Alumni Newssummer2007


A message from the alumni association president

Regional gatherings

Reunions 2007

Call for Nominations

The Alumni Board invites nominations for awards for outstanding contributions to the college in 2007 through volunteer efforts in the offices of alumni relations, career services, admission, and development. Alumni and non-alumni community volunteers are eligible to be nominated for the outstanding volunteer award, which honors the generosity of volunteers who give their time, energy, and enthusiasm to Reed.

Also, the Foster-Scholz Club is seeking nominations of alumni who attended Reed 40 or more years ago (currently, classes of 1967 and earlier) for its distinguished service award. The award is presented at the Foster-Scholz Club & Annual Recognition Luncheon during Reunions. This tradition was begun in 1975 and is designed to recognize a club member who has made major contributions to the community and/or the college.

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2008. Contact:


Travels with Reedies

  • A group of alumni will tour China’s middle kingdom, October 11–20. Highlights include the Great Wall and Forbidden City in Beijing; the elegant gardens of the imperial literati in Suzhou; and the bustling life along the Huangpu River in Shanghai.
  • The weekend retreat at Camp Westwind for alumni and their families, sponsored by the Portland alumni chapter, has become a popular annual event on the Oregon Coast. Join in the tradition this year, October 19–21.
  • The Russian department is sponsoring its fifth-annual East European tour for students and alumni during Paideia, January 4–19, 2008. The tour begins in Istanbul, proceeds to the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv and Lviv, and ends in Moscow, with an optional third week (January 19–26) in St. Petersburg and Novgorod. Designed for Reed alumni, students, parents, and faculty, the tour will be led, as in years past, by former Reed Russian professor Judson Rosengrant.

View more details on these trips, including registration information.


Alumni College 2008

Musicians Workshop, June 4–6
The riff is still developing, but Alumni College will be both hands-on and intellectually stimulating. We will break up into interest areas for the participatory segments and actually make music: rock, folk, jazz, and classical. We will also gather as a group to discuss and analyze the larger role of music in society and our lives. Leaders will include Reed faculty and alumni practitioners who have distinguished themselves with careers in music.

Reunions 2008: Reed-A-Palooza, June 3–8
Reunions 2008 will vibrate to the sounds of classical, jazz, folk, and rock music—LP, CD, and homegrown. Remember back to your folkdance or dance party days at Reed . . . what sound track is playing in the background? Is it the Dead, Cab Calloway, or Joni Mitchell? Pete Seeger, Pink Martini, or the Crazy 8s? Deep Purple, Blondie, or the Talking Heads? Or was it the Portland Zoo Electric Band (rumor has it that they might make an appearance at Reunions)? Did you rock out to campus bands like Laura and the Vipers, Slack, Lo-Tek, Diet, or dance to Hungarian folk music, or perform in a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta? Reunions 2008 will offer a descent into the mosh pits and DJ’d socials of yesteryear at Reed.

If you are interested in helping out with Reunions 2008, please contact Mela Kunitz ’87, assistant director of alumni & parent relations: or 503/777-7789.


The Custom of the Boar’s Head

The tradition may have come from Oxford, but Reed’s own boar’s head procession is still celebrated at the annual holiday party. Help us keep this beloved custom alive by joining the Boar’s Head Ensemble Singers on Saturday, December 8. Contact or call 503/777-7589 for information about joining us for the holiday party and participating in this beloved Reed custom.