The Flying Petrel eNews  |  January 2009

Happy New Year from the OU Alumni Office!

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 is a leader 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?

To nominate an alum or to view information about awards, please click
here. The nomination deadline is Friday, January 9. Awards will be given during the Alumni Awards Banquet on Friday, April 17, during Alumni Weekend 2009. Nominations can be submitted by anyone. 

SACS Update
At its meeting on December 8, 2008, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools decided to continue Oglethorpe's accreditation and continue the school on Warning for another year. The university will file a report in September 2009 to document its outcomes for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

This represents a continuation of the status that resulted from their December 2007 meeting. The primary cause of our original warning was financial, with concerns about internal controls, financial aid and a consistent record in regard to achieving balanced operating budgets. While a number of the issues noted have been resolved and OU achieved a balanced budget, the university has been asked to continue to demonstrate a history of financial strength for another 12 months and to submit an additional report in 2009. The commission has asked OU to strengthen its processes around assessing the educational outcomes of an Oglethorpe education. The university is committed to doing that as well. 
View Frequently Asked Questions. You may also email the alumni office

Annual Alumni Black and Gold Basketball Games
Each winter, OU basketball alumni are invited back to campus for the Alumni Black and Gold Basketball Games. This year's Alumni Black and Gold Basketball Games will be held Saturday, January 10, in Dorough Field House on Oglethorpe's campus.
Read more about the Black and Gold Basketball Games.

Alumni Night at the OU basketball games
All Oglethorpe alumni and their families are invited to campus Saturday, January 10, for Alumni Night at the OU men's and women's basketball games.
Read more about Alumni Night! Be sure to register! We would love to see you and your families there! 
Check out the latest news on the OU men's and women's basketball teams!

We're on our way, Florida!
OU is on the road on its way to Florida in February! All alumni in the Tampa and Naples areas are invited to join the president of OU, Dr. Lawrence M. Schall, and Barbara Bessmer Henry '85, director of Alumni Relations at OU, for cocktails and appetizers. The Tampa reception will be held Tuesday, February 3, at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
RSVP today for the Tampa reception! The Naples reception will be held Thursday, February 5, at the home of Stuart Herman '50 and Elsie Adler, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. RSVP today for the Naples reception!

Mark your calendar for Alumni Weekend 2009!
Alumni Weekend is just around the corner! Mark your calendar for Friday, April 17 - Sunday, April 19. This year will celebrate all class years ending in 4 and 9, as well as Greeks, psychology majors and more! This year's Alumni Weekend will be the best yet! Please check ePetrel for the latest Alumni Weekend information. For more information, please email the alumni office or call (404) 364-8893.
Read more about Alumni Weekend's fun activities!

Evening of Holiday Enchantment - fun for the entire family!
The alumni office hosted an event prior to the Boar's Head Concert called Evening of Holiday Enchantment for OU alumni and their families on Saturday, December 6, in the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. We hope all alumni who attended had a wonderful time! We look forward to next time! View and order photos from the evening!

Showcase the OU license plate!
Soon, you will see the new OU Georgia license plate on the road! 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!

Non-credit Language Courses offered at OU
This winter, Oglethorpe University will be offering non-credit language courses in French, Hebrew, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Greek and Swedish. The courses, taught by experienced teachers and linguists, begin in January and run through March, with certain courses running through April. Classes meet in the evenings once per week. Each course will focus on conversational language. Most are introductory courses, with advanced classes being offered for both Spanish and Swedish, and many courses conclude with a trip to a local, cultural restaurant where students will have the opportunity to order and converse in the chosen language.

Times and dates vary by class. Cost for the non-credit language courses is $150. To register for non-credit language courses, visit the Oglethorpe website and type "noncredit" in the search bar or call 404-364-8315.

The spring is filled with OU alumni events on campus, around Atlanta and in various other cities! View
ePetrel often for news and events! 

Black and Gold Alumni Basketball Game
1/10/2009 2:00 PM

Alumni Night at the OU Basketball Games
1/10/2009 6:00 PM

Tampa, FL Reception for Alumni

Naples, FL Reception for Alumni

Alumni Weekend 2009

Emily Hein
Added: 1/2/2009 5:15 PM
Emily Hein received her Masters of Scien...

Mallory Davis
Added: 12/3/2008 1:39 PM
I will be attending medical school at Vi...

Tiffany Desrosiers
Added: 12/3/2008 10:53 AM
Is currently working for Marist School i...

Nicole Garbarini
Added: 11/3/2008 2:34 PM
In January 2008, I successfully defended...

Heather Martin
Added: 12/2/2008 1:54 PM
Births and Adoptions
Kevin (01')and Heather (01') Martin welc...

Christina Rissler
Added: 12/1/2008 3:51 PM
Births and Adoptions
James ('98), Christina ('98) and Andrew ...

Kristine Williams
Added: 11/11/2008 2:16 PM
Kristine V.G. Lawrie ('99) is pleased to...

Christine Butler
Added: 11/5/2008 9:24 AM
Births and Adoptions
Zack '94 and Chris Schram Butler '95 are...

Kirbie Smith
Added: 11/3/2008 7:27 PM
Received her Master in Public Health on ...

Amy Hukin
Added: 11/3/2008 4:49 PM
Births and Adoptions
Simon '96 and Amy Bacigalupi Hukin '95 w... (1)
Ellen O'Herlihy - 10/3/2008 4:02 AM

What's your New Year's resolution? (1)
Elizabeth Cone - 12/18/2008 11:36 AM

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