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Hightower appointed dean of SHS
Ken Hightower has been appointed dean of the School of Health Sciences after serving as interim dean for the past year. Hightower began his career at Oakland in 1974 as a post-doctoral fellow under the founding director of the Institute of Biological Sciences, later named the Eye Research Institute (ERI) and spent the next 25 years researching eye diseases that lead to vision loss or blindness.
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Holiday Walk at the Hall
Step into the beauty and elegance of Meadow Brook Hall at this year’s Holiday Walk. Open from Nov. 26 to Dec. 19, this annual event takes you on a retrospective of celebrations past, including the Wilson’s New Year’s Eve traditions, Alfred and Matilda’s 25th anniversary party and Danny Dodge’s Halloween festivities. Tours of the hall, arts and crafts and more are included.
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First-ever nursing conference a hit
In partnership with Beaumont Hospitals, OU’s School of Nursing hosted its first-ever research symposium in May. Focusing on the impact of nursing on patient safety and error prevention, the event drew medical experts from around the country and 350 health professionals from Michigan.
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Community partnerships enrich student lives
Oakland has always had a strong relationship with local communities and that bond continues to grow stronger through new partnership efforts with the City of Rochester. This holiday season will see OU students involved in the 53rd annual Hometown Christmas Parade, broadcast live on Channel 7 on Dec. 5.
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Chinese ambassador speaks at OU
Yang Jiechi, ambassador of the People’s Republic of China and that country’s highest U.S.-based government official, visited Oakland University last spring during the 10th annual Ambassador Woodcock Legacy Seminar.
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Job prospects improving for OU grads
Despite the sluggish economy over the past few years, the success rate for OU graduates in the job market is on the rise. According to a Career Services survey of 2002-03 graduates, 92 percent found employment within six months of graduation, a 3-percent increase over the previous year’s survey.
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One door closes, another opens
After 10 years and 83,470 hours of volunteer service logged, the AmeriCorps program ended this past August. And although many were sad to see it go, Oakland faculty, staff and students are already making plans to keep community service opportunities thriving at OU. The program, which provided educational enrichment to Pontiac youths in schools, community centers, churches and housing projects, closed because funding from government and other sources ended.
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Michigan senator receives honorary degree
Oakland University’s Board of Trustees presented Senator Carl Levin, the longest serving senator in Michigan history, with an honorary degree at the May 1 commencement. The doctorate of laws degree was given during the School of Engineering and Computer Science and School of Business Administration commencement ceremonies.
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