Sonya Sophie Bedillion, 1992
Type of Business
Personal Care and Service
Description of Business or Organization
This is a new business that is very much under construction. It and I are evolving together within this process, and yes, I could not be happier. I will be enrolled in the Minister in Divinity Program at The Naropa Institute Fall 2010. As part of my future endeavors is the creation of a very eclectic and amorphous business enterprise that is dedicated to the bond between animals and human beings. I believe animals have much to teach us. I want to share a quote from Chief Dan George that speaks very much to my sentiments for this enterprise and my endeavors: If you talk to the animals they will talk to you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them. And what you do not know you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.
716 North 900 West
Salt Lake City, Utah
How did Evergreen prepare you for your professional life?
Evergreen was a great experience. Its best gift to students is that it can teach students about what life is about, what it is really about and how to stand up and do something that you really love and benefit others and the planet. It sounds grandiose but it really isn't. I am so proud when I read about my fellow Greeners, no matter the year of their time at Evergreen they inspire me and the funny thing is that I am doing my own thing and it's good work. So, my best story is one that at the time was incredibly negative. In a nutshell my professor, a man I idolized and respected in many ways became ill with cancer. I worked as his Research Assistant on some high profile reports for the U.S. State Senate on drug treatment and anti-drug use for children. This was during Nancy Reagan's Just Say No Crusade. So, he got sick and I was in his program. He expected me to sacrifice being a student in his program (I was a Junior at that time) and teach his program so he could save face, get his salary etc. I refused. I attempted to address a plan with the other students. They turned on me and labeled me as the ringleader. These were people I was incredibly close with. I was forced to drop out of a really great program and he wrote me the worst evaluation of my life. I can't tell you all the horrible things he said about me under the guise of a "faculty evaluation". If I had accepted that evaluation I wouldn't even be able to work at Wal-mart. Never mind having any self respect. I took action and met with Mike Beug, the Dean of Faculty at the time. He did me proud, took on this issue and resolved what could have been a very bad situation. Prior to this he and this person were good friends and he had known this person for many years. But he did not hesitate, he did not question what I said. He had to threaten to fire this person, take away his Evergreen pension, accuse him of breaking the Evergreen Social Contract. This person backed down and while the evaluation did not really highlight the great work I did in my internship with the Washington Dept. of Economic Development it was much improved. Mike Beug did his job and he did it in a most noble and non ego based way. He literally saved my educational future and he is someone I immediately think of right after I tell someone that yes, Evergreen is the best school in the Universe.