Forum for Advancing Reed


*All events are tentative and subject to change at any time.

Friday, September 13

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Alumni Chapter Leadership Council Meeting (Plato room in Parker House)
This is the September meeting for Alumni Chapter Chairs.

5:30 p.m.

Check in opens at Parker House
Arriving earlier? Feel free to stop by Prexy to say hello and relax before heading to Parker House at 5:30 p.m.
(Note, there is no parking at Parker House, please park in the West Parking Lot.)

5:30–7:30 p.m.

President's Welcome Reception at Parker House
You are invited to join President Audrey Bilger and fellow volunteers, staff, and leaders of the Reed community for light bites and hosted bar to set the tone for the weekend. (Note, there is no parking at Parker House, please park in the West Parking Lot.)

7:30 p.m.

Dinner on your own

Saturday, September 14

7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Check in and hospitality (Performing Arts Building)

8 a.m.

Breakfast with opening remarks (Performing Arts Building, 1st floor atrium)

8:45–9:30 a.m.

A conversation with President Audrey Bilger, hosted by Vice President for College Relations Hugh Porter (Performing Arts Building, 1st floor atrium)

9:45–10:45 a.m.

Faculty Lecture: “Open Science, Replication, and Adversarial Collaboration in Neuroscience” (Performing Arts Building 320)
A surprisingly high percentage of scientific findings published in top peer-reviewed journals may not be reproducible, leading to what some have called a “replication crisis.” Professor Michael Pitts, associate professor of psychology, will discuss several projects that he and his students have worked on over the past several years that seek to identify and address this problem in order to accelerate progress in neuroscience and related fields.

Slides from Michael Pitts' lecture

10:45–11:15 a.m.

Hospitality break (Performing Arts Building, 1st floor atrium)

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Session I Breakouts

  • Alumni Board: Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Performing Arts Building 104)
    This committee's focus is to engage and support Reed community members from historically underrepresented groups. Through recognizing the complexities of identity, diversity, and privilege, their work is focused on using this lens for alumni programming and events. Join us to learn more about what we're working on this year and how you can help.
  • Alumni Board: Committee for Young Alumni (Performing Arts Building 130)
    Young alumni, we're here for you! The Committee for Young Alumni works to ease the transition from student to alumni by identifying the needs of recent graduates and creating community-based initiatives to support their post-Reed journeys. Come chat about our current initiatives, what resources we can offer, and more.

  • Alumni Fundraising for Reed (Performing Arts Building 332)
    Alumni Fundraising for Reed is a group of dedicated volunteers living across the globe and working to promote philanthropy at Reed. Join us for tasty snacks, learn more about what we do and how easy it is, and help us do a little outreach this weekend. Already an AFR volunteer? Swing by for a high-five and our endless gratitude.

  • Alumni Board: Reed Career Alliance Committee (RCA) (Performing Arts Building 131)
    The RCA supports career development for students and alumni through mentoring and training. We need your help to reach our goals! Interested? Please submit your resume to—just kidding! Please join us for this fun and interactive workshop to find out more about the Career Coach program, our podcast project, and other initiatives.

  • Foster-Scholz Club (Performing Arts Building 320)
    The Foster-Scholz Club provides Portland-area alumni (from the Class of 1979 and older) opportunities to maintain or renew ties to the college. The Steering Committee plans engaging luncheons, dinners, and off-campus outings throughout the year. Programming includes speakers from the college or the greater Portland community. This committee also works with Alumni Programs staff to select the Distinguished Service Award recipient, which is given to alumni who have made major contributions to the community and college. Join us to learn more about what we’re planning for the year and how you can help!

12:15–1:30 p.m.

Lunch with Babson Award recognition. Congrats, Sandy Boles ’90! (Performing Arts Building, 1st floor atrium)

1:45–3:15 p.m.

Summer Awards Student Showcase (Gray Lounge, Kaul)
Through the generosity of Reed alumni, parents, trustees, and friends, more than 50 students set off this summer to complete internships at locations of their choosing across the U.S., and creative projects across the world. In this session, award winners will share insights, learning, and challenges of their summer experiences in a job fair style format.

3:15–3:45 p.m.

Hospitality break (Performing Arts Building, 1st floor atrium)

3:45–4:45 p.m.

Session II Breakouts

  • Alumni Chapters (Performing Arts Building 131)
    Interested in learning what is happening in your local chapter? Have ideas for interesting events? Want to get more involved? Join us! Active chapters include Austin, the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Europe, New York, Portland, Seattle, Southern California, and Washington, D.C.

  • Reunions 2020 Class Committee Meetings (Performing Arts Building 104)
    If your class year ends in a 0 or a 5, you're celebrating a milestone this June! This session covers everything you need to know about making the most of your quinquennial reunion. If you've ever had a great idea for a class event, bring it with you—you'll need it for the brainstorm!

  • Reactor Tour (1st floor East entrance of Performing Arts Building at 3:35 p.m.)
    Tour Reed's nuclear reactor: the only nuclear reactor in the nation operated primarily by undergraduates. Licensed students use it for thesis projects and to increase their understanding of radiation and radioactivity. Limited to 12 alumni. Please meet at the 1st floor East entrance of Performing Arts Building at 3:35 p.m.

4–5 p.m.

Young Alumni Connect, Gigantic Brewing Co. (5224 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202)
Get to know other Reedies who are investing their time in similar fields and working on similar issues! This is a gathering for young alumni to discuss their passions and projects in various Communities of Purpose*. Whether you're seeking inspiration for a career move, want to get insight into the problems you're solving, or just share what you're doing within your community, come chat with other Reedies who get it. This is not a "networking" event, but a productive, connective social hour. Hosted by the Committee for Young Alumni.
*Communities of Purpose include: Healthcare/Cure of Illness, Entrepreneurship/Business Strategy, Arts/Expression, Research/Tech/Innovation, Investing/Financial Responsibility, Globalization/Diplomacy, Citizenship/Community Living, Sustainable Life on Earth, Education/Human Potential.

5–8 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Off-campus happy hour, Gigantic Brewing Co. (5224 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202)
Just an eight-minute walk from campus, gather at Gigantic Brewing Co. for hosted libations and camaraderie. Gigantic Brewing Co. was co-founded by Van Havig ’92, who also happens to be its Master Brewer. Food will be provided.

Sunday, September 15

8:45–10:15 a.m.

Breakfast (Gray Lounge, Kaul)
Join us for breakfast and a working session with Keith Allen ’83 (see below). Please arrive by 9:15 a.m. for Keith's presentation.

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Gauging Engagement: the Data Finally Falls into Place with Keith Allen ’83 (Gray Lounge, Kaul)
Keith Allen ’83, our resident data guru volunteer and recipient of the Babson Award in 2018, joins us for a deeper look at how alumni engage with Reed, why it matters, and where we have room for growth. Keith’s presentation will explore alumni engagement metrics with humor, insight, and panache. Reedies love good data–don’t miss this chance to learn from the master.

10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Alumni Board Meeting (Performing Arts Building 104)
This is the September Alumni Board meeting.

10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Alumni Fundraising for Reed Steering Committee Meeting (Performing Arts Building 131)
This is the September AFR Steering Committee meeting.

–Forum for Advancing Reed concludes–

Post-Forum for Advancing Reed programming

Are you a Reedie working in law? Or interested in a career in the legal world?

Legal Network Mixer and Lunch

12–1:30 p.m.
Prexy Living Room

The Reed Legal Network is a growing alumni initiative to network with our fellow alumni and offer mutual support in developing new or already established legal careers. That includes helping future alumni! Come for lunch, hosted by Center for Life Beyond Reed and the Reed Legal Network, and hear from a panel of alumni lawyers, meet other alumni working in law and mix with students who share your passion.


  • Chris Garrett '96, Associate Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
  • Ben Levites, '11, Associate Attorney, Clendenen & Shea
  • Susan Smith '76, Professor of Law, Willamette University
  • Sherilyn Waxler '97, Immigration Attorney, Waxler & Le Immigration Law