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-Constitution. Read 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 weekend! Click 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.
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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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