Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Legend, Lore, or Love: The History of Valentine's Day

Um...Happy Lupercalia Day!?
Or shall I simply say, Happy Valentine's Day?

February 14th, the day of love...and roses...and chocolate....ever wondered what the history of this lovely holiday actually is? Just what are we celebrating, and why?

Here's a short clip from the History Channel that might shed some light on the possible origins this romantic day!

Can we credit a Saint Valentine with the holiday? Or perhaps the old Roman celebration is where it all began. Regardless of the possible religious or pagan roots, this holiday is one that is widely celebrated in the United States and all over the world! It's estimated that Americans spent $18 billion dollars on Valentine's Day gifts in 2015 alone! Now that's a lot of chocolate and roses!

Want to learn more about the holiday?
The Holman Library has some great resources!Stop by the Reference Desk and ask for help finding books in the library or articles and films in our library databases! 

But don't forget, this year Valentine's Day falls on Sunday, February 14th. The library will be open Sunday, but the library will be CLOSED on Monday, February 15th in celebration of another holiday rich with history, President's Day.

Happy Valentine's Day from your friendly librarians at the Holman Library! 

Monday, February 8, 2016

2016 FAFSA / WASFA Workshops!

It's time to start thinking about filling out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and / or WASFA (Washington Application for Student Financial Aid). Feeling lost or would like some help with the process?

Green River's Financial Aid office will be hosting a series of workshops in English and other languages (Spanish, Arabic, or Tongan on certain dates) that can help you complete your application.

From the Green River College Financial Aid office:

The financial aid process can be a complex process to navigate on your own. Green River will be hosting FAFSA and WASFA workshops in February and March to help you complete your application. Sign up for one of our five workshops to learn about financial aid, and complete your FAFSA or WASFA with help from our financial aid experts. Space is limited, so sign up today! Interpretation services will be available for selected dates; please see the workshop schedule for details. Printed resources will also be available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Tongan at all workshops. 
The dates for these workshops are:
The workshops have limited space available, so if you are interested in attending, sign up soon.

To sign up for one of the workshops--
  1. Click on the link for the date you want above.
  2. On the screen that comes up, click on "RSVP for this event":

Questions about the workshops? Contact Adam Brown (abrown@greenriver.edu). 

And good luck with your financial aid applications!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

FAQs about Printing Points

Whether you are a brand new GRC student or just need a refresher, here are the answers to most Frequently Asked Questions about printing points:

How much does printing cost?
At the beginning of each quarter, all currently enrolled students receive a print allocation credit of 350 points*. Points are automatically debited every time you print. 

  • Black & white prints are 1 point for each piece of paper.
  • Color prints are 10 points each.
  • Posters are 100 points each.

* Printing in GRC’s open computer labs is paid for out of the student Technology Fee, which also pays for computers, software, network, staffing, etc. The tech fee is overseen by a Tech Fee Committee made up of students and staff. The students on the committee are either student government reps or students appointed by student government.

Do printing points expire?

  • Unused points accumulate from quarter to quarter, until a maximum of 1000 points is reached.  
  • If you do not attend Green River for 6 months, your account will be deleted and all accumulated points lost.

How many pages can I print?
It depends! Printing in color or printing a poster using more printing points than printing black & white pages. See printing values above.

What if I run out of points?
You may add points at a cost of $.05/point to your account by purchasing $1, $5, or $10 print cards (20, 100, and 200pts) at the Paper Tree Bookstore or at the Kent Campus.

Can I check my point balance?
Yes. Students can check their printing balance through the PaperCut icon in the lower-right hand corner of the desktop toolbar or through this website: https://maidenhair.student.grcc.edu:9192/release

Why did my print job come out double-sided? What if I want single-sided?
In order to reduce the impact of paper use and printing on our environment, the default on all printers in the Information Commons is set to print two-sided pages. If you would like to print single-sided pages, please ask a student helpdesk worker or librarian to help change your printing options.

I need help printing. Who should I ask? 
Please ask a student helpdesk worker or a librarian for help!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day!

What exactly is Groundhog Day? Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. According to folklore, the groundhog comes out from his home, after a long winter of hibernating below ground, to look for his shadow. If he sees it, he regards it as a warning of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole. If the day is cloudy and he does not see his shadow he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

Where did this tradition come from? An ancient Christian tradition called Candlemas Day was celebrated with the passing out of candles whose sizes, and thus burning hours, signified how long the winter would be. Upon arriving in Pennsylvania, a group of German settlers continued the tradition using groundhogs as their instruments to predict the weather.

Today, in the early hours of February 2, 2016, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania celebrated the 130th anniversary of their town's first Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil, the appropriately named groundhog used in the annual ceremony, emerged from his shelter, did not see his shadow, and the ceremony emcee boldly proclaimed, “There is no shadow to be cast! An early spring is my forecast!”

For more information about the celebration of Groundhog Day including its history and significance, please see the following.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Join us for the winter quarter discussion series:

One Book, One Community, Many Perspectives 

Week 4: Jan 26, 12-12:50 in SH110

“Contemporary Geo-Politics of Afghanistan, the Middle East and North Africa”
Political Science faculty member, Allison Jansen, will survey the historical roots of current conflicts in the region by examining the goals and relationships of the competing players for peace and war.

Week 6: Feb 9, 12-12:50 in SH110

“Faculty Fishbowl: How we Talk about Difficult Texts”
Handling uncompromising, unsettling, and realistic content in a classroom filled with diverse student populations is difficult because it can alienate, exclude or perhaps even confuse students. In this panel discussion we will consider how potentially offensive and painful texts can be presented in an academic context. In other words, how do we - as members of academic communities - talk about difficult text?

A panel discussion led by English faculty Linda Wilson-Hill and Richard Potsubay

Week 8: Feb 23, 12-12:50 in SH110

"The Diverse Experiences of Women Veterans" 

The stories of women veterans are generally overlooked in larger narratives of war. Hear the stories of four women who served in different arms of the military and in very different eras.

A panel discussion with Betty Dybbro, Lacey resident and WWII WAC; Marianne Jacobs, Anthropology faculty and Vietnam War nurse; Erin Fernandez-Mommer, Spanish and Humanities faculty, Army combat medic 1994-2000; Manila Mercurio, GRC Program Coordinator for Veterans' Services, US Navy dental technician 2000-2005, 2014

For more on the One Book, check out our Research Guide!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

NEW! GRC Newspaper "The Current" Digital Archive Now Available

Student Newspaper Masthead, October 14, 1976

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Green River College, Holman Library has developed a digital archive of the school newspaper, The Current. The collection contains scanned copies back to the first issue, which was published in the fall of 1965, up to 1999 or later. More recent issues are being added regularly.

October 8, 1965

Use the archive as a primary source for research papers. Explore such fascinating topics in the college's history such as
  • how anti-war, civil rights, environment, and other social movements played out here
  • how the curriculum has changed over time
  • what sports, clubs and other extracurricular activities students participated in
  • has parking always been a problem?!
October 12, 1995

October 8, 1965

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Who is King County Named After?

Green River College is one of ten community and technical colleges in King County. It is common for those of us who live, work and go to school in King County to see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s image around town as seen in the logo above. But this was not always the case. The Washington Territory and King County were formed in December of 1852 and in early 1853 King County was named after Vice President elect William Rufus DeVane King. On February 24, 1986 the King County Council passed motion 6461 renaming the county to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and on April 19, 2005 the state official signed this name change into Washington State law.

Why the change? There is an interesting contrast between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and William Rufus DeVane King. While the politics of pre-civil war America can be complicated, William Rufus DeVane King was a slave owner and he also planned and named the city of Selma, Alabama. Selma was the location of one of the most important marches that Dr. King participated in. It is to the credit of the King County council-members that our county shifted from being named after a slave owner to being named after one of the greatest civil rights leaders our nation has ever known.

Take a moment to reflect on the life and work of Dr. MartinLuther King Jr. this weekend. Watch his
“I Have A Dream” speech and let the words of one of the most important speeches of the 20th century sink in. 

For further reading:

Friday, January 15, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Monday, January 18th, we have the great privilege of celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and remembering the man, whose dream of equality and a better life, has impacted us all.

In honor of the holiday, the Holman Library will be closed on Monday, January 18th. 

Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. using these following links:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Happy final week of the quarter!

It’s almost time for Winter Break! Whether you have lots of plans or are just getting ready for a quiet couple of weeks before the beginning of 2016, here are some tips from Holman Library to help start your holiday off right:

First things first! - You’ll want to finish off your Finals in style! Holman Library will be open for “extended hours” through Weds. 12/9: 7 am - midnight. The rest of the week:
  • Thursday, 12/10 - 7 am - 10 pm
  • Friday, 12/11 - 7 am - 6 pm
The library will have all of its normal services available, so you’ll have plenty of space to come in and prepare for a successful finals run! Keep in mind that if you need a quiet place to study, there are silent study areas on the first floor of the library and on the second floor in classrooms HL 213 & 217. Group study rooms are also available, and fill up on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Home for the Holidays - Do you want to check out items to read or use over the Winter Break from the library? You can!

If you check out an item from Holman Library this week and let the Circulation Desk (the place where you check out the book or video) know you would like to keep the item over the break, the due date will be the start of Winter Quarter, Monday, January 4th!

Why would you want to do this? You could get a head start on your winter subjects if you were very studious, or maybe pick up one of those enticing reads from the New Books Shelf that you’ve had your eye on for a while but no time to read…

Keeping Your Cool Over Break - If you have items from the library that didn’t quite get returned before the end of finals week, Holman Library will be closed for the break, but you’re not out of luck! The library has a “drop box” on the west wall near the south entrance to the building (this is the entrance across from the RLC building) that can be used to return items when the library is closed.

Have a Happy Winter Break, everyone, and see you in January!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Shine Your Light

Now that the nights are long and dark, you may find yourself walking on dark streets more often.  Please heed these tips from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center


  • Wear bright/light-colored clothing and reflective materials.
  • Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Cross the street in a well-lit area at night.
  •  Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars, or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.

Keep in mind that, as people age, the amount of light that enters their eyes decreases drastically.  That means that middle-aged and older drivers need those bright, reflective materials far more than a younger driver or pedestrian might guess.  For your own sake, please help all drivers see you as you walk or bike.

(Photos:https://www.flickr.com/photos/notmargaret/6778622590 and https://www.flickr.com/photos/bike/2217962902)