It was a real treat to recently attend a college fair on behalf of Oglethorpe. It was hosted at a very large high school, just north of Dallas, Texas—and it was probably the first time I’ve stepped foot into a high school in close to two decades (how did that happen?!)
I knew I was long since removed from the high school scene when I realized I could better relate to the parents that evening than the students. I was a bit concerned as I wondered how I was going to connect with a teenager who probably doesn’t have any clue what direction she wants for her life—and how I was going to “sell” her on the idea of an ultra small, private liberal arts school in the heart of Atlanta, more than 800 miles away.
The answer, of course, was in the question. Although I never had students waiting in line to see me (unlike the other OU), the handful of students who did stop by to see me admitted they were intrigued by the name of our alma mater. When I started talking to these seniors, juniors—even sophomores—it became clear that while I couldn’t answer some of the questions that a professional admission counselor could, I could absolutely share my enthusiasm and appreciation for my time spent getting an education at the greatest liberal arts school in America.
Would you like to share your Oglethorpe experience with prospective Petrels? Contact Alumni Relations Director Barbara Bessmer Henry ’85.
Pictured: Kelly hangs out with Oglethorpe mascot Petey at a recent alumni event. Kelly lives in Dallas, Tex., where she is the marketing communications manager for The Container Store. She currently chairs the Alumni Communications Committee for the Alumni Board.
Archer is met by teammates in the dugout during a game.
Oglethorpe alum Stephen Archer ’10 was featured in a marketing video by the NCAA as part of their “Identity Initiative” campaign. The NCAA has released several videos to communicate the values and attributes of its Division III program.
Archer, an honors graduate and a member of the All-conference baseball team, is spotlighted in one of their videos to showcase his accomplishments both on and off the field.
“I believe that if you’ve been successful in what you wanted to do in your life, then it’s your obligation to spend a good portion of your time sending the elevator back down,” actor Kevin Spacey has said. “I’ve tried today to tell you how much my experience has been shaped by those who came before me – what drives me now and motivates me today, and what will continue to inspire those that follow. The truth is…all of us can send the elevator back down because it doesn’t matter what floor you’re on – in life – there’s always someone just below – just waiting for the chance to be invited in.” (Watch video here).
Oglethorpe University doesn’t have many elevators on its campus; we have bookoos of staircases. You’ll constantly see faculty and staff members huffing and puffing their way up the stairs in Hearst and Lupton Halls. The students don’t seem to have as much of a problem with the never-ending stairs.
What’s the point of this post, you ask? Well, the Alumni Office encourages alumni – once they’ve climbed the corporate ladder (or gone up the elevator…) and are the ones doing the hiring – to think of OU students and recent grads. Send the down elevator to pick up some Petrels so they can start their own careers…and one day they’ll be able to send the elevator back down.
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