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Innovation and Opportunity — The Campaign for OU
Oakland University kicked off its first-ever comprehensive campaign on April 22, 2005. OU stands poised to make its mark in the new century as an institution of distinction and this campaign is the engine that will drive the univeristy to this far-reaching milestone.
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Conversations with Donors — R. Hugh Elliott
Hugh Elliott, president and CEO of Elliot Group International in Auburn Hills, and his wife, Nancy, have been avid supporters of Oakland University since the early 1990s. Hugh spent some time with OU Magazine recently talking about philathrophy and the Campaign for OU.
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Getting and Giving
Lisa Westfall Dillon envied students who enjoyed the social and recreational events at Oakland University, but that scene wasn't possible for this 27-year-old Sterling Heights native. Instead, Dillon worked two jobs while she earned her bachelor's degree. She says her saving grade was an Oakland scholarship.
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Conversations with Donors — Barry M. Klein
A 1968 Oakland graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Barry Klein joined the OU Alumni Association (OUAA) shortly after graduation and has been a constant presence on campus ever since. He spoke to OU Magazine recently about his many years at Oakland.
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Scholarship investment pays big dividends
Matt MacLeod has been working for wages since age 15. MacLeod’s teenaged work was not just to support himself and his mother, but to fund his own college education. Scholarships have helped this high achiever accomplish remarkable things
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Conversations with Donors — Dennis Pawley
Dennis Pawley, an Oakland University alumnus, trustee and member of the charter class, has spent more than three decades devoting his time, financial support and vision to his alma mater. He recently spoke to OU Magazine about his tireless support for Oakland.
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Leap of Faith
When opportunity knocked on Lily Sloan’s door, she answered the call. Thanks to OU scholarships and an interest that took hold of her in her early teens, recently graduated Sloan is now poised to turn up the lights on her dance career.
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Conversations with Donors — OU Professor Richard Burke
As a charter faculty member hired at Oakland University when it began in 1959, Philosophy Professor Richard Burke has watched OU evolve from promising beginnings to a present day filled with possibility. He recently spoke to OU Magazine about giving to Oakland.
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Scholarship shifts driven student into high gear
In her first two years at Oakland University, Tole Kolicaj worked two jobs — 40 to 50 hours a week — while carrying a full class load in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. Then one day during her sophomore year, Kolicaj opened her mail and got the surprise of her young life.
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NeuroHero
Michael Chopp makes his living doing research on treatments to remodel the brain tissue of stroke victims. It’s groundbreaking research that one day could help people who are immobile and speechless walk and talk again. You can read about it in Chopp’s numerous publications on the subject.
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A Game of Chance
It was the spring of 1992 and Chris Zoltak was a gangly high school senior, competing in a Junior National swim meet in Texas. The son of a single mom from suburban Tulsa, Okla., he desperately needed a good showing to secure a college scholarship and the promise for the future that goes with it. In the crowd was Pete Hovland, Oakland University’s long-time swim coach who was looking to add to OU’s national powerhouse tradition.
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A Healthy Idea
An innovative, urban-focused program started last year by Oakland University’s School of Nursing is treating the metro Detroit area’s nursing shortage with a couple of doses of just the right medicine: It’s helping to keep some of the county’s brightest students near home, and promoting on-campus diversity while doing it.
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New beginnings are their specialty
Whether it’s setting a job seeker on a new career path, helping a child improve her ability to read or providing guidance and insight to someone at an emotional crossroad, Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) is all about helping people get there from here.
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Career Counseling
Lurtissia Moultrie stumbled onto the Oakland University Career Counseling Center at a point when her professional self-confidence was low. It might turn out to be the most important discovery in her career. Moultrie’s career counselor helped her discover not just her true professional strengths but also her true career desires.
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A Reading Success Story
“My boy cannot be the only child who has this problem. There’s gotta be somewhere that we can find some help,” thought Paul Palace. But finding that outside help probably wasn’t going to be easy, Palace thought. They found that help at Ron Cramer's Reading Clinic.
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Living with Autism
An estimated 1.5 million American children and adults are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Although autism is not uncommon, few resources are available for the children and families affected and the professionals who treat them. A visionary gift from Jack’s Place for Autism is helping to change that.
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