Green River’s Opening Week – Linking Together!

Green River College’s 2017 Opening Week is Monday, September 18, through Friday, September 22.  This year’s theme is Linking Together!

Calling all Green River Community members seeking an opportunity to share a workshop where colleagues link together to learn and grow!  Seize the moment to provide a workshop by submitting your In-Service_Day_Proposal_Form_2017 by Tuesday, August 15, to Kirk Walker.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions. Thank you in advance for sharing your expertise!

Linking Together

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New Employee Spotlight – Thomas Windham

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.Windham, Thomas

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

Air Force Veteran served for 7 years.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I had previously worked at Seattle Central Community College part time and enjoyed and enjoyed the college environment.

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

NPR, alt rock, folk rock, blues, bluegrass, country, rap, classical.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Washing airplanes at a flight school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

A chance to see new processes and how they might improve.

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

As much as I can.

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

  • I like to cook, it started out with some not so good food. It’s gotten a lot better.
  • I taught myself to sail with a 27ft racing sloop and a book I didn’t read.
  • The patience you learn as your get older to do the job right.

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

No nicknames we gave in the military were ever nice or politically correct.

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

I have no hidden talent.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Green
Roosters
E
njoying
E
eating
Nuts

New Employee Spotlight – Alexandra Reyes

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.

Reyes, Alexandra

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

My name is Alexandra “Alex” Reyes. I am joining Green River College as a Workforce Education Coordinator. I have worked in higher education since 2007, having held positions as an Administrative Assistant, Financial Planner, and Registrar. At my previous campus, I was a WFSE Shop Steward, Employee of the Year nominee, and created campus-wide prototypes for the tenure notebook process.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

There were multiple things that drew me to apply to GRC. The campus is beautiful and peaceful! I wanted to work in an environment that was dedicated and passionate about working with students. I firmly stand by GRC’s mission and vision to ensure student success through comprehensive educational programs and support services responsive to our diverse communities and to be ranked among the very best in student completion and success and be an invaluable community partner with robust and diverse revenue streams (www.greenriver.edu).

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

Lately I have been listening to Spotify’s “Acoustic Covers” station. I’ll also listen to Hot 103.7 for some great throwback songs.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My very first “real” job was as a sales associate at the Navy Exchange Fine Jewelry Department. I learned a lot about providing excellent customer service, sales, and inventory… even how to read diamonds and other gems.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The most exciting part of being in my position is getting to work one-on-one with students, and helping them change their lives! Giving back to the community and watching students succeed in their goals is exciting, and if we can help them fund their education, that’s even better!

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

One thing I would love to accomplish in my first year at GRC is watching the first GRC students I have worked with in Workforce Education graduate. When working with students, you work with them through their ups and downs, and watching them walk on stage to get their diploma is the most fulfilling thing about working in higher education.

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

The three accomplishments I am most proud of are:

  • Working on my master’s degree
  • Continuing to raise the coolest kid ever while working full-time and going to school full-time
  • …Saving 15% or more by switching to Geico… :-)

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

“Central” because I am coming to GRC from Seattle Central College.

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

Hmm… I can sing any Disney princess song *perks of having a five year old*

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Great
Remarkable
E
ncourage
E
ngage
Nourish

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

 

New Employee Spotlight – Abigail Hecht

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.

Hecht, Abigail

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

I am a new Program Coordinator here at the Assessment and Testing Center. I actually graduated with my AA here at GRC and then transferred to UW Tacoma afterward where I just received my Bachelor’s in Art, Media, and Culture with a focus in Literature in June of this year. Prior to coming here, I used to work in primary education as an After School Program Leader.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I thought it would be nice to come back as an employee to help students who may be struggling, looking for guidance, and paving their way for a better future, just like I was when I was a student here. Being in the assessment and testing center, I hope to be a happy and welcoming face for those coming in stressed out and nervous before taking their test.

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

I mostly listen to Korean and Japanese music in the car, but the genres I listen to range from hip-hop, ballad, R&B, acoustic, instrumental to alternative.

What was the very first job you ever had?

The very first job I had was when I was 16, and it was in the mall. It was at a place called Daiso, which is a $1.50 Japanese store!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The most exciting thing about my position is getting to interact with students. I look forward to meeting all kinds of students and becoming acquainted with them throughout their journey here at GRC.

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

The thing I want to accomplish the most this year is just remembering all of the passwords, procedures, departments, and names of my colleagues here at GRC.

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

  • The first would be having my family see me walk during my graduation.
  • The second one is actually not my own, but is for my husband. I am always proud of his successes and the progress that he has made being a 1st generation immigrant here in the U.S. It can be difficult living in a new country, so I am always proud of his perseverance and ability to maintain a positive mindset.
  • Lastly, I am proud of the bracelet I made with my elementary students during summer camp. You’ll probably see me wearing this around campus most days.

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

That’s a good question. I am not sure what kind of nickname they would give me yet! I guess I’ll have to wait and find out.

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

I’m pretty good at picking stuff up with my feet, but is that even a talent? Other than that, I make all sorts of miniature things out of clay! If you want a mini clay animal or piece of food, just let me know.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Get
Ready to
Educate and
E
nrich
New Students

New Employee Spotlight – Lyudmila Adamyuk

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.

Adamyuk, Lyudmila 1

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

My new title is Program Coordinator at Financial Aid office and before that I was working as Program Assistant for the same office.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

Beautiful campus and opportunity to work with interesting and talented people many of whom I already know since I was GRC student myself.

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

My ride is very short – I live 1.5 mi from GRC so I usually don’t listen to anything. On the days when we carpool with my daughter (she is a student here) we use that time to catch up with each other.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Picking apples in the orchard. It was a seasonal job and lasted couple of weeks.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The opportunity to work with the students and help them to succeed.

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

I want to master some aspects of my job and get to know more people.

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

My biggest accomplishment is raising my children to be the people they are becoming. Also getting my degree while being a full-time mom and a first-generation college student, and my job.

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

Don’t know…need to ask them.

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

Well I can bake and decorate a cake.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Great
Resources for
E
xceptional 
E
ducation
Now

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.