Convocation opens 1998-99 year

Reed College opened the 1998-99 academic year with convocation ceremonies on August 25 to a packed house in the Kaul Auditorium. More than 700 people, including new students, their parents and family members, returning students, and faculty and staff members attended the ceremonies, which included an address on The Odyssey by C.D.C. Reeve, Reed professor of philosophy and humanities, and remarks from Reed's president, Steven Koblik. More than 400 parents and family members attended parent orientation and convocation this year. As one parent said, "Convocation was wonderful--it really showed the spirit of community at Reed."

C.D.C. Reeve, professor of philosophy and humanities, gives the convocation lecture to a full house in the Kaul Auditorium.


Parents and students meet members of the biology department during parent orientation. Photos by Lisa Currier.


2002: Reed's Entering Class

The geographic balance of this year's entering class shifted from west to east this year. Twenty-six percent of the class of 2002 hail from the Northeast; 17 percent from the Mountain/ Southwest region, 16 percent from the Northwest, and another 16 percent call California home. In another shift, men outnumber women, 174 to 168. In all, the 342 first-year enrollees--of which 11 percent define themselves as ethnic minorities--came from 295 high schools in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 13 foreign countries. Reed also welcomed 41 new transfer students from 36 different institutions. Reed's class of 2002 has the second-highest entering SAT scores in the history of the college. The average SAT scores were 684 verbal and 652 math. Last year's scores were the highest in the school's history; that year's scores were 690 verbal and 650 math.

Forum '98 lecture series: Countdown to the Millennium

The Reed College Women's Committee took a thought-provoking look forward to the 21st century in its Forum '98 lecture series, Countdown to the Millennium. Presented as a series of five Thursday programs during the month of October, Forum '98 featured a dynamic group of speakers, all closely connected to Reed, who examined issues in technology, education, media, business, government, and the arts.

Reed anthropology professor Gail Kelly '55 spoke on the effects of change on individuals and society; Intel vice president Steve McGeady '80 spoke on the digital refor-mation; and National Head Start Association president Ron Herndon '70 discussed preparing students for the next millennium. A panel discussion on "Portland: Striding into the Next Century" featured four community leaders sharing their views about Portland and its future. Finally, Jim Compton '64, Seattle correspondent for PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer and former host of Seattle's award-winning television news show The Compton Report, talked about television and its effects on the nation.

The annual fall lecture series is the principal project of the Reed College Women's Committee, which was formed in 1956 to serve as an educational and social liaison between the college and the Portland community. All proceeds from the lecture series support the Reed College Women's Committee scholarship fund. As testimony to Reed's estimable national standing and to the goals of the committee, the speakers waive their usual fees and honoraria so that the lectures raise as much money as possible for scholarships.



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