Celebrating 40 Years of Evergreen!

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On May 18–20, 2012, Evergreen’s extended family of alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students converged on the Olympia campus for Return to Evergreen, a three-day event capping off the year-long celebration of the college’s 40th anniversary. They came to reconnect with their faculty and fellow alumni, share their Evergreen experiences, and learn from each other in seminars, fishbowl seminars and panel discussions around big ideas: innovation, creativity, sustainability, social justice and more. Check out our photos below.

At the opening seminar, we honored Evergreen’s presidents, who spoke about Evergreen’s four-decade-long evolution as a groundbreaking public college. Lynda Weinman ’76, cofounder of Lynda.com, talked about “Education in the Age of the Internet”; emeritus faculty member Oscar Soule led an interview with Dan Tishman ’77, chairman and CEO of Tishman Construction Corporation; The Simpsons creator Matt Groening ’77 showed some of his favorite clips during “Animation, Comics and Graphic Novels,” with Hey Arnold! animator Craig Bartlett ’81, animator-illustrator Drew Christie ’07, cartoon artist Megan Kelso ’91, cartoonist Steve Willis ’79 and animator Tommy Thompson ’10; and while everyone danced at the anniversary party on Red Square, President Purce got the first slice of cake.

Since everyone had such a great time, we're doing it again! Be sure to save the date - Saturday, June 1, 2013 - for the next Return to Evergreen celebration.