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Oakland campus
Wednesday, May 04, 2016


Three outstanding College of Arts and Sciences undergraduates have been awarded the Michael P. and Elizabeth A. Kenny Merit Scholarship for the Sciences. The Kennys endowed these scholarships to support undergraduates in the departments of biological sciences, chemistry, or physics.



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.



Tuesday, May 03, 2016


 Twelve students and two faculty members from Divine Child High School in Dearborn visited Oakland University  for a journalism workshop on Tuesday, May 3.



Monday, May 02, 2016


Graduating senior Karl Martin Adam, from Ortonville, has been selected as one of two winners for this year’s College of Arts and Sciences Meritorious Achievement Award.



Thursday, April 28, 2016


Oakland University's Pawley Lean Institute is pleased announce that Timothy Salanta (Electrical Engineering/SECS), Josh Pokrefky (Operations Management/SBA), and Kaitlyn Clark (Human Resources Development/SEHS) have each been awarded a $1000 undergraduate scholarship.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016


An internal team within Oakland University has been recognized for its work on the Grad Path Lean Workout.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Cynthia Carver, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Organizational Leadership and master of education program coordinator in Educational Leadership and Teacher Leadership, has been named to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s (AACTE) new Clinical Practice Commission.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Oakland University’s Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Rhetoric program recently earned a Writing Program Certificate of Excellence from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the national organization for collegiate writing programs. 



Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Macomb-OU INCubator client company LogiCoul Solutions has leveraged the strong relationship between Mac-OU INC and Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) by engaging with the senior design course.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016


 At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, the music program at Oakland University will open its 2016 opera production, “Die Fledermaus,” by Johann Strauss II. There will be additional performances at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5; 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. 



Tuesday, April 26, 2016


The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance held its 17th Annual MaTilDa Awards “red-carpet” dinner in the Oakland Center Banquet Room on Sunday, April 17 2016 to recognize all of this year’s honorees.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016


National Bring Your Child to Work Day falls on April 28 this year, but Oakland University will host its own BYCTWD on Friday, July 29.



Friday, April 22, 2016


The Oakland University Department of Psychology has concluded a two-day conference with 90 attendees; including leading scholars from around the world to address The Evolution of Psychopathology.



Friday, April 22, 2016


As part of its Evening Enrichment Series, the Oakland University Center for Autism’s Outreach Services (OUCARES) will welcome guest speaker Randy Lewis to campus for an engaging talk on helping individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities pursue competitive employment opportunities. 



Thursday, April 21, 2016


Oakland University’s School of Nursing and its Board of Visitors are proud to honor Michigan’s most outstanding nurses at the 28th annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence®. 



Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Over winter break, 26 Oakland University business students traveled to Europe for a front row seat to the global marketplace. They shared their experiences, adventures and appreciation for the opportunity with Patti Finnegan Sharf, whose Study Abroad Scholarship helped offset the expense of the trip for several of them.



Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Amith Diwakar remembers the trepidation he felt in fall 2012 as an Oakland University freshman trying to navigate the first steps of his college career. He had just graduated from the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, and like many first-year college students, was uncertain about the path ahead of him. He wondered how he would bridge the divide between high school and college. 



Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Building upon Oakland University's efforts with Denim Day for awareness of sexual violence on Monday, April 18, OUWB is holding Denim Day and in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. OUWB is helping to raise awareness with Denim Day on Friday, April 22. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to wear denim/jeans to educate communities about sexual violence and sexual violence prevention and intervention.



Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Oakland University will recognize its spring 2016 graduates at five commencement ceremonies, which will all take place in the O’rena, on OU’s campus. 



Tuesday, April 19, 2016


For 22 years, the Oakland University community has focused much effort and care in recognizing the finest qualities to be found in its administrative professional employees. The recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Administrative Professional award has demonstrated many such qualities in her work of more than 30 years at OU.



Monday, April 18, 2016


Students and school administrators from the 28 Oakland County school districts will gather at Oakland University on Tuesday, May 3 for the seventh annual Student Leadership Conference.



Monday, April 18, 2016


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability in the country.



Friday, April 15, 2016


Two Honors College students represented Oakland University at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which took place this month at the University of North Carolina-Ashville. 



Thursday, April 14, 2016


On Friday, April 22 at 8 pm and Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., professional contemporary modern dance company Take Root will perform their annual concert at Oakland University. The show, titled “Order to Disorder,” will showcase the group’s intricate partnering, thought-provoking details and unrestricted vision. 



Thursday, April 14, 2016


The University Professional and Continuing Education Association, (UPCEA) has named Oakland University’s Amy Johnson, MAT, MA, LPC, TLS, CPDT-KA as recipient of the Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award.



Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Each spring, the Oakland University Board of Trustees takes time to recognize three senior students for distinguishing themselves as outstanding scholars and leaders on campus and in the community. 



Tuesday, April 12, 2016


At 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, the theatre program at Oakland University will perform the first of four performances of this semester’s Company Class production, directed by Professor Karen Sheridan.



Monday, April 11, 2016


One of the largest and most rigorous evaluations ever implemented in the field of educationThe Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education has released its evaluation of one of the most ambitious and well-documented expansions of a U.S. instructional curriculum.



Monday, April 11, 2016


The Oakland University Board of Trustees today approved the schematic designs of the university’s new Southern Student Housing Complex project. The project completion date is planned for August 2018.



Friday, April 08, 2016


Lindsay Zeig, an academic adviser in Oakland’s Bachelor of Integrative Studies program, has earned the university’s 2015-2016 Outstanding Professional Advising Award. The award is given annually to an academic adviser who demonstrates exceptional mentoring and leadership skills, contributes to the development of new programs and supports student success. 



Wednesday, April 06, 2016


From the trading floor in Elliott Hall to Wall Street in New York City, business students in the Oakland’s Managing Investment Funds (FIN 480) course are getting a first-hand look at the real world of investment management.



Wednesday, April 06, 2016


Former Oakland University men’s basketball player Sebastien Bellin gave GoldenGrizzlies.com an exclusive update after he suffered injuries in the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium on March 22. 



Tuesday, April 05, 2016


While climate change is often associated with global warming trends, it is also believed to influence patterns of temperature variability, with greater and more frequent shifts in temperature from one day to the next. Those temperature shifts could change the way certain species interact with each other. 


Oakland campus
Monday, April 04, 2016


Margo Rae Stanfa, Master of Science in Exercise Science, is the winner of this year's Oakland University Outstanding Thesis Award.



Monday, April 04, 2016


Robert Wiggins, professor and chair of Oakland University’s Teacher Development and Educational Studies program, will share his insights as part of a question-and-answer panel following a documentary film screening at Hillel Day School. 



Monday, April 04, 2016


The Oakland University community shined a bright blue light on autism via the Elliott Tower on April 2, joining a worldwide movement to mark World Autism Awareness Day.



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. 



Friday, April 01, 2016


Noise bothered professional jazz musician Matt Savage when he was a young boy. He was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old, but doesn’t remember much about it.



Friday, April 01, 2016


Medical research company Aniara Diagnostica recently rewarded an Oakland University Assistant Professor of Biology with a $10,000 grant to research a gene that affects the blood clotting process.



Thursday, March 31, 2016


The Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia is among the best programs of its kind in the country, according to the latest education rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The publication ranked the master’s program 18th out of 115 U.S. graduate programs in nursing-anesthesia. 



Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Jacqueline S. Drouin, PT, Ph.D., associate professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Sciences, was awarded the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Oncology Section Debbra Flomenhoft Humanitarian Award at the group’s annual meeting. 



Wednesday, March 30, 2016


The Michigan College Access Network held its annual conference and College Access Impact Awards Dinner in Lansing and recognized numerous outstanding college advocates from across the state. In all, eight award categories recognized the hard work and dedication of 22 individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to improve postsecondary attainment.



Wednesday, March 30, 2016


In early April, Oakland University will welcome one of the world's foremost experts on the history and modern impact of the crusades. University of London Professor Jonathan Phillips will speak at OU at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, in the Oakland Center Gold Rooms B and C. His lecture, titled "Saladin: Life and Legend - The Memory of the Crusades in the Near East," will focus on the memory of Sultan Saladin and the continuing impact of the crusading movement on contemporary political culture. 



Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Grant is part of a national initiative to support 1,000 nurse scholars in all 50 States Oakland University School of Nursing (SON) has announced that with a new grant of $10,000 from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, matched by $10,000 of its own, the school will fund the scholarship of one doctoral nursing student.



Tuesday, March 29, 2016


At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, the Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO), the Oakland Symphony Chorus and Madrigal Chorale will perform at Orchestra Hall, the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with Gregory Cunningham, conductor. 



Monday, March 28, 2016


With the motto “Serving Students First,” Zack Thomas and Anders Engnell won the recent student body election with nearly 67 percent (926) of the total votes (1,391). 



Thursday, March 24, 2016


This semester, 40 students in Oakland University’s Cinema Studies program were given the task of creating a short film. But instead of using the latest in high-tech video equipment, the students were limited to using a device not typically associated with the silver screen – a smartphone. 



Thursday, March 24, 2016


Renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter, Oakland University's artist-in-residence, will be in town for two performances in April. Considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation, she travels the world to perform and is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Award. 



Wednesday, March 23, 2016


The terrorist attacks at the Brussels airport on Tuesday reached into the OU community with news of injuries to former Oakland men's basketball player Sebastien Bellin. One of about 170 people injured in the suicide bombings, Seb, as he is known to many in the OU community, is presently recovering from his injuries. 


Oakland campus
Wednesday, March 23, 2016


At 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, the theatre program at Oakland University will open its latest production, which is “Assassins,” a darkly comedic musical with music and lyrics by the great Stephen Sondheim. 



Tuesday, March 22, 2016


In response to steady campus growth and the need for a fast and accurate means of locating campus facilities, Oakland University is implementing an important change in its campus addressing system. Effective Monday, April 4, the University will begin using unique street addresses for each building and parking lot on campus rather than the single, campus-wide address of 2200 N. Squirrel Road.



Monday, March 21, 2016


Distinguished Professor Michael Chopp, of the Department of Physics, has achieved a career landmark; his h-index has reached 100.



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.”



Monday, March 21, 2016


Oakland University’s collaboration with the City of Pontiac is getting a boost thanks to a $6,000 gift from Genisys Credit Union. The gift will support Parent University, a community collaboration to help Pontiac resident parents become full partners in their children’s education. 



Monday, March 21, 2016


Oakland University, in partnership with Campus Compact and more than 350 presidents and chancellors from across higher education, has pledged to increase its focus on civic engagement for the benefit of students and communities.



Friday, March 18, 2016


On Friday, March 18, members of the Class of 2016 learned where they will be training as residents. View photos from Match Day on the OUWB Facebook page.



Friday, March 18, 2016


A mix of college-radio appeal and local flare will be featured Thursday, March 24, as Oakland University’s on-campus radio station, 88.3FM WXOU, celebrates its 50th Birthday Bash at The Crofoot in downtown Pontiac.



Friday, March 18, 2016


Psychopathy can easily be characterized as a dark personality trait, but other characteristics, such as perfectionism and dependency, may also sit on the same spectrum, Associate Psychology Professor Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Ph.D., discusses in his new book, “The Dark Side of Personality: Science and Practice in Social, Personality, and Clinical Psychology,” published by the American Psychological Association.



Friday, March 18, 2016


Officers from the Oakland University and Auburn Hills police departments gathered in the O’rena this morning to recognize Auburn Hills Police Sergeant Rick Leonard for assisting in the investigation of a fatal traffic accident that occurred on campus in 2015. 



Friday, March 18, 2016


Mark Champion and Terry Foster, two of the preeminent names in sports media in Michigan, will be teaching courses this summer and fall at Oakland University.



Thursday, March 17, 2016


Think pension fund manager, brokerage analyst or portfolio associate, and the markets from New York to Chicago come immediately to mind. What many find surprising is that Michigan is also home to hundreds of private and publicly held companies that employ investment analysts and managers to protect and grow their assets.  



Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Over winter break, a group of Oakland University biology students left the campus behind to explore the vast landscapes and biodiversity of Costa Rica. 



Tuesday, March 15, 2016


The Search Committee for the University's new Associate Vice President for Research Search Committee is announcing open interviews with four semifinalist candidates for the position.



Tuesday, March 15, 2016


The Oakland University Center for Autism's Outreach Services (OUCARES) is offering pre-employment skills training for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.


Oakland campus
Monday, March 14, 2016


Assistant Professor Sanela Martic, of the Department of Chemistry, is the most recent member to join the Center for Biomedical Research. Martic’s laboratory is focused on the misfolding of peptides and proteins that are linked to degeneration. The aim of her current research is to understand the biochemistry of tau protein aggregation and phosphorylation, and to determine their influence on microtubule stability. The tau protein may play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.



Thursday, March 10, 2016


This week, the Oakland University Honors College kicked off the inaugural Honors Inclusion Conference. The three-day event, which is being held in Oak View Hall, is geared toward university faculty, admissions officers, academic advisers, honors program staff, graduate students, high school teachers and others interested in enhancing inclusivity in honors education nationwide. 



Wednesday, March 09, 2016


Throughout this month, Oakland University is hosting Bridge the Gap, a program that provides stroke survivors with free physical therapy treatment.



Wednesday, March 09, 2016


Oakland University graduate Joey Namou, more widely known as Channel 955 personality Joey Radio, didn’t always have the people skills he does now. He learned them as an undergrad, he says. 



Wednesday, March 09, 2016


Sharron Matthews, the “Canadian Goddess of Cabaret,” has taken her hit comedic, tour-de-force concerts across Canada and around the world, to New York City, London, Scotland, South Africa and home again. She has won rave reviews and delighted audiences wherever she has performed. 



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


Here is the latest update on our student and faculty news.



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.



Monday, March 07, 2016


This past Saturday, Oakland University’s Gold Vibrations a cappella group took first place at the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Great Lakes Semifinal at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. The group posted a score of 394 points, beating second-place University of Illinois by 18 points and third-place University of Wisconsin by 54 points. 



Monday, March 07, 2016


OUCARES, the outreach services division of the Oakland University Center for Autism, on Thursday, March 10 will be hosting an Evening Enrichment event geared toward building self-esteem in a child with autism. The event will feature presenter Ron Sandison, an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and author of “A Parent’s Guide to Autism,” and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Lake Michigan Room of the Oakland Center.



Thursday, March 03, 2016


The Mike Rogers collection was acquired by Oakland University in January 2015 at the initiative of the Political Science department and the University Library, and placed in the custody of Oakland University Archives and Special Collections. It is expected that the collection will be made available to the public in the fall of 2016.



Wednesday, March 02, 2016


As the Oakland University and University of Detroit Mercy men’s and women’s basketball teams competed on the court last weekend, another friendly competition was taking place off the court. 



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.



Tuesday, March 01, 2016


Oakland swimming and diving head coach Pete Hovland was selected to be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2016, announced Monday by the organization.



Monday, February 29, 2016


The Pawley Lean Institute recently hosted a Partner Recognition Dinner on Monday, February 8 in the Oakland Center.



Monday, February 29, 2016


Students from Pontiac International Technology Academy (ITA) participated in the first of three sessions associated with the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) High School Workshops.



Friday, February 26, 2016


Oakland University President George W. Hynd has appointed Angie Schmucker to the position of vice president, Development and Alumni Relations (VP-DAR) effective March 1.



Thursday, February 25, 2016


The Southeastern Michigan Economic Data Center (SEMEDC), housed in Oakland University’s School of Business Administration, met with rave reviews when Jonathan Silberman, PhD, professor of Economics and SEMEDC founder, demonstrated the business resource at Troy Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Forum in February. Silberman’s demonstration of the Economic Data Center was presented to a standing-room only crowd.



Thursday, February 25, 2016


This past weekend, Oakland University’s Model United Nations team continued its winning tradition with a first-place finish at the North American Model UN Conference in Toronto. Oakland received the Best Delegation Award, topping more than 30 other schools in the U.S. and Canada. 



Thursday, February 25, 2016


Oakland University business students from two management classes have front row seats to international business as they travel to Dublin, Ireland, and Budapest, Hungary, over winter break.



Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Every day people find different ways to show their appreciation. Rarely, though, does it take the form of an endowed scholarship.



Wednesday, February 24, 2016


For its 32nd annual film festival, Oakland University’s Women and Gender Studies program will spotlight a documentary examining the role of women in the video game world. This year’s festival is titled “Game Not Over: Gender and Digital Culture” and features a screening of the film “GTFO: “Get the F&#% Out.” 



Tuesday, February 23, 2016


As part of its ongoing commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity, Oakland University will present its third annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference on Wednesday, March 16.



Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Oakland University Engineering students and OU INC, the university’s business accelerator, recently worked with a Rochester Hills-based startup geared towards zero emission power grids to create a new battery enclosure prototype. Na4B (Sodium for Batteries) is a tenant client at OU INC that receives business services and conducts lab work in their space within the incubator. The company is developing an improved sodium nickel chloride battery through nano-engineering and — over a two-year span — will build prototypes of their electrochemical cells with a grant from the National Science Foundation.



Friday, February 19, 2016


CBR member Ken Mitton, of the Eye Research Institute, has been awarded a grant from the National Eye Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health.



Thursday, February 18, 2016


Master’s students from Oakland University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department worked with Independence Township officials to help improve the township’s rental facilities reservations process.



Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Nominations are still open for those interested in the Alfred G. and Matilda R. Wilson Awards, the most prestigious awards that Oakland University offers. 



Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Inventions, patents and commercializing OU’s research all serve to raise the University’s visibility as a research center and increase the potential to generate revenue through licensing and spinoff corporations. 



Wednesday, February 17, 2016


This past week, two students in Oakland University’s Honors College were recognized for showing exceptional ingenuity outside the classroom.



Monday, February 15, 2016


Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, author, inventor and perhaps best known from his popular television show as “The Science Guy,” will speak at the O’Rena on Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. as part of the Varner Vitality Lecture Series.



Friday, February 12, 2016


As Flint residents continue to grapple with a contaminated water supply, the Oakland University community is stepping up to support its neighbors to the north.



Friday, February 12, 2016


Oakland University is now offering wēpa, a cloud-based print solution that allows students to print documents on campus from their computer, smartphone or tablet. Students can upload documents on-the-go and print at 23 conveniently located wēpa print stations on campus.



Friday, February 12, 2016


Amid the frigid chill of winter, the Metro Series between the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies and the University of Detroit Mercy Titans continues to heat up – both on and off the athletic fields.



Wednesday, February 10, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS - Oakland's Kay Felder has been named the NCAA's Men's Basketball Player of the Week, announced the NCAA on Tuesday. This marks the first time Felder has been named the NCAA's National Player of the Week.



Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Following a public vote, Oakland University’s own Ali Woerner has been named the overall winner of the 2016 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 class.



Monday, February 08, 2016


CEO Magazine’s 2016 MBA rankings name Oakland University’s MBA and Executive MBA programs among the best for students.



Thursday, February 04, 2016


With an emphasis on promoting inclusivity and diversity in honors education, the Oakland University Honors College is hosting the inaugural Honors Inclusion Conference March 9-11. 



Thursday, February 04, 2016


At 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, four of OU’s most promising music students will perform with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO) in the 19th Annual David Daniels Young Artists Concert.



Wednesday, February 03, 2016


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



Wednesday, February 03, 2016


Oakland University students can now finish a workout while they’re finishing their homework with the addition of desks that double as exercise bikes at the Kresge Library.



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.



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.



Tuesday, February 02, 2016


This past Friday, a group of international students from Oakland University took part in the third annual Diversity Festival at Auburn Elementary School in Auburn Hills. This year’s festival, themed “It’s a Small World,” featured a variety of activities to teach K-5 students about countries and cultures around the globe. 



Monday, February 01, 2016


Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) and Oakland University today announced Meadow Brook Music Festival has been re-branded and will now be known as Meadow Brook Amphitheatre.



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).



Thursday, January 28, 2016


February 8, 2016 update: The Oakland University team and their Loon Copter won the $1 million international award in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Drones for Good competition.



Thursday, January 28, 2016


At 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, the theatre program at Oakland University will open its latest production, which is "Faust(US)", a radical new approach to Christopher Marlowe’s dark 16th-century drama “The Tragical History of the Life and Death of  Doctor Faustus.” Faustus is a man unable to find fulfillment in any other field of study, so he turns to necromancy and makes a deal with the devil. He agrees to exchange his soul for a life of earthly pleasure, wealth and honor. 



Wednesday, January 27, 2016


For the past several years, Zijuan Liu, Ph.D. and doctoral student Joseph McDermott, from Oakland University's Department of Biological Sciences, have been working on groundbreaking research that promises to stave off a major threat to the world’s food supply. They are collaborating with a team of scientists from China, Germany and the United States to discover how arsenic accumulates in plant seeds. 



Tuesday, January 26, 2016


The award-winning Oakland University Brass Band will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 29, in Varner Recital Hall. The group will be joined on stage by guest artist, euphonium soloist Matthew Murchison. 



Monday, January 25, 2016


As part of a statewide effort to increase post-secondary degree completion, Oakland University will host its fourth annual Michigan Student Success Conference Feb. 11-12 at the Detroit Marriott Troy.



Monday, January 25, 2016


More than one-fourth of the individuals named to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 have ties to Oakland University. Two of those individuals are among three finalists vying to become this year’s overall winner. 



Friday, January 22, 2016


As part of Oakland University’s African American Celebration Month 2016, civil rights pioneer Diane Nash will visit campus on Monday, Feb. 1 to share her experiences as a prominent activist who worked to promote racial equality during the 1960s. 



Friday, January 22, 2016


Oakland University senior computer science major Timothy Miko created his first smartphone app, Narrate, as a sophomore because he had a need for it. “I used a similar app on iOS for a long time and realized there wasn’t an equivalent on Android,” said Miko, 21. “I waited for the developers to come out with something, but nothing ever happened. So I said, ‘screw it,’ and made my own. Turned out there were a lot of people who had that need, too.” 



Thursday, January 21, 2016


For more than a year, a cross-functional team of staff and students has been working to streamline university processes and procedures with the goal of helping students graduate in a timely manner. 



Thursday, January 21, 2016


Oakland University’s mentoring program for alumni and students, Leadership OU, is an honoree by the Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for Best Alumni Student Programming.



Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Oakland University President George W. Hynd has announced organizational changes of the university’s administrative leadership structure, which more effectively supports the institution’s mission, the realization of Strategic Plan goals and efforts to enhance a culture of innovation.



Wednesday, January 20, 2016


At 7:30 pm on Thursday, January 21, dance lovers can enjoy the first of four performances of the Detroit Dance Artists Showcase in Varner Lab Theatre. The concert will feature Oakland University dancers and rising choreographers from professional companies Take Root, Eisenhower Dance, Kristi Faulkner Dance, Pure Existence and Art Lab J. 



Tuesday, January 19, 2016


An important part of Oakland University’s commitment to maintaining a safe campus environment is ensuring that all campus community members are well informed of emergency situations.



Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Pop sensation Andy Grammer will headline the Oakland University Student Program Board’s spring concert on Friday, April 15, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on OU’s campus. The show will kick off at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. The opening acts will be Brooklyn-based indie pop band Oh Honey, and ‘90s alternative revivalist band, COIN. 



Friday, January 15, 2016


Following a statewide search, Bonnie Bochniak has been hired as Oakland University's State Relations Director, according to Rochelle Black, vice president of the Office of Government and Community Relations.



Friday, January 15, 2016


Carlos Rolón's first Michigan exhibition Carlos Rolón/Dzine: Commonwealth opens at the Oakland University Art Gallery on January 16 with an evening reception and runs through April 3, culminating with an artist’s talk and book launch. The exhibit is free and open to the public.



Wednesday, January 13, 2016


With a goal to create more supportive and inclusive educational and work environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (GLBTQQI) individuals, the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Initiative of Oakland University's School of Education and Human Services will host the fifth annual Michigan SOGI Education Conference from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29. 



Wednesday, January 13, 2016


OU theatre students had an extraordinary year at the 2016 Region 3 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Awards in Milwaukee.



Tuesday, January 12, 2016


At 3 pm on Sunday, January 17 the Shanghai Quartet will perform in Varner Recital Hall, along with David Small, baritone. The concert is part of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit at Oakland University Series.



Monday, January 11, 2016


Oakland University’s Black Employee Resource Group and the athletic department's Swimming and Diving teams are sponsoring their annual Operation Winter Survival Mitten Toss on Friday, Jan. 29, at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Wright State University.



Monday, January 11, 2016


More than 20 years have passed since Ron Kevern retired from Oakland University as assistant vice president of student affairs.



Monday, January 11, 2016


Oakland University graduate student Scott Janson didn’t come into his Special Topics in Management Information Systems course knowing that an idea he helped form could potentially be a viable part of a money-making business.


Oakland campus
Wednesday, January 06, 2016


The Pawley Lean Institute (PLI) at Oakland University has been award a $2,000 grant from the Comerica Charitable Foundation. The grant is specifically targeted to Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) students to support High School Student Workshops within the ISE Department.



Wednesday, January 06, 2016


As therapists and other mental health professionals see colleagues incorporating animal assisted therapy into their practices, they have questions about how they might take advantage of its proven value, too.



Wednesday, January 06, 2016


As part of its 2016 Evening Enrichment series, the Oakland University Center for Autism’s Outreach Services (OUCARES) is hosting an event focused on the role of community mental health services in supporting individuals with autism and their families. 



Tuesday, January 05, 2016


It’s a new year, and we have another winter semester filled with reasons to leave the comfort of hearth and home, make the journey to Varner and enjoy fine performances in a diverse range of music, theatre and dance styles.



Tuesday, January 05, 2016


Now in its 24th year, Oakland University’s Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration continues to recognize student leaders who promote diversity, cultural understanding and community activism.



Monday, December 28, 2015


Social psychologist Terri Orbuch, Ph.D., has researched the same 373 married couples for nearly 30 years. The couples — 199 black Americans and 174 white Americans — were married in 1986 in Wayne County, Michigan. 



Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Medical imaging systems make it possible for health care professionals to see processes within the body so they can diagnose, monitor or treat medical problems. It’s a growing industry — one market research company is forecasting growth from $30.2 billion in 2013 to $49 billion in 2020. 



Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Social-personality psychologist Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology at Oakland University, and colleagues conducted a study to examine how the personality traits of servers are associated with job performance ratings and the tips they received from customers.



Tuesday, December 22, 2015


For outstanding contributions inside and outside the classroom, OU student Jonathon Young was honored at the December commencement with the 2015 Undergraduate Distinguished Achievement Award.



Monday, December 21, 2015


The winter semester will officially begin when classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 5 starting at 7:30 a.m.



Friday, December 18, 2015


Emery Petchauer believes that hip-hop is the most important cultural phenomenon to emerge from the late 20th century. 



Thursday, December 17, 2015


For the past several weeks, students in Oakland University’s Recreation Leadership Council have been working to make the holiday season brighter for individuals at home and abroad.



Thursday, December 17, 2015


Vice President for Strategic Planning and Macomb Outreach Betty J. Youngblood has announced the appointment of Larry Herriman as interim executive director of the Macomb-OU INCubator, effective Feb. 1, 2016. Herriman succeeds Julie Gustafson, who has led the incubator since 2011. 



Thursday, December 17, 2015


Nurses with an Associate Degree and a valid nursing license can now complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at the Oakland University School of Nursing (SON) in as few as 16 months.



Thursday, December 17, 2015


At 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, the Oakland University Jazz Band will take their show on the road to play in Detroit. It will be a big occasion for the student musicians as they share the stage with world-famous vibraphonist Joe Locke. 



Friday, December 11, 2015


An Oakland University School of Education and Human Services professor has partnered with the Rochester School District to create a You Tube music video that celebrates cultural diversity and inclusion.  



Thursday, December 10, 2015


Robert I. Schostak has been named to OU's Board of Trustees.Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Oakland University alumnus and long-time supporter Robert I. Schostak, of Bloomfield Hills, to the Oakland University Board of Trustees.



Wednesday, December 09, 2015


Oakland University will recognize its fall 2015 graduates at several commencement ceremonies, which will all take place on Saturday, Dec. 19, in OU’s athletic O’rena. 



Tuesday, December 08, 2015


Oakland University senior Engineering student Taunya Owens understands how important time management can be.



Monday, December 07, 2015


Dawn Aubry has been named OU's Director of Undergraduate Admissions.



Friday, December 04, 2015


All semester long, Katie Folk and Adam Quinn, Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) students at Oakland University, have been trying to solve one problem – but not the kind found in textbooks. And not in a classroom.



Friday, December 04, 2015


The Oakland University Police Department is getting into the holiday spirit by joining the Lake Orion Police Department’s Shop with a Hero community outreach program.



Wednesday, December 02, 2015


The Honors College accepted 12 faculty nominee essays from students from around the university in celebration of the 2015 Inspiration Awards. 



Tuesday, December 01, 2015


Two Biological Sciences students recently returned from a trip with their faculty mentor, Dr. Randal Westrick, where they presented their research at the International Mammalian Genome Conference in Yokohama, Japan.



Monday, November 30, 2015


Leaders from Oakland University and Wayne State University today signed an affiliation agreement that will allow students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six years. 



Wednesday, November 25, 2015


On a brisk November morning, just a few miles down the road from Oakland University’s Rochester campus, Walton Charter Academy bustles with bright-eyed, enthusiastic children learning time-honored lessons in reading, writing and arithmetic.



Tuesday, November 24, 2015


In recognition of the College of Arts and Sciences 2015-2016 theme “Code Cracking: Literacy Now,” in partnership with Dean Kevin Corcoran, and with the financial support of the Joan Rosen Endowment, the Oakland University Writing Center has announced the inaugural class of Rosen Fellows for faculty-student collaboration. 



Tuesday, November 24, 2015


The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is offering the Oakland University campus community a discount ticket offer for three of its upcoming performances.



Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Members of the DPT Class of 2015 were recognized at the Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) Fall Conference.



Monday, November 23, 2015


The Health Sciences Program has launched two new faculty searches. Applications will be accepted through mid-December when the initial reviews will commence.



Monday, November 23, 2015


Faculty in the Exercise Science Program have been quite active this fall semester in presenting. Importantly, a number of undergraduate and graduate students have been involved in these efforts.



Monday, November 23, 2015


Nominations are being accepted for the newly created Monica E. Emerson Diversity Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion on campus.



Monday, November 23, 2015


Oakland University has received a $5 million commitment from Craig and Ann Stinson, of Rochester, that will be used in the two areas they are most passionate about at the university, the School of Business Administration and Department of Athletics.



Monday, November 23, 2015


Center for Biomedical Research member Libin Rong, of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is known for his modeling of the human immunodeficiency virus (the cause of AIDS) and the hepatitis C virus.



Friday, November 20, 2015


To promote personal safety and efficient parking lot maintenance during the winter months, the University is encouraging campus community members to review Policy 483 – Parking in a Snow Emergency.



Friday, November 20, 2015


OU took first place at the Lake Erie International Model UN Conference and several students won individual awards.For the second time in three years, Oakland University’s Model United Nations team took first place at the Lake Erie International Model UN Conference.



Thursday, November 19, 2015


Oakland University School of Health Sciences professor Rebecca Cheezum during a national conference presented on a process she created for participatory research analysis in community-based participatory studies.



Wednesday, November 18, 2015


The Oakland University Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the AT&T Aspire Program.



Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Nearly two years after Oakland University freshman Eric Pauli’s death, his parents Ed and Dawn still hear stories about the impact their son made on so many.



Wednesday, November 18, 2015


As the Oakland University community observed Veterans Day last week, an anonymous donor gifted OU with a $20,000 donation to benefit its student veteran population. The gift will go toward expanding OU’s textbook loan program for student veterans and their dependents.



Tuesday, November 17, 2015


More than 200 Oakland University students, faculty, staff and friends are expected to participate in the 40th Annual Macomb County Santa Parade on Saturday, Nov. 21. With the largest group to date, 2015 marks the fifth year of OU’s participation in the event.  



Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Oakland University and Pontiac community leaders gathered on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Welcome Missionary Baptist Church in Pontiac to celebrate the first anniversary of a formalized partnership between the two. 



Tuesday, November 17, 2015


One of Joe LoCicero’s biggest thrills in life is helping others succeed. For the past three years, the senior actuarial science major has worked in OU’s Tutoring Center, helping students grasp challenging concepts in mathematics, statistics, economics and finance.



Monday, November 16, 2015


On November 14-15, Oakland University students slept outdoors to raise awareness for the plight of the area’s homeless and raise money for the Baldwin Center in Pontiac.



Monday, November 16, 2015


If you don’t know J. Lynne Williams, Ph.D. – program director and professor for the Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences program at Oakland University – you might want to.



Monday, November 16, 2015


Oakland University has been designated a 2016 STEM Jobs Approved College by Victory Media, the leader in connecting young professionals with education and career opportunities. This is the second time OU has received this recognition. 



Friday, November 13, 2015


Amy Butler, executive director of OU INC and the Clean Energy Research Center, has been inducted into the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC) Energy Innovators Hall of Fame. 



Thursday, November 12, 2015


On November 12, 2015, two of OU’s most distinguished volunteers, John F. Mills and Gary W. Laidlaw, will be honored. John Mills will receive the recognition posthumously.



Monday, November 09, 2015


From snowflakes to rippled beaches to cloud formations, patterns in nature are complex structures that control key material properties and biological functions. In the double helix of DNA, the pattern literally makes us who we are. 



Friday, November 06, 2015


At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, the theatre program at Oakland University will open its production of Peter Shaffer’s “Equus,” a contemporary classic that startled audiences with its innovation and emotional power when it first opened in the 1970s.



Thursday, November 05, 2015


Two OU students took home awards at Sigma Xi Student Research Conference.



Wednesday, November 04, 2015


Among our most accomplished alumni is Esau Pritchett, who is spending the fall at the Cleveland Play House playing the lead role of John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s modern classic The Crucible.The Play House, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, was the recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award. 


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Tuesday, November 03, 2015


A generous gift from Nabtesco Motion Control, at the Applied EMAG and Wireless Lab at Oakland University, is providing a unique engineering experience for five graduate students – and will remain at OU for the benefit of future students.



Tuesday, November 03, 2015


Oakland University is now offering transfer scholarships from Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society for two-year college students. So far this year, 274 students with the award are enrolled this fall at OU.



Tuesday, November 03, 2015


Oakland University has received a $380,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as part of a statewide effort to better treat and understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is the third year that Oakland has received funding to further research and supports for this population.



Monday, November 02, 2015


Matt Wagner, who graduated from our dance program with a BFA in spring 2015, knew just what he wanted and where he was headed. In July he moved out to Los Angeles where he is “working, taking class and auditioning.” Yes, he’s making it as a dancer!



Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Oakland University President George W. Hynd announced the appointment of Scott G. Kunselman to the newly created position of chief operating officer (COO).  



Thursday, October 22, 2015


Oakland University graphic design seniors have had their work take flight at the newest Cranbrook Institute of Science, “BATS: Superheroes of the Night,” which runs now through June 2016.



Thursday, October 15, 2015


Each year, members of the OU community go above and beyond by giving to the All-University Fund Drive (AUFD). University employees and retirees are able to fund their passion at Oakland by directing gifts to the program of their choice, or make a gift to the area of greatest need, the OU Fund. Donors can also create a named scholarship with a contribution starting at just $1,000. 



Thursday, October 15, 2015


Flanked by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a Disney producer and a Time journalist, Oakland University student Jason Hale took to the national stage at Politicon in Los Angeles last week to discuss the transition of veterans from the military to college.