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Capital Campaign Update
A year and a half into Oakland University’s first ever comprehensive campaign, “Innovation and Opportunity – The Campaign for OU,” steady progress has been made toward the campaign goal of $110 million to be raised by 2010 with $70.4 million in pledges and commitments as of September 20.
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OUAA board member establishes scholarship to promote student involvement
Adam Kochenderfer, CAS ‘02, knows the secret to the university’s character. “At the end of the day, the thing that makes OU special is the people — people who you can tell have a genuine sincerity for helping students grow, for helping them to get involved and not just sit in the back of the classroom,” he says. Kochenderfer, a former all-star OU student whose list of accomplishments includes OU Alumni Scholar and recipient of the Alfred G. Wilson Award for Outstanding Achievement, is committed to keeping that spirit alive.
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New options for IRA funds
Many Americans have more funds in their IRA accounts than they will ever be able to use. A new law has made it possible for the first time for IRA owners to make charitable contributions from their retirement savings by giving directly to charity.
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State’s first DNP degree made possible by W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Beginning in fall 2006, Oakland University’s School of Nursing (SON) will become the first university in Michigan to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, recently recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as the highest level of preparation for clinical nursing practice.
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Former trustee builds on decades of support with planned gift
Stephan Sharf has a long history with Oakland University. Since 1981 he has contributed his time and personal resources to help Oakland grow into the successful institution it is today. A current member of the President’s Campaign Council, Sharf served on the board of trustees from 1987 through 1994 and as a director for the OU Foundation from 1985 to 2005. A former executive vice president of manufacturing at Chrysler Corporation, Sharf was instrumental in bringing Chrysler’s headquarters to Auburn Hills.
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