Alumni News

Kevin Pratt, M B A '14, standing on a stairway in an office building
Thursday, February 01, 2018

Not many investor analysts can boast of an undergraduate degree in zoology. For Kevin Pratt, MBA ’14, though, the leap from endangered amphibians to the world of finance was a positive one, thanks to the MBA program at the OU School of Business Administration.

Jennifer Lucarelli
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Jennifer Lucarelli, associate professor and chair of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at Oakland University, has been named to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2018. The initiative honors exceptional individuals under the age of 40 who excel in their field and improve the quality of life in Oakland County. 

Oakland campus
Friday, January 05, 2018

Two OUWB graduates, Dr. Chris Jaeger and Dr. Laurie Bossory, both currently working their residencies at The Ohio State University Wexner School of Medicine, received annual housestaff awards celebrating their collegiality and humanistic spirit.

Macomb Food Drive
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Back on November 18, more than 275 Oakland University students, staff and alumni participated in the Macomb County Santa Parade, an event that also marked the start of the group’s annual food drive to support the Macomb Food Program. The drive got off to an auspicious start with more than 800 pounds of food donated on the first day. 

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. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Oakland University Alumni Association recently added to its Prominent Alumni list, which spotlights individuals who’ve reached the pinnacle of their careers or attained positions of influence or high visibility. 

Wesley Brown
Monday, October 16, 2017

Looking back on his four years at Oakland University, Wesley Brown remembers the rigors of life as a student athlete. 

Laureen Berti
Thursday, October 05, 2017

When a multinational company sends employees to work in other countries, the labyrinth of rules and regulations can be difficult to navigate. Laureen Berti, a graduate of Oakland University’s paralegal certificate program, helps companies tackle this challenge with confidence.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

As part of its annual Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Oakland University will recognize alumni and friends who have achieved success in business, community services, volunteerism and other areas on Friday, Oct. 13 at the 23rd annual Alumni Awards Banquet. 

OU Homecoming 2017
Monday, October 02, 2017

Oakland University’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, a two-day celebration featuring a variety of family-friendly activities, will kick off at noon on Friday, Oct. 13 with a special event honoring the 134th birthday of OU’s founder, Matilda Dodge Wilson.

Headshot of Elise Eden in a blue shirt in front of a brick background
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Elise Eden (BM ‘16) is beginning the second year of her MM in vocal performance at the University of Michigan, and she’s doing it in style. She will sing the lead role of Millicent Jordan in the fall opera, Dinner at Eight, based on the 1933 movie, which has only been produced once before.

Chelsea Criger standing in an open doorway next to a wall covered in her art work in Iceland
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Chelsea Criger, a theatre design and technology major who will be a senior in the fall, spent two months of the summer as artist in residence at the Fish Factory Art Center in Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland.

Tramale Turner seated at a table, holding a Nintendo controller
Thursday, July 27, 2017

If you want to keep up with Tramale Turner, you’ll need a dose of caffeine and your running shoes. “I like to live my life staying engaged in every moment and ready for any new opportunities,” says Turner (MIS ’00, MBA ’01).

English Major
Friday, July 07, 2017

Literature buffs, take note. Oakland University is the second-best college in Michigan for English majors. 

Headshot of S Alex Ruthmann
Thursday, July 06, 2017

S Alex Ruthmann (MM '02; PhD '06) was recently promoted to the post of Director of Music Education at New York University's Steinhardt School where he is associate professor of Music Education and Music Technology.

Richard Morrow, H R M '17, wearing a cap and gown and holding his diploma, with two of his sons at his Spring 2017 graduation
Friday, June 30, 2017

Air Force Veteran, entrepreneur, project manager, single father of three, Richard Morrow, HRM ‘17, lives the adage it’s never too late to learn. Morrow, who received the Crestmark Bank scholarship in Winter 2017, embodies persistence in pursuing a college education. 

Headshot of Michaela Judkins
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Michaela Judkins (BM ’16), who majored in vocal performance and music education, has been accepted into the PhD program in musicology at the University of Michigan and awarded a Regents Fellowship, their most prestigious funding package. She will start there in fall 2017. She was also accepted into PhD programs in musicology at The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Jessica Esch
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Honors College member and 2017 graduate Jessica Esch has been awarded Thesis with Distinction and Thesis Award in Linguistics for her senior thesis, a requirement for all Honors College students.

Career Services
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The latest First-Destination Survey Report, which is based on data from the 2015-2016 graduating class, shows positive trends for recent OU graduates in the job market and other post-graduation paths.

OUWB Graduates Commencement 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Before family, friends and current medical students, the Class of 2017 received their M.D. degrees during a commencement ceremony that included being hooded by their PRISM mentors, and in some cases their family members.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

When people contact the Oakland University Police Department dispatch line needing any variety of help or information, there’s a good chance they could reach Dispatcher Taylor Williams, an Oakland University alumna.

Casey Kandow seated with McLaren Greater Lansing backdrop
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Casey Kandow, EMBA ’13, believes hard work, mentorship and education inspired his rapid rise to chief operations officer of McLaren Greater Lansing. Kandow launched this upward trajectory, which included three promotions in three years, when he wisely followed advice from his CEO to get an MBA.

Healthology Symposium
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences recently hosted the inaugural Healthology Symposium.

Faculty Recognition Luncheon
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Oakland University honored more than 30 faculty members for their scholarly achievements, dedication, path-breaking discoveries in research and critical teaching roles in educating the leaders of tomorrow during its 22nd Annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, April 19.

Dr. Gadis Dillon students
Monday, April 10, 2017

A great leader finds joy in the success of others and inspires generations of future leaders. After 51 years in the classroom – 30 at Oakland – it’s safe to say Accounting Professor Gadis “Buck” Dillon, Ph.D., has done just that.

Sharelle Brown
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

As director of pharmacy at McLaren Oakland Hospital, Sharelle Brown, MBA ’15, was already an experienced healthcare professional when she decided to pursue her Executive MBA.

Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to speak at OU April 13
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tickets are now available for Oakland University’s 2017 Varner Vitality Lecture featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Goodwin will present her talk “How Did We Get Here: The First 100 Days of an Unprecedented Presidency,” at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Thursday, April 13 in the Athletics Center O’rena, on OU’s campus.

Christian Kettenbeil
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Being an entrepreneur isn’t just a dream for Christian Kettenbeil. Already involved in several start-up ventures, entrepreneurship is his way of life.

Phil Johnson
Monday, February 27, 2017

In the best business deals the more you invest, the better the reward. From day one, Phillip Johnson, FIN ’16, invested heavily in his Oakland University School of Business Administration opportunities. That effort paid off with the launch of his career at Meritor, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Our alumni are working in many fields, not just performance.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

After opening locations in Ann Arbor and Plymouth, Applied Fitness Solutions co-owner and Oakland University graduate Jared Freeman recently returned to his roots – along with fellow OU alum and AFS Founder Michael Stack – to establish a new 17,000 square-foot facility in Rochester Hills.

Giving Challenge
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

As the Oakland University men’s and women’s basketball teams prepared to square off against the University of Detroit Mercy this past week, alumni and fans of the two schools were engaged in the second annual Giving Challenge. 

Alex Delavan and Shaun Moore
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Two Oakland University employees have been named to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. The program honors exceptional individuals, under the age of 40, who excel in their field and improve the quality of life in Oakland County. Alex Delavan, director of Sponsored Programs, and Shaun Moore, director of e-Learning, are being recognized for outstanding career achievements and community contributions. 

Jacquelyn Wagner
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

“I always knew I wanted to be an opera singer. At no time has that changed,” said music alumna Jacquelyn Wagner (BM ‘03) who enjoys a successful career in Europe singing in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Maria (Suvak) Turchyn (BM ‘16) has just launched her teaching career. She accepted a position teaching elementary general music at Roy Elementary in Roy, WA. Turchyn wrote, “I’m so grateful for the mentors I've had supporting me during this process.” Although she’s on the other side of the country, Turchyn took her Grizzly memorabilia with her, as you can see in this photo.

School of Business Administration
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Oakland University’s School of Business Administration is among the nation’s best business schools, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles the school in the new 2017 edition of its annual book, “The Best 294 Business Schools” and on its website. Oakland’s business school also appears on the organization’s "Best in Midwest" list. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Beginning Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, Oct. 16 until 8 p.m., The MicroMacro Art Biome pop-up art gallery in downtown Detroit will feature the work of 16 artists and artistic groups from seven different countries.

Dr. Ellen Peck
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Alumna Ellen Peck (BA ‘95), associate professor of theatre at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, is spending the current academic year researching and teaching at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Romania as a Fulbright Scholar.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Successfully transitioning from college student to polished professional takes practice. By integrating professional and career development skills into the business curriculum, that’s exactly what Oakland University’s ACHIEVE program delivers for undergraduate business students.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Whether you’re a Pioneer or a Golden Grizzly, Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, which takes place Sept. 22-25, is a great time to return to Oakland University’s campus and see the many reasons to be a proud alum of OU.

Grizz Gang
Monday, September 19, 2016

The Grizz Gang and Golden Grizzlies Band have much in common. Not only are they staples of the spirited ambiance at Oakland University athletic events, but they are also among the closest-knit student groups on campus. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Oakland University will honor alumni and friends who have achieved success in business, community services, volunteerism and other areas on Friday, Sept. 23 at the 22nd annual Alumni Awards Banquet.

Dell Headquarters in Ireland
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Before graduating last April, four students in Oakland University’s School of Business Administration came together to create a scholarship honoring a current professor who left an indelible mark on their college experience. 

Sarah McEneaney
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Theatre alumna Sarah McEneaney (BFA ‘16) is moving to New York to study with the SITI Company’s 2016-17 Conservatory Class whose artists participate in a rigorous, immersive program emphasizing training for performance and the creation of new work.

Marc Ott action
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Oakland University graduate Marc A. Ott was recently named executive director of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Ott, who earned a bachelor’s in management and master’s in public administration from Oakland, is the city manager of Austin, Texas and has built a distinguished career in local government management. 

One OU alum MCAN designee
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Four Oakland University graduates have been chosen by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) to advise high school students under the network’s AdviseMI program, established to help students apply to colleges and get financial aid.

Meadow Brook Film Workshop with Kelsey Kobylarek
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Students and faculty in Oakland University’s Cinema Studies program recently introduced a group of fourth- and fifth-graders to the art of filmmaking during a month-long workshop at Meadow Brook Elementary in Rochester Hills.