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Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Welcome to the "Points of Interest"
In an effort to keep faculty and staff informed on the university's achievements, initiatives, challenges, critical information and more, the Office of the President is pleased to introduce the "Points of Interest" e-newsletter.

The goal of this periodic publication is to offer useful insight and information through brief announcements and updates. Readers will be able to find more comprehensive information about specific topics covered in each issue via links to supplementary articles and documents.

Oakland University's success depends on the highly-valued contributions of a well-informed campus community. The e-newsletter adds to several existing sources of information, including The POINT. Of course, staying on top of the issues is a collaborative process. As such, please feel free to send your questions, concerns and ideas to the Office of the President.


Research helping to advance institutional prestige
The professional dedication and exceptional achievements of Oakland researchers and scholars have caught the attention of federal government agencies anxious to support initiatives that promise to boost the nation's economy and improve our quality of life.

A total of 14 OU faculty members have been awarded more than $4.3 million in grant funding for an array of scientific investigations, as well as projects that will enhance math and science education in Michigan. The funding, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was distributed by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

These awards are just a few examples of commendable efforts our faculty are making to advance the 2020 Vision of developing a research-intensive academic agenda. What's more, they're garnering attention from local media, which helps advance the prestige and public image of this institution.

You can learn more about the NIH grants and NSF grants awards in articles prepared for the News @ OU.


Getting to know yOU!
Editor's note: As the Oakland University community continues to grow, Points of Interest provides an excellent venue to learn about the people in it. In the inaugural edition, we'll learn more about Jackie Long, SON '81 and chairperson of the University's Board of Trustees.

What is your hometown?
I was born in Detroit, but I've lived in Waterford for more than 30 years with my husband, Richard. 

Do you have children? We have three adult children, Chris, Steven and Andrea, and six beautiful grandchildren who range in age from 11-18.

What are a few of your top OU moments? As a graduate of the University's School of Nursing, the advancement of the Human Health Building and the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine bring me great personal and professional satisfaction. The introduction of the new facilities and programs affiliated with these programs continues the evolution the University has undergone the past 15 years in its shift from what was perceived to be a commuter college to a University of national prominence and school of choice.

What's on your bookshelf? Currently, I'm reading "The Help," by Kathryn Stockett. It's about the beginnings of integration in the south.

What do you do in your spare time? I try to be as active as possible, so I participate in water aerobics several times a week and also enjoy playing golf.




Contact
The POINT | Office of the President | Board of Trustees | The News @ OU




News worth noting

Let your voice be heard
The March 11 Faculty Open Forum is an opportunity to get your concerns heard and your questions answered. President Russi looks forward to seeing you there.


Maintaining momentum
Learn about OU's prospects in the Rochester area's community outlook, as well as other interesting topics at the News @ OU.


Keeping you informed
The President's remarks regarding LGBTQ inclusion and the President's Colloquium Call for Proposals are among the most recent additions to The POINT, a comprehensive source for university information.


Summit League success
After wrapping up a record-breaking season by securing the most wins in Summit League history, the men's basketball team is shining during tournament play. The Summit League Championship game will be televised tonight on ESPN2.

Meanwhile, the women have clinched a second-place regular season finish.

Not to be outdone, both the men's and women's swim teams have brought home Summit League championships for the 11th year in a row.

All of this success builds OU pride and helps draw media spotlights on the many exciting things happening here. 



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