Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Winter 2010 E-Newsletter Issue #1

Tuition is Due Today (January 4th)! 
Please don't be late or you will have a $95 late fee added to your bill! Ouch!!!

Advising During the First Week of Winter Quarter

Advising will be limited to registration and urgent issues only during the first week of the quarter. Advisors will be available to help you in the IP Office from 8am until 5pm, from Jan 4th-6th and 9am until 5 pm from Jan 7th-8th. Normal IP Office hours will resume from Jan 11th.

Normal IP Office Hours

The IP Office is open from 9:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Advisors are not available during the lunch hour, from noon to 1 pm. You may see advisors with your questions during the walk in hours, or schedule an appointment for any Thursday.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday are walk in days.
Thursday is an appointment only day, no walk ins.

Important Dates

Jan 4 - Tuition is due for international students.
Jan 4 - Last day for 100% refund of tuition and fees
Jan 6 - Last day to register without an instructor's signature
Jan 7 - All adds require instructor's signature
Jan 8 - Last day for 80% refund of tuition only- fees nonrefundable
Jan 18 - Martin Luther King Jr Day (campus closed)
Jan 19 - $35 late fee applies to each additional course added
Jan 22 - Last day for 40% refund of tuition only- fees nonrefundable
Jan 22 - Last day to withdraw and not have class(es) posted to permanent transcript

12 Credit Rule

All academic students must register for a minimum of 12 credits to be in compliance with the immigration regulations. If you are having trouble registering for at least 12 credits, please talk to your advisor immediately.

Class Schedule

Don't know where to go for your classes? View your classes here.

How to Overload into Classes

If you are still on a wait list on the first day of class and you still want to be enrolled in that class, you must attend the class and get permission from the instructor. There is no guarantee that you will get in. If the class is full you may need to wait three days before the teacher can know if there are any drops, opening up seats. Be polite with your request and you may have a chance!

New Student Appointment (NSA)

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

Address Update

If you recently moved, please click here to update your address. The immigration law requires that you update your new address within 10 days of your move.

GRCC Student Email Address

If you have not set up your GRCC student email account, please click here.

How to find your instructor?

Click here for GRCC staff directory.

International Transfer Fair
Wednesday, January 27

2:00 to 4:00pm in the Lindbloom Student Center
Bring your transfer questions and get them answered by university representatives!

Are You Applying to UW?

The first issue of the UW Transfer eNewsletter for the academic year
2009-2010 is now available! Advisers from the Foster School of Business
have tips for applicants; the Admissions Office offers an update regarding
acceptance rates for Autumn 2009; there's news about scholarships for
transfer students; and the issue includes lots of departmental updates, as
well. http://www.transfernews.washington.edu/

Interested in University of Oregon?
The Office of International Affairs at the University of Oregon would like to announce their scholarships for international students for the 2009-2010 academic year. New and transfer students are eligible to apply. See details on Univ of Oregon's website http://www.uoregon.edu/

A Word from our Vice President, Ross Jennings I hope you’re getting a good start to winter quarter.
I’m attaching an article into
Angel which I just wrote for Global Study Magazine on how to be a top student in the USA. If you want to get high grades and have a great experience here, the article gives you some ideas on how you can do that.
There is one unhappy issue I must address. It is cheating.
A certain amount of cheating goes on everywhere, in every country. This sometimes happens at Green River too, both by American and international students. Students need top grades to get into top universities, and a few students unfortunately cheat to get better grades.
Don’t do it! Cheating is a bad idea for three reasons. One, it is wrong. Teachers hate it. You can and should lose points for cheating, or maybe even fail the class. Two, if you cheat, you aren’t learning what you need to know, both for the class and later for life. Three, once you start cheating, it’s hard to stop. Learning is step by step. If you don’t learn the first step well, you’ll be even worse in step two, and worse still in step three. It’s better to work hard now, even if your grade is a little lower, to build the knowledge needed for harder subjects and classes.
Let me know if you have any questions about anything in the attached article. You can reach me at
rjennings@greenriver.edu. Again, good luck for the quarter.
My best, Ross Jennings


Are you looking for an independent volunteer internship opportunity near the college? The Institute for Community Leadership, located in Covington, is looking for individuals who want to confront racism, sexism, consumerism and militarism. The institute offers a variety of internships from Public Relations and Marketing to Web Design and Management.

Internships are 4 months, one college term. Positions available throughout the year. 2-10 hours a week.
Interns and Volunteers asked to study the works of Dr. King and maintain a journal.
Supervision for academic credit and work study available.
Transportation is not necessary.
Send resume to info@icleadership.org or Call 877 872 3612

Two New Clubs!
Multicultural Business Student Association (MBA)

This club is for all Green River students who are interested in Business
First Meeting Time: Jan. 15 Friday RLC 131 12:00-1:00
Subsequent meetings will be every other Friday RLC 131 12:00-1:00

If interested in attending, please email name to MBA Club Chair: Woody Chen, chenxu921204@hotmail.com

Se Seul is for Korean speaking GRCC students

This club is for Korean students or Korean speakers who want to worship together.
Meetings are held every Thursday 5:00pm in the Activity Center at CCA
We love to meet new people! Come pray and fellowship with us in the Korean language!
For more info contact YeaJi Kim, Club Chair greenrivercampus@gmail.com

Cheesecake Social

Free for all international students
Welcome to new students! Come have some yummy cheesecake and make some new friends!
Jan 8th from noon to 2pm in the Glacier Room of LSC

Seattle Trip- for New Students only

Jan 9th from 10am to 7pm

Cost is $15
Go sightseeing and shopping in downtown Seattle.

Enjoy the view from the top of the Space Needle!
Meet at the bus circle for pick up
Bring money for shopping and lunch, your camera and your new student nametag.

Free Campus Safety Ride
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!

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

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

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.