Submitted by The Evergreen State College
Washington Monthly magazine has ranked The Evergreen State College #14 among nearly 700 master’s universities in the country.
Posing a question unique among publications that produce college rankings, Washington Monthly asks, “What are colleges doing for the country?” The answer for Evergreen is quite a lot.
In its explanation of its latest rankings, Washington Monthly noted, “We all benefit when colleges produce groundbreaking research that drives economic growth, when they put students from lower-income families on the path to a better life, and when they shape the character of future leaders.” With that in mind,Washington Monthly ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
Evergreen received several prestigious accolades this year: the college ranked #4 among public regional universities in the West in US News & World Report. The magazine’s definition of the West reaches to Texas. US News ranked Evergreen #1 in the same category for best undergraduate teaching as well as #11 best for veterans. Evergreen was also listed in the publication as top 15 nationally for best first-year student experiences and top 12 best for “learning communities – engaging students in learning, including outside the classroom.”
The Fiske Guide to Colleges praised Evergreen, notably, as the only public institution on the West Coast to be a “Best Buy” college. Evergreen has made that list every year since 2010.
The Princeton Review ranked Evergreen as one of the Best 379 Colleges in America and Militaryfriendly.com lauds Evergreen as a friendly college for veterans and active duty military personnel.
“Because no single ranking can paint the entire picture of an institution,” explained Evergreen spokesperson Todd Sprague, “it’s helpful to have a variety of measures to assess the value delivered to students and society. Washington Monthly’s focus on social mobility, research and service provides a lens that’s different from most other rankings and a perspective that’s especially valuable for a public institution like Evergreen.”
The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences college known for its distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum, high level of student-faculty engagement and strong emphasis on putting learning into action. www.evergreen.edu
Submitted by Saint Martin’s University
The Saint Martin’s University Chorale will perform two free public programs of sacred music Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19. The annual performances, which celebrate All Saints Day and the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, the University’s patron saint, will take place at Saint Martin’s Abbey Church, 5000 Abbey Way SE. The Saturday performance begins at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday performance starts at 2:30 p.m. Doors open 15 minutes earlier. No reservations are necessary.
A portion of the concert will explore the sacred music of opera composers, notably, some of the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini. Rossini and Bellini are composers of the “Bel Canto” era, says Darrell Born, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and the Saint Martin’s University chorale director.
“Bel Canto literally means “beautiful singing,” Born says. “All three of these composers were melodists who composed some of the most famous and most beautiful operatic arias still famed today. I am interested in not only introducing our choral students to this great era of music, I am interested in encouraging beautiful singing by singing repertoire whose primary focus and tradition is beauty of sound.”
“I wanted to explore how these great composers, known for their secular music, approached the sacred,” adds Born. Highlights of the concert include Mozart’s “Tantum Ergo in B Flat,” Bellini’s “Salve, Regina” and Rossini’s “O Salutaris Hostia”.
The 75-member chorale will also perform Shape Note singing, which Born explains, is “a method of singing which comes from the American Singing School intended to promote congregational singing and musical literacy in the church and the community.”
“There is a distinct, open, harmonic and melodic sound that comes from this tradition,” he says. “We have several pieces that follow the tradition of the Sacred Harp and these pieces have haunting melodies which promote beautiful singing.”
In a change of pace, the chorale’s performance will include a variety of what Born describes as “fun, rockin’, pop gospel songs.”
Other performances include the Guitar Ensemble, which will present a variety of pieces under the direction of Phil Lawson, a classical and jazz guitarist and an adjunct professor at Saint Martin’s. The concert accompanist is Renata Fell.
Saint Martin of Tours, the University’s patron saint, lived during the early fourth century. A Roman soldier, he converted to Christianity and left military service. He became a monk and, eventually, bishop of Tours, France. Saint Martin is known for his service to the poor and for establishing Christian monasticism in western Europe.
The Order of Saint Benedict, which established Saint Martin’s, was founded by Saint Benedict of Nursia, Italy, in the early 500s. The Order is governed by “The Rule of Saint Benedict,” a document that commends maintaining a balance of prayer, work and study. The Rule also stresses the Christian and monastic virtues of community, hospitality and stability.
The Sacred Music Concert is sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts in collaboration with the University’s Benedictine Institute.
Submitted by Leadership Thurston County
Leadership Thurston County (LTC) and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation are proud to announce the 2015 Distinguished Leader Award honorees. Eileen McKenzie Sullivan, Executive Director, Senior Services for South Sound; Dr. Roy Heynderickx, President, Saint Martin’s University; and Brian Fluetsch, Owner, Sunset Air, will be recognized at the awards event to be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
Presented by Twin Star Credit Union, the 14th annual leadership celebration will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, Olympia. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.
The event honors outstanding leaders who demonstrate initiative, inspire others and make a significant impact in our community and beyond. Honorees will be recognized through live and multi-media presentations.
This year’s honorees lead by example and are committed to developing a thriving community.
Eileen McKenzie Sullivan has been Executive Director of Senior Services for South Sound, a multi-program agency serving older adults in Mason and Thurston Counties, for 17 years, and has directed the STARS Adult Day Program since 1982. Ms. McKenzie Sullivan has enjoyed a long and successful career in geriatrics, having worked in Alaska, Iowa, Seattle, and finally Olympia. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Tenino Young-at-Heart Theater, the Senior Action Network, and the Washington State Senior Games.
Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., became the tenth president of Saint Martin’s University in 2009. He has worked in Catholic higher education for more than 28 years, 15 of which have been at the senior management level. Dr. Heynderickx serves on the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and has been an evaluator for that Commission focusing on smaller institutions, which has provided a unique understanding of St. Martin’s. He is deeply involved in higher education at local, state, and national levels and continues to make significant contributions to the local business and education community.
Sunset Air, a family-owned and operated business established in 1976, and Owner/CEO Brian Fluetsch are recognized for their continued innovation and success of the business operation, as well as their understanding that the employees of the organization are what built the success that has allowed Sunset Air to contribute to the community’s success through an array of impactful engagements.
Leadership Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation and has been developing informed, skilled and committed community leaders since 1994. For information, please click here.
Submitted by The City of Olympia
The City of Olympia has contracted with Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to replace streetlights throughout the City with new LED lights. These lights are owned by PSE and are typically located on wooden utility poles. This work will complete the project the City started in 2013 when we converted 3,200 City-owned streetlights to LED.
The LED Streetlight Conversion Project will begin on Monday, October 6. PSE’s Contractor, Potelco, will work Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Crews will begin working in the northeast part of the City, move downtown, and then move onto other areas of town. The City will post updates on our web page as crews move from one area to the next. The entire project is expected to be completed early next year.
This joint venture between the City of Olympia and PSE will save the City approximately $60,000 per year in combined energy and maintenance savings and reduce greenhouse gasses.
To learn more, visit our Streetlight Conversion web page or contact Rick Knostman at 360.753.8438.
Saturday was a fine day in Mason County, Washington. While the Shellfish Festival was the big draw, my husband and I set off for a hike along Big Creek in Olympic National Forest. The 4.5 mile loop trail follows and crosses gushing and trickling Big Creek, Branch Creek, Skinwood Creek, and No Name Creek and offers many log benches and spots for enjoying the first few falling leaves and the still-warm sun.
En route to El Puerto de Angeles IV, a waterfront Mexican restaurant in Hoodsport, we saw a sign for The Hardware Distillery Co. and decided to venture in. I'm not a big fan of distilled spirits, but I cannot resist and old fashioned hardware store. Well, this artisanal distillery is in a former hardware store building (so just a few relic tools on display) and offers free tastings. And now I have a new vice. The "forty five and rainy" season is coming and I figured a few sips of locally distilled gin and aquavit wouldn't hurt. The Hardware Distillery makes several unique and flavorful spirits, including something they call "Bees Knees" because it doesn't fit the vodka or gin category. Many are flavored with Washington State honey and local fruits.
I also cannot resist a good sunset. This one required several roadside pull-offs to get the right view and eventually found us at Sanderson Field, the airport in Shelton, where we had a big sky view of a pretty normal sunset...but a great cloud set.
For details on the Big Creek hike, click here. NOTE: The campground and parking is closed for renovation/expansion, but you can park along the road. The entire loop is now hikable, thanks to the work of the Rose Trail Crew for repairing the bridges!
For details on The Hardware Distillery, click here.
Hover and click to advance photos in this gallery from Mason County, WA.
For the past 28 years, Deidi von Schaewen has traveled in India, immersing herself in its people and culture, and exploring themes through her photography and video. For her series on the Sacred Trees, she traveled the length and breadth of India. The exhibition in Evergreen Gallery is an opportunity to view these lush, complex images in large-scale, to be surrounded by their energy and power.Born in Berlin, von Schaewen studied painting at the Berlin Academy of Arts before deciding to concentrate on photography and film. Currently she is based in Paris. She has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, India, North Africa, and the US. Twenty books of her photographs have been published, with one about Sacred Trees of India due out next year. A continuing obsession of hers is to capture on film the ephemeral, aspects of our urban and rural civilizations that are temporary, fleeting, or vanishing with time. For the Sacred Trees of India, it is more a revelation of devotion and accumulation over time, the ability of trees to survive, rejuvenate, transform – in India, trees are not only sacred to the gods, they can actually BE gods.
Evergreen Gallery is extremely pleased to announce the fall exhibition, Sacred Trees of India: Photographs by Deidi von Schaewen. The exhibition in Evergreen Gallery is an opportunity to view these lush, complex images in large-scale, to be surrounded by their energy and power.
Von Schaewen was director of photography for a feature film by Robert Cordier in 1972 – a time when it was unusual for a woman to be in that position. She continued as director of photography on other films, and in 1978 she began writing and directing her own films. One of her films, Sravanabelgola, will be showing in Evergreen Gallery as part of the exhibition.
Opening Wed. Oct. 8, 5-7pm
Exhibition continues through Dec. 3
By Kate Scriven
Northwest Harley-Davidson is an anchor in our community. Their flagship store in Lacey is celebrating nearly 12 years, marking the beginning of tremendous growth in the Hawks Prairie area. And a large part of that community commitment is their close ties and continued support of the South Sound’s military community.
“The community knows we are involved with the military,” shares Tina Torfin, Marketing Manager at Northwest Harley-Davidson, “but I don’t think they understand at what levels we are involved, above and beyond selling motorcycles to Joint Base Lews-McChord.”
In fact, their involvement runs deep. Northwest Harley-Davidson is a longtime member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Torfin serves as the president of the local AUSA Lacey sub-chapter. In addition, they are members of Pierce Military Business Alliance (PMBA) with Torfin serving as Secretary on the board as well as members of the Air Force Association (AFA) where she also sits on the board.
Torfin is on base often conducting motorcycle safety courses and other classes for soldiers and their families. “We love our military customers and want to ensure that when they ride their Harley, they are doing it in the safest way possible,” she shares.
Another means of showing their support is through NW Harley-Davidson’s Military Purchase Program. With exceptional financing rates and often no money down on qualifying bikes to active US Military, Reservists and Guardsmen, the barrier to owning the motorcycle of their dreams can be removed.
Staying connected not only with military customers, but the organizations supporting the troops allows NW Harley to keep close ties to the community and step in with support when times get tough.
NW Harley is heavily involved in Operation Turkey Drop and Ham Grenade. Although it’s hard to say without a bit of a chuckle, both of these
events are important to soldiers and their families as well as to the NW Harley-Davidson family. What are Operation Turkey Drop and Ham Grenade? Through AUSA, NW Harley-Davidson purchases turkeys and hams for families of enlisted soldiers on JBLM, both Army and Airforce.
“It’s a really great cause,” explains Torfin. “Every November we host a Freedom Ride and every penny of the proceeds go directly to Operation Turkey Drop and Ham Grenade.” They also host smaller events and fundraising activities throughout the year that donate to the purchase of the Thanksgiving turkeys and holiday hams.
“I have the unique opportunity to go on base and deliver the turkeys in November and hams in December,” Torfin says. “Last year, two of the receiving soldiers were actually at headquarters, which doesn’t always happen. One of the young soldiers, in his 20’s, said, ‘You have no idea what this means to our family.’ The other soldier shared, ‘My wife and I have a four-year-old and we just had a new baby and this is going to help us tremendously this holiday season.’
The connections created between NW Harley and the soldiers and airmen on the base are solid and long-standing, something that is important to the stores owners and employees alike.
Last May, NW Harley along with the Lancer Soldier and Family Fund hosted a huge event for the Second Stryker Brigade (Lancers). “The Second Stryker Brigade is the only brigade on JBLM that doesn’t have a memorial built in their honor. There is a park on JBLM with memorials for each brigade to honor their fallen soldiers. The Second Stryker doesn’t have one,” explains Torfin.
The Lancer Soldier and Family Fund were looking to raise $40,000 to build a memorial for the brigade and approached NW Harley-Davidson for help. “We jumped at the chance to be involved,” recalls Torfin. “We had between 3,500 and 4,000 soldiers here on May 16, 2014. The Lacey Police pitched in to help with traffic and we raised over $39,000 dollars for their fund that day.”
The Second Stryker Brigade Commander, Colonel Louis A. Zeisman, attended the event and the entire community rallied around this honorable cause.
The event was the largest ever undertaken by the Lacey store in its 12 year history. “It was amazingly successful and we are hoping to make it an annual event to support the troops,” says Torfin. The Second Stryker Brigade is planning to break ground on their memorial this November. Gold Star Families (families who have lost someone during deployment) will be flown in for the dedication and NW Harley-Davidson hopes to host another event to help with the costs of transportation.
Connection to community is part of the backbone of Northwest Harley-Davidson. Supporting the special men and women who bravely put their lives on the line for our freedom is an integral part of that connection that will never fade.
8000 Freedom Lane NE in Lacey
Most people, if asked to name the country that leads the world in the generation of solar power would, quite reasonably, think about countries that get the most days of sunshine per year – Spain, Argentina or Australia.
The answer, though, is none of the above.
According to Energy Informative, a website devoted to sharing information about alternative energy, Germany, with its mild, cloudy winters and warm maritime summers has the highest installed capacity of solar PV Power. An article on the site goes on to explain, “Germany is not a country with incredible amounts of solar energy – what they do have is an excellent subsidizing framework, which ensures that solar power can compete on the market.”
Mild, cloudy winters and a maritime climate sounds a lot like Washington. In fact, Washington and Germany have very similar climates. And, like Germany, the incentives, or subsidizing framework, available for solar power at the county, state and federal level are better than ever. And not only that, but solar technology has improved rapidly.
“Now is the perfect time for homeowners to invest in solar power,” said Julie Murray, Media Relations manager at Smart Energy Today, Inc., an Olympia-based company that is growing so fast that it recently made the Inc. 500 list. Smart Energy Today is only the sixth company in Olympia to make the list. It is the fourth-fastest growing private company in Washington and the 14th fastest growing energy services company in the nation.
“Between federal, state and local rebates, it is the ideal time for homeowners to make the investment in solar energy,” Murray said.
Financial Incentives for Going Solar in Washington
Right now, there are five financial incentives that Thurston County residents can take advantage of.
Innovations in Technology Make Solar Viable Green Energy Option
“The efficiency at which solar panels can actually collect energy today is incredible,” noted Murray.
“You can get started with as little as a 1 to 2 kilowatt system. Most companies cannot offer those smaller packages. Therefore, for about $5,000 – $6,000 people can get started on solar,” said Murray.
According to Murray, Smart Energy Today specializes in assisting home owners and business owners become more energy efficient with the ultimate goals of helping them to save money on their utility bills, decrease consumption, and increasing the comfort of their home.
The company is committed to offering high-quality, durable products that provide long-lasting and maintenance free performance, and they believe so strongly in their products that they stand behind them with warranties and product guarantees.
Smart Energy Today, Inc. uses Washington-made solar panels. Their photovoltaic PV Solar System is unique in that it uses 85% fewer parts than traditional panels, produces 5-25% more energy, and can be added on to over time.
“Our product is incredible because it is easy to add on to the panels, allowing homeowners to start out with a lower cost then add on to later,” said Murray. This is an exciting time for solar power. Cut your energy bill in half, and lower your environmental footprint and an investment in solar today will increase the value of your home.”
For more information, contact Smart Enegery Today at 888-405-8689 or visit their website at www.smartenergytoday.net.
By Kathryn Millhorn
Obstacles are something to be overcome and rarely is doing so much fun. That all changes at the upcoming 2014 Rampage at the RAC. On Saturday, October 11, Lacey’s Regional Athletic Complex will be transformed into a mammoth 5k course to be tackled directly—and muddily—by one and all.
Lacey Parks and Recreation Supervisor Jeannette Sieler says that “it is so much fun to watch the folks go careening down the giant slip and slide squealing like little kids or crawling through the ‘toxic trench’ which is full of green jello-like goo, or getting covered with mud in the giant mud pit, all the while laughing with their friends and having so much fun. I think the beauty of this event is that it allows people to be crazy, silly, and get really dirty just for the fun of it!”
Sieler’s team will transform the park “to provide fun and exciting obstacles without doing any damage to the beautiful facility, the ballfields and soccer fields or causing undo risk.” This is the fourth year for the Rampage and “it is modeled after the popular events going on around the country that involve adding obstacles and mud into a 5k run/walk.”
“Because the Rampage takes place in a developed park, and being offered by the city, ours is more tame, with the obstacles being more fun than difficult,” adds Sieler.
“Our theme ‘For people who know how to have fun!’ kind of sums up the event.”
Some of this year’s obstacles include the giant mud pit, sand hills, fallen trees, monkey bars, cargo nets for climbing, and balance beams. Says Sieler, “some folks have used this as a wellness goal, to train for the event prior and then to finish successfully. You can run or walk the course so it can be done by all types of people. The event is not timed, but there are clocks at the finish line so you can see how fast you finished, but there are no prizes for fastest time, it’s all about having fun and finishing. Each person receives a medal as they cross the finish line.”
Local businesses and organizations sponsor the event, as well as provide supplies, obstacles, and in-person, on-site assistance. From the beginning these have included the City of Lacey, the Lacey Fire Department, Ostrom’s, Tire Dogs, HD Fowler, Nisqually Auto Wrecking and Towing, and South Sound Physical and Hand Therapy.
This is the first year registration will continue until the day of the event. There will be approximately 500 athletes competing in waves running every 30 minutes between 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Teams are made up of local businesses, families and friends of all ages, and club groups; arriving in costume is definitely encouraged.
One local team hails from Lacey’s Rock Fitness. Master Trainer David London says his group will consist of their seven employees plus many dedicated gym members. London and his staff make a point to be active in our region by participating in at least one fitness-related community event each month. He is proud to be a local business leader “who can step up and contribute, encourage the youth, and be physically involved.” Also a Lacey Parks and Recreation Little League baseball coach, he’s sure to run into former team members at the Rampage.
The event is $35 a person and you can find answers to frequently asked questions or videos of previous Rampages online. Inquiries should be directed to Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360-491-0857.
When was the last time getting dirty was such fun? Go enjoy our beautiful autumn weather with family, friends, and total strangers. For once you’ll even enjoy a rainy, muddy Saturday outdoors.
Submitted by the Port of Olympia
When the Port of Olympia installed 48 solar panels on the Marine Terminal warehouse roof in 2011, the goal was to generate enough energy to maximize the $5,000 rebate offered by Puget Sound Energy for solar energy harvesting. For the third full year in a row, the panels have met that goal.
The solar panels generate all the energy required by the warehouse, with a little more to help offset the energy consumption of the Port’s office buildings. As energy prices rise in the future, the system will only become more cost effective.
The warehouse utilizes solar panels made in Washington State and installed by Solar Epiphany of Seattle.