Reed College Orientation 2014

Monthly Reminders

May Reminders

Parents and family members:

Welcome to the Reed community! We hope that you will join us for Parent Orientation on Tuesday & Wednesday, August 26 & 27. Read about the parent offerings at—just click on “Schedules” and look for the events marked “PO” and to register, click on “For Parents”.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at or 503/777-7589.

The staff of Alumni & Parent Relations

June Reminders


If you haven’t received the letter with your PIN and instructions about creating your IRIS account and email, please call the Orientation office at 503/777-7530. You won’t be able to get started and complete required forms until you’ve signed in to IRIS.

Most forms are due on June 15. Please fill them out as soon as possible. Descriptions for the forms appear on this site and the forms themselves are available on IRIS.

Odyssey trips fill to capacity most years. The earlier you register, the more likely you are to get a spot.

Don’t forget to check your email or set it up to forward to an account that you check frequently. You will receive important orientation information via your Reed email address and will continue to get vital information at that address during the entire time you study at Reed.


Want to bring another Reedie into your life? Reed's host family program pairs new international students with Portland-area families, providing the opportunity for cultural exchange and a mutually rewarding relationship. Students live in the Reed residence halls, but spend time with their host family at different points throughout the year, often during holidays. If you or someone you know might be interested in serving as a host family or would like more information, please contact Dana Lawson, assistant dean of international student services, at or 503/517-5538. (Learn more about the program at the host family website.)

July Reminders


Forms for the Health & Counseling Center are due on July 15. You will not be able to attend classes if these forms are not turned in. Please make sure you have obtained the necessary signatures from your health care provider and mail the completed forms to the Health & Counseling Center in the confidential envelope provided in your May mailing.

You should have received an email in early July with instructions about completing the online program Think About It. This program addresses important campus issues including sexual and relationship violence as well as alcohol and other drug use during college. Completion of this program is mandatory. Please contact Rowan Frost if you have questions about this program or have not receive the email about the program.

Bookstore orders placed online by August 10 will be ready for pick up when you arrive on campus. To place preorders, visit the bookstore website


Please register for Parent Orientation. Don't delay: register today! If you have already signed up, thanks for planning ahead.

Are you planning on attending Humanities 110 for Parents? If you wish to participate, please register ahead of time so that we may plan for the appropriate number of professors to lead the conferences. If you've already registered for Parent Orientation and want to add Hum 110 for Parents to your schedule, please call 503/777-7589 or email us and let us know. You may purchase a copy of the Iliad at the Reed bookstore. Start on your assigned reading today and set a good example for your Reedie.

August Reminders


Don't forget to check your Reed email in early August. You don't want to miss your room assignment from residence life!

Wondering what you can and cannot bring for your residence halls or what Reed provides? Check the packing list to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

Make sure you arrive at the right time for your Orientation check-in. Early check-in is not available.

Friday, August 22, 1–5 p.m., Kaul Auditorium
SEEDS, outdoor trip and Peer Mentor Program participants (preregistration in June required to participate)
International students: contact Dana Lawson if you are unsure when or where to meet.
Tuesday, August 26, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Kaul Auditorium
All new students who are not participating in an Odyssey can check in during this time.

Parents have an Orientation check-in too! Come to the Gray lounge in Kaul Auditorium to check in for Parent Orientation on Friday, August 22, 1–5 p.m.; Tuesday, August 26, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Wednesday, August 26, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Please note that parent check-in times are different than student check-in times.

If you are dropping your child off on Friday, August 22, for Odyssey check-in, please join us for a reception at 4:30 p.m. in Kaul Auditorium, Gray lounge.

Still have questions about Parent Orientation? Please feel free to email us or call 503/777-7589.

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