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Elliott Tower
Monday, March 20, 2017

On Sunday, April 2, the Oakland University community will join a worldwide movement to mark World Autism Awareness Day by bringing blue light to the Elliott Tower. This is Oakland’s third year hosting an event on its campus to highlight autism as a growing global health priority. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Director Rodrigo Reyes will visit Oakland University on March 27 for a special screening and discussion of his award-winning documentary, “Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the Border.”

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.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Daytime and evening classes on Thursday, March 9, at the Oakland University Anton/Frankel Center in Mt. Clemens have been canceled due to a building power outage.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

In the spirit of re-engaging the Oakland University community between large TEDx events and igniting discussions on issues of interest, TEDxOaklandUniversity will host its first Salon, Monday, March 27, 2017, 5:30-9 p.m., in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms on the campus of Oakland University.

Wilson Hall
Friday, March 03, 2017

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

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Oakland University will present the 15th Annual Diverse Voices Conference from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 in the Varner Recital Hall.

Meet and Greet
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Students, faculty and staff gathered in Oak View Hall on Tuesday for a meet-and-greet celebrating OU’s international community. Cohosted by the Honors College and International Students and Scholars Office, the event gave attendees an opportunity to learn about each other’s ethnic backgrounds and cultural traditions amid a festive atmosphere that featured live music and international cuisine. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

In 2016, the Michigan Legislature considered adopting legislation that would allow physicians to perform assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. Now, Oakland University is preparing to host a panel discussion about the so-called “Death with Dignity Act.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Oakland University, in partnership with Hospice of Michigan, will host a screening and panel discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary “Being Mortal” from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 25 in the Gold Room at the Oakland Center, located at 321 Meadow Brook Road in Rochester. The event is open to the public.

Aaron Draplin
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

For the 2017 Jean and Fred Braun Memorial Lecture, the Oakland University community will welcome Aaron James Draplin to campus on Wednesday, March 1. 

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. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Oakland University Board of Trustees has approved a $7.2 million plan to expand main campus parking capacity by more than 8 percent, as well as to create a new traffic circle at the intersection of Pioneer Drive and Meadow Brook Road.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Long before he became an Oakland University student, senior Tim Brown was thoroughly involved on campus. Two OU alumni who had given him private voice lessons for years encouraged Brown to pursue classical singing.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

In response to new federal guidelines regarding routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or “drones”), Oakland University’s School of Engineering, in collaboration with Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), has partnered with DCT Aviation of Waterford, Mich. to develop a new, two-course sUAS Remote Pilot Certificate Program.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Greg Jordan, director of Oakland University’s Recreation and Well-Being department, has been named the recipient of the 2017 National Intramural Recreational Sports Association Honor Award. It is NIRSA’s most prestigious recognition.

Monday, January 23, 2017

This past weekend, Oakland University’s Gold Vibrations a cappella group took first place at the Great Lakes Quarterfinal of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), held at the University of Chicago. 

MindKare Kiosk
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Through a collaboration with Easterseals Michigan and Screening for Mental Health Inc., the first MindKare Kiosk for Michigan was unveiled at Oakland University’s Kresge Library on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Leaders from Oakland University and surrounding communities gathered in the Kresge Library’s Nyberg Room on Thursday, Jan. 12 to celebrate the formal opening of the Michael J. Rogers Congressional Collection at OU. Rogers, who served as a state senator before embarking on a 14-year career in the U.S. House of Representatives, was also in attendance as the collection was officially made available to the public. 

African American Celebration Month
Friday, January 13, 2017

African American Celebration Month – a celebration of the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made in the past, present and future -- kicked off Jan. 16 at Oakland University.

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. 

Henry Winkler at OU
Friday, January 06, 2017

Award-winning actor, author, director and producer Henry Winkler – best known for portraying Arthur “Fonzie/The Fonz” Fonzarelli for 10 seasons on the American television sitcom “Happy Days” – will visit Oakland University on Monday, Feb. 13 to share humorous anecdotes and inspirational life lessons about overcoming adversity throughout his life and career.

Spirits Rising at OU
Friday, January 06, 2017

Spirits Rising, a dynamic musical duo featuring Native American singers and songwriters Allison Radell and Joe Reilly – will be performing at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 following a workshop on Native American music and dance at Oakland University’s Varner Hall.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

2017 program features documentary ‘Suited’ and is titled “Style Beyond the Binary, Transgender Visibility and Recognition”

Woody Varner
Friday, December 30, 2016

As the new year approaches, the Oakland University community is pausing to remember its first and only chancellor, Durward “Woody” Varner, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday on January 1. Varner was a seminal figure in Oakland’s history, working with founder Matilda Dodge Wilson to help mold the university into the vibrant institution it is today. 

aerial of OU campus
Thursday, December 22, 2016

At its Monday, December 5, formal meeting, the Oakland University Board of Trustees voted to retain the search firm Academic Search, Inc. to assist in identifying candidates from whom the Board may select the University’s next president. The firm was recommended to the Board by the University’s Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee. 

Keeper of the Dream Group
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

For its 25th annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration, Oakland University will recognize eight student leaders who promote diversity, cultural understanding and community activism. 

Engineering Center
Monday, December 12, 2016

Isaac Thelander and Rosemarie Calandrino are both freshmen majoring in engineering chemistry. They both live in Hamlin Hall and both are part of Oakland University's newly established Engineering Living Learning Community (LLC). 

PLM Scholarship
Friday, December 02, 2016

A $599,980 “Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)” grant from the National Science Foundation is helping Oakland University students pursue their career and educational goals in the fields of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) and Mechanical Engineering.

Food for Fines at Kresge Library
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Kresge Library at Oakland University is giving students and patrons an opportunity to do some good while reducing the fines they owe for overdue books.

Valerie Graves Book Signing
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Oakland University will welcome author and advertising guru Valerie Graves for a special presentation from 3-5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21 in the Nyberg Room at the Kresge Library, where Graves will be signing copies of her new book, “Pressure Makes Diamonds: Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be.”

Ethical Hacker 1
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Oakland University has partnered with Merit Professional Development and the Michigan Cyber Range to offer an introductory Certified Professional Ethical Hacker (CPEH) course on the fundamentals of penetration testing and ethical hacking from Dec. 5-9 at the Velocity Center in Sterling Heights.

Tobacco Free Campus Initiative
Monday, November 14, 2016

Oakland University was awarded a $20,000 grant as part of the American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), a $3.6 million multi-year program intended to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. Oakland is one of the first 20 colleges and universities to receive a TFGCI grant. 

Aerial photo over Meadow Brook Hall
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Oakland University's social media team held the annual #ThisIsOU Fall Photo Contest generating more than 70 submissions from students across academic disciplines.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Oakland University was recently ranked as one of the top LGBTQ-friendly campuses in the state of Michigan by the Campus Pride Index, which rates both colleges and universities using a five-star rating system.

Genius 2 Genius
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Genius-to-Genius, an innovative program developed at Oakland University, is helping students build relationships, enhance their socialization skills and transition to college life by pairing them with peer consultants who are trained to help them through the process.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

On Saturday, November 12, Oakland University students will sleep outdoors in homemade cardboard box shelters to raise awareness for the plight of the area’s homeless and raise money for the Baldwin Center in Pontiac.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

A Jewish man whose family fled from Nazi Germany to Shanghai in 1940 and a Japanese-American woman who was forcibly relocated with her family to an internment camp in California in 1942 will share their stories of surviving racial discrimination during World War II during a special presentation from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 8 at Oakland University.

Monday, October 31, 2016

In a new ranking by the college resource website College Choice, Oakland University earned a place among the safest large colleges and universities (15,000 or more students) in the country.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Oakland University students and alumni have a new resource available in their search for internships, on- and off-campus employment and networking opportunities.

OU classroom photo
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Oakland University is among eight postsecondary institutions that will participate in the Michigan Gateways to Completion (Michigan G2C) project. The three-year initiative is in partnership with the nonprofit John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (JNGI), with the goal of improving student outcomes in high-risk courses. 

Undergraduate Research Conference
Friday, October 21, 2016

Students, faculty and administrators gathered in Oak View Hall on Friday for a conference focused on undergraduate research at Oakland University and beyond. The Honors College and Michigan Center for Undergraduate Research at OU presented the event, entitled “Undergraduate Research: The Present and the Future.” 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

For its 25th annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration, Oakland University will welcome actress, author and talk show host Holly Robinson Peete to campus on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Benefits and Wellness Fair returns to the Oakland University Recreation Center on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

President Hynd makes AUFD gift
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

With the theme “Your Gift Opens Doors,” the Oakland University community kicked off this year’s All-University Fund Drive (AUFD) Wednesday morning at the annual AUFD Launch Party. 

Friday, September 30, 2016

In some ways, 19-year-old Oakland University freshman Ali McManus is a typical college student. She is enjoying the freedom and independence of living in Oak View Hall and has met a lot of new friends. She loves her Writing 150, Communications 101 and online songwriting classes.

George Hynd
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Oakland University Board of Trustees Chairman Richard L. DeVore today announced the Oakland University Board of Trustees’ plan for seeking a new president for the University following George W. Hynd’s successful three-year term as president.