Enewsletter, Autumn 2012

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Reed College Alumni & Parent Relations is pleased to send you this electronic newsletter for parents and grandparents 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.

In this issue:

  1. Overview from Student Services
  2. Career Services
  3. Parent Council
  4. Reed Care Boxes
  5. Commencement
  6. Parent to Parent
  7. Financial Aid Update
  8. Parent & Family Weekend


brodyOverview from student services

Mike Brody, vice president & dean of student services, provides an update on student services and the resources available to your student:

It has of late been spectacularly beautiful in Portland, and particularly on campus. Early in the morning, the fog that rests in the canyon dutifully departs, and in its place the clear, crisp air gradually warms in the afternoon sun, which in turn stages a stunning descent over the west hills, painting the sky overhead in fiery orange and pastel purple. This has happened just about every day for the past couple weeks, setting a picturesque tableau in which campus life has progressed this fall.

As you all know, John R. Kroger recently began his tenure as Reed’s fifteenth president. John’s inauguration last month brought to campus a diverse group of current Reed staff, faculty, and students; alumni, trustees, and members of the Portland community; and friends of John and his wife Michele from all around the country. I spent much of the evening with students who represented Reed honorably, and who seemed to have a great time doing so. It was a very proud, and from my perspective, auspicious moment for the college. 

John’s arrival seems to have energized the entire Reed community. As he gets to know Reed, he seems increasingly enamored with the college, and his enthusiasm and ambition for Reed are infectious. Our new president seems deeply devoted to protecting and nurturing Reed’s enduring commitment to the life of the mind, even as he embraces student success beyond the classroom. John has made it a priority to support our ongoing efforts to help Reed students be happy and healthy as they engage in this rigorous intellectual endeavor. To that end, John has encouraged broad collaboration on campus, and I have already begun to see the fruits of these collective efforts in enhancing student support resources. My impression as I walk around campus is that students seem engaged, happy, and connected. I would say they picked a great time to be at Reed!

I invite you to peruse the updates below, and to contact me or my staff should you have any questions about student services and how we might more effectively support your student.

On behalf of the Reed Student Services staff, I wish you and yours all the very best.

—Mike Brody, Vice President & Dean of Students

PS: In keeping with our ongoing efforts to keep Reed healthy, I am happy to announce that the college is once again offering free flu shots to Reed faculty, staff, and students on the following dates in Gray Campus Center, rooms CD: 

Wednesday, November 14, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.


From Amy Schuckman in Residence Life:

Important dates

  • November 22–25: Thanksgiving break, residence halls remain open, limited food service 
  • December 14, noon: residence halls close for winter break
  • January 18, noon: residence halls open, limited food service
  • January 28: classes begin
  • March 16–24: spring break, residence halls remain open, limited food service
  • May 21, noon: residence halls close

Residence Life blog & Facebook 

After their start this summer, the new Res Life Facebook page and Wordpress blog are in full swing for the school year. Students and parents/guardians can “like” us on Facebook to receive regular updates on campus events, housing deadlines, and other Res Life happenings. Our blog includes weekly off-campus activities, advice for residents, house advisor posts about floor events, weird facts about Portland, photos, and much more. Find us at and

Upcoming leadership & employment opportunity: house advisors 

The house advisor process for the 2013–14 academic year is already on our radar, and we hope it’s on your student's too! Being a house advisor (HA) is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop strong leadership and mediation skills, to make a positive impact on the Reed campus community, and to be an integral member of the residence life staff team in shaping policies and procedures. Additionally, HAs receive employer-provided housing and B meal plan for the 2013–14 academic year. We anticipate having the application materials available online towards the end of the fall semester with applications for the position due shortly after the beginning of the spring semester. Interviews will take place midway through the second semester and offers will be extended for the position in late spring. A more detailed timeline will be available as the process draws nearer. Being an HA is an awesome way to connect with the Reed experience, so encourage your Reedie to look into this excellent opportunity.  

Different living options: language houses & theme communities 

Many of our students live in a traditional residence hall community, but we also have other living options like the language houses and theme communities.

Reed's six language houses are residential environments where students apply to live together to explore language and culture as a complement to the academic programs in Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic. Each semester, the houses plan campus-wide events to highlight certain aspects of the language or culture of their specific communities. This semester's events promise to be quite spectacular. One upcoming program is collaboration between the Chinese and Russian houses that will celebrate Mongolian culture from a historic perspective. Mongolian-inspired food, music, art, and language will all be a part of the event, which is unlike anything seen at Reed in recent times. Students can apply to live in a language house for the next academic year in spring 2013.

Living in a theme community is a great way for residents to connect with other students, build community and enhance their residential and learning experience at Reed. Theme communities are intentionally designed living communities centered on a variety of shared academic, cultural, and personal interests, like an appreciation for art, Japanese culture, science, or the outdoors. Theme housing allows students with common interests and lifestyle preferences to live together and support each other through thoughtful engagement, informal interactions, and planned events. Each theme community has one or two theme coordinators and additional funds for events and activities. Students can both propose a new theme and/or apply to live in theme community for the next academic year in spring 2013.

Applications process for winter housing 

Winter housing accommodations are available (pending application approval) for students that demonstrate a need for remaining at Reed over winter break. Reasons may include financial, immigration, or needing a place to stay over break. Students must complete an application to be considered for winter housing; applications will be available online starting Monday, October 15. Students will be emailed with more info and application instructions prior to that date. The cost of winter housing is a flat fee of $250, due in January. Please check the for further information.

From Kristin Holmberg in Student Activities:

Introducing the Reed Leadership Academy
The Reed Leadership Academy is a year-long leadership development program.  Students will join a cohort of 20 students who are interested in learning more about themselves, about how they interact with others, and about how they can make positive social change in their communities. Participants will engage in weekly experiential workshops, be paired with a leadership advisor from the Portland community, and engage in planning a community service project. Applications for this exciting new program are due on October 29. For more information, see or email

Gray Fund
After celebrating its twentieth anniversary last spring, the Gray Fund continues to help students build community and find some balance. All of our off campus trips are free and open to students, faculty, and staff. Trips are a great way to get out of the library. This fall, Harvest Ball will feature swing lessons and music by the Shanghai Woolies. In addition, we will host Meghan McCain, columnist, author, and blogger, as she talks about how party politics don’t have to be so polarizing and dogmatic.

Welcome to Ramiro Espinoza, assistant director of student activities. Ramiro is excited to be active in the Reed community and has enjoyed getting to know students. He is also looking forward to coordinating (and attending!) Gray Fund trips and events.

From Julie Maxfield in Academic Support:

Academic support provides all students, freshmen through seniors, with a variety of programs and services to help develop the skills needed to thrive in a rigorous intellectual environment. Our resources are designed with faculty input and an awareness of Reed's unique curricular demands. We provide opportunities for students to explore their learning process and to collaborate with others in the pursuit of scholarship, critical thinking, and creativity.

To this end, drop-in tutoring by Reed students of advanced standing is available for biology, chemistry, physics, economics, mathematics, writing, and the modern languages. Peer tutors also work individually with students for up to an hour per week to reinforce concepts and skills for many introductory and mid-level classes. In addition to our peer tutoring program, academic support offers workshops and individual coaching sessions for students looking to improve their time management, organization, note taking, class discussion, problem solving, reading, and writing skills. These free services are available to students at any point in their academic career. For more information, see

In addition to tutoring, coaching, and workshops, academic support works collaboratively with the rest of student services to promote healthy responses to the pressures of the Reed environment. Many students will experience academic stress or will struggle to find a balance between their intellectual and other pursuits. If this happens to your student, please encourage him/her to consult with academic support staff or to engage in the many cross-departmental programs designed to alleviate stress. We want to help students find a sustainable path to success at Reed and beyond.

From Fawn Livingston-Gray ’95 in Students for Education, Empowerment, and Direct Service (SEEDS):

Students for Education, Empowerment and Direct Service (SEEDS), Reed's community service program, is excited to welcome a new group of leaders and a high number of first-year students to our programs this year. As many of you know, SEEDS’ main programs during the school year are our student-created and student-led partnerships, which are off and running this year. We had record interest in our tutoring and mentoring programs, with 20 students interning and 17 mentoring at Lane Middle School and 29 tutoring at two other sites. Due to the high interest in tutor volunteering, we have started a new tutoring partnership with a nearby housing complex that serves primarily refugee families.

There are many more volunteer and off-campus, Federal Work-Study internships still available through our office. We encourage students to check our website at for more information.

We are also partnering with international student services, multicultural affairs, and others on a global citizenship theme month which will run from the week after fall break through Thanksgiving break and include speakers, workshops, discussions and other events to engage with students on what it means to be a global citizenship in the 21st century.

Opportunities coming later this year include our alternative spring break service program, the ten-college collaborative Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and summer internship awards. The McGill Lawrence Internship Award and the Davis Projects for Peace awards, both sponsored by SEEDS and Career Services, provide funds for Reed students to create summer internships. The McGill Lawrence is focused on internships in the non-profit or public sector, while the Davis award offers $10,000 to create a project for peace. The deadline for the Davis Projects for Peace award has been moved up to November 29 this year. For more information and to view the video made about Reed's 2009 recipients, Kirsten Mandala and Skye Macdonald, visit

Please don’t hesitate to let us know if your Reedie has a question about service opportunities!

From Dana Bays in International Student Services (ISS):

International student services (ISS) kicked off the semester by welcoming 24 degree-seeking international students, ten exchange students, and eight language scholars from more than 23 countries to our campus. We’re excited about the unique perspectives, experiences, and cultures our international students bring to campus and are thrilled to welcome them to the Reed community.

Highlights of this semester include the continuation of our Discover PDX program, where international students and scholars venture off campus and into the city of Portland. Our first adventure led students and scholars on a tour of the city, crossing bridges and stopping at food carts, all by bike. 

We are also excited about the success of our newly remodeled InterConnect program, which offers off-campus engagement and social and cultural support for international Reedies.  InterConnect pairs first-year students with a returning student mentor and a cohort of peers. Throughout the fall, mentors will meet monthly with their mentees, as well as take their small group out for a get together once per month off campus.

We also look forward to partnering with SEEDS, multicultural affairs, and others on a month of different events focused on the theme of global citizenship, engaging students in conversation on what it means to be a global citizen in the 21st century.

ISS will also continue to provide opportunities for our students to engage in academic support workshops and career-development sessions throughout the semester. ISS staff looks forward to helping all international Reedies thrive this fall!

News from Career Services

bridge pictureSince I began work as the assistant director for strategic partnerships in Career Services in July, I've worked with a wide variety of people and groups on campus to help create new opportunities for students.

Of note to parents, a project on which we can really use your help is the new Reed Externships program. Slated for the week of January 7–14, Reed Externships ( are a one- to five-day-long job shadow experiences that happen all around the country during winter break. The deadline to complete the sponsor form is is Monday, October 29. You determine how many days to host the externships, we just ask for a minimum of one day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Another career-related event at which we would love your participation is the Family Reception and Career Networking Event hosted by President Kroger during Parent & Family Weekend. We would love to see a bunch of parents schmoozing with students in Kaul Auditorium on Friday, November 2 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

We just passed the fall Schmoozing Is Good for Your Brain event this past weekend, and watching students and alumni engaging around career and other "life beyond Reed"  topics was incredibly exciting. We hope to see a lot of that in November as well.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at or 503/788-6698. I look forward to talking with you, and I would greatly appreciate your participation in any and all Reed career activities involving students and young alumni!

—Brooke Hunter
Assistant Director for Strategic Partnerships
Career Services

Note from the Parent Council Chair

Dear fellow parent:

As chair of Reed’s Parent Council, I am delighted to welcome you to the fall semester of 2012.

It’s an exciting time at the college as John R. Kroger takes the helm as president. John has had a long and distinguished career as a public servant and educator, and I cannot imagine a better person to lead Reed into its second century of distinctive education in the arts and sciences.

I encourage to you to introduce yourself to President Kroger and learn more about his vision for Reed’s future during Parent & Family Weekend (November 2–3, 2012). The weekend also provides ample opportunity to talk to professors, attend classes, meet fellow parents, and of course visit with your child—or at least take him or her out to dinner!

You can view the Parent & Family Weekend schedule of events at I hope to see you there.

Warmest regards,

—Joe Sellers
Parent of Danny Sellers ’13
Chair of Reed’s Parent Council

care_boxesReed care boxes

Do you have someone you care about at Reed College? Are you looking for a way to let your Reedie know you’re thinking of him or her? Our care boxes may be just what you want. They are designed with the Reedie in mind, and students love receiving them. Whether there is a birthday to celebrate, a thesis milestone reached, or just a note to say, “Take a break, we’re thinking of you,” our care packages are a unique way to send a message from home. To view our full selection, to see a detailed description of what each box contains, and to place an order, just go to the and click the “Care Box” link. The boxes are attractively packaged and available for pick up during bookstore hours. We will contact your special person by email and with a notice in the Reed mailbox. A note card with your personal message will be included with each care package. For further information, please contact Jules Wright at or 503/777-7757.

Save the Date for Commencement

Reed's 99th annual commencement ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2013 on the front lawn of campus.  Weekend events include optional tours on Saturday and Sunday, and a commencement-eve celebration Sunday evening. A complete schedule will be available in February on the Reed website. Please join us in celebrating the class of 2013!

Parent-to-Parent Program

Parent-to-Parent, Reed's prospective and incoming-parent outreach program, is evolving. This past summer, we surveyed program participants and re-envisioned this resource. We've learned that the program has been underpromoted, narrowly focused, and underutilized, and we aim to change this. At the same time, discussions with current Parent-to-Parent volunteers show that the program is useful and appreciated by those who know about it.

In the past, the volunteer window centered around the college's enrollment date, i.e. leading up to May 1. Going forward, we will promote Parent-to-Parent around enrollment, but also at midsummer, leading up to orientation, and at Parent & Family Weekend on November 2 & 3.

We've learned that parents of prospective and incoming students bring a host of questions to volunteers: general college questions, what to expect as a Reed parent, how to support a student at Reed, preparing to send a first child to college, what the academic transition is like, etc. For an east coast parent, it means a lot to talk to another east coaster, to learn how easy it is to get to Reed, and how fun it is to adopt Portland as a second city!

Do you have ideas for how Reed's Parent-to-Parent program might best support prospective and incoming parents? Have you experienced a parent program at another school or college that really works? What are these peer colleges doing right? Would you like to get involved? We would love to hear from you. Send email to

An informed, engaged, supportive network of current parents will foster and support the same in our students. With your help, Parent-to-Parent will promote these outcomes and more.

—Crockett Marr '00
Assistant Dean, Office of Admission

News from the Financial Aid Office

Keep an eye on the financial aid webpage ( in the coming months for complete instructions on the financial aid application process for the 2013–14 academic year.

As always, parents and students can use estimated income information to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile.  Families will again be required to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update the FAFSA once tax returns have been filed; therefore, we encourage families to file 2012 IRS income tax returns as early as possible.  Parents and students who are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool may order a Tax Return Transcript online at

The application cycle begins on January 1, 2013 and the deadline for priority consideration ends on May 1, 2013.  If you have any questions regarding your Reedie’s financial aid application status, please contact the financial aid office at 503/777-7223 or

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the financial aid office at or 503/777-7223.

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Parent & Family Weekend

Please join us for Parent & Family Weekend on November 2 & 3. Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday and conclude Saturday afternoon. Parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to attend. Whether you are coming to campus for the first time or the fifth, this is a wonderful opportunity for families to meet members of the college community and learn more about what students experience at Reed. The schedule is designed with something for everyone, from attending classes and touring the campus to conversations with the president, faculty, and staff. Register online today!


Extra links:

Learn more about Reed's new president, John R. Kroger

Parents, do you tweet? If so, follow us on Twitter at reed_parents

Contact information for Reed staff

The Reed academic calendar

Schedule of parent events on campus

Make a gift or learn more about the Parent Fund


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