New Employee Spotlight – Mark W. Brown

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.

Brown, Mark

Mark W. Brown

 Greetings Green River Colleagues! My current role is Learning & Development Manager. 

 I’ve been in the world of learning and development for over 15 years and most recently served as Training Manager and curriculum lead at University of Michigan, where I was responsible for leadership development programs. I also researched, designed and facilitated courses on generations in the workplace, managing the generational shift, which focuses on Millennials in the workplace, onboarding and performance management. I’m looking forward to getting to know and work with everyone here at Green River!

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I was looking for a position that would offer a level of creativity and challenge.

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

I listen to NPR on either KNKX or KUOW.

 What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Creating and developing a world-class learning organization for students, staff and faculty

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

The one thing I’d like to accomplish is creating a stellar orientation and onboarding process.

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

Completing my MBA with a specialization in Human Resource Management, owning my own catering business, and helping to raise my nephew.

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

Can we have a bake-off? I think cooking or baking something would be my talent.

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

Gracious

Respectful

Engage

Energize

Nurture

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New Employee Spotlight – Samuel Krahn

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.

Sam Krahn

Samuel Krahn

My new title is tenure track Music Instructor in the Department of Music and Theater. My background is in music composition, classical and electric guitar performance, electronic music, and improvisation. Before Green River, I taught as a faculty member at Montana State University, the University of Providence, Great Falls College – MSU, and as a Graduate Instructor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I received a Ph.D. in music composition at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a M.Mus. in music composition from Roosevelt University, and a B.Mus. in classical guitar performance from Boston University.

As a composer, I participated in the 17th World Saxophone Congress and Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the MATA Festival in New York City, the Source Song Festival in Minneapolis, the 2015 Root Signals Electronic Music Festival, the 46th Ball State Festival of New Music and the 70th annual Cheltenham Music Festival in England. In 2017/2018 I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Contemporary Art, where I created an interactive sound art installation: Sound/Play. I received a grant from New Music USA for a new 35-minute work for saxophone and electronics and was a recipient of the 2017 Montana Arts Council Artist’s Innovation Award.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I was impressed with the growing music program and saw potential for expansion in the program within my own area of expertise. Also, when I interviewed, I was struck by the beauty of the Auburn campus.

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

This list changes often: Frank Zappa, Prince, Bob Dylan, Sun Ra, Segovia, 20-minute drum solos, noise, etc.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am enthusiastic to share my musical knowledge with students and to get students excited about creating music and sharing their work with the community.

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

My primary goal this year is to create a recording studio space in the RLC building for music students and for future interdisciplinary collaborations.

 

New Employee Spotlight – Jessie Kimes

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.

Kimes, Jessie

Jessie Kimes

I am the Program Manager for Veteran Services.  My most recent position was at Pierce College as a Student Success Coach (Advisor); serving soldiers, airmen, veterans and their families.  Prior to that, I was a middle school teacher in Washington and Hawaii as well as a contractor for the Army and Marine Corps in Northern Virginia.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I was drawn to apply to Green River because I wanted to continue working within the veteran/military community, and I really appreciate the programs the college offers. In my role as an advisor, I not only evaluated transcripts and assisted in quarterly course selection, but also helped students navigate educational pathways to find the degrees/certificates that met their personal and professional needs. In coming to Green River, I feel I will be able to continue in this capacity in serving those who have served us.

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

I usually try to catch up on the news, so I will either listen to KIRO 97.3 or NPR. Otherwise, it’s Pandora and my punk rock or metal stations! 🙂

What was the very first job you ever had?

The summer when I was 15, I worked in the Admin Office of the Vehicle Maintenance Squadron at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I look forward to connecting with students and helping them find/stay on the path to achieving their educational or career goals. I look forward to sharing my experiences and helping to ensure our veterans, service members and their families are given every opportunity to be successful.

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

In my first year at Green River, I’d love to find my way around without getting lost (haha!). I also hope to continue developing an understanding of our student veterans’ needs and building opportunities for both students and staff.

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

Two of my proudest accomplishments are my children, and seeing them develop into compassionate and kind people; third, would have to be completing my Master’s Degree. (I’ll also add a fourth: moving to Hawaii!)

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

My co-workers at Pierce College adopted the nickname my son gave me, Big Mama. I am barely 5 feet tall…so it is obviously very appropriate. Another nickname I was given was “Elsa,” from the movie, Frozen. I have never seen it, but suppose the fact that I am always cold makes that one spot on!

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

Parallel parking

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

G – Grateful

R – Resilient

E – Effervescent

E – Eternally Optimistic

N – Neighborly

Employee Spotlight – Kim Macias

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.

Macias, Kimberly

Kim Macias

 

Program Coordinator-Enrollment Services

Worked at San Diego State University as an Administrative Coordinator/Residency Specialisfor 20+ years in Office of the Registrar

What drew you to apply to Green River?

After looking at open positions, the position I applied for was a perfect fit to what I was currently doing at SDSU, after relocating to Washington I was looking to get back into the same kind of position.

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

SiriusXM-station 53

What was the very first job you ever had?

Working at Wendy’s

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Being able to work with and help students, faculty and staff in person.

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

Become a valuable team member in Enrollment Services, and get to know our students as well

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

  • Graduating from Dental Assistant School
  • Working with SDSU for 20+ years
  • Relocating from out of state and finding my new job

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

Bubbles…I guess because of the personality

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

Great

Rocking

Excellent

Education

Now

 

New Employee Spotlight – Scott Beals

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.

Beals, Scott

Scott Beals

Greetings Green River Clan,

I am the Building Secretary for the second floor of Salish Hall supporting the Business, Fine Arts, and Social Science Divisions. My first 19 years of life were spent in Western Massachusetts. After that, I lived in Sedona, Arizona for 16 years, California for 14 years, and the past year in Auburn, Washington. I have worn many hats throughout my life. Here are just a few of the things I have done: banking, artist, gallery owner, jeep tour driver, Colorado River guide, real estate agent, server, restaurant manager, licensed general contractor, business owner, graphic designer, print broker, volunteer, step-dad, and more.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

My wife, Emily, received a full-time, tenure-track English Faculty position here at GRC last year. Having left my general managing job in Central California – I was spending time winding down a bit when my wife said the second floor of Salish Hall needed some help. I started in a temporary capacity last spring. It has been a pleasure immersing myself in the culture and environment of GRC as well as meeting and developing relationships with an amazing group of faculty and staff. This led me to apply for the permanent position.

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

Mostly silence as I let my mind wander in the well-worn path of the drive. Occasionally, some classic rock or 80’s – my time period!

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first paying gig was grounds crew over the summer at my high school after ninth grade. Weeding, loading up debris, and trips to the landfill – oh myyy! Now, re-read that last sentence in George Takei’s voice!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Engaging and learning about the many cogs in the GRC wheel to be an effective, compassionate, and confident guide (concierge?)/resource for students, faculty, and staff. Also, this position syncs up nicely with my wife’s schedule.

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

To visit every department listed on greenriver.edu from the Assessment and Testing Center to the Writing Center. I’d like to meet someone from each department and learn a bit about what they do. There are 36 listed (maybe more not listed there?) so that is about one per week.

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

Number one – marrying my best friend and partner in life. We will celebrate 11 years next July. A special one since 11 is our lucky number. Number two – helping to raise two boys after their father had passed away. Number three – being instrumental in helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for our son’s high school football program over a four year period of time.

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

It would be “Scooter”. I tend to walk very fast and with purpose – almost as if I were motorized – hence, scooter (also, it’s what my sons call me!).

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

Finesse in ice skating. Too bad we don’t have an ice rink here!

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

Goal Resetting, Each & Every November!

New Employee Spotlight – Whitney Miller

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.

Miller, Whitney

Whitney Miller

I am a Budget Analyst 2. After college, I started my career at Chasing Fireflies, where I worked my way up from an Accounting Assistant to a Staff Accountant during my 8 years with the company. Then, I worked at Pierce County as an Accounting Assistant 2 before coming to Green River College.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

When I read the job description it sounded like what I had been looking for and was the only one I was really excited about. I just had the feeling that I would enjoy the work and it would be a positive environment.

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

I like a lot of different types of music, but I often listen to country music on the way to work.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first job was as a File Clerk at a doctor’s office.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Honestly, all of it is exciting to me. From the work, to the environment and people, to the commute, it has all been exciting.

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

Along with learning the ins and outs of my position, I would love to be a part of the Green River community and get to know my colleagues.

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

Working full time while completing my second degree, buying my house, and the relationships I have with my family and friends.

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

Goals Realized Excellence Enhanced Now

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