Reed College Orientation 2014

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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Computer Sales and Pickup

ETC 116

Come to ETC to either pick up the computer you ordered over the summer or place an order for the computer you need.

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Orientation Central

Quad Patio

Get all of your Orientation questions answered here by your house advisers and orientation assistants. This is also the place to find the day’s schedule of events, sign up for off-campus trips, or borrow a hand truck to help move your belongings into your residence hall room.

8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
GROUP A: Meet with your Adviser (GO)

Don’t be late! The registration information on the back of this booklet includes your time and location. 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.

8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
GROUP A: Register for Classes (GO)

ETC 105 & 107

Once you and your adviser have drafted a schedule, sign in to SOLAR from any computer on campus and use your trusty PIN to register for classes. Members of the registrar’s office will be available at the ETC help desk to assist you, and there are computers available for you to use.

9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
GROUP B: 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. Learn how inclusive communities are central to the academic mission of the college, are created and sustained at Reed, and how Reed's diversity statement and the honor principle are central to a healthy campus culture. Meet the Dean for Institutional Diversity, staff from the Office for Inclusive Community, and current students.


10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
GROUP B: Reed's Response to Sexual and Relationship Violence (GO)

Eliot Hall Chapel

At Reed, we stand together as a community to prevent sexual and relationship violence, and to support those affected by it. Meet some of the people working to make our campus a place that is free from harassment, abuse, and assault. You'll find out how you can get involved, what to do if violence happens to you or someone you know, and what resources are available for survivors on and off campus. 

GROUP A: Inclusive Communities at Reed (GO)

Eliot Hall Chapel

See description above.

1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
GROUP B: Meet with your Adviser (GO)

See description above.

1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
GROUP B: Register for Classes (GO)

See description above.

2:45 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
GROUP A: Reed's Response to Sexual and Relationship Violence (GO)

Eliot Hall Chapel

See description above.

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
PARC Open House

PAB Performing Arts Resource Center

The Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC) is a new library and technology space in the Performing Arts Building. Stop by to meet the PARC staff and learn more about the resources and services we have to offer.

5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Class Diversity and First Generation Dinner


Are you the first in your family to go to college? Do you come from a working- or poverty-class background? Join returning students who share these backgrounds for an informal dinner to discuss class diversity on campus, get the inside scoop on Reed from their perspectives, and most importantly share your own experiences. Reedies will gather to welcome you into the community and offer first-year advice, including tips on how to navigate the Reed administration, how to get support for class-culture shock, and how to find the best deals around the city. Bring your meal from commons, a friend, and all the questions you didn't post on the class of '18 Facebook page!

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Service and Community Engagement at Reed

Eliot 314

Did you engage in your community during high school? Are you new to service, but eager to get involved in the Portland community and to learn about the environmental, education, and/or social justice service opportunities in Portland? Also interested in earning money during said engagement? Well then, you have stumbled upon the perfect O-week workshop to meet your needs! Please join Science Outreach and SEEDS (Students for Education, Empowerment, and Direct Service) to learn more about the various direct service opportunities available for Reed students and how Federal Work Study (FWS) eligible students can get paid to engage off-campus. (P.S. Fun fact: Reed students who are are engaged in the community report increased satisfaction with their Reed experience, including a negative correlation between levels of engagement and stress.)


7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Introduction to Genders

Vollum Lounge

Learn about the trans and gender-nonconforming issues and how they play out at Reed. Never met a trans person? Not sure how to ask for someone's pronouns? Nervous about misgendering people? You're not alone. Come get your questions answered, learn new things, and explore the myriad of gender identities that exist in our community.

8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Steam Tunnel Tours

Vent in front of Admissions

Get a guided tour of Reed’s underground labyrinth of steam tunnels hosted by the Director of Community Safety, Gary Granger! Space is limited, but there will be two tours, one at 8:30 and one at 9, so come to either!

9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.

Eliot Hall Chapel

For one night only, come watch Portland’s only geek-themed Burlesque show! Critical Hit Burlesque’s talented dancers will perform a variety of classic and neoburlesque numbers. Hosted by cofounder Mad Marquis, the show will feature performances by dancernames dancernames dancernames dancernames dancernames dancernames dancernames dancernames.

11:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
Zombie vs. Humans

Starts in the Quad

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