Harvest Festival is just around the corner!

On behalf of the Classified Staff Training and Development Committee:Harvest Festival 2019

Don’t forget that the annual Green River College Harvest Festival is just around the corner! See below for this year’s festival information:

Thursday, October 31

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Cascade Hall, Student Affairs & Success Center

 

This event is open to all Green River College employees.  Come for the full time or drop in when you have a moment. 

 The Classified Staff Training & Development Committee is happy to provide dessert, coffee, and water service again this year.  Please bring a brown bag lunch or stop by the cafeteria on your way.

Before the event:

  • Donate food to the Auburn Food Bank bins in your building
  • Help your team decorate the collection bin to win a coffee break
  • Carve, paint, or otherwise decorate a pumpkin to bring to the event

 

Come dressed to impress in one of these categories:

Best Large Team Costumes          Most Unique                Funniest

Best Small Team Costumes          Scariest

 

Ballots will be available on all tables for voting on costume winners, bin decorations, and pumpkins.  Prizes awarded!

New training dates are here

Training

On behalf of Mark Brown, Learning and Development Manager

Our next round of mandatory training dates are set! The below training sessions will include nondiscrimination, child abuse/neglect reporting and ethics. These sessions are intended for all employees so, if you are a new employee or are unaware of your training completion status, please contact Mark Brown at mbrown@greenriver.edu.

TC-208, Tuesday, October 22, 3-5 pm

TC-206, Thursday, October 24, 9-11 am

TC-208, Tuesday, November 5, 2-4 pm

TC-208, Thursday, November 7, 9-11 am

IVC-101 Conference Room, Wednesday, November 20, 9-11 am

TC-206, Wednesday, December 4, 9-11 am

SH 220-31 Conference room, Thursday, December 5, 2-4 pm

https://greenriveredu.sharepoint.com/sites/GN-HumanResources/SitePages/2019-Fall-Quarter-HR-Training-Sessions.aspx

 

2019 Employee Service Awards

GRC SERVICE AWARDS

Opening week is almost here! As we prepare to kick off a new school term, we want to take time for celebrating our colleagues and their years of service at Green River. We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, September 19 2:00pm-4:30pm in the Grand Hall (SU). We will celebrate our service award recipients along with distinguished faculty and outstanding staff. Thank you to our service award recipients, and to all of you, for everything that you do in Service to Education!

See 2019 Service Award Recipients below:

5 Years

Phillip Andrist
Allison Beckwith
Katherine Cunnion
Kelsey Denton
Christine Dixon-Hundredmark
Kyle Evans
Sarah Franz
Peter Gudmunson
Inna Lukyanova
Megan Marchand
Timothy Mason
John McCormick
Manila Mercurio
Adriana Milligan
Anna Neil
Michael Nielsen
Carrie O’Brien
Kimberly Olsen
Tina Ostrander
Andaiye Qaasim
Kieran Raney
Megan Reiser
Olga Shostak
Kari Sutlovich
Chelsie Taresh Ciscell
Monica Tolas
Dale Wilkie
Michael Wood
Jennifer Youngquist

10 Years

Amanda Clifford
Devon Klein
Galina Marar
Andrew Orr
Wyatt Schill
Philip Smith
Christopher Ward

15 Years

Alan Carter
Hoang Do
Fia Eliasson-Creek
Raisa Gulchuk
Thomas Jackson
Elizabeth McKinney
Jeffery Perlot
Darcy Silvest
Lea Ann Simpson
Mark Thomason
Allison Warner
Elizabeth Williams

20 Years

Anita Behrbaum
Danielle Crivello-Chang
Barbara Iribarren
Allison Jansen
Walter Lowe
Julie Moore
David Nelson
Catherine Rabold
Thomas Tagliente
Elizabeth Valdivia

25 Years

Jean Carlson
Thomas Krause
Marcie Sims
Wendy Stewart

30 Years

Kathi Anderson
Sheryl Gordon
Nancy Kremer
Glen Martin
Lynn Nguyen
Cindy Small

35 Years

Frank Primiani

2019 Opening Week In-Service Day

In-service

Opening Week is just around the corner! In-Service Day (Wednesday, September 18) will feature a number of faculty and staff-led workshops. We invite you to attend one (or more!) of the workshops on offer during the week. Click here[2019 Opening Week In-Service Day] for times, locations and facilitators and click the link below to sign up!

In-Service Day Signup

New Employee Spotlight – Regina Terpay

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.

Terpay, Regina

Regina Terpay

I am the new Program Manager for the IEP Department. Before this role, I was a District Manager for Frito Lay. Furthering my education, I started at Green River receiving my Associate’s in Business and received my Bachelor’s in Business at Central Washington University.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The community of people!

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

I listen to Podcasts & Audible

What was the very first job you ever had?

Delivering Newspapers for the Seattle Times

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Working with international Students, I have an international background myself. I was born in Ukraine

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

I would like to be able to form great relationships with my team members

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

  • Graduating College
  • Completing District Manager Training at Frito Lay
  • Working with teenage girls, and making a positive impact on their lives

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

In the past, I have been nicknamed “Pam” from The Office. Not sure, but I’ve reminded coworkers of her when I was an Admin Assistant…Don’t know if that is a compliment? J

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

Piano, I have been playing for 15 years

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

G – Grand

R – Resourceful

E – Ethical

E – Educational

N – Network

Accreditation 2020!

red-grad-cap-clip-art-graduation-cap-redGreen River’s Accreditation visit is coming in less than one year! Over the coming months, we’ll say more about how you can help Green River College to shine during our visit. For now, let us introduce you to what accreditation means and how it includes you!

Key Facts to Know:

  • Date of Accreditation Visit–April 29-May 1, 2020
  • Accreditation is not a separate thing.  Accreditation is a part of who we are in our responsibility and accountability to ourselves, our students and community.
  • Accreditation Steering Committee members in your areas will connect with you and your departments/divisions as we prepare.​

What is accreditation?

Accreditation “is a process of recognizing educational institutions for performance, integrity, and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public” (NWCCU “What is Regional Accreditation?”).​

​Accreditation checks for:​

  • Intentions – Has Green River defined a consistent mission and core themes?​
  • Capacity – Does Green River have the resources it needs to accomplish its mission and core themes? ​
  • Achievement – Is Green River accomplishing its mission and core themes?​
  • Sustainability – Does Green River have the resources, staff, etc. it needs to continue to meet its mission and core themes? ​

Why is accreditation important?

  • Identifies areas of success and areas for growth for further planning and development​
  • Makes the college eligible for Federal grants, loans or other federal funds ​
  • Makes Federal Financial Aid available to students ​
  • Allows for students to sit for state licensure examinations in professional fields
  • Allows students to transfer of credits between institutions & ensures quality of those credits​

How are YOU a part of accreditation?
How can YOU help tell our story? 

  • Truly understand the mission and core themes of Green River College. ​
    • Do you know the mission and core themes of the college?​
    • How does your work support the mission and core themes of the college?​​
  • Be prepared to answer accreditors’ questions about the above as well as the following topics/questions:​
    • Why do we do what we do? ​
    • How does it support the college’s mission? ​

2019 Distinguished Faculty Award Recipients

The votes are in, and the 2019 Green River College Foundation Distinguished Faculty Award Recipients are:

  • Diana Holz, Early Childhood Education
  • Rob Jonas, Mathematics
  • Danny Najera, Biology

The 2019 nominees also included Antonia Bennie-George and Laurie Centauri.

Faculty members received their awards at commencement, Friday, June 14th at the Kent Showare Center.

Please extend your congratulations to the award recipients and nominees!

2019 Cap Graduation & GDEC Banquet

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Green River Diversity & Equity Council will be hosting the 5th Inaugural ODEI CAP Graduation & GDEC Banquet on Friday, June 7.  This is a time ODEI CAP students are recognized for their accomplishments and milestone in graduating or transferring and acknowledging the hard work and dedication of our GDEC members this academic year. C.A.P. Grad Flyer (00000002)

 

Ways to stay engaged

Employee Engagement

Employee engagement has become something of a “buzzword” these days, but it’s absolutely as important as it sounds. Engaged employees are more focused, more energized, more productive and, generally, more pleasant to be around. That level of engagement can translate into greater student success!

The challenge we often face is how to stay engaged even on days when we’re not at our best. The article link below offers some helpful ideas on what we all can do to give our best both at work and at home!

Employee Engagement

Frontline: Helpful Hints and Tips

EAP

Our Employee Assistance Program continues to be a wonderful source of helpful information! This month’s EAP newsletter, Frontline, offers tips about a number of issues including:

  • Gratitude
  • To-do lists
  • Positive thinking/attitudes
  • Fitness ideas for the desk worker

Click the link below to take advantage of more ways to improve your work relationships and beyond!

EAP Newsletter

Employee Engagement on the Rise in the U.S.

The percentage of “engaged” workers in the U.S. — those who are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace — is now 34%, tying its highest level since Gallup began reporting the national figure in 2000. In March 2016, Gallup also reported that 34% of U.S. employees were engaged, along with 16.5% who were “actively disengaged” — a ratio of two engaged workers for every actively disengaged one.

 

Employee Engagement on the Rise in the U.S.

Green River College Foundation – Student Scholarships for 2019-2020

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

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

Visit https://grcfoundation.awardspring.com

 

Classified Staff In-Service Day

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

erin jones

Erin Jones

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

Winter In-Service Day (Save the date)

Winter In-Service day (February 7, 2019) is coming right up! We hope you’ll make a note in your calendars and keep the below information in mind:Reminder

For the Winter In-Service Day (07 February 2019), Green River College will be closed to the public.  There are no classes that day so that faculty may participate in divisional in-service activities.  We are closing to the public so that classified staff may attend sessions with a speaker (details pending) as they did last year.  Additionally, the exempt staff will have an in-service opportunity this year.

If you have any questions about the closure to the public, please contact your manager.  If you have any questions about the content of the in-service day, please stand by as instructional divisions and the committees (CSTDC and ESTDC) are currently planning the sessions.

Get ready for Harvest Festival!!

On behalf of the Classified Staff Training and Development Committee:Harvest Fest Logo 2018

Don’t forget that the annual Green River College Harvest Festival is just around the corner! See below for this year’s festival information:

Wednesday, October 31

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Cascade Hall, Student Affairs & Success Center

 

This event is open to all Green River College employees.  Come for the full time or drop in when you have a moment. 

 The Classified Staff Training & Development Committee is happy to provide dessert, coffee, and water service again this year.  Please bring a brown bag lunch or stop by the cafeteria on your way.

 2018 Harvest Fest Events: 

  • Food Drive for the Auburn Food Bank October 16-31
  • Food Bin Decorating Contest runs through October 31 (bins delivered October 16)
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest – bring your decorated pumpkin to the event for judging
  • Costume Contest – multiple categories including small group, large group, and individual costumes

 

GRC Service Awards Recap

On Thursday, September 20, we celebrated 83 faculty and staff service anniversaries. Besides the incredible number of honorees, this year’s awards were notable for another reason: we presented them on their own day during opening week. This gave us an opportunity to include the entire board of trustees as well as giving our honorees an even that was entirely dedicated to them. We’ve included a few photos of some of this year’s winners along with the full listings below!

Thank you to our recipients for your years of service to education! Thanks, as well, to the Conference Services and Media Services crews for helping make this year’s event truly memorable.

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5 Years

  • Patsy Cadwell
  • Amy Davidson
  • Neil Duldulao
  • Lynette Edwards
  • Laeticia Egesi
  • Rebeka Ferreira
  • Emilee Findley
  • Jeanette Fohn
  • Jacob Frye
  • Brian Hansen
  • Nicole Harris
  • Aaron Hartzell
  • Scott Hemingway
  • Richard Hill
  • Dana McCauley
  • Jamie McCuaig
  • Patrick Mumpower
  • Bjorn Myhre
  • Niki Nelson
  • David Norberg
  • Rob Olson
  • Monica Paulson-Priebe
  • Nadine Pavlov
  • Melissa Porras-Monroe
  • Richard Potsubay
  • Deanna Rish
  • Jennifer Rohan
  • Ariadne Rooney
  • Shanna Selvar
  • Shannon Sharpe
  • Katy Shaw
  • Karl Smith
  • Felisha Stephens
  • Theresa Torell
  • Laura VanSteenvoort
  • Leonard Wainstein
  • Larry Wild
  • Chiae Wilder

10 Years

  • Pat Carter
  • Rhonda Daulton
  • Anne Dolan
  • Richard Douglas
  • Kelly Eisenhour
  • George Frasier
  • Aaron Leavitt
  • Wendy Lundquist
  • Deborah Lynes
  • Michael Moreno
  • Rachel Neville
  • Jenny Park
  • Kevin Parr
  • Jeff Perlot
  • Sarah Postel
  • Gavin Pyle
  • Jane Swenson
  • Jamie Vandette
  • Benita Walters

15 Years

  • Steven Brumbaugh
  • Rob Jonas
  • Paul Metivier
  • Amanda Schaefer
  • Chitra Solomonson
  • Terry Waagan

20 Years

  • Vik Bahl
  • Steven Black
  • Lansing Bryan
  • Dawn Cleveland
  • Connie Jones
  • Lisa Michalec
  • Jerry Marshall
  • Jennifer Morgan
  • Diane Pelletier
  • Sidney Weldele-Wallace

25 Years

  • John Avery
  • Shirlyn Zeno-Bassard
  • Mark Blaisdell
  • Leslie Moore
  • Patrick Navin
  • Jessica Tichy

30 Years

  • Gary Jones
  • Liz Petersen

35 Years

  • Susan Snow Davis
  • Donnie Hallstone

Opening Week In-Service Day

Opening Week is just around the corner! In-Service Day (Wednesday, September 19) will feature a number of faculty and staff-led workshops. We invite you to attend one (or more!) of the workshops on offer during the week. Click the link below to see details for times, locations and facilitators!In-service

 

2018-opening-week-workshops

 

Green River College Service Awards 2018

grc-service-awards-e1535047106512.jpgOpening week is just around the corner! As we prepare to kick off a new school term, we want to take time for celebrating our colleagues and their years of service at Green River. In past years, our service awards have fallen in line with Opening Day. This year, we’re giving the service awards their own day during the opening week activities – Thursday, September 20, 2018 3:30pm-4:30pm. Thank you to our service award recipients, and to all of you, for everything that you do in Service to Education!

See 2018 Service Award Recipients below:

5 Years

  • Patsy Cadwell
  • Laeticia Egesi
  • Rebeka Ferreira
  • Emilee Findley
  • Brian Hansen
  • Aaron Hartzell
  • Scott Hemingway
  • Noah Hensley
  • Richard Hill
  • Jamie McCuaig
  • Bjorn Myhre
  • Niki Nelson
  • Benjamin Orr
  • Monica Paulson-Priebe
  • Melissa Porras-Monroe
  • Deanna Rish
  • Ariadne Rooney
  • Shanna Selvar
  • Shannon Sharpe
  • Yohannes Teferi
  • Chiae Wilder

10 Years

  • Pat Carter
  • Rhonda Daulton
  • Anne Dolan
  • Richard Douglas
  • Kelly Eisenhour
  • Aaron Leavitt
  • Deborah Lynes
  • Gavin Pyle
  • Jane Swenson
  • Benita Walters

15 Years

  • Steven Brumbaugh
  • Rob Jonas
  • Paul Metivier
  • Amanda Schaefer
  • Chitra Solomonson
  • Terry Waagan

20 Years

  • Vik Bahl
  • Steven Black
  • Lansing Bryan
  • Dawn Cleveland
  • Connie Hones
  • Lisa Michalec
  • Jerry Marshall
  • Jennifer Morgan
  • Diane Pelletier
  • Robert Sjogren
  • Sidney Weldele-Wallace

25 Years

  • John Avery
  • Shirlyn Bassard
  • Mark Blaisdell
  • Leslie Moore
  • Patrick Navin
  • Jessica Tichy

30 Years

  • Gary Jones
  • Liz Petersen

35 Years

  • Susan Snow Davis
  • Donnie Hallstone

Save the Date: Opening Week In-Service Day

In-serviceThe summer is winding down and, with it, we ramp up to the beginning of fall quarter classes! This year’s Opening Week In-Service day falls on Wednesday, September 19 from 1pm-5pm. All sessions will be in either Science Center or Technology Center. Please mark you calendars accordingly and keep an eye out for detailed schedules closer to the date!

 

Come follow us!!

Do you know someone who is looking for employment? Come follow Green River HR at green river twitterTwitter! While our job postings are always available via the GRC website and the Gatornet, our Twitter account is a great way for you to push out job postings to those who follow you.

In addition to job postings, our Twitter feed includes information that we release to you about our campus happenings (new employees, events, celebrations, etc.). With your follows and retweets, we can let more of the public know what makes Green River College so special.

Click the link below to follow our Twitter feed and share the Gator spirit!

@greenriverhr

 

Your vote counts

As we end primary season and look ahead to the November mid-term elections, we’re voting-ballotreminded that every vote is an important part of our democracy. For those who have had felony convictions, there can be a number of questions surrounding voter eligibility. To help determine eligibility, our local branch of the ACLU has sent us some handy guides that we would like to share with you. Below, we’ve included two versions of the same poster (English and Spanish). We hope you’ll take a look here or at aclu-wa.org/voting-rights and canivote.aclu-wa.org and share this information with anyone who has been affected by prior felony convictions.

Can I Vote – Eng

Can I Vote-Span

New Employee Spotlight – Melissa Sitzenstock

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.

Sitzenstock, Melissa

Melissa Sitzenstock

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

I’m the new Curriculum Program Manager in Instructional Support. I was previously at the State Board working on the ctcLink project, missed being on a campus the entire time. Prior to that spent 14 years at Bellevue College in Enrollment Services.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The same thing that drew me to Green River to be a student: location, campus feel, the programs, and opportunities here.

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

NPR

What was the very first job you ever had?

I was a housekeeper at a Victorian bed and breakfast in Port Townsend while in high school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Learning processes/procedures and relationship building that is required to manage the curriculum at the college

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

Become the subject matter expert in implementing change to curriculum and programs.

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

  1. Travel-Been to Australia, New Zealand, British Isles (UK, Ireland, Scotland), Caribbean, Mexico, and planning more.
  2. My home, I love to garden and take care of our animals (horses, dogs, cat, fish, and any wildlife running around the property).
  3. The self-awareness that higher education is my passion and the opportunity to do what I love.

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

I don’t want to limit the creative expression of my new co-workers, but it could be anything; the crazier, the better.

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

My best hidden talent is my ability to sleep anywhere — on a bus, plane, boat — you name it, I can sleep there.

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

Growing

Restless

Eating

Everything

New

Retirement Social Recap

This past Wednesday, June 6, we celebrated 19 faculty and staff retirements at the annual Retirement Social! With over 60 faculty and staff members in attendance, we said ‘thank you’ and ‘happy trails’ to this year’s retirees. See below for some photos!

Thank you to Conference Services and all of our volunteers who helped create a warm, inviting space for our Green River family!

 

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2018 CAP Graduation

06_08_2018_CAP_Graduation (2)On behalf of The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

On Friday, June 8 from 6-9pm, we invite you to come join The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Green River Diversity & Equity Council for the 4th Annual ODEI CAP Graduation & GDEC Banquet! We’ll be celebrating our CAP students and their personal milestones of graduation or transferring. This is also a time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our GDEC members this academic year. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Ben Lealofi at blealofi@greenriver.edu.

Classified Staff Open House

On behalf of the Classified Staff Training and Development Committee:coffee_and_cookies_by_tly88-d3h0d13

On Wednesday, June 6 from 12:30-1:30pm, the Classified Staff Training & Development Committee is holding an Open House.  We invite all classified staff members to stop by the Rainier Room* in the Student Affairs Building during their lunch break for a treat – cookies, coffee, soda, and juice.  While you are there, you can learn more about what the college can do for you as part of your training and development. We will also share how you can help the committee in its important work that goes beyond training and development – food drives, college spirit events and more!

*The Rainier Room is located on the second floor of the Student Affairs building. Take the second, right-hand hallway and enter the first room to your right.

New Employee Spotlight – Richard Nattinger

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.

Nattinger, Richard

Richard Nattinger

I am the new IT Specialist 3. I was previously the System Administrator for Children’s Friend, a non-profit specializing in assisting at-risk children and families in Providence, RI. Before that, I worked for Atrion (now a part of Carousel Industries) as a member of their Workforce Agility team, specializing in staff augmentation for data center roles.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I received the foundation for the skills that I currently have from a state college in Florida and have always been thankful for the care that the staff took in setting me up for success. When I saw this job posting I thought that I would be happiest if I could give back in some way to the state college system and am very happy that I was selected for this role. I look forward to supporting the staff here in making success stories like mine.

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

My radio has been broken for a while, but sometimes I will put on some J-pop, classic rock, or some alt rock. I’ve been on a bit of a Hamilton kick lately too.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked in a small pizza shop in Saint Augustine, FL as a dishwasher and was eventually promoted to preparing food.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m excited to work with such a large team and to help learn about the specific challenges we face in this environment. I like to be a part of the solution, so I look forward to helping the team tackle them!

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

Professionally, I would like to get comfortable with the environment this first year. Personally, I would like to get established in the area and get back into the classroom to begin working towards my Masters.

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

I am very proud that I have been able to find a career that fits me and that gives me the opportunity to help people with my knowledge and skills.

I am proud that I have made such great friends that they are willing to help me make a crazy 3000 mile move so painlessly.

I am proud of how I left my previous job in a better place than I found it.

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

I like to let the nicknames find me. They strike me as a kind of badge that you earn. Hopefully I get one for something positive, but even the ones you earn from something negative have wonderful lessons attached.

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

Maybe finishing my girlfriend’s sentences for her? We are good at it, but I’m sure anyone who spends that much time with someone else gets that way.

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

Green River Encourages Energetic Neurons

New Employee Spotlight – Jacob Church

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.

Church, Jacob

Jacob Church

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

I just started working as a Data Analyst with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. This is my first job in higher education. In my spare time, I’m also working on a statistics research project which will complete the requirements for my M.S. in Mathematical Sciences from University of West Florida. Prior to that, I earned my B.S. in Computer Science and Systems from University of Washington in 2012. For my most recent job, I worked as a laser engraver.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

Everything about the job and the college just seemed like such a great fit.

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

It depends on my mood.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first real job was unloading trucks at a Goodwill production plant in Tacoma.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

It’s hard to say because everything is so exciting. I work with great people, and the work is challenging and rewarding at the same time. There’s so much to learn and there are so many interesting projects to work on!

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

I want to learn as much about the college and the data as possible.

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

I can think of two, graduating from University of Washington, and quitting smoking (4 years next month).

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

The new guy.

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

I don’t usually step into the spotlight.

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

Get

Respect

Earn

Everything

#NoTime2Sleep

Green River Summer Camps

Kent-summer-campsSummer is so close, you can almost feel it! If you’re a parent (or parent adjacent), Green River offers a few summer camps that may be just the thing for you. All three Green River College campuses are offering summer day-camps with topics that range from Lego robotics and STEM to theater. As an incentive, there are a few ways to get at 10% discount on enrollments! Click the link below to find out how you can get your child involved.

Summer Kids’ Camps at Green River College

Meet the VPI Finalists!

Next week, and the following week, Green River College will host four finalists for the Vice President of Instruction! Each candidate will have a full day of interviews on campus, followed by an hour-long Campus Forum at the Bleha Performing Arts Center. All employees are welcome and encouraged to attend any of the campus forums. Meet our finalists:

Sachi Horback

Sachi Horback

 

 

 

Campus Forum: Wednesday, May 2, 2018  2pm-3pm

 

 

Rebecca Williamson

Rebecca Williamson

 

 

 

Campus Forum: Thursday, May 3, 2018  2pm-3pm

 

 

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Joyce Hammer

 

 

Campus Forum: Tuesday, May 8, 2018  2pm-3pm

 

 

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Rolita Ezeonu

 

 

 

Campus Forum: Wednesday, May 9, 2018  2pm-3pm

 

 

 

You can find out more information about each candidate here:

Vice President of Instruction Search

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT Tip: Accessibility in MS Office

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Here at Green River, inclusion is a hallmark of our mission! With that in mind, we would like to introduce a few ways that you can make some of your work even more inclusive. Thanks to the IT department, we’re now aware that the Microsoft office suite offers new alternatives to make emails, documents, workbooks and Powerpoint presentations accessible. Check the link below for lessons on how to create better content that is accessible to all!

Microsoft Office Accessibility

Green Dot Comes to Green River!

This week, a few of our Green River colleagues traveled to Edmonds for a four-day training on preventing dating violence, sexual violence and stalking. Green Dot is a nationally recognized bystander intervention program that seeks to prevent dating and sexual violence by leveraging students, faculty and staff as allies. “It relies on the premise that if everyone does their small part and commits to individual responsibility, the combined effect is a safe campus culture that is intolerant of violence. The college-based curriculum draws heavily on the experiences of college students and the reality of this issue in their lives. This curriculum uses interactive activities to reinforce core concepts and encourages students to envision their future and the world in which they want to live, then aligns their bystander behavior with that vision.”

We look forward to learning some new ways that we can keep Green River a safe and supportive environment!

Our Green River delegation: Chernenko Wheatley – Employee and Labor Relations, Deborah Tugaga – Career and Advising Center, Marvin Viney – Campus Safety, Chelsie Taresh Ciscell – TRiO

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New Employee Spotlight – Chelsea Falk

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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Chelsea Falk

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

I am the newest Program Coordinator within the Financial Aid Office. I started my career in education as a high school biology teacher and transitioned recently into work surrounding college access. I worked most recently within the TRiO, Upward Bound, and Talent Search programs of a Tacoma non-profit organization; while there, I helped low-income, first generation students realize and achieve their college and career goals.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

In all honesty, a good friend came to Green River shortly before me and consistently told me of the intentional, student-centered work being done on campus here. The more she talked about it, the more I wanted to be a part of it! I looked towards the Financial Aid department in particular because I see it as an extension of my work in TRiO. Financial barriers and struggles in navigating a complex higher education system were huge hurdles for my high schoolers; I saw this position as a proactive way to act as a resource for students once they arrive at college.

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

Depends on the day! Most days, I listen to practice tracks for my upcoming choir concerts. Other days, probably alternative rock (Nirvana-type stuff… makes for a nice commute!)

What was the very first job you ever had?

I was called a WayFinder. It was a temp job through a staffing agency that lasted about three months. An urgent care clinic moved from one building to another, and my job was to sit at the old building and redirect clients to the new building down the street. I was paid a few bucks over minimum wage, my best friend and I were the only two on the shift, and we saw maybe two people in a 40-hour work week. My job was to literally say “hi, are you looking for the urgent care? They’ve moved down the street. You’ll take a left at the light (point) and then the next available right turn.” It was so weird. But some good money before heading to college!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Easy! Helping students navigate this complicated process in a way that allows them to share that know-how with their communities. My hope and goal is to become useless; by that, I mean to focus on empowering and educating so that students feel as though they have the resources, supports, and knowledge to navigate the process on their own. Each time I see the “aha!” learning light-bulb go off as a student understands the process and their place in it, it’s the best!

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

Well, at this point, just to fully understand financial aid! I’ve been told that takes a few years… but if I have the cognitive capacity to extend beyond my nose, I would love to be a part of developing resources and strategies that engage and empower students in the financial aid process. I am also passionate about being part of financial aid outreach to local schools.

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

Wow, my whole life?! This might be too general, but every student that came through my classroom door was my proudest accomplishment in a different way, either through educating their mind or educating their heart. I am exceptionally proud of where my students are now, and love being able to see some of them around campus! Second, I was awarded the Vicki Lewis Humanitarian Service Award through Whitworth University’s School of Education in 2011. Third, I found a way to have 12 fetal pigs last for 5 rounds of dissections with 35 students per class. I still don’t know how, but I did it. OH! Fourth, my phenomenal husband and I have kept our cat alive for 6 years, so there’s that.

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

If I’m being honest, probably “Extra”. I’ve heard some comments about my high energy! If not that, probably my most used phrase, “Umm, question”.

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

I can quote almost every “The Simpsons” episode ever made?! I know everyone expects me to say singing, but I sing in a big group for a reason. So unless anyone wants to join me on stage, Simpsons it is!

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

Genuine Relationships Engage and Empower Newcomers

New Employee Spotlight – Jason Ahlquist

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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Jason Ahlquist

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

I’m a graphic designer for Creative Services, under the Office of College Relations. I’ve been a designer or working in related positions for over twenty years. Most of my experience comes from the newspaper industry, where I had additional duties as a page editor and copy editor. During the onset of the dot-com revolution, I worked as a newsroom technology consultant for a software company that provided publishing solutions for newspapers and magazines. That position gave me the opportunity to help over a hundred publications across America learn and leverage the rapid technological changes happening in the industry.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I started here as a student, continuing a business degree that I’d started in Michigan. It has been my recent goal to use my creative talents, and what I’ve learned about the patterns of technological change over my career, to help people and institutions be better at pivoting ahead of trends and communicating course corrections effectively. Entrepreneurship seemed like a natural fit for that. But when the opportunity to live that purpose for an organization whose very charter is about equipping people with the tools to leverage change in their lives came along… well, that was a bit of a no-brainer.

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

I live a six-minute walk from the main campus, so no parking struggles for me. In general, when my headphones are on, I’m generally listening to science fiction or non-fiction audio books or a mix of techno and old-school punk rock.

What was the very first job you ever had?

A friend and I shared a few paper routes in my hometown. We came up with a system where we could cover more territory together and have each other’s back if we were sick.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I wake up every day excited about the opportunity to tell to someone out there that a college education is not out of their reach – that no matter who they are, where they start or what’s in their way, they deserve the kind of life-improving changes that higher education can help with.

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

Aside from producing great communication tools, I’d love to help nurture the “service” in Creative Services.

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

  • I raised two great kids who moved here with me from Michigan. My youngest, Hunter is a student here at Green River!
  • I’ve spent most of my career working for institutions that exist to serve their community. I really feel like my work life has been full of purpose.
  • In my spare time, from the year 2000 to 2016 (with some breaks here and there) I ran an entertainment website (marsdust.net) that let me interview famous writers, rock stars and artists. Last year, it let me get an hour-long interview with George RR Martin.

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

I don’t know… Headphones? I wear my headphone a lot when I need to focus on different tasks.

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

I’ve always wanted to try my hand at stand-up comedy.  But my hands would rather sit. (dodges tomatoes from the audience)

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

Green

River:

Equipping

Everyone’s

New…

 

Classified Staff In-Service Wrap-up

This past Tuesday, the Classified Staff Training and Development Committee (CSTDC) hosted an in-service day workshop on diversity and equity. Dr. Debra Jenkins of Share the Flame, LLC led activities and discussion surrounding power, privilege and equity status in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Many of the 90 attending staff members had very positive thoughts, post-workshop.

Special thanks to the CSTDC and to VP Marshall Sampson for a fantastic day of learning and engaging! Have a look at the pictures below, including Dr. Jenkins along with the workshop participants:

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Morning Session

CSTDC IS afternoon

Afternoon session

 

GRC is Drug Free!

From the desk of Marshall Sampson, Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs

Happy New Year and welcome back to those of you who weren’t here during the breakDrug free!  Whether you were here or not, I hope that you saw my very important email regarding the Annual Drug Free Schools & Communities Act Notice for employees of Green River College.  It had all sorts of information which is now available on our website at: https://www.greenriver.edu/campus/human-resources/drug-free-schools-and-communities-act/

As a form of enticement to get our readership up, anyone who correctly responded by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3rd with the correct answers was placed in a drawing with one winner from each employee group (Full-Time Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Classified Staff, and Exempt Staff) winning a $5 Starbucks Gift Card donated by me:

  • By RCW,  it is prohibited to sell or misrepresent a substance as an illicit drug.  Any person who violates the RCW shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a CLASS C FELONY.
  • The possible side effects of narcotics are euphoria, drowsiness, nausea, respiratory depression. There are eight narcotics listed.  The seventh is FENTANYL.
  • The phone number for the Employee Assistance Plan is 877-313-4455.
  • In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-free Schools and Communities Act (As amended in 1989), Green River college has a policy statement which reads in part, “Employees must, as a condition of working on any Green River College contract or grant, abide by the terms of this statement; and notify the employee’s supervisor not later than FIVE (5) days after any conviction for a criminal drug statute violation that occurred in the workplace.”
  • Sending this email is Marshall’s ___________ part of his job.

I will admit that you all had creative answers.  Nobody got the last one correct but there were some great guesses out there.  Also, I appreciate those of you who included bonus points and other creative ways in an attempt to become one of the winners.  It may have worked.  The winners are:

Yvonne Huang – Classified

Krish Mahadevan – Faculty

Leslie Soule – Adjunct Faculty

Adrienne Palmer – Exempt

Shirley Bean – Admin

Please stop by AD-17 to pick up your gift card.

Classified Staff In-Service Day

On behalf of the Classified Training and Development Committee, we invite all classified staff to a workshop focused on equity, diversity and inclusion issues in the workplace. February 6, 2018 will feature two options for attending this workshop: 10a-11:30a and 2:30-4pm in the SU River Room (supervisors: make note that, while areas should remain open, employees should be given the time to attend one session). Below is a little bit of information about our day’s facilitator, Debi Jenkins!

Debra (Debi) Jenkins has over twenty years of experience transforming lives as an innovative developmental life coach, teacher and, presenter. Debi is a tenured professor of Early Childhood Education and Psychology, Department Head of Early Childhood Education, and Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Division at Clark College. Debi is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Intercultural Development Plan which are effective developmental coaching tools. Debi’s expertise in life coaching, teaching and presenting is in the areas of lifespan development; issues of diversity, justice, equity, and inclusion; and institutional climate/ organizational change.Debi Jenkins

 At the core of my Share the Flame work reside the questions: How do I nurture the souls of those individuals who are in my sphere of influence? How do I engage them in reconciling the various complexities of their multi-contextual lives with the work of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion? And how do I cultivate the importance of self-care to preserve their commitment to their work, families, and collective communities? ~ Debra (Debi) Jenkins

Don’t forget No-shave November!

Last month, we told you about a way that you can help raise funds for Gators Feeding Gators (No-Shave November). While the list of shave-testants has changed a bit, you can still donate to choose who you think should be clean shaven next month! Who would you like to see witIreland, Joshuah no beard? The nominees are:

Marshall Sampson, VP of Human Resources and Legal Affairs

Chernenko Wheatley, Employee and Labor Relations Manager

Joshua Ireland, Executive Assistant for the VP of Instruction

Korland Simmons, Executive Assistant for the VP of Human Resources and Legal Affairs

Matt Swenson, Director of Grants

Joshua Gerstman, Director of Philanthropy

Timm Lovitt, Dean of Instruction: Career and Technical

Vote for one of these gents with your dollars. Look for tables across campus!

Interested in joining the challenge? As an incentive, the winning “shavee” will receive a professional shave at The Art of Shaving. Who’s with us?!

Stress Management at GRC

Posted on behalf of the Environmental Health and Safety Committee. The Environmental Health and Safety Committee evaluates and recommends ways to make our work environment safer for employees and students.

stressWhile stress may not be a physical or visible safety concern, it is still a concern. Everyone deals with some level of stress on a daily basis. Sometimes work pressures can increase an already high stress level. The approaching holiday season can also compound stress levels, making even simple tasks seem overwhelming. If left unchecked, stress can have many effects on our mental and physical well-being. The good news is that there are many resources to help manage stress and daily steps you can take to minimize its effects.

Getting outside for just a few minutes and breathing fresh air can make a big difference in how we handle stressful situations. Just getting up from your desk and walking around anywhere can help. Interacting with co-workers, eating lunch together and having a chance to laugh or smile can boost your mood immediately.

One of the many benefits to working at Green River College is the amazing setting. There are several miles of trails right outside the doors of our buildings. Walking along those trails is a great way to reduce stress levels. On sunny days, you can even walk out and see Mt. Rainier!

If you are feeling stressed please visit some of the following links to get tips on how to cope. There are many other resources not included here, and Green River College also makes counseling services available to both employees and students.

https://www.greenriver.edu/campus/campus-resources/counseling-services/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/coping-with-stress/art-20048369

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/work-stress.aspx

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-in-the-workplace.htm

No Shave November Leads to Clean Shaved December!

movThis November, we’re giving a twist to the month of no shaving! As a challenge to raise funds for Gators Feed Gators, the Admin building gentlemen have offered to be shaved clean at the end of November. Who would you like to see with no beard? The nominees are:

Marshall Sampson, VP of Human Resources and Legal Affairs

Chernenko Wheatley, Employee and Labor Relations Manager

Joshua Ireland, Executive Assistant for the VP of Instruction

Korland Simmons, Executive Assistant for the VP of Human Resources and Legal Affairs

Matt Swenson, Director of Grants

George Frasier, Executive Director, Foundation

Joshua Gerstman, Director of Philanthropy

Vote for one of these gents with your dollars. Voting will begin in November. Look for tables across campus!

Interested in joining the challenge? As an incentive, the winning “shavee” will receive a professional shave at The Art of Shaving. Who’s with us?!

Harvest Festival – 2017

Posted on behalf of Niki Nelson and the Classified Staff Training & Development CommitteeHarvest Festival 2017

Cake, coffee, and water provided! 

Bring a brown bag lunch or stop by the cafeteria on your way. 

 

Before the event:

  • Donate food to the Northwest Harvest bins in your buildings
  • Help your team decorate the collection bin to win a coffee break  from Human Resources
  • Carve, paint, or otherwise decorate a pumpkin to bring to the event (place on any table and fill out the info card!)

 

Come dressed to impress in one of these categories:

Best Team Costumes            Most Creative Costume                 Funniest Costume

the “Perfect Pair”                 Spookiest

 

Ballots will be available on all tables for voting on costume winners, bin decorations, and pumpkins.

Harvest Festival – 2017

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

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

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

Featuring:

Costume Contest: 
  Prizes awarded for:

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

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

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

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

Introducing the NEW GreenRiver.edu – by Allison Friedly

Dear Campus Community,

It is my pleasure to finally share the work of the Web Team, (joint staff from both IT  and MarCom) and introduce you to the newest iteration of GreenRiver.edu (Beta Version 1.0). The new website is the culmination of work done by the Web Team, the Web Advisory Committee, and Green River College students.

New Green River College Website

The Web Advisory Committee shaped the look and feel of the site. As a group, they were determined to ensure that the site was accessible for students, as well as easy to navigate. One of the primary goals of this team was to ensure that students could reach the information they needed with a minimal number of clicks to get there. This talented group employees were able to provide unique insights about the website from the work they do with our students, throughout the College.

Thank you to our Web Advisory Committee members:

  • Diane Anderson
  • Lady Ivory Boyd
  • Lansing Bryan
  • Patsy Cadwell
  • Aaron Casad
  • Amanda Clifford
  • Jacquelyn Easley
  • Irina Feshchenko
  • Sarah Dillon Gilmartin
  • Rebecca Jarvis
  • Nancy Kremer
  • Chase Magliocca
  • Heather McCurdy
  • Marc Milsten
  • Inja Parker
  • Tina Ostrander

The website has been a seven-month project, completed by our skilled Web Team, without assistance from outside web firms.

Thank you to our incredibly talented Web Team:

  • Joseph Becker
  • Brian Chan
  • Philip Denman
  • Michelle Fujimoto
  • Peter Gudmunson
  • Richard Hill
  • Kim Olsen
  • Julie Spires
  • Catherine Ushka
  • Anthony White
  • Matt Witwicki
  • Qiong Wu

I would also like to extend a HUGE thank you to our students! The site would not have been possible without the their help in testing and providing valuable feedback on site usability and appearance.

On the bottom of each page of the new site, you’ll find a two buttons. If you find any broken links or find any formatting issues, please “Report a Bug.” We’d also love to hear what you think about the new site, so be sure to “Send Feedback.”

The Beta site will be a working site—in that we’ll continue to add features and make it more robust—until the full launch of the site in October, 2017. The Beta site gives us the opportunity to test design and usability, in a real-world context. We can use the information we gather to make the new site better, before it becomes the primary Green River website.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Happy Surfing!

https://beta.greenriver.edu

 

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!

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

 

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.

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

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.

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.”

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.

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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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.

 

 

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.

 

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
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  • 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!

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!

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!

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.”

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.

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!

GRC Foundation Scholarships

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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.

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!

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.

The Morgan Challenge: Encryption and Data Destruction

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. Encryption
  2. Data Destruction

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!

Mel Lindbloom Student Union

At 12 noon on Monday, February 1st, faculty, students and staff gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Mel Lindbloom Student Union.FrontSculpt2

Attendees witnessed Muckleshoot blessings and enjoyed cake and chocolate while hearing speeches from former alumni and staff like Mel Lindbloom himself and Chelsea Fletcher, the GRC student who began the process for this terrific addition to the GRC campus.

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Students have access to a gender neutral bathroom, a common area that features giant GRC pillows to encourage napping over studying and many more exciting new features.

If you haven’t already, make sure to stop by while it still has that fresh, new building smell!

 

The Morgan Challenge: Physical Security & Ethics

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. Physical Security
  2. Ethics

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!

Winners of the Drug Free Schools & Communities Act Drawing

Congratulations to Steve Brumbaugh, Kim Bouchard, Inja Parker and Mariena Mears for winning a Starbucks Gift Card courtesy of Marshall Sampson!

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Steve Brumbaugh, Biology

The Annual Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Notice was sent again this year (as annual notices are wont to) to all employees of Green River College.

According to the Department of Education,“While the regulations do not place an affirmative duty on IHEs [Institutions of Higher Education] to ensure that employees read the materials, in keeping with the spirit of the regulations, institutions should take steps to encourage employees to read the policies.”

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Kim Bouchard, English

What better source of encouragement to maintain a drug-free school environment is there than a Starbucks Gift Card?

One lucky winner from every employee group (Full-Time Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Classified Staff, and Exempt Staff) was selected at random for a prize from those who read the notice and answered the following correctly:

One of the common complications of the use or abuse of this drug is a ‘bad trip’

The correct answer was of course “Hallucinogens,” “LSD,” or any other acceptable variation.

Inja Parker

Inja Parker, Financial Aid

As an institution receiving federal grant money, we are required by law to maintain a drug-free work place. The supporting laws and regulations along with the relevant consequences for violating them are laid out clearly in the notice.

Drug abuse and addiction is a serious matter and the notice contained a wealth of information about the effects of drugs and alcohol and ways to seek help with addiction.

Find out more from the Department of Education by clicking here.

 

The Morgan Challenge: Week 7 Winners

Green River College continues “The Morgan 100 Grand Challenge,” and we’ve already had many employees across campus participate and win some delicious chocolate. Below are our latest winners. Don’t forget – we have some more videos this week and everyone’s got a new chance to win!

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From Left to Right: Manila Mercurio, Julie French, Timm Lovitt, Camella Morgan, Jean Carlson, Jamie Hatleberg, Sarah Franz, Annalee Dunn, Sandra Matthews & Betty Vera (not pictured, but still a winner: Chelsie Ciscell)

Week 7: Way to Go Team Lovitt!

Not only did every member of Timm Lovitt’s Student Success and Retention Team complete ALL the Morgan Challenge training videos, they also challenged Campus Life to do the same, even directly calling  out Director of Athletics Bob Kickner.

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Stay tuned to see how Team Chang of Campus Life responds…

And don’t forget to check out this week’s challenge and follow the entire series as it progresses.

4th Annual African American Leadership Conference

CaptureThe Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in collaboration with the Black Student Union is hosting the 4th Annual African American Leadership Conference right here at Green River College next Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

The keynote presenters at the conference are Bellevue College’s Yoshiko Harden, Chief Diversity Officer, and Aaron Reader, Director of Multicultural Services.

The conference will begin with check-in at 11 am in the Student Affairs building and end at 7 pm. Attendees will have the option of a number of workshops to include:

  • Skills Development
  • Social Justice & Leadership
  • Awareness of Others
  • Professional Development

Find out more and Register here.

The Morgan Challenge: Protecting Your PC & Hacked!

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 Personal Computer
  2. Hacked!

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!

The Morgan Challenge: Insider Threats and Wifi Security

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. Insider Threats
  2. Wifi Security

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!

The Morgan Challenge: Data Security and Data Retention

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. Data Security
  2. Data Retention

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!

The Morgan Challenge: Social Networks and Working Remotely

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. Social Networks
  2. Working Remotely

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!

The Morgan Challenge: Social Engineering and Data Security

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. Social Engineering
  2. Data Security

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!

Halloween 2015 Photo Gallery!

Halloween is officially over at Green River College (although there is probably still lots of candy at front desks across campus). They day was filled with celebration, humor, friendly competition, and even a Fall Harvest thanks to the CSC Committee.

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The best part about Halloween on campus was getting to see coworkers, students, and faculty dressed up in a variety of costumes. Some areas went all out and coordinated a departmental theme for the day.

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Below are just some of the images taken of employees across campus. Don’t forget to check out the complete gallery.

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Click to see the complete Halloween 2015 Photo Gallery on Flickr.

4th Annual First People’s Conference

Posted on behalf of the Benjamin Lealofi, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

On behalf of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Green River College, we would like to invite you to the 4th annual First People’s Conference on November 17, 2015!  This year’s theme is, “Out of the Shadows and Into the Sun.”  The event will take place in the Student Affairs & Success Center (SA) from 12:00 – 7:00 pm.  This is a great space for educators and attendees who wish to achieve: cultural exchange, community empowerment, pursuit of higher education, knowledge development and identity awareness.

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Registration cost is for dinner only and are as follows: $15 GRC students, $20 Non-GRC students and $25 Non-students.  Payments can be made online at: http://goo.gl/uYYM9e.  For more information and to register, view the attached flyer and apply online at: https://goo.gl/HVdGRt.

***This year’s conference is unique because the next two days are an extension of the conference at the following locations: Wednesday, November 18 will be hosted by the Evergreen State College and Thursday, November 19 hosted at the Muckleshoot reservation!  Transportation will be available for GRC students, staff and faculty.***

Please help us by spreading the word to your networks; it’s greatly appreciated!  If you have any questions, please contact the ODEI Program Coordinator, Benjamin Lealofi at (253) 833-9111 x2659 or via email at: BLealofi@greenriver.edu.

The Morgan Challenge: Browsing & Mobile Device Security

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. Browsing
  2. Mobile Device Security

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!

Giving From the Heart

Posted on behalf of the Office of Campus Life.

In the past, Green River College has given heart-warming support for our Giving from the Heart program.  We’re asking you to amaze us even more this year!

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During these hard economic times, many of our student families will not be able provide a sense of joy to their families without your help. Giving from the Heart is a program that matches sponsors from the Green River community with GRC student families that are in need of gifts, or even food, for their children. The generosity of the sponsors provides a holiday celebration for the family that would not exist if it weren’t for your help.

This program can provide a very fulfilling and rewarding holiday event for offices, departments, academic divisions, Student Clubs & Organizations, neighboring businesses, and community members to participate in together.  This holiday season, instead of enjoying the presence of your friends and families at a holiday dinner or office party; let’s make a difference in the lives of families here on campus that would greatly appreciate your contribution to warm the hearts of their children during the holidays. It would be equally as rewarding to spend this season with one another planning a shopping list, shopping for your sponsored family’s gifts, and wrapping these presents.  You have the potential to make an impact in these young people’s lives this holiday season, and they will not forget it.

The first step is to identify those of you who are willing to commit to sponsoring a family so that we know how many families we can accept into the program.  If you are interested, please gather a group and email Apech@greenriver.edu or contact the Student Life front desk at 253.833.9111 ext. 2400 to sign up as a sponsor by no later than November 2, 2015.  Please provide your preferred family size (i.e. 2 children, 4 children, etc.) so that we know what your group can handle and we will do our best to match you appropriately.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this amazing Green River tradition!

The Combined Fund Drive

Posted on behalf of Megan Evans, Local Combined Fund Drive Coordinator.

It’s that time of year again! The Combined Fund Drive (CFD) is here and will be coming to you via the HR Newsletter Coffee Break through December 31st!

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Giving is easy…you can donate online or you can pick up a paper form from me. They are even located online. If you fill out a pledge form, please return it to Megan Evans at MS: FOUN.

This year, you can support the Green River Community College Foundation through the Combined Fund Drive by using this Charity Code: 1481493.

The Morgan Challenge: Email Messaging & Passwords

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and view the following videos:

  1. Email & Messaging
  2. Passwords

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!

First People’s Conference – Call for Proposals

Posted on behalf of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

We would like to invite you to submit a workshop proposal for the 4th Annual First People’s Conference, November 19, 2015, in Auburn, WA! This year’s theme is, “Out of the Shadows and Into the Sun.” This is a great space for educators and attendees who wish to achieve: cultural exchange, community empowerment, pursuit of higher education, knowledge development and identity awareness.

First Peoples ConferenceLinked below you will find information on workshop requirements and the submission process. Submit your proposal via email to BLealofi@greenriver.edu. If you have any questions, please contact the ODEI Program Coordinator, Benjamin Lealofi at (253) 833-9111 x2659.

CALL FOR PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Click to download the complete Call for Proposals packet.

Campus Guides

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In the spirit of, “Think Student – Then Decide,” twenty-eight employees volunteered to serve as campus guides for this year’s incoming students.

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Not surprisingly, many students successfully managed to maneuver to the right class without glancing upward from their glowing 3.5-inch displays. With this generation in mind the Green River College Technology Club has released its very first mobile app, appropriately titled GatorMapp, which provides location-based directions to all buildings on campus.

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For others, though, the human touch was necessary to help find their way during this first week of classes, and I am confident that all volunteers were proud to be there for them. As someone who envies the staff that deal with students directly on a daily basis, it was a rewarding opportunity for me to reconnect and to remind myself what our institution stands for.

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Special thanks to Zach Lambert for organizing and supporting this event.

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And many thanks to all our volunteers:

Rhonda Daulton (IT), Camella Morgan (IT), Niki Nelson (IT), Patty Sikora (Business Office), Crystal Bolt (Business Office), Zach Lambert (Business Office), Steve Sosa (Human Resources), Chernenko Wheatley (Human Resources), Marshall Sampson (Human Resources), Kirk Walker (Human Resources), Sheryl Gordon (Human Resources) & Zack Smith (Human Resources), Susan Evans (Student Life), Dani Chang (Student Life), Annalee Dunn (Trio), Patty Sherman (Conference Services), Leilani Hoglund (Library), Jennifer Dysart (Library), Yoriko Sosa-Nakata (MarCom), Tom Evans Krause (KGRG Radio), Josh Gerstman (Foundation), Beth Gatzke (Foundation), Patsy Cadwell (Foundation), Steven Brumbaugh (Biology), John Falconer (High School Completion), Lois Ermish (Science Center), Jeanette Fohn (Accounting), Laura VanSteenvoort (Tutoring & Resource Center)

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Click to view the full photo gallery.

The Morgan Challenge: Win 100 Grand!

The rumors are true! Camella Morgan is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

Simply click below and view the following videos:

  • Introduction
  • You Are the Target

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

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!

Green River Foundation First 50 Breakfast

Published on behalf of GRC Foundation

We are excited to be kicking off 50th Anniversary celebrations for Green River College at the First 50 Breakfast on Thursday, September 10th at 8 AM in the Lindbloom Student Center.

50th BreakfastSpecial guests planning to attend include founding president Mel Lindbloom, and members of the original administration, faculty, and staff as well as alumni from the first years of the college.

Space is limited and we must have RSVPs by August 31st. Please visit First 50 Breakfast to RSVP.

P.S. We sent invitations to individuals throughout our region who have special connections to Green River, including retired faculty and staff, long time community members, and to members of the alumni community who have previously provided updated contact information. Current faculty and staff are welcome to attend this kick-off event but we do need your RSVP to plan accordingly. We realize that we may have missed some key people in the Green River Community, so if you know of someone who has a strong affinity for Green River and they have not heard about this event, please share this invitation or let us know so we can send them one directly. If you have names to share or other questions, contact Foundation or at ext. 3330.

Tacoma Ethnic Fest

I try to support local events, especially when the insanity of I-5 triggers a fiery rage within me reminiscent of Michael Douglas in Falling Down. Being from Tacoma, I decided to take my family to Wright Park for the Tacoma Ethnic Fest over the July 25-26th weekend. There was something for everyone: a Lego station, fire engine and ambulance for kids, and live music and delicious food for adults. To be honest, I may have been slightly more excited than my son about the Legos, but that is content for another post, perhaps something focused on respecting the age ranges listed for popular toys.

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What I found impressive was the abundance of people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds carrying Green River goodie bags stuffed with information about our college. As we all aim to encourage diversity, I was pleased to see the Outreach and Service Learning Center’s efforts were hugely successful in advertising our institution and attracting new students.

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The GRC booth was manned only by volunteers and included Rebecca Muchmore, Conrad Webster, Sue Hart, Claire Gorenstein, and Kiana Fuega.

The Outreach and Service Learning Center additionally had a booth at the Renton River Days festival on July 24th. Green River’s volunteers included Tina Christian, Marshall Sampson, Sheila Capps, La-Basha Alexander, Camella Morgan and Jean Sauvion.

Dog Days of Summer – Annual Admin BBQ

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It’s officially summer and offices are working hard on internal projects…and planning departmental engagement events. Most recently, the admin building held their annual bbq, officially referred to as “Dog Days of Summer.” Darcy Silvest was kind enough to let us in on the event and provide some background information into this unique employee engagement lunch.

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Can you provide a little history about how this event began and how many years it has been going?
We started having the building summer event in 2009. The event came about as a little something to look forward to. It allows us to see and get to know each other on a different level.

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How are employee engagement events, such as this one, important to the department as a whole?
If folks in the AD building don’t see an announcement of the event by July, they come to me and ask if we are having our annual event. 

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There were many potential gourmet hot dog creations to be made at the event. Which one was your favorite and why?
Honestly, gourmet hot dogs don’t rate high on my must have list. I try to vary the menu from year to year. What will next year bring? We are toying with a Classic Soda Shop theme – poodle skirts with sweaters and white T-shirt and jeans included.

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Is there anyone (or a group of people) who deserve a special thanks for helping to make this event a reality?
Special thanks to all the admin building staff for participating and making the event a success. I believe everyone would give a special thanks to the chefs.

To view the complete photo gallery click the following link:

Proud Gator Joins Green River College at Covington Days Summer Fair!

Gator with DeniseWhen I started out on my adventure to participate as a Green River volunteer at Covington Days, I could never have imagined I would have such a memorable experience! When I arrived at the fair, I stopped in my tracks as I viewed the numerous white tents and wondered out loud how long will this take to locate the Green River tent. Then my eyes immediately centered upon the new black Green River College tent with the huge gator logo that looks smart and classy.  (You can see our Green River tent from a distance and we stand out!) I knew at that moment I was going to have a great experience.

When I arrived at the tent, Denise Bennatts was hard at work preparing it for the day. Our tent was located across from the main stage offering us a perfect location for lots of visitors and entertainment. As the temperature soared over 90 degrees outside, we handed out hundreds of Green River fans.  Fans could be seen everywhere and people came searching for us to get one!  It was priceless during the stage performances to look over and see a wave of Green River fans moving across the audience – much to the chagrin of the Renton Technical College staff! Yes, we did share Green River fans with them and they were happy to be able to cool down. We talked to many people about Green River and we had a number of them complete an interest card.

GatorAnd let’s not forget about Reptile Man and his live gator who proudly joined the Green River family! Denise finally caved in under the relentless peer pressure of many Gator fans to have a Kodak moment with the gator. Yes, that gator actually has his claws in Denise’s hair! Way to go Denise!

Overall we believe this was a great community event and we definitely got the Green River name out to the public. We hope that you contact Kassidy Chamblin in Outreach & Service Learning to start your adventure at an upcoming Summer Fair.

GRC Outreach Takes on Summer Fairs

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New student recruitment is a crucial part of our success at Green River, and the Outreach Team of our Service Learning Center is tackling this task over the next few months at a variety of local summer fairs:

Advertising our institutional value to high school students, parents and the community as a whole is ultimately the responsibility of every Green River employee, and the Outreach Team is still looking for people to help work the booths and the crowds at each of these events. Volunteers each receive a free 50th Anniversary GRC Tshirt. Even if only for a few hours, they would greatly appreciate your service.

To volunteer, please use the sign-up sheet or contact Kassidy Chamblin or Lonnie Hunter for further information.

Lori Selby, Vice President of Business Administration Candidate, Green River Campus Forum

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Lori Selby, a Vice President of Business Administration Candidate, visited Green River College on Friday, June 19, 2015, to share her experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Thanks to our talented Green River Media Center team, you can now watch Ms. Selby’s campus forum presentation.

If you would like to provide your thoughts regarding Ms. Bean’s campus forum, please complete the Vice President of Administration Campus Forum Survey.

 

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Last Wednesday, June 3rd, Green River honored its most recent retirees. Current and past staff and faculty came together to celebrate their combined total of 361 years of service at our college.Retirees Group Photo

The audience applauded the retirees as they received their service plaques and pins, and listened as they spoke proudly about their time at Green River. Naturally, their stories differed from department to department, but every retiree, whether a former instructor or staff member, expressed immense gratitude for the relationships they had developed at the college. With comments ranging from, “Coming to Green River was the best decision I made,” to “This College is like no other,” it was easy to be reminded of the special nature of our school and to be infected with their pride.

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Many thanks to Josh Gerstman from the Green River Foundation, Patty Sherman and Benita Walters from Conference Services, Julie Spears from Marketing and Communications, Jean Sheadel from College Relations, Steve Sosa, Kirk Walker, Claire Gorenstein and Jessica Tichy from Human Resources, Suzanne McCudden from the President’s Office, and Natalie Edwards from Campus Safety.

Meet the Vice President of Business Administration Candidates

Shirley Bean

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Shirley Bean  graduated from South Puget Sound Community College with a professional/technical degree in Accounting, and she holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in Economics and Public Policy from The Evergreen State College.  Ms. Bean continued her education at Chapman University, completing both a graduate certificate in Human Resources and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

Ms. Bean’s professional work experience includes previous leadership roles as the Director of Finance and Auxiliary Services at Highline College and the Director of Finance for Pierce College District. She additionally served in the roles of Associate Director of Facilities and Budget Analyst at Highline Community College.

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Lori-SelbyCampus Open Forum: Friday, June 19th, 2015,12:30 pm in Cedar Hall 214

Lori Selby graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Master’s Degree in Education. Ms. Selby continued her education by completing her Doctorate’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Washington State University.

Ms. Selby’s professional work experience includes previous leadership roles as the Vice Chancellor of Finance & Administration and Academic Director of Education at WSU Tri-Cities.  She additionally served as the Executive Director of Administration at Utah State University and the Director of Sponsored Program Services at Washington State University.

2015 Annual Wildflower Walk

Posted on behalf of Monica Paulson Priebe, Natural Resources Faculty.

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What a great opportunity to support students and enjoy nature!

The wildflower walk is designed and conducted by the Natural Resource students in the Wildflower Identification class (NATRS 184) in the spring. This walk requires that students are able to synthesize and interface their in-depth plant knowledge with the general public. This interaction creates a rewarding experience for the students and guests alike. This is the second year that we have done these walks as part of this course however, other groups on campus have also hosted wildflower or nature walks in the campus woods.

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Best way to start the day ever!

The Green River campus community is blessed to have such open and accessible access to this natural area. Research has shown that regular time spent outside decreases daily stress levels, promotes a healthy lifestyle and may even help one achieve or maintain a better body weight. Learning a little bit about the forest can make a stroll in the woods seem like a walk surrounded by familiar faces.

Natural Resource students are dedicated to the facilitation of these interactions with nature with the construction of the outdoor classroom, maintenance of the trails and trees, forestry club activities including chopping firewood, and nature walks. Additionally students in our program help monitor long term research sites and are currently participating on a grant with the Biology Department, to create a local wildflower plant guide for the general public (to be sold in the Paper Tree upon completion). We encourage the campus to use the woods, get to know the flowers and watch the beautiful transition from bud break through blooming throughout the spring and summer.

These walks will continue next spring. We hope you join us!

Monica Paulson Priebe
Natural Resources Faculty

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Sign us up for next year already! This was too much fun!

To view the all photos taken on the 2015 Wildflower Walk, visit our Flickr photo gallery.

Last Honey Extraction of the Year!

Posted on behalf of the Biology Club and the GRC Honeybee Project.

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Next Wednesday, June 10 at 11:00 am in Room SC 243 (subject to change, but it won’t be far), we will perform our last honey extraction of this school year (we will have more in the Fall).

We have two frames of honey from Queen Gaia II. She is the primary honey producer for us and most of the honey will have been collected by Gaia II’s workers from within a 1 mile of campus, possibly as far out as 2 miles. This is as local as honey gets.

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All students, staff, administrators and faculty are invited. This is brought to you by the Biology Club and the GRC Honeybee Project.

Disability History Exhibit

Posted on behalf of Disability Support Services.

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The exhibit is currently on display in Holman Library.

This past week (Monday June 1st through Friday June 5th) Green River College has had the opportunity to host the Disability History Exhibit created by Advocating Change Together, which was featured on the 2007 Road to Freedom Tour. The exhibit is making its way down to Portland Community College (PCC) and Green River College is one of fourteen (14) colleges in Washington to have the exhibit for a week as it travels down south…This is very exciting!

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Over 40 feet of full color panels are on display.

The exhibit is 40 feet of full color panels depicting history that traces a timeline showing society’s attitudes and how they affect the lives of people with disabilities. The online version is at: http://dhss.alaska.gov/gcdse/Pages/history/index.aspx

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Content traces a timeline of society’s attitudes towards people with disabilities.

If you haven’t stopped by Holman Library and visited the exhibit located on the first floor hallway wall there is still time. The exhibit will be available until noon today, Friday June 5th. We have placed a computer station in front of the exhibit to ensure equal access for individuals with visual restrictions who can go to a link for an accessible html version of the content .

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Don’t forget you can also view the panels online.

Lastly, I’d like to extend a shout-out of appreciation to all the individuals who came together to make this exhibit happen Kaela Parks at PCC; Bree Callahan at UW; Dr. Deborah Casey; Timm Lovitt; Stefanie Chapman; Heather McCurdy; Zach Lambert; Paul Metivier; Jean Carlson; and last but certainly not least Jennifer Dysart who graciously agreed to have the exhibit displayed and the amazing folks at IT and Media Services (Matt Osborn; Karl Smith; and Oleg Kanonik). Thank you all so much!

Sincerely,

Jamie J. Hatleberg, M.Ed
Disability Support Services
Green River College

7th Annual Challenge Coin Ceremony

Most higher education institutions like to consider themselves “veteran –friendly,” but this seldom extends beyond the creation of a local veterans affairs office and the promise to accept GI Bill funds. Veterans certainly appreciate such accommodations, but Green River College distinguishes itself through the exceptional support it provides such students, faculty and staff.

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On Wednesday, May 19th, Green River held its 7th Annual Challenge Coin Ceremony.  Auburn City Mayor and navy veteran Pete Lewis, President Ely, Vice President of Student Affairs Deb Casey and the new Dean of Student Success and Retention and army veteran Timm Lovitt were among the many staff members who attended the ceremony in support of Green River’s veteran community. The speakers included VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 1741 Commander Frank Bannister. Dr. Ely and Dr. Casey also spoke, thanking the veterans for their service and proudly relating to the audience the substantial military history in both their families.

The Challenge Coin tradition is essentially this: a soldier or veteran presents a challenge coin to another, who must then present their own coin or be obliged to buy a round of drinks for their colleague. Dr. Casey shared a possible World War I origin of this tradition, in which suspicious French soldiers nearly killed an American pilot evading German captors. The sole piece of identification on the pilot was a coin bearing his squadron’s insignia, which the French fortunately recognized and offered him a bottle of wine in lieu of execution.

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However, it should be clear that soldiers and veterans don’t purchase and collect these coins like baseball cards. This isn’t a version of “collect ‘em all.” Rather, challenge coins are gifts from close friends and commanders and have faces, names and stories associated with them. These small tokens prompt questions like, “What unit were you in?” or “Where did you serve?” and are usually followed by the inevitable, “Did you know a guy named…?” They offer a means to connect with a fellow veteran and to speak proudly about their service and the unit engraved on each coin. They reinforce a sense of identity, pride and camaraderie.

I have heard people mention the difficulty of the transition process for veterans leaving the military. They tend to characterize any problems as an inability to adapt to non-military norms and rules. From my own experience, I believe the problem lies more with the feeling of loss and emptiness that comes with abandoning a military life and the service and esprit de corps that define it.

Through the exemplary work of Timm Lovitt, the administration is able to fill a bit of that void with this simple yet powerful ceremony. The college tells veterans that they belong and will have a home here as part of the Green River family.

Vet Coin Ceremony Recipients

2015 Service Awards Recipients

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!

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Roger is set to receive his 25 year award!

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 – September, 2015. Over sixty employees will be honored with awards for their years of dedicated service to Green River College, ranging from five to forty years.

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Some of the many awards given in the past.

Take a look at our 2015 Service Award Recipients below, and join us in expressing our appreciation for their commitment to Green River College!

Any questions? Simply send an email to hr@greenriver.edu with the subject line of “Service Award Question.”

5 Years

Michael Berry
Eileen Ely
Jamie Hatleberg
Tamara Hauge
Yvonne Huang
David Larsen
Steve Lynch
Nataliya Maruk
Caitlyn Orchard
Jennifer Warden

10 Years

Heidi Aranda
Avis Adams
Beverly Baker
Kimberley Crawford
Susan Critchlow
Linda Downing
Lois Ermish
Beckie Jensen
Mike Kenyon
Jodi Sahlin
Tim Scharks
Valentina Shanazarova

15 Years

Vivette Beuster
Heather Lambert
George Comollo
Pam Dally
Dale Detton
Gail Hanlon
Todd Henderson
Oleg Kanonik
John Knowlton
Erik Levin
Irina Malskiy
Lara Michaels
Dave Mullet
Ajay Narayanan
Adrienne Palmer
Gary Peitsch
Pam Reising
Stephanie Scoby
Julie Spiers
Stephane Teel
Toya Turner
Lyudmila Zadneprovskaya
Lyubov Zaremba

20 Years

Mike Behrbaum
Arthur Danielson
Catherine Duva
Leana Hagen
Marsha Medgard
Eric Nelson
Scott “Sal” Salaguinto
Patty Sikora

25 Years

Sam Ball
Cindy Card
Annalee Dunn
Roger Esperanzate
Beth Gatzke

30 Years

Peggy Barton
Ann Lovell

40 Years

Carsh Wilturner

1st Commencement Achievement Program (CAPS) Diversity Graduation!

Posted on behalf of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Hafa adai Green River,

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) cordially invites you to celebrate student success at the 1st Inaugural Commencement Achievement Program (CAP) Diversity Graduation 2014-2015!

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You are invited to join this year’s CAP Diversity Graduation exercises on Tuesday, June 2 at 6:00-9:00pm in the MDA of the Lindbloom Center. The CAP Diversity Graduation provides the college’s elite diversity leaders to share their stories journeys & stories of student success at Green River.

We invite all members of the faculty, staff & administration to register with ODEI for this most historic & inspirational celebration. The CAP Diversity Graduation celebrates the spirit of Juneteenth nationally and is co-sponsored by the Black Student Union & GDEC. The CAP Diversity Graduation will feature graduating student leaders from First Nations, the Latino Student Union, Queer & Allies, the Muslim Student Association, Sisterhood, the Pacific Islander Student Union, Brotherhood, CLEO, Outreach & Service Learning, Somali Student Alliance, Running Start, HS Completion, International Programs and the Multicultural Student Congress. The graduation will feature local artists, music and cultural performances.

Please come and support your amazing CAP students as they complete a great milestone and embark a new journey. If you plan to attend please fill out the registration form at: https://goo.gl/n6ZsoH to RSVP. Please send your confirmed response by Tuesday, May 26 by 10:00am. Additional details will be sent via email to participating students, staff and faculty.

Students are encouraged to wear their graduation gowns & traditional cultural wear for the ceremony & reception.  Staff and faculty are encouraged to wear your alma mater’s regalia at the ceremony & cultural attire for the event.

No admission tickets required, however an RSVP is required if you plan to attend or participate.  For more information, please contact Benjamin Lealofi, Program Coordinator (blealofi@greenriver.edu). Thank you!

Michael Tuncap, (Chamoru)
Director of The Office of Diversity, Equity

Cinco De Mayo – Gracias Very Much!

Posted on behalf of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

The Latino/a Student Union would like to thank the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Student Life, and all the support from staff and students, for the success of the Undocumented and Unafraid – Cinco de Mayo celebration. The event was held on Tuesday, May 5th in the MDA from 11:30-2:30pm.

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The event included performances, food, music, piñatas, informational booths, a keynote speaker, and raffles. The entire event the DJs were bumpin’ Latin American music. There were many booths, including a lawyer from Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and LEAP (Latino/a Educational Achievement Project).

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Students and staff had the opportunity to receive more information about undocumented students, adversities they face, and resources available to them through the informational brochures given out. Authentic tacos, along with rice and beans were sold. There was a cultural performance from the Mexican dance group Folklorico Tonantzin. Four piñatas full of candy, were hit and broken during the event. Students were encouraged to participate and to get candy.

Cinco de MayoShirts were sold for $10. On the front they had the phrase “undocumented and unafraid” and “There is no turning back. We will win. We are winning because ours is a revolution of mind and heart – Cesar Chavez- ” on the back. Beautiful red flower crowns were also sold. The funds raised from the shirts, food, and flower crowns are to be donated for the foundation scholarship that is available to undocumented students. Luis Ortega, the keynote speaker, motivated students to get out of their comfort zone, to follow their dreams, and inspired us to become unified as a nation.

There was a great turnout. Around 100 students and staff were there, including a representative from the Kent Reporter. Staff and students also had the opportunity of choosing a sign of support and making a small mural with it. The options were “undocumented and unafraid”, “unafraid ally”, or “unafraid educator”. The participants signed them and some took pictures and uploaded them to social media. The mural made from that event is now located upstairs, across from student life.

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This event accomplished many things. It celebrated Mexican culture. It celebrated the diversity at our school. We took this popular day to educate our community. If we love Mexican culture, traditions, and food, we must understand the struggle of the community. The funds will be able to help out students in great need.

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I personally know how helpful a scholarship is, especially when you’re undocumented, since you can’t apply for the FAFSA. I only want to pay that forward to more students. We are excited to keep organizing this event every year. We hope to raise $1000 next year.

Karen Gamez
President of Latin@ Student Union
Peer Navigator at Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

View the photo gallery online!

Islamic Awareness Week on Campus

Posted in support of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Salam Campus Community,

With great honor, it is my esteemed pleasure to cordially invite you to Green River’s 2nd Annual Islamic Awareness Week from May 11-14, 2015, hosted by the Muslim Student Association.  All events throughout the week will be held in the  Lindbloom Center.  Each day contains a discussion topic pertaining to Islamic related matters and current events.  

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Islamic Awareness Week:

  • Monday, May 11, 2015 – (Islam 101):  An overview of the fundamentals of the Islamic faith.  Discussion Facilitator: Imam Abdullahi of the Islamic Center of Kent.
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 – (Muslim Contributions): Discourse on the contributions Muslims have made in the areas of: science, mathematics, architecture, the arts and other fields.  Discussion Facilitator: Professor Dr. Turan Kayaoglu from the University of Washington Tacoma.
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – (Women in Islam): An interactive workshop regarding: dominant culture, colonial influences on traditional and contemporary Muslim women, gender roles, Muslim women narratives and conceptualization.  Workshop Facilitator: Marwa Almusawi, Assistant Director of Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  Panel discussion hosted by the Muslim Student Association.
  • Thursday, May 14, 2015 – (Banquet): Celebratory banquet including student arts and performances. The cost is $3.00 for students and $5.00 for non-students.

For more information, see the attached flyer.  For inquiring thoughts, the lantern (on the flyer) is a symbol of applying light and a reference to the concept of Noor (light); the intent of Islamic Awareness Week. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to direct them my way.

Shukran! (Thank you!)

Marwa Almusawi
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Encouraging Future Students to Reach Higher

In 2014 a challenge was issued to all high school students. That challenge, known as the President’s North Star goal, began by asking all students to fill out the FAFSA to see if they qualified for financial aid. That effort is supported by the Reach Higher initiative. Reach Higher aims to inspire every student to pursue a higher education (whether at a professional, community college, or four-year college or university).

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The coolest department getting ready for the coolest campaign!

On May 1, last Friday, the Reach Higher initiative kicked off across the nation. The Human Resources & Legal Affairs department took this cause to heart by wearing our official Green River gear and contributing to the national #ReachHigher conversation. Our social media posts were even favorited by the campaign itself (Go HR! Go Gators! Whoot! Whoot!).

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Zach is the designated selfie-stick holder in our group.

While we officially apologize to everyone for closing our doors for about six minutes (give or take a selfie or two), we sincerely felt this was a cause worth supporting. While in the courtyard Kirk also accepted HR paperwork from Rob in Facilities…so it’s more like we took our offices to you…if you happened to be in the courtyard at this time, like Rob.

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Human Resources is committed to supporting students #ReachHigher (and taking great selfies). :)

If you’d like to learn more about this cause or even contribute during next year’s campaign, simply visit the Reach Higher website. Let’s help make Green River a destination of choice for our local high school students! Besides, any reason to wear college gear and snap a team photo in the process is a good reason to get out of the office.

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Happy College Signing Day! Human Resources encourages all students to #ReachHigher

Cinco De Mayo Celebration

Posted on behalf of Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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With the support of our Office of Diversity, Latino Student Union and many of our Latino Community Partners, Sea Mar, St. Vincent De Paul El Centro Redondo and El Centro de la Raza, R&G Remodeling and Pro-Painting, LLC, and MaryKay Representative Brenda Lopez, this year Green River Students are offering a special Cinco de Mayo Event. The event is titled “Undocumented and Unafraid” and it will focus on providing awareness of the experience these students face, and the support available to them.

Special thanks to our Foundation Office, who has assisted in the delivery and request of monetary donations to help support our Latinos Unidos Scholarship. It is early on in the process, and we have already received donations! Thank you to those who have donated.

The event will take place on May 5th in the Kennelly Commons area in the courtyard from 11:30 to 2:30pm. Please come show your support!

T-shirts for sale!

T-shirts for sale!

Liliana Godinez
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Progression and Completion Advisor

Combined Faculty and Staff In-Service Day Presentations

Campus Safety, MarCom, Student Affairs, and Human Resources shared with the Green River Community highlights of their respective departments successes and new initiatives. We want to express our heart felt thanks to them for the time they invested into creating and delivering their messages. Take a minute to view their presentations.

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Campus Safety Presentation

Student Affairs Presentation

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To Email or Not Presentation Follow-Up:

  • To Email or Not Pop Quiz Winner
  • Winner:  David Larsen
  • Honorable Mentions:  Judy Fuchs and Joanne Sanden

In-Service Day Resource Fair: Connect. Discover. Learn.

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Hello Outreach & Service Learning and Welcome & Testing Center!

Green River’s Resource Fair was a hit!  Faculty and staff connected (or reconnected) with each other as they talked about Green River’s campuses, departments, and committees while enjoying a Red Vine Licorice.

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This must be the booth with all the free candy…

A huge thanks to the branch campuses for adding treats to the plethora of brochures, handouts, business cards, and marketing giveaways that employees gathered as they visited more than 30 tables.

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Hello Transitional Studies (ABE, GED, MAC, ESOL, & I-BEST) booth!

New faculty and staff finally put names and faces together while discovering the new services departments are providing and learning about the great work that committees are doing on campus.

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And the winner for best booth collaboration goes to David and Allison!

View the complete photo gallery on our Flickr site!

Green River College Green Day!

Was there any better way to celebrate Green River College and St. Patrick’s Day, then by going green for Green River? Of course not! Join the Human Resources team as we helped spread joy, cheer, and…chocolate. Go GRC Green Day 2015!

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The official HR Green Team getting ready to surprise campus!

It’s not too late (for next year that is)! If you haven’t already purchased your official green gear, head on over to the Paper Tree Bookstore and snag anything with the Green River logo on it! Then wear it on GRC Green Day 2016 (aka St. Patrick’s Day) and get ready to strike a pose with the HR leprechauns.

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Yes, this totally counts even though green is part of her uniform.

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We flagged down Theresa from across the courtyard when we spotted her in green!

Walking around campus, searching for anyone wearing green, we quickly ran into friendly faces of Green River employees. It really was nice seeing folks in their environment and getting out of our own offices for a quick break.

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We even found folks who wanted to try on our beards!

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The excitement of seeing HR…or free chocolate, can barely be contained!

Pinching for Luck

As it turns out, it really is good luck to pinch a leprechaun…although not a recommended practice by HR.

During our little adventure we encountered many employees across campus. Some instantly wanted to be a part of the silliness, some were willing to trade a chocolate for a quick photo, and some only agreed if they could actually pinch the HR leprechaun.

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Camella gives the guys a run for their money, in competition for best beard of the day!

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The greenest department on campus!

But wait…of course, there’s more!

Holiday Candy Bars!

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with…more chocolate? Join the HR adventure as we spread joy and cheer around campus this holiday season.

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We started by brainstorming creative ways in which we could engage remaining faculty, staff, and students. Did you know that renting real reindeer costs a fortune? Out of our own pockets we designed and purchased boxes of candy bars as an alternative. Chocolate always makes people smile, right?

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Of course, dressing the part didn’t hurt either. HR staff got into the spirit by sporting Santa and reindeer hats.

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The result was smiling faces across campus. We surprised a few folks, cracked up others, and found friendly faces wherever we went.

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Thanks to all the faculty, staff, and students who laughed along with us, posed for silly photos, and helped spread joy and cheer this holiday season.

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To view the entire gallery, simply click on the link below.

Click to view the complete gallery on Flickr!

Happy Holidays Green River!

Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners!

After much consideration (from a total of three entries across campus) the Information Technology Department was declared the official winner of our 2014 Pumpkin Carving Contest!

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The HR Department (really, our three strongest staff members) carried a variety of juice, coffee, doughnuts, and bagels to the winning team’s staff meeting on December 15th.

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When asked what tips they wish to offer up to next year’s contestants, the IT Department refused to comment, citing “Intellectual Property.” Clearly, this is a team not to be taken lightly in preparation for next year’s contest. Game on!

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