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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during August 2012.

The Oakland Press reported on the Macomb-OU INCubator's opening of a new idea hub. The "I-Hub" aims to stimulate business success by providing a place to foster the exchange of business insights, perspectives and resources between entrepreneurs. Additionally, the Oakland Press reported on the incubator's launch of a new initiative as part of the OU Lean Diversification Program. OU INC was also referenced in a Detroit Free Press article on the emergence of several smaller business incubators that have opened in Detroit in recent years.

Medical Main Street
The Detroit News reported on Medical Main Street, a unique alliance of universities, heath care institutions and life science companies designed to spur investment in the region. Oakland University participates in this initiative, which was launched in 2008.

Crittenton Professorship
The Oakland Press reported on a $2 million gift from the Crittenton Foundation to the School of Nursing to support the advancement of professional nursing practice and research.

Community Engagement

Sharf Donation
The Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch reported on the $21 million gift made to the university by longtime supporter Stephan Sharf. The gift is among the largest charitable donations made in the U.S. this year and the largest in Michigan.

Michigan School for the Arts
The Oakland Press reported on the Michigan School for the Arts, a public, tuition-free charter school authorized by Oakland University, which is slated to open this fall.

Inspired Faculty and Staff

Gary Russi
President Gary Russi was quoted in the Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch regarding the Second Midwest Conference on Stem Cell Biology and Therapy to be held at OU this October. In addition, he was quoted in the Patch regarding the $21 million donation made by longtime university supporter Stephan Sharf and authored an editorial in the Detroit News on the university's efforts to help students focus on the finish line.

Scott Kunselman and Dennis Pawley
The Oakland Press, Macomb Daily, Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch and Detroit Free Press reported on the Gov. Rick Snyder's appointment of Scott Kunselman and Dennis Pawley to the university's Board of Trustees.

Barbara Penprase
Barbara Penprase, associate professor of Nursing, was featured in the Oakland Press after being appointed the inaugural Crittenton Endowed Professor with her focus on developing research supporting a Relationship Based Care Model.

Ken Hightower
Ken Hightower, dean of the School of Health Sciences, was featured in the Detroit News after his photo of the sculpture "Harmony" gained recognition in the sixth annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest.

David Dulio
David Dulio, professor of political science, was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding the nation's increasingly rancorous political climate.

Greg Kampe
Men's basketball coach Greg Kampe was quoted in the Oakland Press and CBS Detroit.com regarding his participation in a 30-day fast in support of Coaches vs. Cancer.

Julie Gustafson
Julie Gustafson, executive director the Macomb-OU INCubator, was featured in an Oakland Press article regarding the incubator's newly launched I-Hub.

Jennifer Vonk
Psychology professor Jennifer Vonk was quoted in Science News magazine regarding her research on the cognitive abilities of black bears.

Campus Events

PGA Championship
The Detroit News reported that Katke-Cousins and R&S Sharf golf courses will host this year's Michigan PGA Championship.

Stem Cell Research Conference
The Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch reported on the Second Midwest Conference on Stem Cell Biology and Therapy to be held at OU this October.

Brick and Mortar Exhibit
The Oakland Press reported on the "Brick and Mortar" art exhibit on display at Meadow Brook Hall. The showcase spotlights the work of seven Detroit-based artists.

Ugly Duckling Musical
The Oakland Press reported on a rendition of The Ugly Duckling to be performed at Meadow Brook Hall.

Film Camp
MyFoxDetroit.com and the Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch reported on the annual OUCARES film camp for children with autism led by actor/director Joey Travolta.

Tornado Movie
The Detroit Auto Scene, Oakland Press and Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch reported on "Black Sky," a Warner Brothers film that is being shot at several Michigan locations, including Oakland University's campus.

Remarkable Students and Alumni

Reggie Hamilton
Former men's basketball standout Reggie Hamilton was featured in the Oakland Press after signing a contract to play professionally in Italy.

David Merkle and Billy Balent
OU hockey players David Merkle and Billy Balent were featured in the Oakland Press regarding their involvement in Pure as Pond Ice, a program that provides hockey associations with volunteers and services to create healthier communities both on and off the ice.


Parasites and Global Warming
The Press-Free Enterprise reported on research conducted by scientists from OU and the University of South Florida showing that parasites may benefit from a warmer planet.

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