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Bioengineering students
Wednesday, July 01, 2020


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


Student with laptop
Tuesday, June 23, 2020


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


Robert Van Til, OU ISE
Friday, June 19, 2020


Industrial and Systems Engineering is one of eight jobs that are projected to be great ones to target in the current economic climate, according to a recent article by U.S. News & World Report.


Matt Guarashio in a blue suit and yellow tie.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Matt Guarashio, ACC ’19, understood the value of a dollar before setting foot in an accounting classroom. As a first-generation college student, he knew he would be paying for college himself. That is why Guarashio carefully evaluated every university that accepted him.


Ciara Bazinski
Friday, May 22, 2020


Oakland University’s Ciara Bazinski was one of six students selected to receive a 2020 Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Michigan Safety Conference, a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the improvement of workplace safety and health practices in the State of Michigan.


Woman in a business suit sitting in a dark room with a screen of data behind her.
Monday, May 18, 2020


An emerging interest in the intricacies of data combined with a desire to expand her skill set propelled Michelle (Micki) Rhen to Oakland’s Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics.


Young woman seated in a cafe with a cup of coffee and an open laptop.
Friday, May 15, 2020


Balancing school, work and life is a complex assignment for college students. At the graduate level, managing professional career and family commitments can mean the difference between completing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or not. With Oakland University’s new 100 percent online MBA program, graduate business students can now earn an MBA without setting foot on campus, completing classes on their time and their schedule.


Human Resources
Monday, May 11, 2020


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


ISE Department’s Systems of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles Systems graduate class uses Machine Learning to model real world problems
Thursday, May 07, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has many people using delivery services for everything from food to medicine for the first time. At some point in the future, Autonomous Vehicles (AV) ranging from automobiles to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) might provide these services without drivers present which would further lower risk of contracting the deadly virus.Students in Oakland University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department course “Systems of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles” are learning the latest technologies and business cases used across various industries that may play a key role in defining what a future with AV looks like.


Five young men in suits, posing for a photo on yellow furniture.
Wednesday, May 06, 2020


Oakland business students pitted their investment banking, valuation, and merger and acquisition knowledge against students from other Michigan colleges at the 2020 Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Western Michigan Cup. In this competition, the team of four OU business students faced off against 23 teams from 11 schools in analyzing complex business cases. The event also offered participants time to learn about companies and career opportunities in western Michigan.


Rose Hazem
Thursday, April 30, 2020


For the past four years, OU student Rose Hazem has worked as a nursing assistant in the cardiac progressive care unit at Beaumont Hospital, Troy. But these days, there are no cardiac patients in the unit. Instead, the rooms are occupied by COVID-19 patients fighting for their lives. 


Summer II Online
Thursday, April 30, 2020


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


Oakland campus
Tuesday, April 21, 2020


Oakland University's Pawley Lean Institute is pleased announce that Laken Parrott (Human Resource Development/SEHS) has been awarded a $500 undergraduate scholarship.  The Pawley Lean Institute is also pleased to announce that Deepika Nandakumar (Masters of Science – Engineering Management) has been awarded a $3000 graduate scholarship.


Oakland University Campus
Friday, April 17, 2020


To help remove barriers to enrollment amid the ongoing public health crisis, Oakland University will offer test-optional admission for the fall of 2020 and 2021 to students with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. 


OU students gain real-world experience in business as part of collaborative project
Wednesday, April 08, 2020


Last fall, more than 60 Oakland University students were able to gain real-world experience in business as part of a collaborative project involving OU’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric, OU INC client Herculeze Technologies, the OU Mobilization Zone and the Office of Research Administration.


Electrical Engineering Students
Thursday, February 27, 2020


Recent Oakland University bachelor’s graduates in electrical engineering earn the 10th-highest median annual salary in the nation, according to a new ranking from GradReports.com. 


Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference
Friday, February 14, 2020


Oakland University will host the eighth annual Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference on February 27 and 28. 


Interprofessional Workshop on Opioid Abuse
Monday, February 10, 2020


More than 300 students and faculty recently took part in Oakland University’s fourth annual Interprofessional Workshop on Opioid Abuse. 


Oakland University selected to participate in Data Literacy Institute
Thursday, February 06, 2020


Oakland University has been selected to participate in a Data Literacy Institute project aimed at increasing the use of data to boost student success, including the number of graduates.


Business As Usual scholars team posing for a group photo with the judges
Monday, February 03, 2020


In its last competition of the academic year, Oakland Business Scholars team members put their change management skills to work in a case that challenged them to examine the relationship between organizational culture and morale. The case called for strategic analysis and recommendations to address falling morale and high employee turnover of a non-profit residential care facility for neglected and abused children.


Lydia Schwerin
Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Lydia Schwerin recently received a $4,000 scholarship from Tau Sigma National Honor Society, whose mission is to recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students. 


Wei Zhang
Thursday, January 23, 2020


A project that is part of a new scientific wave that could revolutionize the electronics industry has earned Dr. Wei Zhang, an assistant professor of physics at Oakland University, the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award.



Monday, January 20, 2020


Oakland University has launched a campus-wide kickoff of a new, three-year, evidence-based Excellence in Academic Advising (EAA) initiative, which is sponsored by the Gardner Institute and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). It is funded in part by The Kresge Foundation.



Monday, January 13, 2020


Oakland University’s Campus Student Organic Farm (CSOF) and its founder and director Fay Hansen, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, finished out the 2019 farming season by being recognized with two community awards.


Sigma Xi conference 2019
Tuesday, December 17, 2019


Oakland University students continued to demonstrate their research excellence at the 2019 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, which took place November 14-17 in Madison, Wisconsin.This year, five students received superior presentation awards in diverse disciplines including Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, and Microbiology and Molecular Biology.


Humble Design
Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Utilizing “Lean Thinking,” Oakland University Industrial and Systems Engineering students Monisha Vasudeva and Sagar Bajaj have been helping Humble Design — a nonprofit that furnishes homes for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness — improve their operations and optimize the space inside the organization’s warehouse in Pontiac, Mich.



Friday, November 22, 2019


What began in 2018 as a two-day, international interdisciplinary conference held at Oakland University and hosted by the Department of Psychology, has evolved into a new academic volume entitled, Evolutionary Perspectives on Death.


Benjamin Olsen
Thursday, November 14, 2019


Upon graduating from Oakland University’s Master of Public Administration program last April, Benjamin Olsen’s career in public service was already taking shape. He recently started a job as program coordinator at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in Washington, D.C. 


Gopal Srinivasan
Tuesday, October 29, 2019


In recognition of their outstanding research and initiative, The Research Office at Oakland University presented awards to several OU faculty members during the Research, Innovation and Engagement Town Hall held Thursday, Oct. 24 at OU.


Ghazi Ghazi in Morocco
Tuesday, October 29, 2019


After immigrating to the U.S. from Iraq, Ghazi Ghazi made a conscious effort to assimilate into American culture. For him, that meant eschewing his native language of Arabic in favor of speaking English. 



Thursday, October 24, 2019


Lech Wałęsa, the former President of Poland, will be this year’s Varner Vitality Lecture keynote speaker. He will speak about the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, his country's struggles against Communism and also take questions from the audience through moderator Carol Cain, columnist for the Detroit Free Press and host of CBS-TV62's television program Michigan Matters.


OU and HFC transfer agreement signing
Wednesday, October 09, 2019


Oakland University has signed three more articulation agreements to provide Henry Ford College students with a more seamless, cost-effective pathway toward bachelor’s degrees in health care and business-related fields.  


Transfer Tool
Wednesday, October 09, 2019


“Will my credits transfer?”For students considering transferring to Oakland University, a new online Transfer Equivalency Tool puts answers to that question within easy reach. 


Health Sciences
Wednesday, September 25, 2019


Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences is rolling out an accelerated program that enables students to earn a bachelor’s in Wellness and Health Promotion and a master’s in Public Health in just five years. 


OU delegation at the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Sino-Foreign (CCUT-OU 2+2) Joint Teaching Program
Friday, September 20, 2019


Oakland University leaders recently traveled to China to strengthen and expand partnerships at three STEM-focused universities. 


Lynnae Lehfeldt
Friday, September 20, 2019


Lynnae Lehfeldt, associate professor of theatre, recently completed her certification in the Linklater Voice Method. Linklater Designation is the most prestigious certification in the field of Stage Voice. Designated Linklater Voice Teachers (DLTs) teach at the most sought after programs in the country — Yale, Carnegie Mellon University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — and Lehfeldt has the distinction of being the only DLT in the state of Michigan.


Sable Zuza
Friday, September 13, 2019


Sable Zuza, a fourth-year student in Oakland University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, was among those recognized in the 2019 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest. 


Oakland University partners with Lean Enterprise Institute to improve Lean education
Monday, September 09, 2019


Oakland University’s Pawley Lean Institute and its Industrial and Systems Engineering Department is collaborating with the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. (LEI) in Boston — founded by the father of the Lean movement, Dr. James Womack — to create new educational opportunities in Lean thinking and practice for OU students, as well as to improve existing ones.


History Comes Alive 2019
Wednesday, September 04, 2019


Oakland University’s popular History Comes Alive lecture series, which offers a unique glimpse into the past by highlighting a variety of historic events — some serious, some not so serious — kicked off on Sept. 17, 2019 and will continue through March 18, 2020.


Honors College Freshmen Welcome 2019
Tuesday, September 03, 2019


For the seventh straight year, Oakland University’s Honors College has a record number of freshmen joining its ranks. 


Campus Tour
Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Prospective and newly admitted students interested in learning about Oakland University’s programs, services and amenities have a wide range of opportunities, including campus tours, college readiness events, academic visit days, transfer student events, welcome receptions and more. 


Oakland University Campus
Tuesday, August 20, 2019


As the fall semester approaches, Oakland University has received a record number of applications and is on pace to welcome its most academically talented freshman class. This year’s class of 2,717 freshmen holds an average GPA of 3.54 and an average SAT score of 1120. The university received applications from 14,858 freshmen and 3,427 transfers for a total of 18,285, the most applicants in OU’s history. 


Washtenaw Signing Ceremony
Tuesday, August 13, 2019


Leaders from Oakland University and Washtenaw Community College have signed agreements that will help streamline the transfer process for students pursing bachelor’s degrees in business administration, applied health sciences and nursing. 


Nicolas Giallombardo
Thursday, August 08, 2019


Nicolas Giallombardo, a student in OU’s Master of Accounting Program, is one of only 207 students in the country to receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). 


Information Technology
Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Oakland University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is ranked among the 25 best programs of its kind according to a recent survey by ValueColleges.com.


James and the Giant Peach
Tuesday, July 30, 2019


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance presented James and the Giant Peach — directed by Lynnae Lehfeldt and based on Richard George’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale — on May 17, May 19, June 7 in Varner Recital Hall on the OU campus.