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March 14, 2008
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OU alumnus organizes Special Olympic Torch run in Iraq
Since 1968, the 728th Military Police (MP) Battalion annually participates in the Troy Barboza Special Olympics Torch Run in Hawaii. This year, the battalion is deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom but the members don’t want to give up their annual event. OU alumnus and Second Lieutenant Jody Holeton, CAS ’00, is helping to organize a 5k Special Olympic Torch Run on Contingency Operating Base Speicher, in Iraq. Full Story...

Scholarship profile: Jenessa Betts
Jenessa Betts, winner of the 2007 Thomas A. Yatooma Memorial Scholarship, is pursuing a double major at Oakland University. Now in her senior year, Betts will graduate in May with a bachelor of science in computer science and a bachelor of arts in mathematics. Full Story...

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OUAA Connections
Royal Park Hotel brunch and Meadow Brook Theatre event
Join fellow OU alumni and friends for a special brunch and theatre event on Sunday, March 30, featuring “Moonlight and Magnolias” at Meadow Brook Theatre. Written by Rob Hutchinson, “Moonlight and Magnolias” is a delightful new play that takes audiences into the inner sanctum of 1939 Hollywood for one hilarious week as three icons of the film industry battle over how to save what became one of greatest movies ever made, "Gone With the Wind." This is the Michigan premiere of the play. Full Story...

Student-to-alumni power networking dinner
Alumni and students have an opportunity to network at this unique event hosted by the OUAA, OU Student Congress, and Future Alumni Network on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 5-7 p.m. in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms. Alumni and students will be matched at career themed tables while enjoying appetizers, dinner and dessert. Full Story...

Alumna Judy Evans recognized for loyalty to Rec Center

February was membership appreciation month at the Oakland University Recreation Center. During this time, select members were recognized for their loyalty and the example they display of leading active and healthy lifestyles. One of the nominated members is alumna Judy Evans, SECS '87.  Full Story...

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Nominate now for the 2008 Alumni Awards
Oakland University alumni and friends will gather at the 14th annual Alumni Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 8, 2008, to honor those who have achieved success in business, community service, volunteerism and more. The celebration will also include special recognition of previous alumni award recipients. Know an OU graduate or OU friend who deserves to be honored? Let us know! Nominations are being accepted through May 12. Full Story...

An Evening with Regina Carter, CAS ’85

Alumna violinist Regina Carter, CAS ’85, joins Carla Cook to present the "Regina Carter Sextet - Black Bottom Project" at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, May 15. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Atrium with dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Box, featuring a special appearance by Regina Carter. The performance will be held at 8 p.m. Call the Event Hotline at (248) 364-6140 for more information. Full Story...

Kansas City alumni gather for Golden Grizzlies basketball
Alumni in and around Kansas City, Missouri, had a special opportunity to see their very own Golden Grizzlies men’s and women’s basketball teams play right in downtown Kansas City on Saturday, March 1.  Full Story...

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AAAP hosts student welcome receptions
Oakland University Alumni Admissions Ambassadors have had opportunity to meet and greet newly admitted OU students and their families during the 2008 winter Welcome Receptions. Held in the banquet rooms on Oakland University’s campus, these receptions provide newly admitted students and their parents a meaningful evening with an opportunity to hear directly from Oakland’s leaders.  Full Story...

GrizzLink is the place to be for OU alumni!
GrizzLink is the place to be for more than 2,875 Oakland University alumni who are members. Alumni join for many reasons: to find past OU friends, post their resume or Class Note news, or because they need their Grizzly ID to access the university's  SAIL transcript information. It's easy to join and free to Oakland alumni. The OU Magazine includes an ID number that you will need to login to GrizzLink. The ID is on the address label of your magazine, directly above your name, after the # sign and before the ///’s. The next issue should arrive in your mailbox by late spring. Full Story...

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Campus Happenings
Rec Center offers spring deals
Get in shape for swimsuit season! The Oakland University Recreation Center invites you to purchase a half semester membership for just $100 per person. These half semester memberships go on sale March 5 and are valid through May 4, 2008. OUAA members are eligible for the great annual Rec Center membership rate of $440 and can sign up for an annual membership anytime. All Rec Center members have access to a 50 meter pool, a three-court basketball gym, fitness center and weight room with over 100 pieces of equipment, a 177-yard indoor track, three racquetball courts, a cycling room, aerobic studios, and much more. Members can attend more than 25 free group exercise classes and enjoy complimentary equipment rental, locker usage, and court reservations. Full Story...

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Issues in Marketing Forum: “It’s Not Easy Being Green"
It is clear that some societal movements have had a profound impact on consumers and their behavior in the marketplace, while other initially seemingly meaningful movements have quietly faded into the background. Predicting the future of movements that initially create considerable public interest, as well as substantial initial business backing, pose a significant challenge for businesses. How can a business tell what movement is going to become a long-lived trend and which will fade away? Full Story...

Educator recruiting event to be held April 30
The 13th Annual Educators Recruiting Day, presented by Oakland University's Career Services Department, is Wednesday, April 30, 2008, in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms. This event is a unique opportunity for recent OU graduates and alumni from the School of Education to participate in multiple scheduled interviews for teaching positions at numerous local and out-of-state schools and school districts.   Full Story...

SEHS offers global, lean learning opportunities
The School of Education and Human Services offers global learning opportunities, including a new International Baccalaureate program for Educators, and study abroad programs in China, Brazil and New Zealand. In addition the SEHS offers lean training for businesses and schools.  Full Story...

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Around Town

“Living with Autism” workshop to feature Jenny McCarthy
Parents, educators, and the general public will have the opportunity to hear from several local experts on a wide range of topics relating to autism on April 16 at the Troy Hilton. Workshop facilitators include medical experts from Henry Ford Health System and faculty members from Oakland University School of Education (OUCARES) and the Kaufman Children's Center.  Full Story...

Celebrate Earth Day at OU
Upland Hills Ecological Awareness Center and Oakland University are hosting the third annual Earth Day Expo, Michigan's largest Earth Day celebration. The expo will be held on the OU campus at the Oakland Center on Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. 6 p.m. It will a provide a wide variety of fun and informative activities including green exhibits, speakers, organic food, film festival, door prizes, renewable energy displays, kids' activities and entertainment. For full details, visit the Earth Day Expo Web site.

Brooksie Way half marathon to start, finish at OU
The grounds of Oakland University will be the start and historic Meadow Brook Hall will be the finish line for the inaugural Brooksie Way Half Marathon, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced Friday, Jan. 4. Patterson made the announcement at Meadow Brook Hall with officials from the Crim Fitness Foundation, which is co-sponsoring the race with Oakland County. Also in attendance were representatives from Oakland University, the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills and the Paint Creek Trailways Council. Full Story...

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Calendar of Events
March 26
MSU Federal Credit Union Identity Theft Seminar

March 26
Author Naomi Wolf to discuss American politics

April 1
Lit to Film Book Club

April 9
OU Symphony Chorus Performing Verdi's Requiem

April 30
Educators Recruiting Day

May 9-17
Grizzly Getaway: Ireland

June 22
Charter Class 45th Reunion

July 12
Grizzly Getaway: Trains of the Colorado Rockies

August 11
OUAA Golf Challenge

August 22
Grizzly Getaway: Finland
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