The Blank Foundation’s “The Future of the American Dream” Webcast to Include Oglethorpe Students

Americans have always believed that hard work and education open the doors to success.  Is that promise still alive for today’s generation of students?

Oglethorpe University students Christina Bayne, Will Jones, Misty Love, Katie Odell, Corey Ray, Kristy Williams, Ashley Causey, Awet Woldegebriel, Joseph White, and Maya Hayes will discuss that question during a live webcast titled The Future of The American Dream on December 1 at 6:00 p.m. The webcast is organized by the The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and is part of their Speaker Series. The discussion will feature Bob Herbert, journalist and Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, and Deborah Bial, president and founder of The Posse Foundation. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Garrow will moderate the discussion.

“We are delighted that a number of Oglethorpe students will join us for our live speaker series event,” said Penny McPhee, president of the The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

Oglethorpe University students were invited by the foundation to take part and will participate alongside students from several other metro Atlanta universities, including Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Agnes Scott College, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia State University.

Join the live webcast at, no registration needed. The page also contains links to speaker bios, interviews with area college students on The Future of the AmericanDream, and links to resources and news articles.

Oglethorpe’s Rotaract Club Sponsors Cultural Appreciation Day

At Wednesday's Cultural Appreciation Day, Oglethorpe students were urged to donate to Japan relief efforts.

On Wednesday, Oglethorpe junior Misty Love ’12 spent the afternoon in her dormitory kitchenette baking her grandmother’s special cornbread in preparation for that night’s Cultural Appreciation Day, sponsored by OU’s Rotaract Club.  Misty, who serves as the club’s president, had been organizing the event for weeks, and she wanted to share with her fellow students a piece of her culture—Ma’ Dear’s  signature cornbread.

“She was thrilled to share her secret recipe with me,” relates Misty.  “I thought, love of food is universal—what better way to show my classmates where I’m from (Bainbridge, Georgia) than classic southern cornbread?”

Two African students table for Cameroon and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

At just over 200 miles from Oglethorpe, Bainbridge is close-by in comparison to some of the places other students represented at the event.  Students from as far away as Costa Rica, Nepal, and Cameroon set up tables in the Emerson Student Center, featuring food, games, and decorations from their home countries.

In the midst of all of the mingling, matching, and munching, dozens of students listened intently to Kathryn Negrelli, Director of Development and Programming at the Japan-American Society of Georgia, as she explained to attendees the importance of donating whatever possible to Japan relief efforts.

“Since Rotaract’s mission is ‘Service Above Self’  we wanted to lend a helping hand to Japan in any way that we could, and encourage students to do so also,” said Misty. “We live in a very diverse world, and since the people in our age group are the future leaders of the world, I think it is important that we learn about and understand other peoples’ differences so that we can all work together to…build a better world.”