Alumni Newssummer2007

Regional Gatherings



Seattle diaspora pizza night

On a single night in mid-June, 278 Reedies gathered at pizza joints in 13 cities across the U.S. and Great Britain to welcome new graduates into the alumni fold. Pies were consumed, beer was drunk, and schmoozing was done. Diaspora pizza night cities included Austin, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Raleigh-Durham, Washington, D.C., and London. The consensus at closing time: “Let’s do it again!” Mark your calendars now for June 16, 2008. If your city was not one of the lucky ones, add it to the list and we’ll help you get a pizza night off the ground next year. Please contact John Neumaier ’83 at if you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event.


pizzaWe had a terrific turn out for our pizza party at the renowned Brick’s Pizza, with 15 alumni and family members welcoming three new ’07 graduates. New, old, and visiting alumni are always welcome at our events; view more information, or contact co-chair Julia Chamberlain ’03 at


In February, Robin Tovey ’97, assistant director of alumni & parent relations, hosted a happy hour in Olympia and brought economics professor Jeff Parker to Seattle, where he gave a well-attended talk on intellectual property and the academic commons. In mid-March, over spring break, a group of current Reed students traveled to Seattle on a career services-sponsored trip (thanks again to the dozens of alumni who offered them a place to stay!).

In late March, Matthew Kangas ’71 led a tour of the art exhibition that he curated; 24 alumni and guests enjoyed Kangas’ knowledge and enthusiasm as he introduced us to abstract paintings by artist Mary Henry. This May, a small group of alumni, led by John Ullman ’65, met at the Folklife festival to share ideas for musical acts and listen to Phil Williams ’58 and Vivian Tomlinson Williams ’59 share stories about the founding of Folklife.

In June, we hosted a boisterous welcome for recent graduates to the Seattle area with our pizza party at the Big Time brewpub. Almost 40 alumni and guests were in attendance, ranging from the Class of ’07 back to the Class of ’69. If you have questions about upcoming chapter events or our monthly brewpub and reading group gatherings, please contact Erik Speckman ’91 at or 206/297-3158.


We participated in the nationwide diaspora pizza party in June with 13 turning out, including one ’07 graduate. As of press time, a solstice party is probable in early December. We are exploring the idea of a “backstage” event at the Magic Castle. For further information contact Robert Hadley ’53 at or 310/391-1427.


Our chapter pizza party went very well, with 19 people going to a place in the North End, Boston’s historic Italian neighborhood. There was one ’07 grad and some who had graduated as far back as the class of ’78. The stuffed Griffin went to the person who traveled the furthest to come to the event: Chip Krakoff ’78, who drove at least 40 minutes from Acton, Massachusetts.



We kicked off the new graduate pizza parties on May 21 with 17 new graduates, four former graduates, and one current Reed student at Old Town Pizza. It was splendid to see so many newly minted alumni. In April, Paul Marthers, dean of admission, talked to an alumni audience, offering what he called an “Inside View of Admissions.” Later that month, Darius Rejali, professor of political science, spoke to an overflow crowd on “Torture and Democracy,” which is the title of his upcoming book (Princeton University Press, 2007). Our two cultural events included a docent tour of the exhibit of early Chinese funerary art at the Portland Art Museum, led by Connie Earnshaw ’70, and attendance at the Reed spring dance concert on May 4.

Our service to the college included staffing an alumni table at the graduation fair in March, many volunteer hours at Renn Fayre in April to keep the revelers safe and hydrated, and our twice-yearly feeding frenzy to provide food and TLC to Reedies in the throes of finals. Also, if you are in town on the third Thursday of the month, come by Lucky Lab at SE 9th and Hawthorne for food, drinks, and company.


Our pizza dinner was a huge success, with about 25 people—twice as many as last year—attending from the classes of 1954 to 2007. About a third of those who came graduated in the past five years, which was especially fun. We’re hoping to get more current students next year. We went through five pizzas and killed about seven pitchers of beer! We hope that this event only gets bigger and better as the years go on.


Our pizza night was a terrific success, with about 45 people filtering through, from the Class of ’64 to a respectable group of new grads—a good time, and superb pizza, were had by all.


Big thanks to everyone who turned out for our June 11 pizza party in Berkeley! Roughly 40 current and future alumni were in attendance, with classes ranging from ’53 to ’08 (and arguably, 2028.) We had a grand time and showed the new graduates that life after Reed is, indeed, all fun and beer.