Facebook Twitter YouTube Flickr Google Plus
Archive Search
 


Whetstone, Charles
Charles Whetstone moved from Texas to Rochester to be with his family. In this oral history, recorded at the OPC Senior Center on February 19, 2010, Whetstone shares his enthusiasm for the Rochester area, from the landscape to the “gold mine” senior center. Recorded by Rebecca Rivard. Run time 5:17.
listen now
Posted on 07/30/2010
McDonald, Marilyn
Marilyn McDonald describes the rural nature of Rochester when she moved here nearly 50 years ago. Her memories include stories about driving the first minivans run by the Older Person’s Commission, the early days of the Senior Center, and the first time the center made 500 pies for Rochester’s Art & Apples Festival. Recorded at the OPC Senior Center on February 19, 2010, by Mary Cox. Run time 37:27.
listen now
Posted on 12/09/2010
/ People Miller Marye, Hartter Ruth
Johannessen, Doris
Doris Johannessen and her husband chose to raise a family in the Rochester area, in part because of the schools. In her oral history, she recalls her memories raising their four children in Rochester and her own experiences as a non-traditional student in the teacher certification program at Oakland University. Recorded at the OPC Senior Center on February 19, 2010, by Rebecca Rivard. Run time 9:49.
listen now
Posted on 12/09/2010
Strubler, David and Ann
David and Ann Strubler describe how they converted a centennial barn on their Oakland Township property into a unique Music and Art Barn to support and showcase local musicians and artists. David Strubler is a professor at Kettering University and Ann Strubler is a violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. David has lived in Rochester Hills for over five decades and graduated from Rochester High School. This oral history was recorded at the Strubler home on March 8, 2010. Recorded by Cornelia Pokrzywa. Run time 26:44.
listen now
Posted on 12/15/2010
/ People Sutton Jim, Cleland Lori, Morningstar Judi, Thompson Jimmy
Mann, Eleana Kay
Eleana Kay Mann, Rochester resident, recalls memories of raising a family in Rochester in the 1960s and 1970s, and shares the story of an encounter with prominent resident Matilda Dodge Wilson while waiting in line to vote at a local elementary school. Mann’s great-great-grandparents immigrated from Germany, settled in the area and eventually came to own one of downtown Rochester’s historic buildings (now the home of Janet Varner shop). Recorded at a public collection event at the Festival Park Gazebo at the Village of Rochester Hills on March 9, 2010, by Timothy Briggs. Run time 11:37.
listen now
Posted on 12/15/2010
/ People Wilson Matilda Dodge
Stringer, Barbara and Wisniewski, Michelle
In a joint interview, Barbara Stringer and Michelle Wisniewski, outreach librarians, share their experiences going out into the community in the RHPL Bookmobile. The Bookmobile was intended to equalize access to all citizens and was funded by the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library. Wisniewski and Stringer share stories about Bookmobile patrons ranging in age from preschoolers to senior citizens, who make it a point to visit the Bookmobile on regular stops. The Bookmobile’s circulation continues to grow, making an important and visible impact on Rochester citizens. Recorded by Laura Gabrion in the RHPL Bookmobile on April 1, 2010. Run time 14:48.
listen now
Posted on 12/15/2010
Jensen, Cecile Wendt
Cecile Wendt Jensen taught at Rochester Adams High School in Rochester Community Schools from 1976 until her retirement in 2002. In this oral history, Jensen recalls her memorable experiences with students and colleagues, reflects on the impact of her teaching, and discusses her encore career with the Polish Mission in Orchard Lake. Recorded at Oakland University on February 11, 2010 by Cornelia Pokrzywa. Run time 41:34.
listen now
Posted on 12/15/2010
/ People Cleland Rita, Reidinger Mary Ann, Glenn Dave, Lentz Tim, Flack Diann, Hamilton Lisa, Sylvain Claire, Gowanlock Jean, Nash-Reddy Nancy, Haig Paul, Jensen James
Miller, Marye
Marye Miller, director of the Older Persons Commission Senior Center, reflects on her years building and leading one of the nation's premier senior community centers. Miller's work in the community meeting the needs of older adults is particularly meaningful at this moment in history, as the Baby Boomer generation enters the 65+ age bracket. Recorded at the OPC Senior Center by Cornelia Pokrzywa in August 2010. Run time 39:53.
listen now
Posted on 01/04/2011
/ People Kelly Delta, Borden Earl, White Cathy, Rewold Roy
Wallace, Nancy
Nancy Wallace discusses her memories of the buildings and businesses that used to exist in downtown Rochester and how things have changed over the years. Run time 5:58.
listen now
Posted on 02/23/2011
Hage, Christine Lind
Christine Lind Hage shares her personal experiences with both the City of Rochester and Oakland University where she was a student. She is the director of the Rochester Hills Public Library. Run time 11:13.
listen now
Posted on 02/23/2011
/ People Wilson Matilda Dodge, Buss Lloyd, Haig Paul, Lytle Robert
Long, Meredith
In this oral history, Meredith Long, Museum Services Coordinator at Meadow Brook Hall, described her work on the restoration of the Christopher Wren Dining Room in Meadow Brook Hall. This oral history was conducted by Daniel Terzano, Freshman, Pre-Business Admin. on March 24, 2011 at Meadow Brook Hall as part of a class project for WRT 160, Winter 2011. Run time 7:20.
listen now
Posted on 04/07/2011
/ People Koenig Ron, Wilson Matilda Dodge, Parducci Corrado
Packard, Sandra
Sandra Packard, Professor, Educational Leadership, served as Oakland University's only female president from 1992-1995. In this oral history, she discusses her experiences as President and her teaching career. This oral history was conducted by Samantha D. Wolf, a freshman, undecided major on March 31, 2011, at Pawley Hall in Sandra Packard's office, as part of a class project for WRT 160, Winter 2011. Run time 21:46.
listen now
Posted on 04/07/2011
Ross, Terry
In this oral history, Oakland University Police Department's Sergeant Terry Ross discusses the Rape Aggression Defense class at OU, and the reasons why it is an effective class for women. Also includes "success stories" of survivors of rape or attempted rape who used the skills taught in RAD to defend themselves. This oral history was recorded by Marisa Bauer for a WRT class project in Winter 2011. Run time 23:35.
listen now
Posted on 04/07/2011
Gilroy, Melvin
Melvin Gilroy, a member of the Oakland University Police Department for forty years, explained a bombing that took place in January of 1990. The bombs were used as a distraction as two men attempted to rob the Oakland Center during winter registration. The process of how the men were caught and their punishment was also discussed. This oral history was conducted by Leah Sanders, an undecided freshman on March 16, 2011 at the Oakland University Police Station as part of a class project for WRT 160, Winter 2011.
listen now
Posted on 04/12/2011
Kitchens, Marshall
Marshall Kitchens is the Chair of the Writing and Rhetoric department. Kitchens discusses the absence policy for the Writing and Rhetoric department, and how student athletes keep up with their grades. The Oral history was conducted by Ashley Rempinski, freshman, majoring in Pre-physical therapy, on March 15, 2011 at O’Dowd Hall as part of a class project for WRT 160, Winter 2011. Run time 5:58.
listen now
Posted on 04/12/2011
/ People Stewart Robert
Collins, Shona
Shona Collins is a police officer and instructor for the RAD self-defense program at Oakland University. She was previously a crime scene investigator and a detective. Collins explains what the RAD program is about and shares the stories of RAD program graduates. The Oral History was conducted by Ashley Nasser, freshman, undecided major, on March 23, 2011 at the Oakland University police station as part of a project for WRT 160, Winter 2011. Run time 10:24.
listen now
Posted on 04/12/2011
Stamps, Richard
Richard B. Stamps, Associate professor of Anthropology at Oakland University, is regarded as a campus historian because he has been teaching at Oakland University for almost 30 years now. In his oral history, he talks of how Oakland University came to be out of a farm bought by John Dodge. His recollection expresses the idea of current buildings reflecting the activities of a time past. This oral history was conducted by Sophomore, Psychology major, Navin Mohanan on the 28th of March, 2011 at Richard Stamps' office as part of a class project for WRT 160, Winter 2011. Stamps' oral history is laden with plenty of information about the formation of Oakland University into what it is now. He opens up a treasure chest of knowledge that may be useful to researchers in the future. However, his Oral History lacks a personal connection; he talks more about factual historical information rather than his own unique experience. The amazing insight he possesses about the history of Oakland University is probably unmatchable by many currently on campus. The story of Oakland University's campus is perfectly collected in his Oral History, cut short only by his uncertainty of how long the digital recorder would last. Run time 19:43.
listen now
Posted on 04/14/2011
/ People Dodge John, Dodge Horace, Wilson Matilda Dodge, Wilson Alfred, Austin George
Hulbert, Rodney and Whedon, Sara
Dr. Rodney Hulbert and Rochester native Dr. Sara Whedon are the owners of A Place to Grow Chiropractic in downtown Rochester. They speak about opening a new business in Rochester and their hopes for their clients and business. Recorded by Danielle Sautter. Run time 16:08.
listen now
Posted on 05/26/2011
Dulio, David
Dave Dulio is Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science department at Oakland University. Dulio teaches courses in American politics generally, and specializes in campaigns and elections, political parties, interest groups, and Congress. His research interests are the electoral process, the professionalism of elections in the United States, and the role of money in elections. In this oral history, recorded in his campus office on October 25, 2011 by Cornelia Pokrzywa, Dulio discusses his own political memories and his experiences teaching political science before delving into the significance of the Republican Candidate Debate scheduled to take place at Oakland University on November 9, 2011. This marks the first time OU has been selected as a site for a presidential candidate debate. Run time 26:06.
listen now
Posted on 10/25/2011
/ People Reagan Ronald, Clinton Bill, Morris Dick, Matalin Mary, Carville James

AcademicsUndergraduate AdmissionsGraduate AdmissionsOnline ProgramsSchool of MedicineProfessional & Continuing EducationHousingFinancial Aid & ScholarshipsTuitionAbout OUCurrent Student ResourcesAcademic DepartmentsAcademic AdvisingEmergenciesFinancial ServicesGeneral EducationGet InvolvedGraduate StudiesGraduation & CommencementKresge LibraryOU BookstoreRegistrationAthleticsGive to OUGrizzlinkAlumni EngagementCommunity ResourcesDepartment of Music, Theatre & DanceMeadow Brook HallMeadow Brook TheatreOU Art GalleryPawley InstituteGolf and Learning CenterRecreation CenterUniversity Human ResourcesAdministrationCenter for Excellence in Teaching & LearningInstitutional Research & AssessmentInformation TechnologyReport a Behavioral ConcernTrainingAcademic Human Resources
Oakland University | 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401 | (248) 370-2100 | Contact OU | OU-Macomb
Coordinate map of Auburn Hills Entrance