Academic Statement

Orienting Students to the Academic Statement

We look forward to having you join us on at Evergreen, which is situated on more than 1,000 acres, including forests, a beach on Puget Sound, and an organic farm.  At Evergreen, we take seriously our responsibility to steward this land respectfully, intelligently, and sustainably by paying attention to it.  Our Common Read for incoming students this fall is Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s book Crow Planet:  Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness. Crow Planet embodies the values of stewardship, and helps us learn how to pay attention to the wildness in our surroundings whether they be urban, suburban or rural.

Over the summer, the College will mail a copy of the book to every new undergraduate student.  It’s a wonderful “summer” book:  it helps readers learn how to see wildness wherever they are, and to consider how people and other living things coexist and shape each other.  Our collective engagement with the book begins our year together, during which the College as a whole will consider paying attention as an activity central to a liberal education.  

We are pleased that Lyanda Lynn Haupt will be our speaker for All Campus Convocation at the beginning of Orientation Week.  Convocation will take place on Monday, September 22rd at 10:00 a.m. in the Costantino Recreation Center on the Olympia Campus.  An additional session will be held at 6:00 p.m. in Tacoma for our Tacoma Program students.  Haupt’s Convocation address and seminars on her book during the sessions described below are the first of many thematically-linked events that will occur throughout the academic year under the banner paying attention.

Also during Orientation Week, faculty will facilitate required small-group sessions with newly admitted undergraduate students entitled “Your Education and Your Academic Statement.” You should plan to attend all three sessions, which will be held for Olympia Campus students on:

  • Monday, Sept. 22, 1–3 pm.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1–3 pm; and
  • Thursday, Sept. 25, 1–3 pm. (This final meeting occurs during Rosh Hashanah.  If this poses a conflict for you, see below for alternate sessions.)

New students will receive an e-mail message from the College with the name of your faculty and location for these sessions the week before the sessions will occur.  These small-group sessions will provide an overview of Evergreen’s philosophy of teaching and learning, as well as discussions of Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s Crow Planet:  Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness. You’ll also reflect on your experiences with education thus far, and begin to articulate your plans, hopes, and dreams for your education at Evergreen and beyond.

If you are unable to attend the Academic sessions during the times listed above, you may sign up for one of three options listed below:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 25, both from 5:30–8:30 pm.
  • Saturday, September 27 from 10 am–4 pm. 
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, September 22, 23 and 25, from 1–3 pm. 

If you have any questions about the Academic Statement Initiative, including the sessions offered during Orientation Week, write to Nancy Koppelman at  To view the entire Orientation Week schedule, visit the New Student Orientation web page.

If you are a Reservation-Based Community Determined or Tacoma Program student, you will receive information from your Program team with information about your schedule.

We look forward to beginning the year with you by thinking about and practicing paying attention together.