Parent & Family Weekend

Parent & Family Weekend is a time to visit campus and experience the rich array of student opportunities and resources Reed has to offer. Enjoy programming dedicated to navigating Reed and helping your student during each step of their journey.

If you’re planning on visiting campus and are still looking for lodging options, check out our accommodations page!

Pre-registration is now closed. You may still register on-site on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the living room of Prexy, or on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in Vollum atrium. We look forward to welcoming you to campus.

Parent & Family Weekend Schedule

Friday, November 3, 2017

Registration & Hospitality

8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Prexy living room

Bookstore Hours

9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Opening Lecture

9:30–10:20 a.m.
Greenwood Performance Stage
Begin your Parent & Family Weekend with Nigel Nicholson, Walter Mintz Professor of Classics and Dean of the Faculty, who will present on the student's journey to become a scholar and the values behind a liberal arts education.

Tours

10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Choose from several tours. Reed’s research reactor is the only undergraduate-operated reactor in the nation; the Outdoor Center in Reed's Sports Center features a backpack co-op and a climbing wall; the steam tunnels beneath Reed comprise a mysterious labyrinth; and our beloved canyon is a 28­-acre watershed running through the heart of campus.

  • Reactor: meet in chemistry building lobby (14 person limit, plan to arrive early)
  • Sports Center: meet in sports center lobby, adjacent to Kaul
  • Steam tunnels: meet outside admission in Eliot Hall (25 person limit)
  • Reed canyon: meet on north side of Eliot, near the blue bridge (30 person limit)

Study Abroad Info Session

10:30–11:20 a.m.
Gray Campus Center, rooms B, C & D
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.

Lunch available in Commons Dining Hall

Exhibition Hours: Rereading Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray*

Noon–5 p.m.
Cooley Art Gallery

Financial Aid Listening Session

1–1:50 p.m.
Gray Campus Center, rooms B, C & D
The goal of this listening session is to better understand family concerns related to financial aid, work-study, and other financial issues. The discussion will help inform the work of the financial aid office, student services, and the Office for Inclusive Community in addressing the needs of individual students.

Calligraphy Lecture: the Development of the Alphabet

1–1:50 p.m.
Physics 123

Open Calligraphy Hours

2–4 p.m.
Physics 123

Student Life Panel

2–2:50 p.m.
Vollum lounge
Join us for a panel discussion focusing on meaningful involvement in the Reed community and managing stress outside of the classroom. This panel will include staff from the offices of student engagement, inclusive community, dean of students, and the sports center.

Academic Services Panel

3–3:50 p.m.
Vollum lounge
This discussion focused on managing academic stress and identifying resources for success includes staff from academic support services, health & counseling services, the Academic Resource Center, and the dean of students' office.

How to Raise an Adult*

4–5 p.m.
Vollum Lecture Hall
Julie Lythcott-Haims, former dean of freshmen at Stanford University and parent of a Reedie (’21) is the author of the New York Times bestselling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success (2015) and Real American: A Memoir (2017). A self-proclaimed helicopter parent herself, Lythcott-Haims will help us understand the phenomenon, why it’s harmful, and what we need to do to help our Reedies really thrive.

Friday@4 Concert: Instrumental Solos*

4–5 p.m.
Kaul Auditorium

Family Reception

5–6 p.m.
Performing Arts Building

Shabbat Service and Dinner

6–8 p.m.
Jewish Student Center

Open Climbing Hours

6–8:30 p.m.
Outdoor Center

Reed College Basketball Club Game (students vs. alumni)

7 p.m.
Sports Center basketball court

Reed Theatre presents: Citizen*

7:30–9:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Building, Studio Theatre 115
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 503/777-7284.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Registration & Hospitality

8:30 a.m.
Vollum lounge
Registration materials will be available for pickup in the atrium of Vollum Hall on Saturday morning. Please join us for coffee and a light breakfast in Vollum Lounge.

You Can Do Anything*

9–9:50 a.m.
Vollum Lecture Hall
George Anders, contributing editor at Forbes magazine and the author of five business books, will share insights he learned about a liberal arts education as he worked on his latest book, You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education. In his book, Anders presents the remarkable power of a liberal arts education, showcasing Reedies as examples of graduates translating their degrees into desired jobs with a humanist's touch.

Parent Exploration Sessions

10 a.m.–noon
Attend breakout sessions led by staff and faculty teams on topics of special interest to parents.

Session One (choose from below)

10–10:50 a.m.

How to Help Your Reedie: Beginning an Academic Journey (recommended for parents of first-year students)
Vollum Lecture Hall
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 their academic direction, take advantage of resources, and work with an adviser, as well as how parents can support their students.

Choosing a Major (recommended for parents of sophomores)
Vollum 116
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 (recommended for parents of juniors and seniors)
Vollum 110
As students embark on their final two 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)

11–11:50 a.m.

The Junior Qual and Thesis: for Math and Natural Sciences Majors (recommended for parents of juniors and seniors.)
Vollum 110
Familiarize yourself with what your student should expect from the junior qual experience 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.

The Junior Qual and Thesis: for Humanities and Social Science Majors (recommended for parents of juniors and seniors.)
Vollum 116
Familiarize yourself with what your student should expect from the junior qual experience 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.

Center for Life Beyond Reed: Communities of Purpose (recommended for parents of first-year and sophomore students.)
Vollum Lecture Hall
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 Douglas Williams Fencing Tournament*

10:30 a.m.
Sports Center
The 19th annual tournament, held in memory of Douglas Williams ’63, will highlight the skills and prowess of Reed students learning the art of the foil.

Symposium: Rereading Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray*

10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Psychology 105

Lunch available in Commons Dining Hall

Bookstore Hours

Noon–5 p.m.

Exhibition Hours: Rereading Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray*

Noon–5 p.m.
Cooley Art Gallery

Diversity and Inclusion at Reed: A Progress Report

1–2 p.m.
Kaul Auditorium, Gray lounge
Reed is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students from every background and identity and to eliminating inequities and barriers that prevent students from engaging fully in their Reed education. Hear from college leaders how the Reed community is working collaboratively and diligently to reform and strengthen our programs, policies, pedagogy, and practices to support the college's commitment to being a diverse and inclusive learning, teaching, and working environment. Panelists include

  • Mary James, Dean for Institutional Diversity and A.A. Knowlton Professor of Physics;
  • Nigel Nicholson, Dean of the Faculty and Walter Mintz Professor of Classics;
  • Bruce Smith, Dean of Students;
  • Sandy Sundstrom, Director of Financial Aid;
  • Dayspring Mattole, Assistant Dean of Students for Inclusive Community.

Reed Admission Tour

1–2 p.m.
Eliot Hall
Are you visiting campus for the first time or bringing family members who would like a comprehensive tour of the campus? Take a tour with our skilled and charming student tour guides.

Reed Architecture & History Tour

2:30–4 p.m.
Meet in front of the Sallyport on the Quad.
This 90-minute tour is provided by Reed alumnus Paul Edison Lahm ’83 and is an exciting exploration of Reed and Portland history through campus architecture. Space is limited to 20 people.

Open Climbing Hours

3–5 p.m.
Outdoor Center

Reed Theatre presents Citizen: an american lyric*

7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Building, Studio Theatre 115
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 503/777-7284.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Spend a day with your Reedie. Enjoy quality time together in Portland.

Looking for things to do?

  • Here are some of our favorite restaurants.
  • This is a great resource for activities in Portland.
  • Visit the bookstore to do some shopping anytime between noon and 5 p.m.
  • Cheer on the Reed Women’s Soccer Club as they compete against OSU at 1:30pm on the soccer field.

*These events are open to the Reed community and to parents who are interested in attending during Parent & Family Weekend. Please note, some events may have limited space and some require ticket purchases. Learn more about events at Reed.