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The Flying Petrel eNews | May 2009

Alumni Weekend '09 brings 600+ alumni to OU
The Alumni Office enjoyed seeing all of the alumni who returned to campus for Alumni Weekend 2009! It was such a fun weekend, enjoyed by all! 
View and order photos from the weekendClick on "Online Event Proofs," Event: Alumni Weekend, password: oglethorpe. If you missed this year, be sure to mark your calendar for next year's Alumni Weekend: Friday, April 16 - Sunday, April 18, 2010!

Calling all alumni in London!
Living near London or traveling to Europe in June? The Oglethorpe University Alumni Association cordially invites you to an Afternoon Tea on Sunday, June 21, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m., at the home of alumna Gonca Gursoy Artunkal '88, 23 Aberdare Gardens, South Hampstead, London NW6 3AJ, phone: 020 7624 3543. Please RSVP by June 12 to
Lesley Cole, director of Annual Fund, who will bring greetings from campus! 

Welcome, Class of 2009!
The Alumni Office welcomes the Class of 2009 as OU's new alumni! Commencement was held Saturday, May 9, on the Academic Quad. The honorary degree recipients were Warren Jobe, Chairman of the Oglethorpe University Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2005, and U.S. senator Johnny Isakson.

The Golden Petrel Ceremony during Commencement honored alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. Following Commencement, a luncheon was held for all Golden Petrels and their guests. Stanley Daugert, long-time philosophy professor at OU during the '50s and '60s and retired from academia in 1986, and his wife Vivian joined the Golden Petrels for lunch, and Daugert gave a lecture called "The Good Life, 2009 A.D."

Within a couple weeks of the ceremony, graduates will receive complimentary color proofs taken by Sure Shot Photography. The packet will contain ordering information for the photos. Photo packages begin at $15.00, and there is no obligation to purchase and the proofs are yours to keep! Once you receive your proofs and complimentary photograph, the photos will also be posted online. The password is Oglethorpe. If you have any questions about graduation photography, please email Sure Shot.

Facebook Connect
The Alumni Office has exciting news for all Facebook members! ePetrel, the OU alumni online community, is now able to connect to Facebook! Check it out by visiting
ePetrel! This is a very exciting feature ePetrel has - especially since Alumni Weekend is just around the corner! You'll need your ePetrel login number to log in for the first time.

Graduating seniors climb the Lupton bell tower

View and order photos from the Carillon Ceremony, a five-year tradition for graduating seniors. Seniors got the opportunity to climb the Lupton bell tower to ring the Carillon bells just a few days before Commencement.

Fall '09 class looks strong
May 1 is typically the date by which most first-year students make their final college decision. OU has received 227 freshman deposits for fall 2009 compared to 212 last year. Between May 1 and the start of fall 2008, OU received an additional 45 freshman deposits and 40 transfer deposits. The Admission Office is projecting that OU's applicant and admitted numbers will support similar results for fall 2009. In addition, the academic quality and diversity of the deposited students is as strong as last year's class.

A number of OU alumni helped the university with JEO Scholarship Weekend in January, and your work really paid off! Of the 24 students who participated in the Georgia Shakespeare Scholarship competition, 17 will enroll - that is a remarkable yield of 71%. And 40% of all of the students who participated in the weekend will enroll. This represents an increase of 13% over last year.

Here are some fun facts about the Class of 2013:
Academic quality is as strong as last year's class.
60% are from Georgia compared to 72% last year.
12 students from OU's exchange partners will enroll (Iceland, France, Spain, Germany, Japan & Austria)
OU continues its partnership with Georgia Rotary with four students from El Salvador, Poland, Fiji and China; OU's partnership with Guanacaste Ventures with one student from Costa Rica and a new partnership with the South Asia Children's Fund with two students from Nepal.
·         20% are African American; 51% are Caucasian.

email the Alumni Office if you are interested in participating in Scholarship Weekend 2010.

OU launches summer sports camps
Alumni receive a 20% discount for most summer camps at OU!

Summer starts in a few weeks, and OU invites local boys and girls to slam dunk, kick, spike, hit and serve themselves the perfect vacation by participating in their choice of sports camps.

Beginning in June, OU will offer a series of sports camps, lead by professional and collegiate coaches, in baseball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, lacrosse and strength and speed. The camps are appropriate for school children ages eight and older of all experience levels.

"With this sports camp series, athletes of all ages and ability levels will have the opportunity to learn the principles and techniques of each sport from seasoned professionals. The camps also provide students the opportunity to interact with other campers in their age group with similar interests," Kurt Matthews, director of the sports camps, said.

Registration for the summer sports camps began April 21. Registration is ongoing. Class space is limited, and the cost to attend the camps is based on the sport chosen. For more information and to register, visit the OU camp websiteThere will be an OU Summer Sports Camps Open House for faculty, staff and alumni on Monday, May 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., in the Admission Lobby in Lupton Hall on OU's campus. For more information, please email Kurt Matthews or call (404) 364-8480.

Summertime = Georgia Shakespeare
Time to picnic on the veranda of the Conant Performing Arts Center and enjoy the numerous performances of Georgia Shakespeare.
Check out this summer's performances! OU alumni receive a $5 discount in sections 1-3 for each performance. To purchase tickets, please contact the Georgia Shakespeare box office at 404-264-0020.

OU men capture eighth SCAC golf championship
The OU men's golf team captured the school's eighth Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship by outlasting the field at the Tunica Resorts in Mississippi in April.

The Stormy Petrels battled tough conditions throughout the three day tournament to emerge with a team total of 920 to best Rhodes College by seven strokes. Four Oglethorpe golfers - Scott Pugh of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Colin Chapman of Franklin, North Carolina, Olafur Loftsson of Reykjavik, Iceland and Hap Kaufold of Albany, Georgia - posted scores inside the top seven at the tournament with Pugh bringing home medalist honors for the top overall individual.

The tournament victory, which gave OU its most SCAC Championships in any sport, also provided the Stormy Petrels with an automatic qualifier berth to the 2009 NCAA Division III Golf Championships to be held from May 11 to May 16 at the PGA Golf Course in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. It will mark OU's ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Golf Championships where the Stormy Petrels have recorded a top-10 finish in each of the last seven years.

OU license plates cruising around town
If you live in Georgia, you may have seen the Oglethorpe license plate on the road! License plates are available -
show your Petrel spirit!

OU offers language courses to community 
This summer, Oglethorpe University will be offering non-credit language courses in French, Hebrew, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Swedish and Greek. The courses, taught by experienced teachers and linguists, begin Tuesday, May 19. 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 non-credit language courses is $150. To register for non-credit language courses, visit OU's website, and type "noncredit" in the search bar or call Rose Cunningham, Director of Coordination for the Foreign Language Conversation Program at 404-634-8016. 

OUMA presents Dachau Before Dachau: European Artist Colony 1860 - 1914 and Dachau Concentration Camp: Years of Destruction 1933 - 1945
In the decades following the World War II, the city of Dachau has been known for the tragedies that occurred under the Third Reich. But prior to the atrocities of the late 1930s and early 1940s, the city of Dachau was home to a burgeoning artist colony judged to be the equivalent of the one at Barbizon, France.

Through August 30, the OU Museum of Art displays a rare collection of works from various artists who shaped this inspiring and often-overlooked period. Dachau Before Dachau: European Artist Colony 1860 - 1914 marks the first exhibition of the Dachau Artist Colony in the United States. Forty-five artists, from several countries, created the over 50 paintings exhibited. It is the first time many of them have been exhibited in this country. Dachau, then an agricultural, rural site, inspired the artists to paint its natural beauty. As a result, the majority of paintings in 'Dachau Before Dachau' are landscapes.

Simultaneously, the OU Museum of Art also displays Dachau Concentration Camp: Years of Destruction 1933 - 1945. This exhibition consists of 15 panels describing the development of the concentration camp and the cruelty that occurred at Dachau, and emphasizes the fragility of art when faced with inhumanity.

Dachau Before Dachau: European Artist Colony 1860 - 1914 and Dachau Concentration Camp: Years of Destruction 1933 - 1945 will be on display at the museum, 4484 Peachtree Road NE from noon to 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 and free for alumni with their Petrel Pass. View more info about the museum.

The Alumni Office is gearing up for events this summer as well as the 2009-2010 academic year. Please stay tuned, and in the meantime, please mark your calendar for the events below!

  • Washington, DC Alumni Event
  • Evening of Holiday Enchantment before Boar's Head
  • Oglethorpe Day 2010
  • Alumni Weekend 2010

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    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

    2. Click on First Time Login.

    3. Search your name.

    4. Enter your new ePetrel ID login number.

    Who Needs craigslist when you have OU Classifieds?
    That's right! ePetrel, OU's online alumni community, now features a new Classifieds section. Classified catagories include business/finance, garage/estate sales, lawn and garden services, merchandise, real estate, pets/animals, tickets/events, transportation, travel and more! Be sure to check it out by visiting ePetrel and logging in with your ePetrel ID number. You'll see Classifieds under ePetrel Features in the menu to the left. But remember, you must log in first to have access to the classifieds. You'll need your ePetrel login number.


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