On Oglethorpe Day 2010, the university launched the 175th anniversary celebration of the founding of Oglethorpe University by welcoming guest speaker and media mogul Ted Turner. He and President Larry Schall had an informal conversation on stage at the Conant Performing Arts Center.
Throughout his career, Ted Turner has received recognition for his entrepreneurial acumen, sharp business skills, leadership qualities, unprecedented philanthropy, and great sportsmanship. His daughter, Laura Turner Seydel, is a 1986 graduate of Oglethorpe.
Other activities that day included the annual Petrels of Fire race and the opening and resealing of Oglethorpe time capsule originally sealed in 2000.