Batik Day

“Batik” is a word that would ring a bell to any Indonesians in their home country or even to those thousand miles away from home. It is derived from the word “ambatik” which means “a cloth with little dots”. As it name suggests, Batik is a hand made piece of clothing designed using special techniques of dying. Its distinct patterns and colors have been an intricate part of Indonesia’s identity since hundreds of years. It is considered a piece of authentic art passed down from Javanese royalty.

Unlike modern techniques, Batik originally is created by “drawing” designs on to the cloth with a piece of tool called canting. Wax such as beeswax and paraffin are used to create these designs. Designing Batik is, indeed, time consuming which is why newer techniques have been developed such as using design units called cap. With , a person will only have to “punch” the designs on the cloth instead of drawing the designs with hand. With newer modern techniques, mass production of Batik has become plausible. It is now all over the world representing Indonesia.

Today, the 2nd of October, is a special day where Indonesians celebrate their Batik pride because today is the National Batik Day in Indonesia. To bring the enthusiasm from back home to America, Indonesian students at Green River College are wearing their beautiful Batik to campus. Spot them when you see those colourful patterns! ;)


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Fall Activities You Should Not Miss!

Greetings Gators!

Here are the lists of activities offered this quarter that you should definitely not miss..

1. Beauty and The Beast at Seattle’s Paramount Theater


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Watch one of the best Broadway Musical, The Beauty and The Beast, live at Seattle’s Paramount Theater on Friday 11th of December. Transportation will be provided and if you are a Green River student, you only have to pay a discounted price of $45.00 ! Non-students will be charged $75.00. Great deal isn’t it? Don’t miss this opportunity!

2. Boeing Future of Flight Museum and Tour


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What’s one of the greatest advantage of studying in Seattle area? Of course, being only several miles away from one of the world’s greatest aircraft company, BOEING! Here you can see the amazing process of building BOEING aircrafts along with a guided tour of the manufacturing ground. As a part of the annual trips held by Green River College, this year the trip will be held on Saturday the 21st of November. Transportation will be provided and the fee is only $10.00 for Green River Students an $22.00 for non students!

3. Thunderbirds Hockey Game at ShoWare Centre Kent


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Join the fun watching Seattle Thunderbirds in action on ice! The game will be held in ShoWare Centre near Kent Station on Saturday the 28th of November.The Seattle Thunderbirds are a junior ice hockey team based in the city of Kent. They are part of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League. Transportation will be provided and tickets are priced for only $10.00 for Green River Students and $20.00 for non-students.

4. Leavenworth Lighting Festival


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This is personally one of my most favorite event of the year. The bottom picture is a picture of several GRC friends and I during last year’s Lighting Festival. It was so much fun! We explored the beautiful town, ate super delicious German style hot dogs, and watched fireworks along with the lighting festival.

Leavenworth is a small Bavarian village located near Seattle. Every year, Leavenworth never failed to impress Washingtonians with its Lighting Festival, which is held a few weeks before Christmas. This place is a true escape from big city hustle and bustle where families and friends relax and enjoy their quality time amidst the magical white Christmas. This trip will be held on Saturday the 5th of December. Green River Students will be charged $20.00 while non students will be charged $30.00 in return for a splendid evening that you will not regret!

4. Riverdance at Paramount Theater


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Another of Paramount’s incredible show, Riverdance, will be held at Seattle’s Paramount Theater on Sunday the 1st of November. Riverdance is an Irish dance show that surely will leave you amazed. Don’t miss this beautiful masterpiece! Transportation and tickets will be $35.00 for Green River students and $65.00 for non students. Book yours now!

5. Room Escape Adventures


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This is a fun challenge where you will have 60 minutes to escape from a room where a zombie is chained to its wall. You will have to work with numerous clues and solve riddles with 11 others in the room in order to obtain the hidden key. If you buy tickets online, it will cost you $28.00. Good news!  Perks of being a Green River Student, you will only be charged for $15.00 for tickets AND transportation. Non students will be charged $35.00. This activity will be held on Saturday the 7th of November.

6. Pumpkin Picking at Spooner Farms

Halloween is only a month to go! Remember Jack-O-Lantern? Yup, he is the famous Halloween pumpkin. Pumpkins are one of the main highlights of Halloween. To celebrate the upcoming Halloween, Green River College offers students a pumpkin picking trip to Spooner Farms. Pick your own pumpkin at Spooner Farms and join the fun pumpkin carving activity at campus after the trip. The trip will cost $10.00 for Green River students and $30.00 for non students. It will be held on Saturday the 17th of October.


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For all activities listed above, you may sign up by clicking on this link below:

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Fall Has Arrived!


I hope your first week of Fall Quarter went well.Time surely flies! Welcome to Green River College to all new Gators and welcome back to campus to all returning ones. The weather this past week has been quite chilly as the cold September breeze swept our beautiful green campus, which soon would not be as “green” anymore until the rest of the year. I went out of Technology Centre last Friday and noticed the beautiful little changes of nature that marks the beginning of the season. Don’t you just love looking at those pretty scarlet and golden leaves? Fall has arrived… Have an awesome Sunday!

Adysti Kardi

Fall at Green River College


Message from Ross Jennings, VP of International Programs and Extended Learning at Green River College

Hello everyone –

I am very sorry to report that a bus of international students from Norh Seattle College was hit by a big vehicle on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle and resulted in a terrible accident. Four NSC international students were killed, and many more injured. The injured are being treated at different Seattle hospitals.

No Green River students were involved.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased and injured, and everyone at NSC.

The news said that the hospitals can use more blood to treat the injured. If you would like to donate blood, and can arrange transportation, the nearest blood donation centers are in Tukwila (South Center Mall area) and Federal Way. Here is the link:

I’m going on Saturday.

Thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers.

Ross Jennings
Vice President
International Programs and Extended Learning


Summer Activities at Green River College

Are you still thinking whether or not you want to take summer quarter at Green River College? Many students are going home, which is a shame since the summer in Washington state is absolutely gorgeous. The sun comes out and the rain stops so the conditions are great to go out and explore. Green River offers several trips this summer for you to go on.

Woodland Park Zoo
Date: Friday, July 3
Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Cost: $20-student, $35-non-student
Description: Lions and tigers and bears –Oh my! Visit the Woodland Park Zoo, which features thousands of animals, including a huge variety of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Price includes transportation, admission, and boxed lunch.

Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles AngelsCapture
Date: Friday, July 10
Time: 5pm-11pm
Cost: $20-student, $30-non-student
Description: Cheer on Seattle’s professional baseball team as they take on the Los Angeles Angels in America’s favorite sport. Price includes transportation and game ticket. Bring money for souvenirs/snacks.

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Date: Friday, July 17
Time: 7:45am-7:30pm
Cost: $20-student, $30-non-student
Description: Visit one of the greatest landmarks of the Pacific Northwest. Trip includes a scenic walk through the Grove of the Patriarchs and a visit to Paradise for hiking. Price includes transportation and boxed lunch. Bring money for breakfast/pastries at a bakery.

Seattle Sounders Football Club vs. Colorado RapidsCapture3
Date: Saturday, July 18
Time: 5pm-10pm
Cost: $20-student, $30-non-student
Description: Professional soccer match between Seattle’s beloved soccer team, the Sounders (2014 U.S. Open Cup Champions) and the Colorado Rapids. Price includes transportation and game ticket. Bring money for souvenirs and/or snacks.

Stay tuned for more great summer activities!


ISO Sport Tournament 2015

Every year, Indonesian Student Association (ISO) organized Sport Tournament to help students in Green River make friends through sport. This year, ISO runs the event in Winter Quarter, March 6, March 7, and March 14, and it was a huge success; everyone loves it! There were a lot of athletes and many supporters came to support their friends competing. Here is a video that Ryan Trisnojoyo (one of ISO officer) made to sum up the fun event!

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Wants to see more? Visit ISO Facebook group:

Have a great Spring Break!

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Winter Holiday to Leavenworth, WA

All Green River Community College students were on break on December 2014. There are a lot of things that, as a GRCC students, they can do. For me, I decided to go to Leavenworth, a city in Chelan County, Washington to enjoy the Winter break with some other GRCC students.

Going to Leavenworth on Winter Break was a really good decision. It’s still in Washington; it’s just 131 miles East away from GRCC and very close to Steven Pass. There are a lot of things that, as a student, we can do. Even spending the whole day with GRCC friends is so much fun.We rent a house and stayed overnight, we made smores, played games, made bbq, made dinner, and so much more fun.

Also, going out to a place like Leavenworth would build a stronger bond between you and other GRCC friends. :)

At Leavenworth after having lunch at Muchen Haus Sausage Restaurant.

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Decided to stay one night in Leavenworth and played games. It was so much fun for filling our Winter Break

Decided to stay one night in Leavenworth and played games. It was so much fun for filling our Winter Break