Oglethorpe’s Career Take Out: More Than Just a Meal!

Oglethorpe students practiced their networking skills a few weeks ago by participating in Career Take Out—three community dinners planned by the Alumni Office and Career Services. About 20 students participated in the events, along with alumni and staff members. The program connects students who are focusing on their job search and preparation with Oglethorpe alumni in similar career fields.

Alumni in Atlanta graciously opened their homes to students for small dinner parties, bringing everyone together in a friendly environment for good food, conversation, career advice and camaraderie. This year’s event focused on three specific career/majors:  English Communications, Pre-Law and undecided majors.

Janice McNeal ’97, a community volunteer and philanthropist, hosted the English/Communications group, along with Ashish Thakur ’99, executive director and CFO of The Indus Entrepreneurs of Atlanta, Megan Van Doran ’09, social marketing specialist for the InterContinental Hotels Group, and Danielle Hitchchock ’12, a marketing coordinator for the Heeney Company.

Deborah Lange ’03 , director of admissions for the Lovett School, and her husband Rocky Lange, a Financial Advisor for BB&T, hosted the Undecided group, along with alums Trevor Sheffield ’09, manager of marketing and customer relations at Geo Certs SSL, and Whitney Hockensmith ’09, customer service representative at Enterprise Fleet Management.

Joe ’91 and Andrea Shelton ’91 hosted the Pre- Law group. Joe is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher and Phillips LLC, and Andrea is an attorney and as well as president and founder of Heart Bound Ministries.  Alex Johnson ’07, an attorney at Gillis and Creasy LLC, and Bobby Baker ’79, a partner at Freeman, Mathis and Gary, also joined the group.

La Tasha Bellamy, a senior majoring in Communication and Rhetoric Studies, felt participating was well worth it. “Attending gave us the opportunity to connect with one another and meet new and such resourceful and amazingly talented people within our degree/career interests.”

Felisha Ellison, a sophomore studying Communication also enjoyed the evening. “I participated in the Communications Networking dinner and found it to be extremely rewarding,” said Ellison. “I learned much valuable information, and met many new knowledgeable contacts. Thank you so much for organizing and helping to provide this special event for Oglethorpe students. It was a wonderful opportunity!”

Look out for the next Career Take Out, planned for the spring 2013 semester!

Amy Clemente, MS, NCC is the Career Counselor at Oglethorpe’s Center for Experiential Learning.

Alpha Psi Omega to Present ‘Of Dice & Men’

Oglethorpe University’s chapter of the Alpha Psi Omega theatre honor society invites you to a tabletop game of Dungeons and Dragons—on stage, that is. 

The Chi Kappa “cast” is set to produce Of Dice & Men, a coming-of-age play about six young people, all Dungeons and Dragons players, who must suddenly face the fact that one of their own will soon be deployed to Iraq—a conflict that will force them to realize why they game, what it means to grow up, and what true friendship looks like. Dice is one of this year’s breakout stage productions, and the thespians from OU’s Alpha Psi chapter are bringing it to the Lupton Hall stage later this fall.

The whole play, from top to bottom, is entirely student produced.  To help defray the cost of building the set, costumes, and outfitting the Lupton stage for a production of this quality, Alpha Psi has set up an online fundraiser, powered by Kickstarter.com.  They’ve already raised over $1300, and are looking to raise a total of $2000 by the beginning of next month.  Danielle Hitchcock ’12, the play’s director, says that bringing an up-and-coming stageplay like Of Dice & Men to the Atlanta theatre scene is a wonderful challenge for the cast and a real treat for audiences.

“This show really spoke to me, and I am going to do my very best to bring to the stage all of the realism and truth of the relationships and emotion that Cameron McNary composed in the work,” said Danielle.  “This show is extremely touching, and I think it will resonate with anyone who sees it, regardless of whether or not they’ve ever even heard of Dungeons and Dragons.”

“The game is really more of a device to show how close the characters are and to explore what it means to grow up.  I know that our tightly-knit ‘Ogle-community’ will be universally affected by the conflict of the play as everyone has had to deal with changes in their family of friends—whether it is just someone graduating or something more serious, the emotions in this play are ones that everyone must deal with at some point.”

Alpha Psi Omega’s Kickstarter fundraiser ends on Sunday, August 28, but the group will continue to collect donations through September 1.  To donate, please e-mail Danielle Hitchcock.

Photo: (from left) Ryan Boland ’14 and seniors Jacque McFadden ’12, Alfred Rudzki ’12, and Danielle Hitchcock ’12 read through Of Dice and Men.