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


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



2019 Employee 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


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!