Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fall 2009 E-Newsletter Issue #6

Winter Break Office Hours

During the break the IP office is open for regular hours (M-F 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm)
Note: Winter 2010 New Student Orientation is scheduled from 12/28 through the morning of 12/30. No advisors will be available to see current students during that time.

Important Dates
Dec. 7- Study Day (no day classes)
Dec. 8-10- Finals
Dec. 10- Last day of instruction. IESL Graduation (see announcement below)

Dec. 24- Campus closes at noon for Christmas Eve

Dec. 25- Campus is closed for Christmas Day

Dec. 28-30- New Student Orientation

Dec. 31- Campus closes at noon for New Year's Eve

Jan. 1- Campus is closed for New Year's Day
Jan. 4- Winter quarter classes begin

Check your I-20 Expiration Date!
You must always have a valid I-20. If your I-20 is about to expire then you must apply for a new one before it expires. Bring your I-20 to the IP office IMMEDIATELY and we can help you. You can see if your I-20 expiration date by reading #5 on the first page.

Traveling outside the US?

You must get a signature on your I-20 before you leave! If you have had your I-20 signed within six months of your return date you do not need another signature. Also, we recommend that you print out your class schedule for winter quarter and carry it with your documents. If you are questioned upon re-entry to the US it is handy to have that.

Tuition for Winter quarter is due by January 4, 2010

You may pay as early as you are ready. To avoid long lines on the first day of the quarter make your payment prior to the deadline. You can make your payment here using online services.

Campus Safety Rides
Free Campus Safety Rides are available from dusk (currently around 5:00 pm) 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!

IESL Announcements

IESL Finals: Monday, December 7th and Tuesday, December 8th
IESL Grade Day: Wednesday December 9, 2009 in the Lindbloom Student Center at 2:30pm
Institutional TOEFL Scores: You can pick up your TOEFL scores after you get you grades in IVA 101 between 2:30-4:00pm
IESL Level 5 Graduation: Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 1:00pm in the Lindbloom Student Center (Main Dining Area)
First Day of Winter 2010: January 4, 2009
Schedule for Winter Quarter: Are available online after 12:00pm on Thursday, December 31, 2009. You will need your student ID & pin#
Updates: Please make sure you update your address and e-mail address if they have change at the IP office.

Suggestion Box for The Food Market at Lea Hill

The doors are finally open for business. Staff at the IP Office have already been speaking to the Food Market managers asking them to make more Asian foods available for you. The new market is very eager to serve you, so let them know what you’d like to have available on the shelves! There is a suggestion box at the Customer Services Counter in the market. If you let them know what kind of veggies you need and what spices and types of meat you prefer (ie: can you slice this kind of steak “paper thin” for Sukiyaki please), they will do their best to make it happen.

Free Conversational English Practice

Campus TalkAn English conversation group with Amy and Joy
This group meets in the main dining area on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11 am to 2 pm. Just drop in when you have time!
Please contact Martha Koch at if you have any questions!

Talk Time
Practice your English with Americans every Friday night from 7-9pm
Family of Grace Lutheran Church, just down the street from GRCC
31317 124th Ave. SE
Call Mark or Chris for more information (253) 833-8910

Two Volunteer Opportunities!

AT&T USA Swimming Short Course National Championships
King County Aquatics Center, Federal Way
Dec 3- 5, 2009
Shifts: 8:30am-2pm and 3:30-8pm each day.
The jobs: Helping the Hospitality Director with food service, Deck Marshals and Ticket Takers
Event shirts will be provided for each volunteer.
To volunteer, please contact: Laurie L Clinton, Volunteer Program Manager 206-296-4452

Volunteer Tutoring with Neighborhood House
Be part of a fun team at Youth Tutoring & Resource Center in Auburn
Assist in an after-school program Mondays through Thursdays
Elementary (K-5th grade) students 3:15-4:45pm
Middle & High School students 5:00-6:30pm
Please direct further enquiries to: Kimberly Macias-Shell, Career Developer for Youth

Ph: 206.571.4770

Student Activities

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

· ONLY 3 spaces left for sign up. Wait list available. Sign up NOW in Student Life Office LSC 2nd floor!

· “"Forget the Space Needle, forget the Ring Cycle, forget Mt. Rainier—this Nutcracker alone is worth a trip to Seattle.” —Newsweek

Leavenworth Trip to a Bavarian Village (space on waitlist only)

· 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 (space on waitlist only)

· Date: Dec 11th – 13th

· Location: Whistler, Canada – Host Venue of the 2010 OLYMPICS

· Price: $310 for students and $335 for non-students

· Sign up until Nov 25th.

Visit STUDENT LIFE Office LSC 2nd floor to purchase ticketsor 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.

Contact Information
IP Telephone 253-288-3300
Alvin Tai:
Jessica Galán:
Sarah Hamilton:
John Tankersley:

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