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2014 Winter Homecoming Honorary Chairs
The Honorable Ruth A. Johnson, SEHS '77, Michigan Secretary of State
Michael Klieman, BGS '83, vice president, Wiegand Mack Sales & Service

Get your OU gear from the Barnes and Noble at Oakland University Bookstore
Hours: January 24, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; January 25, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A 10 percent discount on clothing, gifts and general reading books will be available for alumni.

All events are free unless otherwise noted.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014
Table-gating
Oakland Center
Noon - 1 p.m.
Come visit the kick off table in the main hallway of the Oakland Center to promote OU’s Winter Homecoming events. Schedules and goodies will be available. Contact the Center for Student Activities at (248) 370-4200 or csa@oakland.edu for more information.

The Body Metonymic: International Contemporary Sculpture
OU Art Gallery
208 Wilson Hall
Noon - 5 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m.
The Body Metonymic is an exhibition of contemporary sculpture by twelve international artists, including David Altmejd, Chris Jones, Folkert de Jong, Martha Mysko, Lonnie Holley, Fabienne Lasserre, Martin McMurray, Matthew Monahan, Michelle Segre, Shinique Smith, William Stone, and Johannes VanDerBeek.  The exhibit will run through March 30.  Visit ouartgallery.org for more information and ticket prices.

Meadow Brook Hall Tour
Meadow Brook Hall
1:30 p.m.
Enjoy the timeless splendor of Meadow Brook Hall as you take a guided tour through the “home” of OU. Purchase tickets upon arrival. Contact Meadow Brook Hall at (248) 364-6200 or meadowbrookhall.org for more information.

Free for OU students
$5 for student family & friends
$5 for alumni and alumni family & friends


Alumni Welcome Reception
Meadow Brook Hall
5 - 8 p.m.
Kick off homecoming weekend with an elegant reception at Meadow Brook Hall. Enjoy tours of The Hall, appetizers and a cash bar. There is no charge to attend the reception, though registration is required. Please RSVP by January 17. This event is free, but space is limited, so click here to register now.  Attire for this adult reception is business casual. Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (248) 364-6130, or online at ouaa@oakland.edu for more information. 

2014 Hollie L. Lepley Hall of Honor Ceremony
Centerpoint Marriott
6:30 p.m. reception
7:30 p.m. dinner and program
Oakland University Athletics will host its annual Hollie L. Lepley Hall of Honor as part of the Homecoming festivities. In celebration of its 50th year of athletics, OU will be inviting past student-athletes to be recognized, as well as inducting five former student-athletes: Raffi Karapetian (men's swimming), Kristie Kieffer Slowke (women's cross country), Yoav Ritter (men's swimming), Jason Perry (men's soccer) and Danielle Ward (women's swimming). For more information and to purchase a ticket, please contact Jenny Swiatowy at (248) 370-2669 or swiatowy@oakland.edu

Grizz and students in front of statue Friday Night Live Comedy Show
Vandenberg Hall, Cafeteria
7 - 8 p.m.
Come enjoy Friday Night Live, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, featuring comedian and juggler Bryson Lang. His act combines technical juggling skills with original comedy to make it a unique and unforgettable experience that you do not want to miss. Email RHA4OU@gmail.com for more information.

Harris Cashes Out
Meadow Brook Theatre
8 p.m.
Forty years ago, composer/lyricist Harris Wellborn wrote an off-Broadway musical that closed after one performance. We find the now elderly tunesmith down on his luck, living in a run-down apartment building dependent on the charity of his domineering sister. His life takes a hilarious turn when he’s thrown together with the flaky young woman who lives down the hall and her scheming boyfriend, who comes up with a devious plan to cash in on Harris’ past. Ticket prices vary, and discounts are available. See mbtheatre.com for full details or call Meadow Brook Theatre at (248) 377-3300.

Rec Fest: ‘70s-themed Indoor Roller Rink
Oakland Center Banquet Rooms
8 p.m. - midnight
You’ll have a groovy time skating to old-school tunes under the disco ball in the transformed banquet rooms. Skates will be provided or bring your own. Contact the Center for Student Activities at 248-370-4200 or csa@oakland.edu for more information.



SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014
Tent-gating Party presented by the OU Student Congress
Parking Lot P-16
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
This is tailgating the OU way. Join us for our annual Homecoming "tent-gating" party under a large, heated pavilion tent in parking lot P-16 across from the O'rena. Enjoy a variety of tailgate foods, a competitive water pong game and special OU giveaways to the first 1,000 people. Mix and mingle with your dean and other university leaders.  Traditional tailgating will be available in parking spots adjacent to the tent.

OU Construction Tour
Bus tour leaving from parking lot P-16
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Participate in tours on the half hour that meet in the circle drive in front of the O’rena. Contact the Center for Student Activities at (248) 370-4200 or csa@oakland.edu for more information.

Grizz Gang Car Smash
Parking Lot P-16
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Join Grizz Gang members as they celebrate Homecoming with their annual Guard the Grizz Car Smash, located adjacent to the tailgate tent in parking lot P-16. Come smash a car covered in UIC’s colors. For more information, contact Alexandria Jones at (810) 335-0787 or amjones3@oakland.edu.

Center for Multicultural Initiatives and Black Alumni Chapter Social
Oakland Center Gold Rooms
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Members and friends of the Black Alumni Chapter of the Oakland University Alumni Association are invited to participate in this social event to reconnect with one another while enjoying the numerous Homecoming activities on campus. For more details or to register, please email the Center for Multicultural Initiatives at cmi@oakland.edu.

OUAA Family Festival
Recreation Center, Lower Level
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
This family-friendly event is an annual favorite for alumni and their families. Enjoy inflatable attractions like the bounce house and bungee run, face painting, music, lunch and more. Spread throughout the lower level of the Recreation Center, this event is free to attend, and registration is not required. Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (248) 364-6130, ouaa@oakland.edu or oualumni.com for more information.

Meadow Brook Hall Tours
Meadow Brook Hall
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy the timeless splendor of Meadow Brook Hall as you take a guided tour through the “home” of OU. Tours run hourly between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Purchase tickets upon arrival. Contact Meadow Brook Hall at (248) 364-6200 or meadowbrookhall.org for more information.

Free for OU students
$5 for student family & friends
$5 for alumni and alumni family & friends


The Body Metonymic: International Contemporary Sculpture
OU Art Gallery
208 Wilson Hall
Noon - 7:30 p.m.
The Body Metonymic is an exhibition of contemporary sculpture by twelve international artists, including David Altmejd, Chris Jones, Folkert de Jong, Martha Mysko, Lonnie Holley, Fabienne Lasserre, Martin McMurray, Matthew Monahan, Michelle Segre, Shinique Smith, William Stone, and Johannes VanDerBeek.  The exhibit will run through March 30.  Visit ouartgallery.org for more information and ticket prices.

OU Swimming and Diving Competition
Natatorium
1 p.m.
Cheer on the OU swimming and diving team as they take on both conference foe Cleveland State and Xavier for this special Homecoming meet. Tickets are $5, general admission. Call (248) 370-4000 or visit ougrizzlies.com to purchase tickets and for more information.

Piston's Drumline Performance and Parade to the O'rena

Parking Lot P-16
1:15 p.m.
Enjoy an exclusive performance by the Piston's Drumline to close out the Tent-gating Party.  Then, follow the drumline as they parade across campus and into the O'rena to get set to watch the men's basketball team take on the University of Illinois Chicago.

Guy Louis Family Concert
Meadow Brook Theatre
1 p.m.
Back by popular demand with an all new show. This is an audience-participation, musical adventure for young people of all ages. Grandparents to toddlers and everyone in between will delight in a fast-paced musical celebration. Tickets are $10 each and are available online at mbtheatre.com or by calling Meadow Brook Theatre at (248) 377-3300.


Men’s Basketball Game with Halftime Mitten Toss
O'rena
2 p.m.
Join us for the first Horizon League Homecoming game against conference foe University of Illinois at Chicago. To Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Oakland Athletics the team will be wearing "Throwback" jerseys. Join in on the fun and help us celebrate by wearing your vintage Oakland gear. Don't have any vintage gear? Remember black and gold never fades! Call the OU Athletics ticket office at (248) 370-4000 or visit ougrizzlies.com for ticket prices and availability. Also, don't forget to bring your new or gently used mittens for the halftime mitten toss to benefit local shelters.

Grizzly Gatherings
Various locations, on and off campus
4 - 7 p.m.
Enjoy dinner with friends and family at any of the following locations offering special meals and deals for OU fans.
Local restaurants will offer discounts for Grizzlies fans, including:

  • bd's Mongolian Grill in Auburn Hills - 25% off total bill
  • Buddy's Pizza in Auburn Hills - $3 off large pizza or 15% off food
  • DiBellas Subs in Auburn Hills - 10% off total bill
  • Red Ox in Auburn Hills - 20% off total bill
  • Vandenberg Hall - offering a special priced Homecoming menu

Casino Night presented by the Student Program Board and University Housing
Oakland Center
7 p.m. - midnight
Everyone feels like a high roller on Casino Night! This year’s Great Gatsby theme amps up the festive mood of the fun-filled evening of poker, gambling games, food, prizes and special performances. We encourage casino-goers to dress like Gatsby, Daisy and their pals of the roaring ‘20s. Only registered students can win prizes, but the event is free and open to all. For more information, contact Brittany Hall at blhall@oakland.edu or (248) 370-4295.


SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2014
Meadow Brook Hall Tours
Meadow Brook Hall
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy the timeless splendor of Meadow Brook Hall as you take a guided tour through the “home” of OU. Tours run hourly between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Purchase tickets upon arrival. Contact Meadow Brook Hall at (248) 364-6200 or meadowbrookhall.org for more information.

Free for OU students
$5 for student family & friends
$5 for alumni and alumni family & friends


Harris Cashes Out
Meadow Brook Theatre
2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Forty years ago, composer/lyricist Harris Wellborn wrote an off-Broadway musical that closed after one performance. We find the now elderly tunesmith down on his luck, living in a run-down apartment building dependent on the charity of his domineering sister. His life takes a hilarious turn when he’s thrown together with the flaky young woman who lives down the hall and her scheming boyfriend, who comes up with a devious plan to cash in on Harris’ past. Ticket prices vary, and discounts are available. See mbtheatre.com for full details or call Meadow Brook Theatre at (248) 377-3300.


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