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Food Chemistry

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Food is a crucial part of everyday life. We prepare it. We ingest it. We apply chemistry on a regular basis, without even recognizing it. In this program we will explore topics in chemistry connected to food.  We will investigate answers to the questions: Why does popcorn pop? Why are so many low fat foods low in flavor? Why are some vitamins fat soluble while others water soluble: And why does that matter? What does gluten do? 

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Student-Originated Studies: Science and Environmental Writing for the General Public

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This student originated studies program will provide participants with the opportunity to undertake extended writing projects.  Each student will select a topic of personal interest, one in which they have appropriate background acquired via previous college-level academic work.  The goal will be to craft a written document designed for a non-technical audience that will explore all aspects of the topic.  Preference will be given to students working on scientific and/or environmental topics.  Although students will work independently, weekly workshop sessions will help ensure that that prog

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Writing the South

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“The past is not dead, in fact, it’s not even past.” - William Faulkner

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Environmental and Social Justice Successes: How to Grow Hope in the Dark

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In an era of despair, cynicism, and seemingly insurmountable challenges, how do we use environmental and social successes to cultivate determined action and optimism?   “Your opponents would love you to believe that it's hopeless, that you have no power, that there's no reason to act, that you can't win. Hope is a gift you don't have to surrender, a power you don't have to throw away,” says Rebecca Solnit in  Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities.

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Radio Practice and Politics

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This program is geared toward students who want to develop practical communication skills as well as gain insight into the political economy of media. As we learn the craft of radio production, we will explore questions like: What social, cultural, and political role does radio play in American society? How has radio been shaped by federal policy, market forces, and media activism?  Is there a viable alternative to cookie-cutter commercial radio?

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Undergraduate Research in Scientific Inquiry with N. Murray

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Nancy Murray’s  background is in neurobiology and cell physiology. She is currently working in the emerging field of synthetic biology, which combines the disciplines of molecular biology and engineering. Potential projects allow students to work to solve real-world challenges by building   genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts. 

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Ryan Neese (re)discovers his passion, charts a course to become a dietician

Ryan Nees

After being out of school for over a decade, Ryan Neese decided to attend Evergreen and pursue his passion for science and nutrition.

“I’ve been working as an early childhood educator for more than 10 years,” he says. “So, I decided I would like to further my education in the sciences.”

After researching several universities and schools, Neese found Evergreen. Evergreen’s innovative policies on evaluations, interdisciplinary programs, and self-directed curriculum attracted him to the college.

Open House & Spring Fair

Come learn about the impact Evergreen–Tacoma graduates are having in our community. Panelists will include successful alumni who are doing amazing work.

The Open House will be presented in tandem with Spring Fair, which showcases student projects and invites the community to learn about the research, creative work, and personal exploration our students have been engaging in throughout the 2017–18 academic year.

We hope you’ll join us for an exciting afternoon of engagement at Evergreen–Tacoma.

Evergreen students connect with clubs and community at quarterly activities fair

Student Activity Fair 2018


Last Wednesday, Evergreen hosted a student activities fair featuring student club advisors tabling in the library lobby. Held every quarter and coordinated by the Department of Student Activities, the event united hundreds of students with over 30 student leaders promoting their clubs and organizations.

Jodi Santillie, senior advisor in the student activities department, helps organize the event. “The student activities fair is full of opportunities and sets the tone for student engagement in extracurriculars throughout the quarter,” she says.

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