OU celebrates 175th anniversary of its founding during Alumni Weekend
Join alumni for this year’s Alumni Weekend and 175th Celebration Friday – Sunday, April 16 – 18. Registration begins in February on ePetrel. Reunions include Spirit of the '60s (reunion for '60 and '65), Psychedelic '70s (reunion for '70 and '75), '80s Blast-Off (reunion for '80 and '85), Party Like it's 1990-something (reunion for '90 and '95), Young Alumni Club party (reunion for classes '00 and '05), All Athletic Reunion, Alpha Sigma Tau 10-year anniversary. Some other highlights of the weekend include:
Carillon Ceremony: Here’s your chance to climb the Lupton Bell Tower! Reunion classes have the opportunity to ring the bells. The Carillon Ceremony has become one of the most treasured traditions during Senior Week at OU, and now alumni can participate during Alumni Weekend. Add your name to the leather-bound book of climbers.
175th Anniversary Gala and Awards Banquet: Join classmates as OU celebrates its 175th anniversary and honors its 2010 Alumni Award winners and faculty. OU has always attracted outstanding students and faculty members who make the university a truly distinctive place. Join the Alumni Board in celebrating our past and present faculty members by personally thanking and honoring them for their time, commitment and dedication to the students and campus community.
The Founding of Oglethorpe University and the History of the Atlanta Campus: Paul Hudson ’72, historian laureate of OU, who prepared the nomination for the university's appointment to the National Register of Historic Places leads this fascinating discussion about the history of OU in Midway - now known as Milledgeville, Ga. --- and its move to the present location in Atlanta.
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art: Don't miss OUMA's spring exhibit, Henri Matisse, A Celebration of French Poets and Poetry. Join Lloyd Nick, director of OUMA, for a one-hour lecture.
The Gray Stone and Mortar Ring Ceremony: Join alumni and members of the junior and senior classes for the unveiling of OU’s 175th anniversary class ring and participate in the first OU ring ceremony. This will be an ongoing annual tradition celebrated during Alumni Weekend.
Oglethorpe Day 2010
On Wednesday, February 10, OU will celebrate Oglethorpe Day, in honor of James Edward Oglethorpe, the college’s namesake and founder of Georgia. The celebration will begin at 11:45 a.m. with a bagpipe summons on the Academic Quadrangle, followed by the Petrels of Fire Race at noon. Students participating in the race will try to run the 270-yard loop around campus before the last carillon bell tolls at noon.
After the race, the bagpiper will lead the crowd into the Conant Performing Arts Center for Convocation and a conversation with Ted Turner and Dr. Larry Schall. Following Convocation, a Southern, all-Georgia lunch will be served in the Emerson Student Center. To RSVP for Oglethorpe Day events, register online or call 404-364-8893. RSVP required.
Jimmy Carter To Visit Campus
As part of OU's Rikard Lecture Series, former President Jimmy Carter will be on campus for a conversation about the work of the Carter Center followed by a question-and-answer session. Join us Wednesday, February 16, 2 p.m. at the Conant Performing Arts Center. Alumni and their guests will receive complimentary admission. Click here to RSVP. You must RSVP to attend.
Chick-fil-A Night at January 22 basketball game
Alumni and their guests are invited to join us for Chick-fil-A Night on Friday, January 22, 6 - 10 p.m. Stop by the special alumni section and enjoy complimentary Chick-fil-A sandwiches. The evening will also include a guest appearance by the Chick-fil-A cow himself, giveaways and more. A fun way to spend a Friday night! Register online or call 404-364-8893.
James Edward Oglethorpe's Homeland
The Alumni Office will celebrate OU's 175th anniversary throughout the year with special events and activities.
In May, there will be an opportunity designed to build additional excitement around this important anniversary. From May 21-28, 2010, join alumni, retired faculty and friends by traveling to England on a customized educational trip. The first deposit is due Thursday, January 14.
Over eight days, we will follow the path of James Edward Oglethorpe's life in England and learn more about the man who founded Georgia. This trip will be a wonderful way to celebrate Oglethorpe's British heritage and will be a memorable experience for all who participate. Click here for the full itinerary and additional information.
Annual Directors Gala at OU Museum of Art
Alumni and their guests are invited to attend the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art's Annual Directors Gala: A Night with Matisse on Saturday, January 16, 7:30 p.m. Festivities will begin with cocktails in the museum surrounded by works of the French artist. Attendees will enjoy an exclusive preview of the exhibition. Dinner, a silent auction and a theatre performance will follow in the Jesse S. Hall reading room of the Philip Weltner Library's first floor. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the museum's award to its inaugural honoree Liane Levetan, former chief executive officer for DeKalb County. Insight into Matisse's art will be given by Lloyd Nick, director of OUMA, following dinner. Price is $125 per person, but discounted to $100 per person for alumni and the OU community. Seating is limited. Black tie optional. RSVP to 404-364-8551. There is also a Gala After Party from 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. which includes dancing, music by OURadio DJs, wine, beer, Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream bar. The after party price is $25 per ticket for those not attending the gala.
For more information, call 404-364-8551 or visit the OU website (keyword: museum)
Vote Now for the Greatest Moment in Oglethorpe Athletics History!
Check out a listing of the nominations submitted by Oglethorpe alums and fans. Then be sure to cast your vote today.
Voting will continue until February 11, and OU will begin announcing the Top 10 Moments every Friday, starting with moment #10 on Friday, February 12. The #1 moment will be announced at the Alumni Awards Banquet April 17 during Alumni Weekend.
Wanted: 2,000 Facebook Fans
OU currently has approximately 1,350 fans on the Oglethorpe University Fan Page. Help us reach 2,000 fans! The 2,000th fan will receive a gift basket full of OU gear compliments of the Alumni Office. Spread the word and get your Facebook friends to join! Fans include alumni, parents, faculty, staff and students - anyone who wants to keep up with the latest OU news. The web address for the Fan Page is www.facebook.com/oglethorpeuniversity.
OU's First Lady Giving Away $100 a Day
Betty Londergan, the wife of OU's president Dr. Lawrence M. Schall, has kicked off 2010 with a New Year's resolution of 365 days of putting her money where her mouth is. This year, she will contribute $100 (money left to her by her dad) a day to an evolving and eclectic array of charities, many of them suggested by blog readers. Check out Betty's blog What Gives: 365 Days of Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is. Write to her about a cause you would like her to consider supporting one of these days. There are 354 more causes that will benefit from Betty's generosity this year.