ReediEnews for Parents: Spring 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


Commencement took place on May 19, a lovely day for graduating! Enjoy highlights from Reed's 100th commencement ceremony.

After a year of investigation into fundamental questions by Reed's strategic planning committee, including outreach to the larger college community, a plan is coming into focus. The process included 11 working groups; on-campus focus groups, including alumni; an alumni-and-parent development advisory group; and a survey, which was filled out by 3,174 alumni. Check out reports on all of these efforts.

sanjeev_vermaReed students converged on Wall Street?! In reporting on the experience, Sanjeev Verma '15 debunks common myths and confirms some unfortunate truths about the financial industry, while Sarah Brauner '16 shares the importance of steak as a motif in this business.

Anaka Narayanan '04 found her economics degree helpful in founding her own fashion line based on Indian handloom textiles. With her Brass Tacks label, she has created a unique niche for fit and fabric.

pam_ronald Pamela Ronald ’82, a prominent plant geneticist and a professor at U.C. Davis, was a guest in Michael Pollan’s “Edible Education 101” class at Berkeley last month. He’d invited her to speak on the benefits of genetic engineering, and what ensued was a provocative yet respectful debate on G.M.O. foods. “There’s something about genes that just terrifies people, when, in fact, this method is just as safe as the plant breeding we’ve been doing for ten thousand years,” Ronald said.

Over the past year, Reedies helped Franklin High students prepare for college by assisting them in organizing their time, applying for summer internships, and decoding financial aid forms. Learn more.


Prof. Sarah Schaack went to East Africa to teach workshops on how to use freely available genomic data and bioinformatic tools in biological research. As a Fulbright Scholar, she coordinated a whole genome-sequencing project with research institutions in Nairobi, Kenya. As reported by the Oregonian, her mission is twofold: to advance research of local importance and to empower African scientists to become larger contributors in the field of biology.

Ryann Liebenthal ’05 has long felt an affinity for Barbara Ehrenreich ’63 based on some similar life experiences. Recently they met and spoke about writing, activism, and the possible existence of a mystical Other, as well as Ehrenreich’s latest book, Living with a Wild GodRead all about it in Harper's magazine.


The stand-up economist goes Hollywood: Yoram Bauman '95 is starring in a series of videos for the Ford Transit Connect; by chance, the film producer for these web commercials was Sarah McMurray '05!

canyon_dayReed canyon was featured on Oregon Field Guide in a segment that showcases the college's hard work and positive results as the major steward of the purest water source in the Portland city limits. Watch it here.


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