All-Campus Mentoring Day Schedule

All Campus Mentoring Day

Wednesday, May 14, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Seminar 2

Additional sessions will be held from 5-6 p.m. on May 20th and 21st and from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Saturday May 24th. See Schedule (PDF).

All undergraduates are welcome to attend advising and mentoring sessions led by faculty.

Each session will be offered twice.


  • 1:30-2:30 First Session
  • 2:30-2:45  Break: Please join us for refreshments in E2105 until 4pm.
  • 2:45-3:45  Second Session
  • 3:45-4:00 Break
  • 4:00  Academic Fair

Faculty will help you make the most of your Evergreen education and prepare for work and graduate school.  Please join us!

Understanding Evergreen

When and How to Do an Individual Learning Contract or Internship - A1105

Rose Jang, Amy Cook, Cheri Lucas-Jennings, Frederica Bowcutt, Lin Nelson, Ellen Short-Sanchez

Individual Learning Contracts and Internships give students the chance to do extensive project and pre-professional work, and study advanced topics not available in the regular curriculum. This session walks you through the process of deciding if an ILC or Internship is right for you, and how to pursue one.

Note: ILCs and Internships are for advanced students, but all students are welcome at this session, which will help you figure out how to incorporate an ILC into your academic planning.

Transfer Students: Making Evergreen Work For You - E3105

Cynthia Kennedy, Emily Lardner, Terry Setter, Frances Rains

Faculty presenters will cover dos and don’ts to help transfer students get off to a good start. Evergreen is different! You’ll learn why Evergreen has “four nos”: no grades, no credit distribution requirements, no ranks, and no departments. We’ll discuss what it means to take responsibility for your education, and how to be a vital member of a learning community.

Study Abroad - D3105

Catalina Ocampo, Bob Haft, Marianne Bailey

Many students describe study abroad as the most pivotal part of their undergraduate experience. We’ll discuss the options for travel available at Evergreen, how study abroad fits with the broader expectations and philosophies of the college, and what sorts of post-baccalaureate internships, work, or graduate studies might come out of a study abroad experience.

Writing Your Academic Statement

Your Education and Your Academic Statement - COM 320

Nancy Koppelman

If you just enrolled at Evergreen this year and missed Orientation, or if you don’t know anything about the Academic Statement and want to, this session is for you. You’ll learn about how the Academic Statement strengthens your final transcript and about how faculty will support you as you work on it throughout your studies at Evergreen.

NOTE: If you were admitted to the College during fall 2013 or after, you are required to include an Academic Statement in your final transcript in order to graduate. All other students are highly encouraged to do so.

Your Academic Statement as the Story of Your Education - E2109

Sandy Yannone and the Writing Center Tutors

This workshop is for students who want to bring their Academic Statement to the next level. Facilitators who are also writing tutors will guide you and offer successful strategies for highlighting what is important in your education, thinking about future audiences, basic writing skills, writing an author’s note, peer editing and feedback, and of course: how to utilize the Writing Center to enhance your writing process as you continue to draft and revise your Academic Statement. Bring a hard copy of the most current draft of your Academic Statement. (No one turned away for lack of draft.)

The Academic Statement as Degree Description - A3107

Neal Nelson, Sherri Shulman

Evergreen provides the opportunity for students to develop their own majors. The Academic Statement is a way to show that you have developed deep expertise in specific fields of study, and to describe the knowledge and skills that your Bachelor’s degree represents. This session offers guidance for students who wish to write highly focused Academic Statements that describe and document their degrees in this manner.

How to be a Better Student

Did I Miss Anything Important - D2105

Mukti Khanna

How can you make the most out of your education at Evergreen? Faculty will share lessons learned that they wish they had known as undergraduate students. Semi-formal remarks will be followed by a group discussion.

How to Become a Better Reader - B1105

Miranda Mellis, Mark Harrison, Alice Nelson

If you are sometimes unable to understand the texts assigned to you, this session can help. We will introduce a new orientation to books and reading techniques that can increase your patience and comprehension, and develop your stamina to stick with tough texts and learn from them. We’ll also work with you to limit distractions, especially the electronic devices that are so often at our fingertips and discourage the habits of mind that we need to read well. Bring a book that is difficult for you and that you need to read.

What if I Change My MInd - B3107

Bill Arney, Sara Huntington

First, laugh. Then, of course, change your life. The first step is the more important.

Termites in the Foundation - B3109

Gary Peterson

This mentoring day workshop is designed to prepare students to address racism and other institutionalized “isms” they will confront at Evergreen. They will learn the language of oppression, target and non-target groups, social justice, and moving to allyship. The workshop is based on the work of stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu.

Disciplines, Interdisciplines, and Fields of Study

Anthropology and History - C2109

Eric Stein, Jules Unsel

Learn about studying history and/or anthropology. We’ll discuss Evergreen programs and faculty in these fields; how to differentiate between introductory, intermediate and advanced work; how to do a senior thesis or project; and graduate school. We’ll address the question, “What kind of career can I pursue with a concentration in history or anthropology?”

Arts in the Curriculum - COM110

Evan Blackwell, Ratna Roy, Kabby Mitchell

We will answer questions about art offerings at Evergreen and how to approach studying art in a liberal arts context. We will discuss the relevance of research, writing, and interdisciplinary coursework to artistic development. We will also discuss ways in which students can do various levels of art study, including advanced work.

The Bachelor of Science and the Liberal Arts- C3105

Alison Styring, E.J. Zita, Gerardo Chin-Leo

We will discuss curricular pathways in Scientific Inquiry, and examine strategies for finding and articulating your rich path as a science student at a liberal arts college. We’ll address topics such as why scientists should bother with seminar, history, philosophy, languages, and writing. We’ll also discuss the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree and how (or whether) to plan for one.

Business Studies at Evergreen - C1105

Glenn Landram, Thuy Vu, Zoe Van Schyndel

Interested in Business at Evergreen? Join faculty in an informal discussion of options and opportunities regarding our business curriculum.

Education in Schools, Communties, and Outdoors - C2105

Sunshine Campbell, Jon Davies

We will discuss K-12 teacher preparation, educational research and policy development, alternative schooling, student and community advocacy, ESL, critical pedagogy, and adult and higher education. The study of education examines conditions that influence teaching and learning in a range of educational settings, and so considers intersections of race, class, culture, gender, language, and students with special needs. With an analysis of what sustainable institutional policies and practices help educators become successful partners with their students, this panel will discuss how the education field offers a myriad of professional possibilities for students today.

Gender and Queer Studies - A3105

Greg Mullins, Toska Olson

What are the differences and areas of overlap between Gender, Queer, LGBT, Feminist and Women’s Studies? What programs are offered in these areas and which faculty teach them? This session will help you find ways to explore these fields of study at Evergreen.

Media Arts at Evergreen - E1107

Ruth Hayes, Julia Zay

Evergreen's unique perspective on liberal arts education provides the context for our approach to teaching media. Our curriculum integrates critical reading, writing, history, and theory with hands-on instruction in film, video, audio, and animation. We focus on out-of-the-mainstream forms and perspectives, and encourage students, whether they see themselves as artists, scientists, philosophers or activists, to forge new interdisciplinary approaches to learning. Come familiarize yourself with the media curriculum and get advice from faculty about ways to build media arts into your academic plan. This session is facilitated by faculty for Mediaworks 2014-15.

Psychology: Research, Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinary Study - E3107

Laura Citrin, Carrie Margolin, George Freeman

The session will explore how to navigate through lower level and all-level interdisciplinary programs, upper-level psychology-focused programs, and internships when studying psychology at Evergreen. We will also discuss advantages of multi-quarter programs; the various areas of psychology represented by the faculty at Evergreen (clinical, cognitive, social, developmental, health psychology, research); and how to prepare for entry into Master’s degree programs in Counseling Psychology and Social Work, and research-oriented doctoral programs in the psychological social sciences.

Sustainability and Justice - A2107

Savvina Chowdhury, Zoltan Grossman, Dave Muehleisen, Jeanne Hahn

Are you interested in Sustainability and Justice? How can you gain the background, skills and vision to make change in areas that count— food systems, climate change, cultural survival, racial and economic justice, media and communications, green business, community and international studies? In this workshop, students will create mind maps based on concepts and skills of interest to navigate academic pathways through the S & J curriculum. They will also meet with faculty in their specified fields of interest, including food systems, political economy, cultural and media studies, and environmental sustainability.

Sustainable Design and Environmental Arts in the Curriculum - D1107

Anthony Tindill, Bob Leverich,Karen Gaul

Evergreen typically offers a Sustainable Design program every other year, but there’s more to sustainable design than just buildings! Designers and artists are at the forefront of addressing the world’s most pressing environmental issues. We will answer questions about sustainable design and environmental arts offerings and how to approach studying art, design, and sustainability in a liberal arts context. We will discuss the relevance of research, writing, and interdisciplinary coursework to your development as a designer or artist interested and engaged in issues related to the environment and sustainability. And, we will also discuss ways in which students can do various levels of study, including advanced work, in environmental arts and design.

Navigating the Sciences at Evergreen: A Q & A Session - C3107

Andy Brabban, Lydia McKinstry, Paula Schofield, Judy Cushing

Are you planning on getting a BS degree at Evergreen? Are you interested in a particular subject area in science, math, or computer science? What are the requirements? What programs should you take? How can you fulfill prerequisites for upper division programs? Do you have questions about how graduate schools will perceive your Evergreen transcript, with no GPA and no majors? Answers to these questions are an essential piece in planning your academic career at Evergreen, and beyond. Get answers and get prepared!

After Evergreen

Graduate School in the Social Sciences - C2107

Peter Dorman, Jennifer Gerend, Wenhong Wang

Are you thinking of graduate school in political science, sociology, economics, urban planning, public policy or some other social science field? How do you pick an academic subject and a particular school to apply to? What Evergreen programs offer the best preparation? We have some of the answers, and we'll point you toward other resources that can help you make a plan.

Graduate School: Medical School and the Sciences - A1107

Abir Biswas, Dylan Fischer, Nancy Anderson

In this panel we will talk about how to prepare for graduate school in the biological and physical sciences. We will explore how your academic preparation as an undergraduate enables you to select and finance graduate school, what graduate school can be like, and where a graduate education will lead you in your career paths. There will also be small group conversations for students to ask questions about specific fields of study (including medical school, chemistry, geology, biology, ecology, environmental science, and molecular biology).

Working for Social Justice: Options You May Have Not Considered - A2109

Larry Mosqueda, Michael Vavrus, Laurie Meeker, Martha Rosemeyer, Pete Bohmer

Do you want a life working and living for economic and social justice? We will focus on how to put your studies to work in ways you may not have considered, in the context of the current economy. We’ll look at working for grassroots and community organizations, unions, and public agencies, and discuss strategies for getting a start. We will discuss how to organize and work for economic and social justice and live a good life, even if you are not paid for your activism. We may also discuss graduate and professional school, and other pathways for social justice work.

Considering Law School - E3109

Theresa Aragon, Artee Young

In this session, we will answer frequently-asked questions, including: Should I go to law school? What can I do with a law degree? Are there pre-law prerequisites? How much will it cost? How and where do I apply? What’s the LSAT? How important is it and how do I prepare for it? Where can I find more information?

The Humanities: Advanced Work and Graduate Study - D1105

Kathleen Eamon, Joe Tougas, Sarah Williams, Trevor Speller, Leonard Schwartz

We will identify humanities offerings for advanced students, and talk about how to do advanced work in other programs. We will also discuss how to pursue senior theses and capstone projects, and combine work in the humanities with interdisciplinary study. We’ll talk about graduate school: preparing to apply, the nature of graduate work in the humanities, and what an advanced degree in the humanities can prepare you to do.

How to Educate Yourself for an Unpredictable Future - COM 323

Heather Heying, Bret Weinstein

It was once true that college provided an entry to an economically stable life, and prepared a person for a slate of careers. Today, nobody can say with confidence what jobs will exist in 10 years. In that light, being educated must involve tools that will function in any future—tools that allow a smart person to assess reality, think critically, and guess well.

Alumni Panel

Careers After Evergreen - SEM II C1107

Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor
Sam Schroeder, Co-Owner, Olympia Coffee Roasting Company
Randy Engstrom, Director, Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture

Moderated by Liz Hill ’10 and Nate Bernitz ‘13

Do you ever wonder how you’ll translate the knowledge, skills and experiences earned at Evergreen into a life-long sustaining career? Explore this question and learn how Greener alumni made their professional journeys from Evergreen graduation into their current, varied professions.