Reed College Orientation 2014

Schedules

The schedule provided here gives you an idea of what to expect during New Reedie Orientation. Between now and when you arrive on campus, sessions may shift and new events will be added so keep checking back for new details.

You can also subscribe to our GCal schedule for both students and parent. Please click the buttons on the navigation bar to your left to get these calendars. These, too, will be changing as we add new events over the summer.

Events marked as (PO) indicate programs specifically designed for parents. Events marked (GO) indicate programs that are generally obligatory for all new students. Please attend all GO events so you won't miss important information about academics and life at Reed.

Click on schedule items marked with the symbol for more information on the activity.

Friday, August 22, 2014

All day
International Students Arrive

28 West

Now that you have landed in the U.S. and arrived on campus, your Reed journey begins. The first thing you'll do is check in at 28 West (5436 SW 28th Ave) and get your room key, ID card, and International Orientation Odyssey materials.

9:00 a.m.–5:00 a.m.
Bookstore Sales and Preorder Pickup

Bookstore

If you preordered your Hum 110 books, bed linens, or any other items, you'll be able to pick them up today. This is a good chance to browse in the bookstore, too; you might find something else you need.

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Outdoor Odyssey, SEEDS Community Service Odyssey, and Peer Mentor Program Odyssey Check-in

Kaul Auditorium

Pick up your Reed ID card and other Orientation materials at Kaul Auditorium before you head off on your Odyssey adventure. Once you're registered, you can pick up your room key at the Physical Plant.

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Parent Check-in (PO)

Kaul Auditorium Gray Lounge

Parents, please check in at Kaul Auditorium when your student goes through his/her check-in process.

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Parent Reception

Kaul Auditorium Gray Lounge

Please join us for light refreshments after registration. This is an excellent opportunity to have questions answered by staff members and to talk with other new parents.

TBA
Dinner

Your Odyssey leader will tell you when and where to meet your group for dinner.

Evening
Trip Preparation

Meet your Odyssey leaders, your fellow t

Saturday, August 23, 2014

All day
International Orientation Odyssey

The International Orientation Odyssey begins today and continues through Monday.

Early a.m.
Outdoor, SEEDS, and PMP Odysseys

Odysssey trips leave campus in the early morning to begin their adventures.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Late Afternoon
All Odysseys Return to Campus

Odyssey trips will return to campus in the late afternoon/early evening.  All will be back on campus by 6 p.m.  Once you've showered and changed, this is a great chance to have dinner with your family in Portland.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
General Check-in for New Arrivals (GO)

Kaul Auditorium

Check in before you do anything else! Pick up your registration materials, ID card, Orientation 2014 t-shirt and schedule and get a chance to talk to people from a variety of campus offices. Then go grab your room key at facilities services in the physical plant. After those tasks are accomplished, you'll be ready for anything.

9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Move in!

Residence hall area group lounges

Grab your bags and boxes and get settled in your new room. Have questions? Residence hall area group residence directors (RDs) and house advisers (HAs) will be on hand to help in the central lounge of each area group.

Cross Canyon: Bragdon

The Grove: Bidwell

Northside: Naito

Old Dorm Block: Winch

Foster-Scholz/MacNaughton: Foster-Scholz

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Parent Check-in (PO)

Gray lounge in Kaul Auditorium

Parents and families, we didn't forget about you! Please check in here to receive your very own schedule and, for those participating, your Humanities 110 for Parents conference location assignments. Once you've checked in, you can help yourselves to coffee and refreshments. Computers are available for free internet access. Throughout the day, you're welcome to hang out, meet other parents, chat with staff members, and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Bookstore Hours

Bookstore

If you preordered your Hum 110 books, bed linens, or any other items, you'll be able to pick them up today. This is a good chance to browse in the bookstore, too; you might find something else you need.

10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Local Serices Fair (banks, ZipCar, voter registration, cell phones)

Gray Campus Center - A, B, C, D

Representatives from several banks and local credit unions will be on hand to answer your banking questions and help you make any needed account transitions. Cell phone providers will also be on hand to set up local accounts. Also, if you're interested in using  ZipCar or registering to vote through the Oregon Bus Project, you can get more information and sign up here.

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Welcome Picnic

Quad

Enjoy a picnic in the quad with students, faculty and staff.

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Community Wellness Program Open House

Gray Campus Center 104

The Community Wellness Program works to attend to student wellness as a balance between mind, body, and spirit. The Peer Health Advocates (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.

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Library Open House

Library

Enjoy tea and snacks while chatting with library staff members who can answer all of your questions about the place that Reedies affectionately refer to as "the Hauser Fun Dome". Take a self-guided tour and explore theses that date back all the way to Reed's begining. This event is aimed at parents, but students are absolutely welcome to attend as well!

2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Placement Exams

See printed schedule for locations

Want to take an upper-level language, music, or economics course? Come find out if your current skills are up to the task (but don't worry if they're not). There are two 90-minute sessions. Bring a pen or pencil. If you need disability accommodation for the exam, please contact the Director of Disability Support Services, Theresa Lowrie (503/517-7921, thlowrie@reed.edu), before the day of the exam. Can't find the exam room? HAs will be at Eliot Circle to help point you in the right direction.

2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Transfer Student Consultations

Eliot 311

Transfer students, drop by and talk with Ben Bradley '88 about how your credits will transfer and what you need to think about as you register for classes. Bring your transcripts.

2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Health & Counseling Center Open House

Health and Counseling Center

Do you have questions about health and counseling at Reed? This is a good chance to explore the health and 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. 

2-3:30 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m.
Tours (campus, canyon, reactor)

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

Canyon - meet at the fish ladder by the Facilities building
Campus - meet outside the Admission entrance of Eliot Hall
Reactor - meet in the lobby of the chemistry building

5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
No-host Parent Gathering (PO)

Woodstock Wine & Deli, 4030 SE Woodstock Blvd.

Stroll up the hill to Woodstock Wine & Deli (15-minute walk or 2-minute drive), where you can meet other parents of new Reedies. Enjoy this opportunity to check out a favorite neighborhood haunt, swap stories, and raise a glass to your new student. After a day of shopping and unpacking, treat yourself to something from the extensive selection of wine, beer, Italian soda, and edibles.

5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Nontraditional Student Dinner

Location TBA

Meet up with both new and current nontraditional students over a tasty dinner!

5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Residence Hall Floor Meetings and Dinner (GO)

Various locations

Who are all the people you passed in the hallway while you were moving in? Come to your first residence hall meeting to meet all your fellow first-year students and your HA. Your HA will also lead your residence hall over to commons for your first dinner at Reed. Impress your neighbors with your gastrointestinal prowess, enjoy more time to get to know one another, and don't forget to feed the scroungers!

7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
The Honor Principle this Week (GO)

Kaul Auditorium

Learn about the Honor topics you'll need to know right away. Topics will include issues such as living with a roommate, drinking during Orientation, and taking care of campus.

7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Vollum Award Winner Lecture (PO)

Vollum Lecture Hall

Speaker and topic TBA.

8:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Residence Life Gelato Party

Caffé Paradiso

After the hall meetings and dinners, head over to the Caffé Paradiso for some delicious gelato, trivia with prizes, and dancing brought to you by residence life. Get to know other students over a tasty cool treat! You don't need to live on campus to attend.

10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Weapons of Mass Distraction Fire Show

Cerf Amphitheatre

Always exhiliarating, Weapons of Mass Distraction is one of Reed's most unique student groups. Watch them in awe as they present you with a spectacular fire show!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8:00 a.m.–5:00 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 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Transfer Student Consultations

Eliot 311

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.

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Academic Planning and Registration Preparation (GO)

Vollum Lecture Hall

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.

9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Helping Your Reedie (PO)

Kaul Auditorium

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.

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

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

Canyon - meet at the fish ladder by the Facilities building
Campus - meet outside the Admission entrance of Eliot Hall
Reactor - meet in the lobby of the chemistry building

10:30 a.m.–11:20 a.m.
Working at Reed

Vollum Lecture Hall

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 Dawn Derry, payroll specialist in Reed's business office; Ron Albertson from the Center for Life Beyond Reed; and Meredeth Dickinson from SEEDS.

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

Tent on front lawn

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 colege 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 by Jay Dickson, Professor of English and Humanities.

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

Front Lawn

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 near the Admission Office entrance.

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Student Services Tabling

Quad

Visit the tables staffed by student services offices to find out more about how Reed encourages involvement and offers support beyond the classroom.

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Transfer and Exchange Student Welcome Lunch

Vollum Lounge

Presented by the admission office, this event is for transfer and exchange students only. Take this opportunity to chat with people in the know and with fellow new students. Ask about transfer credit, which classes to take, and anything else you want to know. Get information on choosing a major, taking your qual, and writing a thesis. 

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Community Wellness Program Open House

Gray Campus Center 104

The Community Wellness Program works to attend to student wellness as a balance between mind, body, and spirit. The Peer Health Advocates (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 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Humanities 110 for Parents Conferences (PO)

Various locations

Can't wait to discuss the reading? 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.

2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Health & Counseling Center Open House

Health and Counseling Center

Do you have questions about health and counseling at Reed? This is a good chance to explore the health and 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. 

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Advising 101 (GO)

Various locations

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 drafting your class schedule. Locations are noted in the printed schedule. You don't need to live on campus to attend.

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Q & A with President John R. Kroger (PO)

Kaul Auditorium

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

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Parents' Reception with President Kroger (PO)

Preforming Arts Building Atrium

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 guide your student through his or her adventure at Reed. Beverages and light refreshments will be provided.

6:00 p.m.–6:30 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.

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

Kaul Auditorium

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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

All day
Advising and Registration

Various locations

This is your first one-on-one meeting with your academic adviser. The two of you will plan your class schedule and get you prepared to register for classes. Please come with questions and a draft of your class schedule in hand. For the remaining parents, please allow your student to attend this meeting on his or her own.  Your advising information can be found on the back of your Orientation schedule.

9-10:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m.
Inclusive Communities at Reed (GO)

Eliot Hall Chapel

This session provides an opportunity for new students to discuss the ways in which diversity and inclusion enhance our learning environment-- and the ways in which all Reedies are responsible for the creation of and perpetuation of an inclusive campus climate.

10:30-noon & 2:30-4 p.m.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means at Reed! (GO)

Eliot Hall Chapel

Friends, colleagues, family, boy/girlfriend or hook-up: in every relationship, mutual respect makes it healthy and positive. During this session we’ll talk about what it takes to make and keep a good relationship, with or without sex. Respect also means talking honestly and listening openly about consent, boundaries, sex, and sexuality with your intimate and romantic partners. If that sounds awkward, don’t worry! You’ll learn about communication skills in a safe and supportive environment.  

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 29, 2014

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Thriving in (and beyond) the Classroom: A Beginner's Guide (GO)

Vollum Lecture Hall

Good-bye high school, so long parents, hello, Reed! You came to Reed because you love to think and learn, but now that you are finally here, you probably are wondering how all of this works in practice. What should you expect in your first few weeks of classes? How are you to connect with the faculty? How can you best use all of the unstructured time you now have? What pitfalls should you avoid? What high school habits should you now ditch? How can you make the most of the intellectual opportunities offered at Reed? A panel of faculty will share some survival tips to help you thrive academically at Reed, both in and out of the classroom, along with their perspectives on what it means "to live the life of the mind."

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Introduction to Humanities 110 (GO)

Vollum Lecture Hall

This session is essential for all students taking Hum 110. A panel of Hum faculty members will address questions and concerns about conference dynamics; managing the readings, papers, exams; and all other things Hum 110. Come learn all you need to know about this cornerstone of the Reed curriculum.

1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.
Honor Skills: Beyond the Philosophy (GO)

Kaul Auditorium

The Honor Principle requires us to talk to each other to resolve conflicts. We all know that this is easier said than done. Come to this interactive session to gain skills that you can use to interact honorably at Reed.

5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Dinner

Vollum Lounge

Join us for a traditional Shabbat dinner. Enjoy free kosher home cooking and meet some members of the campus Jewish community.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

All day
Lots of trips to explore Portland!

Returning students will teach you how to use Tri-Met and take you to some must-see Portland spots.  More information will be in your schedule.  Sign up at Orientation Central in the Quad.

All Day
Sports team pick-up games

Yes, we do have sports at Reed.  Join our men's and women's teams for pick-up games to try your hand at Ultimate, Rugby and Soccer.

All Day
Student Group Events

Our student groups will sponsor events throughout the day so you can get a feel for what happens on campus.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

All day
Lots of trips to explore Portland!

More opportunities to explore!

All Day
Sports Team Pick-Up Games

More opportunites to play.

All Day
Student Group Events

More opportunities to see what's happening on campus.

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Sunday Service presented by Oh For Christ's Sake!

Eliot Hall Chapel

Reed's Christian student group, Oh For Christ's Sake! will be hosting a Sunday morning service in the chapel. Come hear testimonies from different students about their experiences with God at Reed. There will be snacks afterwards.

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Transfer & Nontraditional Student Brunch

Off-campus

Join other transfer and non-traditional students for brunch at a local restaurant. 

1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
3rd Annual Kick Ball Tournament

North Soccer Lawn

You know you want to play! Sign up earlier in the week at Orientation Central or just show up and join a team for some kickball! No experience needed and all skill levels are encouraged. A fabulous prize will be awarded to the winning team!

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Residence Hall Community Meetings and Dinners (GO)

Various locations

Talk to your HA to find out what time you will be having a final dinner and meeting before classes begin. You will first get a chance to meet your resident director as an area group. Then you will meet as individual communities. Living in a community governed by the Honor Principle requires understanding, cooperation, and communication. At this meeting, your residential community will lay the groundwork for how your residence hall will deal with loud music, shared bathrooms, and other challences of group living. Your HA will have some topics prepared, but this is the time to discuss what you expect from the other members of your community.

5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Nontraditional Student Potluck

Location TBA

Meet up with both new and current nontraditional students over a tasty dinner!

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Dessert with President Kroger

Rhododendron Garden

Come chat with President Kroger while enjoying some tasty desserts. Feel free to dress up if you so desire! Your HA will bring you after your floor meeting and dinner.  Off campus students will be assigned to an HA group for dinner and can arrive together as well.

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orientation@reed.edu

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