Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Spring 2010 E-Newsletter Issue #5

Important Dates

May 31st- Memorial Day (campus closed)
June 9th- Study day (no day classes)
June 10th, 11th and 14th- Finals
June 11th- Commencement
June 14th- Last Day of instruction
June 18th- Grades available online
June 20th- Summer classes begin

Graduating? Click here for the Commencement website

Summer Vacation and Health Insurance
-If you are planning to take a vacation quarter this summer you must let your advisor know.
-During a vacation quarter you may stay in the U.S., or travel.
-You are not required to take any classes, but you may take less than 12 credits if you like.
-You must carry health insurance while in the U.S. during a vacation quarter and during OPT.
-Health insurance must be paid by check made out to The Lewer Agency at the IP office.
-Include your full name and the last five numbers of your student ID on the memo line of your check.

Transferring Soon?

Come in to the IP Office to get your I-20 transferred properly. You will need a letter of acceptance from the new school and some additional paperwork.
Register for TOEFL Now!

If you plan to start applying to Universities this fall, you should be aware that many schools require a TOEFL score. Check the school websites to know what they require. If you need a TOEFL score Register for TOEFL early to reserve your seat locally. In recent years many students who waited until fall to register were shocked that they were not able to test in WA State because the seats were full. Even some of those who registered early found that their test date was cancelled the day before testing. A few of those students also traveled out of State to take the test. Don't let this be your story! Always check your email before the test date. Register and test early!

Get that I-20 signature before leaving the country, if you plan to return to GRCC. Don't forget and don't wait until the last minute!
Returning in the Fall?

If you are returning to GRCC you should be registered already for fall quarter. If you are leaving for the summer and plan to return, print a copy of your fall class schedule and keep it with your I-20 as an extra document to show immigration if needed. You probably won't need it, but it may help if you are questioned.
Student Government Positions Open

Friend to Friend
Will you be at GRCC over the summer? Are you interested in helping new international students? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions then Friend to Friend (F2F) is for you!
Friend to Friend is a program in which current GRCC students are matched with new international students to help them adjust to living at CCA and learning at GRCC. Students that are matched with partners in the Friend to Friend program are expected to attend the welcome dinner on June 17 so they can meet their new friends. During the quarter students in the program will stay in contact with their partners to answer questions and be a guide to life at GRCC.
Interested?? Applications will be out at the end of May, please send your questions to Martha Koch at

"Transitioning to the University" -Workshop
Wednesday, May 26th SC-238 12:00 to 1:00 pm
· Find out how to make transfer easy
· How to transition to a university campus
· Strategies for success on the campus
· Quarter System v/s Semester System
· Resources on the campus you can use

Student Activities
KOOZA Cirque Du Soleil show

Date: Saturday June 5 2010, 1:30pm meet at the bus circle
Place: King County's Marymoor Park Prices: $35/$50
Contact Anh Ly, aly@greenriver.edu for more information

Yard Sale

June 11, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at CCA
Moving? Sell your unwanted items!!
Set up fees: $5 GRCC students per table/ $8 Non-students per table (max. 2 people per table) Open for all students, staff, faculty, and community
Sign up deadline : June 4
Contact Jessica (jhendrawidjaja@greenriver.edu) for more information.

Upcoming Summer Activities

Are you staying here over the summer?
Want to know more about the Summer Events in GRCC?
Click on the link below to see the fliers for Summer Activities this Summer!
If you have a question, stop by the Student Programs Office. It's in the 2nd Floor of LSC.

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
John Tankersley: jtankersley@greeniver.edu
Kirsten Weber: kweber@greenriver.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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