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Thursday, September 12, 2019


The Nu Omega Chapter at Oakland University has been selected for one of Pi Sigma Alpha's (PSA) Best Chapter Awards for 2018-2019. This is the sixth year in a row that OU’s chapter has been recognized nationally as a best Chapter.


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.


Eye Research Stock Photo
Friday, September 06, 2019


Evangelos Gragoudas, M.D., who pioneered the use of proton therapy for the treatment of eye tumors, and photodynamic therapy for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, is the speaker for Oakland University’s 2019 Harding Lecture. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 27 in the Oakland Center Gold Rooms, with a reception starting at 11:30 a.m. and the lecture to follow at noon. 



Thursday, September 05, 2019


The Student Life Lecture Board at Oakland University will present “An Evening with Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown” on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Oakland Center’s Founders Ballrooms.


History Comes Alive 2019
Wednesday, September 04, 2019


Oakland University’s popular History Comes Alive lecture series, now in its 16th year, will return on Tuesday, Sept. 17 with a special presentation, “Colors of Paradise: Analyzing 18th-Century Slave Societies with 21st Century Technology,” by George Milne, Ph.D., an associate professor of early American history at OU.


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. 


Hillcrest Hall
Thursday, August 29, 2019


Hillcrest Hall, Oakland University’s newest student housing complex, has earned LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. 


Julliard String Quartet
Thursday, August 29, 2019


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance invites you to attend its 2019-20 performance season, which will feature more than 250 performances ranging from musical theatre to chamber music, opera to modern dance, band, choir and everything in between.


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. 


Campus Student Organic Farm crowdfunding campaign
Monday, August 19, 2019


The Campus Student Organic Farm (CSOF) at Oakland University recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to expand their hoophouse, which will allow the CSOF to become even more sustainable in the future.


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.


Amy Tully
Thursday, July 25, 2019


Growing up in a small town in North Carolina, Dr. Amy Tully, D.M.A., discovered her passion for the performing arts — a passion she hopes to share with Oakland University students, faculty and staff as the new director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance within the College of Arts and Sciences.


TreeRunner Adventure Park at OU
Monday, July 15, 2019


TreeRunner Adventure Park, which features more than 60 trails with zip lines and obstacles of varying levels of difficulty, officially opened on Friday, June 21 on the campus of Oakland University.


Take Root
Monday, July 15, 2019


Take Root, a contemporary dance company-in-residence at Oakland University will present an evening of movement and dance at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 2 at The Cube at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.


Johnny Pham
Tuesday, July 09, 2019


As part of an ongoing effort to provide an efficient and cost-effective transfer process, Oakland University has signed an additional articulation agreement with Macomb Community College. 


OU’s Summer Carillon Series returns July 5
Tuesday, June 18, 2019


Oakland University’s popular summer carillon concert series, which features carillonneurs from around the world, is now in full swing.


Robert Van Til
Monday, June 17, 2019


The efforts of Oakland University’s Industrial Systems and Engineering (ISE) Department to integrate Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) concepts, techniques and tools into its curriculum are highlighted in Product Lifecycle Management (Volume 4): The Case Studies — the latest book by Dr. John Stark, an internationally recognized expert on PLM.


OU DSS Peer-to-Peer program
Tuesday, June 11, 2019


This fall, Oakland University’s Disability Support Services, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, will be offering a special topics course through social work, sociology and psychology, which will provide an overview of disabilities — with a particular focus on autism spectrum disorders — as well as peer-mediated instruction.


IGVC at OU
Thursday, May 30, 2019


From June 7-10, Oakland University will host the 27th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC), which provides an opportunity for engineers and computer scientists from around the world to compete with their uniquely-designed autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (UGV).


OU FYAC wins NACADA award
Thursday, May 23, 2019


Oakland University’s First Year Advising Center has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award from NACADA, the global community for academic advising.


Clinton River Water Festival 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019


On Friday, May 17, around 1,200 fifth graders participated in Oakland University’s 13th annual Clinton River Water Festival. The students came from schools in the Clinton River Watershed community in Oakland County, and learned about the vital role that water and the Clinton River play within the region. 


Spring Awakening
Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Whether they’re taking the stage at Oakland University to perform with the OU Brass Band, touring with the children’s production of James and the Giant Peach, or studying abroad in Greece, students and alumni of OU’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will be busy rehearsing and performing this summer throughout the state and beyond.


Josh Young
Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Oakland University will welcome actor, singer and Tony Award nominated Broadway star Josh Young to campus this fall as he joins the faculty in the Department of Theatre in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.


Marvelous Wonderettes
Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Emily Hadick (BFA '18) recently performed in Meadow Brook Theatre’s production of Spitfire Grill, which ran through March 10. BroadwayWorld Detroit said Emily's "portrayal of the main character, Percy, was magnificent. Above all else, her voice is strong and is more than up to the task of tackling this demanding role” Hadick is also one of three OU theatre alumni in three of the four lead roles in Meadow Brook Theatre’s production of The Marvelous Wonderettes, which runs through May 19.


Anna Szala and Rania Bellaaj
Monday, April 15, 2019


Last August, Oakland University’s Department of Psychology welcomed Fulbright scholars Anna Szala and Rania Bellaaj to campus. 


2019 Googasian Awards
Thursday, April 04, 2019


In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of women at Oakland University, Stephanie J. Lee, administrative associate to the Provost, has been named the 2019 Phyllis Law Googasian Award winner.


Guilt by Innocence: Understanding Autism in the World of the Criminal Justice System
Thursday, April 04, 2019


Oakland University’s Department of Human Development and Child Studies, in collaboration with the Oakland University Center for Autism*, will present “Guilt by Innocence: Understanding Autism in the World of the Criminal Justice System” from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3 in the Golf and Learning Center Building at 464 Golf View Lane in Rochester.


Venkat Reddy and V. Everett Kinsey
Wednesday, April 03, 2019


Oakland University’s vision statement pledges to “unlock the potential of individuals and leave a lasting impact on the world through the transformative power of education and research.” 



Wednesday, April 03, 2019


For a seventh year, Oakland University is holding its Summer Career Camps for 14- to 18-year-old teens at the OU Anton/Frankel Center in Mount Clemens.The career camps are a unique pre-college experience to help motivated and ambitious college-bound teens choose a college major and future career.



Tuesday, April 02, 2019


The Oakland University community will gather in the Oakland Center Winter Garden at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 for a remembrance event honoring faculty, staff, retirees and students who passed away during the past year. RSVP’s are requested.



Monday, April 01, 2019


Oakland University's food service provider and partner, Chartwells, was inspired by The Ellen DeGeneres Show & Cheerios' mission to fill the world with good!


Andy Narell in St. Lucia
Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Oakland University’s Professional Artists Series Concert, Children’s Concert and World Music Concert will feature legendary steel-pan artist Andy Narell, who will be in residency at OU during the first week of April.



Monday, March 25, 2019


Oakland University is hosting a lecture by Annabelle Gurwitch, an author, humorist, popular television host and storyteller to help celebrate the launch of the university’s Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement. The event takes place on Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Oakland Center Founders Ballroom B.


OSO concert
Thursday, March 21, 2019


The Oakland Symphony Orchestra will present their final concert of the season at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 29 at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall.


Kwame Anthony Appiah
Tuesday, March 19, 2019


As part of its Richard J. Burke Lecture Series in Philosophy, Religion and Society, Oakland University will host a discussion on “The Lies That Bind,” with Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 in Banquet Rooms A and B in the Oakland Center. 


Cardie Mortimer
Thursday, March 14, 2019


The Honors College recently hosted a talk by Cardie Mortimer, son of Charles G. Mortimer Jr., the influential television producer who worked on hit shows, including The Beverly Hillbillies, Get Smart and Bonanza. Cardie and family recently donated the Charles G. Mortimer Jr. Film and Television Collection to OU’s Honors College. 


Ora Pescovitz and Stephen J. O'Brien
Tuesday, March 12, 2019


The Oakland University Department of Biological Sciences recently hosted a genomics symposium, drawing researchers from around the country to discuss the latest advances in a field that is providing new insights into the function of genes, the promise of genomic medicine and the history of life itself. 


Ruth E. Carter
Thursday, March 07, 2019


On Wednesday, April 3, Oakland University will welcome Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter to campus. Her talk will spotlight her remarkable career in Hollywood, and will take place at 7 p.m. in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms.


Pi Sigma Alpha Conference
Thursday, March 07, 2019


The Oakland University chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, recently sent eight students to present their research at the annual Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference, which was held Feb. 15-17 in Washington, D.C.



Thursday, February 28, 2019


As a result of ongoing efforts to encourage students to become more involved in the electoral process, Oakland University has been designated a “Voter-Friendly Campus” by Campus Vote Project and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.


Mina Wassef and Randall Engle
Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Each day, faculty mentors help guide students toward their academic and personal goals, passing down knowledge and wisdom that will last a lifetime. 


Stewart Goodyear
Monday, February 25, 2019


Oakland University has partnered with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit to present Canadian pianist Steward Goodyear, who will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at OU’s Varner Recital Hall in Rochester Hills.



Thursday, February 21, 2019


NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCESThe 2019 Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs brings keynote speaker Professor Jessica Chen Weiss to Oakland’s campus on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Her talk will take place at historic Meadow Brook Hall in the ballroom.


Making Masculine
Thursday, February 21, 2019


Marking its 35th year, Oakland University’s Women and Gender Studies Film Festival will present Challenging Femmephobia: Breaking the Gender Binary in Queer Communities. This year’s festival features screenings of the films “Making Masculine” and “The Same Difference.” The screenings, and a panel discussion, will take place from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, in room 1050 of the Human Health Building on OU’s Rochester campus. 



Wednesday, February 20, 2019


A few years after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, best-selling author and journalist Alan Weisman traveled to the site with Russian, Ukrainian and American scientists. They were tasked with designing safe ways for people to remain in surrounding regions.



Tuesday, February 19, 2019


The Center for Civic Engagement at Oakland University is planning a program entitled “Political Humor and its Impact on American Life.” The program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. It will be held in Banquet Room B of the Oakland Center on campus at Oakland University. It is free and open to the public.


Elizabeth Smart
Tuesday, February 19, 2019


Elizabeth Smart, who captured the nation’s attention when she was abducted from her home in 2002, will speak at Oakland University at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms. A book signing will take place immediately following her talk.