Operation HOPE to Help Oglethorpe Students Teach Financial Skills to Kids

The global nonprofit Operation HOPE will offer an orientation workshop on the Oglethorpe campus for one of its core programs, Banking on Our Future (BOOF). The program will teach Oglethorpe students valuable financial skills that they, in turn, can take to area schools to educate children about the basic practices related to credit and money management. This is an ideal opportunity for OU students to make a difference, add an impressive experience to your resume and network with business professionals—all while supporting a deserving cause.

The BOOF curriculum is designed to prepare volunteers to educate children ages 9-18 in five areas: Course in Dignity, Basics of Banking, Checking and Savings, Power of Credit and Basic Investments. Thus far, 80 volunteers have been trained and 3,653 children were reached in 2012.

Volunteers in the program include students from other colleges and universities, as well as professionals from businesses around metro Atlanta. With the support of more than 400 private sector companies, 5000 nonprofit organizations and schools and government partners, HOPE has reached over 2 million low-wealth individuals in 70 U.S. cities and South Africa. HOPE’s national corporate partners include business giants like Bank of America, E-Trade Financial, Microsoft, State Farm Insurance, Sun Trust Bank, Toyota and Wells Fargo.

The training will be held on Thursday, March 8,  6-7 pm in Hearst 114. For more information and to reserve a spot in the seminar email Caroline Weimar, in Oglethorpe’s Career Services office, at cweimar@oglethorpe.edu.

OU Men’s Basketball On the Road for International Competition

The OU Men's Basketball team won their first of three games Monday night over professional squad Escazu, 74-71.

It may be summer break, but the Oglethorpe Men’s Basketball team continues to sport the black and gold.  The Stormy Petrels have taken their game on the international road to Costa Rica, mixing competition and culture in an overseas team-building experience.  Head coach Philip Ponder, assistant coach Andrew Tulowitsky, and nine players from last season are spending seven nights in the country, competing in three international games and taking in some of the country’s famed cultural and educational excursions. 

“This should be a great trip for our student-athletes,” said Coach Ponder. “The guys will have a chance to experience another culture while also playing some top-notch basketball games. Team building outings like this can really help with group chemistry.”

The team is set to tour the National Museum and Theater, visit the Supreme Court,  go zip-lining, and take a whitewater rafting trip in the country’s tropical waters.  In true Oglethorpe fashion, the guys also will spend time volunteering at a local shelter for disadvantaged youths.

Even after a long day of international travel, rising senior Andrew Steioff took time to report to the OU Blog from the road:

“My name is Andrew Steioff, a communication major from Duluth, Georgia and a member of the Oglethorpe basketball team which is embarking on a week long tour of the country of Costa Rica.  Before the trip, my teammates and I were all anxious and excited to see what the trip had in store for us.  Little did we know that our first day would end up being a little hectic.  Continue reading