May 2023 Alumni eNewsletter

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May 9, 2023


Alumni Weekend Highlights

Thank you to the hundreds of Oglethorpe alumni, families, faculty, and staff that joined together on campus for an unforgettable Alumni Weekend! Check out the weekend’s photos, videos, and more.

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Alumni with Petey at the 2023 Alumni Weekend picnic.

Oglethorpe University announces leadership transition

The Oglethorpe University Board of Trustees announced at its spring meeting that President Nick Ladany will resign his position as president effective June 2, 2023.  Dr. Kathryn McClymond, who currently serves as provost, has been selected to serve as interim president. We are grateful for President Ladany’s leadership and wish him well in his new endeavor.

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Carillon bells atop Lupton Hall

Class of 1973 inducted into the Golden Petrel Society

Alumni Weekend and reunion celebrations are all about rekindling connections that last a lifetime. This year, graduates of 1973 enjoyed a special celebration as they were officially inducted into the Golden Petrel Society, commemorating their 50th class reunion.

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Members of the Golden Petrel society seated at awards ceremony.

Student Spotlight: Seniors celebrate Destination Day

OU seniors took a moment to share their post-graduation plans at Oglethorpe Career Development “Destination Day,” a celebration of graduating Petrels. This Facebook reel highlights some of their exciting plans.

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Screen shot of Facebook reel showing student speaking.

Volunteer opportunity: Class of 2023 Carillon Ceremony 

We’re looking for volunteers to help us welcome the newest members into the OU Alumni Association! On Thursday, May 18, the class of 2023 will be celebrated with our traditional Carillon Ceremony and champagne toast. This event is expected to run from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and volunteer shifts will be available. Please complete the Alumni Volunteer Form to express interest in helping with this event.

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Female student rings the Carillon Bell


Gillian Rabin ’19: Meet Gillian Rabin

Derrick Grissom ’09: Derrick Grissom’s book “Limitless” will be exhibited at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Karen Head ’98: Augusta University announces new associate provost for faculty affairs

Cameron Bready ’94: Global Payments announces CEO succession plan

Carol Lusk ’92: Business faculty member receives grant for research

Greg Adams ’79: Heart Care at Tanner gets a new name; Adams Heart Center dedicated


2023 Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium in review

Trophy case dedication highlights OU athletics history, donor support 

Video: Studio Art major helps preserve historic Atlanta estate


News and updates submitted by your classmates.  

Danyelle Briggs ’22 is a middle school teacher with KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools. She has recently finished her first year as a teacher resident while receiving her Master of Arts in Teaching. She has been offered a full-time lead teacher position beginning in the fall teaching underserved communities.

Deanna Ashworth Smith ’15 received her master’s degree from the University of Denver in library and information science, with a focus in data management and archiving. She was recently promoted to the lead archivist and collections manager at the Powell Museum and Archives in Page, Arizona, a partner of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Christopher Huff ’12 is the diversion and reentry policy analyst with Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago. He is overseeing the planning of the 2023 Access Living Accessible Public Safety Conference in June 2023, which will deliver a robust and cohesive set of disability-centered community support services to prevent people with disabilities from encountering the American criminal system and better support them in sustaining progress in the community.

Alec B. Prince ’11 will graduate in May 2023 from Georgia State University with a Master of Science degree in clinical mental health counseling. In the fall, he will join GSU’s Counselor Education and Practice Ph.D. program.

Kristi Dosh ’03 has signed with a publisher for her debut novel, which will be published under the pen name Savannah Carlisle. Harpeth Road Press will publish Savannah Carlisle’s debut romantic fiction title in the summer of 2024.

Ron Bennett ’92 joined the City of Johns Creek as Assistant City Manager in February of 2023. Prior to joining the City, Ron was a partner in the law firm of Carothers & Mitchell. There he represented many local governments over the course of 18 years, including Johns Creek, Flowery Branch and Bethlehem. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is a certified mediator registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.

Ted Kallman ’68 has recently had his historical monograph, “The Kingdom of God Is at Hand, The Christian Commonwealth in Georgia, 1896-1901” published by The University of Georgia Press. He continues to teach history online at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. His first grandson, Theo Robert Meyer, was born on September 9, 2021.

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We want to hear from you! Tell us about a new job, promotion, award, wedding, birth or adoption, or other noteworthy milestone. We want to keep your classmates up to date on your latest news and celebrate your accomplishments! 


May 20, Oglethorpe Commencement
Congratulations to the Class of 2023! We look forward to seeing these talented graduates at our alumni activities very soon!

Through May 21, Art Pop Up + Shop
Art Pop Up + Shop in Town Brookhaven numerous local artists, including Oglethorpe alumna Camille Braithwaite ’20. The event is organized by Sharon Moskowitz ’82 of srmARTconnect.

June 17, Sip Brookhaven
Sip your way into a relaxed evening with live music, cocktails, beer, wine, art, and more! Sip Brookhaven takes place on the quad at Oglethorpe University from 3-6 p.m. OU Alumni can receive a discount on tickets. Use code PETREL at checkout for $5 off.
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