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Oglethorpe Women's Network (OWN) is composed of Oglethorpe faculty, staff and community volunteers who are interested in joining Oglethorpe women and women from the community to explore jointly issues of concern to women.

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OWN Goals

  • To sponsor events for the educational, social, and personal development of women, both on and off the campus.
  • To establish interesting programs and gatherings where women can learn and share their experiences.
  • To familiarize women in the Atlanta community with the Women's and Gender Studies Program and other educational programs and opportunities at Oglethorpe University.

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An Evening with the Mayors
April 20, 2006

On April 20 Oglethorpe Women's Network hosted "An Evening with the Mayors" at the High Museum of Art. The program featured Ambassador and former Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young and current Mayor Shirley Franklin. The two mayors discussed public service and how it has impacted their lives, giving advice to members of the audience on becoming involved in meaningful ways in their own communities.

Both mayors described their experiences as leaders during various times in their lives. They spoke of the difficulties leaders encounter and agreed that in attempting to solve insurmountable problems, strategy is the means to solutions. Mayor Franklin related to the audience that her education in a girl's school instilled a belief that she could do anything she wanted.

Ambassador Young referred to himself as an unassuming young man until he became active in the Civil Rights Movement of the 50ies. As he became involved, leaders of the movement began depending on him, and he was forced to live up to their expectations.

Ambassador Young and Mayor Franklin were introduced by Allen Whitehart, a student at Oglethorpe. After the program, guests were invited to view the exhibits at the High Museum and to attend a reception.


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Truth and Its Consequences
March 28, 2006

On March 28 Dr. Claire D. Coles spoke to Oglethorpe students, professors and invited guests on the disabling effects of alcohol abuse during pregnancy. Dr. Coles is Director of the Fetal Alcohol Center at Marcus Institute and a full professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Emory University School of Medicine. The program, held in Lupton Auditorium, was sponsored by Oglethorpe Women's Network.

Dr. Coles discussed the mental and physical disabilities that can result when a fetus is exposed to alcohol. The neurological damage often leads to serious learning disabilities and behavior problems.  Skilled treatment and specialized education can help children with fetal alcohol syndrome circumvent their disabilities and lead productive lives.  The Marcus Institute is one of two established programs in the country offering comprehensive treatment for children with FAS.

Dr. Coles' talk was especially beneficial to students who were taking classes this spring that covered this preventable disability.

Dr. Coles was introduced by Paula Lawton Bevington, a member of OWN and Development Director of Marcus Institute. Dr. Coles is a 1975 graduate of Oglethorpe University.

 

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