Return to Evergreen 2017

Thank you to all who attended Return to Evergreen over the weekend of November 3-5, 2017!

Return to Evergreen, our premier annual alumni event, gathered Evergreen alumni and friends from every graduating class for a day of fascinating experiences and great people. This year we celebrated 50 years since Evergreen’s founding during this incredible weekend of immersive and interactive events, sessions, workshops, happenings and parties.

Close to 650 people participated in Return to Evergreen events this year!

Featured New Events:

Edmond Lapine Benefit Concert 

Edmond Lapine ’08 was one of thirty-six people who died in a warehouse fire in Oakland, CA last year. Proceeds funded a scholarship in his name. The night featured Selector Dub Narcotic, Tender Forever, and Alex R. Puckett with DJ Spin’nkre.

Tacoma Brunch

A panel of distinguished members of Evergreen Tacoma’s campus – faculty, students and community members – discuss how to serve Tacoma’s diverse community while participants feast in a seminar-style brunch event.

Quinault Field Trip

We offered a unique event this year: a venture to the Olympic National Forest to learn with Evergreen faculty, Longhouse staff, and Quinault tribe members about Indigenous communities, public land and climate change. The excursion was completed with a locally-caught salmon lunch.

Quinault Field Trip

Click here for a complete list of the Saturday sessions.

Click here for a complete list of all the speakers. 

Click here for more pictures of the Saturday Sessions. 

Here are some more snapshots from Saturday Sessions:

A panel, facilitated by former Program Director Diana Arens ’93 MPA ’15, talks about KAOS, Evergreen’s radio station.

Attendees feast over brunch while listening to an oral history of Evergreen’s early days, given by Sam Schrager, David Marr, Nancy Taylor, Ernest “Stone” Thomas, and Larry Eickstaedt.

Participants have fun making their own projects in a printmaking workshop.

Stephanie Coontz, a faculty emerita and returning speaker, talks about which myths about “traditional” families have and have not changed since she published her book, ‘The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap’, twenty-five years ago.

Participants tour the Tears of Duk’Wibahl exhibit in the Evergreen Gallery, experiencing Indigenous art as part of a session led by Laura Grabhorn, Longhouse Assistant Director.

Tanner Milliren ’14 and Daniel Cherniske ’15, green builders, talk about sustainable living in the Pacific Northwest.

The Trans and Queer Center offers a session introducing the Center, which was established in Fall of 2016.

The Sip and Savor Social Hour is a great opportunity for alumni to mingle with faculty.

And here are some snapshots from the Sunday Tacoma Brunch: 

Dr. Ernest “Stone” Thomas [right] with Dr. Maxine Mimms, emeritus faculty and founder of Evergreen’s Tacoma Program.

Moderator of the panel, Gilda L. Sheppard [left], with Managing Director of Evergreen Tacoma, Tenzing Gyatso.

Thank you for sharing your stories, enthusiasm, and love for Evergreen with us on this memorable weekend! Leave your own pictures in the comment, and check out more on the Return to Evergreen Facebook page.

If you missed out this year or if you want to participate again, make sure to come to Return to Evergreen 2018!

Squaxin Tribal Greeners Excited About Return to Evergreen

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Glenn “Tuck” Wilson ’04 (MPA, Project Administrator for the Squaxin Island Tribe.

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Bridget Ray ’06, Grant Writer and Planner for the Squaxin Island Tribe.

Evergreen staff member Kana Shephard ’05 (MPA) came back to the office just now after putting up Return to Evergreen posters in the the Squaxin Island area just north of campus. He returned with the happy story of running into several of his former Evergreen students pals, now working for the Squaxin Island Tribe, all of them excited and planning to attend the alumni gathering on campus this Saturday.

Not only that, Squaxin Island Tribal Project Administrator “Tuck” Wilson ’04 (MPA) took a batch of posters, vowing to get them up in the community.

The Evergreen Community is a wonderful place.

Sauerkraut and Social Justice: It’s Got to be Evergreen


Just one month away, Return to Evergreen is ready to host alumni and community members with workshops, seminars, music, tours, and more.

No plans yet for October 19? Here’s a sneak preview of some of the things you will miss if you don’t attend this year’s Return to Evergreen:

The Revolution Will Not Be Pasteurized
ofA fermentation workshop with Sash Sunday ’09 of OlyKraut, Melissa Barker ’00, Organic Farm Instructional Technician and faculty member David Muehleisen. Come to the beautiful Organic Farmhouse to learn and practice the basics of making home-scale sauerkraut and hear the story of some of the trials, tribulations and tricks of starting and operating a small processed-food business.

Humor and Human Rights
Seriously? Is there a place for humor when we speak of human rights? Is there a place for lightheartedness in the face of atrocity? Jane Korman sparked controversy in 2010 when she posted on YouTube a video of her father, Adolek Kohn, dancing with his grandchildren at Auschwitz, Dachau, and the Lodz ghetto. Adolek Kohn survived the Holocaust; half a century later the family returned to Poland to dance to Gloria Gaynor’s disco hit “I Will Survive” (Some view the dance as a triumph, while others find it tasteless or worse.

This seminar will consider the conditions under which comedy and humor might have a role to play in the way we think about human rights. This counterintuitive approach should help us locate the limits of how “human rights” function as a legal concept, a moral language, and a cultural practice. We will watch a short film, discuss it, and explore how the language of human rights does or does not help us make sense of ethics, politics, and justice.

Evergreen Faculty Member Emerita Betty Kutter

Evergreen Faculty Member Emerita Betty Kutter

The (Phage) World Comes to Evergreen
Having just hosted the 20th Biennial Evergreen International Phage Meeting, with attendees from 37 countries, Evergreen Faculty Member Emerita Betty Kutter will highlight cutting-edge Phage applications in the areas of human health and food safety. The seemingly miraculous, bacteria-eating virus is sometimes called the “Tinker Toy” of biotechnology because it can be used in combination with other elements to effect seemingly impossible health benefits. Whether your are a former student of Betty’s or have never before heard of Phage, you’ll be amazed and inspired. Don’t miss this session.

Watch for program updates in the MIND or get the whole story right now on the website.


Return to Evergreen Program Updates

There will be something for everyone at Evergreen, October 19, 2013

Program Updates and Highlights:

Longhouse Education & Cultural Center
Join this tour to the Longhouse’s new carving studio where a drum making workshop will be in progress.

Annual Alumni Meeting
Alumni and Students (future alumni), come hear about “Alumni Circles” and join the discussion about staying engaged with your alma mater.

Athletics – Go Geoducks!
Head to the soccer field at 1 pm for women’s soccer. Later in the afternoon, Greeners who are alumni of the men’s and women’s basketball team take the court for the Annual Alumni Basketball games to be played on the new Art Costantino gymnasium floor. Were you a team member? Sign up to play: Female athletes contact Monica Heuer. Male athletes contact Arvin Mosley.

See the full schedule: Return to Evergreen.
Register Today.
Special Rate for Students and Recently Graduated (2008-2013) Alumni.

Stay tuned for more updates.