Reed College Mid-Year Orientation 2015-16

Orientation Odysseys: SEEDS

The SEEDS Odysseys are a powerful way to start the school year and begin to understand the Portland community. They are also a great way to begin forming your circle of friends at Reed.

Gear Up

SEEDS group photo

SEEDS Odyssey Information

Join other Reedies interested in direct service on these exciting pre-Orientation trips. SEEDS (Students for Education, Empowerment, and Direct Service) complements Reed's academic program and connects students to our wider community. The SEEDS Odyssey trips combine direct service, reflection, learning, and fun.

In small groups (10–12 Reedies each), participants visit four or five different service sites during each trip. At night, the small groups come together to share meals, thoughts, and lively conversation. All groups share accommodations (sleeping on a gym floor is a bonding experience!). 

If you register for a SEEDS Odyssey, you cannot attend another Odyssey.

Contact: Meredith Dickinson, SEEDS Program Manager, 503/777-7563.

Important Dates

Friday, August 21
1–5 p.m. Check-in
4:30 p.m. Parent reception

5:30 p.m. Dinner with other participants (students only, please)
Evening Packing and group meetings
Saturday & Sunday, August 22 & 23
Days of service
Monday, August 24
Return from final day of service by 5 p.m.

SEEDS Odyssey Cost & Registration

Cost for the three-day SEEDS Odyssey is $150. Food, lodging, transportation, and other expenses are covered.

  • Please do not send us payment: the business office will bill your Reed College account.
  • Cancellations on or after August 1 will result in your account being charged $75. Cancellations or nonattendance after August 10 will result in your account being charged $150.
  • Registration for the trip and the required forms (waiver of liability & the medical information form) must be completed through IRIS.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; materials must be received by July 15. Within two weeks of applying, applicants will receive an email confirming their registration. If you do not receive a confirmation email, you are NOT registered.

Please note: If you cancel your Odyssey attendance, you may not move into your residence hall on August 21.

Gearing Up for Your SEEDS Odyssey

Students attending SEEDS Odysseys will need to bring some personal items on the trip.

Weather in the Pacific Northwest is highly variable. Although August tends to be quite warm and sunny, it can be cool at night and rainy. We suggest that you dress in layers to be prepared for temperature changes.

The following items are required for all SEEDS Odysseys
sleeping bag
sleeping pad (note: you'll be sleeping on a floor)
rain jacket

work clothes for three days (you will be getting dirty)

closed-toe work shoes

clothes for relaxing
The following items are optional, but suggested
notebook and pen


pillow (highly recommended)

musical instrument (small)
favorite interactive games
reading material

spending money

sketch pad or journal



Arriving for Your SEEDS Odyssey

Please check in at Kaul Auditorium between 1 and 5 p.m. on Friday, August 21, as there is considerable organization and orientation that needs to take place before our early-morning departure on Saturday, August 22.

Van shuttles from the airport will be available at 1, 3, and 4 p.m. on Friday, August 21. Reserve a space with Cyrus Monsef by 5 p.m. on August 14.

Once on Campus for Your SEEDS Odyssey

Please plan to have dinner with us around 6 p.m. on Friday, August 21. The remainder of the evening will be invested in getting to know your group better and making sure we are well organized for our departure early on Saturday. You will stay in your residence hall room the night before and after the trip.

Returning from Your SEEDS Odyssey

You can anticipate returning to Reed in the early evening of Monday, August 24. We anticipate that all SEEDS Odyssey participants will be done with cleanup by 5 p.m., so you should have some flexibility to enjoy some downtime in your new environment. Please note: We do not provide dinner on Monday, August 24. From then on, you may use your Board Points.


If you are a student in need of accommodations due to disability, physical or otherwise, please let us know in advance so we can be as accommodating and inclusive as possible in our programming. You may also contact Theresa Lowrie in the Disability Support Services office to discuss your needs and other possible accommodations for your time at Reed.

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