Get ready for Harvest Festival!!

On behalf of the Classified Staff Training and Development Committee:Harvest Fest Logo 2018

Don’t forget that the annual Green River College Harvest Festival is just around the corner! See below for this year’s festival information:

Wednesday, October 31

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Cascade Hall, Student Affairs & Success Center

 

This event is open to all Green River College employees.  Come for the full time or drop in when you have a moment. 

 The Classified Staff Training & Development Committee is happy to provide dessert, coffee, and water service again this year.  Please bring a brown bag lunch or stop by the cafeteria on your way.

 2018 Harvest Fest Events: 

  • Food Drive for the Auburn Food Bank October 16-31
  • Food Bin Decorating Contest runs through October 31 (bins delivered October 16)
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest – bring your decorated pumpkin to the event for judging
  • Costume Contest – multiple categories including small group, large group, and individual costumes

 

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New Employee Spotlight – Justin Core

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.

Core, Justin

Justin Core

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

I am the Manager of Recruitment and Outreach for Green River College.  I am a native of Tacoma, Washington who served the first ten years of my career in the Washington Community and Technical College system.  I spent the last 18 years as the Director of Student Engagement in the Oregon Community College system.  I hold an MA in Organizational Leadership and a BS in Organizational Communication.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

Growing up in the Puget Sound area is such an important part of who I am. I was drawn back to the area after almost two decades of living in Oregon.  My brother is a graduate of Green River College and many of my friends attended the college before transferring to a university.  I am really excited about the position and the possibilities that exist for recruitment and outreach.  When I applied, I saw this position as exciting, rewarding and challenging.

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

Right now I am listening to HOT 103.7.  100% Throwbacks.  If that’s not on, then I’m listening to P!nk.  I can never get enough of her honest, funny and real lyrics.  She stands for so much more than music.

What was the very first job you ever had?

When you grow up the son of an electrician, you have no choice but to work for the family business. I was an apprentice electrician from age 15-25.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am really excited to tell the story of Green River College and engage prospective students.  I like the challenge of showcasing our programs and encouraging students to attend college.  I enjoy meeting new people, creating positive relationships in the community and long walks on the beach.  Okay…..the long walks on the beach part isn’t true.

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

I hope to foster positive relationships on campus and in the community to better serve and provide opportunities for students and prospective students.  I plan to widen our reach to underserved and non-traditional students.

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

  • Graduating from college and working in higher education. Serving as a mentor to hundreds of students in my career as a Student Life advisor.
  • Being elected to International President of the Circle K Service Organization. I spent my junior year in college traveling around the world speaking to colleges and organizations about community service.
  • Being a son. I won the parent lottery.  Through hardship and difficult times, my parents were amazing.  I owe them everything and I worked hard to make them proud.  RIP Dad.

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

“JC.”  Simple enough since it’s my initials and what people have called me the last two decades.  But, I also go by “Juice” — nickname I had growing up.

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

I have been a DJ and emcee since I was young. So I would spin the hits and get the crowd hyped. J

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

Get

Real

Electric

Energy

Now

GRC Service Awards Recap

On Thursday, September 20, we celebrated 83 faculty and staff service anniversaries. Besides the incredible number of honorees, this year’s awards were notable for another reason: we presented them on their own day during opening week. This gave us an opportunity to include the entire board of trustees as well as giving our honorees an even that was entirely dedicated to them. We’ve included a few photos of some of this year’s winners along with the full listings below!

Thank you to our recipients for your years of service to education! Thanks, as well, to the Conference Services and Media Services crews for helping make this year’s event truly memorable.

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5 Years

  • Patsy Cadwell
  • Amy Davidson
  • Neil Duldulao
  • Lynette Edwards
  • Laeticia Egesi
  • Rebeka Ferreira
  • Emilee Findley
  • Jeanette Fohn
  • Jacob Frye
  • Brian Hansen
  • Nicole Harris
  • Aaron Hartzell
  • Scott Hemingway
  • Richard Hill
  • Dana McCauley
  • Jamie McCuaig
  • Patrick Mumpower
  • Bjorn Myhre
  • Niki Nelson
  • David Norberg
  • Rob Olson
  • Monica Paulson-Priebe
  • Nadine Pavlov
  • Melissa Porras-Monroe
  • Richard Potsubay
  • Deanna Rish
  • Jennifer Rohan
  • Ariadne Rooney
  • Shanna Selvar
  • Shannon Sharpe
  • Katy Shaw
  • Karl Smith
  • Felisha Stephens
  • Theresa Torell
  • Laura VanSteenvoort
  • Leonard Wainstein
  • Larry Wild
  • Chiae Wilder

10 Years

  • Pat Carter
  • Rhonda Daulton
  • Anne Dolan
  • Richard Douglas
  • Kelly Eisenhour
  • George Frasier
  • Aaron Leavitt
  • Wendy Lundquist
  • Deborah Lynes
  • Michael Moreno
  • Rachel Neville
  • Jenny Park
  • Kevin Parr
  • Jeff Perlot
  • Sarah Postel
  • Gavin Pyle
  • Jane Swenson
  • Jamie Vandette
  • Benita Walters

15 Years

  • Steven Brumbaugh
  • Rob Jonas
  • Paul Metivier
  • Amanda Schaefer
  • Chitra Solomonson
  • Terry Waagan

20 Years

  • Vik Bahl
  • Steven Black
  • Lansing Bryan
  • Dawn Cleveland
  • Connie Jones
  • Lisa Michalec
  • Jerry Marshall
  • Jennifer Morgan
  • Diane Pelletier
  • Sidney Weldele-Wallace

25 Years

  • John Avery
  • Shirlyn Zeno-Bassard
  • Mark Blaisdell
  • Leslie Moore
  • Patrick Navin
  • Jessica Tichy

30 Years

  • Gary Jones
  • Liz Petersen

35 Years

  • Susan Snow Davis
  • Donnie Hallstone

New Employee Spotlight – Jordan Harrington

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.

Harrington, Jordan

Jordan Harrington

I am working as a Financial Aid Program Specialist.  Before coming to GRC, I worked for three years as a delivery driver for a food bank.  For two years before that, I worked at Highline College at the Admissions Desk and IT Service Desk.  And I was a Tutor at South Seattle College for five years.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The friendly staff and beautiful environment.  Also, two of my favorite IT instructors from Highline College came here to teach, so I knew that GRC was investing in those programs, which is great.

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

I listen to 95.7 The Jet or Christian rock

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked concessions at a roller skating rink when I was 16.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Being part of a hard-working team and getting to know the folks who work and go to school here.

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

Becoming more at home with my team, my new work load, and the campus community.

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

Earning my Bachelor’s degree (which took 11 years), buying my house in Burien with my wife, and surviving cancer.

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

I was called “The Professional” at a previous job, which I thought sounded funny and sinister at the same time, as in – I’m a professional what?

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

Dancing

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

Gators

Rally

Extra

Enthusiasm

Now!

Exempt Staff Professional Development

Training

Our Exempt Staff Training and Development Sub-Committee has made a few updates to the professional development process for Admin/Exempt employees! At the below link, you can now do the following:

  1. Learn more about the eligibility requirements
  2. Discover how the application process works for all types of professional development (credit classes, non-credit classes, etc.)
  3. Find out how much funding is available
  4. Apply!!

The new Exempt Staff Professional Development page now also includes the application as a web form (no more downloads!). Check out the link below!

Exempt Staff Professional Development

New Employee Spotlight – Monika Delfierro

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.

Delfierro, Monika

Monika Delfierro

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

Educational Planner in the Running Start Office.

I received my master’s degree in Student Development Administration from Seattle University in June 2018. During grad school I worked within the College of Education in graduate admissions and alumni engagement. I’ve also worked at Tacoma Community College within student engagement, orientation at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and undergraduate admissions at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

As a community college graduate myself, I have a love for community colleges and serving that specific student population. What drew me to Green River was the recommendations from current/former staff and students based on their positive experiences!

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

I love listening to Podcasts! Podcasts I am currently listening to are NPR, Code Switch, and Food for Thought.

What was the very first job you ever had?

The first job I’ve ever had was working at Jamba Juice, but I’m definitely more of an Emerald City Smoothie fan.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m really excited to work with students and learn about all the resources on campus to support them!

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

One thing I’ve love to accomplish in my first year at Green River is to get a photo with the Green River mascot, Slater.

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

  1. Being the first in my family to graduate from college.
  2. Rescuing my first dog, Leslie Knope
  3. Earning my master’s degree

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

I am a great back-up karaoke singer!

New Employee Spotlight – Teresa Regalado

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.

Regalado, Teresa

Teresa Regalado

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

I am the new Welcome Desk Project Coordinator. I worked the front desk for the Institute of Technology at UW-Tacoma for three years while I finished my Bachelor’s degree.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I am familiar with the area as I attended Auburn Mountainview High School, so I’ve had exposure to Green River since then. The core values definitely had the greatest impact on me, as many of those are important to my own identity and when interacting and building relationships with others.

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

“Oldies but Goodies”

What was the very first job you ever had?

Wendy’s!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am excited to be in higher education and have the opportunity to help students in their getting started process.

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

During my first year I would like to interact with and learn more about the many different programs and departments at Green River; be a helpful resource to incoming and current students; and be a helpful resource to my colleagues in student affairs.

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

Graduating from the University of Washington Tacoma with my Bachelors in Criminal justice.

Volunteering with TPD and working with at risk youth to reduce recidivism rates in Tacoma.

Assisting my father in starting up and running his business.

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

Genuine

Righteous

Empathetic

Ethusiastic

Nurturing