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Project Upward Bound
Monday, June 19, 2017


Oakland University’s Project Upward Bound (PUB), a college preparatory enrichment program, has received a $3 million grant from the federal government. The five-year grant will help sustain one of the university’s most successful and enduring programs. Oakland University’s PUB is the second-largest in Michigan and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. 


Prof. Escobar NSF Grant
Friday, June 16, 2017


For the third time in less than a year, Oakland University Psychology Professor Martha Escobar has received a research grant from the National Science Foundation in support of her collaborative efforts with Tuskegee University in Alabama to increase participation by minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields.


Oakland University Wind Symphony performing on a stage
Thursday, June 15, 2017


The Wind Symphony is Oakland University’s premier wind band. Its undergraduate and graduate student musicians are selected annually through competitive audition. Under the direction of Dr. Gregory Cunningham, director of bands, the Wind Symphony always maintains an active concert schedule both on and off campus, but next year will bring particularly exciting opportunities.


OU Macomb Career Camps
Friday, June 09, 2017


Throughout her professional career, Paulette Grass has seen many new college graduates enter the workforce and be disappointed because their career choice wasn’t what they’d envisioned. 


Business Analytics Certificate
Thursday, June 08, 2017


Every day more and more companies are leveraging the benefits of business analytics to improve customer service, enhance operational performance, identify new business markets and drive revenue growth. The industry is flourishing, and Forbes reports the market is expected to nearly double by 2020.


Oakland Chorale members all dressed in black, standing on a wooden floor looking up at the camera
Wednesday, June 07, 2017


The Oakland University Chorale is embarking on a European Concert Tour at the end of June, and they have announced a Bon Voyage Concert on June 27 at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit.


OU/Wayne Law
Wednesday, June 07, 2017


Oakland University students Alanna Jonna and Megan Denha will have a chance to pursue their lifelong dream of attending law school this fall, thanks to a partnership between Oakland University and Wayne State University Law School that allows students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in just six years.


Huntington Ford Scholarship
Friday, June 02, 2017


For the sixth year, Huntington Ford of Rochester Hills has awarded a full-tuition, renewable scholarship to an Oakland University-bound student who has demonstrated financial need, outstanding academic performance and devotion to extracurricular activities. 


Boren Scholarship
Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Oakland University students Adam George and Elee Younes recently received Boren Scholarships totaling nearly $40,000 to fund their study abroad programs in Tanzania and Morocco. 


OUWB Graduates Commencement 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Before family, friends and current medical students, the Class of 2017 received their M.D. degrees during a commencement ceremony that included being hooded by their PRISM mentors, and in some cases their family members.


The OU Business Scholars team
Thursday, May 11, 2017


After a demanding 12 weeks of competition in the two-part International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition (ICBSC), the OU Business Scholars placed second for overall performance in their world.


2017 Pawley Lean Institute Scholarship Recipients
Thursday, May 11, 2017


Oakland University's Pawley Lean Institute is pleased announce that Erika Palaian (Industrial and Systems Engineering/SECS) and Sarah Dyson (Human Resources Development/SEHS) have each been awarded a $1250 undergraduate scholarship.



Thursday, May 11, 2017


The Oakland University School of Nursing has been notified that Cheryl Nickolaou, DNPc, MSN, FNP-BC is the recipient of a $20,000 Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program award from the Jonas Center for Nursing to continue her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Oakland University.


Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.
Thursday, May 04, 2017


Following a national search involving 61 candidates, the Oakland University Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to appoint Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., as its president, beginning July 1. Pescovitz becomes the university’s seventh president, succeeding George W. Hynd, who is completing a three-year term.


Ahmad Mansour
Wednesday, May 03, 2017


Ahmad Mansour, a Computer Science and Informatics Ph.D. candidate at Oakland University, recently won the award for Best Full Paper at the 12th annual Cyber and Information Security Research Conference held at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. 


The OU DECA team holding awards and an OU Grizz flag
Tuesday, May 02, 2017


Ten members of the OU DECA team traveled across the country to represent the Oakland business school at the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. After the first round, two OU DECA teams and one individual advanced to the final stage of the competition.


Political Campaign Bootcamp
Tuesday, May 02, 2017


Whether you’re considering running for office or just want to learn more about the process, Oakland University is offering a new course that will help students gain a better understanding of the basics of campaign strategy, tactics and techniques.



Friday, April 28, 2017


Claudia Leandres came to the United States from her native Rio de Janeiro in 2001 as a result of her husband’s job opportunity.


Meeting of Minds
Friday, April 28, 2017


The Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Research Conference will take place on Friday, May 12 on OU’s campus.The Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Research Conference, which invites students from Oakland University, the University of Michigan-Flint and the University of Michigan-Dearborn to present the results of their scholarly and creative endeavors through oral or poster presentations, will take place on Friday, May 12 on OU’s campus.


Healthology Symposium
Thursday, April 27, 2017


Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences recently hosted the inaugural Healthology Symposium.


Students at the Quinnipiac GAME Conference
Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Students in Oakland University’s Managing Investment Funds course (FIN 480/4900) packed their bags and headed to New York to learn at the seventh annual Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education (GAME) VII Forum. Here, students from around the world networked with industry leaders, investment professionals, other students and faculty members from around the world to learn best investment management practices. 


Cinema Studies Filmmaking
Monday, April 24, 2017


Oakland University has developed an exciting new Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema Studies with a Specialization in Filmmaking, which will start enrolling students this fall.


Faculty Recognition Luncheon
Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Oakland University honored more than 30 faculty members for their scholarly achievements, dedication, path-breaking discoveries in research and critical teaching roles in educating the leaders of tomorrow during its 22nd Annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, April 19.


Dr. Gadis Dillon students
Monday, April 10, 2017


A great leader finds joy in the success of others and inspires generations of future leaders. After 51 years in the classroom – 30 at Oakland – it’s safe to say Accounting Professor Gadis “Buck” Dillon, Ph.D., has done just that.



Wednesday, April 05, 2017


Starting with the fall 2017 academic term, Oakland University will implement changes in its payment and cancellation due dates.


Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 05, 2017


This past week, students in the Oakland University School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine gathered in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms to take part in a workshop and discussion about the nation's growing opioid abuse epidemic. 


MBA Rankings 2
Wednesday, April 05, 2017


Oakland University’s MBA and Executive MBA programs rank among the best in the nation, according to CEO Magazine’s Global MBA Rankings for 2017.


MBA Rankings 2
Wednesday, April 05, 2017


Oakland University’s MBA and Executive MBA programs rank among the best in the nation, according to CEO Magazine’s Global MBA Rankings for 2017.


International Technology Academy Group
Monday, April 03, 2017


Students from the International Technology Academy (ITA) in Pontiac visited Oakland University last week to experience a day in the life of an Honors College student. The high school students were paired with an Honors College student with whom they attended class, listened to research presentations and lunched in Vandenberg Cafeteria. 


Oakland campus
Friday, March 31, 2017


Oakland University is working to bridge the gap between industry’s need for  work-ready, highly skilled engineers and the availability of graduate and  undergraduate students who identify engineering as a career path of choice. 



Tuesday, March 28, 2017


We want to say a thank you to our OU Dance Heroes, for supporting the effort to purchase a new portable sprung dance floor for our dance program! We appreciate your commitment and support. We have received over $10,000 in gifts and pledges towards the dance floor, and are well on our way towards the goal of $30,000. 


scholarship recipients
Friday, March 24, 2017


When Oakland University leaders launched a Nonprofit Management Certificate program in 2016, part of their mission was to engage and support the surrounding region, including the city of Pontiac, with which the university shares a strategic partnership. 



Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Anastacia Maurer, a double major in German and History, and a member of the Honors College, has been selected as a winner of a “Come-to-Oldenburg” grant.


Shelby VanOphem
Monday, March 20, 2017


A Chorus Line depicts the often angst-ridden atmosphere of a Broadway audition as professional dancers, “gypsies,” compete against each other for coveted spots in the ensemble of a new show. The characters reveal their dreams and disappointments along the way.


Sharelle Brown
Wednesday, March 15, 2017


As director of pharmacy at McLaren Oakland Hospital, Sharelle Brown, MBA ’15, was already an experienced healthcare professional when she decided to pursue her Executive MBA.


Deca team
Friday, March 10, 2017


Great preparation paid off for the members of Oakland’s DECA team who competed at the Collegiate DECA state competition last month. The Oakland University team brought home 12 plaques and 20 medals. Twelve members qualified to continue on to the international competition in Anaheim, California, in April.


Nursing Therapeutics Lab
Monday, March 06, 2017


Jaden Fowler remembers his nervousness as a sophomore nursing student trying to master basic clinical skills, like taking vital signs, in OU’s Nursing Therapeutics Lab. 


Wilson Hall
Friday, March 03, 2017


The Search Committee continues to be very optimistic and confident of a timely and successful search.   


OU Business Scholars case competition
Tuesday, February 28, 2017


The first OU Business Scholars case competition of the year challenged four Scholars teams to create and demonstrate a strategy detailing how Smoothpay can grow its mobile payment user base.


Med students MTD workshop
Tuesday, February 21, 2017


The theatre program at Oakland University is designed as training for a professional life in the performing arts, but the skills theatre students build their proficiency on can be of value to anyone whose career path will involve communicating their ideas.



Monday, February 20, 2017


Students taking Oakland University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) “Lean Principles and Applications” graduate course are required to conduct a real-life case study.


Rip Rapson
Saturday, February 18, 2017


More than 660 higher education professionals from throughout the United States and Canada gathered at the Detroit Renaissance Marriott this week for the 2017 Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference, hosted by Oakland University and sponsored by The Kresge Foundation. 



Wednesday, February 08, 2017


Once again this year, Oakland University Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) graduate students gained hands-on experiential learning aimed at real world problem solving by working on projects with Independence Township as supervisor Pat Kittle made his staff available to work with student teams from Oakland’s ISE 581 Lean Principles and Application course.



Thursday, February 02, 2017


Crestmark Bank is celebrating its 20th anniversary by creating a $100,000 scholarship fund to support Oakland business students for the next five years.


Caitlin Burke
Tuesday, January 24, 2017


by Professor Karen SheridanIn mid-January, 64 theatre majors and several faculty attended the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Indianapolis. The goal of the festival is to encourage, recognize and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theatre programs around the country.


Honors Institute Group
Wednesday, January 11, 2017


A group of students, faculty and staff gathered in the Honors College this week for the university’s second annual Honors Institute event. This year’s event celebrated Oakland’s honor societies, which provide high-achieving students with opportunities for service and leadership development in a variety of fields.