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.

Tuesday, August 27

9 a.m.–2 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 2013 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 a.m.–2 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 a.m.–5 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. We will also provide 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.

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

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 Reed’s car sharing utility, ZipCar, or registering to vote through the Oregon Bus Project, you can get more information and sign up here.

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Transfer Student Welcome Lunch

Presented by student services and 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 transfers. 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. Lunch starts at noon, with presentations by staff, students, and faculty beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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

Come visit the Peer Health Advocates and Night Owls in Community Wellness’s new office! The Community Wellness Program works to attend to student wellness as a balance between mind, body, and spirit. The 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.

2–5 p.m.
Library Open House

Enjoy tea and snacks while chatting with library staff members who can answer all 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 beginning. This event is aimed at parents, but students are absolutely welcome to attend as well!

2–5 p.m.
Placement Exams

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 accommodations for the exam, please contact the learning resources director, 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.

2–5 p.m.
Transfer Student Consultations (Registrar’s Office)

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.

2 p.m.–5 p.m.
Health and Counseling Center Open House

Do you have questions about health and counseling at Reed? This is good chance to explore the Health & 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 &
3:30–5 p.m.

Tours (campus, canyon, reactor)

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


Vollum Award Winner Lecture

Vollum Lecture Hall
This year’s Vollum Award Winner, physicist Kip Thorne will be presenting a lecture entitled The Warped Side of our Universe: From the Big Bang to Black Holes and Gravitational Waves. There is a warped side to our universe--objects and phenomena that are made from warped space and warped time, instead of from matter. Three examples are black holes, the big bang in which our universe was born, and ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves. Thorne will describe surprising, recent predictions about what happens on the warped side of our universe. He will then discuss plans and expectations for testing those predictions by observing gravitational waves and extracting the information they carry.

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

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.

5–7 p.m.
Nontraditional Student Dinner

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

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

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!

7:30–8:30 p.m.
Honor this Week (GO)

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

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

Caffé Paradiso
After the hall meetings and dinners, head over to 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.

9–10:30 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).

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

Cerf Amphitheater
Always exhilarating, 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!

11 p.m.–midnight

The title says it all! Burn off the extra energy and adrenaline from your first day of Orientation in the Quad.