Alumni at MARKET at W Buckhead in June

The Flying Petrel eNews | July 2009

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An Evening of Georgia Shakespeare
Oglethorpe alumni and guests are invited to campus for a performance of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Georgia Shakespeare in the Conant Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, July 22. At 6:30 p.m., alumni are invited to a Southern dinner in the OU Museum of Art (third floor of Weltner Library). The performance begins at 8 p.m. at Conant Performing Arts Center on OU's campus. For more information, please visit
ePetrel. Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner and the performance. You may register online or call the Alumni Office at 404-364-8893 to reserve your tickets. Tickets are limited - please reserve by July 17.

Job searching?
The Office of Career Services at OU provides the following services, free of charge:

  • Access to the Career Services office's online job/internship database containing all positions sent to the office and postings from some public databases. Hundreds (if not thousands) of opportunities searchable 24/7

  • Online ability for alumni to take the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory career assessments

  • One-on-one career counseling for help with resumes, interviewing or job searching 

  • Alumni are welcome to attend career fairs and events the Career Services office hosts
Please visit the Career Services website or call 404-364-8865 for information or to schedule an appointment.

There is also an Oglethorpe University group on 
LinkedIn. Be sure to join the group. You can share job postings there (and view job postings) and connect professionally with OU alumni.

The Alumni Office and Adi Allushi '02, manager of the restaurant MARKET in W Atlanta - Buckhead, hosted Coctkails and Networking in June. There was a great turnout, and MARKET was the place to be! Please stay tuned for more alumni networking events. Also, if your place of business would like to host a networking coctkail hour, please
email the Alumni Office.

Announcing New Alumni Board and Trustee members
OU welcomes its new Alumni Board members: Bill Aitken '64 of Virginia Beach; Janice Haney Carr '73 of Altanta; Gonca Gursoy Artunkal '88 of London; Kurt Hansen '89 of Braselton, Ga.; John Breton '97 of Mableton, Ga.; Dani Stellin Benner '99 of Smyrna, Ga.; Brooke Bourdelat-Parks '95 of Colorado Springs, Col.; Brandon Pelissero '92 of Decatur, Ga.; Kelly Holland Vrtis '97 of Dallas, Texas; Cleve Hill '01 of Canton, Ga.; and Deborah Lange '03 of Atlanta.

Randy Roberson '97 of Silver Spring, Md., was voted president of the Alumni Board. The following Alumni Board members will serve as vice presidents for the board's committees: Ellen Heckler O'Herlihy '82 of O'Fallon, Mo., for the Communications Committee; Harry Frazier '89 of Norcross, Ga., for Advancement Committee; Jeremy Greenup '99 of Atlanta for the Events Committee; Ashish Thakur '99 of Avondale Estates, Ga., for the Career Services Committee; Matthew Thompson '93 of Alpharetta, Ga., for the Admissions Committee; and Eric Scharff '63 of Marietta, Ga., for the Awards, Membership and Recognition Committee. Vivian Gray Trabue '65 will continue to serve as the board's secretary.

Other members of the board include Chuck Palefsky '75 of Dunwoody, Ga.; Deesi Thurston Phillips '76 of Atlanta; Andrea Spencer Shelton '91 of Atlanta; Anita Stevenson Patterson '97 of Norcross, Ga.; Karen Head '98 of Atlanta; and Jay Williams '99 of Atlanta.

The new members of the Board of Trustees include David Cooper '71 of Washington, D.C.; Mike Szalkowski '88 of Atlanta; Shane Hornbuckle '92 of Atlanta; Randy Roberson '97 of Silver Spring, Md.; Jeanie Flohr Treadaway '99 of Austin, Texas; and Jay Williams '99 of Atlanta. 

OU alumna named director of Marketing and Communications
Alumna Susan Soper '69 has been named executive director of Marketing and Communications at OU. Soper began her career at New York's Newsday where she was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. She returned home to work at CNN as features editor and writing coach at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and most recently as executive editor of Atlanta INtown. Soper is a graduate of the Westminster Schools and was named the Distinguished Alumna in 1998. She has served as an alumni association volunteer and member of the board of trustees at OU. She is the president of the Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association, a member of the Atlanta Press Club, a member of the Emory University Board of Visitors and co-chair of the Women of Contemporary Arts for the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Georgia. Her husband Bo Holland has also been active at OU for many years. 

Admission Update for '09-'10
As of today, OU's count for fall's first-time students is at 257 first-time students and 27 transfers.

On Thursday, June 11, the Office of Admission hosted the first of two OU Passport sessions. The university welcomed 114 entering students and more than 150 parents and guests to campus for a day-long program of orientation and academic registration. New students had the opportunity to learn about the first-year experience, choose their fall classes, acquaint themselves with the campus and make new friends.

''It was great! I met a lot of people," Hillary Heath of Atlanta said. "I found someone to be my roommate and got to know her." (June attendees had just enough time to request roommates or suitemates before the Office of Residence Life began housing assignments this month. Entering first-time freshmen reside in Traer Hall and Dempsey Hall.)

''OUr Amazing Race was a great way to meet people as well,'' added Michelle Maurin of Lafayette, La.

Modeled after the popular reality show The Amazing Race, the team scavenger hunt challenged new students to collect stamps in their passports as they raced around campus following and solving clues, at the same time learning their way around. Challenges included Pictionary at the art studio in Robinson Hall, Shakespearean charades in front of the Conant Performing Arts Center and a Price Is Right-style guessing game in the OU Bookstore, where students had to assess the value of certain texts for an introductory English course.

Students, parents and guests attended discussions with various members of the OU community, such as the Student Affairs staff, members of the Parents Leadership Council and local Oglethorpe alumni. As the program began, Ashish Thakur '99 offered welcoming remarks on behalf of the Oglethorpe alumni community. Later in the morning, the alumni panel included Ashish Thakur '99, Dani Stellin Benner '99, Heather McNeill Ivkovich '99, Richard Bakare '03 and Ashley Money '08

New students also had the opportunity to play ultimate Frisbee, visit the OU Museum of Art, learn about Atlanta, review their Meyers Briggs Type Indicator results and have photos taken for the Petrel Pass student ID card. OU Passport's main event, however, was fall course registration. Each new student received a 30-minute appointment in which to meet individually with a faculty advisor. During this half-hour, students could discuss their interests and major plans and get acquainted with an OU professor.

''I loved my advisor, Dr. Plotnik, in every way,'' said Diana Alqud of Lawrenceville, Ga. ''We had the chance to pick out everything and make sure that everything I needed was fulfilled in my fall schedule. We even had the chance to talk about South American literature and other art around the world.''

''I was able to talk with Professor Zinner and register for my classes, and we both were very excited and enthusiastic!'' wrote Ebony Worles of Memphis, Tenn. ''She also encouraged me to take other classes that I might have never thought of. I learned new things in that session with her, and I feel that I managed to have a great first-year, first-semester schedule.''

''Overall, the Passport experience was so, so helpful,'' concluded Ashley Hunter of Marietta, Ga. ''I met a lot of people, and I feel like I accomplished a lot. I am so excited for August 20! Thanks so much!''

OU's second OU Passport session is coming up on Friday, July 17. The OU community is excited to continue to welcome our incoming students!

Petrel Ace Sarisky Signs with Houston Astros
Only days after being selected by the Houston Astros in the 40th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft, Oglethorpe sophomore Daniel Sarisky agreed to terms with the big league squad.

Details of the contract have yet to be released, but, with his signing, Sarisky has forgone his amateur status and will now begin to pursue a big league career.

"This is a huge accomplishment for Daniel and the beginning of a new challenge," said Petrel head baseball coach Dan Giordano. "We are extremely excited for him and wish him the best as he pursues a career in professional baseball. He is fulfilling every boy's dream to play baseball for a living."

Set to begin his professional baseball career in the minors, Sarisky will try to become the tenth former Petrel baseball player to play for a Major League Baseball team. The most famous Petrel to play ball at the highest level was another sophomore who left the campus early to pursue a big league career, Hall of Famer Luke Appling. Appling was signed by the Atlanta Crackers in 1930 and went on to play twenty big league seasons for the Chicago White Sox, compiling a career .310 batting average. Appling was inducted to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964.

The other former Petrels to play Major League Baseball - with their last year on campus in parentheses - are Al Wingo (1918), Lucas Turk (1921), Ron Carlyle (1921), Dave Barbee (1926), Jay Partridge (1925), Greek George (1933), Harry Dean (1941) and Phil McCullough (1938).

The Center for Civic Engagement sends a big Thank-You!
Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) staff would like to thank alumni who participated in some of the 113 service projects and programs completed during 2008-2009 academic year: Leah Hughes '88, Michelle Payne Whitlow '88, Michael McCracken '89, Ashish Thakur '99, Mischelle Curtin, Dan Giordano '02, Lori Milstead Hetherington '02, Scott Hetherington '02, Karen Mellott '02, Laura Moon '02, Mark DeLong '03, Michelle Spann Allen '04, Kelley Napier '04 and Kimberley Nicholson '05. The Center for Civic Engagement is greatly appreciative of your time and dedication to the OU student body. 
Help the CCE welcome the Class of '13
The fourth annual Orientation Day of Service will be held Friday, August 21, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at
Historic Oakland Cemetery. Please join about 300 incoming students and learn more about Atlanta's historic cemetery while helping to restore the grounds. If you are interested in joining this project, please email Heather Staniszewski '02 or call 404-504-1978.

OU Community Garden
Since its creation this February, the OU-Brookhaven Community Garden has grown fruits, herbs and vegetables for donations to the Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church (OPC) Food Pantry. OU faculty, staff and students benefit from herbs used in food preparation and vegetables served in the dining hall. Winter crops included broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, mustard greens and turnip greens that were donated to the OPC Food Pantry, serving the Chamblee area. The garden, located behind Emerson Student Center where the pool was, features six raised beds. Volunteers from OU, Brookhaven Christian Church, DeKalb County Master Gardener program, Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church and St. Martin's Episcopal School water the garden four days a week and coordinate monthly harvesting, planting and work days. Volunteers are always welcome; if you are interested in learning more about the garden, please
email Heather Staniszewski '02 or call 404-504-1978. 


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OU Online
Not only is the Alumni Office online with
ePetrel, we're also on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Be sure to join the Oglethorpe University Fan Page on Facebook, Oglethorpe University group on LinkedIn, and follow OglethorpeAlum on Twitter! Please email the Alumni Office to request your ePetrel ID number to log into ePetrel, OU's alumni online community, where you can post Class Notes to share your news with OU alumni, reconnect with alumni and much more!

Check out Facebook Connect now on ePetrel! Facebook and ePetrel 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!

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 while visiting campus
  • 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.  
  5. Be sure to "Connect with Facebook" if you are a Facebook member. Then you won't have to remember your ePetrel login information; you can just log in with your Facebook login information.

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 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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