Tragedy - A Time to Talk and Share for International Students
Friday, April 20, 11:00 am in the Glacier Room of LSC
We are deeply saddened by the senseless shootings that
occurred at Virginia Tech on Monday. Our thoughts are with the
students, faculty, and staff as they deal with this tragedy.
Even though this incident occurred many miles away, we
understand that it is disturbing and has created strong
reactions among students, staff, and community members even here
at Green River.
Please know that GRCC will continue to provide a safe place
for you to study and enjoy your international experience. The
GRCC community has already taken additional steps to protect our
campus. President Rich Rutkowski has requested an immediate
increase in our campus security presence and has asked that
additional campus safety planning be done.
We want to offer our support to help you cope with issues
related to this tragedy. The IP Advising Team and the Counseling
Center will host a special meeting to help international
students talk about their thoughts, feelings, and reactions
related to this incident. All international students are welcome
and are encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend or
prefer to talk about your concerns individually, please come to
the International Programs Office to see your advisor.
- Advisors will not be available this Friday, April 20
from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. All advisors will be attending
the Virginia Tech Discussion during this time (see above).
- There will be limited advising on Friday, April 27.
Jessica and John will be available throughout the day to answer short questions
- Sarah C. will be out of the office from Monday, April
23 - Friday, April 27.
- Alvin will be out of the office from Thursday, April 26
- Friday, May 4.
- There will no advisors available on Thursday, May 3
from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
If you need to see a specific advisor during any of these
times, please plan ahead. We apologize for any inconvenience and
thank you for your patience.
Also, please remember that the IP office closes at 5:00 pm
everyday. If you need to speak with an advisor, please come to
the office well before 5:00 pm. If you are an IESL student, we
encourage you to come to the office in the mornings or during
your lunch hour rather than after your classes. That way we can
ensure that your needs are met.
Spring Workshop Series from IP
- Tuesday, May 1 from 9:00-10:00 am in TC 207 OR
- Wednesday, May 2 from 3:00-4:00 pm in IVC 101
Would you like an opportunity to work off campus and gain
valuable work experience? Are you already planning to do OPT? If
so, you are encouraged to attend the OPT workshop. Presenters
will cover important details about how to get work
authorization, as well as how to find a job, write a resume, and
prepare for an interview.
International Student Transfer Workshop:
- Wednesday, May 2 from 3:00-4:00 pm in SMT 354 OR
- Thursday, May 3 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm in TC 207
This workshop will provide an overview of the university
transfer process for international students, including
university selection, class planning, test requirements,
application details, and personal statements.
Transitioning to the University:
- Friday, May 4 from 3:00-4:00 pm in SMT 222
Transferring to the university is a very exciting time for
students, but it also comes with a lot of change. This workshop
prepares students to make a smooth transition to their new
school and get started in a positive direction. We will discuss
the changing environments, how to start a new social life,
differences in your academic studies, and transferring your
We look forward to seeing you during our Spring Workshop
University Transfer Fair for International Students
- Monday, May 7 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Main Dining
Area of LSC
Representatives from the following universities will be
available to answer your questions and provide information about
their schools and degree programs/majors. Please attend at any
time during the fair.
Academy of Art University / Art
Institute of Seattle / Bastyr University / Central Washington
University / City University / Dickenson State University /
Eastern Illinois University / Evergreen State College / Grand
Canyon University / Hawaii Pacific University / Indiana
University / Johnson and Whales University / Montana State
University / Northern Arizona University / Pacific Lutheran
University / Purdue University / San Diego State University /
San Francisco State University / Seattle University / Seattle
Pacific University / University of Montana - Missoula /
University of North Dakota / University of Oregon / University
of Puget Sound / University of South Alabama / University of
Washington Evening Degree Program / University of Washington
Tacoma / Western Oregon University / Western Washington
Grand Canyon University Transfer Agreement
GCU has an excellent transfer program for Washington
community college students. Besides having small class sizes,
first class international advising, and reasonable tuition, GCU
provides priority on-campus housing for all international
students, guaranteed scholarships for international students who
meet the admission requirements, and direct transfer agreements
to ensure junior status upon arrival. GCU also offers degrees in
Business, Nursing, Education, and more.
Please visit the GCU
website for more information. A representative from GCU will
be at the University Transfer Fair to answer your questions on
May 7 (see above).
Additional Transfer Workshops from Educational Planning
(these workshops are designed for
domestic students, so please be aware that some of the
information may not be relevant to your situation)
Please click here to see available workshops and sign up.
Test Anxiety Workshop
When you take a test do you get sweaty palms, headaches,
upset stomach? Do you feel like your mind goes blank even though
you studied for hours? Find out how to overcome test anxiety.
The Counseling and Health Services office will have a test
anxiety workshop for students interested in getting practical
tips on study habits, time management, self-care, and stress
reduction. Learn how to be a better test-taker in any class!
- Tuesday, April 24 from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Rainier Room
2007 Graduation Ceremony
If you are planning to graduate soon, you may want to attend
the 2007 Graduation Ceremony. Follow these steps to sign up to
walk in the graduation with your peers, faculty, and staff:
- Apply for graduation by filling out a degree application
(available in the IP office)
- Fill out a graduation card at Enrollment Services (LSC
277) (photo ID is required)
- Each graduate will get up to four tickets for their guests
- Purchase your cap, gown, and tassel at the Paper Tree
- Attend the rehearsal on Friday, June 15 at 1:30 pm in the
Main Dining Area of LSC
The graduation ceremony is on Friday, June 15 at 7:00 pm in
the Gymnasium. Graduates must line up in the Main Dining Area of
LSC at 6:30 pm.
More detailed information will be mailed to all students who
apply for graduation (first step above). You can also talk to
your advisor for more information.
Applying for your High School Completion Diploma
If you are planning to earn your high school diploma soon,
please go to the IP office to meet with Debbie VanHoy and apply
for your diploma. Please do NOT go directly to Enrollment
Services in the LSC to do this.
Public Behavior Expectations - A Message from Ross Jennings
We have received a complaint from a local citizen that
persons she believes to be international students have been
bothering her on the bus. While we have no way to independently
verify her claim, I believe this may be a good time to remind
everyone of our high expectations for behavior in public. I
believe that most international students behave exceptionally
well in public, and follow the basic rules of society. For that
you have my high appreciation. There are, however, exceptions. I
expect all of our international students to be respectful of
others on and off campus. Thank you for being excellent
ambassadors for your countries and for our college.
Activities and Volunteering
Thank you for coming to the Ice Cream Social on April
6th. We had a lot of returning and new students (More
than 350!!!). We hope you enjoyed the sunny day with ice
cream. Once again, thank you very much for coming and
hope to see you at other activities!!!
Yuki, Steve, Gabriella, and Taek
GRCC International Student Ambassadors
Table Tennis Club
Come experience the challenge and fun of table
tennis. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 11:00 am
- 1:00 pm in the CCA Community Room. To sign up, send
your full name and student ID to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Volunteer at Auburn Pregnancy Aid
Friday, April 20 from 8:30-11:30 am
FREE! Sign up in Student Programs in the LSC.
A Melody in Spring
Thursday, May 3 from 1:00-2:00 pm in the Performing Arts
Building (Rehearsal Room)
If you can play ANY instruments and would like to perform at the
concert, contact Yuki at (email@example.com) as soon as
possible. This is the last concert of the 2006-2007 year so
please come and join us!
One World Taiko - performance and volunteering
Friday, May 4 from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Commons in front of
LSC (if it rains, it will be in MDA)
Japanese traditional drums performance. Come and enjoy the
Volunteer opportunity at the One World Taiko…
I need volunteers who can help during the performance and
wear traditional clothes from your countries. Please contact
Yuki at (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to volunteer.
Volunteer for the Family Fiesta in Auburn
Friday, May 4 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 am
FREE! All volunteers will get a t-shirt. Sign up in Student
Programs in the LSC.
Spider-man 3 at IMAX
Friday, May 4 from 5:00-11:00 pm (movie starts at 7:30 pm) at
Pacific Science Center in Seattle
$7 students, $10 non-students. Tickets are limited! Sign up in
Student Programs in the LSC.
Volunteer for Auburn Clean Sweep
Saturday, May 12 at 7:00 am
FREE! Get a pancake breakfast and volunteer in downtown Auburn.
Sign up in Student Programs in the LSC.
Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 pm - 1:30 am
$25 students, $35 non-students, $45 couples
Wear semi-formal clothes and play casino games. A dance floor,
games, music, and snacks will be provided. For more information,
contact Yuki at (email@example.com).
GRCC Events Calendar
for more activities and events.
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