We had a terrific turn out for our pizza party at the renowned Brick’s Pizza, with
15 alumni and family members welcoming three new ’07 graduates. New, old, and visiting
alumni are always welcome at our events; view
more information, or contact co-chair Julia Chamberlain ’03 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In February, Robin Tovey ’97, assistant director of alumni & parent relations,
hosted a happy hour in Olympia and brought economics professor Jeff Parker to Seattle,
where he gave a well-attended talk on intellectual property and the academic commons. In
mid-March, over spring break, a group of current Reed students traveled to Seattle on a
career services-sponsored trip (thanks again to the dozens of alumni who offered them a
place to stay!).
In late March, Matthew Kangas ’71 led a tour of the art exhibition that he curated;
24 alumni and guests enjoyed Kangas’ knowledge and enthusiasm as he introduced us
to abstract paintings by artist Mary Henry. This May, a small group of alumni, led by John
Ullman ’65, met at the Folklife festival to share ideas for musical acts and listen
to Phil Williams ’58 and Vivian Tomlinson Williams ’59 share stories about
the founding of Folklife.
In June, we hosted a boisterous welcome for recent graduates to the Seattle area with
our pizza party at the Big Time brewpub. Almost 40 alumni and guests were in attendance,
ranging from the Class of ’07 back to the Class of ’69. If you have questions
about upcoming chapter events or our monthly brewpub and reading group gatherings, please
contact Erik Speckman ’91 at email@example.com or 206/297-3158.
We participated in the nationwide diaspora pizza party in June with 13 turning out, including
one ’07 graduate. As of press time, a solstice party is probable in early December.
We are exploring the idea of a “backstage” event at the Magic Castle. For further
information contact Robert Hadley ’53 at BobPatHadley@aol.com or 310/391-1427.
Our chapter pizza party went very well, with 19 people going to a place in the North
End, Boston’s historic Italian neighborhood. There was one ’07 grad and some
who had graduated as far back as the class of ’78. The stuffed Griffin went to the
person who traveled the furthest to come to the event: Chip Krakoff ’78, who drove
at least 40 minutes from Acton, Massachusetts.
We kicked off the new graduate pizza parties on May 21 with 17 new graduates, four former
graduates, and one current Reed student at Old Town Pizza. It was splendid to see so many
newly minted alumni. In April, Paul Marthers, dean of admission, talked to an alumni audience,
offering what he called an “Inside View of Admissions.” Later that month,
Darius Rejali, professor of political science, spoke to an overflow crowd on “Torture
and Democracy,” which is the title of his upcoming book (Princeton University Press,
2007). Our two cultural events included a docent tour of the exhibit of early Chinese funerary
art at the Portland Art Museum, led by Connie Earnshaw ’70, and attendance at the
Reed spring dance concert on May 4.
Our service to the college included staffing an alumni table at the graduation fair in
March, many volunteer hours at Renn Fayre in April to keep the revelers safe and hydrated,
and our twice-yearly feeding frenzy to provide food and TLC to Reedies in the throes of
finals. Also, if you are in town on the third Thursday of the month, come by Lucky Lab
at SE 9th and Hawthorne for food, drinks, and company.
Our pizza dinner was a huge success, with about 25 people—twice as many as last
year—attending from the classes of 1954 to 2007. About a third of those who came
graduated in the past five years, which was especially fun. We’re hoping to get more
current students next year. We went through five pizzas and killed about seven pitchers
of beer! We hope that this event only gets bigger and better as the years go on.
Our pizza night was a terrific success, with about 45 people filtering through, from
the Class of ’64 to a respectable group of new grads—a good time, and superb
pizza, were had by all.
Big thanks to everyone who turned out for our June 11 pizza party in Berkeley! Roughly
40 current and future alumni were in attendance, with classes ranging from ’53 to ’08
(and arguably, 2028.) We had a grand time and showed the new graduates that life after
Reed is, indeed, all fun and beer.