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Your gift to Oakland University's business school impacts students, the local economy and the university in ways you may never have imagined. You might find it even impacts your own life in new and enriching ways. Read the stories below to learn about lives transformed through giving:
We are extremely grateful for the generous support of the many individuals and corporations supporting the School of Business Administration at Oakland University.
The business school is dedicated to creating a dynamic intellectual and social environment for our next generation of business leaders. Through partnerships with alumni, friends and various businesses, we are creating an outstanding global curriculum, recruiting and retaining expert faculty and providing student scholarships, learning opportunities that are second to none. Our priorities include:
- Need and merit based student scholarships
- Faculty fellowships
- Undergraduate and graduate program needs, such as ACHIEVE and SCHOLARS
- International exchange and travel
Rochester Hills, Mich.
What do you like best about your major or area of study?
I love business. I enjoy learning about how companies came up with their business idea and how they remain successful. I also enjoy working with a team to find and develop new ideas.
What are your career plans?
I currently own my own marketing agency, which I would like to continue to grow and develop into a consulting firm. Additionally, I would like to remain with my current employer as a sales and marketing associate.
How does OU prepare you for this career?
My classes at OU helped me develop my own company. As I continue to learn more, I can put that knowledge back into my business. My professors have helped me by being understanding, helping me with my schedule so I can continue working full time.
How are you funding your education?
Working both prior to and throughout my college career at various jobs funded much of my education. I received the Jacobs Scholarship for the Fall 2012 semester. The scholarship allowed me to focus more on schoolwork.
What student organizations or sports are you involved in?
I play IM outdoor and indoor soccer at the rec center. As for organizations, I am the treasurer for the American Marketing Association, I was the president of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) from 2012 to 2013, and was the marketing director for Oakland University Student Congress (OUSC) from 2011 to 2012.
What makes OU special?
OU is special because even though there are more than 20,000 students, you are still seen as an individual. Professors, deans, and pretty much everyone on campus is willing to help students
Do you have other family members who have attended OU?
Both my parents attended OU. Then my two older sisters attend, and now my younger brother does. So just about everyone in my family!
Have alumni played a part in your education or influenced you during your time here?
I would say my parents have as alumni. They are very proud of Oakland and all it helped them achieve in their lives, which resulted in them pushing us to take advantage of everything OU had to offer.
What is the most memorable thing you have done at OU?
I was the first marketing director for OUSC. Developing the position with the goal of getting the word out about OUSC’s events helped the organization greatly. Seeing the position grow each year has been rewarding.
"Your gift matters to me because it allows Oakland to grow, which helps me grow even more as an individual."