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Dan & Emily Head
Thursday, February 14, 2019


In celebration of Valentine’s Day, alumni of Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance are sharing their stories of finding love in OU’s Varner Hall.


Native Howl
Thursday, February 14, 2019


Native Howl, a “thrash grass” band consisting of OU alumni Alex Holycross and Mark Chandler, as well as Josh LeMieux and Jake Sawicki, recently headlined a show at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit and will be joining rock legends Roger Daltrey, Kansas, Buddy Guy, 38 Special, Dave Davies, Foghat, The Outlaws, Nazareth, and more for the “Rock Legends Cruise VII” from Feb. 14-18.


The Diary of One Who Disappeared/Needle Point
Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Oakland University’s School of Music Theatre and Dance will present The Diary of One Who Disappeared/Needle Point at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Varner Recital Hall on the OU campus.


Kristin Rohrbeck
Friday, February 08, 2019


Oakland University’s Kristin Rohrbeck, director of the Joanne & Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES), has been named the overall winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2019.


Linda Davis
Friday, February 08, 2019


Longtime Macomb County District Judge Linda Davis recalls a time when she regarded addiction as a “moral failing” that only happened to flawed people from dysfunctional environments. It wasn't until her child, a straight-A student with a promising future, became addicted to heroin that she recognized the truth: “Addiction affects everybody. It affects all ages, all races, and all socioeconomic climates. It does not discriminate.” 


Young Artists Concert performers
Tuesday, February 05, 2019


The Oakland Symphony Orchestra will present its 22nd Annual David Daniels Young Artists Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 in Varner Recital Hall on OU’s campus.


Seagull at Oakland University
Friday, February 01, 2019


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Anton Chekhov’s Seagull from Feb. 7-10 and Feb. 13-15 in the Varner Studio Theatre in Varner Hall.



Friday, January 18, 2019


Calling upon her personal experiences, her thoughts on the role of higher education to support diversity and inclusion, and her hope for the future, Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz submitted this opinion piece to the Detroit Free Press in advance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.



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.


Keeper of the Dream Award Recipients
Thursday, January 10, 2019


For helping break down stereotypes and promote racial and cultural understanding, nine students will be recognized during Oakland University’s 27th annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21 in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms on OU’s campus. 


Aeolus Quartet
Thursday, January 03, 2019


The award-winning Aeolus Quartet will be joined by revered clarinetist Franklin Cohen, former principal of the Cleveland Orchestra, for a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University.



Thursday, January 03, 2019


Recently the Michigan Legislature approved, and Governor Snyder signed, a $40 million South Foundation Hall renovation and expansion project that will involve Oakland University issuing $10 million in bonds and the state contributing $30 million.


Young Alumni Chapter
Friday, December 21, 2018


Oakland University recently earned three awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an international association of education advancement officers, who include alumni administrators, fund raisers, public relations managers, publications editors, and government relations officers. 



Friday, December 21, 2018


If you haven’t already, you will likely hear the acronym HLC in the coming weeks. It stands for Higher Learning Commission and peer reviewers from this higher education accrediting body will be on campus assessing Oakland University’s progress in meeting its mission, vision and commitment to students in February.


Drake Dantzler and Victoria Shively
Monday, December 17, 2018


During the week of October 15, music faculty members Drake Dantzler and Victoria Shively visited Tulane University and the University of Texas to give recitals of 21st century art songs. Professor Dantzler also gave masterclasses for the voice students.


OU presents Street Scene, an American opera
Monday, December 17, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Street Scene, an American opera based on the 1929 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Elmer Rice, on Jan. 8, 10, 12 and 13 in Varner Recital Hall on OU’s campus.



Friday, December 14, 2018


Michael Wadsworth has been officially named to the position of Dean of Students in Oakland University’s Division of Student Affairs & Diversity. He had served in the position on an interim basis since October 1 following the retirement of longtime Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Nancy Marshall (formerly Schmitz).



Friday, December 14, 2018


Dr. Aaron Westrick – former director of research and marketing at Second Chance Body Armor (SCBA), once the largest manufacturer of bulletproof vests in the United States – spoke to students in Oakland University’s Policy & Society Class on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the OU Anton/Frankel Center in Mount Clemens. While working at SCBA, Westrick discovered the company’s vests were unsafe.


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.



Monday, December 03, 2018


For its annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration, Oakland University will welcome award-winning journalist and communications strategist Jeff Johnson to campus on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.


Student Newspaper Digital Archives Homepage
Friday, November 30, 2018


If you want to experience Oakland University’s history through the eyes of hundreds of student journalists, you no longer have to visit University Archives to do so. Thanks to a generous gift from the family of a former OU library professor – and collective efforts of dedicated library employees –  you can access digital issues of the university’s student newspaper dating back to its inaugural issue, published on October 23, 1959. 


Matt Wagner with Oakland University dance students
Friday, November 30, 2018


Oakland Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Company will be performing their annual Fall Showcase on Thursday, Dec. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 8 in Varner Recital Hall on the OU campus.


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.


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.” 


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.



Monday, November 12, 2018


Meadow Brook Hall’s 47th annual Holiday Walk runs November 23 through December 23. 


Lysistrata (Mannon McIntosh) butters up Kinesias (Conor Lovell) to get him to sign a peace treaty in Lysistrata Remix at Oakland University's Varner Studio Theatre, Nov. 15 - Dec. 2.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Lysistrata Remix — a comedic battle of the sexes — from Nov. 15 through Dec. 2 in Varner Studio Theatre.


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. 


Temple Grandin
Wednesday, October 31, 2018


The Oakland University Office of Disability Support Services and Center for Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) collaborated to bring Dr. Temple Grandin – professor, author and advocate – to Oakland University this week for a workshop focused on supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in higher education. 


Assembly Quartet
Tuesday, October 30, 2018


The Oakland Symphony Orchestra(OSO), Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence, will present the second concert of its 2018-19 performance season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 in Varner Recital Hall.


Oakland University professor recreates ‘lost’ Balanchine ballet
Monday, October 29, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Envisioning Marche Funébre: A Study in the Early Choreography of George Balanchine at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms.The “lost” ballet, Marche Funébre, by renowned choreographer George Balanchine has not been performed since 1923. It has been painstakingly reconstructed over more than a decade by Elizabeth Kattner, an assistant professor of dance at Oakland University.


OU celebrates re-opening of expanded, renovated Oakland Center
Monday, October 29, 2018


Oakland University held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 26 to celebrate the re-grand opening of the university’s student union, the Oakland Center, which recently underwent a 60,000-square-foot expansion that included $46 million in renovations to the existing building.


Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses and Scottish guitarist Paul Galbraith
Monday, October 15, 2018


The inaugural tour of a new collaboration between Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses and Scottish guitarist Paul Galbraith is coming to Oakland University on Sunday, Oct. 28 as part of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit’s new Regional Partner series.



Monday, October 08, 2018


Oakland University, through its Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), will participate in the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE) between October 8-19. NASCE is a web-based survey that measures an institution’s overall level of community engagement by evaluating the rate, frequency, and depth of student community service activities.


Into The Woods
Thursday, October 04, 2018


The Oakland University Department of Theatre will kick off its 2018-19 season on Thursday, Oct. 11 with Into the Woods, a “Once Upon a Time” tale that introduces the hopes and dreams of characters from some of our favorite fairy tales and explores the lengths we go to for our dreams — and the potentially high cost of getting what we want.


Alumni
Wednesday, October 03, 2018


As part of its annual Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Oakland University will recognize alumni and friends who have achieved success in business, community services, volunteerism and other areas on Friday, Oct. 5 at the 24th annual Alumni Awards Banquet. 


Oakland Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday, October 03, 2018


The Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO), Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence, will present its first concert of the 2018-19 season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 in Varner Recital Hall.



Tuesday, October 02, 2018


The Michigan Secretary of State’s Mobile Office wraps up its 3,000-mile, 18-college campus, Express SOS Voter Registration Drive tour on Tuesday, October 9 with a visit to Oakland University. The office will be located between North and South Foundation Halls between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.



Tuesday, September 25, 2018


The Detroit News featured Sunset Terrace, the Oakland University president's home, on the cover of the Friday, September 21, 2018 Homestyle section. 


James Isabirye
Tuesday, September 25, 2018


From 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Royal Court Music from East and West Africa: Ethnomusicology Symposium with James Isabirye and Kwasi Ampene in Room 134 in Varner Hall on the OU campus.


Race in Our Communities
Monday, September 17, 2018


Members of the Oakland University campus and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to share their experiences and hear from others on the impact of race in their communities during a town hall meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 in the Gold Rooms of the Oakland Center.


Mark Stone, associate professor of world music and percussion
Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Celebrate the International Day of Peace at Oakland University with Mark Stone, associate professor of world music and percussion, as he shares a program of globally-inspired percussion pieces beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.


OU Rec Well celebrating 20 years of shaping campus culture
Monday, September 10, 2018


This month, Oakland University’s Department of Recreation and Well-Being (OU Rec Well) will celebrate 20 years of getting students staff, faculty, and community members to move their minds and bodies.


Taiwan
Friday, September 07, 2018


For the next two months, Oakland University is sponsoring a series of events focused on celebrating the arts and culture of Taiwan. 


Honors College Freshman Welcome 2018
Tuesday, September 04, 2018


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



Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Oakland University has been ranked among a group of 58 schools earning the top score in this year’s Washington Monthly annual College Guide and Rankings in the category of “Best Colleges for Student Voting.”


OU’s ‘Welcome Week’ celebrates new, returning students on campus
Monday, August 27, 2018


A variety of activities and events are planned for new and returning students during Oakland University’s “Welcome Week” celebration, which kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 4.


Nu Omega 2018 Inductees
Monday, August 06, 2018


For the fifth consecutive year – and seventh of the last eight years – the national political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA) has recognized its Oakland University chapter with a Best Chapter Award. 


Geraldine Graham
Thursday, August 02, 2018


Geraldine Graham, director of Project Upward Bound at Oakland University, has been unanimously selected by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) to receive the Walter O. Mason Jr. Award at this year’s national conference in September in New York City.


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.