August 2023 Alumni eNewsletter

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August 8, 2023


Share your professional updates

We hope to facilitate networking and communications among alumni and students across related professional industries. We know that no matter their major, as liberal arts graduates, Oglethorpe alumni are capable of utilizing their skills in myriad industries after graduation. To help us update our information, please complete this brief survey to indicate your current professional industry.

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University Archives Request

If the start of a new school year has you feeling nostalgic, share your memorabilia with the Oglethorpe Library Archives. Any materials are welcome, but there is special interest in items from the 1960s and 70s, including Yamacraw or Stormy Petrel issues, items with the OU logo, or other items associated with the student experience. Photos of items can be sent to [email protected]. Physical materials can also be mailed to the university, to the attention of the University Library.

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Library archives, including a yearbook, pennant and newspaper.

Screen on the Green welcomed alumni, families

Alumni, faculty, staff, and incoming students from the class of 2027 enjoyed a screening of Back to the Future.

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Alumni and families watching a movie on the Academic Quad


Drew Findling ’81: On the run with Trump’s billion dollar lawyer

Chara F. Jackson ’94: Chara Fisher Jackson preparing children to thrive

Dina Marto ’05: Atlanta executive, businesswoman makes her mark by mentoring the next generation

Olivia Reingold ’17: My brush with Tom Wolfe

India Martin ’23: Oglethorpe grad completes competitive internship with NASCAR


Oglethorpe University featured in Fiske Guide to Colleges

Oglethorpe earns national recognition for transfer student support

Oglethorpe’s athletics website, social media hit record numbers in 2022-23

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Class Notes

News and updates submitted by your classmates.  

Aline Mello ’12 had her first poetry collection, More Salt than Diamond, published through Andrews McMeel. She is beginning her last year at The Ohio State University acquiring an MFA focusing on poetry.

Briana Lopez ’14 welcomed baby Scarlett Jade Lopez, born on 6/12/2023 in Fresno, CA. Her son AJ loves being a big brother.

Braden Draucek ’20 graduated with a master’s degree in physics from Western Michigan University in May 2023. This fall, he will be a part-time adjunct professor at Hillsdale College, teaching an introductory physics lab. He is also pursuing his Ph.D. at WMU while working as a teaching assistant.

Nyree Dowdy ’21 is an Art Bridges Fellow with the Chrysler Museum of Art. In this role she works as a liaison between the museum’s curatorial department and local HBCUs, helping to increase access to the collection through on-campus exhibitions and programming.

Mary Hill ’23 has been accepted into the Criminal Justice master’s degree program at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University. This fall, she will be a research assistant at the Offutt Lab in the cognitive sciences, Psychology Department at GSU.

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In Memory
Oglethorpe mourns the loss of members of our alumni family and former faculty. Those who have passed away are remembered here.

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! 

Upcoming Alumni Events

August 26, Alumni Night at Atlanta United
Join us for an alumni gathering before the Atlanta United game and enjoy special group seating at the game in Mercedes Benz Stadium.
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October 6, Alumni Soccer Tailgate
Whether you are a former soccer team member or a Petrel fan (or both), join us to tailgate in conjunction with the soccer games as the Petrels take on Birmingham-Southern College. More details and the link to RSVP will be forthcoming.

Upcoming Campus Events

Now through October 15, OUMA Exhibition: Fritz Paul Zimmer, 50th Anniversary Exhibition
Curated by Melissa Sagaseta ’22, this exhibition of plaster and bronze sculptures, architectural drawings, set designs, working tools and personal ephemera of former Oglethorpe Professor Fritz Paul Zimmer is drawn entirely from the archives of the Philip Weltner Library of Oglethorpe University.
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Now through October 15, OUMA Exhibition: Yehimi Cambrón: Documenting the Undocumented in the South
Through Documenting the Undocumented in the South, Cambrón’s first solo exhibition in Atlanta, her home city, she explores personal and political struggles that refuse any singular narrative of what it means to be an immigrant.
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Stormy Petrels fall sports have announced their schedules!
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See more events happening on the Oglethorpe campus >

Stay Connected
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