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Admissions
Friday, February 16, 2018


Oakland University was recently named to Phi Theta Kappa’s 2018 Transfer Honor Roll, a national list that recognizes the top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students. 


Dr. Jonathan Silberman and Tom Kuslits seated at a table in front of a sign that reads Economic Data Center
Thursday, February 08, 2018


Economics professor Jonathan Silberman, Ph.D., is banking on opening more eyes to Michigan’s fertile business landscape.


Headshot of Sandra LaBlance
Thursday, February 08, 2018


After a nationwide search, we are pleased to announce that Sandra S. LaBlance, Ph.D., will be the new Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine where she will be responsible for the programming that supports the vast and varied educational experiences that impact OUWB medical students.


OU Lactation Room
Wednesday, February 07, 2018


In an ongoing effort to meet the changing needs of students, faculty and staff, Oakland University now offers three private lactation rooms for nursing mothers who are looking for a safe space on campus to pump or feed their child, whether it’s by bottle or breast.


OU Veterans
Tuesday, February 06, 2018


Oakland University’s Office of Veterans Support Services is now offering an online training program to help faculty and staff better understand and assist student veterans on campus. 



Monday, February 05, 2018


Whether a person is considering running for office in 2018, serving as a campaign manager for someone who is running, or just wants to learn more about the process, Oakland University is now offering a six-week, non-credit Political Campaign Bootcamp course that will help class participants gain a better understanding of the basics of campaign strategy, tactics and techniques.


Jennifer Lucarelli
Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Jennifer Lucarelli, associate professor and chair of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at Oakland University, has been named to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2018. The initiative honors exceptional individuals under the age of 40 who excel in their field and improve the quality of life in Oakland County. 


Disturbing the Peace
Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Those interested in learning more about the hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians – and the hopes for peace – are invited to a free screening of the award-winning documentary film Disturbing the Peace. The film chronicles the conflict through the eyes of grassroots peace activists who were once enemy combatants entrenched in the fighting. 


Ecuador Group
Thursday, January 11, 2018


A group of OU students spent 10 days in Ecuador for a tropical field ecology class over holiday recess.Abigail Foster, a Brighton native and self-professed homebody, recently broadened her horizons when she took part in a tropical field ecology class more than 3,000 miles away from home. 


classroom with large yellow paper covered in notes on the walls
Thursday, January 04, 2018


The Pawley Lean Institute supports Continuous Improvement projects within Oakland University.  These Lean projects provide additional exposure to Oakland University working teams to reduce waste, improve process, as well as improve the student experience.


Keeper of the Dream Group
Thursday, January 04, 2018


For helping break down stereotypes and promote racial and cultural understanding, seven students will be recognized during Oakland University’s 26th annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15 in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms on OU’s campus. 


'Soul Food' Soundings Series
Wednesday, December 20, 2017


For nearly a year, the founders of the Soul Food concert series — Mark Stone, associate professor of music at Oakland University, and Dwayne Anthony, community relations specialist and arts commissioner for the city of Pontiac — have been bringing their message of peace and unity through music to the Oakland County community.


Kourtney Rouser and Kennay Carpenter
Tuesday, December 12, 2017


OU freshman Kennay Carpenter set her sights on college in seventh grade as a member of Oakland University’s chapter of the Michigan GEAR UP program.


Headshot of Cynthia Ledford
Monday, December 11, 2017


Dr. Cynthia Ledford will join OUWB in February 2018 as the new Associate Dean of Undergraduate Clinical Education for which she will be responsible for the development, implementation and delivery of the undergraduate clinical component of the OUWB curriculum.


OUCU Check Presentation
Monday, December 11, 2017


Oakland University Credit Union President & CEO April M. Clobes announced at the Oakland University Board of Trustees meeting today her organization’s plan to donate $1M over the next five years. The gift will provide financial support to Oakland University students participating in study abroad and international educational opportunities. 


Pontiac Bike Lanes
Tuesday, December 05, 2017


Construction crews put the finishing touches on Saginaw Street, north of the downtown, to define on-street bike lanes. The nearly mile-long bike lane is the first of its kind in the City of Pontiac, allowing for bikes and cars to safely share the road. 


Macomb Food Drive
Thursday, November 30, 2017


Back on November 18, more than 275 Oakland University students, staff and alumni participated in the Macomb County Santa Parade, an event that also marked the start of the group’s annual food drive to support the Macomb Food Program. The drive got off to an auspicious start with more than 800 pounds of food donated on the first day. 


group of medicine and opera students with Professor Amy DeBaets
Thursday, November 30, 2017


In 2015, Dean Folberg and David DiChiera, founder of the Michigan Opera Theater (MOT), brought cast members of The Passenger, an opera in rotation at MOT, to OUWB for a scaled down miniature-performance. At the time, they were unaware that this performance would spark a long-lasting partnership between MOT and OUWB and an innovative new course for OUWB students.


Social Work Stock Photo
Tuesday, November 28, 2017


As Oakland University’s social work program marks 10 years in existence, a new report from Zippia.com ranks the program as the second-best of its kind in Michigan. 


Caitlin Demsky, Ph.D. in a red jacket in an office
Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Workplace aggression, whether physical or psychological, is making employees stressed, sick and unhappy. It’s also spilling over into personal lives, creating work-family conflicts.


Lake Erie International Model UN Conference
Friday, November 17, 2017


For the third consecutive year, Oakland University emerged as the top team at the Lake Erie Model United Nations Conference. Eight schools competed at the event, which took place November 9-12 in Huron, Ohio. 


Spencer Kelly
Wednesday, November 01, 2017


When 16-year-old Spencer Kelly’s bicycle was stolen last year, his father bought him a replacement – with one caveat. He had to find a way to pay back the money. Fueled by his entrepreneurial spirit, Kelly started a journey to founding his own retail soap business, aptly named The Expedition Soap Company. 


Adam LeRoy and Shawna Boomgaard
Thursday, October 26, 2017


OU/PSA’s Shawna Boomgaard, Manager of Academic Accountability, and Adam LeRoy, Administrative Coordinator for Special Services, hosted a training with Amy Walter from Northwest Education Association (NWEA) on Friday, September 29, at the Management Education Center in Troy.


Headshot of Karen Lloyd
Thursday, October 26, 2017


PSA Associate Director, Karen Lloyd, facilitated two New Board Member Orientations attended by 11 Public School Academy Board Members at The Office Coffee Shop in Royal Oak.


Breaking Down Barriers
Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Oakland University is hosting a community event, “Breaking Down Barriers to Employment,” which features a resource fair, presentations, breakout sessions and resume critiquing designed to help participants overcome obstacles to employment. 


Ed Gordon
Thursday, October 19, 2017


For its annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration, Oakland University will welcome award-winning journalist and broadcaster Ed Gordon to campus on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15, 2018. 


Wesley Brown
Monday, October 16, 2017


Looking back on his four years at Oakland University, Wesley Brown remembers the rigors of life as a student athlete. 


Honors College AR-VR Event
Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Oakland University’s Honors College announced the creation of an Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Lab at a recent event featuring leaders from industry and OU. 


Laureen Berti
Thursday, October 05, 2017


When a multinational company sends employees to work in other countries, the labyrinth of rules and regulations can be difficult to navigate. Laureen Berti, a graduate of Oakland University’s paralegal certificate program, helps companies tackle this challenge with confidence.


President Pescovitz
Wednesday, October 04, 2017


This academic year is a special one for Oakland University senior Abby Majestic. It’s the first year that the 21-year-old Honors College student and English major won’t have to take out loans to pay for her education. 



Tuesday, October 03, 2017


This year, Oakland University students, faculty and staff were invited to take part in the 2017 OU Climate Survey in order to measure University-wide perceptions of diversity, inclusiveness, cooperation, respect, accessibility and support.


OU Homecoming 2017
Monday, October 02, 2017


Oakland University’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, a two-day celebration featuring a variety of family-friendly activities, will kick off at noon on Friday, Oct. 13 with a special event honoring the 134th birthday of OU’s founder, Matilda Dodge Wilson.


Donna Free in a white sweater, smiling, teaching a class
Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Donna Free has been an educator for nearly three decades. In the classroom, her instruction is guided by her experiences working in public accounting, and a desire to give her students the same kind of supportive learning environment she experienced as an accounting student. 


David McKissock
Tuesday, September 26, 2017


This week, students in Oakland University’s Honors College freshman colloquium were treated to a visit from David McKissock, who shared experiences from his more than 30-year career as an engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 


Voter Registration
Wednesday, September 20, 2017


September is National Voter Registration Month and a new report on the voting rates of college students found that Oakland University students vote at a higher rate than the national average. 


Campus Aerial
Wednesday, September 20, 2017


As the University manages major growth projects such as construction of the new southern student housing facility, renovation of the Oakland Center and expansion of parking lots, administrators and facilities and grounds personnel are maintaining a strong commitment to protect the environmental health, quality and beauty of OU's 1,443-acre campus. 


Tutoring
Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Oakland University’s Tutoring Center was recently recognized as a Certified Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program by the International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 


Israel Dig
Thursday, September 07, 2017


What can you learn from scouring the ruins of an ancient civilization? 


Honors College Convocation
Tuesday, September 05, 2017


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


Chelsea Criger standing in an open doorway next to a wall covered in her art work in Iceland
Thursday, August 31, 2017


Chelsea Criger, a theatre design and technology major who will be a senior in the fall, spent two months of the summer as artist in residence at the Fish Factory Art Center in Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland.



Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Just in time for the Fall semester, rooms 164, 166 and 168 in South Foundation Hall have been remodeled to offer the latest in learning technology for Department of Modern Languages & Literatures students.


Nu Omega
Tuesday, August 29, 2017


For the fourth consecutive year – and sixth of the last seven years – the national political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA) has recognized its Oakland University chapter, Nu Omega, with a Best Chapter Award. 


Greece Study Abroad Group
Tuesday, August 29, 2017


This summer, 13 Oakland University student journalists traveled to Greece to chronicle the plight of more than 60,000 refugees who’ve fled their homelands in search of a life free from violence and oppression. 


Scientific Teaching Fellows
Friday, July 28, 2017


With the goal of improving student learning, a select group of faculty members in Oakland University’s Department of Biological Sciences attended a national conference dedicated to enhancing teaching methods in the STEM fields. Rasul Chaudhry, Shailesh Lal, Luis Villa-Diaz and Randal Westrick took part in this year’s Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching, which was held June 4-10 at the University of Minnesota. 


OU Michigan GEAR UP Summer Boot Camp
Thursday, July 27, 2017


This past week, 20 newly minted Golden Grizzlies took part in Oakland’s sixth annual Michigan GEAR UP Residential Summer Boot Camp. The weeklong camp offered students a preview of college life as they prepare to enter OU as freshmen this fall. 


Headshot of Gustavo Patino
Wednesday, July 26, 2017


As a way to learn more about the diverse educators who share their expertise with our medical school students, OUWB presents a special interview series called “Take 5.” Let us know what you think.


SAE Car
Monday, July 24, 2017


A $50,000 grant from the DENSO North America Foundation will support multiple programs and enhance educational opportunities for students in Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science. 


Martha Reeves speaking to students
Friday, July 21, 2017


This past weekend, students in Oakland University’s Project Upward Bound were in the presence of Motown greatness. Martha Reeves, leader of the famed 1960s singing group “Martha and the Vandellas,” visited OU’s campus to share stories from her life and career, stressing the importance of setting goals and cultivating confidence.