National Society of Leadership and Success Chapter Launched on Campus

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Oglethorpe chapter President Barry Rowan ’14

In the Spring 2014 semester, Oglethorpe University welcomed the newest chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi. The society is dedicated to helping in its members’ personal growth and development and community development and leadership. In the society’s words, “We Build Leaders Who Make A Better World.”

According to President Barry Rowan ’14, the initial goals of the chapter include establishing a leadership success networking group that can define the personal, professional, and academic goals for members, and providing a network of support in achieving those goals.

Since 2001, Sigma Alpha Pi has sought out academic leaders who are dedicated to community action, volunteerism, and exemplary leadership within their university and society. Sigma Alpha Pi doesn’t have a professional majority within its constituency, but rather focuses on encouraging fraternization amongst students of various academic and social backgrounds.

National Society of Leadership - Sigma Alpha PiTo become a member, there are four main steps in the semester-long process: (1) Students must attend orientation. Orientation allows students to get to know their executive board members, while also giving students the opportunity to learn more about the central tenets of the society. (2) Students must participate in Leadership Training Day, a seminar on how to become leaders within social groups. (3) Students must attend at least three of the live broadcasts regularly given by the National Office. (4) Finally, students are randomly selected and grouped into Success Networking Teams to provide students with peer leaders with whom to bounce off ideas and set personal goals.

In addition to President Barry Rowan ’14, the inaugural members of the executive board are Vice President Donald Warden ’16, Secretary Luise Hessing ’16, Treasurer Matthew Roberson ’16, and Success Networking Teams Coordinator Ty Murphy ’16. Dr. Danny Glassmann, associate dean of students and director of residence life, advises the society.

Sigma Alpha Pi has been enthusiastically received on campus and currently there are 120 members working towards induction, with some having already met the requirements. The expected induction date for the newest society members is set for late April 2014.

Class Project Reflected in German Calendar Design

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Christie Pearce ’15 (center) pictured along with Professor Ochmann’s class, holding the calendar’s cover

German Calendar (10)During the fall 2013 semester, Professor Matthaeus Ochmann’s German class was assigned a project to keep a personal vocabulary development journal. As part of the assignment, junior Christie Pearce composed a list of 50 German words that are interchangeable in English and do not have an English equivalent, such as “diesel” and “kindergarten.” Intrigued, the class used her list for a quiz during an on-campus German cultural event.

Ochmann, a visiting instructor from Germany, shared the event’s success with his father. This reminded his father, a graphic designer, of his time working affiliated with Scheufelen, a German printing company that creates an “art calendar” every year. He mentioned the word list to Scheufelen, and coincidentally their 2014 calendar features graphic representations of the German words and explanations of their uses in both English and German.

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The calendar in its permanent location in the library.

The calendar, which recently won a design award, was created using various printing methods and different types of thick, high quality paper to showcase the company’s work. With only 3500 copies printed, the calendar is in limited supply and costs approximately $135 to purchase.

Because of the correlation between the calendar idea and Christie’s list, Scheufelen sent the class two of the calendars as gifts. Christie received one, and the other was given to  Oglethorpe’s Weltner Library to display.

Oglethorpe Wins Top Communications & Marketing Awards

In February 2014, Oglethorpe’s University Communications Department was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with two top awards for best practices in external relations and graphic design. Oglethorpe competed against colleges of various sizes across the country.

CASE district III awards (2)College Presidents for Gun Safety won the Grand Award (gold) in the category of External Relations Engagement Program. The advocacy initiative was launched by Oglethorpe University President Larry Schall following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012. President Schall drafted an open letter calling for our nation’s government to enact stricter gun laws and to increase consumer safety standards. His letter garnered the support of more than 360 college presidents across the country and the attention of national leaders in Washington.

Carillon Spring 2013 cover high resThe Spring 2013 Carillon magazine won the Award of Excellence (silver) for graphic design. The issue was a collaborative effort of Oglethorpe and EM2, an educational communications company in Atlanta, that has designed the magazine since 2010.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is an international association that serves its member educational institutions and their staffs in development/fundraising, alumni relations, communications, and marketing. Every year, collegiate communication departments submit their latest projects and periodicals to CASE for judging in the annual competition.

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University Communications’ Debbie Aiken ’12 pictured with Adam Forrand of EM2.

 

 

 

Petrels Compete in National Campus MovieFest

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The team from Oglethorpe’s Best Picture “The Crush.”

In early February, Oglethorpe hosted its second annual Campus MovieFest red carpet finale. Great fun was had by all as students came out to support their fellow petrels’ cinematic efforts.

The winners of the night were The Crush for Best Picture, Zork for Best Comedy, and No Hate: Embracing the LGBT Community for Best Drama.

Other award recipients include Santiago Agurcia for Best Actor in Mingled Yarn, and Ali Kight-Palmore for Best Actress in Untitled Break Up Story. The top movie contenders are now on their way to the main event in Hollywood, Calif. to compete against films from schools across the country.

CMF2This was OU’s second year participating in the Campus MovieFest competition, the world’s largest student film festival. Students at participating colleges and universities have one week to create their own short movies, with each school hosting red carpet finales to showcase its top movies. All the movies are five minutes or less, and use music created by the students themselves or contributed by thousands of independent artists. Since 2001, CMF has awarded more than $2 million in cash and prizes. Previous winners have gone on to be featured as in-flight segments on Virgin America, and at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival.

Just in case you missed all the fun of finale night, there is still one more chance to get in on the action! Go online and vote for your favorite video to be selected as the wild card submission for the competition in Hollywood. Visit the Campus MovieFest website and start viewing. The video that gathers the most views will be chosen.  And don’t forget to visit CMF on Facebook and see photos from 2014 CMF competition at OU.

Oglethorpe’s Hour

Now in growth mode, the university makes a compelling case for broader, deeper alumni support

Ronald Reagan is sworn in as president; Mikhail Gorbachev is named the new Soviet premier. “We Are the World” debuts with fanfare, but it’s Madonna who dominates the pop charts.

This is what life looked like in 1985, the last time Oglethorpe University embarked on a major fundraising campaign.

Now fast-forward more than a quarter century, to another moment in time: fall 2013.

First-year enrollment at Oglethorpe is more robust than ever, a clear sign that more young people are hearing about this liberal arts and sciences jewel in an international city. A glorious new campus center is open and bustling. The number of students living on campus is at record levels. A new paradigm for experiential learning, the A-Lab, is launched to enrich the Oglethorpe education.

Something else is happening at this moment. A sense that Oglethorpe has turned the proverbial corner pervades. Plans to guide the university to the year 2020 render a picture that is equally expansive and sharp. “Oglethorpe’s direction is clear,” says President Lawrence Schall. “Our work is now centered on growing, rather than sustaining. Simply put, this is our time.”

It’s in this context that Oglethorpe announces a comprehensive effort to build broader, deeper support for its future—a fundraising campaign themed “Our Time.”

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The Our Time campaign’s concept is simple: Leverage Oglethorpe’s momentum to invent its future. The past few years have brought a string of milestones and accomplishments, as well as a new vision and action agenda to create the Oglethorpe of tomorrow. Crafted to preserve the university’s inherent strengths while expanding its impact, the strategic plan of 2010 laid out the steps Oglethorpe would take to better define itself and raise its profile in higher education.

It also gave shape to four areas of need—student learning, faculty initiatives, campus facilities and the annual fund—that represent the focus of the new comprehensive campaign.

“These four areas are interconnected,” emphasizes Belle Turner Lynch ’61, the Oglethorpe trustee who co-chairs the campaign. “Collectively, they will help us forge a stronger identity for Oglethorpe as a premier liberal arts and sciences university uniquely located in the heart of an international city. There’s no other university quite like it. Our aim now is to become even better at what we do—and better known for it.”

The dawn of 2011 brought the comprehensive campaign’s “silent phase,” a period in which the university quietly approached individuals and organizations that had an abiding interest in building a stronger Oglethorpe. To say that the response was positive is an understatement. “We could not have imagined a more successful start to the campaign,” says Kevin Smyrl, vice president for alumni relations and development.

He recites some of the evidence: 100 percent participation from trustees, who contributed a total of $10 million to help build the new campus center. Another $5 million award from a major foundation for the center, the largest single gift in the university’s history. A $1 million grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation to fund student scholarships. A record $2 million gift from Donald ’56 and Shelley Rubin to support the arts.

These initial gifts and others have propelled Oglethorpe more than three-quarters of the way to its campaign goal of $50 million. “Building that solid base of support at the outset was crucial,” Smyrl says. “It signals a strong vote of confidence in the university and its direction. Now, as we begin to make our case to the broader alumni base, Oglethorpe graduates can see how some very influential people believe in Oglethorpe’s brand of higher education.”

While the goal of Oglethorpe’s first campaign in nearly three decades is to raise funds, the university views the occasion as something larger. “It’s really an opportunity for Oglethorpe to re-connect and re-engage those who lived in our halls, studied in our library, and developed lifelong friendships on our campus quad,” President Schall says. “Oglethorpe is a special place because people have made it so. We know we need to involve our alumni in their alma mater beyond making for a gift, but a gift of some size each and every year is critical for our future.”

Following the campaign’s official kick-off on October 24, 2013, there will be a series of special events in cities across the country to update graduates about the university’s momentum and future. New communications and other events are also in the works to ensure that “Our Time” is itself a time to celebrate the university and the mark it has left on generations of students.

There is no question that the time I spent at Oglethorpe helped to define who I am today,” says Joselyn Baker ’91. “I arrived not really knowing anyone and left with not only the incredible knowledge and skills imparted by the faculty, but with personal relationships that I will always hold dear. That experience is something for which I will always be grateful.”