Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fall 2009 E-Newsletter Issue #4

Important Dates

Oct 31st - Daylight Savings time ends-change clocks back one hour.
Nov 3rd - Advising Day (no day classes, IESL classes are meeting)
Nov 11th- Veteran’s Day (campus closed, no classes)
Nov 13th- Last day to submit pass/non-credit petition to Enrollment Services
- Last day to complete official withdrawal from fall quarter. All registration transactions must be completed.

Change your Clocks Back One Hour on Saturday Night, No Joke- "Daylight Savings Time" is Finished!

It’s time to change your clocks! Late on Oct 31st you must move your clocks back one hour. Good news - You’ll get an extra hour of sleep after Halloween! Bad news - Don’t forget or you’ll be messed up! Read more about how and why the United States uses Daylight Saving Time.

Registration for Winter Quarter

Do you know your Registration Access Time? Check now! Access times will open starting November 5th. You may register for fall quarter classes anytime after your access appointment. To have the best chance for picking up the classes you want, register immediately, as soon as you have access!

Univ. Application Essay Writing in IP- Thursday mornings

Need help getting started? Need some tips or ideas? Need a second pair of eyes to review your essay? Melanie is offering essay writing support in the IP Office every Thursday morning from 9:00 am-noon. Schedule your private 20 minute session today!

Transfer Basics with Alvin

This is the basics, Transfer 101, geared for the 1st year student.
Come learn how to best position yourself for a smooth transfer in 2011.
When: Wednesday November 4th from 2:00-4:00pm
Where: IVC 101 2-3
Transfer Tips from the Director of UW
International Admissions

Kim, the UW Director of International Admissions, will give inside information on how to be admitted to the University of Washington Seattle as an international transfer student! Every year she comes and fills up the largest room on campus. If you skip this, your friends will have an advantage in applying over you! November 17, 2:30, SS-8.

Pacific Lutheran University Tour Nov 20th

PLU is hosting an event for international students interested in exploring a possible transfer from area community colleges. If you are interested in PLU you will not want to miss this free event at their Tacoma campus! You will get a campus tour led by PLU students, enjoy some fun social and educational activities and have a free dinner. This is a great chance to visit and learn more about one of the excellent private schools in WA State. Leave GRCC campus, Nov 20th at 2:30pm and return by or before 10:00pm. Sign up with Melanie Kaneshiro mkaneshiro@greenriver.edu by Nov 16th.

You Need a Student ID

If you do not have a GRCC student identification card, please get one! If you need to have your I-20 signed, pick up checks or returned mail, you need picture identification to do so. A student ID card is the easiest way to get a picture ID. You may get your ID card by taking your passport or Washington state ID to the bookstore or the library along with a printed copy of your class schedule. Your student ID card may even help you get a student discount for admission fees to some movie theaters and museums. Please do not carry around your passport for identification. You risk losing it!

News Flash!!! Regarding WA State ID

Washington ID – First quarter international students are now able to get a Washington State ID card if they come to IP, request the WA ID documents IP provides and take the documents (do not open the envelopes!) to the Kent Department of Licensing with their visa and passport. IMPORTANT: The Federal Way and other Department of Licensing offices do not always accept both the documents we provide, so please go to Kent. If you are getting a Driver’s License and not just the ID, please realize there are other requirements to get your license, so plan ahead: http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/steps.html . If you decide to buy a car, remember it is a state law to have auto insurance: http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/insurance.html . The minimum fine for not having auto insurance in the state of Washington is $450.00!

Do you Qualify for the All USA Academic Team?

1) Are you on track to obtain an Associate degree?
2) Are you enrolled at GRCC through December 2009?
3) Will you have completed 48 or more college level credits by the end of fall quarter 2009?
4) Are you on track to complete 72 credits by August 30, 2010?
5) Do you have excellent grades (no less than a 3.5 grade point average)?
6) Do you have a history of volunteerism or community service?If you answered “yes” to these six questions, consider applying for the team.
What is it? The All USA Academic Team Scholarship competition is co-sponsored by the USA Today newspaper and Phi Theta Kappa. Students who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply. To compete, students must answer some short essay questions and get 2 letters of recommendation. See application for more information. Application deadline is Nov 5th. Please turn in your completed application packet to Megan Evans MS: FOUN – also located in the Admin Building.

IESL Announcements
Advising Day:November 3, 2009
All IESL classes will be in session
Veterans Day:November 11, 2009 (Campus Closed)
In Class Registration:In your IESL classes you will receive a registration form for winter quarter. Please make sure that all the information is correct.
Please read the Welcome Letter sent to you via email.

Student Activities
ISA Writing Contest “Imagine and Write”

Sign up at Student Life office or email jhendrawidjaja@greenriver.edu
- 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 jhendrawidjaja@greenriver.edu with subject “ISA Writing Contest – Your Name” - Essays are due on 13 November, 4PM - FREE! Open for all GRCC students

Boeing Tour
Date: November 14th, 2009
Time and Place: Meet at 9am at the bus circle – Return to GRCC by 2pm
* We will be visiting the factory where 747s, 767s and 777s are assembled
* See airplanes being built
* Visit the world’s largest building (by volume 472,000,000 cubic feet!)
Cost: Students $7 - Non Students $15
To Sign-up: Go to Student Programs, located in the 2nd floor of the Student Center.

Nutcracker Ballet at the Pacific Northwest Ballet

· Date: Friday Dec 4th. Meet at the bus circle at 4pm.
· Price: $30/ student and $45/non-student
· “"Forget the Space Needle, forget the Ring Cycle, forget Mt. Rainier—this Nutcracker alone is worth a trip to Seattle.” —Newsweek
· Pacific NW Ballet

Leavenworth Trip to a Bavarian Village
· Date: Saturday Dec 5th. Meet at the bus circle at 7:30am
· Location: Leavenworth, WA
· Price: $20/ student and $30/ non-student
· Prices include continental breakfast and transportation.
· Wear warm clothes and bring along your camera to take pictures

Whistler Ski and Snowboarding Trip

· Date: Dec 11th – 13th
· Location: Whistler, Canada – Host Venue of the 2010 OLYMPICS
Visit STUDENT LIFE Office LSC 2nd floor to purchase tickets or call (253) 833 9111 x. 2400 for more information.

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.

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Library Reference Chat
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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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