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Bay Area
A crowd of 60 people enjoyed hearing Professor Ed Segel lecture on Beethoven in October. In November about 20 Reedies gathered to tour the exhibitions of Alexander Calder and Richard Diebenkorn at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Watch your mailbox for news of future events. For information on chapter happenings, call Richard S. Thomason '84 at 510/524-3724.

Boston
Boston does not currently have an active chapter. Anyone willing to help rejuvenate the Boston chapter should call Marianne Brogan '84, director of alumni relations, at 503/777-7593, or send email to
marianne.brogan@reed.edu.

New York
In December chapter members enjoyed attending the Festival Chamber Music Society dinner and concert at Merkin Hall for the third year. We mingled with alumni from other small liberal arts colleges after a fine Italian dinner, then listened to the music of Haydn, Stravinsky, and Schumann. At a reception after the concert we were able to meet the musicians.

A steering committee meeting was held in early January; we discussed plans for an event in April at the Cloisters and for the career event to be held in June. We are in the process of forming a NY REEDing group.

The Reed alumni conference on the Utne Cafe (
http://web.reed.edu/alumni/conference.html)now has a forum for discussion, posting events, or any other relevant information in the form of a topic called "New York, and what's it to ya?" Come take a look.

Please call us or come to a steering committee meeting with suggestions, ideas, interests, or events. We are also trying to increase our use of electronic means of communication, so if you are not currently on the chapter email list, please let us know. Call Kate Bieber '94 at 718/499-8980 or email katebieber@yahoo.com for chapter information.

Portland
We enjoyed a birdwatching outing to Oaks Bottom led by Johnny Powell, associate professor of physics, and Ron McClard, Arthur F. Scott Professor of chemistry. Alumni also participated in a career services job fair and volunteered to teach over a dozen Paideia classes in January. The alumni holiday party was a great success, and the Kaul Auditorium was a lovely venue. Last year the party changed from a dinner format to lighter fare and dancing, a change that a subcommittee will evaluate this spring. If you would like to be part of the discussion on the party's future form, please call Marianne Brogan '84 in the alumni office.

On a sad note, services are being planned for Tim Moreau '90 of New Orleans. Alumni may recall that Tim disappeared in January 1990 under suspicious circumstances; a Portland man was recently charged with his murder. Please send email to Rory Bowman '90 at
bowman@pobox.com or call the alumni office if you would like to participate in or help plan the service, tentatively scheduled for March.

Rainier

A crowd of Reedies always makes for a lively question-and-answer period. This photo is from the November Rainier panel discussion.
In October we held a career workshop in conjunction with career services, featuring a talk by Don Asher '83 on fast track career development. A panel of local alumni discussed hot careers in Seattle, followed by plenty of time for networking.

The chapter held a November panel discussion on "Politics and the Media: Who Controls the Message?" Panelists were Jim Compton '64, Seattle correspondent for the News Hour with Jim Lehrer;Sue Tupper '80, public affairs and political consultant; Tye Ferrell '87, legislative assistant to Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin; and Robert Smith '89, news reporter for KUOW and National Public Radio. Peter Steinberger, Reed College dean of the faculty and Ellis Professor of Political Science, was moderator. More than 80 people attended, making it the biggest gathering of local alumni (at least in recent history).

The Rainier chapter now has a web site at
http://www.eephus. com/rainierchapter.

For chapter information, email Peter Mason '79 at peterma@msn.com or call 206/323-2887.


"Who Controls the Message?" From the left: Jim Compton '64; Sue Tupper '80; Peter Steinberger; Nic Warmenhoven '96, alumni association board member and event organizer; Tye Ferrell '87; and Robert Smith '89.

Southern California
Trustee Sol Rabin '57 and his wife, Colleen, hosted a gathering of more than 60 alumni, parents, and friends that featured a talk on the Harlem Renaissance by Pancho Savery, Reed professor of English and humanities. This complemented an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on the art of the Harlem Renaissance.

Deborah Ross Wheeler '68 reports that a small group of alumni continues to meet once a month for a reading group. In November they discussed Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization;their next book will be To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck. On February 7, Marianne Brogan '84, director of alumni relations, will visit and help the chapter steering committee with an events brainstorming and potluck gathering. All local alumni are invited to attend.

For more information about the southern California alumni chapter, call Deborah Ross Wheeler '68 at 310/398-2165.

Washington, D.C.
The fifth annual solstice party once again featured country dancing, with a small band and a caller designating the dance patterns. The dancers did just what he said and had a lot of fun. Mulled wine was served, and many people brought desserts for a potluck. The steering committee met in January to plan events for the coming year. Possibilities include a camping weekend, walking tours of the city, a gardening club, and a special, behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian led by Leslie Overstreet '71.

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