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.

You can also subscribe to our GCal schedule for both students and parent. Please click the buttons on the navigation bar to your left to get these calendars. These, too, will be changing as we add new events over the summer.

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.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sunday Service presented by Oh For Christ's Sake!

Eliot Hall Chapel

Reed's Christian student group, Oh For Christ's Sake! will be hosting a Sunday morning service in the chapel. Come hear testimonies from different students about their experiences with God at Reed. There will be snacks afterwards.

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Transfer & Nontraditional Student Brunch


Join other transfer and non-traditional students for brunch at a local restaurant. 

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Explore the Neighborhood!: Walking Trips

Sign up at Orientation Central

Milwaukie Ave 2.5mi Round Trip: Meet in front of Anna Mann

Woodstock Blvd. 1.5mi Round Trip: Meet in front of the Hauser Library

Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. 2.2mi Round Trip: Meet in front of Bragdon

11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Rugby BBQ and Pick-up Games

Front Lawn

Come barbeque with Reed’s men’s and women’s rugby teams! Meet the players, eat some delicious food, and find out how to join rugby so you too can be a rugger. No experience necessary.

12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Go Climb a Tree!

London Plane Tree between the Student Union and Eliot Hall

Join the Athletics, Fitness and Outdoor Programs and Community Safety department in welcoming Tim Kovar from Tree Climbing Planet and learn the art of scaling a 50' tree. Tim, Gary Granger and a select crew of returning Outdoor Program students will lead you in a epic climb up our local London Plane Tree outside of Kaul Auditorium. We hope to even offer you a session in one of the tree boats to relax and take in the views. We will have 8 climbing stations for you to have a chance to climb the tree in style.  Additionally, we will have some great information on Physical Education courses, Outdoor trips offered by Reed Outing Club and much stop on by and climb a tree.

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Yoga with the Peer Health Advocates

Sports Center Dance Studio

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Signator's Training

Vollum Lounge

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Frisbee Pick-up Game

Front Lawn

Come meet the men's and women's teams and have some fun!

2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Field Day

GCC Quad

Not all Reedies are athletic, but that usually doesn’t stop the rest of us from playing along! On the last day of Orientation, grab some new friends (and maybe some sunscreen) and head to the Quad for some light competition. Besides all the pick-up games going on, there will be plenty of other games—and prizes!

3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt

Meet at the Student Center

Now that you’ve been here for a couple of days, it’s time to see how well you know campus! Test your knowledge, make some new friends, and compete for a fabulous prize! Creative team names (ideally Gilgamesh or Iliad-themed) will get your team lots of Reed karma.

3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Shakespeare in the Parks: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Great Lawn in front of Eliot Hall

Portland Actors Ensemble presents the perfect play for viewing on the lawn, directed by Douglas Lay for the ensemble's 45th annual performance. One of Shakespeare's most popular works, this delightful situation comedy makes sport of love, marriage, and acting, supported by a memorable cast of fairies. There are two additional performances, August 31 and September 1, so don't miss out!

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Reed FC Pick-Up Soccer

Great Lawn

Come play a casual soccer game on the front lawn and learn about Reed men's and women's soccer. Play for as little or as long as you like or just come to chat!

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Trans and Gender Nonconforming Tea Adventure

Tea Chai Te, Meet in Eliot Circle

Are you trans? Are you gender nonbinary? Do you think you might be something-other-than-cis? Head off campus for some free treats from a local teahouse, and meet other people who share your non-cis experience. This adventure is led by Reed's Trans and Gender Nonconforming support group.

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Residence Hall Community Dinners

Various locations

Talk to your HA to find out what time you will be having dinner.

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Dessert with President Kroger

Rhododendron Garden

Come chat with President Kroger while enjoying some tasty desserts. Feel free to dress up if you so desire! Your HA will bring you after your floor meeting and dinner.  Off campus students will be assigned to an HA group for dinner and can arrive together as well.

8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Honor Council Bonfire


To burn the marshmallow or to roast it slowly until golden brown? That is the question! Come share s’mores, stories, roasting advice, and Honor on the last night of Orientation. Sponsored by the Honor Council.

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