Alumni Newsspring2007

Reunions 2007 Update

reunions imageIt’s not too late to sign up for Reunions 2007: May 29–June 3

We are honoring the following classes: 1937, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007, but all alumni are welcome to come back to Reed to frolic in the sun/rain and catch up with Reedies of all vintages.

Check out the schedule or register for Reunions.

Contact Alumni & Parent Relations at or
503/777-7589 with any questions.

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Reunions 2007 Highlights:

Wednesday, May 30–Friday, June 1 Alumni College: Writing Workshop
Friday, June 1
9 a.m.–2 p.m. Columbia Gorge tour led by professor emeritus of biology Bert Brehm
2–4 p.m. All-class wine tasting: Come sample wine from some of Oregon’s finest alumni vintners, including David Autrey ’89 of Westrey Wine Company; Mike Bascom ’83 of John’s Marketplace pouring some of his favorite Oregon wines; Peter Gladhart ’62 of Winter’s Hill Vineyard; and Susan Sokol Blosser MAT ‘67 of Sokol Blosser Winery
4–5:30 p.m. Convocation with welcome by President Colin Diver and keynote speaker Lee Blessing ’71 discussing “Who Are We Writing For? Life and Art in an Ungrammatical Age”
5:30–6 p.m. Literary Reed: 100 Years of Creative Writing reception
6:15 p.m. Class dinners
8–9:30 p.m. “100 Years of Creative Writing at Reed,” with emcee Peter Sears, former Reed professor of creative writing; Sam Danon, professor emeritus of French, will lead a posthumous tribute to longtime English professor and poet Kenneth O. Hanson, followed by readings from the works of prominent alumni and faculty poets from 1911 to the current day
8 p.m. – midnight Folk dancing
8 p.m. – midnight Karaoke with emcee Mateo Burtch ’82
Saturday, June 2
9–10 a.m. Continental breakfast and conversation with President Colin Diver: join Reed’s president for a discussion of what is happening at the college
10–11 a.m. Reed’s beat poets: Pancho Savery, professor of English & humanities, addresses the work of beat writers Gary Snyder ‘51, Phillip Whalen ’51, and Lew Welch ’50
11 a.m.–12 p.m. Fiction reading by Janet Fitch ’78: bestselling author of the novel White Oleander, Fitch gives a reading from her new novel Paint It Black
12–1:30 p.m. Foster-Scholz Club & Annual Recognition Luncheon
1–3 p.m. Rugby reunion
1–5 p.m. Carnival games
1:30–3:30 p.m. Playwright’s panel, with Lee Blessing ’71, Eric Overmyer ’73, and Anne Washburn ’91, on adventures in dramatic writing for the theatre; moderated by Craig Clinton, professor and director of theatre
1:30–3:30 p.m. Classes of 1977 and 1997 ice cream social
2–3 p.m. All-alumni soccer game
2:30–3:30 p.m. Fiction reading by Gordon Dahlquist ’82: Dahlquist will read from his bestselling debut novel The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, with an introduction by Craig Clinton, professor and director of theatre
3:30–5 p.m. Oral history group interviews
Saturday Evening, June 2
5:15 p.m. All-class parade: wear your favorite Reed t-shirt or other Reed memorabilia, grab a kazoo and join in the fun
5:30 p.m All-class Northwest dinner
5:30–8 p.m. Kukuva Marimba
7:30–8:30 p.m. Festival of Dementia with Dr. Demento, aka Barry Hansen ’63: Experience this multimedia show featuring “Fish Heads” and many more humorous hits from Dr. Demento’s radio show
8–9:30 p.m. Poetry reading: Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge ’69, Vern Rutsala ’56, Leslie Scalapino ’66, and Lisa M. Steinman, Kenan Professor of English & Humanities
9:45–10 p.m. Fireworks
10 p.m.–midnight Dancing with recovering KRRC DJ Dr. Demento, aka Barry Hansen ’63
Saturday, June 3
9 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Reed Storytelling: get together to share tales about your time at Reed, hosted by Cricket Parmalee ’67
10:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. “Reed College and the Birth of the Beat Movement”: Gary Snyder ‘51, Philip Whalen ‘51, and Lew Welch ’50 attended Reed and were residents of the same off-campus house from 1949 to 1951; Alice Moss ‘52, old friend and former resident of this dwelling, has researched this era and offers a presentation with representative poetry reading by Jim Fleming, Portland poet and teacher
1 p.m. Third-annual alumni golf tournament, Eastmoreland Golf Course