Good News for Evergreen

One of 14 colleges to make this fine list, the 2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges has included Evergreen on their list of Best Buy Schools. Michael Zimmerman stated that, ” We are the only public or private college or university in the Pacific Northwest and the only public institution on the West Coast on the list”. Good news for alum and prospective students alike!  Check out the link for the full story.

Fellowship Opportunity

Now Accepting Applications for our 2014 – 2015 Betty Jane Narver Fellowship
We are now accepting applications for the 2014 – 2015 Betty Jane Narver Fellowship. The fellowship is open to any currently enrolled graduate student in a college or university, and recent graduates with a master’s degree or Ph.D.

Qualified applicants should have excellent written and oral communications skills, a commitment to accuracy and attention to detail, and a demonstrated interest in fiscal policy. To achieve our goal of training and supporting new voices in the policy arena, we’re especially interested in candidates from diverse backgrounds.

The fellow will receive a monthly stipend and be responsible for less than 20 hours a week.

This position is not eligible for benefits. Reimbursable travel may be required to specific policy-related trainings chosen by the Budget & Policy Center. The fellowship will generally run from November 2014 through April 2015 (this is flexible).

The deadline to apply is Thursday, July 31st.

For more information about the Narver Fellowship, including reflections from our 2013 -2014 fellow, click here.

Apply for the 2014 – 2015 Betty Jane Narver Fellowship.

Information Session Scheduled

Attend the next MPA group info sessionon Tuesday, August 26th from 5:30-6:30pm at the downtown Olympia Timberland Library (@ 8th and Franklin): Randee Gibbons will be there to discuss the MPA curriculum, admissions requirements, program costs, financial aid, and to answer any questions you have. No need to RSVP — just show up!

Info on When Spring Credit is Posted

People have been asking “when will Spring course credit be posted?” Here’s how it works: First, faculty have up to 2 weeks after the end of evaluation week to finish evaluations and send them to their program support staff for processing. The Spring 2014 deadline  is June 27th.  Then, program support staff have up to 1 month to process and post credit.

      • The Spring 2014 deadline is July 27th.

MPA Hooding Ceremony and Celebration

Friday, June 13th at 10am, doors at 9:15 in the Evergreen Longhouse

Opening Prayer

Delbert Sm3tcoom Miller (Skokomish) Artist, culture bearer and spiritual leader of the Skokomish Tribe

 Welcome and Acknowledgements

Cheryl Simrell King, MPA Director & Master of Ceremonies

Opening Remarks

Michael Zimmerman, Provost, The Evergreen State College

Thomas (Les) Purce, President, The Evergreen State College

 Introduction of MPA Faculty

Cheryl Simrell King

Faculty Speaker

Moroni Benally

Student Speakers

Tribal Governance Cohort

Marjoree Corless

Public/Nonprofit Administration & Public Policy (General) Cohort

Jane Wall

Jamie Yoder


MPA Tribal Governance Cohort names read by Puanani Nihoa

MPA Public/Nonprofit Administration & Public Policy (General) Cohort names read by Randee Gibbons

Closing Remarks

Cheryl Simrell King


MPA General Capstone

Announcing the General/Public-NonProfit Administration/Public Policy Cohort Capstone presentation schedule – you are welcome to attend any/all!


Congratulations to the presenters!


THURSDAY JUNE 5, 2014 (6-9p in Sem 2 D1105)

6:00     Casey Carter – GRuB Strategic Planning

6:15     Haley Rice and Tara Weaver– Business Plan for a Farm

6:30     Meagan Darrow and Meghan Sullivan– Nonprofit Employee Engagement

6:45     Simon Gorbaty – Worker Cooperatives

7:00     Josh Martinsen and Pixie Needham – Tenino Quarry Pool/ Operations Plan

7:15     Lars Andreassen – Co-Op Preschool Capacity Building

7:30     Jamie Yoder and Andrew Beattie – Afterschool Programs in Yelm

7:45     Pedro Garcia and Kenny DeShiro-Harper – Yelm Lions Foundation Six-Year Strategic Plan

8:00     Michael Ellsworth – Recidivism & Remediation of Disciplined Healthcare Professionals

8:15     Shauna Muendel – The Connection Between TB and Diabetes

8:30     Christopher Barnes, Jennifer Johnson, and Jane Wall – Arts Education and Development


SATURDAY JUNE 7, 2014 (9a-2p in Sem 2 E1105)

9:00     Christy Bezanson – DSHS Program Evaluation

9:15     Caitlyn Jekel – Accountability Measures for Industry Specific Training Programs

9:30     Megan Brownlee and Andrew Oommen – Eviction and the Sociology of Rental Markets

9:45     Gretchen Simons, Michael Sloan, and Vitali Litvin – PARC Foundation Strategic Plan

10:00   Rochelle Morris and Sheila Smith – Implementing Public Policy

10:15   Erick Agina – Labor &  Industries Project Planning

10:30   Todd Haskins and Renee Noby– Brownfields in Washington State

10:45   Jennifer Nortrup and Adam Trimble – How Local Governments Promote Sustainable Development

11:00   Lisa Harper – Light Pollution in Olympia, WA

11:15   Cecelia Loveless – Implementing an Institutional Effectiveness Model as SPSCC

11:30   Ashley Daniel – The Effects of Local Sourcing Law: Farmers and Processors in WA State

11:45   Deborah O’Neill, Julia Rose, and Kara Seldin – Moving Charter Schools Forward in WA State:  Administrative Documents at WSCSC

12:00   Rachel Dreon – Evolving the Evergreen Experiment


12:15   BREAK

12:30   Katitza Holthaus – Estuary Project Plan (CLAMP)

12:45   Carly Kujath – Operation Place Safety:  Group Violence Reduction Strategy for Prisons

1:00     Nicolette Wegner – Inclusive Intimacy:  Documentary

1:15     Rachel Burke and Gloria Martin – Dual Credit in High School

1:30     Rebecca Reule – Funding TOGETHER!

1:45     Heather Smith – More Efficient Technology Processes

Summer Contracts Available

Michael Lane is available to sponsor contracts this summer.  He is new Member of Faculty in the MPA program, working closely with the Tribal Governance cohort.  He brings over 30 years of experience in working, and engaging in training, with Indigenous communities and Allies in the following areas: community development, community based advocacy, governance and self government issues, creation of trusts, strategic planning, public health issues, and various community based training initiatives.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College, a Juris Doctor from Arizona State University, a Masters of Indigenous Studies (First Class Honours) from Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi ( a fully accredited Maori University in New Zealand) and is completing his PhD dissertation on Indigenous Sovereignty through the Lens of Indigenous Advocacy.

Michael can provide supervision on Individual Study contracts and Internship placements in the following areas:

  • Community Development
  • Advocacy (Public Interest and General)
  • Political and Governance Organizations and Structures
  • Indigenous Peoples issues
  • Law and Justice
  • Legal History
  • Governance Systems
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Strategic Planning
  • Water, Fishing and Hunting Rights
  • Sacred Site Protection

This list is by no means exhaustive, and if interested in having Michael Lane sponsor you,  contact him at


Employers Attending

Free ASPA Job Fair Reminder

Posted on April 28, 2014

Public Service Career Fair

May 19th
Northeastern University in downtown Seattle

Here are the employers who will be there!

Local Government

City of Redmond, City of Tacoma, City of Seattle (Pending formal registration), Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities (Pending formal registration),Sound Transit,Port of Seattle (Pending formal registration)

State Government

Department of Enterprise Services, Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Corrections (Pending formal registration), Employment Security Department, Health Care Authority, Department of Ecology, Department of Revenue, State Auditor’s Office, Washington State Legislature, House Office of Program Research (Pending formal registration)

Federal Government

(Two agencies, registered but not yet identified)

Non Profit Organizations

Compass Housing Alliance, Equal Opportunity Schools

Consulting Firms

Berk Consulting

All MPA students and alumni welcome! Register here for FREE:

  • meet with several regional employers interested in candidates with MPA degrees
  • network with graduate students and alum from the region’s top MPA programs
  • Get involved with leading professional organizations committed to building a public leadership pipeline in the Pacific Northwest (American Society for Public Administration and Puget Sound Public Leadership Diversity Initiative).

All regional nonprofit and public agency employers with job openings welcome! Register here for $50: