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Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Oakland University’s Sigma Xi chapter has been recognized by The Scientific Research Honor Society as one of its leading chapters for the initiation of new members. OU is part of the Research and Doctoral Universities Constituency category within the organization’s more than 500 national and international chapters.


Oakland campus
Wednesday, December 19, 2018


Third-year OUWB student Maayan Yakir and her Embark research and scholarship program mentor Mary Smyth, M.D., recently presented their work on energy insecurity affecting young children in the state to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC).



Monday, December 17, 2018


New Oakland University graduates Jake Farnsworth and Mickey McGlinnen were selected as recipients for fall 2018 Undergraduate Distinguished Achievement Awards presented during commencement ceremonies this weekend.


OU’s Environmental Health and Safety degree program ranked among top in nation
Thursday, December 13, 2018


Oakland University’s Environmental Health and Safety online degree program has been ranked as one of the top 25 Best Value Occupational Safety and Health degree programs in the nation for 2019 by Value Colleges (VC), an online ranking system that compares the most affordable colleges with the best return on investment.


students in black professional attire, seated in rows in a classroom, all looking forward
Wednesday, December 12, 2018


In their most recent case competition, teams of Business Scholars developed and presented marketing strategies to grow annual sales for Detroit Bikes.


Julia Tituskin
Thursday, December 06, 2018


Honors College graduating seniors recently presented their Honors Theses, with topics including health care, economics, linguistics, history and more. Students are required to complete a research thesis in order to graduate from OU’s Honors College. 


Disruption in Detroit
Thursday, December 06, 2018


When Oakland University history professor Daniel Clark started conducting oral history interviews with retired autoworkers in the early 2000s, he expected to hear stories of a widely mythologized golden age – an era of prosperity in the 1940s and ‘50s that propelled tens of thousands of unionized auto workers into a secure, blue collar middle class lifestyle. 


students observing white sculptures in a glass case at the Detroit Institute of Art
Monday, December 03, 2018


“What do you see?”Mark Haimann, M.D. addresses a group of thoughtful medical students as they huddle before an exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).


Melanie Mayberry, Arati Kelekar and Nelia Afonso
Thursday, November 29, 2018


Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) and University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry (Detroit Mercy) will launch a new interprofessional course to educate medical and dental students on how health care professionals collaborate for the benefit of their patients. 


James Isabirye Dissertation Defense
Thursday, November 29, 2018


While working to reintroduce traditional songs and instruments to the people of Uganda, Oakland University graduate student James Isabirye — a lecturer of music and drama at Kyambogo University in Uganda — has been pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Education at Oakland University.


woman standing with an open laptop projecting onto a screen on a brick wall while people watch her presentation
Monday, November 19, 2018


As part of its professional development opportunities, the Oakland University Office of Public School Academies (PSA Office) offers its schools a chance to participate in a cohort focused on Response to Intervention (RTI). Three schools are a part of this year’s cohort – Caniff Liberty Academy, Dove Academy, and Weston Preparatory Academy.


Malcolm Gladwell
Monday, November 19, 2018


On Saturday, November 17, Oakland University staff, faculty and supporters gathered in the Founders Ballrooms of the Oakland Center to celebrate the public launch of the university’s largest-ever comprehensive campaign, “Aspire. Advance. Achieve.” 


woman seated with her arms crossed at a desk with a laptop and a book, smiling at the camera
Friday, November 16, 2018


Nakisha Scruggs is bringing up her five-year-old daughter in Mount Clemens — the same place where she was born and raised. The single mother has worked on the assembly line at Fiat Chrysler LLC’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant for five years. Professionally, she aspires to move to a corporate position.


OU students honored with scholarships at Global Automotive Summit
Thursday, November 15, 2018


Two Oakland University students — Jordan Simmons and Kierstin Smith — were among 21 deserving students awarded more than $165,000 in scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year during the 19th annual Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive Summit’s Business and Education Awards Luncheon, which was held on Nov. 2 in Detroit.


President Pescovitz delivers 2018 State of the University Address
Wednesday, November 14, 2018


While delivering the 2018 State of the University Address on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., highlighted several accomplishments and points of pride from around campus, and provided an update on the university’s strategic goals.


young man in a shirt and tie posing for a photo with an older female professor in a classroom
Monday, November 12, 2018


M2 Michelle Fedorowicz and M3 Jeff Triska were the first OUWB students to be selected for the highly competitive National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program.


Campus Aerial View
Thursday, November 01, 2018


Oakland University will launch the public phase of its comprehensive campaign, “Aspire. Advance. Achieve,” at a November 17 gala headlined by acclaimed author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell. 


Man and woman shaking hands, smiling at the camera
Friday, October 26, 2018


This year, 21 OUWB M4 students received induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, an international society recognizing students, alumni and faculty who dedicate themselves to the medical profession. 


Dr. David Stone
Friday, October 26, 2018


The Research Office at Oakland University hosted its second Research, Innovation and Engagement Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 24 and presented awards to several OU faculty members in recognition of their outstanding research and initiative.


group photo of business scholar students in a classroom with a sign that says "Thank You Oakland University"
Tuesday, October 23, 2018


This year’s Business Scholars participated in its first of three case competitions of the academic year. Sponsored by the OU Credit Union, the School of Business Scholars Program provides a select group of students a unique opportunity to enhance problem solving, decision making and leadership skills.


Research Expo Congressman Bishop Speaking
Monday, October 22, 2018


On Friday, October 19, the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science hosted an expo showcasing faculty research in the areas of Data Analytics and Cyber Security, Autonomous Systems and Technology, Power and Energy, and Advanced Manufacturing. 


Statue
Monday, October 08, 2018


This year’s President’s Colloquium “The Dead Past and the Living Present” will be presented by Jeffrey Insko, Ph.D., associate professor of English. The event will take place at noon on Monday, Oct. 15, in the Founders Ball Rooms of the Oakland Center, on OU’s Rochester campus. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow. 



Friday, September 28, 2018


Oakland University student Marybeth Gormley has been awarded her second $2,000 Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Dream Scholarship. She is among eight top students from around the country who will receive the scholarship to encourage their pursuit of law enforcement/public safety careers by the professional public safety officers of LEEP.


two women in professional clothing standing in front of a projector that says "creating a path to resilience shawna boomgaard and melissa lopez"
Monday, September 24, 2018


Shawna Boomgaard (LMSW, CTP-E and Manager of Academic Accountability at OU) and Melissa Lopez (CTP-E and Title One Director at Dove Academy of Detroit) presented, “Creating a Path to Resilience” at the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education in Traverse City, MI.


man in a green shirt, standing in a classroom, smiling at the camera
Wednesday, September 12, 2018


At the close of each academic year, three rising M2 and three rising M3 students are selected as recipients of the M1 and M2 Outstanding Student Awards. Each one receives a $1,000 scholarship, which is applied to his or her financial aid package for the next academic year.



Friday, August 24, 2018


Oakland University, along with partner schools Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College, has signed individual articulation agreements that will benefit students at all three schools.


professor standing in front of a periodic table of the elements chart, holding a model of a human torso, with two students on his right
Thursday, August 23, 2018


The five-week OUWB Beaumont Future Medical Scholars (BFMS) pipeline program, in collaboration with Cranbrook Horizons-Upward Bound, introduces about 30 Detroit-area high school students to the many avenues of medical education and career paths in medicine.


student in a white lab coat giving a fist bump to a man in a suit
Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine’s Class of 2022 students received their first physician’s white coats and celebrated the beginning of their medical educations at the traditional White Coat Ceremony.


Group of female students at the Diversity & Inclusion program
Tuesday, August 14, 2018


High school students participating in OUWB’s Future Physicians Summer Enrichment Program (FPSEP) worked in groups to complete a research project. On their last day of the program, they presented these projects to a room of family members, peers and OUWB faculty members.



Friday, August 03, 2018


Start Here…Finish Here. You may have seen it on billboards across Oakland County this summer. Student Alexandria McGill gives it meaning.


Claudia Petrescu
Tuesday, July 31, 2018


A new, eight-member advisory council has been created to promote and advocate for graduate education and Lifelong Learning at Oakland University.


Mark and Sarah Dykowski in scrubs and hair nets in a hospital
Tuesday, July 24, 2018


It was not the average day for rising fourth-year medical student Sara Dykowski when she stepped into the operating room and delivered a baby alongside her father Mark Dykowski, M.D., Obstetrics & Gynecology, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.


Ian Lester 1200
Monday, July 23, 2018


Whether they’re pursuing a master’s degree or a Ph.D., alumni of Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance are making their mark at prestigious graduate schools across the nation and around the world, thanks to the education and support they received at OU.



Thursday, July 19, 2018


The former Cobblestone Manor Bed and Breakfast is transforming into a unique living and learning community for Oakland University Honors College students thanks to a unique agreement between the Moceri family and OU.


Shengnan Qiao
Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Shengnan Qiao, who spent two years as a joint Ph.D. student in Oakland University’s Eye Research Institute (ERI), recently rubbed elbows with some of the world’s preeminent research scientists at the 68th annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Germany. The event drew 39 Nobel Laureates and 600 young scientists from 84 nations. 


OU PUB scholars at 50th District Court
Monday, July 09, 2018


Oakland University’s Project Upward Bound (PUB), a multi-faceted college preparatory enrichment program, recently provided 25 high school students with an opportunity to learn more about the court system, including the roles of the judge, prosecutor, defense attorney and witnesses.


Monica Szmyd in a white lab coat teaching students at a summer camp
Tuesday, July 03, 2018


Rising M2 Monica Szmyd’s research was recognized at the Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society (Endo-2018) in Chicago. After being selected for having one of the four top-scoring abstracts in her section, she presented in the Presidential Poster Competition alongside residents, fellows and doctors of philosophy (Ph.D.).


2018 Housing Team Award
Monday, July 02, 2018


The Housing Assignment Policies and Procedures (HAPP) team received the 2018 Team Award from Oakland University. The university recognized the team’s effort to streamline the housing assignment process. The collaborative effort specifically addressed the issues associated with the student experience, using the existing system capabilities, and improving overall satisfaction to both first year and returning students. 


Alison Thomas talking to a group of students at a summer camp
Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Five years ago, recent high-school graduate Alison Thomas signed up to participate in a summer program hosted by a brand-new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. One of the oldest participants in the group, a few short weeks from starting her undergraduate degree at Wayne State University, little did she know at the time that this program would introduce her to the medical school where, four years later, she would begin her M.D. journey.


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Tuesday, June 19, 2018


As part of the 35th annual International Social Philosophy Conference taking place July 19-21 at Oakland University, OU will host a Community Health Mini-Conference on Friday, July 20 featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and public health advocate whose research revealed that children in Flint, Mich. were exposed to harmful levels of lead in their drinking water.


OU Board of Trustees approves Ph.D. in nursing program
Friday, June 15, 2018


The Oakland University Board of Trustees has approved a Ph.D. in Nursing program. This new program will be offered online to attract prospective candidates from a variety of locations throughout the state and provide the flexibility that adult scholars require to complete their degree. It will offer three options for study: BSN-Ph.D., MSN-Ph.D. and a unique DNP-Ph.D.


Oakland campus
Tuesday, June 05, 2018


June 4, 2018 – The Oakland University Board of Trustees approved the change in name of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Sciences to the Department of Foundational Medical Studies.


Robert Van Til with student
Tuesday, June 05, 2018


Oakland University has been selected to receive the 2018 David A. Harvey Memorial Scholarship in recognition of the university’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.


RN-BSN
Tuesday, June 05, 2018


At its June 4 formal meeting, Oakland University’s Board of Trustees approved a special program rate of $9,995 for the RN-BSN Degree Completion program. 


Grizzlies racing team standing behind their car, holding a sign that says Thank You Sponsors
Thursday, May 31, 2018


After months of planning and building, Society of Automotive Engineers Grizzlies Racing unveiled the 2018 GRX18 racing car to Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science students, faculty, alumni and their sponsors.


Class of 2018 members of O U W B’s DocAppella choir singing on stage in front of colored flags at their commencement
Tuesday, May 22, 2018


The Class of 2018 received their M.D. degrees during a commencement ceremony held before family, friends and their fellow OUWB classmates. Graduates approached the stage to be hooded by their PRISM mentors and, for some, by their family members who share the title “doctor.”


Amanda Lechnar with penguins
Tuesday, May 22, 2018


A six-month study by Oakland University alumna Amanda Lechnar on the underwater behavior of gentoo penguins at the Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center is changing the way researchers are looking at how animals in captivity interact with each other and their environment.