Evergreen recognizes outstanding alumni, welcomes friends at “Return to Evergreen”

The printmaking workshop from the 2017 Return to Evergreen event

As Evergreen welcomes an incoming class, the “Return to Evergreen” weekend event on Oct. 20 and 21 will bring back alumni, family and friends to campus to strengthen connections and recognize two who embody the Evergreen spirit with the Joseph Albert Dear Distinguished Alumni award.

The award will be presented to Yuh-Line Niou, class of ’04 and Ron Charles, class of ’97, who represent a proud tradition of Greeners in public service.

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Evergreen Grad Protects Washington From Harmful Pathogens

Heather Kolowinski

Heather Kolowinski ’14 knew for a long time that she wanted to earn her bachelor’s degree, but it took her longer to figure out what she wanted to study. When she began to learn more about the field of environmental science, however, she was fascinated. Now, after completing her bachelor’s degree at Evergreen, Kolowinski works as a lab tech for the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), helping to protect people across the state from a wide variety of harmful pathogens on a day-to-day basis.

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Evergreen welcomes three new trustees

Senator Karen Fraser

The Evergreen State College is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its board of trustees. Long-time former state Sen. Karen Fraser, Washington State Patrol Capt. Monica Alexander and student trustee Kathleena Ly were appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee and joined the board this year.

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Removing roadblocks in the sky: Francisco Velez ’18 partners up to build astronomical society

Francisco Velez

Francisco Velez ’18 wants to share the wonders of space with Olympia, and his goal is to do that through the building of the Greater Olympia Astronomical Society. Velez and his friend Roger Plenefish ’18 hope to make the society more compelling for Evergreen students by touting it as a safe space to look up at the sky while also making a productive difference through storytelling.

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Evergreen’s economic impact: 1,637 jobs, $535 million in alumni earnings, $201.7 million in economic activity

SEM II exterior shot in summer

The Thurston Economic Development Council, the state-designated economic development agency for Thurston County, has released an economic impact report detailing the powerful contribution The Evergreen State College makes to the regional economy. The report finds that Evergreen generated $201.7 million worth of local economic activity in Thurston County, supported 1,637 local jobs and returned $4.68 back to the regional economy for every $1 in public investment during the 2016-2017 academic year.

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