Incoming president's reportThe thing I like most about being a Reed alumna is that I've made connections with people both past and present. Some of my best friends I met during my freshman year at Reed. Some of the most interesting people I've met in the past 10 years are Reed alumni from different generations who have come into my life because of my involvement with the Rainier chapter. I plan to preserve, maintain, and increase these connections in years to come.
As incoming president of the alumni association, I want to share with you some of the ways that connections can be made with fellow Reedies. Of course there are reunions, which have proved to be some of the most fun and relaxed times on the Reed campus I've ever had. Then there are the chapter events and Reed on the Road, which travels to some cities not served by chapters. But the newest venue is the internet. Reed has a small but growing community of people who are participating in Reed-only conference rooms at the Utne salon, http://www.reed.edu/alumni/conference.html. This past year, more than three dozen people participated in an online humanities program that followed the senior symposium (Humanities 411) reading list and calendar. This summer we will be launching an online book club for those who want to read and discuss books in a less academic environment.
I encourage you to take advantage of the many ways you can connect with Reedies, including ones you know and those you haven't met yet. Whether Reedie or Reedite, we all share a Reed experience that has universal themes with which we all connect.
Sally Snyder Brunette '83