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Return to Evergreen Alumni Weekend

October 12, 17, 18, 19, 20

Thanks to everyone for joining us in celebrating Evergreen alumni.  

October 12:  Return to Evergreen—​Tacoma Brunch & Celebration

October 17: StoryOly with Elizabeth Lord '95 and Amy Shephard '09

October 18: SURF Student Poster Session & Reception

October 19: Return to Evergreen—​​Olympia Sessions + Sip & Savor

October 20: South Sound Historical-Archeological Field Trip


Saturday In Olympia

Stay Connected!  Look for event photos and other upcoming alumni events on the Return to Evergreen Facebook page.


Some highlights from Return to Evergreen 2019: 

Return to Evergreen—Tacoma

Reconnect with fellow alumni, faculty, and students to celebrate and learn what’s new at Evergreen—Tacoma. Enjoy a delicious brunch and the chance to connect with former classmates and faculty.​ Let’s celebrate the strengths of the Evergreen-Tacoma community.

StoryOly Evergreen @ Rhythm & Rye

Share your Evergreen experiences in a Greener story slam in downtown Olympia with Master Storytellers Elizabeth Lord '95 and Amy Shephard '09. (Ages only 21+. Valid photo ID required for admission.)

Student Poster Session & Reception - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

A group of Evergreen student researchers are eager to share the results of their summer work with you. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to partner closely with faculty on real-world research and creative projects. Mingle and enjoy an up-close look at their impressive findings.

Return to Evergreen-Olympia

Choose from over 20 hands-on activities, workshops, and seminars. Afterwards, join us for our special Sip & Savor Happy Hour. (Ages only 21+. Valid photo ID required for admission.) 


Here are just a few highlights from the many exciting offerings this year:
  • Tom Rainey's Lecture - Vladimir Putin's Judo Match with the West - Learn how the Russian leader’s judo mindset has informed his foreign policy initiatives and helped him seize opportunities for power.
  • Stephanie Coontz Lecture - Unfamiliar Territory: The Shifting Landscape of Close Relationships - Author and historian Stephanie Coontz will share some of her recent research on changing patterns of family life in America.
  • How to Write an Opera and Save the Planet​ - Get a sneak peak at an opera in progress and share your thoughts in an interactive discussion with two artists and Music Faculty Andrew Buchman.
  • From Concept to Story: An Interactive Exploration of Animation - Join media arts industry leaders Erica Schisler and Jim Cox and animation faculty member Ruth Hayes in this interactive session to learn how animators work the seed of an idea into a dynamic and compelling animated story.
  • Politics 101 - In this session led by former State Senator Karen Fraser, you'll learn what every citizen should know about how the government is accountable to you and how you can influence policy decisions.
  • Building Our Way Out of Crisis: Hope, Action, and Systemic Change - Spider Burbank '77 and Emeritus Faculty Member Jeanne Hahn will explore with you how to build a new social, political and economic order and move toward a more equitable and democratic world.
  • Station 93 Looking Back: A Film About the Evergreen Student Firefighters - This documentary features the untold story of the Evergreen student firefighters of the 1970s and 80s.

October 12:  Return to Evergreen—​Tacoma Brunch & Celebration

October 17: StoryOly with Elizabeth Lord '95 and Amy Shephard '09

October 18: SURF Student Poster Session & Reception

October 19: Return to Evergreen—​​Olympia Sessions + Sip & Savor


October 20: South Sound Historical-Archeological Field Trip


Alumni Lunch—​Olympia | Daniel J. Evans Library Lobby | 

Take a break and join us for lunch between morning and afternoon sessions. Connect with fellow alumni and faculty and learn about what's new at Evergreen.
As part of your Evergreen Alumni Lunch experience, please join us in honoring this year's Joseph Albert Dear Distinguished Alumni Award recipient John C. Stocks '81.  Past recipients of the Joseph Albert Dear award have included notable alumni such as Past-Chair of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe Ron Charles '97, New York State Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou '04, Washington State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos '85, Washington Teacher of the Year Nate Gibbs-Bowling '04, MiT '06, Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology Maia Bellon '91, and the Family of Joe Dear.

Sip & Savor Social Hour

End your afternoon with alumni-produced tasty treats and beverages served at our Sip & Savor Social Hour in the upstairs library lobby while you catch up with friends and colleagues.

​Customize your alumni weekend. Choose from the complete list of sessions and learn more about the speakers.

Evergreen Field Trip: An Exploration of South Sound History

Dive into South Sound history on this exclusive excursion.  You’ll learn about indigenous cultures, tour local ecosystems, dine at the historic Lord Mansion, and visit a historic homestead that was settled in 1845 by African American settler George Bush. Experience an exclusive tour of the George Bush Prairie Farm site with faculty archeologist  Dr. Ulrike Krotscheck. Customize your experience by choosing a guided eco tour of the Nisqually wetlands or a writing workshop with Member of the Writing and Literature Faculty Dr. Eirik Steinhoff.  Learn the story behind the Lord Mansion with Washington State Historical Society Program Facilitator Len Balli '98 as your guide. Don’t miss this unique Evergreen field trip experience!

Included in the tour: charter bus transportation, a catered lunch, an exclusive faculty-led tour of an archeological site at the George Bush Prairie homestead, plus your choice of a guided eco tour of the Nisqually wetlands or a writing workshop.


Contact Alumni Programs at or call (360) 867-6519. 

Stay Connected!  Look for event photos and other upcoming alumni events on the Return to Evergreen Facebook page.