Campus News

Art of Living Sets Record

The Evergreen State College Foundation’s 2015 Art of Living, held February 28 at Tacoma’s Hotel Murano, raised more than $100,000 for the Evergreen Annual Fund and the Tacoma Annual Fund—a record for the event. More than 200 alumni, supporters, and friends showed up for the elegant night of fine art, food, and bidding.

Many talented artists—including many alumni—donated paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and mixed-media pieces to help raise money for the college. Alumni and friends also donated tempting experiences, ranging from wine tastings and gourmet dining to lodging at exotic vacation destinations. Olympia and Tacoma bakeries donated delicious cakes for the dessert dash auction.

In a moving speech, student Kinzley Phillips shared the inspiring story of her transition from homelessness to attending Evergreen because of the scholarship she received. She encouraged attendees to give big, and give big they did.

Infrastructure Report is a Road Map to an Affordable, Sustainable Future

If utility managers, transportation planners, scientists, and politicians can agree on one thing, it is that American infrastructure is aging. But Evergreen’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI), in a groundbreaking report released in November, showed a number of efficient, affordable ways that business and industry, utilities, planners, politicians, think tanks, and nonprofits might come together to resolve looming issues. The report’s interviews and insights, gathered by CSI director Rhys Roth ’87, MES ’90 from 70 Northwest infrastructure innovators, has received wide circulation and praise.

Oscar-Winning Alumna Visits Campus

Audrey Marrs

Audrey Marrs.

Documentary filmmaker Audrey Marrs ’99 visited campus in January for a public presentation and to engage with students and faculty as part of the Willi Unsoeld Seminar Series. Marrs won an Oscar for the film “Inside Job,” a 2010 exposé of the 2008 global financial meltdown, which she produced in partnership with Charles Ferguson. Her first film, the Oscar-nominated “No End in Sight,” also produced with Ferguson, honed in on the Iraq war and decision making by the Bush administration. She is currently working on a film about climate change.