A snow day at OU in March 2009 | Photo by David Beazer '09

The Flying Petrel eNews | March 2008

Join the Alumni Office for a Special Tailgate this Weekend
With Sunday's SCAC Championship win, the OU women's basketball team qualified for the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament for the fourth consecutive season and will be hosting Maryville College (Tenn.), Greensboro College and Mississippi College in First and Second Round action. Greensboro College and Mississippi College will play at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 6 with Oglethorpe and Maryville College slated to play at 8 p.m. in OU's Dorough Field House on Oglethorpe's campus. The two winning teams from Friday night will advance to square off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, on the same court in Atlanta.

All alumni are invited to a tailgate catered by The Varsity on Friday, March 6, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. between Dorough Field House and the tennis courts at OU. Must RSVP by Thursday for the tailgate party to Barbara Bessmer Henry '85:
bhenry@oglethorpe.edu or 404-364-8443. Sponsored by the Alumni Office.

The tournament is an NCAA event, and there is a $6 (cash) charge for adults, $3 for those under 18. Petrel Passes cannot apply since this is an NCAA tournament. 

Alumni Weekend is next month!
Register now and plan to join your fellow alumni on OU's campus Friday - Sunday, April 17-19. Contact your OU friends and make plans now to attend!

Jim Steinhouse '79 registered early and won the drawing for a roundtrip ticket from AirTran Airways! Congrats!

Make a Difference - A $100,000 Difference - for OU
If you haven't made a gift to this year's Annual Fund, here's your chance to make a difference - a $100,000 difference! - for OU. Thanks to a group of very generous trustees, alumni, and friends, all gifts received from alumni who have not yet contributed to this year's Annual Fund Campaign are eligible for a 2:1 match. That means a $100 gift will secure an additional $200 in matching funds for a total of $300 - essentially tripling the value of the original gift. (NOTE: The match is capped at gifts of $500.)

Click on this link to make your gift NOW: www.oglethorpe.edu/give2ou

For more information, contact Lesley Cole, Director of the Annual Fund, at 404.364.8476 or lcole@oglethorpe.edu

Awarding Alumni in April
Join us for the Alumni Association Awards Banquet on Friday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. as we honor our 2009 Alumni Award winners at The Retreat at Dunwoody, 1001 Summit Blvd., Atlanta, Georgia 30319, $55/adult (includes cocktail reception and three-course dinner with wine/beer). Business attire. Reservations required by April 14. Limited seating. This has become one of Alumni Weekend's most popular events! In addition to the individual awards listed below, Chi Phi, Chi Omega and SAE will also be awarded at the Alumni Association Awards Banquet.
This year's award winners include:

Talmage Award winner is David N. Cooper '71: The recipient of the Talmage Award contributes time, talent or financial resources to one or more programs of the university and/or is distinguished in the business or professional world.

Spirit of Oglethorpe Award winner is Janice MacNeal '98: This award is presented to an alum who lives by the Oglethorpe motto, Make a life. Make a living. Make a difference, demonstrating the attributes of a liberal arts education by exhibiting creativity, purposefulness, and a commitment to improving the quality of their community.

School Bell Award winner is Mike Emery '82: Alumni or past or present faculty members who have made lasting contributions to the field of education.

Young Alum of the Year is Allen Whitehart '06: This award recognizes a graduate of the last ten years who has shown leadership and inspired other young alumni through participation in career, public service, volunteer, or continuing education activities.

Athletic Hall of Fame Winners are 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).

A Walking History Tour of the Crypt of Civilization and Hermance Stadium
On Saturday, April 18, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., alumni will get the opportunity to enjoy a 45-minute walking tour led by Dr. Paul Stephen Hudson '72, historian laureate of Oglethorpe, who prepared the nomination for the university's appointment to the National Register of Historic Places. The tour will begin in the Great Hall of Hearst.
Register today!

Hudson also will lead one-hour tours on Friday, March 13 and Friday, March 20, at 11 a.m. of OU's campus as part of The Atlanta Preservation Center's sixth annual Phoenix Flies: A Citywide Celebration of Living Landmarks. The tours are free and open to the public. Park as directed by the security guard at the gated entrance. The tours conclude in the OU Museum of Art for all of those who wish to view the current exhibition.

Hudson, who was also the Oglethorpe Day speaker on February 11, is a longtime resident of the Brookhaven area, award-winning historian at Georgia Perimeter College and a professor of Atlanta history at OU.

"You will never see Oglethorpe quite the same again," Hudson promises in the latest edition of Brookhaven Buzz. "Be there or be square!"

Let's Stomp the Lawn (Alumni Style)!
During Alumni Weekend, alumni will gather all over campus at various reunion parties and celebrations on Saturday, April 18. Then, beginning at 9 p.m., all alumni will move to the Academic Quad for Stomp the Lawn (Alumni Style).  Don't miss this p
arty on the Quad with live music from Oglethorpe's own Dominic DeSantis '86 whose band will perform standards, classics, rock and pop favorites from the past 50 years!

This event was a show-stopper last year! Complimentary desserts; beer and wine - and OU's Alumni Weekend signature libation The Fuzzy Petrel in a custom souvenir cup - available for purchase. All class reunion attendees receive one complimentary drink ticket.

Speaking of parties on campus,
share your most memorable party experience on campus! (Be sure to keep it clean!) For first-time logins, you'll need your ePetrel ID number.

Career Day at OU
The Career Services Office at OU is hosting a Career Fair Thursday, March 5, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., in the Emerson Student Center TV Lounge, Grenwald Room and Talmage Room.
Please see the list for participating companies. For more information, please contact the Office of Career Services at 404-364-8865.  

Oglethorpe's Starting Five Each Receive Postseason Honors
After securing the school's first ever Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) championship in women's basketball with an 82-65 win over the Trinity Tigers on Sunday, March 1, the Oglethorpe University women's basketball team received further validation of its successes as each member of the starting five received postseason accolades as voted on by the coaches in the 12-team conference.

Leading the way was senior guard Katie Kulavic '09 of Norcross, Georgia, who was selected as an All Conference First Team member. Kulavic, the 2007-2008 SCAC Player-of-the-Year, was narrowly edged by five votes in that category but still managed to become only the second player in conference history to be a First Team selection for the fourth consecutive season. In Sunday's championship victory, Kulavic also became the SCAC's all-time leading scorer for both men's and women's basketball.

Senior Anna Findley '09 of Hiram, Georgia, was also selected as an All Conference First Team member. She led the Stormy Petrels this year by averaging 17.7 points per game and is the conference's all-time leading maker of three-pointers with over 300 buried in her career. After posting 27 points in Sunday's championship win, Findley became the first player in conference history, male or female, to be selected to the SCAC All Tournament Team for four consecutive seasons.

Senior Tina Grace '09 of Pensacola, Florida, was selected as an All Conference Second Team member though her weekend performance at the conference tournament suggested she might be worthy of First Team praise. In three consecutive double-digit wins for the Stormy Petrels during the weekend, Grace averaged 20.3 points and 5 rebounds per game en route to being named Tournament MVP. In doing so, Grace shot a staggering 75.7% from the field in making 25 of her 33 shot attempts.

Senior Elizabeth "Biz" Richmann '09 was selected as an All Conference Honorable Mention member after a steady senior season that helped lift Oglethorpe to a school best 25-3 overall record. Richmann was also an Honorable Mention selection as a freshman and named to the All Conference Second Team as a sophomore before being slowed by injuries in her junior year. In her senior campaign, Richmann is averaging 10 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

Last, but certainly not least, senior Hannah Brooks '09 of Rockmart, Georgia, was selected as the 2009 SCAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year. Brooks, at 5'7", always draws the opponent's most dangerous offensive threat - no matter if that player is a point guard, a power forward or, sometimes, even a post player. One of the team's senior captains, Brooks led the Oglethorpe defense to program-best marks in scoring defense (66.4 points allowed per game) and field goal percentage defense (38.4%). She also chipped in on offense for the 10th-ranked Petrels, averaging 5.8 points and 3.0 assists while grabbing 5.3 boards per contests.

Lacrosse Coming to OU
After a careful analysis of the potential to add significant new net revenue to the university and in the effort to broaden its scope of student life activities, the Oglethorpe University Board of Trustees agreed to add men's and women's lacrosse as varsity sports to Oglethorpe's athletic program.

Men's lacrosse will become the 15th varsity sport offered at Oglethorpe when the team begins play in the 2010-2011 academic year. The inaugural women's lacrosse team will take the field in 2012-2013, becoming the 16th varsity sport offered at Oglethorpe.

Athletics Director Jay Gardiner will assume the duties of head men's coach. Gardiner played lacrosse collegiately at McDaniel College and has coached at both the high school and college levels.

Four other teams in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, in which Oglethorpe competes, now have varsity men's lacrosse teams: Colorado College, Hendrix College, Sewanee and Birmingham-Southern. In October, another member, Southwestern University, announced it will be adding men's lacrosse in the spring of 2010.

OU Museum of Art News
OU Museum of Art presents Dachau Before Dachau: European Artist Colony, 1860 - 1914 and Dachau Concentration Camp: Years of Destruction, 1933 - 1945 Tuesday, March 10 - Sunday, August 30.
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OU Museum of Art is privileged to introduce the 19th century artists and the fine art, Dachau Before Dachau: European Artist Colony 1860-1914, which had been overshadowed by a dark period in 20th century history - the infamy of Dachau's concentration camp. The Dachau Artist Colony is considered to be Germany's equivalent to the Barbizon Artist Colony. A selection of excellent artworks from the Dachau Artist Colony will be exhibited for the first time in the U.S. Along with the fine art exhibition will be a display of 15 panels documenting Dachau's infamous period -Dachau Concentration Camp: Years of Destruction 1933-1945, from before it was a camp until present day. Both exhibitions demonstrate fragility of creativity in the face of destruction. Special OUMA Members' Opening honoring the Mayor of Dachau: Sunday, March 8, 2009, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission for members and OU community and members of the German Cultural Center of Atlanta. $10 for non-members, students and senior citizens. Docent Tours: Sundays at 2 p.m.

OU accepted into EuroScholars
Last month, OU was accepted into a highly-rated and exciting program called EuroScholars. Once OU is a part of this network of researchers and scholars across Europe, the university's students can receive credit and direct research experience at 12 major universities of scientific, social science, communications, and medical research. This isn't just study abroad; it is more that that. Students accepted into the programs work directly as interns at labs, research foundations, and at universities such as the University of Zurich, Leiden, Milano, and nine other research-focused institutions.

OU students now have the choice of getting credit, a transcript and direct internship/work/practicum experience in cutting-edge research. The organizations involved were quite impressed with OU.

OU hosts regional speakers for "Core Principles: Liberal Education and Republican Self Government"
On Monday, March 30, a group of experts from the Southeast will gather at OU to discuss the traditional understanding of liberal education-"the education befitting a free human being, one who is capable of self-government," according to OU politics professor Dr. Joseph Knippenberg-in the light of the United States' contemporary concerns and circumstances.

The mini-conference will begin with a faculty roundtable at 4 p.m. in the Talmage Room of Oglethorpe's Emerson Student Center. Among the participating faculty are Mark Bauerlein of Emory University, Herb Hartmann of Southern Catholic College, Judd Owen of Emory University and Brad Smith of OU. Following the faculty roundtable, the keynote address will be delivered at 7:30 p.m. by Patrick Deneen of Georgetown University.

This event is free and open to the public. Conference sponsors include OU's Core Curriculum Committee, the Office of the Provost, the Division of History, Politics and International Studies and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Alumni Baseball Game
4/4/2009 10:00 AM

Alumni Tennis Match
4/4/2009 2:00 PM

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Connect with Facebook
The Alumni Office has exciting news for all alumni who are Facebook members! We know that Facebook is THE way to keep in touch, so now you are able to connect Facebook and ePetrel, OU's alumni online community, using the new Facebook Connect application!

Check it out now on
ePetrel! The two websites will be connected after a one-time process which links your Facebook account and your ePetrel profile. Future logins to ePetrel can be done by clicking the "Connect with Facebook" button and logging into ePetrel with your Facebook login information! (You won't have to remember your ePetrel login information anymore!)

If you use the "Connect with Facebook" option to log into ePetrel when you register for an event, you will have the ability to then publish that information to your Facebook Newsfeed and Wall! Also, if you're a Facebook member, please join the official alumni group "Oglethorpe University Alumni and Friends." 

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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