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Young Alumni Chapter
Friday, December 21, 2018

Oakland University recently earned three awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an international association of education advancement officers, who include alumni administrators, fund raisers, public relations managers, publications editors, and government relations officers. 

Friday, December 21, 2018

If you haven’t already, you will likely hear the acronym HLC in the coming weeks. It stands for Higher Learning Commission and peer reviewers from this higher education accrediting body will be on campus assessing Oakland University’s progress in meeting its mission, vision and commitment to students in February.

Drake Dantzler and Victoria Shively
Monday, December 17, 2018

During the week of October 15, music faculty members Drake Dantzler and Victoria Shively visited Tulane University and the University of Texas to give recitals of 21st century art songs. Professor Dantzler also gave masterclasses for the voice students.

OU presents Street Scene, an American opera
Monday, December 17, 2018

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Street Scene, an American opera based on the 1929 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Elmer Rice, on Jan. 8, 10, 12 and 13 in Varner Recital Hall on OU’s campus.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Michael Wadsworth has been officially named to the position of Dean of Students in Oakland University’s Division of Student Affairs & Diversity. He had served in the position on an interim basis since October 1 following the retirement of longtime Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Nancy Marshall (formerly Schmitz).

Friday, December 14, 2018

Dr. Aaron Westrick – former director of research and marketing at Second Chance Body Armor (SCBA), once the largest manufacturer of bulletproof vests in the United States – spoke to students in Oakland University’s Policy & Society Class on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the OU Anton/Frankel Center in Mount Clemens. While working at SCBA, Westrick discovered the company’s vests were unsafe.

OU’s Environmental Health and Safety degree program ranked among top in nation
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Oakland University’s Environmental Health and Safety online degree program has been ranked as one of the top 25 Best Value Occupational Safety and Health degree programs in the nation for 2019 by Value Colleges (VC), an online ranking system that compares the most affordable colleges with the best return on investment.

Monday, December 03, 2018

For its annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration, Oakland University will welcome award-winning journalist and communications strategist Jeff Johnson to campus on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

Student Newspaper Digital Archives Homepage
Friday, November 30, 2018

If you want to experience Oakland University’s history through the eyes of hundreds of student journalists, you no longer have to visit University Archives to do so. Thanks to a generous gift from the family of a former OU library professor – and collective efforts of dedicated library employees –  you can access digital issues of the university’s student newspaper dating back to its inaugural issue, published on October 23, 1959. 

Matt Wagner with Oakland University dance students
Friday, November 30, 2018

Oakland Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Company will be performing their annual Fall Showcase on Thursday, Dec. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 8 in Varner Recital Hall on the OU campus.

James Isabirye Dissertation Defense
Thursday, November 29, 2018

While working to reintroduce traditional songs and instruments to the people of Uganda, Oakland University graduate student James Isabirye — a lecturer of music and drama at Kyambogo University in Uganda — has been pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Education at Oakland University.

Malcolm Gladwell
Monday, November 19, 2018

On Saturday, November 17, Oakland University staff, faculty and supporters gathered in the Founders Ballrooms of the Oakland Center to celebrate the public launch of the university’s largest-ever comprehensive campaign, “Aspire. Advance. Achieve.” 

President Pescovitz delivers 2018 State of the University Address
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

While delivering the 2018 State of the University Address on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., highlighted several accomplishments and points of pride from around campus, and provided an update on the university’s strategic goals.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Meadow Brook Hall’s 47th annual Holiday Walk runs November 23 through December 23. 

Lysistrata (Mannon McIntosh) butters up Kinesias (Conor Lovell) to get him to sign a peace treaty in Lysistrata Remix at Oakland University's Varner Studio Theatre, Nov. 15 - Dec. 2.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Lysistrata Remix — a comedic battle of the sexes — from Nov. 15 through Dec. 2 in Varner Studio Theatre.

Campus Aerial View
Thursday, November 01, 2018

Oakland University will launch the public phase of its comprehensive campaign, “Aspire. Advance. Achieve,” at a November 17 gala headlined by acclaimed author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell. 

Temple Grandin
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Oakland University Office of Disability Support Services and Center for Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) collaborated to bring Dr. Temple Grandin – professor, author and advocate – to Oakland University this week for a workshop focused on supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in higher education. 

Assembly Quartet
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Oakland Symphony Orchestra(OSO), Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence, will present the second concert of its 2018-19 performance season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 in Varner Recital Hall.

Oakland University professor recreates ‘lost’ Balanchine ballet
Monday, October 29, 2018

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Envisioning Marche Funébre: A Study in the Early Choreography of George Balanchine at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms.The “lost” ballet, Marche Funébre, by renowned choreographer George Balanchine has not been performed since 1923. It has been painstakingly reconstructed over more than a decade by Elizabeth Kattner, an assistant professor of dance at Oakland University.

OU celebrates re-opening of expanded, renovated Oakland Center
Monday, October 29, 2018

Oakland University held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 26 to celebrate the re-grand opening of the university’s student union, the Oakland Center, which recently underwent a 60,000-square-foot expansion that included $46 million in renovations to the existing building.

Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses and Scottish guitarist Paul Galbraith
Monday, October 15, 2018

The inaugural tour of a new collaboration between Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses and Scottish guitarist Paul Galbraith is coming to Oakland University on Sunday, Oct. 28 as part of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit’s new Regional Partner series.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Oakland University, through its Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), will participate in the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE) between October 8-19. NASCE is a web-based survey that measures an institution’s overall level of community engagement by evaluating the rate, frequency, and depth of student community service activities.

Into The Woods
Thursday, October 04, 2018

The Oakland University Department of Theatre will kick off its 2018-19 season on Thursday, Oct. 11 with Into the Woods, a “Once Upon a Time” tale that introduces the hopes and dreams of characters from some of our favorite fairy tales and explores the lengths we go to for our dreams — and the potentially high cost of getting what we want.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

As part of its annual Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Oakland University will recognize alumni and friends who have achieved success in business, community services, volunteerism and other areas on Friday, Oct. 5 at the 24th annual Alumni Awards Banquet. 

Oakland Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO), Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence, will present its first concert of the 2018-19 season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 in Varner Recital Hall.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

The Michigan Secretary of State’s Mobile Office wraps up its 3,000-mile, 18-college campus, Express SOS Voter Registration Drive tour on Tuesday, October 9 with a visit to Oakland University. The office will be located between North and South Foundation Halls between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Detroit News featured Sunset Terrace, the Oakland University president's home, on the cover of the Friday, September 21, 2018 Homestyle section. 

James Isabirye
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

From 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Royal Court Music from East and West Africa: Ethnomusicology Symposium with James Isabirye and Kwasi Ampene in Room 134 in Varner Hall on the OU campus.

Race in Our Communities
Monday, September 17, 2018

Members of the Oakland University campus and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to share their experiences and hear from others on the impact of race in their communities during a town hall meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 in the Gold Rooms of the Oakland Center.

Mark Stone, associate professor of world music and percussion
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Celebrate the International Day of Peace at Oakland University with Mark Stone, associate professor of world music and percussion, as he shares a program of globally-inspired percussion pieces beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.

OU Rec Well celebrating 20 years of shaping campus culture
Monday, September 10, 2018

This month, Oakland University’s Department of Recreation and Well-Being (OU Rec Well) will celebrate 20 years of getting students staff, faculty, and community members to move their minds and bodies.

Friday, September 07, 2018

For the next two months, Oakland University is sponsoring a series of events focused on celebrating the arts and culture of Taiwan. 

Honors College Freshman Welcome 2018
Tuesday, September 04, 2018

For the sixth straight year, Oakland University’s Honors College has a record number of freshmen joining its ranks. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Oakland University has been ranked among a group of 58 schools earning the top score in this year’s Washington Monthly annual College Guide and Rankings in the category of “Best Colleges for Student Voting.”

OU’s ‘Welcome Week’ celebrates new, returning students on campus
Monday, August 27, 2018

A variety of activities and events are planned for new and returning students during Oakland University’s “Welcome Week” celebration, which kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Nu Omega 2018 Inductees
Monday, August 06, 2018

For the fifth consecutive year – and seventh of the last eight years – the national political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA) has recognized its Oakland University chapter with a Best Chapter Award. 

Geraldine Graham
Thursday, August 02, 2018

Geraldine Graham, director of Project Upward Bound at Oakland University, has been unanimously selected by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) to receive the Walter O. Mason Jr. Award at this year’s national conference in September in New York City.

Ian Lester 1200
Monday, July 23, 2018

Whether they’re pursuing a master’s degree or a Ph.D., alumni of Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance are making their mark at prestigious graduate schools across the nation and around the world, thanks to the education and support they received at OU.

Lauren Knox
Friday, July 20, 2018

Lauren Knox (BFA ‘12) was on the cover of the June 21 edition of the Detroit Free Press Play section. She is currently performing as Evelyn in the Purple Rose Theatre Company’s production of Willow Run, which runs until Sept. 1. You can view the article on

Friday, July 20, 2018

Assistant Professor of Theatre Jeremy Barnett  and theatre alum Jason Maracani are spending the month of July at the Art’N’Ground artist’s residency in Rojales, Spain. The pair are staying in a man-made cave with two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom in a community of over a dozen local artists.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The former Cobblestone Manor Bed and Breakfast is transforming into a unique living and learning community for Oakland University Honors College students thanks to a unique agreement between the Moceri family and OU.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Getting the race car from campus to competition tracks may not be top of mind to students joining, building and maintaining a collegiate Formula SAE race team. However, it is a very important consideration and one Oakland University’s Grizzlies Racing team was always struggling with until the recent generosity of the DENSO North America Foundation.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

As part of the 35th annual International Social Philosophy Conference taking place July 19-21 at Oakland University, OU will host a Community Health Mini-Conference on Friday, July 20 featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and public health advocate whose research revealed that children in Flint, Mich. were exposed to harmful levels of lead in their drinking water.

Friday, May 18, 2018

On Friday, May 18, 1,200 fifth-grade students from schools in the Clinton River Watershed community in Oakland County, visited Oakland University for the 12th annual Clinton River Water Festival. 

MTD Summer Camps - Tian Tian
Friday, May 04, 2018

From June 18-22, Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present its 2018 Piano Camp and the inaugural Golden Grizzlies Jazz Camp at Varner Hall on OU’s campus.

Jackie Wiggins
Friday, April 27, 2018

On June 30, Distinguished Professor of Music Education Jackie Wiggins will bid a fond farewell to Oakland University and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance where she has mentored and inspired students, scholars and artists for nearly 24 years.

Luciana Piazza and Amanda Rae Evans
Friday, April 27, 2018

Luciana Piazza (BFA ‘15) and Amanda Rae Evans (BFA ‘14) recently completed a successful run in Seussical the Musical at the Riverbank Theatre in Marine City. Piazza was one of The Bird Girls and Amanda, “who commands such energy and grace throughout the show” (Encore Michigan) was Mayzie LaBird. Next up — Piazza is starting rehearsals for Big Fish at The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter. The show runs from April 26-May 20.

MaTilDa Awards 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance recently honored some of its top student performers and distinguished alumni during the 19th annual MaTilDa Awards, which took place on Monday, April 16 in the Oakland Center Banquet Room. The “red-carpet” event included dinner and music, theatre and dance performances, as well as award presentations recognizing exceptional service and performance by Music, Theatre and Dance students. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Oakland University will recognize its spring 2018 graduates at five commencement ceremonies, which will all take place in the O’rena, on OU’s campus. 

DEI Conference 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

On Thursday, April 12, Oakland University held its fifth annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference. This year’s theme was “Leveraging Diversity: Stand Up, Stand Strong, Stand Together.” The event featured talks from leading experts in the field of diversity and inclusion.