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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.


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. 


male professor seated at a desk with two male students, looking at a computer screen
Thursday, August 30, 2018


Since the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) began in 2016, OUWB Foundational Medical Studies faculty members have been heavily involved with helping to introduce middle school students who are interested in health and STEM careers to the anatomy and physiology of the human body through hands-on activities and face-to-face interaction. This unique course aims to engage students, who are considered underrepresented in medicine, and provide them with opportunities and resources they might not otherwise have access to, and keep them on track through degree completion.


Headshot of Dr. Ramin Homayouni
Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Ramin Homayouni, Ph.D., will join Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in a newly created position as founding director of Population Health Informatics on December 1, 2018.


Ukraine photo exhibit
Tuesday, August 21, 2018


A photography project by two Oakland University students is currently on exhibit at the Ukrainian American Archives and Museum of Detroit, in Hamtramck. 


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. 



Monday, July 16, 2018


Lan Yao, Ph.D., RN, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Oakland University, has been named a 2018 Fellow in the Health Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. 


Graeme Harper
Thursday, July 12, 2018


Oakland University Honors College Dean Graeme Harper has been elected to a three-year term as vice chair at the At-Large Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research. 


Virgil Zeigler-Hill and Todd Shackelford
Monday, June 25, 2018


What is personality? Where does personality come from? How does personality influence health, politics, economics, relationships and other aspects of life? 


Irene Cobb Group Photo
Wednesday, June 13, 2018


When students and others visit Oakland University’s Office of Pre-College Programs, Irene Cobb is often the first person they meet. She’s known for making them feel welcome, providing a listening ear and being a source of information about campus services. 


Oakland University Sign
Tuesday, June 05, 2018


At its June 4 formal meeting, Oakland University’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint W. David Tull as chair and Tonya Allen as vice chair of the Board. 


RN-BSN
Tuesday, June 05, 2018


At its June 4 formal meeting, Oakland University’s Board of Trustees approved a special program rate of $9,995 for the RN-BSN Degree Completion program. 


Oakland University Campus
Tuesday, June 05, 2018


The Oakland University Board of Trustees on Monday approved a $275 million FY2019 general fund budget that focuses on offering outstanding academic programs, improving student services, and minimizing the net cost students pay for their college education.


Kathleen Pfeiffer
Friday, June 01, 2018


Oakland University English Professor Kathleen Pfeiffer has been named a winner of the 2018 Michigan Writers Cooperative Press (MWCP) Chapbook Competition for her memoir, Ink. The annual competition features submissions from writers throughout the U.S., with winners receiving publication and marketing support. 


Huntington Ford Scholarship
Thursday, May 24, 2018


Marie Numan has a strong passion for helping others. The Rochester High School student, who will attend Oakland University this fall, is this year’s recipient of the Huntington Ford Scholarship, a full-tuition award sponsored by dealership owners Pat and Christie Scoggin. 


Pontiac Fit Park
Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Come get moving at the Pontiac Fit Fest, which takes place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 in Beaudette (Mill Dam) Park. The park is located at 786 Orchard Lake Rd, Pontiac, Michigan, 48341. 



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. 


Huirong Fu and students
Monday, May 14, 2018


The U.S. government recently designated Oakland University a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. 


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. 



Monday, April 30, 2018


Oakland University Professor Barbara Oakley has been recognized as one of the state's three recipients of the Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year award, which recognizes the outstanding contributions and dedication exhibited by the faculty from Michigan’s 15 public universities to the education of undergraduate students. 


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.


Oakland campus
Thursday, April 19, 2018


As a way to learn more about the diverse educators who share their expertise with our medical school students, OUWB presents a special interview series called “Take 5.” Let us know what you think.


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. 


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. 



Thursday, April 05, 2018


Oakland University associate professor of Writing and Rhetoric Josephine Walwema, Ph.D., along with co-authors Jared S. Colton of Utah State and Steve Holmes of George Mason were awarded the Nell Ann Pickett Award earlier this month for their article, “From NoobGuides to #OpKKK: Ethics of Anonymous’ Tactical Technical Communication,” published in Volume 26.1, 2017 of Technical Communication Quarterly. 


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. 


Elliott Tower
Wednesday, April 04, 2018


UPDATE: This event has been moved. The Remembrance Event will take place at the Oakland Center in the Banquet Rooms.The Oakland University community will gather in the Oakland Center for a remembrance event honoring faculty, staff, retirees and students who passed away during the past year. 


Laura Schartman with Googasian Award
Thursday, March 29, 2018


For outstanding contributions to the advancement of women, longtime Oakland University employee Laura Schartman has received the 2018 Phyllis Law Googasian Award. She was honored this week at the 26th annual Phyllis Law Googasian and Women and Gender Studies Award Luncheon, in the presence of current and former colleagues. 


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? 


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. 


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. 


Jon Carroll Flying Drone
Thursday, March 08, 2018


Oakland University professor Jon Carroll, Ph.D., is part of a pioneering team of scholars harnessing the latest advances in science and technology to promote sustainable agriculture in Africa. 


Tomoko Wakabayashi
Thursday, March 01, 2018


An Oakland University professor will be paired this month with a prestigious scholar from Arizona State University as part of the new PI Academy mentoring program at OU.  


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. 


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. 


Admissions
Friday, February 16, 2018


Oakland University was recently named to Phi Theta Kappa’s 2018 Transfer Honor Roll, a national list that recognizes the top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students. 


Dr. Jonathan Silberman and Tom Kuslits seated at a table in front of a sign that reads Economic Data Center
Thursday, February 08, 2018


Economics professor Jonathan Silberman, Ph.D., is banking on opening more eyes to Michigan’s fertile business landscape.


Headshot of Sandra LaBlance
Thursday, February 08, 2018


After a nationwide search, we are pleased to announce that Sandra S. LaBlance, Ph.D., will be the new Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine where she will be responsible for the programming that supports the vast and varied educational experiences that impact OUWB medical students.


OU Lactation Room
Wednesday, February 07, 2018


In an ongoing effort to meet the changing needs of students, faculty and staff, Oakland University now offers three private lactation rooms for nursing mothers who are looking for a safe space on campus to pump or feed their child, whether it’s by bottle or breast.


OU Veterans
Tuesday, February 06, 2018


Oakland University’s Office of Veterans Support Services is now offering an online training program to help faculty and staff better understand and assist student veterans on campus. 



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.


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.