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OU named Fulbright Association member
In October 2006, Oakland University became a Fulbright Association institutional member, joining the ranks of more than 165 institutions of higher education and internationally focused non-profit organizations dedicated to the promotion of international education.
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Violinist Regina Carter returns to alma mater
OU alumna and jazz violinist Regina Carter, CAS ’85, visited campus this past January to meet with students and faculty. A recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, an award known as a “genius grant,” Carter was in Michigan researching music therapy, which is the area she intends to explore with the grant funding.
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Oakland partners with Rochester Regional Chamber
Oakland University has established a new partnership with the Rochester Regional Chamber. The chamber provides leadership by advancing business development in partnership with civic, cultural and educational interests for the benefit of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township.
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NEI awards nearly $2 million for ophthalmic research
Frank Giblin, director of Oakland’s Eye Research Institute, has received a five-year National Eye Institute award of $1,945,898 for his research project Proteins of Normal and Cataractous Lenses. The primary goal of the research is to investigate the roles of oxygen and ultraviolet light in the formation of nuclear cataract, a clouding in the lens that forms in the very center of the tissue.
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Donors’ support helps OU create Islamic Studies minor
Through a gift from a coalition of Detroit area Muslim donors, Oakland University started a new minor in Islamic Studies in the winter 2007 semester. Imam Achmat Salie, who was recently hired as coordinator for Islamic Studies, will help develop and shape the minor in the coming year.
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Light up the field!
In October 2005, lights were installed on OU’s Upper Pioneer Field, enabling the intramural and club sports programs, along with other student organizations, to play at night. The addition of the lights lengthened the season for some of the outdoor sports and increased the times available for games.
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OU partners with Rochester’s Older Persons’ Commission
Oakland University and the Older Persons’ Commission in Rochester are formalizing a partnership to offer programming to seniors in the community. Lectures ranging from the latest research findings to popular culture will be presented monthly by Oakland faculty, nationally recognized scholars in their respective fields.
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Medical school on Oakland campus slated for 2010
Oakland University and Beaumont Hospitals announced that they have entered into a partnership to create a private allopathic medical school on OU’s campus. Slated to admit the charter class of students in 2010, the medical school is expected to provide a substantial economic boost for southeast Michigan and an answer to the looming physician shortages predicted for the nation and the state.
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OU, Waterford history program off to positive start
Working with professors from Oakland University’s Department of History, the Waterford School District is sending its teachers back to the classroom to learn about the American History topics they teach.
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Six students honored with Keeper of the Dream scholarships
Oakland University honored six students with scholarships during the 15th annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration. The students were recognized for their strong citizenship, scholarship and leadership in breaking down cultural stereotypes and promoting interracial understanding.
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Counseling students from OU and Botswana share experiences
Students and faculty from OU’s Department of Counseling were able to get up-close and personal with students and faculty at the University of Botswana. Through a video conference arranged by OU Counseling Chair Luellen Ramey and Jabulini Muchado from the University of Botswana, students were able to learn from each other during the transatlantic meeting.
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