July Alumni eNewsletter

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July 9, 2024


Thank You!

Thank you to the many alumni who made donations to Oglethorpe over the 2023-24 fiscal year. Each contribution makes a difference for Oglethorpe students and will help to ensure that OU can continue to offer incredible opportunities for all to follow their passions and to become leaders. Thank you for investing in the next generation of Petrels!

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New staff member joins Alumni team

Later this month alumna Alyssa Merletti ’23 will join the staff of the Office of Alumni Engagement. Learn more about her and join us in welcoming her back to OU!

Read more >

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Alumni day at the Atlanta Braves

Join fellow Oglethorpe Alumni on Sunday, September 29 at Truist Park to cheer on the Atlanta Braves as they take on the Kansas City Royals at 3:20 p.m. Your ticket includes admission to the game and a $20 credit that can be used at the Concessions Stands or Clubhouse Store. 

Learn more and sign up >

Graphic promoting Alumni Day at the Braves, September 29, 2004.

Class Notes

News and updates about your classmates.  

Cody Partin ’02 has been named the incoming leader of the Cox Family Office and will succeed Sandy Schwartz, who is retiring at the end of the year.

JoAnn Tippett ’04 was recently accepted into Colorado Mountain College and will return to school in August to earn her associate’s degree in paralegal studies.

Carly Hallman ’08 has joined Braviant Holdings, LLC, as Vice President of Marketing.

Jose Franco ’18 and Milena Walch ’19 were married in Athens, GA, surrounded by family and friends. Several Oglethorpe Alumni were present, including some of Jose’s Delta Sigma Phi brothers. Dr. Milena Walch Franco graduated from UGA’s Veterinary School of Medicine in May 2023 and now resides in Atlanta, GA, where she is a veterinarian for VCA Animal Hospital. Jose Franco runs his own tax accounting firm in Atlanta, serving hundreds of clients each year.

Wynne Kelly ’24 and Chloe Campbell ’24 have been cast in the Actor’s Express production of Cabaret

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:

Jane Reynolds Sterne ’68
Sheryl Moreland Slate ’77
Debra K. Schreiber ’82
Carol Lynne “Lindy” Wine ’94

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! 


Housing scholarship endowment established to assist new students
Juneteenth celebration creates meaningful conversations and cultural appreciation
OU alum and museum director discuss accessibility at national conference
Business student builds meaningful relationships at nonprofit internship
Over 100 Stormy Petrels named to Southern Athletics Association’s 2024 Academic Honor Roll

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Upcoming Campus and Community Events

OUMA Exhibition: The Gaze, July 12 – December 1

“The Gaze” exhibit is presented in collaboration with The Ikouii Creative, the exhibit features works from artists living with and without disability and illustrates themes of ableism, advocacy and inclusion.

Learn more >

Oglethorpe University Presidential Inauguration, September 19-20

All alumni are invited back to campus this fall to attend the investiture ceremony for Dr. Kathryn McClymond, 18th president of the university. There are many events surrounding the ceremony, including a campus service project, faculty lecture and celebration lunch.

Make plans to attend >

Stay Connected
Networking on LinkedIn? Be sure to join the OU Alumni group and follow the Oglethorpe University LinkedIn page.