Our first-annual new graduate pizza party at the Big Time Brewpub was a smashing success.
We host a virtual bulletin board in the form of an e-mailing list that you can use to
connect with other area Reedies. People have used it to find kid-friendly restaurants on
Capitol Hill, arrange rides to Reunions, announce
their creative endeavors, and look for rooms for rent. Subscribe
and gain posting privileges by joining the maillist.
Learn more about activities in
the local chapter, such as our monthly reading group and
brewpub gatherings, or find out how to get involved. Contact chapter chair Erik Speckman ’91
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206/715-4100, or check our website.
The chapter had an active spring, including a 30-person guided tour of the Dahesh Museum
of Art and a private reception thanks to the efforts of Pamela Matsuda-Dunn ’78,
media relations associate. Our version of the national pizza party saw 30 newer alumni
(including a pair of recently graduated travelers taking a stopover on their way to a backpacking
tour of Europe) meet up for classic pizza at Brooklyn landmark Grimaldi’s. We’re
looking forward to a busy fall, with potential events that include a hike, a walking tour
of Harlem, and a potluck picnic. The steering committee welcomes new members and suggestions
for events. Contact Will Swarts ’92 at swartsreedalum
@hotmail.com, or Kees Schouten ’98
In May, our chapter joined the national effort to welcome new grads into the alumni association
over pizza and beer. Fifteen Reedies, a good mix of recent and older grads, congregated
at Bricks in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Check out the Chicago
alumni chapter webpage
for news of upcoming events and to become involved.
We had a good turnout for our inaugural pizza party for new grads. We picked a venue
that had Rogue Dead Guy Ale (from Newport, Oregon) on tap, but not enough seats, so we
had to stand around clutching our beer glasses for 40 minutes before we got a table. Twelve
people turned out; next year we hope for a larger turnout, and will book a MUCH larger
According to our unscientific accounting, about 60 people showed up for the annual picnic
and meeting, held at the lovely three-acre, inside-the-beltway ranch of Judith Bell ’63
and Richard Goodwin ’63, who also provided a TV for those Reedies desperate for news
of the Italy-U.S. World Cup match. Best yet, the annual meeting was limited to 10 brief
minutes as picnic-goers discussed plans for upcoming activities such as oral history recordings,
a Segway tour of the National Mall, and kayaking on the Potomac.
The chapter had a busy spring, starting with the opening night of Reed’s spring
theatre productions of Dr. Kheal and Red Burning Light, by Maria Irene Fornes, followed
by a conversation with Professor Craig Clinton, the director. On April 7, Yoram Bauman ’95, “the
world’s first and only stand-up economist,” provided an evening of comedy for
the Reed community. From April 25–30, alumni again volunteered to help make Renn
Fayre a joyous and safe celebration. To cap it all off, on May 22 we had the first in a
series of Reed pizza parties that swept the country welcoming new alumni into the fold.
Looking ahead, we hope that many of you will join us for our annual family weekend on
the Oregon Coast at Camp Westwind, September 29–October 1: surf, sun (we hope—this
IS Oregon after all), yummy food, literate company, time to unwind and just be together.
What more could you want? Read
more information on Westwind.