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Office for Student Involvement

Oakland Center, Room 49
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454
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(248) 370-2400
osi@oakland.edu

Office for Student Involvement

Oakland Center, Room 49
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-2400
osi@oakland.edu

Student Congress

Oakland University Student Congress strives to represent the student body and increase pride and unity on campus through dynamic leadership, a commitment to diversity, and an ongoing devotion to the quality of university life. We aim to meet the needs and address the concerns of our fellow students and encourage students to voice their ideas to help us create the best possible "Oakland experience."

Visit OUSC on GrizzOrgs at orgsync.com/34015/chapter.

Membership
Executive Board

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Lena Mishack
Student Body President
lmmishac@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4291

As the Student Body President, Lena's primary goal is to represent the voice of all students at Oakland University. Lena communicates student opinions and concerns to the administration and affiliated parties. She also works to implement initiatives and campus changes to help create the best possible student experience. She shall carry out the policies and procedures of OUSC in accordance to the OUSC Constitution, the Bylaws, and the Oath of Office.

Office Hours:
Monday, Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday: 3 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 3 – 5 p.m.

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Jousef Shkoukani
Student Body Vice President
jmshkoukani@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4291

As the Student Body Vice President, Jousef advocates for the Student Body by ensuring their expectations and ideologies are heard throughout both the administration and community at large. Jousef aims to serve each and every Oakland University student by listening effectively and taking action. Jousef facilitates the general body meetings and is a liaison between the executive board and the legislature.

Office Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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Helen Thompson
Administrative Assistant
helenthompson@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4290

Office Hours:
Monday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. – noon
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30 – 10 a.m.

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Brad Albright
Financial Affairs Director
balbright@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4298

Office Hours:
Monday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday: 5 – 8 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. – noon

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Kayla Dafoe
Student Activities Funding Board Chair
safb@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4292

Office Hours:
Monday: noon – 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday: 4 – 6 p.m.

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Brittany Kleinschmidt
Student Services Director
bkleinschmidt@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4294

Office Hours:
Tuesday: 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday: 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Ryan Fox
Legislative Affairs Director
rmfox@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4292

Office Hours:
Monday: noon – 3 p.m.
Tuesday: noon – 2 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – noon, 1 – 6 p.m.

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Derek Queen
Visual Communications Director
dtqueen@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4298

Office Hours:
Tuesday: noon – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 1 – 5 p.m.

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Arth Patel
Marketing Director
apatel23@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4298

Office Hours:
Monday: 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Tuesday: 9 – 10 a.m., 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 – 11 a.m.
Thursday: 9 – 10 a.m.

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Luna Nasry
Diversity & Inclusion Director
lnasry@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4294

Office Hours:
Monday: 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Austin Church
Environmental, Health & Wellness Director
achurch@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4294

Office Hours:
Monday, Thursday: 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Stephanie Jurva
OUSC Advisor
jurva@oakland.edu
Legislative Members

Tyler Fox
Legislator/Judiciary Committee Chair
tafox@oakland.edu

Peter Gaied
Legislator/Scholarship Chair
pgaied@oakland.edu

Asianae Gunn
Legislator/Tailgate Chair/Bear Bus Committee Chair
agunn@oakland.edu

Stephanie Hubbard
Legislator/Research and Review Chair
sihubbard@oakland.edu

Anushree Jagtap
Legislator/Steering Chair
amjagtap@oakland.edu

Tyler Parsons
Legislator/Graduate Council Chair
tmparsons@oakland.edu

Elijah Sanders
Legislator/Parliamentarian/Congressional Archivist
emsanders@oakland.edu

Jahnavi Gudi
Legislator
jahnaviigudi@oakland.edu

Eric Henckel
Legislator
eghenckel@oakland.edu

Mena Ibrahim
Legislator
menaibrahim@oakland.edu

Sylvia Kashat
Legislator
sylviakashat@oakland.edu

Joseph Petrik
Legislator
jmpetrik@oakland.edu

Christeena Twal
Legislator
ctwal@oakland.edu

Hunter Willis
Legislator
hunterwillis@oakland.edu

Jackie Navarra
Legislator/Athletics Council Representative
jrnavarr@oakland.edu

Halle Haneckow
Legislator/RHA Representative
hallehaneckow@oakland.edu

Naomi Sarelis
Legislator/Greek Council Representative
ndsarelis@oakland.edu

Judicial Branch

Tyler Fox
Judiciary Chair
tafox@oakland.edu

The Judiciary Committee serves as the judicial branch of the congress. As such, it is responsible for making sure that the congress is following the rules and regulations outlined in our constitution and bylaws. Typically the committee convenes on a weekly basis to review any absences filed by legislators, and discuss the current happenings of the congress. When needed, the judiciary committee is responsible for bringing together the official court, which will pass judgment on issues regarding the constitution.

Committees

If you are interested in getting involved with Oakland University's Student Congress for the 2018-2019 school year, please contact us at ousc@oakland.edu for more information. If you are interested in joining a specific committee, contact the person named at the end of each committee posting.

Elections Commission
The Elections commission is a group of students working with the Administrative Assistant during the election season. The Commission is responsible for various tasks related to the candidates throughout the elections in addition to events such as the Elections Kickoff, and the President and Vice President debates. Contact Helen Thompson at helenthompson@oakland.edu.

Scholarship Committee
The scholarship committee is a group of creative and motivated individuals creating new scholarships and awards for OU students. These scholarships can help a graduating senior get their bachelor's degree or help a new freshman out financially. These scholarships include academics, athletics, financial hardships, leaderships, and many more! Be more involved around campus and join the Scholarship Committee. This is your chance to give back! Contact Peter Gaied at pgaied@oakland.edu.

Judiciary Committee
The Judiciary Committee serves as the judicial branch of the congress. As such, it is responsible for making sure that the congress is following the rules and regulations outlined in our constitution and bylaws. Typically the committee convenes on a weekly basis to review any absences filed by legislators, and discuss the current happenings of the congress. When needed, the judiciary committee is responsible for bringing together the official court, which will pass judgment on issues regarding the constitution. Contact Tyler Fox at tafox@oakland.edu.

Research and Review Committee
The Research and Review Committee looks into problems or issues that the Legislature brings forth to it, can pass issues to other committees where the topic pertains, submits feedback and reports on various issues or researched initiatives, and assists the Student Body President in assigning legislators to any University-wide committees. Contact Stephanie Hubbard at sihubbard@oakland.edu.

Legislative Affairs Committee
Interested in politics? As a committee member, you would have the opportunity to research student issues for lobbying efforts as well as take part in vote registration drives. This committee can also meet and work with Student Governments at the state and federal level. Contact Ryan Fox at rmfox@oakland.edu.

Marketing Committee
As a committee member, you would assist the Marketing Director in brainstorming different promotions, post fliers throughout campus, and pass out promotions in the Oakland Center when OUSC has events coming up. Contact Arth Patel at apatel23@oakland.edu.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Oakland University accepts and celebrates all students of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and ethnicity. As a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, you would be engaged in actively representing every student group on campus while pursuing University-wide policy change and initiatives that are aimed at transforming Oakland University. If you want to push your university forward and be a part of change on campus, the DID Committee welcomes you with open arms and mind. Contact Luna Nasry at lnasry@oakland.edu.

Student Services Committee
As a member of this committee you will work alongside the Student Services Director to resolve any concerns students may have during their time here at Oakland. At the meetings, committee initiatives are discussed, project liaisons give updates, and the members propose new initiative ideas. If you have a desire to make a lasting impact with your time here at Oakland University, this committee invites you to help us bring about positive change. Contact Brittany Kleinschmidt at bkleinschmidt@oakland.edu.

Tailgate Committee
The Tailgate Committee is perfect for anyone who has an interest in sports or planning events! As a member, you are the main source of success for the tailgates. You decide the food and activities, as well as different promotional items that will be used. Members are also involved in running the tailgates and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. Contact Asianae Gunn at agunn@oakland.edu.

Environmental, Health and Wellness Committee
The Environmental, Health and Wellness Committee gives students a chance to advocate for healthy living and environmentally awareness. Members of the EHW Committee can engage in committee meetings, participate in committee events, and get involved with various initiatives. Contact Austin Church at achurch@oakland.edu.

Visual Communications Committee
The Visual Communications Committee is a group of talented graphic designers that aid the Visual Communications Director with the execution of promotional materials and more for OUSC. Working as a team of creative minds, the VCC is a great way for students to meet other graphic designers, gain valuable design experience, and expand their portfolio work! Contact Derek Queen at dtqueen@oakland.edu.

Steering Committee
Most public governing bodies have a steering committee. It is the duty of the Steering Committee to compile the agenda that is used for all University Student Congress General Body Meetings. Members of the committee would decide whether or not proposed items (such as bills, proposals and member approvals) should be placed on the upcoming agenda based on bylaws, constitution, etc. Contact Anushree Jagtap at amjagtap@oakland.edu.

Archival Committee
The Archival Committee of the Oakland University Student Congress was originally established in 2005 under the direction of Former Student Body President Michael McGuinness for the purpose of maintaining the paper trail of Student Government records for each administration. The committee is also responsible for preserving all student government history and maintaining a connection between the current administration and alumni of the Student Government. Contact Elijah Sanders at emsanders@oakland.edu.

Administration Primary Goals

Goal #1 - Inclusion For All Campus Groups:
Joe and I will be scheduling more meetings with large groups on campus, aside from simply having group representatives at general body meetings. We will also be tabling more in the Oakland Center to hear student concerns face to face, while continuing to use the text message suggestion number and student concerns boxes around campus. New permanent representative positions for graduate students and athletics are currently being added to the OUSC Constitution. We will also be working to help start a Graduate Student Council to have a more direct outlet for graduate student concerns. We plan to work closely with the GSC and the GSA and SAFE train all Executive Board members and legislators. We also would like to meet regularly with RHA members, the CMI (and other minority student organizations), and Greek Council.

Goal #2 - Improving Campus Life:
There are many ways we are looking to improve campus life and make the Oakland University experience memorable for all students. We would like to better publicize campus and athletic events, such as by having more electronic message boards in the OC in areas students frequently visit. We’d like to work with University networking to include the campus events calendar as a permanent tab on MySail. We want to better promote the club football team games and begin discussing with administration about creating a permanent football team in the future, and survey for student and alumni interest. We want to host more tailgates at different athletic events throughout the year. We also look to work with SPB and Housing in creating more large-scale events, including on weekends for on campus students. We will also be hosting more OUSC events to increase student engagement with our organization.

Goal #3 - Improving Parking:
We look to continue to work on parking improvements, which OUSC is currently addressing. We will work with OUPD to remove many of the metered spots to regular parking spots or increase the allotted time of the meters (from 45 minutes currently to at least 2 hours or more). There are also many reserved spots, especially in the P2 lot, which are rarely used and can be turned to regular spots. We also want to continue to optimize the Bear Bus routes and add more spots at optimal locations. To add alternative transportation, we’d like to re-implement the “Bike Share” program, but have students check out bikes with their ID for more accountability.

Goal #4 - Improving Campus Accessibility:
We plan to create an efficient and streamlined process for students to report accessibility issues on campus, by either texting Facilities Management directly or create a more user friendly portal on the OU website. We will have our Student Services Director follow up with them regularly to keep them accountable and timely. We also look to push administration to continue funding large scale accessibility changes that are needed in many of the older buildings.

Goal #5 - Improving Campus Sustainability:
As the previous Environmental, Health, & Wellness Director, Lena has been working on an initiative to add gardens and outdoor seating spaces on the terraces of Kresge, and we will continue working on this initiative with Dean Stephen Weiter. We also look to purchase more outdoor recycling bins and implement energy efficient lighting in several prominent buildings. We plan to work closely with the Student Organic Farm to ensure preservation of the farm for years to come and add improvements to their program. We want to continue scheduling regular student ran campus clean-ups as well.

Goal #6 - Broadening Career Opportunities:
We look to bring businesses and career opportunities outside the Metro Detroit area to Oakland University during career fairs and other events, by working with the Career Services office to do more corporate outreach at a national level. We will also survey which businesses and corporations students are most interested in working with. This should establish a greater presence of Oakland University at a state and national level.

Goal #7 - Improving On Campus Food Options:
We will improve the quality and nutrition of foods served in the dining hall by working with the Dean of Students, Chartwells, and surveying opinions from students.

Other initiatives:

  • Continue to work on Administrative transparency
  • Allow food trucks to serve food on campus
  • Create a smoothie bar at the Recreation Center
  • Improve Campus Wifi
  • Add a street light on Greek Row
  • Create discounts for students at local businesses
  • Push for renovations of older buildings
  • Purchase equipment for professors to record lectures
Current Services

Free Scantrons:
As of summer 2012, a Scantron machine is available in the lower level of the Oakland Center across from the Barnes and Noble Bookstore. This Scantron vending machine offers school supplies such as pencils, note cards, headphones, and much more.

In the fall of 2014, Student Congress has expanded this initiative and began offering free Scantrons to students. We ask that to receive a Scantron, students follow us on social media sites (Grizz Orgs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) so they see our updates. Students who come to the Student Congress office can receive two Scantrons for free, everyday. If our office is closed, our Scantron machine is right down the hall! We offer the following types of scantrons for free:

  • 882-E (long green scantron)
  • 815-E (short green scantron)
  • F-1712 (large red scantron)
  • Blue Books

Grizz Art:
Grizz Art is a program partnered with the Kresge Library to display student artwork for Oakland University campus to see and appreciate. The purpose of this initiative is to get student artwork displayed on campus and to get students recognized for their talent. The program also serves as a contest where the first place and second place winners will receive awesome prizes! More information and applications can be found in the OUSC office.

Hammocks:
The hammocks you see scattered throughout campus are a part of the OUSC outdoor initiative, which includes picnic tables, benches, information kiosk and hammocks. Hammocks offer relaxation to students and yet another location for students to spend time on campus. These hammocks can currently be found around Bear Lake.

During the winter season, these hammocks are taken indoors so they don't get damaged in the harsh weather. Be sure to enjoy them in the fall, spring and summer!

Readership Program:
The Readership Program is a complimentary OUSC initiative that offers Oakland University students the opportunity to read several different local and national newspapers at no cost. USA Today and New York Times or the Detroit Free Press are located in other buildings on campus as well, the locations include Kresge Library, Hamlin Hall, Vandenberg Hall.

Student of the Month:
The purpose of the Student of the Month Award is to recognize students who have shown an outstanding dedication through campus involvement to the Oakland University community. The Student of the Month award is given through an application. Students can retrieve an application at the Student Congress office, OUSC promotion tables, online through OUSC website and/or on the OUSC Student of the Month parking spot.

  • Method
    • All students interested to become SOM must complete an application.
    • Applications can be picked up at OUSC desk, any promotions table sponsored by OUSC, and on SOM parking stands. Students must complete application in its entirety. One application per student per academic semester will be accepted.
  • Rewards
    • Student of the month winners will be featured on the OUSC webpage and social media
    • Student of the Month winners will be nominated for the Wilson and Human Relations awards (depending on if individual meets criteria for each award)
    • Student of the Month winners will receive a crewneck, a reserved parking spot in Parking Lot 2, and other surprise giveaways!
Successes

The 2016-2017 OUSC Administration is striving for big changes on Oakland University campus this upcoming year. We aim to make students more aware of what is happening on campus and how it impacts their Oakland experience. In order to show what the 2016-2017 Administration is accomplishing, we'll be regularly updating this page to show our successes in improving the Oakland University experience. Listed below are some of these accomplishments:

Increased Minimum Wage for Student Employees
Immediately after becoming aware of OU's return to its established student-employment policy, which is a maximum of 20 hours per week for on-campus jobs during the fall and winter, and of 40 hours per week in the summer, Student Body President Zachary Thomas brought the impending changes to the attention of our Student Congress at a public meeting. We were then, as an organization, keen and persistent on making sure the money that would be lost be returned to the students in some way, shape, or form. We met with dozens of administrators and had several speak at our General Body Meetings. Thomas was eventually able to sit down with key administrators like Glenn McIntosh and George Hynd to together resolve the situation by increasing the University minimum wage from $8.50 to $9.25 — well above the state minimum. We could not be happier to have worked with administration to successfully represent the students on this issue!

On-Campus Accessibility Enhancements
Over the summer, OUSC worked to improve Oakland University campus accessibility. Some of the enhancements accomplished include a new sidewalk along Pioneer Drive, fixing the crosswalk issue on Meadowbrook Dr. between Oak View Hall and Vandenberg Hall, repairing the crater on Bear Lake Bridge, repairing on-campus sidewalk craters, and the assurance of accessible bathroom doors, ramps, and new elevators in the upcoming Oakland Center expansion.

Preferred Name Policy on Oakland University Campus
It is the mission of your University Student Congress to challenge inequality and help to foster the best "Oakland experience" for each and every student at our institution. Accordingly, since its founding in 1957, Oakland University had lacked a Preferred Name Policy for students identifying as 1) transgender or gender-nonconforming 2) an international student wishing to officially adopt an English name for campus matters, and 3) sexual assault or stalking survivors wishing to go by an alternate name for safety. What this meant was that students were being "outed" in classrooms or on the graduation stage, were facing discomfort when experiencing faculty, staff, and fellow students struggle with their name, or potentially dangerous situations, respectively. Accordingly, this is why your University Student Congress advocated and helped design a Preferred Name Policy, which became active on August 17, 2016, and which allows students identifying under the aforementioned three categories to go by their preferred name for most campus matters, including but not limited to class rosters, OU email, and walking at graduation. In doing so, we believe we have helped Oakland University make great strides in fostering campus equality, comfort, and safety.

Tuition Equality on Oakland University Campus
The University Student Congress seeks to increase access of our university for all types of incoming students. Until now, Oakland University had been missing a Tuition Equality Policy for DACA immigrants. Accordingly, this means that children of undocumented immigrants who have spent considerable time living in Michigan would not have been able to pay in-state tuition. Because of the Tuition Equality Policy that we implemented, if the prospective student has attended Michigan high schools for at least 3 years and graduated from a Michigan high school, they are able to pay in-state tuition. We believe it 1) makes fiscal sense, 2) is fair, and 3) welcomes prospective students aspiring to rise. Moreover, there are a plethora of DACA students in the Metro Detroit area, and because of our Tuition Equality policy we have opened a new door to higher education for these students who live in Oakland University's backyard.

Voter Registration of Oakland University Students
In their campaign for Student Body President and Vice President, Zack and Anders promised to lead the University Student Congress to double-down on voter registration efforts this Fall Semester in order to best amplify the student voice. Meeting and exceeding that promise, the University Student Congress registered 525 students successfully this Fall (beating last Fall's numbers by a factor of seven) and nearly doubling previous OUSC administrations' election year numbers. This process was executed successfully with the effective oversight and outstanding dedication of Legislative Affairs Director Sophia Polsinelli and her Legislative Affairs Committee.

Several OUSC initiatives have been so successful that they have been permanently absorbed by other departments. They include:

Public Documents

OUSC Constitution

OU Student Congress Bylaws

Election Bylaws

Student Activity Fund Assessment Committee Bylaws

Student Activities Funding Board Bylaws

Judicial Hearing Guidelines

Agendas and Minutes
To request meeting agendas and/or minutes, please email your requests to Tara Schmidt at tschmidt@oakland.edu.

Budget Sheets
To request budget sheets, please email your requests to Gabrielle Schwartz at gmschwartz@oakland.edu.