association presidents report
Once a Reedie, always a Reedie. I dont think that
when I graduated 20 years ago I had any idea just how personally revealing
that statement would be someday. Like any respectable Reedie, I take issue
with an institution that claims to leave a permanent stamp on my body,
soul, or mind. And nothing makes me bristle more than someone, who upon
learning of my Reed background, utters the pithy judgment, Yes,
that explains everything.
Yet, while I am not ready to consent to a belief in Reed as a state of
mind, way of being, or even a wayward tribe, I will affirm that being
in the company of fellow Reedies is unlike any experience I know. Not
only does it resonate with memories of gathering around the conference
table or sitting in the coffee shop, it forces me to acknowledge that
the connection to the Reed community doesnt end at the campus boundary.
It follows you, I am beginning to suspect, to the grave.
What do pizza frenzies, email forwarding, brewpub tours, gift copies of
the Iliad to incoming first-year students, road shows on Renaissance sundials,
and online discussions of playwright Tom Stoppard have in common? They
are all part of the appropriately eclectic world of the Reed alumni association.
Unlike other colleges, activities of Reeds alumni association are
completely driven by the zeal and passion of its individual members. We
at the alumni board maintain a modicum of pomp and circumstance, but our
main job is supporting enthusiastic Reedies interested in making things
happen throughout the Reed alumni network.
Whether you are ready to lead the charge in creating a new gathering,
cultural tour, book group, or social protest, or merely looking to pitch
in with a helping hand, the alumni association is there to serve you.
Each of our eight regional chaptersincluding this years new
chapter in Chicagoare looking for new volunteers with fresh energy,
restless minds, and an appreciationof the unconventional.
Below are some of our plans for the year ahead. If theres something
that catches your fancy, please drop me an email and Ill see to
it that someone follows up with you.
Reed is now offering automatic email forwarding
for alumni, providing you with your very own reed.edu
email address. Theres also a new online alumni directory.
Assisted by professionals from the Reed alumni
ranks, we have embarked on a 10-year project to capture the oral
history of Reed for a book marking the colleges centennial.
Were looking for people interested in being trained as interviewers,
and for historians and archivists interested in helping coordinate
Were looking for volunteers from each
of the reunion classes52, 62, 72, 77,
82, 92, and 97to help get the word out and
to help plan class events for next Junes reunions.
If youre living in any of the chapter
areas, be sure to get on their mailing list for notification of upcoming
events, including picnics, book groups, brew pub tours, cultural gatherings,
and traveling presentations from Reed faculty and staff members.
Reed needs volunteers willing to interview
prospective students, as well as meet with recent grads in search
of career advice. Volunteers in the Portland area are needed to help
with events for current students, such as an ice cream social and
a semester finals pizza feeding frenzy.
If you are looking for ways to bring a bit of the Reed
community back into your life, or just out for a good time with some like-minded
folks, please dont hesitate to email us at email@example.com.
president of the alumni association