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The Flying Petrel eNews | June 2009

OU men's golf wins 2009 NCAA Championship
The OU men's golf team won the 2009 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship held at the PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Florida, May 13-16. The Stormy Petrels erased a four stroke deficit on the final day of the tournament to claim the school's first NCAA title in any sport.
Congratulate the golf team!

OU chased down Methodist University, the 54-hole leader, and held off a charging University of La Verne to earn the Championship win. The Petrels finished with a four-day total of 12-over par 1164 to best La Verne who came in at 16-over par 1168.

OU sophomore Olafur Loftsson (Reyjakevik, Iceland) fired a final round 3-under par 69 to come from behind to win individual medalist honors at the Championship. Loftsson finished in a tie with La Verne's Mitchell Fedorka and bested him on the first playoff hole to win the Arnold Palmer Award for tournament medalist. For the four-day tournament, Loftsson finished with a score of 285, good for 3-under par.

Stormy Petrel freshman Colin Chapman (Franklin, North Carolina) fired a final round of 1-under par and finished in a tie for 11th place overall. OU junior Scott Pugh (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) carded a tournament total of 296 (8-over) to finish in a tie for 15th place while senior Hap Kaufold (Albany, Georgia) came home with a total of 298 to finish tied for 27th place. Freshman Matt Bernstein (Atlanta, Georgia) carded a four-day total of 305 and finished tied for 51st.

"This is a great day for Oglethorpe athletics," OU head golf coach Jim Owen, a 15-year veteran coaching the team, said. "I could not be more proud of our guys for bringing home the school's first championship. They certainly earned it with their stellar play on the course."

OU, golf team featured on ESPN
Check out this video
! OU and its golf team are highlighted in ESPN's "NCAA on Campus." Look for OU 12:18 minutes into the clip. The video features OU's own Cat Andersen '02, host of "NCAA on Campus," and sophomore Olafur Loftsson who plays on OU's golf team!

"...Oglethorpe is where it all began."
View a message
from one of OU's newest alumni Jessica Daniel '09.

Join OU for an Afternoon Tea 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! 

From the AJC: Oglethorpe president takes hands-on approach
OU's president Lawrence M. Schall was featured in an article Oglethorpe president takes hands-on approach to sell college, city on Monday, May 25, in the Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionRead the full article.

A look at the Class of '13
As of June 1, OU's running total of new students is 263 students; 246 are first-time freshmen.

Entering students include:

  • An Iraq veteran who is an ex-MP (military police) who guarded General Petraeus, commander of coalition forces in Iraq

  • OU's first male Civic Engagement Scholar, joining the dedicated women scholars already working with the Center for Civic Engagement on campus

  • A founding member of Stronghold Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that assists women and children victims of abuse

  • A student who deferred admission to OU to spend a year in Israel studying the history and culture of her Jewish heritage

  • Two friends from the Miami area who enjoyed their campus visit at OU so much, they returned to Atlanta the very next weekend with a third friend to introduce her to OU! All three girls are enrolling.

  • Twin sisters who have been dedicated volunteers with the Georgia Renaissance Festival

  • A student from Idaho, the furthest distance from home in the 50 states

  • A very large women's basketball recruiting class - nearly a dozen new players

  • 23% of the Class of 2013 as student athletes

  • 22 international students from Austria, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Haiti, Iceland, Japan, Nepal, Poland and Spain

  • Eight enrolling students joining a brother or sister on campus in Fall '09 as a current student

  • Most frequently occurring names: Sarah (6) and Tyler (4). In 1991, the year of birth for most of this year's college freshmen, the SSA reports that Tyler was the 16th most popular boy's name and Sarah was the 6th most popular girl's name in the US.

Viewed Alumni Weekend photos yet?
Alumni Weekend 2009 was a success, with more than 600 alumni back on campus!
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!

Give your Alumni Weekend feedback
Alumni Weekend 2009 attendees, we'd like your feedback! Please take a moment to complete this online feedback form. We appreciate your thoughts and ideas! You will need your ePetrel ID number to log in for the first time.

Connect ePetrel and Facebook!
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. You'll need your ePetrel login number to log in for the first time.

If you are a member of Facebook, please join the
Oglethorpe University Fan Page to receive status updates from the Alumni Office.

Commencement Photos
May 2009 graduates are invited to view the Commencement photos online. The password is Oglethorpe. If you have any questions about graduation photography, please
email Sure Shot.

Photos from the Carillon Ceremony, a five-year tradition for graduating seniors, are posted online. Seniors got the opportunity to climb the Lupton bell tower to ring the Carillon bells just a few days before Commencement.

OU students have the opportunity to study Shakespeare at Oxford
The Atlanta portion of the class, team-taught by Robert Hornback and Jeanne McCarthy, will meet from June 22-July 15 and will read five plays, matching them with ones the students will see in England such as the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. While in Atlanta, the class will also visit Georgia Shakespeare and see two performances: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Titus Andronicus. The Oxford Shakespeare Company will perform The Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet.

After the Atlanta class portion, the class will begin the course trip to England from July 16-July 28, with a four-day stay total in London and seven in Oxford. While in London, the class will stay at the four-star Russell Square Hotel, which guidebooks call "the best of the grand Victorian hotels" in London, and tour historic sites such as the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey; museums such as the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery; and the British Library; see a play at the Globe Theatre; and take a river cruise on the Thames. In Oxford, the class will stay in Oxford University dorms of the exquisite, castle-like Wadham College founded in 1610, and they will continue the performance/scene-work initiated in Atlanta, ultimately putting on a final performance of select scenes before they celebrate with a formal Harry Potter-style banquet by candle light in the majestic Great Hall or Old Library at Wadham.

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OU Museum of Art hosts two June lectures
The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art will host two Wednesday evening lectures in June. The Healing Power of Forgiving if Done Properly by Dennis Scales will be held Wednesday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. in OUMA's Skylight Gallery. Bring a partner to this class and learn the four steps to forgiveness. A stress reduction technique which works instantly in daily life through a free neurological upgrade will also be part of the training.
The second lecture will be held Wednesday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. in OUMA's Skylight Gallery. Dachau After Dachau: My Memories of Dachau After The War by Israel Joshua Gerber, rabbi and psychologist. Gerber served in U.S. military during and after WWII and was stationed in Munich-Dachau between 1946-1947 and served as the sole chaplain/rabbi for Munich-Dachau, conducting numerous Friday night services at Dachau. Many former inmates came to his services both at Munich and Dachau. Gerber received his Ph.D. from Boston University, and he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where he had a congregation and became a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he taught courses both on psychology and the Old Testament prophets. He is currently writing his memoirs.

For more information about the OUMA and the Dachau Before Dachau exhibition, please visit the
OUMA website.

OU launches summer sports camps
Alumni receive a 20% discount for most summer camps at OU! OU is offering 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. 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 website. For more information, please email Kurt Matthews or call (404) 364-8480.

Summertime is for 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.

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.

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