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Campus Life News


Monday, October 08, 2018


Oakland University, through its Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), will participate in the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE) between October 8-19. NASCE is a web-based survey that measures an institution’s overall level of community engagement by evaluating the rate, frequency, and depth of student community service activities.


Into The Woods
Thursday, October 04, 2018


The Oakland University Department of Theatre will kick off its 2018-19 season on Thursday, Oct. 11 with Into the Woods, a “Once Upon a Time” tale that introduces the hopes and dreams of characters from some of our favorite fairy tales and explores the lengths we go to for our dreams — and the potentially high cost of getting what we want.


Alumni
Wednesday, October 03, 2018


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. 5 at the 24th annual Alumni Awards Banquet. 


Oakland Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday, October 03, 2018


The Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO), Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence, will present its first concert of the 2018-19 season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 in Varner Recital Hall.



Tuesday, October 02, 2018


The Michigan Secretary of State’s Mobile Office wraps up its 3,000-mile, 18-college campus, Express SOS Voter Registration Drive tour on Tuesday, October 9 with a visit to Oakland University. The office will be located between North and South Foundation Halls between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Oakland University professor recreates ‘lost’ Balanchine ballet
Thursday, September 27, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Envisioning Marche Funébre: A Study in the Early Choreography of George Balanchine at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms.The “lost” ballet, Marche Funébre, by renowned choreographer George Balanchine has not been performed since 1923. It has been painstakingly reconstructed over more than a decade by Elizabeth Kattner, an assistant professor of dance at Oakland University.



Tuesday, September 25, 2018


The Detroit News featured Sunset Terrace, the Oakland University president's home, on the cover of the Friday, September 21, 2018 Homestyle section. 


James Isabirye
Tuesday, September 25, 2018


From 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Royal Court Music from East and West Africa: Ethnomusicology Symposium with James Isabirye and Kwasi Ampene in Room 134 in Varner Hall on the OU campus.


Race in Our Communities
Monday, September 17, 2018


Members of the Oakland University campus and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to share their experiences and hear from others on the impact of race in their communities during a town hall meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 in the Gold Rooms of the Oakland Center.


Mark Stone, associate professor of world music and percussion
Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Celebrate the International Day of Peace at Oakland University with Mark Stone, associate professor of world music and percussion, as he shares a program of globally-inspired percussion pieces beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.


OU Rec Well celebrating 20 years of shaping campus culture
Monday, September 10, 2018


This month, Oakland University’s Department of Recreation and Well-Being (OU Rec Well) will celebrate 20 years of getting students staff, faculty, and community members to move their minds and bodies.


Taiwan
Friday, September 07, 2018


For the next two months, Oakland University is sponsoring a series of events focused on celebrating the arts and culture of Taiwan. 


Honors College Freshman Welcome 2018
Tuesday, September 04, 2018


For the sixth straight year, Oakland University’s Honors College has a record number of freshmen joining its ranks. 



Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Oakland University has been ranked among a group of 58 schools earning the top score in this year’s Washington Monthly annual College Guide and Rankings in the category of “Best Colleges for Student Voting.”


OU’s ‘Welcome Week’ celebrates new, returning students on campus
Monday, August 27, 2018


A variety of activities and events are planned for new and returning students during Oakland University’s “Welcome Week” celebration, which kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 4.


Nu Omega 2018 Inductees
Monday, August 06, 2018


For the fifth consecutive year – and seventh of the last eight years – the national political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA) has recognized its Oakland University chapter with a Best Chapter Award. 


Geraldine Graham
Thursday, August 02, 2018


Geraldine Graham, director of Project Upward Bound at Oakland University, has been unanimously selected by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) to receive the Walter O. Mason Jr. Award at this year’s national conference in September in New York City.


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Monday, July 23, 2018


Whether they’re pursuing a master’s degree or a Ph.D., alumni of Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance are making their mark at prestigious graduate schools across the nation and around the world, thanks to the education and support they received at OU.


Lauren Knox
Friday, July 20, 2018


Lauren Knox (BFA ‘12) was on the cover of the June 21 edition of the Detroit Free Press Play section. She is currently performing as Evelyn in the Purple Rose Theatre Company’s production of Willow Run, which runs until Sept. 1. You can view the article on freep.com.


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Friday, July 20, 2018


Assistant Professor of Theatre Jeremy Barnett  and theatre alum Jason Maracani are spending the month of July at the Art’N’Ground artist’s residency in Rojales, Spain. The pair are staying in a man-made cave with two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom in a community of over a dozen local artists.



Thursday, July 19, 2018


The former Cobblestone Manor Bed and Breakfast is transforming into a unique living and learning community for Oakland University Honors College students thanks to a unique agreement between the Moceri family and OU.



Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Getting the race car from campus to competition tracks may not be top of mind to students joining, building and maintaining a collegiate Formula SAE race team. However, it is a very important consideration and one Oakland University’s Grizzlies Racing team was always struggling with until the recent generosity of the DENSO North America Foundation.


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Tuesday, June 19, 2018


As part of the 35th annual International Social Philosophy Conference taking place July 19-21 at Oakland University, OU will host a Community Health Mini-Conference on Friday, July 20 featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and public health advocate whose research revealed that children in Flint, Mich. were exposed to harmful levels of lead in their drinking water.



Friday, May 18, 2018


On Friday, May 18, 1,200 fifth-grade students from schools in the Clinton River Watershed community in Oakland County, visited Oakland University for the 12th annual Clinton River Water Festival. 


MTD Summer Camps - Tian Tian
Friday, May 04, 2018


From June 18-22, Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present its 2018 Piano Camp and the inaugural Golden Grizzlies Jazz Camp at Varner Hall on OU’s campus.


Jackie Wiggins
Friday, April 27, 2018


On June 30, Distinguished Professor of Music Education Jackie Wiggins will bid a fond farewell to Oakland University and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance where she has mentored and inspired students, scholars and artists for nearly 24 years.


Luciana Piazza and Amanda Rae Evans
Friday, April 27, 2018


Luciana Piazza (BFA ‘15) and Amanda Rae Evans (BFA ‘14) recently completed a successful run in Seussical the Musical at the Riverbank Theatre in Marine City. Piazza was one of The Bird Girls and Amanda, “who commands such energy and grace throughout the show” (Encore Michigan) was Mayzie LaBird. Next up — Piazza is starting rehearsals for Big Fish at The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter. The show runs from April 26-May 20.


MaTilDa Awards 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018


The Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance recently honored some of its top student performers and distinguished alumni during the 19th annual MaTilDa Awards, which took place on Monday, April 16 in the Oakland Center Banquet Room. The “red-carpet” event included dinner and music, theatre and dance performances, as well as award presentations recognizing exceptional service and performance by Music, Theatre and Dance students. 


Commencement
Thursday, April 19, 2018


Oakland University will recognize its spring 2018 graduates at five commencement ceremonies, which will all take place in the O’rena, on OU’s campus. 


DEI Conference 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018


On Thursday, April 12, Oakland University held its fifth annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference. This year’s theme was “Leveraging Diversity: Stand Up, Stand Strong, Stand Together.” The event featured talks from leading experts in the field of diversity and inclusion. 


Oakland Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, April 05, 2018


Join the Oakland Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall for the OSO’s final concert of the season.


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. 


Young Choreographers Forum
Thursday, March 29, 2018


Oakland University Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Company will present their annual Young Choreographers showcase, featuring works choreographed by talented OU student choreographers and guest artist Demetrius Tabron, from April 12-15 in the Varner Studio Theatre in Varner Hall.


OU Student Congress
Thursday, March 29, 2018


With 457 votes received, Ryan Fox of Lake Orion and Brittany Kleinschmidt of Oxford are the new president and vice president of the Oakland University Student Congress.


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. 


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.


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. 


Hands On A Hardbody
Thursday, March 15, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Hands on a Hardbody, an all-American musical, from March 28 through April 7 in the Varner Studio Theatre in Varner Hall.


OUCARES Family Fun Day
Tuesday, March 13, 2018


To raise more awareness for those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oakland University Center for Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) is hosting its 15th annual Family Fun Day from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Oakland University Recreation Center. 


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.


Nick Jonas
Thursday, March 08, 2018


Multi-platinum, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist, actor, and award winning songwriter Nick Jonas will take the stage on Saturday, April 14 at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University.


OU Pride Month
Friday, March 02, 2018


Oakland University’s Pride Week, which celebrates OU’s diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity, is expanding this year to include a full month of events and activities developed to raise awareness, promote education and foster a sense of community on campus.


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. 


OU Plateau
Friday, February 23, 2018


The Oakland University Repertory Dance Company will present Plateau on March 23-24 in the atrium of the Engineering Center on the campus of Oakland University. The piece, choreographed by Associate Professor of Dance Thayer Jonutz, features musical accompaniment by the OU guitar studio, as well as poetry from theatre student Mickey Mcglinnen.


Joe Santoni
Friday, February 23, 2018


Joe Santoni, who earned a BA in music from Oakland University, landed the role of a lifetime when he was chosen to be part of the original cast of Disney’s D Cappella, a new Pentatonix-style touring performance experience from Deke Sharon, the arranger for all three Pitch Perfect movies and creative director Jim Milan.


Gillian Ellis & Muriel Mader
Friday, February 23, 2018


This has been a tremendous year with many changes here at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Many of those changes happened in the administrative office, and we would like to acknowledge our admiration and gratitude of those that are coming and going.


WGS Film Festival
Thursday, February 22, 2018


Marking its 34th year, Oakland University’s Women and Gender Studies Film Festival will present Feminist Activism Now, with a screening of the film She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. The screening and panel discussion will take place from noon – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, in room 1050 of the Human Health Building on OU’s Rochester campus. 


SHS Board of Advocacy and Resource Development
Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences has brought together more than a dozen leaders in health to form a new Board of Advocacy and Resource Development (BOARD), which will help support academic, research and community engagement programs in interdisciplinary health sciences, clinical and diagnostic sciences, public and environmental wellness, and human movement science.


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.


Xavier Davis, Regina Carter
Thursday, February 08, 2018


Renowned jazz artists Regina Carter and Xavier Davis will present an evening of Valentine’s Day-inspired tunes beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14 in Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University.