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Civic Engagement

Follow along online with the Alternative Winter Break in New Orleans!

Oglethorpe’s Alternative Winter Break group is in New Orleans for the week participating in service, having dialogues with the community, and critical reflection.  They completed their first day of service on Wednesday! Throughout the week, they will be blogging and sharing their experiences.  Check it out each day. The posts get more in depth as the week progresses […]

Food & fashion: Greek organizations fundraise for a cause

A resounding success, Oglethorpe’s October Family Weekend welcomed more than 320 visitors to campus—and featured the first “philanthropy-forward Friday,” led by Oglethorpe’s Greek community. This new effort raised more than $900 for two local nonprofits, with $502 going to March of Dimes and $400 to Children’s Miracle Network. All nine social Greek organizations hosted food “truck” […]

Getting out the vote at Oglethorpe

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt Throughout this election season, Oglethorpe and its student organizations have put forth a strong effort to encourage students and the entire campus community to […]

Oglethorpe receives national recognition for community service, named to President’s Honor Roll

Oglethorpe University has been named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Oglethorpe is the only college in Georgia to make the honor roll every year since its inception in 2006. Each year, the President […]

Orientation Day of Service 2016: Making a Difference in Atlanta

Here are scenes from Oglethorpe’s annual Orientation Day of Service on August 27, which took more than 400 first-year students and student leaders, plus staff and faculty, out to volunteer at 16 nonprofits throughout metro Atlanta. Special thanks to Waffle House for getting the day started right with a hearty breakfast! The volunteer locations were: the Atlanta […]

Oglethorpe Student Wins Seat in Local City Council

Roger Marmol ’16, a history and politics double major with a minor in studio art, is getting a jump start on his career—he has won a seat on the Snellville City Council. While a full-time student, Roger worked diligently on his campaign for the November 3rd elections, focusing on community, leadership, and growth in the city […]

Why I Spent September 11th at an Iraqi Refugee Camp

I am a millennial. I am the generation that is accused of laziness while simultaneously being praised for innovation and change. At Oglethorpe I am taught to “make a life, make a living, make a difference.” I never took those words to heart until I moved to Brussels, Belgium, to study for five months. Little did […]

Practicing Medicine & Understanding Cancer Patients: A Biology Major’s Perspective

Biology major Nidha Jivan ’15 volunteered at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta as part of Cancer Cell Biology, a service learning class taught by Dr. Karen Schmeichel, professor of biology. Nidha’s service learning research paper was originally published in the Penn State Berks’ Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning & Community-Based Research, Volume 2, Fall 2013.   […]

Civic Literacy & Civic Engagement | Library of Law & Liberty Originally delivered as a speech by Dr. Joe Knippenberg, professor of politics, at Oglethorpe University in observance of Constitution Day 2014. Though Constitution Day has come and gone (it was September 17), it may still be appropriate to honor the enactment of our Founding charter by looking into the question of “civic literacy” and […]