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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during September 2012.
Partnerships

Medical School
The Detroit News and Oakland Press reported on the planned construction of an 80,000-square-foot neuroscience center in Royal Oak that is expected to free up additional space for OUWB medical students. The school was also featured in the Oakland Press after being nominated for Educational Program of the Year by Automation Alley.

OU INC
The Oakland Press reported on several events hosted by the Macomb-OU INCubator, including a Lunch and Launch presentation featuring Charlie Wollborg of Curve Detroit and a seminar on government transparency. Crain's Detroit Business reported on a multi-million dollar grant by the Michigan Strategy Fund that will help support OU INC and other organizations focused on business development in Michigan.

Community Engagement

 
Human Health Building
The Oakland Press, C & G News and Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch reported on the Human Health Building, which opened this fall and houses the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences.

Feature Film
CBSDetroit.com reported that the OU campus is among the locations where the feature film "Golden Shoes" will be shot.

Men's Basketball
The Oakland Press reported on the men's basketball team's schedule, which includes games against nationally ranked opponents.

Inspired Faculty and Staff


Gary Russi
Gary Russi was the subject of an Oakland Press editorial lauding the president's exemplary vision and leadership record. Dr. Russi was also quoted in the Oakland Press regarding the university's steady enrollment growth and positive impact on the state's economic health.

Robert Van Til
Robert Van Til, professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, was quoted on CBSDetroit.com regarding a software license donated to the department by Siemens PLM Software. The license will give students access to state-of-the-art tools currently being used in many engineering fields.

Dorothy Nelson
Dorothy Nelson, vice provost for Research, was featured in the Oakland Press regarding the university's annual Summer Institute in Eye Research.

Mary Beth Snyder
Mary Beth Snyder, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding talks of an on-campus housing expansion.

Rochelle Black
Rochelle Black, vice president of Government and Community Relations, was featured in the Oakland Press after being named a finalist for Automation Alley's Member of the Year Award.

Terri Towner
Terri Towner, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding the impact of social media on the presidential election.

David Dulio
David Dulio, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding the presidential election.

Sara Chapman Williams
Sara Chapman Williams, associate professor history, penned an editorial in the Detroit Free Press offering college survival tips to new students.

Rasul Chaudhry
Rasul Chaudhry, professor and co-director of the Institute for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine, was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding the Second Midwest Conference on Stem Cell Biology and Therapy.

James Zentmeyer and Rebecca Wickham
University Housing Director James Zentmeyer and Rebecca Wickham, associate director of University Housing, each were featured in the Oakland Press regarding talks of an on-campus housing expansion.

GRASP Project Leaders
Michael MacDonald, associate professor of education, was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding a $612,000 grant to heighten suicide awareness and prevention efforts on the university's campus and in the community. Lisa Hawley, professor and chair of the Department of Counseling, is the project's lead investigator and was also quoted in the story. Also on the team are Patricia Wren, associate professor of health sciences, and Dalton Connally, assistant professor of social work. The initiative is called the Grizzlies Response: Suicide Awareness and Prevention.
 

Campus Events

Stem Cell Conference
The Oakland Press reported on the Second Midwest Conference on Stem Cell Biology and Therapy, which is being hosted by the Oakland University William Beaumont Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.

Grizzly Invitational
The Oakland Press reported on the Grizzly Invitational cross country meet featuring high school runners from around the area.

New Day Foundation Fundraisers
The Oakland Press reported on a pair of events to benefit the New Day Foundation. Mickey York's Evening Under the Stars and the Matt Kell Memorial Golf Outing each will support the foundation's efforts to help families who are dealing with cancer.

Arts After Work
OaklandCountyProsper.com reported on the "Arts After Work" series presented by the Department of Music Theatre and Dance.

Welcome Week
The Oakland Press reported on the university's "Welcome Week" celebration as students and staff marked the start of the fall semester.

Remarkable Students and Alumni

Robbie Williford
Robbie Williford, OUSC vice president, was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding talks of an on-campus housing expansion.

Josh Nagy and Sean Varicalli
WXOU disc jockeys Josh Nagy and Sean Varicalli were featured in an Oakland Press story spotlighting the university's "Welcome Week" celebration.

Eye Research Symposium
OU students Kevin Roumayah, Noha Elghoroury, Heba Elghoroury, Wasym Mando and Trung Tran were featured in the Oakland Press after taking part in the Summer Undergraduate Program in Eye Research.

Research

Suicide Prevention
The Oakland Press reported on a $612,000 grant awarded to OU scholars to heighten suicide awareness and prevention efforts on the university's campus and in the community.

Eye Research Symposium
The Oakland Press reported on the Summer Undergraduate Program in Eye Research, which held its 12th annual student research symposium. A group of OU students spent 12 weeks conducting research on eye diseases, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Boosting Enrollment

Enrollment Growth
OaklandCountyProsper.com reported on the university's 15th consecutive year of enrollment growth.

Future Students

Men's basketball Recruits
Kahlil Felder, Nick Daniels and Jalen Hayes were featured in the Oakland Press as the latest recruits of the men's basketball team's 2013 class.

Contact Us
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