New Employee Spotlight – Ryan Tipper

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.Tipper, Ryan

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My new position is Project Coordinator for the Extended Learning Program at the Auburn Campus. I have been actively involved in all forms of digital media and arts since I could first hold a marker. I have been working towards my AA in Digital Media Arts at Bellevue College and also have experience with office administration / support as well as social media coordination.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I have been an active student at community college since I first graduated high school in 2010. While enrolled at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham for a short while, I worked as a student researcher, reporter, writer and editor on the Horizon newspaper staff -the school’s student lead publication. During that time, I covered numerous on-campus topics and learned so much about what made the school run and grow. Since that time, and seeing the benefits of attending smaller, community-based colleges as opposed to the traditional 4-year universities, I have always wanted to find the perfect fit that allows me to use my formal education in digital media arts and my personal passions to combine them into an exciting future and career. This position at Green River sounded like the perfect first step.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
If I’m not listening to alternative or 80’s music, I usually have KIRO or KOMO news playing. My radio stops working if a country song tries to play…

What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first true job was working in a kitchen at the Lake Wilderness Gold Course and Country Club in Maple Valley my senior year of high school. I learned so much about the customer service industry and a ton about cooking in general. Now, cooking is something I love to do and I can look back on all I learned at the job and the things I still use and do today in my own kitchen.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
It’s the step towards a career path that allows me to be the person I want to be and contribute to Green River’s growth and success. To apply all I have learned professionally and personally up to this point on top of the formal education I have received in the digital media arts field and in the end work as hard as I can.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
To show my incredibly hard work ethic, learn as much as I can and be as creative as I can. There is also a vintage type writer that I will be getting to use and I hope to master it as it has always been a goal to do so.

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

Baseball is one of my biggest passions in life and is something I am still playing today after 20 years. When I was in 5th grade I made the Issaquah Little League All-Star team after setting out to do so at the beginning of that season and it’s still something I look at as one of my greatest accomplishments.

Another would be the nearly 4 years I have spent working towards my personal goal of becoming a published author. The novel I have been working on in my spare time currently continues to grow and develop with each chapter I write and I am extremely proud of how far I have come with it and where I will continue to take it.

Finally, I have never faltered in settling for things I didn’t want out of life. Life itself it too short to do so and it’s what motivates me to spend every minute following my passions and pursuing my goals.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Undoubtedly, it would be my last name of “Tipper”. No matter if it’s school, work, sports teams or the like, I feel like at this point I naturally expect to go by my last name more than my first.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I have always loved cooking and would most likely put on a Food Network-style cooking show or perhaps a reality show in which I played the host, the cook and the judge.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Green
Reminds
E
veryone (of)
E
nvironmental
Nuances

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MetLife Advantages

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon, Benefits Manager

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MetLife Advantages

By now most of us are aware that our life insurance company changed to MetLife during the last Open Enrollment, but are you aware that if you are enrolled in MetLife life insurance through Green River – as an eligible employee – you have access to free services for support, planning and protection when you need it most?

MetLife Advantages” is a comprehensive suite of valuable services that offers free product services to you and your family, such as will preparation and estate resolution services.

The services are offered by third-party vendors, but free for those enrolled in MetLife.*

Find out more about the program here, MetLife Advantages Program. Scroll down and click on the green “Sign in to MyBenefits” link.   (Note: you do not need to sign in –just click on the “Group Life Insurance” tab at the top of the page, then click on the “MetLife Advantages link).

*Note: some services require that you be enrolled in “supplemental” life insurance (more than just the employer-paid basic coverage) in order to utilize the particular resource.

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.