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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.



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, January 04, 2016


If you’ve ever wondered “How can a degree in business help me?” the Oakland University business school invites current students to check out its business career exploration event series.



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


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



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. 


Oakland campus
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.