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The newest issue of the award-winning Carillon is here!

This issue explores Oglethorpe’s engagement in the world, recalling the beginnings of international study and examining how the university and its partners continue to make an imprint on our world today.

The Carillon also shares how Oglethorpe alumni endeavor to “make a difference,” relating  stories of Petrels who have made their marks around the globe.  And, the pages of this issue introduce us to globetrotters like Scott Zannini ’96, a mountain climber who makes fascinating trips to the Earth’s highest summits, and Rodney Drinkard ’92, who manages international security for top Coca-Cola executives.  

In addition to fascinating profiles of alums, meet some of OU’s newest Petrels—one who has already begun paving her way through the realm of international athletics, and another who has weathered war and displacement to finally find himself at home, here at Oglethorpe.

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Oglethorpe Named Among the 2012 Princeton Review’s Best Colleges

According to The Princeton Review, Oglethorpe is one of the best colleges in the southeast and in the country.  The home of the Stormy Petrel was included in the newest edition of Princeton Review’s annual “Best Colleges” book – The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition, available now in bookstores, as among the best colleges in the nation and the “Best Southeastern Colleges.” 

In addition to naming the best 376 colleges, the book includes 62 categories of “top 20″ nationwide ranking lists— the results of 122,000 students’ reports about their institution through surveys.  This year, Oglethorpe was named one of the top 20 schools on the “Class Discussions Are Encouraged” list.  Coming in at number 15, Oglethorpe’s students revealed that OU is where thinkers and communicators thrive . 

 In Oglethorpe’s profile in the book, students are quoted as saying that “the classroom experience is unsurpassed…you are expected to actively participate in class.”   And, “Oglethorpe University offers ‘an exceptional, well-rounded education in a close-knit community,’ with “dedicated professors.'”

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or in any specific order from 1 to 376.  Instead, it reports 62 ranking lists of “top 20″ colleges in various categories. Those lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s survey of current students attending the reviewed colleges.

 The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list in the book and at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx

When OU Moves Out, A Family Moves Up: How Salt & Light Makes A Difference

Last semester, during the annual year-end move out, Joshua Means ’11 had a great idea.  He noticed the large amount of clothing and electronic equipment that began piling up outside OU’s 200+ dorm rooms, and wondered what other use was left in these items.  He then rallied his friends from Salt & Light, a Christian organization on campus, to help him donate these used items to those less fortunate in the community.

As a result of their efforts, Salt & Light collected over 500 pounds of clothing, dozens of household items, food, and furniture (including refrigerators and sofas).  They then sent the donations to the Salvation Army and the Atlanta Mission, asking that these specifically be given to the tornado victims in North Georgia.  Who knew that “broke college students” had so much to give?

According to Joshua, organizing a drive of this size and disseminating all of the finds was a rather large feat, but hearing about others who had lost their material possesions in a tragedy hit home.  During his freshman year, Joshua’s family lost their home in a fire, and the the sight of the thrown-away clothes and appliances triggered an emotional response born of  experience. 

“For me, [the fire] meant that the only bed I had was my bed in Traer [during the school year,"]  recalls Josh.  “For my parents, it meant that they were living between hotels and rental homes until the house could be rebuilt. Thankfully, my parents were able to rebuild and furnish their home after it burned, but that was only because of insurance. Not everyone has the financial capabilities to take care of themselves in crisis like my parents had. Then I remembered that over the years, and even during my semesters off, I’d noticed more stuff being thrown away at the end of spring semester than really should — clothing, working appliances, furniture, basically anything for which students might not have room when it comes time to move out. Then I thought, ‘Why not put my campus to work in taking care of men, women, and children who quite literally might not have a refrigerator, a couch, clothing, sheets, and [things like that?]‘”

As a group, Salt & Light has always been in the business of helping others.  Each year, the organization holds a Winter Coat Drive in the fall, collecting hats, scarves, gloves, coats,  socks, and blankets for Atlanta’s homeless.  Now that he’s a graduate, Josh will continue to advise Salt & Light as an alum, and hopes that the efforts of groups like Salt & Light can inspire students elsewhere to realize the ways in which they can help others, even if they don’t think they have much to give.

“My big goal with the move-out donation drive is to inspire not only future Christians at OU to reach out with God’s love in a big way such as this, but to inspire Christians at other universities in the Atlanta area…we want to inspire current and future generations of college students at OU to dream big, get stuff done, and not quit ’til they’re finished.”

Louisa Barama ’12 Shines at U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships

Last month, we told you about Louisa Barama ’12, a hard-working OU student who was looking to finish her figure skating season with a trip to the U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships in Idaho.  She’s back from the competition, and we’re proud to announce that she represented Oglethorpe remarkably, scoring 70.78 and placing seventh overall.

“I am proud of my accomplishment,” said Louisa, a physics major and rising senior. “This experience was amazing and I am so glad I finished well. This is a great competition and I really enjoyed every part of it.”

The U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships is  sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating, and is the longest running collegiate ice skating program.  Since most colleges don’t sponsor figure skating clubs or teams, solo skaters like Louisa represent their college at the event, competing for both individual and school pride.  This year, Oglethorpe was the only college or university  from the state of Georgia with an athlete at nationals, for both the junior and senior divisions of the championship.

Since returning from the championships, Louisa’s been featured in a number of online and print journals, including the Patch online newspapers and the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Congratulations, Louisa!

Photo:  Louisa receives encouragement from her coach at the Atlanta Open during a past season showcase.

National Sports Authorities Recognize Oglethorpe’s Outstanding Scholar-Athletes

This week, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its ITA Scholar-Athlete honors, and Oglethorpe’s Kayla Atkins ’11, Kate Siess ’14, Ethan Motz ’14 and Ross Beall ’11 were on that list.

Kate Siess '14 is one of only 35 women SCAC tennis players to be recognized by the ITA for excellence in the classroom.

The ITA is the governing body of college tennis, and oversees men’s and women’s varsity tennis across all three NCAA divisions as well as NAIA and Junior/Community College tennis.  Each season, ITA recognizes outstanding  varsity athletes in all divisions who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2.

A total of 35 female and 27 male student-athletes in the SCAC conference were named Division III Scholar-Athletes. 

In golf news, the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA)announced Oglethorpe rising sophomores Chelsea Gatterdam ’14 and Dona Kiosef ’14 as 2011 Divison III All-American Scholars.

Gatterdam and Kiosef made the cut after maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.50 and competing in more than 12 rounds of competitive golf with a stroke average of 95 or better.

The 2010-11 women’s golf lineup featured five freshmen producing an average score of 92.32 to create a relative strength number of 398.96.  Golfstat.com‘s Freshman Impact analysis measures the impact of a team’s freshmen in their lineup, and ranks the Oglethorpe women in 9th place nationally.