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President Russi speaks at Detroit Economic Club
Oakland University President Gary Russi delivered the 2004 State of the Public Universities address at Cobo Hall during the Detroit Economic Club Luncheon on Nov. 8. His speech, “The Michigan 15 as a Force for Economic Renewal,” was heard by an enthusiastic crowd of more than 700 Detroit Economic Club members.
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New VP for Finance and Administration
John Beaghan joined OU as the new vice president for Finance and Administration and treasurer to the Board of Trustees on April 12. In his position, he also will serve as chief financial officer to the Oakland University Foundation and oversee the university’s day-to-day financial operations, human resources, police, purchasing and risk management, business services, and the Golf and Learning Center.
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Athletics programs make the grade
Oakland University’s athletics programs successfully completed the NCAA Division I certification process in March. The certification’s purpose is to ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics programs and to help institutions improve their athletics department.
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Serving in Iraq, remembering home
As host coordinator at Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School in Pontiac, Philip Willis has worked with a lot of OU education students. Willis took an OU banner along with him when he was sent to Iraq with his Army Reserves Unit last November.
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OU, OCC partner for nursing program
A new agreement between Oakland University’s School of Nursing and Oakland Community College (OCC) promises to make higher education more accessible to local students. Graduates of OCC’s nursing program can now complete OU’s Registered Nurse to Master of Science Clinical Nurse Specialist program on OCC’s Highland Lakes campus.
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Oakland enrollment still on the rise
OU’s student enrollment for fall 2004 was 16,902, a 2 percent increase over the previous fall. That increase continues a trend of record enrollments for the fall semester.
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New Dean for School of Business Administration
Jonathan Silberman has been named dean of the School of Business Administration (SBA) and will assume his new position on July 1. Silberman comes to OU from Arizona State University (ASU), West Campus in Phoenix, where he is professor of economics and was the founding dean of ASU-West’s School of Global Leadership and Management.
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Work under way at Meadow Brook Hall
Last June, the Matilda R. Wilson Fund donated an unprecedented $7 million for critical repairs and restorations at Meadow Brook Hall. Planning and analysis began almost immediately to determine which areas of the house needed attention first. Three priorities were identified as needing immediate attention: portions of the roof, including the gutter system, which was leaking in places and already had damaged portions of the hall’s interior; the aging heating system; and the basement refrigeration unit.
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Remembering holocaust survivors and heroes
Sixty years after the liberation of Auschwitz, Oakland University sponsored "Remembering So We Won’t Forget," a series of six events held from mid-March to mid-April that paid tribute to the survivors and heroes of the holocaust.
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School partners with WSU on new pharmacy program
Experts are predicting a shortfall of pharmacists that could reach more than 150,000 by the year 2010. The School of Health Sciences is responding to this health care challenge with an innovative new partnership with Wayne State University (WSU). Starting this fall, OU pharmacy students can enroll in the new pre-pharmacy program and begin earning a bachelor’s degree in health sciences while preparing for the transition into the PharmD program at WSU’s nationally accredited Doctorate of Pharmacy program.
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Exhibit promotes peace and understanding
"Hello, Dear Enemy! Books on Tolerance and Peace," a traveling exhibit featuring 55 book titles and picture posters from 19 countries, found a home at OU’s Carlotta and Dennis Pawley Hall during this past fall and winter semesters. The exhibit’s primary goal is to promote world peace and understanding between nations and cultures. It was on loan from the National Youth Library in Munich, Germany, and is touring throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
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Coretta Scott King keynotes at scholarship banquet
Coretta Scott King highlighted her husband’s achievements in her keynote address at the 2005 Keeper of the Dream Awards Banquet on Feb. 17 at Oakland University. The event honors the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recognizes award recipients. The Keeper of the Dream scholarships recognize OU students who have contributed to interracial understanding and goodwill while demonstrating academic achievement, a clear career focus and academic persistence.
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Cyber Link to the Links
Need a few putting tips? Or maybe you’re interested in an upcoming golf outing at one of Oakland’s world-class golf courses? It’s all just a key stroke away. OU’s Golf and Learning Center’s new Web site is full of information about the university’s two courses.
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OU students take advantage of MCC partnership
Through unique partnerships in Macomb County, students can earn an Oakland University degree at Macomb Community College. This partnership provides Macomb County residents the opportunity to participate in OU academic programs by completing instruction for their bachelor’s degree right in the county where they live or work.
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Frank Giblin named Eye Institute director
Frank Giblin recently was named director of the Oakland University Eye Research Institute after serving as the interim director since 2002. A member of the ERI research team since 1974, Giblin has obtained research grants and awards in excess of $6.4 million from institutions that include the National Eye Institute, Alcon Laboratories Inc., the American Health Assistance Foundation, Shojin Research Associates and Oakland University.
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A Stroll Downtown
Oakland University’s bond with the City of Rochester continued to grow during the holiday season as OU participated in a number of events hosted by Rochester. Oakland University’s cheerleaders, dance team, mascot and some sorority members took part in the 53rd annual Hometown Christmas Parade in downtown Rochester on Dec. 5.
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