ParentEnews: Spring 2014
Reed College Alumni & Parent Relations is pleased to send you this electronic newsletter for parents and families of current students. We aim to keep you informed of important dates and other relevant college news on a quarterly basis. Please feel free to contact us with thoughts, questions, or concerns; see contact information below. Past issues of this enewsletter are available at the left.
(Also, you may enjoy ReediEnews for Parents.)
In this issue:
- Overview from Student Services
- Bookstore Offerings
- Financial Aid Process
- Your Support Makes a Difference
- Save the Date for Commencement
- Keep in Touch
Mike Brody, vice president & dean of student services, provides an update on student services and the resources available to your student:
Dear Reed parents and families,
Greetings from the winter wonderland that is Reed College. From everything that I’ve heard, students have stayed safe and warm, kept up their work, and had their share of snow play. Those of us in student services are acutely aware of the passage of time. It’s around this time of year that days begin to evaporate, weeks melt away, and before we know it February has turned into May. Before the semester slips away, we wanted to take a chance to let you know about some of the resources and opportunities we’re making available to your student. So without further ado, here are some updates from your student services staff.
Spring break is coming up the week of March 15–23! Residence halls remain open during this time so students do not need to move out of their rooms. Returning students who wish to live on campus during the 2014–15 school year must sign up for the housing lottery using the housing portal on IRIS. Registration opened on February 20 and closes March 23. As of this year, we are no longer requiring a housing deposit to participate in the lottery or to secure on-campus housing. For more information about the housing lottery process, please see our website. Residence halls will close for summer break at noon on May 20.
Looking ahead to fall 2014 semester, residence halls open for returning students on Friday, August 29.
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Students for Education, Empowerment and Direct Service (SEEDS), as many of you know, is Reed's community service program. This semester, our ongoing service programs offer a variety of weekly, one-day, and weeklong service opportunities. Our weekly and one-day service programs are student-run and led, employing eight student interns who coordinate weekly tutoring and mentoring opportunities, quarterly blood drives, and one-day service projects (e.g., urban farm work; invasive species removal; food and children’s books distribution). March brings the annual alternative spring-break service trip, this time to San Francisco to focus on hunger and homelessness. SEEDS also continues to collaborate with other Reed departments on programs to engage our community, including the Reed Leadership Academy (RELAY), where SEEDS will be supporting the program's community service component. As always, students can check the SEEDS website for details or to sign up for programs. Want to learn more about all the ways students, staff, alumni, and faculty are engaged in the community? Visit our Reedies and Community Engagement blog for more than 100 profiles of Reed community members. (See photo above of Environmental Service Saturday at Oregon Food Bank's Learning Garden led by SEEDS student intern, Emmanuel Enemchukwu, September 2013.)
We in student activities are focused on extending the learning environment from the classroom, conference, and lab out into the campus community and beyond. We work with your students to inculcate communication and collaboration skills, the capacity to reflect deeply on one's extracurricular experience, and the ability to create inclusive communities.
The Gray Fund program continues to provide amazing opportunities for students. This spring we are bringing to campus operatic sensation Prince Poppycock and the Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi. Gray Fund excursions off campus include skiing, whale watching, attending a Cirque du Soleil performance, and whitewater rafting. All of these free trips are intended to encourage community and provide a healthy break from studying.
Reed Leadership Academy (RELAY)
RELAY has begun its second year. The 20 students in our 2014 cohort enjoyed an overnight kickoff retreat and have begun meeting with their coaches. Over the course of the next two semesters, they will learn about leadership topics including personal values and identities, communication, collaboration, and ethical civic engagement. Soon, they will begin planning for their fall service projects.
Reed Arts Week
Reed Arts Week 2014 selected the theme of “Daemon,” meant to symbolize a background spirit that is unseen but felt in one's life. More than 15 professional artists and over 20 student artists will present their pieces during the first week of March.
From Santi Alston in the Office for Inclusive Community:
This spring, the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) is keeping students engaged with a keynote lecture by writer and media critic Latoya Peterson. We will also host the annual Vine Deloria Jr. lecture series in April, highlighting current social justice movements within Indian Country and focusing on local and national mobilizing around sports mascots. If you're interested in learning more about our MRC events, please visit our website.
Our Peer Mentor Program (PMP) is open to all Reed students and focuses on providing ongoing support to first-generation students and students from historically underrepresented communities as they transition into the Reed community. New students typically sign up for PMP at the beginning of fall semester; however, students are welcome to join our program at any point during the year. For first-year mentees and returning student mentors, spring semester provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the hopes, fears, and expectations students experienced at the beginning of the academic year. At our Paideia weekend brunch, new Reedies in PMP had time to reflect on and celebrate the fact that they successfully completed their first semester at Reed! We also will be going on an overnight retreat to Reed's ski cabin on Mt. Hood for a fun day of sledding and other winter activities.
This fall a working group convened to re-evaluate the priorities for the open position of assistant dean of students for sexual assault prevention and response. Through an extensive process that sought feedback from community members via a survey and community forum, this group’s work informed the search for the new assistant dean. In December, the search committee communicated with a number of highly qualified applicants, bringing two to campus for interviews.
The members of the search committee are very pleased to announce that Rowan Frost accepted our offer to become Reed’s new assistant dean of students for sexual assault prevention and response. Rowan received strong support from the students, staff, and faculty who met with her and we are delighted that she began her time at Reed in January.
Rowan is responsible for coordinating our campus-wide efforts to effectively prevent and respond to sexual misconduct at Reed, including training and education for students, staff, and faculty.
Rowan comes to us from Tucson, Arizona where she worked with community organizations and the University of Arizona to build effective advocacy and prevention programming.
International student services (ISS) is excited about the many opportunities we have to offer our students this spring! First, we are recruiting our next group of InterConnect Mentors. InterConnect Mentors are a select group of Reed students, both international and domestic, who serve as part of our student leadership team. These students participate in an intercultural leadership training program that will develop their intercultural communication skills and knowledge. Mentors serve as group leaders during International Student Orientation, welcoming and guiding first-year international students. They also provide support for international students by serving as peer mentors, assisting new international students in their academic, cultural, and social adjustments to the U.S. and to the Reed campus throughout the fall semester. These positions receive compensation hourly for work during International Student Orientation, as well as a $500 leadership award for the fall 2014 semester. If your student is interested in developing their intercultural leadership skills and mentoring new international students, please encourage them to apply!
ISS also looks forward to selecting our next group of Summer Experience Award recipients. The Summer Experience Award is a grant that offers students on an F-1 visa the opportunity to complement their academic studies with a summer internship focused on an area of interest and possible future employment. The award was created to provide international students on F-1 visas with off-campus experiences that would typically be unattainable because of work restrictions. Every summer our international students pursue life-changing summer opportunities, and we can’t wait to see what big ideas our recipients have for their summers.
The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) is busily planning our International Week, which will take place March 24–28. The ISAB has a full week of events to celebrate international diversity at Reed, with events highlighting cuisine, performances, language, film, and more from around the world. The ISAB is excited to share the many cultures of international Reedies with the community.
Winter break and early spring semester events coordinated by The Center for Life Beyond Reed brought opportunities for students to explore the variety of career fields available to them through actual experiences and contacts with professionals in those fields. Nearly 80 students spent time between the semesters with 40 externship sponsors through the Winter Externships Program. Students shadowed or participated in short projects with alumni and parent sponsors representing fields such as art/advertising/marketing, healthcare/research/veterinary science, education, finance/consulting, law, social justice, government/sustainability, and with entrepreneurs. On February 8, nearly 100 alumni and parent volunteers descended on campus for the third annual Working Weekend, which featured five tracks, Advocates (law); Builders (engineers); Creators (theatre and dance); Healers (healthcare); and Innovators (Reedies who create amazing things), two intensives, and meet-ups between students and Reed Career Network volunteers in a sort of “speed-dating” environment. Thank you to the many parents who participated and supported these efforts to engage students in career building activities beyond the curriculum.
More programs, including resume, networking, pre-professional advising, and job/internship workshops, are planned throughout the spring semester, and parents can check the 2014 calendar for many of them. Beyond Reed staff members anticipate busy schedules as students seek support in their pursuit of meaningful summer and after graduation opportunities. Experiential opportunities through SEEDS and its ongoing service programs abound. The cycle to encourage students to consider competitive fellowships, student grants, and awards begins this spring, since many deadlines come early in the fall, and the application processes require considerable attention over the summer months.
We are always interested in knowing about paid internship opportunities offered by organizations and companies for which students can compete. Drop us a line anytime if you have ideas or know of specific opportunities, and we’ll work to get them in front of students and provide counseling and coaching to help them compete for them. If you have specific ideas that might help us to build out our Reed College Internship Advantage Initiative, a program designed to engage partner employers by having them offer summer internships, please contact Brooke Hunter, our assistant director for strategic partnerships, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503/788-6698.
Lastly, we are delighted to announce that Michelle Johnson joined the team in The Center for Life Beyond Reed as the fellowships and awards coordinator (.6 FTE). Michelle has been an international affairs professional with extensive experience in international education programs, most recently with the U.S. Department of State as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Deputy Director, Office of Exchange Programs, in Washington, D.C. In that role she managed the administration of Fulbright and other academic exchange programs. We're especially pleased to have someone on board who brings such extensive experience with the Fulbright. Michelle is the recipient of several Department of State performance awards between 2001 and 2012, including special commendation from Secretary Clinton in recognition of the success and speed of the launch of the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship Program, a new program component that sent U.S. graduates in public policy and administration to serve as Special Assistants in partner developing country governments.
Michelle earned a BA in history from Haverford College and a master of international and intercultural management at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. She grew up in the Rogue Valley and is thrilled to return to Oregon with her husband.
We are grateful to the many students, faculty, and staff members who helped in the selection process. We are excited to have Michelle join the Center for Life Beyond Reed as we build on past successes and shape new initiatives to help students make the most of opportunities beyond the classroom during their time at Reed.
The bookstore is a nonprofit, institutionally owned store and offers many goods and services to support your student's success and well-being. A brand-new item that students like a lot: Paradox gift cards. This is especially great for hard-studying students who need a shot of caffeine but don't have cash—the only tender accepted at this student-run coffee shop.
Another popular service is our care box program. Our packages are designed with your Reedie in mind and are a way to celebrate a birthday away from home or to say, "hang in there—we're thinking of you." Our newly created coffee lover's box may be just what your student needs as work starts piling up even more during the second half of the term. You can order a care box or Paradox gift card on our website or by calling 503/777-7757.
Lastly, if you would like to upgrade your spring wardrobe, check out our various new clothing items that we ordered for the warmer season. As a spring break special, we are offering free shipping on any orders of $30 or more placed by March 22. Please enter the coupon code "freeship" at checkout in order to receive this benefit.
Jules Wright, bookstore merchandise buyer, 503/777-7757
Ueli Stadler, bookstore manager, 503/777-7758
The financial aid process for 2014–15 has been updated on our website. The deadline for priority consideration ends on May 1, 2014. Don’t miss this opportunity to apply for institutional and federal funding!
Updating the FAFSA
The FAFSA and CSS Profile should be filed no later than April 1, 2014, to meet the May 1 application deadline. If you have not completed your 2013 IRS income tax returns, both applications may be filed using estimated financial information. Once 2013 parent and student tax returns have been submitted to the IRS, you should use the Department of Education’s IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool, like the FAFSA, is available at www.fafsa.gov. In some cases (such as married parents who file separately or recently separated or divorced parents), parents cannot use the IRS data retrieval process and will be required to provide an IRS tax transcript to the financial aid office. This requirement will be in addition to the IDOC packet required of all applicants for institutional funding.
The IDOC packet, which includes copies of parent and student 2013 IRS income tax returns, should be mailed to the IDOC service by April 15, to meet the May 1 application deadline. If you have not completed a tax return by April 15, a copy of your tax return extension should be included with the IDOC packet.
Banner Self Service
For the 2014–15 academic year, students will continue to access their financial aid status and award via Reed’s financial aid website with Banner Self-Service. Students will use Banner Self-Service to:
• Check the status of their financial aid application to find out which documents have been received, and what is still needed to complete their application for financial aid.
• Review their financial aid eligibility and accept their financial aid. Students have the ability to print a copy of their financial aid award to send to parents.
• Report any outside resources, such as private scholarships, to the financial aid office.
The financial aid office attempts to notify all currently enrolled students as to the completion status of their financial aid application. Notification is made via email to the student’s reed.edu address. Parents are welcome to check the completion status of their student’s financial aid application by sending email to email@example.com or by calling us at 503/777-7223. To discuss specific data contained within the application(s) with anyone other than the student, the financial aid office must have a 2014–15 Authorization to Release Information Form, signed by the student, which lists the person(s) authorized to access his/her financial aid information. The Authorization to Release Information Form is available online.
Gifts from parents like you enable Reed to strengthen and enrich our academic program in the arts, sciences, and humanities while maintaining a remarkably low 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio in the classroom.
Thank you for so generously supporting the education Reed provides. For more information on the Annual Fund or to make your gift today visit giving.reed.edu or contact the Annual Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reed's 100th annual commencement ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 19 on the front lawn of campus. Weekend events include a commencement eve celebration Sunday evening and a commencement morning breakfast. A complete schedule is available online along with ticket information and updates at
Please join us in celebrating the class of 2014!
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