OU headed to the coast this week
Oglethorpe University president Lawrence M. Schall, the alumni office and the admission office are headed to the coast this week. Receptions will be held in Jacksonville, Florida (Wednesday, November 5); Brunswick, Georgia (Thursday, November 6) and Savannah, Georgia (Friday, November 7). Alumni will have the opportunity to meet alumni office staff members and fellow OU alumni living in their areas. Please visit ePetrel for more information. To register online, you'll need your ePetrel ID number.
Later this month, we'll be in Washington, D.C. If you're in town, please join us Thursday, November 20, at the Army & Navy Club. Click here for more information and to register to attend.
Evening of Holiday Enchantment -- a family affair
Don't miss this year's Evening of Holiday Enchantment before the Boar's Head celebration on Saturday, December 6. The Evening of Holiday Enchantment will be in the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (third floor of Weltner Library) 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The reception will feature music, merriment, photos with Santa Claus, treats and crafts for children, hors d'oeuvres, wine and desserts. Please register today to attend by emailing the alumni office or registering online (you'll need your ePetrel ID number.
Please note that if you plan to attend the Boar's Head concert in Conant Performing Arts Center, you will need to register for them separately online or email the alumni office.
OU alum to visit campus
Alumni are invited to join faculty, staff and students at the Schmidt Center (upper gym) on Thursday, November 6, from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Joyce and Eric Krug '98 will be presenting "Deadly Decisions" about the dangers of choosing to drive under the influence. Eric was a student at Oglethorpe celebrating his 21st birthday with friends when he was a passenger in a car involved in a drunk driving accident on campus where his friend was killed, and his life was changed forever.
Book Club next week
Dr. Brightman retired but still teaches a class on occasion and looks forward to seeing you back on campus for Book Club on Thursday, November 13, at the Great Hall of Hearst, at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Brightman has selected Sue Miller's Lost in the Forest (Ballantine paperback) as this semester's Book Club read. Bestseller Miller (The Good Mother; While I Was Gone; etc.) examines love and betrayal in idyllic wine country in another minutely observed, finely paced exploration of domestic relationships.
Refreshments will be provided. Book Club is open to all OU community. There is no cost to attend. RSVP today!
Listen out for Oglethorpe students
The Oglethorpe University Fall Phonathon runs through the first part of November. Housed in the first floor of Lupton Hall, 25 students will reach out each night to OU alumni, parents and friends, providing a first-hand perspective on Oglethorpe University and asking for your support towards the Oglethorpe Fund. Learn more about the Oglethorpe Fund today, and please be listening out for OU students to call you!
You can also make contributions online anytime!
Roosevelt speech on display through December 7
In October, media including the Wall Street Journal, Fox 5 News and Yahoo! News reported on a famous speech delivered by Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1932 in which Roosevelt touched on the economic difficulties of the day. The original document of the historic speech-which was given as a commencement address for Oglethorpe University, bears Roosevelt's signature and has great relevance on the current economic struggles-is on display at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art through December 7.
Oglethorpe University Singers and Chorale concert
Dr. W. Irwin Ray, Jr., conductor and director of musical activities, and David Buice, pianist and artist-in-residence, invite you to the University Singers and University Chorale Fall Concert on Friday, November 7, at 8 p.m., in the Conant Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the concert features motets and choruses by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Duruflé, Rachmaninoff, and Nystedt; madrigals and part songs by Guillaume Costeley, Robert dePearsall, and Schubert; a humorous, double-chorus villanella in which a man argues with his own echo; a choral square dance by Aaron Copland; folk songs from the Bahamas, the Philippines, and Ireland; plus two special events: solo selections by freshman Kyle Brumley.
Show spirit with an OU license plate!
Show school spirit wherever you go with the OU license plate! Featuring the official Oglethorpe University seal, the plate is available to alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends. To preorder, register online. You'll see them on the road beginning January 1!
Oglethorpe South Residence Hall Named Magbee Hall
On the morning of Saturday, October 18, Oglethorpe University hosted a special ceremony to change the name of the university's South Residence Hall to Magbee Hall. The ceremony, held at the residence hall, commemorated Oglethorpe alumna and trustee Clare Findley "Tia" Magbee '56, who served until her death in 2005. The Magbee family, friends and Oglethorpe trustees, alumni and students were in attendance to honor Magbee's legacy.
Volunteers needed for Alumni Weekend
Last year, more than 600 alumni came back to campus during Alumni Weekend. This next Alumni Weekend is just around the corner: April 17 - 19. We'd like to see you on campus during the '09 Alumni Weekend!
Alumni Weekend 2009 is the year of the Greeks! Chi Phi, Chi Omega and SAE are celebrating big anniversary years. There will also be reunion celebrations for the following classes: 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004. The alumni office needs your help recruiting alumni from your class or organization to attend Alumni Weekend and celebrate! Please email the alumni office if you are interested in assisting.
Looking for a job?
There will be a Career Consortium Fair at Cobb Galleria on Thursday, November 13, 12 noon - 3 p.m. The fair is open to all Oglethorpe students and alumni. Log onto http://home.lagrange.edu/gcc/ for more information. Please call 404-364-8865 or email email@example.com for more information.
Share your news!
Did you recently get a new job or a promotion, receive a degree from grad school, get married or welcome a new baby into your family? Please share this news with us by visiting the Class Notes section on ePetrel. Submissions will be posted in the right column of this newsletter, and alumni who login to ePetrel can read what's going on in your life!
Post your wedding or baby news on ePetrel, and you'll be entered into a monthly drawing to win an OU gift, compliments of the alumni office. The winners will be announced each month in The Flying Petrel eNews. You will need your ePetrel login number to submit your news!
This month's drawing winners are Angie Baldwin Roda '01 and her husband Tim, who announced the birth of their first child Caleb Thomas, born in August. Angie and Tim will receive a special OU gift from the alumni office!
Oglethorpe Men's Golf Comes from Behind to Win at Royal Lakes
The Oglethorpe University men's golf team rallied in improbable fashion to win the Royal Lakes Fall Classic October 21 by the slimmest of margins - one stroke - over Guilford College. Trailing Guilford by eight strokes with only nine holes to play, the Petrels stormed all the way back with a furious back-9 rally that included a birdie-barrage of epic proportions led by team members Matthew Rebitch, Colin Chapman, Scott Pugh, David Dilibero and Matt Berstein.
In addition to winning the tournament by just one stroke, Oglethorpe junior David Dilibero also carded the school's first-ever in-competition hole-in-one when he aced the par-3 16th hole on Day One of the tournament.
Oglethorpe President Honored
Oglethorpe University president Dr. Lawrence M. Schall received an award from the Georgia Justice Project at the annual Grass Roots Justice Awards on October 15 for his commitment, leadership and hard work towards advancing justice among the poor and in the community.
Before he came to Oglethorpe, Schall was an attorney with Philadelphia Community Legal Services and later the Juvenile Law Center of Philadelphia, where he litigated on behalf of children in both dependency and delinquency courts. He then returned to his alma mater, Swarthmore College, as vice president before taking the position of president at Oglethorpe University.
In his role as president of Oglethorpe, Schall's vision has been to integrate the liberal arts with service to community. Under his leadership, OU opened the Center for Civic Engagement in 2006, connecting its students to the city of Atlanta and beyond. The university was also named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for two consecutive years -- the only Georgia institution of higher education to receive this distinction.
Founded in 1986, Georgia Justice Project seeks to transform courtrooms, communities and people to provide justice, opportunity and hope to the poor of Atlanta while building community awareness and understanding. The Grass Roots Justice Awards honor individuals whose personal objectives and accomplishments embody GJP's own. Schall was one of three recipients at this year's event.
Oglethorpe Student Receives Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community and 21st Century Leaders Award for 20 Under 20
If anyone lives by the old adage "actions speak louder than words," it's Oglethorpe University sophomore Jasenka Besic of Stone Mountain. An advocate for education reform, Besic is the recent recipient of both the Hitachi Yoshiyama Awards for Exemplary Service to the Community and the 21st Century Leaders Award for 20 Under 20 in Georgia.
Besic's activism began during her tenure at Shiloh High School in Gwinnett when she became concerned that Shiloh Middle School, also in Gwinnett, was not making its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. Besic decided to take an active role and approached her high school counselor about implementing a tutoring program.
"I am interested in education. That's always been my passion," Besic explains. "And I can't stand to see children not receiving the necessary education. Schools do not have enough resources. So I decided to take it upon myself since no one else would."
Though the counselor was initially reticent, Besic persevered, and, in 2006, her tutoring program was implemented. It included 40 high school student volunteers who were paired with 40 middle school students. Before long, the middle schoolers were performing to a higher standard, and the volunteers were gaining community service experience.
The program is still going strong at Shiloh, which is now making AYP. For her part, Besic has moved on to tutoring children who immigrate to the United States. Besic, a Bosnian, now tutors children from Bosnia, Vietnam and Liberia to name a few.
"Why should we not help others?" Besic says of her activism. "We need more care and concern-not just in our society but in our world--to make it a better place."
For her efforts, Besic received $5,000, a plaque and a trip to Washington D.C. from Hitachi for a leadership conference. Besic will be featured in a Hitachi Public Service Announcement where she will say the Hitachi slogan, "Get out and live. Volunteer."
A political science major, Besic said she hopes to continue her efforts in education, specifically in altering current educational policies. Click here for more information on the Yoshiyama Awards.
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