Return to Evergreen – Tacoma

Even after the many sessions, workshops, and seminars on Saturday, November 4th, the Return to Evergreen weekend won’t be over just yet! A brand new brunch with and alumni panel will be offered on Sunday, November 5th, at the Tacoma campus. 

The event is a seminar with a panel of members from Evergreen Tacoma’s community. Alumni and friends of Evergreen Tacoma will love this opportunity to connect with one another and discover how alumni, students, and faculty embody the motto “Enter to learn; depart to serve” in their daily lives.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017
Lyceum Hall, Evergreen Tacoma, 1210 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
$20, includes a scrumptious brunch and program
Free Parking


Gilda L. Sheppard, PhD

Gilda L. Sheppard, PhD

Gilda L. Sheppard, PhD is a member of the faculty in sociology, cultural and media studies at The Evergreen State College—Tacoma. She has received local, national and international academic fellowships in media arts and sociology. She has taught internationally at colleges in Ghana, West Africa. In addition to teaching in the Tacoma Program, Gilda currently volunteer teaches college level courses at several men and women’s prisons in Washington State. Oftentimes Gilda bridges learning opportunities between her incarcerated students and her students in the Tacoma Program. She is an award winning filmmaker who has screened her documentaries in USA, Ghana, Berlin and the Cannes Film Festival.  She is currently in post-production of her documentary Since I Been Down about the transformative role of education and activism led by incarcerated men and women in Washington State prisons.


Monica Alexander ’13

Monica Alexander

Monica began her career with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) in 1996 as a Trooper Cadet. She was commissioned as a WSP Trooper on May 1, 1998. Monica spent many years as a line trooper and sergeant working the South Seattle freeway. Currently Monica serves as the Captain of Government and Media Relations, where she is the legislative liaison for the WSP.

During Monica’s career she received numerous honors and awards including the Educational Excellence Award from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. In 2003, Monica was inducted into the Tacoma African American History Museum for her service to the community and her work with the WSP. In addition to her duties as a trooper, Monica was the traffic reporter for KOMO-TV for six years.

Monica is the first and only African American female to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain in the history of the WSP.

Jason Reddock ’17

Jason Reddock

Powered by cheesecake and long hikes including ambitions to write for The New York Times, Jason tutors other writers at the Evergreen Tacoma Writing Center by combining his love for language with a strong need for justice. His major areas of study consists of political economy and media studies which reinforces his core values of equity, empathy, and self-expression. He lives in Tacoma, Washington.

“What motivates me to tutor is my belief that every person has a story to tell. And because writing is an intimate act, I believe it brings people closer to a shared understanding of humanity and its flaws.”

Cleven Ticeson​​ ’89

Cleven James TicesonBorn in Madisonville, Kentucky, Cleven James Ticeson often quips that he is “Kentucky bred, but Washington fed.” A Northwesterner through and through, Cleven is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and The Evergreen State College in Olympia. He was recently recognized for 40 years of service to KCTS 9, where he has worked since 1974 in a variety of capacities, from copywriter, actor, and floor director to his present position of senior post-production editor.

Over the years Cleven has received more than a dozen regional Emmy® honors, and earned national Emmy® recognition for his work on the documentary, Eli Creekmore. Cleven was an actor early in his career. From 1970 to 1973 he was part of the original national touring company of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, for which he was the understudy for the character Hud.

He married Connie Bacalzo in 1972—she jokes that it was between performances of HAIR— and they have four adult children and nine beautiful grandchildren.

Cleven is committed to education. He was a co-founder and board member of the Seattle Central College School of Applied Sciences and served on the college’s technical advisory board. He also served as an instructor in the Media Literacy Program at Seattle Vocational Technical Institute. A sought-after speaker and lecturer, Cleven served as vice president of the Seattle Chapter of the Majestic Eagles, founding director of the Seattle Chapter of Power Learning Systems, a past-representative for the Inter-Faith Council of Seattle, and has served as chair of The Bahá’ís of Seattle.

Carol M. Wolfe ’96

Carol Wolfe

Carol received her BA from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in Community Development in 1996 as a single parent and after 12 years of working full time and attending school part time.

After receiving her degree she worked for 3 years in Tacoma‘s Hilltop Community on a national pilot program between National Main Street and the Local Initiative Support Corporation to implement a comprehensive approach to community and economic development.  In early 1999 she was hired by the City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood Business District Revitalization Program. In this capacity, she has worked with fifteen neighborhood business districts in the areas of organizational capacity, promotion and marketing, economic development and the implementation of physical improvement projects. She also manages the Neighborhood Council Program focused on civic engagement and bringing the community voice into the decision making process of local government. In her current position she oversees staff and programs focused on Small Business Development and Neighborhood Revitalization

Carol is married to Greg Piercy, Operations Manager of the Hilltop Artist Glassblowing program and has 2 children, Catherine Wolfe and Jacob Piercy. Her daughter Catherine is a recent graduate of the Cooper Union College in Manhattan with a degree in Civil Engineering and will be continuing to earn her Masters at Cooper while working for the Manhattan Transportation Authority. Jacob will be entering the 6th grade a Mason Middle School in Tacoma.

Precious Yarborough​​ ’17

Precious YarboroughPrecious Yarborough is a Seattle native who grew up in South Seattle and the Renton/Skyway area. After having her first 3 children, she became deeply concerned with the lack of culturally appropriate birth support and educational resources available for Black and brown families. She also noticed the need for a community space that centered Black women. Fueled to fill these needs, Precious co-created 2 organizations she nurtures with passion; Puget Sound Birth Professionals of Color (PSBPoC) and Black Power Circle. After her first doula training, she and 2 other birth workers created PSBPoC as a networking and referral service that connects families of color to birth professionals of color. Black Power Circle is a support and empowerment group for Black women and children, where community news and resources are shared. After graduating from The Evergreen State College—Tacoma, Precious plans to combine her love of birth and community support with social justice initiatives to bring more birth support and resources to Black and brown families in the Pierce County area.

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