Welcome Alumni!

All Oglethorpe graduates are automatically members of the OU Alumni Association. Now is your chance to get involved, stay connected with the university and expand your alumni network!

Join us at our alumni events throughout the year, volunteer to make an impact on current students or serve in a leadership role in one of our boards, councils or program planning committees. And don’t forget to support the university by making a gift to the Annual Fund.

Alumni participation counts and helps the university with our national rankings. With over 12,000 alumni, Stormy Petrels all over the world are Making a Life, Making a Living and Making a Difference.

Alumni Stories

Class Notes

The alumni updates listed here have been submitted since January 1, 2023.

Tell us about a new job, promotion, news coverage, award, government appointment, wedding, birth of a child, or other noteworthy milestone. We want to keep your classmates up to date on your latest news and celebrate your accomplishments!

Rachel Roller ’17 recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a master’s in industrial/organizational psychology and started a new career as a people analyst. She moved to Durham, NC with her partner Matt and they are set to be married in early 2024.

Rosemary Hale Surace ’16
Rosemary Hale Surace ’16

Rosemary Hale Surace ’16 recently published a textbook on the treatment of chronic pain and other psychosomatic conditions using yoga psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is currently a primary care psychologist in the Indianapolis area.

Jewel Thompson ’10
Jewel Thompson ’10

Jewel Thompson ’10 is Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Ashesi University. She recently received a $100,000 grant to develop a learning platform for West African women entrepreneurs, and was recently honored among Georgia State University’s 40 Under 40.

JoAnn Tippett ’04 currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her husband Matt, who is a retired Army Medic. She recently began her career as an Employment Consultant at Strive Colorado, providing different types of vocationally based employment related services to individuals with developmental disabilities. In her spare time, she spends time with her 3 dogs: Samson, Bailey, and Herbie.

Kimberly Barrett Strickland ’84 has recently moved back to Georgia, after 36 years away, to be closer to her family. She is now teaching at Augusta Technical College. While previously living in Utah, Kimberly earned a master’s and doctorate in technical writing at Utah State University.

Chris Raths ’81 has recently retired. He has volunteered regularly at a half-way house for the last several years, and is an avid runner. Last year he ran up Pike’s Peak, and hiked 1,800 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He will be completing the trail through New Hampshire and Maine in June before driving and camping his way to Alaska.

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