Reedfayre

FAQ

Answers to your queries

Reedfayre, formerly known as Reunions, is the largest alumni event held by Reed each year, and it is all about reconnecting with old friends and making new friends, no matter your class year. Have expectational or logistical questions? Don't fret, we have answers.

What is Reedfayre all about?

Reedfayre, formerly known as Reunions. is the largest alumni event held by Reed each year; it is about reconnecting with old friends and making new friends. About 1,500 alumni, partners, friends, and children are expected to attend, June 4-8, 2014.

What if it is not my milestone reunion year?

All alumni are encouraged to attend, as well as friends and family too!

When/how do I register?

Register online by June 1, 2014.  The prompt submission of your registration materials will ensure that you receive housing in the dormitories and reserved spaces at meals and other events. Full payment is necessary to guarantee your reservation.

Please spread the word that registering early is important, so that we can do our best to plan the many activities. When it comes to preparing food, lodging, and events, having an accurate estimate is invaluable. To that end, it helps us immensely when you make a good faith effort to RSVP and pay the requested fees.

If you haven't registered by the time that you arrive on campus, please pay for your events ahead of time in Reedfayre Central (RC) in Kaul Auditorium. These fees help cover the costs of food, beverages, alcohol, cleaning, set-up, student workers, and entertainment. If you have not pre-registered for the day, but show up on that day, we will need to send you to RC to register and pay before being allowed to attend. During busy times (especially Friday and Saturday before dinner) you may have to stand in line and wait to register. Please have patience with the good people putting on this party; may the Honor Principle flourish!

How much does it cost?

Pricing has changed from years past. You must preregister and prepay for certain meals. All other events and activities are free.

Friday dinner $30
$20 alumni less than 5 years out (2009-2014)
$0 children 0-4

Foster-Scholz Luncheon for alumni more than 40 years out: $22

Reunions Marketplace: $15

Saturday Dinner $20
$10 alumni less than 5 years out (2009-2014)
$0 children 0-4

Food is available for purchase in commons for all other meals. Drinks are available for purchase in the "Boar's Head Revisited" bar located in Commons Cafe.

On-campus accommodations are in the residence halls. It is not Club Med, but the price is right: dorm lodging is free when you register before February 1, 2014. After that, the cost is $50 per single bed for the duration of your stay.

Children who share a room and bed with a parent are free. They are also welcome sleep on the floor for no cost, but they must provide their own sleeping bag. No cots will be provided. We do our best to house couples and families in the same room or adjoining rooms. We have a limited number of rooms that are not singles. Please indicate when registering if you must share a room due to the age of children or health reasons to gain priority.

We are committed to providing equal access for all to each of our programs and facilities. We will do our best to provide reasonable accommodation of mobility and non-mobility disabilities. See the "special needs" section of the registration form and/or contact us at alumni@reed.edu or 503/777-7589.

When/where should I plan to arrive on campus?

Your first stop should be Reedfayre Central (RC) in Kaul Auditorium (please check in even if you are not staying on campus). Upon arrival, alumni will receive a nametag, map, a final schedule, and other late-breaking information. If you are staying in the dormitories, you will also receive your room key and housing assignment. Please note that dorm rooms will not be available for check in before noon on Wednesday, June 4.

Alumni arriving after hours will need to go to the Community Safety switchboard in the 28 West building at 5436 SE 28th Avenue; you'll be let into your room, then you may pick up your key at RC in the morning (hours will be Wednesday, noon–midnight, Thursday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–midnight, and Sunday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Check-out time for the dorms is by 1 p.m. on Sunday).

If you are arriving by taxi while RC is open, enter at the main campus entrance on Woodstock Boulevard to be dropped off at Eliot Circle. If you are arriving after hours to stay in a dorm, go to 28 West to get your room key and then have the taxi deliver you to the parking lot nearest your dorm. Read more about directions and parking.

Parking

On-campus parking is limited, but is available in the north, east, and west parking lots (to access campus from the west lot, please enter the performing arts building below and use the elevator or stairs to arrive on the top floor, next to Kaul).

Read more about directions and parking.

How do I get to campus?

See www. trimet.org for public transportation options. For shuttles between Reed and the airport, contact the Green Shuttle Company (503/234-1414) or Blue Star (503/249-1837) for advance reservations.

Green Shuttle prices:
$30 each way for 1st passenger
$3 each additional person up to 6

Blue Star prices:
$30 one way
$56 round trip
$3 additional person up to 5 people (one way)

If you are arriving by taxi while Reedfayre Central is open, enter at the main campus entrance on Woodstock Boulevard to be dropped off at Eliot Circle. If you are arriving after hours to stay in a dorm, go to 28 West (the Community Safety switchboard is now in the 28 West building at 5436 S.E. 28th Avenue) to get your room key and then have the taxi deliver you to the parking lot nearest your dorm. Read more about directions and parking.

Who else is coming?

To find out who has already signed up check out the "Who’s Coming" list (please note that it may take a full business day for your name to appear after you complete online registration). Even if you think that nobody you know will be in attendance, you are bound to make new friends and have a great time!

Where will I stay?

Relive your student experience by staying in the dorms! It is not Club Med, but the price is right: dorm lodging is free when you register before February 1, 2014. After that, the cost is $50 per single bed for the duration of your stay. Children are free if they share a bed with a parent or sleep on the floor with a sleeping bag that you provide. If you want your child to have a bed, the cost is $50. Couples and families will be housed in the same room or in connecting rooms. Lodging fees do not include breakfast. See our accommodations page to learn more.

Each room includes a single bed and linens (alumni will need to make up their own beds with linens provided), access to mixed-gender communal bathrooms. Please note that the dorms are not luxury hotels and most lack soundproofing and air conditioning; they are not equipped with amenities such as fans, ironing boards, alarm clocks, or toiletries. You may wish to bring a washcloth, extra towels, a small fan, or extra blanket. We make every effort to place alumni from the same decade in the same dorm, but encourage you to register early for best results.

If you prefer to stay off campus, a list of area lodging can be found here.

Will I be able to use the Sports Center?

Yes. Times vary and will be available in your schedule when you arrive on campus. You will need to have an alumni association ID card to use the facility; if you are in need of a card, contact Alumni & Parent Relations or visit Reedfayre Central in Kaul Auditorium.

Are children welcome?

Yes, children of all ages are welcome and we offer professional childcare on Friday and Saturday nights as well as Saturday afternoon carnival including, games and more. A family room is also available Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. in Eliot 126 for diaper changing, nursing, or a quiet break. Please note that this room is not staffed by childcare workers.

Is there accommodation for those with disabilities?

We are committed to providing equal access for all to each of our programs and facilities. We will do our best to provide reasonable accommodation of mobility and non-mobility disabilities. See the "special needs" section of the registration form and/or contact us at alumni@reed.edu or 503/777-7589.

What should I bring?

Camera, scrapbooks, memorabilia, music, and anything else that will make the weekend enjoyable. If you're staying on campus, you may wish to bring a small reading lamp, alarm clock, small fan, and extra blanket or pillow if needed. June weather is unpredictable, so please pack accordingly. The sports center will be open throughout the week, so bring your swimsuit/racket/softball glove/Frisbee, etc.

Will there be Internet access?

There will be computers available for your use in central locations around campus, including a "cyber cafe" in Gray Lounge. No password is necessary for these computers. Printing is available for boarding passes, maps, and other essential travel documents. Please limit your printing to five pages or less and remember to log out when you're finished.

You may also use desktop computers in the IRCs on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (please note that these computers require your Kerberos credentials to log in, i.e., the same username/password that you use to access the alumni directory in IRIS). Staff will be available at the CUS help desk during business hours if you need assistance.

Alumni with laptops may connect to Reed's free high-speed wireless network (this level of access will allow for general web surfing and use of web-hosted email) by logging in with your IRIS username/password. If you don't have your IRIS account set up, you may want to do so in advance (drop a note to alumni@reed.edu if you need your Reed ID). Alternately, while on campus you can join the network as a guest (login instructions will be included in the schedule that you receive when you check in).

Will current and emeritus faculty members be there?

Yes, faculty and staff are invited to attend various meals and functions during the weekend. Look up your favorite people in Reed's campus directory and get in touch!

How can I contribute to my class gift?

You may visit giving.reed.edu or add your annual gift to your Reedfayre online registration form. Thank you for your support!

What is the cancellation policy?

Refund requests can be accommodated up to 24 hours prior to the event date.

Other questions?

Please contact Alumni & Parent Relations, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 503/777-7589 or alumni@reed.edu.

If you missed or misplaced any of our past printed mailings and want to relive their clever humor, check out these pdfs:

Reedfayre '14: Fall 2013 postcard