We wish you a very happy holiday season!
Happy holidays from the Oglethorpe alumni office! We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season! The university offices will be closed December 24 until January 5, 2009.
Nominate a Petrel today for an alumni award!
Do you know an OU alum who lives according to the Oglethorpe motto and strives to make a difference? Or an alum who shows leadership and an inspiration to other young alumni? Do you know an alum who gives back to the university? Or an alum or past/present faculty member who's made an lasting contribution to the field of education?
View a list of the awards and a description of each award. Nominate an alum today! The nomination deadline is Friday, January 9, 2009.
Awards will be given during the Alumni Awards Banquet on Friday, April 17, during Alumni Weekend 2009. To log on to ePetrel, you will need your ePetrel login number.
2008 Alumni Award winners:
Ray Willoch '80
Spirit of Oglethorpe Award:
Carol Morgan Flammer '89
School Bell Award:
Dr. William Brightman
Young Alumni of the Year Award:
Ashish Thakur '99
Organization Awards for service:
Alpha Phi Omega (APO) National Service Fraternity celebrating 50 years on campus
Athletic Hall of Fame:
Steve Loureiro '98 (baseball), Ann Mason '95 (volleyball), Ryan Vickers '96 (basketball) and the 1962-63 basketball team
The Oglethorpe alumni office thanks each of you who took time out of your schedules to complete the Strategic Planning Survey that was sent to you at the beginning of November. The university appreciates alumni feedback. Thank you!
We'll see you in Tampa, Naples and Sanibel!
President Lawrence M. Schall and the Office of Alumni Relations are hosting three receptions in Florida for alumni, parents and friends of Oglethorpe University in February and March! The Tampa reception will be held on Tuesday, February 3, and the Naples reception will be held on Thursday, February 5. There will be a reception in Sanibel Island on Friday, March 13, and there will also be PEEK at the Unique: Tour of Homes with an Oglethorpe House on Saturday, March 14. To register, you will need your ePetrel login number.
You're invited to take a survey conducted by OU Econ Professor
You are invited to participate in a survey conducted by Oglethorpe associate professor of economics Cassandra Copeland. The purpose of this study is to learn more about individual behavioral and decision-making characteristics, motivations, reflective thinking and support for high profile public issues. The information for this study will be collected electronically from various populations of the Oglethorpe University community. The results will be used in Copeland's academic research.
Please take a few moments to fill out the survey. It should require no more than 5-10 minutes of your time and is entirely confidential. Participation is entirely voluntary, but your participation would enrich the pool of respondents. View the survey, which will close on December 21 at 11 p.m.
Alumni Weekend - just around the corner!
Be sure to mark your calendar! Alumni Weekend is April 17 - 19! Share a fun-filled weekend with your fellow alumni, family and friends! The following classes and affinity groups will be celebrating reunions: 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, Young Alumni (1998 - 2007), Psychology Majors and the Year of the Greeks!
Events for the weekend will include Stomp the Lawn Alumni Style (Band Party on the Quad); Alumni Awards Banquet; Greek Reunion; Dachau Exhibit in the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art: Book Club; Mini Classes; Road Race; Faculty Appreciation Reception; Breakfast with the President; Picnic on the Quad; Alumni Tennis Matches; reunion parties, Spring Singers Concert and more!
Alumni Weekend registration will open in January. For more information about Alumni Weekend 2009, please click here.
Be a part of the first wave to showcase the Oglethorpe tag!
Early arrivals can sometimes be an inconvenience and somewhat disconcerting. On this occasion, we're pleased to tell you of one early arrival that is welcomed and cheered by many!
The Georgia Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division has notified the university that the Oglethorpe University license plate is in production and local DMV offices will soon begin to issue the OU tag. This means that very soon, we'll see the Oglethorpe license plate on display throughout the state. For those of you who preordered your tag, your local DMV office will contact you to come in to collect it.
If you have not yet placed an order, there is still time to be among the very first to sport an OU tag. You can order it online today! Display your Petrel Pride everywhere you go!
Oglethorpe University Recognized in the 2008-2009 Edition of Colleges of Distinction
Oglethorpe University is one of only six Georgia higher education institutions recognized in the 2008-2009 edition of Colleges of Distinction. Selection is based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators, and admissions professionals and honors colleges that excel in key areas of educational quality: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
Student Horizons, Inc., which creates the annual listing of Colleges of Distinction, emphasizes that the goal is to help students and parents move beyond advertisements and rankings, to identify colleges and universities that consistently offer a remarkable undergraduate college experience and produce successful graduates.
"Oglethorpe University is pleased to be recognized as a 'College of Distinction.' We will continue to successfully transform young men and women into fully engaged students through our innovative curriculum, one-on-one interaction with faculty, and hands-on experience through internships and service learning," says Lawrence M. Schall, president of Oglethorpe University.
Calling all alumni basketball players back to campus!
Mark your calendars! The annual Black and Gold Alumni Basketball Game will be held Saturday, January 10, in Dorough Field House on Oglethorpe's campus. Registration will begin at 2 p.m., and the alumni women's game will start at 2:30 p.m. and the alumni men's at 3:30 p.m. Appetizers and beer/wine will be served from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Traditions area of Dorough Field House.
All alumni who played basketball while attending OU and their families are invited to come back to campus for the Black and Gold Alumni Basketball game and post-game gathering! Spectators welcome, and volunteer coaches needed! Please call your former teammates and encourage them to join us for the Black and Gold Alumni Basketball Game!
Alumni basketball players are encouraged to stay for the OU men's and women's games for Alumni Night that evening at 6 p.m. (men's) and 8 p.m. (women's).
Register today! You will need your ePetrel ID number to login to ePetrel.
Join us at OU basketball games!
Saturday, January 10, is Alumni Night at the OU men's and women's basketball games in Dorough Field House! Alumni and their families are invited to support the Stormy Petrels. The OU women's team is ranked #2 in the nation, and the the OU men's team is 5-1 this season.
Be sure to stop by the alumni hospitality suite at all home basketball games for snacks and beverages. There will be giveaways to the first 50 alumni kids at the game Saturday, January 10. Admission to the game is free with your Petrel Pass! View the men's and women's basketball game schedule! If you live out of town, please check the schedule for away games and cheer on the Stormy Petrels when they're in your area!
Also be sure to check out a blog by Coach Ron Sattele, the OU women's coach!
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art presents Tibetan Contemporary Art: From The Collection of Shelley & Donald Rubin
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) presents the first public display of contemporary Tibetan art from the private collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin January 11 - February 22. The opening reception will be Saturday, January 10, 6 - 9 p.m., in OUMA, which is located on the third floor of Weltner Library on Oglethorpe's campus. The museum's hours are Tuesday - Sunday, 12 noon until 5 p.m.
This exhibition of more than 40 paintings, photos, digital and mixed media works marks the American debut of much of this collection. The Rubins are lifelong passionate collectors of Himalayan art and founders of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. For more information, call 404-364-8555 or visit www.oglethorpe.edu/museum.
Lookout for the Carillon!
The fall issue of Carillon magazine will arrive at your home soon! We hope you enjoy reading about what's happening at OU, what's going on with your fellow alumni and much, much more!
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 Simon Hukin '96 and Amy Bacigalupi Hukin '95. They welcomed Katherine "Kate" Marie on October 15. Kate's siblings Matthew Simon (9/97), Josephine "Joey" Marion (4/99), Sydney Elizabeth (10/01), Caroline Anne (12/03) and Vivien "Vivi" Renee 2/06 are excited to have their new sister finally here.
Join OU online!
ePetrel is the best way to stay connected -- or reconnect -- with fellow alumni! Please be sure to join the Oglethorpe University Linkedin group and the Oglethorpe University Alumni and Friends Facebook group! More than 250 alumni have joined the Oglethorpe University Linkedin group, and 425 alums have joined the Facebook Oglethorpe University Fan Page!
OU gear - perfect for holiday gifts!
Shop the OU Bookstore online for your holiday gifts! Deck your friends and family out in OU gear! If you're living in Atlanta - or visiting - be sure to stop by the OU Bookstore Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., to check out all the great OU gear you can give this holiday season!
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