2019 Cap Graduation & GDEC Banquet

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Green River Diversity & Equity Council will be hosting the 5th Inaugural ODEI CAP Graduation & GDEC Banquet on Friday, June 7.  This is a time ODEI CAP students are recognized for their accomplishments and milestone in graduating or transferring and acknowledging the hard work and dedication of our GDEC members this academic year. C.A.P. Grad Flyer (00000002)

 

New Employee Spotlight – Melissa Garland

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. 

Garland, Melissa

Melissa Garland

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

Retail Clerk Lead at Papertree Bookstore. I have been in retail management most of my career. I thoroughly enjoy interacting with people and love books.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I worked in the medical field the last 2 years and wanted to get back into a bookstore. I have a few friends that work at Green River and spoke very highly about it. When I saw the job posting for Papertree I immediately applied. Thankfully I was offered the job! : )

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

I love audiobooks, but since my car ride is only 15 minutes, I now listen to 103.7 or 98.9 on the radio. A good mix between country and hip hop is a good start to any day!

What was the very first job you ever had?

Babysitting

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’ve worked in a couple bookstores, but never a college one. It’s exciting to be a part of a school atmosphere and interact with people of all ages on a daily basis.

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

To help create a positive and exciting workplace where students, staff, and faculty will have a good experience.

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

Spent time in Haiti and Uganda helping out in the schools, orphanages, safe houses and jails.

Ran a 5k and didn’t stop once. That’s a big deal for someone who doesn’t usually run!

The best is yet to come.

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

My coworkers already call me a bunch of different “M” names because no one seems to get my name right. : )

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

My rope jumping skills.

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

Give

Respect

Engage

Enjoy

Nurture

Green River College New Employee Orientation

Orientation-09-lWhy is Orientation Important?

Orientation is more than the paperwork; it’s an official introduction to Green River College. Orientation is important to an organization because it lays the foundation for the new employee’s career with the organization. It makes a great first impression and it can establish the basis for everything that follows.

Monday, April 22 kicked off our first new employee orientation! Mark Brown (Learning & Development Manager) and Tamara Shilipetar (Green River College Recruiter) welcomed 5 new employees beginning at 8:30 am, with coffee, doughnuts, and yogurt. The session covered various topics, including our mission, vision, and core values; benefits; payroll; the Green River College Foundation; professional development opportunities; campus parking and security.

The new employee orientation will be held twice a month, with our next session on Monday, May 6. If you were hired this past spring and are interested in attending an orientation please email Mark Brown mbrown@greenriver.edu and we’ll add you to our orientation roster.

IT Skills Enhancement Training for Spring Quarter

IT is offering enhancement training to the Green River College community. Pay close attention to the SharePoint 101 sessions. These will help you prepare for the May 15 soft launch of the newly redesigned GatorNet.it skills enhancement promo

Getting the most from:  Remote Access, Shared Drives, Password Reset and more!

 Use “Remote Access” while you’re not on campus.  Always save your information to the “shared drives”.  You can reset your passwords with the “Password Management System”.  IT references these tools all the time, but do you really know what they mean?  Join us for SET #2 where we’ll go over the IT tools that are in use at GRC today.  This session will incorporate hands on computer training to help build your ability to use these tools properly and with confidence in your day-to-day world.

This workshop will be offered in HL 116:   Wednesday, May 1st  2PM to 3PM

Click here to register for IT SET #2:  Remote Access, Shared Drives, Password Reset and More!

SharePoint 101

SharePoint is Microsoft’s multi-function tool for collaboration, data sharing, web site hosting, and document storage. Today, SharePoint does all of this and is increasingly becoming the foundation for Office 365 collaboration. Join us for an overview of SharePoint. Together we will review SharePoint websites, web parts, permissions, and go over how SharePoint plays with other Office 365 tools.  SharePoint also happens to be the tool used for the revised GatorNet which will soft launch in May, 2019.  We are excited, and hope you are too!

This workshop will be offered in HL 116 the following days and times:

Thursday, May 2nd 2PM to 3PM

Wednesday, May 8th  2PM to 3PM

Thursday, May 9th 2PM to 3PM

Wednesday, May 15th 2PM to 3PM

Thursday, May 16th 2PM to 3PM

Click here to register for IT SET #3:  SharePoint 101

New Employee Spotlight – Maggie Crutcher

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. 

Crutcher, Maggie

Maggie Crutcher

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

My new title is Environmental Safety Manager, based out of the Facilities Department.

I’m coming from the Dept. of Labor & Industries as a Compliance Safety & Health Officer. Prior to that I served as the Safety Coordinator for Franz Bakeries, and have worked at local businesses as their Safety/HR Generalist.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The campus has a great atmosphere with a long history of giving back to the community.  I respect that.

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

I listen to Spanish conversational cds. Quiero hablar más español.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first job was serving in the United States Navy as a Lithographer (Print Shop). I have traveled worldwide, served on board ships, sub tenders and naval air stations.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

It’s exciting to be working with so many exceptional people with diverse backgrounds.

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

I’d like to formally recognize each individual who championed a safety effort, prior to me coming to GRC.

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

Graduating from GRC 10 years ago with high honors

Earning certifications in PHR, SHRM-CP, Flagger, Compliance and Toastmasters

Marrying Ken, my husband and best friend for the past 26 years

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

“Chandelier” is a usual office nickname. I’m known to seek out chandeliers and take unique photos of them, my portfolio has 44 glimmering photos so far. “Keep Shining,” is my motto!

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

I’d showcase photography as a hobby, perhaps even host a GRC selfie booth with Slater the Gator!

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

Global Harmonizing, the safety data sheets program

Robust, building upon an already strong safety program

Engineering controls, to help minimize risk

Eye Protection, to preserve sight

Notable, for all the combined efforts that keep us safe everyday

New Employee Spotlight – Fen Chen

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.

Chen, Fen

Fen Chen

My new title is Instructional and Classroom Support Technician II for Chemistry and Physics. Prior to this position, I held the same title as a Technician I at Tacoma Community College. I’ve also worked at a Veterinary Tissue Bank and volunteered at the Tacoma General Hospital.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I was drawn to the beautiful campus. I love that we’re basically a campus on a hiking trail.

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

I usually will keep changing stations until I find a song that I like. I sometimes end up spending more time changing stations than listening to music. But I generally listen to 106.1, 92.5, 93.3, 107.7, 98.9, and 106.9.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I started my first job working in the front counter of my family’s restaurant.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m most excited about working with my team to make Green River a great place for our students.

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

I’d love to work with our instructors and to help promote Green Chemistry in our labs, to reduce waste and substitute hazardous with non-hazardous reagents without affecting lab results.

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

The first accomplishment would be getting accepted into my dream school at UW and graduating with a Bachelor’s in Biology. Second would be getting my first job as a Chemistry Lab Technician after college. The last would be the house that I’m currently in the process of buying.

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

I’ve never had an office nickname but my friends call me FenFen.

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

Everyone’s so talented at Green River, I don’t want to embarrass myself haha.

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

Growth, Respect, Education, Encouragement, Nature