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Return to Evergreen - Evergreen's Turning 40
September 19, 2011 - June 15, 2012
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Isis Albert '98, MiT '01
Dual Language Instructional Coach, Evergreen Elementary School - Shelton

Isis Albert entered Evergreen as an undergraduate with an eye toward teaching. She graduated from Evergreen’s MiT program in 2001 with endorsements in elementary education and Spanish. For the past 11 years she's had the pleasure of teaching and learning in the two-way immersion program at Shelton’s Evergreen Elementary School. She holds National Board Certification in the area of English as a New Language, was a Project GLAD Agency Trainer, and was honored as Educator of the Year 2010 by the Washington Association for Bilingual Education. Currently, she collaborates with other dual-language educators as an instructional coach.

Engaging the Challenges of Public Education


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Ben Alexander '82
Co-Owner, Sound Native Plants

Ben Alexander spent four years supervising environmental restoration projects in Olympic and Yosemite National Parks, and five years as environmental planner for Thurston County’s Stormwater Program. In 1991, he co-founded Sound Native Plants, an ecological restoration company based in Olympia, which involves everything from designing ecological restoration projects, to overseeing a native plant nursery, to managing field crews in Olympia and Portland/Vancouver. As time permits, Ben teaches ecological restoration at workshops and events for public and professional audiences. Recently, he lectured for the Sustainable Prisons Project at state correctional facilities at Stafford Creek and Purdy. Sound Native Plants has provided internship and work-study opportunities for Evergreen students since 1993.

State of the Environmental Movement in 2012


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Nancy Anderson

A board certified pediatrician with an MPH degree in Maternal-Child Health from the University of Washington, Nancy spent five years working in Mozambique, and worked for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services for 12 years. She teaches in Evergreen’s Evening and Weekend Studies program. Her particular interests are health equity, global health issues, and the health of women and children.

Global Health: Compassion, Access and Caring for Our Citizens


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Tom Anderson '73
Artist and Owner, Tom Anderson Studios

Tom Anderson was among the first Evergreen students in 1971. He was in the Man and Art program and co-created the four-story Library stairwell Dragon Wall mural. He helped to establish KAOS-FM Radio, developed the 16mm animated film facilities and worked as assistant graphic designer, developing the college’s catalogs and visual identity. In 1973 he co-founded Olympia’s Mansion Glass Studios. In 1990 he established his own studio in Olympia, creating mixed media constructions, public and private commissions and gallery exhibitions. His work is in 1400 public and private collections including the City of Olympia, and the Washington and Oregon Arts Commissions.

Greener Entrepreneurs: Building Community, Creating Lives


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Jeff Antonelis-Lapp

Jeff loves wild places—broadly defined—of all kinds, but is especially fond of Mount Rainier. He lived in its shadow in Enumclaw for 30 years, becoming an amateur naturalist, hiking all of its mapped trails and exploring many of its unmapped areas. One of his favorite quotes that guides his teaching today is John Muir’s: “One day’s exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books.” He says, “My hope in our short time together is to facilitate a discussion about our seminar’s title in the context of your Evergreen experience in the wild, and its lasting mark.”

The Importance of Wild Places to the Human Condition


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Rob Apgood '76
Constitutional Law and Intellectual Property Attorney, CarpeLaw PLLC

A Seattle-based attorney, Rob focuses his practice on technology issues in both the civil and criminal arenas, frequently consulting to other attorneys in technology-related cases. He has represented hundreds of defendants domestically and abroad in cases related to Internet sales and piracy. He is an active member of the First Amendment Lawyer’s Association, and a frequent speaker at state and federal bar association conferences.

Civil Liberties Under Fire


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Wayne Au '94, MiT '96
Assistant Professor, University of Washington - Bothell

An assistant professor of Education at the University of Washington, Bothel, Wayne was recently interviewed by KING 5’s “Education Nation,” about fairness in education and students of color. Wayne has authored three books: Multicultural Education Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice, Rethinking Schools, 2009; Unequal by Design: High Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality, Taylor and Francis, Inc., 2008; and Unequal by Design, Routledge, 2008.

Engaging the Challenges of Public Education




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Peter Bacho

Peter Bacho, a member of the faculty at Evergreen, is the author of six books: Cebu, Dark Blue Suit, Boxing in Black and White, Nelson's Run, Entrys, and Leaving Yesler. His books have received several awards, including the 1992 American Book Award. Bacho was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Seattle’s Central District. He graduated summa cum laude from Seattle University in 1971and earned two law degrees from the University of Washington in 1974 and 1981, respectively. He taught at the University of Washington, and later served as a staff attorney for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. During this time, he was also an editorial contributor to the Christian Science Monitor, where he specialized on Philippine politics and covered issues ranging from politics to war. He has written for major foreign policy journals including SAIS and the Journal of International Affairs. He was an editorial writer for The News Tribune (1999-2004). Bacho has returned to his first loves - writing fiction and teaching.

In addition to the American Book Award (Cebu), his short story “The Wedding” received a “distinguished” cite, Best American Short Stories of 1993. His second book, Dark Blue Suit, won the Murray Morgan Award and a Washington State Governor's Writers Award, in 1998. His nonfiction work, Boxing in Black and White, was listed in the top 100 books of 1999 by the Center for Children’s Books (University of Illinois). In 2004 he was a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project, a national competition co-sponsored by Paramount Pictures. Seattle University named Bacho the Distinguished Northwest Writer in Residence for 2005. In 2006, the University of Washington listed Cebu as one of the top 100 books written by a UW writer over the past century (1906-2006). In 2008, the Northwest Asian Weekly honored him as a literary “pioneer.” Two of his scripts A Christmas for Dancer was a finalist in the Beverly Hills Film Festival (2010) and the PNWA Screenwriting Contest (2011). The Academy also a Beverly Hills finalist (2011), as well as a finalist in the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. His YA novel Leaving Yesler was shortlisted in 2011 by Seattle Picks, Seattle Public Library.

As a child Bacho lived with his immigrant parents in migrant worker camps, traveling from harvest to harvest. Much of his youth was spent in Seattle’s blue collar and multiethnic Central District, a place of hard lives and tough times. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school, then college and finally law school. These experiences continue to inform his writing.

Truth Amid the Madness: Telling the Stories that Matter in a Media Crazed World


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Melissa Barker '00
Organic Farm Instructional Technician, The Evergreen State College
Owner/Operator, Lincoln Creek Ranch

Melissa Barker graduated from Evergreen in 2000. She worked on local small-scale vegetable and livestock farms in the Olympia area and was caretaker for Oyster Bay Farm from 2000 through 2004. She began managing the Organic Farm at Evergreen in 2004. Melissa and her partner, Nate Lewis, own and operate an organic diversified livestock farm, Lincoln Creek Ranch in the Chehalis River valley.

The Renaissance of American Agriculture


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Craig Bartlett '81

Craig began his animation career at Portland’s Will Vinton Studios, where he learned the art of stop-motion animation. He moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to work on the Penny Cartoons for “Pee Wee's Playhouse.” He went on to create “Hey Arnold!” for Nickelodeon and “Dinosaur Train” for PBS. Although Craig’s kids, Mathias and Kathleen, were born and raised in L.A., both followed him to Evergreen.

Animation, Comics and Graphic Novels: A Great Evergreen Tradition


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Will Bennett '06, MPA '10
Owner, Reunion, LLC 

After graduating from Evergreen, Will opened Reunion, LLC, a vintage clothing store in Portland, with his partner Tara, also an Evergreen grad, '10. Will is excited to come back to celebrate an institution that has been so integral to him, and share his experiences as they relate to entrepreneurship.

The Entrepreneurial Life or “What I Can Tell You Now that I Wish I’d Known Then”


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Ed Bergh '83
Teacher, Yelm High School

Ed Bergh has taught U.S. History, American Government, and public policy issues at Yelm High School for 38 years. He was recently named the Washington State Legislature’s Civics Educator of the Year.

The Future of Liberal Democracy
Global Markets: Love Them or Hate Them, They Will Affect Your Life


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Terry Billedeaux '73
 Vice President, Cascade Coil Defense Systems

Terry brings to any assignment a rare combination of achievements, from fast-growth entrepreneurial success to long-term organizational development. Terry has provided human resource leadership to such heavy industry giants as ALCOA and Freightliner Corporation. He is skilled at building relationships in both domestic and international markets. Twenty years of executive leadership in a variety of human resource specialties gives Terry a holistic perspective on the interplay of organizational policy and process, culture and climate. At the heart of Terry's success are the critical entrepreneurial qualities of creativity and resourcefulness. Terry has created winning strategies for organizational problem-solving, optimizing resources, building relationships and networks, bringing products to existing markets, retooling existing products for different markets and finding or creating new markets. In 2003, Terry launched Armor Systems International, Inc (ASI) and served as the company's president and CEO. Under his leadership, ASI received hard-won approval by the Secretary of Defense for a contract with the U.S. Army to provide TankSkin, a product considered vital to national defense during the Iraq War. The company generated over $35m in sales between 2003 and 2009, providing defense-related products to the Army and Marines, as well as to the governments of Singapore, India, Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. Terry's unique combination of experience, communication skills and political "savvy" have led to negotiation successes with United States lawmakers on Capitol Hill, military leaders at the Pentagon and with government officials and business leaders around the world.

The Entrepreneurial Life or “What I Can Tell You Now that I Wish I’d Known Then”


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Cary Black

Cary was an adjunct faculty member in Music at The Evergreen State College from 1994 to 2000. He is frequently an instructor at music camps, including the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp, Centrum, and Colorado Roots Music Camp.

Described by Alan Senauke in Sing out! magazine as “a musician’s musician, Cary lives a diverse musical life.” His jazz credits include work with Laurindo Almeida, Ernestine Anderson, Tex Beneke, Cheryl Bentyne (Manhattan Transfer), Bob Brookmeyer, Bob Crosby, Dan Hicks, Rebecca Kilgore, Jazz Police Big Band, Mark Murphy, Joe Pass, Jennifer Scott, Kay Starr, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Ernie Watts, and Claude “Fiddler” Williams.

Jazz Ensemble Discussion and Jam Session


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Patricia Bliss-Nelson '80
President, CPA, CFA, Bliss Investment Group

Patricia Bliss-Nelson is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner. For many years she has offered services through Bliss Investment Group. The firm provides financial planning and retirement planning, as well as many other services. Patricia formerly owned Bliss CPA, a CPA firm for more than twenty-five years. She was a bi-weekly columnist for twenty years for The Olympian. Some may know of "It's Your Money." For many years, she was an instructor at Evergreen in the area of Finance and Taxes. Her unique experience in investment and financial planning, as well as taxes means she is able to provide in-depth help to individuals, foundations, and businesses.

Stuck in the Middle With You: Aging Parents, Boomerang Children, and All I Want to Do is Retire


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Lindsey Bolger '91
Director of Coffee Sourcing and Relationships, Green Mountain Coffee

Lindsey's fascination with coffee began during her freshman year at Evergreen, when she signed on as a barista at Olympia’s Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters. During her 14 years with B&B, she served as roastmaster, green coffee buyer and eventually, vice president of coffee. In 2001, she joined Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Waterbury, Vermont, where she leads coffee sourcing and purchasing, producer relations, recipe development and coffee quality.

Eating Our Way to a Better Future


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Luke Bradford '02
Proprietor and Winemaker, COR Cellars

After working in the Val D’Orcia in southern Tuscany for Tenuta di Trinoro and on Mt Etna in Sicily for Passopisciaro, Luke returned to Washington to work as assistant winemaker for Wind River Cellars and then Syncline Wine Cellars in the Columbia River Gorge before establishing COR Cellars. COR Cellars produces approachable wines of great character and distinction from Washington state’s finest vineyards. Proprietor and winemaker Luke Bradford will showcase a stunning selection for your tasting delight.

Participants will get to taste the 2011 Alba Cor and the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winetasting for Greeners by Greeners


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Thomas Buell Jr. '81
Public Affairs Specialist & Lead Partner, VERSO PARTNERS: Communications

Thomas Buell, Jr. is Lead Partner of VERSO PARTNERS: Communications in Pittsburgh, PA, which provides public affairs management services for an international clientele including corporations, non-profit organizations, news publications and foreign governments. He also serves as Director of Marketing at GlobalPittsburgh, a non-profit organization working with the U.S. Department of State as the designated regional liaison for the International Visitor Leadership Program.

Buell started his professional career in 1981 at The Charleston, West Virginia Gazette, where he was Business Editor. In 1987, he accepted a job as a Business Reporter at The Pittsburgh Press, where he was assigned to work with the paper's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative team. He won several regional journalism awards, and was a finalist in the UCLA Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business Journalism. During this time, Buell also was a regular contributor to The New York Times National Desk.

Buell graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1981, and studied journalism at Harvard University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Truth Amid the Madness: Telling the Stories that Matter in a Media Crazed World




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Savvina Chowdhury

Dr. Savvina Chowdhury teaches feminist economics and political economy at Evergreen. She holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation, Everyday Economic Practices: The Hidden Transcripts of Egyptian Voices, Routledge, 2007 is based on her work with the United Nations Development Programme in Egypt. Born in Bangladesh, Savvina grew up in the Middle East, in Bahrain and Egypt. She came to the United States in 1991 and taught at California State University, Bakersfield before joining the faculty here at TESC. Her research interests include working with local communities on participatory economic practices.

Women in Global Uprisings: From the Arab Spring and the Chilean Winter to Occupy Olympia


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Drew Christie '07
Animator & Illustrator,

Drew Christie began making animations when his father granted him full access to the family camcorder at the age of five. He went on to study film at the Seattle Film Institute and animation at The Evergreen State College, where he graduated in 2007. His films have played in festivals all over the world including the Sundance Film Festival and his work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Drawn, Cartoon Brew, and Seattle Magazine among others. He lives and works in Seattle, Wash.

Animation, Comics and Graphic Novels: A Great Evergreen Tradition


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Rich Coker, MiT '08
Teacher, Clover Park High School

Rich is a graduate of the 2008 Evergreen Master in Teaching cohort, and teaches Humanities at Clover Park High School. During the last few years, he has been focused on service learning, culminating projects, differentiation, and standards-based pedagogy. He has presented on these topics at the Coalition of Essential Schools Culminating Project Institute and at the National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference and was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence from the Northwest Council for Computer Education.

Engaging the Challenges of Public Education


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Rob Cole

Rob Cole has taught at The Evergreen State College for thirty years. Trained as a theoretical physicist, he has spent much of his time at Evergreen working in team-taught interdisciplinary programs in renewable energy systems, linking science with issues of community sustainability, and with mathematical modeling of ecological, biological, and environmental systems. He co-directed an NSF-sponsored five-year long calculus reform effort in five northwestern states involving forty-two colleges or universities. He pioneered the use of Stella modeling software in both lower- and upper-division programs at Evergreen, and loves teaching quantitative modeling skills applied to environmental issues. Having team-taught with faculty in forest ecology, geology, biology, epidemiology, and fisheries, he is fascinated with both the scientific aspects of ecological issues, and the collective social blindness to ecosystem destruction that our society is engaged in. He is interested in issues of global climate change, freshwater ecology, the carbon cycle, and has helped students make measurements of carbon sequestration in the woods on the Evergreen campus. He is an over-the-edge admirer (and owner) of English Springer Spaniels, an avid backpacker, and has a love of the classical guitar, which he has played for a number of years.

The Next Revolution: A Convergence of Environmentalism and Economics


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Stephanie Coontz

Stephanie Coontz has taught history and family studies at TESC since 1975. She also volunteers as Director of Research and Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families. Coontz's publications include The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap: The Way We Really Are; Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage; and most recently, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s. She has been published in every major national newspaper (see and is a frequent radio and tv guest, including appearances on the Colbert Report and Oprah.

How Far Have We Come in 40 Years? Women, Men, Work and Family




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Joe Dear '76
Chief Investment Officer, California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS)

Chief investment officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Joe Dear oversees all the investments of CalPERS, the nation’s largest pension fund, which manages the retirement benefits of more than 1.6 million California public employees, retirees and their families. Before joining CalPERS in March 2009, Joe served for seven years as the executive director of the Washington State Investment Board, Washington’s public pension system. From 1997 to 2001, he worked as chief of staff for Washington Governor Gary Locke, and served in the Clinton Administration as assistant secretary of labor at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Prior to his federal service, Joe was director of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, where he managed the state’s workers’ compensation insurance fund and served as an ex-officio member of the Washington State Investment Board. Earlier, he was research director for the Washington State Labor Council (AFL-CIO). Joe currently serves as the chair of both the Council of Institutional Investors and the Pacific Pension Institute, and he is a board member of the College Success Foundation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political economy from Evergreen.

Global Markets: Love Them or Hate Them, They Will Affect Your Life


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Lorri DeFoor, MiT '09
Teacher, Oakville Middle and High School

Since graduating from the MiT program, Lorri, has taught middle and high school mathematics in the Oakville School District, where she gained valuable insight into the current systemic challenges faced by a small, rural school district. With a strong foundation from the MiT program, she’s been able to face many of these challenges in ways that have produced gains in student interest, engagement, and achievement in mathematics.

Engaging the Challenges of Public Education


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Mike Denoyer '75
President, Grand Canyon Expeditions Company

Mike Denoyer graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree focused in marine biology and natural science. From 1976-1981 he developed and operated a scuba diving facility on Lighthouse Reef Atoll in Belize, and has been leading whitewater rafting trips in the Grand Canyon since 1973. He is president/owner of Grand Canyon Expeditions, a company authorized to provide to the public whitewater trips on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. Mike is married to Roxanne '74, they have a 23-year-old daughter, Katie.

The State of the Environmental Movement in 2012


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Sandy Desner '78
President, DESKOBA, Inc.

Sandy Desner is president of Deskoba, Inc., a real estate development and holding company formed in 1983 specializing in real estate development and organizational development consulting services. Sandy’s major area of expertise is in providing real estate development services, project management and project financing services. A secondary area of expertise incorporates organizational development issues and working with non-profit organizations, and the third major area of expertise involves the renovation and development of historic properties. Sandy Desner is a past vice-chairman of the Board of Governors for The Evergreen State College Foundation, a past president of the Olympia Downtown Association, a past member of the City of Olympia Design Review Board, and a current member of the Board of Trustees for the Tacoma Art Museum.

Greener Entrepreneurs: Building Community, Creating Lives


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Erin Donovan '02
Documentary Filmmaker, A Million Movies A Minute 

Erin Donovan earned her degree in Political Economics from Evergreen in 2002. While in Olympia, she co-founded and was a lead organizer of the Ladyfest arts festival. As a project coordinator for Kill Rock Stars records, she put together retrospective albums for punk luminaries such as Essential Logic and Delta 5.

In 2009, she produced Andy Blubaugh's feature debut The Adults in the Room, a hybrid narrative-documentary memoir. The film was one of the first successful documentary funding campaigns on Kickstarter and is currently screening on the international festival circuit. Erin is the founder of A Million Movies a Minute, a documentary distributor whose inaugural release, After the War: Life post-Yugoslavia, featured Jasmila Žbanić, winner of the Golden Bear award at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival. In the spring of 2010 AMMAM released Animating Reality a compilation of animated documentaries that cover a wide spectrum of subject matter and in the fall will release Radical Act a feature-length documentary about the role female artists played in the 1990's indie rock scene. Erin is the head film programmer for the annual Siren Nation Arts Festival in Portland, Oregon and her blog, Steady Diet of Film, was dubbed "one of the most sophisticated voices in film criticism" by the Christian Science Monitor. She is also the in-house producer at Field Recordings, a production company founded by Lance Bangs.

Truth Amid the Madness: Telling the Stories that Matter in a Media Crazed World




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Carl Elliott '09, MES '12
Conservation and Restoration Coordinator, Sustainability in Prisons Project

Carl has more than 20 years experience providing horticultural education to a wide variety of audiences. He has run community re-greening and horticulture efforts in the Pacific Northwest for children and adults. His educational activities led to the publication of a book and five years of on-line horticultural advice. At Evergreen as an undergraduate and graduate student, he focused his research on seed ecology and its role in the restoration of South Puget prairies. His role as conservation and restoration coordinator at the Sustainability in Prisons Project allows for a fertile integration of academic instruction, conservation research and community education.

Sustainability in Prisons Project: Environmental Education on the Inside for the Outside


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Scott Elliott '83
CEO, MountainLogic

Scott Elliott, an active entrepreneur who founded medical electronics and cleantech businesses, is also a prolific innovator of new technology who was awarded 13 US patents. Currently as CEO of MountainLogic he has led the development of an innovative residential heating and cooling control system that learns the habits of the residents. By using predictive zone control to heat or cool each room only when it will be occupied, energy demand can be slashed with increased comfort. MountainLogic was a semi-finalist at the Cleantech Open and won the Northwest Entrepreneur Network's First look Forum for new businesses. In his 28 years in technology Scott has been involved in hands-on product creation of medical instrumentation, HVAC controls, sonar, marine navigation systems, a 3D Internet browser, a hard drive, a modem, in-flight entertainment system, software and IC design.

In his 28 years in technology he has been involved in hands-on product creation of medical instrumentation, HVAC controls, sonar, marine navigation systems, a 3D Internet browser, a hard drive, a modem, inflight entertainment systems, software and IC design.

The Next Revolution: A Convergence of Environmentalism and Economics




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Dylan Fischer

Dylan Fischer, Ph.D., Evergreen faculty member, earned both his doctorate and M.S. in forest science at Northern Arizona University, and his B.S. in environmental science and botany from Oregon State University. His research addresses variation in fluxes and pools of carbon, nutrients, and water in forest ecosystems. Most recently, his research has examined linkages between tree traits and carbon flux in natural systems, and the interplay between tree genotypic diversity and carbon flux in ecological restoration.

The New Earth: Emerging Paradigms in Forestry


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Steve Fisk '82
Music Producer

Few figures exerted greater influence over the contemporary Pacific Northwest music scene than Steve Fisk. A veteran of bands including Pell Mell and Pigeonhed, Fisk earned his greatest renown as a producer, helming sessions for acts including Nirvana, the Screaming Trees, Soundgarden and Beat Happening.

Audio Innovators: Greeners in the Music Business


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Terry Ford

Terry’s academic background includes studies in literacy education, language acquisition, developmental psychology, secondary education, technology, qualitative research, children’s and adolescent literature, multicultural and critical pedagogy, interdisciplinary curriculum, and feminist theory. She received grants to study ways to integrate curriculum for both in-service and pre-service teachers and provided in-service workshops for teachers on topics such as Curriculum Integration, Adolescent Literacy, Multicultural Education, Technology, Assessment, and Content Area Literacy Strategies. She continually focuses on exploring new ways to design interdisciplinary models of conceptually based, authentic learning experiences, and to address a variety of needs of diverse learners.

Engaging the Challenges of Public Education


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Marilyn Frasca
Faculty Emerita

An Evergreen faculty member emerita, Marilyn was born in the Bronx and grew up in New York City. She spent many years in art schools including Cooper Union and the San Francisco Art Institute. She taught in Visual Arts programs at New England Colleges and showed paintings and drawings on both coasts. Since coming to Evergreen in 1973, she taught with others on the faculty in many interdisciplinary programs. She was trained by Ira Progoff to teach his Intensive Journal process in 1972, and she included writing in all her teaching until she retired from Evergreen in 2000. She works from her artist studio on Olympia’s west side. Her work can be viewed at

Marilyn Frasca’s Catch Up Journal Writing


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George Freeman, Jr., Ph.D.

George Freeman teaches clinical psychology and organizations and systems development at The Evergreen State College. He has more than 20 years teaching and clinical experience using a Gestalt framework with individuals, couples, groups and organizations. Dedicated to issues of social justice and multicultural competency, he works with mental health agencies as a consultant to their clinical staff.

Stuck in the Middle With You: Aging Parents, Boomerang Children, and All I Want to Do is Retire




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Brittany Gallagher, MES '13
Graduate Research Fellow, Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP)

Brittany is a first-year graduate student in Evergreen's Master of Environmental Studies program. She joined SPP after working as an environmental educator with the US Peace Corps in Niger and with AmeriCorps on Whidbey Island. Brittany coordinates SPP's science and sustainability lecture series at two Washington state prisons.

Sustainability in Prisons Project: Environmental Education on the Inside for the Outside


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Julian Genette '08
Admissions Conselor, Evergreen

Now 27 years old, Julian L. Genette '08, grew up in Seattle, WA. A '03 graduate of Nathan Hale High School who took a gap year before enrolling at Evergreen in the Fall of '04. While at Evergreen Julian designed a concentration in film production while working with a minor concentration in Business Administration. You can find him in Evergreen’s Office of Admissions, where he works with the recruitment of students on the East Coast, from Washington, D.C all the way to Portland, Maine. In addition, Julian has built a strong presence for Evergreen on Facebook, and he created the Evergreen's Pinterest page. During his four years at Evergreen Julian stood out as a Super Fan among fans. He attended almost every home game and any road games he could trek to.  While Julian never played collegiate athletics, he most certainly enjoys all forms of sport. You might catch him playing pick-up soccer on the Westside or shooting hoops in the park behind his house on the Eastside. No matter what he is doing, he Lets It All Hang Out! Greener 4 Life!

Blending Academic and Movement-based Experiences at Evergreen


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Larry Geri

Larry Geri is a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College, where he primarily teaches in the Master of Public Administration program. He regularly teaches courses on a variety of subjects including public policy, energy policy, international organizations, and non-profit management. He is the co-author (with David McNabb) of U.S. Energy Policy: Politics, Challenges, and Prospects for Change, CRC Press, 2011. Since 2003 he has been on the board of United Way of Thurston County and was board president in 2006-2007. He holds a doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California. Larry lives in Olympia with his wife, Rachel Friedman.

Leveraging Financial Resources for the Greater Good


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Laura Grabhorn
Assistant Director, Longhouse, The Evergreen State College

Laura, a member of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska, has been at Evergreen since 1994. She worked in the Financial Aid Office until 1999, when she became assistant director of the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center. In her work at the Longhouse she coordinates the annual In the Spirit Juried Art Show, the jury panel and the related Arts Market as well as the annual market at the Longhouse each December and artist grants. She supports Native arts and cultures as part of the Longhouse public service mission, and brings cultural and artistic events back to the college through artist in residence programs. The Longhouse is a key participant in the national and international indigenous arts arena in the field of indigenous arts. She has a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. Laura has served as an assistant dean in the University Graduate School at Indiana University as well as the coordinator of Multicultural Student Activities at Kansas State University.

Breaking New Ground: The History of Evergreen's Longhouse


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Paul Goldberg '91
Owner, Pure Audio

Paul Goldberg transferred to The Evergreen State College from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA) in Fall of 1988. He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree focused on recording engineering. Paul credits his experience at Evergreen and the support of our faculty as the foundation for his subsequent successes.

Paul started his career in 1991 when he went to work for McDonald Recording in Seattle. Four years later, he and his partner, Matt Bien (whom Paul met while working on an Evergreen internship), bought the recording studio and renamed it Pure Audio. Since then, Pure Audio has provided broadcast advertising, corporate communications, public presentations, software and Internet applications, feature films and television programming. The studio employs ten staff, including Paul and Matt. Pure Audio has produced award-winning work for T-Mobile, The Bon, Macy's and Microsoft, among others. Several national television programs have chosen Pure Audio for their audio post-production as well, including the women's travel series "Adventure Divas," which aired on PBS and "Conscience and the Constitution," a documentary dealing with the internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War.

In 2001 the Puget Sound Business Journal named Paul one of the region's top 40 entrepreneurs under the age of 40. Paul serves on the media advisory board for Shoreline College in Seattle. Paul is married to Leisa Portman, and they are the proud parents of a new baby girl, Aliyah Charlet. He is the son of Fred Goldberg and Rosemary Ovadia and the grandson of Eva and Allan Goldberg, all long-time Evergreen supporters.

Audio Innovators: Greeners in the Music Business


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Donna Griffin

Donna became a member of the Evergreen community in 1997 through the Bridge Program--a partnership with TESC-Tacoma and Tacoma Community College--offered on the Evergreen's Tacoma campus. Since that time, I have been involved in TESC as a student, employee and currently as an alum. Growing up as a daughter of a military family and having the experience of traveling to new cities and countries and enjoying the beauty and culture of such diversity, Evergreen has continued to nourish my soul and allow me to embrace the diversity that encompasses my Evergreen community. After graduating from TESC, I decided to direct my professional career toward entrepreneurial endeavors which, in turn, allows me time and energy to pursue my passion of working with/mentoring young women and children.


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Matt Groening '77

Matt created the longest-running comedy in television history…The Simpsons. It exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. He followed it with his creation of the hit sci-fi series Futurama, currently one of the top rated shows on Comedy Central. As a cartoonist, Groening began his “Life in Hell” weekly comic strip series in the 1980s which continues to this day in newspapers nationwide.

Animation, Comics and Graphic Novels: A Great Evergreen Tradition




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Stuart Hallerman '86
Audio Producer, Avast! Recording

Stuart took his Audio Arts education on the road by touring with Northwest bands such as Soundgarden during their rise in the '80s and '90s, before opening a recording studio in Seattle, Avast! Recording Co. Stuart says, “Participating in and contributing to the cultural scene taking place throughout that time has been a highlight made possible by the faculty, staff, students and facilities at The Evergreen State College.”

Audio Innovators: Greeners in the Music Business


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Laura Handy-Nimick '03, MiT '05
Teacher, Spanaway Junior High School

Laura teaches seventh-grade language arts and social studies at Tacoma’s Spanaway Junior High School. Previously, she taught seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade reading, language arts and history at Bethel Junior High School. She is also the athletic director and coaches both fully capable and special needs cheer teams. When not busy at school, she and her husband run Life's Handy Work, a non-profit organization helping Nepalese girls rescued from the slave trade attend college and receive vocational training in Kathmandu.

Engaging the Challenges of Public Education


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Ian Hanna '93
Director of Business Development, Forest Stewardship Council US

Ian is the Director of Business Development for the United States Office of the Forest Stewardship Council. An Olympia native, he feels Evergreen trained him in Northwest, desert and tropical ecology, and gave him enough writing and critical thinking skills to survive the human world. Although he lives in Southern Appalachia, he still calls the Puget Sound area home.

The New Earth: Emerging Paradigms in Forestry


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Kirk Hanson '95
Director of Northwest Certified Forestry, Northwest Natural Resource Group

Kirk is a small forest landowner with a 30-acre tree farm near Oakville, Washington where he manages a regenerating forest, and develops experimental agroforestry systems. He has worked on strategies for combining rural economic development with environmental enhancement in the Pacific Northwest for more than 15 years. Kirk is the Director of Northwest Certified Forestry, a non-profit membership program for small woodland owners that specializes in conservation-based forest management and rural economic development.

The New Earth: Emerging Paradigms in Forestry


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Leslie Hatfield '04
Senior Editor, Ecocentric Blog, GRACE Foundation

Leslie is senior editor at GRACE Communications Foundation, where she heads Ecocentric, a blog about food, water and energy issues. Leslie contributed to The Huffington Post, Grist, Civil Eats and Edible Chesapeake. She served as lead author of Cultivating the Web: High Tech Tools for the Sustainable Food Movement, Eat Well Guide, 2008, and participated in panels on food issues and digital media at conferences including the Brooklyn Food Conference (2009), the Community Food Security Coalition's annual gathering (2009) and the James Beard Foundation's Annual Conference (2011). In 2011, she returned to Evergreen as a visiting faculty member to teach in the Spring program, Food Policy: Digital Cultivation.

Eating Our Way to a Better Future


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Ruth Hayes

Ruth Hayes joined the Evergreen faculty 1997. She is an animator, producing in analog and digital media as well as flipbooks and other pre-cinema formats. Her award-winning film Reign of the Dog: A Re-Visionist History has been screened internationally and her video Wanda played in The Learning Channel's "Through Her Eyes" series, screened at the 39th Flaherty Seminar and toured with the Black Maria and Women in the Director's Chair Festivals and is featured in the British Animation Awards DVD compilation Desire & Sexuality: Animating the Unconscious. Her flipbooks have been exhibited internationally and are in the collections of the Library of the Museum of Modern Art, University of California Los Angeles and the University of Washington. She recently completed On Our Way, a digitally animated reflection on the changing landscapes of Western Washington. Ruth earned her MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts, she taught animation to K-12 students and juvenile offenders in Washington state and served as faculty and chair of the Animation Department for the California State Summer School for the Arts. See and her teaching blog, for more about Ruth’s work.

Animation, Comics and Graphic Novels: A Great Evergreen Tradition


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Dan Heagerty '73
Chief Strategic Officer, David Evans Enterprises, Inc

Dan has led strategic planning and project delivery innovations for green infrastructure, integrated water resources, and biodiversity conservation efforts throughout the western United States for 35 years. While the chief strategic officer for a national consulting engineering firm he started a community-scale renewable energy company and a stormwater software company. He served on state and regional boards and committees concerning clean technology, renewable energy, ecological restoration, and water resources management. Currently he is with a finance/build/operate company for community and district-scale sustainable water and energy systems.

The New Earth: Emerging Paradigms in Forestry


Jami Heinricher '91

Jami Heinricher graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1991 with an emphasis in philosophy and history. She is owner of The Sherwood Press, an historic letterpress print shop and design studio in Olympia. When she met Jocelyn Dohm, founder and proprietor of the press in 1989, Jami was enchanted. She volunteered as a "printer's devil" for 14 years while working as a graphic designer and mother, and assumed ownership of the press in 2003. She splits her time between the press, urban farming, her teenage son, and planning for an uncertain future with her partner Terry. Jami often volunteers with community organizations who need design to get their message out. She is a member of the City of Olympia Design Review Board, a founding member of Olympia Modern, a design education and advocacy group, a founding member of the Local Economics Study Group and Roundtable, and an organizer with the Thurston Food System Council.


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Jamala Henderson '98
Producer, KUOW 

Jamala studied film and video in The Evergreen State College's Mediaworks program.  After working in the video field several years, she pursued radio while working for the University of Washington's television station, UWTV. She hosted radio shows at KBCS, a volunteer radio station in Bellevue, WA. then worked at the Evergreen Radio Reading Service for several years as a broadcaster. At KUOW Public radio in Seattle, she served as news anchor and reporter. She now produces personal narrative stories for KUOW Presents.

Truth Amid the Madness: Telling the Stories that Matter in a Media Crazed World


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Steve Herman
Faculty Emeritus

Dr. Herman is renowned in the worlds of science and natural history. He has a wealth of knowledge that he has shared with many through teaching. Steve has inspired many aspiring scientists to follow through with their goals. Although "retired", he continues to teach biology and is a member of The Evergreen State College's faculty.

Exploring Evergreen's 1000 Acre Wood


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Sean Horton '99
Founding Director and Curator, Decibel Festival
Director of Music Services, PlayNetwork

Sean founded the Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance and Visual Art in Seattle. Director of Music Services at PlayNetwork, Sean has been a musician for more than 20 years, a DJ for more than 15 years and a recording artist/composer since graduating from Evergreen in 1999, where he studied audio engineering and music composition.

Audio Innovators: Greeners in the Music Business


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Grace Huerta

Grace Huerta is in her fourth year at Evergreen, where she teaches language acquisition theory and multicultural literature. But "back in the day," she studied percussion and English at University of California, Los Angeles. Following completion of her doctorate in Educational Policy at Arizona State University, she taught ESL teacher preparation courses at Utah State University where she was an associate professor. She now enjoys playing music with her brother-in-law, Bob Benson, in the group 2/4 Jazz.

Jazz Ensemble Discussion and Jam Session


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David Hunter '09, MiT '11
Teacher, Bellevue Big Picture School

David Hunter teaches at Bellevue Big Picture School, an alternative project-based public school focused on teaching in a way that is rigorous, relevant to students, and connected to the real world. He focuses on effective teaching innovations within the public schools that engage the student in his or her learning. Outside school, David is working with video game software companies to design lessons for teachers to integrate video games as a text in the classroom. He is also his school's union representative and a professional dancer in Seattle.

Engaging the Challenges of Public Education






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Eli Jacobsen '12

Eli enrolled at Evergreen in 2008, taking a mix of programs focused in history, economics and political science. In his junior year, he was selected for the Washington State Legislative Internship Program, where he worked for the office of State Senator Rodney Tom. He spent his senior year studying the Roman Empire and Western Democracy, under contracts with Tom Rainey.

The Future of Liberal Democracy
Global Markets: Love Them or Hate Them, They Will Affect Your Life


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Matthew Frye Jacobson '80
Professor of American Studies and History, Yale University

Matthew Frye Jacobson is Professor of American Studies, African American Studies, and History at Yale University. His teaching interests are clustered under the general rubric of race in U.S. political culture, including imperialism, immigration and migration, popular culture and the juridical structures of U.S. citizenship. He earned his Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University in 1992, and is the author (with Gaspar Gonzalez) of What Have They Built You to Do? The Manchurian Candidate and Cold War America, University of Minnesota Press, 2006; Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post-Civil Rights America, Harvard University Press, 2008; Barbarian Virtues: The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917, Hill and Wong, 2001; Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race, Harvard University Press, 1999; and Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States, University of California Press, 2002. He is currently at work on Odetta's Voice and Other Weapons: The Civil Rights Era as Cultural History and a multimedia documentary project on the Obama presidency and political life in contemporary America.

The History of the 99% in the Long Twentieth Century


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Calvin Johnson '85
Owner, K Records

Based in Olympia, Wash., Calvin Johnson‘s work in underground culture started as a teenage fan volunteering at Evergreen’s community radio station, KAOS-FM. He moved on to writing for fanzines, organizing music and film events, and playing music in various ill-fated bands. Calvin established K, a locally oriented media outlet, in 1982. In 1993 Calvin founded Dub Narcotic Studio in which he documented the work of the Somehow Is and Never Was, such as Mirah, the Blow, Versus, Built to Spill, Fitz of Depression, Make-Up and Little Wings. It has also been the incubator of many Calvin experiments in collaboration and self-expression, such as Beat Happening, Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sound System, and Selector Dub Narcotic. The decade of the double zeroes saw Calvin Johnson set into the world, acoustic guitar in hand, as a solo artist of musical platitudes. Now that the one-zeroes have hit, Calvin is busy preparing a new album for the new decade.

Downtown Walking Tour with Calvin Johnson


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Darice Johnson '94, MiT '96
Assistant Principal, Cascade Middle School

Darice Johnson has been in education for the last 15 years, and is the assistant principal of Auburn School District’s Cascade Middle School. She first taught in University Place, then spent the majority of her teaching career in Seattle Public Schools, teaching seventh and eighth grades at the African American Academy and Madrona K-8. She was house administrator at Mercer Middle School, having earned her Administration Credentials through the Danforth program at the University of Washington.

Engaging the Challenges of Public Education


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Colleen Jollie '81, MPA '92

Colleen Jollie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from The Evergreen State College. She is a descendant of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe. Ms. Jollie worked to create the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen; she helped found the Potlatch Fund and the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association. Whether creating a new building or an organization, Colleen gathers people together to bring out ideas and create new realities. She describes this as “getting everyone into one canoe and pulling together toward a common destination.” She was deputy director at the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs and the Tribal Liaison at the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Breaking New Ground: The History of Evergreen's Longhouse


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Heesoon Jun

Heesoon Jun, Ph.D. has been teaching psychology at TESC for the past 16 years. Her emphasis on teaching psychology is from an integrative perspective which emphasizes aspects of scientific as well as creative, intellectual and emotional, Western as well as Eastern, explicit as well as implicit, conscious as well as unconscious, and subjective as well as objective. Her book, Social Justice, Multicultural Counseling, and Practice, Sage Publications, Inc. 2009, integrates her learning from research, students, clients, and self, and provides concrete strategies to implement multicultural theories into practice. Her teaching style incorporates learning activities which enable students to discover the essence of their being (e.g. starting with contemplation, conscious raising activities, expressive writing). She believes being aware of one’s essence is the foundation of empowerment, ability to deal with complexities of the changing world, and to be compassionate to the other.

Altered States Greener Style: Consciousness, Dreams and Spirituality




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Scott Kauffman '80
Staff Attorney, California Appellate Project

Scott, a 1974 graduate of Olympia High School, came to Evergreen in the fall of 1975. He moved to San Francisco in 1980 and became an investigator with the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. He went on to law school, passing the bar in 1985. After 15 years in private criminal defense practice, he became a staff attorney with the California Appellate Project, a non-profit law firm overseeing death penalty appeals.

Civil Liberties Under Fire


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Megan Kelso '91
Comic Book Artist and Writer

Megan was inspired by the explosion of ’zines, bands and DIY projects. In 1991, she published a minicomic, “Girlhero,” and in 1998, Highwater Books published the best work from “Girlhero” in Queen of the Black Black. Fantagraphics Books published her second short story collection, “The Squirrel Mother”. In 2007, the New York Times chose Megan to create a strip for the Sunday magazine, “Watergate Sue,” which ran for six months. In 2010, Fantagraphics published her graphic novel, Artichoke Tales.

Animation, Comics and Graphic Novels: A Great Evergreen Tradition


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Betty Kutter
Faculty Emerita

After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in math from the University of Washington in 1962, Betty Kutter went on to University of Rochester, New York to work on her Ph.D., where she began work on a lifetime odyssey with the transition from host to viral metabolism after infection of E. coli by bacteriophage T4. Betty joined the faculty at The Evergreen State College in 1972 and brought her NIH grant with her. Bacteriophages, viruses that kill bacteria, are wonderful subjects for undergraduate research. Hundreds of undergrad students and occasional postdoctorates have been involved in Betty’s lab over the last 40 years. While at Evergreen, she also taught in full-time integrated programs such as "Molecule to Organism," "Human Health and Behavior" and "Nutrition, Culture and Community Health."

Infecting Young Minds with Phage




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Barbara Laners

Barbara A. Laners, attorney-at-law, is a Louisiana native who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Washington in 1963, and a J.D. at the University of Washington School of Law in 1973. The youngest of 12 children who were educated in the states of Louisiana and Washington, she has engaged in public and private law practice for 20 years. Ms. Laners has developed and taught African-American history, counseled at-risk youth and is actively involved in her community. In addition to the practice of law, Laners is involved in print journalism and radio. She has a daily radio talk show, "Community Potpourri," which focuses on issues of interest to the black community. Ms. Laners also writes a weekly column for Media Newspaper Group, a black community weekly. Ms. Laners' life work focuses on work that will enhance life for the dispossessed and disinherited of her community, state and nation.

Civil Liberties Under Fire


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Lee Lambert '87
President, Shoreline Community College

Dr. Lee D. Lambert is president and chief executive officer of Shoreline Community College. As a leader and champion for innovation and change in U.S. higher education, President Lambert’s work has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Association for Community College Trustees Pacific Region Chief Executive Officer Award. President Lambert has a J.D. degree from Seattle University’s School of Law and serves on a number of local and national Boards and Councils.

Engaging the Challenges of Public Education


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Dan Leahy
Retired Faculty

Dan Leahy was a member of the faculty at Evergreen beginning in 1984 until he retired in December, 2008. He taught public policy in the MPA program, created and ran the Labor Education and Research Center and taught undergraduate courses in the political economy and social movement arena. His favorite question in the MPA program was “Who is the Public in Public Policy?” While at the Labor Center he created Summer Schools for Union Women, African American Leadership Conferences and the New School for Union Organizers. His favorite classes were his Mexican Nation State travel class and his classes on Marching, Anarchism, New Orleans, Social Forums, the World Trade Organization and Labor History.

The History of the 99% in the Long Twentieth Century


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Esther Lev '78
Executive Director, The Wetlands Conservancy

Esther Lev is executive director of The Wetlands Conservancy, a statewide non profit based in Tualatin, Oregon. For the past 25 years, she worked to restore and preserve Oregon’s wetlands – marshy areas that provide vital wildlife habitat and the potential to forestall climate change. Esther established The Wetlands Conservancy as the leading voice for Oregon's greatest wetlands, promoting conservation, collaboration and stewardship. Through her work at The Wetlands Conservancy, Esther designs and implements collaborative strategies to sustain the health of wetland, by working with local communities, land trusts, watershed councils, individual landowners and resource managers to promote local stewardship, restoration and acquisition of properties.

The State of the Environmental Movement in 2012


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Ervanna Little Eagle '02, MiT '04
Teacher, Marysville School District

A member of the Warm Springs tribe in Oregon, Ervanna taught for the Marysville School District for eight years, starting as a social studies teacher at Marysville Junior High School, and now co-teaches in a humanities class at Tulalip Heritage High School.

Engaging the Challenges of Public Education


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Doug Luckerman '79
Co-Founder and General Counsel, CurrentChoice

Douglas ran his own law firm specializing in Indian Law and federal and state regulatory matters. He was senior enforcement counsel with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and was an associate in the Boston office of the law firm, Sullivan and Worcester. He is co-founder of CurrentChoice, Inc., a new venture providing an online marketplace for competitive energy supply.

The Next Revolution: A Convergence of Environmentalism and Economics




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Anna Matzinger '93
Winemaker, Archery Summit Winery 

Growing up as a kid in Idaho with an Appaloosa and a clarinet, a future in fine wine production was not immediately apparent. Likewise, after graduating with a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Soviet Studies from Evergreen, it still wasn’t very apparent. However, at the end of a summer forest service season in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area optimistically looking for salmon in small creeks, it sure did seem like an interesting idea. Anna’s subsequent journey to winemaking led out from the wilderness to what was just going to be a temporary harvest job at Beringer Vineyards in Napa Valley in 1994. The ensuing epiphany that a person could travel and offset the cost by working in wineries was too much to resist and led to winery work in New Zealand, Western Australia, Sonoma Valley, back to Australia and a bit more New Zealand before the tug of Pinot noir and destination Oregon took hold. Alighting at Archery Summit in the Dundee Hills of Oregon for the 1999 harvest had something of a destiny quality and in 2002 Anna was promoted to winemaker. Since then she has had the great good fortune to craft wines of distinction and character from five expertly tended estate vineyards in the Dundee Hills and Ribbon Ridge. She shares her respect for Pinot noir and the great outdoors with her husband Michael Davies, who is winemaker for REX HILL Winery and A to Z Wineworks.

Winetasting for Greeners by Greeners


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Antonio McClinon '08
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Saint Martin's University

Antonio McClinon is originally from Los Angeles, California. He attended The Evergreen State College in 2004, graduating in 2008 with an emphasis in Sociology/ Criminal Justice. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Sports Management from the University of Washington. After playing for the Men's Basketball Team at Evergreen, Antonio began coaching for two seasons as a student assistant coach. His experience at Evergreen has supported his goals and created opportunities. Antonio has been a part of a college that changes lives and he hopes to pay it forward and change the lives of many.

Blending Academic and Movement-based Experiences at Evergreen


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Bob McIntosh

Bob McIntosh, PhD has been a member of the faculty in Evergreen's Evening and Weekend Studies program since 2003. He taught at Olympic College. After graduating from TESC with both a BA and an MPA, he developed an outstanding career as an information technology consultant. His work was based in larger firms such as CompuCom, AmeriData and GE Capital IT Solutions. He has taught corporate Six Sigma, advanced sales education, organizational design, and Pacific Rim Marketing. Since his retirement from active corporate leadership, he serves on the boards of various nonprofits such as and works weekly to deliver skills to develop sustainable members of our communities.


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Jaime Méndez '95
News Anchor, Univision Seattle

Jaime Méndez is an anchor/reporter for Noticias Univision Seattle, KUNS-TV 51, the first regional Spanish language newscast in the Pacific Northwest. He co-anchors a Sounders FC highlight show and is the Spanish TV play-by-play announcer for Sounders FC games. A popular personality among the Spanish-Speaking community, he graduated from the Political Sciences and Communications program at The Evergreen State College. His media work includes radio and TV. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, he has lived in the United States since 1987.

Truth Amid the Madness: Telling the Stories that Matter in a Media Crazed World


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Kabby Mitchell

Kabby Mitchell III is a choreographer, educator, and performer whose signature choreography has been seen in Black Nativity since 2000. He danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Nederlands Dance Theater, Civic Light Opera, Oakland Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. A dance instructor for more than 20 years, having taught ballet, modern jazz and Haitian dance at schools and dance academies in Seattle, Iowa, and Mexico. In Seattle, he worked with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, and Ewajo Dance Workshop. He is currently on the faculty at Evergreen, as well as a teacher and performer with the Tacoma City Ballet. His local choreography credits include work with Spectrum Dance Theater, The Group, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Bathhouse Theater, A Contemporary Theatre, and Civic Light Opera. He frequently contributes his time to help programs that support the development of young urban dancers, and is a supporter of local art and theater companies whose goals are to serve the underserved community through the arts. In 2007, as part of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Premiere Celebrate Seattle Festival, Mitchell was honored for his significant contributions to the Northwest dance scene and for being the first African American to dance with Pacific Northwest Ballet. Also in 2007, he was featured on the cover of Colors NW Magazine's August issue and, Arthur Mitchell, director of Dance Theatre of Harlem, asked Kabby to be part of the "Masters and Mentors" program. Mitchell choreographed Seattle Opera's Porgy & Bess last summer.

Return to Your Body Movement Workshop
Blending Academic and Movement-based Experiences at Evergreen


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Scott Morgan, MPA '09
Director of Sustainability, The Evergreen State College

As the Director of Sustainability for The Evergreen State College, Scott coordinates and guides on-campus sustainability efforts as well as institutional collaborations with community-based groups. Scott worked in agriculture and private industry, founded and managed a small non-profit, and spent the past few years immersed in the public sector. This diverse set of perspectives informs his recognition that long-term sustainability will require a dynamic harmony between environmental, social, and economic health. He currently supports efforts to develop sustainable business practices and promote more local businesses to strengthen our local economy.

The Entrepreneurial Life or “What I Can Tell You Now that I Wish I’d Known Then”




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Alice Nelson

A member of Evergreen's faculty since 1992, Alice A. Nelson teaches Latin American cultural studies, Spanish, and feminist/postcolonial studies. She is the author of Political Bodies: Gender, History, and the Struggle for Narrative Power in Recent Chilean Literature; co-translator, with Silvia Tandeciarz, of Nelly Richard's Masculine/Feminine and The Insubordination of Signs; and a contributor to Bilbija and Payne's recent collection Accounting for Violence: Marketing Memory in Latin America, among other publications. She is also a member of Bridges Not Walls, an immigrant ally group in Thurston and Mason Counties.

Women in Global Uprisings: From the Arab Spring and the Chilean Winter to Occupy Olympia


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Steve Niva

Dr. Steve Niva teaches international politics and Middle East studies at The Evergreen State College. He holds a Ph.D. in political science and Middle East studies from Columbia University, is an editorial associate of The Middle East Research and Information Project, and has had articles published in the Seattle Times, Middle East International, Middle East Policy, and Peace Review. His research focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and war and terrorism in the region. He has lived in Egypt and other Arab countries, and brings students to Egypt and Turkey every three years.

Civil Liberties Under Fire




Rick Oldenburg '08
Principal, Oldenburg & Associates

Rick and his wife, Maggie, are both 2008 graduates. A resident of Gig Harbor, Rick has a long history of leadership in non-profit development and planned giving. He is currently the principal partner in Oldenburg & Associates (“Advancement help for every Non-Profit”). Rick was the student commencement speaker in June 2008. He is the founding president and president emeritus of the South Sound Planned Giving Council, serving as membership chair, as well as serving as committee member on the Tacoma Rotary Foundation. He has raised over $80 million dollars for small and large non-profits around Puget Sound, has special expertise in complex legacy giving through estates as well as writing a short book on “Conducting the Phonathon,” which has sold nearly 10,000 copies since it was written for NCEA in 1991.

Rick was instrumental in creating two non-profit foundations since 2000, one supporting diabetes research in Seattle and the other supporting Tacoma Goodwill Industries and has spoken on the subject of legacy giving (estates/wills) at National Conventions for both NCEA and Goodwill Industries International in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Seattle, and Chicago. He is a past board member for the Washington Planned Giving Council, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Key Peninsula Civic Center and served on the Community Advisory Council for the Peninsula School District.

Leveraging Financial Resources for the Greater Good


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Craig Ottavelli '97
Consultant, OrgSupport

Craig’s education is in higher education, policy analysis. He earned a bachelor’s degree from TESC in 1997 and a master’s from Dartmouth College. Craig's professional background is in communications, marketing, client management, and education. Before founding OrgSupport, he worked as a communications coordinator for Washington State. In addition to his work with OrgSupport, he is a member of many non-profit boards, recently serving a publicly elected member of the Olympia City Council. His work as an elected official afforded a unique opportunity to learn the needs of both municipalities, and those organizations that serve the communities within which they operate.

Greener Entrepreneurs: Building Community, Creating Lives




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Heather Perkins '79
Sound Designer, Composer & Mad Scientist, WaterDog Studio & Land-O-Newts! Records

Heather Perkins is composer, sound designer and Mad Scientist at WaterDog Studio in Portland, where she creates music and sound for dance, animation, computer games, film, theater, installation and live performance. ( Heather is currently engaged in round two of the "365.52.12 Project," a year-long process of daily music making, working on the video projects “Something Used To Be Here” and Columbia Boulevard," as well as teaching the “Music and Computers” class at Portland Community College. Heather also produces and releases her own music on the “Land-O-Newts” label. (

Audio Innovators: Greeners in the Music Business


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Steve Peters '85
Composer, Sound Artist, Producer and Director, Nonsequitur/Wayward Music Series

Steve Peters makes music and sound for many contexts and occasions, with a focus on site-specific sound environments in galleries, museums and public places. He performs with the Seattle Phonographers Union, and works as a freelance record producer and curator. His film soundtrack work includes the documentary "Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World" and the feature film "Winter's Bone." Since 1989 he has been the director of Nonsequitur, a non-profit organization presenting experimental music and sound art, currently sponsoring the Wayward Music Series in Seattle’s Chapel Performance Space.

Audio Innovators: Greeners in the Music Business


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Mimi Pettibone '89
Dream Interpretation & Education,

Mimi Pettibone was first introduced to working with dreams through a dream group at The Evergreen State College. Since then she has studied various modalities of working with different states of consciousness including hypnotherapy, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), and Voice Dialogue, which she incorporates into her dream work. In addition to private consultations, Mimi loves speaking and teaching workshops about dreams and the conscious/subconscious mind relationship. Her corporate clients include The Columbia Tower Club, The Bellevue Club, Microsoft and She has appeared on TV’s ‘New Day Northwest’ and been a guest on radio shows such as Fitz in The Morning (100.7fm) and Contact Talk Radio, and is currently writing a book about dreams. Mimi is the founder of where you can learn more about dreams, including tips on how to remember your dreams, and how to ask your dreams a question.

Altered States Greener Style: Consciousness, Dreams and Spirituality


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Rita Pougiales '72

Rita came to Evergreen as a senior in the fall of 1971 and enrolled in the program, Individual, Citizen and State taught by David Marr, David Hitchens, Betty Ruth Estes, Kirk Thompson and Paul Marsh. After graduating in 1972, she spent the next few years teaching in an alternative education program in Worcester, Massachusetts. She returned to graduate school at the University of Oregon and completed a degree in anthropology with an emphasis on public education and child development. She joined the faculty at Evergreen in the fall of 1979. During the last 32 years, she has taught in a wide range of programs and served twice as an academic dean.

It’s About How We Treat Each Other –Willi Unsoeld


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John Purtteman '85
Head Men's Soccer Coach, The Evergreen State College

Recently inducted into the Washington Adult Soccer Association Hall of Fame, John won multiple awards as an amateur and professional soccer player. John has spent more than 15 years coaching at the collegiate level and holds a National "A" License from the United States Soccer Federation. Happily married to Sonja, and they are proud parents of 11-year-old son, Caden. For seven years John and Sonja owned and directed Golden Goals Soccer Camp, providing low cost residential camps for area youth.

Blending Academic and Movement-based Experiences at Evergreen






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Tom Rainey
Faculty Emeritus

Tom is married with two daughters, two grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, who call him “Great Daddy.” A seventh-generation Floridian, Tom proudly served in the U. S. Navy from 1954-59, a key formative experience in his life. He earned a BA in History from the University of Florida, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa; Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois, with Certificate in Russian and East European Studies. He served as a Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College from 1972-2000, and became Emeritus Member of the Faculty in 2000. Although Tom considers himself a “Failed retiree,” he still teaches in Evergreen’s Evening and Weekend Studies programs, teaching Russian, European, and sometimes American history and literature. He has taken almost thirty study or research trips to Russia and Siberia.

He has two monographs and numerous articles in popular and scholarly journals on Russian history and culture, most recently dealing with Russian and Siberian environmental history and problems. He is almost finished with a multi-generational history of his family in Georgia and Florida, from 1800 to the Present, entitled Crackers in Paradise: Memories and Stories of a Florida Family; as yet unpublished, on Anton Chekhov and landscape artist Issak Levitan, entitled Witnesses to a Vanishing Russia. Soon he plans to continue work on an environmental history of Thurston County, Washington.

His favorite game as a spectator sport is current American politics, and his teaching philosophy is to set academic standards and expectations high and help students meet them. His favorite quote: “History is not was, history is.” (Attributed to William Faulkner)

Global Markets: Love Them or Hate Them, They Will Affect Your Life
The Future of Liberal Democracy


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Peter Randlette '80
Head of Electronic Media

Peter Randlette landed at TESC as a student looking for welding and audio in the Fall of 1975, and still refuses to grow up. After classes with faculty like Charlie Teske, Byron Youtz, Rainer Hausenstaub and Betty Estes, he was hired at Media Loan in 1979. Working his way through the Media Services area, he took a year off and worked for Nicholas Negroponte at the MIT Media Lab from 84-85. Returning armed with a new mission, he has worked on remodeling most of the media facilities, lead the transition to digital technologies in audio, music and video, and taught many classes in computer applications in media.

Audio Innovators: Greeners in the Music Business


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Brett Redfearn

Mr. Redfearn is JP Morgan Securities’ head of market structure strategy for the Americas within global equities. In this role, Brett examines how technologies, regulations and business trends are changing equities and options trading in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. His responsibilities include addressing market structure implications for trading operations; developing policy positions on market issues; managing relationships with markets; and educating clients on market structure developments.



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Lizzy Rieke '12
Cook and Food Quality Committee Member, Flaming Eggplant Café, The Evergreen State College

Lizzy Rieke, a senior at The Evergreen State College, spent two delightful years as a collective member at the Flaming Eggplant Café, working as a prep and line cook, and taking a leadership role in the Food Quality Committee. She has also done focused work in the areas of conflict resolution, consensus, job training and incorporating anti-oppression work into the day-to-day life of the café. Lizzy is an aide in the wood and metal shops, and plans to graduate in June with a concentration in wood and metal working. Academically, as elsewhere, she is a Renaissance woman; equally comfortable arguing sociolinguistics theory in the classroom, harvesting potatoes in the Andes mountains, designing furniture in the wood shop, organizing at the Capitol, cooking for hundreds of conference attendees in a tiny kitchen, and making knives in the metal shop (all of which she has done during her Evergreen career). She has done internships with POWER (Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights), the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County, and Pisco Sin Fronteras in Pisco, Perú. After graduation she plans to pursue work in the fields of food justice, cooperative development, furniture making, welding, cooking and conflict resolution.

Eating Our Way to a Better Future 


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Cathy Rivers '77
President, Big Horse Dreams, Inc

Cathy came to Evergreen in its third year in 1973. Evergreen's integrated and experiential approach has greatly influenced Cathy's life and career where she is known for her ability to bring cohesion and collaboration to corporate, state and private business environments. Today Cathy is the President of her own life, business and performance coaching business, Big Horse Dreams, Inc. Her coaching is both ontological and highly practical, supporting her clients to make profound change and success. She still lives in Olympia where she also breeds and trains her Swedish Warmblood horses.

The Entrepreneurial Life or “What I Can Tell You Now that I Wish I’d Known Then”


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Sarah Rocker
Advisor, Flaming Eggplant Café, The Evergreen State College

Sarah Rocker has served as advisor to the student-run Flaming Eggplant Cafe at The Evergreen State College since 2009. In addition, she serves on the Strategic Food Planning Committee, Contracted Food Service Bid Committee, and is chair of the Campus Food Working Group at the college. For the past four years she’s lived at an intentional housing community homestead in Olympia, where her partner, Erik, an Evergreen grad, farms for a living. Sarah grows culinary and medicinal herbs and flowers for the market stand and enjoys saving and sharing seeds. She is co-founder and president of the West Olympia Farmers' Market, and is an active member and volunteer in local groups including the Thurston Food Systems Council and the McLane Grange, where she’s helped organize foot-stompin, seed-swapping social mixers for small farmers in the area. She also serves on the board of directors for CoFED, a national organization that supports and empowers students organizing food cooperatives on college campuses. She holds a Masters degree in German studies with a focus on Intercultural Communication from Colorado University, Boulder and is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration degree at Evergreen, with research in local and regional food systems planning. She loves reading old cookbooks and hosting elaborate weekend brunches.

Eating Our Way to a Better Future


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Martha Rosemeyer

Martha Rosemeyer has taught ecological agriculture and food systems programs at Evergreen since 2001. With Donald Morisato she initiated the Food, Health and Sustainability program. Previously, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she compared the soil ecosystem in different farming systems and researched the restoration of oak savannah using Scottish highland cattle. She is interested in facilitating the societal knowledge of food-- from farm to table.

Eating Our Way to a Better Future


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Rhys Roth '87, MES '90
Co-Founder and Director of Strategic Innovation, Climate Solutions

Rhys is co-founder of Climate Solutions, a Northwest non-profit working to accelerate solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment, and bridging divides. He serves as the group’s Director of Strategic Innovation.

The Next Revolution: A Convergence of Environmentalism and Economics


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Bruce Roth '72
Founding Member, EurOrient Financial Group 

Bruce W. Roth is a founding member of the EurOrient Financial Group ("EurOrient") and its various affiliate development financial institutions. Founded in 1988, the EurOrient is a private sector global development finance institution accredited by United Nations General Assembly on Financing for Development. EurOrient has been a member of the United Nations for 15 years. Its mission is to support the economic and social development efforts of the less developed countries as they, in particular, seek to achieve the Millennium Development Goals ("MDGs"). Mr. Roth was appointed by the Board of Governors of the EurOrient Financial Group as an Honorary Chairman and Ambassador of the Committee of Experts on Human Resources Development and Administration in recognition of his contributions to the development of the Organization since its inception and for his outstanding leadership and unbending integrity.

Global Markets: Love Them or Hate Them, They Will Affect Your Life 


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Kirstin Rowe-Finkbeiner '91
Executive Director/CEO and Co-Founder, MomsRising

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner has been deeply involved in grassroots engagement and policy analysis for more than two decades. Started in May 2006, MomsRising is an on-the-ground and online organization with more than one million members working together to increase family economic security, to end discrimination against women and mothers, and to help ensure all children can thrive. Rowe-Finkbeiner serves as board President of the MomsRising Education Fund. In both 2010 and 2011, named MomsRising's website one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women.” She has received numerous accolades for her work, including fellowships from the Rockwood Institute and the Hunt Alternatives Fund, awards from the Washington State League of Women Voters, and ParentMap Magazine. Her awards for writing include the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism award for magazine writing, the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Award, and an award from the Independent Book Publishers Association. Rowe-Finkbeiner is a frequent public speaker, and an award-winning author of books, including The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy, Avalon Publishing Group, 2004, which was awarded first place by the Independent Book Publishers Association and is part of the syllabus for college courses across the nation. She has also written articles on a variety of topics, including women and families, public policy, motherhood, economic security, equality, health, civic engagement, and new feminism. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has been interviewed about issues related to women and mothers, family economic security, and grassroots organizing by numerous international, national and local news outlets including, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, Today Show, Good Morning America, NOW with David Brancaccio, To the Contrary and BBC World Service.

How Far Have We Come in 40 Years? Women, Men, Work and Family
The State of the Environmental Movement in 2012


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Mark Rutherford '77
Owner, Wild River Guide Company

As a high school graduate, Mark arrived in the Yupik Eskimo village of Savoonga, Alaska just as a Bowhead Whale was butchered on the beach. He arrived where many people had profound relationships with wild places and with life itself. For 30 consecutive field seasons, Alaska’s wild places were his professional and personal passion. In 1976 his study of Alaskan Natural Resources began with a TESC group contract under Dr. Oscar Soule. That two-year study covering 10,000 square miles of Alaska lead to the eventual creation of Becharof Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Peninsula Refuge, and Aniakchak Caldera Monument.

The Importance of Wild Places to the Human Condition



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Annie Salafsky

Annie Salafsky graduated from Evergreen in 1991 after spending several years studying sustainable agriculture and working on TESC's Organic Farm. Twenty one years later she is still farming locally with business partner Sue Ujcic, also an Evergreen alumna. Their farm, Helsing Junction, grows 40 acres of organic produce for their 1100-member CSA.


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Therese Saliba

Therese Saliba, Ph.D., is faculty of Third World Feminist Studies at The Evergreen State College and a former Fulbright scholar in Palestine (1995-96). She is co-editor of Gender, Politics and Islam (University of Chicago Press Journals Univ. Chicago, 2002) and Intersections: Gender, Nation and Community in Arab Women's Novels (Syracuse University Press, 2002) and the author of numerous essays. Therese is associate editor of the online Brill Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures.

Women in Global Uprisings: From the Arab Spring and the Chilean Winter to Occupy Olympia


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Ben Scholtz '92
Owner, Mallard Ice Cream

Since 2001 Ben Scholtz has owned and operated Mallard Ice Cream in downtown Bellingham, WA. His shop has been an integral part of revitalizing the city’s downtown. In the height of the summer, 800 to 1,000 customers line up daily to enjoy delicious, locally sourced ice cream with exotic flavors such as rose, coriander, green tea and avocado. Mallard has been featured in regional and national media outlets including Sunset magazine, USA Today and NPR. Scholtz describes his shop’s culture as “an Evergreen coordinated studies program with the theme ‘ice cream shop,’” where staff are encouraged to learn and be creative. Care for employees, ingredients and local communities make Mallard’s ice cream taste a whole lot sweeter.

Eating Our Way to a Better Future


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Terry Setter

Terry Setter has taught at The Evergreen State College for twenty-nine years. He holds Master’s Degrees in Music Composition, Music Technology, and Music Theory. He offered programs in music and audio production for over twenty-five years and twice took students to West Africa to study music and dance. In 2009, he co-founded the Consciousness Studies Planning Unit and now divides his time between teaching in the arts and consciousness studies. He is known in the music industry for his successful designs of vacuum tube microphones, one of which received the 2009 TEC award for Engineering Excellence. He also works as a tracking, mixing, and mastering engineer. He occasionally writes for "Tpae Op Magazine" and has also written for "Jaleo". His “other love” is Flamenco music, and he has performed internationally as a guitarist and dancer.

Audio Innovators: Greeners in the Music Business


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David Shaw

Dr. David S. Shaw is a Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College, where he teaches programs in business including entrepreneurship, marketing and consumerism, business strategy and sustainability. He has also taught in programs in China studies and in food, health and sustainability. In 2012-13, he will be teaching in a series of related programs on economic booms and busts. David received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. For six years, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Macau in Macau, China where he primarily taught marketing management and services management and marketing. David also holds degrees from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (Master of International Management), the University of California, Davis (MS Food Science) and Pomona College (BA International Relations). From 1997 to 2002, David taught classes in strategic management, marketing management, and business research in five cities in China (Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing, Hangzhou and Zhuhai) for the bilingual China MBA programme of Murdoch University of Perth, Western Australia. Development) and Ohio University, USA (BA). At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, David taught undergraduate courses in global agrimarketing and trade and in international agribusiness strategy, as well as a graduate course in food system marketing. David has also been involved in corporate and industry training in marketing of high-technology products for AMD in Beijing, services marketing for the Hong Kong Management Association, and service quality and customer satisfaction for the Tourism Institute of Macau.

Greener Entrepreneurs: Building Community, Creating Lives


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Autumn Sheldon '00, MiT '05
Teacher, Pioneer Elementary School

Autumn earned her B.A. and her Master in Teaching degree from Evergreen, and teaches second grade.

Engaging the Challenges of Public Education


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Adam Sher '02
Program Manager, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

Adam came to Evergreen from McLean, Virginia in 1998. He lived in B-Dorm, Coopers Glen, Tumwater, Lacey, Olympia’s East Side and Mud Bay. After graduating he earned his M.Ed. degree in Transformative Education and a Washington State Teachers Certificate at Antioch University, Seattle. He is a program manager at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and director at Elat Chayyim Center for Creative Spirituality. He is co-founder of the Rainbow Bridge Society for the Activation of the Noosphere.

Altered States Greener Style: Consciousness, Dreams and Spirituality


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Gerson Sher
Executive Vice President, United States Industry Coalition

Fostering scientific cooperation with the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the public and private sectors has been Gerson's career passion. Gerson's academic background in Russian Studies (BA, Yale, summa cum laude) and Politics/Soviet and East European Studies (PhD, Princeton) has allowed him to pair his layman's interest in science with a keen appreciation of the special historical, political and economic issues surrounding science in these countries. He has worked at the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation (from which he's retired), George Soros's International Science Foundation, and was Founding President of the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation. As Executive Vice President of the U.S. Industry Coalition, he currently promotes partnerships between U.S. high-tech businesses and former Soviet weapons scientists. In 2008 he received an honorary Ph.D. from the Moscow Engineering-Physics Institute, Russia's foremost nuclear university. He is the proud father of Adam Sher, '02, and is an Emeritus Governor of the Evergreen State College Foundation Board of Governors.

Global Markets: Love Them or Hate Them, They Will Affect Your Life


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Ellen Shortt-Sanchez '92, MPA '10
Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA)

Ellen Shortt-Sanchez is the director of the Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) at The Evergreen State College. CCBLA’s work is to connect campus to community by building community based learning into the curriculum and involving students in community organizations doing grassroots work to meet community needs. Ellen graduated from Evergreen with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992 and with a Master in Public Administration degree in 2012. Ellen lives in Mason County and has a background in popular education, literacy work with immigrant learners and with incarcerated adults..

Evergreen Makes a Difference: Community Service at Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB)


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Ken Shulman

Ken Shulman, TESC '78, is the executive director of Lambert House, one of the world's leading social service agencies for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) youth. Appointed by two Seattle mayors to develop public policy on LGBT issues, Ken is responsible for the enactment of three civil rights ordinances and numerous City budget allocations. He served as the director of student recruitment and marketing for executive education programs at the University of Washington for twelve years. He holds a masters degree in public administration from Harvard.


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Cheryl Simrell King

Cheryl Simrell King, Evergreen faculty member, teaches in the Master of Public Administration program. She writes and works in the areas of democratizing public administration, citizen engagement, the relationships amongst and between citizens and their governments, and transformational practices in public administration. She is co-author of Government is Us: Public Administration in an Anti-Government Era (1998, Sage Publications), Transformational Public Service: Portraits of Theory in Practice (2007, M.E. Sharpe), editor of Government is Us, 2.0 (2011, M.E. Sharpe) and author of numerous articles in trade press and academic journals.

Global Health: Compassion, Access and Caring for Our Citizens


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Kyobi Skutt-Kakaria '12
Student Researcher, Evergreen Phage Biology Lab

Kyobi was born in Olympia, attended high school in Seattle, then moved back to Olympia, where he worked as a residential plumber for three years. Kyobi matriculated into Evergreen's Introduction to Natural Sciences and Molecule to Organism program in 2008. While at Evergreen Kyobi worked on numerous bacteriophage projects in the Kutter and Simon labs. With the help of Faculty Member Betty Kutter, Kyobi secured an internship in the lab of Patrick Paddison at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center working on probing complex genetic systems using RNA interference. At the conclusion of his two-quarter internship, Kyobi was hired as a Research Technician. Kyobi will be joining the Molecules, Cells and Organisms program at Harvard in the fall of 2012.

Infecting Young Minds with Phage


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Sandy Smolan '75
Producer/Director, Luminous Content

Sandy Smolan is an award-winning director whose work spans features, documentaries, television, and commercials. His critically acclaimed debut feature film 'Rachel River" was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and took awards for Best Cinematography and a Special Jury Prize. He is shooting a high profile commercial campaign for an innovative text messaging system to help stop the spread of AIDS, and three films for the Gates Foundation documenting a $40 million pilot program attempting to bring a million people out of poverty in East Africa.

His television movies include "The Last Soldier" for HBO, the mini-series "Beach Girls, "A Place To Be" and the Emmy award-winning "Taking A Stand". He has directed more than 50 network series including "Brothers & Sisters," ""Ally Mcbeal," and "Northern Exposure". He began his career directing documentaries, living in North Africa for six months shooting "The Maghreb Journals," and as the associate producer of two network documentaries for CBS News; "The Cowboy the Craftsman and the Ballerina" with Morley Safer and "Juilliard: A Life In Music," narrated by Charles Kuralt and winner of the Peabody Award. Mr. Smolan was a recent speaker at the EG Conference in Monterey and the INK/TED Conference in Lavasa, India.

Truth Amid the Madness: Telling the Stories that Matter in a Media Crazed World


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Laurel Spellman Smith '97
Documentary Filmmaker-Co-Producer/Director, Oil & Water,

Laurel Spellman Smith is a two-time regional Emmy Award-winning producer of national and local programs for PBS including “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” She is the co-producer, writer and director of “Busting Out,” an award-winning documentary which aired on Showtime and TV stations around the world, and the Iraq War documentary, “The Corporal’s Diary,” shown on PBS stations and Al Jazeera. She’s currently co-producing, writing and directing “Oil & Water,” which recently received major grants from ITVS and the MacArthur Foundation. Laurel is also an annual juror for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Truth Amid the Madness: Telling the Stories that Matter in a Media Crazed World


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Oscar Soule
Faculty Emeritus

One of Evergreen’s early faculty members, Oscar helped open Evergreen in 1971. He taught environmental studies and served in various administrative roles until retiring in 2004. Oscar’s historical Evergreen memoirs combine the rich mix of disciplines and students in interdisciplinary studies set in a real world context. The evaluation process that called for students to be judged on their personal progress, not how they did in comparison to others was central to being able to document growth to the outside world. Oscar is active in community affairs ranging from the arts to sports to the environment and non-profits.

The State of the Environmental Movement in 2012


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Eric Stein

Eric Stein earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan in 2005 and has been teaching at Evergreen since 2007. His research explores connections between public health, colonialism, and nationalism in Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on twentieth century Indonesia. Programs he has co-instructed include America Abroad, Imagining the Body, Language and Power, Life of Things, Remembrance of Things Past, Equatorial Studies, Global Health, and Ruins.


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John Stocks '81
Executive Director, National Education Association

A national leader in the fight to transform America’s public schools, John is executive director of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest union, representing over 3 million educators. His commitment to public education spans decades. Stocks served as assistant executive director for public affairs at the Wisconsin Education Association Council. Then, as executive director of Idaho Fair Share.

In 1988, Stocks successfully ran for State Senate in Idaho.  A native of New Orleans, Stocks is a graduate of Evergreen State College. He and his wife, Connie, have two children.

Engaging the Challenges of Public Education




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Frederick Tabbutt

After earning degrees from Haverford College and Harvard University, I began my teaching career at Reed College in 1957. It was there that I met Byron Youtz, and we created Physics-Chemistry 120, the first interdepartmental offering in the sciences at Reed. In 1969 the College received a letter from Evergreen asking if a faculty member might be interested in coming up to discuss Math and Natural Science. As chair of the Division of Math and Natural Science I was shown the letter. I came for a visit but was not interested in being the dean of Math and Natural Science. The next year I was a half-time visiting member of the planning faculty, and at the end of that year left Reed and joined the Evergreen faculty. By so doing I was able to develop and participate in academic development endeavors that would have been impossible at Reed. Following retirement in 1999 I have remained active in Evergreen science including my textbook, Water and Sun.


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Ken Tabbutt

Ken Tabbutt was appointed Academic Dean at Evergreen in January of 2004. He served as Interim Academic Vice President and Provost for fifteen months starting in March of 2010. Ken received bachelor’s degrees in biology and geology from Whitman College in 1983 and went on to complete master’s and doctoral degrees from Dartmouth College in geology. Ken joined the faculty at Evergreen in 1993 and taught a wide range of interdisciplinary programs that focused on earth sciences and the environment. Ken taught in both the Master of Environmental Studies program and the undergraduate curriculum and intends to return to teaching after his administrative appointment.

The State of the Environmental Movement in 2012


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Charles Teske
First Dean of Humanities, Faculty

Charlie Teske was Evergreen’s Founding Dean of Humanities from 1970 through 1976. He remained a Member of the Faculty until his retirement in 2001. He played trumpet in jazz ensembles until 1986. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Lafayette College, his Master of Arts in English at Yale University, and his Ph.D. at Oberlin College. He served as a member of the English Department at Oberlin, and was Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jazz Ensemble Discussion and Jam Session


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Tommy Thompson '10

Tommy Thompson started his film making career at 14, filming skate videos and directly transferring each shot to his VHS deck for editing. He quickly moved on to non-linear editing and began producing music videos for local bands. At The Evergreen State College, Tommy enrolled in all the intensive media programs offered, where he was introduced to the art form of animation under faculty Ruth Hayes. For his first major production Tommy created the innovative stratastencil animation, Endless Tunnel, which has played in 12 film festivals worldwide. Directly after its completion, he began conceiving High Strung, an ambitious stop-motion film. Working in all aspects of production, from writing to cinematography, his versatile skills allow near-total independence.

Animation, Comics and Graphic Novels: A Great Evergreen Tradition


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Dan Tishman '77
Chairman & CEO, Tishman Construction Corporation
Vice Chairman, AECOM Technology Corporation
Vice Chairman, Tishman Hotel & Realty LP

Daniel R. Tishman is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Tishman Construction Corporation, one of the largest and most experienced builders in the world. The firm was founded in 1898 and has remained at the forefront of the industry under Mr. Tishman's leadership. Tishman Construction provides construction and project management, owner's representation, and other construction-related services to a diverse array of clients across the United States and in the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Tishman has worked in real estate development and construction for over 25 years and has been a major force behind the green building movement. Under his leadership, Tishman managed the construction of 4 Times Square, the first green skyscraper in New York City, and 7 World Trade Center, the first office tower in New York City to be certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Tishman Construction also managed the construction of the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, the first skyscraper in the world to be certified LEED Platinum, and the LEED Gold-certified CityCenter in Las Vegas, which is the largest and most sustainable mixed-use hotel, residential, retail and casino complex in the United States.

Mr. Tishman is Vice Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of AECOM. In 2010, Tishman Construction joined AECOM Technology Corporation, a global provider of professional technical and management support services serving clients in more than 100 countries around the world. Mr. Tishman is also Vice Chairman and a member of the Board of Tishman Hotel & Realty LP, which develops, owns and manages a private portfolio of hospitality properties.

Mr. Tishman is Chairman of the Board of the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the world's leading environmental advocacy organizations. He also regularly works with the Trust for Public Land to protect land, particularly in Maine and Colorado. In 2006, he was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to New York City's Sustainability Advisory Board, which provided expertise and input for the creation of PlaNYC 2030, the blueprint for greening New York City.

In 2009, Mr. Tishman joined the Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, an independent federal agency and the official export credit agency of the United States of America. He also serves on the boards of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, National September 11 Memorial & Museum and UJA-Federation of NY.

Mr. Tishman holds a BS in Ecology and Planning from Evergreen State College and an MS in Environmental Studies from Lesley College.

A Conversation with Dan Tishman '77
The State of the Environmental Movement in 2012






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Jack Van Valkenburgh '77

A private attorney in Boise, Idaho, Jack litigates to defend the rights and/or improve the living conditions of the innocent, elderly, disabled, prisoners, students, and other minorities. As Executive Director of the ACLU of Idaho (1990 - 2008), he assisted in the representation of immigrants. After graduating Evergreen and Northeastern University College of Law, he moved to Idaho, where he helped found the ACLU's state affiliate. While a student at Evergreen and as a lover of wild places, Jack authored a grant proposal to assess the natural resources and human expectations of the Alaska Peninsula. Funded by the Department of Interior, Jack and nine other Greeners explored and studied the Peninsula, ultimately writing a report that included management recommendations, most of which were incorporated into the Alaska National Interest Lands Act of 1980. Jack, a lover of mountains and waters, a civil libertarian and environmentalist, says, “Let us survive -- or perish in the effort -- as free peoples who love and respect the land, waters, and life!"

Civil Liberties Under Fire




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Lynda Weinman '76
Co-founder and Executive Chair of

Lynda Weinman, co-founder and executive chair of, is a self-taught computer expert, author, educator, and entrepreneur. A Web graphics and design veteran and author of dozens of best-selling books, Lynda wrote the very first industry book on Web design, Designing Web Graphics, in 1995.

Before launching, she was a faculty member at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and worked as an animator and motion graphics director in the film special effects industry. Lynda has also been a consultant for Adobe, Macromedia, and Microsoft, and has conducted workshops at those organizations in addition to Disney.

She, along with her husband and co-founder Bruce Heavin, evolved from its original concept as a free web resource for her students, to the site for her books on Web design, to the registration hub for physical classrooms and conferences, to a highly successful online training library. Considered one of the top leaders in the field of online education and paid subscription services, Lynda Weinman is a long-time champion of standing strong and visible as a successful woman to show others that creating your own path is not only possible, but achievable.

Education in the Age of the Internet


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Sean Williams

Sean Williams was born and raised in Berkeley, California. Her B.A. is from the University of California in classical guitar performance. After graduation she spent a year in Europe and the Near East, then attended graduate school at the University of Washington, earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. She taught at Columbia University before coming to Evergreen in 1991. Her interests include music, cultural studies, social justice, liminality, religion (particularly Buddhism and Islam) in connection with music, and languages. Sean is working on her seventh book.

James Joyce and the Irish Otherworld


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Steve Willis '79

Steve has been drawing cartoons ever since he can remember. He attended Olympia schools, starting with Kindergarten, and culminating with his Evergreen graduation in 1979. He graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s in Library and Information Science in 1982, a degree he turned into a career. He was also active in the very early years of post-Underground photocopy Comix in the 1970s-1980s. His main cartoon vehicle is a character known as Morty the Dog. Today Steve lives in McCleary, in a 100-year-old house with four cats.

Animation, Comics and Graphic Novels: A Great Evergreen Tradition


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Tom Wolf '83
President, T. Wolf Photography, Inc. & mtg Capital, LLC 

A. Thomas (Tom) Wolf has been a professional photographer since 1977. In 2011, he obtained the registered trademark for “Visualize the Journey®” through his company t.wolf photography, inc. In 2012, he suspended his real estate career to dedicate his efforts to develop and promote the Visualize the Journey® brand, which combines his lifelong passion for photography with a casual apparel clothing line. After graduating from Evergreen in 1983, Tom relocated to New Orleans to pursue a career in commercial real estate. During his 28 years in the real estate industry, he worked for several major real estate firms including Equity Residential Property Trust, GE Capital Real Estate and, J.P Morgan Mortgage Capital. In 2001, he formed mtg Capital, LLC and serves as its president and CEO. His experience includes commercial mortgage brokerage, real estate brokerage, property management, commercial leasing, commercial site location, commercial loan underwriting and asset management. Tom y lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Nicole.

After graduating from Evergreen in 1983, Tom relocated to New Orleans to pursue a career in commercial real estate. During his 28 years in the real estate industry, he worked for several major real estate firms including Equity Residential Property Trust, GE Capital Real Estate and, J.P Morgan Mortgage Capital. In 2001, he formed mtg Capital, LLC and serves as it’s president and CEO. His experience includes commercial mortgage brokerage, real estate brokerage, property management, commercial leasing, commercial site location, commercial loan underwriting and asset management.

Tom currently lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Nicole.

The Entrepreneurial Life or “What I Can Tell You Now that I Wish I’d Known Then”








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Michael Zimmerman
Provost, Academic Vice President

Michael Zimmerman, Evergreen’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in biology from Washington University. He has worked to promote a broader understanding of the liberal arts and to increase science literacy in society. He writes regularly for the Huffington Post and you can read his writings at

The Presidents Seminar 


Ed Zuckerman headshot
Ed Zuckerman '77
Senior Vice President for State Capacity Building, League of Conservation Voters

Ed is a Senior Vice-President for State Capacity Building at the League of Conservation Voters. He served for six years as the Executive Director of the Federation of State Conservation Voter Leagues organization, and seven years as Executive Director of Washington Conservation Voters. Ed has consistently focused on trying to both preserve and enjoy the natural environment. He lives in Seattle with his wife Mary Bond '81 and has two great kids, ages 15 and 19.

The State of the Environmental Movement in 2012




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