Return to Evergreen

Thank you for sharing your friendship, enthusiasm, and inspiring stories at this year's Return to Evergreen!
Return to Evergreen 2018—October 20–21


Tuesday, October 16—Special kickoff event


Elizabeth Lord

In town early? Join in an Evergreen story-slam, kick-off event led by Elizabeth Lord ’95 and Amy Shephard ’09. Enjoy the stories of fellow Evergreen alumni or share your own!

Rhythm & Rye. No registration required. Suggested donation is $10. Cash only at the door.

Saturday, October 20—R2E immersive and interactive sessions, lunch, social hour, and more!

From Olympia to Mount St. Helens and Tacoma, choose from more than 20 fascinating seminars, workshops, tours and activities to craft your perfect Evergreen weekend.

Saturday pass: $35 adults, $20 students and recent grads.

Be sure to stop by the Greener Bookstore and pick up some Greener Gear! Open 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.


As part of your Evergreen@50 lunch experience, hear from Leslie Owen, Pam MacEwan, Roy Plaeger-Brockway, and Elena Perez—notable alumni who were among Evergreen’s first students when it was emerging as a college. Be ready for exciting tales of Evergreen’s early days from a student perspective.

Leslie Owen
Evergreen Board of Governors; Retired Attorney, Northwest Justice Project
Pam MacEwan
Evergreen Board of Governors; CEO Washington State Health Benefit Exchange
Roy Plaeger-Brockway '82
Owner, Lean Diffusion
Elena Perez '76
Retired, Former Third World Coalition Advisor

Join us as we honor this year’s Joseph Albert Dear Distinguished Alumni Award recipients: Ron Charles '97, Past-chair, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe and Yuh-Line Niou '04, New York State Assembly Member.

Ron Charles '97
Past-chair, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Yuh-Line Niou '04
New York State Assemblymember


21+. Sample a variety of wines, brews, and ciders produced by alumni businesses, and take a selfie with Speedy the Geoduck!

Special after R2E event for MES grads

Alumni of the Master of Environmental Studies program (MES) as well as MES fans, are invited to a casual evening of conversation, beer, and pizza at Oly Taproom (312 Columbia St NW) with current and faculty, staff, and students immediately following the Sip and Savor Social Hour.

Sunday, October 21—Interactive events


Experience an exclusive tour of Mount St. Helens ecosystems. Includes transportation, lunch, and a faculty-guided hike with ecologist Dr. Carri LeRoy or a writing workshop with Dr. Eirik Steinhoff.

Travel on an exclusive trip to an active volcano with Evergreen faculty
members and Evergreen’s outdoor program! Faculty ecologists Carri LeRoy
will team up with writing and literature faculty Eirik Steinhoff to offer you
a unique volcano experience. On this classic Evergreen field trip you will
ride in vans to the mountain where you will stop off at the visitor center
and then head to the Mount St. Helen’s Science & Learning Center. You’ll
take an in-depth look at the ecological recovery since the 1980 eruption,
learn about Evergreen’s participation in interdisciplinary ecological
research, and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch.

After lunch, choose a hike or a writing workshop. Hike the hummocks trail
with Carri to see how the eruption has influenced both stream and pond
development as well as the forest ecosystem’s function. Participate in a
writing workshop and seminar with Eirik focused on the past, present, and
future of the mountain. Just like the field trips you used to love, enjoy
comparing notes on the way home. This Mount St. Helens excursion is not one
to miss!

Cost $100.


We invite you to participate in a very special brunch celebration honoring Dr. Mimms and Dr. Hardiman, and a special announcement of the official renaming of Lyceum Hall.  

Reconnect with fellow alumni, faculty, and students to celebrate and learn what’s new at Evergreen–Tacoma.  Help us celebrate the strengths of the Evergreen Tacoma community.

10:30 am: Check in and find your seat in Lyceum Hall.

11:00 am: Brunch and program begins, moderated by Dr. Gilda Sheppard.

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Mix and mingle with fellow alumni or choose one of these sessions:

  • Looking Back to Move Forward

Share your Evergreen–Tacoma stories while you learn more about the future of the college. Moderated by members of the Evergreen–Tacoma planning committee, this discussion lets us share our visions for the future.

  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Learn from faculty member Scott Morgan and alumnus Corwin Scott ’11. Discover what it takes to launch a small business or nonprofit in this informal round table discussion.

Cost $20 includes brunch and your choice of sessions.


A Return to Evergreen participant works a large printmaking machine during one of the many sessions
Return to Evergreen—Tacoma
Brunch attendees stand with Evergreen president George Bridges
Brunch attendees listen to a speech at Return to Evergreen

Return to Evergreen attendees can receive a special Return to Evergreen rate
at the Hotel Red Lion in Olympia by calling the reservations department at
1-800-733-5466 or making reservations online.  

For travel accommodations and recommendations, visit Experience Olympia.

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