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
rowing
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