Alumni News

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.

Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to speak at OU April 13
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tickets are now available for Oakland University’s 2017 Varner Vitality Lecture featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Goodwin will present her talk “How Did We Get Here: The First 100 Days of an Unprecedented Presidency,” at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Thursday, April 13 in the Athletics Center O’rena, on OU’s campus.

Christian Kettenbeil
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Being an entrepreneur isn’t just a dream for Christian Kettenbeil. Already involved in several start-up ventures, entrepreneurship is his way of life.

Phil Johnson
Monday, February 27, 2017

In the best business deals the more you invest, the better the reward. From day one, Phillip Johnson, FIN ’16, invested heavily in his Oakland University School of Business Administration opportunities. That effort paid off with the launch of his career at Meritor, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Our alumni are working in many fields, not just performance.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

After opening locations in Ann Arbor and Plymouth, Applied Fitness Solutions co-owner and Oakland University graduate Jared Freeman recently returned to his roots – along with fellow OU alum and AFS Founder Michael Stack – to establish a new 17,000 square-foot facility in Rochester Hills.

Giving Challenge
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

As the Oakland University men’s and women’s basketball teams prepared to square off against the University of Detroit Mercy this past week, alumni and fans of the two schools were engaged in the second annual Giving Challenge. 

Alex Delavan and Shaun Moore
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Two Oakland University employees have been named to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. The program honors exceptional individuals, under the age of 40, who excel in their field and improve the quality of life in Oakland County. Alex Delavan, director of Sponsored Programs, and Shaun Moore, director of e-Learning, are being recognized for outstanding career achievements and community contributions. 

Jacquelyn Wagner
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

“I always knew I wanted to be an opera singer. At no time has that changed,” said music alumna Jacquelyn Wagner (BM ‘03) who enjoys a successful career in Europe singing in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Maria (Suvak) Turchyn (BM ‘16) has just launched her teaching career. She accepted a position teaching elementary general music at Roy Elementary in Roy, WA. Turchyn wrote, “I’m so grateful for the mentors I've had supporting me during this process.” Although she’s on the other side of the country, Turchyn took her Grizzly memorabilia with her, as you can see in this photo.

School of Business Administration
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Oakland University’s School of Business Administration is among the nation’s best business schools, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles the school in the new 2017 edition of its annual book, “The Best 294 Business Schools” and on its website. Oakland’s business school also appears on the organization’s "Best in Midwest" list. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Beginning Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, Oct. 16 until 8 p.m., The MicroMacro Art Biome pop-up art gallery in downtown Detroit will feature the work of 16 artists and artistic groups from seven different countries.

Dr. Ellen Peck
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Alumna Ellen Peck (BA ‘95), associate professor of theatre at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, is spending the current academic year researching and teaching at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Romania as a Fulbright Scholar.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Successfully transitioning from college student to polished professional takes practice. By integrating professional and career development skills into the business curriculum, that’s exactly what Oakland University’s ACHIEVE program delivers for undergraduate business students.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Whether you’re a Pioneer or a Golden Grizzly, Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, which takes place Sept. 22-25, is a great time to return to Oakland University’s campus and see the many reasons to be a proud alum of OU.

Grizz Gang
Monday, September 19, 2016

The Grizz Gang and Golden Grizzlies Band have much in common. Not only are they staples of the spirited ambiance at Oakland University athletic events, but they are also among the closest-knit student groups on campus. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Oakland University will honor alumni and friends who have achieved success in business, community services, volunteerism and other areas on Friday, Sept. 23 at the 22nd annual Alumni Awards Banquet.

Dell Headquarters in Ireland
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Before graduating last April, four students in Oakland University’s School of Business Administration came together to create a scholarship honoring a current professor who left an indelible mark on their college experience. 

Sarah McEneaney
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Theatre alumna Sarah McEneaney (BFA ‘16) is moving to New York to study with the SITI Company’s 2016-17 Conservatory Class whose artists participate in a rigorous, immersive program emphasizing training for performance and the creation of new work.

Marc Ott action
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Oakland University graduate Marc A. Ott was recently named executive director of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Ott, who earned a bachelor’s in management and master’s in public administration from Oakland, is the city manager of Austin, Texas and has built a distinguished career in local government management. 

One OU alum MCAN designee
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Four Oakland University graduates have been chosen by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) to advise high school students under the network’s AdviseMI program, established to help students apply to colleges and get financial aid.

Meadow Brook Film Workshop with Kelsey Kobylarek
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Students and faculty in Oakland University’s Cinema Studies program recently introduced a group of fourth- and fifth-graders to the art of filmmaking during a month-long workshop at Meadow Brook Elementary in Rochester Hills. 

Daniel Tunis
Monday, July 11, 2016

Recently, Advanced Manufacturing Media released an article on Oakland University Alumni, Daniel Tunis, naming him one of the top 30 under 30.

Jeffrey Schuett
Friday, July 08, 2016

As part of a statewide effort to help veterans pursue higher education, Oakland University is partnering with the Michigan College Access Network and the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency to bring a full-time Veteran Resource Representative to campus. 

picking challenge 2
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A group of current Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science students and alumni of the university has teamed up with local robotics firm Dataspeed, Inc., to compete for the second year in the Amazon Picking Challenge. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

After a two-year wait, the Art Garage, the most recent addition to the Art and Art History Department’s space, was unveiled on June 22.

aerial of OU campus
Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Oakland University Alumni Association has compiled its inaugural list of the most recognizable names among the University’s more than 100,000 alumni. The list is made up of 42 individuals who were deemed “Prominent Alumni” for having reached the pinnacle of their chosen careers or attained positions of influence or high visibility. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Meadow Brook Hall has once again been nominated for “best museum” and “best wedding venue” in WDIV Local 4’s annual “Vote 4 the Best” contest. Built by Oakland University founders Alfred and Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge, Meadow Brook Hall operates as a self-supporting auxiliary of the university.

Leming family stands in front of the O'rena
Friday, June 17, 2016

Dan Leming, SBA ’16,’13, and his wife Teresa, SBA ’08, regret graduating from Oakland University. Not because they disliked it — because they loved it so much.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Oakland University Alumna Jayne Houdyshell has earned a 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her work in The Humans.

Friday, June 10, 2016

The bond began at a second-floor meeting in 1975 at Hamlin Hall. About 18 men came together to meet their resident assistant (RA), senior Jeff Bailey, SBA ’76. Bailey encouraged the freshmen to form an intramural football team, one of many sports they played.

hailie wilson
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Graduating senior Hailie Hogan-Wilson has been chosen to the Teach For America 2016 teaching corps, program officials announced.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

OU Accounting alum Kimberly Deyak ACC ’14, MAcc ’15, didn’t let the statistics intimidate her. She obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA Exam on her first attempt. Her performance earned her the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

OUAA grid
Friday, May 20, 2016

The Oakland University Alumni Association (OUAA) recently announced four new members voted on to its Board of Directors.

Robert and Sara Maxfield
Thursday, May 12, 2016

When Robert Maxfield joined Oakland University’s Educational Leadership faculty, he brought 40 years of teaching and leadership experience in Michigan's public school system. Much of his career was devoted to helping teachers become effective leaders, and he was one of the architects of the Galileo Consortium. Formed in 1997, the consortium provides a two-year teacher development program – called the Galileo Academy – for educators in 29 school districts and two community colleges in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. 

New award at Oakland University honors 10 alumni within 10 years of their graduation
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Oakland University Young Alumni Council has created a new award highlighting career accomplishments of the winners within 10 years of their graduation.

16-6-10 Poker Walk-Brooksie
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Though it may see that spring has barely arrived, the Oakland University Poker Walk and the 2016 HAP Brooksie Way half marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Race events are quickly approaching. The 6th Annual Poker Walk – set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 – will welcome faculty and staff to walk a 1-mile or new 1.5-mile route beginning at the Elliott Tower.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Oakland University Alumna Jayne Houdyshell has earned a 2016 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her work in The Humans.

MaTilDa Award
Monday, April 04, 2016

Oakland University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will present the 17th Annual MaTilDa Awards to honor outstanding contributions from Music, Theatre and Dance students, alumni and distinguished community members. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

For Oakland graduates, their diploma is more than just a degree. It’s the launching pad for a successful career.Just ask Andrew Androff, Marketing ’02, recently named one of Oakland County's Elite 40 Under 40, who says “my time spent at OU helped lay a tremendous foundation for my success in business. I continue to apply marketing principles learned inside Elliott Hall to every campaign I develop.”

Lisa Asazzi
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

At 8 p.m. on Friday, March 11, fourteen Oakland voice alumni will gather on the Varner Recital Hall stage from cities around the country and beyond, for our first annual Voice Alumni Gala Concert. It will be an e​vening of wonderful operatic performances and a celebration of individual achievement.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Our alumni continue to do amazing work in arts education and performance. Many are too busy to keep us updated on a regular basis, but we do our best to keep track of them and here is some news we want to share with you.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

As Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive for the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Shawn Levitt is charged with driving the next level of nursing service and development.

Dr. Sam Mossallam Crains
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Crain’s Detroit Business features seven local business executives who returned to school mid-career for new skills, including Oakland University Executive MBA student Dr. Sam Mossallam, vice president and medical director for international initiatives at Henry Ford Health System.

Scott McGregor Crains
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Crain’s Detroit Business features seven local business executives who returned to school mid-career for new skills, including Oakland University MBA alum Scott McGregor, organizational effectiveness and adaptive analytics for Kelly Services.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sunil Kandel, a 2015 graduate of the Biomedical Sciences: Medical Physics PhD Program, and CBR member Brad Roth, of the Department of Physics, published an article about The Mechanism of Reflection Type Reentry that appeared in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology (Volume 26, Pages 1370-1375).