Thursday, January 8, 2009

Winter 2009 E-Newsletter Issue #2

Important Dates

The 2009-2011 Academic Calendar is now available for your information. Please follow the link and clink on

Jan 19th- Martin Luther King Day (campus is closed)

Jan 20th- All late enrollments require instructor's signature. $35 late fee applies to each course addition.

Jan 23rd- Last Day for 40% refund of tuition only- fees are nonrefundable

Jan 26th- Last day to withdraw and not have class(es) posted to permanent transcript

New Student Appointment "NSA" Reminder

If this is your first academic quarter, 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, you registration account will be blocked. Yikes!

Are you graduating anytime soon?

It's time to apply for your graduation! Come to the IP office and pick up an application form.

The Writing Center

Beginning January 20th the Writing Center will be open M-Th 9-4pm and F 9-3. The Writing Center is located in RLC-173, the previous location of the Assessment and Testing Center.
Beginning next week there will be online tutoring offered. Submit your work for feedback at

Safety and Security

An Important Note from the VP of International ProgramsOver the last month, two robberies took place to GRCC students near Gentry Walk. One involved a group of four young men and three of our students at 11pm, the other involved a man who stole a purse from one of our students at the short cut between Gentry Walk and GRCC.

We are taking this very seriously. We just had a big meeting between GRCC Safety, Auburn Police, King County Police, International Student Housing, Dean of Students, and others. Here is a summary of the meeting:
· Auburn Police said that the area of the apartments near GRCC is actually pretty safe. The two crimes were unrelated, and were the only such robberies in the area this school year. It was bad luck the two happened so close to each other.
· We reviewed ideas on how to help. We’ll decide which ones to do in about two weeks. Here are the ideas:
o Have a patrol car patrol the area much more often
o Improve street lighting
o Have activities for our students on how to be safer
o Have more “Safety Rides”, even in daytime
o Have safety presentations in IESL classes

Here are things you can do to be safer NOW:o Walk in groups or take the Safety Rides to the off-campus apartments or houses
o If you see people who look like “bad guys”,
turn around and go back
o Call 911 (the Police). You don’t have to know if they are bad guys for sure. The Police will find out. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to call.
o If anything bad happens, shout “Fire! Fire! Fire!”. Usually people will come to help.

If you hear about any crime, let me know. We’ll let you know what we’ll do to make the area more safe in the next newsletter. Have a good quarter!

My best

Ross Jennings
Vice President - International Programs

Is your illness contagious???

Sometimes when we're sick we can be "contagious". That means you can easily pass your sickness to others. The Flu, Pink eye, Chicken Pox and Strep Throat are all examples of very serious contagious illnesses. If you are contagiously ill then you should visit the doctor and get treatment. You should also email your instructor and stay at home until you are no longer contagious. If you have a mild cold that also may be contagious, but is not usually a serious problem. Wash your hands often and cover your sneezes! Please be careful and respectful to
your classmates, teachers and staff at GRCC.

Important Info for IESL Students

Institutional TOEFL Test is on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. If you are taking the test, you must be there on time. Please check your test booklet for your testing location and be sure to bring picture ID with you on the day of the test.

IESL Tutoring began on Monday, January 12th. If you are receiving tutoring, please be on time to all of your appointments.

The Welcome Letter is on our facebook. You will find information regarding the IESL attendance policy as well as many other important things.
You are invited to TALK TIME

Sponsored by Maple Valley Presbyterian Church & Family of Grace Lutheran Church
Why come to Talk Time?
To practice your English in a relaxed, safe, & fun setting.
To meet Americans and learn more about the culture.
To meet other students and make new friendships.
There will be dessert provided.
It is FREE! and it's walking distance from campus!

We meet every Friday night
Starting September 26, from 7-9 pm,
at Family of Grace Lutheran Church:
31317 124th SE
Auburn, WA 98092

If you have any questions, please call Barbara Thomson at (253) 639-1647 or Craig Riggs at (425) 228-7855.

The Coming Event!!
Friday, January 23rd
1-1:30 PM: Lion Dance and Kung Fu performance, either outside LSC or in the MDA (depending on the weather)
Price: FREE

Friday, January 23rd
7-11 PM: Gator New Year, LSC MDA
Price: $1 presales and $3 at the door
Cultural costumes display, food (pork dumpling, teriyaki beef sticks, veggie fried rice, and fortune cookies), cultural exhibits, and dance party (9-11PM)
Workshops for Winter 2009

Campus Resources

Contact Information
IP Telephone 253-288-3300
Alvin Tai:
Jessica Galán:
Sarah Hamilton:
John Tankersley:
If you have any feedback or comments regarding this newsletter, please email

Disclaimer: Green River Community College has made reasonable efforts to provide in this schedule information that is accurate at the time of publication. However, the college reserves the right to make appropriate changes in procedures, policies, calendars, requirements, programs, courses, and fees. When feasible, changes will be announced prior to their effective dates, but the college assumes no responsibility for giving any particular notice of any such changes. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to create any offer to contract or any contractual rights. Green River Community College does not discriminate against anyone based on race, ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or status as a disabled person or veteran of war, in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students needing an alternative medium for communicating must contact Disability Support Services in Educational Planning, ext. 2631. Limitation of Liability: The college's total liability for claims arising from a contractual relationship with the student in any way related to classes or programs shall be limited to the tuition and expenses paid by the student to the college for those classes or programs. In no event shall the college be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, including but not limited to, loss of earnings or profits.


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