September 2023 Alumni eNewsletter

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September 12, 2023


New scholarship supports student’s study abroad experience

Shae-Elise Dixon ’24 will be studying abroad in South Korea this fall, aided by a recent donation from alumna Misty Hood Whitlock ’00 and her husband Kyle Whitlock to fund a study abroad scholarship.

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Kyle and Misty Whitlock ’00 (right) met on campus with Oglethorpe Interim President Dr. Kathryn McClymond and Shae-Elise Dixon ’24 this summer, ahead of Dixon’s study abroad experience.

Welcome new Alumni Board leadership

The start of a new academic year brings new leadership on the Alumni Board. Learn more about the volunteers serving your Alumni Association and the ways you can get involved.

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Exterior of the Cousins Center for Science and Innovation

Nominate outstanding alumni

The Alumni Association annually presents four Alumni Awards honoring the significant accomplishments and contributions of alumni to the university, community and professional fields. Applications are now open for these four awards. Read more about the award criteria, and nominate outstanding alumni by October 31!

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Mark DeLong ’03 receives the Belle Turner Lynch ’61 Spirit of Oglethorpe Award from Richard Bakare.

Save the date for key alumni events

The annual Boar’s Head Evening of Enchantment is taking place December 1, 2023, and Alumni Weekend will take place on April 19-20, 2024. There are several other alumni events scheduled throughout the year, and we hope to see you on campus soon!

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Alumni gather at the Boar's Head Evening of Enchantment event.

Alumni gather to cheer on Atlanta United

Thanks to those who came out for Alumni Day at Atlanta United. The pre-game tailgate offered great opportunities for alumni to reconnect with one another in a laid-back environment.

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Alumni gather at a tailgate before the Atlanta United game.

Get involved in the Fall Career Fair

Oglethorpe will host its Fall Career Fair on October 26, and prospective employers are invited to learn more! If your company is interested in attending the Career Fair to market upcoming internships and/or job opportunities, please contact the Oglethorpe Career Development team to learn more about how your company can network with and recruit OU students.

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Students network with employers at the Career Fair

Did you know?

Every gift to Oglethorpe – large or small – is critically important to student life and wellness, academics, and every other aspect of the unique Oglethorpe experience. Annual gifts from alumni support research uncovering the next discovery, scholarships to ensure the best and brightest can succeed, and top faculty to educate future leaders and advance new fields. You can support the area of campus that means the most to you to help Oglethorpe students thrive.

Make your gift to Oglethorpe today >


Emily G. Hewitt ’22: Individual champions crowned at 2023 FEI North American Youth Dressage Championships presented by USDF

Jen Riley ’10: New full time faculty members to join Vanderbilt Business in fall 2023

John Dale “JD” Hester ’95: Columbus is getting a minor league soccer team

Sharon Rudy Moskowitz ’82: Meet Sharon Moskowitz


McClymond speaks on value of DEI to the regional economy

Oglethorpe partners with TheDream.US to welcome new “Dreamers” to campus

This Mexican artist is spotlighting immigrants in the South

The Princeton Review names Oglethorpe University to 2024 ‘Best Colleges’ list

Hello, fall 2023! Petrels return to campus for the new academic year

Oglethorpe welcomes Uzbekistan educators in State Department-funded program

Oglethorpe Counseling Center introduces new after-hours service

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Class Notes

News and updates submitted by your classmates.  

Yetty Arp ’68 received the Phoenix Award at the Atlanta REALTORS® Association’s Top Producers Awards Gala for having achieved Top Producer status for 10 years. Yetty has also previously been recognized with the Association’s Life Member status for her expertise in the industry.

Amanda Paetz Hiner ’91 was recently awarded Winthrop University’s 2023 Faculty Scholarship Excellence Award. Dr. Hiner recently published British Women Satirists in the Long Eighteenth Century with Cambridge University Press and specializes in eighteenth-century satire, British women writers, and critical thinking theory and pedagogy.

Brittany Parris ’06 has accepted a new position within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Following nearly 14 years with the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, where she served as an Archivist and most recently as Supervisory Archivist, Parris accepted a position this summer with NARA as an Electronic Records Archives (ERA) Program Management Specialist.

Irasema Gonzalez ’08 recently opened her own company as an entrepreneur, Hispanic/minority woman leader, and home-based business owner. Through her work with Irasema Multilingual Communication Consulting, she is focused on helping businesses expand their reach and connect with diverse audiences by creating effective communication strategies that bridge cultural gaps and enhance global engagement.

Balbir Singh ’12 has joined the faculty at Mount Holyoke College as an assistant professor and is teaching a seminar course on stereotyping and prejudice this fall.

Anna Gandy Walters ’18 was recently promoted to the Gun Violence Task Force at Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she prosecutes firearms related charges with an eye toward systemic gang violence and reducing gun crime throughout the city.

Amber Phillips ’23 has recently been named marketing coordinator at Bon Appetit Management Company for Oxford College at Emory University. 

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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

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.


Upcoming Campus and Community Events

Now through October 15, OUMA Exhibitions
Three exhibitions are currently showing at OUMA, including “HeartBound Ministries: Art from the Inside,” an exhibition of paintings and sculptures designed and created by artists currently serving time in the Georgia prison system; “Fritz Paul Zimmer, 50th Anniversary Exhibition,” drawn from the archives of the Philip Weltner Library; and “Yehimi Cambrón: Documenting the Undocumented in the South,” exploring personal and political struggles of what it means to be an immigrant.
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September 21, Taste Brookhaven
Taste Brookhaven features a lineup of bites from your favorite Brookhaven restaurants, an open bar with specialty cocktails, live music from The Bourbon Brothers, and more – with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! Use promo code GOPETRELS for a discounted ticket.
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Stormy Petrels fall sports are in action!
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Stay Connected
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