Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fall 2009 E-Newsletter Issue #2

New IP Office Hours- to better serve the needs of our students
Advisors will be available for
New Student Appointments Only (NSAs)
Wednesday mornings 9:00-12:00
Thursdays all day
Friday afternoons 1:00-5:00
For other questions, please see an advisor on walk-ins
Walk-in Hours
Monday and Tuesday 9:00-12:00; 1:00-5:00
Wednesday 1:00-5:00
Friday 9:00-12:00; 1:00-5:00

New Academic Students must schedule a New Student Appointment (NSA)

If this is your first academic quarter, schedule your NSA with your assigned advisor at the IP office. During this appointment your advisor will answer your questions and help you make an academic plan for your time at GRCC and beyond. If you do not complete your appointment by November 6, your registration account will be blocked. Yikes! Check the IP Office Hours above and go to the Front Desk of IP to get your appointment time right away.

Important Dates

Oct 5th- All late enrollments require an instructor’s signature. $35 late fee applies to each course addition.
Oct 9th- Last day for 40% refund of tuition only (fees are non-refundable)
Oct 9th- Last day to withdraw and not have class(es) posted to permanent transcript
Oct 19th- In-Service Day (no day classes)

Preparing for Fall 2010 Transfer?
- You probably need TOEFL scores with your application. Register for TOEFL Now! Test dates are almost filled up in WA State. Check what’s still available and register online with ETS today. You can order additional TOEFL Score to be sent to the universities.
- Start writing your personal statements early. Get started using this helpful website or another. You may also get some help in the Writing Center.
- Request High School Transcripts to be sent. They will need to be translated if not already prepared in English.
- Register for SAT (with ETS) if you are completing your high school diploma at GRCC. Some Universities require SAT for all transfer students. Check your schools admissions requirements online.
- Attend upcoming Transfer Workshops to get additional resources.

Transfer Workshops

University Application Workshop Oct 15th, 1-3pm, SC 101
Learn how to make your application as strong as possible
University Transfer Panel Discussion Oct 22nd, 2-4pm, PA 125
Q&A time in the Performing Art building! Save the date!
Transfer Basics with Alvin coming in November
Check future E-News issues for dates and details

Your Transfer Angel is Here!

Log on to Angel and check out all the helpful links and tips on making a successful transfer to the university of your dreams! Go in and explore IP Advising under Community Groups. There you will find many student resources, but the section on transfer will be especially useful to you. Log in instructions to ANGEL can be found here.

The Writing Center is Open

Fall hours are M-Th 9-4pm and F 9-3. No appointment is necessary. We are located in RLC-174. Offering:
-Focused 20-25 minute tutoring sessions
-Access to computers to draft and revise writing assignments
-Access to online grammar exercises
-A resource library
-A supportive, welcoming environment
-Online tutoring. Students may submit their work for feedback at

Applying to UW?

- Applications are already Available Online for fall 2010
- The New Application Deadline is Feb 15th
- All four sections of TOEFL are now required
- Application fee has been increased to $75
Read more about applying to UW on Facebook and in Angel

Sat Oct 24th is Open House at Central WA UniversityFREE RIDE TO Central Washington University1 7:45 am Pre-departure Check-in at your International Offic (IP) 8:00 am Van leaves International Office 5:00 pm Van leaves Central Washington University (CWU) FREE FOOD & PRIZES!
  • Free Eat-All-You-Can Lunch!
  • Raffle Prizes
  • Football game tickets!
  • Pre-game Tailgate Party!
  • CWU Campus Tour
  • Scholarships & Housing options
  • Meet CWU's Academic Faculty & Student Services
  • Meet CWU Student clubs
  • Ask a CWU Academic Advisor questions
HURRY! SIGN UP EARLY! Transportation seats are limited. No sign-up, No seat. Sign-up Deadline : Oct, 2009 To sign-up, call or email Clarice Tan at (509)963-3638 or TANCL@CWU.EDU. Mention your name and school.

Peer Volunteer Applications are available now in the IP Office

Help welcome new international students to Green River and assist students and Advisors with quarterly advising activities.
· Must attend new student orientation during winter and spring quarter (see volunteer description in IP for dates)
· Be outgoing and open to meeting new people
· Have attended GRCC for at least two quarters by the time winter quarter begins
· Be a current GRCC student and commit to volunteering during winter and spring
· Are currently and actively involved in the GRCC campus community
· Prefer previous volunteer or work experience
Complete volunteer descriptions and applications are available at the front desk of the IP Office. Applications are due by Friday, October 16 at 5:00pm to the IP Office.

Have you Moved Recently? Changed your Phone # or Email?

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.

12 Credit Minimum

Are you registered for at least 12 credits? F-1 students are required by law to carry at least 12 credits per quarter. If you are having trouble picking up enough classes you must meet with your Advisor right away to discuss your options.

Tips to Avoid a Flu Outbreak

Tip #1: Stay home if you're sick.
Tip #2: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Tip #3: Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Tip #4: Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
Tip #5: Keep up with health information in your own community.
For more information at GRCC follow this link.

Important Insurance Tip

Avoid going to the Emergency Room (ER) at the hospital unless you have a serious life threatening emergency. Your student insurance will not cover the high cost of an ER visit. It's best to use a walk in clinic like the various Multi-Care clinics during daytime, even for broken bones and other non-life threatening emergencies. Come into the office if you have questions and/or want to pick up a list of nearby clinics.

IESL Information

Institutional TOEFL
TOEFL sign up is October 6, 2009 in the Glacier Room (Spaces are limited).
Institutional TOEFL test is on October 17, 2009.
IESL Tutoring
The IESL tutoring Department is processing tutoring request for IESL students. If you are an IESL student and would like a tutor please talk to your instructor and ask them to recommend you for tutoring.
It is the IESL tutoring policy that If you are 5 minutes late or miss one tutor session unexcused you can be dropped from tutoring for that quarter.
In-class participation is crucial to the nature of the Intensive ESL program; therefore attendance is very important in learning English. In-class activities cannot be duplicated; therefore there are no excused absences. Absent is absent. Ten or more minutes late will also be considered absent. The attendance policy and procedure is as follows:
1 - 3 absences The students must study the work they missed in their own time and do all of the homework; however, any tests or quizzes or in-class assignments or in-class activities cannot be made up. If such assignments or quizzes/tests are missed, the student’s grade will reflect those missed scores.
4 - 5 absences Three (3) or more absences may reflect the student is not taking responsibility for their own learning and actions. Significant in-class participation activities are not being met; thus, a student’s grade will reflect that this learning outcome has been drastically and negatively impacted. The students must study the work they missed in their own time and do all of the homework. There will be no make-up tests for missed classes.
6 absences Student will fail the class. Student may be asked to withdraw.
There is no “permission or excused absences” given for late arrivals, early finals or early departures. All students are expected to attend each day of the quarter. If you arrive late or depart early, attendance and quite possibly the grade will be affected.
Plan to arrive at the beginning of the quarter and don’t leave until the quarter ends.
Student Success Series of Workshops- This Week

All workshops start at 12 pm and end at 12:50 pm.
Mastering Time and ProcrastinationMonday, October 5, 2009, Rainier Room
Even the smartest students have to figure out how to make the clock work in their favor. No more cramming for tests or missed assignments.
Study Skills of Successful StudentsTuesday, October 6, 2009, Olympus/Baker Rooms
Why reinvent the wheel? Come find out how the best students make getting good grades look easy.
Test Anxiety is in the PastWednesday, October 7, 2009, Rainier Room
When you take tests do you get the shakes, bland out, or have sweaty palms? After this workshop you’ll be acing tests in no time.
Self-Care for the Busy StudentThursday, October 8, 2009, Rainier Room
You will learn how to get better sleep, eat brain foods, get your body moving, and keep connected with friends (all part of a great college experience) to be the best student you can be.
Five Secrets of Great RelationshipsFriday, October 9, 2009, Rainier Room
Come find out why some relationships last a lifetime and others fizzle before the icing dries on the wedding cake.

Practice English @ Talk Time

Meet other students and make American friends!
Safe, relaxed and fun!
Friday nights at Family of Grace Lutheran Church
31317 124th Ave SE, walking distance from GRCC
For more information call Mark or Chris at (253) 833-8910
Sponsored by various local churches

ISA Writing Contest “Imagine and Write”

Sign up begins on 5 October at Student Life office or email
- Write an essay answering this question “What super power would you like to have and why?”
- Maximum of 400 words
- 12 pt, Times New Roman, Double spaced
- On top left : name, student id, email
- Email the essay to with subject “ISA Writing Contest – Your Name”
- Essays are due on 13 November, 4PM
- FREE! Open for all GRCC students
The Weight Room is Open!

Pumpkin Carving Contest

29 October 2009 2-5PM
- Open for All
- Students : $1, Non-students: $3
- Tools and pumpkins are provided
- Free food and drinks for participants
- Photo booth available after the contest
- Winners will be announced at the Halloween Party
- Sign up at Student Life office!
- Contact
for more information

Halloween Party 2009

Date: Friday Oct 30th 7pm – midnight
Location: LSC, MDA

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 Resource Links
IP Advising on ANGEL

ounseling Services

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
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