IRIS For Alumni: A Guide
By Rob Shryock '13
IRIS, which stands for Integrated Reed Information System, is Reed's password-protected website for community members only, and allows the Reed alumnus/a access to a variety of resources. As an Alumnus/a of Reed College, you need an IRIS account to access and update your profile in the Alumni Directory and to set up an email forwarding address. You can also use it to easily make a Ski Cabin Reservation, submit class notes, access JSTOR, and access career resources like the Nationwide Internship Consortium.
Kerberos, named for a nasty mythical three-head dog that guarded the gates of the underworld, allows you access to IRIS. Functionally, this means to access IRIS you'll need a Kerberos account. Kerberos isn't a seperate system: much like Cerberus, it simply allows you access to IRIS.
Do you have a Kerberos Account? If you've attended Reed since we started using Kerberos in 2007, you certainly do. If you haven't used Reed's alumni directory since 2006 or earlier, you likely don't. If you fall into the latter group, go to https://account-tools.reed.edu/claim. Regisration takes less than ten minutes, and if you get stuck, you can always email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To start, enter your last name (not your first name, or full name! You'd be surprised how often this is an issue.) Then enter your Date of Birth and Reed ID. If you don't know your Reed ID, which is a number, asterix, or letter, followed by five numbers, please email us at email@example.com. Next, read and accept the user agreement.
If you created a Kerberos Account years and years ago and don't have the slightest clue what your username or password would be, don't fret: if you forgot your username, go here, if you forgot your password, go here. However, sometimes these forms won't work for everyone: for example, if you forgot your Reed ID number, you can only get your password, not your username. If you forgot your security questions, you can't reset your password.
But don't panic yet. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be glad to reset your password for you. Generally we address all requests within one business day, though it sometimes takes longer.
Okay, so you've got the Kerberos Account, and you're logged into IRIS. Now what?
If you haven't before, you should set up an email forwarding address. Setting up an email forwarding address is a great way to allow former classmates to get in touch with you without divulging your personal email. It allows you to have a Reed-affiliated email address, and any messages that are sent to it will be forwarded to the email address we have on file for you.
So here's how to set this up: from the main menu, under "Personal Info", choose "Alumni Email Forwarding."
From this page, you can change your "official college email," which is the email address where you will recieve emails from the college, as well as forwarded messages from your alumni account. Under the "Alumni Email Forwarding" header, select, "edit info." Just input the address you want, click "submit changes", and you're all set!
It's really easy to set up your alumni directory profile and put good privacy controls on your account. From IRIS, if you click on "Alumni Directory Prefs", "Alumni Email Forwarding", or "Information Update", you'll be entered into a different screen with seven tabs at the top. The top of the screen will look something like this:
Here is that these seven tabs allow you to do:
- Personal: Update your name, address, phone number, or marital status.
- Electronic: Update your email, provide links to social media accounts, set up a forwarding address, and subscribe or unsubscribe to college mail lists.
- Employment: Update your employment information to the directory.
- Degrees: Add information about any non-Reed degrees you hold.
- Volunteer: Sign up for the Reed Career Network or as an Alumni Local Host.
- Profile: Set your profile picture for the directory, career network profile, and preffered pronouns.
- Privacy Settings: Adjust which information in your profile is visible in the directory.
It bears mentioning: one thing that's awesome about IRIS is that you get to really fine-tune your privacy settings. You can easily modify which groups can see what about you. For example, you could make Reed faculty and staff able to see your personal email, but not alumni. Just check and uncheck the appropriate boxes.
Now that you've got your profile all set, why not try searching the Alumni Directory for your classmates? Remember, though, to never share an individual's information in the alumni directory outside of the Reed community without the consent of said individual.
All Reed Alumni with a Kerberos Account have access to JSTOR, one of the world's premier academic databases. To access JSTOR, go to jstor.reed.edu. If you are not signed into Kerberos, you will be prompted to sign in. Then, the whole world of JSTOR is open to you, as simple as that.
Please note: If you go to the general JSTOR website and try to login, it will not work. You have to use jstor.reed.edu.
Thanks for reading!
So that's IRIS in a nutshell, along with some of its primary functions. If you got this far and still feel clueless, or if you have questions about IRIS that weren't answered here, please email email@example.com. We will do our best to make you feel clued.