Reed College Orientation 2014

The schedule provided here gives you an idea of what to expect during New Reedie Orientation. Between now and when you arrive on campus, sessions may shift and new events will be added so keep checking back for new details.

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Events marked as (PO) indicate programs specifically designed for parents. Events marked (GO) indicate programs that are generally obligatory for all new students. Please attend all GO events so you won't miss important information about academics and life at Reed.

Friday, August 29, 2014

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Thriving in (and beyond) the Classroom: A Beginner's Guide (GO)

Vollum Lecture Hall

Good-bye high school, so long parents, hello, Reed! You came to Reed because you love to think and learn, but now that you are finally here, you probably are wondering how all of this works in practice. What should you expect in your first few weeks of classes? How are you to connect with the faculty? How can you best use all of the unstructured time you now have? What pitfalls should you avoid? What high school habits should you now ditch? How can you make the most of the intellectual opportunities offered at Reed? A panel of faculty will share some survival tips to help you thrive academically at Reed, both in and out of the classroom, along with their perspectives on what it means "to live the life of the mind."

10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Used Book Sale

SU Porch

Run by Bill Nelson ’62, the used book sale takes place once a month throughout the school year. Come look through Bill’s amazing selection of books ranging from classics to textbooks to the unique and enjoy his stories of Olde Reed.

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Introduction to Humanities 110 (GO)

Vollum Lecture Hall

This session is essential for all students taking Hum 110. A panel of Hum faculty members will address questions and concerns about conference dynamics; managing the readings, papers, exams; and all other things Hum 110. Come learn all you need to know about this cornerstone of the Reed curriculum.

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
OFCS Lemonade Stand


Cool off with cookies & lemonade with Reed’s Christian group, Oh For Christ’s Sake (OFCS).  A place to talk openly about your spiritual experience and Jesus.

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
GROUP A: Honor Skills: Beyond the Philosophy (GO)

Kaul Auditorium

The Honor Principle requires us to talk to each other to resolve conflicts. We all know that this is easier said than done. Come to this interactive session to gain skills that you can use to interact honorably at Reed.

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
GROUP B: Gender Specific Breakout Sessions: Sex and Relationships at Reed (GO)

Vollum Lounge

Sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking represent serious risks to members of the Reed community. How we think and talk about sexuality and gender roles affects our ability to recognize healthy and unhealthy behaviors in others and ourselves. In this session, Reed Student Advocates, Peer Educators, and others will lead incoming students in discussion of gendered violence at Reed, how Reed defines consent, and ways to combat the perpetration of violence on campus. We are using the model of peer-run sessions that are split up by gender. This is consistent with current research and national best practices. We would love your feedback. Please share comments, questions, and concerns with Bruce Smith ( or Rowen Frost (

Male-identified students: Vollum Lounge

Female-identified students: Gray Campus Center B-D

Nonbinary students: Eliot 314

3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
GROUP B: Honor Skills: Beyond the Philosophy (GO)

Kaul Auditorium

See description above.

3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Dinner

Vollum Lounge

Join us for a traditional Shabbat dinner. Enjoy free kosher home cooking and meet some members of the campus Jewish community.

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Hoot Hoot BBQ


Meet your very own friendly neighborhood Night Owls and HAs at a BBQ to fuel yourself before Friday night's festivities!  Join us on the Quad for tons of tasty free food. See you then!

8:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
10:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
No Boys Allowed: Women’s Pool Tournament

Pool Hall

Not feeling the dance party or the other events going on tonight?  Head to the pool hall for a No Boys Allowed pool tournament; of course, you decide how you identify -- no bouncers allowed either.  The pool hall is a space for all students, so this event is also meant to encourage people of all genders to enjoy the fun the place has to offer!

10:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.
Orientation SU Bash

Student Union

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