Three receive tenure

The recommendations for appointment with indefinite tenure of three faculty members were approved at the February Board of Trustees meeting. The appointments are effective in September.

Elizabeth Drumm will become associate professor of Spanish and humanities. Drumm has been teaching at Reed since 1995. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Drumm is primarily responsible for the Peninsular literature component of the Spanish department; her research interests are in the relationships between visual and verbal media in twentieth-century Spanish theater, intersections between theater and popular culture, and mechanisms of tragedy in Spanish Golden Age and Romantic drama. Her publications include several articles on Ram˘n del Valle-Incl n and Rafael Alberti. Drumm has been active in the Reed community as a member of committees that include the honor council and the MALS committee. She has also given numerous presentations to alumni chapters throughout the country and presented her work to alumni during reunions.

Kathryn Oleson will become associate professor of psychology. Oleson has been teaching at Reed since 1995; she holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University and a B.A. from the University of Kansas. Oleson's main research focus is interpersonal relations, in particular the intersection of interpersonal perception, social cognition, and social behavior. Several students each year work with Oleson on her research, including collecting data on overachievement and stereotype change. She serves as assistant research partner in the National Institute of Justice "Strategic Approaches to Community Safety" initiative in Portland and has been a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellow. Oleson has published numerous articles in professional journals and presented many papers, some with Reed students as co-authors. She has presented her work to alumni at reunions and to many local high schools as a member of Reed's speakers bureau.

Geraldine Ondrizek, a member of the Reed faculty since 1994, will become associate professor of art. An actively exhibiting artist who specializes in sculptural installation, she holds a B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Ondrizek has curated two exhibitions at Reed's Cooley Gallery: the films and prints of South African artist William Kentridge (November 1999) and Samizdat: Books and Installations from Central and Eastern Europe, 1970-90 (February 1997). She will show her work in the Fifth Triannal in Chamalieres, France, in October; she was awarded first prize at the Oregon Biennial in 1997 and has done residencies at the Women's Studio Workshop in New York and the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado. Ondrizek has taught courses at Reed on the artist's book; on drawing; and on sculpture, with emphases that include public art, installation, and the artist's role in society.

Reed and the Sopranos

Reed earned a prominent mention on the hit HBO series the Sopranos. In "Full Leather Jacket," the episode that aired on March 5, Meadow Soprano learns that her best friend, Hunter, a very smart young woman, has been admitted to Reed College: "Reed was her first choice. She'd die if she didn't get in." The writers of the episode say they have no personal connection with Reed, but know it as a college with an excellent academic reputation.

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