Alumni Programs

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Alumni Programs creates and sustains lifelong relationships between Reedies of all ages across the globe. We are pleased to offer a variety of programs to facilitate meaningful connections no matter where you live or on what couch you’re sitting. Stretch the muscles of your mind and engage with Reedies young and olde. Welcome to Reed Remote.

Have ideas for more virtual connections? Want to host a virtual event? Drop us a line!

Virtual Events and Learning

Tribute and Toast to Seniors and Graduates

Monday, May 18, 2020 from 4–4:30 p.m. PDT
Watch President Audrey Bilger, Dean of the Faculty Nigel Nicholson, members of the faculty, and others toast our seniors as we extend our heartfelt wishes and congratulations. Access the recorded toast on Reed's website or on YouTube.

Virtual Happy Hour with Gigantic Brewing’s Van Havig ’92

Friday, May 29, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. PDT
Join Gigantic Brewing Company’s co-founder and master brewer Van Havig ’92 for a virtual happy hour. Prior to happy hour, we encourage you to procure* a Gigantic beer (or three) and join Van as he talks about how he created some of Gigantic’s most well-known beers and what’s currently happening at the brewery. He’ll also answer fun questions and perhaps even regale you with a story or two from Olde Reed. Sign up and learn more here.

(Virtual) Reunions 

June 11–14, 2020
Reunions 2020 was postponed to June 2021 (which will be epic!) but we can't wait a full year to connect so let's celebrate virtually, too. All Reedies are invited to join us for Virtual Reunions events. And check back often, as we’ll be adding more events in the coming weeks. All events require pre-registration. Click here for the list of events.

(Virtual) Alumni College 

June 12–14, 2020
Democracy 2020: Mechanics, Opportunities, and Perils
Explore the fundamentals of democracy alongside other Reedies at Alumni College, delivered via Zoom. It's your chance to relive some of the best parts of Reed, like the lively discussions, without the stress of paper deadlines or late nights in the library. Join Reed-educated professors and other leaders in their fields as we discuss the intricacies of American government through lectures and interactive exercises. Reserve your space in the program by June 8.

Virtual Activities

Humanities 110 Lecture Series Recordings
You can now watch a selection of the Hum 110 lectures that were recorded by Reed faculty in spring 2020. More lectures will be added as they become available.

Virtual Book Club
Join the new Reed Remote Book Club covering a range of books on the Senior Symposium syllabus. Through an online, private, and moderated discussion forum you can read and contribute your thoughts to the group on your own schedule. Joining is completely free; you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. Our first group officially begins May 28, 2020 and will be reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Sign up today.

Virtual Thesis Board 2020
We are celebrating seniors with a digital thesis board. Names, majors, and thesis titles will continue to be added as we near graduation, so be sure to check back often!

Virtual Scriptorium
Missing your weekly foray into the focus and calm of calligraphy? Scriptorium alumna Jade Novarino ’16 hosts a weekly, contemplative two-hour scribe-in online Mondays from 2–4pm. Email with questions and for access to the Zoom link. The Berkeley Scriptorium, run by Naima Karczmar ’17, Liv Veazey ’18, and Oona Sullivan-Marcus ’19, are meeting every Saturday 12-2 PST through Zoom for a virtual Scriptorium. All are welcome. Email with questions and for access to the Zoom link.

You can also watch a series of Lloyd Reynolds’ lectures on the Reed College Heritage of Calligraphy website. This series follows Reynolds' book Italic Handwriting and Calligraphy and provides an excellent introduction to Reynolds and his work.

Finally, Gregory MacNaughton ’89, who directs Reed’s Scriptorium, makes the following generous offer to alumni calligraphers: “If you want me to see your work, critique your work, or just stay in touch, write me a letter. I'll be the best pen pal you've ever had.” Email to begin your Scriptorium correspondence.

Reedie-Owned Businesses
Always, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider supporting businesses owned by fellow alumni. This project is a work in progress, starting with businesses that are operating in some capacity during the pandemic.

Alumni Photo Albums
Is your Instagram feed just not doing it for you anymore? Check out Reed’s alumni photo albums, which guarantee hours of browsing pleasure. Find your friends, revisit the canyon, or take a look at the reactor you were too much of a humanities major to visit when you were enrolled. And, upload your own photos of all things Reed to share with the Reed community!

Reed Alumni Cookbook

Reedies bring the same passion to the kitchen as they do to their studies. In part to honor that, and in part to give folks a creative and tasty outlet while isolating during COVID-19, we are creating a cookbook of Reedie recipes and need your ideas! We’re hoping to find recipes that are as diverse and inspiring as the Reedies who make them and to learn Reed history we didn’t know about before. Did you culture an amazing sourdough starter in Biology? Did your banana bread get rave reviews at the Paradox? Fall in love with your future spouse after they wowed you with their cooking prowess in Anna Mann’s kitchen? Well, now’s your time to share your story and your recipe with the Reed community! Find more details here.

Reed Remote Talks—coming soon!
Reconnect with Reed and the intellectual exploration that happens in its classrooms! Hear from alumni experts about their field of study and whet your appetite for inquiry alongside other alumni learners. Watch your inbox and social media for updates on this new virtual program, hosted via Zoom.

Looking for something to read or watch?

We have a great list of recommendations from Foster-Scholz Club Chair and Special Collections Librarian Gay Walker ’69 [2002–2017] for hours of entertainment.

From the Archives
Digital Thesis Tower
Digital Archives

Special Collections

Gay's Curated Collection
Copies of The Griffin (1915-1965)
A Different Drummer (year unknown)

Doyle Owl Video

Mr. Mac Goes to College (1984)
Old Reed Films

Silent film (1942)
Spider God (1969)
Reed College (1982) (“The Nike Film”)

Reed swimming hole (1920)

"Puzzled Corner” Trivia and Crosswords

And, don't forget old copies of Reed Magazine articles. While you're at it peruse current Reed Magazine articles too!
May 1981
Nov 1994
Nov 2002
Summer 2007


Reed College Social Media Sites

Virtual Backgrounds

Spending lots of time on Zoom, but wishing you were on campus with the cherry and magnolia blossoms or strolling through the canyon? Make that dream a (virtual) reality! Download Reed virtual backgrounds.

Career Resources during COVID-19

Find yourself needing career help during this time? Please check out career resources for alumni here.