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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during April 2010.

Med School
The Oakland Press featured an article on the plan to make Oakland University a premier destination for health education.

Law School
The Oakland Press reported on the Sophomore Summer Institute, a pre-law program that provides intensive academic coursework to 25 Michigan undergraduate students at Cooley Law School's campus in Auburn Hills.

Oakland Community College
The Oakland Press reported on the new Oakland 2 Oakland program that will allow students to be admitted for classes at both Oakland University and Oakland Community College.

St. Clair Community College reported on the recently established dual enrollment agreement between Oakland University and St. Clair Community College. The S20 program will allow students to take courses at both institutions at the same time. 

Community Engagement


Michigan Works!
The Oakland Press and Rochester Citizen reported on the Oakland University branch of Michigan Works!, a state-supported program that this year has helped a record 232 students pursue a variety of programs for job retraining and development.

SBA Programs
The Rochester Citizen reported that Oakland University's School of Business Administration is hosting an array of community learning opportunities as part of its mission to enhance the region's competitive advantages in the global marketplace.

Kitchen Renovation
The Oakland Press reported on the completion of a $700,000 renovation and restoration of the 1920s kitchen at Meadow Brook Hall. The grant from the Matilda Wilson Fund was used to restore the kitchen's original design and materials while adapting its use to meet current operational needs. 

Inspired Faculty and Staff

Gary Russi
Dr. Gary Russi, president of Oakland University, was featured in a Detroit Free Press article commenting on steps the university is taking to keep education affordable in the face of dwindling state aid.

T.C. Yih
Dr. T.C Yih, vice provost for research, professor of nanotech engineering and founding director of Oakland University's Nanotech R&D Institute was featured in X-ology magazine for his work in creating new partnerships that will enable Oakland University researchers to collaborate with other universities around the globe on nanotechnology research projects.

David L. Felten
Dr. David L. Felten, associate dean for research at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and clinical research professor at Oakland University, was profiled in the spring 2010 issue of X-ology magazine. Dr. Felton and his colleagues are attempting to develop molecular biomarkers to promote early detection of disease, as well as determine optimal treatments of disease.

Nessan Kerrigan
Dr. Nessan Kerrigan, assistant professor of chemistry, was featured in an Oakland Press article after he earned a $340,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Kerrigan will use the money to explore cost-effective ways to manufacture various medicines. 

Campus Events

Jewish Film Festival
The Oakland Press reported on the 2010 Jewish Film Festival, a two-week event that included 40 feature, documentary and short films on a wide range of Jewish themes and ideas.

Automotive Geeks
The Oakland Press reported that the Center for Integrated Business Research and Education at Oakland University's School of Business Administration is partnering with Edict Incorporated and the Society of Automotive Analysts to host "Ignite Automotive." The event will welcome a select group of automotive "geeks" who will offer their perspective on the industry.

Grizzly Gala
The Oakland Press reported on the upcoming Grizzly Gala to be held at the Royal Park Hotel in downtown Rochester. The event features silent live auctions that will benefit the Oakland University Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

Nightingale Awards
The Rochester Citizen reported on the Oakland University School of Nursing's 22nd annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence. This year's event will celebrate the "Science of Caring" by recognizing nurses who bring compassion and knowledge to their profession.

Run for Autism
The Rochester Citizen reported on the upcoming "Run for Autism," an annual event that helps raise money in support of the local non-profit organizations Homes for Autism and OUCARES.

Theatre Guild Luncheon
The Oakland Press reported on the Meadow Brook Theatre Guild's 29th annual luncheon on the Aisle to benefit Meadow Brook Theatre.

Disaster Drill
The Oakland Press reported on the simulated disaster drill stage at Oakland University in an effort to enhance emergency preparedness on campus.

Open World Program
The Oakland Press reported on a group of six leading Ukrainian educators who traveled to the United States through the Open World Program, an international partnership designed to foster opportunities for cooperation between the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States. The group made several stops, including one at OU to participate in an interactive discussion on education and comparative studies. 

Remarkable Students and Alumni

Keith Benson
OU basketball star Keith Benson was featured in the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Oakland Press following his decision to declare for the 2010 NBA draft. The 6-foot-11 senior was named the Summit League Player of the Year and led the grizzles to their second NCAA tournament berth in school history.

Liz Ecker
OU sophomore Liz Eckerd was featured in an Oakland Press article after helping lead the women's golf team to a seventh place finish in the Summit League Championship held at the Oaks Country Club. 

Future Students

Ryan Bass
Ryan Bass, a high school senior from Dayton Ohio, was featured in an Oakland Press article announcing that he has decided to play for the Golden Grizzlies next season.

Kyle Sikora
Kyle Sikora, a top high school basketball recruit from the state of Florida, was featured in the Oakland Press after he announced his intentions to attend OU.

Student Engagement

Alumni Association Scholarships
The Rochester Citizen reported that the Oakland University Alumni Association has awarded a total of $57,000 in scholarships among 20 OU students for exhibiting a high level of academic achievement.

Geothermal Heat System
The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press Oakland Press and Rochester Post reported that Oakland University is getting a $2.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to install a geothermal heat pump system in its $62 million Human Health Building.

SHW Group Project
The Oakland Press reported on the SHW Group of Michigan, an architectural and engineering firm that recently completed work at Cooley Law School that involved creating an enhanced learning environment for students.  

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