Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff News

Kourtney Rouser and Kennay Carpenter
Tuesday, December 12, 2017


OU freshman Kennay Carpenter set her sights on college in seventh grade as a member of Oakland University’s chapter of the Michigan GEAR UP program.


Headshot of Cynthia Ledford
Monday, December 11, 2017


Dr. Cynthia Ledford will join OUWB in February 2018 as the new Associate Dean of Undergraduate Clinical Education for which she will be responsible for the development, implementation and delivery of the undergraduate clinical component of the OUWB curriculum.


OUCU Check Presentation
Monday, December 11, 2017


Oakland University Credit Union President & CEO April M. Clobes announced at the Oakland University Board of Trustees meeting today her organization’s plan to donate $1M over the next five years. The gift will provide financial support to Oakland University students participating in study abroad and international educational opportunities. 


Pontiac Bike Lanes
Tuesday, December 05, 2017


Construction crews put the finishing touches on Saginaw Street, north of the downtown, to define on-street bike lanes. The nearly mile-long bike lane is the first of its kind in the City of Pontiac, allowing for bikes and cars to safely share the road. 


Macomb Food Drive
Thursday, November 30, 2017


Back on November 18, more than 275 Oakland University students, staff and alumni participated in the Macomb County Santa Parade, an event that also marked the start of the group’s annual food drive to support the Macomb Food Program. The drive got off to an auspicious start with more than 800 pounds of food donated on the first day. 


group of medicine and opera students with Professor Amy DeBaets
Thursday, November 30, 2017


In 2015, Dean Folberg and David DiChiera, founder of the Michigan Opera Theater (MOT), brought cast members of The Passenger, an opera in rotation at MOT, to OUWB for a scaled down miniature-performance. At the time, they were unaware that this performance would spark a long-lasting partnership between MOT and OUWB and an innovative new course for OUWB students.


Social Work Stock Photo
Tuesday, November 28, 2017


As Oakland University’s social work program marks 10 years in existence, a new report from Zippia.com ranks the program as the second-best of its kind in Michigan. 


Caitlin Demsky, Ph.D. in a red jacket in an office
Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Workplace aggression, whether physical or psychological, is making employees stressed, sick and unhappy. It’s also spilling over into personal lives, creating work-family conflicts.


Lake Erie International Model UN Conference
Friday, November 17, 2017


For the third consecutive year, Oakland University emerged as the top team at the Lake Erie Model United Nations Conference. Eight schools competed at the event, which took place November 9-12 in Huron, Ohio. 


Spencer Kelly
Wednesday, November 01, 2017


When 16-year-old Spencer Kelly’s bicycle was stolen last year, his father bought him a replacement – with one caveat. He had to find a way to pay back the money. Fueled by his entrepreneurial spirit, Kelly started a journey to founding his own retail soap business, aptly named The Expedition Soap Company. 


Adam LeRoy and Shawna Boomgaard
Thursday, October 26, 2017


OU/PSA’s Shawna Boomgaard, Manager of Academic Accountability, and Adam LeRoy, Administrative Coordinator for Special Services, hosted a training with Amy Walter from Northwest Education Association (NWEA) on Friday, September 29, at the Management Education Center in Troy.


Headshot of Karen Lloyd
Thursday, October 26, 2017


PSA Associate Director, Karen Lloyd, facilitated two New Board Member Orientations attended by 11 Public School Academy Board Members at The Office Coffee Shop in Royal Oak.


Breaking Down Barriers
Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Oakland University is hosting a community event, “Breaking Down Barriers to Employment,” which features a resource fair, presentations, breakout sessions and resume critiquing designed to help participants overcome obstacles to employment. 


Ed Gordon
Thursday, October 19, 2017


For its annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration, Oakland University will welcome award-winning journalist and broadcaster Ed Gordon to campus on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15, 2018. 


Wesley Brown
Monday, October 16, 2017


Looking back on his four years at Oakland University, Wesley Brown remembers the rigors of life as a student athlete. 


Honors College AR-VR Event
Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Oakland University’s Honors College announced the creation of an Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Lab at a recent event featuring leaders from industry and OU. 


Laureen Berti
Thursday, October 05, 2017


When a multinational company sends employees to work in other countries, the labyrinth of rules and regulations can be difficult to navigate. Laureen Berti, a graduate of Oakland University’s paralegal certificate program, helps companies tackle this challenge with confidence.


President Pescovitz
Wednesday, October 04, 2017


This academic year is a special one for Oakland University senior Abby Majestic. It’s the first year that the 21-year-old Honors College student and English major won’t have to take out loans to pay for her education. 



Tuesday, October 03, 2017


This year, Oakland University students, faculty and staff were invited to take part in the 2017 OU Climate Survey in order to measure University-wide perceptions of diversity, inclusiveness, cooperation, respect, accessibility and support.


OU Homecoming 2017
Monday, October 02, 2017


Oakland University’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, a two-day celebration featuring a variety of family-friendly activities, will kick off at noon on Friday, Oct. 13 with a special event honoring the 134th birthday of OU’s founder, Matilda Dodge Wilson.


Donna Free in a white sweater, smiling, teaching a class
Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Donna Free has been an educator for nearly three decades. In the classroom, her instruction is guided by her experiences working in public accounting, and a desire to give her students the same kind of supportive learning environment she experienced as an accounting student. 


David McKissock
Tuesday, September 26, 2017


This week, students in Oakland University’s Honors College freshman colloquium were treated to a visit from David McKissock, who shared experiences from his more than 30-year career as an engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 


Voter Registration
Wednesday, September 20, 2017


September is National Voter Registration Month and a new report on the voting rates of college students found that Oakland University students vote at a higher rate than the national average. 


Campus Aerial
Wednesday, September 20, 2017


As the University manages major growth projects such as construction of the new southern student housing facility, renovation of the Oakland Center and expansion of parking lots, administrators and facilities and grounds personnel are maintaining a strong commitment to protect the environmental health, quality and beauty of OU's 1,443-acre campus. 


Tutoring
Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Oakland University’s Tutoring Center was recently recognized as a Certified Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program by the International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 


Israel Dig
Thursday, September 07, 2017


What can you learn from scouring the ruins of an ancient civilization? 


Honors College Convocation
Tuesday, September 05, 2017


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


Chelsea Criger standing in an open doorway next to a wall covered in her art work in Iceland
Thursday, August 31, 2017


Chelsea Criger, a theatre design and technology major who will be a senior in the fall, spent two months of the summer as artist in residence at the Fish Factory Art Center in Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland.



Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Just in time for the Fall semester, rooms 164, 166 and 168 in South Foundation Hall have been remodeled to offer the latest in learning technology for Department of Modern Languages & Literatures students.


Nu Omega
Tuesday, August 29, 2017


For the fourth consecutive year – and sixth of the last seven years – the national political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA) has recognized its Oakland University chapter, Nu Omega, with a Best Chapter Award. 


Greece Study Abroad Group
Tuesday, August 29, 2017


This summer, 13 Oakland University student journalists traveled to Greece to chronicle the plight of more than 60,000 refugees who’ve fled their homelands in search of a life free from violence and oppression. 


Scientific Teaching Fellows
Friday, July 28, 2017


With the goal of improving student learning, a select group of faculty members in Oakland University’s Department of Biological Sciences attended a national conference dedicated to enhancing teaching methods in the STEM fields. Rasul Chaudhry, Shailesh Lal, Luis Villa-Diaz and Randal Westrick took part in this year’s Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching, which was held June 4-10 at the University of Minnesota. 


OU Michigan GEAR UP Summer Boot Camp
Thursday, July 27, 2017


This past week, 20 newly minted Golden Grizzlies took part in Oakland’s sixth annual Michigan GEAR UP Residential Summer Boot Camp. The weeklong camp offered students a preview of college life as they prepare to enter OU as freshmen this fall. 


Headshot of Gustavo Patino
Wednesday, July 26, 2017


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.


SAE Car
Monday, July 24, 2017


A $50,000 grant from the DENSO North America Foundation will support multiple programs and enhance educational opportunities for students in Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science. 


Martha Reeves speaking to students
Friday, July 21, 2017


This past weekend, students in Oakland University’s Project Upward Bound were in the presence of Motown greatness. Martha Reeves, leader of the famed 1960s singing group “Martha and the Vandellas,” visited OU’s campus to share stories from her life and career, stressing the importance of setting goals and cultivating confidence.


OU Business Data Analysis Lab
Thursday, July 13, 2017


Oakland is the third-best college in Michigan for Accounting majors, according to a recent report from Zippia.com. 


English Major
Friday, July 07, 2017


Literature buffs, take note. Oakland University is the second-best college in Michigan for English majors. 


SBA students in classroom
Thursday, June 22, 2017


Payscale and Zippia recently named Oakland University among top colleges for business majors in Michigan. The organizations recognized Oakland based on career outcomes and return on educational investment for graduates of Oakland’s School of Business Administration. 


Project Upward Bound
Monday, June 19, 2017


Oakland University’s Project Upward Bound (PUB), a college preparatory enrichment program, has received a $3 million grant from the federal government. The five-year grant will help sustain one of the university’s most successful and enduring programs. Oakland University’s PUB is the second-largest in Michigan and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. 



Monday, June 05, 2017


With the goal of protecting and strengthening Oakland University’s already exemplary academic programs, as well as providing students with extensive financial and academic support services, the Oakland University Board of Trustees on Monday approved a $271.5 million budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.


Jill Lawson
Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Throughout her time as an Oakland University employee, Jill Lawson has gained a reputation for going above and beyond in support of university initiatives and goals. Her dedication and commitment will be formally recognized on June 12 when she is presented with this year’s Sharon L. Wilhelm Award at the university’s Exemplary Employee Award Celebration. 


Career Services
Wednesday, May 17, 2017


The latest First-Destination Survey Report, which is based on data from the 2015-2016 graduating class, shows positive trends for recent OU graduates in the job market and other post-graduation paths.


Dr. Barbara Ducatman
Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Barbara S. Ducatman, M.D. will join OUWB and Beaumont on July 31, 2017 where she will have an appointment at OUWB as Professor and Chair of Pathology.


Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.
Thursday, May 04, 2017


Following a national search involving 61 candidates, the Oakland University Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to appoint Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., as its president, beginning July 1. Pescovitz becomes the university’s seventh president, succeeding George W. Hynd, who is completing a three-year term.


Ahmad Mansour
Wednesday, May 03, 2017


Ahmad Mansour, a Computer Science and Informatics Ph.D. candidate at Oakland University, recently won the award for Best Full Paper at the 12th annual Cyber and Information Security Research Conference held at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.