Parent & Family Weekend

Parent and Family Weekend is a time to visit campus and experience the rich array of student opportunities and resources Reed has to offer. Enjoy programming dedicated to navigating Reed and helping your student during each step of the journey.

Pre-registration is now closed. You may still register on-site on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Kaul Auditorium or on Saturday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. in Vollum Lounge. We look forward to welcoming you to campus.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Registration
9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Kaul Foyer

Lecture: The Reed Education
10:30–11:30 a.m.

Reed Chapel

Reed College has remained steadfast in its central commitment to providing a balanced, comprehensive education in the liberal arts and sciences, fulfilling the highest standards of intellectual excellence. Nigel Nicholson, dean of the faculty and Walter Mintz Professor of Classics, offers his perspective on how the academic program is evolving and what questions we are asking about the academic program at Reed today.

Student Resources Fair
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Gray Campus Center

Discover services and opportunities available to students at all stages of their Reed education and have one-on-one conversations with staff leaders.

Calligraphy Scriptorium
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Psychology 102/103

Scriptorium offers the opportunity for parents to experience the Calligraphy Initiative, which is a series of weekly Scriptoria, free and open to all Reed College students, staff, faculty, and alumni. All materials provided, no prior experience necessary.

Tours

Explore Reed’s campus, from the nuclear reactor—the only one in the nation operated by undergraduates—to the 28-acre watershed located in the heart of campus.

2:15 p.m.

Reed Canyon tour, Fish Ladder behind Physical Plant
Cooley Art Gallery tour, Library
Reactor tour, Chemistry Building lobby

3 p.m.

Cooley Art Gallery tour, Library
Reactor tour, Chemistry Building lobby

Ellington and Strayhorn: A Celebration, Keynote
4-5 p.m.

Eliot Hall chapel

Keynote: Walter van de Leur, "'After All': Strayhorn Studies in the 21st Century." Van de Leur is professor of jazz and improvised music at the University of Amsterdam and author of Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn.

Family Reception Hosted by President John R. Kroger
5–6 p.m.

Performing Arts Building 3rd Floor Atrium

Join the president, fellow parents, faculty, and administrative leaders for light refreshments and conviviality.

Ellington and Strayhorn: A Celebration
7:30-9:30 p.m.

Kaul Auditorium

Celebrate jazz greats Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington in this performance to commemorate Strayhorn’s one-hundredth birthday. This performance is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program.

Faculty & Student Theatre Performance of Exile
by Nastaran Ahmadi, directed by Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly, assistant professor of theatre 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Performing Arts Building, Black Box Theatre

In Exile, an Iranian-American video game tester develops a game set in a post-nuclear apocalypse Iran, even as her own relationship becomes a fallout zone. Tickets can be reserved online or by calling 503/777-7284.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Welcome
9 a.m.

Vollum Lounge

Start the day by stopping in for coffee and a bite to eat before finding your seat in Vollum Lecture Hall for the president's welcome remarks.

President John R. Kroger: Your student's future at and beyond Reed
9:30 a.m.

Vollum Lecture Hall

A Reed education shapes the distinctive, often surprising life journeys of its graduates. Hear President Kroger reflect on how you, along with the college's faculty, staff and alumni, can support your students as they translate fierce intellectual passions into lives of meaning and purpose.

Parent Exploration Sessions
10 a.m.–noon

New this year! Attend breakout sessions led by staff and faculty teams on topics of special interest to parents. Understand how to help your student navigate the Reed curriculum from freshman to senior year. Topics include seeking academic assistance, choosing a major, mastering the junior qual, and defining a thesis topic. Hear about why and how your student might access opportunities outside the classroom, including research experiences, internships, volunteer service, and international study.

Session One (choose from below)
10–11 a.m.

How to Help Your Reedie: Beginning an Academic Journey
Vollum 110
Jennifer Corpus, professor of psychology, and Nathalia King, David Eddings Professor of English and Humanities.
Focus on how to help your student get the most out of the freshman year. Topics include how your student can best explore and define an academic direction, take advantage of resources, and work with an adviser, as well as how parents can best support their students.

Choosing a Major
Vollum 116
Mary James, A.A. Knowlton Professor of Physics and dean for institutional diversity, and Noelwah Netusil, Stanley H. Cohn Professor of Economics
Understand how your student will be supported as he/she chooses a major, how to work with an adviser, and the appropriate steps needed to complete the process of declaring a major.

Center for Life Beyond Reed: Career Cohorts and Senior Stewardship (Juniors & Seniors)
Eliot 314
Alice Harra, director of the Center for Life Beyond Reed, and Bonnie Ingersoll, student outreach and young alumni coordinator of the Center for Life Beyond Reed
As students embark on their final years at Reed, the Center for Life Beyond Reed strives to prepare these students to find their place in the world. Learn about strategic programming that the center provides to instill lifelong skills and connections to the world beyond Reed.

Building Community at Reed
Vollum 126
Learn about the opportunities Reedies have to create community on campus through activities, clubs, and student groups, as well as off campus community-building opportunities in the greater Portland area.

Session Two (choose from below)
11 a.m.–noon

The Junior Qual and Preparing for the Thesis
Vollum 110
Darrell Schroeter
, associate professor of physics, and Alexander Montgomery, associate professor of political science
Familiarize yourself with what your student should expect from the junior qual experience and how the Qual differs in different arenas, and get advice if your student needs to retake the qual.

The Thesis
Vollum 116
Timothy Hackenberg, professor of psychology, and Jacqueline Dirks ’82, Cornelia Marvin Pierce Professor of History and Humanities
What is a senior thesis? There is a lot of variation in Reed senior theses, but successful ones are nearly always based on a central question that the author attempts to answer: the thesis of the thesis. Learn more about your student’s thesis journey.

Center for Life Beyond Reed: Communities of Purpose (Freshmen & Sophomores)
Eliot 314
Alice Harra, director of the Center for Life Beyond Reed, and Bonnie Ingersoll, student outreach and young alumni coordinator of the Center for Life Beyond Reed
As Reedies come to know themselves, their passions, and their place in the community, the Center for Life Beyond Reed frames that conversation with peer-to-peer support and helps first and second year students answer the “why” (their purpose) before attempting to answer the “what” (what am I going to do?).

Building Community at Reed
Vollum 126
Learn about the opportunities Reedies have to create community on campus through activities, clubs, and student groups, as well as off campus community-building opportunities in the greater Portland area.

The Douglas Williams Fencing Tournament
10:30 a.m.

Sports Center Gym 2

The 18th annual tournament, held in memory of Douglas Williams ’63, will highlight the skills and prowess of Reed students learning the art of the foil. Watch the awarding of this year’s Williams Scholars.

Faculty & Student Theatre Performance of Exile
by Nastaran Ahmadi, directed by Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly, assistant professor of theatre
7:30-9:30 p.m.

Performing Arts Building, Black Box Theatre

In Exile, an Iranian-American video game tester develops a game set in a post-nuclear apocalypse Iran, even as her own relationship becomes a fallout zone. Tickets can be reserved online or by calling 503/777-7284.

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