Reed College Orientation 2014


The tentative schedules we’ve provided here give you an idea of what to expect during New Reedie Orientation. Between now and when you arrive on campus, sessions may shift and new activities will be added, so refer to the paper schedule you will receive at Orientation check-in for the final details. For now, enjoy getting an idea of what’s to come.

In addition to the general Orientation schedule that’s for all New Reedies, we’ve also provided schedule information for those of you who will check in early for odyssey trips and information specific to transfer students, nontraditional students, and students living off campus.

Throughout the schedule section, items marked as (PO) indicate programs specifically targeted to parents; items marked (GO) indicate programs that are generally obligatory for students.

New Reedie Orientation

Click on schedule items marked with the symbol for more information on the activity.

Friday, August 30

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

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.”

10–11:30 a.m.
Introduction to Humanities 110 (GO)

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.

10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Used Book Sale

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.

noon–1 p.m.
OFCS Lemonade Stand

OFCS will be running their lemonade stand again. Stop by and beat the heat with a glass of lemonade and a delicious cookie!

12:15–1:15 p.m.
Queer Alliance Lunch

Vollum Lounge
Reed QA wants to meet YOU! Come allies come queers. QA for all and all for QA. Come discuss what queer community means and find a place to be yourself and support those of us still figuring it all out. Grab lunch in Commons after the Introduction to Hum 110 talk and take it on over to Vollum to find out more about being queer or a queer ally at Reed.

1:30–4:00 p.m.
Honor Skills: Beyond the Philosophy (GO)

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.

4–5 p.m.
Fermentation Workshop

If you’ve ever wondered how to turn cabbage into kimchi or plain ol’ tea into kombucha, this is the event for you! Kayam Fermentation Collective will be hosting a workshop on various types of fermentation and will be giving hands-on lessons. You can even take home what you make!

4–5:30 p.m.
How to Ask for Help

DoJo Conference Room
This talk will provide an open, safe environment for students seeking advice about self-advocacy, asking for help and tips and tricks for being a successful and healthy student at Reed. Student and staff presenters will also provide general advice about having a disability and demystifying accommodations at Reed. Presented by the Learning Disability Student Group.

4–6 p.m.
Haircut Station

Yes, you read that right. A few returning students will be giving free buzz cuts and mohawks to the brave of heart among you. Start off the school year in "style"!

4:30–6 p.m.
Healthy Eating at Reed

Commons Cafe
Come learn how to make the most of Reed’s food services with short talk by the Peer Health Advocates followed by a guided exploration of Commons’ more healthy options.

5–6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Dinner

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

5–8 p.m.
Big Ass Art Room

What kind of an Orientation would this be if there was no crafting going on? Why, no Orientation at all! Thankfully, the Big Ass Art Room will be open for three straight hours. Who knows – you might just want a crazy costume for Friday night…

6–8 p.m.
Quest Open House

GCC 033
The editors of The Quest, Reed’s student newspaper, invite you to the office (located in the GCC basement) to learn about the paper and have some snacks! They welcome new writers, so chat about getting involved. Or just explore the archives and the miscellaneous oddities that have piled up around the office. They’ve been around since 1913, after all!

9 p.m.–midnight
Game Night

Stop by the Student Center for a plethora of board games! There will be games, Nintendo Wii, popcorn, comfy couches, and tons of fun!

10 p.m.–2 a.m.
O-Week SU Bash

Head over to the SU for the first official Reed dance party of the year. Brought to you by Sound Kollektiv and Bass Camp.