October 1987 Guide for Paideia Directors

cropped-reedhisttxt-front-entrance-to-the-hauser-library-1970.jpgFrom Reed College Archives Box 41:5, folder “General Files – Paideia, 1989”

Lesley Hyman
October 1987

Handy-Dandy How-to-guide for Paideia
respectfully submitted by Lesley Hyman

First let me say there is no “right way” to do it. I ran Paideia as a Sophomore, and I knew very little about administering anything! The most important thing about Paideia, or rather coordinating Paideia is to get a sense of how other people organized the program. I found that Paideia lore was remarkably diverse. I think its essential to take some chances, stay calm, and remember that you cannot please everybody all the time.

I have organized this outline into five sections: The Network, which is made up of the Paideia Committee; Administrative Assistance; A rough time-line; Suggestions for Classes; and of course that uncategorizeable Misc. section.

Rule number one:

Never assume it is organized.

Here begins the outline:

I. The Network

A. Paideia Director/Signator (a paid position)

1. Generally oversees the coordination fo the entire program. Allocates responsibilities (B, C, D, etc). Corresponds with administration, students, faculty, guests.

2. As signator, the Paideia Director writes the budget proposal (see *old* budgets for help on this one!), keeps *very accurate* amounts, writes checks, writes quarterly reports to Caucus.

B. Secretary

1. Keeps minutes of weekly Paideia meetings, possibly writes letters for Director.

C. Publicity Director

1. Campus Publicity

a. makes posters/bulletins to inform Reed Community about Paideia.

b. works with Information Services, the people who do Newsprint and have contact with alumni.

2. Portland Publicity

a. This is up to the Paideia Committee. There are advantages and disadvantages of involving Portland in Paideia. I invited their participation in January 1985 and the result was generally positive in terms of participation and overall good old Reed hospitality.

b. If the Committee chooses to invite the Portland Community to Reed for Paideia, Information Services will contact all the necessary parties (e.g. newspapers, radio stations, t.v., etc.).

D. Entertainment (one person should be responsible for each section)

1. Classes/Seminars, etc.

a. Student/faculty/staff classes — I found that a general form should be used by all Reed affiliated people. Instructors should inform the Paideia Committee of the following:

i. name of class
ii. class description
iii. how many people, open to public?
iv. cost of materials
v. where class should be held
vi. what time, and what day(s).

b. guest classes — all guest classes need to inform you of the same stuff. Remember to treat volunteers especially well so that perhaps they’ll offer their services again. Also — check out whether there any special contractual arrangements which need to be made.

c. see section IV for suggestion of classes

2. Dance Director

a. Paideia’s dance program is traditionally a real treat. Although there’s usually an African class, I encourage any type fo ethic dance workshop. The Dance Program is hefty load — so make sure someone enthusiast is behind it!

3. Sports Center and Transportation Director

a. Sports Center space equipment needs to be reserved. All athletic programs and tournaments are usually successful (softball, volleyball)

b. Transportaion — this means reserving campus vehicles, gas cards, keys, *DRIVERS*, for coast/mountain trips and classes which need transport. Work with Angela Dreher!

4. Music and Movies Director

a. (movies) This person coordinates which films will be shown, at what time, — also responsible for hiring projectionists! The Movie Board is sometimes responsible for the *2nd* Weekend’s films.

b. (music) The S.A.B. usually pays for all or part of the Paideia Social, traditionally held Saturday before classes begin. However, there are usually several bands or D.J. socials during the week which are organized by this person.

II. Administrative Assistance

A. Student Activities

The S.A. office should be utilized extensively by the Paideia Committee. S.A. can help with just about anything — they can search for addresses and phone numbers of possible guests, for instance. At this time Stephen Beardlsey-Schoonmaker is Director of Student Activities.

B. Campus Events

This office will assist in locating and reserving all rooms on campus *except* the S.U. (see the S.U. manager). Joah White is the woman with the big reservation book.

C. Information Services

As I stated before, they can help with publicity. However, Information Services can also assist with getting in touch with alumni. (Alumni Services), graphic design (Laurie Levich), also Harriet Watson is the publicity person.

III. Routh time-line

A. September

I realize that in the past 3 years, there have been several attempts to choose a Director in the Spring, BUT it never seems to materialize until September, of course the following could conceivably be done during summer, which would certainly benefit the program. At any rate by the end of September the following should have occurred:

1. organize committee/network
2. begin contacting guest instructors/speakers
3. submit budget to Caucus

B. October

1. campus publicity begins
2. survey Reed community, on “what I want for Paideia”
3. by late Octl, begin to distribute and collect class info.

C. November (by the end of the month…)

1. finalize classes/events [music, socials, field trips]
2. distribute “Paideia Quest” (this means: have a good working schedule established)

D. December

1. Sign-ups in Commons and Library I strongly suggest keeping accurate wait-lists. And to tell people to show-up even if they’re wait-listed. Even pre-paid people sometimes don’t show…

2. Distribute a “New and Improved Paideia Schedule”.

E. January

It just happens, but … See Rule #1

IV. Classes

A very general-sketchy-but-worthwhile-list

A. Computer Classes

Macintosh – UNIX – Pascal “C” – Computer Games – Computer Art

B. Crafts

Calligraphy – ceramics – painting – drawing – sculpture – multi-media – knitting – sewing – weaving – carpentry (make your own desk!)

C. Cooking (food and drink)

Any ethnic foods [Latin, Asian, African, gourmet, Italian…], breadmaking, pasta, macrobiotic, beer making, beer tasting, coffee tasting

D. Dance

African, modern, ballet, jazz, Latin, choreography, contact-improv

E. Sports/Games

Basketball – tai-chi – cycling (and Bike maintenance!) – self-defense – capture the flag – softball – volleyball

F. Music

Guitar – dramming – singing – piano.

G. Misc.

Poetry workshop, stress management – Reed lore – storytelling – plant appreciation, etc.

V. The Incomparable Misc. section

A. See Rule #1

B. Remember that Paideia, with teh small exception of 1/2 the director’s salary, is *completely student funded.* The student body, represented by the Paideia Committee decides what will and will not take place.

C. People like to be fed and entertained during Paideia

D. Have fun.

E. Also, remember to contact student organizations and ask them to assist in funding!

F. Post Paideia hours for library, coffee-shop, bookstore, etc

Paideia Office is upstairs in the S.U. — it’s usually a mess from Renn Fayre

Necessary equipment includes

– paper/stationery
– poster board
– pens/markers
– telephone
– typewriter/computer

Also, it is helpful to others and yourself to keep office hours.

Addendum by John Hancock, Chair, Committee on the Future of Paideia, 13 October 1987.

During the last few years there has been no overall evaluation of Paideia by menas of questionnaire sent to all the students and faculty (Such an evaluation was regularly carried out in previous years.). If Paideia is to be evaluated at all (and many folks think it should be, every time it’s held) then I strongly suggest that the Paideia Director and Paideia Committee get together and plan a) the content of such a questionnaire, b) its distribution, c) the collecting of the data, and d) the analysis of the data — all within a reasonable time (2-3 weeks) after the end of the period (i.e. in February).

Copies are available of previous reports and questionnaires. Please see me.

About Rory Bowman '90

Rory Bowman, Reed alumnus in philosophy, 1990.
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