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Oakland campus
Thursday, February 14, 2019

For the third straight year, Oakland University received a gold ranking, the highest possible rating for veteran-friendliness from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). The organization recognizes institutions of higher learning for dedication to student veterans and dependents using their G.I. Bill and other educational benefits. 

Marijuana Legalization Panel
Monday, February 11, 2019

Join the Oakland University Center for Civic Engagement for a conversation about how Michigan moves forward after the legalization of recreational marijuana. 

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.” 

Friday, February 08, 2019

Much of the study of engineering involves the application of basic sciences and mathematics.  But the practice of engineering moves beyond these basics to tackle real life problems and provide solutions for industry and society.

Puerto Rican parrots
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Researchers at Oakland University led an international effort to map and analyze the DNA of three Amazon parrot species, with the goal of preserving the birds from extinction. 

Honors College students phone chat with Will Jelbert
Thursday, January 17, 2019

More than 9,500 miles separate Oakland University’s Rochester campus from Antarctica. Fortunately, modern technology helps bridge that distance. 

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. 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Oakland University ecologist Scott Tiegs is the lead author of a new scientific paper examining carbon-cycling rates of river-based ecosystems around the world.

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

In the most recent update to the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education, Oakland University has moved up to the second-highest tier of research universities. This tier features colleges and universities with “high research activity,” a designation held by only 3.1 percent of the 4,424 colleges and universities on the Carnegie Classification list. 

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.

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.

Oakland campus
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Oakland University Professor Robert Van Til was recently interviewed by SNIPS magazine in to regards Lean in the workplace and on the shop floor.

Julia Tituskin
Thursday, December 06, 2018

Honors College graduating seniors recently presented their Honors Theses, with topics including health care, economics, linguistics, history and more. Students are required to complete a research thesis in order to graduate from OU’s Honors College. 

Disruption in Detroit
Thursday, December 06, 2018

When Oakland University history professor Daniel Clark started conducting oral history interviews with retired autoworkers in the early 2000s, he expected to hear stories of a widely mythologized golden age – an era of prosperity in the 1940s and ‘50s that propelled tens of thousands of unionized auto workers into a secure, blue collar middle class lifestyle. 

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. 

Melanie Mayberry, Arati Kelekar and Nelia Afonso
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) and University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry (Detroit Mercy) will launch a new interprofessional course to educate medical and dental students on how health care professionals collaborate for the benefit of their patients. 

Oakland campus
Monday, November 19, 2018

Mark Frikker, M.D., chair, Department of Surgery,Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.After serving as interim chair, Department of Surgery, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Frikker, M.D., as chair, Department of Surgery, OUWB. He has also been appointed chief of surgical services and chair, Department of Surgery at Beaumont, Royal Oak where he was serving as interim chair.

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.

Sigma Xi Conference Group photo
Monday, November 12, 2018

Two Oakland University graduate students, Roshan Timilsina and Tyler Parsons, received superior presentation awards at the 2018 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, which took place October 25-28 in San Francisco, California. 

Campus Aerial View
Thursday, November 01, 2018

Oakland University will launch the public phase of its comprehensive campaign, “Aspire. Advance. Achieve,” at a November 17 gala headlined by acclaimed author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell. 

Temple Grandin
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Oakland University Office of Disability Support Services and Center for Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) collaborated to bring Dr. Temple Grandin – professor, author and advocate – to Oakland University this week for a workshop focused on supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in higher education. 

Dr. David Stone
Friday, October 26, 2018

The Research Office at Oakland University hosted its second Research, Innovation and Engagement Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 24 and presented awards to several OU faculty members in recognition of their outstanding research and initiative.

Research Expo Congressman Bishop Speaking
Monday, October 22, 2018

On Friday, October 19, the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science hosted an expo showcasing faculty research in the areas of Data Analytics and Cyber Security, Autonomous Systems and Technology, Power and Energy, and Advanced Manufacturing. 

Oakland campus
Monday, October 15, 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.”  

Monday, October 08, 2018

This year’s President’s Colloquium “The Dead Past and the Living Present” will be presented by Jeffrey Insko, Ph.D., associate professor of English. The event will take place at noon on Monday, Oct. 15, in the Founders Ball Rooms of the Oakland Center, on OU’s Rochester campus. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow. 

Stefanie Attardi
Monday, October 01, 2018

On Monday, Oct. 1 – Wednesday, Oct. 3, students, faculty, staff and community members will have the opportunity to register as an organ and bone marrow donor and at the 7th Annual Organ & Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive. One OUWB faculty member who has a special connection to the drive is Stefanie Attardi, Ph.D., assistant professor.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Michael Wadsworth has been named interim Dean of Students for Oakland University’s Division of Student Affairs & Diversity. He was elevated to the role upon the retirement of longtime Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Nancy Marshall (formerly Schmitz). Marshall’s career at Oakland spanned 35 years.

Gabrielle Minchella and Lester Finley
Friday, September 28, 2018

Theatre alums Gabrielle Minchella and Lester Finley, who are living and working in New York City, ran into actresses Kate Flannery, best known for playing Meredith Palmer on the NBC series The Office, and Jane Lynch, best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in the musical television series Glee, while riding the subway.

Inside-Out "Outside" instructors
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This summer, Oakland University Criminal Justice professor Amanda Burgess-Proctor took part in an international program that trains university faculty to develop and implement classes that take place inside correctional facilities. 

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. 

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.