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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during April 2009.
Partnerships
 

Medical School
The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press, Crain's Detroit Business and Oakland Business Review reported on the recent hiring of six associate deans who will assist in planning for the opening of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in 2010.

OU INC
The Detroit News, Crain's Detroit Business and MetroModeMedia featured articles announcing that OU INC will receive a $250,000 job grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Cooley Law School
The Detroit Free Press reported on the proposed plan for Oakland County to turn over the Adams-Pratt law library to Cooley Law School.

St. John's Hospital Nursing Program
The Detroit Free Press reported on the OU School of Nursing's partnership with St. John's Health System to help train area residents for careers in health care.

YMCA Financial Literacy Initiative
The Oakland Press reported on the partnership between the university's Center for Business Research and Education and the YMCA to teach area children the basics of personal finance. 
 

Research
 

REACH Institute
The Oakland Press reported on the establishment of the REACH Institute at Oakland University, which will promote research, education and advocacy for children's health.  
 

Boosting Enrollment
 

Professional Certificate Programs
The Oakland Press reported on the new certificate programs being offered by the OU School of Engineering aimed at helping industry professionals enhance their job skills and keep abreast of the latest developments in the field.

Occupational Safety and Health Program
The Oakland Press reported on the university's Occupational Safety and Heath program offering its bachelor's degree online complete a capstone internship experience.  
 

Student Engagement
 
Tuition Assistance Fund

The Detroit News and Oakland Press reported on the university's decision to extend its special tuition assistance program into the 2009-10 academic year.

Lean Principles
Educational Business Weekly reported on the university's efforts to teach graduate students principles of lean thinking, an innovative business concept focused on controlling cost and maximizing resources.

Men's Baseball
The Oakland Press reported on the OU baseball team's focus on recruiting local high school prospects to strengthen its lineup.

Women's Softball
The Observer-Eccentric featured an article on the hopeful prospects for the OU softball team.   
 
Community Engagement

 
Capital Campaign

The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press and MetroModeMedia reported on the successful conclusion to the university's capital campaign, which netted roughly $112 million in four years.

Earth Day
The Detroit News, Oakland Press and Observer-Eccentric reported on the Earth Day Expo held in downtown Rochester to raise awareness of environmental issues. Traditionally held at OU, the annual event was moved to a larger venue to accommodate growing crowds.

Meadow Brook Fundraiser
The Oakland Press reported on the upcoming fundraising event in support of the Meadow Brook Theater Guild.   
 

Inspired Faculty and Staff
  
Eddie Cheng
The Oakland Press reported on OU mathematics professor Eddie Cheng, who was recently honored with the Professor of the Year Award by the President's Council - State Universities of Michigan.  
  
Campus Events
 
Organic Gardening
The Macomb Daily reported on a workshop on organic gardening sponsored by the Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance on the campus of Oakland University.

Common Ground
The Detroit News and Oakland Press reported on the upcoming Walk on Common Ground to be held at OU. The event will support the efforts of Common Ground, an Oakland County nonprofit organization offering crisis intervention services.

Meadow Brook Farm
The Oakland Press reported on the planned presentation and tour of the historical Meadow Brook farm sites.   
 
Remarkable Students and Alumni

 
Andrew Eden

The Observer-Eccentric reported that senior music major Andrew Eden was named Outstanding Student in Instrumental Performance.

Jessica Granger
The Oakland Press and Observer-Eccentric reported on senior softball player Jessica Granger's quest to lead the Golden Grizzles into this year's Summit League Tournament.

Ari Rosenberg Hajek
The Observer-Eccentric reported on senior music major Ari Rosenberg Hajek, who was named Outstanding Student in Jazz.

Erik Kangas
Erik Kangas was featured in the Detroit News and Oakland Press for his second-place finish in the ESPN 3-point Championships held at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Katie Nabors
The Observer-Eccentric reported on Music Theatre and Dance student Katie Nabors, who received the MTD Award for Commitment.

Justin Velic
The Observer-Eccentric reported on senior music major Justin Velic, who was named Outstanding Student in Instrumental Performance.

Marissa Worthington
OU Nursing student Marissa Worthington was featured in a Detroit Free Press article chronicling the vital need for heath care professionals throughout the state.   
 

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