February 2024 Alumni eNewsletter

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February 13, 2024


OU Giving Day is tomorrow!

February 14 is our third annual OU Giving Day! You can participate by making a gift to one of four featured projects, or any area of campus you are passionate about. Through special giving day challenges—including a $10,000 matching challenge from President McClymond—the impact of your gift will be multiplied! Learn more and make your gift tomorrow on the OU Giving Day website. Follow along on social media throughout the day for progress updates and fun glimpses into how the OU community is celebrating OU Giving Day.

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Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The 2024 Alumni Awards and Athletics Hall of Fame inductees were recently announced. These dedicated and talented Petrels will be honored at the Alumni Awards and Athletics Hall of Fame Reception and Ceremony during Alumni Weekend.

Read about the Alumni Award honorees and Athletics Hall of Fame inductees.

Register to attend Alumni Weekend >

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Award-winning writer Willie Perdomo to headline new Oglethorpe Out Loud poetry series

Oglethorpe will welcome award-winning writer and former State Poet of New York Willie Perdomo for the inaugural event for the Oglethorpe Out Loud series. Established recently by a gift from alumna Leah Hughes ’88, Oglethorpe Out Loud will bring esteemed poets to campus each year to increase Oglethorpe students’ exposure to contemporary creative writers.

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Kristi Dosh ’03 and OU volleyball player Laney Higgins are trendsetters for women in sports marketing

Oglethorpe sophomore volleyball defensive specialist Laney Higgins connected with a national name, image, likeness (NIL) legal expert and former Oglethorpe cheerleader Kristi Dosh ’03. Both have become leaders in the NIL sports marketing industry, linked by their passion for sports and Oglethorpe University.

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Upcoming Alumni Events

Oglethorpe Night at Top Golf, February 28

Join Dr. McClymond and fellow alumni for a night at Top Golf in Alpharetta. Kick off the evening with an opportunity to hear from the university president over appetizers, and then join your fellow Petrels in a game of Top Golf.

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Beakers and Brews STEM Alumni Reunion, March 1

All Science and Mathematics alumni are invited to return to campus on March 1 to reconnect with former faculty members and each other. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to meet current faculty members and hear the latest updates from campus.

Learn more and RSVP >

Alumni Weekend, April 19-20

One of the highlights of the spring is Alumni Weekend, and we can’t wait to welcome alumni back to campus! The schedule highlights are available on the website and registration is open now. Make plans to join your fellow Petrels and register today!

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Donald Rubin ’56: Rubin Museum, Haven for Asian Art, to Close After 20 Years

Carol Morgan ’89: Denim Marketing Celebrates 25 Years of Cutting-Edge Marketing Excellence

Dave Pass ’98: Chamber Of Commerce Of West Alabama Presents Annual Awards

Sarah Phaff ’10: Constangy announces six new partners for 2024

Sebastian Tamayo ’18: Recognized by BestAgents.us as a 2024 Top Agent


McClymond joins WABE’s university presidents roundtable discussion of current issues

Oglethorpe Day 2024 to feature Petrels of Fire Race, DeKalb County CEO and author Michael Thurmond

Celebrating Black History Month at Oglethorpe

Oglethorpe museum announces “Contrapunto” exhibit highlighting Latino artists in Atlanta

OU students and faculty develop science demos, strengthen belonging in STEM

Oglethorpe teams up with Atlanta universities, Beltline Partnership for a day of service

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Class Notes

News and updates submitted by your classmates.  

Corwin “Mickey” Metcalf ’63 retired after 20 years with Gardner-Webb University as a Professor of Law and Management. He lives in Walkertown, NC, with his wife of 35 years and two rotten Sheep-a-doodles.

Sean-Christopher Freeman ’07 was a choreographer of the Super Bowl LVIII half-time performance.

Andrew J. Tulowitzky ’07 was named Director of Athletics at The Walker School in Marietta.

Bradley Firchow ’19 and Dylan Harper-Firchow ’19 exchanged vows at Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church on December 30, 2023, in the company of their family. After meeting in Core 202 and going on their first date as juniors at OU, they are excited to join the ranks of fellow Petrel Pairs.

View more Class Notes online >

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:

Dr. Hines Lawrence Wommack ’57
Eric M. Scharff ’63
Renee S. King ’09

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 Campus and Community Events

“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” February 17 – March 3

Oglethorpe University and Actor’s Express are teaming up again to co-produce the West End smash hit musical, “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” the story of a teenager who must overcome his naysayers to become a fabulous drag queen. Nine Oglethorpe Theatre students have been cast in the production, as well as one alumna and 22 students in the crew. Learn more and get tickets >

OUMA Exhibition: “Contrapunto: Works by a Contemporary Latin American Artist Collective”, Feb. 16 – May 19 

The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, “Contrapunto: Works by a Contemporary Latin American Artist Collective,” is an eclectic exhibition featuring the varied contemporary styles of six artists presenting a comprehensive depiction of Latin American culture, folklore and collective history.

Learn more >

Stormy Petrels

Our Stormy Petrel sports teams are in action! View their schedules >

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Stay Connected
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