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Professor earns one of dance world's top honors
Assistant Professor of Dance Laurie Eisenhower received ArtServe Michigan's highest honor Nov. 10 during a gala at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. The Governor's Awards are presented to individuals and organizations that have been recognized as invaluable assets to the arts and cultural community.

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Volunteer's enthusiasm spreads to others
Steven Samet has been named a Distinguished Volunteer by Oakland University. The honor included an invitation to the 12th annual National Philanthropy Day celebration presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)-Greater Detroit Chapter Nov. 13. Every year, the AFP gives southeast Michigan organizations the opportunity to recognize excellence with Distinguished Volunteer awards.

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EMBA targets health care providers
Doctors, nurses and hospital administrators are gaining insight into health care management through Oakland's Executive MBA in Health Care Management (EMBA-HCM), which recently launched its third cohort of students.

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Research program opens eyes
Say the word “researcher” and a thousand definitions spring to mind. For students who never spent time in a research lab or handling a theoretical problem, the “r” word can seem somewhat nebulous. That’s why SECS created UnCore, the Undergraduate Computer Research program.

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Grants help SECS research take flight
When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Assistant Engineering Professor Daniel Aloi a five-year cooperative agreement ($300,000 per year) to assist in the development of a satellite-based landing system, it introduced a new era at Oakland University.

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Volunteers honored for dedication to program
Opal Redman and Bill Richardson have been named Distinguished Volunteers by Oakland University and were honored along with Steven Samet at the 12th annual National Philanthropy Day in mid-November.

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Lowry Center receives Open Hands of Hope Award
Oakland's Lowry Early Childhood Education Center was one of the first organizations to receive the Open Hands of Hope Award from the International Rett Syndrome Association’s Michigan Chapter. The award recognizes people and organizations that have had a significant impact on lives touched by Rett Syndrome, a developmental disorder that begins in early infancy.

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SHS Dean Ron Olson retiring
Ron Olson, OU’s first dean of the School of Health Sciences, arrived at Oakland from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1987 to lead the SHS through its evolution from a center into the present-day school. Today, the SHS offers several bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Olson, who plans to retire next year, has been spending his final months with the university tackling a new challenge. Effective Oct. 6, Olson agreed to temporarily serve as interim vice provost for research.

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Nursing professor to direct health department
Nursing Professor Anahid Kulwicki recently was appointed director of the Wayne County Public Health Department by Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.

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College may introduce visiting scholar program
Honors College leaders are developing plans to enhance the program's residential component by introducing a scholar-in-residence program. Since September, HC students have been encouraged to live in Vandenberg Hall as part of the new Scholars Tower and Residential Honors College Community. The visiting-scholar program builds upon that by inviting a visiting professor to live in a suite at Vandenberg during the semester or at least for one or two months of his/her tenure.

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