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OU on the Road

Classes without Quizzes


Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
5001 Coconut Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

February 28-29, 2020

Alumni, retirees and friends are invited to join President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz and outstanding OU faculty at OU On the Road: Classes Without Quizzes in Bonita Springs, Florida!

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Put yourself back in the classroom without the stress of research papers or pop quizzes! This weekend of educational enrichment will feature engaging and interactive faculty lectures from the Department of Political Science; School of Music, Theatre and Dance; and the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. See the full presentation descriptions below.

The cost of the weekend is $85 per person and includes a welcome reception Friday night, Saturday morning continental breakfast, three faculty presentations, lunch and a closing reception Saturday afternoon. 

Special hotel rates for Oakland University are available at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point and the TownPlace Suites by Marriott Fort Myers Estero. Below are details on hotel accommodations, prices and booking deadlines.

Faculty Presentations

professional headshot of Dave Dulio smilingElection 2020: The State of the Race
Dave Dulio, Ph.D., is Professor of Political Science Department and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement

The timing of this session will be during the heart of the 2020 Democratic nomination battle. We will explore the politics and mechanics of presidential primaries in the United States, an often-overlooked topic, especially in 2020 as a historic number of candidates seek the opportunity to run against President Trump. This will include the caucus process, delegate selection, super delegates, and the possibility of a brokered convention.

professional headshot of Rebecca Pratt smilingMini Med School
Rebecca Pratt, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

While fascia may not be the sexiest of organ systems it is one of the most influential – and it’s now getting some attention in the popular media, such as Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines. Fascia’s primary responsibility is to connect our systems so that the body works as a whole.  Our fascial system is currently being recognized with roles in pathology (cancer progression), fluid movement (think swollen ankles), skeletal muscle movement, chronic back and neck pain, and the reason for that tightness you feel after physical activity. This presentation will include the components of fascia/connective tissue, its diverse gross structures and why we should learn to treat it with care.

professional headshot of Mike Mitchell smilingThe British Invasion of American Rock and Roll
Mike Mitchell, DMA, is Professor of Music, Choral Music, Director of Choral Activities and Conductor of the Oakland Chorale, University Chorus

Rock and Roll is an American art form. It grew out of the blues to become the biggest music sensation the country had ever seen in the 1950's. But by 1960, it was dead and gone in this country. Yet the reach of this revolutionary music went beyond the US. As our country listened to lowest common denominator pop music, our Rock and Roll conquered Great Britain. In 1964, British rock bands gave us back our own art. Led by four lads from Liverpool, the British Invasion changed the musical and cultural landscape the world over. In many ways, much of today's pop culture can be traced to the moment the Beatles landed in New York. Along with the Rolling Stones and others, they created new sounds and advanced the art of pop music to unheard of heights. The British Invasion took American Rock and Roll and made it great pop art. How did this happen? What were the musical and cultural ingredients that gave us so much great new music? How can we listen to this music and hear it in its context? And what are we really hearing?

Agenda

Friday, Feb 28

  • 3:30 pm Information Session
    Making the Most of Your Philanthropy: Strategies for Tax-advantaged Charitable Giving
    Bernie Kent, JD, CPA, PFS (SBA 1971)
     
  • 5:00 pm Welcome Reception - Royal Palm Courtyard
    Meet fellow classmates and faculty presenters

Saturday, Feb 29

  • 8:30 am Continental Breakfast - Estero B
    Enjoy Bakery Specialties, Fresh Fruits and Juices, Coffee

  • 9:00 am Faculty Presentations - Estero A
    Class #1
    Election 2020: The State of the Race
    Dave Dulio is Professor of Political Science Department and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement

    Class #2
    Mini Med School
    Rebecca Pratt, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

  • 12:00 pm Lunch - Estero B
    Remarks by President Ora Pescovitz

  • 2:15 pm Faculty Presentation - Estero B
    Class #3
    The British Invasion of American Rock and Roll
    Mike Mitchell is Professor of Music, Choral Music, Director of Choral Activities and Conductor of the Oakland Chorale, University Chorus

  • 3:15pm - Closing Reception - Banyan Courtyard
Hotel Accomodations

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
5001 Coconut Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
coconutpoint.hyatt.com
OU Block of Rooms for Feb 28-March 1

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fort Myers Estero
23161 Via Coconut Point
Estero, FL 33928
(239) 317-3200
OU Block of Rooms for Feb 28-March 1

Please book early - rooms are limited and subject to availability