ESU Atlanta Branch

President's Corner

July 8, 2023

To Atlanta Branch Members,

Greetings!  I am honored to be your new Branch President and look forward to a wonderful year of interesting and meaningful ESU sponsored events.  By now you should have received a mailing from the New York national office that included a request for membership dues which asked each of us to submit our 2023-2024 dues or Patron payments. Please consider not only renewing your Membership, but also becoming a National Sponsor or Patron. I know we all want to have a first class Branch.  

On June 23 we had a meeting of your new Board. I am really pleased with the interest and enthusiasm of the Board Members. Our Branch website has been updated with new photos and upcoming events thanks to Adam Ogburn, Board Member and Treasurer.  We still have a lot of work to do, but I believe that we have the right people on the Board to make the needed progress. Plans are underway for some great programs next year.   

First of all, the ESU Annual Conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri on October 20th – 22nd. Sign up early and get your hotel reservations at the Kansas City Crown Center. The ESU National website has all of the relevant information as well as the schedule of events.  You are invited!

In addition to our large traditional events, such as our Luncheons with Distinguished Speakers, and the Holiday party; The ESU Atlanta Branch continues to organize the yearly Shakespeare Competition, Boyce Ansley School programs and T-Lab Scholarship programs.  

We are looking to add other events.  Would you like to have a book club, and supper club?   Help lead the Club's growth by contributing your idea for an event.  If you call me with your idea, I will direct you to the appropriate Committee Chairs.  

Support these events, stay involved, and continue your adventure at the ESU!  

Kind regards,

Susan Phillips, President
ESU, Atlanta Branch

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News And Events

2023 Teaching and Learning Abroad Scholar

Pierson Bauer
2023 Teaching and Learning Abroad Scholar

English Speaking Union Atlanta

The Atlanta branch of the English Speaking Union (ESU) is delighted to announce that Pierson Bauer has been awarded our Teaching and Learning Abroad (TLaB) Scholarship for 2023. Pierce teaches in the English Language Arts Department at Druid Hills High School in DeKalb County. He teaches British Literature and  journalism,  and sponsors the student newspaper. Pierce plans to use this scholarship to study English Literature at Exeter College, Oxford, this summer. The scholarship, for active classroom teachers, fully funds a study abroad program and provides a travel stipend.  

Pierce shares that  "In British Literature classes at Druid Hills, the majority of my students are in their final year of school, and this course, for many, is the final literature class they will ever take. If I can impart to them my knowledge from my time studying at Oxford, that would provide a unique opportunity for my students to grow as literature scholars in their final year before graduating high school."

ESU Atlanta wishes Pierce a successful summer of study as he prepares to spend July in Oxford, and that this experience enhances his connection to his students, colleagues, and community.


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2023 Annual Garden Party


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2022 General Membership Meeting


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Grants Activity Report

ESU Atlanta recently funded two additional $6,500 Dr. Manning Pattillo, Jr. Scholarships at Oglethorpe University  Oglethorpe will award the two Scholarships later this year to two Oglethorpe students in good academic standing, who demonstrate how studying abroad will contribute to their academic, professional, and personal aspirations.  


Kharynton Beggs is the most recent recipient of a Dr. Manning Pattillo, Jr., Scholarship; Kharynton recently completed her studies at the University of Oxford and returned to Atlanta earlier this year. Attached below is a news article about Kharynton. Kharynton will be invited to speak at an upcoming ESU Atlanta Membership Meeting about her studies at the University of Oxford.


At the end of 2021 ESU Atlanta made a $2000 grant to the Atlanta Shakespeare Company to help support Atlanta Shakespeare's program at the Boyce L. Ansley School.   Atlanta Shakespeare's program at the Ansley School focuses on the learning and development needs of the Atlanta area's homeless young children.


ESU Atlanta is currently considering creating a scholarship at an Atlanta area HBCU to assist an HBCU student to study abroad. It is expected that more information will be available later this year about this potential scholarship.

Kharynton Beggs '23 was the 2021 recipient of the Manning Pattillo Jr. Scholarship, presented annually by the Atlanta chapter of the English Speaking Union in honor of former Oglethorpe University President Dr. Manning Pattillo.

The scholarship is awarded to an Oglethorpe student in good academic standing, who demonstrates how studying abroad will contribute their academic, professional, and personal aspirations.

Founded in 1920, the ESU is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization, which utilizes English as a catalyst to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational opportunities and cultural exchange. 

Beggs has been studying at the University of Oxford in England during the fall semester and will return to Oglethorpe in the spring to complete her junior year. But, she has been planning her study abroad experience for years.

"On my very first visit to Oglethorpe, my tour guide discussed all of the partner schools we had around the world – and from the very first mention of Oxford, I knew that I wanted to go," said Beggs, a psychology major from Charleston, SC, who is a member of the women's golf team and serves as an admission ambassador, peer academic advisor, and development assistant.

Utilizing Oglethorpe's extensive resources, Beggs took every opportunity to learn more about studying abroad.

"I attended information sessions held by the global education office, reached out to previous students who had studied at Oxford, and did my own research about the program and the university itself. While I decided very early on in the process that I wanted to study abroad, it was not without the support of the global education office, my advisor, and my family, that I was able to make this dream a reality."

She encourages other students to also explore studying abroad.

"Oglethorpe offers so many different options, there is a program for everyone. Additionally, there are so many resources out there to help fund your trip, and if money is the biggest concern, look into the cost of living of your desired program and look for external scholarships because there are so many out there."

"Being here in Oxford has been one of the greatest experiences, and I would recommend it to everyone. So, if this is something you really want to do, there are so many ways of getting there and Oglethorpe is extremely supportive in helping you reach your goals!"


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Danielle Reed Branch 2022 TLab Scholar

Danielle Reed is the recipient of our Branch TLab scholarship this year and will apply for a creative writing course at either Oxford or Edinburgh to enhance the writing classes she teaches at the Galloway School in Atlanta. 

She was a winner once before when she taught in Florida and studied at the Globe in London and had an amazing time.  She is a mid-career teacher with many years to influence her students, colleagues and community.


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