Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Winter 2009 E-Newsletter Issue #4

Important Dates

Feb 27, 2009 (Friday)
  • Last day to drop a class. (Withdrawal Form: Click here)
  • Last day to submit pass/no credit to enrollment services. (P/NC Form: Click here)
You MUST see an advisor to drop your class/es.

What is the difference between dropping and a Pass/Non- Credit?

Dropping a class means that you will no longer be taking that class. You will receive a permanent "W" on your transcript if you drop this late in the quarter. Drops require an instructor signature and must be processed through the IP Office.

Changing to Pass/Non-Credit is another option. With this option, you are still enrolled in the class, but instead of a grade you receive a "P" on your permanent transcript, if you pass the class with a GPA of 1.5 or above, or an "NC" (no credit) if you do not pass. The application for Pass/Non-Credit is to be submitted to Enrollment Services in LC before the above deadline.

Remember, you must maintain a minimum of 12 credits to remain in status with your visa requirements.

Registration for Spring 09

Many of you are probably nervous about getting exactly the instructor you want for all of your classes this spring quarter. That may be a reality. For now, do this:

1,Do your best to register for the classes and instructors you want.

2, If you don't get your favorite teacher,

  • Sign up for another section, and

  • Get on your favorite teacher's waiting list.

If an instructor isn’t listed next to the class, then the department has not assigned the class to an instructor yet. Do not wait to register for it because many times you do not know until the first day of the quarter.

University of Washington Foster School of Business

Are you a Business student and did you apply to UW? If the answer is yes, don't forget to apply to the Foster School of Business. The deadline is April 5th, 2009. Register for the Writing Skills Assessment here. Find more information about the UW business school, click here.

When is the best time to see an advisor on a “walk in” basis?


Normal IP walk in hours are from 10am to noon and again from 1-5pm. Advisors are always happy to help answer your questions and assist you with your academic success. However, if you come in at either 11:45 am or after 4:30pm and it is very busy, you may risk being turned away, even after waiting. The 1pm hour also tends to be busy with a longer wait time. So come in the morning if possible for the best chance at a short wait time!

Tax Season is here! If you work you must file a tax report!

If you have worked in the US you are required to pay taxes. We are not allowed legally to offer you advise about your tax reporting, but we do want you to be aware of your responsibility. UT Austin has put together a very helpful web page for international students regarding taxes. Click here to be connected directly.

Info for IESL Students In-class registrations forms will be distributed in your Reading/Writing classes starting on Tuesday, Feb. 17th. They will be used to determine your plans for next quarter. When you fill it out, please be sure all of your information is accurate and up to date. If you plan on taking a vacation quarter, transferring, or going home please be sure to see your advisor as soon as possible. If you plan on attending GRCC, you will be registered upon receipt of your form. If you are not sure of your plans, an IESL staff member will follow up with you in a few weeks.

The UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)

CEE is holding an information session for students interested in the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. The ABET-accredited BSCE degree is appropriate for students interested in both civil and environmental engineering.

Thursday, February 19, 2009 3:30-4:30pm

More Hall 225 (UW Seattle campus)

Several faculty members will attend to talk about their areas of engineering interest (such as construction, structures, environmental, etc). There will also be an optional tour of More Hall labs afterwards.

Transfer students may also wish to attend the UW Transfer Thursday session prior to the CEE Information Session to learn about UW transfer. For more information on Transfer Thursdays, see http://www.washington.edu/uaa/gateway/advising/transfers/trans_thursdays.php.

Lost and Found

We have several items that were found in the IP office waiting area. Some small magazines, a coffee cup and an umbrella. Did you leave any of these things in the office? If you give an accurate description you can reclaim your lost items! If items go unclaimed they will be turned in to the campus lost and found next month.

19th Annual Student of Color Conference

Diversity Services, Student Programs, Multicultural Equity Council (MEC), and the Commencement Achievement Program (CAP) would like to invite you to participate in the 19th Annual Student of Color Conference. This year the conference will be in Yakima on April 16-18. Applications must be turned in by Feb 27th to Student programs. For more info contact jualencia@greenriver.edu or mcbecerranunez@greenriver.edu.

Campus Safety Tip

Be careful with your valuables! Don't walk away from your bags. If valuables are in sight, even in a locked car, things sometimes get stolen. Please beware to keep your belongings safe!

Two Counseling and Health Services Events

For more information contact 253-833-9111 ext. 2460

What’s Your Food Attitude?

What not to eat! What to eat! There is so much information out there, who knows what to do?
Learn about healthy portions, mental barriers, why diets don’t work and ways to get moving to improve your health.

Tuesday, February 24, 11 am-2 pm

LC, St. Helen’s, Olympus and Baker rooms

Empowering Yourself

Self esteem. What is it? How can you build and keep it? Practice skills designed to strengthen self worth. Learn the pitfalls that undermine self esteem and how you can realize your own value.

Monday, March 2, 12 – 12:50pm LC - Rainier Room

Tuesday, March 3, 12 – 12:50pm LC – Rainier Room

Campus Resources

Counseling Services

Math Learning Center

The Writing Center

Tutoring and Resource Center

Contact Information
IP Telephone 253-288-3300

Alvin Tai: ttai@greenriver.edu
Jessica Galán: jgalan@greenriver.edu
Sarah Hamilton: shamilton@greenriver.edu
John Tankersley: jtankersley@greeniver.edu

If you have any feedback or comments regarding this newsletter, please email ipadvising@greenriver.edu
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