Friday, December 9, 2011

Winter 2012 E-Newsletter Issue #1

Important Dates

Jan 4- Winter classes begin; Last day for 100% refund of tuition and fees
Jan 6- No-Show replacements accepted
Jan 6- Last day to register for winter quarter without instructor signature
Jan 9- All registrations and adds require instructor signature - no web registrations
Jan10- Last day for 80% refund of tuition only- fees nonrefundable
Jan 16- Martin Luther King Jr Day (campus closed)
Jan 19- $35 late fee applies to each course addition
Jan 23- Last day for 40% refund of tuition only- fees nonrefundable
Jan 25- Last day to withdraw and not have classe(es) posted to permanent transcript

Advising During the First Week of Winter Quarter

Advising will be limited to registration and urgent issues only during the first week of the quarter. Advisors will be available to help you in the IP Office from:
Jan 4th-5th- 8am until 5pm
Normal IP Office hours (see below) will resume as of Jan 6th.

Normal IP Office Hours
The IP Office is open from 9:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Advisors need to eat too, so they are not available during the lunch hour, from noon to 1 pm. You may see advisors with your questions during the walk-in hours, or schedule an appointment for any Thursday. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday are walk in days. Thursday is an appointment only day, no walk ins.

12 Credit Rule
All academic students must register for a minimum of 12 credits to be in compliance with the immigration regulations. If you are having trouble registering for at least 12 credits, please talk to your advisor immediately.

Be Safe and Stay Alive!

Tragically, two students were hit when crossing the street last quarter. According to the report, the students put themselves at risk by crossing illegally. American drivers are not accustomed to dealing with pedestrians walking in the middle of the street. Use the sidewalks for their intended purpose. When crossing the street, please use the cross walk. This will keep you safe and you will receiving a ticket with a steep fine for jaywalking.

New Student Appointment

If this is your first academic quarter, you must schedule your NSA with your assigned advisor at the IP office. If you fail to complete your appointment by the 8th week of the quarter, your registration account will be blocked for spring registration. Yikes!

Address Update
Update your address, phone and email using online services today. Keeping your contact information current is required by law and it also helps you from missing any important communication.

Strategizing your application with University of Washington - Bothell
UW Bothell admissions officer Mariah Ortiz will talk about strategizing your university application, writing a strong personal statement, resume and WSA tips and the transition from community college to university. This is a great opportunity for anyone applying to UW, but also good information for anyone working on their transfer application. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 7 from 2-3:30 pm, SS-8.

GRCC Spring Sports Opportunities
Are you interested in playing for GRCC? Our athletics department is on the lookout for women interested in fastpitch softball, track, or golf and men interested in baseball and track. You must be 18 or have graduated high school, be a full-time academic student (the ESL schedule does not work with the sports schedule), and have the interest, commitment and ability to participate in American sports. If you want more information, email Director of Athletics Bob Kickner

When Can I Take a Vacation Quarter?
Immigration law requires that you study for a full three quarters before you are eligible for a vacation quarter. The only exception is summer quarter (unless you already used your vacation quarter during the previous school year). You must ALWAYS see an advisor first to register for a vacation quarter, or you will risk having your I-20 terminated. So if you think you are ready for a vacation, you must meet with your advisor in the IP office before you make plans.

GRCC Student Email Address If you have not set up your GRCC student email account, please click here. You are required to check your Green River email everyday as that is how professors and advisors will communicate with you.

How to find your instructor?

Click here for the GRCC staff directory.

The Foundation for Success
The Foundation for Sucess program helps students meet their academic goals by overcoming previous challenges. Participants work with peer mentors weekly and also participate in weekly learning modules that cover: Study/Research Skills; University Transfer/Career Survey; Life Skills/Time Management; Setting a Road Map for Success. This one-quarter program meets on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 and costs $200. If you are interested please email Mary Butcher immediately – first day of class is January 6th.

IESL Announcements

  • The first day of winter quarter is Wednesday, January 4th. You must attend the first week of the quarter, or you will be dropped from your IESL classes.

  • Tuition and proof of personal insurance is due on the first day of the quarter. There are no refunds of tuition to IESL students.

  • If you purchase a used textbook for your class it must be the exact edition listed in your teacher’s syllabus. Older editions or editions from other countries will not be permitted. Used textbooks of the edition specified by your teacher must have no writing in them. All books will be checked the first week of class. Students with older editions or previously marked textbooks will be required to purchase new ones.

  • TOEFL sign-up for winter quarter will take place on Thursday, January 19th in IVC 101 from 10:00-11:00. Come early, spaces fill quickly. You must bring photo I.D. and $25 cash (exact change please), in order to sign-up. The TOEFL test will take place on Saturday, January 28th, in SC 101.


Student Activities

Campus Safety

  • GRCC Safety Alert- Subscribe to GRCC Safety Alert and keep informed of Campus emergencies, safety issues and inclement weather emergency closures. This is a FREE service available to all GRCC students. click here to learn more and to subscribe.
  • Send a Red Flag- GRCC has an information reporting system. Please click here to report any suspicious behavior or security threats on campus. In a true emergency please call 911 first to contact the police, the fire department or to get emergency medical help.

  • Campus Safety Rides are available from dusk until 11:00 pm on Sunday through Thursday, and dusk until 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday within 1.5 miles of campus. Call 253-797-4868 which will put you in direct contact with the driver of the van that night. Be safe, use Safety Rides!
Campus Resource Links

Counseling Services

The Math Learning Center

The Writing Center

Campus Corner Housing

The Current

International Student Activities

Clubs and Organizations

Contact Information

Alvin Tai:

John Tankersley:

Kirsten Weber:

Erin Hitzemann:

IP Facebook Page:

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