Adam Fletcher ’02 Pioneers Youth Policy in Brazil

Center for Studies and Research in Education, Culture and Community Action (CENPEC) Advertises November Conference

Center for Studies and Research in Education, Culture and Community Action (CENPEC) advertises November conference

Adam Fletcher ’02 is a consultant, author, and public speaker on topics including youth engagement, education policy, and community development. As a consultant, Fletcher has gotten used to “posing questions and challenging norms to which [he doesn’t] get to see outcomes.” But for eight days in November 2014, at a conference organized by the Center for Studies and Research in Education, Culture and Community Action (CENPEC), held in São Paulo, Brazil, his experience shattered that narrative. This is the story of how Adam Fletcher, a man who started his career as a youth worker at age 14, and at times lived homeless while growing up in Alberta, Canada and later in South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska, came to inspire and inform the creation of Brazil’s youth engagement programs. Continue reading

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    Evergreen Student Civic Engagement Institute Wraps Up Successful Second Year

    Group picture of the 1st ESCEI cohort from 2013. Photo: Shauna Bittle

    Group picture of the 1st ESCEI cohort from 2013. Photo: Shauna Bittle

    On November 19th, 2014, graduates of the second annual Evergreen Student Civic Engagement Institute (ESCEI) gathered for their final cohort meeting to present and share their service projects. They first met in a five day pre-orientation program and under the leadership of Member of the Faculty Nancy Koppelman and Recreation and Athletics Director Matt Newman, they embarked on a journey that will define their academic and social experiences at Evergreen.

    Sharing in the success were Fred and Paul Goldberg. Fred, a Trustee of the College, and Paul, an Evergreen alumnus and Governor for The Evergreen State College Foundation, have been staunch supporters of ESCEI. By their efforts, the Goldbergs have given access to all incoming students regardless of financial concerns. Also in attendance were Wendy Endress, Michael Zimmerman, Amanda Walker, Ellen Shortt Sanchez, John McLain and myself. McLain in particular deserves special recognition; when Newman fell ill, John stepped in for him and seamlessly supported the students. Continue reading

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      2014 Arts Innovator Award to Rodrigo Valenzuela ’10

      Rodrigo Valenzuela '10

      Rodrigo Valenzuela ’10 photo: Robert Wade from artisttrust.org

      Video artist and photographer Rodrigo Valenzuela ’10 already held a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography before moving to Boston from Chile, where his family still lives today. Valenzuela chose Evergreen, after several years working in the United States, to study philosophy in an uninhibited environment. Valenzuela credits his Evergreen experience for learning to have a better dialogue with the material and the subject in his art.

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        Taylor Rose Nations ’12: Greener on Mars?

        Taylor Rose Nations '12

        Taylor Rose Nations ’12

        Taylor Rose Nations ’12 is one of 663 finalists in consideration to colonize Mars. The search, which began in 2013, started with over 200,000 applicants. The mission, which aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars, is called Mars One. Crews of four will depart every two years, starting in 2024. Continue reading

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          Evergreen Students Take Eighth Place in National Cyber Security Competition

          Last weekend, a team of four computer science students from The Evergreen State College traveled to New York, where they participated in the annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) at New York University’s (NYU) Polytechnic School of Engineering. The team, GNU E-Ducks, named for the Evergreen mascot, the Geoduck, and the GNU open source software movement, became Top-15 finalists in a pool of 300 college teams. The top 15 teams met in Brooklyn Thursday, November 13 through Saturday, November 15, and solved numerous cyber security puzzles, from reverse engineering to cryptography, in a game of virtual “Capture the Flag.” The Evergreen team took eighth place in the national competition, dubbed the world’s biggest student cyber security contest. Continue reading

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            Greener Scientists: Mike Hickerson ’93

            Mike Hickerson spoke with me on the phone from his lab in New York on September 10th. This is the first installment in a series called Greener Scientists.


             

            Mike Hickerson

            Mike Hickerson

            Mike Hickerson ’93 didn’t always want to be a scientist.
            At various points in his life, he’s wanted to be a hobo (many of us can relate) or a sustainable designer. After delivering pizzas and living out of his station wagon, he jumped into the only interesting program he could get into as a new Evergreen student, Great Books, and studied classic works of Western Civilization before taking the plunge into Molecule to Organism and Individual Learning Contacts (ILCs) with Steve Herman and Betty Kutter. While he recalls many of his classmates wanted to become doctors, he was motivated “less by fixing what didn’t work and more by wanting to know how things did work.” Continue reading

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              Foster Teens Find Ally in Ann Whiting ‘85

              Ann Whiting '85

              Ann Whiting ’85

              Ann Whiting ’85 has been a Child Welfare Worker for four years, serving youth between ages 15 and 21 in Alameda County, California. While Ann works for the county, much of the job involves coordinating with local non-profit care providers, and, of course, the legal system. Just two days before Ann was back on Evergreen’s Olympia campus for Return to Evergreen, Continue reading

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                Willi Unsoeld Seminar Series – Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Author to Speak October 30

                “You go to nature for an experience of the sacred…to re-establish your contact with the core of things,…  to enable you to come back to the world of people and operate more effectively.”

                -Willi Unsoeld

                Renowned for his book, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story, Mark Bittner is the first speaker in the Willi Unsoeld Seminar Series at The Evergreen State College, on October 30. Continue reading

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