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Nursing
Friday, May 31, 2019


Study.com has published its 2019 rankings for the best Master of Science in Nursing programs in the country, and Oakland University came in at No. 44. 


SAT prep
Tuesday, May 28, 2019


Oakland University’s Professional and Continuing Education program and School of Engineering and Computer Science are partnering to offer a one-week SAT Preparation Camp. 


Clinton River Water Festival 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019


On Friday, May 17, around 1,200 fifth graders participated in Oakland University’s 13th annual Clinton River Water Festival. The students came from schools in the Clinton River Watershed community in Oakland County, and learned about the vital role that water and the Clinton River play within the region. 


Tenorio National Park
Thursday, May 16, 2019


Destiny Stock and Dylan Pattullo sample invertebrates in a stream in Carrara National Park. For Macy Jackson, studying abroad opens the door to experiences that simply aren’t possible within the U.S. The environmental science major was among a group of OU students who recently spent 10 days in Costa Rica for a class in tropical field ecology. 


man in a gray jacket smiling at the camera, standing in front of a poster presentation
Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Adam LeRoy, of the OU/PSA Office presented at the 2019 AERA (American Education Research Association) conference on April 6, 2019 and April 8, 2019. The AERA conference is the largest research conference in North American.


three adults in business attire smiling at the camera, one person holding a framed certificate
Wednesday, May 15, 2019


The Office of Public School Academies hosted its annual Board appreciation dinner on April 30th. Board members and school administrators, along with SEHS Dean Jon Margerum-Leys, and Associate Dean Michael McDonald, and for the first time, PSA scholarship recipients, joined us to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the school year.


Jacob Corll
Friday, May 10, 2019


Jacob Corll, an Oakland University alum whose research led to the discovery of a master gene that regulates the expression of other genes involved in the development of corn kernels, was recently recognized as the co-first author of a manuscript published in The Plant Cell, a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Society of Plant Biologists.


Engineering Promise Scholarship
Thursday, May 09, 2019


Beginning with the fall 2019 incoming freshman class, OU’s School of Engineering and Computer Science will sponsor the new Engineering and Computer Science Academic Promise Scholarship. The scholarship will assist students with financial need, ensuring that all tuition and housing costs are covered, as well as provide opportunities for involvement within the School of Engineering and Computer Science. 


Oakland campus
Wednesday, May 08, 2019


Professor Shannon Flumerfelt was recently interviewed by Michigan Business Weekly in regards to her Lean work in developing a Lean Graduate Certificate at Oakland University.


Information Technology
Monday, May 06, 2019


Oakland University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology was ranked among the 25 best programs of its kind in country, according to a study by BachelorsDegreeCenter.org. 


Hunter Vaughan Book
Monday, April 29, 2019


In his new book, Oakland University film scholar Hunter Vaughan pulls back the curtain on what he calls “Hollywood’s dirtiest secret.” 



Friday, April 19, 2019


Kimberly Holka, DNP, MSN, MSA, RN, APHN-BC, CNE, full-time adjunct instructor and RN-BSN degree completion coordinator, has been awarded the 2019 Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award winner by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).


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. 


HOP-UP-PT with Dr. Sara Arena and Dr. Chris Wilson
Monday, April 15, 2019


Dr. Sara Arena and Dr. Chris Wilson, assistant professors of physical therapy at Oakland University, have created the Home-based Older Person Upstreaming Prevention Physical Therapy (HOP-UP-PT) program, which is designed to provide early preventative interventions to senior citizens at risk of being homebound by facilitating partnerships between community centers and local physical therapists.


Alex Johnston
Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Alex Johnston was a freshman when he started as a clinical volunteer in the emergency department at a Detroit area hospital. After seeing several patients lose their life to heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, the now senior biology major says he grew curious about the events that lead to heart attacks and how to prevent them. 


Wilson and Human Relations Award recipients
Tuesday, April 09, 2019


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. 


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.



Thursday, April 04, 2019


The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and Behavioral Endocrinology, just published by the Oxford University Press, is edited by Oakland University’s Associate Professor of Psychology, Lisa L.M. Welling, Ph.D., and Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology Todd K. Shackelford, Ph.D.


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.” 



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.


Elizabeth Allan
Monday, March 25, 2019


Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D., associate professor of writing and rhetoric, is among a distinct group of scholars whose work will be showcased in the 2019 Best of the Journals in Writing and Rhetoric. 


Marguerite Mahler
Friday, March 22, 2019


More than 40 years ago, Marguerite Mahler was reading the Detroit Free Press when she noticed an article about a new legal assistant program starting at Oakland University. The 40-something wife and mother had left a career in laboratory science to raise her family and was looking to re-enter the workforce. 


Daniel J. Goble balance testing with student assistant
Wednesday, March 20, 2019


A new study by Daniel J. Goble, Ph.D., associate professor of exercise science, has been published in the Journal of Athletic Training. The study examined more than 10,000 male and female athletes, ages 8 to 21, to provide normative data for the BTrackS Balance Test (BBT), a tool that Dr. Goble invented for concussion balance testing. 


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. 



Monday, March 18, 2019


Alison Powell, Ph.D., assistant professor of creative writing in the Department of English at Oakland University, has had her essay entitled “Already We Are Less Than Ever Before” selected as a Proximity Magazine Personal Essay Prize winner.


OUCARES Family Fun Day
Thursday, March 14, 2019


To offer an inclusive day of fun for people with autism spectrum disorders, the Joanne & Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) is hosting its 16th annual Family Fun Day from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday March 23 at the Oakland University Recreation 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.


Dawn Aubry
Friday, March 01, 2019


Following a search, Dawn Aubry, of Oakland Township, has been selected to become Oakland University’s associate vice president for Enrollment Management. Her new role is effective March 1. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.” 


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. 


River
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.