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Support from alumni and friends is key to the success of Oakland University's School of Business Administration – and the success of its students. With your involvement, insight, talents and treasures, our business school can continue to bring minds together to address these needs while partnering with business to transform our economy.
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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:

Thank You

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


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Robert T. Martin
"Giving is important to me in order to improve facilities and programs which, in turn, provide opportunities to students that have lifelong benefits. Those that gave when I was a student certainly helped me and it is now my pleasure to 'pay it forward.'"

Robert T. Martin, SBA '80, President Interior Systems Contract Group (iscg)

Raymond Gunn
"Our lives are enriched by the people we meet and the experiences with these people. At Oakland University, as a developing young person, I was surrounded by exciting, curious, thoughtful, passionate, insightful, positively influential students, professors, administrators, athletes, artists, activists, and others that shared my out look, but most importantly many that challenged and stretched my thinking in the healthiest ways. The education I received in the classroom and through these people at OU has allowed me to reach beyond my grasp in ways that prior to my OU experience I would have never thought possible. I am an active Alumnus as a Board of Visitor with the School of Business at OU because I am committed to doing whatever I can to allow those in my earlier shoes to have the experience that changed my life. My only regret at this point is that I cannot do more."

Raymond Gunn, BS Management, Managing Partner Wingspan Capital Partners, LLC

John Tower
"A key goal for the future of Michigan is the development and retention of our young people. Oakland and the SBA are important resources in keeping our young folks here. Anything I can contribute to reduce the cost of an SBA education furthers this important goal. I should note, of course, that these young folks also are essential in providing services during my sunset years."

John Tower, Professor Emeritus and Honorary Alumnus of OU



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James Shermetaro
Senior
General Management


Hometown:
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."


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For more information about how you can help support the Oakland University School of Business Administration please contact:

Michael Silverstein
Director of Development
(248) 370-2121
silverst@oakland.edu

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