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Empire of the Griffin



The weekend retreat at Camp Westwind for alumni and their families, sponsored by the Portland alumni chapter, will be October 9–11, 2009. Join alumni from a variety of eras and swap olde Reed stories and songs in a beautiful forested setting on the Oregon coast. A limited number of reduced-rate spaces are available for kitchen and cleaning crew. For details, please see

new grad pizza

Join us for the fifth-annual national pizza party to celebrate the class of 2009 as they join the Reedie diaspora on the evening of Monday, June 15. Last year’s gatherings brought out alumni in 22 cities (almost twice as many as in 2007!) across the Western Hemisphere to eat, drink, and welcome new graduates to their areas. Contact Jay Hubert ’66 at if you have questions or want to help. Visit for locations.

Alumni in Hyperspace

Did you know?

  • Every chapter has a webpage that will tell you about upcoming events and who’s on the steering committee. Find them at
  • If you want to find contact information for old friends, check out IRIS, Reed’s information portal at
  • If you’ve moved or changed email addresses, use IRIS to update your information. The zip code from your mailing address determines which regional email messages you receive, so it is important to keep your mailing address up to date as well as your email address.
  • Chapters have created informal email listservs for announcing impromptu local gatherings. Want to watch a film, go to a play, check out a concert with other Reedies? Go to the webpage of your nearest chapter (see above) and subscribe to a list!


The chapter enjoyed a good dim-sum outing in November and a potluck at the home of Eve Lyons ’95 and J.L. Woodward in January. We had a small gathering at the Sunset Grill in Allston, Mass. in February. Check out upcoming activities at



We mounted an excursion to Hampton Court Palace to see Henry VIII’s old stomping grounds in November—it was so cold that it took a couple of hours and a pub Sunday roast to warm up. Mike Teskey, director of alumni & parent relations, came to see us in January and treated us to some steak and fancy cocktails at the Gaucho Grill. In February we had a Thirsty Third Thursday meet-up and in March we had dim sum and saw the new Tate Modern exhibition on the Russian Futurists. Look for details on our always-popular pizza night and summer picnic at


These have been tumultuous times in New York City, but the chapter has survived and had a successful winter. Reed Balmer ’99 and Julia Staverosky ’02 succeeded Will Swarts ’92 and Kees Schouten ’98 as steering committee chair and chapter representative, respectively. Our annual career networking night in January and Centennial Conference event in March were both remarkably well attended and successful. In addition to Thirsty Third Thursdays, the chapter has begun hosting Reed dinners on a monthly basis. We’re also particularly pleased to announce the creation of the “Reed College Alumni: NYC Chapter” Facebook group (thanks to Ryan Miller ’00) which helps us organize events, as well as providing a point of contact for local Reedies. Check out all of this and more at


Reed on the Road programming brought a “Centennial Conference” to Seattle and it was a big success. More than a hundred alumni, parents, and friends turned out for an evening of stimulating discussion on “Love of Learning” and tasty food and drinks. Speaking of food and drinks, Thirsty Third Thursdays are, as ever, well attended and fun, as are board game days and, of course, the ever-present reading group. For more information, see

southern california

We welcomed 2009 with a delightful piano concert by Lisa Davidson ’71 (née Leslie Weiss) in January and a productive career networking event in February. Upcoming events include a surprise summer event (perhaps involving water?) and the annual picnic in September. Our book group is still going strong, as are Thirsty Third Thursdays in La Jolla and Santa Barbara. For more information, please visit


This winter, we toured the rare-books collection at the Cullman Library at the Smithsonian’s Museum of National History, led by curator Leslie Overstreet ’71, and we gathered at the home of David Gossett ’91 for wine and cheese along with an informative talk by David, an amateur cheese expert. Upcoming plans include a kayak trip in June on the Potomac River led by Lee deCola ’63, our annual summer picnic, and a curatorial tour at the National Gallery of Art next fall. Find out more at

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