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Photo & Video Feature: Opening Day 2018

By Philip Denman, September 19, 2018

Faculty and staff packed the Mel Lindbloom Student Union Building's Grand Hall on Sept. 18 for Opening Day ceremonies.

The event--which officially kicks off the new academic year for all campus employees--featured a keynote address by author C. Nicole Mason, a student panel, and round table discussions about building inclusive and equitable student centered learning environments.

Photos and video of the event follow:

GRC President Johnson and keynote speaker C. Nicole Mason take a selfie at opening day
Green River President Suzanne M. Johnson (right) and keynote speaker C. Nicole Mason take a selfie to kickoff Opening Day

GRC President Johnson welcomes the crowd at Opening Day
President Johnson welcomes faculty and staff to the Fall 2018 Quarter

More than 400 faculty and staff members attended Opening Day
Faculty and staff from across all GRC campuses gather in the Grand Hall for Opening Day

President Johnson welcomes Nicole Mason
Keynote speaker C. Nicole Mason shared her story, detailed in her book Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America, which has been selected as one of this year's One Book topic.

A student panel, lead by C. Nicole Mason, shared their stories of what brought them to Green River, and what they need to be successful
A student panel, lead by C. Nicole Mason, shared their stories of what brought them to Green River, and what they need to be successful and supported throughout their studies

Juan Felix (Daniel) Tampubolon shares his story of moving to the U.S.A. to complete his studies
Juan Felix (Daniel) Tampubolon shares his story of moving to the U.S.A. to complete his studies at Green River College

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