Mark Wilder ’06 is doing Something Ridiculous

If you are downtown in San Louis Obispo on a Thursday night you might actually find Mark in the center of a crowd – juggling knives, balancing on ladders, or riding a unicycle. Whatever he is doing its probably Something Ridiculous, which is the name of his duo street act! Sarah Linn of the San Luis Obispo Tribune has more on the activities of Something Ridiculous.

Stormwater: Life in the Gutter – Stokley Towles

Editor’s note: Stokely Towles’ is both a librarian at Evergreen and a performance artist.

For more than a decade, solo performer Stokley Towles has been studying us. He examines the mundane aspects of life in Seattle like an anthropologist from another planet–our libraries, our trash system, our police force, the history of a single city block–and delivers his findings in rich, understated monologues full of bizarre, colorful trivia and bittersweet observations about how people navigate the world and each other. His latest study, Stormwater, is about the rivers that run beneath our feet. – Brendan Kiley, The Stranger Weekly

To watch a full performance of Stormwater: Life in the Gutter click here.

Student Profile: Celi Tamayo-Lee

Senior Celi Tamayo-Lee conducts a series of performance pieces, offering active listening to members of the Evergreen community on the topic of combating racism. The piece was a project for Celi’s fourth-year program Video in/and Performance Art. — Andrew Jeffers photo

Celi Tamayo-Lee is one of those Evergreen students who seems to have more than 24 hours in her day. She has designed an intense curriculum for herself of full-time programs in Political Economy and Media studies; and rounds out her class work with involvement in a variety of other activities. She is an active member of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition student group, a performer in the annual production of the Vagina Monologues, and can often be seen leading campus tours for prospective students and their families. She inspires those she meets with her intelligence, enthusiasm and energy.

The Admissions office asked us if we could sit down with Celi and document a little bit of her experience here, and we were happy to oblige. Celi spoke articulately about what drew her to Evergreen and how the unique curriculum model helped her develop both critical reasoning skills and confidence. We saw both qualities as we documented her this year; and we think that you will, too.

Allow us to introduce you to Celi Tamayo-Lee:

Originally posted in Inside Evergreen

Greeners bring Solar Power to the South Sound

From left to right: Solar Specialist, Bruce Hargrave; VP, Dever Kuni ’12; and President & Owner, Kirk Haffner ’88 -photo by South Sound Solar

Since 2007, family-run South Sound Solar has been in the community installing commercial and residential solar panels. Earlier this month we connected with company execs Dever (Haffner-Ratliffe) Kuni ’12 and Kirk Haffner ’88 to learn what they’ve been up to and talk about how The Evergreen State College has influenced the shape and success of their company.

Excitement at the Science Carnival

Scads of children from visiting school groups surround the green area outside the Lab buildings for a demonstration of homemade pyrotechnics. Exhibitors lit smoke bombs and a rocket before the finale of a sparkler mandala set in a bicycle wheel. — Andrew Jeffers photo

Faculty Peter Pessiki shows a volunteer how to light sparklers made of starch. — Shauna Bittle photo

Is it just us, or was the Science Carnival extra exciting this year? We could hear a stampede of feet as we neared the Lab buildings, where we found what seemed like a hundred school groups running from exhibition to exhibition.

Evergreen students were hopping as they presented their chosen topics. They gave talks on Tardigrades, Lichens and Ethanol, and walked kids through workshops on plating pennies and making sauerkraut. The hallways echoed with the sound of excited voices as kids told each other what they’d seen and plotted where to go next.

And when an explosion appeared on the agenda, everyone showed up. It seemed that they were everywhere on Friday: soda bottle exploding due to dry ice pressure, burning metal in the thermite demonstration, and fountains of pop reacting to Mentos candy. The grandest of all, however, was the pyrotechnics show in the lab courtyard. Faculty Peter Pessiki and his students set off a rocket and smokebombs, then set fire to a giant sparkler mandala made in a bicycle wheel.

It was a lot of fun for everyone present, and we’re glad to share the event through these photos.

School children on campus for the Science Carnival search the ivy bed outside the Arts Annex for tiny snails. — Shauna Bittle photo

An Evergreen student holds a diagram of a sheep’s digestive system as he talks about the pre-stomach in Room in the Rumen. — Shauna Bittle photo

Kids get covered with soda as they try to take sips from a fountain made by dropping Mentos candy into pop bottles. — Andrew Jeffers photo

Originally posted by Inside Evergreen

Student Showcase – Bonnie McLeod

Environmental Analysis student Bonnie McLeod studies an interesting pattern of striations in the sand during a class trip to Yellowstone. Although McLeod originally had thoughts of working professionally in a lab, the program and the trip awakened an interest in doing environmental field work in the National Parks system. — Shauna Bittle photo

I first photographed Bonnie McLeod in a chemistry class last spring. At the beginning of the school year, I got to know her a little bit better when I went along with Environmental Analysis (in which she was a student) on their trip to Yellowstone. Bonnie impressed me with her intelligence and thoughtfulness and, as I got to know her better, I was struck by her bravery in setting out on a new career path after years of working in the banking industry.

I am a firm believer in the power of images to tell stories; but I know that images on their own tell a fractured story. As I work more and more in video multimedia, I appreciate the power it has to help place images in context, and to tell a more complete narrative. I asked Bonnie to sit down with us and share a little of her story in her own words. In our conversation she talks about changing careers, the relationship between students and faculty and being a recipient of National Science Foundation STEM scholarship.

Since then, Photoland has entered into a collaboration with the Admissions department to help bring more student stories to the broader community. We are excited to say that these pieces are in progress and should be unveiled soon.

In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to Bonnie McLeod.

Originally posted by Inside Evergreen

Pursuing the Dream at Procession

Students and faculty of the program Awakening the Dreamer, Pursuing the Dream dance through the streets of downtown Olympia during Procession of the Species on Saturday, Apr. 27, 2013. The group dressed as their spirit animals, and represented the element “air”. — Shauna Bittle photo

Each year, in concert with Earth Day, Olympians take to the streets in a big way for a celebration unlike any other. It’s called the Procession of the Species, and it seems to bring the whole city out for a joyous Saturday downtown.

Founded by Evergreen alumnus Eli Sterling almost 20 years ago, the Procession is a celebration of nature and the elements; but it’s also an expression of community. The studio space where costumes are built is open to all, and everyone is invited to participate.

This year, faculty Cynthia Kennedy and Terry Setter brought the students of Awakening the Dreamer, Pursuing the Dream to the studio several weeks in advance of Earth Day. They learned about the history and intent of the Procession from Eli Sterling himself, and then decided as a group to go as physical embodiments of their spirit animals. We documented them as they created their costumes and then, on Procession Day, as they danced through the streets.

Please enjoy their journey in this short video, our latest One Minute Evergreen:
Originally posted by Inside Evergreen

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first American ascent of Everest

Willi Unsoeld and photographer Barry Bishop at promontory and future site of Camp 4W on Everest’s West Ridge, with 25,000-foot Nupse in the background.
Photo: Tom Hornbein &

50 years ago former faculty member, Willi Unsoeld, climbed Mount Everest as one of the first American’s ever to do so. Below is a collection of news articles and media that celebrate this historic anniversary – including a group of climbers who are attempting to retrace the historic climb:

Seattle PI: Everest: The West Ridge, a climb into the heavens

Adventure Journal: The List: 50 Things About the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 American Everest Expedition

The Mountaineers (club): May 22, 2013: a conversation between Tom Hornbein & John Krakauer

Oregon State University: 50th anniversary of historic Everest climb + video

Eddie Bauer: two teams return to retrace the historic steps of the first American ascent

Wlli Unsoeld’s Keynote Address at Keene State: The Spiritual Values of Wilderness

Willi Unsoeld, to the right, at an Evergreen faculty summer retreat.

The Evergreen Student Music Project is now online!

I’m excited to announce the launch of the new Evergreen Student Music Project website at
To celebrate the collaborative works of this 33 year old tradition, you can now listen, view and download all of the past albums for the first time.
Since 1980, the Evergreen Student Music Project has been an annual collaboration of student originated work that has been produced in a variety of formats such as vinyl, cassette tape, CD, and thumb drives. Selected Evergreen student musicians are recorded by the advanced multi-tracking class  every year. The annual project has been kept alive for the past 33 years with the support of Peter Randlette, Electronic Media Audio Interns, Terry Setter, Electronic Media staff, Student Activities, and various committed staff and students.
The site: is an online archive that provides playback, downloads, and amazing views into the history of the project.
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