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Alumni Weekend 2009
Alumni Weekend is just two weeks away, but it's not too late to join your OU friends and encourage others to join you! Registrations are pouring in! Alumni Weekend 2009 will be the best yet with all it has to offer: class reunions; Alumni Awards Banquet; walking history tour of Oglethorpe's Crypt of Civilization and Hermance Stadium; Stomp the Lawn (Alumni-Style) band party featuring music by Dominic DeSantis '86's band and Alumni Weekend's signature drink The Fuzzy Petrel; Young Alumni Party on campus; campus-wide Oglethorpe day of service and much, much more! Honorary co-chairs of Alumni Weekend 2009 are Belle Turner Lynch '61 and her husband Barry.
Don't miss this fun-filled weekend on the beautiful campus of OU with your classmates and past and present faculty members! Alumni Weekend is April 17-19.
Register today for Alumni Weekend!
If you have never logged into ePetrel, you will need your ePetrel login number. Most events are complimentary, unless otherwise noted. Hotel and flight information is also included on the website.
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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 of 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 his or her 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).
Special Travel Information
We expect a number of visiting alumni to come to campus for Alumni Weekend 2009. View special hotel and flight rates for Alumni Weekend! The InterContinental Buckhead has a special rate for OU's Alumni Weekend that ends on April 8.
Join the President for continental breakfast!
All alumni are invited to join OU president Dr. Lawrence M. Schall and the Alumni Board for breakfast during Alumni Weekend on Saturday, April 18, 9:30 a.m., in the Great Hall of Hearst for the State of the University, light breakfast and Q-and-A session. Arrive before Breakfast with the President for Early Bird Coffee and Newspapers 9 - 9:30 a.m. Register today!
Climb the Tower!
Have you always wanted to climb the Lupton Bell Tower? On Saturday, April 18, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., immediately after the Petrel BBQ on the Quad. The Carillon Ceremony has become one of the most treasured traditions during Senior Week at Oglethorpe. Add your name to the leather-bound book of climbers! Register today!
Shake your groove thing on the Quad!
Join alumni for Stomp the Lawn (Alumni-Style) on Saturday, April 18, 9 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., on the Academic Quadrangle (Rain location: Conant Performing Arts Center). This event was a show-stopper last year! Don't miss the fun this year. We are partying on the quad with alumnus Dominic DeSantis '86's band who will feature hits from the past 50 years! Complimentary desserts; alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Be sure to try Oglethorpe's signature Alumni Weekend libation, The Fuzzy Petrel, in a custom souvenir cup! All class reunion attendees receive one complimentary drink ticket. Register today!
Show your Faculty Appreciation!
OU has always attracted outstanding faculty members that make our University a truly distinctive place. Please join the Alumni Board on Saturday, April 18, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., at the Conant Performing Arts Center lobby in celebrating Oglethorpe's past and present faculty members by personally thanking and honoring them for their time, commitment and dedication to our campus. Appetizers and cocktails will be served. Register today!
Calling all Greeks!
All OU Greek alumni and their families are invited to celebrate Alumni Weekend on Greek Row Saturday, April 18, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m., with games, children's activities and music. Chi O, Chi Phi and SAE will also have special anniversary parties Saturday evening. Visit ePetrel for more information and register today!
Tour the OU Museum of Art
Don't miss the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art's spring exhibitions! Join Lloyd Nick, Director of the OUMA, for a one-hour tour of Dachau Before Dachau: European Artist Colony 1860 - 1910
, and Dachau Concentration Camp: Years of Destruction 1933 - 1945, Saturday, April 18, 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. The OUMA is located on the third floor of the Philip Weltner Library. Register today!
Canceled Alumni Weekend Events
Two Alumni Weekend events have been canceled: the 5K Race and Fun Run and the Mini Class with Dr. Stanley Daugert on Saturday, April 18. Daugert will join the OU community on May 9 for Commencement and the Golden Petrel luncheon, which celebrates all alumni who graduated 50+ years ago.
Commencement is just around the corner!
OU's Commencement will take place on the Academic Quad on Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m. The Commencement speakers who will receive honorary degrees are OU Trustee Warren Jobe and United States Senator Johnny Isakson.
Calling all alums who graduated 50+ years ago
Each year, the OU Alumni Office honors alumni who graduated 50+ years ago with a special presentation during the Commencement ceremony. Following Commencement, the "Golden Petrels" are invited to celebrate with a special luncheon in the OU Museum of Art. Visit ePetrel for more info!
Wine Basic Training: Albariño to Zinfandel in Four Weeks
This four-week series (Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., April 21 through May 12) will demystify wine for the beginner. Learn about grape varietals, their origins and the fascinating history of this ancient elixir. Become comfortable with restaurant
wine menus and wine tasting techniques.
The series takes place in the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (third floor Philip Weltner Library) and is $180 per person. The series includes wine samples, light snacks and instructional handouts. Cash or check payment to Oglethorpe University due at first meeting. You must be 21 or older to take this class. Proof of age required.
Class size is limited to 20 people. The instructor is Maggie Meroney, Certified Specialist of Wine
Wine Consultant, Sherlock's Wine Merchant. For information, call (404) 364-8895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.