Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring 2010 E-Newsletter Issue #1

Important Dates

March 29- Spring classes begin, Tuition is due
March 29- Last day for 100% refund of tuition and fees
April 1- All adds require instructor's signature
April 2- Last day for 80% refund of tuition only, fees nonrefundable
April 12- $35 late fee applies to each course addition
April 16- Last day for 40% refund of tuition only, fees nonrefundable
April 16- Last day to withdraw and not have class(es) posted to permanent transcript

IP Office HoursFirst Week of Spring Quarter: Walk in is available from Mon-Wed from 8am-5pm, and Thurs-Fri 9am-5pm.
Normal Hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Walk in advising is available Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 10:00 am-12:00 pm 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Thursday is an appointment only day, no walk ins.
Please remember that walk in time with an advisor must be limited to 15 minutes. For longer time please schedule an appointment.

Tuition Due Date
Tuition is due by the first day of the quarter (3/29). Please pay your tuition early, to avoid long lines at Cashier’s office on the first day; as well as late payment fees. Students that have any amount of tuition owing after the first day of the quarter will receive a $95 late fee. You may also pay online until 11:59pm on 3/29/2010.
Graduating Soon?

It's time to apply for your degree! In fact it’s a little late. Come to the IP office to pick up your degree application right away! You will also need to print a copy of your "Degree Audit" and submit that with your application at the cashier's office. The cost is just $10. If you apply for your degree, in May you will receive more information about participating in the (optional) June graduation ceremony.
Schedule your NSA

If this is your first academic quarter, you must schedule your New Student Appointment, "NSA", with your assigned advisor at the IP office. Your advisor will help you plan your education at GRCC and answer any questions you have. If you fail to complete your appointment by the 8th week of the quarter, you registration account will be blocked. Yikes!

Update your New Address after your MoveIf 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.

Remember the 12 Credit Rule!
All academic students must register for a min. of 12 credits to be in compliance with the immigration regulations. If you are registered for less than 12 credits and need assistance to pick up more credits see an advisor immediately!

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

Class Schedule and Instructor Contact
Don't know where to go for your classes? View your classes here.
To contact your instructor click here for GRCC staff directory.

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. Be polite with your request and you may have a chance to add the class!

Ask a Student

Do you have questions? Peer Volunteer Leaders (the ones in the yellow shirts at orientation) have answers and are here to help you! Talk to other GRCC students in your own language, make friends, and get the help you need.

Job Opening: International Programs Student Receptionist

You must meet the following requirements to apply:
-Current academic student in good academic standing
-Good written and verbal English skills
-Must be a GRCC student for at least one more year and intend to stay through spring quarter 2011
-Good computer and phone skills
-Enjoy meeting and working with people
-Customer service experience helpful, but not required
Applications and a more detailed job description is available in the IP Office at the front desk. (Please do not call for information)
All applications are due on Thursday, April 15 by 5:00 pm.


Angel is a great online resource created just for international students by IP Advisors and staff. You can find information about transferring to university (including information on transferring to specific schools and programs), volunteering, High School Completion, and much more!
Log on today and check it out:
Username=your username from your GRCC email
Password=your student ID number
Click on IP Advising under the Community Groups section on the left side of the page.

SF State International Student Advisor visits GRCC

Have questions about San Francisco State University? A SFSU International Admissions Advisor will be available to meet with you on Wednesday, April 21st from 11am-2pm in IVD 102. To schedule an appointment, please email ialilin@sfsu.edu. You can come to the appointment alone or with your friends! If time permits, walk-ins will be accepted, but appointments get priority.

The ORCA Card
Travel by bus? Everyday? Weekends only? Ever take the Sounder train? The ORCA card is a great way to pay for various buses around the greater Puget Sound area, Sounder train fare and even ferries. If you choose the E-purse option, you can pre-load a dollar value to use whenever you wish. No more looking for exact change or buying ticket packets! You can store value from $5 to $300 on your ORCA card and then register your card online. If your registered card is lost or stolen, report it immediately to an ORCA Customer Service Office, online or by phone, and they will assist you with replacing your ORCA card and restoring the lost value, subject to the ORCA Terms of Use. You will be charged a replacement fee of $5 for the new card. Safer than carrying cash!
You may find self-serve vending machines at all Sound Transit Link light rail and Sounder
commuter rail stations. Kent and Auburn Sounder train stations have vending machines where you can use your debit or credit card and you can purchase, load and receive your card in one stop. Remember to register your card when you get home.
For more information, visit https://www.orcacard.com/ERG-Seattle/p1_001.do.
You may also purchase a card for $5 online. You can load your card at purchase, register the card and it will be mailed to you. Remember, an unregistered card is just like cash and is not protected for loss.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

April 10 from 9:00 am-6:00 pm
See the beautiful fields of color!
Space is limited so sign up today in student programs!

$10- student/ $25- non-student

Hawaii Summer Trip
Date: August 13 – 18, 2010
Location: The Island of O’ahu where the well known Honolulu and Waikiki is located.
Accommodation: Castle Ocean Resort (with kitchenettes and great view)
Price: $790/ student and $815/ non student ticket prices, includes Alaska Air fares and 5-night hotel costs.

See International Student Activities link below for more details on many upcoming activities!

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 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 Resource Links

Contact Information
IP Telephone 253-288-3300
Alvin Tai: ttai@greenriver.edu
Jessica Galán: jgalan@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.

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