2017 Return to Evergreen


  • Aspiring Entrepreneurship Workshop


    As a student, you chose Evergreen because you wanted to be in control of your education – now you want to lead the way by starting your own entrepreneurial venture. However navigating the world of funding, business plan development, and the bureaucratic process can leave your startup dreams stalled. During this interactive workshop, experienced alumni entrepreneurs will share their knowledge while guiding you through breakout sessions focused on the many challenges of starting your own business. You will come away from the workshop with fresh ideas and a roadmap to get you started!

  • Convicts & Caring: Changing Paths and What Public Servants Need to Know


    The IF Project documentary follows the lives of prisoners at Washington Corrections Center for Women and the unlikely champion they have found in Seattle police officer Kim Bogucki. The IF project brings together inmates and law enforcement in an unprecedented alliance to discover the real reasons behind incarceration. This exclusive viewing event will be followed by a panel discussion that includes Detective Kim Bogucki, Evergreen faculty member Amy Gould, and Evergreen alumni Kimberly Mays and Corey Mosesly.

  • Engaging in Local Politics: An Interactive Community Conversation


    Have you ever aspired to run for elected office or to take part in an initiative campaign that is important to you? How does an interdisciplinary education at The Evergreen State College provide you with the essential skills and experience for political service? If these questions pique your curiosity, this workshop is for you! Discover the ins and outs of campaigns and elections from experienced politicians and campaign managers. Today, more than ever, people want to learn how to influence national policy through engaging in local politics. Join in a participatory discussion where you will hear from Evergreen alumni that have run for local office, enjoyed successful political careers, and managed political campaigns. Bring your questions and ideas for a lively session.

  • Engaging with Longhouse Arts and Artists


    Experience the power in the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples. Tour the expanding Indigenous Arts Campus, smell fresh cedar shavings in the Carving Studio, and take a first look at the recently constructed Fiber Arts Studio. Share in the Longhouse’s mission of promoting Indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression, and economic development.

  • Evergreen in the First Year: Stories, Rumors, Myth, Fact and Magic


    That first year of classes at The Evergreen State College was wild and unprecedented, as those who were there and the stories told about it attest. On-campus housing and classrooms were not ready. No one could predict what would transpire when ambitious faculty teams and expectant groups of students gathered to embark on full-time programs of study. Here is your chance to get an unvarnished look at the adventures of  the first few years through the eyes of four faculty and staff—Larry Eickstaedt, David Marr, Nancy Taylor, and Ernest “Stone” Thomas—at the beginning of their distinguished careers, as they, their colleagues, and students faced Evergreen’s fantastic opportunities and challenges. They will relive for us initial experiments in teaching, learning and advising, birth pangs of coordinated studies, issues of gender and race, student-faculty community, and crises of survival—experiences that shaped the college’s identity and prefigured the unique institution Evergreen would become.

  • Exploring Evergreen's 1000-acre Wood


    Join us in an educational walk through the beautiful woods surrounding The Evergreen State College campus core in this interactive session. Steve Herman and Scott Baker will navigate you through the various habitats and help you to identify the plants and animals in and around the forests of Evergreen. Steve and Scott have been observing the campus and the surrounding forest since the early 70’s, and we will use the changes that have occurred as a focus for discussion. Sensible walking shoes or rubber boots, journal, rain gear and a writing instrument are suggested for this session. We will go outside regardless of the weather, so come with a geoduck attitude!

  • Hands on Fine Arts Printing Workshop


    Etching, serigraphy, and letterpress printing are all about creative process, expressive materials, unique tools and machinery, and cultivating the patience, care, and precision of fine craft.

    Join Evergreen arts faculty Steven Hendricks '97 and entrepreneurial artists-alumna Jami Heinricher '91 for a fun, hands-on tour of Evergreen's new printmaking and letterpress studios. Our new, beautifully designed printmaking studios boast state-of-the-art non-toxic processes with classic etching and serigraphy workspaces for students. Located in the book arts studio, Evergreen’s letterpress shop allows students access to a stunning collection of metal type and the opportunity to participate in an age-old tradition of celebrating words in print. While you get your hands a bit dirty in the studio, you'll hear about how students use the studio, and Jami will tell you how she turned her creative passion into business.

  • Healing with Yoga and Sound


    Come give your body, mind and spirit a gift and enjoy the opportunity to relax, restore, and release in this sound healing yoga workshop. This workshop includes breathing exercises, gentle yoga poses, and meditation while receiving a Zaphir Blue Moon Chime attunement. It will be followed by a 45-minute healing sound concert of metal Tibetan singing bowls, crystal quartz singing bowls, bells, planetary chimes, tingshas, a rose quartz alchemy bowl, handheld crystal bowls & a healing gong. Take the opportunity to reduce stress, alleviate pain, improve sleep, increase concentration and create a deeper sense of well-being through yoga and vibrational medicine. All levels are welcome, no experience necessary.

  • Introducing the Trans and Queer Center


    Come check out the new Trans and Queer Center at The Evergreen State College! The Trans & Queer Center supports Evergreen’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and agender students, faculty, and staff. Meet students and learn more about the history of the TQC on campus.

  • Just Mercy Seminar


    Return to Seminar!

    Join us for active reading and seminar as we dive into this year’s common reading for Fall 2017: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy is a memoir by an attorney who has chosen to represent disadvantaged men, women, and children.

    Described as a "powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most influential lawyers of our time," your facilitators will provide context and quotes from the text and help you explore several topics related to our existing justice system, how it fails, and ways to make real lasting change. You will receive a copy of the book so that you can explore the themes from our seminar in depth.

  • KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy


    In this special panel discussion, moderated by Diana Arens, listen to legendary DJs, volunteers, and staff of KAOS Radio: Domenica Clark, Arrington de Dionyso, Kathy Dockins, Steve Fisk, John Ford, John Foster, John Goodmanson, Michael Huntsberger, Juli Kelen, Dean Katz, Erika Lari, Brooks Martin, Michelle Noel, Bruce Pavitt, Paul Pearson, Steve Peters, Dana Squires, Gary Wessels-Galbreath, and Shannon Wiberg as they spin up the history of KAOS, and the ways the station has empowered Evergreen students, alumni, and community members to create participatory media for listeners in Olympia and beyond.

    Formed in 1973 by Dean Katz, under an Evergreen student contract, KAOS evolved into a listener-supported, non-commercial, college-community station welcoming and training Evergreen students and staff; and community members as volunteer DJs playing a wide variety of music with no required playlist. Following former Music Director John Foster’s revolutionary Independent Music Policy, KAOS became a beacon of independent music worldwide. Under the leadership of Michael Huntsberger, the station built new and larger studios, added satellite interconnection facilities, expanded its FM coverage, began streaming on the Internet, trained more than 2,000 volunteers to make radio, and supported more than 300 internships for undergraduate and graduate students from Evergreen and other high schools, colleges, and universities.

    KAOS Radio shows currently feature Art Rock, Avant-Garde, Bluegrass, Blues, Bollywood, Celtic, Comedy, Dance, Dub, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Funk, Garage, Gospel, Grunge, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Jazz, Hip hop, Local/Pacific NW, Music of New Orleans, Native music, New Wave, Metal, Prog Rock, Psychedelic, Punk, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Roots Rock, Ska, Soul, Spanish Language Variety, Spoken Word, Surf, Vintage Country, Women’s Music, World Music, live bands, news, and both locally produced and nationally syndicated public affairs shows.

    KAOS Radio 89.3 FM

  • Launching Entrepreneurship @Evergreen


    Lend us your expertise as Evergreen prepares to leverage the extraordinary opportunity to better support student entrepreneurship. Join other alumni entrepreneurs for an engaging conversation while we share recommendations from the entrepreneurship work group. Your input will shape the coordinated effort across campus to make Evergreen a hub for innovative student leaders now and into the future.

  • Linking Theory to Practice: Evergreen's CCBLA


    This session will inspire you to serve by introducing you to the work of the everyday heroes at Evergreen’s (the) Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA). The CCBLA was established in 2004 with the mission of partnering academic programs, students, and faculty, with community organizations in order to meet community needs while enhancing student learning through critical engagement. Yearly, the center has served more than 800 students and partners with about 100 organizations. Join us as students, faculty, and alumni explain how these partnerships are addressing key issues in the community.

  • Make America Great Again: How Myths About the Past Threaten Our Future


    Twenty-five years ago, I published The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap. In this workshop I will discuss how myths about “traditional” families have and have not changed since then, and what new myths have arisen. We will then have a conversation about issues facing contemporary families and about the use and misuse of history in American political discourse.

  • Making Russia Great Again


    Vladimir Putin’s Plan to Make Russia Great Again.

    In the mid-1990s, before Putin became president of Russia, the emerging Russian political–economic elite decided to maintain Russia’s role as a super power, even though the then broken country possessed few attributes of a major player in world affairs. Russia’s political and economic recovery between 1998 and 2008, which coincided with Putin’s consolidation of personal power as president, provided a foundation for re-assertion of this older pattern of a robust and expansive Russian foreign policy. Western powers have blamed Putin for placing Russian foreign ambitions on a more confrontational path, but he merely embodied a world-view and foreign policy that the majority of Russia’s elite continues to favor.

    An opportunistic practitioner of Realpolitik, Vladimir Putin thus represents a consensus of the power elite and much of the Russian population “to make Russia great again.” Putin is not a Communist, but a Nationalist – Centralist, always interested in enhancing his own personal power as he helps to rebuild a powerful and unified Russian state. He is more like nineteenth-century power politicians such as Metternich and Bismarck than the aggressive Soviet leaders that preceded him. Putin has appealed to the widespread feeling of “wounded nationalism” felt by a significant majority of the Russian population in the decades after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991.

  • Parent and Family Advisory Council Fall Meeting


    This session is designed for current and prospective Parent and Family Advisory Council participants. Our two annual in-person meetings provide time to connect with other Greener parents, family members, and college leaders. We discuss participation and engagement opportunities and discover the areas of highest interest for action toward supporting student success. Parent leadership supports programs, services, and opportunities that enrich The Evergreen State College's community and deepen student involvement and experiences. This session is recommended for Council participants and for parents and family of current students.

  • Progress Towards Phage Therapy in the U.S.


    During a 1990 Soviet sojourn for the T4 genome project, Betty discovered their extensive use of bacteriophage as antimicrobials. With ever-increasing concern about antimicrobial resistance, interest is spreading world-wide in its possibilities and in trying to figure out how to get phage cocktails and applications through the very complex and expensive Western regulatory processes. We will discuss work with a podiatrist here using staph phage to treat antibiotic-resistant osteomyolytic diabetic toe ulcers (see attached Journal of Wound Care article) and clips from last August’s Evergreen meeting about recent phage therapy applications in various countries. Its regular use in the Eliava Phage Therapy Center, Tbilisi, is presented by 2003 Evergreen grad Naomi Hoyle, now a physician there. The possibilities of compassionate use and challenges of FDA approval and commercialization will be explored.

  • Seeing Beyond Your Subject: Image Composition in the Mobile Age


    Most of us have cameras in our pockets at all times, making it easy to take photos whenever we like. Beyond Your Subject is an interactive workshop where notable alumni and staff photographers will teach you the basics of composition, framing, and capturing a moment through your mobile device. Use your phone to capture the true beauty and personality of your subjects like a pro. Additionally, workshop attendees will be able to take a tour of The Evergreen State College's own film development area and darkroom, along with the rest of our beloved Photoland.

  • Speak Out: Explore the Art of Storytelling


    Join Elizabeth Lord '95, Professional Talker and co-founder of Olympia’s premiere storytelling event, StoryOly, for an interactive session. Learn the basics of compelling live, oral, performative storytelling. Discover how to shape a personal experience or memory into a captivating oral narrative and recall all of your story’s details without memorization. Learn what works when telling to an audience─and what doesn't work. You will come away with a tale to tell, whether for friends and family, or on stage at the next StoryOly event.

  • Supporting Undocumented Students: Equity and Action


    This session will introduce you to the efforts made by students, faculty, and staff to ensure the safety and security of The Evergreen State College's undocumented student population. Facilitators will provide an overview of the situation on a national level, as well as provide a more in-depth look at Evergreen’s past and present efforts, including the Retention Program for underserved students. You will also get a glimpse into the lives of the motivated and resilient students who are most affected by the current state of immigration policy. This session will prepare and empower you to serve your community’s undocumented population.

  • Sustainable Living in the Northwest


    Are you interested in sustainable living in the Northwest? Are you one of the many Americans intrigued by tiny houses, organic farming, and alternate building methods? Our session facilitators Tanner Milliren and Daniel Cherniske are alumni of The Evergreen State College who share a passion for building shelters and growing plants and vegetables within a renewable and sustainable living model. This session will start with a presentation on sustainable building and growing at Evergreen, followed by an off-site visit to nearby Calliope Farms. You will tour a sustainably-built tiny house, see Thurston County's only permitted straw-clay house, and view a portable aquaponics greenhouse. You can meet with Calliope Farm's alumni owners, who grow well over 100 varieties of gourmet-quality, certified-organic vegetables and have been a part of the collaborative and vibrant local food movement since 2004.