Cover of Spring 2012 Magazine

Celebrating 40 Years of Evergreen

Forty years ago, the members of the Class of 1972 triumphantly collected their diplomas from the first public four-year college created in Washington in the 20th century. Beneficiaries of the efforts of a group of determined visionaries who dared to think beyond the norm, these trailblazing graduates have since been joined by more than 40,000 others whose dreams of a different type of higher education have been fulfilled.

This year we’re celebrating Evergreen’s coming of age, from a fledgling college to a leader in the type of interdisciplinary education that more and more institutions are seeking to offer. As we forge ahead, we remember that our achievements and successes are embodied in the community we’ve built over the past four decades. In this issue, we highlight a few of the leaders in that ever-growing community who have made their marks in media, science, health, and technology, and we take an admiring look at some of things we love best about this place.

Please visit our 40th website, check out the events happening throughout the year, and plan to celebrate with us at our Return to Evergreen event in May.

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Feature Articles

Matt Groening and Lynda Barry at Evergreen

Every Picture
Tells a Story

If Matt Groening ’77 hadn’t been the CPJ editor when Lynda Barry ’79 came to Evergreen, modern animation wouldn’t be the same.


Photo: Angela Richardson 


Saed Hindash taking photos

Moments Define A Photojournalist’s Career

Saed Hindash ’92 turned his passion for wielding a camera into an awardwinning career.


Jaime Mendez headshot

para Usted

Jaime Méndez ’95 anchors Seattle’s first local Spanish-language newscast.


Holland Pump

Got a Dirty Job?

Win Blodgett ’86 and Holland Pump can engineer a solution.


Hydrologic Cycle graphic

Riding the Hydrologic Cycle Into the Future

Cindy Peyser Safronoff ’92 and her love of water may someday benefit us all.


Evergreen Students studying outdoor

What Do You Love?

From the Bike Shop to artisan beer, from potlucks to Geoducks, we’re celebrating Evergreen’s 40th with 40 things that make the South Sound great.
radio artwork

Not Your Typical Women in Radio

What do a concert violist and an actress have in common? A home on public radio.


Joe Washington headshot

Having a Voice in the Industry

Combining his news skills and “The Voice” made Joe Washington ’75 a broadcasting hit on WTBS and HGTV.


Patricia Beckmann in the Lab

Adventures in Biotech

For millions of people with rheumatoid arthritis, Patricia Beckmann’s winding path to success has made a huge difference.


coin graphic

The Market Strategist

Brett Redfearn ’87 brings an Evergreen approach to Wall Street.


Jackie Robinson headshot

Net Gains

Former Geoduck Jackie Robinson ’02 shares love and lessons of basketball.

Alumni News & Notes

Ray Named State Teacher
of the Year


Faculty Member Emerita Dr. Helena Meyer-Knapp: Supporting Imagination and Courage


Greener to the Corps

Evergreen Earns Top Spot on 2012 Peace Corps College Rankings


A Labor of Love

The Natural History Collections at Evergreen are full of life and learning.

Finding her Inspiration

Jacqueline Argueta combines art and computer science to create something beautiful


Dancer Ty Cheng Defies Gravity


Alumna Receives Presidential Citizens Medal