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Campaign Concludes One Year Early

In April 2009, Oakland University proudly announced that it reached its campaign goal of $110 million by raising $111.8 million one year ahead of schedule. For a young institution of 52 years, it was a historic accomplishment.

At a gala celebration held for donors and alumni, Susan Davies Goepp, vice president for University Relations, told the audience, “Thank you for your tremendous demonstration of faith in the possibilities of what this campaign can mean not only for Oakland students and faculty, but for society as a whole.”

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Scholarships put students on life-changing paths overseas

For Oakland University Honors College students, the opportunity to study abroad brings with it the chance not only to see the world, but to find their true potential. Thanks to the support of Donna and Walt Young, more students than ever are taking their studies overseas for semesters of intense learning, exploration and discovery.

The Youngs provided their scholarship support in the hopes of “helping build overall character and learning how to operate in the world we now live in,” says Walt Young. “In our small way, we hope to further add to OU students’ education so that they can be ever more successful in business and in their own lives.”

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Donor helps open door on medical school and a better tomorrow

For Ann Nicholson, her support of the new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine is a way of supporting a better tomorrow for the people of Michigan. When the school opens its doors, it will welcome students who are intent on pursuing the skills and experience necessary to bring good health and exceptional care to people throughout the state.

The school also will provide an infusion of dollars and jobs into southeastern Michigan, improving the economic health of the region. “This medical school will be a wonderful addition to the region at a time when we need new and different ideas for helping this area,” says Nicholson, an Oakland University trustee and one of the co-chairs for OU’s recently completed comprehensive campaign. “The fact that it’s right in our backyard is a plus. It’s going to mean better health care for our community.”

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Two cultures connect through OU Study Abroad Program

This summer 16 students will make themselves at home in one of the most historically rich and culturally vibrant countries in the world. As the first group to travel to Israel as part of Oakland University’s emerging Judaic Studies program, these students will not only have the opportunity to study about Israel first-hand, but also teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to Israeli sixth graders. More importantly, the program will immerse the students in the country’s culture, encourage students to form meaningful, lasting relationships and promote better understanding between the two nations.   

The program, made possible with gifts totaling $84,000 from the Nora and Guy Barron Millennium Fund and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, enables the students to study at Max Stern Academic College of EmekYezreel in Israel. A four-credit course, “Israel and the Middle East” is offered, as well as Hebrew instruction and, in some cases, independent study. When not studying or teaching ESL, the students will visit historical and cultural sites, participate in an archeological dig and travel by camel through the desert.

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