The Flying Petrel E-News
December 2007

The Office of Alumni Relations at Oglethorpe University wishes you and your family a very wonderful holiday season! Carillon, the university's magazine for alumni, parents and friends, will arrive before Christmas!

A Don't-Miss Holiday Event in New York City
It's the New York alumni gathering for alumni, parents and friends of Oglethorpe University at Macy's Herald Square, which includes a guided tour of Macy's famed holiday windows, buffet breakfast and a mini-fashion presentation. It's Saturday, December 15, and the event begins at 8:30 a.m. Be sure to spread the word to New York area alumni because this is definitely a don't-miss event! For more information about the Macy's event for OU alumni, please visit To register, you will need your ePetrel login ID number.

Nominate an Alum Today!
Each year, the Oglethorpe University National Alumni Association honors several alumni for their outstanding contributions to Oglethorpe and/or the community. These awards can be found at Be sure to nominate a deserving alum today! Watch your mail for your alumni awards nomination form in the mail in the coming weeks - you can nominate through U.S. mail, or you can nominate someone online by visiting The nomination deadline is Monday, January 7, 2008.

Oglethorpe University Celebrates Georgia Founder's Birthday
Keynote Speaker: Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author

On February 13, author Pat Conroy will help Oglethorpe University celebrate Oglethorpe Day, in honor of James Edward Oglethorpe, the college's namesake and founder of Georgia. Pat Conroy

The celebration will begin at 11:45 a.m. with a bagpipe summons on the Academic Quadrangle, followed by the Petrels of Fire Race at noon. Students participating in the race will try to run the 270-yard loop around campus before the last carillon bell tolls at noon. After the race, the bagpiper will lead the crowd into the Conant Performing Arts Center for a convocation with keynote speaker Pat Conroy.

Conroy, New York Times bestselling author of The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, My Losing Season and Beach Music, was heavily influenced by his southern upbringing and the tragedies in his family, his time as a student at the Citadel and his time as a school teacher. His novel The Water is Wide won him a humanitarian award from the National Education Association and was made into a feature film in 1974 and a television movie in 2006. In 1976, Conroy published The Great Santini, which was made into a film of the same name three years later. In 1986, Conroy published The Prince of Tides, another novel about a dysfunctional South Carolina family. Again, the novel was made into a film in 1991, which starred and was directed by Barbra Streisand and earned Nick Nolte an Academy Award nomination.

Following the convocation lunch will be served in the Emerson Student Center. For more information on Oglethorpe Day events, call 404-364-8335.

An Oglethorpe Story: Students Giving Back
Keith GriffinKeith Griffin '08
chose Oglethorpe because of the student-centered curriculum and instruction. He appreciates that students learn to be both academically and civically engaged.

"This place has intellectually challenged me, civically inspired me and personally shaped me," Keith says.

His involvement spans many areas of the campus. Keith participates because he feels the obligation and motivation to give back.

"[At Oglethorpe] your individual work and accomplishments truly make a difference," Keith explains. He wants to continue to better the institution and recruit future generations of excellent students, which he does as an admission office ambassador.

"I love talking about Oglethorpe and helping others decide if this is the place for them. Being outspoken and verbal about Oglethorpe is so easy; we have so much to offer."

As a senior, it's quite impressive that Keith has already made his gift to the 2007-2008 Oglethorpe Fund. Not only is he setting an example to his fellow seniors as the chair of the '08 for OU senior campaign, he's also setting an example to alumni as a participant in the annual campaign.

Keith loves "giving back to a place that has given me so much. Oglethorpe has changed my life, and I think that it is my duty to give back and support our mission. A gift to the campaign is a sign of gratitude, appreciation and love. Our job as Senior Campaign Committee members is so incredibly important. In essence, we serve as liaisons between current students and alumni, and we give the Senior Class the opportunity to establish a habit of giving. Because participation among alumni is so vital, we try to provide an outlet for current students to begin participating and giving back to OU."

Click here to learn more about the Oglethorpe Fund and ways you can support the university.

OU Bookstore - Great Gifts for the Holidays!
The OU Bookstore has some great gifts for the holidays! Now that OU has a striking new logo, it's time to load up on OUOglethorpe University (Campus History Series) gear and get some for friends and family members. What perfect gifts! Also, Oglethorpe University (Campus History Series) by Anne A. Salter and Laura Masce is a wonderful collection of the university's historical facts and photographs. You can find all these things at the OU Bookstore - check them out

Alumni Weekend - just around the corner!
Don't miss Alumni Weekend 2008!Be sure to mark your calendar! Alumni Weekend is March 28-30, 2008! Share a fun-filled weekend with your fellow alumni, family and friends! The following classes and affinity groups will be celebrating reunions: 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, Young Alumni (1998 - 2007), Yamacraw Staff, APO, Alumni Teachers and English majors!

Events for the weekend will include Stomp the Lawn Alumni Style (Band Party on the Quad); Alumni Awards Banquet; Gauguin exhibition in the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art: Book Club; Mini Classes; Road Race; Faculty Appreciation Reception; Breakfast with the President; Alumni Baseball Game; Picnic on the Quad; Alumni Tennis Matches; a Screening of a new film by Patrick Floyd '98, Reunion Parties and more!

Registration will open in February.

Winner of Service Grant will Support Atlanta's Homeless and Artists
Robert Heightchew, Executive Director of the Jimmy
Oglethorpe University alumni Ben Minor '07, from Marietta, was recently awarded the Carter Academic-Service Entrepreneur (CASE) Grant from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation. This grant, sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, seeks to foster academic-service learning at American colleges and universities.

Minor, the first recipient from Georgia, has shown innovative and promising use of the grant to significantly further a partnership between himself, Oglethorpe University and the Feed America Music Foundation (FAMF). He has worked with Feed America Music Foundation since 2004 when he founded the first college chapter at Oglethorpe. Over the past three years, Minor has served as president of Oglethorpe's chapter and helped organize events which raised thousands of dollars for programs which support the homeless population, including the victims of Hurricane Katrina and United Way's VIP program. Minor now serves as the vice president of community outreach for Feed America Music Foundation (a professional position for which he receives no compensation) and plans to use the grant money towards funding FAMF benefit concerts in the Atlanta community. "This grant will help FAMF form relationships with more bands, venues, record labels, homeless programs and fans of local music. Not only has the CASE grant allowed more people to see FAMF, it has helped us to be able to think bigger!"

The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation recognizes the best academic-service learning work of university students as they partner with non-profit organizations. Grant winners are chosen based on who is most likely to produce or enhance the impact on the community, enlist other collaborators and integrate the project into their coursework. To achieve the greatest impact, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation targets its grants toward specific areas: health; food systems and rural development; youth and education; and philanthropy and volunteerism.

Photo: Robert Heightchew, Executive Director of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation; Ben Minor and Lawrence Schall, president of Oglethorpe.

Gifts Add To Museum's Diverse Permanent Collection
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art will celebrate its 23-year history this holiday season with Focus on Realism: The Permanent Collection, which will run from December 1 until December 16.

Recently added to the collection are new gifts to the museum which include works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Ker Xavier Rousell and Pierre Bonnard. The 11-work donation is from the private collection of Drs. Yolanta and Isaac Melamed of Atlanta. "The quality and the size of this gift is of enormous cultural importance," said museum director Lloyd Nick.

Making plans for Summer 2008?
University of Oxford
How about a chance to be a college student again, studying the world's favorite playwright at Oxford with Oglethorpe's finest professors?

Alumni are invited to join Professors Hornback, McCarthy and McFarland as they explore Shakespeare for ten days in the U.K. by taking "Shakespeare in Performance, in Context and in England."

For six days, you'll study Shakespeare in depth at Wadham College, Oxford, as well as tour sites that legend and logic hold Shakespeare undoubtedly visited in Oxford during his many journeys between Stratford and London. Oxford is an excellent base for side-trips to Warwick Castle, Stonehenge and Stratford-upon-Avon. You can visit Shakespeare's birthplace, adult home, tomb and Anne Hathaway's Cottage as well as to see the Royal Shakespeare Company's performance of Hamlet. Four days in London will allow students and alumni to attend plays at the New Globe Theatre and the West End and to visit historical sites (e.g., the Tower of London, Parliament, Westminster Abbey with its tombs of Henry V, Elizabeth I, James I and the Inns of Court where The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night were performed) and museums (the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate).

For more information about this travel opportunity, contact Dr. Jeffrey Collins at 404-504-3452 or

Winter Sports Preview
As temperatures drop outdoors, the action is heating up on Pinholster Court in the fabled Dorough Field House as men's and women's basketball season is underway!

Be sure to stop by the alumni hospitality suite at all the home basketball games featuring snacks and beverages. Admission to the game is free with your Petrel Pass!

Ahmad Kareem Shaheed '08At press time, the Oglethorpe men had already run up a 3-1 record on the young season with big victories over Piedmont College, Birmingham-Southern and conference foe Rhodes College. Head Coach Philip Ponder must be impressed by his team's early play as the squad introduces seven new faces to build on the stellar team chemistry from last season.

The men do, however, return one familiar face - that of senior stalwart post presence Ahmad Kareem Shaheed '08 who was a Second Team All-Conference performer last season. Shaheed is supported by seniors Craig Jackson '08 and Nick Watterson '08 as well as a bevy of freshmen talent including early-season success story, Joe Kennedy. For a complete schedule of the men's basketball games, please click &here.

Not to be outdone, the women's squad had already rung up a perfect 5-0 record at press time, recording four double-digit blowouts and a nail-biting victory over former Division I, Birmingham-Southern. The women's team, coming off consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, is looking to make an even deeper tourney run this season and all early-season indicators point towards this being the finest women's basketball group in Oglethorpe history.

These Petrels are led by junior pre-season All-American candidate Katie Kulavic who continues to re-write the Oglethorpe record books with her outstanding guard play. Kulavic is supported by returning All-Conference performers and fellow juniors Anna Findley and Biz Richmann. This group of juniors definitely has the goods to give head coach Ron Sattele a legitimate shot at winning the school's first-ever Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title and an opportunity, perhaps, to run all the way to the Final Four. For a complete schedule of the women's basketball games, please click &here.

If you're unable to make it out to Pinholster Court to watch these two talented teams play, be sure and visit where you can listen to live broadcasts of all of Oglethorpe's men's and women's home games.

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Evening of Holiday Enchantment at Oglethorpe
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Black and Gold Alumni Basketball Game
12/8/2007 1:30 PM


THEATRE WORKS presents "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
12/14/2007 7:00 PM

New York Alumni Holiday Tour & Breakfast
12/15/2007 8:30 AM


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Be sure to bring your Petrel Pass to campus!Petrel Pass

The Petrel Pass alumni card provides alumni with great benefits and discounts! Here are just a few of the benefits of having your card handy:

OU Museum of Art free admission and gift shop discount

Georgia Shakespeare discount

Access to athletic facilities, computer labs and library privileges

Free admission to sporting events

Campus facility rental discount

OU Bookstore discount

Arts & Ideas concerts and lectures complimentary tickets (some exclusions may apply)

Hotel discounts

And much more!

If you visit the athletic facilities or computer labs, please be sure to have your card with you. This card is required to access these facilities. If you have misplaced your Petrel Pass and would like to request another, please email the Office of Alumni Relations.

Alumni Relations Office
Oglethorpe University
4484 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
404-364-8893 (office)

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