ReediEnews: Winter 2014


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. Performing Arts Building takes center stage
  2. Scriptorium on the Road
  3. Reed reactor women rank
  4. Rankings game: metrics & methods
  5. Reedies descend upon Portland Marathon
  6. Miriam Sontz '73 ascends at Powell's


Performing Arts Building
Years in the making, Reed’s new Performing Arts Building took center stage for its grand opening on Friday, September 20, with pomp and circumstance, shiny red ribbons, and multiple pairs of giant scissors wielded. This innovative space has already played host to experimental dance, film, and a subversive new interpretation of Our Town. Also, check out the most recent issue of Reed magazine and its cover story the wide variety of performing arts on campus.


Scriptorium on the Road
Enthusiasts, experts, and those who had never met the proper end of a quill, came out for Scriptorium on the Road in eight cities around the country last fall. Much joy was shared while celebrating the fine art of letterform and Reed's calligraphy heritage, and some new talents were honed. Photos by Jon Paul Davis '93.

Blue Glow Turns Pinkmelinda_reactor
Did you know that Reed licenses many more female operators than any other research reactor in the nation? In some years, Reed licenses more female operators than all other research reactors combined. Moreover, Melinda Krahenbuhl, director of Reed's research reactor, recently became the first woman to chair the National Organization of Test, Research, and Training Reactors. Learn more in Reed magazine.

Rankings Game
The U.S. News rankings juggernaut rolls again, but Reed magazine reminds us why the college chooses not to play. For a tongue-in-cheek take on the metrics and methods involved, check out the Onion’s version of measurement.

marathon_studentPortland Marathon
Alumni, students, staff, and faculty were part of Reed's record turnout at the Portland Marathon in October. The phalanx of more than 50 Reed runners and walkers, including one juggler, were appropriately attired in red shirts emblazoned with a Griffin, a homeric quote, and "REED" hand-lettered in calligraphy by Raymond Rodriguez, college web designer.

Miriam Sontz '73 Ascends at Powell's
Miriam Sontz '73 ascends to CEO at Powell’s, the mothership of books, where she has worked since 1984. She talks about the changing nature of the industry in the Portland Business Journal.


Claire Trageser '05 reports on Star Wars Stormtroopers and the elaborate costume preparations for Comic Con International. Listen.

Peter Steinberger, Robert H. & Blanche Day Ellis Professor of Political Science & Humanities, delivered the annual Odyssey lecture at convocation: provocative thoughts on thinking! Listen.

How does a galaxy evolve? Physics student Noah Muldavin '13 compresses one billion years into a five-minute video. Watch.

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