Friday, December 9, 2011

Winter 2012 E-Newsletter Issue #1

Important Dates

Jan 4- Winter classes begin; Last day for 100% refund of tuition and fees
Jan 6- No-Show replacements accepted
Jan 6- Last day to register for winter quarter without instructor signature
Jan 9- All registrations and adds require instructor signature - no web registrations
Jan10- Last day for 80% refund of tuition only- fees nonrefundable
Jan 16- Martin Luther King Jr Day (campus closed)
Jan 19- $35 late fee applies to each course addition
Jan 23- Last day for 40% refund of tuition only- fees nonrefundable
Jan 25- Last day to withdraw and not have classe(es) posted to permanent transcript

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:
Jan 4th-5th- 8am until 5pm
Normal IP Office hours (see below) will resume as of Jan 6th.

Normal IP Office Hours
The IP Office is open from 9:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Advisors need to eat too, so they 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.


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.

Be Safe and Stay Alive!

Tragically, two students were hit when crossing the street last quarter. According to the report, the students put themselves at risk by crossing illegally. American drivers are not accustomed to dealing with pedestrians walking in the middle of the street. Use the sidewalks for their intended purpose. When crossing the street, please use the cross walk. This will keep you safe and you will receiving a ticket with a steep fine for jaywalking.

New Student Appointment

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 for spring registration. Yikes!








Address Update
Update your address, phone and email using online services today. Keeping your contact information current is required by law and it also helps you from missing any important communication.


Strategizing your application with University of Washington - Bothell
UW Bothell admissions officer Mariah Ortiz will talk about strategizing your university application, writing a strong personal statement, resume and WSA tips and the transition from community college to university. This is a great opportunity for anyone applying to UW, but also good information for anyone working on their transfer application. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 7 from 2-3:30 pm, SS-8.



GRCC Spring Sports Opportunities
Are you interested in playing for GRCC? Our athletics department is on the lookout for women interested in fastpitch softball, track, or golf and men interested in baseball and track. You must be 18 or have graduated high school, be a full-time academic student (the ESL schedule does not work with the sports schedule), and have the interest, commitment and ability to participate in American sports. If you want more information, email Director of Athletics Bob Kickner bkickner@greenriver.edu.


When Can I Take a Vacation Quarter?
Immigration law requires that you study for a full three quarters before you are eligible for a vacation quarter. The only exception is summer quarter (unless you already used your vacation quarter during the previous school year). You must ALWAYS see an advisor first to register for a vacation quarter, or you will risk having your I-20 terminated. So if you think you are ready for a vacation, you must meet with your advisor in the IP office before you make plans.



GRCC Student Email Address If you have not set up your GRCC student email account, please click here. You are required to check your Green River email everyday as that is how professors and advisors will communicate with you.

How to find your instructor?

Click here for the GRCC staff directory.

The Foundation for Success
The Foundation for Sucess program helps students meet their academic goals by overcoming previous challenges. Participants work with peer mentors weekly and also participate in weekly learning modules that cover: Study/Research Skills; University Transfer/Career Survey; Life Skills/Time Management; Setting a Road Map for Success. This one-quarter program meets on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 and costs $200. If you are interested please email Mary Butcher mbutcher@greenriver.edu immediately – first day of class is January 6th.

IESL Announcements


  • The first day of winter quarter is Wednesday, January 4th. You must attend the first week of the quarter, or you will be dropped from your IESL classes.


  • Tuition and proof of personal insurance is due on the first day of the quarter. There are no refunds of tuition to IESL students.


  • If you purchase a used textbook for your class it must be the exact edition listed in your teacher’s syllabus. Older editions or editions from other countries will not be permitted. Used textbooks of the edition specified by your teacher must have no writing in them. All books will be checked the first week of class. Students with older editions or previously marked textbooks will be required to purchase new ones.

  • TOEFL sign-up for winter quarter will take place on Thursday, January 19th in IVC 101 from 10:00-11:00. Come early, spaces fill quickly. You must bring photo I.D. and $25 cash (exact change please), in order to sign-up. The TOEFL test will take place on Saturday, January 28th, in SC 101.


Volunteerism

Student 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 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

Counseling Services

The Math Learning Center

The Writing Center

Campus Corner Housing

The Current

International Student Activities

Clubs and Organizations

Contact Information

Alvin Tai: ttai@greenriver.edu

John Tankersley: jtankersley@greenriver.edu

Kirsten Weber: kweber@greenriver.edu

Erin Hitzemann: ehitzeman@greenriver.edu

IP Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/GRCC.IP

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.





































































    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Fall 2011 E-Newsletter Issue #6

    Important Dates
    Dec 5- Study Day (no day classes, but IESL has finals)
    Dec 6, 7 and 8- Final
    Dec 8- Last day of instruction
    Dec 14- Grades available online
    Jan 2- Last day to add name to waitlist (by 10:30 pm)
    Jan 4- Winter classes begin
    Jan 4- Tuition is due, last day for 100% refund of tuition and fees

    Office Hours During Break
    During the break the IP office is open for regular hours (M-F 9am-5pm), with the exception of holidays, Dec 26 and Jan 2. Winter 2011 New Student Orientation is scheduled from Dec 28-30. No advisors will be available during that time.

    Tuition for Winter Quarter is Due by January 4, 2012
    You may pay as early as you are ready! To avoid the $95 late fee, long lines on the first day of the quarter and any bank transfer delays make your payment prior to the deadline. You can make your payment here using online services.

    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. Plan to fly out after finals and return before classes start on January 4th. Be aware that if you miss the first two days of class your seat can be given away to another student, even if you already paid tuition.

    Applying to UW?
    The summer 2012 and autumn 2012 application deadline for all transfer students is February 15, 2012. The online application will be available for transfer students from December 15 – February 15. If students want to preview the application, go to http://admit.uw.edu/Admission/International/Apply/PDF to download the PDF. UW still prefers students complete the online application, but you can see what to expect by reviewing the paper version. Students should not begin the online application until December 15 since the current application is specifically for freshman and the form will be different once the transfer application is available. Students can also start working on the essay section of the application. The essay topic is available at http://admit.uw.edu/Admission/International/WritingSection#transfer.

    Diversity Credits Required for students begining Winter 2012 and later
    The new diversity requirement has begun for new students. Check here for more information.

    Beware of Banking Scam
    If someone calls you to say that your account is blocked and they ask to collect information, you can ask for a number to call them back. Tell them that you will check with the bank in person. Never give out personal banking information over the phone. This is a common scam.

    IESL Announcements
    ·View your winter schedules online Friday, December 30th, after 2PM.
    ·Your finals will be taking place on Monday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 6. Please note: IESL finals will be taking place on Study Day!
    ·The cafeteria and coffee stands will not be open on Study Day, so please bring a lunch as needed.
    ·Please be sure to pay any outstanding fines (CCA charges, library fines, parking fines, etc.) as soon as possible.

    Volunteerism

    Student 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 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 InformationIP Telephone (253)288-3300
    Alvin Tai: ttai@greenriver.edu
    John Tankersley: jtankersley@greenriver.edu
    Kirsten Weber: kweber@greenriver.edu
    Erin Hitzemann: mailto:ehitzeman@greenriver.edu
    IP Twitter handle: @GRCC

    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.

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Fall 2011 E-Newsletter Issue #5

    Important Dates



    Nov 14- Last day to submit pass/non-credit petition to Enrollment Services

    Nov 24-25- Thanksgiving Holiday (campus closed)

    Dec 5- Study day (no day classes, except IESL, which is having finals)

    Dec 6-8- Finals

    Dec 8- Last day of instruction

    Dec 14- Grades available online



    IP Apologizes

    Have you been in to see an advisor lately? If so you may have had a long wait time. We wish to apologize for this terrible inconvenience. You may be glad to know that IP is currently hiring two new advisors to meet the growing need. We have been short staffed since the end of summer. Your patience is very much appreciated as we take time to find the right people to better serve your needs. Advisors will not be available in IP on Nov 22nd as we will be interviewing potential new staff on that day.

    Have You Registered for Winter Quarter?


    Most students have already registered for winter quarter. Many classes (including wait lists) are already full. If you are not already registered for winter quarter, you should register today! We want you to get the classes you need. New students will be coming in soon and the open seats will be taken. If you need help please come into IP and see an advisor.

    Tuition for Winter Quarter is Due by January 4, 2012


    You may pay as early as you are ready. To avoid the $95 late fee, long lines on the first day of the quarter and any bank transfer delays make your payment prior to the deadline. You can make your payment here using online services.
    Take a Safety Rides after Dark

    Campus Safety Rides are available from dusk 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!

    Traveling during the break?


    It's not too early to have your I-20 signed. Come to the IP office early rather than waiting until the last minute if you will be traveling outside the U.S. during the break!

    Applying to UW?



    The UW transfer application will become available on the UW website beginning late December 2011. The application deadline is still Feb. 15, 2012. It’s best for applicants to wait to send current transcripts until fall quarter grades are posted.
    Shopping Tips for "Black Friday"- the biggest shopping day of the year!

    On Thanksgiving Day Americans gather with their families to have a feast and remember what they are thankful for. Most businesses are closed for the holiday. However, the day after Thanksgiving, often called "Black Friday", is the biggest bargain shopping day of the year! Many people wake up early to catch the best deals! Check your newspaper for ads from various shopping malls and your favorite department stores. Beware of the huge crowds and be prepared for long lines!

    Physics 203



    Physics 203 is offered each quarter with one exception. It will no longer be offered during summer quarter. If your degree plan has you scheduled to take this final class of the series during summer quarter you will not be able to do so. Please see your advisor if this affects you.
    Housing Available

    Are you looking for housing? Do you know what a homeshare is? They are within walking distance to the college, a 3 month contract, and available now! If you would like to know more about a homeshare, come and see someone in housing at the IP office.

    Hot Water Now Available in IP!

    Come by IP to warm yourself with hot water to drink! You can find hot drinking water available in the front resource room.

    Renter's Insurance Recommended


    LewerMark Student Insurance Plans is offering an individual personal contents insurance policy for students that can be can purchased for as little as $7.90/month (amount varies) to protect your valuable personal items (jewelry, computer equipment, stereo and TV equipment, cameras and accessories, furniture, sporting goods, books, keepsakes, clothes). Renter's insurance is not required, but is highly recommended for students.
    For more information contact: The Lewer Agency, Inc. http://www.lewer.com/ 816-753-4390

    UW Bothel Visits GRCC



    Trip to Visit PLU


    IESL Announcements


    · IESL students will be able to view their winter schedules on-line Friday, December 30, after 2PM.
    · IESL finals will be taking place on Monday, Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Dec. 6. Please note: IESL finals will be taking place on Study Day!
    · Please be sure to pay any outstanding fines (CCA charges, library fines, parking fines, etc.) as soon as possible.


    Volunteerism



    Student 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 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

    John Tankersley: jtankersley@greenriver.edu

    Kirsten Weber: kweber@greenriver.edu

    Erin Hitzemann: ehitzeman@greenriver.edu

    IP Twitter handle: @GRCC


    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.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

    Fall 2011 E-Newsletter Issue #4

    Important Dates


    Nov 2- Advising Day (no day classes, except IESL)
    Nov 11- Veteran's Day (campus closed)
    Nov 14- Last day to submit pass/non-credit petition to Enrollment Services
    Nov 24-25 Thanksgiving Holiday (campus closed)
    Dec 5- Studey day (no day classes, except IESL)
    Dec 6,7,8- Finals
    Dec 8- Last day of instruction
    Dec 14- Grades available online



    Daylight Saving 2011 Ends Nov 6th


    Before you go to bed on November 5th you must remember to turn your clocks back one hour. Daylight Saving Time begins every spring, when we "spring forward" one hour, and ends every fall when we "fall back" one hour. Read here about how changing your clock actually helps you physically!



    Check your Winter Quarter Registration Access Time


    View your access time through Online Services, available now. Access times begin in November. Know your access time so that you can secure your winter classes at the first possible moment. As Alvin says, "You'll want to lock in your classes no more than 45 seconds from your registration access time!"



    Winter 2012 Classes


    Now available for viewing through the schedule planner



    Transfer Fair on Nov 2nd




    Schedule your NSA Today!


    If you are a new academic student this quarter you must schedule a New Student Appointment (NSA) with your advisor. During the appointment, you and your advisor will talk about your passions, high school plus, university transfer, career goals, and discuss “big picture” questions about why you are here at GRCC and create an individualized degree plan that will meet your education objectives. You must complete your NSA by the end of November so you know exactly what classes to enroll in for future quarters.



    Check your Passport Expiration Date Today!


    Some countries (namely China, Moldova, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia) require passport renewal before the passport is within six months of expiring. In fact, if your passport is from one of those countries, you will be out of status in the US if you do not renew your passport before that deadline. Several Chinese students have gone out of status recently because they failed to renew their passport before this early deadline! Be aware and take action!



    For Smokers Only


    Smoking is allowed on campus, but only in designated smoking areas. Student who smoke in other areas on campus run the risk of discipline. There have been many complaints about students smoking near building entrances. Please be considerate of others when you light up.



    Application Essay Writing Support by Appointment on Thursdays


    Are you beginning to fill out university transfer applications? Get some help with your essays on Thursdays in the IP Office. Charlotte will be reviewing essays and giving feedback on an appointment basis. Schedule ahead for your private 20 minute session on a Thursday.

    Need help getting started? Charlotte is offering a workshop on Nov 1st! Check IP Facebook for all Transfer Workshops!



    A Great Place to Live!
    Are you looking for housing? Do you know what a homeshare is? They are within walking distance to the college, offer a 3 month contract, and available now! If you would like to know more about a homeshare, come and see someone in housing at the IP office.



    University of California Workshops




    University of Oregon offers many scholarship opportunities!



    Pacific Lutheran University Tour


    IESL Announcements


    -IESL classes will be in session on Advising Day, Wednesday, November 2
    -In Class Registration: In your IESL classes next week you will receive a registration form for fall quarter. Please make sure that all the information is correct.



    Volunteer




    Student 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 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
    Counseling Services
    The Math Learning Center
    The Writing Center
    Library Reference Chat
    Campus Corner Housing

    The Current
    International Student Activities

    Clubs and Organizations
    Contact InformationIP Telephone (253)288-3300
    Alvin Tai: ttai@greenriver.edu
    John Tankersley: jtankersley@greenriver.edu
    Kirsten Weber: kweber@greenriver.edu
    Erin Hitzemann: ehitzeman@greenriver.edu
    IP Twitter handle: @GRCC

    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.

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    Fall 2011 E-Newsletter Issue #3

    Important Dates

    Oct 18- In-Service Day (no day classes)
    Nov 2- Advising Day (no day classes, except IESL)
    Nov 11- Veteran's Day (campus closed)
    Nov 14- Last day to submit pass/non-credit petition to Enrollment Services
    Nov 14- Last day to withdraw from fall quarter
    Nov 24-25 Thanksgiving Holiday (campus closed)
    Dec 5- Study day (no day classes, except IESL)
    Dec 6, 7, 8- Finals
    Dec 8- Last day of instruction
    Dec 14- Grades available online

    Be a Peer Volunteer for Winter and Spring Orientation
    Help welcome new international students to Green River and assist students and Advisors with quarterly advising activities.
    Requirements:
    · Must attend new student orientation during Winter and Spring quarters (see volunteer description in IP for dates)
    · Be outgoing and open to meeting new people
    · Have attended GRCC for at least two quarters by the time Winter quarter begins
    · Be a current GRCC student and commit to volunteering during Winter and Spring
    · Are currently and actively involved in the GRCC campus community
    · Previous volunteer or work experience preferred
    Complete volunteer descriptions and applications will be available Monday, October 10th at the front desk of the IP Office.
    Applications are due by Friday, October 28th at 5:00pm to the IP Office.

    Update your Address Today!
    It is required by law that you must update your address within 10 days of moving.
    Make sure both GRCC https://www.greenriver.edu/online/ and the US Post Office http://www.mychangeaddress.com/ have your correct mailing address!
    Remember, Green River Community College cannot accept personal mail for students, so please do not use the college address. For residents at Campus Corner Apartment Students please use this address:
    31920 124th Avenue SE (Your apartment #)
    Auburn WA 98092

    CCA has Rooms Open!
    If you want to move to CCA it's a great time to check availability! Last week six rooms became available for male students! Rooms are always open on a "first come, first serve" basis.

    University Applicants: Check the deadline for International Students
    The application deadline for international students may be earlier than the deadline for transfer students. Please remember to check your deadline; you are an international student! It's easy to make a mistake, and then your application will be denied. Don't let this be your story...
    Check your Winter Quarter Registration Access Time

    View your access time through Online Services, available now. Access times begin in November, Know your access time so that you can secure your winter classes at the first possible moment. As Alvin says, "You'll want to lock in your classes no more than 45 seconds from your registration access time!
    Winter 2012 Classes
     
    Now available for viewing through the schedule planner

    Schedule your NSA Today!

    If you are a new academic student this quarter you must schedule a New Student Appointment (NSA) with your advisor. During the appointment, you and your advisor will talk about your passions, high school plus, university transfer, career goals, and discuss “big picture” questions about why you are here at GRCC and create an individualized degree plan that will meet your education objectives. You must complete your NSA by the end of November so you know exactly what classes to enroll in for future quarters.
    Application Essay Writing Support by Appointment on Thursdays

    Are you beginning to fill out university transfer applications? Get some help with your essays on Thursdays in the IP Office. Charlotte will be reviewing essays and giving feedback on an appointment basis. Schedule ahead for your private 20 minute session on a Thursday.
    IP Job Openings for Student Marketing Assistant-China & BNU Zhuhai

    There are 2 job openings! We need a Chinese Student Marketing Assistant and a BNU Zhuhai Chinese Student Marketing Assistant.
    Each job has different requirements. Please stop by the IP front desk and pick up an application
    Applications will be accepted now until October 31st, or until the position is filled.


    IESL Announcements

    Classes are cancelled on Tuesday, October 18 for In-Service Day. There will also be no tutoring sessions held for IESL on October 18th.

    Volunteerism


    Student Activities






    Foot ball Game -The Huskies against The Oregon Ducks in Husky Stadium!

    Nov 5th from 10am to 6pm (meet at bus circle at 10am)
    $60 for student and $80 for non-student
    Sign up in Student Programs Office




    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 7:00 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
    John Tankersley: jtankersley@greenriver.edu
    Kirsten Weber: kweber@greenriver.edu
    Erin Hitzemann: mailto:ehitzeman@greenriver.edu
    IP Twitter handle: @GRCC

    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.

    Monday, October 3, 2011

    Fall 2011 E-Newsletter Issue #2

    Important Dates

    Oct 3- $35 late fee for each added class
    Oct 7- Last day to withdraw and not have class(es) posted to permanent transcript
    Oct 8- Last day for 40% refund of tuition only
    Oct 18- In-Service Day (no day classes)

    12 Credit Rule
    All academic students must register for a minimum of 12 credits to be in compliance with the immigration regulations. If you do not yet have 12 credits, attend the classes you are interested in (try several sections) and ask the teacher if they have space to add you. Then bring the completed registration forms to the IP office to add those classes. After talking to teachers, if you have questions or need advice, you should speak with your advisor to find the best solution.

    New Student Appointment (NSA)
    If this is your first academic quarter, please 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
    The law requires that you update your address within 10 days of any move! Updating your address is quick and easy. Link here to get the form to update your address. Then take the completed form to Enrollment Services, located upstairs in LSC. You may also update your address at the front desk in the IP Office.

    SAVE A LIFE - DRIVE RIGHT! Letter from Ross

    Auburn, WA, September 20, 2011

    A young international student from GRCC hit another vehicle at the corner of SE 124th and 312th SE Tuesday morning at about 11:00am. The driver of the second car was injured and had to be taken to the hospital. Both cars were damaged. Police determined that the GRCC driver was at fault, and was driving without a driver's license or insurance. The police and the court will investigate, and likely impose a big fine and possibly assign jail time to the unlicensed driver. The GRCC driver will have to pay all car damage and hospital costs of the other driver out of his own pocket, most likely several thousand dollars.

    This is a real case. Sadly, this happens too often. It should not happen even once.

    Every driver in Washington State must have a driver's license and car insurance. This is to protect the driver, the driver's passengers, and other drivers and pedestrians. If you drive, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to follow the law. Here is the order of driving:

    1. Learn how to drive (if you don't have a driver's license from home). Learn from a driving school, not from your friends.
    2. Get a Washington State driver's license.
    3. Buy a car.
    4. Buy car insurance.
    5. Drive your car safely.

    If you want to drive, follow the order above. There are no exceptions. Driving is a big responsibility. Drive safely. We want you, your friends and members of the community to be safe and alive.

    Ross

    Be a Peer Volunteer for Winter and Spring Orientation
    Help welcome new international students to Green River and assist students and Advisors with quarterly advising activities.

    Requirements:
    · Must attend new student orientation during Winter and Spring quarters (see volunteer description in IP for dates)
    · Be outgoing and open to meeting new people
    · Have attended GRCC for at least two quarters by the time Winter quarter begins
    · Be a current GRCC student and commit to volunteering during Winter and Spring
    · Are currently and actively involved in the GRCC campus community
    · Previous volunteer or work experience preferred

    Complete volunteer descriptions and applications will be available Monday, October 10th at the front desk of the IP Office. Applications are due by Friday, October 28th at 5:00pm to the IP Office.


    HSCP Celebration


    University Applicants: Check the deadline for International Students

    The application deadline for international students may be earlier than the deadline for transfer students. Please remember to check your deadline; you are an international student! It's easy to make a mistake, and then your application will be denied. Don't let this be your story...

    UW Bothell is coming to Visit!

    Why choose UW Bothell?

    Private School Setting at a Public University Price:
    -Small Class Sizes: average 25 students only
    -Individualized attention from faculty and staff
    Alternative to the TOEFL:
    Conditional admissions to meet the English Proficiency Requirement! http://www.uwb.edu/admissions/engprof
    Earning your Associate of Arts Direct Transfer Agreement helps to meet the English Proficiency Requirement!
    Simple and Friendly Admissions:
    - Admissions offered every quarter
    - Flexible admissions
    Prestige:
    - University of Washington name recognized throughout the world
    - The University of Washington is ranked: # 14 by Academic Ranking of World Universities (http://www.arwu.org/, 2010) # 16 by Washington Monthly (2010)

    On Tuesday, Sept 4 from 11 am – 2 pm, two representatives from the University of Washington Bothell admissions office will be in the International Village for transfer advising. Please email WBird@uwb.edu to schedule an advising appointment.

    Public Speaking Center

    Do you have to give oral presentations in your class? Are you ever frustrated with the quality of those presentations? Do you wanna get some real help preparing and presenting?
    Like the other tutoring centers here on campus, we are here to help students to prepare for oral presentations. Once you have planned out what you want to say, you can sign up for a 20 minute practice session in the Public Speaking Center in HL 116 (under the staircase in the library). Open: Monday 10-11:00; Tues, Wed, Thurs 1:00-4:00. Friday 12:30-3:00.

    Student Success Workshops THIS WEEK!



    IESL Announcements
    ENGLISH PROFICIENCY CHANGE
    Effective winter 2012:
    We will accept IELTS of 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0 for entrance into the academic program winter 2012.

    IELTS SCORES FROM THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
    Effective immediately:
    We believe that test security at some IELTS test sites in the US may not be up to standard. For that reason, we will not accept IELTS scores from US testing centers until test security improves.

    Institutional TOEFL Sign-Up:
    Thursday, October 6th 10:30-11:30 a.m. in IVC 101
    $25.00 non-refundable fee (prefer exact change) CASH ONLY
    PLEASE NOTE: You must have picture I.D. to sign-up for the test.
    Also, you cannot take the test if you do not bring picture I.D. on the day of the test.

    Institutional TOEFL Test:
    Saturday, October 15th 8:30 a.m. (Test starts promptly at 9:00 a.m.) SC 101
    Limited space available.

    Pronunciation Class!Pronunciation for International Students with Paul Kern
    Wednesday & Friday 10:00am – 11:00am
    October 7th through November 9th
    $139 -Register with Debbie Van Hoy in IP
    Campus Talk- conversational English practice

    When: Every Tuesday & Thursday from 11:30am – 2:00pm
    Where: St. Helen’s Room, Lindbloom Center
    Cost: Free
    Volunteerism


    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 LinksIP Advising on ANGEL




    Contact InformationIP Telephone (253)288-3300
    Alvin Tai: ttai@greenriver.edu
    John Tankersley: jtankersley@greenriver.edu
    Kirsten Weber: kweber@greenriver.edu
    Erin Hitzemann: mailto:ehitzeman@greenriver.edu


    IP Twitter handle: @GRCCIf 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.

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Fall 2011 E-Newsletter Issue #1

    This is Your E-Newsletter!

    E-News gives you the most up to date information about what's happening on campus. Bookmark this link to stay informed about everything that's going on: important dates and deadlines, student activities, helpful workshops, job postings, volunteer opportunities, university transfer info and much more!

    Important Dates

    Sept 19- Fall classes begin
    Sept 19- Tuition due by 10:00pm to avoid $95 late fee
    Sept 21- Last day to register for fall quarter without instructor signature
    Sept 21 No-show replacements accepted
    Sept 22- All adds require instructor signature
    Sept 23- Last day for 80% refund of tuition only- fees are non-refundable
    Oct 3- $35 late fee for each added class
    Oct 7- Last day to withdraw and not have class(es) posted to permanent transcript
    Oct 8- Last day for 40% refund of tuition only

    International Programs Office Hours (during the next two weeks)
    In an effort to serve students better, the walk in schedule has been adjusted as follows:
    Week One- 9/19-9/21 -Extended walk in hours (no appointments) from 8 am to 5 pm
    9/22-9/23 - 9 am to 5 pm
    Week Two- 9/26-9/30- Walk in available Mon-Fri from 9 am to noon and 1-5 pm

    Tuition Fee

    Tuition fee is due by the first day of the quarter (9/19/11). There will be a $95 late fee for students who still have a balance due by the end of the business day. Even if you are still finalizing your schedule, you are still required to pay your outstanding balance by the end of the business day on 9/19/11. Once your schedule is finalized, if you have added any new courses that were not paid for, you can pay for those classes on that day without any late fee. Avoid the line at the cashier's office! Pay Online.

    12 Credit Rule



    All academic students must register for a minimum of 12 credits to be in compliance with the immigration regulations. If you do not yet have 12 credits, attend the classes you are interested in (try several sections) and ask the teacher if they have space to add you. Then bring the completed registration forms to the IP office to add those classes. After talking to teachers, if you have questions or need advice, you should speak with your advisor to find the best solution.

    How to Overload into Classes
    If you are on a wait list on the first day of class (or even if you are not on a waitlist) and you still want to be enrolled in that class, you must attend the class and get permission from the instructor. Sometimes they "Overload" their class with extra seats. Classes are particularly full this quarter and there is high demand, so there is no guarantee that you will get in. Talk to the teacher, be polite with your request and you may have a chance! After collecting the teacher's signature on the registration form, bring your permission form(s) to an advisor to get registered in the IP office.

    Address Update

    The law requires that you update your address within 10 days of any move! Updating your address is quick and easy. Link here to get the form to update your address. Then take the completed form to Enrollment Services, located upstairs in LSC. You may also update your address at the front desk in the IP Office.

    Tips for Finding Classes
    1) Target early morning, afternoon and evening classes. More students drop them, so your chances to get in are better.
    2) Attend your target classes every day, and make sure the teacher sees you. Your chances are much better if you attend daily.
    3) Be nice!!! Teachers have the right to say "yes" or "no". Many other students are trying to get classes too.
    4) Don't be choosy! The classes you need and the classes you want are not always the same. Get the classes you need. Don't worry too much about the time they are offered. Each quarter gets easier as you gain seniority for earlier registration times.

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

    New Student Appointment (NSA)
    If this is your first academic quarter, please 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!

    How to Find Your Instructor?
    Click here for the GRCC staff directory.

    Learn about Volunteer Opportunities!


    SAT Prep Class


    UW Bothell is coming to Visit!

    Safety Alerts
    Subscribe to GRCC Safety Alerts and keep informed of campus emergencies, safety issues and inclement (severe) weather emergency closures.

    Guaranteed Parking

    To help you avoid that parking headache, we’re offering Guaranteed Parking for the first time this fall. For $100 quarter, less than $2 a day, we’ll guarantee you a parking space in Parking Lot P5 from 6:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., when campus parking is the most challenging.
    Purchasing a Guaranteed Parking permit is now easier than ever!
    By completing the Guaranteed Parking Registration form, the Guaranteed Parking fee will be added to your student account. We’ll mail you a permit.
    You can also call the Cashier’s office at 253-833-9111, extension 2050. They’ll ask for your license plate and student ID number, so please have that information ready. We’ll mail you a permit.

    IESL Announcements

    Institutional TOEFL Sign-Up:
    Thursday, October 6th 10:30-11:30 a.m. in IVC 101$25.00 non-refundable fee (prefer exact change) CASH ONLYPLEASE NOTE: You must have picture I.D. to sign-up for the test. Also, you cannot take the test if you do not bring picture I.D. on the day of the test.
    Institutional TOEFL Test:
    Saturday, October 15th 8:30 a.m. (Test starts promptly at 9:00 a.m.) SC 101. Limited space available.

    Facebook

    IP Advising is on Facebook. Let's be friends! This is the easiest way to stay informed

    Transferring to California?



    If you are planning to transfer to a university in California in fall 2012, applications may be due in October or November. Check school websites for admissions information.

    TOEFL

    Most universities require TOEFL scores for admission. Register now for your TOEFL to get a test date before your application deadline! If you delay registration you may need to travel out of State.

    Volunteerism



    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
    John Tankersley: jtankersley@greenriver.edu
    Kirsten Weber: kweber@greenriver.edu
    Erin Hitzemann: ehitzemann@greenriver.edu
    IP Twitter handle: @GRCC

    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.

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Summer 2011 E-Newsletter Issue #4

    Important Dates



    August 11- Last day of instruction
    August 17- Grades available online
    September 5- Labor Day holiday (campus closed)

    September 13- Opening Day (campus is closed until 1pm)
    September 17- Last day to add your name to waitlist (by 10:30pm)
    September 19- Fall classes begin

    IP Office Hours

    *Open Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm through August 26th
    *This Friday (August 12th) IP will be open for I-20 signatures from 9am until 2pm.
    *Open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm beginning September 2nd
    *You can expect the week before school starts to be quite busy with new student orientation happening, Sept 9-14. There will be no advising available on those days.
    *Advising will be available for current students on the 15th and 16th of September.

    Suggesting an Early Tuition Payment for Fall Quarter

    Tuition for fall quarter is due on September 19th, the same day that classes begin. The updated tuition adjustments have been made for fall quarter, so you can pay any time now. There is a $95 late fee if you fail to make payment by the end of the day on the first day of the quarter. Skip the long lines at the cashier's office on the first day of school and the risk of last minute bank transfer delays. Please consider paying early to avoid a late fee. To pay now online click here.

    Begin Preparing NOW for your 2012 University Transfer

    -Choose at least 5 schools to apply to (visit http://www.collegeboard.com/)
    -Check out the online admission and application requirements
    -Gather those needed documents (bank statement, high school transcripts, etc)
    -Start writing your personal essay.
    -Take the TOEFL exam (click here to register)

    Address Update

    Update your address within 10 days of any move! Updating your address is quick and easy. Link here to get the form to update your address. Then take the completed form to Enrollment Services, located upstairs in LSC. You may also update your address at the front desk in the IP Office.

    IESL Announcements
    -IESL Students may view their fall schedules on-line Saturday, September 17 after 12:00 p.m., not before.
    -The first day of fall quarter is Monday, September 19. You must attend the first week of the quarter, or you will be dropped from your IESL classes. Tuition, proof of personal insurance, and English proficiency are all due on the first day of the quarter. There are no refunds of tuition to IESL students.
    -IESL Attendance Policy Change fall 2011
    Effective fall quarter there will be a new attendance policy for the IESL.· At 8 absences students will be registered for IESL Academic English Fundamentals in the following quarter to develop the English and study skills needed to be successful in the IESL.
    -English Proficiency Change winter 2012
    Effective for entrance into the academic program winter 2012, we will accept IELTS of 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0

    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 IP Advising on ANGEL

    Contact Information IP Telephone (253)288-3300
    Alvin Tai: ttai@greenriver.edu
    John Tankersley: jtankersley@greenriver.edu
    Kirsten Weber: kweber@greenriver.edu
    Erin Hitzemann: ehitzemann@greenriver.edu
    IP Twitter handle: @GRCC

    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.

    Monday, July 18, 2011

    Summer 2011 E-Newsletter Issue #3

    Important Dates
    August 11- Last day of instruction
    August 17- Grades available online
    September 5- Labor Day holiday (campus closed)
    September 17- Last day to add your name to waitlist (by 10:30pm)
    September 19- Fall classes begin

    Suggesting an Early Tuition Payment for Fall Quarter
    Tuition for fall quarter is due on September 19th, the same day that classes begin. The updated tuition adjustments have been made for fall quarter, so you can pay any time now. There is a $95 late fee if you fail to make payment by the end of the day on the first day of the quarter. Skip the long lines at the cashier's office on the first day of school and the risk of last minute bank transfer delays. Please consider paying early to avoid a late fee. To pay now online click here.

    Begin Preparing NOW for your 2012 University Transfer
    -Choose at least 5 schools to apply to (visit http://www.collegeboard.com/)
    -Check out the online admission and application requirements
    -Gather those needed documents (bank statement, high school transcripts, etc)
    -Start writing your personal essays
    -Take the TOEFL exam (click here to register)

    WID WID Scholarship

    The Why I Do What I Do Scholarship application is now available for ALL (IESL and Academic) International Students in the IP office! International Programs is awarding $1500 scholarships to a few international students who can showcase how their life has made a positive impact on an individual, the community, or the world and why they did it. The deadline for this scholarship application is 11:59 pm, on July 31, 2011.

    Foundation for Success Peer Mentors is Hiring Now for Fall Quarter

    Applications are available now in IP. The application deadline is 7-28-2011.

    What do drivers from S Korea, Germany and Canadian drivers from British Columbia all have in Common?

    If you have a valid German, South Korean, or British Columbia driver license, you may get a Washington State driver license by following the steps for new residents with a valid license from another state. Check out this link for more details from the DOL!

    Green Card Lottery Scandals

    Have you or someone you know recently received an e-mail claiming you’ve won the Green Card lottery and asking you to send or wire money? Don’t fall for it – the sender is trying to steal your money! Fraudsters will frequently e-mail potential victims posing as State Department or other government officials with requests to wire or transfer money online as part of a “processing fee.” You should NEVER transfer money to anyone who e-mails you claiming that you have won the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery or been selected for a Green Card. These e-mails are designed to steal money from unsuspecting victims. The senders often use phony e-mail addresses and logos designed to make them look more like official government correspondence. One easy way to tell they are a fraud is that the e-mail address does not end with a “.gov”.
    One particularly common fraud email comes from an address ending in @diplomats.com or @usa.com and asks potential victims to wire $819 per applicant/family member via Western Union to an individual (the name varies) at the following address in the United Kingdom: 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 1AE. If you receive this email, do NOT respond. Report it immediately to the Internet Crime Complaint Center and the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

    IESL Announcements

    -IESL Finals are August 8 and 9
    -IESL Students may view their fall schedules on-line
    Saturday, September 17 after 2:00 p.m., not before.
    -The first day of fall quarter is Monday, September 19. You must attend the first week of the quarter, or you will be dropped from your IESL classes. Tuition, proof of personal insurance, and English proficiency are all due on the first day of the quarter. There are no refunds of tuition to IESL students.
    -IESL Attendance Policy Change fall 2012Effective fall quarter there will be a new attendance policy for the IESL.
    · At 8 absences students will be registered for IESL Academic English Fundamentals in the following quarter to develop the English and study skills needed to be successful in the IESL.
    -English Proficiency Change winter 2012Effective for entrance into the academic program winter 2012, we will accept IELTS of 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0

    Student 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
    John Tankersley: jtankersley@greenriver.edu
    Kirsten Weber: kweber@greenriver.edu
    Erin Hitzemann: ehitzeman@greenriver.edu
    IP Twitter handle: @GRCC

    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.