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OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY 





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MAT STUDENTS TEACH THE FUTURE STUDENTS ENGAGE ATLANTA, NEW ORLEANS GOLFERS HELP CHILDREN BUILD SKILLS 
SOCCER COACH LEADS LOUISIANA TRAINING CAMP PLUS: BRIGHTMAN TAKES CLASS TO NEW YORK CITY, OUMA BRINGS RODIN TO 



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< (Vol. 5, No. 1) 



Mark DeLong '03 
Kelly Robinson 



Alumn[ Board 
Communication Committee 
Joselyn Butler Baker '91 
Chip Evans '95 
Karen Head '98 
Carletca Hurt '98 
Jennifer Jones '98 
David Ross '93 

Jenifer Cooper 
CooperWorks, Inc. 

Photographers 
Edmund Bator '53 
Mark DeLong '03 
Bisell Mc'Williams '06 
Bill Brightman 

Contributing "Writers 
Bill Brightman 
Maria Osti '10 
Laura Masce 
Elizabeth Pittman 
Beth Roberts 
Hoyt Young 



Board of Trustees 2006 - 2007 
Mrs. Belle Turner Lynch '61, Chair 
Mr. Jack Guynn '05 (H), Vice Chair 
Mr. Harald R. Hansen, Treasurer 
Ms. Susan M. Soper '( 



Mr. G. Douglass Alexander '68 

Mrs. Yetty L. Arp '68 

Mr Robert E. Bowden '66 

Mrs. Martha Laird Bowen '61 

Mr. M.John Breton, III '97 

Mr. Milton C. Clipper 

Mr. 'WTlliam A. Emerson 

Mr. Norman P Findley 111 

Mr. Kevin D. Fitzpatrick, Jr '76 

Ms.JeanieF. Flohr'99 

Mr. J. Lewis Glenn '71 

Dt Joel Goldberg '00 (H) 

Mr.JamesJ.HageIow'69 

Mr James V Hartlage, Jr '65 

Dr. Kennedi K. Hutchinson '71 

Mr. 'W'arren Y Jobe 

Dr. Charles B. Knapp 

Mr. Roger A. Littell '68 

Mr William T Mullally '03 

Mr Bob T Nance '63 

MrR.D. Odom.jT 

Mrs. Laura Turner Seydel '86 

Mr. Joseph P Shelton '91 

Mr. Arnold B. Sidman 

Mr Timothy P Tassopoulos '8: 

Dr G. Gilman Watson '68 

Mr. Raymond S. Willoch 



Trustee Emeriti 
Mr Franklin L. Burke '66 
Mr. Kenneth S. Chestnut 
Mr William Goodell 
Mr. George E. Goodwin 
Mr C. Edward Hansell 
Mr Arthur Howell 
Mr. J. Smith Lanier 
Mr. James EMcLain 
Mr.JohnJ. Scalley 
Mr. O.K. Sheffield, Jr '53 

Carillon is published semiannually 
for alumni and friends of Oglethorpe 
University Oglethorpe, founded in 
1835, is a private liberal arts college 
located on Peachtree Road in the heart 
of Atlanta. 

Oglethorpe University' makes no 
distinction in its admission policies 
or procedures on grounds of age, 
race, gender, religious belief color 
sexual orientation, national origin 
or disabilit>'. 

On The Cover 

Top: Lilly Padilla '08 paints a house in 

New Orleans. 

Bottom (L to R); Tamara Nash welcomes 
students from Drew Charter and Cook 
Elementary schools to a theatre 
production; Jdonas Mikkila landscapes 
Achieve Academy: students make 
posters for an anti-violence protest in 
New Orieans. 

Read about these and other Center for 
Civic Engagement projects beginning 



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•«'riti to us! 

Have a comment about this or past 
issues? Have a ston- idea for a future 
issue of Carillon? We would love to 
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mdelongca oglethorpe.edu or Carillon, 
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Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. 

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2 President's Message 



3 News and Events 



8 Faculty Profile: Bill Brightman 



10 Center for Civic Engagement 



14 Teachers with Class 



17 Alumni Alert 



18 Class Notes 

• Future Petrels 

• Weddings 

• Alumni Updates 

• In Memoriam 



24 Archives: Ed Bator's 1950s Oglethorpe 




president's message 





This time of year, I love listening to folks make predictions 
about who will finish first in any given division in Major 
League Baseball. The National League East has always been 
my favorite division and remains so today, although I am 
working hard to switch allegiance from the Philadelphia 
Phillies, the team of my youth, to the Adanta Braves, the 
team of my older/old age. Predictions are as easy to make as 
promises. Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies first baseman, promised 
before opening day the Fightin' Phils would win the east, 
and then they promptly went out and got swept by the 
Braves. By season's end, who will remember the promise or 
anyone's prediction? 

Last April 22, I delivered my inaugural address. I doubt 
many of you have kept it posted to your refrigerator over the 
past year (Mom, I know you are the exception) checking to 
see if I did anything I said I would. But, I want to tell you I 
am checking, every day Oglethorpe University, I said, has 
a unique obligation in American higher education, derived 
from the intersection of three conditions: the visionary 
ideals and call to action of our namesake, our tradition of 
education in the liberal arts and our place in the city of 
Atlanta. I quoted John Dewey who asserted that the measure 
of the worth of any social institution is its effect in 
enlarging and improving the human experience, and I 
claimed that this is how I wanted our university to ultimately 
be judged. I promised all of you something: that Oglethorpe 
University would lay its hands on the city of Adanta and the 
cities of the worid beyond our own and make a difference, 
a real difference. 

In this issue of the Carillon, I hope you will come to better 
understand all that we have accomplished this past year 
We are just getting started, but it has been a magnificent 
beginning. In February, the Atlanta History Center sponsored 



Oglethorpe Day where a number of our students gave special 
lectures in coordination with the exhibition of the Martin 
Luther King, Jn papers (page 3). "I invite students to 
experiment with changing their minds." Sound like Bill 
Brightman? You bet it does, and when Dr Brightman 
took his entire class to New York City for the day (page 8) to 
observe every detail and pay attention to every nuance, he 
got to see up-close-and-personal the experiment at work. 
This winter, soccer coach John Akin and several of his players 
traveled to student Erik Home's home parish in New 
Orleans to host a youth soccer camp (page 6). Jon Bookspun, 
a 2005 graduate from OU's Master of Arts in Teaching Early 
Childhood Education Program (page 14), left his career as 
an attorney and now teaches at Morningside Elementary 
School in Adanta. Finally but at the center of what we have 
accomplished this past year, is Oglethorpe's Center for 
Civic Engagement (page 10). 

Through its partnership with the Adanta Public Schools and 
Hands On Adanta, our students, faculrs' and staff are all over 
the city making a difference. New academic courses are 
being offered which integrate theory with practice and 
several more are in the pipeline. For me, watching our 
students engage with each other and especially with the 
citizens of Atlanta and other dties such as New Orieans makes 
me more proud than you can imagine. Great things are 
happening at Oglethorpe. Enjoy reading about all of them. 




Lawrence M. Schall, J.D., Ed.D. 



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Compiled by Maria Osti '10 



Museum Presents Rembrandt, Rodin 



This spring the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art celebrated the 400th anniversary 
of Rembrandt's birth with Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt's Etchings. 
Rembrandt's etchings, 35 of which were on display, were completed between 1629 and 
1654. He is renowned as the greatest practitioner of the etching technique in the history of 
art, using beggars as his main subjects. His sketches of biblical figures portrayed as beggars 
show "his formative years as an artist. The way he imagined the beggar is inextricable from 
the way he imagined himself, the way he imagined Christ, the way he conceived of imagery 
itself, " said Gary Schwartz, Dutch author, art historian and editor of The Complete Etchings 
of Rembrandt. 

Come fall the museum will present Rodin: In His Own Words, selections from the Iris & 
B. Gerald Cantor Foundation from September 10 until November 17, 2007. The exhibition will 
feature over 30 works by Auguste Rodin paired with quotes by the sculptor. Works on display 
will include The Thifiker, Head of Balzac, Head offohyi the Baptist and, of special educational 
importance, the 10-step lost-wax process of Rodin's Sorrow. These works of art and writings 
present a vibrant image of this important sculptor and his creative effort. Make plans to attend 
this exhibition now. Museum hours will be Tuesday through Sunday from noon until 5:00 p.m. 





Rodin's The Thinker 



Oglethorpe University Views MLK Exhibition 



On Monday February 19, the Oglethorpe University community traveled to the Atlanta History Center for a free, private 
viewing of its exhibition, / Have a Dream: The Morehouse College Martin Luther Kingfr Collection, in which many writ- 
ten documents by Martin Luther King, Jr. were displayed. Several students from Dr. Kendra King's spring 2006 class From 
Montgotne?-)' to Memphis: The Political Evolutio7i ofDr Martin L Kiijg, fr presented leadership portfolios to the visiting 
community. The portfolios, which were part of the course requirements, were meant to connect King's endeavors and ex- 
periences to their own. Brandi Wilson '07, who was in Dr. Kendra King's class, was amazed by the collection. "It felt unreal 
walking around the galleries. The way we've been taught about Martin Luther King, Jr., it seems unreal to see photos of 
him with his kids, to read his speeches and to see his handwriting. I feel like I know him now." 




Oglethorpe Celebrates 
Georgia Founder's Birthday 

On February 14, the university community celebrated Oglethorpe 
Day an annual celebration in honor of James Edward Oglethorpe. 

To begin the day a bagpiper called the Oglethorpe community' to 
gather at the Academic Quadrangle, where the Petrels of Fire race 
was held. Runners travel 270 yards around the quad in an attempt 
to beat the 12 chimes of the carillon bell. None of this year's 
half-dozen runners met the challenge. According to track coach Bob 
Unger, only one runner has beaten the clock since the race began in 
1990 - Mark Olas '01 in 1998. 

After the race, the bagpiper led students and guests into the Conant 
Performing Arts Center for a keynote speech by Deborah Lipstadt, 
Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory 
University Lipstadt spoke about her challenges in proving the 
Holocaust occurred in British court after she was sued for libel by 
David Irving for calling him a denier in Denying the Holocaust. Her 
most recent book. History on Trial: My Day in Court with David 
Irving, recalls the experience. Lipstadt is on the United States 
Holocaust Memorial Council and is an advisor to the United 
States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 




Left; (L-R) Nathaniel Goldman '10, 
Deborah Lipstadt and f 
Schall celebrate those who do not 
give up. Above; Runners in Petrels of 
Fire race the bells around the quad. 



Alumni Weekend 




From March 30 through April 1, over 500 alumni 
attended Oglethorpe's Alumni Weekend 2007. 
The weekend included new events, such as a 
day of service and Stomp the Lawn Alumni Style, 
as well as the annual awards banquet, various 
reunions, alumni athletic games and a viewing 
of the Capitol City Opera performance An April 
Fool's Opera Brief. 

Friday, alumni joined over 100 students in 
Oglethorpe's spring day of ser\'ice. Projects 
included tutoring at Cook Elementar\', mulching 
in Freedom Park, conducting a social studies 
bowl at Drew Charter School and reading to 
toddlers at the Atlanta Children's Shelter. 

At the Awards Banquet Friday night, the following 
alumni were honored: 

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees: John "Chip" 
Evans IV '95 (baseball), Matthew 'Weiner '95 
(baseball), Cornell Longino '95 (basketball), 
Andrew Schutt '95 (basketball) and Lori "Lu" 
Green LeRoy '95 (volleyball) 

Talmage Award: Clare "Tia " Findley Magbee '56 
(posthumous) 

Spirit of Oglethorpe Award: Bob Amick '72 

School Bell Awards: Dr. Ir^in Ray and Glenn 
Jones '44 

Young Alumni of the Year Award: Monique 
Anderson '01 

Organization Awards for Service: Sigma 
Sigma Sigma and Kappa Alpha. 

After Saturday's picnic lunch on the quad, alumni 
visited the university archi\'es, museum and 
Greek Row before heading to reunions. Membei-s 
of The Stormy Petrel, Universit\- Singers, Sigma 
Sigma Sigma and Kappa .Alpha gathered to 
reminisce about their college days, learning 
about their organizations through the years. In 
the evening the classes of 1962. 1967, 1972, 1977, 
1982, 1987, 1992 and 199"" held reunions before 
alumni gathered on the quad to Stomp the Lawn 
to the sounds of Radio Cult, led by a member of 
the class of 1996. 

For photos of the events, log in to ePetrel, 
Oglethorpe's new online ccimmunity, at 
www.alumni.oglethorpe.edu. 




Residence Halls 



Rising 



Oglethorpe's newest residence halls are under construc- 
tion for students to occupy beginning this fall, only two 
years after the opening of North and South Halls. Many 
alumni received a sneak peek of the halls with a hard-hat 
tour of the construction zone during Alumni Weekend. 

Located behind Dempsey Hall, the floor plan for the new 
buildings is similar to that of North and South Halls, with 
four private bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a 
common room in each suite. The halls, which will main- 
tain Oglethorpe's unique Collegiate Gothic style and 
granite fagade, will accommodate 150 students when 
they open in August. 



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Oglethorpe soccer provides training 
camp to Louisiana youth 

In Februan', soccer coach Jon Akin led five Oglethorpe soccer 
players and four Atlanta-area soccer coaches to St. John the 
Baptist Parish outside New Orleans to work with the Louisiana 
Spirit River Team in hosting a youth soccer camp. The 
Oglethorpe players were Erik Home '07, who is from the 
parish, Matthew Brisindine '08, Michael MuUer '09, Danner 
Marsden '10 and Michael Hadjisimos '10. 

■"We want to teach these kids that the skills they learn 
tomorrow on the field will help them succeed during a game 
and in life. If you practice everyday work hard and stay deter- 
mined you can be a success on and off the field," said Akin. 

The camp, targeted to children in two FEMA Transitional 
Trailer Communities in Edgard, Louisiana, was a collective 
effort, with the parish school board and city council offering 
transportation to camp, the parish recreational department 
providing refreshments, the Louisiana Spirit River Team 
giving away T-shirts and Adanta businesses donating 100 new 



soccer balls. The parish did not have goals for the camp to 
use, so Akin took Oglethorpe's goals for the week-long camp. 

"This soccer camp is a welcomed outlet and creates a lasting 
beginning for future recreational ventures in the area of St. 
John the Baptist Parish," said Councilman Lester Rainey 

'"We definitely accomplished our goal of providing a 
meaningful and worthwhile experience for the displaced 
children who live in St. John Parish. This is the greatest 
reward of all of our efforts. I feel the students grew in a 
way that we just can't explain," said Sandra Home, Erik's 
mother. "Everyone in the community has been smitten with 
the soccer bug." 

Akin plans to repeat the camp again next spring and hopes 
to make it an annual event. 'After all, I get more of a kick out 
of it than the kids do," Akin exclaimed. 




Sports Wrap-Up 



By Hoyt Young 



MENS BASKETBALL 

The 50-49 loss at the hands of Trinity University in the SCAC Tournament that ended Oglethorpe's season was befitting a team 
that endured heartbreaking defeats throughout the 2006-2007 season. In compiling a solid 14-12 (7-7 in the SCAC) record, the 
Petrels lost a staggering eight contests by five points or fewer, demonstrating how close this team was to breaking through. 
Despite the narrow losses, this Petrel squad had several hallmarks that distinguished the team. They led the conference 
in scoring by a wide margin and nearly toppled the school record in the same category as well. This team shot the ball 
remarkably well and played stifling defense, leading the conference in both field goal percentage and steals while posting 
Oglethorpe's most wins overall and in the conference in the past eight years. The Petrels will return to the hardwood next 
season with AIl-SCAC Second Team performer Ahmad Kareem Shaheed '08 leading the charge. 




April Harris '07, Brittany Corbett 07 



WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TAKE SECOND TRIP TO NCAA TOURNAMENT 

The women's basketball team continued its rise to prominence this season en route to breaking 
more school records in the process. After qualifying for their second consecutive trip to 
the NCAA Tournament by finishing second in the SCAC and narrowly defeating DePauw 
University in the conference tournament championship, the Petrels lost to Wilmington 
College 76-54 in the first round. Before the NCAA Tournament, the Petrels (21-7, 11-3 in the 
SCAC) had already matched last year's record-setting 21-win total. This year's team placed 
second in the conference standings to set a school record while also setting a record for 
conference victories with 11. The Petrels also had three players recognized as All-Conference 
performers with Katie Kulavic '09 (First Team), Anna Findley '09 (Second Team) and Biz 
Richmann '09 (Second Team) being recognized for their outstanding efforts. "With so much 
young talent to choose from, head coach Ron Sattele is certainly excited about the current 
and future Stormy Petrels. 




Drew students learn from Oglethorpe players 



WELCOME TO SPRING SPORTS 

As of mid-April, the men's golf team continues to 
hold steady as the #4 ranked men's team in the 
nation and along with the #10 ranked women's team, 
they both made some new friends this past October 
in partnering with The First Tee of East Lake. In 
exchange for valuable practice time on their illustrious 
course, OU golfers taught basic golf skills to students 
in grades 2-8 from Drew Charter School at Charlies 
Yates Golf Course. The training, which emphasizes 
discipline, hard work and integrity, counts as physical 
education for Drew students. The men's and women's 
tennis teams have their seasons successfully underway 
with the men already making noise as a team on the 
rise with two players currently ranked in the top 15 
of the South region. Finally, the baseball team hit the 
diamond this year with a thrilling group of young faces 
and some new technology to boot. Fans could watch 
games unfold in digital play-by-play online. Log on 
next year for more from Anderson Field. 



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By Mark DeLong '03 



For Bill Brightman, taking his students through the 
neighborhoods of New York City was an incredible 
experience, as seen in the article that follows. 

"I can't imagine how any of them will ever forget the trip. 
When I ask them about it now, they dissolve into smiles, 
reliving the experience," he said, adding he hopes to repeat 
the trip next time he teaches Literature of the City and 
the Country. 



freshman year, become more articulate. That's an 
interesting experience." 

A handful of former students gain additional discussion time 
through the Alumni Book Club, which Brightman has led 
since its inception. "That's fun, to see them return; most I 
had as students. They've been out, for a few, many years. It's 
good to hear their views about what we're reading based on 
their experiences." 



Brightman, professor of English, joined the Oglethorpe 
faculty in 1975. "The job looked attractive — a small school 
with small classes, and Atlanta was attractive." Those same 
qualities have kept him here ever since. 

"Teaching was an idea in high school," said Brightman, 
adding, "It grew in college. I loved reading, and if I could 
get paid for it, that was a good deal. It took about five years 
to discover how to teach — when to say something rather 
than ask a question, how to deal with students." 

Leading students through his favorite pastime, Brightman 
enlightens students while adding to his knowledge base 
as well. "I teach by having discussions, so I learn from my 
students," Brightman said. "I like being able to pay great 
attention to what students say It's fun when the students 
just begin discussing without me starting it." 

"I'll have some students as freshmen, and then for later 
courses," he said. "You can see someone grow from 



"I invite students to experiment with changing their minds," 
Brightman said, returning to the traditional classroom. 
"That's difficult because many do not want to get rid of 
their received ideas; they're holding onto their beliefs. The 
books I teach have conflicting views. They have to tolerate 
the ambiguity in that." 

Among Brightman's favorite books — for an English 
professor cannot have just one — are works by Tolstoy, 
Dostoyevsky, Dickens and contemporary fiction, which he 
taught this spring using works created in the past five years. 
He particularly enjoys reading and teaching Anna Karenina 
and ^ar and Peace. 

When not reading or teaching, Briglitman enjo\-s gardening 
and golf, a sport he recend)' picked up and plays with 
retired Professor Philip Zinsmeister and .Associate Professor 
of English Douglas McFariand. 



By Bill Brightman, Professor of English 



Literary Excursion to 
New York City 

I had taught Literature of the City and the Country 
before, and it had never occurred to me that I 
might take my students to New York and say, 
"Notice this" or "Pay attention to how this 
neighborhood changes into that one." In December 
I was able to do just that, through the generosit)' 
of an airline. 

I met my students at 4:30 Sunday morning at the 
Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station, and by 
10:30 we were walking east on West 42nd Street 
to that incredible kaleidoscope of neon that 
constitutes Times Square. We moved from Bryant 
Park through the New York Public Library to Grand 
Central Station and Canal Street. 




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nghtman's class in New York City 



In Chinatown, we stopped at litde markets full of fish and 
fishy smells. In one of the novels we had read, The Tortilla 
Curtain, T.C. Boyle had repeatedly and satirically contrasted 
the overly-packaged and tightly cellophaned American food 
markets with a character's memories of the ver)' different 
markets of Mexico. My students had no idea what Boyle or I 
were talking about. Now they do. 

We went quickly through what is left of Little Italy and 
up toward Prince Street. In Chinatown we had seen men 
squatting on the sidewalks repairing shoes, and I soon 
found a shoe store where we peeked through the window 
of a place where I assumed only tailor-made shoes were sold 
and then on to a number of ver^' pricey boutiques. The point 
I wanted to make was that poor neighborhoods could be 
right -next to the neighborhoods of the wealthy in contrast 
to Atlanta where there is typically a much greater separation. 
I hoped to show them that their concept of neighborhoods, 
formed in the suburbs of a variety of American cities, was 
not a useful tool when considering the life of great American 
cities outside of the Sunbelt. In our next class I returned 
to this point and reminded students of what they saw 
while they read both Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, 
which is set in London, and Toni Morrison's /aar, which is 
primarily set in New York. We contrasted that with two novels 
set in and around Los Angeles: T. C. Boyle's The Tortilla 
Curtain and Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49. 



We went through SoHo fairly quickly and up to Washington 
Square. When you stand in the middle of the square 
and look to the west and then to the south, you can see 
architectural styles that might have referenced one another. 
But when you look from the south to the east, you cannot 
miss the fact that some very creative architects very 
consciously created a dialogue of colors, lines and forms. 
One architect picked up a rusty color found in buildings to 
the west, intensified the color and covered a whole building 
with it. A different architect noted the conversation between 
a chapel of one denomination with a church of another and 
created shapes resembling windows one might see in a 
cathedral. A small but lovely symphony in stone. 

Then we took a long subway ride to East 86th Street and a 
quick side trip into Central Park. They had written a short 
paper on the value to Atlanta of the Fernbank Forest, and I 
wanted them to see another version of how and why cities 
tr>' to create the "country" within themselves. As time was 
running out, we made a too-quick tour of the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art. We walked absolutely as fast as we could to 
catch the 5:30 bus from the Port Authority, and we returned 
to the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe station around 11:30. It 
made for a long day with almost sLx hours of non-stop walk- 
ing, but the educational enrichment was well worth it. 



Ember Melcher '09 and other 
OU students gutting a home in 
New Orleans. 



By Mark DeLong '03 



Center 



for Civic Engagement 



In its first six months Oglethorpe's new Center for Civic 
Engagement has already demonstrated its force. Students 
have volunteered throughout Atlanta — at schools, with social 
service groups and with environmental agencies — and 
in New Orleans — on Oglethorpe's four hurricane relief 
service trips. 

The center's inaugural director Tamara Nash is excited 
about the university's rededication to service. 'At this time 
and place for Oglethorpe the stars have aligned," said Nash, 
who came to OU from Georgia-Pacific. "We have a golden 
opportunity to take the theory taught in the classrooms and 
apply it in very practical ways. Citizens of the world must 
make contributions. Students will make heart and humanity 
meet on campus, in the community, in our nation and in 
our world." 

Funded by a near-million-dollar gift by an anonymous donor, 
the center has engaged over half the student body in 
community efforts during its short existence. The center's 
focus is not on service, but rather service learning. The 
staff will work with faculty to integrate service learning into 



courses and will work to place students in non-profit or 
service-oriented internships. 

"The most important thing that I see that the Center for 
Civic Engagement has to offer faculty is the support to help 
us make a wide array of service learning opportunities a 
reality," said Lynn Gieger, Assistant Professor of Education. 
"■When we provide academic service-learning opportunities 
to our students, we are working on the premise that 
significant learning can be achieved in the traditional 
classroom, in the field or a combination of the two. This 
may not seem like that complicated or a controversial 
idea, but the process of putting it into practice can be very 
challenging and time consuming. If you feel as if you are 
working alone, then it can be very easy to think 'I just don't 
have the time.' That's where the center comes in." 

One example of ser\'ice-learning came in early February 
when the center sponsored a trip to Blue Heron 
Nature Preserve for Associate Professor of Biology 
Charlie Baube's General Biology Lab course. Students 
did clean-up work, invasive species removal and field 




~0^ The center staff greets students 

from local elementaty schools before 
You Are Speciai 



research at the preserve, putting lessons learned in the 
classroom to practical use. 

This fall four courses will include a service-learning 
component with at least two more expected in the spring. 
Professors Jay Lutz and Mario Chandler will team-teach a 
course on the Dominican Republic, exploring that population 
in Atlanta in class and in the Caribbean during a January 
2008 trip; Professor Ginger Williams will include a PATH 
Academy practicum in her Introduction to Education course; 
Professor Margaret Smith "91 will explore the tradition 
of giving in the Jewish culture in a history course; and Professor 
Deborah Merola will involve her students in community theatre. 

Outside the classroom, the center will coordinate volunteer 
activities with local schools and through Hands On Atlanta. 
Oglethorpe has four partner schools — Charies R. Drew 
Charter, Ed. S. Cook, Achieve Academy and PATH Academy 
Oglethorpe's golf teams have been working with students 
at Drew since last fall, teaching basic golf skills through First 
Tee of East Lake. 

At Cook, Atlanta's oldest public school, a core team of 
volunteers works with students on a regular basis. In February 
the center sponsored a trip for Cook students to see 
ibu Are Special. Oglethorpe theatre's children production. 

Achieve Academy is a charter school with spirit. Unfortunately 
the dedication of teachers and support of parents is not 
always backed by the proper resources. Displaced after 



last school year. Achieve found a new home days before 
classes began this fall. This left no time to prepare the 
new building. The lack of resources has also led to a lack 
of upkeep at the facility. Oglethorpe students have painted 
hallways, cleaned bathrooms and done landscaping around 
the school on numerous occasions and are committed to 
seeing these energetic students succeed. 

Oglethorpe neighbor PATH Academy was the sight of a service 
project during freshman orientation this fall. Students in the 
education department frequently complete their student 
teaching at PATH, working with a diverse student population. 
Volunteers with the center serve as mentors to students, 
helping with homework and after-school acti\itjes. 

Efforts are not limited to the metro-Atlanta area. In January, 
the center sponsored a group of 30 students as they took 
a week of their winter vacation to help the residents of 
New Orleans clean up and rebuild their city after Hurricane 
Katrina, which hit in August 2005. The third effort, in 
cooperation with Hands On New Orleans was so successful 
a fourth volunteer trip to New Orleans was arranged for 
spring break. Read more from New Orleans on the next page. 

The center plans to continue its involvement with the 
Crescent City as long as there is a need. Other long-temi projects 
include campus recycling and the partnership with the four 
elementar)' schools. Long-term or short-term, high-visibilit>- 
or high-impact, Oglethorpe's Center for Ci\ic Engagement 
is bringing the promise to "Make a difference" to life. 




Joonas Mikkilia '07, Mercella Davis '08, Clay Kimbrel '09, Ember Melcher '09, Director Tamara Nash and Hannah Wiles '08 volunteering at various center projects. 



SIDEBAR: LIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS 
In a church on the corner of First and Dr^'ades, thousands 
of college students have come to make a difference. 
Located in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods of 
New Orieans, First United Methodist Church has served as 
headquarters for Hands On New Orleans since February 
2006. The church holds services in the sanctuary, but the 
area surrounding it houses nearly 100 volunteers a night 
(on some days as many as 130). In the multipurpose room 
next to the sanctuary — only a stained glass wall away from 
Sunday services — bunk beds are arranged in eight rows, 
four to a group, leaving only enough floor space for buffet 
tables which offer breakfast, lunch and dinner daily cooked 
next door in the kitchen. The room behind the sanctuary 
serves as a mess hall and meeting space. The back yard 
is filled with donated tools, ladders and supplies. Hands 
On vans line the streets, while the occasional Home 
Depot truck drops off more equipment. At night police cars 
fill the spaces between Hands On vehicles, while officers 
monitor the neighborhood. Inside, shirts and posters 
commemorate the many volunteers who have spent time 
workinginNewOrleans.Thebunkbedframesarecoveredwith 
Sharpie memories — "Michael slept here," 'Amber has dibs 
when she returns" — and inspiration — "'Whatever you are, 
be a good one." (Abraham Lincoln), "Be the change you 
seek." (Mahatma Ghandi), "Never doubt that a small group 
of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the worid. 
Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Mead). 
The people are just as spirited - the staff, long-term 
volunteersandstudents — dancingthroughthebunks, touring 
the city and interacting with locals. The energy of New 
Orleans lives on in its residents and those working to 
rebuild the city a year and a half after the storm. 

The Center for Civic Engagement planned its first major 
outing for the last week of winter break 2007. Thirty students 
rode down in three vans to stay at Hands On New Orleans' 
headquarters at First and Dryades. They wake up eariy grab 



breakfast and head to work sites where they spend the bulk 
of their days. Then it's back to the church for dinner and a 
community meeting. 

"I think a lot of people have forgotten about the victims of 
Hurricane Katrina. It happens so often, things will be on 
the news for awhile and then they just disappear. I wanted 
to show that I remember and am willing to help," said Noel 
Curry '10 from Atlanta. 

Since Oglethorpe's first group trip last March work is more 
widespread, by city and volunteer crews and homeowners 
alike. Street signs are up in more neighborhoods. Most roads 
are open and passable. FEMA trailers still serve as homes for 
many In January, 40,000 trailers were in use on homeowner 
property, sitting inches away from mold-infested homes 
that serve as a reminder of what remains to be done in the 
city; thousands more live in the 70 trailer parks throughout 
New Orieans. 

Citizens and visitors alike are appreciative of the work 
being done by volunteers. They'll walk up to students and 
say thanks — at the peace rally, at clubs, in restaurants or 
driving down the street. It's not hard to spot volunteers in a 
neighborhood. If the 15-passenger van on the curb isn't 
enough, seeing people in Tyvex suits is certainly a big hint. For 
five days the Oglethorpe crew suited up, donning face masks, 
goggles and hard hats to tackle homes barely touched since 
the storm. The work was of incredible value to residents. 

On Tuesday when all Hands On volunteers worked on one 
block of homes, the homeowners came together to prepare 
lunch for the crew. "It helped bring into focus what I was 
doing there in the first place," said Jeffane Millien '08 from 
Haiti. "I thought working on one house, or one block, wasn't 
significant, but the fact that these homeowners came out to 
show their appreciation made me realize that what we were 
doing was making a difference." 



By Beth Roberts, Ph.D., Vera A. Milner Professor of Education 



Teachers 

WITH CLASS 



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Accountant. Lawyer. Nurse. 
Respiratory Therapist. Director 
of Sales. Artist. iVlusician. 
Technology Specialist. 
Marketing Manager. Engineer. 
Director of Human Resources. 
What do all of these professionals 
have in common? » 




They all want to give up those careers to teach young 
children! They are representative of the students who 
chose the Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood 
program at Oglethorpe University. 

Teach young children? Yes. Since its inception in fall 2002, 
the Master of Arts in Teaching Eariy Childhood Education 
program has attracted a variety of college-educated, 
accomplished professionals who decided that it's not 
enough to make a living — they want to make a difference. 

The MAT program at Oglethorpe is designed to prepare 
teachers who know what learners need to know and how 
to motivate learning. Beyond that, though, we intend for 
our MAT graduates to be ready to make a difference in the 
public schools in the 21st century. That's where all of the 
professional skills learned in those first careers are really 
useful. Twenty-first century teachers, you see, are called 
upon on a daily basis to create, communicate, manage 
resources, solve problems, cross cultural barriers, negotiate 
their way through bureaucratic systems, inspire, make 
multiple decisions — all before lunch (and oh, yes, they 
must take lunch count)! 



"We are all here for a purpose: 
Here to learn, here to thrive, 
hereto grow." 

Excerpts from a poem on teaching by Kerri Irwin, a 2007 
graduate who will teach in Gwinnett County this fall 

Andrea Antepenko, a current MAT student, explains her 
decision to leave a lucrative career in software development 
after participating in a leadership development program 
through her job. "This was the kindling of a passion that 
has been brewing under the surface all along — to teach 
and reach young children as an elementary school teacher. 
What better way to live out my personal mission statement? 
It's short — only five words: Teach, Touch, Heal, 
Discover, Create." 

Each time we admit a group of new students (in August and 
January), I am inspired by the enthusiasm and commitment 
of the people who choose to enter the MAT program, often 
as career changers. The typical MAT student — though no 
MAT student is really typical — is a woman in her eariy 30s 
who graduated from college with a degree in a liberal arts 
discipline or business and a high grade-point average. In the 
back of her mind, she knew all along that teaching was what 
she wanted to do with her life. After spending several years 
in another career, the time is right to make the change and 
become a teacher. 




_, j.„.i was an attorney until he began the program. 

A 2005 graduate, he now teaches at Morningside Elementary 



Jon Bookspun i 



Robin Mollis 
School in Atlanta Public Schools. "Even though the 
constructivist philosophy and the process of teaching 
through inquiry was a lot to take in right away I saw the 
same ideas coming up repeatedly in all of the courses and 
my field experiences. We could and did build on, review 
and expand on those ideas throughout the program. The 
idea is to think about deeper, more meaningful learning 
and to find as many ways as possible to construct classroom 
experiences that support that. With this foundation, I was 
well-prepared to begin my teaching career." 

At orientation, the time that students meet each other for 
the first time, I often see the relief on many faces as new 
students realize that it's been awhile since most of the 
group has been in school, that many of the other students 
will be engaging in the same balancing act with families, 
carpools and homework, and that warmth and cooperation 
are the hallmarks of student-student and student-faculty 
relationships in the program. Once that confidence barrier is 
crossed, the excitement of learning and being involved in 
schools catches on. By the second class period, I can hear 
the buzz of energy as I approach the classroom where eager 
MAT students await the challenges they have chosen. 



Missy Bain, a 2004 graduate who is a second grade teacher 
at Mount Bethel Elementary' School in Cobb County, values 
the professional relationships that she developed during 
the program. "A few years into my career, I am still in 
contact with both my professors and my cohort. I cannot 
imagine a better support system!" 

The MAT program at Oglethorpe is closely aligned with the 
university's mission as a liberal arts college that prepares 
students to make a difference in our modern world. Since 
early childhood teachers must be able to teach all subject 
areas, we require MAT students to have a broad liberal arts 
background in their undergraduate education. In addition 
to content, of course, a liberal arts education promotes 
critical thinking and making connections across disciplinary 
lines, both skills that are necessaiy for successful teaching. 

John Dewey in Democracy and Education , wrote that the 
liberal arts experience should consist of "three essential 
elements: it should engage students in the surrounding 
community; it should be focused on problems to be solved 
rather than academic discipline; and it should collaboratively 
involve students and faculty" These goals are realized in 
the design of the MAT program as we require students 
to engage in field experiences in the public schools each 
semester, we model and encourage teaching through 
inquiry, and we emphasize cooperation among all learners, 
including faculty members who teach courses. 



Robin HoUis, a current MAT student who still works in 
marketing, describes a course in the MAT program. Arts of 
Diverse Peoples. "We learned not only artistic methods and 
processes, but also about the cultural perspectives behind 
projects. Eventhing we do in class and outside of class 
has real-life application for our future classrooms. We also 
educate and prepare each other regarding various pedagogical 
practices and educational developments and issues. We will 
leave this program prepared to start teaching!" 

All students deserve: a highly enriched, 

highly engaged and 

highly generative curriculum. 

I am a facilitator of learning. 

I have a lotto learn. 

Kerri Irwin 

Indeed, principals and graduates of the program agree with 
her. Many of our students are employed in teaching positions 
while still in the program. When asked to compare Oglethorpe 
MAT students with students from other colleges and 
universities with whom they ha\-e worked, teachers who 
work with our students in field experiences and student 
teaching consistently describe our MAT students as "better 
prepared." Graduates of the program are quickly employed 
and find themselves ready for the challenges of teaching. 




Literacy is the best subject to teach. 
Math is the best subject to teach. 
Science is the best subject to teach. 
Writing workshop is the best subject to teach. 
Social studies is the best subject to teach. 



Debbie Williams, a former respirator^' 
therapist and 2004 graduate now teaching 
pre-kindergarten, found that "the experience 
at Oglethorpe was a significant stepping 
stone. It gave me courage to enter the 
worid of education ready and eager to 
make impressions on the lives of children." 
Jeannie Leach, a former journalist and now 
a fifth grade teacher and team leader at 
Bethesda Elementar\' School in Gwnnett 
County, says, "My Oglethorpe preparation is 
with me ever\' da>- on the job. Oglethorpe's 
MAT program helped me make the journe\- 
toward readiness to teach a di\'erse group 
of students." 

Since the first MAT students completed the 
program in December 2003, Oglethorpe 
MAT alumni ha\'e been making a difference in 
mam- public and pri\-ate schools in tlie metro 
Atlanta area and be\ond. Teaching, they 
have found, is where the\- want to be. As 
Robin Hollis says, 'At the end of the day, I 
want to know that I'm contributing to the 
greater good and getting true personal 
\^alue out of what I do. That's wh\- 1 decided 
to go into teaching." Oglethoipe's MAT 
graduates are teachers with classl 




aliimni alert 



"Regardless of the age difference, I have 
found that we share a common bond 
that only comes from the 'OU experience.' 



Dear Alumni, 

ePetrel ... ewhat? No, I did not forget how to spell our beloved mascot. Nor did I forget that 
words at the beginning of a sentence should be capitalized (Dr. Weiss will be glad to know 
that my English minor was not wasted!). 

ePetrel is the new online community for alumni on the university's website — 
www.alumni.oglethorpe.edu. ePetrel, a virtual meeting place for all alumni and friends of the 
Oglethorpe community, is full of great features, such as your own personal page, class notes, 
online directory, message boards, a free email forwarding address plus much more. Please 
help us make ePetrel thrive by going online today and registering if you have not already 

This summer biings to a close my time serving as president of the National Alumni Association. 
While I have always enjoyed reminiscing with my OU classmates, the biggest surprise from 
my involvement in the association has been how much fun it is to meet and interact with 
fellow Petrels I did not previously know. Regardless of the age difference, I have found that 
we share a common bond that only comes from the "OU experience." 

Oglethorpe became a major influence in my life the minute I stepped on campus back in 
the fall of 1988 as a bright-eyed 18-year-old freshman. While almost 20 years have passed 
since that time, Oglethorpe remains important to me. Whether it is cheering like crazy at 
a basketball game with my lO-year-old son (who genuinely doesn't understand why OU 
players won't go on to play in the NBA) or interacting with fellow alums at great events, 
Oglethorpe still pours into my life. 

■ If you are an alum who is actively involved in the Oglethorpe community, I feel confident 
that you share my joy and enthusiasm. However, if you are someone for whom Oglethorpe 
simply conjures "college memories," please re-engage and see that the OU experience can 
continue to be meaningful in your life. I can promise you will not regret it. 

As always, the National Alumni Association would welcome your input and we are 
continually in need of new volunteers. There are numerous ways to get involved. If you are 
interested, please let me know or contact Barbara Bessmer Henry '85, Director of Alumni 
Relations, at bhenry@oglethorpe.edu or 404-364-8443. 

Joe Shelton '91 

President of National Alumni Association 

jshelton@laborlawyers.com 

404-240-4259 



Faces of Alumni Weekend 2007 




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Future Petrels 



Bient Andrew Bishop '88 

and wife Vicki announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Elise, born on 
September 5, 2006, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Chloe weighed 6 pounds, 
l4 ounces and measured 19 3/4 inches long. Brent runs the Consumer Credit 
Counseling Service office in Spartanburg. 




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Liz Miello-Alford '89 

and husband Christopher welcomed their first child, Annabelle Matty on 
October 13, 2005. Annabelle just celebrated her first birthday and has been the 
main source of entertainment for the family dogs! The family currently resides 
in Hackettstown, New Jersey, and Liz continues to work in Olympic hospitality 
as the director of the consumer division of Jet Set Sports. 

.A\a Marie Salerno Conlin, DO, MPH '90 

and Col. Christopher Crane Conlin, USMC, are delighted to announce the 
arrival of their third daughter, May Isabelle, born December 15, 2005. May 
weighed 6 pounds, 6.1 ounces and measured 17.75 inches long. All of the 
Conlins recently relocated back to San Diego and would enjoy seeing former 
classmates. Ava is board certified in public health and general preventive 
medicine and works with the Department of Defense Center for Deployment 
Health Research at the Naval Health Research Center, but has been focused 
mostly on her role as mom recendy 






Heather Davis Phan '92 

and husband John recently welcomed son Caulder. Both Heather and John 

currently work for Georgia State University. 



Shannon GebJTai'dt Holden '94 

and husband Chris are elated to announce the birth of their daughter. Erica 
Faye, on September 2, 2006. Erica joins adoring big brothers, Matthew, age 5, 
and Stephen, age 3. The Holdens live in Alpharetta, Georgia. Shannon is proud 
to be entering her fourth year as a professional photographer specializing in 
fine art children's portraiture. 




Leia Inzerello Paul '95 

and husband Brian are proud to announce the birth of their 

daughter, Ella Christine. Ella arrived on July 12, weighing 7 pounds and 12 

ounces. The family resides in Gaithersburg, Mar\'land, 

where Leia is a veterinarian working in Potomac and Brian is a 

microbiologist at the NIH in Bethesda. 




Mark Bingham '96, Ellen Kimbrell Bingham '9" 

and big sister Abigail welcomed baby boy Andrew into the world on November 
20, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds and measured 20 inches long. They are 
currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. Mark is enjo>1ng success running his 
own salvage corporation. Ellen is taking time off from teaching and loxing 
being a stay-at-home mom. 






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Stace\' Chapman Tobin '96 
and husband James are 
proud to announce the 
birth of their son, Colin 
Richard, on August 20, 2006. 



Rebecca Hester Miller '97 
and husband Lewis Coy 
Miller, III '98 proudly 
announce the birth of 
their baby giri, Campbell 
Caroline on December 6, 
2006. Campbell Caroline 
weighed 7 pounds, 
1 ounce and measured 
20 inches long. 



Jennifer Hedgepeth HuU ' 
and husband David 
welcomed a baby boy, 
Ryan David, into the 
world onjuly 3, 2006. 
The little firecracker 
weighed in at a whoppii 
9 pounds and 4 ounces. 
The family lives in 
Frisco, Texas. 



Mancly McDow Flemming '00 
and husband Matthew 
welcomed their second 
son. Cooper James, on 
August 5, 2006. Cooper is 
healthy, active and happy 
and loves his two-year-old 
brother, Jackson. The 
Flemmings are in Atlanta 
where Mandy is serving as 
the minister of family life 
at Grace United Methodist 
Church in Midtown. 



Nicole Spencer Boemanns '99 and Erik Boemanns '98 
were happy to welcome their second son, Ian. Ian arrived July 26, 
2006, weighing 8 pounds and 6 ounces. He was welcomed home by 
his big brother Adrian (born August 19, 2004). 



Jiiime Chai-d(xs Watt '00 and Timothy Watt '00 

are proud to announce the birth of their daughter 

Addison Marie Watt on June 7, 2006. 



Jodie Sexton Goff '01 

and Todd Goff welcome baby number two, Abigail Margorie Goff, 

who was born on September 28, 2006. 



Angie Bagley Fitzpatrick '0-t 

gave birth to her second child, daughter Patricia Jade "PJ" Fitzpatrick 
on August 2, 2006. She was 8 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 21.25 
inches long. Her big brother Mark, now 2, is just crazy about her 



class notes 



Weddings 



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Kasya Taylor '91 recently married Marcel A. Buckley. The happy couple 
resides in Swindon, England. 

Andrew Noble '97 and Shelley Bridwell were married on March 25, 
2006, in Atlanta at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Jason Karnes '97, 
Daiyl Brooks '97, Jeff Wliite '96 and Jason Luginbuhl '96 served as 
groomsmen. Jimmy Tabb '95 was the Best Man. Many Oglethorpe 
alumni attended the celebration. The happy couple honeymooned in 
St. Lucia and now resides in Dunwoody Georgia. 

Kendall Blake '02 married Steve Kodey on October 7, 2006, in 
Alexandria, "Virginia, at St. Johns Lutheran Church. 

Dan Giordano '02 and Jesse De Maria '02 were married October 15, 
2006, in Stony Brook, New York. Oglethorpe alumni in the wedding 
party included Steven Bloodworth '02, Andy Crosb\' '02, AJ Tiai-smidi '02, 
Dan Torrenti '02, Christopher West '04 and Jennifer Bea\'er '02 with 
many other former Petrels in attendance. Dan is currently the head 
baseball coach at Oglethorpe and Jesse is the head children's librarian 
at the Avis G. 'Williams Public Library in Decatur, Georgia. 

Shahina Sameja '02 married Christopher Buder on May 31, 2006, in 
Atlanta. They held their wedding reception on July 9, 2006, at the 
Doubletree Hotel Roswell and celebrated their joyous occasion with 
close family and friends. Shahina and Chris spent the first few months 
of their marriage residing in 'Virginia Beach but relocated back to 
Atlanta in January 2007. Shahina will be working as a psychometrist 
for a private practice while Christopher will attend school and work 
for the family business. 

Emily Gudat 02 and Ian Trimble '05 were married on September 3, 
2006, in McDonough, Georgia. The wedding party included 
Jill Oriando Patrick '02, Kate Harrison Pazdemick '03, Daniel Callahan '04 
and Jason Duchac '06. Many Oglethorpe alumni were in attendance. 

Aaron Whitworth '04 and Meredith McKay '06 were married on March 
25, 2006, in a small ceremony near Meredith's home town of Lebanon. 
New Jersey Along with close family members, the wedding part\- 
included best man David Dobbs '0~. The couple now lives in Chamblee, 
Georgia, with their dog Essie. 



Alumni Updates 




Sylvia Plapinger '50 was published in the December/Ianuary 
2006/07 issue of The London Magazine. Her article, 
entitled "The Jackie I Knew," was about the gifted chellist, 
Jacqueline du Pre. 

Danforth Larter '68 is currently vice president of sales for 
a trucking company. He and his wife, Marg, have been 
married for 36 years. They recently relocated to the Lehigh 
"Valley in Pennsylvania and are expecting to retire in the next 
couple of years. They have two daughters, Kristen, who live 
in Indianapolis, and Alison, who is an actress starring in 
Heroes on NBC. Her newest movie Resident Evil 3 will be 
coming out in September 2007. 

Mike Emeiy '82 has been named director of athletics, 
student activities and community schools for Gwinnett 
County Public Schools. Mike began teaching at Norcross 
High School in 1984 and had been the athletic director 
there since 1997. He was named State Athletic Director of 
the Year in 2005. He and his wife Terri have a 13-year-old 
son, Ben, and a 10-year-old daughter, Elaina. 

Ricardo Carvalho '84 is president and CEO of The 
Latin-American Company The Latin-American Company 
provides international business development and management 
consulting services to Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Over 
one-half of their business is in mergers and acquisitions. 
Major clients include The Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola 
bottlers around the world, JPMorgan Chase and UPS. 

l£ne Jensen '89 is teaching at Clark University as an associate 
professor in the psychology department. She serves as 
editor-in-chief of New Directions fo7- Child and Adolescent 
Developtnent. Jensen received her bachelor's degree from 
Oglethorpe University and her Ph.D. from the University 
of Chicago. She studies cultural identity development 
and moral development. Her present work focuses on 
adolescents and their parents who have immigrated 
to the United States. Jensen currently resides in 
Worcester, Massachusetts. 



Geoff Spiess '91 is currently in law school at the University 
of Notre Dame and recently fought in the 77th annual 
Notre Dame Bengal Bouts. The Bengal Bouts is a boxing 
tournament of about 200 boxers to raise money for the Holy 
Cross Mission in Bangladesh (in recent years the Bouts have 
sent an average of $50,000 per year to the mission). He 
advanced to the semi-finals where he lost a split decision. 

Cheiyl Zdunek Michels '93 has her master's degree in 
social work and is now a school counselor at a local 
private school in Baltimore, where she resides with her 
husband Jack and their two daughters Greta (4 years) and 
Eila (11 months). Being a mother is the greatest joy in her 
life. Please feel free to email her and keep in touch! 

Mike Steele '93 graduated from Oglethorpe with a B.A. and 
has earned an associate's in applied science and a B.S. from 
the University of Alaska Anchorage and an MBA from Georgia 
State. He is one class and a thesis away from a master's in 
aeronautical science from Embry Riddle. 

Barbara Miller Hall '94 has been promoted to executive 
director of CONTACT Crisis Helpline. Barbara is working 
on her M.S. in human services with a concentration in 
nonprofit management. Her husbandJeffHair9-4 is currently 
serving on a specialized training team in Iraq. Barb, Jeff and 
their four children still live in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. 

William Mullis '94 was a freelance journalist, UGA law 
student, nanny for three (believe it or not), QT manager and 
salesman until he was fortunate to get into IT consulting in 
1997, specializing in SAP software implementation all across 
the countr)'. Some previous clients include: The Coca-Cola 
Company, Siemens, The Home Depot, Philip Morris and 
Wyeth BioPharma. It's not e.xactly the kind of career he 
dreamed about doing as a little boy but anyone who works 
inside with a computer certainly can't complain! 



lass note^ 




See Melissa Drouin Funk '97 



Shahara Ruth '02 



Alison Bess-Meyer '96 received iier Ph.D. in counseling 
psychology from Texas Woman's University in Denton, 
Texas, on December 16, 2006. She defended her qualitative 
dissertation, "The Experiences of Transgendered Clients in 
Therapy" on November 2, 2006. Alison currently works as a 
clinical counselor at the University of Illinois at Springfield 
and lives in Springfield with her husband Curt Meyer and 
their guinea pigs, 'Willow and Hermione. 

Jenifer Parks '96 is in her fifth year of graduate study at the 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently 
living with her husband in Moscow, Russia, where she is 
researching her dissertation on Olympic sport in the Soviet 
Union and has recently published a chapter on the Soviet 
Union's entrance into the Olympic Games in East Plays 
West: Sport in the Cold War. 

Jayme Sellards '96 recently accepted a position as manag- 
ing editor of the banking/bankruptcy law section of LRP 
Publications, a legal publishing company based in Palm 
Beach Gardens, Florida. Prior to joining LRi; Jayme served 
as in-house counsel for'Whimey National Bank in New Orleans. 



Deanna Smith '98 is currently the marketing manager at 
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, home of Atlanta's 
largest dinosaurs and the original Martini's & IMAX. She 
absolutely loves her job and would love to see more 
Oglethorpe alumni coming her way 

Jason Stackhouse '98 still lives in Atlanta and is a marketing 
and listings coordinator for RE/MAX Greater Atlanta. He is 
also an actor in Atlanta and a member of an improv troupe 
which performs monthly at The Professional Actors Studio 
in Buckhead. 

Maria Topczij '98 has left the great state of Alaska and has 
settled in Redding, California. 

Kristine Lawrie '99 is settling in Portland, Oregon, after 
living in seven states, three within a seven-month span. 
She is an environmental engineer at Armstrong 'World 
Industries' St. Helens, Oregon, ceiling tile manufacturing 
plant. She has traveled to Japan and Europe, competed in 
two duathlons and did a bike centun- She also enjo>-s hing 
on the couch and playing with her dog. 



Elizabeth Stockton '96 received her Ph.D. in English from 
the University of North Carolina in May 2006, after defending 
her dissertation, "Troubling 'Women: American Fictions of 
Marriage and Property, 1848-1867." A condensed version 
of a chapter from the dissertation was published in the fall 
2QQ6 New England Quarterly . Elizabeth is now an assistant 
professor of English at Southwestern University in George- 
town, Texas, where she lives with her husband and their 
two dogs. 

Melissa Drouin Funk '97 and Jeff Funk moved to New 
Orleans, where they were married in March 2004. Having 
survived the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, they still reside 
in New Orleans and now welcome two additions to their 
family Noah and Caiden. Melissa is currently finishing her 
10th year with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a systems and 
process assurance manager. 



Sibylle Bambynek Breunle '00 is currently living in 
Eriangen, Germany where she has started a new career 
as a consultant for the interior of houses and businesses 
using the ancient art of Feng Shui. She studied Chinese in 
Germany and encountered this old knov\ ledge which she 
learned from Malayan masters. The knowledge Sibx'lle 
recieved at Oglethorpe and learning about the American 
approach to life has helped her during the last few yeai-s. 

William (Billy) Leonard '00 has been in Taipei, Taiwan, 
for the last seven years. Currendy, he's the production 
manager for a daily TV show and monthly publiaition. He also 
co-hosts the TV program. This summer he and his family 
will head to business school to get his MBA. 



Shahara Ruth 02, well-known poet and playwright, had a 
sold out performance of her play Women Dating Badly 
featuring Tony Award winner Georgia Me. GoldFire 
Productions (a member of Atlanta Coalition for Performing 
Arts) is the dynamic brainchild of Shahara. Her renowned 
work has been touted as pragmatic, thought-provoking and 
timely Shahara's newest play Behind Safe Walls performed 
at Oglethorpe on March 24, 2007. 

Meiyen Bell '03 and Shaniece Broadus diss '02 were freshman 
roommates at Oglethorpe, and they are now co-workers 
at Victory Worid Church in Norcross, Georgia. This church 
of over 5,000 members hosts many programs within the 
church, in the local community and around the worid. 
Meiyen serves as the church's communications manager 
and Shaniece serves as curriculum director for small group 
development. Meiyen and Shaniece love working together 
and reminiscing about their years at Oglethorpe. 

Natalie Hayman 03 and Vasek Cekan celebrated their 
two-year anniversary this past October. They were married 
October 30, 2004. The couple now lives in Sugar Hill, and 
Natalie is an international product development manager 
and is currently in school for her MBA. 

Aerie Jones '02 published a poetry book entitled PoeTaree: 
The Jurisprudence of Life as AerleTaree. This collection of 
poems and art was created while on tour with Lalapolooza. 

Emily Lawson '03 has been accepted into a master's 
program in nurse-midwifery at Yale University School of 
Nursing. The program will begin fall 2007 after her return 
from Peace Corps in Thailand. 

Cariissa Carson 05 is currently enrolled in her second year 
at Emory Law School. She is a member of and writer for the 
Emory Law Journal. This summer she will be working for 
Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker in the criminal 
justice division. She is also a military intelligence officer in 
the Army Reserves. 

Charity Pirkle '05 is working for Ferrazzi Greenlight, a 
marketing consulting fum. She is also on the board of directors 
for Women's Entertainment Troupe of Los Angeles. 

Whit Yelton 06 is currently living in Atlanta working with 
Hardin Construction, LLC as a project accountant. He is 
currently working on a condominium residence. Sovereign, 
which will tower 48 stories at 3344 Peachtree Road in Buck- 
head. It will be the tallest structure to be built in Adanta 
since 1992. 



Brittxiny Bennett '06 is currently in the library and information 
science master's degree program at the University of South 
Florida in Tampa. 

Corrections: 

Daniel Louis Uffncr, Jr. '51 has served on the Sun City 
Emergency Squad for eight and a half years, not 20. Prior 
to moving to Sun City Center in 1997, he lived on a 40-foot 
sailboat for eight years, mostly in the Caribbean, after he 
sold his public accounting company in 1989. The Emergency 
Squad is comprised of over 450 volunteers using four 
ambulances and three wheel-chair carrying vans to make 
about 12,000 runs a year 

In the Honor Roll of Donors, a gift in memory of 
Kevin Bradley '86 from Nancy and David Kerr was mistakenly 
not acknowledged. 



In Memoriam 



Evelyn Bird '30 on November 11, 2006 

Col. John Fain '30 on September 29, 2006 

Hubert E. Tucker '31 on October 9, 2006 

John H. SmUey '36 on May 30, 2006 

Claude Rex Clark '37 on October 15, 2006 

Rufus W Hutchinson, Jr. '38 on December 20, 2006 

Augustus Nash Lyle '38 on February 9, 2007 

Mariema Miller Maddox '38 on November 10, 2006 

Jack Perry '39 on February 23, 2007 

Joseph J. Barenie '41 on November 11, 2006 

Ralph G. Lewis, Jr. '41 on October 12, 2006 

Edgar L. Pinson '41 on February 5, 2007 

Martha Shealey Axelberg '43 November 5, 2006 

Thomas M. Hunter '43 on October 15, 2006 

Virginia Murray McLucas '43 on November 20, 2004 

B. Eugene Doyal '44 on February 2, 2005 

Franklin Bagley '45 on August 31, 2006 

James M. Powell '47 on January 25, 2004 

Addie Hill Veno '48 in December 2004 

Mozelle Satcher "Whidaw '55 on November 4, 2006 

Cora Stephens Colquitt '56 on December 5, 2006 

Alfred D. Ingersol '56 on November 16, 2006 

Everett R. Blanchett '57 on October 7, 2006 

Ethelyn Boswell Purdie '59 on November 20, 2006 

Eugenia Thompson Palmer '62 on March 5, 2007 

Frederika Rapp Preacher '67 on November 17, 2006 

James Qimmy) B. Ramage, Jr '70 on February 7, 2007 

Catherine E. Eaton '72 on January 10, 2007 

Kelly Gewinner Elliott '74 on February 15, 2006 

PhUip Lee Elliott '74 on January 25, 2007 

Doris Berry Underwood '74 on October 14, 2006 

Luann Sands Kadel '86 on March 13, 2007 

Anna Kristin Grods '91 on November 7, 2006 



23 



By Laura Masce 



Ed Bator's 

1950s Oglethorpe 



The Oglethorpe archives recently had a wealth of beautiful images added to its 
collection by Edmund Bator '53 and Martha Mayson Bator '51, who donated 
numerous sleeves of negatives and several wonderful print photographs. 
During his time at Oglethorpe, Edmund worked as a photographer for the 
Yamacraw yearbook, and many of the images he donated to the archives appear 
in the yearbooks. The images offer a rare glimpse into life during the vibrant 
years of the early 1950s at Oglethorpe, and these are but a small sampling of 
the negatives that the Bators donated. 




A Modern Dance class practicing in Hermance 
Stadium is shown in the above 1952 image. 
During the late 1940s and early 1950s, female 
students had to abide by more regimented 
regulations than the male students. Females 
were to be in their dormitories by 7:00 p.m. 
during the week unless they had permission 
from the house mother or were signed in 
at the library. The girls also had to receive 
authorization and sign in and out whenever they 
left campus. In addition, a student telephone 
monitor was on duty in the girls' dormitories 
to answer the hall phone and to make sure 
that student telephone calls were limited to 
five minutes. 




Horseback riding was part of the men and 
women's intramural programs at Oglethorpe 
for a few years during the late 1940s and 
eariy 1950s. A small stable was conveniently 
located on campus. At the time of these 1950 
photographs, Oglethorpe owned the Silver 
Lake area, which was then known as Lake 
Phoebe. The wooded area offered numerous 
riding trails to follow. This photograph captui^es 
two students, Dudley Engelson '53 and 
Sheldon Fleitman '53, standing with a horse. 




In the above image, children enjoy a Christmas party in the Great Hall in December 1950. The celebration, held 
primarily for children of faculty and staff, included a fully decorated tree and refreshments. During the party, 
the children made paper crowns, which they decorated with stickers and drawings. Santa Claus, toting a bag of 
treats, also made a surprise entrance at the celebration. 




A couple is shown above dancing at the 1951 
Black and White Formal, held in April. The 
event was generally sponsored by the freshmen 
class every year in the spring and featured a 
live band. The freshmen class also held an 
old-fashioned barn dance with square dancing 
in the spring of that year. The dance, like 
the Black and White Formal, was held in the 
g)'mnasium, and the space was decorated 
to look like a barn. The admission price was 
thirty-five cents and included refreshments. 




In 1950, when this photograph was taken, 
the science division of the university was 
led by Professors David Camp, Roy Goslin, 
Lois Williamson, Charles Rice and Arthur Cohen. 
In the early 1950s, a Bachelor of Science degree 
was awarded to students who had completed 
at least one-fourth of their 194 required 
course hours in science. This scene shows 
students dissecting in a biology laboratory'. 



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