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Oakland Center expands to meet student needs
Students returned to campus last fall to find ample room and more amenities in an expanded Oakland Center. The 30,000-square-foot addition features state-of-the-art student services representing OU’s commitment to enhancing its educational and social environment of campus. The facility, which opened Sept. 2, was dedicated in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 19.
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OU offers new academic degree programs
Following its central mission to provide a top-quality and challenging education, this fall OU introduced an MA in liberal studies (MALS), MS in adult/gerontological nurse practitioner, MS in nursing education and a BA in studio art.
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Publications recognize OU nationally
Thanks to the reputation it is gaining within the region and beyond, OU has been recognized by several national organizations. The Princeton Review named OU in its first edition of “The Best Midwestern Colleges, 150 Great Schools to Consider.” OU also is ranked one of the nation’s most underrated schools in the 2004 edition of “The Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges”.
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OU and City of Rochester announce partnership
OU and the City of Rochester announced a formal agreement to partner on a variety of reciprocal business and academic ventures during an official signing in downtown Rochester in mid-October. Oakland University President Gary Russi and Rochester Mayor Karen Lewis both signed the agreement and discussed details.
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New International Education Office established
To increase awareness of the numerous opportunities Oakland offers its students and faculty to study and teach abroad, the university has created an International Education Office. Directed by Associate Professor of Rhetoric Margaret Pigott, the office serves as a one-stop education center for students and promotes international teaching opportunities and exchanges for faculty.
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Meadow Brook Theatre under new leadership
Though under new leadership, patrons of Meadow Brook Theatre still can expect to find the same level of production quality as in years past. The nonprofit Meadow Brook Theatre Ensemble assumed management of the theatre last summer.
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Students to receive tuition increase rollback
In September, the OU Board of Trustees approved a proposal to take 100 percent of the $1.9 million recently restored to the university’s budget and give it back to students in the form of a tuition-increase rollback, added class sections, research support and financial aid. The measure will reduce Oakland’s previously approved tuition and fees increase by 1.4 percentage points, from 9.9 to 8.5 percent, beginning in the winter 2004 semester.
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Noted scientist discusses genomic future
OU welcomed Craig Venter, president of the Center for the Advancement of Genomics, for its first Varner Vitality Seminar Series in October. Venter is the former president and founder of Celera Genomics and has played a leading role in sequencing and analyzing the human genome. His accomplishments in decoding the genetic sequences of other organisms have provided important scientific insights.
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Nursing student completes Mayo Clinic externship
After completing a 10-week summer externship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., OU senior nursing major Jeri Raab is convinced she’s chosen the right field. She was assigned to work in a cardiovascular intervention unit, alongside Mayo Clinic nurses, with noncritical care patients who had undergone catheterizations and other similar procedures to ensure there were no complications following surgery. She was among the 159 student nurses accepted to the program out of the 750 who applied.
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