June 2024 Alumni eNewsletter

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June 13, 2024


Inauguration of Dr. Kathryn McClymond, 18th President of Oglethorpe University, September 19-20

Save the Date: Presidential Inauguration

Oglethorpe University will celebrate the investiture of Kathryn McClymond, the 18th president of the university, with a series of special events September 19-20, 2024. Alumni are invited to participate in these special events.

Learn more >

Remembering Dr. Pattillo

Dr. Manning M. Pattillo, Jr. (H) ’94, the 13th president of Oglethorpe, passed away on June 2 at the age of 104. He served as the university’s president from 1975-1988 and remained an enthusiastic supporter of the university and its students after his retirement. 

Read about his legacy >

Dr. Manning Pattillo sits at commencement in 2022.

Welcome Class of 2024

Oglethorpe’s graduating class recently celebrated the traditions of the Carillon Ceremony and Commencement – and had record-breaking participation in the Senior Class Gift campaign. Read more about these special events and welcome OU’s newest alumni!

Commencement celebration >

Graduates process along the sidewalk.

Make your year-end gift

The university’s fiscal year ends June 30, and there’s still time to make a gift and be counted in our alumni giving rate. We need less than 170 alumni to make a gift in order to reach the participation goal!Gifts of any size, to any area of campus, make an impact.

Read more >

Gratitude Garden signs on campus during Philanthropy Week 2023

Upcoming Alumni Events

Volunteer Opportunity: Petrel Post, June 20

Alumni are invited to gather on campus in the TLCC on Thursday, June 20, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to write letters to incoming students, welcoming them to the Oglethorpe community. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

Learn more and sign up >

Alumni Summer Social, July 17

Join us at Flight Club Social Darts on Wednesday, July 17, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. for an evening filled with friendly games and opportunities to connect with fellow alumni.

Learn more and register >

Class Notes

News and updates submitted by your classmates.  

Carl David ’70 is the director of the David David Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida, and an avid musician, writer and photographer. He has also recently served on the board of directors for the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation and is an advisory board member of Impera Intelligence Group, among other community organizations.

Tiffani Hulsey Zernhelt ’02 earned an educational specialist degree from the University of West Georgia in Instructional Technology, Media, and Design.

Leslie Plotkin Bleier ’03 married Leor Bleier on January 15, 2023, in Washington, DC, surrounded by family and friends. Several of Leslie’s Tri-Sigma sisters were in attendance. The couple had a second party in Israel to celebrate with the groom’s family.

Stacey Chavis ’07 received the Millennial Award at the Unsung Heroines Gala from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter. She received this award for her excellence in service to the community.

Elim Oluwole ’19 and Rosa Fowler ’18 recently reconnected at the Georgia Department of Public Health Epidemiology Leadership Development Program at Emory University.

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:

Robert E. Hartman, Jr. ’76
Gail Flanter Lynn ’77
Sandra Whitlock Piper ’84
Jill A. Swenson ’96

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! 


Oglethorpe introduces new minor in Museum Studies

Oglethorpe partners with Emory on new pathway to Master of Nursing degree

Oglethorpe faculty and staff recognized for excellence in service, community building

Watch: Dear Professor – Dr. Karen Schmeichel and Mackenzie Roberson ’24

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Upcoming Campus and Community Events

OUMA Exhibition: The Core Self, March 14 – August 11 

A groundbreaking collaboration with Core, OUMA, and the Intercultural Center, The Core Self is a multimedia experience celebrating the unique and diverse voices and identities of Oglethorpe University students whose creative work will be on view.

Learn more >

Stay Connected
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