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Regional Gatherings


Picnic at Grant Park (left to right): Amy Catania ’95 (in back), Avi Nagel ’03, Chantal Sudbrack ’97, Fred Kuznik ’04, Suzy Fox ’73, Julia Chamberlain ’03, Ashley Schneider ’11, Daniel Martinez ’11, and Hassan Roussi ’11 



We enjoyed music and merlot on the amphitheater lawn in Grant Park at the end of July, where alumni, their families, and several incoming freshman gathered to share food, drink, stories, advice, perfect weather, and Ravel’s Bolero. Watch for this event again next summer! In early fall, we celebrated our sixth-annual Oktoberfest at the Chicago Brauhaus, where families and friends joined alumni for beer, spaetzle, and bratwurst, and a boisterous polka band. Prost! You can find upcoming event information at, or contact Julia Chamberlain ’03 at New, old, visiting, and future alumni are always welcome at our events, and we hope to see you at the next one.

Above right: Oktoberfest at the Chicago Brauhaus: Couple: Greg ’88 and Belinda Clarke toast the college. Family: John Bergholz ’83 and sons, sporting authentic lederhosen, were the few among us appropriately dressed for Oktoberfest.



The sky threatened rain on July 22, the day of our annual summer picnic, but two dozen Reedies spanning 40 class years showed up at Madrona Park, anyway. Thanks to Sally Snyder Brunette ’83 for organizing! If you have questions about upcoming chapter events, including our monthly brewpub and reading group gatherings, or ideas for future events, please contact Erik Speckman ’91 at or 206/297-3158, or check out

New York

The New York chapter took itself out to the ballgame in August, gathering at Coney Island for a day of minor league baseball, courtesy of the Brooklyn Cyclones (the roller coaster of the same name also got some action). In October, we saw a turnout of nearly 70 alumni for Professor Darius Rejali’s Reed on the Road lecture based on his new book, Torture and Democracy. The chapter is planning a Chinatown dim sum outing, and is gearing up for its annual career night, tentatively scheduled for January 17. For more information please contact career services at or Will Swarts ’92 at


A Reed on the Road lecture in October by Professor Darius Rejali was attended by about 40 people (not a bad turnout, given that the Red Sox were on their way to the World Series!). For more information about upcoming chapter activities, visit


Southern California

Our picnic in August brought together 27 people, including graduates from the 1950s and up, seven current students, and Johanna Colgrove ’92 from Reed’s alumni & parent relations office. August also saw the beginning of a new activity for us, Thirsty Third Thursday, in which a different pub is selected each month for an informal gathering. For further information contact Robert Hadley ’53 at or 310/391-1427.


The chapter enjoyed a long, luxurious summer, starting with a diaspora pizza event in June and ending with our annual picnic in the quad in August. In between, Connie Crooker ’69 led a fabulous hike up Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain. Future events include a tour of Clear Creek Distillery and alumni nights at the Reed theatre (in December, we’ll see senior thesis production Little Red Nose in the ’Hood [Digital Circus Remix]). Also in December is our biannual Feeding Frenzy, which provides food to students on the Sunday night before exam week (to help, contact Ron Sato ’68 at or 503/285-6128). Thanks to Joanne Hossack ’82, the Portland chapter now has its own Facebook group. Barbara Pijan ’79 has undertaken her first term as chair of the chapter steering committee; many thanks to Barbara Smith-Thomas ’64 for two terms of outstanding service!

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