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Abdrahamane Traoré
Tuesday, May 08, 2018


For some people, going “off-grid” means taking a voluntary respite from phone and email. But for countless others around the world, off-grid means routinely having to go without electricity for days, weeks or longer. 


Cheryl Boodram standing in front of a desk at Chief Financial Credit Union
Tuesday, May 01, 2018


Cheryl (Bartlebaugh) Boodram, MKT ’17, focuses on the future. As vice president of sales and marketing for Chief Financial Credit Union, she prides herself on developing innovative products that help her customers and community. 



Tuesday, May 01, 2018


The Oakland University Department of Psychology hosted a thought-provoking international and interdisciplinary conference in April that included leading scholars from around the world to address “Evolutionary Perspectives on Death.” The event was held at the historic Meadow Brook Hall on April 18. 



Friday, April 20, 2018


During its spring 2018 student commencement ceremonies, Oakland University will honor the professional, civic and philanthropic contributions of three outstanding American citizens with the highest honors it conveys – honorary doctoral degrees.


Amy Quinnan
Tuesday, April 17, 2018


With a focus on promoting a community-based approach to health education, students and leaders in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Oakland University and the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Baker College of Auburn Hills came together in OU’s Human Health Building to talk with individuals who have neurological impairments. 


Wilson and Human Relations Award winners
Monday, April 16, 2018


Each spring, the Oakland University Board of Trustees takes time to recognize three senior students for distinguishing themselves as outstanding scholars and leaders on campus and in the community. 


Business Scholars team L I F O the Party with judges from the final case competition, holding awards
Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Three OU Business Scholar teams faced-off in their final case competition of the year. This time, the case challenged students to deliver monetization strategies for a start-up company called PassionConnect to prospective investors.


Headshot of Savannah Habba
Tuesday, April 10, 2018


What started as a random conversation in the library surrounded by her Oakland University School of Business Administration classmates evolved into a life-changing experience for Savannah Habba, marketing senior.


Distracted Driving Awareness Event
Thursday, April 05, 2018


On Wednesday, April 4, the Michigan State Police Office of Highway Safety Planning hosted an event at OU to kickoff Distracted Driving Awareness Month. 


Students in class
Wednesday, March 28, 2018


What is leadership? How do leaders influence others? Why are some people perceived as leaders more than others? 



Monday, March 26, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Business was named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of Best Graduate Schools in the Part-Time MBA Program specialty.


Karen Miller
Friday, March 23, 2018


The Oakland University Research Office will present “Reaching the Public: Translating Teaching to a General Audience” — a Soundings Series event featuring Karen Miller, an associate professor and specialist in modern American political history at OU — from 3-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 in room 242 in Elliott Hall.


Karen Miller
Friday, March 23, 2018


The Oakland University Research Office will present “Reaching the Public: Translating Teaching to a General Audience” — a Soundings Series event featuring Karen Miller, an associate professor and specialist in modern American political history at OU — from 3-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 in room 242 in Elliott Hall.


Case Study Discussion
Wednesday, March 21, 2018


With the goal of curbing the nation’s growing opioid epidemic, students in Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine gathered in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms to take part in the university’s second annual Interprofessional Workshop on Opioid Abuse. 


Crystal VanKooten
Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Are you interested in using writing to create social change? Do you dream of tweeting, blogging or posting online videos? If so, Oakland University’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric is offering two new courses this summer — Digital Publishing (WRT 3900) and Community Service Writing (WRT 3063) — that you’ll want to check out now that registration for summer, fall and winter classes is underway.


Joyce Havstad
Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Oakland University will welcome Professor Geoffrey Beach of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Professor Sandra Mitchell of the University of Pittsburgh to the OU campus on March 29 and 30 as part of the new PI Academy mentoring program that pairs junior faculty with prestigious scholars from across the nation.


Nick Fontana (center) proposes an argument as team members Genevieve Schmidt, Samantha Sinclair, Hamza Ahmed, and Ian Anderson (left to right) look on.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018


When you work hard, good things come to you. That was the experience of the Oakland University Ethics Bowl team, whose second-place performance in the Upper Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl, held at Oakland University in November, helped them qualify for a trip to Nationals this March. The National Championship, held in Chicago, was a new and invigorating challenge.


Student Financial Services
Monday, March 19, 2018


A college education is among the most life-changing investments a person can make. It’s a path to new discoveries, potential careers and countless opportunities. 


Healthology Symposium 2018
Monday, March 19, 2018


Health care leaders and providers will gather April 17-18 at Oakland University to discuss the importance of addressing the “upstream” social determinants of health in promoting better “downstream” care as part of the 2018 Healthology Symposium series presented by the OU School of Health Sciences and MedNetOne Health Solutions.


Match Day 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018


Each year on the third Friday of March, graduating medical school students across the country gather to receive their residency placements in celebration of Match Day. 


Courtney Brannon Donoghue
Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Oakland University’s PI Academy mentoring program continues to pair OU junior faculty with top professors from universities across the nation.


Oakland campus
Thursday, March 01, 2018


The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine is delighted to announce a new international affiliation with Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila, Philippines*


Avery Ragatzki seated at a desk in an empty classroom
Thursday, March 01, 2018


Finance major Avery Ragatzki plans to open a bakery selling cake pops, truffles and countless other treats when she graduates. After receiving the Gary and Elspeth Coats Student Involvement Scholarship, she’s a semester closer to realizing those sweet dreams.


Bee Identification Workshop
Tuesday, February 27, 2018


This past week, a group of 15 student and professional researchers from around the U.S. and Canada gathered at Oakland University for a training workshop on bee identification. Participants spent three days learning how to identify bee specimens from the Lasioglossum genus, a diverse genus of bees notoriously difficult for researchers to identify. 



Monday, February 26, 2018


More than 600 higher education professionals from 64 higher education institutions and eight non-profit organizations from throughout the United States and Canada gathered at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center earlier this month for the 2018 Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference, hosted by Oakland University and sponsored by The Kresge Foundation.


OU Master of Public Health
Friday, February 23, 2018


The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Oakland University, which prepares students for public health leadership roles, has been granted accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) following an extensive evaluation process.


Crystal VanKooten
Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Oakland University’s popular Soundings Series will return on Wednesday, March 7 with a hands-on writing workshop led by three successful and publicly engaged OU faculty members who will be sharing tips and tricks for crafting Tweets, composing short pieces for blogs and creating soundbites about your work.



Monday, February 05, 2018


Whether a person is considering running for office in 2018, serving as a campaign manager for someone who is running, or just wants to learn more about the process, Oakland University is now offering a six-week, non-credit Political Campaign Bootcamp course that will help class participants gain a better understanding of the basics of campaign strategy, tactics and techniques.


Bruce Logan
Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Oakland University will welcome 30 prestigious scholars to campus this year as part of a new PI Academy mentoring program that pairs OU junior faculty with top professors from universities across the nation.



Friday, January 19, 2018


Oakland University’s Professional and Continuing Education program is partnering with Kaplan Test Prep to provide a research-based, comprehensive approach for preparing students to take the ACT, SAT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT and more.


Ecuador Group
Thursday, January 11, 2018


A group of OU students spent 10 days in Ecuador for a tropical field ecology class over holiday recess.Abigail Foster, a Brighton native and self-professed homebody, recently broadened her horizons when she took part in a tropical field ecology class more than 3,000 miles away from home. 


Mobilization Zone
Friday, January 05, 2018


The Mobilization Zone (MZ) of Oakland University’s Research Office offers several opportunities for local, high-tech startup companies, including two programs sponsored by the Michigan Corporate Relations Network — the Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) and the Small Company Internship Award (SCIA) program.


classroom with large yellow paper covered in notes on the walls
Thursday, January 04, 2018


The Pawley Lean Institute supports Continuous Improvement projects within Oakland University.  These Lean projects provide additional exposure to Oakland University working teams to reduce waste, improve process, as well as improve the student experience.


Sigma Xi Excellence Award
Wednesday, December 20, 2017


The Oakland University chapter of Sigma Xi recently achieved a third place ranking after competing with more than 500 chapters in the United States and abroad for the Sigma Xi Chapter Excellence Award, which is presented to chapters that have demonstrated exceptional innovation and quality in their overall annual programming. 


Leslie Cunningham holding her diploma outdoors at Oakland University
Wednesday, December 13, 2017


The Oakland University (OU) Office of Public School Academies (PSA) Renewable College Scholarship began as an incentive for qualifying high school seniors who attend an OU chartered academy and matriculate to Oakland University for their undergraduate studies. 


Kourtney Rouser and Kennay Carpenter
Tuesday, December 12, 2017


OU freshman Kennay Carpenter set her sights on college in seventh grade as a member of Oakland University’s chapter of the Michigan GEAR UP program.


group of medicine and opera students with Professor Amy DeBaets
Thursday, November 30, 2017


In 2015, Dean Folberg and David DiChiera, founder of the Michigan Opera Theater (MOT), brought cast members of The Passenger, an opera in rotation at MOT, to OUWB for a scaled down miniature-performance. At the time, they were unaware that this performance would spark a long-lasting partnership between MOT and OUWB and an innovative new course for OUWB students.


Kimmy Romstad & Emily Coleman
Thursday, November 30, 2017


From the classroom to the Magic Kingdom, the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at Oakland University is empowering students to pursue their passions.


Social Work Stock Photo
Tuesday, November 28, 2017


As Oakland University’s social work program marks 10 years in existence, a new report from Zippia.com ranks the program as the second-best of its kind in Michigan. 


Lake Erie International Model UN Conference
Friday, November 17, 2017


For the third consecutive year, Oakland University emerged as the top team at the Lake Erie Model United Nations Conference. Eight schools competed at the event, which took place November 9-12 in Huron, Ohio. 



Friday, November 17, 2017


Oakland University’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost James P. Lentini and representatives of the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation have formally signed an agreement that will make the university a full partner in the Detroit Promise scholarship program.


Gabriele Bigoni with Assistant Professor, Dr. Luis Villa-Diaz in a lab
Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Gabriele Bigoni is a Ph.D. candidate in Biochemistry Sciences, with a specialization in molecular biology from University National Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM)/National Institute of Cancerology (INCAN)-Mexico City, Mexico and a visiting doctoral research scholar in the Biological Sciences Department at Oakland University (OU).


Alumni
Tuesday, November 07, 2017


As Oakland University focuses on keeping students on a firm path to graduation, recent data from the university’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) shows that Oakland’s four- and five-year graduation rates have reached new records and the 2016 entering class boasts the highest percentage of students who are “on track,” to graduate. 


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society inductees in Meadow Brook Hall
Monday, October 30, 2017


On Tuesday, Oct. 17, 16 M4 students participated in their induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, a society recognizing students, alumni and faculty who dedicate themselves to the medical profession.



Thursday, October 26, 2017


The public relations professional works hard to get positive messages into the public arena through traditional and social media methods. This field requires resourceful and creative communicators who overcome increasingly crowded airwaves with impactful stories that help promote their clients’ objectives. It is also a profession expected to grow in the next several years.