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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during January 2013.
Partnerships

Avondale Magnet School
C&G News reported on the magnet laboratory school being created through a partnership between Oakland University and the Avondale School District.

Inspired Faculty and Staff


Gary Russi
President Gary Russi was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding a generous donation from longtime university benefactors Hugh and Nancy Elliot to construct a bell tower on campus. In addition, Dr. Russi was quoted in The Auto Channel regarding the official 2013 North American International Auto Show App, exclusively sponsored by Oakland University. He also penned an Oakland Press editorial detailing steps the university has taken to improve the learning experience of students and serve the broader community.

Geoff Upward
Geoff Upward, executive director of Meadow Brook Hall, was quoted in the Oakland Press and Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch regarding an $18,000 grant the historic mansion received from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Eric Barritt
Eric Barritt, vice president for Development, Alumni and Community Engagement, was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding the university's appointment of John O. Young as associate vice president of Communications and Marketing.

Louis Gallien
Louis Gallien, dean of the School of Education and Human Services, was quoted in C&G News regarding the creation of the Oakland University/Avondale Magnet Lab School.

Omar Brown-El
Omar Brown-El, director of the Center for Multicultural Initiatives, was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding Oakland University's 21st annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration.

Fay Hansen
Fay Hansen, associate professor of biological sciences, was quoted in an Oakland County Prosper article regarding the university's Student Organic Farming Program. The organization received a $20,400 grant from the Americana Foundation to pursue its educational and local food production goals.

Richard Engle
Adjunct professor Richard Engle was quoted in an Examiner.com story regarding a new course spotlighting the historical and cultural themes of the popular PBS television series "Downtown Abbey." Dr. Engle is the creator and instructor for the course, which is titled "The World of Downtown Abbey."

Regina Carter
Regina Carter, OU artist-in-residence, was featured in an Oakland County Prosper article profiling her remarkable career as a world-renowned jazz violinist. She also appeared in an Oakland Press story after becoming the newest member of the Oakland University Jazz Quartet.

Peter Trumbore
Peter Trumbore, professor of political science, was featured in an Oakland Press story on the hostage crisis in Algeria.

Greg Kampe
OU men's basketball coach Greg Kampe was featured in the Detroit News and Oakland Press after notching his 500th career coaching victory.

Beckie Francis
OU women's basketball coach Beckie Francis was quoted in the Oakland Press after her team earned an impressive win over the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
 

Campus Events

Keeper of the Dream
The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Oakland Press reported on OU's 21st annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration.

Carillon Tower
The Oakland Press published an editorial commending a $6.5 million donation made by longtime university benefactors Hugh and Nancy Elliot to construct a bell tower on campus.

Opera Nights
The Oakland Press reported on two evenings of opera performances by OU voice students at Varner Recital Hall.

Campaign Finance Forum
The Oakland Press reported on an upcoming series of public forms to promote changes to Michigan campaign finance law and to the selection process for filling vacancies on the state's Supreme Court. One of the forums will be held at Oakland University in March.

Remarkable Students and Alumni

Keeper of the Dream Honorees
OU students Steven Wynne, Charlie Lapastora and Bria Ellis were featured in the Detroit News after being honored with $5,000 scholarships at the 21st annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration. Lapastora was quoted in the Detroit News regarding his efforts to promote acceptance and understanding among diverse cultures.

Samantha Wolf
Student Congress President Samantha Wolf was quoted in the Detroit News and Oakland Press regarding a university-sponsored trip to Washington D.C. for President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Robbie Williford
Student Congress Vice President Robbie Williford was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding a university-sponsored trip to Washington D.C. for President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Owen O'Connor
Student Program Board Travel Director Owen O'Connor was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding a university-sponsored trip to Washington D.C. for President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Tom Garvey
Tom Garvey, president of OU's Society of Automotive Engineers, was quoted in Oakland County Prosper regarding the chapter's participation in the 2013 North American International Auto Show.

Jessica Drogowski
OU student Jessica Drogowski was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding a $6.5 million donation to construct a bell tower on campus.

Travis Bader
OU basketball star Travis Bader was featured in the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press, Macomb Daily Lansing State Journal and MLive.com after scoring 47 points against Summit League rival IUPUI. The record-setting performance earned Bader multiple accolades, including National Player of the Week from ESPN's Dick Vitale.

Raphael Carter
OU basketball player Raphael Carter was featured in the Oakland Press as one of the team's most valuable reserves this season.

Olivia Nash
OU basketball standout Olivia Nash was featured in the Oakland Press after leading her team to an impressive win over the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Matthew Ball
OU graduate Matthew Ball was featured in an Oakland Press story about his career transition from practicing attorney to professional pianist.

Student Engagement

Downtown Abbey Class
Examiner.com reported on a new course at Oakland University that examines historical and cultural themes of the popular PBS television show "Downtown Abbey."

Community Engagement

Auto Show App
The Auto Channel reported on the official 2013 North American International Auto Show App, which is exclusively sponsored by Oakland University.

Meadow Brook Hall Grant
The Oakland Press and Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch reported on an $18,000 grant the historic mansion received from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Brooksie Way Mini-grants
The Oakland Press reported on the mini-grants awarded to community-based programs emphasizing health and wellness. The grants are awarded three times a year from proceeds of the Brooksie Way Half Marathon, held each fall at Oakland University.

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