Three Reed students chosen as mentors in science and math

Students Sarah Brown-Schmidt '99, Courtney Stevens '01, and Zaid van Giffen '99 have been selected by Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (AWSEM) to lead and act as role models for groups of Portland-area junior and senior high school women. The clubs meet weekly to go on field trips, work on problem-solving exercises, learn about college life, and meet professional women working in science, math, and technology.

Sarah Brown-Schmidt, a junior psychology major, graduated from Mercer Island High School in Washington. Brown-Schmidt plans to pursue a graduate degree in psycholinguistics after Reed.

Courtney Stevens graduated valedictorian from Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, earlier this year and is considering a degree in biochemistry. "I don't think that girls (or anyone for that matter) should shy away from science because they feel intimidated," she said.

Zaid van Giffen, a junior, lived in Holland until she was 15, when she moved to Eugene, Oregon, and attended Sheldon High School. After graduating from Reed with a physics degree, she hopes to study engineering and become a physicist in the Netherlands.

Hugh Porter named director of development

Hugh Porter, former director of Yale College programs for the alumni fund of Yale University, began serving as Reed's new director of development in January. He began his position as the five-year, $80 million Campaign for Reed College moved into its third year.

Betsy Ladd, Reed's director of development for the past six years, has assumed a new position in the development office as the director of major and planned giving. Report-ing to the executive vice president, she concentrates on campaign prospects of $100,000 or more and manages the marketing, soliciting, and stewardship of the college's planned giving campaign.

"We are pleased to welcome Hugh Porter to Reed," said Larry Large, executive vice president. "His depth of experience at Yale will further our development efforts admirably and carry us through to a successful conclusion of the Campaign for Reed College and beyond."

Porter began working in the development office of Yale University in 1991. He started out as assistant director of development and moved into increasingly responsible positions over the years. In his capacity as director of Yale College programs for the alumni fund, Porter oversaw a group of 10 professionals that was responsible for raising over $20 million annually. He also shared responsibility for management of over 800 fundraising volunteers.

As Reed's director of development Porter leads and manages Reed's development program, including coordinating the Campaign for Reed College. He oversees the annual fund, corporate and foundation support, leadership giving, and development research. His principal duties include developing fundraising campaigns and materials as well as leading the development team in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. Porter serves as a member of the management team of public affairs and development.

Porter, an accomplished cellist, graduated from Yale University with an A.B. cum laude in music in 1983 and an M.Phil. in the history of music in 1989.

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