The FLYING iPETREL
OCLETHORPe COLLEGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
President Vonk Presented with American Oil Grant
OC RECEIVES $250,000
Dr. Pinholster announced that the College was awarded
a grant in the amount of $250,000. The donor must
remain anonymous and, in order for the offer to be
realized, the College Development Campaign Commit-
tee must raise sufficient funds to match the grant.
Another grant, in the amount of $2,500 and unrestricted
as to its use, was received from the American Oil
Foundation. The grant was presented by Mr. Howard
Kemper, Marketing Manager and representative of
American Oil, to President Vonk.
The 1969-70 Annual Development Committee project
is an effort to transform LOWRY HALL into an air-
conditioned, refurbished, well-equipped four floor
library. It is anticipated that these grants and sub-
sequent matching funds combined will not only reno-
vate LOWRY HALL for a modern library, but a full
$100,000 will be available for the purchase of new
PETRELS HAVING WINNING SEASON
Coach Norwood and his team deserve much praise and
encouragement for their splendid performances during
the basketball season thus far. Although this is Coach
Norwood's first year as head coach of the Petrels, he
has compiled thus far a record of 11-3, including four
wins in the last five games. One big factor in the recent
surge, a factor bound to make Oglethorpe a year-end
tournament threat, is the tremendous play of guard
Ernie Grain. His shooting has bordered on the unbe-
lievable and he might definitely be mentioned among
the All-American roster. In the last five games, the only
loss came to Tennessee State in Nashville. The latest
four wins came versus Mercer, 66-57 and 87-70, South
Alabama, 87-62, and Shorter, 86-50. However, road
encounters with menancing teams like Albany State,
West Florida, and Georgia Southern, are upcoming;
but with a successful outcome in these games, Ogle-
thorpe would have another shot at the NCAA
Schedule for Remainder of 1970
February 2 University of South Alabama
4 University of West Florida
10 Clark College
14 Georgia Southern College
17 Tennessee State A & I University
19 University of Chattanooga
21 University of West Florida
23 Georgia State College
26 Mercer University
March 2 University of Chattanooga
Home games are played in the Oglethorpe Field House
at 8 p.m. and all alumni are urged to attend.
THE ALUMNI CHALLENGE
During Alumni Day 1969,
Mrs. Virginia O' Kelly
Dempsey talked with me
very briefly about a desire
to assist the alumni effort
of 1970. Her comments
were encouraging but did
not prepare me for the very
great surprise her letter of
December 26, 1969,
K I ).ick" Dempsey The primary message of her
letter was an offer to con-
tribute $5,000 to the alumni effort if all other alumni
will raise $15,000 by May 30, 1970. The contribution
will be made as a memorial to her husband. Jack
Dempsey, class of 1929.
In a telephone conversation with Mrs. Dempsey,
she revealed the fact that her primary motivation
stems from the desire to see LOWRY HALL com-
pletely reconstructed for a four floor library.
Mr. Jack Dempsey was a member of Oglethorpe
College Trustees at the time of his death. He and
Virginia have long been active members of the
alumni association and the Boosters Club. Some of
their sports enthusiasm surely stemmed from the
fact that Jack wore the Stormy Petrel football pads
while a student here. The couple attended every
University of Florida football game (at home and
many that were away) for many years.
Virginia now resides in Tampa. In this city, Mr.
Dempsey developed an outstanding reputation as
a business and civic leader. He was owner of a large
automobile dealership and one of the founders and
chairman of the board of a bank. He had many re-
lated business interests. The spirit of Oglethorpe
College was always present in any group if the
Dempseys' were present. Virginia has expressed a
wish to see an alumni unit developed in the greater
This offer comes in the true spirit of Oglethorpe.
The alumni will surely respond in kind. Every $15.00
gift will result in a total of $20.00. Every $75.00
will get $100.00. I have talked with a number of
alumni officers and class captains. All are dedicated
to reaching the goal.
For her encouragement and financial offer, we salute
Virginia Dempsey and pledge our untiring efforts to
meet the challenge.
President, Alumni Association
(Including Trustees and
OGLETHORPE ADULT CLASSES
BEGIN FEBRUARY 16
Oglethorpe announces its Winter Session of Adult Non-
Credit Courses. This marks the second year that these
stimulating and rewarding courses have been offered
to the general public as a result of the expansion of
the Continuing Education Department. Classes begin
the week of February 16 and are offered in the even-
ings at either 6:00 or 7:30. The meetings are one night
a week for eight weeks and the cost per course is ten
The schedule is as follows:
Techniques in Sales and Marketing
Shorthand II - 1st Half
Greatest Events of Western Civilization
Oriental Flower Arranging
Creative Writing of the Short Story
Introductory Data Processing
Shorthand II - 2nd Half
Painting and Drawing
Ceramics and Sculpture
Major Religions of the World
Investing and the Stock Market
Information and a brochure can be obtained by call-
ing the College at 261-1441. This affords an excellent
opportunity for the alumni to return to the campus.
FALL ADMISSIONS NEWS
The number of accepted students for admission Fall
Semester, 1970, is running considerably higher than
last year. So, from present indications, even though
we have raised our admission standards, it would
seem that more students than ever will be enrolled
by Oglethorpe in the fall. Dr. Garland Pinholster,
Dean of Administration, and his staff are to be highly
commended for the student information program.
Prospective students and their parents are continually
visiting the campus and such visitations are a part
of the admissions policy in that potential students
are strongly encouraged to actually come to Ogle-
thorpe before they matriculate.
E. L. Brantly, '28, is Assistant Superintendent and director of secondary curriculum for the Henry County School
System in Alabama.
Alfred A. York, '28, retired at the end of 1969 after serving twenty-two years with Walker Martin, Inc. in Greens-
boro, North Carolina.
Charles T. Gifford, '32, 1969 marked his twenty-fifth year of service as a peace officer for the State of Georgia. Mr.
Gifford is associated with the Cobb County Police Department in Marietta, Georgia.
Charles C. King, '39, and his wife live in Milledgeville, Georgia, where he is principal of an elementary school in
the Baldwin County School System. Mr. and Mrs. King have one married daughter, Carolyn Larson, and a son, Philip,
who attends Georgia College.
Zola Marshall, '45, is employed as a psychometrist in the Area IV office of the Atlanta Public School System.
Etta G. Bates, '48, is serving as Principal, Isabella Elementary School, Daugherty County, Albany, Georgia.
Richard H. Stroller, '49, works as Branch Manager with the New York Stock Exchange firm of A. G. Edwards & Sons
in Columbus, Georgia. Mr. and Mrs. Stroller have one daughter, Susan, who is a junior at the University of Alabama.
Donald J. Bloemer, '53, is presently Franchise Director and Vice President of Learning Foundations International,
Inc., located in Athens, Georgia. Jane Cowart Bloemer, '52, received her M.Ed, degree from the University of Georgia
in 1969. The Bloemers have three daughters and a son.
Mae Y. Westbrook, '53, retired in 1969 after teaching elementary school for forty-six years in Cobb and Cherokee
Ila Varelman McCoy, '58, and her husband, Donald, announce the birth of Scott Christopher on August 21, 1969.
The McCoys, who also have a two-year old son Mark, reside in Alexandria, Virginia.
Mary Anne Sharp, '58, is completing work on her master's degree at Emory University and also teaches school in
the Atlanta School System. Miss Sharp is director of the Decatur Civic Chorus which toured Europe and partici-
pated in the International Music Festival held in Wales.
Barbara Marsh Gotsch, '60, was selected as Outstanding Jaycette in Georgia in 1969 and was also honored by being
named as one of the Outstanding Young Women in American 1969-70. Mrs. Gotsch resides in Roswell, Georgia, with
her husband and their two children.
Joseph M. Harb, '61, was awarded his Ph.D. degree in Biology from Tulane University and is currently on the faculty
of Tulane University Medical School. His major field of interest is electronmicroscopic research on heart disease.
James L. Delay, '64, is, at the present time, employed as a vinyl chemist with Flexible Products Company in Mari-
etta, Georgia. Mr. DeLay, before joining the company, served three years with the United States Army with his last
year being stationed in South Vietnam as a platoon leader with the 1st Infantry Division.
Charlotte Smith Winsness, '64, and John Howard Winsness, '64, announce the birth of a son. Shannon Kent, on
February 27, 1967. The Winsnesses make their home in Tucker, Georgia.
Elizabeth Primm, '65, received her M.A.T. degree from Duke University in 1967 and is presently Director of the
Reading Department at the Georgia Institute for Neurological Development in Atlanta.
G. Hoyt Wagner, '65, was recently promoted to supervisor of Commodity Planning Groups, Bendix Launch Support
Division, located at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Mr. Wagner's group is responsible for the planning and scheduling
of propellant support for the Apollo missions. Mrs. Sandra Wagner is teaching second grade at St. Mark's Episcopal
Church, Cocoa, Florida.
Adrian Elson, '66, was married July 23, 1967 to Neill Fleishman. The couple are living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
where Mr. Fleishman is attending law school.
Anthony P. Franceschelli, '68, married Candy Fennimore, a former student at OC on June 1, 1969. They are cur-
rently living in South Weymouth, Mass., where Mr. Franceschelli is associated with Press Publishing Company.
Robert Furman, '68, has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force upon graduation
from Officer's Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas. Lt. Furman is being assigned to Vance AFB, Oklahoma, for
Ted Kallman, '68, and Judith Mossman, '68, were married June 22, 1969. Mr. Kallman is completing study for his
Ph.D. degree in history at Michigan State University after receiving his M.S. degree in June of 1969. Mrs. Kallman
will be awarded her M.S.W. degree in June, 1970. The couple live in Haslett, Michigan.
Paula Haver, '69, is presently a graduate student at Duke University studying for her M.Ed, degree. Miss Haver is
involved with the Therapeutic Educational Program which sets up demonstration kindergartens for Durham County
and City schools.
Kristin Haug, '69, presently teaches mentally retarded children in the Special Education Department of Avondale
BUSY WITH OC STUDENTS
Now, as in previous years, Oglethorpe provides its
graduates with a placement service to aid them in
securing employment upon the completion of their
college careers. Many alumni who have become es-
tablished in the business and professional communi-
ty, could aid Oglethorpe in serving the students'
employment needs. When a job opening becomes
available, the alumni could simply contact, or have
their Personnel Departments contact, the Placement
Office on the campus and an interview with a grad-
uating Senior would be arranged. If the qualifications
required by the Company are described, the Place-
ment Director will make these available to the
In addition, many students are interested in part-
time employment during school semesters and full
time Summer work to help defray college expenses.
Should this type of employment be necessary, stu-
dents can be lined up through the College Placement
Office. Alumni cooperation in these projects would
result in benefits for both the Companies and OC
DR. G. MALCOLM AMERSON
APPOINTED DEAN OF COLLEGE
Dr. G. Malcolm Amerson, Assistant Professor of Biology
and Assistant Dean, has been appointed Dean of The
College by President Paul K. Vonk. Dr. Amerson suc-
ceeds Dean Edward Garrett who has served as Dean
since the Spring of 1968. Dean Garrett is leaving Ogle-
thorpe in order to enter business.
The very likeable "Doc" Amerson, as he is called by
his students, will assume his duties on February 1, 1970,
and will continue teaching biology during the next
semester. A native of Georgia, Dean Amerson was edu-
cated at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, where he
received his Bachelor of Science Degree. His graduate
study was done at Clemson University where he earned
both his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
President Vonk commented, after making the appoint-
ment, "Dean Amerson is an energetic and personable
teacher and scholar who will go a long way in college
administration. In his position as Assistant Dean and
Director of the Evening Division he has demonstrated
outstanding leadership. Oglethorpe college is fortunate
to have Dr. Amerson available for this position."
Dean Amerson resides on Hermance Drive on the
campus with his lovely wife Jo and his daughter
GEA DAY BREAKFAST
For Oglethorpe Alumni in Education Careers, March 13, 1970
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