Academic Statement

Orienting Students to the Academic Statement

Evergreen’s faculty warmly welcome new students to the college!

Over the summer, the College mailed a copy of Dave Isay’s Listening is an Act of Love to every new undergraduate student.  The book is a wonderful “summer” read: it introduces people from all walks of American life, and will enable us to begin the year together considering “listening” as an activity central to a liberal education. Evergreen’s pedagogical philosophy is grounded in many values, one of which is listening.

We are pleased that Dave Isay will be our speaker for All Campus Convocation at the beginning of Orientation Week. Convocation will take place on Monday, September 23rd 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.

Also during Orientation Week, faculty will facilitate required small-group sessions with newly admitted undergraduate students entitled “Your Education and Your Academic Statement.” These sessions will be held for Olympia Campus students on:

  • Monday, Sept. 23, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  •  Tuesday, Sept. 24, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.; and
  • Thursday, Sept.  26, 3:00-5:00 p.m. 

You will receive an e-mail with the name of your faculty and location for these sessions.  These small-group sessions will provide an overview of Evergreen’s philosophy of teaching and learning, as well as discussions of David Isay’s Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project. 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 this set of sessions for any reason, the College offers two alternatives.  The first is a set of two sessions held on Monday, Sept. 23 and Wednesday, Sept. 25, both from 5:30-8:30 PM in the Seminar 2 building, room E1105.  The other is a single session held on Saturday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in E1105.  If you would like to sign up for one of these alternative offerings, please write to Nancy Koppelman at and let her know which session you will be attending. 

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.

Here are some useful links so you can learn about Listening is an Act of Love, the book’s editor Dave Isay, and the StoryCorp project.

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