News of the College Feb. 2001

Alumni association president's report

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The alumni association has been busy on all fronts this year. Not only do we see our mission as reaching out to alumni spread far and wide, we try to connect with current students who, in the not too distant future, will attain alumni status themselves. Our efforts range from conversing with first-year students with pithy little comments in their copy of the Iliad they receive the summer before they arrive, to giving all seniors a copy of a DISorientation guide that includes their first class directory and useful information such as how to live on a budget, write a résumé, and change the oil in their car. We’re also meeting with faculty members to let them know the wide range of resources alumni provide to students, such as job leads, career mentoring, and tips on moving to another city and dressing “business casual.”

Rest assured, we have not forgotten our core membership. Right now alumni are engaged in a wide variety of activities such as discussing politics over beer on the monthly brew pub tour, discussing Ursula Hegi in a book club meeting, listening to theatre professor Kathleen Worley as she speaks about how actors research historical figures and then watching her perform a part from her one-woman show on Virginia Woolf, or hearing math professor Tom Wieting talk about the church and astronomy in the seventeenth century. Besides these fascinating topics, Reed alumni are getting an earful as they interview older Reedites about their experiences at Reed in the 1930s and 1940s. The alumni oral history project is well under way, with interviews taking place in the Bay Area, Portland, the Seattle area, and Washington, D.C. The stories these Reedites tell! If you’d like to become a part of our interviewer contingent, please call or write to Lauren Lassleben ’75, or 510/849-2631. We provide training, equipment, materials, and, of course, unique narrators.

I hope many of you will attend Alumni College and reunions weekend this summer. This is a wonderful way to reconnect with old friends and professors and make new friends. The atmosphere on campus is relaxed, with fun and engaging activities scheduled at all hours of the day and night. It’s true we’ve moved midnight theater to 10 p.m., but that’s so you can hang out in the SU into the early morning hours! I look forward to seeing you on campus this summer.

Sally Snyder Brunette ’83, 425/562-2670






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