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.
Hello! My name is Chris Casey, the new Judicial Affairs and Compliance Officer.
My career has been a combination of residence life at Illinois State University, Colorado College, and Green River College coupled with student conduct at the University of Texas at Arlington and now Green River College. You might have seen me handling cases for student conduct this past year and it’s finally time for me
to transition to the role full time. I’ve got lots of big ideas and methods to maintain a high standard for our students throughout their education here.
What drew you to apply to Green River?
So many things! The wonderful people I get to work with every day, the gorgeous setting for the institution, and, certainly the main reason, our engaged, thoughtful, and motivated students. Our president has outlined our core values that focus on our students with strong educational programs and wrap-around services to ensure success. These are core values that I hold on my own and it’s a wonderful place to work!
On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
If you’ve been to my office you might notice I listen to music a bit on the harder side. Genres like deathcore, industrial, djent, or just straight heavy metal. Nine Inch Nails is my favorite band!
What was the very first job you ever had?
I started working in the family red delicious apple orchards when I was a kid. Does that count? My first paycheck was through a local grocery store where I stocked shelves and mopped the floors. It was good, honest work when I was 16.
What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I’m excited to engage our community and illustrate how student conduct can support our faculty, staff, and students in maintaining a high level of standard both in behavior and academics. Student conduct is an excellent office to set that expectation throughout the college. Oftentimes alleged violations come from a lack of something: knowledge of the process, motivation to be competitive, understanding of the college system, etc. I hope to remedy all concerns in an equitable manner.
What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I want this office to be seen as a resource for education and support. When faculty, staff, and students understand when to report alleged conduct violations, how to report to this office or Campus Safety, and how to get involved with student conduct that would be a victory. We can do that in a year!
What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I’m proud of the family I’ve built with my wife, our daughter, and our son due in May. We’re a solid little group.
I’m proud of work I’ve done for students over the years. I stay student focused in everything I do and sometimes that leads to hard decisions. Though the letter, card, or email you get every once in a while where someone was appreciative or recognized your work keeps me motivated.
I’m proud of my work / life balance. It’s absolutely important to love your job (I do) and I also think it’s healthy to maintain an active and engaging life outside of the office. You’ve got to make this life count!
If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My staff often said “Boss Man” which I rather liked. Students have said Mr. Chris but that might be a bit too formal. My past supervisor called me Jason a lot though I think that was on accident.
Just remember my name, that’s all I would like. No need for a nickname.
For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Well, my bowling average is 180. Though that’s not incredibly exciting. So I’d say my ability to skip. I honestly didn’t learn how until I was in college but I’ve gotten quite good at it over the years.
If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Gummi bears, send them
Right now to me
Need them, please.