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It is my pleasure to welcome our new and returning Presidential Scholars to the 2013-2014 academic year at Oakland University. As a Presidential Scholar, you exemplify a superior level of academic excellence and service, and we are pleased to have you as a member of the OU community.

I encourage you to become actively involved in our diverse campus life by taking full advantage of the many exciting learning opportunities available to you as an Oakland University student. I want you to know that our faculty and staff are here to ensure your success.

I extend to you my very best wishes for a very successful and rewarding year, and I look forward to meeting you soon.

Betty J. Youngblood
Interim President
CRITERIA
SERVICE
COMPONENT
CONTACTS

High school GPA of 3.90 or greater on a 4.0 scale and an ACT composite score of 31 or greater.

Renewal Criteria
  • Maintain a cumulative university grade point of 3.00
  • Remain at full-time status during both fall and winter semesters for which you receive the scholarship (12 credits or more per semester)
  • Complete all credits for which you are enrolled as full-time during the prior academic year
  • Meet the requirements of the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy


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If you choose to participate and complete your service component, you will receive a special Presidential Scholar Medallion to wear at your commencement ceremony. This is completely voluntary, but we hope that you will participate. In order to be eligible for this special honor, see below.

Scholars entering prior to 2012
  • 1st year (1 Service Activity)
  • 2nd, 3rd, & 4th years (2 Service Activities per year)
*As an alternative you may choose to follow the criteria for 2012 Scholars.

2012-2014 Scholars

1st Year - "Making the OU Connection" (choose 1 services activity)
  • Attend Oakland University Student Congress (OUSC) Meeting
    • Time: (Every Monday at 4:00 p.m. in the Oakland Room)
    • Contact: Brandon Hanna, OUSC President at bhanna@oakland.edu
  • Attend Residence Halls Association (RHA) Meeting
    • Time: Every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in Vandenberg Lounge, Vandenberg Hall
    • Contact: RHA Executive Board, rha4ou@gmail.com
  • Assist with Go for the Gold (9 a.m.–2 p.m.)
  • High  school  and  transfer students (and their families) will meet OU faculty, staff and students, and attend interactive sessions about potential majors and career areas. 
    • Saturday, October 12, 2013
    • Saturday, March 22, 2014
    • Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644
  • Assist with Education and Human Services Academic Visit Day (Education and Human Services or Secondary Education Majors only)
    • When: November 16, 2013 - 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Oakland Center and Pawley Hall
    • Register
    • Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

  • Assist with Engineering and Computer Science Academic Visit Day (Engineering and Computer Science majors only)
    • When: February 1, 2014 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Oakland Center and DHE/SEB/Hannah
    • Register
    • Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644
  • Assist at a Welcome Receptions (6-7:30 p.m., Banquet Rooms)
    • Monday, February 3, 2014
    • Tuesday, February 4, 2014
    • Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    • Register
    • Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644
  • Assist with Business Academic Visit Day (Business majors only)
    • When: March 8, 2014 - 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Oakland Center
    • Register
    • Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644
  • Assist with Human Health Academic Visit Day (Health Science and Nursing Majors only)
    • When: March 29, 2014 - 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Oakland Center
    • Register
    • Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

2nd Year - "Be a Campus Leader" (choose 1 leadership opportunity)
  • Serve as Leadership Consultant (LC): Leadership Consultants are trained in resolution strategies and workshop presentation skills. They gain valuable knowledge about the inner workings of the university and resources available to students.
    • Time Commitment: Serve for one year, may re-apply after term has expired.
    • Contact: Emily DeLano, Coordinator of Leadership and Service Learning, Center for Student Activities at delano@oakland.edu
  • Leadership Positions (Executive Boards and Staffs): Take on a student organization or Greek leader role or become a top leader in a major student organization: Oakland University Student Congress, Student Activities Funding Board, Student Program Board, The Oakland Post, Student Video Productions, or Student Life Lecture Board
  • Time Commitment: September –April Can serve during Summer Semester 
  • Contact: Allison Webster, Assistant Director of Student Organization Programs, Center for Student Activities at webster@oakland.edu
  • Student Leadership Institute (August 2014)
    • Preference given to students who are on the executive board of student organizations
    • Time Commitment: One weekend (off campus, transportation provided)
    • Contact: Jean Ann Miller, Director, Center for Student Activities at jam@oakland.edu
  • Student Leadership ExplOUration Series: Once-a-month sessions (total of four) involving panel discussions, guest speakers, and interactive opportunities to explore your leadership potential at OU and in the real world

    • Time Commitment: September - April
    • Contact: Emily DeLano, Coordinator of Leadership and Service Learning, Center for Student Activities at delano@oakland.edu

3rd Year - "Next Step in Your Career Preparation" (required)
  • Required: Meet with a Career Services Career Consultant (To implement successful career development strategies)
    • Contact: Career Services, 154 North Foundation Hall, 248-370-3250
  • Optional (extra service for Juniors and Seniors Only): Assist with a Welcome Reception for 2014 Presidential Scholars
  • Assist with a Welcome Reception for 2014 Presidential Scholars
    • Time: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room
    • Time: Monday, April 14, 2014 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room
    • Register
    • Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu

4th Year - "Almost to the Finish Line" (required)

Required, Choose 1:
  • Assist with Black & Gold Loyalty Society event on campus -Serve as greeters and hosts to alumni and donor event attendees
    • Time: Thursday, February 27 or Thursday, March 27 or a date TBD in May. 
    • Contact: Kelly Brault, giving@oakland.edu
  • (OR) Provide an "impact statement" regarding the significance of your Presidential scholarship via the online form
Optional (extra service for Juniors and Seniors Only):

  • Assist with a Welcome Reception for 2014 Presidential Scholars
    • Time: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room
    • Time: Monday, April 14, 2014 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room
    • Register
    • Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

*Attendances at events hosted by the President do not count as a service activity.
*It is your responsibility to notify the Honors College once you have completed a service activity by updating your Service Reporting Form under the Presidential Scholar Reporting page on e-space.


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Graeme Harper
Dean, The Honors College
(248) 370-4450
gharper@oakland.edu

Karen Conn
Administrative Assistant, The Honors College
(248) 370-4419
conn@oakland.edu

Dawn Deitsch

Administrative Secretary, The Honors College
(248) 370-4450
deitsch@oakland.edu


Eleanor Reynolds

Assistant VP Student Affairs, Undergraduate Admissions
(248) 370-3364
reynolds@oakland.edu

Terry King

Executive Secretary, Undergraduate Admissions
(248) 370-3364
tking@oakland.edu

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