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.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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.

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.–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.

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


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 Services 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

Commons and 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.

1:30 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. 

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
(Iced) Tea in the Library! (PO)

Hauser Library

Come spend some time in the “heart” of Reed College, the Library! Take a self-guided tour and learn about the staff, building, collections, and other resources of this vital part of academic life at Reed. Light refreshments will be available.

2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Placement Exams

See printed schedule for locations and specific times

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,, 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 p.m. and 3:30 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 at Eliot circle
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

Meet in Eliot Circle

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

5:00 p.m.–7:00 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!

7:00 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.–9:00 p.m.
Vollum Award Winner Lecture: "Computer Yet to Come" (PO)

Vollum Lecture Hall

Ivan Sutherland, visiting scientist at the Asynchronous Research Center, Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, Portland State University, will briefly review his history in computer graphics--a history that spans five decades--and will offer ideas about the structure of computers for the near future.

8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Stitch ’n’ Bitch


Love to knit and crochet? Have no idea how to do either but want to learn? Stop by the Stitch ’n’ Bitch in Winch for a knittingpalooza where there will be needles, yarn, patterns and so much more. Bring your own project if you are so inclined or come to learn how to make warm hats and scarves for when Portland returns to its usual climate (just you wait).

9:00 p.m.–10:00 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!

10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Pool and Pizza with the CSOs

Pool Hall

By now you know who to call if you’re locked out of your room, but who can you ask for advice about how to pull off a challenging kick shot? Tonight it’s the same folks! A few Community Safety Officers will be in the Pool Hall showcasing their skills. Introduce yourself, and let the games begin!

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