Reunions Paideia Roll-In for 2015

With fewer proposals submitted by the March 30 target date, taxed volunteers and a very full Reunions 2015 schedule, the reunions committee has decided not to run Reunions Paideia as a separate program this year but instead roll it in to the main reunions schedule at

If you would like to offer a session or activity at reunions, please email reunions coordinator Mela Kunitz ’87 directly.

If you are interested in being part of a future Reunions Paideia committee or serving as alumni support for January Padeia, please email Rory Bowman ’90 to let him know.


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Help Plan Reunions Paideia 2015

Renn Fayre 2011 by Meli-Lewis from Flickr

Photo by Meli-Lewis (Flickr) used by Creative Common License, (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Reed College reunions shall take place at Reed College in Portland this coming June 10-14, 2015, including a third iteration of “reunions paideia.” Reunions Paideia is an opportunity for alumni and other friends of the college to supplement other activities such as alumni college, with short and interesting sessions on topics of interest. The tentative timeline for folks to make suggestions, requests and proposals is as follows. Continue reading

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January 2015 Paideia Schedule Now Up


January Paideia 2015, 17–25 January

The official schedule for January 2015 Paideia is up, covering nine days and requiring an IRIS login via


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Alumni “Beyond Reed” Series at Paideia

The alumni office has put together a nice mix of workshops and industry talks for this coming January Paideia, with details available on their web page well in advance of the other schedule. Offerings are generally divided into hands-on “workshops” and “industry talks” which focus on a particular sector, with input from a variety of alumni.

Listed alphabetically sessions include

  • Industry Talk: Accounting & Finance
  • Industry Talk: Consulting
  • Industry Talk: Creative Industries: Writing, Design, Entertainment
  • Industry Talk: Development, Marketing, & Fundraising
  • Industry Talk: Education
  • Industry Talk: Nonprofits & Public Policy
  • Industry Talk: Small Business Enterpreneurship: Arts, Crafts, and Design
  • Industry Talk: Small Business Entrepreneurship: Food & Drink
  • Industry Talk: Tech: Non-Technical Jobs in the Tech Industry
  • Industry Talk: Tech: Software Engineering
  • Workshop: Career Builder Series #1: How to Discover Your Competitive Advantage
  • Workshop: Career Builder Series #2: How to Present Aptitude and Ambitions – Networking and Interviews
  • Workshop: Career Builder Series #3: How to Target Career Opportunities – Searches, Resumes, and Applications
  • Workshop: Google @ Work
  • Workshop: In the Beginning was the (Microsoft) Word
  • Workshop: Practical Excel Skills for the Generalist
  • Workshop: Understand the Man (or, Decision Making at the Start of Your Career)

For details such as descriptions, dates and times, please visit 

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January 2015 Paideia Applications Out

Hello alumni!

You may, or may not have heard the whisperings of Paideia 2015 starting up soon. This years czars are Hazel Flores, Shiloh Guten-Gale, and Swede Pearson. We managed to reach some alumni through the Reed Facebook page or Switchboard, but we hope this email reaches more of you!

We would like to welcome alumni back to participate in Paideia, since it is most successful and meaningful for the community when there are past and present Reedies together learning. Thus, we are attaching the PDF application here for those of you interested in teaching classes.

You may fill the form out for each class you would like to teach and send it back to us at our email or the email provided on the application.

Applications are due by the 11th, and you will hear back from us around Thanksgiving. We hope to hear from you soon!


PDF of Instructor Application for January 2015 Paideia, requested by return email by November 11th.

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January 2015 Paideia Coordinators

Student senate appointed three students to the Paideia committee on October 27: Hazel Flores, Shiloh Guten-Gale and Shannon Pearson.

Their chosen email address for this cycle is and as of early November they are working to have a PDF form for proposals and to post more information to The Quest and official Reed College web pages.

A more explicit schedule with deadlines and other details shall be posted here to as it becomes available.

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Kroger 2014 Strategic Reports Out

Photo of WTF cow pasture.

Reed College is currently engaged in a strategic planning process, initiated by President Kroger and expected to last from 2013-2015. As part of that process different “working groups” have been created, including one to address Paideia and the summer term, Group E:

What role do the summer and winter breaks play in a Reed education? To what extent should we concern ourselves with providing opportunities for students in these periods, and what sort of opportunities should they be? What opportunities do we offer already and how do they relate to the academic program? Should we continue to have a long winter break, and if so, do we need to offer more possibilities to the students during January? Should we offer more opportunities during fall and spring break, whether externships, workshops, or field trips?

The Group E was submitted in January and is available online as a PDF file with an IRIS login. The final report from April is also available online as a PDF with an IRIS login and shall be considered by the faculty, alumni and staff for this fall. The gist of their recommendations is that the 2013 Paideia committee created by Kroger has already begun to improve things and that it should be continued with encouragement to involve “enthusiastic faculty and staff regularly,” “more study- and career-building classes” and possible three-week “remediation during (expanded) Paideia.”

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