experiential learning


Freshman Honors Class Puts Theory to Practice at Gables Construction Site

Dr. Jeffrey Collins and Dr. Humayun Kabir recently held their freshman honors sustainability class in a different kind of classroom—the construction site for Gables Brookhaven, a new on-campus apartment community opening in fall 2015. The course immerses students, from all majors, in the field of sustainable living—in buildings, in future homes they will build, and on […]

Bertram Levy ’63: Renaissance Man

When Bertram Levy finished high school in Long Island, N.Y., he had two choices: go to college or go to Vietnam. The college preparatory student was bright, no doubt, but he would have preferred to pursue his lifelong passion for music rather then enter college. However at his parents’ insistence, he acquiesced to apply. It […]

Practicing Medicine & Understanding Cancer Patients: A Biology Major’s Perspective

Biology major Nidha Jivan ’15 volunteered at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta as part of Cancer Cell Biology, a service learning class taught by Dr. Karen Schmeichel, professor of biology. Nidha’s service learning research paper was originally published in the Penn State Berks’ Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning & Community-Based Research, Volume 2, Fall 2013.   […]

OU Museum of Art: “An Academic Treasure Trove”

I have always loved Japanese art. So, when I learned that my Asian Politics class was attending the OU Museum of Art’s Japanese art exhibition as part of learning about Japanese history and culture—I freaked. Two things I love had come together: learning and art. Both my class, taught by Dr. Stephen Herschler, and Dr. […]

“OUr Atlanta” Trips Open the City to Oglethorpe Students

One of Oglethorpe’s greatest attributes is our small campus and intimate feel; we have an impressive faculty to student ratio, walk-ability, and students are part of the Oglethorpe family, not just a name on a list. But, we also have something many small liberal arts colleges do not: Atlanta! Oglethorpe offers the best of both […]

My Internship: Curating an Exhibit at the OU Museum of Art

I’m a senior at Oglethorpe, with a double major in history and art history. During the spring 2013 semester, I interned at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) and had the opportunity to curate an exhibit that had a very special purpose. You might not know that Oglethorpe’s art museum has a large permanent […]

Sophomore Embraces Risk and Reward at Oglethorpe

If you looked at the list of colleges I considered going to, Oglethorpe was number eight…out of a list of eight that included St. John’s University, Gonzaga University, Wabash College, Guilford College and Earlham College. I chose to come to Oglethorpe because of its proximity to Atlanta and its small classes. And, living up to […]

First Annual Fall Festival Brings OU Community Together

Hundreds of students, parents and community members came out to celebrate Oglethorpe’s First Annual Fall Festival on a beautiful autumn weekend, making the event a rousing success! The Fall Festival festivities included Night of the Arts, a historical tour of campus by alumnus Paul Hudson ’72, “A Taste of Oglethorpe” featuring local restaurants, artisans, and children’s activities, and […]

Tuscaloosa Tornado Victims Get Helping Hands from Oglethorpe Students

My first Oglethorpe Alternative Winter Break was amazing, relationship-building, eye-opening, and reflective. From January 3-8, ten Oglethorpe students and two staff members volunteered to help with disaster relief for damage caused by the April 2011 tornados that swept through Tuscaloosa, Ala. Although part of the city has been cleaned up and rebuilt, there are numerous communities that […]

Economics Major is Neurosurgeon-in-Training

To some, Allen Zow ’14 is the nice guy who rings you up in the OU bookstore.  But, in about 10 years, he’ll be Doctor Zow to everyone. At least that’s the plan, according to Allen, who has had his sights set on becoming a neurosurgeon since the age of seven. Allen, an economics major, was first inspired to pursue the profession […]