Centers & Staff

Three Centers; One Purpose

We created the Atlanta Laboratory for Learning (A_LAB) to bridge classroom theory and real-world experience through internships, career development, study abroad, civic engagement and undergraduate research.

Center for Civic Engagement


Patrick Grayshaw
Assistant Director
Civic Engagement

Patrick Grayshaw hails from Ohio, where he grew up just outside of Cleveland. He has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland. Before coming to Oglethorpe, Patrick spent three years at Missouri State University developing brand new co-curricular community engagement programs on campus.

Patrick is a lover of all music, loving live music, especially jazz, acoustic, and musical productions. Further, he has been an active member in various choruses as a singing member. Patrick also has a passion for social justice and advocating for equality through deep meaningful dialogues around difficult topics.


Mounica Kota
Civic Engagement Coordinator

A Texan in origin, Mounica Kota graduated magna cum laude from Oglethorpe University with a degree in Conservation Biology and a double minor in English and Urban Ecology. She is working towards a master’s degree and eventual PhD in EEB (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology). During her time as a Civic Engagement Scholar at Oglethorpe, she was engaged in numerous student organizations and held several leadership positions (Alpha Phi Omega, Coexist Oglethorpe, Student Government, Omicron Delta Kappa, Residence Hall Association, Oglethorpe Women’s Network, etc.) while working as a tutor and completing two internships.

Mounica’s passion for civic engagement translated into her current staff position as the Civic Engagement Coordinator, where she oversees the co-curricular events and partnerships of the Center for Civic Engagement. She has a strong passion for social justice and advocacy work, as well as specific issues in conservation and environmental justice. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and perusing seasonal decorating aisles in stores.

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermo-dynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

The Center for Civic Engagement was created to promote and coordinate volunteer opportunities, build partnerships within the community and prepare students to be engaged citizens. Oglethorpe’s Center for Civic Engagement staff collaborate with faculty and administrators to promote and coordinate opportunities for students which integrate, enhance and apply theories taught in OU classrooms to practical experiences via service-learning courses, internships, community service and volunteer placements in the City of Atlanta. Oglethorpe students, faculty and staff actively volunteer in the community because we have a responsibility to improve and enhance conditions in our community; it affirms the expectation of service held by the Petrel Point system, and helps us encourage sensitivity, compassion and responsiveness to people who lead different lives than our own. Our volunteer experiences direct students to realities and issues outside of the Oglethorpe University gates. Leadership and learning through community service are essential components of Oglethorpe’s mission as expressed by our tagline, “Make a life. Make a living. Make a difference.”

Key Focus Areas & Partnerships:

  • Education: Charles R. Drew Charter School, PATH Academy, Books For Africa
  • Environment: Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Oglethorpe University-Brookhaven Community Garden, Park Pride, TREES Atlanta
  • Health and Wellness: American Red Cross, MedShare, Senior Connections
  • Homelessness and Hunger: Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta Union Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, Suthers Center for Christian Outreach


Student Staff

Civic Engagement Ambassadors

Max Hannon ’19 – Marketing Student Assistant
Ignacio Blanco ’18 – Special Projects Student Assistant
LaBreshia Taylor ’18 – Alternative Break Student Coordinator
Aadithia Prem ’17 – Educational Partnerships Student Coordinator

Civic Engagement Scholars

Yasmeen Alim ‘17
James Seidl ‘18
Brad Firchow ‘19
Olivai Roberson ‘19
Ramon Diaz-Soria ‘20

Civic Engagement Van Drivers

Laura Castellanos ‘17
Kayla Brantley ‘17
Tori Short ‘17

The Center for Civic Engagement Advisory Board at Oglethorpe University is an external advisory board created to enhance Oglethorpe’s relationships with Atlanta’s nonprofit, corporate, foundation and civic leaders. These professionals guide and advise the Center as we create and expand opportunities to engage our students in volunteerism, community outreach, cultural enrichment and political activism in the City of Atlanta, the state of Georgia, our nation and the world.

2014-2015 CCE Advisory Board

Bill Bolling
Executive Director
Atlanta Community Food Bank

Ann Cramer
Director North America, Corporate Community Relations & Public Affairs
IBM Corporation

Whitney Deal
Director, Corporate Citizenship
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Emily Ellison ’97
YWCA of Greater Atlanta

Elise Eplan
The Eplan Group

Kweku Forstall
Executive Director
Year Up Atlanta

Cynthia Kuhlman
Director of Educational Achievement
CF Foundation, Inc.

Steve Linowes
IT Entrepreneur
Danballa, Inc., Microsoft & Yahoo

Atiba Mbiwan
Associate Director
The Zeist Foundation

Alicia Philipp
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc.


Center for Global Education


Dr. Ronald P. Bobroff
Global Education
Associate Professor of History
cell: 336-905-1292
(emergency only)

Office hours:
Wed. 10:00 – 12:00, 3:00 – 5:30
Fri: 10:00 – 12:00, 1:00 – 3:00

Ronald P. Bobroff is an associate professor of history, with specialties in Russia and European International History, especially that of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has published on Russian diplomacy and the origins of World War I.

Ronald earned his BA in Slavic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MSC in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA and PhD in History from Duke University. He has taught at Duke as well as at Wake Forest University.


Nancy Boyken
Global Education and International Student Services Coordinator

Nancy graduated magna cum laude from Oglethorpe University with a degree in Spanish after completing three Short-Term and one full semester Study Abroad programs with OU. Her passion for studying abroad and globalization translated into her current staff position as the Center for Global Education Coordinator, where she works to help send students abroad from OU.

In addition, she is the International Student Services Coordinator, welcoming Oglethorpe’s international students, and advising them about all things pertaining to studying on an F-1 visa in the United States.

Nancy is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Forum for Education Abroad, GAIE (Georgia Association for International Educators), and Diversity Abroad. In her free time, she enjoys reading, interior design, and spending time with her grandchildren and her two dogs.

Robbie Reese
Director, LeadAbroad

Robbie is the Founder and CEO of Lead Abroad, Oglethorpe’s global study partner. Bio coming soon!

The mission of Global Education at Oglethorpe University is to provide academic and experiential opportunities and guidance for all students in study abroad. This department dedicates itself to a global reach for study which introduces, illuminates, integrates, exposes, and ultimately enriches our students in their quest for cultural understanding.

Our programs attempt to integrate the traditional classroom experiences with travel, language use, and direct encounters with international customs, history, and people.

Furthermore, we provide a study abroad program framework through a growing global network of partnerships, agreements, and for-credit, short-term trips—all of which serve as viable, significant investments of time and study. The A_LAB subscribes to the idea that study abroad remains a meaningful, balanced, and enlightening approach for the synthesis of theory and praxis, for both academic and personal explorations. The A_LAB aligns itself with the overall Oglethorpe University mission by providing a rigorous format and platform for structuring specific study abroad itineraries and excursions, enabling students to make a living and make a life, here and abroad.

The department strives to insure students balance their academic and experiential experiences and excursions, insisting upon careful construction of study abroad agendas. The study abroad program also enables students to initiate and build their own intellectual foundations for assessing and evaluating the cultures they wish to study or live in; the program focuses on researching universities and colleges abroad that make a sensible and feasible “fit” with Oglethorpe University and its liberal arts mission.

The following professors may also be consulted for advice:

Professor (email) especially for exchanges with… office ext.
Chandler Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico Hearst 320 8382
Maher Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico Hearst 306 (504) 3473
Plotnik Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico Hearst 303 8378
Collins Austria, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Mediterranean Robinson 107 (504) 3452
Bobroff Belgium A_LAB 240 8899
Herschler China Lupton 301 8433
J. Knippenberg Europe Lupton 309 8341
Orme Europe Lupton 313 8342
Lutz France, Monaco, the Netherlands Hearst 307 8395
B. Smith Germany Lupton 317 8384
Steen Japan Hearst 314 8394

Center for Professional Development


Amy Clemente
Career Development

Amy Clemente joined Oglethorpe in September 2012. She is a licensed professional counselor, has B.A. in Psychology from N.C. State University, and a M.S. in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. Prior to Oglethorpe, Amy worked for Sprint /Nextel where she had a career in Human Resources, Training and Development, and Project Management for the company’s leadership curriculum. She oversees the Career Development Department in the Atlanta Laboratory for Learning, which provides support to students so that they can successfully navigate their path from college to career. Amy loves using a strengths based approach in her work with students, helping them connect to a lifetime of meaningful career and personal choices. Amy is a member of NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers), NCDA (National Career Development Association), and is currently serving on the Board as Membership Chair for the Georgia Career Development Association in Atlanta.

Erin Sherrill
Career Outreach Specialist

After traveling and living all across the country, Erin has been delighted to settle in to her home in Atlanta and serve the Oglethorpe community since September 2016.  Erin has a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Miami, an M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida, and an M.S.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northern Illinois University.  She even managed to squeeze in a year of study abroad at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia where she focused on Psychology and Australian Indigenous Studies.  Erin has been working in career counseling roles since 2014 and has enjoyed assisting traditional students, non-traditional students, alumni, and military personnel in their career transitions and journeys.

Erin’s approach to career counseling is person-centered, strength-based, and solution-focused.  She is energized by working with students to explore their strengths and passions and then incorporate these characteristics into meaningful professional experiences.  Erin recognizes that all of our experiences inform our career decision-making and encourages students to seek opportunities that stretch the boundaries of their comfort zone.

Personally, Erin loves to explore new places, eat new foods, and have new experiences.  She has had a blast exploring her new Atlanta community and is always looking for recommendations on exciting adventures, tasty restaurants, and beautiful hikes!

The mission of the Office of Professional Development is to help students integrate their liberal arts education into their professional career identity. Specifically, we assist current students and alumni with enhancing their self awareness; exploring career options and how to obtain career-related experiences through internships. We educate students and alumni about career planning, a life-long process of self-evaluation and decision-making.

Our approach to career planning is developmental and strength based. Because careers develop over the entire life span, we help students prepare for the ever changing world of work at the same time addressing their individual needs. Our career development time line by year is the framework for the work we do with students. Additionally, it is our belief that all work is important and we respect all professions. We aim to help students find meaning in their careers by capitalizing on their special talents and strengths.

Our goal is to provide students the resources to help them manage their own development, enabling students answer three main questions: Who am I? What are my gifts? What is my place in the world?