This Week in Campus Life – September 21, 2021

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Please see the following updates for this week on campus.  

Staff Highlight

Oglethorpe alumna Chantel Jones ’18 has demonstrated a deep commitment to her institution. Previously serving as the Coordinator for Campus Life and Greek Life, she has worked tirelessly to support all of the affiliated members of our Greek chapters. She has also worked with the Campus Life team in supporting the onboarding of new Stormy Petrels, as well as the programming through our programming board. Serving in her new role as the Assistant Director of New Student and Family Programming, she has continued to demonstrate a commitment to the success of Oglethorpe in creating an inclusive welcoming experience for the classes of 2025 and 2024 in the midst of a pandemic. 

Campus Life Updates

The VirtualCare Group

As an Oglethorpe student, you have free, unlimited access to doctors and therapists, plus on-demand crisis counseling 24/7/365. This service is sponsored by your Student Government Association. To sign-up for this free service, please visit The VirtualCare Group 

While the VirtualCare Group is onboarding psychiatric appointment processes into their application, students are able to call The VirtualCare Group customer service line at 866-533-1827 to schedule an appointment. Costs for an initial appointment is $215, and $100 for additional appointments. This service is provided to students with or without insurance. 

Get Involved

Please visit OUConnect to learn more about what is occurring on campus and how to join a club or organization! 

Residence Life

To kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Residence Life team invites you to attend their Latinx Heritage Month Bash on Wednesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. in the Residential Quad. This RA-led event will partner with the Student Health and Wellness Department to provide insight into the cultural heritage of the Latinx community through Latinx food, music, literature, games, and a raffle for free books. This event is your chance to experience a semi-cultural immersed residential event! 

Student Involvement

Please join Student Involvement for their upcoming Food Truck Friday, September 24 from noon-2 p.m., and for their upcoming Multicultural Resource Fair on Tuesday, September 28 from 6-8 p.m. in the TLCC. 

Oglethorpe University is looking to restart its Oglethorpe South Asian Club (OSAC). If interested, please contact Leron Burge 

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Do you have an interest in supporting your fellow Stormy Petrels in forming an understanding of the University Code of Conduct? The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will begin recruiting students to serve on its student conduct board or serve as a student ambassador. Please stay tuned for more information! 

EverFi

All first-year and transfer students should have received an email from EverFi asking them to log in and complete their required assessments. These are also coupled with several reminder emails. Please check your email inbox and spam box for the invitation email. Students who failed to complete this by the September 18, 2021 deadline will be issued an educational hold on their student account until this is completed. For more information, please contact our Assistant Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Sari-Jai Walker

New Student and Family Programs

We are excited to announce that Parent and Family Weekend will be returning this year the weekend of October 24-26. Please tell your parents and family to be on the lookout for more information to be released soon!  

Greek Life

For information on other chapters and councils, please visit the Greek Life website page. 

Student Wellness

Global Education

Career Development

Start your semester off right with these quick career tips from Career Development: 

Connect with Career Development:

Keep an eye on the developing list of fall CD and Employer events on Handshake! 

Message from Student Government Association

Greetings Petrels!

Oglethorpe Student Government Association is looking for student representatives to represent and advocate for specific groups on campus. These student representatives listen to concerns, collect questions, and act as ambassadors for students. We are looking to diversify our thoughts and conversation on projects and initiatives we host on campus by opening the floor to more students. 

Thus, we are proud to introduce SGA extended positions! We are extending our body to include a DACAmented/Undocumented Student Representative, LGBTQIA+ Student Representative, International Student Representative, and a Commuter Student Representative. Please take a look at the document attached to this email for a description of the duties and responsibilities for these positions.  

We understand some of these positions may be hard for some students to accept. We are by no means asking for any student to give private information to SGA. However, a requirement to serve in the position is to specifically be a part of the community. If you are not comfortable serving in the position, we ask that you do not apply. Alternatively, you can always email sga@oglethorpe.edu, or fill out our anonymous feedback link to communicate ideas and concerns to SGA! 

To apply for these positions, please complete the application by October 1 at 5 p.m.! For any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to us via Instagram DMs, email, or discuss with any SGA Representative you see on campus! We look forward to seeing your applications! 

Athletics

Come and cheer on the Stormy Petrels this week! 

  • Women’s Volleyball vs. Emory – Wednesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. 
  • Women’s Soccer vs. Centre – Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m. 
  • Men’s Soccer vs. Centre – Saturday, September 25 at 3:30 p.m. 
  • Women’s Soccer vs. Oxford of Emory – Monday, September 27 at 7 p.m.
  • View the full athletics schedule 

University Updates

Here are some additional updates from around the university. 

COVID-19

The university continues to send out weekly updates regarding COVID-19. To review previous announcements or to review additional information, please visit the Oglethorpe University COVID-19 website. 

  • Please remember that face-coverings are required indoors on campus unless you are alone in your office or room, or while actively eating or drinking. Additional policies can be found in the COVID-19 Handbook, which has been updated for the Fall 2021 semester and was published last week at covid19.oglethorpe.edu. All members of the Oglethorpe community are expected to observe the policies and procedures outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook. 
  • Individuals can and should report COVID-19 violations, incidents or concerns anonymously through this form, which can also be found at covid19.oglethorpe.edu. For students, reports will be addressed through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and may result in removal from campus. Reports pertaining to faculty and staff will be addressed through the appropriate human resource guidelines and may result in disciplinary action. 

Vice President of Student Affairs

The university is in the final stages of interviewing for the Vice President of Student Affairs. During the search process, finalists will have the opportunity to hold open forums with students. These will occur on Monday and Wednesday of each interview day from 3:15-3:45 p.m. in a virtual setting. Please refer to your emails from Dr. Rebecca Sandidge for more information on candidate resumes and how to attend forums. 

Petrel Passes

Petrel Passes are now made by Campus Safety. To request a new Petrel Pass, please email petrelpass@oglethorpe.edu  with a professional headshot of yourself (NO filters, hats, sunglasses, or other photo-altering edits), your full name, and your student ID number. Passes will be available for pickup at the TLCC Student Commons within 24-hours of the request, during weekdays. 

If your Petrel Pass is not working either at the dining hall or at your residence hall, then please go to the TLCC Student Commons and inform them of the issue so that they can assist. 

If you lose your Petrel Pass, please email petrelpass@oglethorpe.edu to request a new one. A $15 replacement fee will be added to your student account for all lost or damaged Petrel Passes. 

Door Unlocks in the Residence Halls

Each residential student receives two free door unlocks per semester. Subsequent door unlocks performed by Campus Safety or by Residence Life will result in a $15 fine. If your key or Petrel Pass is damaged, please inform the Office of Residence Life as soon as possible. 

University Bookstore

The University Bookstore is OPEN! Please feel free to stop by and purchase all of your Stormy Petrel gear! Students are also able to purchase their books and other course materials through the online portal. Materials purchased online can be shipped to your on-campus mailboxes, home or other addresses. Free economy shipping is available for over $35 or $5 flat UPS Ground. 

MARTA Passes

The University Bookstore has monthly MARTA passes available for purchase for $68.50. A $30 discount from other vendors. 

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