Pre-Orientation 2022

Greener Connections is a 6-day Pre-Orientation Program designed to jump-start your Evergreen education!
New Student Orientation

Pre-Orientation Programs

Pre-Orientation Programs are a great way to begin your college experience. You will get to move in early, and build stronger relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students. 

Please note that there is a $250.00 fee for program costs that will be added to your fall tuition bill. Students who are eligible for Pell Grants by our financial aid office will have their fee waived automatically.

Greener Connections – September 16-22, 2022

Through Greener Connections, you will be able to

  • Connect with faculty, staff, and peers in a diverse, engaging, and supportive collaborative environment.
  • Connect with Evergreen’s beautiful 1,000-acre Olympia campus (including our forests, beaches, farm and gardens, libraries, labs, studios, and House of Welcome) that sits on the traditional lands of the Squaxin Island Tribe.
  • Connect with resources, communities, and organizations on campus, in Olympia, and beyond
  • Connect your past learning and lived experiences to your current academic, personal, and professional goals and values.

Check your Evergreen Email for your invitation to register for Greener Connections in August 2022.

Greener Connections activities will include

  • Spending time together learning about our Olympia campus and the surrounding community
  • Field trips to downtown Olympia, the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, and more
  • Learning what you can do here and how you can be supported on campus
  • Talking and writing together about short essays, articles, films, and more

Additional benefits of participating in Greener Connections

  • Build trusting relationships and support networks with mentors and fellow Greeners.
  • Participate in workshops with topics like multicultural scholarship, civic engagement, and critical thinking.
  • Reflect on the personal and social significance of your learning.
  • Move into your housing earlier than the rest of campus (for students who have already been approved for housing). Visit the Housing Website for more information.

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Meet the Faculty

Kristina Ackley

Kristina Ackley

Kristina Ackley (she/her) has been at Evergreen since 2000 (almost her entire academic life!). She is of Bad River Chippewa descent and a citizen of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin (Turtle Clan). Kristina teaches in Native American and Indigenous Studies, although in the 2022-23 academic year she will be spending less time in the classroom as she works with students, staff, faculty, and community partners as the Community, Culture, Justice Curricular Area Team Leader and the Interim Associate Dean for Experiential Learning.

Kristina has written about and taught the narratives that shape our understanding of ourselves and our relationships to the places that sustain us. She is particularly interested in re-envisioning Indigenous ways of knowing through relational placemaking. Her training in American Indian Studies (University of Arizona) and American Studies (State University of New York at Buffalo) centered her research in inter-disciplinary studies with a focus on communities. She has published work in American Indian QuarterlyStudies in American Indian LiteratureAmerican Indian Culture and Research Journal, edited collections, and a book from Syracuse University Press (2015). Her teaching considers the politics of indigeneity and what it means to be Indigenous – from language revitalization to health concerns to canoe journeys to art – and that relationship to mass American culture.

Finally, Kristina’s photo. She absolutely loves big earrings – the ones pictured are by O-hal-chid (T’Sou-ke and Puyallup) – and also spends a lot of time in her cluttered office. You can come see her there in 1011 Lab I.

Krishna Chowdary

Krishna Chowdary

Krishna Chowdary has been helping students learn math and physics at Evergreen’s Olympia campus since 2007. He is the Mathematical, Physical, and Computer Sciences Path of Study Convener, and is on a team of Evergreen and Centralia College faculty, staff, and administrators working on a state-wide partnership to improve outcomes for low-income transfer students in the sciences.

He's committed to helping students get the most from their interdisciplinary liberal arts educations and particularly in seeing how citizens and scientists make sense of, and intervene in, the natural and human-created worlds. He's also committed to access, inclusion, and successful outcomes for all students, particularly in math and science classrooms.

He taught as visiting faculty at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania before moving out to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to teach at Evergreen. He's team-taught in a wide variety of programs that have included: animation, biology, botany, chemistry, classics, climate justice, climate science literacy, computer science, ecology, fine metals, geography, linguistics, literature, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, political ecology, political economy, and theater. He’s taught in Evergreen’s Upward Bound program as well as Greener Foundations, our foundations of college success program. This year, he’s teaching in Matter and Motion, combining chemistry, mathematics, and physics with a focus on the physical science behind climate change.

Krishna was born in India and raised mostly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He did his undergraduate work in physics at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and earned a Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics working on nanoscale magnetic materials from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Eirik Steinhoff

Eirik Steinhoff

Eirik Steinhoff has worked at The Evergreen State College since 2013, where he teaches and co-teaches interdisciplinary programs and courses with titles like “How to do things with words,” “Imperialisms,” “Forensics,” “Literary Arts Toolkit,” “Words/Woods,” and “Gateways for Incarcerated Youth.” A recent project was something called “Reimagining Community Safety,” which was a 4-credit course, an 8-credit research module, and a series of public seminars. He has also taught Shakespeare, critical theory, poetry, and poetics at the University of Chicago (where he got his Ph.D. in English), Bard College (where he got his B.A.), and Mills College. In the early 2000s he edited CHICAGO REVIEW (available through JSTOR), in the early 2010s he curated a series of pamphlets called A FIERY FLYING ROULE (available as a book through Station Hill/Publication Studio-Hudson), and in the early 2020s he started a new pamphlet series called THE CRISIS TIMES.

In 2010 he taught at Green Haven Correctional Facility in NY under the auspices of the Bard Prison Initiative, and in 2014 he co-facilitated a weeklong reading and writing seminar with faculty at Al-Quds University in Palestine. He co-edits BLACK BOX: A RECORD OF THE CATASTROPHE, and since 2015 has worked with incarcerated teachers and students at Clallam Bay Corrections Center and Washington Correction Center in Shelton under the auspices of the Black Prisoner Caucus’s T.E.A.C.H. program (“T.E.A.C.H.” = “taking education and creating history”). In 2021 he co-founded the Legacy Forest Project and joined the Board of Directors for the Center for Responsible Forestry; both organizations are dedicated to abolishing clearcut logging of naturally regenerated forests on public land in Washington state. Most of his teaching and research in recent years revolves around the question, “What needs to be the case for things to be otherwise?”