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Med students MTD workshop
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The theatre program at Oakland University is designed as training for a professional life in the performing arts, but the skills theatre students build their proficiency on can be of value to anyone whose career path will involve communicating their ideas.

Aaron Draplin
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

For the 2017 Jean and Fred Braun Memorial Lecture, the Oakland University community will welcome Aaron James Draplin to campus on Wednesday, March 1. 

Rip Rapson
Saturday, February 18, 2017

More than 660 higher education professionals from throughout the United States and Canada gathered at the Detroit Renaissance Marriott this week for the 2017 Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference, hosted by Oakland University and sponsored by The Kresge Foundation. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Chief Human Resources Officer for Oakland University, Libby Ciliberti, has been named a member of the 2017 Career Mastered Leaders in Action class. This distinguished group is made up of 25 metro Detroit women making an impact in their respective career fields.

aerial of OU campus
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Letter from Oakland University Board of Trustees Chair Richard L. DeVore on Tuesday, February 14:

Giving Challenge
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

As the Oakland University men’s and women’s basketball teams prepared to square off against the University of Detroit Mercy this past week, alumni and fans of the two schools were engaged in the second annual Giving Challenge. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Oakland University Board of Trustees has approved a $7.2 million plan to expand main campus parking capacity by more than 8 percent, as well as to create a new traffic circle at the intersection of Pioneer Drive and Meadow Brook Road.

Evan Hodge practice interview
Thursday, February 09, 2017

For several days a week, Evan Hodge can be found working at his job as a courtesy clerk at a Kroger store near his hometown of Rochester. The 24-year-old greets customers, helps bag groceries and uses a pulley system to retrieve shopping carts from outside the building, among other responsibilities. 

Alex Delavan and Shaun Moore
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Two Oakland University employees have been named to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. The program honors exceptional individuals, under the age of 40, who excel in their field and improve the quality of life in Oakland County. Alex Delavan, director of Sponsored Programs, and Shaun Moore, director of e-Learning, are being recognized for outstanding career achievements and community contributions. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

As part of an ongoing initiative to inspire benefits-eligible faculty and staff members to lead healthier and more active lives, a host of University departments are teaming up to launch the CARROT Wellness TM program.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Greg Jordan, director of Oakland University’s Recreation and Well-Being department, has been named the recipient of the 2017 National Intramural Recreational Sports Association Honor Award. It is NIRSA’s most prestigious recognition.

Caitlin Burke
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

by Professor Karen SheridanIn mid-January, 64 theatre majors and several faculty attended the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Indianapolis. The goal of the festival is to encourage, recognize and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theatre programs around the country.

Honors Institute Group
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A group of students, faculty and staff gathered in the Honors College this week for the university’s second annual Honors Institute event. This year’s event celebrated Oakland’s honor societies, which provide high-achieving students with opportunities for service and leadership development in a variety of fields. 

Take Root Dance Company
Friday, January 06, 2017

Some of our faculty members are academics who spend their time pursuing research in their fields and publishing their results. They present at conferences, and review journal articles written by their peers. Others are professionals in the performing arts fields.

Woody Varner
Friday, December 30, 2016

As the new year approaches, the Oakland University community is pausing to remember its first and only chancellor, Durward “Woody” Varner, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday on January 1. Varner was a seminal figure in Oakland’s history, working with founder Matilda Dodge Wilson to help mold the university into the vibrant institution it is today. 

aerial of OU campus
Thursday, December 22, 2016

At its Monday, December 5, formal meeting, the Oakland University Board of Trustees voted to retain the search firm Academic Search, Inc. to assist in identifying candidates from whom the Board may select the University’s next president. The firm was recommended to the Board by the University’s Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee. 

Fabia Battistuzzi NIH pathogenicity grant
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Fabia Battistuzzi, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Biological Sciences at Oakland University, a $417,286 grant that will allow her to examine the evolution of infectious diseases while laying the groundwork for the development of new drug-based treatments that could help to save thousands of lives.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

In an article published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, Oakland University Assistant Professor of Psychology Matthew J. W. McLarnon, Ph.D., and colleagues, addressed the question of “How important is personality in the selection of medical students?”

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

It’s good to be one of the 12 student assistants working in the Office of the Registrar around the holidays.

Rowe Technology Leader
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Theresa Rowe, chief information officer for Oakland University, has been named a 2017 Premier 100 Technology Leader by Computerworld, which is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company.

Monday, December 05, 2016

With an eye on President Obama’s call to action in the computer sciences and in full support of the White House Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11), Laura Dinsmoor, a special instructor and associate director of outreach in Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science, has committed to developing a new, direct-to-parents online workshop.

Fabia Battistuzzi standing in her doorway next to a research paper
Monday, November 21, 2016

The Center for Biomedical Research welcomes Assistant Professor Fabia Battistuzzi, Department of Biological Sciences, as its newest member.

Gross Anatomy Lab
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Students in Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing recently came together to share their knowledge with the goal of delivering the best possible care to patients with joint disorders. 

Campaign Roundup
Thursday, November 17, 2016

More than a hundred students from the International Technology Academy in Pontiac were on hand for the 2016 Campaign Roundup held at the school this past Monday. A busload of Oakland University students also turned out for the event, which featured a panel of experts who provided analysis of the election results. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

This week’s presidential election brought to a close a long, contentious and divisive campaign season, but has not erased the confusion, anxiety and even fear that some feel as a result of a number of ideological assertions that have been made along the way.

Oakland campus
Monday, November 07, 2016

MI Healthy Mind hosts interviewed a young man with Asperger's Syndrome and his mother to discuss the positive aspects and the challenges of having an autism spectrum disorder.

Campaign Roundup
Monday, November 07, 2016

After the polls close and the votes have been tallied, Oakland University will host a Campaign Roundup event to spotlight the results of the 2016 local, state and national elections. A panel discussion will take place from 9:30 – 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, at the International Technology Academy in Pontiac.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

The Center for Autism at Oakland University recently hosted a two-day advanced workshop entitled Autism and Healthy Sexuality for professionals in the autism field.

Friday, October 28, 2016

On October 24, the Oakland University Board of Trustees created an Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee to conduct a national search and develop a pool of candidates for the next president of Oakland University. 

OU classroom photo
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Oakland University is among eight postsecondary institutions that will participate in the Michigan Gateways to Completion (Michigan G2C) project. The three-year initiative is in partnership with the nonprofit John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (JNGI), with the goal of improving student outcomes in high-risk courses. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) has selected Chris Stiller, PT, Ph.D. from Oakland University to receive this year’s Richard E. Darnell Research Award. She was presented the award at the group’s Fall Conference held in Holland, Michigan.

Undergraduate Research Conference
Friday, October 21, 2016

Students, faculty and administrators gathered in Oak View Hall on Friday for a conference focused on undergraduate research at Oakland University and beyond. The Honors College and Michigan Center for Undergraduate Research at OU presented the event, entitled “Undergraduate Research: The Present and the Future.” 

Gwen Thomas with students in computer lab
Thursday, October 20, 2016

A group of high school students and their parents recently visited Oakland University for a workshop focused on college planning and helping families successfully navigate financial aspects of higher education. 

School of Business Administration
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Oakland University’s School of Business Administration is among the nation’s best business schools, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles the school in the new 2017 edition of its annual book, “The Best 294 Business Schools” and on its website. Oakland’s business school also appears on the organization’s "Best in Midwest" list. 

Meaghan Cole
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

For students, college is an investment, one designed to put them on a path to a bright future. As an undergraduate adviser in Oakland’s business school, Meaghan Cole helps guide students to that future with caring, compassion and skill.

Park thumbnail
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Oakland University Center for Autism’s Outreach Services (OUCARES) was recently honored with a 2016 Removing Barriers Special Award from the National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials. The recognition was for a program that allows OUCARES summer camp participants to engage in activities such as fishing, boating, rappelling and climbing at Independence Oaks Park in Clarkston. 

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Oakland University and the City of Auburn Hills Senior Center have teamed up to develop a program to help optimize the physical health and fitness of senior citizens who are at future risk for physical decline.

President Hynd makes AUFD gift
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

With the theme “Your Gift Opens Doors,” the Oakland University community kicked off this year’s All-University Fund Drive (AUFD) Wednesday morning at the annual AUFD Launch Party. 

Karen Markel
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Karen Markel understands that for adults with disabilities, finding their niche in the workplace is often tricky – and she’s actively seeking answers to help this population of job seekers.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Oakland University is among seven institutions selected by the National Science Foundation to receive $5 million in grant funds over the next five years as part of a collaborative research project designed to encourage low-income students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields.

Fern and Nancy
Monday, October 03, 2016

Throughout her more than 30-year career at Oakland University, Nancy Schmitz has seen the power of education to transform lives. The assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students says that one of the most rewarding parts of her job is seeing OU alumni who are making a positive impact on their communities. 

George Hynd
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Oakland University Board of Trustees Chairman Richard L. DeVore today announced the Oakland University Board of Trustees’ plan for seeking a new president for the University following George W. Hynd’s successful three-year term as president. 

aerial of OU campus
Friday, September 23, 2016

Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the appointments of Tonya Allen of Troy, Marianne Fey of Birmingham and Robert Schostak of Bloomfield Hills to the Oakland University Board of Trustees.  

OUCARES Evening Enrichment Series
Thursday, September 22, 2016

This fall, the Oakland University Center for Autism’s Outreach Services (OUCARES) will host three talks from experts who will share their knowledge on a variety of topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Part of OUCARES’ Evening Enrichment Series, these monthly presentations are free and open to the public. 

Nursing students preparing emergency 'bug-out bags'
Friday, September 16, 2016

A Macomb County Health Department program focused on teaching community youth about emergency preparedness – in collaboration with the Oakland University School of Nursing and Macomb County elementary schools – was recently honored with a 2015 National Health Security Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials. 

Office of Veterans Support Services
Friday, September 09, 2016

Oakland University is among select colleges and universities in Michigan being recognized for the exceptional support services it provides to student veterans. 

Oakland campus
Thursday, September 08, 2016

A new partnership between Oakland University and the Rochester Hills Public Library brings esteemed scholars to a new monthly lecture series that begins September 17. The Discovery and Coffee series will feature expert professors discussing diverse subject matters.