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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

HHB's geothermal pump system gets a media nod

The geothermal well boring taking place on the Human Health Building site has captured the attention of many in the area.
The university's efforts to go green with the construction with the Human Health Building have been catching the attention of many people in the community, and their interest sparked a recent Oakland Press news story and web video on the topic. 

With help from a $2,752,163, U.S. Department of Energy grant secured through the exceptional work of Energy Manager Jim Leidel, we will install a geothermal heat pump system and solar thermal hot water array in the building. The system is expected to reduce energy-related carbon emissions and likely cut the building's energy costs in half. 

We anticipate that, along with other green design features incorporated into the facility, the system will help make the Human Health Building Michigan's first educational facility to earn a platinum rating through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

To learn more about the geothermal heat pump system and the Human Health Builidng, view our recent News @ OU article.

Incubators' success illustrates the promise of growth 

The OU INC business incubators are doing well to highlight the great potential the university has to make meaningful and beneficial contributions to the region.

Both Oakland and Macomb county incubator campuses are focusing on key areas of growth for Michigan's economy, including defense, alternative energy and advanced manufacturing. They're also working to complement the opening of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine by developing new focuses on medical, life and health science technology.

With ambitious goals before them, the incubators are not looking to go it alone. OU INC recently expanded its impressive list of partnerships by establishing business relationships the Rochester Downtown Development Authority and the Pawley Lean Institute. In addition, it has partnered with the Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan – a collaborative dedicated to attract and retain business in southeast Michigan. That organization recently won a three-year, $3 million grant from the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan.

These well-crafted strategies are winning attention and support. In addition to more that $1 million in state and federal funding, the Macomb-OU INCubator gratefully accepted the donation of a 36,000-square-foot building by Michael Damman of A.J. Damman Co. in Troy.

All told, the incubators are helping southeastern Michigan retool for the 21st century economy, and that can bring only good news to a region still working to get back on its feet.

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 this edition, we'll learn more about Dr. David Dulio, professor of political science.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Northern Ohio in a town called Lorain (a depressed steel town where Toni Morrison and the comedian who played Father Guido Sarducci were born) which is half way between Cleveland and Cedar Point.

Tell us about your family. I am married to a wonderful woman, Adrianne (who is from Toronto), and have two great kids – Abby, 7, and Sophia, 4.

Share a fond memory or favorite aspect of OU. I'd have to say that one of my favorite aspects of OU is the collegial atmosphere in my department. It's truly fun to come to work everyday and be around engaging colleagues.

What's on your reading list these days?
"James Madison: The Founding Father" by Robert Allen Rutland and "Moment of Glory: The Year Underdogs Ruled Golf" by John Feinstein.

What do you do in your spare time? I play golf and play with my kids.

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News worth noting
Congrats to our campus standouts 

OU faculty and staff continue to distinguish themselves as leaders and scholars. The following links are to articles highlighting the exemplary work of just a few: 

Students getting double benefit in Campus Corps 

OU students are making use of their summer not only to earn money for college, but also to gain valuable experience. Learn more about how OU is helping them here.

Construction projects gaining ground

The recent reopening of the main entrance to campus was a welcome sign of progress in summer construction work. Complete reopening of Squirrel Road from University to Walton is expected within the next few weeks. For updates on all work impacting commutes on campus, visit the Road Report site.

Campus updates posted at

To keep the campus community informed of ongoing efforts to address a number of university issues and concerns, regular updates are being made to the president's information and news site, The POINT. Those seeking additional information on particular issues are encouraged to contact the president's office.