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.


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.

· 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!
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
- University of Washington name recognized throughout the world
- The University of Washington is ranked: # 14 by Academic Ranking of World Universities (, 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 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
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.

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

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:
John Tankersley:
Kirsten Weber:
Erin Hitzemann:

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