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Return to Evergreen - Evergreen's Turning 40
September 19, 2011 - June 15, 2012
The Evergreen State College


Kabby Mitchell

Return to Your Body Movement Workshop

Pre-Conference: Friday, May 18, 9:30–11:00 am
College Recreation Center, Room 117

Kabby Mitchell, Faculty
Begin your Return to Evergreen experience with a bit of fun in this movement workshop designed for all ages, shapes and abilities. Faculty member Kabby Mitchell will lead an invigorating session inspired by African modern jazz. 


Breaking New Ground: The History of Evergreen's  Longhouse

Session 1: Friday, May 18, 1-3pm
Longhouse Room 1007A 

Laura Grabhorn, Assistant Director, Longhouse, The Evergreen State College
Colleen Jollie '77, MPA '92
The Evergreen State College Longhouse was the first one of its kind built on a U.S. College campus. It opened its doors in 1995. Learn about the work of students, faculty and staff who helped bring the vision to life. Check out the work that has taken place over the years in support of the mission of the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center to support Native arts and cultures.


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

Session 1: Friday, May 18, 1-3pm
Meet at the Library Bus Loop at 12:45pm

Ellen Shortt Sanchez '92, MPA '10, Director, Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA)
Join Evergreen's Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) for hands-on community service at Evergreen alumni-founded food justice organization GRuB. Be ready to work in the garden guided by youth participants. Learn the inspiring story of how Greeners launched the youth empowerment through farming project in Evergreen's neighborhood. CCBLA engages students in community efforts to meet important needs and put theory to practice through campus to community partnerships like this one. Come dressed to play in the dirt and bring your bus fare ($1 each way).


Return to Your Center: Hatha and Nidra Yoga Workshop

Session 1: Friday, May 18, 1:00–3:00 pm
College Recreation Center, Room 314

Cynthia Kennedy, Faculty
Sarah Williams, Faculty
Begin your Return to Evergreen with a centering yoga workshop inspired by the hatha and nidra yoga traditions. A 30-minute gentle hatha movement practice will be followed by a yoga nidra practice of guided relaxation and meditation. All levels of yoga experience welcome. Equipment will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothes.


Marilyn Frasca

Marilyn Frasca’s Catch Up Journal Writing

Session 2: Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Seminar II Building, Room D1107

Marilyn Frasca, Faculty Emerita
Required Materials: 
A blank journal and a writing instrument
This session will exemplify how students began their workweek in the programs Marilyn taught at Evergreen. Through writing, explore where you’ve been and where you are now.


Brittany Gallagher

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

Session 2: Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Seminar II D2105  

Carl Elliott '09, MES '12, Conservation and Restoration Coordinator, Sustainability in Prisons Project
Brittany Gallagher, MES '13, Graduate Research Fellow, Sustainability in Prisons Project
Since 2004, The Evergreen State College and Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) have co-directed The Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP). The project's mission is to bring environmental education, research and conservation projects to Washington State prisons combined with introducing proven sustainable practices that reduce resource use and costs. Evergreen graduate and undergraduate students have opportunities to lead research and conservation work at four DOC sites. This workshop will invite participants to enrich their knowledge of the project and participate in creating a vision for SPP into the future, a future that will need environmentally literate people from many backgrounds.


Jazz Ensemble Discussion and Jam Session

Session 3: Saturday, May 19, 2:00-4:00 pm
Seminar II Building, Room C1105

Cary Black, Bassist
Grace Huerta, Faculty
Charlie Teske, Faculty Emeritus
Joe Tougas '84, Faculty
Charlie Silver '75, Owner, Marina Sailing Newport Beach
Jazz lovers, and especially former members of the Evergreen Jazz Ensemble, are invited to a conversation about the group, which built bridges between the campus and the community while making incredible music in the 1970s and 80s. Bring your instrument if you'd like to join in on the improvisational jazz jam session.


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

Session 3: Saturday, May 19, 2:00–4:00 pm
Seminar II Building, Room D1107

Scott Morgan, MPA '09, Evergreen’s Director of Sustainability
Abigail Blue '12
, Sustainable Entrepreneurship Intern and Evergreen Student
Alumni entrepreneurs and current students are invited to participate in a workshop on the obstacles facing Evergreen graduates in self-employment and/or business ownership through a sharing of lessons learned. This workshop will require active engagement and participation from all attendees and provide opportunities to cooperatively solve problems through networking and sharing knowledge. View a detailed agenda online.


Steve Herman

Exploring Evergreen's 1000 Acre Wood

Session 4: Sunday, May 20, 10:30 am–12:30 pm

Steve Herman
, Faculty Emeritus
Required Materials: Sensible shoes made for walking.  Journal and writing instrument are suggested.
Take a walk through the beautiful woods to the waterfront surrounding the campus core.  Steve will navigate you through the various habitats and identify the plants and animals in Evergreen's wild setting. Discover this natural world of your alma mater.

Schedule subject to change



Abby Kelso | Alumni Programs Officer | Call (360) 867-6538 or Email