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.

Wednesday, August 28

8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Parent Lounge
Gray lounge in Kaul Auditorium

Parents and families: please check in here if you haven’t already and help yourselves to coffee, refreshments, and free internet access. You’re welcome to hang out, meet other parents, and chat with staff members.

8:30–11:30 a.m.
Transfer Student Consultations (Registrar’s Office)

Transfer students, drop by and talk with Ben Bradley about how your credit will transfer and what you need to think about as you register for classes. Bring your transcripts.

9–10 a.m.
Breakfast and Advising with Faculty in the Residence Halls (GO)

This is for students only. Parents, please let your student attend this session alone. Small groups of faculty members will be available in the residence hall common rooms to answer your questions about being a new student at Reed. Coffee and pastries will be provided. You don't need to live on campus to attend.

9–10:30 a.m.
Helping Your Reedie (PO)

Parents, don’t miss this one! This session is critical to helping parents of new Reedies understand the relationship between Reed, new students, and parents. A multitude of resources are available to both students and parents as they navigate life at Reed. A panel of administrators will briefly discuss their roles in student life, provide an introduction to student services departments, and answer any questions that you might have.

10–11:30 a.m.
Tours (campus, canyon, reactor)

Check out some of the campus locales that make Reed one of-a-kind.

10:30–11:15 a.m.
Working at Reed

Come learn about different employment opportunities at the college and what you have to do to make sure you get paid once you find a job. This session includes information about on-campus employment (including work-study), the community service off-campus work-study program, and an overview of the resources available through career services to help you in your employment search. Join Janie Hinkle-Clayton, payroll specialist in Reed’s business office; Ron Albertson from career services; and Meredith Dickinson from SEEDS.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Convocation (PO, GO)

Convocation is the official welcome for all incoming students, new faculty, and parents. This ceremony marks the beginning of a student’s time at the college and as a member of the Reed community. Convocation includes a procession of the faculty in full academic regalia; introductory remarks from the dean of admission, the student Orientation Coordinators, and the student body president; the presentation of the Howard Vollum Award; and the annual Humanities lecture.

12:30–12:45 p.m.
Class Photo/O.R.G.Y. Photo

Stick around after convocation for the class photo–the only time between now and graduation you will gather together with your entire class! HAs will be on hand to organize your group for the photo. If it happens to be raining that day, please stay inside the tent and await instructions from staff members. Afterwards, the Offspring of Reed Graduates of Yesteryear and their alumni family members will gather for a photo.

12:30–2:30 p.m.
Picnic and Student Services Info Tables in Quad

Take a break after Convocation and enjoy a picnic in the quad with students, faculty and staff. After you eat, visit the tables staffed by student services offices to find out more about the services and programs we offer.

1–2:30 p.m.
Tours (campus, canyon, reactor)

Check out some of the campus locales that make Reed one of-a-kind.

1–4 p.m.
Community Wellness Program Open House

Come visit the Peer Health Advocates and Night Owls in Community Wellness’s new office! The Community Wellness Program works to attend to student wellness as a balance between mind, body, and spirit. The PHAs serve as peer role models and support liaisons for Community Wellness, helping to design, implement, and evaluate community-based health and wellness initiatives throughout the year. Night Owls work to help maintain student safety during weekends and campus events. Stop by for refreshments, and talk with our staff about the campus resources available to students and the hot-ticket wellness issues they hope to address this year.

1:30–2:15 p.m.
Bookstore Tours

Meet Bookstore Manager Ulei Stadler, who will show you around, answer your questions, and make sure you know exactly how to buy all the textbooks and school supplies (and snacks) you’ll need. Tours at 1:30 and 2.

2–5 p.m.
Health & Counseling Center Open House

Do you have questions about health and counseling at Reed? This is good chance to explore the Health & Counseling Center. It’s right near 28 West, so head in that direction for the opportunity to check out the mind spa or meet some HCC staff and learn about Reed’s different health resources. A representative from Aetna will be on hand to answer insurance-related questions.

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Academic Planning and Registration Preparation (GO)

We strongly recommend you attend this session in preparation for your meeting with your adviser. Learn the basics of the Reed curriculum (including information about AP, IB, and transfer credit), strategies for getting classes you want, how registration works, why PE really matters, and other things you may want to know sooner rather than later.

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Humanities 110 for Parents Conferences (PO)

Can’t wait to discuss the readings? Head to your assigned conference room for an epic discussion with other parents and a Reed faculty member. Don’t be nervous: this is your chance to experience an integral part of Reed’s educational philosophy: a conference-style class. If you preregistered for this event, you will receive your conference assignment and location when you check in at the parent lounge. If you haven’t preregistered, check with the parent lounge staff regarding availability.

3:30–5 p.m.
Departmental Information Sessions

Come by to learn more about Reed’s various departments and majors. Faculty will be available to answer questions. If you’re unsure of what you want to study (or if you want to major in everything), consider attending multiple sessions. (2, 45-minute sessions)

3:30–5 p.m.
PARC Open House

Performing Arts Resource Center (Performing Arts Building)
The Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC) is a new library and technology space in the Performing Arts Building. Stop by to meet the PARC staff and learn more about the resources and services we have to offer.

4–5 p.m.
Q & A with President John R. Kroger (PO)

President Kroger, along with staff members from student services and other college offices, will be available to answer questions.

5–6 p.m.
Parents’ Reception with President Kroger (PO)

Take this opportunity to mingle with President John R. Kroger and other members of the faculty and staff. This is a good time to get to know some of the people who will help to guide your student through his or her adventure at Reed. Beverages and light refreshments will be provided.

5–6 p.m.
Registration Q&A with Students

Commons Porch
What's SOLAR? Nervous about signing up for classes? Don't know where to start looking in the Course Catalog? Wondering which classes will help fulfill graduation requirements while also encouraging me to discover my major? Figuring out what classes you want to take your freshmen year is an important step to beginning your successful career at Reed, but it can be rather nerve-racking to some people unsure about what courses to even think about. Come join a small panel of upperclassmen and discuss what classes to think about signing up for, which courses these Reedies took their freshmen years, and what questions to ask your advisor during your meeting. Bring your dinner and your most burning questions outside to the Commons porch and enjoy a casual discussion about registering for classes.

6 p.m.
A Big Hug Goodbye (PO)

With this event, parent orientation concludes. Get the family together for goodbyes and good wishes. Parents, we hope to see you back for Parent & Family Weekend November 1-2.

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Alcohol and Other Drugs at Reed (GO)

While the week is still young, it’s important to be fully informed about how we handle AOD at Reed.  This session will provide important information as you make decisions during Orientation and throughout the year.

7:45–8:30 p.m.
The Epic (Parody) of Gilgamesh

Come one, come all to reenact the highlights of Hum 110's brand new summer reading adventure (or Odyssey, if you will). Are you a Gilgamesh or an Enkidu? Divine or primal? Good or evil? Weak or strong? We'll modernize the classic, get creative, and have a laugh along the way. (And it'll be a great way to get in the mood for the ComedySportz Improv show!)

8–9 p.m.
Steam Tunnel Tours

Vent in front of Admissions
Get a guided tour of Reed’s underground labyrinth of steam tunnels hosted by the Director of Community Safety, Gary Granger! Space is limited, but there will be two tours, one at 8 and one at 8:30, so come to either! If you miss out on tonight’s tours, there will be two more tomorrow!

8:30–9:45 p.m.
ComedySportz Improv

ComedySportz is fast-paced improvisational comedy, played as a sport. Two teams take turns making up scenes and playing improv games– and the audience votes on which team they like the best. If you've seen Whose Line Is It Anyway? you've got the basic idea. Come watch ComedySportz’ talented comedians and cheer for your favorite!

9:45 p.m.–midnight
10–11 p.m.
Safer Sex at Reed

Vollum Lounge
Owning your sexuality means understanding more than just how to put a condom on a banana! This is Reed Sex Ed- no stuffy lecture hall and awkward conversations. Come meet peer educators, staff members, and chat about safer sex methods, engaging in consent, and how what we learn growing up about sex and sexuality intersect with how we engage with sex as adults. Not sexually active? No problem. This is the place to learn how to be an ally- we need your help! Treats will be provided!

10–11:30 p.m.
Shoot Some Pool with Your CSO’s

Pool Hall
By now you know who to call if you’re locked out of your room, but who can you ask for advice about how to pull off a challenging kick shot? Tonight it’s the same folks! A few Community Safety Officers will be in the Pool Hall showcasing their skills – introduce yourself, and let the games begin!