Throwback Thursday – Hitting the Gym #tbt

Students in the gym. 1974.

Students in the gym 1974

Did you make a fitness related New Year’s Resolution for 2016? Have you been thinking, “Running outdoors in February sounds fun!”? Join me for the Geoduck Gallop on Saturday, February 6th! Choose between the half marathon or 10K race, and enjoy a jog through the Evergreen campus and picturesque surrounding rural areas.

An Unusual Path to Professional Racing for Boo-Shoot Gardens Founder Jackie Heinricher ’86

Jackie Heinricher and GRC Race Car

Jackie Heinricher, pictured at Watkins Glen International with her #57 Car. Source – @Racer_Jackie

Throughout years of research and development in the labs of Boo-Shoot Gardens in Mount Vernon, Washington, Jackie Heinricher ’86 was convinced the company’s research greenhouses were the hottest office spaces she would ever have. After more than 15 years as chief executive officer of the biotechnology company now called Provitro Biosciences, “Racer Jackie” stepped into an even hotter office, the inside of an unventilated race car in the Ferrari Challenge North America Series. Continue reading

Brittany Gray Thriving in Class and on the Basketball Court


At age 15, Brittany Gray was on top of the high school basketball world in Washington State. The Bainbridge High School sophomore had been recruited to prestigious Gonzaga University as part of the women’s basketball program and was, according to her coach, “one of the best rebounders the state has ever seen.” Then Brittany walked away from it all.

Five years later, she is back in the game and back in the classroom – at Evergreen.

Read the story in The Olympian.



Joselynn Engstrom ’99: Life Really is a Circus


Joselynn Tokashiki Engstrom ’99

Note: You can read the full article in  City Arts.

Six days a week, Joselynn Tokashiki Engstrom can be found training at the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts in Georgetown—often hanging from a trapeze.

“I’ve never done anything that takes so much strength and concentration,” she says.

About 14 months ago, Engstrom and her artistic partner Terry Crane founded the Acrobatic Conundrum, a circus troupe that creates accessible, narrative shows that mix acrobatics, dance and theatre. From the beginning, she says, “We wanted to tell a story, we didn’t want it to be plug-and-play vaudeville.”

 Read the full article.

Dedication of the Costantino Recreation Center

CRCHonoring former Vice President of Student Affairs Art Costantino for his years of service, Evergreen will dedicate the Recreation Center (CRC) as the Costantino Recreation Center. The ceremony falls on Return to Evergreen Saturday – October 19 –  between the two Annual Alumni Basketball Games. The women’s game leads off at 1:30 pm to approximately 3:30 pm. The men start immediately after the dedication and should wrap up around 5:30 pm in time to catch the live music and Greener Beer Garden that cap off the day. All activities in the CRC on October 19 are free and open to the public.


Evergreen’s climbing wall.

Art was an avid supporter of the Recreation and Athletics Program at Evergreen. Under his leadership, intercollegiate basketball came to Evergreen, opening up a new college pathway for student athletes seeking a strong liberal arts education.


The swimming pool is a central part of Evergreen’s fitness and wellness program.

The CRC is home to an astounding array of activities from ballet to martial arts. Academic programs are frequent users of the several dance studios. There are racquetball / handball  courts, a wide array of cardiovascular fitness machines and a large, well- equipped weight room.

Always A Happy Day: 2013-14 Jackie Robinson Scholars Honored

Left to right: Felix Braffith accepting “the big check” for Maxwell Hanckel, Doneesha Brown, President Les Purce and Mariners President Chuck Armstrong

Evergreen students Doneesha Brown and Maxwell Hanckel received public “congratulations” last Tuesday as this year’s Jackie Robinson Scholarship recipients. The ceremony took place, as is traditional, at Seattle’s Safeco Field just prior to a Mariners game.

Evergreen has awarded 48 Jackie Robinson scholarships, starting in 1987, thanks to the philanthropy of then-faculty member Patrick Hill. A much beloved teacher, philosopher, writer and story-teller, Patrick endowed the scholarship as a tribute to his parents, immigrants who valued education highly but never, themselves, went to college, and who were devoted Jackie Robinson/Brooklyn Dodgers fans.

Read the full story.

Just a bit about Patrick Hill:

Patrick died in 2008 just weeks after being awarded Faculty Emeritus status upon retirement. Here is one of many laudatory statements from former students listed on RateMyProfessor: Patrick Hill was the best teacher I ever had. He was a strong leader, yet had a gentle way, and was inspirational to the nines. He was encouraging and supportive, understanding and yet could light a fire under you. He is the reason I am a teacher. Often I ask myself “What would Patrick do?” An amazing mentor and man! Life changing absolutely!