Evergreen Announces Reopening of Challenge Course

OLYMPIA, Wash. – After months of hard work from The Outdoor Program staff, Evergreen is excited to announce the opening of the new and revamped challenge course on the campus of The Evergreen State College.

The course, which includes over 12 low-element team challenges as well as four high elements, is designed for groups that are looking to build teamwork, communication and problem solving while having fun at the same time.  Take a “leap of faith” 40 feet off the ground and swing on a trapeze, speed down the 500 foot double zip line, play around on the vertical playpen, and use teamwork to defeat the giant’s ladder in an action-packed day of excitement!

“The TOP program, led by student coordinator Rob Healy and his throng of staff and SOS students Dave Robb and Conner Abdelnoor were the driving factors in the establishment and rebuilding of the course,” said recreation coordinator Chris Ertman. “Interns and SOS students spent hours upon hours in the rain, snow, sleet, and hail every day clearing trails, building challenges, removing homeless encampments and excess trash until the project was complete.”

The course is ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology) certified and many of the elements were built from fallen trees from our very own evergreen forest and most of the materials were recycled from the old course that was closed down in 2005.

Trained facilitators will guide your group in progressive challenges, making sure your group gets the most out of every experience.  If you have an end goal or desire, our facilitators can develop a program specific to meet your group’s needs.

There are a variety of packages available, ranging from three-hour sessions all the way to full day and overnight experiences.  We are now taking reservations and are offering a special June discount for all Academic programs that want to break up the end of the school year slump.

For more information, including to make a reservation, please contact Chris Ertman at ertmanc@evergreen.edu or 360-867-6520.

Evergreen Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Class

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In recognition of The Evergreen State College’s 40th anniversary, the Evergreen State College has announced the inaugural class of the Recreation and Athletics Hall of Fame.  The first four, who will be formally inducted on May 18, are Sarah Applegate ’92, Mike Denoyer ’75, Pete Steilberg and Willi Unsoeld.

The inaugural class was chosen specifically to embody the history of recreation and athletics at Evergreen. These four individuals left unique legacies and it is fair to say that the recreational and athletic opportunities at Evergreen would not be the same, or even existent, without their footprints.

From taking on the administrative role of forming a recreational and intercollegiate athletics program at Evergreen to being a member of the founding faculty to providing countless students with a once-in-a-lifetime experience to being the first ever All-American in school history, these four represent what we hope recreation and athletics will be at Evergreen for the foreseeable future.

Sarah Applegate ’92, MiT ’95 – The first All-American in school history, she swam for the Geoducks while earning both her undergraduate and graduate degreees at Evergreen.  Currently the librarian at River Ridge High School in Lacey, she was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching grant to study school libraries in Finland.

Mike Denoyer ’75 – Among the first graduates in Evergreen history, owns and operates Grand Canyon Expeditions, offering expeditions down the Colorado River for many years.

Pete Steilberg – Considered by most to be the father of recreation and athletics at The Evergreen State College.  Former director of recreation and athletics and cross country coach. Retired in 1999.

Willi Unsoeld – Founding faculty member at The Evergreen State College. Part of first American expedition to summit Mount Everest, reaching the peak on May 22, 1963. Died in an avalanche during a winter climb of Mount Rainier in March 1979.

For information regarding the Evergreen Recreation and Athletics Hall of Fame, including how to nominate future honorees, visit http://evergreen.edu/athletics/halloffame/.

Forest 10th in 400m Hurdles As Geoducks Conclude 2012

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – It was a small squad that made the trek to Klamath Falls, Ore. for the 2012 Cascade Conference Championships but it was the youth that shined as the Evergreen Geoducks wrapped up 2011-12 on Saturday at Oregon Institute of Technology. In their first race of the day, sophomore Zephyr Forest (Fairfax, Calif./Drake HS) finished just outside the points, taking 10th in the 400m hurdles with a time of 59.01. Concordia’s Jordan Reeher took the conference title with an NAIA automatic qualifying time of 53.09. In their final event of the season, freshman Aaron Jones (San Bruno, Calif./Capuchino HS) finished 19th in the 5000m run in his conference championship debut with a mark of 18:13.22. Junior Greg Montgomery of College of Idaho took the title with a time of 15:25.63. In the team standings, it was the Cavaliers of Concordia sweeping the CCC titles once again. The men won the title with 237 points, 56 points over second place Southern Oregon. On the women’s side, the Cavs put up 228 points to win by 63.5 points over College of Idaho.

Geoducks Conclude First Day at CCC Championships

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Making the long trek to Klamath Falls on Friday morning, the Evergreen Geoducks got right down to business Friday evening as two runners took to the track at the 2012 Cascade Conference Championships, hosted by Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Ore. In the first event of the meet for the Geoducks, freshman Les Jones (Tacoma, Wash./Mt. Tahoma HS) made his championship debut in the 1500m run. Jones took 14th place while representing Evergreen in a race won by Eric Avila of Southern Oregon with a time of 4:01.35. Sophomore Zephyr Forest (Fairfax, Calif./Drake HS) competed in his first event of the weekend on Friday night, placing 12th in the 110m Hurdles. Forest took fifth in the first section with a time of 17.28. Sophomore Sullivan Stevens of Southern Oregon won the conference championship with a blazing time of 14.94. The action continues on Saturday afternoon as Forest competes in his best event of the meet, the 400m hurdles, at approximately 1:10p.m. Freshman Aaron Jones (San Bruno, Calif./Capuchino HS) closes things out for the Geoducks in the 5000m run, set to begin at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Forest Grabs First Collegiate Win at Linfield Twilight

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Shaving nearly a half-second off his seed time, Evergreen sophomore Zephyr Forest (Fairfax, Calif./Drake HS) earned his first collegiate win, outrunning the field in the 400m Hurdles on Friday at the Linfield Twilight Meet in McMinnville, Ore. Forest held off George Fox’s Clayton Pugsley, a finalist in the event at the 2012 Northwest Conference Championships, by 21 one-hundredths of a second with a time of 57.92, despite having a seed time of a full second slower. With the win, the sophomore moves up the seventh on the Cascade Conference outdoor performance list. A pair of freshman also competed for the Geoducks on Friday. Les Jones (Tacoma, Wash./Mt. Tahoma HS) took fifth in the 5000m run with a time of 17:16.46 while Alec Messman (Lacey, Wash./River Ridge HS) took ninth in the 1500m run with a mark of 4:53.60. The Geoducks will join the rest of the Cascade Conference next week when they make the long trek to Klamath Falls, Ore. for the 2012 CCC Championships, hosted by Oregon Tech.