Reed College Orientation 2014


The tentative schedules we’ve provided here give you an idea of what to expect during New Reedie Orientation. Between now and when you arrive on campus, sessions may shift and new activities will be added, so refer to the paper schedule you will receive at Orientation check-in for the final details. For now, enjoy getting an idea of what’s to come.

In addition to the general Orientation schedule that’s for all New Reedies, we’ve also provided schedule information for those of you who will check in early for odyssey trips and information specific to transfer students, nontraditional students, and students living off campus.

Throughout the schedule section, items marked as (PO) indicate programs specifically targeted to parents; items marked (GO) indicate programs that are generally obligatory for students.

New Reedie Orientation

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

Sunday, September 1

all day
Lots of trips to explore Portland! Sign up at Orientation Central.
10–11 a.m.
Yoga and Stress Management

Tennis Courts
Start off your Sunday by taking care of your body and mind. The Peer Health Advocates and a Yoga instructors will be hosting an hour long yoga session (mats included) as well as talking to participants about stress management, mental health, and the benefits of meditation and relaxation.

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

Join other transfer and non-traditional students for brunch at a local restaurant. We'll meet in Eliot Circle at Reed and carpool to Genie's Cafe on SE Division, not far from the Reed campus. This is a great time to compare notes about Orientation and look forward to the first week of classes—we hope to see you there! Email Nora Jones in Admission to RSVP.

11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Portland Political History Tour: Navigating Social Movements Past and Present Meet at the vans

From the Black Panthers to Occupy Portland, our town has a history of vibrant social movements fighting for justice. In fact, Reed students have played key roles in many of them. Join the Blue Heron Infoshop for a guided tour of Portland's radical history, and get a chance to talk to prison support advocates, labor organizers, houseless/homeless rights campaigners, anti-foreclosure activists, and more. Lunch at the Red and Black Cafe, a worker-owned cooperative, will be provided. No prior knowledge or experience expected; just come ready to engage and to learn!

noon–4 p.m.
Bouncy House & Cotton Candy

There will be a bouncy house and free(!) cotton candy on the quad. Stop by, bounce around, and grab a giant stick of fluffy sugar (mmm, sugar).

noon–3 p.m.
Face Painting

Facepainter Kim Millen will be on the quad and can decorate your face with anything you want! A dragon eating your eye? You got it. Pikachu dueling a Reed griffin? She can probably make that happen. Come early to beat the line!

noon–2 p.m.
Tie-Dye with Honor Council and J-Board

SU Porch
The members of the Honor Council and Judicial Board invite you to share your tie-dyeing expertise and create some multicolored mementos. They will provide dye and t-shirts – you bring your enthusiasm. Feel free to bring any other white garments besides t-shirts that you might want to dye. Come meet the members and ask some questions!

1–2:30 p.m.
Croquet with President Kroger

Great Lawn in Front of Eliot Hall
Come meet the president and challenge him to a game of croquet! Creative mallets (books? tennis racquets? whatever your imagination can dream up!) are highly encouraged. No croquet experience necessary; just come and play!

1–3 p.m.
Maria Maita & Paapa hMensa

Some Reedies are too musically talented for their own good. Come meet and listen to two of them! Maria ‘14 and Paapa ‘15 will both be playing hour-long sets in the SU for your listening pleasure. Maria’s music is chill and folksy, while Paapa’s is a dynamic mix of genres, including electronic and world fusion.

2:30–5 p.m.
2nd 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!

2:30–5 p.m.
Field Day

North Rugby Lawn
Not all Reedies are athletic, but that usually doesn’t stop the rest of us from playing along! On the last day of Orientation, grab some new friends (and maybe some sunscreen) and head to the North Fields for some light competition. Besides the Second Annual Kickball Tournament, there will be plenty of other games – and prizes!

3–5:30 p.m.
Shakespeare in the Parks: The Tale of Cymbeline

Front Lawn (in front of Eliot) There is one more performance of Portland Actors Ensemble’s Cymbeline at Reed this summer. See Saturday’s schedule for more info.

5–7 p.m.
Residence Hall Community Meetings and Dinners (GO)

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 challenges 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.

5–7 p.m.
Nontraditional Student Potluck

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

7–9 p.m.
Dessert with President Kroger

Come chat with President Kroger while enjoying some tasty desserts. Feel free to dress up if you so desire!

9–11 p.m.
Honor Council Bonfire

GCC Quad
To burn the marshmallow or to roast it slowly until golden brown? That is the question! Come share s’mores, stories, roasting advice, and Honor on the last night of Orientation. Sponsored by the Honor Council.

9–11 p.m.
Poetry Night

It's called poetry night but we'll take anything. Sing a song, tell a joke, do whatever you want at Reed's weekly open mic. During the school year, Poetry Night happens at 9 o'clock in the S.U. on Wednesday nights.

9:30 p.m.–midnight
Late Night Hobbit Showing

Vollum Lounge
Come curl up and watch Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit movie. Feel free to wear pajamas (though they are not required) and bring blankets, pillows, and any other slumber party-esque items you might want. There will be Hobbity food (read: pie) and drinks and plenty of space to sprawl out! Afterwards, shuffle off to bed having successfully completed the crazy awesomeness that is Reed’s O-Week.