Parent & Family Weekend

November 8 & 9, 2019

Parent & Family Weekend is a time to visit campus, enjoy talks, attend performances, and other family-friendly activities. It is also the perfect occasion to experience the rich array of student opportunities and resources Reed has to offer, while also spending quality time with your student.

If you have additional questions about Parent & Family Weekend, please visit our FAQs. If you require additional assistance, contact us directly at pfw@reed.edu.

RSVP for Parent Family Weekend

We appreciate your RSVP no later than Wednesday, October 30th.

Friday, November 8

Schedule is tentative and subject to change

Registration and check-in (Gray Lounge, Kaul)

8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Bookstore open (bring your coupon!)
9 a.m.–5 p.m.


Opening Lecture: Changing Curriculum and Graduation Requirements at Reed (Eliot Chapel)
9:30–10:15 a.m.
Nigel Nicholson, Walter Mintz Professor of Classics & Dean of the Faculty, will discuss recent curricular changes, including the new HUM 110 syllabus, new distribution requirements, new majors, the introduction of minors, and how these changes come to be.

Paradox Cafe open
10 a.m.–10 p.m.

Reed Care Team Presentation (Eliot Chapel)
10:30–11:20 a.m.
The Reed Care Team is an interdisciplinary team that proactively coordinates support for students experiencing personal or academic issues that interfere with their ability to be successful in the college setting. The Care Team is chaired by Assistant Dean for Student Support Britt Q. Hoover who will share information about how this team can support your student and answer your questions.

Tours!
10:30–11:20 a.m.
Choose from several tours and explore Reed's campus: 

  • Tour Reed's nuclear reactor, the only undergraduate-operated reactor in the nation.
  • Explore the mysterious labyrinth of steam tunnels that live beneath the depths of Reed (due to the nature of this tour, it is not ADA accessible).
  • Enjoy a guided ramble through our beloved Canyon: the 28-acre watershed located in the heart of campus (due to the nature of this tour, it is not ADA accessible)

*New! Sign up for tours online here!

Financial Aid Office Hours (Eliot Hall 202)
1–5 p.m.
Meet one-on-one with a dedicated financial aid staff member to get answers to any questions you may have related to financial aid or work-study at Reed.

Thriving at Reed Panel (Gray Campus Center B,C,D)
1–1:50 p.m.
Join us for a panel discussion focusing on meaningful involvement and the various ways that your student can build networks and participate in the Reed community. This panel will include staff from the Office for Student Engagement, Athletics, Fitness & Outdoor Programs, Residence Life, SEEDS Community Engagement, and Multicultural Resource Center.


More Tours!
1–1:50 p.m.
  • Tour Reed's nuclear reactor, the only undergraduate-operated reactor in the nation.
  • Visit our new Outdoor Center in the Watzek Sports Center.
  • Explore the mysterious labyrinth of steam tunnels that live beneath the depths of Reed (due to the nature of this tour, it is not ADA accessible).
  • Enjoy a guided ramble through our beloved Canyon: the 28-acre watershed located in the heart of campus (due to the nature of this tour, it is not ADA accessible).
  • Check out Reed's Special Collections & Archives in the Hauser Library.

*New! Sign up for tours online here!

Open Calligraphy Hours (Trillium Multipurpose Room)
2–4 p.m.
Join the scriptorium and learn about the history and revival of calligraphy at Reed. 

Study Abroad Information Session (Gray Campus Center B,C,D)
2–2:50 p.m.
Exchange programs can broaden a student’s perspective, provide academic enrichment and personal growth, and, in the case of studying abroad, encourage global engagement. Learn about Reed’s study abroad and off-campus study programs and how to incorporate these opportunities into your student’s undergraduate experience.

Residency at Reed Panel (Gray Campus Center B,C,D)
3–3:50 p.m.
How can your student make the most of their residential experience at Reed? Learn about the exciting changes to our residency program from this panel of Residence Life staff, area coordinators and house advisors.

More Tours!
3–4 p.m. 

  • Reed Architecture & History Tour provided by Reed alumnus Paul Edison Lahm ’83 is an exciting exploration of Reed and Portland history through campus architecture.
  • Tour Reed's nuclear reactor, the only undergraduate-operated reactor in the nation.
  • Explore the mysterious labyrinth of steam tunnels that live beneath the depths of Reed (due to nature of this tour, it is not ADA accessible).
  • Enjoy a guided ramble through our beloved Canyon: the 28-acre watershed located in the heart of campus (due to nature of this tour, it is not ADA accessible).

*New! Sign up for tours online here!

President's Reception (Performing Arts Building)
4–5 p.m.
You and your student are invited for light refreshments in the Performing Arts Building Atrium. President Audrey Bilger will give remarks just after 4 p.m.

Friday @ 5 Music Series (Eliot Chapel)
5–6 p.m.
We invite you to join us for the music department’s Friday Music Series. The program features group and solo recital pieces by students including Kate Ehrenberg, Danny Gibson, Owga Li, Peter Marcus, Xinlong Du on piano; Leila Sinclair on oboe; and Collegium Musicum. Music of Bach, Chopin, Poulenc, and Scriabin.

Climbing Wall open in Watzek Sports Center
5–7:30 p.m.

Shabbat Service & Dinner
7–9:30 p.m
Visit the Chabad at Reed Jewish Student Center to meet members of the Reed Jewish community from all backgrounds and affiliations. Enjoy a wholesome, warm, happy, loving, delicious evening. Located across from the north parking lot at
3355 SE Steele St, please enter using the front (orange) door.

Reed Theater Production (Performing Arts Center)
7:30–9:30 p.m.
The fall mainstage will be a translation and adaptation of Euripides’ Medea, Directed by Jaclyn Pryor, assistant professor of theatre. Ticket info.

Saturday, November 9

Registration and breakfast bites (Vollum, 1st floor)
8:30 a.m.
Registration materials will be available for pickup in the 1st floor atrium of Vollum Hall on Saturday morning.

Remarks with President Audrey Bilger (Vollum Lecture Hall)
9:00–9:45 a.m.

Paradox Cafe open (Quad)
10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Parent Exploration Sessions
10 a.m.–noon
Attend breakout sessions led by staff and faculty teams on topics of special interest to parents. Note: students are welcome to join these sessions!

Session One (choose from below) 

10–10:50 a.m.

 - How to Help Your Reedie: Beginning an Academic Journey (Vollum Lecture Hall)
Recommended for parents of first-year students

Focus on how to help your student get the most out of their freshman year. Topics include how your student can best explore and define an academic direction, take advantage of resources, and work with an adviser, as well as how parents can best support their students.

 - Choosing a Major (Vollum 110)
Recommended for parents of sophomores

Understand how your student will be supported as they choose a major, how to work with an adviser, and the appropriate steps needed to complete the process of declaring a major.

 - Center for Life Beyond Reed: Career Cohorts and Senior Stewardship (Vollum Lounge)
Recommended for parents of juniors and seniors

As students embark on their final years at Reed, the Center for Life Beyond Reed strives to prepare them for finding their place in the world. Learn about strategic programming that the center provides to instill lifelong skills and connections to the world beyond Reed. 

Session Two (choose from below)
Note: students are welcome to join these sessions!

11–11:50 a.m.

- Center for Life Beyond Reed: Communities of Purpose (Vollum Lecture Hall)
Recommended for parents of first-year and sophomore students

As Reedies come to know themselves, their passions, and their place in the community, the Center for Life Beyond Reed frames that conversation with peer-to-peer support and helps first and second year students answer the “why” (their purpose) before attempting to answer the “what” (what am I going to do?).  

 - The Junior Qual and Thesis–Humanities/Arts/Social Science Majors (Vollum 110)
Recommended for parents of juniors and seniors

Familiarize yourself with what your student should expect from the junior Qual experience in the Humanities and get advice if your student needs to retake the qual. There is a lot of variation in the Reed senior theses, but successful ones are nearly always based on a central question that the author attempts to answer: the thesis of the thesis. Learn more about the thesis journey for Humanities majors.  

- The Junior Qual and Thesis–Science/Math/Psychology Majors (Vollum Lounge)
Recommended for parents of juniors and seniors

Familiarize yourself with what your student should expect from the junior Qual experience in the Sciences and get advice if your student needs to retake the qual. There is a lot of variation in the Reed senior theses, but successful ones are nearly always based on a central question that the author attempts to answer: the thesis of the thesis. Learn more about the thesis journey for Science majors.

Bookstore hours (bring your coupon!)
12–5 p.m.

Final Nuclear Reactor Tour
1–2 p.m.
*New! Sign up for tours online here!

Reed Architecture & History Tour
1–2 p.m.
This 60-minute tour is provided by Reed alumnus Paul Edison Lahm ’83, and is an exciting exploration of Reed and Portland history through campus architecture.
*New! Sign up for tours online here!


Climbing Wall open in Watzek Sports Center

3–5 p.m.