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Campus serves as starting, stopping point for Brooksie Way
Runners wove their way through the grounds of Oakland University Oct. 5 during the inaugural Brooksie Way Half Marathon and 5K Race/Walk. The races began on campus and concluded at Meadow Brook Hall.
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Distinguished Volunteers philanthropy award
Susan Davies Goepp, vice president for University Relations and executive director of the OU Foundation, was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the 2008 recipient of the Outstanding Fundraising Executive award at the 23rd annual National Philanthropy Day banquet on Nov. 13.
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Human health building receives funding
Oakland University will be receiving state funding for a new Human Health Building, thanks to the capital outlay bill passed by the Michigan legislature and recently signed into law by Governor Jennifer Granholm. The measure, part of an initiative to address funding projects for state university and community college campuses, will provide $40 million of the $61 million total cost of the building.
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Expansion into Macomb County
Oakland University officials recently announced a major expansion of the university’s presence in Macomb County that includes the intent to create an innovative satellite campus, and significant outreach and community engagement efforts. This initiative builds on the strong foundation of partnerships in the region with Macomb Community College, the Macomb University Center and the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD).
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Cooley partnership enhanced
Building on an already successful partnership, OU officials announced this September that the Thomas M. Cooley Law School-Auburn Hills campus has become the exclusive educational law school of Oakland, and that Oakland University is now the exclusive education partner university of Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus.
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Widespread campus improvements in the works
Oakland University is investing in an enhanced learning environment for OU students. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously last spring to direct most of its $4.8 million delayed state appropriations payment into upgrades, renovations and technological improvements for OUs classrooms, laboratories and common areas.
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Albright speaks at OU
Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. Secretary of State, spoke at Oakland University’s Center for Student Activities this past October.
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Otto named vice president for Outreach
After more than 13 years as dean of the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS), Mary Otto has left the school to lead Oakland University in its expansion into Macomb County and other areas as Vice President for Outreach.
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Students honored for academic excellence, service
Recent graduates Nicole Piggott, SHS ‘07, and Christopher Fecek, CAS ‘08, made academic excellence, athletic achievement and community service their priorities while attending OU. Now Piggott and Fecek are the 2008 winners of one of Oakland’s most prestigious honors: the Matilda R. and Alfred G. Wilson Awards.
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MichBio holds life science career day at OU
MichBio, a nonprofit trade association for Michigan’s bioscience industry, held a life science career day for high school students this November at Oakland University. The program was held in conjunction with MichBio’s 2008 Expo and Conference at the Rock Financial ShowPlace in Novi, Mich. Oakland University served as an event sponsor.
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New department focuses on written communication skills
In recognition of the increasing importance of written communication in the workplace and the community, Oakland University has introduced a new writing and rhetoric department in its College of Arts and Sciences. The department, which was launched this fall semester, is part of an effort to strengthen the writing skills of OU graduates in all disciplines, says Writing and Rhetoric Department Chair Marshall Kitchens.
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Glover to speak at 2009 Keeper of the Dream celebration
Actor, producer and human-rights activist Danny Glover will speak this winter at Oakland University’s 17th Annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration and Luncheon. This year’s program, set for 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19, will be held in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms.
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A salute to nursing excellence
Oakland University’s School of Nursing (SON) recognized excellence in the nursing community last May during its 20th annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing® ceremony. The program honored nine award recipients and nine runners up.
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New degree programs in Japanese, electrical and computer engineering
Oakland University now offers a bachelor of arts degree in Japanese and a doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering.
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Oakland, Wayne State University collaborate on admission program
A new partnership between Oakland University and Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will give OU students an opportunity to earn an undergraduate Health Sciences degree from OU and a graduate Physician Assistant Studies degree from WSU.
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A library for the future
Kresge Library continues its transformation into a library of the future. The library offers more digital collections and online services, including instant message consultations with staff and wireless Internet access. The library also offers one-on-one research consultant services to OU students, faculty and staff.
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OU receives federal funds for violence prevention initiatives
The Oakland University Police Department (OUPD) has earned a $423,999 grant from the United States Department of Education for development and implementation of forthcoming violence prevention initiatives.
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