Go Greek at Oglethorpe!

Bre Berris is the Assistant Director of Residence Life and Greek Affairs at Oglethorpe. Greetings OU Students!  As the Fall semester continues and many of you are searching for organizations to join, I would like to invite you to consider becoming a member of a sorority or fraternity. Greek membership provides you with the opportunity …

Oglethorpe’s Unofficial [Ogle] Mascots

I’ll never forget the first time I spotted the “Ogle-turkey” on campus through my bewildered freshman eyes. “A turkey!?” I thought to myself. “He’s strutting around like he owns the place.” I’m now about to enter my junior year and not much has changed. The other day I drove onto campus through the side gate, but …

Oglethorpe: International Pioneer

by Chloey Mayo ’10 In the globalized classroom of present day Oglethorpe, it’s difficult to imagine a campus without faces from around the world. Not surprisingly, Oglethorpe led the way during the emergence of international student programs, welcoming some of the first university international students in Georgia in the 1940s. According to Oglethorpe archivist and …

Reminisce Online with Digitized Yamacraw Yearbooks

Did you know that Oglethorpe once had an all-women’s rifle team?  Or that OU’s athletics department once included a wrestling team—and a football team? Or that Oglethorpe’s first yearbook was produced in 1920? Thanks to a grant-funded project through LYRASIS, the Philip Weltner Library now features a number of new digital collections online, including almost the …

Sigma Alpha Epsilon & Chi Omega Take Greek Week

Once a year, tradition beckons the Greek community to commence for a series of competitions that ends in glory (for the winners). Last week, the heated endeavor known as Greek Week brought out every sorority and fraternity chapter, each with pride in their organizations and one collective desire: to win. Last year’s winners, Alpha Sigma …

CNN VIPs, Spirited Runners Highlight Oglethorpe Day

On February 9, 2011 Petrels all over the country celebrated Oglethorpe Day, an annual celebration of James Edward Oglethorpe, the university’s namesake and founder of the Georgia colony. On campus, students and staff welomed former CNN President Tom Johnson and current CNN International Anchor Natalie Allen for a lively discussion about their experiences in global media. The  festivities began with the Petrels of …

Boar’s Head: An Oglethorpe Tradition

In December, a roasted boar’s head will make its way through the Conant Performing Arts Center, carried on the shoulders of newly initiated members of Omicron Delta Kappa, an academic honor society.  For almost a century, the Boar’s Head Ceremony has been a staple in Oglethorpe heritage and launches the OU holiday season. Oglethorpe  invites everyone to …

Halloween “More than a Party” at Oglethorpe

On October 31, 2010, just before dark, car loads of costumed Oglethorpe students headed out into local neighborhoods and go door-to-door for a different kind of trick-or-treating.  Instead of collecting candy, these Petrels will gather canned foods from neighborhood families to donate to those in need.These students are part of an organized effort called Hallow’s Eve Diversion, a …