Advising Updates and Schedules
John Tankersley will be out of the office on
Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18.
There will be no advising on Monday, January 21
because Green River will be closed for Martin Luther
King Jr. Day. Note: The IP office will be closed
on Monday, January 21.
There will be limited advising on Friday, January
25. Please plan ahead if you have questions for your
advisor. We apologize for any inconvenience this may
A Message to Students
There were four recent robberies of international students
north of campus near Family of Grace Lutheran Church and
Gentry Walk Apartments. Auburn Police arrested two suspects
yesterday. The arrests were possible because the victims
reported the crimes and Auburn Police followed up quickly.
It is very important that students report such crimes to
Auburn Police and Campus Safety as soon as they occur. If
you or someone you know is the victim or witness of a crime,
here is what you should do immediately:
1. Call 911 on your phone to contact the Police. Operators
have access to interpreters of all languages.
2. Call 253-833-9111 Extension #2250 to notify GRCC Campus
Safety. A GRCC Safety Officer is available 24 hours a day to
answer this phone.
3. Check in with International Programs as soon as possible.
We are here to help you.
There are a number of initiatives that are having positive
results at reducing crime in the Lea Hill neighborhood.
1. Since Jan. 1, 2008, Auburn Police have taken over the
patrol of Lea Hill and have at least one car in the
immediate area 24-hours a day and a response rate of just
over 2 minutes.
2. GRCC's Safety Ride Program provides free rides to
students, who normally walk in the immediate neighborhood
from dusk until 4 a.m.
3. Campus Safety has increased its visibility on-campus, at
Campus Corner Apartments, and on the perimeter of campus.
4. Personal safety classes have been offered and additional
campus training is anticipated.
5. "Safety Cards" promoting personal safety and how to
report crimes are being developed with the help of
6. Emergency whistles are being distributed to students who
walk to school.
7. Washington State Governor Gregoire's proposed operating
budget for 2008-09 includes funding for college safety
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are
committed to continuing to make sure that Green River and
the community is safe for our students.
Campus Safety Ride Program
What is it? An escort and ride from dark to
Who is it for? Students who live at Campus Corner
Apartments and students who walk to and from nearby
Where do they drive? To local convenience stores
(Circle K and Shell). To and from CCA to neighborhood
How does a student request? Contact Campus Safety
Office at 253-288-3350. Please call 5-10 minutes before
you need a ride.
This service is FREE.
Inclement Weather Policy
GRCC posts announcements and updates about school
closures on the home page of the website when unusual
weather occurs. If you are unsure about whether or not to
attend classes on any particular day because of unusual
weather, please check the
GRCC homepage or
School Report for
school closure information.
IESL students can sign up for the Institutional TOEFL in IVA
101. Please see Annemarie or Anita.
The test will be on Saturday, February 2 and each student will
need to pay $25 to take the test. Please check in at 8:30 am
(test begins at 9:00 am). Students that are
currently in IESL level 1-4 who score more that 500 on the
institutional TOEFL, must be available for an academic
orientation on Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21.
IP Advising Facebook Account
We invite you to join the IP Advising Facebook group
The IP Advising staff has created a Facebook group- "Green
River Community College-International Programs-IP Advising".
If you have a Facebook account, we encourage you to join the
group and share your experiences and thoughts. If you do not
have a Facebook account, it may be a good idea to create one
by going to Facebook's
homepage so that you can join the network of GRCC
friends. This group can provide a forum to discuss advising
issues, meet other GRCC students and explore the intricate
details of university transfers.
Are you looking for a job?
The IESL program is looking for a student worker.
Preferred hours are from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Please
contact Debbie VanHoy in the IP office if you are
Vietnamese Inspirational Student Association's first meeting
of the winter quarter will be on Thursday, January 17 from
5:00 to 6:00 pm. Students will see pictures and videos of
the Gator's Night Fashion and Music Show and plan winter
quarter activities. Please contact the VISA club members at
for more information.
Please come to the Without Boundaries meeting on Wednesday,
January 23 at 5:00 pm in SMT 222. The purpose of this new
club is to help new international students overcome cultural
shock and for club members to experience diversity and
discover similarities. Please come to the IP office
and speak with John if you have questions about this club.
Peer Mentoring Event
Lunar New Year Celebration
When: Tuesday, February 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: To Be Determined
Activities and Volunteering
Volunteer at the Auburn Food Bank
Friday, January 25 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Thursday, January 31 from 8:00 to 11:00 am
Sign up at Students Programs in the LSC.
Native American Pow Wow at the University of
Saturday, January 26
Cost: $1.00 (transportation included)
Sign up at Student Programs in the LSC.
Snoqualmie Ski and Snowboard Trip
Saturday, February 16
More information to come. Visit Student Programs in the
LSC for more information.
GRCC Events Calendar for more activities and events.
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Auburn, WA 98092-3699