Oglethorpe’s New “Short Courses” Are Long on Fun & Learning

OU shook things up this semester by adding a variety of short courses that focused on fun topics and experiences. Many students took advantage of the 13 one-time learning and recreational experiences, mostly taught by Oglethorpe staff.

This semester’s short courses have explored interesting topics like “How to Survive in the Woods…in a Hammock” with  Jon Nooner, technical director for the Conant Performing  Arts Center, and “Extreme Couponing” with Bre Berris, director of Greek affairs.  Students indulged their sweet tooth with Kim-Marie John, Emerson Cafe’s baker, in a short course that introduced the art of decorating your own cupcake. Residence Life Coordinator Alyssa De Gazon led a short course discussion about the The Hunger Games book series. Students also toured Elm Street Gardens, a two-acre community organic garden, founded by alumnus Robert Currey, which provides food for hundreds of families in Hancock County, the poorest county in Georgia.  Students also gathered to learn “Sign Language: 50 words you need to know”, a short course taught by Jay Gardiner, OU’s athletics director (pictured above). Gardiner shared his knowledge in a fun and interactive environment that left the students asking for more.

The short courses were so popular that there are already plans for them to return in the fall semester.  The Office of Campus Life invites students to submit ideas for short courses. If there is a skill you would like to learn—or teach—send your suggestions to Kendra Hunter at khunter@oglethorpe.edu and the Office of Campus Life will do their best to make it happen!

OU students toured a two-acre organic community garden founded by OU alumnus Robert Currey.

Oglethorpe Magazine Examines “The Art of Critical Thinking”

Attention all OU alumni, parents, students and friends—the latest issue of Oglethorpe’s award-winning Carillon magazine is here!

This issue delves into the role of liberal arts and sciences in the 21st century and features articles written by senior Foss Baker and Dr. Brian Patterson, assistant professor of computer science & mathematics, President Schall, and our new provost, Dr. Denise von Herrmann. 

Read stories about Oglethorpe alumni using their liberal arts education—sometimes in unusual ways!  Did you know an OU alum wrote the 2010 CMA Song of the Year? Or, that an OU alum’s thriving business was featured on HGTV, and that another alum is the editor of a top magazine?!

Get a sneak peek into the plans for a new student center. Learn about the freshman class’s new What the Dog Saw common reading program, and hear from the newest additions to the Office of Campus Life—Danny Glassmann, Kendra Hunter and Bre Berris—about the plans they have for student life at Oglethorpe.

Alumna Chloey Mayo’s “Oglethorpe in Lights” offers a glamorous twist on some campus events of Hollywood proportion with a review the TV shows, movies and commercials that have used OU as their backdrop.

 Read the Carillon here or look out for the magazine at your home—and let us know what you think!

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 to develop valuable leadership skills, pursue academic excellence, serve the Oglethorpe and Atlanta communities, enjoy social activities and make lasting friendships that will be treasured forever.

Scholarship is the most important aspect of college life, so naturally it is first in Greek life. I am extremely proud of our Greek Community, as our Greek student average is consistently higher than the overall GPA of Oglethorpe University students. Every chapter has academic help available in the way of mandatory study hours, help with professors and courses and more.

Membership in a Greek organization will give you the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities including Greek Week, socials, mixers and community service and philanthropy projects. Offices and chairmanships of committees within the chapter will provide a chance for development of leadership abilities. Involvement does not stop within the chapter. On average, Greeks are involved in at least two other campus and community organizations. Every chapter at OU supports its own national philanthropic event, which is raising funds for a charity of its choice and dedicating time, as well as working with the service projects of all the other Greek organizations. Greeks are also supportive of events that occur on campus, including supporting our Stormy Petrels.

To learn more about Sorority recruitment, please join the Facebook group “Sorority Recruitment 2011.”  You can also register for Sorority recruitment online. To learn more about Fraternity rush, please like the Facebook page “Oglethorpe IFC Rush 2011.”

I encourage you to participate in recruitment and to keep an open mind. Greek life is a source of pride at OU, and every chapter has something unique to offer. Thank you again for choosing Oglethorpe and good luck! The Office of Greek Affairs looks forward to working with you in the future and is here to assist you in any way possible! If you have any questions, please contact me (bberris@oglethorpe.edu) or any member of the Greek community! Looking forward to meeting you at our recruitment events.

GO GREEK…Alpha Sigma Tau, Chi Omega, Chi Phi, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Sigma Sigma!!

Photos: Fraternities and sororities participate in some friendly competition during Greek Week earlier this year. Photos by Chelsea Reed ’13.