Student and Campus Life

Division of Student Life

Eliot Hall in the snow

Welcome to Winter Break at Reed! 

This is a comprehensive guide to campus resources and services available to students over the winter academic break (Friday, December 20, 2019 – Friday, January 17, 2020). 

During the winter break, Reed College is open during normal business hours (Monday–Friday from 9am–5pm) with the exception of the following administrative closure days: December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1. Inclement weather may also affect department staffing and hours. College delays and closures due to inclement weather will be posted on the Reed mainpage

The winter break guide is organized by the following categories: 

Dining & Food Options 

Commons: Commons is open with reduced hours and services during the winter break:

  • Friday, Dec 20: open 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec 21 – Wednesday, Jan 1: closed
  • Thursday, Jan 2 – Friday, Jan 3: open 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan 4 – Sunday, Jan 5: closed
  • Monday, Jan 6 – Friday, Jan 10: open 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan 11 – Sunday, Jan 12: closed
  • Monday, Jan 13 – Friday, Jan 17: open 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan 18 – Sunday, Jan 19: closed
  • Monday, Jan 20 – Saturday, Jan 25: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Marketplace in Commons is closed during the break.  

Cafe Circo: Cafe Circo is closed for the winter break beginning Friday, December 20. The cafe will re-open the first week of classes. Commons serves coffee and tea when open.

Paradox and Paradox Lost Cafes: The student-run cafes are closed for the winter break beginning Friday, December 20. The cafes will re-open the first week of classes. 

Reed Community Pantry: The Reed Community Pantry provides nonperishable food items, toiletries, hygiene products, clothing, books, and more at no cost to members of the Reed community. The RCP is open during the break during the following hours:

  • Mondays: 12–1 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 5–6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 12–1 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 5–6 p.m.
  • Fridays: 12–1 p.m.

Students, staff and faculty can contact seeds@reed.edu to access the food pantry outside of these hours. Follow the Reed Community Pantry Facebook page for any updates on closures due to sickness or inclement weather.

Reed Bookstore: The Bookstore is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on days the college is open, with reduced hours between December 26–27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Staff Match: Student Life staff members have volunteered to take any interested student or students off-campus for a meal or Portland experience, paid for by Reed! If you want to try out a restaurant or go visit a local area attraction, contact Student Life at student-life@reed.edu to be matched to a staff volunteer! Students are welcome to sign up in pairs, too.

Campus Departments & Services

Reed College is open during normal business hours (Monday–Friday from 9am–5pm) during the winter academic break with the exception of the following administrative closure days: December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1. Some staff and faculty may take vacation during the winter break, so some offices may have additional closures. Students are encouraged to call or email to set up an appointment whenever possible.

Academic Support: Students may access the DoJo via swipe-card from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on days the college is open. No tutoring or workshops are available over the break; however staff may be available for individual appointments as schedules permit. Contact David Gruber (gruberd@reed.edu) for more information.

Athletics, Fitness & Outdoor Programs: The Sports Center is open for student use on weekdays from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., and closed on weekends and between December 23 – January 1. The Climbing Center and Backpack Co-Op is open during the hours posted on their online calendar.

Bookstore: The Reed College Bookstore is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on days the college is open, with reduced hours of 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. between December 26 – 28. Homer's Hut is not open during the break.

Business Office: The Business Office remains open during the break on days the college is open, with limited staffing between December 24 – January 1. During this week the cashier's window will be closed but a cashier is available inside the office (Eliot 308). The check-run schedule is also modified for winter break; please refer to the Business Office website for the detailed schedule.

Center for Life Beyond Reed: Students can work with a CLBR adviser on resumes, cover letters, grad school applications, and career or fellowship planning during the winter break. On days the college is open between December 23–January 1, an adviser is available to assist students remotely. No appointment necessary; students can directly write to beyondreed@reed.edu for assistance. The CLBR team resumes full services and appointments Monday, January 6. Drop-in and Express Advising will return when classes begin.

Community Safety: Community Safety is open 24 hours a day, including weekends and days the college is closed! CSOs are available to assist with safety and security issues, including medical emergencies and lockouts. Call 503/517-5355, text 503/849-8678, or walk-in to 28 West for assistance.

Computing User Services (CUS): The ETC building (including computer labs) will be accessible to students via swipe 24 hours a day. The Help Desk and hardware shop will be closed from December 23 – January 6. 

The Student Life Office: The Student Life Office in Eliot 218 is available for academic support and resource advising during the winter break. To make an appointment contact 503/517-7396 or student-life@reed.edu.

Disability & Accessibility Resources: Students may access the DoJo via swipe-card from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on days the College is open. DAR staff will be available for scheduled appointments from January 6 forward. Students can make an appointment by using DAR’s online booking system.

Facilities: Maintenance staff are available and on-call during the break for on-campus facilities issues. For non-urgent maintenance issues, fill out an online maintenance request. For urgent maintenance issues (e.g. broken pipe, no heat), call Facilities (503/777-7283) during business hours or Community Safety (503/517-5355) after hours and on days the college is closed.

Financial Aid: The office will be open during normal business hours on days the college is open. Staff are available for questions and advising via phone, email, and in-person appointments over the break.

Health & Counseling Center: The HCC is closed for the winter break beginning Friday, December 20 at noon. During the winter break students can talk with a free and confidential counselor by calling the Reed Counseling Hotline at 866/432-1224 (24/7). For medical advice, students can call the Community Nurse Advice Careline at 800/607-5501 (24/7). Additional counseling and medical support resources are listed under Safety & Support Resources. The HCC re-opens for student appointments on Tuesday, January 21.

International Student Services: Program Director Dana Lawson is available over the break with the exception of December 24 – January 2. Dana will check emails periodically during that time (dlawson@reed.edu or iss@reed.edu). Tyler Casey, International Student Adviser, will be out of the office from December 21 – January 6.

Library: The Library, PARC and IMC are open with reduced hours during the winter break; hours of operation are posted here. The Library will be closed December 24 – January 1. Remote reference assistance is available during open hours via the Ask a Librarian webpage.

Mail Room: The Mail Room is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on days the college is open. The Mail Room will be open from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on December 26 – 28.

Multicultural Resource Center: The Student Center is open weekdays from 9am–5pm on days the college is open. The Multicultural Resource Center will be closed December 24 – January 1. Student spaces are not open for student group use over break, but staff will check emails periodically during that time. 

Night Bus: The Night Bus does not operate during the winter break. The last scheduled evening is Thursday, December 19. When the Night Bus is not operating students can get to and from campus by using Portland TriMet, taxi or rideshare services. See Transportation for more information. The Night Bus resumes operations the first week of classes. 

Registrar's Office: The office will be open during normal business hours on the days the college is open. Staff are available to process transcript requests, declarations of major and other forms, and to assist with questions and registration. Students can reach the Registrar's Office via phone, email, and in Eliot 311/315.

Residence Life: The Residence Life office in 28 West is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays, with the exception of December 24 – January 1 when the office is closed. Staff will respond to emails and phone calls periodically during that week.

Restorative Practices: Program Director Santi Alston (alstons@reed.edu) is available during regular business hours on days the College is open, except December 23–27. Honor Council is not active during the break but will be available again the first week of classes.

SEEDS Community Engagement Office: The Student Center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on days the college is open. The Community Engagement Office will be closed December 24 – January 1. Student spaces are not open for student group use over break, but staff will check emails periodically during that time.

Sexual Health, Advocacy, & Relationship Education (SHARE): Program Director Rowan Frost is available and on-call during winter break after January 2, 2020 (520-272-7836 or frostr@reed.edu). Students with concerns about sexual harassment, assault, relationship abuse, or stalking can also call the 24-hour crisis line Call to Safety at 503/835-5333.

Student Engagement: The Student Engagement office will be closed December 24 – January 1. Please email student-engagement@reed.edu if you need assistance.

Student Work Office: Student Work Coordinator Kate Walford is available over the winter break for students seeking guidance on on-campus work or work study positions. Kate will be out of the office December 24–January 2. Students can make an appointment with Kate on her online calendar.

 

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Events & Activities  

Below is a summary of planned and informal events and social opportunities for students remaining in the Portland area over the winter academic break:

Reed Campus Events: Information about on-campus events are regularly posted and updated on the Reed Events Calendar.

Winter housing events: The Winter Housing HAs plan weekly social events for the 50+ residents staying in winter housing. Winter housing residents should check their Reed email for information on upcoming events!

Sports Center: The Reed Sports Center is open with reduced hours during the winter break. The Climbing Wall & Backpack Co-Op are open during hours posted on the online calendar. 

A.F.O.P. will be offering a few evening yoga classes that will be open to the Reed Community. Classes will take place from December 12–17, in the Sports Center Dance Studio, during the following days:

  •     Thursday, Dec. 12, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Devi Moris)
  •     Monday, Dec. 16, 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Erin Nova)
  •     Tuesday, Dec. 17, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Devi Moris)

Reed Ski Cabin: Students can reserve a night (or 3!) at Reed's ski cabin in IRIS. The ski cabin is outfitted with 14 bunks, a full kitchen, wi-fi, sauna, fireplace, and a game room. Students can rent snow gear (including warm layers, sleeping bag, snowshoes and skis) from the Backpack Co-Op. The ski cabin is located in Government Camp on Mount Hood and it is reachable via a personal winter prepared vehicle, Reed van, or public transportation. Van drivers must have a winter driving certification to operate college vans in snowy conditions; contact Cyrus Monsef (monsefhc@reed.edu) for the training schedule. 

To reach the ski cabin via public transit, follow these instructions:

  1. Take the Max Blue Line to the Gresham Transit Center stop. Then, walk across the street and wait for the Sandy Area Metro (SAM) bus.
  2. Take the SAM bus to its last stop. Wait at this spot for the next bus. 
  3. Take the Mt. Hood Express ($2) to the Chevron gas station stop in Government Camp.
  4. Walk down-hill from this stop and then turn right on Mucoy St. Walk up the steep road to the very top; the Ski Cabin is on your left.

Middle Passage to Education Summit: Reed is collaborating with BEAM Village to host the Middle Passage to Education Summit, a culturally-specific orientation to high school for Black middle school students and their parents on Monday, January 7. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tara Sonali Miller (millert@reed.edu).

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Engagement: SEEDS Community Engagement Office, the Multicultural Resource Center, Office for Institutional Diversity, and the Office for Student Engagement will be hosting events for the week of January 20. Event details for 2020 will be posted online soon.

Volunteer opportunities with SEEDS: Follow SEEDS on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for one-time opportunities. Community engagement opportunities over the break include:

Staff Match: Student Life staff members have volunteered to take any interested student or students off-campus for a meal or Portland experience, paid for by Reed! If you want to try out a restaurant or go visit a local area attraction, contact Student Life at student-life@reed.edu to be matched to a staff volunteer! Students are welcome to sign up in pairs, too.

Senior Bootcamp: The Center for Life Beyond Reed is hosting a Senior Bootcamp, a one-day intensive workshop designed to provide graduating seniors with a tool kit of skills for launching a successful job search, on Tuesday, January 21 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Register on Handshake here.

Paideia 2020: Paideia begins on Saturday, January 18. Check the Paideia 2020 website for updates and schedules!

The Reed College Guide to Multicultural PortlandThe Reed College Guide to Multicultural Portland is designed to provide Reedies with a starting point for exploring Portland. The guide includes information about local restaurants, spiritual and faith centers, community and cultural organizations, salons and barbershops, and arts and attractions!

Portland Events: Winter break is an excellent time to explore the greater Portland area! Learn about upcoming local events via Travel Portland's Event Calendar or PDX Pipeline's Event Calendar.

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Safety & Support Resources

For on-campus emergencies, please call Reed Community Safety at 503/788-6666. For off-campus emergencies, dial 911. 

Community Safety: Community Safety is open 24 hours a day, including weekends and days the college is closed! CSOs are available to assist with safety and security issues, including medical emergencies and lockouts. For on-campus emergencies, call 503/788-6666. For non-urgent situations, call the CSOs at 503/517-5355, text 503/849-8678, or walk-in to 28 West for assistance.

Mental health support: Students can talk with a free and confidential licensed counselor by calling the Reed Counseling Hotline at 866/432-1224 (24/7). See Mental Health Care Resources for additional emergency, hospital, and crisis line resources.

Medical assistance: Students can consult with a registered nurse by calling the Community Careline at 800/607-5501 (24/7). See Urgent Care & Hospitals for local urgent clinics and hospitals. 

Emergency housing: Students who find their winter housing (whether on- or off-campus) unsafe or inhabitable should call Community Safety (503/517-5355) to request use of a temporary on-campus emergency room. Two rooms are available for short-term use (approx. 72 hours); a member of the Care Team can assist students in making a plan if longer term housing is needed. Contact res-life@reed.edu for long-term housing solutions over the winter break. 

Sexual violence & relationship abuse support: Program Director Rowan Frost is available and on-call during winter break after 1/2/20 (520/272-7836 or frostr@reed.edu). Students can also call the 24-hour crisis line Call to Safety (503/835-5333).

Financial assistance: Emergency loan funds serve students who are experiencing a short-term financial hardship. These emergency loans are typically limited to $500 or less and must be repaid by the end of the semester in which the loan is made. Students can request an emergency loan through the Business Office. Additional emergency financial assistance can be requested by contacting Kate Walford

The Reed Care Team: The Care Team seeks to proactively coordinate resources and support for students who may be experiencing personal or academic issues that interfere with their ability to be successful at the college. Anyone can refer a student to the Care Team via the online care referral form. Referrals are reviewed during normal business hours and are not monitored after hours, on weekends, or days the college is closed.

Winter clothing: Students who need warm clothing can look at donated clothing items at the Reed Community Pantry, or rent at no cost jackets, layers, gloves, and hats from the Backpack Co-Op.

Mental Health Care Resources

Emergency mental health care

Cascadia Urgent Behavioral Health Walk-In Clinic: Mental health emergencies and crisis support, including emergency medication refills. Open Mondays–Sundays from 7am – 10:30pm. 4212 SE Division Street, Suite 100, Portland. 

Cedar Hills Hospital: Short term inpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment; outpatient services include day treatment and intensive outpatient care. Call 503/844-5000 to set up an intake appointment or present in-person. Available 24 hours a day. 10300 SW Eastridge St, Portland. 

Crisis Assessment and Treatment Center (CATC)Mental health respite center for acute mental health crises for individuals who are on the Oregon Health Plan or who are uninsured. Stays can range 1-7 days on average; all stays are voluntary. Available 24 hours a day. Call direct at 503/232-1099, or call the Multnomah County Crisis Line at 503/988-4888 if the direct line is busy. 30 NE MLK Blvd., Portland. 

Adventist Emotional Wellness Center: Intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization program for acute mental health crisis. Open Mondays–Thursdays from 8:30am – 5pm and Fridays from 8:30am – 4pm. Call 503/261-5953 to access. 10101 SE Main Street, Portland.

Crisis and mental health support lines

Reed Counseling Hotline: Students can talk with a free and confidential licensed counselor by calling 866/432-1224. Available 24 hours a day.

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 to connect to a trained crisis counselor. Available 24 hours a day.

Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis: Mental health crisis support and access to Project Respond, a mobile crisis counselor program to help facilitate access to psychiatric inpatient hospital care. Call 503/988-4888 for consultation. Available 24 hours a day.

Call to Safety: Crisis support, follow-up advocacy, in-person medical advocacy, and support groups for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Call 503/235-5333 (available 24 hours a day) or text 503/235-5333 (available Monday–Fridays from 11am–3pm). 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for students and loved ones. Call 1-800-273-TALK or use the chat feature on their website. Available 24 hours a day.

The Trevor Project LGBTQ Suicide HotlineA crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline for LBGTQ+ youth and young adults. Call 866/488-7386 (available 24 hours a day) or text START to 678678 (available 7 days a week from 12pm–7pm PST).

Lines for LifeLines for Life is a regional non-profit dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide. Call 800/273-8255 or text 273TALK to 8398631. Available 24 hours a day.

Urgent Care & Hospitals

Urgent care clinics

ZoomCare: Same-day urgent care and primary and specialty care appointments, including medication refills. Locations near Reed in Sellwood, Woodstock and on Hawthorne. Schedule a same-day appointment online.

Providence Hospital Express Care: Urgent care medical services. Schedule a same-day office or virtual appointment online.

Legacy Go Health Urgent Care: Urgent same-day medical services. Make an appointment online or walk-in. Multiple locations in the Portland area.

Hospitals

Information about local area hospitals can be found on the HCC webpage.

Primary care doctors

Merritt Health & Wellness  

Prism Health CenterHealth care for the LBGTQ+ individuals.

Questions? Suggestions?

This guide was compiled by the Reed Care Team. If you have questions or additions for this guide, please contact us at careteam@reed.edu