November 2023 Alumni eNewsletter

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November 14, 2023


Board of Trustees Names Dr. Kathryn McClymond Oglethorpe’s 18th President

The Oglethorpe University Board of Trustees voted unanimously during its fall meeting Nov. 9-10 to approve Dr. Kathryn McClymond as the institution’s 18th president, removing “interim” from her title effective immediately.

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Dr. Kathryn McClymond

Brian Davis ’94 shares expertise with current students

Students in Oglethorpe’s MBA program, as well as several student-athletes interested in business careers, had the opportunity to hear from an entrepreneur and corporate leader when alumnus Brian Davis ’94 returned to campus.

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Brian Davis '94 meets with students

Alumna plays pivotal role in archiving Dr. Bob Steen’s collection of Japanese artifacts

Thanks to the efforts of alumna Caitlin Marshall ’21, Steen’s legacy will continue to educate future generations of students who are able to engage with his collection.

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Eli Arnold with alumna Caitlyn Marshall '21

Oglethorpe celebrates Philanthropy Week

This week, activities across campus are highlighting the importance of philanthropy and giving back. Students have access to engaging alumni panelists, can take advantage of opportunities to share their thanks, and are learning about philanthropy and volunteerism in a variety of areas thanks to many alumni volunteers supporting events this week. There are numerous ways for alumni to volunteer in the months ahead.
Let us know if you’re interested in learning more!

Gratitude Garden

Show your support on GivingTuesday

Calling all Oglethorpe Alumni! GivingTuesday is the largest global day of generosity of the year. On GivingTuesday, November 28, people are encouraged to do good and give back. Petrels are generous to many important causes in their communities, and we hope you’ll include Oglethorpe in your giving plans this GivingTuesday. The amount you give is up to you. Participation is what matters most. To be a part of this movement, mark GivingTuesday on your calendar and help make an impactful change for all members of the OU community!

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See you at Boar’s Head!

The Alumni Association invites you to our annual Evening of Holiday Enchantment on December 1. Reconnect with friends and toast the season with our special Petrel Jingle Juice. You’re also invited to stay for the annual Boar’s Head Concert. Tickets are limited and must be reserved in advance.

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Alumni gather at the Boar's Head holiday celebration.


Ricky Traylor ’88: Shelton, Traylor share their visions for Rosman

Balbir Singh ’12New faculty: Balbir Singh

Nicole Kang Ahn ’13: MINT Presents: Worth the Weight


Coca-Cola Foundation sees results from investment in first-generation students

Music and Culture students experience the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Oglethorpe biology majors explore healthcare careers through simulation program

Petrels plan for post-graduation at annual Career and Grad Fair

Petrels celebrate Atlanta Pride 2023

Theatre major Tatum McBride, Oglethorpe Theatre nominated for Suzi Bass Awards

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Class Notes

News and updates submitted by your classmates.  

Chris Raths ’81 recently completed hiking the Appalachian Trail. (View a photo of this milestone on the Class Notes webpage.)

Sharon Moskowitz ’82, art consultant with Explore Brookhaven, recently accepted a proclamation from Brookhaven Mayor, John Ernst, designating October 2023 as Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Month. This proclamation recognizes the City of Brookhaven, Georgia for its rich artistic heritage and specifically encourages greater community participation in taking action to promote the arts and humanities in Brookhaven.

Myers Brown ’93 was recently named executive director of Belmont Mansion on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Myers previously served as director of archival collection services and chief historian at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Roderick Trujillo ’19 attended Georgia State’s College of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2022. He is now an Associate Attorney at Greene Legal Group, LLC. He got married in November 2023, and he and his wife are in a punk rock band called Pull No Punches.

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In Memory
Oglethorpe mourns the loss of members of our alumni family and former faculty.

We’ve recently learned of the passing of these alumni:
Sarah Lefkoff Berlin ’35
Sandra E. Ellenburg-Dorsey ’64
Jane Lee Connor Sexton ’65
Virginia Anderson Marlowe ’69
Rebecca McAmis ’82
Eric Quinn ’13

A full list of 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

December 1, Boar’s Head Evening of Holiday Enchantment

Save the date to join your fellow alumni at our annual Alumni Holiday Party, toast the season, and celebrate the Oglethorpe tradition of Boar’s Head. RSVP today >

December 13, Oglethorpe Alumni Virtual Book Club

Hosted by Richard Bakare ’03, the virtual book club will meet on December 13 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. To join in the discussion, please register through the online Bookclubs Community. Sign up now >

February 9, Save the Date: Alumni Basketball Tailgate

Whether you are a former basketball team member or a Petrel fan (or both), join us for a tailgate in conjunction with the Women’s and Men’s Basketball games. More details to come!

April 19-20, Save the Date: Alumni Weekend

Mark your calendars for this signature event and make plans to return to campus for Alumni Weekend! Stay tuned for more information in the new year.

Upcoming Campus and Community Events

November 1-January 21, OUMA Exhibition | Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection

The featured prints were created from the mid 1980s to the mid 2000s and are inspired by ideals of the Chicano movement. Works in the exhibition focus on five themes: Identity; Struggle; Tradition, Culture, Memory; Icons; and Other Voices. Learn more >

Stormy Petrels

Our Stormy Petrel sports are in full swing. View their schedules >

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Stay Connected
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