I suppose it’s a bit of a cliché, but anniversaries get us all thinking about times gone by and what might lie ahead. And mostly, what we’re thinking about is the people who have touched us in some way — been there in good times and bad, tilted the world just a little to give us a different perspective on things, held out a hand when we needed it or just simply made us laugh.
In this issue of the magazine, we’re thinking about anniversaries — next year Oakland University will celebrate 50 years of educating students and this magazine will mark its silver anniversary. These anniversaries, like most, are all about people. Faculty members, students and staff who have made up five decades of memories, learning, enlightenment and discovery on this campus. In talking to the alumni featured in this issue, I heard names of professors that are invoked over and over again as playing a pivotal role in the careers and lives of our graduates: Don Iodice, Shelly Appleton, Brian Murphy, Jim Hughes and Joan Rosen. They are but a few of the educators who have made such a difference for so many who have passed through OU’s classrooms over the past 50 years.
Fittingly, one of our stories in this issue features a number of alumni who have pursued careers in education. A common thread in their comments is that they’ve hoped to pass on to their students and schools the values and dedication to enlightenment and making a positive difference in their community that OU’s professors instilled in them. It’s a tradition and a history that should make us all proud (and a little humble) and will, with the help of the many dedicated individuals that make up this university today, lead us into a future as bright as our past.
Lillian Lorenzi, editor