Alumni association president's report

I'm writing this in early September, as a new academic year (and therefore a new year for the Reed community) begins. For someone who has been long away from the academy, it seems a bit strange to think back to an academic calendar and recall the intellectual excitement of the burgeoning semester. But it is an intellectual excitement that continues to be important to me, and I expect to most all of us. And it is this that brings us back to thoughts of Reed, and (at least for me) desire to stay part of the Reed community and active in the intellectual life it brings.

For me, the decision to remain part of Reed has led me over the last decade from participation in the New York alumni chapter, to chapter leadership, to board membership, and now to president. But there are many ways to stay part of Reed, and many rewards for doing so. Participate in chapter events and meeting; volunteer for the admissions office, career counseling, or development; attend reunions.

This fall the alumni office and the alumni association have begun an exciting new project-the Humanities Online web conference for alumni. With Reed faculty members Robert Reynolds and Robert Knapp, assisted by online facilitators Willard McCarty `70, senior lecturer at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities of King's College in London, and Howard Rheingold '68, author of Virtual Reality and The Virtual Community. 60 alumni will be reading and discussing four books from the Human-ities 411 (senior symposium) curriculum: Arcadia, Tom Stoppard; Guns, Germs & Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, Jared Diamond; The Sources of Normativity, Christine Korsgaard, et al; and Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics, Peter Galison.

Thanks go also to alumni director Marianne Brogan '84 and past and present alumni services committee chairs Marianne Colgrove '84 and Pat Pruyne '83 for shepherding to realization what I hope will be the first of many such virtual alumni conferences.

The alumni association has a full schedule of activities planned. We produced a new long-range plan last year; now we begin to implement it. The alumni services committee will continue to work on new ways of communication with and among alumni. The outreach committee, chaired by Becky Chiao '85, will be moving ahead on a long-term oral history of Reed, recording the recollections of Reed alumni (as well as continuing with the annual alumni awards program). The college support committee, chaired by Joe Weisman '65, will continue with and seek new ways to support the campus, extending well beyond the traditional end-of-semester feeding frenzy, when the students devour massive quantities of alumni-supplied pizza in record time.

Sheldon Hochheiser '73

Y2K reunion planning

The Reed alumni association reminds all members of the classes of 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1990, and 1995 to mark your calendars for Reunion Weekend 2000, June 8-10. Those in classes on either side of a reunion class are also invited to attend. The "52 plus" celebration will honor the classes of 1948 and earlier.

If you would like to be associated with a different class year for the purpose of reunions and other alumni events, please call Ineke Steele at 503/777-7580 or toll free at 877/835-1469. For other reunion information, or if you would be willing to serve on a class reunion planning committee, call Michelle Burnett at 503/777-7598 or write to michelle.burnett

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