Monday, May 16, 2011

Spring 2011 E-Newsletter Issue #5

Important Dates

May 30- Memorial Day (campus closed)
June 8- Study Day (no academic day classes, IESL students will have classes
June 9, 10 and 13- Finals
June 10- Commencement
June 13- Last day of instruction
June 17- Grades available online
June 20- Summer quarter classes begin

Summer Vacation and Student Health Insurance

-If you are planning to take a vacation quarter this summer you must let your advisor know. See your advisor face to face in IP.
-During a vacation quarter you may stay in the US or travel, as you wish.
-While on a vacation quarter you are not required to take classes, but you may choose to take less than 12 credits if you want to study part-time.
-You must carry student health insurance while in the US during a vacation quarter and if you are doing OPT. Pay for your insurance by check in the IP office at the front desk.

IP Warmly Welcomes Erin Hitzeman

Erin Hitzeman ("hits-man") has joined our IP advising team to fill in until Jessica is able to return from maternity leave. Erin has 12 years experience working with students on the GRCC campus and will be a great asset to IP and to you!

No Online Services (no registration) Available Memorial Day Week-end
On Friday, May 27th at 5:00pm, all of Green River Community College's computer systems will be taken offline (and will not be available for use) for scheduled maintenance. This scheduled maintenance period will last until Tuesday, May 31st at 10:00am. You can register classes before and after, but no online services will be available all week-end long.

Writing Center Closing during Summer Quarter

Due to budget cuts the Writing Center at GRCC will be closed during summer quarter. The Writing Center will reopen in fall quarter.

Transferring Soon?
Come in to the IP Office to get your I-20 transferred properly. You will need a letter of acceptance from your new school, plus a bit of paperwork.

Your Transfer Angel!
Are you going to apply for university this coming fall or winter? Have you done your research? Are you overwhelmed by all the information you need for transferring? ANGEL is here to help!Your advisors have created a website in ANGEL where you can have direct access to the transfer information of your need. ANGEL is an on line system which all GRCC students have the access to. To log on, go to Your log on user name is your GRCC e-mail user name and your password is your student ID number. After you have logged on, click on "IP Advising" under "Community Group".
ANGEL will save half of your time on your university research!For detail instruction to log on

Late Fall Transfer Option in CA

Check out California State University San Marcos They are still accepting applications for fall 2011 to international students with a visa currently studying in the US. See an advisor if you have questions after checking out their website.

Need TOEFL for Your Transfer? Register NOW!

If you plan to start applying to universities during fall 2011 for a 2012 transfer, you should be aware that most schools require a TOEFL score. Check the school website now to know what your schools require. Register for TOEFL early to reserve your seat locally. Spaces fill up fast and many student who wait to register for a test date actually end up travelling (sometimes out of State) to test. Better to register and test early!

TRAVEL TIP: Will you have "Jet Lag" when you return this fall?

Jet lag is especially tough when you travel East across the time zones. If you are going to Asia for a vacation this summer, consider returning three days early to adjust to the time difference. Give yourself a great start in fall quarter!

Traveling out of the U.S.?

Get your I-20 signed before leaving the country. The I-20 signature allows you to get back in to the U.S. Come to IP if you need an updated signature. Print a copy of your next quarter classes so that you have some extra document to show when you return. You don't need to show it unless you are questioned, but you'll be glad you have it if you are asked.

GRCC Tuition Increase

Yes, you got it... The sad news is: tuition prices are going up. The good news is: it's not until this fall. For most students the increase will be about $200 more per quarter. Your current fall invoice does not yet show this increase. Check for your tuition adjustment in August.

IESL Announcements

· Students will be able to view their summer schedules on-line Saturday, June 18th, after 2PM.
· IESL finals will be taking place on Tuesday, 6/7 and Wednesday, 6/8. 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.




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. Call 253-797-4868 which will put you in direct contact with the van that night. Be safe, use Safety Rides!

Campus Resource Links

Contact Information
IP Telephone (253)288-3300
Alvin Tai:
John Tankersley:
Kirsten Weber:
IP Twitter handle: @GRCC

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