Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Winter 2010 E-Newsletter Issue #6

Important Dates

March 14- Daylight savings time begins
March 16- Study Day (no day classes)
March 17~19- Finals
March 19- Last day of instruction
March 25- Grades available online
March 29- Spring quarter begins

Adjust Your Clocks on Saturday Night!

Daylight Savings Time Begins on Sunday March 14th. You will want to adjust your clocks forward one hour before going to sleep on Satuday night. This is something we do every spring; we "Spring Forward" one hour. Then in November we "Fall Back" one hour. It's called "Daylight Savings Time". Read more about daylight savings time from Wikipedia.

Walk-in Advising During Spring Break and Beyond
Walk-ins will be very limited during Spring Break. It's also Orientation Week for new arriving students.
-There will be no advisors available from Tuesday, March 23 through Thursday, March 25.
-Regular walk-in advising will be available on Friday, March 26th.
-During the first week of the quarter, advisors will available for walk-ins from 8:00am until 5:00pm for registration-related questions only.

I-20 Signatures Required for International Travel

Do you plan to take a trip outside the US during spring break? Avoid the rush at the end of the quarter. Come to the IP Office and get your I-20 signed early!

Double Registration is Risky!
Sometimes students register for more than one section of the same class if the section they really want is only available by waitlist. But Beware! This is risky! If you get into the waitlisted section you will have two sections in your registration, and you will not know this unless you check your registration regularly. Then one of those sections will automatically be dropped for you if you neglect to take care of it yourself. You must be careful to check your schedule regularly.

No Show Replacement Policy Change
Effective Spring quarter 2010, “If a student misses the first two days of a class without notifying the instructor, the student may be submitted as a “no-show.” The policy used to read the first three days of the quarter. Any student on the class roster who has not attended during the first two days of class can be replaced by a student wishing to register for the class, using the no-show replacement form issued by the instructor. The replaced student will be sent a letter indicating he/she has been replaced and needs to officially withdraw. A grade of 0.0 will be issued to students who fail to officially withdraw through Enrollment Services. It is the student’s responsibility to drop a class if not attending. Read more here.

New High Demand Classes Added for Spring!
These are a few of the new classes recently added. Check Schedule Planner for seat availability in these and other classes.

#1017 POLS& 200 A
10-10:50a, Daily in RLC-131
w/Frank Primiani

#7401 Phys 201 B
7:30 – 8:50a, MTThF
w/ Keith Clay
#7449 PSYC& 100 G
2:15-4:35p, MW in SS-20
w/Joy Crawford
#3549 ENGL& 101 DDD
10-10:50a, Daily in RLC-118
#0185 AP 100 C
8-8:50a, Daily in SC-238
w/Clipper Maxfield
Introducing Lily Irene Hamilton Solem

Born 3-10-10 at 4 pounds 10 ounces, 18.1 inches

Sarah Hamilton is on Maternity Leave

Sarah Hamilton will be out of the office on maternity leave and unavailable until the end of summer. We are currently in the process of hiring another advisor to take Sarah’s place while she is out. Sarah's temporary replacement will start during spring quarter.
Do you Love GRCC?

Now you can share your school with friends and family! Check it out!
Use this link:
UW Tacoma Entrance Becomes Easier!
Effective Autumn Quarter 2010 international students meeting the following criteria will no longer be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or MLT test scores:
1) Transfer student from a Washington State community college who has,
2) completed an AA degree with,
3) a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and has4) completed two English composition courses with a grade of 3.0 in each
Direct your addmissions questions to Dayna Childs: dchilds@uw.edu

UW Bothell International Admissions Advisor at GRCC on March 25th.
Have questions about UW Bothell? Need help with your application to UW Bothell? Want to see a UW Bothell degree? Fall applications are due April 1 and the UW Bothell International Admissions Advisor will be available to meet with you on Thursday, March 25th from 11am-2pm in IVD 102. To schedule an appointment, please email Sabrina Moss at smoss@uwb.edu. You can come to the appointment alone or with your friends! If time permits, walk-ins will be accepted, but appointments get priority.

-Fall 2010 application deadline: Until July 2010
-More scholarships to be given away for Year 2010 to 2011
-Numerous campus locations available
-Accepting applications every quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)
-No TOEFL required if the student has a grade of at least 3.0 or B in both of the two college-level English composition classes from a U.S. college/university
-High quality education (CWU Graduates have worked for the following prestigious companies: Microsoft, Starbucks, Kraft Foods, Boeing, Verizon Wireless, etc.)

IESL Announcements

IESL FINALS:March 16th and 17th 2010 (Students cannot take finals early)
IESL GRADE DAY:Thursday, March 18, 2010
2:30pm Lindbloom Center in the Main Dining Area
IESL LEVEL 5 GRADUATION:Friday, March 19, 2010
1:00pm Lindbloom Center in the Main Dining Area
PLANNING TO RETURN SPRING QUARTER?Make sure you return to GRCC before March 29, 2010, which is the first day of Spring Quarter. Attendance the first day of the quarter is required for all students

Earth Hour

March 27, 2010, 8:30-9:30 PM
Turn off your light JUST for an hour to make a HUGE impact on our mother Earth!
Make a difference by signing up on this link https://www.myearthhour.org/home?invite=Gj5AM6xM5U!
More info will be available soon!!
Questions? Contact Jessica (jhendrawidjaja@greenriver.edu)

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!

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.

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