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Faculty & Staff News

Students in classroom
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

All emergency grant funding that Oakland University received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)  has been disbursed to eligible students. A total of $6,898,412 in emergency grants was distributed among 11,504 students to help ease financial burdens brought about by the pandemic. 

Healthology 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020

Oakland University’s Healthology Symposium is going virtual this year and will focus on the creative solutions developed across different health sectors in response to the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ford mask donation
Friday, October 16, 2020

Strong recruiting ties were a driving force behind Ford Motor Company’s generous donation of 50,000 disposable masks to the Oakland University community. The Dearborn-based automaker made the donation through its philanthropic arm, the Ford Motor Company Fund, as part of a goal to distribute 100 million masks nationwide. 

Julian Rrushi
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Julian RrushiJulian Rrushi has been awarded a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to discover the physics of cyberspace, an emergent research area that could revolutionize the field of cybersecurity. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Following a national search, Oakland University has selected Britt Rios-Ellis to serve as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost pending Board of Trustees approval. She will begin her appointment on January 4, 2021.

Oakland University researchers acquire flow cytometry cell sorter with NSF grant
Friday, October 09, 2020

A grant from the National Science Foundation recently helped researchers at Oakland University acquire a flow cytometry cell sorter, a scientific instrument which will allow for hands-on collaborative research in the areas of amphibian biology, plant genomics, and stem cell biology.

Nu Omega Chapter
Wednesday, October 07, 2020

For the seventh consecutive year, Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for political science college students, has recognized Oakland University’s Nu Omega chapter with a Best Chapter Award. 

PI Academy 2020
Thursday, October 01, 2020

Oakland University’s PI Academy, which trains early-career faculty in the key aspects of becoming a nationally recognized researcher and scholar and then pairs them with prestigious scholars from across the nation, is going virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meaghan Barry
Friday, September 25, 2020

Meaghan Barry, partner and creative director and Unsold Studio and associate professor of graphic design at Oakland University, has been selected as a Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2020 Notable Woman in Design.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

This year, Oakland University is taking its student-run hackathon virtual. The 36-hour GrizzHacks competition, in which students develop a variety of technology-based projects, will take place September 18-20. 

Claudia Marques Molina
Tuesday, September 08, 2020

“When you go to a foreign country, you learn so much about yourself and different cultures,” says senior journalism major Claudia Marques Molina. “It opens your mind and becomes part of you.” 

Candlelight vigil
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Oakland University's Department of Theatre hosted “A Candlelight Vigil to Honor the Lives of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Countless Others” on June 7 at The Elliott Tower at Oakland University. About 100 people attended the vigil, which was featured in an article in The Detroit News. “The diversity of our department is our greatest strength,” said professor Anthony Guest, chair of the Department of Theatre. “Something like this (event) is important. We are storytellers, and if we are not telling stories that represent all of humanity, then we are not doing our job.”

OU Summer Masterclass Series - Broadway
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

When the lights went dark in theatres across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakland University Assistant Professor and Tony Award nominee Josh Young reached out to some of Broadway’s top talent and helped them connect virtually with OU’s musical theatre students as part of an innovative Summer Masterclass Series.

Jodie Madeja
Friday, August 21, 2020

Jodie Madeja, a recent OU graduate and current student in the university’s Master of Accounting program, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. 

Luis Villa-Diaz
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Oakland University Professor Luis Villa-Diaz has been awarded a $550,178 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research on stem cell biology and the potential use of stem cells in regenerative medicine.

Campus Kickoff
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Oakland University’s First Year Advising Center, in collaboration with OU’s College and Schools, is hosting Campus Kickoff events to welcome new students to campus. Since the Summer 2020 orientation programs were all virtual, the Campus Kickoffs were created to provide students an in-person experience on campus before classes begin. 

Peyton Schmid
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

When Oakland University student Peyton Schmid found out she had won the Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship via a Zoom call earlier this summer, she was in disbelief. The highly coveted $10,000 scholarship, named in honor of the former President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, is awarded annually to only 10 engineering students at premier partner universities around the world. 

Mary Stein
Monday, August 10, 2020

With help from her students in Oakland University’s Teacher Development and Educational Studies program, OU Professor Mary Stein created innovative kits to bring science to elementary students at the International Technology Academy in Pontiac, Mich. who were impacted by the school’s closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dodge Hall 201
Thursday, August 06, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Oakland University faculty and staff are working to ensure that students have access to the classes and services they need, in an environment that protects health and safety. For the Fall 2020 semester, Oakland will offer a range of learning options, including in-person, online and hybrid classes. 

Online course
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

With nearly 60 percent of the world’s population online, the internet is a vital resource in today’s ever-changing world. In fact, internet users are anticipated to spend a cumulative 1.25 billion years online this year alone. Developing the skills to harness this technology offers a clear advantage that can open doors to coveted positions, projects and promotions. 

Najah Bazzy
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A 2019 CNN Hero who has helped more than 2 million families globally through a nonprofit she started in a minivan has been conferred with an Oakland University honorary doctorate degree. 

Brandy A. Randall
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Following a successful national search, Brandy A. Randall, Ph.D., has been appointed to serve as dean of the Graduate School at Oakland University. Her position with OU will become effective on August 1, 2020.

Kristin Landis-Piwowar
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Dr. Kristin Landis-Piwowar, associate dean of the School of Health Sciences at Oakland University and professor of clinical and diagnostic sciences, has been named ASCLS –Michigan Member of the Year by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Nightingale Awards
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

 This year's Nightingale Awards event was celebrated virtually on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. 

Drive-in Commencement
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Oakland University will celebrate its spring 2020 graduates during drive-in commencement ceremonies on August 28 and 29. The events will combine traditional elements of commencement with adaptations to protect the health and safety of attendees. 

Jeremy Barnett - Marblehead Little Theatre mural project
Friday, July 10, 2020

When the Marblehead Festival of Arts was canceled this year due to COVID-19, Marblehead native and Oakland University Theatre Professor Jeremy Barnett proposed and executed a project for seven custom-painted canvases to be installed on the façade of the Marblehead Little Theatre in Marblehead, Mass.

Student at computer
Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Oakland University students who incurred qualifying expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic can still apply for additional Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) emergency grants. 

Bioengineering students
Wednesday, July 01, 2020

With a focus on promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, Oakland University has elevated its bioengineering program to a department. The move is intended to strengthen the university’s academic profile and help students succeed in a rapidly evolving job market. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Oakland University Center for Autism is sponsoring a summer webinar series to help parents, caregivers and siblings support children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Student with laptop
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Starting this fall, students will be able to earn a Master of Business Administration entirely through online classes. 

Meadow Brook Hall
Thursday, June 18, 2020

As part of Michigan’s Safe Start Plan related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Meadow Brook Hall will safely reopen its house and grounds for public touring beginning Friday, June 19. 

Oakland University Campus
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

On June 15, the Oakland University Board of Trustees approved a $270,013,650 general fund budget, which includes a zero percent tuition increase for the fall 2020 semester. 

RFN employees
Friday, June 12, 2020

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, employees of a Macomb-OU Incubator client company are turning out hundreds of gowns, masks and face shields for hospital workers and others in need of personal protective equipment. 

OU video shoot
Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials, as well as non-broadcast video and television programming. 

Douglas Carr
Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Dr. Douglas Carr, an associate professor of political science at Oakland University, has joined a group of experts from across the state of Michigan to publish a series of memos for local governments to use as guides as they experience fiscal stress relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Empty shelves
Thursday, May 28, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Oakland University has launched a grassroots effort to document the experiences of people in Southeast Michigan. People can submit photos, written journals, flyers, video and audio files, screenshots, and other materials through a simple online form. 

Student Veterans
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

For the fourth consecutive year, Oakland University received a gold ranking, the highest possible rating for veteran-friendliness from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). The organization recognizes institutions of higher learning for dedication to student veterans and dependents using their educational benefits.

Female student using a laptop while sitting at a desk.
Friday, May 22, 2020

On May 22, 2020, Oakland University released the application process for additional Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) emergency grants for students. 

David Daniels
Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Oakland University community is mourning the death of Professor Emeritus David Daniels, who passed away on Friday, April 24 at age 86. Daniels taught music for 28 years at OU — including three years as chair of the former Department of Music and three years as chair of the then newly-formed Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.

OU seniors in NYC
Thursday, May 21, 2020

In early March, SMTD musical theatre seniors traveled to New York City to perform for casting directors, agents and managers, and to participate in masterclasses and seminars with the industry’s leading artists. The acting seniors traveled to Chicago and performed for local agents and casting directors at Stage 773. They also participated in a number of workshops at The Acting Studio, including classes that focus on improvisation, voice over and on-camera work, auditions, and a concentrated introduction to the theatre, film, and television industry in Chicago. The OU students  were one of the last groups of college students to do a showcase prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chandler Mancuso
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Without the usual bustle of students, faculty and staff, Oakland University’s campus may seem unusually quiet these days. But for birding enthusiasts like Chandler Mancuso, the campus’s 1,400-plus acres are alive with the sights and sounds of nature. 

Human Resources
Monday, May 11, 2020

A new ranking by the website study.com places Oakland University among the nation’s top colleges and universities for degree programs in human resources. 

Face Shields
Friday, May 08, 2020

Members of Grizzlies Racing, Oakland University’s Formula SAE collegiate chapter, are usually known for building their own race car and racing it against other collegiate chapters from around the world. But amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve shifted gears and are now racing to create dozens of 3D-printed face shields for frontline health professionals. 

Michelle Piskulich
Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Effective June 15, Michelle Piskulich will serve as Oakland University’s interim provost, filling the role to be vacated by Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost James Lentini, who was recently named president of Molloy College in New York. 

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, which is co-edited by Oakland University Psychology Professors Virgil Zeigler-Hill and Todd K. Shackelford, was recently published by Springer Nature.

Summer II Online
Thursday, April 30, 2020

In an ongoing effort to support the health and well-being of its students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakland University is moving its Summer II classes online.

Oakland University Police Department
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Oakland University is the third-safest college campus in the nation, and the safest in Michigan, according to a new study by YourLocalSecurity.com. The rankings are based on several factors, including hate crime, property crime, violent crime and violence against women. 

OU Health Sciences professor helps transform local emergency food system to reduce potential COVID-19 transmission
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Oakland University School of Health Sciences Professor Jennifer Lucarelli has spearheaded efforts to create a collaborative emergency food system in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Polly D. Boruff-Jones has been appointed to serve as Dean of University Libraries by Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost James P. Lentini. Her position with OU becomes effective on July 1, 2020.