The Flying Petrel eNews | March



OU celebrates Alumni Weekend in April

Meet your classmates for this year’s Alumni Weekend and 175th Anniversary Celebration Friday – Sunday, April 16 – 18. Register today on ePetrel

If you register by March 15, you'll be entered into a drawing for a complimentary roundtrip from AirTran that you can use after Alumni Weekend. 

Alumni Weekend will include:

  • All-Athletic Reunions
  • Archival Display
  • Decade reunions
  • A chance to go back to class
  • OU history discussion with Paul Hudson '72
  • Stomp the Lawn band party
  • And much more!

See a complete schedule. Next week, look for a special edition of The Flying Petrel eNews | Alumni Weekend Preview.

Celebrate OU's 175th anniversary in Savannah

The OU community is invited to a weekend in Savannah. A wonderful weekend is planned - full of history, fun, Spanish moss, cobblestones, gorgeous architecture and Southern food. Mark your calendars: Friday, September 24 - 26. View the full itinerary

Celebrate Women's History Month with Dr. Bernice A. King

OU welcomes Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, the youngest child of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the president-elect of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,  on Monday, March 15, 4 - 6 p.m., at Conant Performing Arts Center on OU's campus. Brought to campus by Oglethorpe Women's Network (OWN), the event is co-sponsored by OU's Center for Civic Engagement and the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program. The event is open to the public. RSVP online

OU named to President Obama's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

For the fourth consecutive year, OU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2009) by the Corporation for National and Community Service. OU's selection to the Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of OU's commitment to service and civic engagement on campus and in the nation. Every September, OU's Center for Civic Engagement completes the application that outlines its collective efforts.

Mondays in March: Martinis with Matisse

The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art is hosting Mondays in March: Martinis with Matisse. For just $15 per person, the evenings of March 8, 15, 22 and 29 will include hors d'oeuvres by various Atlanta restaurants, two drink tickets and admission to Henri Matisse: A Celebration of French Poets & Poetry. Limited tickets available.

Phoenix Flies Presents Historic Tours at OU

The Atlanta Preservation Center presents the 7th Annual Phoenix Flies: A Citywide Celebration of Living Landmarks from March 6-22, that offers tours of 40+ historic landmarks in the Atlanta area including OU. Guided tours led by Paul Hudson '72 will feature Lupton, Hearst and Lowry Halls which date from 1915 -1931. The one-hour tours will conclude in the OU Museum of Art for a tour of the current Matisse exhibition. The OU tours are Fridays, March 12 and 19 at 10:30 a.m.  More info....

Wanted: 2,000 Facebook Fans

OU currently has just over 1,700 fans on the Oglethorpe University Fan Page. Help us reach 2,000 fans. It's a great way to stay in-the-know about what's happening at OU.

The 2,000th fan will receive a gift basket full of OU gear compliments of the Alumni Office. Spread the word: the web address for the Fan Page is   

OU students choose the "Alternative" for Spring Break

A group of OU students will spend their spring break on Tybee Island and Savannah, Ga., as part of Alternative Spring Break March 20 - 25. Sponsored by the OU Center for Civic Engagement, projects are related these key focus areas: homelessness and hunger, education, environmental stewardship, and health and wellness.  

Alumni (and their families) living in Savannah are invited to join OU students for a Beach Sweep on Sunday, March 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Tybee Island. The Alumni Office will sponsor a lunch for the students, staff and alumni. Alumni interested in partcipating can
email the Alumni Office.

Kendra King book signing

Join OU professor Kendra King, associate professor of politics at OU, and director of Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program, for a book signing of African American Politics on Friday, April 9, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the OU Museum of Art. Refreshments will be served.

Her book provides an in-depth examination of the political successes and setbacks of the African-Americans as it relates to the American political system. Other topics the book explores include the politics of hip hop, black mega-churches, the historic election of Barack Obama and the rise of New School Leaders.

Relay For Life comes to OU

Support The American Cancer Society’s Atlanta Relay For Life on campus Friday, April 9, 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. by joining the Oglethorpe team, creating a team with your organization or volunteering at the event. To learn more about getting involved with Relay, contact Kimber Tate in the Center for Civic Engagement at 404-504-1975.

OU student wins national recognition for service

First-year student Morgan Coffey '13 was named to the Girls Scouts of the USA's 2009 National Young Women of Distinction. Coffey started the Victim Support Initiative and Change in a Bag to help support victims of abuse. She also founded Stronghold Atlanta to help women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Career Info

Be sure to join the Oglethorpe University LinkedIn group. You can post jobs and search for positions under the "Jobs" tab in the Oglethorpe University group.

Celebrate Women's History Month with Dr. Bernice A. King
3/15/2010 4:00 PM

Rikard Lecture with Kevin Hall '85
4/15/2010 4:30 PM

Book Club with Dr. Brightman
4/15/2010 7:15 PM

Alumni Weekend '10

Gray Stone and Mortar Ring Ceremony and Brunch
4/18/2010 11:00 AM


Golden Petrel Luncheon following Commencement

175th Anniversary Celebration in Savannah

Share your news with the Alumni Office and be included in the spring Carillon.
Everyone who submits a class note this month online will be entered into a drawing for some great OU gear.

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Baseball Team Off To Best Start in Modern Era

As the playing fields begin to thaw from a bitter winter, the Oglethorpe University baseball team is enjoying it’s hottest spring start to a season since the Stormy Petrels joined the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in 1991.

The Petrels, guided by head coach Dan Giordano '02, are off to a scintillating 6-1 start to surpass the 1995 and 2002 baseball teams who began the season with a 5-1 mark. Oglethorpe is piling up the wins in dramatic fashion, too, as already twice on the young season the Petrels have sent the Anderson Field crowd home happy after walk-off homeruns.

Senior Brendan Pilger got the party started for the Petrels by winning the season opener against Maryville with a three-run walk-off homer in the final inning to lift Oglethorpe by the score of 8-7. Oglethorpe followed the season opening dramatics by winning three straight road games over Emory (13-8 victory), Piedmont (6-2 victory) and Atlanta Christian (11-2 victory) before returning home to sweep Washington and Lee in a two-game series.

The Petrels fell behind the Generals 7-4 in the first game of the set before scoring ten unanswered runs to win going away, 14-7. Game two of the series will likely go down in Oglethorpe lore as an all-time classic comeback. Trailing 10-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Petrels plated a run to make the score 10-7 and then loaded the bases against the Generals. Sophomore catcher Joseph Parillo was called upon to pinch hit for his first at bat of the season and he did not disappoint: Parillo lined a 2-1 fastball over the left field fence for a walk-off grand slam and an improbable 11-10 Oglethorpe victory that sent the Anderson Field faithful into a frenzy.

The Diamond Petrels will continue the non-conference slate of their schedule before squaring off with Rhodes College in Tennessee for a three game series beginning March 20.

New athletics website

Visit for all your OU athletic news! This new and exciting site includes all calendars, news and other important Stormy Petrels info to keep you in-the-know.

The countdown to Number 1 begins

You've made the nominations and cast your votes. Now it's time to start unveiling the Top 10 Greatest Moments in OU Athletic History as voted on by Stormy Petrel fans and alumni across the country. Every Friday, OU Athletics will announce the Top 10 moments on the new athletics website (and on Facebook).

Check out the Top 10, 9 and 8 moments!

The Number 1 moment will be revealed during
Alumni Weekend on Saturday, April 17, during Dinner in Dorough: Stormy Petrel Athletic Buffet. Make your reservation now for Dinner in Dorough.

The Alumni Office is online!

Join us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

OU joins blogworld

Check out OU's blog and encourage others to become followers of it. Check it out for the latest news and on-campus thoughts. 

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

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.

Rich History

OU has such a rich history. Be sure to check out archival photos in Philip Weltner Library's Digital Collection. Browse through archival photos of athletics, campus, buildings and campus life in the '50s.

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.
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