Petrel Named Georgia National Guard Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year

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State Command Sergeant Major Stringfield, Oglethorpe junior Staff Sgt. Eric Hunt, and State Commanding General Jarrard.

The Army National Guardsmen annually holds a Non-Commissioned Officer competition that is comprised of multiple levels of various grueling tasks, both physical and mental.  This year, Oglethorpe junior and Stone Mountain, Ga. native Staff Sgt. Eric N. Hunt ’16, an infantryman with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, won the competition and was named Georgia National Guard Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. Eric, an international studies major, has spent approximately five years in the Army and three years in the National Guard.

In order to compete for the NCO recipient for the state level, Eric endured several levels of competition. The first level is the Battalion, which is held for one day in January. Competitors who are successful in the first level move on to the Brigade level, which occurs for three days in February. Finally, the state NCO candidates are put through a four-day competition in March.

Competitors are put through multiple types of physical and mental tests. First, is the fitness test, which includes push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run. An exam with general military topics and a graded essay is then administered. Weapons qualification follows, along with an obstacle course, and an interview with the merit board. The final task includes demonstrating general army skills, with no rest in-between.

Eric Hunt 4Eric says he preferred the shooting, weapons maintenance, and land navigation aspects of the competition. However, thanks to his Oglethorpe education, he felt he was best prepared for the essay and interview.

Eric advises other students to make time to work toward your goals. “There is a lot that can get done if you make time for things,” he says. “If there is something you want, go for it.”

Follow Along as Oglethorpe’s Maccaglia Competes in 2014 Palmer Cup

Maccaglia_photo_870x490Oglethorpe men’s golf junior Anthony Maccaglia became the first Division III golfer in history to make the Palmer Cup squad team back in April, and he’ll compete in the international event starting on Thursday, June 26 from the historic Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.

The Palmer Cup features the top collegiate golfers from the United States battling those from Europe in a Ryder Cup-style format, which features foursome, four-ball and singles competition.

Foursome matches will commence Thursday morning at 2:30 a.m. Eastern (7:30 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time [GMT]), while four-ball matches will start later that day at 8:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. GMT). Friday and Saturday will consist of singles matches and action on both days will get started at 4 a.m. Eastern (9 a.m. GMT).

Fans can follow along with the competition via live scoring on the Palmer Cup’s website.

Also, be sure to check the Oglethorpe Athletics Twitter feed @ogleathletics1 and gopetrels.com for updates during the tournament.

To tide you over until the event, be sure to watch a preview of the Palmer Cup teams from Golf Channel’s College Central segment!

Student Staff Recognized at Residence Life Awards Luncheon

Danny Glassmann with award winners Ali Keeter, Clara St. Urbain, Heather Burgess, and Christie Pearce.

Danny Glassmann with award winners Ali Keeter, Clara St. Urbain, Heather Burgess, and Christie Pearce.

The Residence Life Appreciation Luncheon and Awards was held May 15, 2014 to celebrate the achievements and honor the accomplishments of student staff members who work in the Office of Residence Life at Oglethorpe, as well as recognize community members who have help support the work of Residence Life this year.

The Resident Assistant (RA) of the Year for 2013-2014 went to Alison “Ali” Keeter, RA of Jobe Hansen Residence Halls, in recognition of her dedication, passion, and leadership in building a strong sense of community for residential students at Oglethorpe University.

Raphael Coleman, assistant director of residence life and housing operations, presented the award and spoke about the important contributions Ali has made to Residence Life in terms of programming, team building, and availability.

In appreciation of their ongoing support of Residence Life and safety of the campus, the Office of Campus Safety was recognized with the Friend of Residence Life Award. The award was presented by Danny Glassmann, assistant dean of students and director of residence life, who shared how overwhelmingly the staff felt Campus Safety was one of Residence Life’s biggest partners on-campus and how appreciative the office is of their hard work in keeping our campus safe and secure.

Additional awards were presented in other areas to student staff members who exemplified excellence in individual areas. The winners of these awards were:

Traer RA of the Year: Christie Pearce
Bowden Magbee/Upper Quad RA of the Year: Clara St. Urbain
Jobe Hansen RA of the Year: Alison Keeter
Dempsey RA of the Year: Heather Burgess
Best Programmer of All Staff: Tirzah Brown and Christie Pearce
Social Program of the Year: Vagina Monologues, presented to Alison Keeter
(Honorable Mention: Bond Week, presented to Christopher Strickland and Samuel Lyon)
Academic Program of the Year: OgleBee, presented to Clara St. Urbain, Christopher Strickland, Elisabeth Carter, and Ben Caoili)

Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners, as well as the rest of the Residence Life staff who have done an outstanding job this year!

Staff and Faculty Honored at Employee Recognition Luncheon

Award winners Mark Gross, Jon Akin, Renee Vary Keele, Danny Glassmann, George Kopec and Melissa Briley.

Award winners Mark Gross, Jon Akin, Renee Vary Keele, Danny Glassmann, George Kopec and Melissa Briley.

The second annual Employee Recognition Luncheon was held this week and a number of staff and faculty members were recognized for their exceptional service to Oglethorpe.

Oglethorpe staff members were invited to nominate their peers for six awards that recognized individuals who have gone “beyond the call of duty.” All awards included a monetary prize.

The Staff Member of the Year Award for the 2013-14 academic year went to Renee Vary Keele, director of University Communications. Her award was presented by co-worker and nominator J. Todd Bennett, executive director of University Communications, who spoke of her revitalization of the university’s Carillon magazine and media relations efforts, which both garnered several national awards over the past year, among other accomplishments. “As the university’s editor-in-chief,” Todd said, “she has improved or created tools to tell the Oglethorpe story including the OU Stories, OU Newswire, and the Carillon. Renee’s taken on the work of arts promotion, including all marketing and promotion for the museum. She supports practically every office and department on campus, and does it exceedingly well.”

Additional awards were presented to staff members who exhibited exemplary conduct during the past year in specific categories. The winners of these awards are:
Customer Service Award: George Kopec, Director of Development Services
Professionalism Award: Danny Glassmann, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life
Quality Award: Mark Gross, Assistant Director of the Academic Success Center
Teamwork Award: Jon Akin, Head Soccer Coach
Creativity Award: Melissa Briley, Accounts Receivable Manager

The Staff Recognition Committee was responsible for reviewing and evaluating all of the nominations to determine the winners. This year’s committee was comprised of last year’s award winners Laura Masce, Suzy Lane, Judy Zahn and Katie Paden.

Additionally, pins were presented to employees who celebrated notable work anniversaries at Oglethorpe. Celebrating 5 years of service were Lesley Cole, Leah Zinner, Devon Belcher, Suzy Lane and David Dixon. Celebrating 10 years of service were Daniel Adams, Peter Howell, Kendra King, Lynn Guhde, Roarke Donnelly, Anne Salter and George Kopec. Celebrating 15 years of service were Nick Maher and John Carton. Jeffrey Collins celebrated 20 years and Alan Loehle, Jay Lutz and Barb Henry all celebrated 25 years. John Orme and Monte Wolf celebrated 30 and 35 years, respectively.

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees, and thank you to everyone who dedicates their professional lives to benefit Oglethorpe University!