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.

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.–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.–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.

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.

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 at Eliot Circle
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


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.
Art Party with the Peer Health Advocates!

Gray Campus Center 104

Drop in, decorate a t-shirt, do some fingerpainting, make a card, or show off your Crayola skills! Meet your Peer Health Advocates, a group of students who will work to help you stay healthy and safe all year. We’ll have snacks, tea, and all the art supplies you could hope for.

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.

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. 

2:30 p.m.–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

2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Departmental Information Sessions

Various Locations

Come by to learn more about Reed’s various departments and majors. Faculty will be available to answer questions. If you’re unsure of what you want to study (or if you want to major in everything), consider attending multiple sessions.

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)

Performing 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.

7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Residence Life Gelato Party

Caffè Paradiso

After the hall meetings and dinners, head over to Caffè 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.

8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Steam Tunnel Tours

Vent in front of Admission

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! If you miss out on tonight’s tours, there will be two more tomorrow!

9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
New Student Pool Tournament

Pool Hall

Compete in a new student only pool tournament and learn about Reed’s 24-7 hangout spot. There will be food and a prize for the winner!

10:15 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Aerial Acrobatics Show


The Reed Air Force Aerial Acrobatics Troupe brings you a breathtaking performance of grace, strength and wonder on aerial fabric and aerial hoop. Join us on the Quad (or in the SU if it rains) and experience the gravity-defying dances of your fellow Reedies in an O-week spectacular like nothing you have ever seen before!


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