President of China Visits Award Winning Teacher’s Classroom
Xi Jinping, president of China, made the Pacific Northwest his first stop on a recent trip to the United States. While in the area, Xi visited with students in the AP government class at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School. The class, taught by Nathan Gibbs-Bowling ’04, MiT ’06, was studying China at the time.
Speaking of the September 23 visit, Gibbs-Bowling told KING 5 TV, “It is kind of amazing. This is the second most powerful person in the world and he is coming to see the work that I do.”
That same week, the state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction named Gibbs-Bowling Washington’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. These two concurrent honors made September an unforgettable month for the graduate of Evergreen’s Master in Teaching Program.
Evergreen Joins Mount St. Helens Researchers for Eruption’s 35th Anniversary and Beyond
Thirty-five years after the eruption of Mount St. Helens aging researchers are passing the torch to a younger generation of scientists. Among the research teams picking up the mantle is a trio of faculty members from The Evergreen State College.
Abir Biswas, Dylan Fischer, and Carri LeRoy, along with their students Andrew Buechel, Abby Watt, and Emily Wolfe, and recent graduate Andy Berger, spent a week in July at Mount St. Helens, part of a meeting of more than 100 scientists sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. The group meets at the mountain every five years to measure and report on the area’s recovery.
Just outside the Blowdown Zone, the Tephra Fall Zone, which Biswas and Fischer will study, consists of old growth forest and clear cuts that had been covered with up to 15 millimeters of ash during the blast. LeRoy will work with the U.S. Forest Service to monitor the development of five streams that formed directly after the eruption, but whose recovery paths have diverged.
Evergreen Staffers Win at In The Spirit Regional Native Arts Awards
Linley Logan, director of Evergreen’s 2008, MPA 2010 Northwest Heritage Program, and Erin Genia ’08, MPA ’10, the Longhouse’s program coordinator were honored by In The Spirit: Contemporary Native Arts Market and Festival, a regional juried show celebrating Native American arts and artists. The event was held August 8 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.
Genia’s artwork, titled Open Pit Gold Mine Vessel, won Best of Show. Inspired by the extraction of the planet’s resources, she created her vessel through a Japanese raku firing technique for pottery–but the piece broke in her suitcase on the way home and she rebuilt it using a technique known as Kintsugi, in which gold is painted along the crack lines. “The philosophy is that it’s more beautiful after being broken,” said Genia, “but it also reminds us that gold extraction is very harmful to the planet.”
Logan, with a background in industrial design, won the Innovation award for his vessel entitled MANInfestation, which was shaped like a mutated fish and a bomb, made from cardboard, plaster of Paris, gauze, bullet shells, and paper pulp. The piece was completed over a period of four years.
Evergreen’s 2015 Master in Teaching Cohort Finds Employment for September!
Nearly all 2015 graduates of Evergreen’s Master in Teaching (MiT) program reported for work this fall. By mid-August, 30 out of the 31 graduates had accepted positions across Western Washington and Oregon, and even abroad, teaching subjects as diverse as visual arts, math, Spanish, and robotics, at levels ranging from second grade to high school.
A New Fate for Old Stuff
Evergreen’s Residential and Dining Services (RAD) and the national Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN) hosted “The Gathering” in June 2015, which encouraged students to drop off items not taken home or stored over the summer.
According to PLAN, “Waste on college campuses balloons at the end of each academic year. Thousands of reusable or recyclable items … were sent to landfills.”
Items collected at Evergreen last spring were available for sale during fall move-in or have been donated to local nonprofits Egyhop and Interfaith Works Overnight Shelter.
Evergreen is one of three West Coast colleges, and the only one in Washington State, to participate in the event.
Accolades for Evergreen!
In August, The Princeton Review named Evergreen one of “The Best 380 Colleges of 2016.” The list comprises only the top 15 percent of all four-year colleges in the nation. In July, The Fiske Guide to Colleges named Evergreen as one of just 44 “Best Buy” colleges in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. for academic quality and value.
In September, Washington Monthly magazine ranked Evergreen 31st among the nation’s 673 master’s universities for its strength in promoting social mobility, research, and civic engagement.
Also in September, U.S. News and World Report once again recognized Evergreen as one of the nation’s premier institutions, ranking the college sixth overall among public regional universities in the West. Among Western universities, public and private, Evergreen ranked first for Most Innovative College, second for Best Undergraduate Teaching, and 29th in serving veterans.