GLS Symposium 2015

2015 Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium

Miscellaneous Information


A final program for the weekend, including presentation descriptions, room numbers, list of attendees,and maps will be provided when you check in. Those participants staying in campus housing (The Grove dormitories) will pick up their room assignments and keys at registration.


Parking on campus is generally easy and free; the only reserved spots are for disabled and carpools. For those participants checking into dorms on Friday or coming to the Friday dinner, the closest parking lot is off 28th Avenue, just past the building 28 West (campus security, #4 on the map) and south of the intersection with Steele Street. For Saturday and Sunday in the Performing Arts Building, the closest parking lot is off of 28th Avenue, across from the Rhododendron Gardens. The main entrance to PAB is just east of the parking lot.

Friday Dinner

Dinner on Friday will be a BBQ buffet with a no-host bar. Weather permitting, we’ll be outside in the Grove Quad (buildings #9-12 on the campus map). There will be lawn games for anyone interested in playing, but no formal program.

Saturday Evening

Dinner after the reception is on your own. A restaurant guide will be available at the registration desk.


There are several options to get to the campus from the airport including by car, bus, light rail, and taxi. The Reed campus is in southeast Portland, about 5 miles from downtown Portland and 12 miles from the airport. Travel directions may be found at the following URL:


Linens (sheets, blanket and towels) will be in a stack on your bed. The dorms have nice kitchens with a small assortment of cooking equipment which you are welcome to use.  Please be sure to bring your own toiletries. Check out is no later than 2:00 pm.

A hard copy of the Summer Conference Handbook 2015 for those staying in the dormitories will be provided in each room. The link to an electronic copy is here.

Campus Map


The Reed College bookstore will be open for GLS Symposium participants on Saturday from 12:15 to 1:45 pm only. Beside books, of course, you can purchase Reed memorabilia and some food and personal items.

Cyber Café and Internet Access

The cyber café is located in Gray Campus Center, room A. Drop by to surf the web, plug your laptop into the college’s ethernet, or print a document. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. throughout the conference. Access to Gray Campus Center in the evening will be with your swipe card at the main entrance of the building.

There is wireless internet access throughout campus. Instructions for Internet Access for guests will be in your registration packet.

Places to Stroll

Tennis Courts

There are new tennis courts just to the east of The Grove quad. The courts are locked, but you can check out a key from the registration desk.

Reed College Canyon

Reed canyon is a 28-acre watershed in the heart of the campus, dividing north from south, and is spanned by two pedestrian bridges and a land bridge. Home to a growing population of wildlife and native plants, the watershed includes the headwaters of Crystal Springs Creek, a tributary of the Johnson Creek Watershed, and Reed Lake, which has been deemed the oldest naturally occurring lake in Portland.

There are trails on both sides of the canyon.

Online information:

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens

The garden is across campus from the tennis courts and west parking lot, off of 28th Avenue.  It offers a beautiful setting to enjoy both water fowl and northwest plants. Hours of operation are between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays.