger caused by the event are often coped with by the use of drugs or alcohol.

Research studies have confirmed the link between substance abuse and emotional distress. For example, one such study found that smoking, alcohol consumption, and marijuana use increased among the residents of Manhattan, New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Those who increased the usage of cigarettes and marijuana were also found to be at higher risk of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How can you help?

By recognizing signs that an employee is experiencing life challenges, and subsequently providing access to resources which can help with recovery, adverse risks can be greatly reduced.

It’s important to know the warning signs of distress:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Stomach aches or headaches
  • Feelings of anger
  • Extreme sadness
  • Constant worrying
  • Lack of energy
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Difficulty connecting with others
  • Rejecting help from others

Should you suspect an employee is currently experiencing a traumatic life event, encourage them to seek help through agencies such as SAMHSA, that offers a confidential, 24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline.

With proper care and treatment, it is possible for individuals to get back on their feet and resume living a quality life. Together, we can help them down this path.

New Employee Spotlight – Angelina Benjamin

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, Angelina

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I’m the Program Coordinator for the Auburn Center and the Center of Excellence in Education. My professional background was primarily in the legal field where I worked as a legal secretary for a personal injury attorney for many years, as well as a docket clerk at a public defense agency.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
First, I’ll start by saying I’m Green River Alumni…GO GATORS!! I learned a lot about myself at Green River with the support and guidance of faculty and student affairs. I earned my Bachelor’s degree last year and thought it would be great to work in education and help support other students, so when the opportunity presented itself to return to Green River I jumped on it!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
On the ride to work I listen to a combination of Sirius Radio stations but I’m not sure what they are. As long as the music is upbeat, I’ll listen to it.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first job was as a cashier at Taco Bell. I’m reminded of my first job on a regular basis, to this day my uncle calls me “Angelina Taco Bell”.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
What is most exciting about my position is that I have the opportunity to experience different perspectives of education. My position is actually two positions in one. In the morning I support the Auburn Center and the Aviation Program, and in the afternoon I support the Director of Center of Excellence for Careers in Education.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I quickly found out there’s a TON of acronyms used in education that I was unaware of. So if I can be in on an acronym-filled conversation and understand what’s being discussed, I’ll be happy!

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

    1. Returning to college after many years and earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from UW Tacoma.
    2. Having raised three focused and goal-oriented children who are accomplishing their higher education and career goals.
    3. My high school Spanish teacher said something that always stuck with me. A student said that a food we were trying for the first time was weird. The teacher told the student, “It’s not weird…it’s different. It’s not better, its not worse. It’s just DIFFERENT.” I’m proud to say I’ve been able to maintain that mentality throughout my life, and it’s shaped how I relate to new people and new experiences.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My office nickname would probably be Pollyanna. I always approach situations with a positive outlook and positive expectations, and have the ability to find the bright side to situations.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
The hidden talent I would show case in the Green River talent show would be stand-up comedy…actually I don’t think it’s a hidden talent, I just like making people laugh.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
aining
Really
Exceptional
Education
Necessary

New Employee Spotlight – Jessica Chan

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. Chan, Jessica

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the IT Help Desk Analyst at Green River College.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
The professor that inspired me to pursue a career in IT told me that Green River College was a great place to work. I always thought working at a school helping people was something I wanted to pursue.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I love listening to video game soundtracks when I am driving to and from work.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The first job that I ever had was a waitress for my family’s restaurant.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am excited for the opportunity to help others and expand my own knowledge and understanding of the world.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to learn Python by the end of the year. I would also like to earn my Cisco Certified Network Associate Security certificate.

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

    1. I earned my Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching certificate and
    2. Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration through hard work and determination.
    3. I am surviving in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
The most common nickname that I have is “Jess” and “Jackie Chan.” I got the “Jackie Chan” nickname, because I study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and studied Tae Kwon Do. Also my first initial is “J” and last name is “Chan,” so the nickname stuck.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
My ability to stand awkwardly and uncomfortably on stage.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Be Gracious
Be Respectful
Be Eager
Be Enthusiastic
Be Noble

In-Service Day is Here!

Posted on behalf of Kirk Walker, Training Manager

GREEN RIVER TASTING TOURS!
Pie_eating_contest_1923Your In-Service Day Committee is excited to kick off Green River’s Tasting Tours during In-Service Day this year on Friday, April 21st! You may ask, “What are you talking about?” Tasting Tours are scheduled campus events for faculty and staff to visit divisions/departments in their respective work areas to take guided tours of buildings/classrooms/work areas (if possible),  engage in conversations about what the divisions/departments do and learn about their new programs/initiatives– all the while enjoying food and getting to know each other better!businessman-607831_960_720

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS!

You asked and we listened! Our first In-Service Day workshops that you can receive Green River Continuing Education credits for are Coaching, Time Management, and Power of First Impressions. Remember that faculty can use continuing education credits to increase their total number of credits up to the maximum 360 credits.

APRIL 21st IN-SERVICE DAY
SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

8:30 am – 9:05 am: Tasting Tours first stop: Note that a light breakfast will be served at each stop

  • If your last name begins with the letter A through L,  your Tasting Tour begins in Trades Building TTA 400 Complex at 8:30 am for the “Brake-fast and Tasting Tour”  with the Trades Division. 
  • If your last name begins with the letter M through Z, your Tasting Tour begins in Salish Hall 110  at 8:30 am for the “Rock and Enroll Tasting Tour”  with Enrollment Services.

9:05 am – 9:15 am: Transition time to next Tasting Tour Stop

10:00 am – 11:50 am: Workshops

11:50 am – 1:00 pm: Sandwich Wrap Buffet

View the 2017 Green River In-Service Day Workshops

New Employee Spotlight – Hannah Micona

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. Micona, Hannah

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new cataloger in Holman Library. My professional background is all in libraries, in Washington, Indiana, and most recently, Montana.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
The opportunity to work in cataloging and technical services in a local college library with a strong community.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I’ll listen to pretty much any music, usually in the car I’ll have on one of the top 40 or rock stations – I flip through them a lot, I hate listening to commercials!

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was working as a library student assistant in college.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I’m excited to become part of the library team and the Green River community!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d love to be able to get around campus without a map – I’m very directionally challenged!

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
If I have any hidden talents, they’re really well hidden, because I don’t know about them!

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
reat
Readers
Enjoying
Every
Novel – a fiction bookclub

New Employee Spotlight – Maciej “Matt” Witwicki

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. Witwicki, Maciej

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Website Designer/Developer – I have been building websites and website content since 2002. Worked with REI, HSN, and AutoNation.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
The location.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Usually morning radio shows like Brooke and Jubal. 92.5 FM.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was at age 16 working for Eric’s Landscaping.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I like the idea of a new website around the corner and would like to be a part of the transition process.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to see the new website finished and up online.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I’m most proud of being a home owner, my career, and my travels.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Probably something like forward slash or something code and computer related.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Haha. I guess I would play a song on my guitar.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
reen
River
Essential
Education
Northwest

Medical FSA and DCAP Reminders

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon, Benefits Manager

Discretionary Health Savings Account (HSA) Employee Contributions

Federal regulations do not allow dual enrollment in a CDHP/HSA and a medical FSA. Employees who change to a Consumer Directed Health Plan (CDHP) with an HSA for the upcoming year and had a medical FSA in the previous year must have a $0 balance in the FSA as of December 31 to receive the employer contribution and make discretionary employee contributions to the HSA.

In January, agencies were notified of employees who had changed to a CDHP/HSA during open enrollment and still had a medical FSA balance. We requested that any discretionary HSA deductions entered into the payroll system be removed until after the medical FSA grace period.

This is a reminder that beginning April 1 employers may activate the discretionary employee contribution to the HSA for these employees. In addition, at the end of April, the employee will receive the employer contribution to their HSA for January, February, March and April. Employees enrolled as a single subscriber will receive a deposit of $233.36 ($58.34 x 4 months) and employees enrolled with at least one family member on the account will receive a deposit of $466.68 ($116.67 x 4 months). If employees earned the $125 Wellness incentive during 2016, this will be included in the deposit at the end of April.

2016 Medical Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) and Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) Claims Submission Deadline is March 31, 2017

The deadline to submit claims against your 2016 medical FSA and DCAP is March 31, 2017. All claims must be received by Navia Benefits Solutions no later than March 31, 2017.

Claims may be submitted online at http://pebb.naviabenefits.com or by completing the 2016 medical FSA and DCAP claim form. The form may be faxed (425-451-7002 or toll-free 1-866-535-9227); emailed (claims@naviabenefits.com); or mailed (Navia Benefit Solutions, PO Box 53250, Bellevue, WA 98015-3250).

If Navia Benefit Solutions does not receive your claim by March 31, 2017, the medical FSA or DCAP account will be closed and any balance remaining will be forfeited to the plan administrator, the Health Care Authority. Once the money is forfeited, you will not be able to claim it.

If you would like to confirm the balance in your 2016 medical FSA or DCAP account, contact Navia Benefit Solutions at 1-800-669-3539 or 425-452-3500 or log into your account from their website (http://pebb.naviabenefits.com).

Presidential Finalists Announced

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We are one step closer to having a new College President! The search committee’s hours of painstaking deliberation have paid off, and the Board of Trustees now has four outstanding candidates from which to choose:

Utpal GoswamiUtpal K. Goswami, Ph.D. currently serves as president of Metropolitan Community College- Maple Woods, in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Goswami has more than 33 years of higher education experience, divided between classroom and administration at colleges and universities in Arizona, California, Missouri and Texas. He is experienced in advocating for community college funding, fostering shared governance, enhancing student success, programming for workforce development, launching and completing capital projects, and revamping and integrating technology platforms. Goswami is actively involved in statewide and local community organizations related to education, community service and economic development.

Suzanne JohnsonSuzanne M. Johnson, Ph.D. is the current Vice President of Academic Affairs at Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, NY. Dr. Johnson began her career in higher education in 1988 as a psychology instructor at Dowling College, and moved through the ranks to become the Dean of the College in 2012. Johnson also served as the Interim Campus President of the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College in Portland, OR. Johnson has been instrumental in accreditation reviews, providing leadership over both instruction and student affairs, as well as having a deep commitment to the community college mission.

Kenneth LawsonKenneth G. Lawson, Ph.D. is currently the Vice President for Instruction at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA. He has a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Washington.  Dr. Lawson served as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Seattle Central College and Dean of Equity and Social Justice/Social Sciences at Shoreline Community College.  Dr. Lawson started teaching International Studies and Political Science at Shoreline in 2001. He has a passion for teaching and learning, and he is committed to ensuring underserved students have an equitable opportunity to succeed.

Elliot SternDr. Elliot Stern serves as the Vice President of Instruction at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, WA. Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Stern earned both a Juris Doctor and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and had a successful career as a physician-attorney and medical malpractice litigator. Stern changed career paths in 2003, and joined the ranks of Biology faculty at Everett Community College, where he later became Dean of Allied Health. Stern also served as the Dean of S.T.E.M. at Edmonds Community College.

The candidates will each have a full day on campus packed with multiple interviews and campus forums. The schedule has been posted on the presidential search page at greenriver.edu/president.

**During the interview week, members of the campus community will have the opportunity to provide feedback via an online survey, the results of which will be passed on to the board for consideration. **

If you wish to learn more about the candidates prior to their visit, candidate resumes are available to Green River College faculty and staff on the shared N Drive (N:\human resources\Presidential Search). This link is only accessible from campus computers or via remote desktop.

New Employee Spotlight – Micki Chikwinya

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. Chikwinya, Micki1

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Senior Director of Financial Services. 20+ years in Accounting Management, including government/fund accounting, ERP (accounting) system implementations, audit and training.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
As a resident of the GRC district I have watched the growth and positive impact the College has for so many people. I want to be a part of something that is bigger than me. Contributing my core competencies to the success of the College allows me to strive for that goal. Also, this commute is beautiful.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Seattle Wolf radio.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Sorting returned bottles/cans (Oregon) at my family’s grocery store.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Being a part of the College.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Learn as much as possible about our current accounting system (FMS) in order to lead our team successfully both in the short term and in the planning for success with the conversion to the new system (cTcLink).

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

    1. Successfully raising my son.
    2. Buying my house and two other investment properties all by myself.
    3. Being a kind and generous person.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Nickname would be Searcher, because I am always looking for information and knowledge and sharing with others to help solve challenges.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
How to sew on a button. Only because so many people never learn things like this any more.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
et
Receipts
Entered
Efficiently
Now!

New Employee Spotlight – Zulfiya Kadimova

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.

KADIMOVA, ZULFIYAPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I have just been hired as the Full-Time Program Assistant in the TSW department (Transitional Studies & Wellness). I worked at this position as an Office Assistant (hourly) employee for four years.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was introduced to GRC when I came to USA and started as an ESOL student. In the last 10 years I got more involved with GRC. From 2012 I started as an employee. When a new position was available I could not miss being more involved with friendly faculty/staff and a beautiful campus.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
On the way to work I like to listen to the radio, news and “Power Turkey” through the phone.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was in upholstery in a furniture company.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Actually, I worked at this position for the last 4 years in the office with my supervisor and my two other colleagues. I was relying that they can help me with questions. The most exciting thing in my new position is that I’ll be by myself in the KC office, and I must find a way out from any situation on my own. Also, I am excited to meet more students and form new relationships.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I love to help more students who are learning English and going through the path that I passed. I want to provide as much as confidence to the students at Kent Campus, so they do not have to run to Main Campus for their issues. Also, I would love to learn my job well enough and see myself as a Program Coordinator after a year.

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

    1. I raised two beautiful, intelligent and well-educated sons.
    2. I came to USA with zero English and was able to get my AA degree as a Medical Office Assistant.
    3. My career as a Program Assistant.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I do not like to give a nicknames to anyone and would not like to have one. All of us have been given beautiful names by our parents why not to use it instead?

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I have one singer and one poet among siblings, but unfortunately my parents have not presented me with any talents. I do enjoy sewing.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
et
Really
Excited about
Everything
Never stop smiling

U.S. HealthWorks – 8 Tips to Better Manage the Time Change

Post courtesy of US HealthWorks

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US Health Works Time Change

Rested. Focused. Productive.

a healthy transition to daylight saving time

Helpful Tips for Your Employees

  1. Get ample sleep. Commit to 7-8 hours every night.
  2. Keep a fixed schedule. Maintain consistent sleep and wake times.
  3. Exercise regularly. Even moderate exercise can improve sleep.
  4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed. Both interfere with sleep habits.
  5. Eat a light dinner. Avoid heavy meals and finish eating 2-3 hours before bed.
  6. Relax before bed. Read a book, listen to music, or take a bath.
  7. Create a sanctuary. Your room should be cool, quiet, and free of distractions.
  8. Invest in a good mattress. Make sure it provides ample comfort and support.

READ INTERESTING FACTS ON
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

 

College Council Explained

The staff of Green River College is a mix of new hires and veteran employees, and their variety of interests and passions has lead to a number of campus councils and committees.

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College Council in particular plays a central and important role in the College’s vision of maintaining participatory governance. For the uninitiated, this term reflects our College’s practice of encouraging faculty, staff and students to engage one another and discuss ideas, concerns and potential recommendations to the College President.

The Council is a representative body that gives the different employee groups on campus an avenue to bring forward topics of interest. It is therefore composed of the following:

  • Two members of the Administrator Council
  • Two members of the Classified Council
  • Two members of the Exempt Council
  • Two members of the Faculty (Instructional) Council
  • Two members of the Student (ASGRC) Council

Currently, the Council is working on developing a policy for All-College Emails, and will be working to establish this year’s Summer business hours.

As always, the ultimate goal is to ensure and improve student success. 

If you have an item relevant to the entire college, the Council reserves time in its meetings for public comment. Meeting times and locations are posted online.

Feel free to send any questions related to College Council to the participatory governance coordinator.

New Employee Spotlight – Aileen Mata

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. mata-aileen

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I’ve been hired as a Program Specialist for the Recruitment and Outreach Office. I have my Master’s in Education Policy from the University of Washington. I have worked with college access and closing the opportunity gap for over 5 years now and am excited to join the Green River Community.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I wanted to center my work on community outreach in higher education in South King County Area. South King County has become very diverse over the last couple years and I want to continue working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
On my way to work I listen to my Hip-hop station on Pandora. I need upbeat-feel good music on my way to work to help motivate me for a new day.

What was the very first job you ever had?
When I was 12 years old I worked out in the fields picking strawberries to help pay for school clothes. I still remember the first day of picking, it was very hard work and I told myself that I would make sure that I would never have to endure this kind of work when I got older.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am eager to meet new colleagues, community partners and students! College access work is my passion, and I am excited to see how I can contribute to the Green River Community!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d love to help establish new strategies on how to outreach to new communities. I am always up for a challenge and love innovating new ideas and projects that will produce positive outcomes.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
The 3 accomplishments that I am most proud of are my graduations from high school and college. I was the first one in my family to graduate high school and attend college. I knew that my degrees were bigger than me; they were not only for my family but for my community.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
The nickname would have to be Luna “moon”. I am always in the movement night or day; social change is what drives the work I do.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I would perform Baile Folkorico “folkloric dance” from Mexico. I use to dance when I was an undergrad at Western Washington University and it was a lot of fun- not to mention a really great workout!

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
iving
Restorative
Equitable
Education
Needed

New Employee Spotlight – Seth Deister

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. deister-seth

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am a Program Assistant at Foundation for Success. Previously, I was Program Coordinator at South Seattle College’s Georgetown Campus. My department, Corporate & Customized Training, provided employee training to local companies. My roles were marketing, program support, and interfacing with instructors.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I knew I liked working at a college, but I wanted to work more directly with students. I love their energy and creativity. The opening at FFS looked like it would be a lot of fun and so far…it has!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
The speakers on my car were broken for a long time, so I previously listened to tires rolling. I fixed the speakers, and now I listen to punk rock or classic rock.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I was a Donation Station Attendant for Goodwill. It’s a very fancy title for basically sorting people’s used stuff and putting it in a truck. Separate your linens, clothes, and accessories when you go to Goodwill, people! They will love you.

I quit because lifting books and TV’s was doing a number on my back, and I started studying at the University of Washington anyway.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am most excited to be working with international students, plus I will get my own student worker!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to start taking some language classes at Green River. A long term goal of mine is to learn Chinese.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I don’t like ‘bragging,’ but here are two things I am proud of accomplishing:

  • Riding my mountain bike down one of Whistler’s most difficult biking runs (Goat’s Gully) and surviving
  • Finishing a one month, 12 graduate credit S-TESL course with a 4.0

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Most people try to make my name into something longer, like Setherson or Setheriah.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Probably juggling. I’m not particularly ready for the circus or anything, but with a little (ok, a lot) of practice I could probably put on a decent show.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
ee
Rent is
Excessively
Expensive
Now

Workplace Injuries

Accidents happen at work and can sometimes lead to debilitating injuries like stubbed toes or worse!workplace-injury

Here are a few key points to keep in mind when this occurs:

  1. Seek medical attention if needed!
  2. Report your injury to your supervisor and Campus Safety or HR as soon as humanly possible.
  3. Complete an Accident/Incident Report Form, and forward it to Campus Safety.

Our College is insured through the Department of L&I, and your physician will initiate the worker’s compensation process. During your first visit, request copies of the following, and deliver them to Human Resources:

  • Completed Report of Industrial or Occupational Disease
  • Completed Activity Prescription Form (APF)

If you need to miss work, it is your responsibility to contact your supervisor and payroll to coordinate appropriate leave.

Please contact Chernenko Wheatley, Employee & Labor Relations Manager, with any questions.

And remember:

Safety First

All-College Emails

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Recently the restrictions on the All-College Community Mail list serve were lifted as a result of successful mediation between the United Faculty Coalition and Green River College. All members of the campus community now have access to send through the “All-College Community” list.

The College Council and relevant bargaining units will work together to develop a long-term solution while this agreement is in place.

Please keep in mind the following guidelines for use:

  • All-College Community email use must follow the Green River Board of Trustees’ Civility Policy.
  • Out of respect for others and their time, please use “Reply All” with extreme discretion. If you are the only person to whom replies should be directed, please use the BCC line to include this group.
  • Remember, we are communicating with human beings. Although email may feel impersonal, there is another person at the other end of your message. Try to exercise kindness and patience, and refrain from personal attacks.
  • Think before you hit SEND.
  • Any disputes or issues that arise over faculty use of the “All-College Community” email list will be addressed first through consultation between the Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs and your Appointing Authority (with the exception of Faculty where it will be with the President of the United Faculty Coalition).

If you have any questions about this change or wish to receive further information, please contact your supervisor.

New Employee Spotlight – Edrick Goad

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.

goad-edrickPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I have been in the IT world for 20 years, supporting everything from desktops to large virtualized environments. I have worked with databases, systems management tools, and security initiatives. I hold many certifications from multiple vendors.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I recently had my first teaching experience in Honduras and enjoyed it greatly. When I found this position I immediately applied, so that I could continue my teaching experience and pass on what I have learned.

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

What was the very first job you ever had?
Dishwasher at a rib restaurant.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
To be able to continue to learn about new technologies, as well as to share the information with others.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Become a great teacher.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
That guy that drinks all the coffee.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
My ability to watch an entire Netflix series in a single sitting.

New Employee Spotlight – Enrique Hamilton

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. hamilton-enrique

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Hey, everyone. I’m your new evening custodian. Some of you will recognize me from the college lunch room. I have been told I make a mean breakfast burrito. This is my first non-cooking job in a while. I’m looking forward to a new opportunity.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I know some staff members from my time in the kitchen, and they recommended it.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Sports radio. I have to keep up on my Seahawks.

What was the very first job you ever had?
McDonald’s. It definitely was not my favorite job, LOL but it taught me a lot.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I have been cooking for many years, and I felt like I needed a change. It’s also a better job for me and my family. I get to see my girls off to school. It’s great to have that time with them before work.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I want to show I’m a hard worker. I want to grow in the company. That I know will take more than a year.

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

  • Winning a state title in my senior year – Skyline High 3A football champs.
  • Graduating high school.
  • Becoming a father. They’re my world. That, and marrying my wife.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I think Batman. I’m a huge Batman fan! – Since I was 5 years old. I have been called that in the past.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I will be totally real with you. I have none LOL.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
reen
Rainy
Evergreen
Emerald City
Northwest

Kaiser Permanente Acquisition is Complete

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordonkaiser-permanente
Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative became final February 1, and with that, Group Health is now part of the largest integrated health system in the nation. While Group Health will now be part of Kaiser Permanente, it’s important to remember:

  • The plan you’ve selected won’t change. Your premiums, benefits, and costs will stay the same in 2017. So will your member number.
  • You can keep your doctors. You and your family will continue to receive care from the doctors and care teams you count on.
  • You can still get care at the locations you visit now. The name on the buildings will change, but the same convenient clinics — with doctors’ offices, lab, pharmacy, and X-ray usually under one roof — will continue to serve you. The same goes for online services, including the mobile app, your electronic health record and secure messaging with your doctor.

Group Health members can expect to receive a letter from Kaiser Permanente in March with new ID cards (but with the same member number). Your existing Group Health card is still valid; continue to use it until you receive your new Kaiser card.

Sheryl F. Gordon
Benefits Manager
Extension 2600

Take a Hike!

Posted on behalf of Chernenko Wheatley, Employee & Labor Relations Manager

Spring is right around the corner and with it warmer weather! Don’t forget about the wonderful trails here at Green River. Many of our staff and faculty have enjoyed these, so I say join them, and you will enjoy them too.trailmap

However, if the smell of fresh air, pine trees and wildlife disturb, offend or bring about a severe allergic reaction, then please consider the wellness and fitness programs on campus. We have an awesome Recreation and Athletics Center in the Student Union with a variety of fitness classes. Contact Mollie Gunter for information about hours and fees.

New Employee Spotlight – Cassandra Knipfing

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.

knipfing-cassandraPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am Green River College’s new IBEST/ESL Career Pathway Navi-“Gator”. My first position within higher education was at GRC’s Assessment Center as a part-time proctor. From there, I transitioned to a full-time Assessment Specialist position at Tacoma Community College working mainly with the Transitional Studies/ABE/ESL/GED department. Feel free to ask me any and all of your ctcLINK questions; I have lived and survived it (and now I kind of like it).

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I left my favorite mug here 2 years ago, and I just had to get it back.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
KIXI radio 880 AM.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked at an outdoor concert venue in New Jersey where I was able to watch concerts for free during the summer season and then dress up as an elf and drink endless hot chocolate during the winter holiday lights drive-thru show.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

  • The opportunity to be help grow and develop the I-BEST programs here at Green River.
  • Also, the opportunity to MAYBE see a wild bear.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d love to have created a strong network of communication throughout different departments, so I can confidently direct students to resources on campus that will support them through their educational journey.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I successfully orchestrated a “traditional” Thanksgiving Dinner in Finland for 20 international students, even after completely overestimating the size of a European oven. I also am proud to say that I do not have a “Jersey Accent” from growing up on the “shore.”  As well as my affinity for quotation marks, “apparently.”

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My previous office nickname was “Princess Cassie,” however I would like to relinquish my throne and perhaps go with something more casual similar to my nickname in college, “Scrappy.”

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I think I could manage a bang-up lip-syncing performance to the Police’s “Roxanne.” I happen to rehearse rather regularly when home, much to the frustration of my downstairs neighbor.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
reen
Reen
Een
En
N
(I am very sorry I couldn’t think of anything. This might correlate with my struggles in Scrabble and Bananagram.)

New Employee Spotlight – Richard Scherer

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.

scherer-richard
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I will be working as a custodian on swing shift at Green River, helping to keep the school looking great at all times. I have worked in the custodial field for about 4 to 5 years in places such as Marshalls, Jack in the Box , Clean as a Whistle company, and Hallmark Manor Nursing Home. I also spent 13 years in the baking industry working for many different companies.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I came to Green River looking to work for a good place, to grow as a top notch custodian and to enjoy the beautiful campus area it offers.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
On the car ride to work , I listen to 710 for all the sports information and current happenings.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The very first job I had was working at the Windmill nursery in Sumner for about 4 months.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am looking forward to learning new ways and styles of cleaning and building care for the campus.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I want to accomplish in year one the routine and ordinary things that are wanted and needed done.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
The 3 top accomplishments in my life are: 1- traveling to a foreign country for the very first time and by myself.   2- Meeting and marrying my future wife from the Philippines.  3- Taking care of my injured mother in 1990 and caring for my father who had a very bad stroke in 2001.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
If I were given a nickname it would ether be FLASH, because I really like thunderstorms, or CRICKET, because I can whistle a cricket-like sound and other whistling sounds

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
My best talent is painting landscape types of pictures in acrylic paint.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
raduation
Reading
Education
Exam
Necessary

New Employee Spotlight – Megan Swanson

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.

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Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I will be the Extended Learning Program Manager within Extended Learning and International Programs. My background is in international development and higher education. I have coordinated university-based civic engagement initiatives in Colorado and worked with various NGOs to support international exchange and development activities benefiting communities in Tibet, Afghanistan and Uganda. After graduate school I spent 2.5 years working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Transition Initiatives, providing support to countries in transition to democracy.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I am a passionate advocate for international education and promoting cultural understanding through exchange, so I was drawn to the robust international program here.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Radio stations: C89.5, NPR, KEXP, or whatever is commercial-free at the time.

What was the very first job you ever had?
As a teenager I cleaned my mom’s quilt shop a few days a week after school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am most excited to meet and support students from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I hope that I can identify a process or system that needs improvement and can implement concrete changes to increase efficiency.

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

  • Buying a first home with my husband this year
  • Completing my Master’s in Public Administration
  • Maintaining friendships from childhood and places I’ve lived cross-country

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
The Taskmaster. I strive to be efficient and am always eager to assign action items and deadlines in meetings.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Photography. I have a tradition of taking a Photo of the Day and posting it on social media. The tradition began in spring 2011, when I was living in Washington, DC. I just had to get out of my office in the basement, where I usually ate my lunch and rarely saw daylight. I walked out and noticed the tulips had bloomed. It was a refreshing sight amid the concrete jungle of the city. Since that day I have challenged myself to take a brief break during the workday in search of a unique picture. I don’t always do it, and they aren’t always that unique, but I enjoy the hunt and the reminder to look outside of myself once in a while and notice the beauty that surrounds us.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
reat
Reality
Everyday
Enthusiasm
Nonetheless

Doughnut Fundraiser for Court Reporting

Posted on behalf of Lori Rapozo, Computer Reporting Technologies Faculty

krispy-kreme-court-reportingHello all Krispy Kreme fans!

It’s time for the Court Reporting Student Association Annual Krispy Kreme Doughnut sale Monday, January 23, 2017. The students thank you very much for all of your past support. It has enabled students to attend both the National Court Reporting/Captioning Conference and the Washington State Court Reporting Conference. In years past, our program has had national award recipients, and thanks to your support of CRSA, they were able to attend and receive the award in person. They truly learn so much at these events and are able to share this information with the whole Court Reporting/Captioning student body.

The sale takes place in the Student Union lobby beginning at 7:00 a.m., but you can preorder your doughnuts now by placing an email to me.  I will confirm your order.
lrapozo@greenriver.edu

Here are the details:

One box (doz.) of doughnuts is selling for $12 this year – same price as last year.  Just let me know how many boxes you’d like and then what time and where you’d like them delivered.  You can then either send me a check in campus mail (Mailstop: SH2) or have payment ready upon delivery.  If paying by check, please make it out to:  CRSA.
If paying by cash, please have the exact amount. 

So get your orders in, and spread the word. Treat yourself, your colleagues, your students, and family.  The students are waiting to sweeten your day!

 

Mumps Outbreak

Posted on behalf of Julie French, Health Services Coordinator

Mumps UpdateFlu Season

In late December, there were news reports of a mumps outbreak in South King County and cases reported in Pierce County. It is important to be aware of the health information in this post, should mumps surface on campus as the winter quarter progresses.

As of January 6th, 2017, there were 123 in King County:

  • 94 cases in Auburn
  • 9 in Kent
  • 5 in Federal Way,
  • 3 in Seattle
  • 3 each in Algona, Covington and Des Moines.
  • 1 each in Bellevue, Black Diamond and Renton

Mumps is a highly contagious, viral illness. We encourage you to help protect the health of our campus, and to prevent the spread of mumps to our local communities by educating yourself about mumps and taking reasonable precautions.

Mumps Facts

  • Mumps is a virus that infects the salivary glands and can be spread through contact with an infected person’s respiratory secretions and saliva. It can be spread before the symptoms begin to show.
  • Common symptoms include swelling and tenderness of the cheeks, usually preceded by a fever, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms can develop anywhere from two to four weeks after being exposed to someone with a mumps infection.
  • If you experience these symptoms, you should distance yourself from others and be seen by a healthcare provider.
  • For more information about mumps and immunization effectiveness please check the King County information page.

Julie French
Health Services Coordinator
jfrench@greenriver.edu
253-833-9111 ext. 2430

 

New Employee Spotlight – Anicah 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-anicah

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am very excited to be the new Program Coordinator at the Kent campus! Before coming to GRC, I worked as an international students’ recruiter in a Japanese school in Tokyo, Japan. Then, I worked as an account executive for a telecom company. After arriving in the United States, I was a Chinese language tutor for children and adults. Then, I worked as a buyer for an import/export company. After a few years of being a full time mom (the most difficult job of them all by the way!), I went to work for a non-profit agency, which helps disabled people manage their social security monetary benefits. I’ve also been an assistant teacher for the ESOL program here at GRC, as well as a computer lab assistant. Now I am here full time, and I could not be more excited! I look forward to working with you all and having many rewarding years at GRC.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was drawn to GRC because it enables me to use my language skills and my experience working with people from many different cultures. I also enjoy the idea of being able to share all of my experiences with everyone.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to everything – my kids’ pop music, to news radio and soft rock.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The first summer after I graduated high school, I worked as a translator for the Pan- Asian games in Beijing.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am most excited about being able to work with so many of the wonderful stuff and students here at GRC, many of whom I know already.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
In my first year at this position I plan on mastering the many aspects of my jobs – there is so much to learn.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I am so proud of my two daughters and my niece. They make me proud every day.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I don’t know…

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 my ability to clear the room when I sing.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Genius
Resource
Education
Environment
National

New Employee Spotlight – Teresa Buchmann

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. buchmann-teresa

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Director of Student Financial Aid. I started working in financial aid in 1999, back when the FAFSA was on paper and we weren’t sure if computers would work in the year 2000. I have worked at several different colleges in my career which gives me a unique perspective on the many different ways we can help students. Most recently I have been the Financial Aid Supervisor of the Puyallup campus of Pierce College.

I have a strong passion for helping students take their next step and helping them change their family tree through Financial Aid. Financial Aid made my education a reality, and I love being a part of changing so many student lives.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I love how the mission of Green River highlights a student focus. Responsive services is the perfect way to describe my view of customer service. There is no one-size-fits-all answer in financial aid. I’m excited to work for a college that has this viewpoint in its DNA.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I love listening to podcasts. A few that are always downloaded on my phone:

America’s Test Kitchen, Revisionist History, Radiolab, This American Life, Freakonomics, Plant Money, Serial, Reply All, and Homecoming

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was at Subway. I started working when I was just 14, which meant I couldn’t touch the ovens. In my interview I made the joke that the witch from Hansel and Gretel might push me into the oven if I were less than 15. I’m confident this sealed my new job for me and got a lot of laughs. I learned a lot of great customer service skills in my time at Subway (and I can make a sandwich in less than a minute).

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am most excited about leading a new team and leveraging technology to help us serve students faster and better. I have great ideas of how we can minimize barriers for students so they can get enrolled faster and have better support while enrolled.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
My goals are to streamline the process of financial aid for students and decrease the processing time.

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

  • My three boys (8, 16, 19) and the great men they are becoming (and, of course, my husband who guides our family so well).
  • Completing my Bachelor Degree while a single mom, working full-time
  • The changes I made at Pierce Puyallup including decreasing processing time and making the financial aid department the friendliest place on campus.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I asked my former staff at Pierce for suggestions: Sunshine, Bubbles, Financial Aid Guru, Smiley, Sparkles, Pollyanna (because I always see a silver lining), SuperSquirrel (Think “squirrel” in the movie UP, always being pulled in multiple directions, but able to navigate it with grace and get everything done).

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
While it isn’t a hidden talent, I love to cook. So I would offer to cater the talent show and let people with real talents perform.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Guiding
Resources
Education
Equity
Nourishing

Innovation Fund – Round 2

idea2The Innovation Fund was established by Interim President Morgan and the Board of Trustees to provide resources to any individual or group on campus with an idea to advance the college’s three main goals: enrollment, completion and diversity & equity. More information can be found on the participatory governance website.

If you didn’t make the first application round deadline, the next is right around the corner:

Next round of applications are due January 9th by 5 pm.

Based on the first round of applications, the application review committee would like to make the following suggestions:

  • Proposals MUST demonstrate a measurable impact to one or more of the college goals (enrollment, completion and diversity & equity).
  • Please include the number of students/individuals that will be served/impacted.
  • Project budgets should be itemized – be clear on what is being spent on personnel, goods & services, travel, etc.
  • Projects should be shorter-term (less than 16 months) – and again, should have direct impacts on enrollment, completion and diversity & equity.
  • Collaboration with other areas is valued.
  • Innovation funds are college funds (not Foundation dollars), so college rules around serving food apply.  In addition, funds cannot be used for hosting or gifts.

The College Council will receive quarterly reports regarding approved projects in order to inform the college community.

If you have a great idea, but need more time, a third round will follow! Please send any questions to the Participatory Governance Coordinator.

New Employee Spotlight – Benjamin Orr

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. orr-benjamin

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Welding Instructor Tenure Track – Fall Quarter 2016. After attending Scott Schreiber’s welding class in 2004. I went out in the real world and began my welding career. I worked for many different companies, some fab shops, manufacturing, and repair shops. In 2013 I was offered a chance to teach for a quarter to fill in for Casper Fox. From that moment on I was hooked on teaching. I then became Casper’s instructional aide for about a year and a half. It was at this point I was offered to teach the weekend welding class as an adjunct. Of course I jumped on it. I’ve been teaching the weekend class for a little over a year now. Since 2013 I have maintained two jobs welding Monday-Friday and Teaching Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Needless to say but I’m looking forward to just teaching in the fall of 2016.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I enjoy the people I work with and all the new people I meet each new quarter.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
On the way to work I like to listen to talk radio and news. This keeps me up to date on current events and what’s going on in the world.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was McDonald’s at the age of 16.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Right now it’s getting down to one job and having more time to spend with my wife and kids. However, I’m also excited to take on more responsibilities and help grow the welding program.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
One thing I would love to accomplish is getting the welding robot class up and running.

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

  • My wife,
  • my four kids and
  • my career as a welder/teacher.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I don’t know – something bad, LOL!

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I don’t know. All of my talents are front and center for everyone to see all the time.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
I got nothing for this one sorry.

New Employee Spotlight – Nathanial Thompson

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. thompson-nathanial

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Help Desk- Desktop Support Team. I spent 5 years at Best Buy, I worked my way up from Seasonal Geek Squad to Geek Squad Supervisor, then got promoted to Best Buy corporate and did Competitive Intelligence and Analysis. From there, I worked for a few smaller businesses. Finally, I settled in at a Business-to-Business IT support company and did Tier1 Support, Dispatch and IT Project Management.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I heard wonderful things about how great of a place this was to work and the fantastic opportunities to learn and grow in a positive work environment.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I like to listen to many different kinds of music on my ride to work. Today, I listened to Bruno Mars, Shinedown, Eric Clapton and Jay Z.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked at Wild Waves and operated the Ring-Of-Fire. I transferred to the Games Department and got really good at playing fair/carnival games.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I love the opportunity to help resolve IT issues for employees and learning from the tougher IT issues that come along the way.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I want to get my CCNA Certification: Routing and Switching.

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

  • I am a proud father of 2 wonderful children.
  • I Beat Cancer!!
  • I learned to play the guitar and have performed Live.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Probably NATE! That is one of my common Email signatures coming from a background of working with a lot of other people named Nate and it was an easy way for people to remember which Nate I was.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I would perform standup comedy. I have always enjoyed making people laugh.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Great attitude!
Ready to learn!
Every day have fun while being the best!
Each day brings something new!
Never stop smiling and laughing!

Suspended Operations Explained

Over the past couple of weeks, meteorologists and psychics have been predicting blizzards, another ice age, attacks from terrifying monsters and even the end of days!

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The last few may have been complete fabrications, but there have indeed been some recent weather scares leading to discussions about suspended operations.

What would this mean and how would this occur?

Regarding inclement weather and campus closure, each Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has its own articles to reference, and all other employees should look to HR – 28, “Suspended Operations – Employee’s Leave Option.” It is certainly important to review the guidelines specific to you, but in the meantime the following summary should serve you well:

Notifications of campus closure (classes canceled, but the College is open for business) or suspended operations (campus closed to students and non-essential personnel*) will be made via the campus switchboard, website, schoolreport.org and our Green River Safety Alert system.

Faculty:
– Outlined in Article 6.4 “Emergency Weather Leave,” of the United Faculty CBA.
– Faculty may take up to 2 days (emergency weather leave) per year, non-accumulative.
– Additional days shall be made up through work agreed upon by the faculty member and their administrator, or through a prorated deduction in annual base pay.

Classified Represented:
– Outlined in Article 5.7 “Suspended Operations,” of the Classified Union CBA.
– After reporting to work, such employees will be compensated for hours worked on the first day of suspended operations.
– Those not required to work may request (and may be granted) a schedule change during the workweek.
– Those who are required to work will receive time and a half for work during the suspended operations.

Classified Non-represented, Exempt and Administrative Employees:
– Those scheduled/required to work, including employees dismissed during their shift, have no loss of pay on the first day.
– For the rest of the closure, such employees have several options:

  • Compensatory time (for overtime eligible)
  • Vacation leave
  • Personal Day
  • Sick leave (up to 3 days may be used)
  • Leave without pay (for overtime eligible)
  • Working remote or schedule changes must be agreed upon with the employee’s supervisor.

– Employees will receive regular pay for work during the suspended operation.

Any further questions? Please contact the Office of Human Resources.

*Essential personnel already know who they are, so if you are thinking, “I’m essential, too!” – of course you are…just not for the purpose of shutting down the campus.

New Employee Spotlight – Michael Macon

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. macon-michael

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I’ve been hired as a Math Tenure Track Instructor. I have a B.A and M.A. in mathematics, and I have about 10 years experience teaching math at the high school and college levels in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I wanted to work in higher education, and was interested in working in Washington state. I scoped out Green River, and loved the campus and people that I met.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to various podcasts or music from my collection–swing jazz, country blues, Bob Dylan etc.

What was the very first job you ever had?
When I was 12 years old I had a job in a local delicatessen in New Jersey, where I grew up. I washed dishes, did mopping, sweeping up, cleaning tables, etc.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am most excited to meet and work with new people, colleagues and students.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d love to give each one of my students an exciting learning experience and motivate them to work towards great success in their studies. I would also love to get to know the people and culture at Green River, and see how I can fit in and contribute.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I’m most proud of my family. I’m a pretty good musician. I’ve also cultivated an adventurous and curious mind.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Lefty–I’m left-handed.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I would sing, play piano, guitar & harmonica. I’ve also been known to bust out some dance moves from time to time.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
As my wife often reminds me, “Greatness rarely entails excessive napping.”

New Employee Spotlight – Michael Wood

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. wood-michael

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Hello, my name is Michael A. Wood, and I have just recently been honored by being allowed to accept the new Engineering Tenure Track position at Green River College. I have been teaching since the first year I left Colorado State University nearly 20 years ago. I began by teaching Mathematics for nearly 15 years at which point my wife and I decided to move to the state of Washington where I spent a year teaching High School Mathematics getting my feet on the ground in the new state, and at which point I began teaching I.T. as an adjunct at GRC. During my adjunct time, while I spent a great deal of time teaching in the I.T. Department, I was also privileged to have a chance to work/teach in both the Engineering/Computer Science department and in the Mathematics division.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
After my time teaching High School, I wanted to shake myself up a little bit and try to stretch my abilities some. So I decided to jump outside my comfort zone of teaching Mathematics and try teaching some computer science/IT at a college setting.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I tend to be very involved with learning new stuff, so it tends to be some sort of podcast about current events or scientific ideas. I will also admit to a bit of a nerd/geek leaning, so there might be a gaming podcast mixed in there as well.

On the rare case it is musical, it tends to be something instrumental without words.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first job when I was 16 was working as an I.T. person for my school technology division. I would spend 2-3 hours after school every day driving to various elementary/middle/high schools fixing computers, and then during the summer going around to clean out the computer of all the gum/gunk/dust.  Let me tell you, elementary students can fit some nasty things inside a computer.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am excited to be able to work with several different departments and try to find a way to work/combine the joy of computer science to the other departments.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to be able to work with the IT department and develop an integrated approach to teaching programming that can bridge both departments and increase the shared load of both departments.

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

  1. Marrying my wife,
  2. going back to get my master’s in applied Mathematics while still teaching, and
  3. the advancements made by my former students.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
The Resource”. I tend not to be too vocal during meetings and activities, but I listen to everything and have the ability to recall a great deal of information, so people in the past have come to me to recall what was said at prior meetings.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I honestly don’t know what I would do at a talent show. I would most likely be the one behind the show making sure that everything occurred in an organized manner, keeping the flow going and the acts in line, and then sneaking out before the bows were taken at the end.

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

Giving
Responsibility
Enough for
Every
Need

Say “Yes” to Students!

Posted on behalf of the Green River College Foundation

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Give the Gift of ‘Saying Yes’ to students this holiday season! Consider a gift to the Gator Pledge and remove financial barriers for students. If you give through the Foundation in honor of friends and family, we’ll send you a ‘Say Yes’ Card to share.found-sayyes-icon

You can donate online ,payroll deduction, or stop by our office and visit with us in person. We would love to see your smiling faces.

Inspirus, formerly the School Employees Credit Union of Washington (SECUWA), will once again be partnering with the Foundation to present the 2017 Employee Giving Campaign.

Stay tuned for upcoming Employee Giving Campaign fun in Winter Quarter and opportunities to work with Inspirus Credit Union. inspirus

New Employee Spotlight – Benjamin Coats

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. coats-benjamin

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Aviation Instructor – Tenure Track with fourteen years of teaching experience as an FAA certified flight instructor and three years of experience teaching chemistry and mathematics in community colleges.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I am a product of community colleges, and I wanted to serve the same community that educated me, a high school dropout. Also, the aviation program we have at GRC attracted me to this specific community college.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
SPEED METAL!!! VERY LOUD!!! Overkill, old Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest are some of my favorite bands. I also listen to techno – anything with energy that sounds great when played loud and fast.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I was working two part-time jobs when I was only fourteen. I flipped hamburgers at McDonald’s in Blue Ridge, Georgia during the evenings and weekends, and I was also a roofer for Blue Ridge Roofing in Morganton, Georgia during the weekdays.  I hated both jobs, because they were both very hot environments, and I was constantly sweating.  Plus, my bosses were mean and uneducated, so this initial work experience was great motivation for me to stay in school. 

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
This position provides me with an excellent opportunity to combine my teaching experiences in community colleges with my teaching experiences on airports into a common mission, which is something I have always sought my entire adult life.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I want to fix the VA funding issues we have for students in our department that want to learn how to fly. While the problem of the funding abuse is a nationwide issue, I want GRC to lead the nation in finding and implementing the solution. We owe it to our veterans to resolve this issue, immediately. With the huge worldwide pilot shortage we are facing, I am committed to ensuring that this void is first filled by those who have served our country and protected its freedom before filling this void of professional pilots by only the wealthy. I view this problem as an emergency situation that demands immediate action from our college’s administration and from our politicians, and I am prepared to do whatever it takes to get our veterans in the air as soon as possible. I am willing to take on any politician or administrator that opposes this effort and make their resistance political suicide, if necessary, in order to fight for our veterans and their educational goals. Any support you can offer me with this will be greatly appreciated.

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

  1. Earning my BS in Chemistry with Cum Laude honors from a historically black university,
  2. Earning my MA, Liberal Studies while living below the Federal poverty level, and
  3. Earning my pilot & flight instructor certifications and self-funding that burden.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I have been called “Ben-jammin’“ before because it is word play on my full first name, Benjamin, while recognizing my love and talent for music.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Maybe it should exist! Then, I can play the piano for my colleagues. I can play “The Last Date” by Floyd Cramer, “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven, and a few other songs, some of which are my own creation.

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

Giving
Respect to
Everyone
Encourages
Networking

Hourly Employees Explained

Posted on behalf of Chernenko Wheatley, Employee & Labor Relations Manager.hours2

Temporary employees are a great asset to the support of department operations here at Green River, but there are guidelines and restrictions of which supervisors must be aware.

Under Article 5.1 of the Classified Union Collective Bargaining Agreement, individuals in temporary appointments are limited to one thousand and fifty (1,050) hours of work in a twelve (12) consecutive month period from the individual’s original date of hire. Because of this time constraint, supervisors need to effectively manage the number of hours their hourly employee is working.

Article 5.1 (A) tells us that individuals in such temporary appointments who work between three hundred fifty (350) hours and one thousand fifty (1,050) hours over a twelve (12) consecutive month period become members of the bargaining unit and begin paying union dues.

Individuals in temporary appointments become eligible for medical benefits once the employee accrues 480 hours within a six month period and with a minimum of 8 hours each month. The employee will maintain that benefit if they continue working a minimum of 8 hours per month. By staying at 16 hours (or fewer) per week, we remain within the limit.

Hourly positions do not qualify for vacation leave and must adhere to the scheduling needs of the department.

*Special Considerations:

  • Hourly Student Employees: Under article 5.1 (A), individuals who are in temporary appointments and are students in a half-time or more capacity are NOT eligible to become members of the bargaining unit.
  • Work Study Students: The different hour constraints (16 for benefits, 1050, etc.) and other considerations (i.e. union notification) are dependent upon the amount of financial aid a student is awarded. Please direct any questions regarding such hourly employees to Financial Aid.

For further guidance, please take a look at the Temporary (Hourly) Employee page on the GatorNet under Administration>Departments>Human Resources>Hourly (Non-Permanent). Here you will find information about the hiring process, general guidelines and other helpful links.

Please submit any further questions to our Employee & Labor Relations Management team: Chernenko Wheatley or Barbara Iribarren

MetLife Enrollment Deadline Extended!

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon

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MetLife’s website and customer service phone lines have experienced high visitor and call volumes, and many members have reported being unable to complete their life insurance transactions online or get through to a customer service representative.

To ensure that PEBB Program subscribers can take advantage of this special, one-time open enrollment opportunity, the deadline for life insurance only has been extended. Subscribers now have until midnight on December 16, 2016, to take action.

This open enrollment extension only pertains to MetLife’s life insurance benefits effective January 1, 2017. This is NOT an open enrollment extension to make other PEBB Program benefit changes for 2017.

MetLife’s website is likely to remain busy. To ensure that your life insurance enrollment or changes are received by MetLife by December 16, 2016, please don’t wait!

You have two options:

  1. Go to MetLife’s website at www.mybenefits.metlife.com/wapebb to create an account.  At the home page, type in PEBB and then click on PEBB Benefits – State of Washington and continue to register.  Once you’ve enrolled in or made changes to your life and/or accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, print your confirmation page and keep it for your records. OR
  2. Complete and print the MetLife Enrollment/Change Form – Enrollment Period from November 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016. You can either mail this form to the address shown on the bottom of page 1 or fax it to MetLife at 1-859-825-6719. Please keep a copy of your form or the accepted fax transmission for your records. (MetLife will disregard the enrollment period shown at the top of this form.)

Please review the MetLife Frequently Asked Questions on the MetLife website.

Use the MetLife Life Insurance Calculator to determine how much life insurance you need.

Review the Support, Planning and Protection Advantages MetLife offers. These benefits include:

  • grief counseling
  • face-to-face will preparation
  • solutions for continuing workplace coverage and more.

*Although the MetLife deadline has been extended to December 16, there is no reason to wait!

New Employee Spotlights – Xiaoquan “Lily” Ma

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. ma-xiaoqian-lily

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am so excited to become an Engineering Instructor. I got my Ph.D. degree in Materials Engineering and Science in December 2015, so this will be my first job (and hopefully a lifelong job!). During my study toward Ph.D. degree, I have worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant for the Materials and Metallurgical department, and Math department at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. I have taught a wide variety of engineering courses in college and enjoyed it!  

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I met a very nice HR person from Green River College, Mr. Kirk Walker, at a career fair in Seattle, who introduced Green River College to me. After doing some research about the school, I knew I wanted to work here. Not only because it’s a diverse campus, but also the opportunities it provides for professional growth.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
NPR (National Public Radio), which delivers breaking national and world news. Also top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture.
KING FM 98.1, classic music.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Research assistant at Graduate School at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The most exciting thing is that I’m not a teaching assistant any more, I will be a teacher! Teaching is the most rewarding job in the world. You get the opportunity to influence someone else’s life and guide them in making the right choices in life. Isn’t that great?

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Students looking forward to taking my classes.

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

  1. a Ph.D.,
  2. a military spouse,
  3. and a mom!

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I will leave it to them to decide.

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

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

Get
Responsibility
Enthusiasm
Energy
Now

New Employee Spotlight – Kara LaValley

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. lavalley-karalynn

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My name is Kara LaValley, and I just recently accepted the Temporary Full-Time Nursing Faculty position. Prior to this, I worked as an adjunct nursing faculty member here at Green River. I graduated from the University of Washington with my Masters in Nursing focusing on Public Health and Nursing Education, and I am currently a Nursing Ph.D. student and a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar at the University of Washington. My dissertation focuses on the impact of adverse childhood experiences on neurologic, biophysical and psychosocial development. When I am not teaching and going to school (which is almost never!), I work per diem as a Nursing House Supervisor and a floor nurse in the CCU and the ER at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw.  

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I am a former Green River student! I obtained my AA and completed all of my nursing pre-requisites at Green River while working part-time in the campus bookstore. For me, Green River feels like home. So naturally, when deciding where I wanted to pursue my career in nursing education, Green River was at the top of the list.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
My drive to work in the mornings is relatively short, and I am not known for being a morning person, so oftentimes I actually don’t listen to anything on my drive to work in an attempt to work through my day and wake my brain up. On the drive home, however, I listen to various radio stations, podcasts or my iTunes-depending on my mood. This is my relaxation time!

What was the very first job you ever had?
The first job I had was working in the Women’s Department at Burlington Coat Factory in the Supermall (back when it actually was the Supermall!). I then QUICKLY transferred to the registers where I worked as a Customer Service Manager for 3 years.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I love teaching and I love nursing, this is the best of both worlds! I get to enrich the minds of future nurses and healthcare leaders.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to see the Nursing BSN program become a reality this next year! Nurses are the backbone of healthcare and with the ongoing complex changes to the healthcare system, advanced nursing education is vital to enhancing patient care. It would mean the world to me to be a part of that!

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

  1. Getting into the number one doctoral nursing program in the country (GO UW!) and earning the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars Award.
  2. Working full-time as a nurse while going to school full-time to obtain my BSN and MN at UW and graduating a 4.0 GPA.
  3. In High School, I was a member of the Jazz and Chamber Choirs at Auburn Sr. High. In the four years that I participated in choir, the school was awarded a Grammy Signature School Award (from the actual Grammy Foundation) each year!

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Giggles-no questions asked. I have a very boisterous and contagious laugh. You always know where I am when you hear me laugh, which is quite often.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
That depends, do you want actual talent or stupid human trick-because I have both! Actual talent, I would sing. Stupid human trick, I can sound exactly like a crying baby…and yes, it is as creepy as it sounds.

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

Giving
Research
Education
E
quality
Nursing

New Employee Spotlight -David Lewis

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. lewis-david3

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

  • I was an automotive technician for GM/Saturn after Graduating from Green River with my AAS in Automotive.
  • For the last 11 years I have been teaching automotive at Kentlake High School.  

What drew you to apply to Green River?
As a student I attended Green River. And I knew they had an excellent automotive program. For the last 5 ½ years I have been teaching night classes, and knew when the opportunity came to go full time, I would apply.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Anything but commercials. Could be talk radio, Rock, Country, or anything but commercials.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I got my first job when I was 14. I delivered newspapers on my bicycle every morning at 4:30am.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am excited to work with adults that are career bound, not students that are only worried about graduating.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
In my first year, I would like to iron out the bugs that come with a new building, and have a seamless transition from the previous instructor to me, the new instructor.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
My Children: Carter (6), Beckett (3 ½) and Roslyn (2)

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Many people know me as “Suberdave”:
Suber: I love Subaru’s, and I am active in the Subaru community.
Dave: That’s my first name.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I have no hidden talents.

Whistleblower Act 101

We are state employees, stewards of government resources, and have a duty to report improper government action.

The Whistleblower Program is the means by which the Washington State Auditor’s Office investigates issues like:whistle1

  • Gross waste of public funds or resources
  • Violations of federal or state law
  • Substantial and specific dangers to public health and safety
  • Gross mismanagement
  • Alteration of technical findings or the prevention of the dissemination of scientific opinions.

Under the Whistleblower Act, RCW 42.40, any current employee who suspects improper action by another state employee or agency may file a report, and are protected from retaliation.

The first step is to complete a Whistleblower Complaint Form. Include as many details as possible, and file it with the State Auditor’s Office within one year of the date the asserted action occurred and within good faith. You can also submit the form to GRC’s designated whistleblower contact, the Vice President of Human Resources.

This is a confidential process – once you file a report, your identity is not subject to public disclosure, even if the State Auditor’s Office does not proceed with an investigation.

For more information, please take a look at the State Auditor’s Office website or call at (360) 725-5358. You may also contact Green River’s Office of Human Resources and Legal Affairs at ext. 3320.

*Please note that Whistleblower Program is not the place for filing a complaint or grievance, which follows a different process depending on the employee type. For grievance or complaint related questions, please contact Human Resources, ext. 3320.

New Employee Spotlight – Shaunie Decker

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. decker-shaunie

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I have just been hired as the High School Completion Full-Time Instructor, Tenure Track, having taught at Green River for about 3 years.  I began as the first iGrad instructor at the Kent East Hill location and then began teaching GED, ABE and HS21+ on the main campus.  I have been in the community college system for about 10 years working at North Seattle, South Seattle, Renton Tech and finally, here at Green River.  My bachelor’s degree is in social science and my master’s degree is in adult education and distance learning. Teaching is my passion.  It is a privilege to help students achieve their educational goals. I feel fortunate to have a career that brings me so much personal satisfaction.  

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Even before working here, I heard of Green River’s reputation for having a top notch ABE program and once I arrived, I felt immediately at home. Everyone I work with is so supportive and makes this an enjoyable workplace. I feel a sense of comradery with all of the faculty and staff in my department.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I have recently taken up listening to audio books in the car. My favorite read lately was, “The Boys in the Boat”, about the UW rowing team that competed in the 1936 Olympics.   I am also a sucker for a certain radio station known for making prank phone calls.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was dusting shelves at my father’s grocery store when I was 9 years old.   From there, I worked up to butcher’s assistant and finally, cashier.  While it wasn’t always easy to work for my dad (I recall getting fired once in third grade), it instilled in me a strong work ethic.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am looking forward to spending all day, every day, doing what I love.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I want to get on a first name basis with individuals throughout multiple departments on campus.

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

  1. My 3 children
  2. Completing 10 marathons
  3. Achieving the dream of living in Hawaii for a period

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
One of my previous employers dubbed me, “The Bulldog.” Whether that was because of my height, or my tenacity, I am not sure, but it was probably both!

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I can’t say that I have a stage-worthy talent per se, but I do enjoy sewing and have taught many kids in my community how to sew.

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

Gregarious
Runners
Exude
E
nergy
Naturally

New Employee Spotlight – Tiffany Quatmann

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. quatmann-tiffany

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My name is Tiffany Quatmann and I so excited to join the Green River team as one of the new IT Specialist – Systems Administrators. I have just over twelve years of experience working in technology related positions. The last six of those years working in Academia. Most recently I am coming from Arizona State University where I progressively worked as a Systems Analyst. I currently have two undergraduate degrees and I am working on my Bachelors.  

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I am relocating to Washington state and my passion of working in Acadamia lead me to look for work at the surrounding colleges. I feel in love with the campus at Green River College and when I dived a little deeper into the programs offered I knew it was the place for me.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
News. I know. But it is actually a wonderful way to get my brain up and running, thinking critically and preparing for the day.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Subway at Paradise Valley mall in high school. It was amazing opportunity to for a high school student to work at the mall close to home. Although, I cannot eat Subway anymore.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Learning more. This position offers a broader range of opportunities and room for growth.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Completely immerse myself in the community of Green River.

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

  1. Raising a beautiful and loving family.
  2. Going back to college and completing a degree.
  3. Giving back to my community.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Tiffy. That has always been the one I was given.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I would showcase a range of quilting projects that my daughter and I have worked on over the years. Although, I might have to track some of them down.

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

Generating
Renewable
Energy
E
nvironments
Nationwide

New Employee Spotlight – Chris Boudreaux

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. boudreaux-chris

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I will be a full time professor of engineering (or instructor if you prefer).

I have been, in chronological order: A part time instructor at multiple institutions, * a sensor specialist on a giant airborne laser resembling a smaller version of the death star, * a research engineer in revolutionary technology programs at LM Skunk Works (* at Lockheed Martin: ), an amateur stand-up comedian, a lifeguard / swimming instructor, and a commercial actor.  

What drew you to apply to Green River?
The great facilities and the outstanding people who work here!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I generally listen to NPR on the way to work to get my news fix. If that’s not interesting, I’ll listen to James Brown.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The very first job I ever had was as an actor doing commercials. (I was a cute kid!)

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Frankly, finally having an office so I’ll have a place to meet students!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Helping to grow the Engineering Department, which will get me hired on a permanent basis.

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

  1. Finding the love of my life.
  2. Beating cancer.
  3. Traveling to 4 of the 7 continents (mostly Europe).

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Gentle Ben (remember that old show?) because I’m as big as a grizzly bear, but I’m gentle and most everyone tells me that I’m sweet. (FYI: most giant guys are).

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I am a fabulous dancer and singer! If that fails, I can always do my patented “finger pop”. (can’t describe it, you’ll have to see it for yourself).

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

Great
Resource for
Education and
E
vergreen
Nature

Campus Security Authorities (CSA) Training

Posted on behalf of Kirk Walker, Training Manager

Through the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or simply Clery Act, institutions of higher education that receive federal financial aid (that means us) are tasked with reporting and providing crime and safety information. This keeps students and the rest of the College community informed of dangers on campus.badge

Green River College takes safety awareness very seriously and recently invited Major Steve Rittereiser, Commander of Police at the University of Washington, to come teach our Campus Security Authorities (CSA’s) about a range of Clery Act related topics:

  • Purpose of the Clery Act – What does it mean to Green River?
  • Who are “Campus Security Authorities”? – At institutions of higher education these are officials who have responsibility for student and campus activities, security personnel and individuals/organizations who receive reports of criminal activity.
  • Identification of Campus Security Authorities
    • The Campus Security Authorities at GRC are generally the directors, managers and deans of the College. If you are a CSA, the Office of Human Resources has already informed you.
  • Reportable Geography – What area are we responsible for reporting on?
  • Crime Definitions – What constitutes a crime or security concern on campus?
  • Timely Warning Notices – What is our process for notifying campus of a threat?
  • Daily Crime Log – How do we maintain our records?

Training Green River’s leadership on the Clery Act and campus security ensures that we maintain compliance and, more importantly, that our College and community remains safe and secure.

Have questions about future CSA training? Email Kirk Walker, Training Manager.

New Employee Spotlight – Denise Lee

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. lee-denise

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I’m fresh out of college with my B.A in Financial Economics and a minor in business administration. My new title of Fiscal Analyst 1 is a great beginning to establishing my professional background in Finance.  

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was initially drawn to Green River by the job posting for the Fiscal Analyst 1 position because I was being selective in my job search and few positions fit my preferred criteria. But once I visited the campus I was further drawn in by the friendly employees, and the over all culture of the college.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
As of day two, I am still listening to the soothing sound of my google maps, and the beautiful rain of the PNW.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first job was working at McDonalds for $8.00/hr in high school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I’m most excited to be working and expanding my knowledge and skill set in my field of passion.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to meet new people, and build new relationships.

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

  1. Growing up,
  2. Going to school and
  3. Getting a job.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I have no idea, because I just met them!

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

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

Get
Ready
E
njoy
E
very
Nanosecond

New Employee Spotlight – Tamara Shilipetar

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. shilipetar-tammy3

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I’m honored to be selected for the HR Consultant 3 – Recruiter role. I spent 25 years at Boeing, 16 years of which were in recruiting. I have a passion for building relationships and developing lasting friendships.  

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was looking to make a difference in college-age students.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I flip through music channels. Old school and current! (no country).

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked at a daycare – 3 year olds.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The diversity of the partners and customers.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Understand how things work and make a positive impact.

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

  1. My Son.
  2. My love and support for my extended family.
  3. My work at KentHOPE.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Hmmmmmm, hard one- “Tam” I guess.

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

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

Gifted
Relationships
E
veryone
E
nriched
Namaste

Election Etiquette

voteIn the lead up to election day on November 8th, many employees are engaging in water cooler conversations regarding candidates and issues. Our internal Ethics Policy (GA-23) as well as RCW and WAC speak to where the line is drawn. While we all want and should encourage civil discourse, please familiarize yourself with the state and college guidelines so no one inadvertently runs afoul of them.

Excerpt from Green River’s Policy, GA-23:

“Use of Public Resources for Political Campaigns

Employees and officers of the college are prohibited from using college facilities to assist a political candidate’s election campaign or to promote or oppose a ballot proposition. The law broadly defines the term “facilities” to include, but not be limited to, stationery, postage, machines, equipment, office space, vehicles, publications, and the use of state employees during working hours, and clientele lists of persons served by the agency. For example, the use of e-mail to encourage letter-writing campaigns to promote candidates or a ballot measure is prohibited.

An employee may also violate the ethics law if she/he lets someone else use public resources for political campaigns.

An exception to this rule permits activities that are the normal and regular conduct of a state agency, such as renting property under customary rental arrangements or providing a college ‘neutral forum’ for political presentations.”

New Employee Spotlight – Amanda 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.

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Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am a Workforce Coordinator. In my previous position I was an Office Assistant at Workforce Education. Most of my professional jobs have dealt with retail.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I already enjoyed working part-time as an employee in the Workforce Education Department. When I found out about the new position, it was a no-brainer to apply.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
It depends on my mood in that moment. It could be: Sports Talk Radio, Podcasts, Country Music, 90’s Hip-Hop, Motown, Classical Music, Soft Rock, Pop, Christian Music and NPR.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I started working when I was 16 at TJ Maxx as a cashier.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am excited to inspire students to reach their full potential.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I want to engage, listen and find solutions to students’ barriers that prevent them from reaching their goals.

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

  1. My close relationship with my family
  2. My experience in working with challenging students
  3. DIY projects

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I have no idea.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I would say my talent would be a dance number.

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

God
Rise Up
E
ducation is the most powerful weapon (Nelson Mandela)
E
ncounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated (Maya Angelou)
Nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you (Marianne Williams)

New Employee Spotlight – Jenee Stanfield

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.

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Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My new title is Program Assistant for IESL on the Kent Campus. I started my career in education as the lead writing consultant for Highline College’s Writing Center. I continued working in higher education as a housing coordinator for Kaplan International English, placing international students with American host families. Most recently, I taught English to K-12 students at a learning center in Bellevue.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I’m passionate about connecting with and serving students. I love helping to support others in their educational goals, especially international students, and Green River is the perfect opportunity for me to do that.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
When I’m driving into work, I’m usually listening to NPR. I’m a big news-junkie. It’s important to me to know what’s going on in the world.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was running concession stands for Kent Little League. I loved watching the games, and getting free hot dogs was definitely a plus!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
It’s always exciting to meet people from all over the world and learn more about their cultures. That’s something that I loved about working with international students before and that I’m looking forward to enjoying in my new position in the IESL office.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’m in a very unique position as the first full-time program assistant for IESL on the Kent Campus, so it’s important to me in this first year to make this job my own and to learn how to best support a team working across multiple campuses.

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

  1. The first accomplishment I am most proud of is being the first person in my family to receive a bachelor’s degree.
  2. The second accomplishment is receiving my MFA in Creative Writing and being able to finish my thesis during a particularly chaotic year, which involved leaving my job, getting married, and moving.
  3. The third accomplishment I am most proud of is the meaningful relationships that I’ve been able to build with students.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My office nickname would probably be something like “smiley.” I’m a habitual smiler, even when I’m not paying attention.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I’m a prose writer, so I suppose I could tell everyone a story.

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

Genuine
Responsiveness
E
ducational
E
ncouragement
Nurturing

Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights

Posted on behalf of Chernenko Wheatley, Employee & Labor Relations Manager

pres-obamaPresident Barack Obama signed the Survivors Bill of Rights Act into law on Friday, October 7, 2016, after it was passed by Congress on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Amanda Nguyen, a 24 year old White House Deputy Liaison for the US State Department and survivor of sexual assault, founded the sexual assault survivor advocacy organization Rise and not only helped draft this federal bill and lobbied for it, but also helped draft a similar bill for Massachusetts.

The bill was drafted in support of providing sexual assault survivors with specific rights (specifically those who are survivors of rape) in terms of law enforcement, counseling and how rape kits are handled.

The new legislation means that survivors will have access to sexual assault counselors and more information about their rights and will be able to track when and where their rape kit is tested by law enforcement, if they choose to submit one.

Survivors can no longer be charged fees or prevented from getting a rape-kit examination, even if they have not yet decided to file a police report. The kits must be preserved, at no cost to the survivor, until the applicable statute of limitations runs out. Also, survivors will now be able to request that authorities notify them before destroying their rape kits, and if they choose to keep the evidence, it has to be preserved. Survivors will also have the right to be notified of DNA-profile matches if a hit comes up on the kit, toxicology report, or other information collected as part of a medical forensic examination (if such disclosure would not impede or compromise an ongoing investigation).

Fire Prevention Week

Posted on behalf of Chernenko Wheatley, Employee & Labor Relations Manager 

Fire safety isn’t just for houses and businesses. Colleges and universities should also take fire prevention seriously. Here are some statistics from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):warningfire

  • From January to May 2015, there were 85 fatal fires in residence halls, fraternities and sororities, and off-campus housing, resulting in 118 fatalities.
  • Sprinkler systems were not present in any of the 85 fatal campus fires.
  • Smoking was the leading cause of fatal campus fires, accounting for 29% of them. Other leading causes included cooking, arson, unattended candles, and overloaded extension cords, power strips, and outlets.
  • Alcohol was a factor in 76% of fatal campus fires.
  • In 58% of these fires, the designated smoke alarms were either missing or inoperable, because they were disconnected or their batteries had been removed.
  • 94% of fatal college or university fires occurred off-campus.
  • 70% of the fatal fires occurred Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. 73% of the fatal fires occurred between midnight and 6:00 am.
  • 13% of fatal fires in campus housing occur in April, making it the peak month for campus fire fatalities.

****Samsung on Monday October 11, 2016 advised all customers to stop using the Galaxy Note 7 after it said it had received 92 reports of batteries in the smartphone overheating in the U.S., resulting in 26 instances of burns and 55 of property damage.

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Concerning Green River College, each building has a fire alarm system with a systems panel indicating if a smoke detector is not working or if smoke is present. Campus Safety monitors the panels with a direct line to the fire department, and is ultimately responsible for system tests involving alarms and notices. Additionally, Green River’s Facilities Department performs necessary repair work, and conducts panel tests after any maintenance occurs.

PEBB Health Coverage Changes

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon, Benefits ManagerInsurance1095

The Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB) program is instituting several changes next year, beginning January 1, 2017. The changes will include:

  • New life insurance benefits and premiums
  • Medical plan benefits – including Telehealth or “virtual” office visits!
  • Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Plus expanded into new counties
  • Medical plan premiums
  • Individual contribution amounts for health savings accounts (HSA)
  • Optional long-term disability (LTD) insurance premiums
  • PEBB Program rules and policies

Check out the following flyer to find out more details about the above changes:

PEBB Health Coverage Changes 2017

*And don’t forget that open enrollment for MetLife starts November 1, 2016.

Harvest Fest – 2016

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

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

The River Room
Student Union Dining Area
Look for the decorated tables!
Monday, October 31, 2016
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

This year, we will not be using the stage for the costume contest so be sure you mix and mingle during the event to show off your costume. As a reminder, a culture is not a costume.

Food Drive:  Donations will be delivered to the Auburn Food Bank in early November. Collection boxes or tubs will be delivered to departments on or around October 14th. 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.

New Employee Spotlight – Sean Taggart

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. taggart-seanPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My name is Sean Taggart, and I am the new Assistant Director of Campus Safety, Parking and Transportation. My professional background spans 20 years and includes security, safety and transportation experience in a wide range of environments including educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies, 5 star hotels and resorts and many others. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and will complete my Master’s Degree in Security Studies in October. I also hold a Certified Protection Professional certification through ASIS.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
The campus and the people are what drew me to Green River College. From the moment I stepped foot on the campus I was made to feel welcome. In addition, the opportunities that this position has to offer are a perfect match to my experience, training and education.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Being from Texas, I tend to listen to a lot a country music traveling back and forth to work.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first job was working as a camp counselor for a large Boy Scout camp in Bastrop, TX.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The fact that this is a new position is very exciting. Along with that, the fact that I will be able to work with a wonderful group of individuals was an incentive to accepting this position.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
In my first year I would hope to gain a deep understanding of the school’s culture and people and how in my role in Safety, Parking and Transportation I can best serve them.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
My biggest 3 accomplishments in life would have to first be my wife and our marriage, second would be obtaining my master’s degree this fall, and third would be where I am in my professional career

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Chef, because I love to cook.

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

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

Great
Ripe
E
nvironment
E
ducating
Nations

New Employee Spotlight – Ryan Hawes

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. hawes-ryanPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My new title is Program Support Supervisor. I have been in customer service my entire professional life. Most of that time has been spent working in casinos from frontline to management positions.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Working in casinos sounds fun, right? No. After 10 years of “hustling” (as we called it) I was done. I saw this position and thought I’d be a pretty good fit. I received my Bachelor’s in Sociology in 2008 because I really wanted to help others. I felt like this would be a position where I felt I could give back to others and the community.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?hawesselfie
I live close enough to walk to work!!! It’s awesome! But in the shower I listen to 950 KJR. I am a Slickhawk fan boy. I got a selfie with him at the USMNT match at Centurylink earlier this summer.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Cashier at Burgerville.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The most exciting part for me is that I finally have a position where I have the ability to help others. I’ve been in this position for 3 weeks now and every day I feel like I am making a positive difference in other people’s lives.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I haven’t really thought about it. I just want to come to work, do my job, and go the extra mile for the people I work with and the students.

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

  • Being the first person in my family to attend college and graduate.
  • Getting married to the best person I have ever met.
  • Being true to myself. (Don’t know if that’s an accomplishment.)

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I asked my coworkers about this and Joshika said, “Bear!” which is actually what my wife calls me. So there you go.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I guess I could give them really solid fantasy football advice. I used to write my own blog (pretentious face).

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

Goblins Rarely Ever Engage in Nurturing……I’m bad at acronyms.

Opening Day

Opening Day was a smashing success, filled with motivational speeches, icebreakers and workshops. In case you missed it, check out the photos below of all our Outstanding Staff and Service Award recipients, courtesy of MarCom’s Julie Spiers. Our 63 Service Awardees have dedicated an overwhelming total of 995 years of service to the College.

Green River is proud of and grateful to you all!

Outstanding Staff Awards:
From left to right, Mary Edington, Marsha Medgard, Lavina Goble, Jenny Parkoutstanding-staff-awards2016
5 Years of Service:
Susan Baker, Adrienne Battle (Not pictured: Joy Crawford, Amnat Saephan, Eric Shea)
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10 Years of Service:
Matt Swenson, Kathryn Hoppe, Judy Brenden, Deb Casey (Not pictured: Mandiann Bumgarner, Story Gilmore, Noland Hall, Alex Marchuk, Tim McDaniel, Veun Saetern, Akiko Sakurai, Alvin Tai)
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15 Years of Service:
Gary Oliveira, Jaeney Hoene, Megan Evans, Carla Kane, Danna Davis, Mary Singer, Marji Mackenzie, Anthony White, Martha Koch, Catherine Cantrell, Frances Lindland, Michelle Danberg-Marshman (Not pictured: Pamela Basquez, Susan Batchelor, Susan Evans, Sue Finnestad, Scott Schreiber, Will Scott, Patty Sherman, Jack Wells, Micki Wells, Lyudmila Zadneprovskaya)
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20 Years of Service:
Camella Morgan, Brad Johnson, Julie French, Sergey Mikhailenko, Cindy Olson, Rochelle Mitchell, Judy Fuchs, Shirley Archuleta, Sandra Davidson, Dan Sorensen (Not pictured: Keith Clay, Jennifer Dysart, Susan Fairley, Pie-Yon Gilge, Dan Keene, Sandy Zirkle)
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25 Years of Service:
Stefanie Chapman, Julia Nation, Lori Rapozo, Angie Brenner, Diane Anderson (Not pictured: Bart Dowd, Sandra Matthews, Roland Vieira )
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The Red Flag System Explained

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Situations occur on campus, which may be suspicious or potentially harmful to members of the college community or its property. Often it is unclear whether or not these situations warrant a call to the police.

The Red Flag Information Reporting System exists for these cases.

It allows faculty, staff and students to “send up a red flag” for “anything that is witnessed, observed, or participated in.”

Green River’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) will receive the notice, assess the situation and take appropriate action.

Remember, this system does NOT serve as a replacement for emergency notification systems. In a true emergency, please call 9-1-1 from any phone on campus before you submit a red flag.

To submit a red flag, go the main greenriver.edu webpage:

  1. Go to Home » About Us » Campus Safety » Red Flag Information Reporting System
  2. Click on the red flag icon: redflag-icon
  3. Fill in the details of the incident to the best of your ability. The right side of the page contains useful hints regarding the information the system is looking for.
  4. Follow the directions at the bottom in order to provide attachments, information about the parties involved, and your own contact information.
  5. You can also log back in to update a red flag that you previously submitted in the event that the situation has changed.

*Again, this system is NOT a replacement for dialing 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. If you are unsure, feel free to contact campus safety at extension 3350 for further guidance.

 

MetLife and PEBB Life Insurance

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon

MetLife is the PEBB Program’s new life insurance carrier in 2017

The Health Care Authority (HCA) recently partnered with MetLife to provide increased life insurance benefits to eligible Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program members starting January 1, 2017.

Concurrent with the PEBB Program’s open enrollment, MetLife will hold a special, one-time open enrollment opportunity that will allow many PEBB Program subscribers to enroll in or increase their supplemental life insurance or supplemental accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance from November 1-30, 2016.

Some of the benefit changes for 2017 include:

  • Employer-paid, basic life insurance for employees will increase from $25,000 in 2016 to $35,000 in 2017. Accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance will remain at $5,000. This increase is at no cost to the employee;
  • Many PEBB members will be able to enroll in or increase their amount of life insurance during MetLife’s Open Enrollment (up to $500,000) without health questions and/or medical exams;
  • Eligible employees can apply for amounts over $500,000 up to $1,000,000 with health questions and/or medical exams;
  • Also changes in supplemental life insurance options for children and for retirees.You will receive much more information in your PEBB Program “For Your Benefit” newsletter which PEBB will send out on September 13th to all PEBB Program members.

You will receive much more information in your PEBB Program “For Your Benefit” newsletter which PEBB will send out on September 13th to all PEBB Program members

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New Employee Spotlight – Brian Mitchell

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.mitchell-brianPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Junior Web Application Developer on the Web Team. I have a BS in Computer Science and previously worked in Seattle for a small web development company. Go (CWU) Wildcats! I mean…Go Wildcats and Gators!

What drew you to apply to Green River?
The area and the campus itself. The campus is gorgeous and only a jump from home.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Star 101.5 or my Spotify playlist, which includes bands like Skillet or Thousand Foot Krutch, as well as classical music by the Piano Guys!

What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first job was delivering weekly newspapers and ads as a teenager in Germany.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Learning new things! Also, working professionally (previous jobs at colleges were student jobs) in an educational setting.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Be an asset to my team and help people on the campus.

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

  • Getting married to my best friend,
  • moving back to the US by myself and establishing myself over here, and
  • getting my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
B-Three or B3. There are two more Brians here in the IT department. I was the last one to arrive. I have also heard Brian M before from a co-worker.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Do a comedy routine in German.

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

Getting a
Rockstar
Engaging
Education
Now

New Employee Spotlight – Aileen Velasquez-Soto

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.
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Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My name is Aileen Velasquez-Soto, and I am the new administrative assistant for the facilities department. I just graduated from the University of Washington with my degree in Communications, and I am beyond excited to start working at Green River.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I used to be a student at Green River. I started right after high school and graduated in 2014. When I saw the position open I knew I had to apply. Being part of a college, though, has taught me so much and is what made me apply.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I like to start my morning with something that gets me excited for the day. It can be country, pop, or anything in between.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was in high school. I worked at a McDonalds close to my home. I met some great people there, and it taught me the fundamentals of what it takes to be a great employee.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I think the most exciting part about my new position is being back on campus. I love the environment at Green River and can’t wait to be back.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I can’t wait to just learn. I know I am going to be working with some great people in the facilities department, and I can’t wait to learn from them and help them in anyway I can.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
My greatest accomplishments so far are:

  1. Being the first in my family to graduate from college.
  2. Going to school and working full time while managing good grades.
  3. Being chosen to study abroad in Spain and experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, and interning at a great place

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
People usually call me A or Velasquez. It’s just something that has stuck with me since I was younger.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I love to take pictures. Photography is a new hobby of mine. So, if we had a talent show, I would showcase some images.

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

Great school
Respectable people
Energetic students and staff
Exciting environment
New place for opportunities

New Employee Spotlight – Eun Hee “Clara” Park

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.
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Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My title is IESL Student Advisor, and I am working within International Programs. For the past year, I’ve been in this role part-time and am excited to be coming aboard full-time. Before I came to Green River, I was at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing an M.S. Ed. in Higher Education while working at Haverford College as an academic consultant. Before that, I taught math in middle school and worked at a test prep center!

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I had applied for an AmeriCorps position at Green River years ago – I had been accepted for the position, but the grant fell through at the last minute. Even though the position didn’t work out, I remember having really good feelings about the atmosphere and the people!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Podcasts – ranging from recent news in higher education to Korean comedy.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first job was probably a tutoring job. I tutored almost half my life!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The most exciting part of my job is coming up with new ideas with our team. We are currently working on student engagement within the IESL program, and we’re excited to get students active and involved outside of the classrooms!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d like to collaborate across campus and get to know more faces outside of International Programs.

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

  • Getting my graduate degree! The ten months I spent in Philadelphia were probably the most emotionally draining ten months of my life – I think there was a point in the final stretch where I wanted to come back home, but with the support of family and friends, I was able to complete the program. Being the first to attend graduate school in my family was a huge accomplishment for me.
  • Changing majors in college! My parents thought I was going to medical school ever since I was a baby, so the day I told them I wanted to pursue education was not a good day. I had studied natural sciences (without much interest) all throughout the first couple years of college, but then decided to pursue psychology and music – one of the best decisions of my life. I remember feeling as if I had let them down, but now, they are my biggest supporters.
  • Getting married! My friends thought I would be the lonely cat lady yelling at kids on the front porch, so it was a huge surprise when I started dating my husband. We recently got married and spent a week in Bali for our honeymoon!

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
“Neat-freak” is the go-to nickname that I’ve been given everywhere else. I’m not crazy neat, but I do like to have things placed in a certain way, especially on my desk.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I would probably set up shop and write everyone’s names with a pointed pen. I picked up calligraphy a year ago, and I’ve been doing commissioned work for the past six months!

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
A Gentle Reminder that Equity in Education is Needed.

New Employee Spotlight – Laura Lowe

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.
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Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My new title is Director of Procurement. I’ve worked in procurement for the State of Washington for over 25 years.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I’ve always been impressed with our state’s community college system. I’m inspired by people who study and learn.  I just had to apply for a job where I could use my professional skills and work in a learning environment!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I like audio books, NPR and 107.7 The End.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked in food prep at the University of Washington student union building.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I’m excited to get to know, and work with my new co-workers.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Along with continuing to provide excellent procurement services, I’ll work hard to become an accomplished ctcLink user.

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

  • Raising my two sons
  • Helping my older son become an Olympic athlete
  • Being a good family member and friend

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
It would have to be something to do with smiling. 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’d discover an unrealized talent for the fiddle or banjo and play some bluegrass.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Grow and Reach every day. Educate yourself. Enjoy life.  Nurture family and friends.

Opening Day is (Almost) Here

Posted on behalf of Kirk Walker

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Green River’s Opening Day starts on Tuesday, September 13, at 8:00 am sharp in the Student Union Grand Hall. The events will begin with a campus message from our Interim President Scott Morgan, staff awards, and a presentation from the keynote speaker, Dr. Derek Greenfield, titled, “Today is the First Day of the Rest & Best of Our Lives: Believe & Achieve Together!”

Check out this year’s vast array of workshops led by a variety of departments including Human Resources, Campus Safety and Workforce Education!

Questions? Feel free to send an email to Kirk Walker, Training Manager.

 

 

Summary of Benefits and Coverage

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon

Q&A

WHAT DO YOU CALL AN EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND AND CONCISE SUMMARY OF YOUR HEALTH BENEFITS?

You call it your Summary of Benefits and Coverage!

Need to know what’s covered under your health plan and what services may not be, what’s included in your plan’s “out-of-pocket” limit, or what your overall deductible is?

You can find all that and more in your plan’s Summary of Benefits and Coverage. Summaries of Benefits and Coverage (SBC’s) are required under the federal Affordable Care Act to help plan members understand plan benefits and medical terms.

The PEBB Program and/or medical plans provide SBCs, or notice of how to get one, at different times throughout the year (like when you apply for coverage, renew your plan, or request an SBC). SBCs are available (upon request) in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, and Navajo.

You can find your Plan’s Summary of Benefits and Coverage here:

Summaries of Benefits and Coverage

Summaries of Benefits and Coverage aren’t the only useful tool when comparing plans; PEBB also offers a handy side-by-side Medical benefits comparison tool for researching your plan options.

OPEN ENROLLMENT IS COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK —NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30!

New Employee Spotlight – Jingzhu Guo

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.
Guo, Jingzhu2
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

My new title is Program Specialist 2. I would be engaged in two main roles. For part of the year (STP – 20%) I would be the key activity and event planner for visiting international students, which are here for just a short while. For the other part of the year (Housing – 80%) my focus would be on the International Student Housing Program. Duties would include consulting with students regarding their housing choices, interviewing host families and home visits, facilitating move-in, tracking, coordination, and attending host family meetings.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I immigrated to the U.S from China 5 years ago. I graduated from Green River College in 2013. I got lots of help and support from instructors and other staff. Now I want to pay back and help other students.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I like to listen to Spirit 105.3, which is a Christian music radio.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first job was an employee in an international travel agency in Beijing, China.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I work with international students, which is very exciting for me.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to know all the host families in my first year at Green River.

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

  • I met my wife and got married in China.
  • I have two wonderful children.
  • I got my Bachelor of Science degree from University of Washington, Tacoma. 

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I prefer “Beatles” because my name is Jude.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I probably would sing a Chinese song.

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

Gentle
Respectable
Experienced
Exploratory
Nutritious

New Employee Spotlight – Andrew Turgeon

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.
Turgeon, Andrew
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am an International Student Advisor. Before working at Green River, I was Assistant Director of Enrollment Services at Associates in Cultural Exchange and then worked as an International Student Advisor at Seattle Central College.  I also wrote reference content for National Geographic Education, covering topics ranging from typhoons to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Currently, I am completing a master’s degree in International Education from the School for International Training.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I worked in international student advising in Seattle before and met many Green River employees and attended their workshops at conferences. I always appreciated their friendliness, their innovative ideas, and their clear commitment to international student success.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to KUOW, KEXP, and podcasts like Risk, Invisibilia, and 2 Dope Queens. I also love pop music and classic rock.

What was the very first job you ever had?
At 14, I started working at the Vermont Confectionary. I made chocolate pops, filled candy jars, scooped ice cream, and cut cheese.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am most excited to collaborate with my fellow advisors and other Green River staff to support international students in their academic, social, and personal development.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to work on programming that connects international students with local students.

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

  • Winning a slam poetry competition at 15. I was a very shy student and I found my voice through poetry. I will never forget the loud cheers ringing in my ears after I finished presenting my poem. After that experience, I went on to write and perform more poetry and also performed in plays and musicals.
  • Completing a year as an international exchange student in Lima, Peru. As a teenager from a rural town, I found it difficult to adjust to life in a large foreign city. I am so glad that I stayed for the entire year; I learned so much about myself, my own cultural background, and the amazing people and places of Peru.
  • Giving a speech at my sister’s wedding. My sister was just recently married and she means the world to me.  We both love music so I wrote a speech that incorporated short clips from some of our favorite songs.  People laughed! They cried! But I cried the most. 

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My nickname would “Zen Master” because I remain calm during difficult situations and I am a patient listener. On the other hand, they may name me “DJ Andrew” because I love to throw dance parties and encourage people to move and have fun.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I was part of a whistling acapella group in college. I can whistle the entirety of “Bohemian Rhapsody” if you ask me nicely.

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

Gracious
Resilient
Energetic
Engaged
Natural

Interim President – Scott Morgan

Who is Green River’s Interim President?

Prior to joining Green River College as interim 7625kentScottMorgan.jpgpresident, Scott Morgan was the president of Spokane Community College from 2012 until his retirement in 2015. He also served as the chief executive officer for the Institute for Extended Learning, as well as chief operations officer since 2003.

Morgan has served as the operating budget director and director of financial services at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in Olympia. He also has worked as a fiscal analyst and senior research analyst for the Washington State House of Representatives.

In addition, Morgan served as interim vice president of administrative services at Lake Washington College, Kirkland, and vice president for administrative services at Clark College, Vancouver.

He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound.

 

Common Myths & Misconceptions about FMLA at Green River College

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon

UNRAVELING SOME COMMON MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT FMLA AT GREEN RIVER COLLEGE

 

Myth #1 – FMLA (Family & Medical Leave) is a separate “paid” leave.FMLA2

  • No, FMLA is unpaid leave; FMLA is a “designation” not a leave type. When approved, FMLA provides up to 480 hours or about three (3) months of job-protected (unpaid) leave, but employees must use their own appropriate leave type in order to continue being paid while out on FMLA. Shared leave may also be an option.

Myth #2 – The employer can’t ask for any medical information.

  • Wrong – FMLA regulations allow employers to get sufficient proof of the medical need in order to be able to make an FMLA determination.

Myth #3 – It’s okay for me to talk about my coworker’s FMLA or email details about the medical condition to my fellow employees.

  • So wrong – Employees who go on medical leave are protected by confidentiality laws to prevent the nature of their or their families’ medical condition from being disclosed.  You should not convey specifics of other employees’ (or their families’) medical conditions to others at work, even if the affected employee is disclosing the information to others at work. It is not okay to use Green River College email or any other college resources to pass along confidential medical information.

Myth #4 – My coworker shared with me that she is on approved FMLA leave for a serious medical condition, but I saw her shopping at Costco yesterday. Isn’t that a violation or abuse of FMLA?

  • There is no “stay-at-home” policy associated with the receipt of leave benefits at Green River. The answer to this question is going to depend on whether the employee is unable to do her job, but capable of stopping at a store and running an errand. In other words are her actions inconsistent with the medical reason she took FMLA, and only the employee’s doctor can determine what her limitations or restrictions are.

Myth #5 – My supervisor can decide that it’s too much of a hardship on our department for me to be gone, and the college can deny my FMLA request for leave.

  • Wrong – Under the FMLA you cannot be denied FMLA leave if
    • (1) you are an eligible employee
    • (2) of a covered employer
    • (3) requesting leave for a reason covered by FMLA
    • (4) you have provided sufficient information for your employer to determine that you have made a request for medical leave that is covered by FMLA
    • (5) the request has been made thirty days prior to the required leave (or as soon as reasonably possible if thirty days’ notice cannot be provided) and
    • (6) you have not already exhausted your protected leave for the current FMLA period.

Myth #6 – Holidays don’t count towards my FMLA (480-hour) entitlement while I’m gone on approved leave.

  • Wrong –if you’re gone an entire week during which a holiday falls, the holiday counts as part of your FMLA 480-hour designation. If you worked part of that week, the holiday will not count towards your 480-hour FMLA entitlement.

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Myth #7 – I can use FMLA just to spend time with my eligible family member when she/he is sick:

  • Wrong – FMLA to care for a family member means that your presence is required to care for your family member. In the medical certification, your doctor must specify what care you are providing to your family member and why your absence to perform that care is necessary during your working hours.

Myth #8 – I can take FMLA to care for my elderly grandparents.

  • In most cases, no. The FMLA does not recognize grandparents as immediate family members for FMLA purposes and Green River’s FMLA policy does not include them either. Unless your grandparent acted in loco parentis (had legal responsibility to take on some of the functions of a parent), they will not be considered a family member for FMLA purposes.

Myth #9 – I just use my FMLA “intermittently” and so I don’t need to let my supervisor know when I’m going to be gone.

  • Wrong – Unless your supervisor has agreed otherwise, you must follow the appropriate sick leave notification process each day during “intermittent” FMLA use and report your absence to your supervisor. You should never include any medical facts or describe physical events; just specify you will be out for FMLA approved reasons.

Myth #10 – I was approved for FMLA to care for my seriously ill family member who passed away. My FMLA will continue throughout my “grieving” period.

  • No, even though the employee will experience a period of grieving unless there is a qualifying event that makes the employee eligible for FMLA, the “Care for a Family Member” FMLA ends with the passing of the relative. The employee may be eligible for several days of paid bereavement leave however.

 

You can read more about FMLA at Green River College in our Policy HR 13 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and at https://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/.

New Employee Spotlight – Michelle Fujimoto

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.
Fujimoto, Michelle2
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

Title: Graphic Designer

I have decades of experience as a graphic designer graphic here in Greater Seattle. For 13 years I owned a graphic design studio based in Fremont, “the center of the universe”. I am passionate about great design and spent several years working with our community on pro-bono work while raising my three children. Brand work is where I excel and look forward to contributing to Green River’s marketing efforts.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Two things: 1) Location 2) Community. I’ve spent several years offering my skills to elementary and primary education. So it just seamed fitting to continue with higher education.

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

What was the very first job you ever had?
Pulling weeds over the summer.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The people.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Meeting a new person every day.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Marissa my daughter. Mikko my son. McKenzie my daughter. 

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Coach. I’m a volleyball coach.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
My ability to know when it’s a full moon.

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

Green
River
Exceeds
Expectations
Naturally

New Employee Spotlight – Supacha Thongsuwan

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

My new title is Program Specialist 2- International Programs Business Manager Assistant. Prior to joining Green River, I worked in the international education industry in Bangkok, Thailand and the Online Travel industry in Bellevue, WA.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
What drew me to Green River was the strong international programs department and my passion to work with diverse student population.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to pop and electronic music. My favorites are Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris, and Maroon 5.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The first job I had was being a cashier at the University of Oregon Bookstore (The Duck Store).

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
My favorite part is getting to work with students and very friendly office environment.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Make a positive impact on a student success or take an interesting class at Green River.

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

  • Built a house for a family in need in Mexico.
  • Been a foreign exchange student at the age of 15.
  • Got 2 job promotions in 1 year at the previous company I worked at. 

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Panda, because they can look serious but they are actually playful.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I play a Thai instrument called Khim.

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

Great
Remarkable
Enthusiasm
Energy
Natural

Update Your Profile Picture in Outlook

Posted on Behalf of the IT Department

How do I update my profile picture in Outlook 2010?

In the IT department, we recently received the following question:

“When I logged into my new Outlook account, I quickly noticed there was a photo attached to my emails. That’s cool, except it was an old headshot, and I didn’t know how to change it.”

Luckily it’s pretty easy. You can follow the same steps if you haven’t added a headshot yet:

  • Go to your Outlook contacts (labeled “People” in Office 2013).Outlook Post 1
  • Select the View tabOutlook Post 2
  • In the Current View section, drop down the “Change View” option.Outlook Post 3
  • Select Business Card view from the menu.Outlook Post 4
  • Click on your own business card.Outlook Post 4
  • Click on your photo to the right of your name and company information.Outlook Post 5
  • Select the new photo you would like to use, and click OK.Outlook Post 6

Alternatively, you can double-click on your name in the “contacts” section, the editing field will open up, and from there you can click on your image to change it.

Have fun and keep it clean!

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Courtesy of US HealthWorks

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Reduce the Risk!

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful and progressive condition of the hand and arm. It causes numbness, tingling and other symptoms as a result of a pinched nerve in the wrist. A number of factors contribute to CTS, which may include anatomy of the wrist, repetitive motion and certain underlying health problems.

If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, you have a greater chance of getting CTS. Fortunately, there are specific hand and wrist exercises that can reduce the risk of being afflicted by this syndrome.

CTS

Do these exercises every hour. Exercising, taking breaks and stretching can minimize the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

 

  • Finger Push Ups: Firmly press each fingertip to its counterpart on the other hand. Spread fingers as far apart as possible. “Steeple” the fingers by separating your palms while keeping your fingertips together.
  • Hand Bends: Hold one hand in front of you with your elbow straight and fingers extended. Use the other hand to apply pressure to your outstretched hand until the wrist and fingers are pointing down at the floor. Hold that position for 20 seconds.
  • The Shake: Shake your hands vigorously as if you are trying to dry them off. This will help to prevent cramping.

Learn More

Source: 3 Wrist Exercises to Prevent Carpal Tunnel, HealthLine.com

New Employee Spotlight – Mary Starr

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.
Starr, Mary
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the Natural Resources Coordinator. I graduated with 3 Natural Resources (Forestry, Water Quality, and Park Management) AAS degrees from Green River. I have worked for the College part-time on a Woodland Detention project since fall of 2011. I provide nature walks, introduce pre-kindergarteners to the forest, collect data, and write annual monitoring reports for local, state, federal, and tribal agency review.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Working part-time at Green River College for over the past 4 years, I have acquired a deep respect for nature found both on our urban campus and in our back yard forest. I was also drawn to the positive working atmosphere in the Facilities Department and the support I have received from the Business Affairs.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to the Danny Bonaduce and Sarah Morning Show.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I started working when I was 14 years old at Burger King with a work permit because I was so young.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I get to go outside look at the trees, hear the birds, and monitor the forested storm water Woodland Detention Facility, which includes Gator Pond.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to write a comprehensive urban forestry plan focusing on the main campus. I would like to reach out to the campus community and start the conversation regarding the current state of ecosystem health found on campus and in the Woodland Detention study site.

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

  • Continuously accomplishing building a great life with my Husband.
  • Putting off my career to raise my 4 children.
  • While taking care of a family of 6, I have completed 3 degrees along with further study at the University of Washington. In addition, I am working on completing the last few remaining credits of my Natural Resources undergrad degree at Oregon State University. 

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I have been called Pollyanna at the office due to my sunshine personality.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I have trained my bloodhound Sara to do tricks other than searching for lost things.

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

Green is the beauty I see on a dew drop resting on conifer needles.
Ready to serve my community and take pride in the stewardship of our beautiful forest.
Energy that is renewed by nature every day.
Education for the general community, disabled or nontraditional persons who may not   otherwise get a chance to walk in a forest.
Nitrogen fixers are plants that draw nitrogen from the air and return it to the soil, which helps other plants grow.

SmartHealth and the Seahawks

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon

Win Tickets to a Seahawks Game!

Football

Earn your chance to win Seahawks vs. Panthers tickets*!

You’ve been the 12th MAN (or WOMAN) on the Seahawks team for years. Now, you can win Seahawks tickets by taking care of their MVP: You!

The SmartHealth program is giving away Seahawks tickets!  Two lucky winners will each receive two tickets to the Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on December 4, 2016. To be automatically entered into the drawing, eligible PEBB Program subscribers must complete the following steps by September 30, 2016:

  1. Visit www.smarthealth.hca.wa.gov and select Get started.
  2. Complete the SmartHealth Well-being Assessment.
    If you don’t have Internet access, you can complete the Well-being Assessment by phone (1-855-750-8866), Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
  3. Join and complete activities to earn total 2,000 points.

Winners will be announced the week of October 3–7, 2016. Eligible PEBB Program subscribers can complete the following SmartHealth activities and more to reach 2,000 points:

  • Mindful Eating. Be mindful during meals for weight control.
  • The Magic Hour. Unplug from technology up to an hour before bed for better sleep.
  • Protect Your Back. Restore your back with strength-training exercises and by stretching regularly.
  • Blast Fat Fast. Combine cardio and strength training for better heart health.

*For drawing details and rules, visit www.hca.wa.gov/pebb.

New Employee Spotlight – Philip Denman

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.
Denman, Philip
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My name is Philip Denman and I’m the new Assistant Director of College Relations. I earned my BA in Communications from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and my Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. Prior to joining the Green River team, I served as the Assistant Director of University Communications and Media Relations team at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
While I loved Colorado, my wife and I were both anxious to return to Washington. My wife – who is originally from Kent – accepted a new position in Tacoma so we packed up and headed west. I knew I wanted to stay in higher education and at the time my brother-in-law was attending Green River after his time in the military. Once I visited campus and saw how beautiful it was, I was hooked.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Either a podcast (Top 3: Nerdist, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, and the Adam Savage Project) or an audiobook (Currently: A Song of Ice and Fire).

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked at a Coldstone Creamery throughout highschool. And before you ask, no, I don’t remember any of the jingles!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I’m really looking forward to getting to know the faculty and staff that make this campus such a wonderful place for our students to attend. I love meeting new people, and the only way to be successful in this position is to throw yourself out there and start making those connections.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Remember everyone’s names! Kidding aside, we’re in the process of giving the CommuniGator a facelift and I’m excited to highlight all the wonderful things our faculty, staff and students are doing.

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

  • Earning my MPA: Neither of my parents graduated college so it was a big deal to attend and complete graduate school.
  • Being a Division I NCAA sports photographer: There is no better place to watch a game than from the sidelines! Though I did lose a pair of prescription sunglasses after evading a USC defensive lineman running out of bounds. If you think those guys look big on TV, you should see them in person.
  • Studying abroad: During my junior year of college I packed up and moved to New Zealand for 6 months. It was a life changing experience. The country is as beautiful in person as the Lord of the Rings movies make it out to be, and the people are so welcoming. 

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Probably “that nerd” because my desk is covered in a variety of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Portal action figures and Legos.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I brew my own beer, so I’d bring a case of that in and hope it sways the judge’s into giving me first place.

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

Got
Recommendations for
Exciting
Eateries?
Nom nom nom

Public Records – Archiving Updates

Posted on behalf of Jessica Tichy, Public Records Manager

Records-Retention

Summer quarter is typically when archiving is done, so all of you tasked with this responsibility should know that our friends at Washington State Archives have finally approved and published a State Records Retention Schedule.

The schedule is a great resource to be used in tandem with our own state board’s version. Washington State Archives approved the new State Government General Records Retention Schedule v.6.0 by the State Records Committee on June 29th, and is now available on the Washington State Archives website.

The site also contains a comprehensive list of the various records retention schedules; including the SBCTC version (that’s us).

Washington State Archives has also created a new “How to Use Records Retention Schedules” page for state agencies with new “Advice Sheets” and links to training materials.

Please feel free to send your questions to WA State Archives at recordsmanagement@sos.wa.gov.

Happy archiving!

Health and Wellness

Posted on behalf of Julie French, Health Services Coordinator

Wellness means different things to different people. Sometimes it’s taking that 10 minutes to de-stress or its eating fresh from the farmers market. If you are deciding that you need a break from sitting too long at your desk there are a few healthy options for your wellness.

Fitness center and Weight room (in the gym)Weight

Summer Hours:

Monday – Thursday 12pm-12:50pm

Free and open to all employees during this time

Form or join a walking group; take the stairs; walk the trails; conduct a walking meeting; or take a stretching break!

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exerciseThe RAC is open too!

Hours:

Monday – Thursday  10am-7pm,

Friday 12pm-4pm,

Sunday from 12pm-4pm.

The hours will remain the same until the start of fall quarter.

We anticipate that the number of students using the facility will be much lower than what we have seen in previous quarters so it would be a great time to come and test out a RAC quarterly pass! A quarterly pass is $50.00 and can be purchased for summer quarter starting Monday June 13th from the Cashiering Office. We also offer a $5.00 day pass for those just wanting to drop in occasionally for a group fitness class or to shoot some hoops.

Please send an email to mjones@greenriver.edu if you have any questions about the RAC!

 

Julie French
Health Services Coordinator
Prevention Education
Health Services
Green River College
12401 SE 320th ST
Auburn WA  98092-3699
jfrench@greenriver.edu
253-833-9111 ext. 2430

Breathe easy – Green River is now tobacco-free!

New Employee Spotlight – Lenzi Penaranda

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.Penaranda, Lenzi
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the part time Human Resource Consultant Assistant. I have my master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and am just getting started in the Human Resource field.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
The idea of working for the college where I get the opportunity to see people learn and grow.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
A little bit of everything but usually old school rap to wake me up.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked seasonal customer service at Emerald Downs Race Track.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am excited to learn from my HR Team.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to learn more about the general Human Resource practices our office works with.

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

  • Getting my Master’s degree
  • Having and getting to raise my children
  • Building a house

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Tammy calls me “the kid,” because I have a lot of energy and am always moving.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I don’t think I have a hidden talent, so I guess yoga.

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

Give
Receive
Earn
Entitle
Never quit

New Employee Spotlight – Michael Clark

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.Clark, Michael
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I was hired as a Custodian 2 after working for 7 years at TCC as a Custodian 1, but before that I’ve worked for DOT (Department of Transportation). Also, I worked on the tide flats at Pennwalt Chemical Company for several years.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
The opportunity to work as a Custodian 2 and take on more responsibilities and be of more assistance.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Believe it or not, classical music. It calms me as people cut me off in traffic. Also, the usual 104.9 KUBE and 89.9 KGRG.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Working at my grandfather’s restaurant Bob’s BBQ. Stacking wood and balling up newspaper for the fire pit. I also bottles sauce which he would sell at the local Safeway store and a few small mom and pop markets.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
We have an amazing management team which allows for me to be part of a team and to grow and learn new equipment to help our job be more efficient. Thanks Rob, Dan, and Mack. Oh yeah, Pie-Yon and Bart too!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
To continue to work and get to know as many people her at GRC and assist the college by doing my job to the best of my ability.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Owning and operating my family restaurant, my mother, myself and my brother for 27 years. Painting over 500 cars and trucks And first and foremost my relationship with Jesus Christ, and family and friends.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Well I really enjoy working for him — mini Mack would be cool.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Wow, so when I was younger I loved Evil Knievil, so one day I jumped a Volkswagen that was abandoned in the woods, I made the ramp myself and charged my school mates to watch.

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

Great
Reason to
Educate you for
Employment advancement and
New beginnings

Presidential Matters

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Dr. Eileen Ely Resigns as President of Green River College

(AUBURN, WA—June 16, 2016) After six years of service, Green River College President Dr. Eileen Ely announced Thursday, June 16, 2016, that she will step down as president, effective immediately. The Board of Trustees for Green River College accepted her resignation and is working with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to identify and retain a suitable candidate for interim president, as the College prepares to launch a national search for a successor. The Board has appointed Shirley Bean, Vice President for Business Administration, and Marshall Sampson, Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, to share the duties of acting president at Green River, until the interim president is appointed.

The Board of Trustees extends their thanks to Dr. Ely for her efforts on behalf of Green River College. “We wish the best for her, as she prepares to move on to other endeavors,” said Pete Lewis, chair of the Green River College Board of Trustees. “We are confident our presidential search will attract the best and brightest candidates.”

The College will host open forum Community Town Hall meetings this summer and early fall to hear feedback from the college community about the presidential recruitment plan, as well as to provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to voice their requirements and preferred characteristics for a new president at Green River. A detailed timeline regarding the upcoming presidential search will become available as the process develops.

Operations at Green River College will continue as usual, with summer quarter beginning Monday, June 20, 2016.

Allison Friedly
Executive Director of College Relations
Green River College | 12401 SE 320th St | Auburn, WA 98092-3622
afriedly@greenriver.edu | Office (253) 288-3360

 

New Employee Spotlight – William “David” Jackson

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.Jackson, William (David)
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Hi everyone, my new title is Information Technology Support Manager for Green River Community College. I’m very excited to be offered this position and I’m thrilled to become a member of the GRCC team!

As for my background, I come from 15 years (give or take) in information technology. I began my career at the helpdesk representative at PACCAR years ago.  I was then picked up to do IT consulting and training for their network of truck dealerships across the country.  Yes, you read that right, I was teaching IT to truck dealers, service technicians, etc… So if you ever feel silly with your technical questions, first of all, please don’t feel that way, and be assured I’ve heard most of them.

After dealer consulting, I had the choice to move into a more corporate facing role, or into management in the IT operations realm. I decided to go back into operations and manage the helpdesk team that I had originally worked in.  Helping people has always been close to my heart and I enjoy assisting in “keeping the lights on” from an IT perspective.

Since that time, I have held jobs with increasing responsibilities in the realm of IT operations, management, and support. Managing internal groups, IT vendors, in both large and small scale environments.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I wanted work that was bigger than just getting a paycheck. Growing up I was one of those underachievers, a smart kid that had a mediocre experience in high school.  I wasn’t very motivated to continue my educational journey.

My grandmother, eventually, took me under her wing and drove me up to Seattle Central Community College one day. She told me, “It is time to get you enrolled back in school.  I don’t care what you take, but you’re going to enroll”.  I wasn’t convinced at that time, but after starting my classes I began to realize that I wasn’t just learning academic subjects.  I realized that the process of learning could be engaging, interesting, and fun.  This really changed my outlook on education and my future.

Community colleges have a place in my heart. I believe that they really meet people where they are at.  I would not be where I am at today without meeting some very talented instructors along the way.  I wanted to be a part of that process, and when I saw the job for Green River, my thought from the very beginning was I want that job.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
LOL, ok well you wouldn’t know it to look at me but I’m a dance music person. So depending on the day I might be listening to Cazette, Morgan Page, David Guetta, or something like that.

I’m also a news junky so I usually have KOMO, NPR, or some such programmed on the radio dial as well. It just depends on the day, my energy level, and usually the state of the sunshine in Seattle.

I know, I know, it’s a weird combination.

What was the very first job you ever had?
It certainly wasn’t fancy. My first job was working as a grocery bagger at Kroger’s in San Antonio, Texas.  I went to “bagging class” for two days to learn basically don’t put the heavy stuff on the top.  A lesson mind you that I have continued to use to this day.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I’m working at a respected educational institution, doing my small part to help people learn, that in and of itself is awesome! Information Technology isn’t always something that you think about when you sit down to take a class, but it is the IT groups that make sure your PC is working, that the connection to your resources is functioning, etc.  We really do touch everything.  I’m glad that the results of my work, and the work of the overall IT teams, enable people to expand their knowledge and grow in their lives and careers.  That is exciting to me.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Hmmm, what is the one thing? I happen to know that I’ve got a few deliverables already queued up.  I won’t speak to those, however, until I’m a little more familiar.

My personal goal is to get to know and create a great working relationship with my GRCC teammates, capitalize on what’s working well in the support team and implement a plan to enhance things that could be improved. I’m cheating a bit because that’s more than one thing, but to me that all rolls up.  If we can accomplish that, I’ll definitely consider my first year successful.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
My number one is easy. I’m most proud of my 27-year relationship with my partner.  We still enjoy each other and have fun after so many years together.  It is my biggest blessing and my foundation to be sure.  The second would have to be receiving my degree.  The third are the relationships I’ve formed with the many of the people that have worked for me in previous positions.  I really enjoy helping people advance in their careers.  It really is rewarding to watch people grow their skills, and move into new more complex positions within an organization.  It’s one of the things I truly love about what I do.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Oh, good grief do we have to go there? Ok, full disclosure, I was once given a coffee mug with “Tigger” on it from one of my teams, in reference to my character.  So I’ll go with that one.  I suppose that is because I like to have fun, joke a bit, and keep the energy moving during my work days.  I’m quick, a little goofy, and I’ve been told my energy can be infectious.  Now that is why “I” think I was given the mug and nickname.  It is one of those strange life events where in fact it could be because I was wearing orange or bounced as I walked in a new pair of shoes or some such.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
It has been said, that on select nights, with the right ambiance, and likely a little inebriation that I am a decent singer. I have some vague memories of singing “love is a battlefield” with one of the directors from a previous position at a Karaoke bar in Seattle.  At least, I hope it was a Karaoke bar.  It is still talked about in hushed tones.  No, I won’t be trotting that out during the next GRCC event, maybe in a few years, or maybe not.

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

Gratifying
Robust
Educational
Experience
Now

New Emloyee Spotlight – Kathryn Stuart

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.Stuart, Kathryn
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am Program Site Manager for the Natural Resources BAS Degree. I earned my B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington School of Forest Resources and studied conservation and ecology of the Western Gray Squirrel in the North Cascades for my dissertation. I have worked as a teaching assistant for several natural resources classes, a Park Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, an environmental educator at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and an outdoor school instructor for REI.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
One of the field assistants I hired for my doctoral research in the North Cascades was a student in the Natural Resources program at Green River. He was a fantastic assistant and had great things to say about the Green River program.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I toggle between classic rock and dance. I also teach group fitness so sometimes I’m practicing choreography on the way to and from work.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Adventure Zone (Kids Club) Attendant and Lifeguard at the YMCA.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Getting to work in a fast paced college environment again and wear many hats. Every day has been a fun new learning experience so far!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Help recruit a full cohort of students to the Natural Resources BAS program.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
One: Completing my doctoral degree.
Two: Summiting Mount Chopicalqui in Peru: 20,817 ft.
Three: My family: husband Ben and 2 kids: Ellinor 4, Henry 2

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Squirrel girl because of the 5 years I spent studying squirrels for my doctoral degree. I always have a random squirrel fact on hand!

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Piccolo. I played in the Husky Marching Band in college.

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

Growth: I am always striving to grow as a person
Rainier: My favorite place, where I got married, my son’s middle name
Ellinor: The first mountain I climbed and my daughter’s name
Energy: I am active and energetic
Natural Resources: My home at Green River College

New Employee Spotlight – Rebecca Jarvis

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.Jarvis, Rebecca
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Program Coordinator of the Welcome Center. I have been working at Green River since June of 2015 working in Assessment and Testing. I studied Sociology at Seattle Pacific University where I received my Bachelor’s degree. My hopes are to pursue a career in higher education. I am blessed with the opportunity Green River has given me and am excited for this new chapter of my professional career.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I knew I wanted to work in higher education and Green River seemed like it would be the perfect fit. I remember coming to campus as a high school student and thinking that this seemed like a great environment for both students and faculty. Out of all of the colleges in the surrounding area, there is something special about Green River. Our campus is unlike any other in the sense that we are located on acres and acres of forested land. Seeing as how I am an outdoorsy person, this is very appealing to me.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
It depends on my mood, but more often than not I am listening to Movin 92.5.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Other than babysitting, my first real job was at Hallmark in the South Hill Mall. Although that’s not a place you would imagine a high schooler wanting to work at, it was fun because both my mom and sister worked with me as well.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The most exciting aspect of my job is getting to work with a variety of students every day.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
In my first year at Green River I would love to be able to have a concrete understanding of all the programs we offer in order to be able to best serve our students and to be able to develop good relationships with employees in other departments across campus.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
One: Graduating with Honors from Seattle Pacific University
Two: Winning Regionals and Placing 5th at Nationals with my fastpitch team.
Three: Marrying my Husband

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
It would have to be Lil Fella. One of my old co-workers used to call me that and still does call me that all the time. She was my work mom and I was her lil fella.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I am not sure if this really counts as a talent (some may call it an injury), but I can pop my right shoulder on command.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
iving
Radiant
Energy
Explore
Nature

New Employee Spotlight – Christopher Moe

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.Moe, Christopher
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My new position at Green River College will be Custodian 2. In the past I have worked many different professions ranging from Union painter, newspaper pressroom worker, as well as working as custodial / building maintenance for one of the largest motorcycle dealerships in Washington state.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Being a previous student of Green River College, I have always considered it to be a dream of mine to become a faculty member of a campus I care deeply about, so when I seen the job posting, I couldn’t help but to try and make that dream a reality.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
My current commute is less than 3 miles so I usually just listen to the sound of my car(modified 2007 Subaru Impreza). However, my commute to Green River will be a little bit further so I will probably just turn Pandora on shuffle.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The very first job I ever had was at the age of fifteen working at Johnny Rockets as a fountain drink runner.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I believe the most exciting part of my new position will be the ability to contribute to the upkeep and cleanliness of a campus that myself and many of my friends and family members have attended in the past. As well as the ability to attend classes and further my education without an additional commute.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Within my first year at Green River I’d love to memorize the campus and as many faculty members names as possible. I would also love to start attending classes again and furthering my education.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
-Being married to my beautiful wife of eight years
-Becoming a new home owner as of May 2015
-Becoming a full time staff member of Green River College

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
More than likely my nickname would probably end up being “Smiley,” simply because I always have a smile on my face and try my best to get everyone around me to smile as well.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I have a feeling that my talent showcase would consist of me cooking something. Probably, it would be one of my favorite pasta dishes like “home made beef stroganoff” or my favorite breakfast dish, “Bacon, egg and cheese toast cups,” or maybe even my famous tater tot casserole.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
reat
Resources
Every
Employee
Needs

2016 Distinguished Faculty Award Recipients

The votes are in, and the 2016 Green River College Foundation Distinguished Faculty Award Recipients are:
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  • Tim Broxholm, Business Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
  • Marisela Fleites-Lear, Spanish
  • Tonya McCabe, Business Technologies and Administrative Careers (BTAC)

The 2016 nominees also included Joy Crawford, Ken Hang, Adriana Mendoza, Michael Moreno, Tina Ostrander, Geoff Palmer and Chitra Solomonson.

Faculty members will receive their awards at commencement, Friday, June 10th at the Kent Showare Center.

Please extend your congratulations to the award recipients and nominees!

2016 Summer Hours

Effective Monday, June 27, 2016, the general hours of business operations will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Friday. Green River College will be closed to the public after noon on Fridays.

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What does this mean to the public and our students? It means that we will be here as we always are and in some cases, more than we are now.  We will continue to provide support and services through the summer, but we will not guarantee that we will make appointments after noon on Fridays.

What does this mean to you as an employee? Honestly, it may not have a direct impact on you.  Your regular work schedule will only change if you and your supervisor agree to change your schedule.  If you and your supervisor agree to alter your schedule, then your hours may be different.

*Note: The 30-minute meal and 15-minute rest breaks must still be taken in compliance with our respective collective bargaining agreements, and/or state and federal regulations. With respect to the Friday schedule, classified employees must be allowed a 15-minute rest break, but the 30-minute meal break is not required unless the employee works more than five hours on Friday. In that event, the 30-minute meal break is also required and would extend the day by 30 minutes. Please contact Barbara Iribarren or Chernenko Wheatley if you have any questions about the revised schedule or alternate work schedules.

What if I do change my hours? There are certain rules that we have to follow.  Your supervisor will check with one of the Employee & Labor Relations Managers in the HR office to make sure that your proposed schedule meets with federal, state, and local laws as well as negotiated agreements.

When will it end? Summer hours will run through Friday, September 2, after which we will return to our regular hours of operations schedule on Tuesday, September 5, after the Labor Day holiday.

Retirement – VEBA Explained

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon

Do you ever wonder how it might benefit you to be a good manager of your sick leave?

Veba Trust

At Green River College, Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association (VEBA) is a medical expense plan funded with your compensable unused sick leave at retirement. When you meet the retirement criteria for your plan and terminate from Green River College as a retiree, the College will pay out your remaining compensable sick leave on a 1-for 4-basis at your current rate of salary.

The funds go tax free to a reimbursement account from which you can draw upon in retirement to pay eligible out-of-pocket medical costs for you and your eligible dependents. You can invest in your account using one of two different options, and you can change your investment selection(s) up to once per calendar month.

VEBA Trust currently provides benefits to 50,000 public employees and retirees from more than 400 school districts, community and technical colleges, state agencies, and higher education institutions in Washington.

Learn more about VEBA at retirement VEBA Trust.

Service Awards 2016

Posted on behalf of Claire Gorenstein

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!medal-1512895

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 in September. Over fifty employees will be honored with awards for years of dedicated service to Green River College, ranging from five to forty-five years.

See 2016 Service Award Recipients below:

5 Years
Susan Baker, Adrienne Battle, Joy Crawford, Amnat Saephan, Eric Shea

10 Years

Judy Brenden, Mandiann Bumgarner, Deb Casey, Story Gilmore, Noland Hall, Kathryn Hoppe, Sabah Jabbouri, Alex Marchuk, Timothy McDaniel, Veun Saetern, Akiko Sakurai, Jean Sheadel, Matt Swenson, Alvin Tai

15 Years
Janet Ash, Pamela Basquez, Susan Batchelor, Catherine Cantrell, Michelle Danberg-Marshman, Danna Davis, Megan Evans, Susan Evans, Sue Finnestad, Jaeney Hoene, Carla Kane, Martha Koch, Frances Lindland, Marjorie Mackenzie, Gary Oliveira, Scott Schreiber, William Scott, Patty Sherman, Mary Singer, Jack Wells, Micki Wells, Anthony White, Lyudmila Zadneprovskaya

20 Years
Shirley Archuleta, Keith Clay, Sandra Davidson, Jennifer Dysart, Susan Fairley, Julie French, Judy Fuchs, Pie-Yon Gilge, Keith “Brad” Johnson, Dan Keene, Sergey Mikhailenko, Rochelle Mitchell, Camella Morgan, Cindy Olson, Dan Sorensen, Sandra Zirkle

25 Years
Diane Anderson, Angie Brenner, Stefanie Chapman, Bart Dowd, Sandra Mathews, Julia Nation, Lori Rapozo

30 Years
Darla Schutten

45 Years
Carmen Schmitz

 

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

New Employee Spotlight – Janee Sommerfeld

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.Sommerfeld, Janee
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Director of Budget. I come from Bellevue College where I worked for 5 years. I started as a Budget Analyst and worked my way to Budget Manager

What drew you to apply to Green River?
It was a rare opportunity that was the perfect storm. This position was the next progression in my career, I wanted to stay within the public sector/higher ed, and I reduced my commute from 3.5 hrs a day to about 30 minutes. I am also an alumni: running start and transfer student, many years ago.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
My kids talking away. I have a 3 year-old and a 2 year-old, and they like to tell me how to drive and where I should go. Common phrases I hear: “go faster; what are you talking about; and I’m not listening to you.” I also enjoy rock music, preferably 70’s rock.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Summer camp counselor with YMCA.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The opportunity to learn the unique differences between schools and institutions and develop a budget based on those nuances; Being a part of CTCLink.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Being part of a successful CTCLink implementation, and having a clean balanced budget cycle.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Maintaining a healthy work/life balance through many changes in my career and personal life.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I have often been called “Juh-nay-nay.”

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I sometimes bartend on the side and can make a tasty libation.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
I am not creative enough to do this. Give me a mathematical equation and I can kill it. :) Numbers are my game, not words.

 

New Employee Spotlight – Darlene Oathout

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.Oathout, Darlene
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am thrilled to be the new Program Assistant for iGrad! After graduating college many moons ago, I worked in staffing for 11 years then retired to become a stay-at-home mom. Fifteen years later I took a seasonal position with Target and ended up working there for 3 years. When I finally tired of working nights, weekends and holidays, I was hired as a part-time Program Assistant in the Assessment and Testing Center. I have enjoyed working with the students and staff at Green River so much that I feel extremely fortunate to finally be a full-time employee.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
While helping my son apply for admission to Green River, I noticed a part-time job opening in the Assessment and Testing Center. I wanted to get back to office work and the idea of working in education was very exciting. I also thought it would be awesome to carpool with my son to school/work. Him, not so much.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I use the ride to work for reflection and gratitude. If the radio is on, it’s very low so that I’m not distracted by Adele’s ‘Hello’.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked in a knife shop in Bellevue Square while I was in college. It was great, except that at the time ‘Crocodile Dundee’ was a popular movie, and every male that came into the store would say, “that’s not a knife, this is a knife” in a terrible Australian accent.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I’m most excited to meet the students enrolled in iGrad. I love building relationships with students and learning their stories.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to learn my job well enough in the first year to be considered a valuable asset to my team and our students.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
My two children and my 28 year marriage. Cheesy, but true.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My former coworkers in Assessment and Testing call me ‘mom’. Not only am I old enough to actually be their moms, but I also adore them like they were my own children.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
My bargain hunting skills would amaze and delight the entire audience.

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

Great
Relationships
Encourage and
Empower
Naturally

2016 Outstanding Staff Awards

The Employee Recognition Committee is calling for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Staff Award!

The Outstanding Staff Award is “designed to provide formal recognition of Green River employees who, by their noteworthy performance and accomplishments during the year, contribute significantly to Green River. The award also recognizes staff members for modeling behavior that furthers Green River’s Mission and Values.”

The awards were first presented in 1989, starting with Shirley Benson, Green River’s original switchboard operator.

Last year’s award recipients were:

  • Carla Kane, Business Office
  • Cindy Olson, Custodial Services
  • Lois Ermish, Faculty Support Services
  • Richard “Doug” Douglas, Technology Division

You can find the nomination form here: 2016 Outstanding Staff Award

The Employee Recognition Committee will continue to call for nominations in a variety of ways. Nominations are due by Friday, June 24th and will be awarded Opening Day this Fall.

Please respond to recognition@greenriver.edu with questions and suggestions.

Employee Assistance Program

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon

Employee Assistance Program Services – How Can EAP Help You?

EAP

The Employee Assistance Program helps employees and their family members resolve personal or work-related issues. You qualify for this benefit because you are a Washington State Government employee.  EAP offers it’s services at no charge; you’re entitled to three face-to-face visits (per each type of incident) and your visit to EAP is confidential, except where state or federal laws provide for exception, such as in cases of abuse or when a person is a threat to themselves or others.

EAP can help with a wide range of issues including, but not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Anger
  • Marital or relationship issues
  • Parenting issues
  • Grief & loss
  • Caregiving
  • Eldercare
  • Coping with change
  • Workplace issues
  • Self-improvement

You can subscribe to receive EAP News; when you sign-up, you’ll get monthly updates by email or text from EAP and receive publications, announcements and information like Monthly EAP Tip Sheets and Employee Frontline Newsletters.

EAP services are available both out of the Olympia office and by EAP providers across the state. For information, to schedule an appointment, or for a consultation, please call the EAP toll-free 1-877-313-4455 or visit their website WA State Employee Assistance Program.

 

GRC 2016 Retirement Social

GRC Logo.jpgOn Wednesday, May 25th, Green River will honor twenty-four faculty and staff members who are retiring this year, who have given a total of 569 years of service to our College:

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Retirees will enjoy delicious food courtesy of Conference Services and receive their service plaques and pins. Following a brief introduction, each retiree will have the opportunity to share their personal experiences at Green River. Please attend, listen to their delightful stories and help us celebrate their careers!

New Employee Spotlight – Deborah Tugaga

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.Tugaga, Deborah.jpg
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Talofa (hello in Samoan)! My new title is Program Navigator for the Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE) grant, a U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant. Prior to this position, I have worked with non-profit organizations in the Seattle area that focused on supporting underrepresented populations to pursue higher education, and worked as a Teaching Assistant for the American Ethnic Studies Dept. and the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
It’s an amazing campus that serves a diverse population of students, as well as provides opportunities for professional growth.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to a little bit of everything.

What was the very first job you ever had?
When I was in middle school, I was a babysitter for two of my neighbors.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
There are several exciting things about this new position – one of them is that I am excited to create and navigate resources and programs to help our students become successful.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Help build a collaborative and supportive community of resources for students.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Being the first generation in my family to graduate with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, my amazing family and my friends, and being a pescatarian!

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
That’s a great question for my coworkers.

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

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

Gain
Resources for
Enrichment
Engagement and
Nourishment

New Employee Spotlight – Jenna Park

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.Park, Jenna
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My new title is iGrad Case Manager. I have over 7 years of case management experience working for various agencies including City of Seattle, Neighborhood House, and YWCA.  I have worked with a diverse population of clients from children, youth, young adults and elderly of diverse ethnic backgrounds.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Green River is a reputable and diverse community college that has been providing great educational opportunities for the community around.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
MOVIN 92.5, KUOW 94.9, and Air1 88.1

What was the very first job you ever had?
JCPenney in Bellingham as a sales associate in the junior’s dept.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The most exciting thing is to be a part of students making positive change in their life by attaining their GED and entering into post secondary education.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to help, assist, and guide all the students I encounter in the iGrad program to accomplish their educational and life goals.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Being a mom, graduating from college, and being a part of helping young people make positive change in their life.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Shorty, because I’m short.

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

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

Get
Ready to
Excel in
Education
Now

GRC Foundation Scholarships

Posted on behalf of the GRC FoundationScholarship

Green River College Foundation is accepting applications for:

  • over 230 scholarships for students attending Green River in Fall 2016 – Spring 2017.
  • at least 5 scholarships for students completing their studies at Green River in Summer 2016.
  • 2 scholarships for students graduating from Green River and transferring to WSU, UW, CWU, EWU, or WWU for Fall 2016.
  • Scholarship amounts: $500 – $3,000

For more details and a link to the on-line application, direct students to greenrivercollegefoundation.org/scholarships/students.

If students are unable to apply online, paper applications are available in the Financial Aid Office or the Foundation Office.

In response to faculty suggestions, we have a new interactive .pdf recommendation form available on our website.  Language has also been added to remind students that their information may be shared with scholarship sponsors, and to remind references that students may review their application materials. Thank you for your input; please continue to help us improve.

If you have questions, please contact us at x3330 or e-mail bgatzke@greenriver.edu.

Application deadline: April 29, 2016

GRC International Programs Needs Good Host Families

Posted on behalf of Emilee Findley of GRC International Programs

VP-IPEL.jpgGreen River has offered homestay experiences to international students since 1989. Through the years, host families have been a committed and cooperative group sharing their lives with both long-term and short-term students.

Why become a host family?

  • Internationalize your family by learning about other cultures
  • Companionship and a shared learning experience – family members not renters
  • $675 Shared Living Expense

Host families are independent contractors to Green River College International Hosting Program. The shared living expense does not effect your GRC contract.

Let International Housing help pave the way for a mutually enjoyable and rewarding relationship. Please contact us at housing@greenriver.edu or come and visit us in IVD for more information.

The Morgan Challenge: Gramm – Leach Bliley Act: Financial and Federal Personally Identifiable Information (Federal PII)

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Gramm – Leach Bliley Act: Financial
  2. Federal Personally Identifiable Information (Federal PII)

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

New Employee Spotlight – Donald Kumpula

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.
Kumpala, Donald

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

I’m Don Kumpula and I’m the new Lead Accountant in the Business Office. Prior to coming to Green River, I was a Fiscal Specialist at the University of Washington in the Department of Family Medicine. I have worked in State Government for a number of years, including auditing positions in the State Auditor’s Office and Employment Security. I was also a Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher!

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I love working in an educational environment in support of students and the community. Specifically, I was drawn to Green River by the good things I have heard about the college.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Well, I have to get used to commuting alone again. I used to take the bus and I would spend the morning chatting with my “bus” friends. In my car, I listen to pop radio stations; I love to hear those traffic reports.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked as a dishwasher in Rogers-Orton Dining Hall at Washington State University.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I love learning, so it is exciting to learn new systems and processes. I also look forward to getting to know my coworkers.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
My short-term goal is to remember all of the names! I hope to become a valuable part of my office and the Green River community as a whole.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I’m proud that I had the courage to get my Master’s in Teaching, it has made me a better person. Because of this I’m more confident and motivated.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
They are already talking about my nickname! There are too many Dons/Dawns in the Business Office. I think I would have to choose DK, because the alternatives are not very appealing (Donald, Donk, Don Juan…).

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I pretty much lack talent. However, I can milk a cow!

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

Green
River
Educational
Excellence
Nomination

New Employee Spotlight – Nicky Khai

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.

Khai, Sokcheath (Nicky)
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

I’m your new HR Consultant 3 for Green River College. Over the past 13 years, I’ve been at Seattle Central College working in Human Resources.  I specialize in part time faculty leave and serving employees on many capacities (onboarding, compensation, recruitment, payroll etc.). Way back before my HR profession, I was an academic advisor.  I have a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic & Labor Studies.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
The commute time and of course my wonderful soon to be co-workers (Amazing HR profiles)!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
It all depends on what’s on the radio, but I usually listen to KOMO radio –I try to keep up   with the news.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job ever was at KFC. I think food was my motivator! Who doesn’t love fried food?

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I look forward to learning from my co-workers and getting to enjoy the beautiful green campus!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Hard question. Ask me a year from now. The first year, I like to learn as much as I can    about my position and do a great job. Hopefully from there I can help faculty and staff.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I’m a problem solver – anytime I can help someone find an answer, learn or smile, it’s always an accomplishment.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Nicknack – because I like to bring snacks to work and share with my coworkers.

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

Great to be alive
Ready to learn
Evolving always
Everyday
Never, never, give up! (Winston Churchill)

 

 

 

The Morgan Challenge: You Are the Target and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. You Are the Target
  2. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

Student Success Series Workshops

Posted on behalf of Counseling and Health Services

Counseling and Health Services is pleased to announce our Student Success Series Workshops! These workshops can help students succeed in their educational goals and beyond. We’ve found that students who attend the workshops most frequently hear about them from their instructors. Please let students know about these informative and practical workshops by announcing them in class and/or e-mailing the attached flyer to your students.

  • Tuesday, April 26th – Stress Management
  • Wednesday, April 27th – Mastering Time and Procrastination
  • Thursday, April 28th – Study Skills of Successful Students 

All of the workshops will be in RLC-131 from 12-12:50pm

For more information about our workshops, please visit: http://www.greenriver.edu/student-affairs/counseling-and-health-services.htm

 

Thank you!

Counseling and Health Services (CHS)

Lindbloom Center (LC) 230

Green River Community College

253-833-9111 ext. 2460

12401 SE 320th Street | Auburn, WA 98092

 

Counseling and Health Services Mission Statement

Counseling and Health Services fosters student success and retention by teaching emotional coping techniques, informing and educating students on relevant health and wellness topics, and developing effective self-care skills for optimal lifelong psychological and physical health.

Return of the Honeybees

Posted on behalf of Daniel Najera, of GRC Biology

We are excited to see a project started through the GRC Foundation Faculty Excellence Program live on. Check out this information about the Honeybee Installation Event on Friday.

We will be installing our honeybees to replace our winter losses FRIDAY at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. These will be NUC (Nucleus Colony) installs, which are different than the PACKAGE installs we have done in the past. We will meet on the North side of the SC (Science Center) building by the Bee Mural (see pic below), then walking into the forest to their new home locations. You can join midway and leave at any time.

 

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The Bee Mural (North side of the SC Building)

 

I realize this may conflict with many things, but if you are interested, feel free to join us. You don’t need a suit. Have a Happy Friday EITHER WAY!

New Employee Spotlight – Erin Tyler

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.

Tyler, Erin
I will be a lab technician 2 for the sciences department. I graduated with a Master’s degree in Marine biology in 2007 from the University of West Florida. I focused much of my early career on fish physiology, however, my work was heavy in biochemistry and led me to a position with the US EPA. After 2 years with them, I moved to Virginia and worked as a lab manager in a biogeochemistry lab at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences for 6.5 years. I recently moved across the country to Seattle and I’m excited to continue working in a laboratory environment.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

While working in Virginia, I did some adjunct teaching and realized how much I liked the community college environment. When I learned about Green River and how reputable the science department was, I was immediately drawn to the school.

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

I am a rock music fan so I mostly listen to the radio station 99.9

What was the very first job you ever had?

When I was 14 I started teaching swimming lessons to kids and did that, along with lifeguarding, all through high school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am excited that my position works with many different science classes. It’s exciting to be able to work in some aspects of science that I haven’t had a chance to since school, such as physics and astronomy.

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

I hope to find some ways to become more involved in the campus community. I would like to find some clubs or committee’s to become involved with.

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

I am very proud of my graduate school research that I was able to present at an international conference, completing my first Ironman in 2012, and swimming 7.5 miles across the Potomac River, twice.

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

Why? I’m not much of a nickname person, and haven’t had one since high school, so I’m not sure.

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

My talents aren’t usually something I can do at a talent show. I am tone deaf and can’t dance, but I can drop a mountain bike off an 11ft drop.

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

Goal Driven

Respect

Environmentally friendly

Education

Never Give Up

New Employee Spotlight – Derek Ronnfeldt

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.Ronnfeldt, Derek

My new title is Director of Campus Safety and Parking/Transportation. Before coming to Green River, I worked at the Illinois State University Police Department for over 27 years as the Detective Commander for Criminal Investigations.  I’ve also been an instructor for a class called Verbal Judo for the last 8 years, which trains professionals on how to communicate with people in high pressure encounters.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The community and the extracurricular activities for my family. I was looking for a college setting that was situated in a good community for my family.  The Auburn area fit all of our criteria plus some.  With all the outdoor activities:  hiking, biking, sightseeing, etc., we couldn’t have asked for a better place than Green River.

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

I listen to several stations on Sirius….Country, Talk Radio, ‘70s.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I was a lifeguard from 15 yrs. old through college.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I love working in a college setting and having new responsibilities and being part of a team.

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

Being that my department is oftentimes the first contact our guests and students have, I would like them to view their time with us as inviting and feeling genuinely welcomed.

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

I have no way of ranking my accomplishments. God has blessed me a multitude of ways in regards to my family and my work.

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

I can think of two that I’ve actually been called over the years. The first is “Ofc Friendly”, because I was always given the phone calls of irate “customers” to calm them down and help with rectifying situations.  The second is “cereal guy”, because I’ve been known to have several boxes of cereal stashed in my office for my lunch/breakfast break.

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

I have a pretty solid K/D ratio for Call of Duty on Xbox (my wife says this isn’t a talent!)

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

Greatest

Ranked

Educational

Establishment

‘Nuff said!

April is Records and Information Management Month (RIMM)!

Posted on behalf of Jessica Tichy

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Join us in celebrating April as “Records and Information Management Month (RIMM)!  This internationally recognized month spotlights and promotes the records and information management profession and the importance and value of organizing and managing records to the organization.

Follow the news link, “Archives News” on the Washington State Archives page.  Watch for the title  “April is Records and Information Management Month.” There is a link in the news article for a copy of the Proclamation issued by Governor Inslee declaring April to be RIMM for the State of Washington.  This RIMM proclamation is in recognition of the critical need for agencies to organize and manage public records and also recognizes of the role and efforts made by the hardworking and diligent records professionals who endeavor to preserve, protect and manage our public records.

As those of you who deal with records maintenance get hit by the spring cleaning bug, keep in mind that there is a new “2015 DRAFT” version of the state’s general records retention schedule here. 

Bridges: Building a Supportive Community

The Elimination of Campus Sexual Violence Act (Campus SaVE Act) — passed as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 — requires training that covers state law definitions of sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence for faculty and staff.

GRC is using the Bridges Training program (follow the link to access the training as often as you like) to cover this information in detail as well as explain consent and explore its many complexities in sexual assault cases.

This is an ongoing campus wide coordinated effort, and we were proud to see such a strong presence from various departments throughout the training so far. (Over the three days of training, over 150 employees successfully completed the training.)

As a reminder, our Title IX coordinators are:

  • Student related concerns: Vice President of Student Affairs, Deborah Casey
  • Faculty & Staff concerns: Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Marshall Sampson

Additionally, the following individuals are our Confidential Counselors and are all located in the Student Affairs and Success Building:

  • Liz Becker
  • Devon Klein
  • Min Lee Booth

Thank you again to everyone who made an effort to attend and complete the training! If you weren’t able to attend, please don’t worry as we will be sending out updates for new time slots in the coming months. Please keep in mind that this is mandatory training as well as an important topic.

The Morgan Challenge: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act: Educational and Red Flags Rule

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act: Educational
  2. Red Flags Rule

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

New Employee Spotlight – Jayme Kaniss

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.Kaniss, Jayme

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

As the incoming Director of Workforce Education, this opportunity will bring me full circle in my career, and I couldn’t be happier! My first professional position was as an Assistant Professor at Catawba College, a small liberal arts college in North Carolina, and, during my time there, I also served as Director of Career Planning and Placement. With stops in between at the Office of Personnel Management in Atlanta, the Nonprofit Center and Read2Me in Tacoma, WorkSource offices in Lakewood, Auburn and Tacoma, and WorkForce Central, a part of the Workforce Development Council in Pierce County, I am now looking forward to returning to the academic arena.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

While I was at the Auburn WorkSource affiliate, I worked with numerous clients who were pursuing degrees or certifications from Green River, and all of them were very complementary about the college’s programs and staff. Coupled with my missing the atmosphere and camaraderie of campus life, I decided to apply when the right position came along. And, after talking with various faculty and staff here at Green River, I absolutely knew that this was the place I wanted to be.

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

I alternate between the morning show with Dave Ross on 97.3, 710 ESPN or SiriusXM, 80s on 8.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I was a bagger at a small grocery store in my hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida. I actually applied to be a cashier at the store, but was told I had to work my way up in order to do so. To this day, I still remember being trained in the correct way to load groceries into a bag . . . and it’s not putting the tomatoes or bananas in first!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am a researcher by nature and, in exploring Workforce Education at Green River, I quickly realized the amazing group of talent that exists with the current staff. I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of our team and seeing how their strengths contribute to the successes of our students and school.

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

I would like to continue the outstanding work we perform at the college, while promoting what we do and how well we do it even further. What that means in practical terms is collaborating and partnering with as many for-profit, governmental, nonprofit and educational institutions as possible, whether locally, statewide and even nationally.

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

On a personal basis, I am most proud of my son, daughter and husband. All three are healthy, accomplished and have a work ethic that is second to none. On a professional level, I am proud of being the first in my immediate family to graduate from college with advanced degrees, receiving a national grant for my doctoral research that resulted in my dissertation being in the Library of Congress and developing an electronic resume kit for Pierce County job seekers that was recognized as a statewide Best Practice.

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

I was actually given the nickname of “Mamacita” a few years ago by a colleague of mine from WorkSource Pierce, and when I asked him why, he told me that I was like everyone’s little work mom . . . interested in what they were doing and supportive of their efforts. I was very touched when he told me that.

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

I could demonstrate how to make Southern dishes like Brunswick Stew, turnip greens and hushpuppies.

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

Gators

Relish

Education’s

Empowering

Nature

New Employee Spotlight – Fredrisha Bennett

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.
Bennett, Fredrisha (Trish)2

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

Hello all! My name is Fredrisha but I prefer to be called Trish. I will be the new Office Assistant 2 for the Lindbloom Student Union. My professional background involves several positions that I’ve held with Ashford University in Clinton, IA. I first started out as an Enrollment Advisor and held this position for 1.5 years. I then moved into the Student Services department working as an Academic Advisor. After some organizational change, the Academic Advisor position became the role of Student Advisor. As a Student Advisor I was responsible for assisting students with both their academic and financial progression through their program. After being in the Student Advisor position for almost a year, I was promoted to a Lead Student Advisor.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I applied with Green River College because of its sound history in education. In addition, working at Green River would give me the opportunity to work on campus and have face-to-face interaction with students. This differed from my roles with Ashford University as I worked primarily in an online environment.

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

On my commute to work I listen to either Movin 92.5 or KISS 106.1. Great stations to get me pumped up for the day!

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first job was a Sport Recreation Lead for Metro Parks Tacoma. During the summers I would travel from park to park leading kids through recreational activities. I had an absolute blast while in this role and was able to hold the position for 2 consecutive summers while attending Washington State University.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Again, to have the ability to work in a campus environment with interaction with students and members of my team and other departments is what I find exciting. In addition, I’m excited for the opportunity to work in the newly constructed Lindbloom Student Union building.

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

I would like to gain a thorough understanding for the traditions, processes, and procedures that Green River has and see if my previous experiences in education can provide further assistance and/or insight into these areas.

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

The first accomplishment that I’m proud of is graduating from Washington State University with a BA in Sports Management. I have been the first person in my family to graduate from a college or university since my father. In 2011 I was honored to receive the 1st Quarter and March awards for IESA (Integrity, Ethics, Service, and Accountability) with Ashford University. This was a huge accomplishment for me at the personal and professional level. The last accomplishment that I’m proud of is receiving my first MA in Organizational Management in 2011, followed by a second MA in Education in 2014.

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

One nickname that my coworkers would call me is Fred or Freddy based off of my full name, Fredrisha.

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

I would showcase “Trish, the Pet Whisperer”.

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

Gratitude

Resourceful

Ethical

Educational

Navigational

GRC Foundation 50th Anniversary Gala

Posted on behalf of the GRC Foundation

Please join us as we raise a glass to toast Green River’s First 50 Years and raise a paddle in support of Green River’s next 50 years!

Green River College Foundation 50th Anniversary Gala!

Saturday, April 16, 2016 Reception at Six o’clock followed by Dinner, Program, and

Raise the Paddle at Seven o’clock Lindbloom Student Union

Registration is now open

If you would like a printed invitation or have questions, please contact the Foundation Office at 253-288-3330 or foundation@greenriver.edu.

Printed invitations have been sent to Green River friends and alumni in the community.

Feel free to share this e-mail with your friends and alumni who may be interested in attending.

New Employee Spotlight – Mollie Jones

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.Jones, Mollie

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

My new title is Coordinator for Recreation and Athletics. I graduated in May 2015 with a Master of Science in Organizational Management with a focus in Sports Management. I have held many different recreation/athletic positions including Graduate Assistant of Athletics at Chadron State College in Chadron, NE, Building Supervisor and Rec Assistant with the City of Longmont, Recreation Leader I with the City of Fife, and I also have 8 years of customer service experience that I gained working as a barista in many different coffee shops.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I applied to Green River because I have wanted to work in higher education since I graduated. I was on a college campus for six years as an undergrad and graduate student and had amazing experiences. Because of that, I decided I wanted to pursue a career on a college campus to become part of a team. The position was exactly what I have been looking for and I love the campus. I just recently moved to Washington in July, so I had never been to the campus before but I was definitely excited when I visited for the first time.

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

On my car ride to work I listen to something different every day. I honestly love a wide array of music. Growing up I always listened to country music and that hasn’t changed. Right now I love Tim Mcgraw, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, and Miranda Lambert. If I am not in a country music mood I will turn on Pandora and listen to 80’s Rock Radio, Journey Radio, Coffee Shop Soundtrack Radio, 90’s Pop Radio, 90’s Country Radio, Kesha Radio, and more. No matter what I am listening to it is going to be loud in my car!

What was the very first job you ever had?

The first job I ever had was working as a barista at Ziggis Coffee in my hometown, Longmont, Colorado. I started when I was 16 years old and my boss put my name in the computer as “Shy Girl.” This name printed on the receipt of every customer I helped until I could finally prove to my boss that I wasn’t shy anymore. This took me awhile but I will never forget the day I logged in and it actually said my name. That was a great day!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

What I find most exciting about my new position is the fact that I get to work in a brand new recreation facility. It sounds like the students are very excited about having a space like this on campus that all students can use and that is something I can really relate to. As a student, I spent a ton of time in our recreation and athletic facilities not only as a student athlete, but even when I finished my volleyball career. Being in this type of environment feels like home to me and I am so excited to bring this to the students at Green River.

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

In my first year at Green River a major goal I have to is to get as many students into the RAC as possible, whether that is an environment they would normally come to or not. In order to do this I will have to provide many different kinds of programs to reach out to everyone. I also want to focus on building relationships with my colleagues. I believe that my success depends on how well I am able to work with others.

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

Three accomplishments I am most proud of in my life are one, maintaining close relationships with my family and friends even with a lot of distance between us, finishing my Master’s Degree by the age of 24, and finishing my collegiate volleyball career and exhausting my NCAA eligibility.

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

An office nickname I have had in the past was “Jolly” instead of Mollie. This is because I try not to take life too seriously and I often like to laugh things off and have a smile on my face.

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

A hidden talent that I would showcase would be my ability to put down a very large Chipotle burrito without any struggle at all.

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

Grow                           I chose these words to describe how I feel about my new position.

Rise

Energy

Excitement

Nestled

New Employee Spotlight – Sherry Felchlin

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.Felchlin, Sherry

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

I have more than 15 years as a project manager in investment banking, clinical research and database development and deployment. Business development, client engagement and problem or issue resolution along with innovative organizational transition and change management have been the focus of my endeavors. In 2015 I received certification as a Project Management Professional.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

It is important to me to work for projects that I anticipate will provide a value to the recipients of the “work” and are also challenging, interesting and represent more than simply a job. I believe in supporting higher education and the opportunities it provides, the implementation of this new software should be rewarding for students, faculty and the academic organization.

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

Pandora – which “station” will depend on the mood and the drive. I have a diverse and eclectic taste.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Either a car wash or a waitress at a specialty dessert shop, both distasteful in their own way and apparently not memorable enough to recall if it was the first.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The opportunity to work with a new challenge in a new environment. I have always enjoyed the chance to be part of a team resolution to “problems” with the goal to improve the situation and the perception of those involved. Technical improvements to how work is done can be invaluable and the ability to assist in a transition which should benefit so many is exciting.

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

As a project manager the goal is always to serve the stakeholders, to accomplish the defined “project” task in the best way possible, within the timeline and parameters expected with clear identification of risks.

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

As a parent I was involved in volunteer activities within the local school community. I received recognition by the school district for my work to development and support a science fair program as well as holding a position within the school board committee for talented and gifted students. I also worked with at risk children, at a 6th grade graduation one of the students with whom I worked was delivering a speech as the recipient of a student award for making the greatest positive transition in her academic endeavors, during which she commented that she would not be where she was without my involvement.

I worked for an ethics committee regarding the evaluation of the safety and protection of clinical research subjects. One of my responsibilities was to address subject concerns or complaints. I was able to assist a subject who had either failed or was not considered eligible to participate in a clinical trial to find an alternative opportunity to have their medical issue evaluated, considered and treated with no cost to them for a therapy that provided a life changing outcome.

I coordinated highly complex international studies with multi-national regulatory and compliance components to ensure acceptance of clinical research data by international regulatory agencies eliminating potential of drug approval delay for needed third world therapies., thus improving a critical timeline for drug delivery.

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

Daenerys Targaryen, good at uniting diverse people and goals for a common objective, and the mother of dragons.

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

Honestly, I don’t believe that I have any and would be a grand disappointment to the talent show. My children disagree and say that I am very artistic but I am sure they are biased, I mean, fancy sugar cookies and things painted at a ceramic shop probably don’t count.

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

G: Green, this is Washington and everything is green. But also because the implications of the color green which generally imply success and environmentally aware, both of which are appropriate for Green River College.

R: Responsible. My impression of the college, its mission and goals are to be responsible to the community and students to provide opportunity to grow.

E: Environment. The location and the endeavors to be aware of the natural environment are evident throughout Green River Campus.

E: Education. As the website states, Green River is a place where an educational environment is expected and encouraged.

N: Nurturing. Green River College, a place where dreams are found and given a solid foundation.

The Morgan Challenge: Protecting Your Home Network & Protecting Your Kids Online

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Protecting Your Home Network
  2. Protecting Your Kids Online

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

Smart Health Wellness Program

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon

smart health

Time is running out to earn your Early Bird Bonus through the SmartHealth Wellness Program. When you complete the SmartHealth Well-being Assessment you’ll earn 800 points; if you complete it by March 31, 2016, you’ll earn 100 bonus points toward a $125 wellness incentive in 2017.

If you haven’t already completed the SmartHealth Well-Being Assessment, follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit www.smarthealth.hca.wa.gov and select Get Started to walk through the activation process.
  2. Take the SmartHealth Well-being Assessment.

Earn 800 points, plus 100 bonus points if you complete it by March 31, 2016. We will award bonus points on April 8, 2016.

  1. Join activities that interest you.

After completing the Well-being Assessment, complete activities on the SmartHealth website to earn more points. When you reach 2,000 total points by September 30, 2016, you’ll qualify to receive a $125 wellness incentive in January 2017 (if you meet PEBB eligibility requirements in January 2017).

Don’t delay, get started today! It’s easy! You can access SmartHealth from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

No internet access? You can participate by phone. Contact SmartHealth Customer Service toll-free at 1-855-750-8866 (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time).

Moolah for Schoolah

Posted on behalf of Byron Ford

Win a $500 Shopping Spree During

Kent Station’s “Moolah for Schoolah” Scholarship Fundraiser

 Group Of Diverse International Students Celebrating Graduation

Kent, Washington, March 1, 2016– Throughout the month of March, Kent Station will host its annual college scholarship fundraiser for Green River College (GRC) students – Moolah for Schoolah. Kent Station began the program in 2007 to provide scholarships to Kent graduates attending GRC. Since then, Kent Station has provided 31 scholarships totaling over $41,000 in college funding to students who might not be able to afford college otherwise.

The promotion has some fun changes this year! Kent Station customers can participate in the college fundraiser by picking up a Moolah for Schoolah “passport” available at all participating Kent Station merchants. Customers will receive a sticker just for going into each participating business and will receive an additional sticker each time they spend money at the business during the month of March. For each sticker that is given out, Kent Station will donate $1 to the Kent Station–Green River College Scholarship Fund. The more stickers on the passports, the more scholarships Kent Station will provide. Customers can pick up a passport all month and then drop off their passport at any participating business by April 4th.

Yelena Arkhipchuk is one of the 2015 scholarship recipients. She said “I was very happy to learn that I was a recipient of the Moolah for Schoolah scholarship. Thank you for your generous financial support towards my higher education. By awarding me the scholarship I am able to concentrate on what is important for me: education. Your financial generosity has allowed me to be one step closer to my goal and has inspired me to help others by giving back to the community. Thank you very much.”

To help students like Yelena, Kent Station encourages the community to visit participating Moolah for Schoolah merchants during March. By collecting stickers on a passport, the community can help college dreams become a reality and are eligible to win Kent Station prizes. Each sticker will give Kent Station customers the opportunity to win one of 10 prizes, including the Grand Prize of a $500 shopping spree to spend at Kent Station, plus gift cards ranging from $25 to $100. Each sticker will be one entry meaning that the more stickers the better the chances are to win a prize. The prize winners will be selected at random on April 11, 2016.

Windermere at Kent Station donated to the promotion, helping to offset the costs and helping to make it possible to reach our goal of donating $5000.

“The new passport is going to make Moolah for Schoolah a fun promotion to participate in.” said Cynthia Boyd, Kent Station Marketing Manager. “Our scholarships allow local high school graduates to achieve their dreams of higher education and thus giving them more opportunities to be successful members of our business community. We are always proud of our partnership with Green River College and the Green River College Foundation.”

For more information about the Moolah for Schoolah college fundraiser and about Kent Station visit KentStation.com or call Cynthia Boyd at 253-856-2301.

Located on 18 acres in the heart of downtown Kent, Kent Station is an urban shopping village developed by Tarragon a Seattle based company. The 470,000 sq. ft., mixed-use development features locally-owned and national retail stores, professional office space, and dining and entertainment, including a 14-screen AMC Theatres Cineplex and a branch campus of Green River College.

For more information, please contact:

Contact Name:        Cynthia Boyd, Kent Station
Phone Number:       253-856-2301
Website:                  www.KentStation.com
E-mail Address:       cboyd@kentstation.com
Kent Station, Kent Washington, Kent shopping, Kent dining, Green River College, Green River College Foundation, Kent School District, College Scholarships, College Funding

 

Zika & Spring Break Travel: What Travelers Need to Know

Posted on Behalf of Julie Graham of the Department of Health

Zika and spring break travel: What travelers need to know

If you’re planning to travel for spring break, find out if your destination is one of the many popular travel spots where Zika virus is being spread by mosquitos by checking here: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo 

While only women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should consider postponing travel to Zika-affected areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have an “alert level 2”in effect, urging all travelers to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Sexual transmission of Zika virus from a male partner is possible, so people are also encouraged to use condoms while traveling or with a man who recently returned from traveling to a Zika affected area.

To prevent Zika or other mosquito-spread diseases, travelers should avoid mosquito bites:

  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or IR3535. Always use as directed.  –moved to first
  • Cover skin – wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Most repellents, can be used safely by most people, but be sure to check the label and follow instructions.
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). You can buy pre-treated clothing and gear or treat them yourself.
  • Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms.

For more information visit www.doh.wa.gov/zika

Julie Graham
Strategic Communications Consultant
Center for Public Affairs
Washington State Department of Health
360-236-4078 | www.doh.wa.gov

Understanding IRS Form 1095

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon

The New 1095 Tax Form Related to Health Care -Do you know what it is?Insurance1095

Many employees have started getting a new mandated tax form related to health care reform measures in the mail. In Green River’s case, the Washington Health Care Authority (PEBB) is mailing the forms to employees on our behalf.

The Affordable Health Care Act, sometimes referred to as “Obamacare,” mandated a new tax form (actually three new forms) to be used as a kind of proof of health insurance so taxpayers can avoid paying a penalty for failure to be covered. The 1095 form is really the mechanism that the IRS is going to use to assess whether or not each person has the required minimal essential coverage, and it’s what the individual is going to use to demonstrate that they’ve got the coverage.  If you had multiple insurance sources, you may get more than one form.

You might think of the 1095-C form as the healthcare W-2. Employers use the W-2 to report to the IRS their employees’ wages and taxes deducted from their paychecks. Employees get a copy with important information needed for filing their tax returns.

In the same manner, large employers will use the 1095-C to report to the IRS that they offered their employees affordable health insurance, which is now required through the Affordable Care Act.

It’s IMPORTANT to note that Form 1095-B or 1095-C is NOT REQUIRED for filing 2015 tax returns. According to the IRS, an employee may use an insurance card, W-2, or other documentation when filing their taxes. As with all other tax documents, however, you are encouraged to keep all 1095’s you receive.

If you were enrolled in PEBB’s employer-sponsored Uniform Medical Plan during 2015, you will receive Form 1095-C; if you were enrolled in PEBB’s employer-sponsored Group Health Plan during 2015, you will receive a Form 1095-B from Group Health AND a Form 1095-C from the WA Health Care Authority (mailed on behalf of Green River College). Retirees of Green River College (even if they retired years ago) who are covered under PEBB Retiree Coverage (and their covered spouses/eligible partners) will also receive a Form 1095-C from the WA Health Care Authority. (Another Form 1095-A is mailed by the state exchange (WA HealthPlanFinder) to persons who purchased insurance through the exchange)).

The appropriate 1095 form will come to you, and employers and insurance companies will file other versions (1094 forms) directly with the IRS. These will serve as your proof of coverage, and you will put information from them on your tax form. Information about the 1095-C and its separate instructions are at www.irs.gov/form1095c.

ACT Award Nominations

Forwarded on behalf of ACT Awards Committee Chair Joanne Schwartz (Centralia College), Diana Clay, (Edmonds CC) Karen Seinfeld, (Bates Tech. College) Jackie Rosenblatt, ( Pierce District) and Lisa Parker, (Yakima Valley CC)

SBCTC_LogoGood afternoon!

Our Community and Technical colleges touch the lives of thousands of people throughout our state. It’s impossible to count the ways the colleges affect students, graduates, employees, volunteers, employers and members of the community  This is your opportunity to nominate someone who has been outstanding in our CTC system and deserves special recognition;  these awards are ACT’s way of saying ‘thank you’ for the fantastic job people do day in and day out in service to these colleges and their students.  A special awards ceremony and dinner will be held on May 12, 2016 during ACT’s spring convention hosted by Bellevue College.  Additionally all nominees will be forwarded to ACCT for consideration  of national recognition at the ACCT Congress this year in New Orleans.

On behalf of your ACT Awards committee I am pleased to announce we are now accepting nominations for the following awards:

  • The Trustee Leadership Award recognizes an individual trustee who has made a significant contribution to promote the community and technical college system.
  • The Equity Award recognizes exemplary commitment to achieve equity in the development, administration and delivery of educational programs and services in the community and technical college system.
  • The Chief Executive Officer Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in furthering the mission of community and technical colleges.
  • The Partner of the Year Award recognizes a business, company, agency, organization or elected official for donating time and/or resources in support of the community and technical college mission.
  • The Faculty Member Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in teaching in the community and technical college system.
  • The Professional Staff Member Award recognizes an individual who provides exemplary service in the community and technical college system. 

I invite you to contact me at 360-269-4968 (c), members of the Awards Committee (listed below), Kim Tanaka (360-704-4307 or ktanaka@sbctc.edu), or Nanette Angel (360-704-4317 or  nangel@sbctc.edu) you have questions, comments, or suggestions. By working together, we can continue to recognize those who deserve our thanks for helping to make the community and technical colleges a smart investment.

The deadline for submission of nominations is April 8 2016.

ASGRC Meet & Greet Luncheon

Lavina Tang, the current Vice President of ASGRC has extended an invitation to Green River administrators and staff to join students for a luncheon on Wednesday, February 24th from 12 pm to 1 pm. According to Lavina, the event is intended to, “allow administrators to better understand students and to give students the opportunity to get to know their administrators and ask questions.”handshake-1239869

The luncheon will be held in the River Room of the new Lindbloom Student Center and will feature food and refreshments.

Lavina has provided a few questions to help facilitate conversation:

  • How long have you worked at Green River?
  • Why did you choose to work at Green River?
  • What places to visit are on your bucket lists?
  • If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
  • What were some of the challenges you faced as a college student, and how are these challenges different now?
  • What would you do differently if you could go back to college?
  • Are there things outside of Green River you are passionate about, and what are they and why?
  • How would you describe your leadership or teaching style?
  • What was your major in college?
  • Why did you choose that major?

Lavina has also advised that staff may be met with some tougher questions about finances and tensions with faculty. However, the event is meant to be positive and will hopefully result in a closer connection between staff and students overall.