Seniors Headline Museum Lectures on Politics & Physics

Two Oglethorpe students had the opportunity to deliver public lectures within their fields of study, as part of the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art’s spring exhibitions “Azadi va Edalat: Stories Retold by Contemporary Iranian Women Artists” and “Time is an Illusion: Revisiting Einstein’s Theory of Relativity,” showcasing an original handwritten Einstein manuscript owned by the university.

Ruwa Romman ’15 and Antonio Màntica ’15 were selected by Elizabeth Peterson , OUMA’s director, to speak about the exhibits and share their academic and personal expertise on the subject matters.

In her lecture, “Liberated, not oppressed: A different perspective on Muslim women,” Ruwa, a politics major, spoke of women’s liberation on a global scale. “Women being oppressed is not exclusive to the Muslim faith,” she said. “In fact, Islam liberated women by giving them the right to inherit, choose who they marry, work, etc. The issue is that people misuse ideologies for what they want. It’s not the faith, it’s the people. I view my faith as a liberating thing, including my head scarf.”  Ruwa’s perspectives are grounded in her Muslim faith, multiple leadership roles on campus (including president of the Student Government Association and founding member of COEXIST), and her recent internship at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.

 

Antonio, a physics major active in theatre, presented the lecture “A Tour Through Time,” which also was a featured event in the city-wide Atlanta Science Festival. Antonio walked his audience through the history of various cultures’ perceptions of time—highlighting specific cultures and points in history that contributed to our current understanding of time. He also illustrated our modern conception of how time passes and what it means to measure it, and explored what we do not understand about it. “Einstein revolutionized how we picture time,” said Antonio, “and my lecture aimed to describe the history and the concepts of his ideas to the audience.”

“Only at Oglethorpe could a student have an experience like this,” said Antonio, who was excited to have the chance to speak about his hero Einstein. “Before the lecture, Elizabeth Peterson said to me: ‘I love working at a place where this is possible.’  At Oglethorpe, students have these amazing opportunities to present academic studies in a professional setting, and that is invaluable.”

 

Oglethorpe Filmmakers to Compete for $10,000 National Prize

A team of Oglethorpe University student filmmakers has been selected to advance to the final round of the Campus Movie Fest (CMF) Fan Choice Award, presented by Western Digital. The team will be among a group of the best student-created films nationwide, competing for a chance to win $10,000.

The team accepts their CMF award at the Oglethorpe University Red Carpet premiere event

The team accepts their CMF award at the Oglethorpe University Red Carpet premiere event

Nearly 500 movies from 11 colleges were in competition within the southeastern group, with only five movies selected to advance to the final round of national competition. Also advancing from Oglethorpe’s district are University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, and The University of Tampa.

Oglethorpe’s winning team, originally named The Ugly Sweater and The Onsies, and recently renamed Nine Cents Broke, include: Amanda Turner ’17, Sonny Pimentel ’16, Elizabeth Kirkwoork ’18, and Audrey Stradler ’18, all of whom are studying studio art, photography, and video/film, as well as Jack Bishop ’17 and Amanda Ake ’17, both English majors, and Miranda Lotufo ’18, Victoria Lindbergh ’17, and Kieran Flake ’17, all theatre majors.

Amanda Turner, editor and spokesperson for the group, was overwhelmed at the honor of being selected, saying, “it’s pretty amazing to suddenly win something as big as Campus Movie Fest. I don’t think any of us knew how we were going to do or what we were up against. I think a few us were crying with joy.”

Members of the team will be making the trip to Los Angeles, Calif. in June where their movie “[fixed.echoes]” will be shown along with 19 other top voted films from three other voting groups across the country, in competition for the $10,000 price.

Good luck, Team Nine Cents Broke!

 

 

Students Uncover Long-Lost Elephant Bones on Campus

This week, as Oglethorpe students were digging beds for a community garden, a student’s shovel hit what was, at first, believed to be a rock. However, upon removal and closer examination, it was revealed to be a bone. And, not just any bone, a colossal ELEPHANT bone!

Elephant-boneYes, students have found the remains of the infamous elephant of Oglethorpe legend. For those who have not heard the story, in November 1941, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was performing in Atlanta. Sadly,18 circus elephants were poisoned by what was later determined to be arsenic. An ingenious professor in the Oglethorpe medical school,  Dr. Barnard, had one of the elephants hauled to campus and placed behind Lowry Hall, where Philip Weltner Library is located, for use in his comparative anatomy class. As the animal began to decay, a hole was dug next to the body and buried. When they were finished, no one thought to document where, exactly, the beast had been buried. So, for 74 years, the animal’s bones had stayed hidden!

So, now we’ve got an elephant in the room. April Fools! While it is true that there was, in fact, an elephant dissected and buried on campus, the bones have yet to be uncovered. The elephant remains remain hidden … for now.

Oglethorpe Professor Named to “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire”

hebbarCongratulations to Dr. Reshmi Hebbar, assistant professor of English at Oglethorpe, who was named to NerdScholar’s 2015 list of “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire”. She is among professors from across the country recognized for the positive impact they have made on their students.

Honorees were selected based on their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, their outstanding involvement on campus and in the community, and their overwhelming passion for their subject matter. Nominations were collected through student, alumni, and faculty recommendations following an open call to several hundred colleges and universities nationwide.

Dr. Hebbar was nominated by Dr. Glenn Sharfman, provost and vice president for academic affairs, who recognized her as a “dynamic, engaging, and passionate teacher” with a “deserved reputation for excellence in the classroom.”

“The best professors do more than teach. They leave impressions on our lives that change the way we think, work and view the world around us. These 40 professors are doing just that, demonstrating the difference between good and great.”  – NerdScholar

NerdScholar is the higher education branch of NerdWallet, a consumer finance website that helps people make better decisions when it comes to their money. NerdScholar offers advice and resources specifically for college students. Their free website walks students through the process of choosing a best-fit college, applying for financial aid, taking out student loans, and landing a job.

Read more about Dr. Hebbar’s selection to NerdScholar’s “40 under 40″.