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Anna Szala and Rania Bellaaj
Monday, April 15, 2019


Last August, Oakland University’s Department of Psychology welcomed Fulbright scholars Anna Szala and Rania Bellaaj to campus. 


2019 Googasian Awards
Thursday, April 04, 2019


In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of women at Oakland University, Stephanie J. Lee, administrative associate to the Provost, has been named the 2019 Phyllis Law Googasian Award winner.


Guilt by Innocence: Understanding Autism in the World of the Criminal Justice System
Thursday, April 04, 2019


Oakland University’s Department of Human Development and Child Studies, in collaboration with the Oakland University Center for Autism*, will present “Guilt by Innocence: Understanding Autism in the World of the Criminal Justice System” from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3 in the Golf and Learning Center Building at 464 Golf View Lane in Rochester.


Venkat Reddy and V. Everett Kinsey
Wednesday, April 03, 2019


Oakland University’s vision statement pledges to “unlock the potential of individuals and leave a lasting impact on the world through the transformative power of education and research.” 



Wednesday, April 03, 2019


For a seventh year, Oakland University is holding its Summer Career Camps for 14- to 18-year-old teens at the OU Anton/Frankel Center in Mount Clemens.The career camps are a unique pre-college experience to help motivated and ambitious college-bound teens choose a college major and future career.



Tuesday, April 02, 2019


The Oakland University community will gather in the Oakland Center Winter Garden at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 for a remembrance event honoring faculty, staff, retirees and students who passed away during the past year. RSVP’s are requested.



Monday, April 01, 2019


Oakland University's food service provider and partner, Chartwells, was inspired by The Ellen DeGeneres Show & Cheerios' mission to fill the world with good!


Andy Narell in St. Lucia
Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Oakland University’s Professional Artists Series Concert, Children’s Concert and World Music Concert will feature legendary steel-pan artist Andy Narell, who will be in residency at OU during the first week of April.



Monday, March 25, 2019


Oakland University is hosting a lecture by Annabelle Gurwitch, an author, humorist, popular television host and storyteller to help celebrate the launch of the university’s Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement. The event takes place on Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Oakland Center Founders Ballroom B.


OSO concert
Thursday, March 21, 2019


The Oakland Symphony Orchestra will present their final concert of the season at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 29 at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall.


Kwame Anthony Appiah
Tuesday, March 19, 2019


As part of its Richard J. Burke Lecture Series in Philosophy, Religion and Society, Oakland University will host a discussion on “The Lies That Bind,” with Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 in Banquet Rooms A and B in the Oakland Center. 


Cardie Mortimer
Thursday, March 14, 2019


The Honors College recently hosted a talk by Cardie Mortimer, son of Charles G. Mortimer Jr., the influential television producer who worked on hit shows, including The Beverly Hillbillies, Get Smart and Bonanza. Cardie and family recently donated the Charles G. Mortimer Jr. Film and Television Collection to OU’s Honors College. 


Ora Pescovitz and Stephen J. O'Brien
Tuesday, March 12, 2019


The Oakland University Department of Biological Sciences recently hosted a genomics symposium, drawing researchers from around the country to discuss the latest advances in a field that is providing new insights into the function of genes, the promise of genomic medicine and the history of life itself. 


Ruth E. Carter
Thursday, March 07, 2019


On Wednesday, April 3, Oakland University will welcome Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter to campus. Her talk will spotlight her remarkable career in Hollywood, and will take place at 7 p.m. in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms.


Pi Sigma Alpha Conference
Thursday, March 07, 2019


The Oakland University chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, recently sent eight students to present their research at the annual Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference, which was held Feb. 15-17 in Washington, D.C.



Thursday, February 28, 2019


As a result of ongoing efforts to encourage students to become more involved in the electoral process, Oakland University has been designated a “Voter-Friendly Campus” by Campus Vote Project and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.


Mina Wassef and Randall Engle
Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Each day, faculty mentors help guide students toward their academic and personal goals, passing down knowledge and wisdom that will last a lifetime. 


Stewart Goodyear
Monday, February 25, 2019


Oakland University has partnered with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit to present Canadian pianist Steward Goodyear, who will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at OU’s Varner Recital Hall in Rochester Hills.



Thursday, February 21, 2019


NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCESThe 2019 Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs brings keynote speaker Professor Jessica Chen Weiss to Oakland’s campus on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Her talk will take place at historic Meadow Brook Hall in the ballroom.


Making Masculine
Thursday, February 21, 2019


Marking its 35th year, Oakland University’s Women and Gender Studies Film Festival will present Challenging Femmephobia: Breaking the Gender Binary in Queer Communities. This year’s festival features screenings of the films “Making Masculine” and “The Same Difference.” The screenings, and a panel discussion, will take place from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, in room 1050 of the Human Health Building on OU’s Rochester campus. 



Wednesday, February 20, 2019


A few years after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, best-selling author and journalist Alan Weisman traveled to the site with Russian, Ukrainian and American scientists. They were tasked with designing safe ways for people to remain in surrounding regions.



Tuesday, February 19, 2019


The Center for Civic Engagement at Oakland University is planning a program entitled “Political Humor and its Impact on American Life.” The program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. It will be held in Banquet Room B of the Oakland Center on campus at Oakland University. It is free and open to the public.


Elizabeth Smart
Tuesday, February 19, 2019


Elizabeth Smart, who captured the nation’s attention when she was abducted from her home in 2002, will speak at Oakland University at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms. A book signing will take place immediately following her talk. 


Dan & Emily Head
Thursday, February 14, 2019


In celebration of Valentine’s Day, alumni of Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance are sharing their stories of finding love in OU’s Varner Hall.


Native Howl
Thursday, February 14, 2019


Native Howl, a “thrash grass” band consisting of OU alumni Alex Holycross and Mark Chandler, as well as Josh LeMieux and Jake Sawicki, recently headlined a show at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit and will be joining rock legends Roger Daltrey, Kansas, Buddy Guy, 38 Special, Dave Davies, Foghat, The Outlaws, Nazareth, and more for the “Rock Legends Cruise VII” from Feb. 14-18.


The Diary of One Who Disappeared/Needle Point
Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Oakland University’s School of Music Theatre and Dance will present The Diary of One Who Disappeared/Needle Point at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Varner Recital Hall on the OU campus.


Kristin Rohrbeck
Friday, February 08, 2019


Oakland University’s Kristin Rohrbeck, director of the Joanne & Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES), has been named the overall winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2019.


Linda Davis
Friday, February 08, 2019


Longtime Macomb County District Judge Linda Davis recalls a time when she regarded addiction as a “moral failing” that only happened to flawed people from dysfunctional environments. It wasn't until her child, a straight-A student with a promising future, became addicted to heroin that she recognized the truth: “Addiction affects everybody. It affects all ages, all races, and all socioeconomic climates. It does not discriminate.” 


Young Artists Concert performers
Tuesday, February 05, 2019


The Oakland Symphony Orchestra will present its 22nd Annual David Daniels Young Artists Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 in Varner Recital Hall on OU’s campus.


Seagull at Oakland University
Friday, February 01, 2019


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Anton Chekhov’s Seagull from Feb. 7-10 and Feb. 13-15 in the Varner Studio Theatre in Varner Hall.



Friday, January 18, 2019


Calling upon her personal experiences, her thoughts on the role of higher education to support diversity and inclusion, and her hope for the future, Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz submitted this opinion piece to the Detroit Free Press in advance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.



Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Oakland University’s Sigma Xi chapter has been recognized by The Scientific Research Honor Society as one of its leading chapters for the initiation of new members. OU is part of the Research and Doctoral Universities Constituency category within the organization’s more than 500 national and international chapters.


Keeper of the Dream Award Recipients
Thursday, January 10, 2019


For helping break down stereotypes and promote racial and cultural understanding, nine students will be recognized during Oakland University’s 27th annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21 in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms on OU’s campus. 


Aeolus Quartet
Thursday, January 03, 2019


The award-winning Aeolus Quartet will be joined by revered clarinetist Franklin Cohen, former principal of the Cleveland Orchestra, for a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University.



Thursday, January 03, 2019


Recently the Michigan Legislature approved, and Governor Snyder signed, a $40 million South Foundation Hall renovation and expansion project that will involve Oakland University issuing $10 million in bonds and the state contributing $30 million.


Young Alumni Chapter
Friday, December 21, 2018


Oakland University recently earned three awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an international association of education advancement officers, who include alumni administrators, fund raisers, public relations managers, publications editors, and government relations officers. 



Friday, December 21, 2018


If you haven’t already, you will likely hear the acronym HLC in the coming weeks. It stands for Higher Learning Commission and peer reviewers from this higher education accrediting body will be on campus assessing Oakland University’s progress in meeting its mission, vision and commitment to students in February.


Drake Dantzler and Victoria Shively
Monday, December 17, 2018


During the week of October 15, music faculty members Drake Dantzler and Victoria Shively visited Tulane University and the University of Texas to give recitals of 21st century art songs. Professor Dantzler also gave masterclasses for the voice students.


OU presents Street Scene, an American opera
Monday, December 17, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Street Scene, an American opera based on the 1929 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Elmer Rice, on Jan. 8, 10, 12 and 13 in Varner Recital Hall on OU’s campus.



Friday, December 14, 2018


Michael Wadsworth has been officially named to the position of Dean of Students in Oakland University’s Division of Student Affairs & Diversity. He had served in the position on an interim basis since October 1 following the retirement of longtime Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Nancy Marshall (formerly Schmitz).



Friday, December 14, 2018


Dr. Aaron Westrick – former director of research and marketing at Second Chance Body Armor (SCBA), once the largest manufacturer of bulletproof vests in the United States – spoke to students in Oakland University’s Policy & Society Class on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the OU Anton/Frankel Center in Mount Clemens. While working at SCBA, Westrick discovered the company’s vests were unsafe.


OU’s Environmental Health and Safety degree program ranked among top in nation
Thursday, December 13, 2018


Oakland University’s Environmental Health and Safety online degree program has been ranked as one of the top 25 Best Value Occupational Safety and Health degree programs in the nation for 2019 by Value Colleges (VC), an online ranking system that compares the most affordable colleges with the best return on investment.



Monday, December 03, 2018


For its annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration, Oakland University will welcome award-winning journalist and communications strategist Jeff Johnson to campus on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.


Student Newspaper Digital Archives Homepage
Friday, November 30, 2018


If you want to experience Oakland University’s history through the eyes of hundreds of student journalists, you no longer have to visit University Archives to do so. Thanks to a generous gift from the family of a former OU library professor – and collective efforts of dedicated library employees –  you can access digital issues of the university’s student newspaper dating back to its inaugural issue, published on October 23, 1959. 


Matt Wagner with Oakland University dance students
Friday, November 30, 2018


Oakland Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Company will be performing their annual Fall Showcase on Thursday, Dec. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 8 in Varner Recital Hall on the OU campus.


James Isabirye Dissertation Defense
Thursday, November 29, 2018


While working to reintroduce traditional songs and instruments to the people of Uganda, Oakland University graduate student James Isabirye — a lecturer of music and drama at Kyambogo University in Uganda — has been pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Education at Oakland University.


Malcolm Gladwell
Monday, November 19, 2018


On Saturday, November 17, Oakland University staff, faculty and supporters gathered in the Founders Ballrooms of the Oakland Center to celebrate the public launch of the university’s largest-ever comprehensive campaign, “Aspire. Advance. Achieve.” 


President Pescovitz delivers 2018 State of the University Address
Wednesday, November 14, 2018


While delivering the 2018 State of the University Address on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., highlighted several accomplishments and points of pride from around campus, and provided an update on the university’s strategic goals.