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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during March 2011.
Partnerships

Medical School
The Detroit News and Detroit Jewish News reported on the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, which is set to begin classes in August.

Macomb-OU INCubator
MSN Money published a report highlighting the Macomb-OU INCubator's role in helping spur job creation and capital investment throughout Southeast Michigan. The INCubator was also featured in a Journal Register News article regarding clean energy research at OU.  
  

Community Engagement

 
Matilda Dodge Wilson
The Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch reported on Oakland University co-founder Matilda Dodge Wilson in an article chronicling the historical contributions of some of the area's most famous women.

Men's Basketball
Keith Benson, Larry Wright, Travis Bader, Reggie Hamilton, Blake Cushingberry and Will Hudson were among the men's basketball players featured in the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Oakland Press for their contributions in leading the team to an NCAA tournament berth. The team was also featured in the Omaha World-Herald.

Women's Basketball
OU women's basketball players Anna Patritto, Brittany Carnago, Kirstie Malone, Bethany Watterworth, Zakiya Minifree and Sharise Calhoun were featured in the Oakland Press for their strong performances on the court this season.

Men's Soccer
The Oakland Press reported that the OU men's soccer team will take part in a four-team soccer tournament in Pontiac.

Alternative Spring Break
The Journal Register News reported on two groups of OU students who used their spring break to help people in need. One group helped support Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts in Louisiana, while the other group helped students attending the School for the Deaf and Blind in South Carolina.

Oakland Symphony Performance
The Oakland Press reported on the Oakland Symphony's upcoming performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2.

Early College Credit
The Oakland Press reported on the dual enrollment program offered by OU that offers area high school students the opportunity to earn college credits.

Inspired Faculty and Staff


Gary Russi
OU President Dr. Gary Russi was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article regarding a proposed reduction in state aid to Michigan's public universities. He was quoted in other Detroit Free Press articles highlighting the strides OU has taken toward becoming a "first-choice" institution among prospective college students, as well as the many partnerships it has forged in the community. Additionally, Dr. Russi was featured in a Detroit Jewish News article regarding a collaborative partnership between the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Israel's Emek Medical Center.

Virinder Moudgil
OU Provost Dr. Virinder Moudgil was featured in a Detroit Jewish News article regarding a collaborative partnership between the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Israel's Emek Medical Center. He was also quoted in a Detroit Free Press article regarding the university's march toward becoming a "first-choice" school among prospective college students.

Robert Folberg
Dr. Robert Folberg, founding dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, was featured in a Detroit Jewish News article regarding the school's vision for a collaborative partnership with Israel's Emek Medical Center.

Jeffrey Devries
Dr. Jeffrey Devries, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine's associate dean for medical education, was quoted in the Detroit Jewish News regarding the school's vision for a collaborative partnership with Israel's Emek Medical Center.

Greg Kampe
OU men's basketball head coach Greg Kampe was quoted in the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Oakland Press regarding his team's status as an NCAA Tournament contender. Kampe was also named a finalist for two coaching awards in 2011.

Beckie Francis
OU women's basketball head coach Beckie Francis was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding the team's success, despite numerous lineup changes during the season.

Jay Meehan
Dr. Jay Meehan, OU professor of sociology and chair of the department of Sociology and Anthropology, was quoted in the Detroit Free Press regarding the university's growth and development.

Arik Dvir
Dr. Arik Dvir, chair of OU's biomedical sciences department, was quoted in the Detroit Free Press regarding the recent surge in Oakland students who are pursuing pre-medicine degrees, such as biology.

Mary Otto
Mary Otto, OU vice president for Outreach, was quoted in a Journal Register News article regarding the conversion of the Towne Center office building into a satellite campus for the university.

Gregory Cunningham
Oakland Symphony conductor Dr. Gregory Cunningham was featured in an Oakland Press article about the orchestra's upcoming performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2.

Chris Jensen
Chris Jensen, OU assistant director of student activities, was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding the Lupe Fiasco meet-and-greet.

Tiffany Sims
OU advisor Tiffany Sims was quoted in the Journal Register News regarding the alternative spring break experience of a group of OU students. Sims accompanied the group to South Carolina to assist those attending the School for the Deaf and Blind.

Ron Tracy and Anandi P. Sahu
OU Economics professors Dr. Ron Tracy and Dr. Anandi P. Sahu were quoted in an Oakland Press article regarding the county's prospects for a achieving a sustained economic recovery. 
 

Campus Events

Lupe Fiasco
The Oakland Press reported on the Lupe Fiasco meet-and-greet that drew a turnout of roughly 600 students. OU earned the experience by winning a statewide contest through Atlantic Records that was based on social media involvement.

Mark Andrejevic
The Oakland Press reported on author and privacy expert Mark Andrejevic's upcoming lecture at OU.

Remarkable Students and Alumni

Jamie Qualls
OU student Jamie Qualls was featured in a Journal Register News article chronicling her transition from a marketing position to a career in health and wellness.

Bryan Barnett
Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, an OU alumnus, was featured in an Oakland Press article regarding the county's prospects for achieving a sustained economic recovery.

Marta Bauer
OU student Marta Bauer was quoted in the Detroit Free Press regarding the strides the university has taken toward becoming a "first-choice" institution among prospective college students.

Paul Chapoton
Paul Chapoton, former OU athlete and coach, was featured in the Oakland Press after being honored with the university's 2011 distinguished baseball alumnus award.

Chris Donnelly
OU student Chris Donnelly was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article highlighting the strides the university has taken toward becoming a "first-choice" institution among prospective college students.

Tony Shabo and Amanda Coffey
OU students Tony Shabo and Amanda Coffee were shown in the Detroit Free Press performing hands-on testing and research in the university's science labs.

Christina Carpenter, Katelyn McGeachy, Wendy Andrea Penna and Luz Perez-Penna
These OU students were shown in the Detroit Free Press utilizing high-tech microscopes to identify tissue structures in a histology class.

Thomas Tucker
OU student Thomas Tucker was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding his efforts in promoting the Lupe Fiasco meet-and-greet.

Alejandro Herrera
Alejandro Herrera, public relations chair of the Student Program Board, was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding the Lupe Fiasco meet-and-greet.

Morgan Imlay
OU student Morgan Imlay was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding her participation in the OU Judo Club.

Kyle Rice
OU student Kyle Rice was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding the Lupe Fiasco meet-and-greet.

Seth Clarke and Katie Moy
OU students Seth Clarke and Katie Moy were quoted in the Detroit Free Press regarding the excitement surrounding the Golden Grizzlies NCAA tournament bid.

Dan Fenner
OU alumnus Dan Fenner, former sports reporter for the Oakland Post, was quoted in the Detroit News regarding the surge of national attention the university has received amid the men's basketball team's second straight NCAA tournament bid.

Jakob Zeigler, Michael Marks, Matt Domagalski and Phil Gieseker
The Oakland Press reported on the OU men's golf team, who finished in seventh place at the Beu/Mussatto Invitational. Team members Jakob Zeigler, Michael Marks, Matt Domagalski and Phil Gieseker were highlighted for stellar performances. 
  

Boosting Enrollment

Satellite Campus
Journal Register News reported on the conversion of the Towne Center office building into a satellite campus for Oakland University. 
  

Student Engagement

Macomb2Oakland
The Detroit Free Press reported on Macomb2Oakland, a dual enrollment program that allows students to take classes at Oakland University and Macomb Community College.

Cyber Security
The Oakland Press reported on the grand opening of a new cyber security facility at OU. The Network Security Instructional Lab will offer hands-on learning by experimenting online with network configurations, firewalls and computer malware.

Human Health Building
The Detroit Free Press reported on the $62 million, 160,000-square-foot Human Health Building, which will house Oakland's School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences.

Judo Club
The Oakland Press reported on Oakland University's newly formed Judo club, which practices each week at the Grizz Training Center in Troy. 
  

Research

Clean Energy
Journal Register Newspapers reported on Oakland University's plans to unveil a new Clean Energy Research Center. The facility will enable faculty and students to research clean energy alternatives and build commercial partnerships within the region. 
  

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