Evergreen Magazine Spring 2012
Celebrating 40 Years of Evergreen
Forty years ago, the members of the Class of 1972 triumphantly collected their diplomas from the first public four-year college created in Washington in the 20th century. Beneficiaries of the efforts of a group of determined visionaries who dared to think beyond the norm, these trailblazing graduates have since been joined by more than 40,000 others whose dreams of a different type of higher education have been fulfilled.
This year we’re celebrating Evergreen’s coming of age, from a fledgling college to a leader in the type of interdisciplinary education that more and more institutions are seeking to offer. As we forge ahead, we remember that our achievements and successes are embodied in the community we’ve built over the past four decades. In this issue, we highlight a few of the leaders in that ever-growing community who have made their marks in media, science, health, and technology, and we take an admiring look at some of things we love best about this place.
Please visit our 40th website, check out the events happening throughout the year, and plan to celebrate with us at our Return to Evergreen event in May.
Photography: Evergreen Photo Services unless otherwise noted.
Read featured articles online (or, download a PDF of the complete issue).
If Matt Groening ’77 hadn’t been the CPJ editor when Lynda Barry ’79 came to Evergreen, modern animation wouldn’t be the same.
Saed Hindash ’92 turned his passion for wielding a camera into an awardwinning career.
Jaime Méndez ’95 anchors Seattle’s first local Spanish-language newscast.
Win Blodgett ’86 and Holland Pump can engineer a solution.
Cindy Peyser Safronoff ’92 and her love of water may someday benefit us all.
From the Bike Shop to artisan beer, from potlucks to Geoducks, we’re celebrating Evergreen’s 40th with 40 things that make the South Sound great.
What do a concert violist and an actress have in common? A home on public radio.
Combining his news skills and “The Voice” made Joe Washington ’75 a broadcasting hit on WTBS and HGTV.
For millions of people with rheumatoid arthritis, Patricia Beckmann’s winding path to success has made a huge difference.
Brett Redfearn ’87 brings an Evergreen approach to Wall Street.
Former Geoduck Jackie Robinson ’02 shares love and lessons of basketball.
Alumni News & Notes
- Faculty Member Emerita Dr. Helena Meyer-Knapp: Supporting Imagination and Courage
- Greener to the Corps
Evergreen Earns Top Spot on 2012 Peace Corps College Rankings.
- A Labor of Love
The Natural History Collections at Evergreen are full of life and learning.