During Alumni Weekend, all alumni celebrating a class reunion have the opportunity to climb the bell tower and ring the bells!

The Flying Petrel eNews  |  February 2009

It's February!
And you know what that means! Oglethorpe Day is next week! Oglethorpe Day is Wednesday, February 11, on campus. The special day - when we celebrate James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia - begins with a bagpiper summons on the Quad at 11:50 a.m., followed by a Petrels of Fire race at noon. The bagpiper will lead the OU community to the Conant Performing Arts Center on campus immediately following at 12:05 p.m. Oglethorpe Day introductions will take place in the Conant Performing Arts Center at 12:10 p.m. Oglethorpe Day speaker Dr. Paul Hudson '72, historian laureate of Oglethorpe, who prepared the nomination for the university's appointment to the National Register of Historic Places, will address the community at 12:15 p.m. Following his speech, the OU community is invited to Emerson Student Center for a Southern-themed lunch at 12:50 p.m. Please
email the Alumni Office if you plan to attend.

February 14 is Valentine's Day! Just a fun little fact for you: OU's records indicate that there are 344 living OU married couples (meaning both spouses are alumni). Read messages posted about some
Love at First Sight on the Quad! Be sure to share your story on ePetrel! To log in, you will need your ePetrel ID number.

Calling ALL OU Alumni Back to Campus!
Alumni Weekend is just around the corner; mark your calendars for Friday, April 17 - Sunday, April 19. Alumni Weekend has something for everyone! Don't miss out on the fun!

This year, the classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004 will celebrate their reunion years. There will be a special reunion for psychology majors. Celebrating special anniversaries are Chi Omega, SAE and Chi Phi.

Special highlights: Carillon Ceremony for reunion classes, OU Faculty Appreciation Party, Walking History Tour of the Crypt of Civilization and Hermance Stadium, Young Alumni Party, Greek Block Party, Alumni Association Awards Banquet, Campus-wide Oglethorpe Day of Service, 5K Road Race and Fun Run, Breakfast with the President, Stomp the Lawn band party, reunion celebrations and anniversary celebrations! For more information and to register, please
visit the Alumni Weekend 2009 website.

The Year of the Greeks
This year's Alumni Weekend is the Year of the Greeks! All Greeks are invited back to campus for a special Greek Row Block Party on Saturday, April 18, 2 - 4 p.m. There will be philanthropy, food, family fun, games, children's activities and music! Reminisce about your OU Greek experience as you party in Greek Row again!

Since SAE is celebrating its 150th anniversary, Chi Omega is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its refounding and Chi Phi is celebrating its 40th anniversary, the three Greek organizations will have special reunions in OU's Emerson Student Center the evening of Saturday, April 18. Each organization will have its private party to allow Greek sisters and brothers to catch up with each other. As the parties will be held in Emerson Student Center, the three Greek organizations will be able to mix and mingle easily and catch up with everyone. What a great pre-party for Stomp the Lawn band party! Visit
ePetrel for more information about Greek festivities during Alumni Weekend 2009. You will need your ePetrel ID number.

Climb the Bell Tower!
What student or alum hasn't always wanted to climb the Lupton bell tower and see the campus from the carillon bells? If it's your class reunion year, you now have the opportunity to climb the bell tower! Facilitated by the National Alumni Association, the Carillon Ceremony takes place on Saturday, April 18, 1 - 2 p.m. on the Academic Quad, during Alumni Weekend. Alumni sign the historical carillon registry book and have their photos taken ringing the carillon bells. The ceremony has become one of the most treasured traditions during Commencement Week at OU. Visit
ePetrel to register to climb the bell tower and ring the bells! No skirts; must wear non-slip, low-heeled shoes. You will need your ePetrel ID number.

A Personal Thank You to OU Faculty - Past and Present
Looking back on your college career, there's probably one or two (or even more!) faculty members who stand out in your memories. No matter how many years go by, you always think about your professors and realize the impact they made on your life. Now, you have the chance to thank them.

During Alumni Weekend, alumni are invited back to campus for a Faculty Appreciation Reception on Saturday, April 18, 6 - 7:30 p.m., in the lobby of Conant Performing Arts Center on campus. Join the National Alumni Association in celebrating past and present faculty members by personally thanking them and honoring them for their time, commitment and dedication to the OU campus. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. Attendees include Jim Bohart, Bill Brightman, John Carton, Barbara Clark, Cassandra Copeland, Stanley Daugert, Paul Hudson, Beth Johnson Cooper, Jay Lutz, Bob Moffie, John Nardo, Mike Rulison, Dan Schadler, Johanna Shamp, Bill Shropshire, Dean Tucker, Martha Vardeman, Vicky Weiss and many more! Visit
ePetrel to register.

A professor from the '50s and '60s returns to campus
Stanley Daugert, long-time philosophy professor at OU during the '50s and '60s, will return to campus for Alumni Weekend! Be sure to visit his lecture "The Good Life, 2009 A.D." on Saturday, April 18, 10:45-11:25 a.m. Daugert and his wife, Vivian, will also join the Class of '59 for its 50th reunion on Saturday evening. For more information about Alumni Weekend and all the reunions happening that weekend, please visit

A Special Awards Banquet for Outstanding OU Alumni
Join your classmates at the Alumni Association Awards Banquet as OU honors its 2009 Alumni Award winners on Friday, April 17, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., at The Retreat at Dunwoody, 1001 Summit Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30319. The event is $55/person, and this includes a cocktail reception and dinner with wine and beer. Reservations are required by April 14. There is limited seating.
RSVP today!

2009 Award Recipients:
Talmage Award: David Cooper '71; Spirit of Oglethorpe Award: Janice McNeal '98; School Bell Award: Mike Emery '82; Young Alumni of the Year: Allen Whitehart '06; Athletic Hall of Fame Winners: Josh Gazaway '99 (baseball), Eddie Starnes '58 (basketball), Shelly Anderson '95 (basketball), Dan Brown '99 (basketball), Tinnie Weber '97 (soccer) and Tolliver Williams '99 (golf).

Send the elevator back down
Due to the economic climate, there are a number of OU alumni, including recent graduates, who are searching for jobs. If you or your company is hiring, please
email the Alumni Office with this information.

Looking for a Job?
Please remember that the OU University Career Services Office is here to help alumni with resumes and job searches. Visit the Career Services
webpage to make an appointment and sign up to receive emails from the Career Services' eRecruiting.


The OU production of David Auburn's Proof opened last night! There will be performances Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. in the Conant Performing Arts Center on campus. For more information, contact the box office at 404-504-1074.

Internationally Renowned Pianist to Perform at Oglethorpe University
Lauded across five continents for his uncommon abilities and great technical and interpretative qualities, pianist Albert Tiu returns to OU for the first time since 1997 to perform an all Beethoven program Friday, February 20, at 8 p.m. at the Conant Performing Arts Center on OU's campus.

Tiu, who has appeared with the St. Petersburg (Russia) Philharmonic, the Hamburg Symphony, the Finnish Radio Symphony, Northern Sinfonia England, Calgary Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, the Johannesburg Philharmonic, the Guangzhou Symphony and the Juilliard Symphony, will perform Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 22 and Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106 ("Hammerklavier"). General admission for the event is $10, and tickets are free for OU faculty, staff, students and alumni. Tickets are only available at the door, which opens at 7 p.m.

OU Athletics Update
Despite the cooling temperatures outside, the OU men's and women's basketball teams have stayed hot on the hardwood this winter. Here's an update on both teams:

The men's team raced out to their best start since the '93-'94 squad, the last team that was invited to the NCAA tournament, by compiling a record of 12-3 through its first 15 games. At press time, the men are 13-6 overall and in third place of the SCAC East with a 6-4 conference record. The Petrels have blitzed opponents with a dynamic starting five that are each averaging in double figures. Sophomore Todd Ward has led the campaign averaging 15.5 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game on the season.

The women continue to hold their place in the national ranking and, at press time, were touted as the #10 ranked team in the country in the USA Today/ ESPN Coaches Poll. Currently, the women are 18-2 on the season and atop the SCAC East standings with a 9-1 conference mark. With five starting seniors, the Petrels are not only hoping to repeat last year's NCAA Tournament success, they also have their eyes on their first SCAC championship as well. Each of the starters - Katie Kulavic, Anna Findley, Tina Grace, Biz Richmann and Hannah Brooks - have eclipsed the 500 rebound milestone for a career and are likely poised to be headed to the OU Athletics Hall of Fame when they become eligible in 10 years.

Visit the OU Athletic webpage for more news and schedules.

Calling all French and Spanish Speakers!
The Center for Civic Engagement is supporting Dr. Mario Chandler and Dr. Jay Lutz with their French and Spanish Crossroads in the Caribbean and Africa service-learning course. The Center needs your assistance! If you know of volunteer opportunities for students to use French and Spanish speaking skills, please contact Heather Staniszewski '02
. Students' interests vary from basic translations to working with Spanish businesses to counseling refugees. Volunteer hours must be completed between February 1-April 24. The Center is also looking for alumni or community members who are of Cuban or Martiniquais descent who would be willing to be interviewed by OU students in these classes.

Celebration of Darwin's 200th Birthday
Join the OU community for a lecture called Darwin: What's in a Name by Philip Zinsmeister, Ph.D., OU Emeritus Professor of Biology on Thursday, February 12, at 7 p.m. in the OU Museum of Art. 

Une Tempête at OU
Join us on campus for a staged reading of Une Tempête, by Aimé Césaire on February 23, in OU's Lupton Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Carolyn Cook directs a staged reading of the Martiniquais playwright's Une Tempête, based on Shakespeare's The Tempest. The reading will be performed by students in OU's French and Spanish Crossroads in the Caribbean and Africa: Martinique and Cuba, a Civic Engagement service-learning course. Tickets are $10. Contact
Carolyn Cook
or Jay Lutz for more information.

Spring '09 is an eventful one! OU was on the road this week for alumni receptions in Tampa and Naples, Florida!

Alumni Weekend, a don't-miss occasion chock full of events and reunions, is this April! Be sure to mark the dates on your calendar! 

The Alumni Office would like to gauge interest for an event called Cocktails and Canines, where alumni and their families and friends could bring their dogs and enjoy an afternoon on Oglethorpe's Academic Quad. We would like some feedback from you, and we'd like to know how much you love your dog!
Give us feedback!

Oglethorpe Day

Alumni Baseball Game

Alumni Tennis Match

Alumni Weekend 2009

Be sure to log in to
ePetrel and post your Class Notes to share your baby, wedding, career or education news with the Oglethorpe alumni community! You'll need your ID number.

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Scholarship Weekend brings hundreds to OU
More than 400 high school students and their families from Metro Atlanta and around the country visited OU's campus with their sights on a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to OU. During the university's Scholarship Weekend January 23 - 25, prospective scholars immersed themselves in college life and Atlanta, visiting classes, meeting students, touring the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and topping off the weekend with a VIP dinner at Turner Field's 755 Club. 

"Atlanta needs to invest in great young minds," said OU president Dr. Larry Schall. "In the current economic climate, families are hard pressed to find ways to fund college education. Oglethorpe's scholarship competition is a unique way to honor high achievement and confront economic realities. This all takes place against the backdrop of the city of Atlanta and all that it offers."

Special thanks to alumni who volunteered during Scholarship Weekend:
Susan Soper '69, Don Henry '83, Susan Alou '84, Barbara Bessmer Henry '85, Harry Frazier '89, Scott Haight '89, Joselyn Butler Baker '91, Joe Shelton '91, Andrea Spencer Shelton '91, Anita Stevenson Patterson '97, Jeremy Greenup '99, Andy Milford '99, Ashish Thakur '99, Ann Hsu '00, Austin Gillis '01, Jennifer Beaver '02, Jessica De Maria Giordano '02, Dan Giordano '02, Lori Milstead Hetherington '02, Heather Staniszewski '02, Kristi Dosh '03, Stan Goldberg '03, Amanda Hanson Green '03, Nobles Green '03, Chris Summers '03, Kim Vax Summers '03, Kim Leung Williams '03, Dar'Shun Kendrick '04 and Ryan Williams '04.

Here are some statistics from OU's Scholarship Weekend that you might find interesting!
  • Total participants for Georgia Shakespeare competition=25
  • Total participants for James Edward Oglethorpe (JEO) competition=164
  • Total participants for Civic Engagement competition=35
  • Number of students from Georgia=89
  • Number of states represented=19
  • Number of high schools represented=141
  • Number of students who flew to Atlanta via AirTran=48
  • Total dollars in scholarships awarded=$10.8 million over four years
  • Total dollars for 10 full-tuition awards over four years=$1.1 million; total for all other awards over four years = $9.7 million
  • Members of OU community who volunteered=200+
  • Percentage of OU faculty who participated=70%
  • Smallest distance traveled from home to OU=6 miles (Atlanta, GA)
  • Longest distance traveled from home to OU=4,500 miles (Kahului, HI)

Early mornings, power tools, team building and a lifetime of memories
Twenty-four Oglethorpe students and four Center for Civic Engagement staff members traveled to St. Bernard, Louisiana, to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity January 4-10.

This was Oglethorpe's sixth trip to the Gulf Coast region. OU student participants, who represented a variety of majors and included members of the classes of '09-'12, returned to campus one week early from their winter break. Biology majors and business majors joined forces to properly install siding while a psychology major worked side-by-side Virginia college students to tackle the trestle of a house.

Volunteers were up every morning by 6 a.m. and became experts on caulking, creating shelves, hanging doors, spackling and using power tools. During free time, volunteers heard from St. Bernard residents and learned more about their experiences, ate homemade Louisiana gumbo and jambalaya at the home of Katie Odell '12, heard from AmeriCorps members about the 10-month NCCC program and went on a historic walking tour to learn more about the New Orleans culture and the ancient burial process. The Center for Civic Engagement is extremely proud of the students and staff that represented Oglethorpe and volunteered their time and talents.

Be sure to bring your Petrel Pass to campus!
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

  • 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.

Having trouble logging in to ePetrel?
Once you log in to ePetrel, the online community for OU alumni, you'll be able to update your contact information on your personal page, submit a class note, upload photos, search the online directory for alumni, and more!

Registering for ePetrel is simple.

  1. To log in, you'll need to visit ePetrel at www.alumni.oglethorpe.edu.

  2. Click on First Time Login.

  3. Search your name.

  4. Enter your new ePetrel ID login number.
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