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Oglethorpe University

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Motto Nescit Cedere
Established 1835
Type Private
Endowment $21,693,749 [1]
President Lawrence Schall, J.D. Ed. D.
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Campus Suburban, 100 acres (400,000 m²)
Mascot Stormy Petrel
Website http://www.oglethorpe.edu

Oglethorpe University is a private liberal arts college in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It was chartered in 1835 and named after James Edward Oglethorpe, the state's founder. A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... Hotlanta redirects here. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Binomial name Oceanites oceanicus Kuhl, 1820 The Wilsons Storm-petrel or Wilsons Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) is a small seabird of the storm-petrel family Hydrobatidae. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. ... Hotlanta redirects here. ... James Edward Oglethorpe (22 December 1696 - 30 June 1785) was an English general and philanthropist, a founder of the state of Georgia. ...



Oglethorpe College was originally chartered in 1835 in Midway, just south of the city of Milledgeville, then the state capital. The school was built and, at that time, governed by the Presbyterian Church, making it one of the South's earliest denominational institutions. The American Civil War led to the school's closing from 1862 to 1866. Midway-Hardwick is a census-designated place located in Baldwin County, Georgia. ... Milledgeville is a city in Baldwin County in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... In politics, a capital (also called capital city or political capital — although the latter phrase has a second meaning based on an alternative sense of capital) is the principal city or town associated with a countrys government. ... Presbyterianism is a form of church government which is most prevalent within the Reformed branch of Protestant Western Christianity. ... This article is becoming very long. ...

The college followed the relocation of the capital to Atlanta and, in 1870, began holding classes at the present site of Atlanta City Hall. Plagued by financial difficulties, however, the school closed its doors two years later. Small-town post office and town hall A city hall, or town hall is the headquarters of a citys (or towns) administration. ...

Oglethorpe College was re-chartered as a non-denominational institution in 1913, and in 1915 the cornerstone to the new campus was laid at its present location on Peachtree Road in Atlanta. The person behind rebuilding Oglethorpe was Dr. Thornwell Jacobs, whose grandfather, Professor Ferdinand Jacobs, had served on the faculty of Old Oglethorpe. Jacobs would serve as president for nearly three decades. Thornwell Jacobs (February 15, 1877– August 4, 1956) was an American academic. ...

Oglethorpe College became Oglethorpe University in 1965. Many of Oglethorpe's campus buildings were built in a distinctive Gothic revival architecture style; this area of the 100-acre campus is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ...

Oglethorpe University's Coat of Arms

Oglethorpe's collegiate coat-of-arms is emblazoned with three boars' heads and the inscription Nescit Cedere, meaning "He does not know (what it means) to give up."

Points of interest

The Conant Performing Arts Center, completed in 1997, serves as the permanent home of Georgia Shakespeare. Georgia Shakespeare (formerly Georgia Shakespeare Festival) is a professional, not-for-profit theatre company located in Atlanta, Georgia. ...

The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art on the top floor of historic Lowry Hall also has achieved notoriety for a series of shows on far eastern art.

In 1994, Lupton Hall, Phoebe Hearst Hall, Lowry Hall and Hermance Stadium were added to the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the 100 acre campus was designated a National Historic District. John Thomas Lupton (1862-1933) was an American lawyer, businessman and philanthropist. ... Phoebe Apperson Hearst (1842-1919) was born in Franklin County, Missouri, United States. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... The National Register of Historic Places is the USAs official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. ...

Oglethorpe University is home to the Crypt of Civilization, the first and most complete time capsule ever created, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Scheduled to be opened in 8113, it is located in the basement of Phoebe Hearst Hall. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Crypt of Civilization is considered the first successful implementation of a time capsule. ... A time capsule is a histori c cache of goods and/or information, usually intended as a method of communication with people in the future. ... (8th millennium – 9th millennium – 10th millennium – other millennia) The 9th millennium is a period of time which will begin on January 1, 8001 and will end on December 31, 9000. ...

Greek Life


Chi Phi
Delta Sigma Phi
Kappa Alpha Order
Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Sororities The Chi Phi (ΧΦ) fraternity is an American college social fraternity founded in 1824 at Princeton University, in 1858 at the University of North Carolina, and in 1860 at Hobart College, making it the oldest college social Greek-letter society and the only college Greek-letter society to have historical foundings... Delta Sigma Phi (ΔΣΦ, also known as DSP, Delta Sigs or Delt Sigs at Albion College and Michigan State University) is a fraternity established at the City College of New York in 1899 and is a charter member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. ... The Kappa Alpha Order (KA) is a secret collegiate Order of Christian Knights. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Alpha Sigma Tau
Chi Omega
Sigma Sigma Sigma

Alpha Sigma Tau (AΣT) Sorority is a national collegiate sorority founded on November 4, 1899 at Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University). ... Chi Omega (ΧΩ) is the largest womens fraternal organization in the National Panhellenic Conference [1] as well as over 171 active collegiate chapters. ... Sigma Sigma Sigma (ΣΣΣ), also known as Tri Sigma or Sigma, is a national American women’s sorority with membership of more than 92,000 members (as of August 1, 2006). ...

Events and traditions

Oglethorpe Day

Early February. Campus events celebrate the anniversary of James Oglethorpe's founding of the colony of Georgia. The annual "Petrels of Fire" race, an homage to Trinity College's Great Court Run portrayed in the movie Chariots of Fire, features students attempting to run the 270 yard perimeter of the Academic Quad before the Lupton Hall belltower finishes its noon chimes.

Boar's Head It has been suggested that Wedding anniversary be merged into this article or section. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For a description of the medieval homage ceremony see commendation ceremony Homage is generally used in modern English to mean any public show of respect to someone to whom you feel indebted. ... Full name The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity Motto Virtus vera nobilitas Virtue is true Nobility Named after The Holy Trinity Previous names King’s Hall and Michaelhouse (until merged in 1546) Established 1546 Sister College(s) Christ Church Master The Lord Rees of Ludlow Location Trinity Street... Trinitys Great Court looking north, showing the Kings Gate, Chapel, Fountain and the Great Gate Great Court is the main court of Trinity College, Cambridge, and reputed to be the largest enclosed court in Europe. ... Chariots of Fire is a British film released in 1981. ... The perimeter is the distance around a given two-dimensional object. ... quadrangle is a good name for a mathlete team. ... The Belltower at University of California, Riverside, a center piece of the campus at UC Riverside. ...

First Friday of December. Modeled after the Boar's Head Gaudy of Queen's College, Oxford, Boar's Head is the traditional start to the Christmas season at Oglethorpe. Festivities include a concert featuring the University Singers, other student organizations and performers from the community, as well as the lighting of the University's Christmas tree. Newly initiated members of Omicron Delta Kappa receive recognition and, as a rite of initiation, kiss the ceremonial boar's head.

College name The Queens College Collegii Reginae Named after Queen Philippa of Hainault Established 1341 Sister College Pembroke College Provost Sir Alan Budd JCR President Vishal Mashru Undergraduates 350 MCR President Matthias Range Graduates 133 Homepage Boatclub High Street entrance to Queens College from the main quad. ... The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ... Christmas is an annual holiday that marks the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. ... A classical music concert in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 2005 A concert is a live performance, usually of music, before an audience. ... For other uses, see Initiation (disambiguation). ... Omicron Delta Kappa, or OΔK, is a national leadership honor society. ... Initiation rites are formalized, ceremonial rites of passage as an individual moves from stage to stage within a social career or formally acquires such status. ...


Thornwell Jacobs chose an unusual mascot to represent Oglethorpe's athletic teams. The university's mascot is the Stormy Petrel, a seabird said to have been admired by James Oglethorpe for its hardiness and courage. It is the only bird known to fly into a hurricane; the oil on its wings providing a coating against the harsh winds and rain. Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Genera Subfamily Oceanitinadae Oceanites Pelagodroma Fregatta Neofregatta Subfamily Hydrobatinae Garrodia Hydrobates Oceanodroma Halocyptena The storm-petrels are seabirds in the family Hydrobatidae, part of the order Procellariiformes. ...

In March of 2002, ESPN's David Lloyd named the Stormy Petrel as one of the most memorable college mascot names of all time, second only to the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz.[1] {{Infobox Network | network_name = ESPN| network_logo = | country =  United States| network_type = Cable Television Network| available = National| owner = The Walt Disney Company (80%) Hearst Corporation (20%)| key_people = George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. ... The University of California, Santa Cruz, also known as UCSC or UC Santa Cruz, is one of the ten campuses of the University of California. ...

The university offers NCAA Division III competition in 14 sports, and competes as a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The school's most successful athletic program is its men's golf team, which is perennially among the nation's best. It finished fourth in Division III in 2006. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division III consists of institutions who recognize that collegiate athletics can be an integral part of the educational process. ... The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division III. Member institutions are located in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. ...


  • The Carillon, alumni magazine
  • The Stormy Petrel, student newspaper
  • Yamacraw, yearbook. Its name comes from Yamacraw Bluff, the landing site of James Oglethorpe's 1733 colonial expedition.
  • The Tower, literary magazine

A student newspaper is a newspaper run by students of a university, high school, or middle school. ... A literary magazine is a periodical devoted to literature in a broad sense. ...

Notable alumni

  • Douglass Alexander, class of 1968; president of the fundraising consulting firm Alexander, Haas, Martin & Partners. Firm lead the fundraising efforts that brought the 1996 Olympics to Atlanta. Has appeared on Georgia Trend's list of most influential Georgians.
  • Luke Appling, member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame; class of 1932
  • Bobby Baker, class of 1979; Georgia Public Service Commissioner
  • Jocelyn Baker, class of 1991; Director of Communications for MARTA
  • Samuel Earl Blackwell, class of 1929; founder of Celebrity Services, Inc.
  • Sidney Lanier, class of 1860; poet of post-Civil War era
  • Benjamin M. Palmer, class of 1852; first national moderator of Presbyterian Church, based in New Orleans
  • Vincent Sherman, class of 1925; acclaimed Hollywood film director with more than 30 movies to his credit, including Mr. Skeffington (1944) and The Young Philadelphians (1959).
  • Susan Soper, class of 1969; executive editor of Atlanta INTown magazine; former features editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • Charles Longstreet Weltner, class of 1948; former U.S. representative, Georgia Supreme Court Justice and recipient of the Profiles in Courage Award;

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References in popular culture

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External links


  1. ^ ESPN article refering to the Stormy Petrel mascot
  • Oglethorpe University - Detailed Description. Peterson's. Retrieved on April 1, 2005.

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New Georgia Encyclopedia: Oglethorpe University (1130 words)
Oglethorpe University was one of the earliest denominational institutions in the region.
Oglethorpe's most distinguished alumnus from the antebellum era was the poet, critic, and musician Sidney Lanier, who graduated in 1860.
The university's Gothic revival architecture was inspired by James Oglethorpe's honorary alma mater, Corpus Christi College at Oxford University in England.
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Oglethorpe has an outstanding faculty; 96 percent of the members hold doctoral or other terminal degrees, many from the finest graduate schools in the country.
Undergraduate life at Oglethorpe University is, in a large sense, that of a democratic community; student government is mainly self-government.
Students entering Oglethorpe should have completed 4 units of English, 4 of mathematics, 3 of science, and 3 of social studies; 2 units of the same foreign language are recommended.
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