Harvest Fest – 2016

Posted on behalf of Niki Nelson and the Classified Staff Training & Development Committee


The Classified Staff Training & Development Committee (CSTDC) is proud to present the Annual Fall Harvest Fest at Green River College.  This event is for employees.  Buy your lunch from the cafeteria or bring your own and join us!

The River Room
Student Union Dining Area
Look for the decorated tables!
Monday, October 31, 2016
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Costume Contest: 
  Prizes awarded for:

  • Best Team Costumes,
  • Most Creative Costume,
  • Funniest Costume,
  • The Perfect Pair, and
  • Spookiest Costume

This year, we will not be using the stage for the costume contest so be sure you mix and mingle during the event to show off your costume. As a reminder, a culture is not a costume.

Food Drive:  Donations will be delivered to the Auburn Food Bank in early November. Collection boxes or tubs will be delivered to departments on or around October 14th. Human Resources is sponsoring a coffee break to the department that best decorates their food collection receptacle.  We encourage everyone to visit all campus locations prior to the Harvest Fest in preparation for voting.

Pumpkin Carving Contest:  The IT Department challenges all other departments to a pumpkin carving contest!  Bring your entries to lunch with you for all to see.

Ballots will be provided to collect votes on costumes, decorated food collection receptacles, and pumpkins.  All ballots will be tallied after the event.  Prizes delivered by the CSTDC.

Opening Day is (Almost) Here

Posted on behalf of Kirk Walker


Green River’s Opening Day starts on Tuesday, September 13, at 8:00 am sharp in the Student Union Grand Hall. The events will begin with a campus message from our Interim President Scott Morgan, staff awards, and a presentation from the keynote speaker, Dr. Derek Greenfield, titled, “Today is the First Day of the Rest & Best of Our Lives: Believe & Achieve Together!”

Check out this year’s vast array of workshops led by a variety of departments including Human Resources, Campus Safety and Workforce Education!

Questions? Feel free to send an email to Kirk Walker, Training Manager.



Interim President – Scott Morgan

Who is Green River’s Interim President?

Prior to joining Green River College as interim 7625kentScottMorgan.jpgpresident, Scott Morgan was the president of Spokane Community College from 2012 until his retirement in 2015. He also served as the chief executive officer for the Institute for Extended Learning, as well as chief operations officer since 2003.

Morgan has served as the operating budget director and director of financial services at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in Olympia. He also has worked as a fiscal analyst and senior research analyst for the Washington State House of Representatives.

In addition, Morgan served as interim vice president of administrative services at Lake Washington College, Kirkland, and vice president for administrative services at Clark College, Vancouver.

He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound.


Return of the Honeybees

Posted on behalf of Daniel Najera, of GRC Biology

We are excited to see a project started through the GRC Foundation Faculty Excellence Program live on. Check out this information about the Honeybee Installation Event on Friday.

We will be installing our honeybees to replace our winter losses FRIDAY at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. These will be NUC (Nucleus Colony) installs, which are different than the PACKAGE installs we have done in the past. We will meet on the North side of the SC (Science Center) building by the Bee Mural (see pic below), then walking into the forest to their new home locations. You can join midway and leave at any time.



The Bee Mural (North side of the SC Building)


I realize this may conflict with many things, but if you are interested, feel free to join us. You don’t need a suit. Have a Happy Friday EITHER WAY!

ACT Award Nominations

Forwarded on behalf of ACT Awards Committee Chair Joanne Schwartz (Centralia College), Diana Clay, (Edmonds CC) Karen Seinfeld, (Bates Tech. College) Jackie Rosenblatt, ( Pierce District) and Lisa Parker, (Yakima Valley CC)

SBCTC_LogoGood afternoon!

Our Community and Technical colleges touch the lives of thousands of people throughout our state. It’s impossible to count the ways the colleges affect students, graduates, employees, volunteers, employers and members of the community  This is your opportunity to nominate someone who has been outstanding in our CTC system and deserves special recognition;  these awards are ACT’s way of saying ‘thank you’ for the fantastic job people do day in and day out in service to these colleges and their students.  A special awards ceremony and dinner will be held on May 12, 2016 during ACT’s spring convention hosted by Bellevue College.  Additionally all nominees will be forwarded to ACCT for consideration  of national recognition at the ACCT Congress this year in New Orleans.

On behalf of your ACT Awards committee I am pleased to announce we are now accepting nominations for the following awards:

  • The Trustee Leadership Award recognizes an individual trustee who has made a significant contribution to promote the community and technical college system.
  • The Equity Award recognizes exemplary commitment to achieve equity in the development, administration and delivery of educational programs and services in the community and technical college system.
  • The Chief Executive Officer Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in furthering the mission of community and technical colleges.
  • The Partner of the Year Award recognizes a business, company, agency, organization or elected official for donating time and/or resources in support of the community and technical college mission.
  • The Faculty Member Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in teaching in the community and technical college system.
  • The Professional Staff Member Award recognizes an individual who provides exemplary service in the community and technical college system. 

I invite you to contact me at 360-269-4968 (c), members of the Awards Committee (listed below), Kim Tanaka (360-704-4307 or ktanaka@sbctc.edu), or Nanette Angel (360-704-4317 or  nangel@sbctc.edu) you have questions, comments, or suggestions. By working together, we can continue to recognize those who deserve our thanks for helping to make the community and technical colleges a smart investment.

The deadline for submission of nominations is April 8 2016.

Mel Lindbloom Student Union

At 12 noon on Monday, February 1st, faculty, students and staff gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Mel Lindbloom Student Union.FrontSculpt2

Attendees witnessed Muckleshoot blessings and enjoyed cake and chocolate while hearing speeches from former alumni and staff like Mel Lindbloom himself and Chelsea Fletcher, the GRC student who began the process for this terrific addition to the GRC campus.


Students have access to a gender neutral bathroom, a common area that features giant GRC pillows to encourage napping over studying and many more exciting new features.

If you haven’t already, make sure to stop by while it still has that fresh, new building smell!


Winners of the Drug Free Schools & Communities Act Drawing

Congratulations to Steve Brumbaugh, Kim Bouchard, Inja Parker and Mariena Mears for winning a Starbucks Gift Card courtesy of Marshall Sampson!


Steve Brumbaugh, Biology

The Annual Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Notice was sent again this year (as annual notices are wont to) to all employees of Green River College.

According to the Department of Education,“While the regulations do not place an affirmative duty on IHEs [Institutions of Higher Education] to ensure that employees read the materials, in keeping with the spirit of the regulations, institutions should take steps to encourage employees to read the policies.”

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Kim Bouchard, English

What better source of encouragement to maintain a drug-free school environment is there than a Starbucks Gift Card?

One lucky winner from every employee group (Full-Time Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Classified Staff, and Exempt Staff) was selected at random for a prize from those who read the notice and answered the following correctly:

One of the common complications of the use or abuse of this drug is a ‘bad trip’

The correct answer was of course “Hallucinogens,” “LSD,” or any other acceptable variation.

Inja Parker

Inja Parker, Financial Aid

As an institution receiving federal grant money, we are required by law to maintain a drug-free work place. The supporting laws and regulations along with the relevant consequences for violating them are laid out clearly in the notice.

Drug abuse and addiction is a serious matter and the notice contained a wealth of information about the effects of drugs and alcohol and ways to seek help with addiction.

Find out more from the Department of Education by clicking here.