Reed College Orientation 2014

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Summer office hours

Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–noon & 1–5 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.–noon

Orientation Staff

Sita Goetschius

Sita Goetschius ’15
Orientation Coordinator
Student Center
Hometown: Petaluma, California
I'm Sita, and I'm a rising senior political science major. I like cooking, drinking tea, and watching Bollywood movies. I'm originally from Petaluma, California, in the North Bay Area.

Maddie Reese

Maddie Reese ’15
Orientation Coordinator
Student Center
Hometown: Scappoose, Oregon
Hi, I'm Madeline! I am a French lit major from right here in Oregon. When I'm not reading old French texts or planning Orientation, I like to play basketball, make people laugh, and go on adventures around Portland with my friends and family. Welcome to Reed, we're so glad you're here!

Kristin Holmberg

Kristin Holmberg
Director, Student Activities
Student Center
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
I’ve worked at Reed for 14 years and love that I’m still continually surprised by Reed students. When I’m not at work, I spend my time playing with my 6 and 9 year old boys, cooking, reading, and walking for exercise. I LOVE the first day of Orientation and can’t wait to meet you all.

Ramiro Espinoza

Ramiro Espinoza
Assistant Director, Student Activities
Student Center
Hometown: Pacific NW
I’ve worked at Reed for two years. Before that, I was a professional lion-tamer, flamenco dancer, and llama shepherd. I’ve also served in the military and play the ukulele. Come meet me to find out which of these is true.

Parent Orientation Staff

Mela Kunitz

Mela Kunitz ’87
Associate Director, Alumni & Parent Relations
Hometown: Davis, California
In 1983, I came to Portland and have stayed ever since as I love the great neighborhoods, amazing food, and the small town/big city combination. I received a BA in political science from Reed and obtained my master's from Marylhurst University in organizational communications. During my free time I love running, baking, and exploring the new restaurants and food carts that are popping up all the time. My favorite thing about Reed is watching new students become Reedies.

International Student Odyssey

Dana Bays

Dana Lawson
Assistant Dean, International Student Services
Gray Campus Center 104
Hometown: Portland, OR
I serve as the primary staff contact for international students within the college's student services division. I enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures, music and concerts, going out to the movies, reading good books, volunteering, and hanging out with my family, friends, and my dog, Rosco. I am so excited to welcome the new group of international students to campus in August!

Outdoor Odysseys

Will Symms

Will Symms
Assistant Director, Physical Education and Athletics/Outdoor Programs
Sports Center
Hometown: Caldwell, Idaho
I love skiing with my eight year old son, playing dinosaurs with my five year old son, cooking great meals, and traveling outdoors. My favorite thing about Reed College is my job. I love to program outdoor activities for the students to explore the Pacific Northwest.

Peer Mentor Program Odyssey

Santi Alston

Santi Alston
Assistant Dean for Inclusive Community
Student Center
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
This is my fourth year at Reed. I love it. Love Portland. Love Reed. Love love. I work with students in the Peer Mentor Program, the Multicultural Resource Center, and all Reed students who are committed to inclusion and building community.
"Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try."
—Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back.

Dayspring Mattole

Dayspring Mattole
Coordinator for Inclusive Community Programs
Student Center
Hometown: Honeydew, California
I’ve been at Reed for three years now, and this community continues to inspire me. Reed students are one-of-a-kind, and I absolutely love the students I work with in the Peer Mentor Program, the Multicultural Resource Center, and across campus. Orientation is my favorite time of the year—the energy and excitement of welcoming new students and families, and working together to build a vibrant and inclusive community. When I’m not on campus, you’ll find me exploring Portland with family. Welcome!

SEEDS Odyssey

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Meredith Dickinson
Coordinator, SEEDS (Community Service)
Gray Campus Center 104
Hometown: Henderson, Kentucky
This is my second year as the SEEDS (Community Service) office coordinator. I'm excited to meet incoming students and support their transition to Reed by connecting them to direct service and other community engagement opportunities. I also enjoy riding my bike, playing guitar, connecting with family, volunteering in the Portland community, and — queue the Portlandia theme song — living at an ecovillage where we engage in "experiments in sustainability and community." 

College Offices and Staff

Student Services

Dean’s Office
Administrative and academic issues or college policies and procedures; leaves of absence; medical leaves of absence; emergency absence; student, parent, and faculty concerns regarding students
Mike Brody, VP and Dean of Student Services
, 503/777-7521
Lily Copenagle, Associate Dean of Student Services, 503/517-7916

Bruce Smith, Associate Dean of Student Services for Student & Campus Life,

Academic Support
Tutoring, study skills coaching, workshops
Julie Maxfield, Assistant Dean of Students for Academic Support, 503/517-7722

Disabilities Support Services
Accommodation for students with learning and physical disabilities
Theresa Lowrie, Director, 503/517-7921

Center for Life Beyond Reed
Career and internship advice for students and alumni
Ron Albertson, Director

Community Safety and Campus Switchboard
Emergency response, door unlocks, general campus assistance
Gary Granger, Director, 503/777-7379
 (24/7 emergency communication)
 (switchboard and information)

Health & Counseling Center
Kate Smith, Director

Health needs: 503/777-7281

Counseling needs: 503/517-7349

International Student Services
Immigration, International Orientation, host families, international student resources
Dana Lawson, Assistant Dean, 

Office for Inclusive Community
Santi Alston, Assistant Dean for Inclusive Community, 503/517-7712
Dayspring Mattole, Coordinator for Inclusive Community Programs, 503/777-7518

Residence Life
Amy Schuckman, Assistant Dean of Residence Life, 503/517-7834

SEEDS (Students for Education, Empowerment and Direct Service)
Community service, alternative break programs, off-campus Federal Work Study internships
Meredith Dickinson, SEEDS Coordinator,

Sexual Assault Prevention & Response
Rowan Frost, Assistant Dean for Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, 503/517-7966 

Sports Center
Michael Lombardo, Director,

Student Activities
Orientation, student organizations, Gray Fund, leadership programs, Reed Arts Week
Kristin Holmberg, Director, 

Academic Resources

Computer User Services
Tony Palomino, Director, 
For computer help call 503/777-7525 or send an email

Dean of the Faculty
Nigel Nicholson, 503/777-7258

Credit transfers, transcripts, course registration
Nora McLaughlin, Registrar,

International & Off-Campus Programs
Off-campus study
Paul DeYoung, Director, 

Money Matters

Business Office
Student accounts, student employment
Tracy Frantel, Controller,

Cashier Window
Check cashing, transit passes, student account payment
Katherine Gierek, Cashier, 503/517-7443

Financial Aid
Leslie Limper, Director,
 503/777-7223 or 800/547-4750

General College Information

Keith Todd, Dean,
 503/777-7511 or 800/547-4750

Alumni & parent relations
Michael Teskey, Director, 503/777-7589

Orientation preorders, textbooks, Reed clothing and gifts, bookstore accounts
Ueli Stadler, Manager, 

College Relations
Hugh Porter, Vice President,

Jan Kurtz, Director, Development, 503/777-7578
Mandy Heaton, Executive Director, Communication and Public Affairs, 503/777-7289

Commencement Planning
Beth Martin, Director, Conference & Events Planning,

Facilities Services
Maintenance, building services, grounds and canyon
Townsend Angell, Director,

Mail Services
Jon Edgington, Manager, 

President’s Office
John Kroger, President,

Printing Services
Photocopying (color and black & white), scanning, booklet-making, faxes
Craig Lauder, Lead Duplicating Assistant, 503/788-6621

Assistance with on-campus phones
Jenna Gretsch, System Administrator,

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