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.

New Employee Spotlight – Maciej “Matt” Witwicki

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words. Witwicki, Maciej

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workplace Injuries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And remember:

Safety First

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!

 

Whistleblower Act 101

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Employee Spotlight – Chris Boudreaux

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words. boudreaux-chris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great
Resource for
Education and
E
vergreen
Nature

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.”