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Former trustee builds on decades of support with planned gift
Stephan Sharf has a long history with Oakland University. Since 1981 he has contributed his time and personal resources to help Oakland grow into the successful institution it is today. A lifetime President’s Club member, Sharf served on the board of trustees from 1987 through 1994 and as a director for the OU Foundation from 1985 to 2005. He currently serves on the President’s Campaign Council.
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What is a charitable gift annuity?
A donor invests an amount in a charitable gift annuity, and his/her designated beneficiary, which could be her/himself or a loved one, receives a fixed income from the annuity for life. 
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Donors honor son’s memory with student award
Fourteen years ago Brad Glass, 18, a freshman at Oakland University, was just beginning his college career and deciding his major. Then on a trip to Indiana to retrieve a friend’s car he was involved in a fatal auto accident. Since that tragedy, his father Michael, CAS ’69, and stepmother Susan, have committed themselves to helping other young students.
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Scholarship targets students with entrepreneurial spirit
Lynn Jacob, SBA ’81, who opened his Associated Packaging Inc. business in 1978, offers advice to those who dream of starting their own business. “Go with your gut hunches and never wonder what would have happened ‘if’, because when you’re 75 or 80 years old looking in the mirror, it’s too late.”
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New nursing degree made possible by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Beginning in fall 2006, Oakland University’s School of Nursing will become the first university in Michigan to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, recently recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as the highest level of preparation for clinical nursing practice.
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OUAA board member establishes scholarship to promote student involvement
Adam Kochenderfer, CAS ’02, knows the secret to the university’s character. “At the end of the day, the thing that makes OU special is the people — people who you can tell have a genuine sincerity for helping students grow, for helping them to get involved and not just sit in the back of the classroom,” he says.
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Bequest from alumnus provides scholarship support for SON students
After Gary Cook, SON ’73, lost his mother, he wanted to do something to honor her in the way that most reflected how she lived. And since nursing was so much a part of his mother’s life, Cook has generously made a planned gift to the School of Nursing on her behalf. His bequest will establish the Alice Halowcheck Cook Endowed Fund, which will provide scholarships for nursing students.
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Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan supports five areas of campus
Oakland University has received five grants totaling $63,429 from the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan. Grants were awarded to Kresge Library, the School of Business Administration, the Lowry Center, Jack’s Place for Autism at OU and the School of Nursing.
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Merck Company Foundation providing research opportunities for undergraduates
Oakland University was among 15 universities in 2005 to be awarded a $60,000 grant to support undergraduate research. The grant, made by Merck and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is for joint use by the biology and chemistry departments to provide students with stipends while they conduct interdisciplinary research in the subjects.
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One gift, many rewards
How can two people support scholarships, bring film director Spike Lee to the Oakland University campus, open people’s minds at the Far Field Writer’s Retreat and put liberal arts on the map, all with one gift?
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