Register today!—October 12, 17, 18, 19, 20

It's time to celebrate Greener alumni! Here's what we have in store for you! 

OCTOBER 12:  Return to Evergreen—​Tacoma brunch and alumni 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 21 Sessions + Sip & Savor

OCTOBER 20: South Sound Historical-Archeological Field Trip

Customize your own memorable alumni weekend and experience Evergreen your way. See details and highlights below.

Saturday In Olympia

See what this year's Return to Evergreen has to offer: 

Return to Evergreen—Tacoma

Saturday, October 12 | $20 Adults | $10 Students, Recent Grads, Veterans

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. Hear what's new on campus from Dr. Anthony Zaragoza and Tacoma's new Dean, Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga.  See a new documentary about housing in the Hilltop community and join in a group discussion about housing in Tacoma.​ Let’s celebrate the strengths of the Evergreen-Tacoma community.

StoryOly Evergreen @ Rhythm & Rye

Thursday, October 17 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | $10 suggested donation, cash only at the door
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)

Friday, October 18 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm | Free Admission - Please RSVP | LIB Lobby 3rd Floor
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.  You'll meet today's Evergreen SURF recipients, hear about their interests, and have the opportunity to ask them questions.  Mingle and enjoy an up-close look at their impressive findings.

Return to Evergreen-Olympia

Saturday, October 19 | Full Day | $35 Adults | $20 Students, Recent Grads, Veterans
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.

​Choose from the complete list of sessions and learn more about the speakers.

Evergreen Field Trip: An Exploration of South Sound History

Sunday, October 20, 9:00am - 4:00pm | $100

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.  Don’t miss this unique Evergreen field trip experience!

  • 9:00am: Your field trip begins in Evergreen’s Longhouse with a documentary film about indigenous cultures of the South Sound region, presented by Assistant Director of the Longhouse Laura VerMeulen.
  • 10:30am: You’ll be transported with fellow alumni to the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge where you can choose from two types of activities:
    • Experience nature on a one-mile, eco tour walk with Biologist Samuel Kaviar ’12, owner of the eco-tourism company Kayak Nisqually Puget Sound Adventures.
    • Relax and learn more about the wildlife refuge as you participate in a writing workshop with Member of the Writing and Literature faculty Dr. Steinhoff.
  • 12:30pm: You'll enjoy a catered lunch at the historic Lord Mansion and meet Member of the Faculty Ulrike Krotscheck to learn about the archeological project at the George Bush Prairie Farm.
  • 2:30pm: On our last stop, you will explore the George Bush Prairie Farm where you will have an opportunity to meet the current farm owners and view the site of the archeological project with Ulrike Krotscheck as your guide.
  • 4:00pm: You will have fun comparing notes and bonding with fellow travelers on the ride back to Evergreen.

$100 ticket includes 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.

Questions?

Contact Alumni Programs at alumni@evergreen.edu or call (360) 867-6519. 

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