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March 14, 2007
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Support OU’s women’s basketball team and congratulate them on making it to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament as the Golden Grizzlies take on the University of Kentucky Wildcats Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in the O’rena. The first 500 fans get in free.
 Campus Happenings
Around Town

Alumni Profile: Todd Messer
In February, Crain’s Detroit Business reported that Detroit-based Little Caesar’s is gaining a bigger piece of the $27 billion U.S. pizza market share, adding more than 200 stores in 2006. OU alumnus Todd Messer, SBA ’86, is happy to be a part of the expansion, which is projected to continue in 2007. Messer, who co-owns 15 Little Caesars franchises in Little Rock, Ark., with his brother, is the executive director of the Little Caesars Franchisee Association, a national organization headquartered in Troy. Full Story...

Scholarship Profile: Kwame Everett
Kwame Everett has spent his time at Oakland University working to build cultural unity and helping minority students succeed. He has been rewarded with two prestigious scholarships, a $5,000 Keeper of the Dream Award and a $3,000 Black Alumni Scholarship. “These scholarships have helped finance my education, which is the key to life,” Everett says.  Full Story...

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OUAA Connections
WNIT at Oakland University
Support OU’s women’s basketball team and congratulate them on making it to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament as the Golden Grizzlies take on the University of Kentucky Wildcats on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in the O’rena.  Full Story...

Join the GrizzLink online community
The GrizzLink community boasts more than 420 members in the first 3 months! OU alumni are joining to reconnect with each other through “blind e-mail” and the searchable alumni directory. More than 75,000, OU alumni are listed in the GrizzLink directory from class years 1963 - 2007. Alumni can view their personal, private profile and update their biographical information. They can also locate their OU Grizzly ID, needed to login to SAIL, on their GrizzLink profile page to assist in obtaining OU academic transcripts. Full Story...

OUAA e-newsletter survey
The Oakland University Alumni Association has been sending an e-publication, the OU Update, for the past two years. As an alumni or a friend of OU, your feedback on the e-newsletter is very important to us. Please take a few minutes to tell us whether the e-newsletter has been effective in communicating with you by completing this online survey. Your answers will help us improve our communication and services to you.

A Night Out for Macbeth
Join the Honors College and the Oakland University Alumni Association for an evening of engaging conversation and great theatre! Professors Brian Murphy and Niels Herold will host a dinner discussion of Macbeth followed by a performance of the classic Shakespearean tragedy at Meadow Brook Theatre.  Full Story...

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Dinner with a Dozen Grizzlies
One of the Future Alumni Network’s newest traditions is Dinner with a Dozen Grizzlies. Based on UCLA's award-winning program, Dinner with a Dozen Grizzlies is built on a simple idea: alumni host dinners in their homes for students, faculty and fellow alumni in an effort to make OU a warmer, friendlier place. It is an opportunity to make new friends and professional contacts. By attending a dinner, you can help students network and build connections after they graduate. Full Story...

Alumni Night at the O’Rena a great success!
February's Alumni Night at the O’Rena was a great success with over 200 OU alumni and their friends and families participating in the fun! Guests enjoyed the opportunity to hear from Jeff Smith, associate head coach of the men’s basketball team, and Adrienne Bass, director for alumni relations. To celebrate Oakland’s 50th anniversary this year, guests were also encouraged to test their knowledge of OU through a historical trivia contest.  Full Story...

OUAA Golf Challenge
Join your fellow alumni and friends on Friday, June 22 for an afternoon of fun and fellowship on the R&S Sharf Golf Course. The Oakland University Alumni Association and all the academic units have come together to bring you one outstanding day of golf during Oakland University’s 50th anniversary year.  Full Story...

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Campus Happenings
50 Years of OU Memories
OU alumni from every decade are invited to share their memories with OU alumnus and faculty member Dr. Bill Connellan at one of five receptions this spring. Connellan is compiling the information for a forthcoming historical retrospective in the works at OU Press to showcase Oakland University in the context of Michigan higher education. Full Story...

Join the SEHS for summer programs in Brazil and New Zealand
This summer, Oakland University students in education can take part in two unique educational exchange programs through the School of Education and Human Services. In July, undergraduate and graduate students will travel to Brazil to explore issues of urban education such as education reform, ethnic diversity and social inequality. In June, graduate students will travel to New Zealand to compare educational systems and practices. Full Story...

OU Global Security Forum to feature film director Robert Greenwald
Producer, director and political activist Robert Greenwald will appear at Oakland University as keynote speaker at OU’s Second Annual Global Security Forum to be held Monday, April 9, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms. Greenwald will introduce and screen his recent documentary, “Iraq for Sale,” a 75-minute film exposing the negative effects of reconstruction profiteering within Iraq on its citizens and American soldiers and their families. Full Story...

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The economic impact of health care
Health care has the potential to shape Michigan's economic future unlike any other single issue. Join the SEHS on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 for breakfast and featured speaker Mike McCallister, president and chief executive officer of Humana Incorporated, who will share his unique perspective on the future of Michigan’s health care and its impact on our state’s economy.  Full Story...

Let OU help you get in shape for summer
Are you trying to live a more active lifestyle? Is your goal to get in shape for “swim suit season”? The Oakland University Recreation Center has programs to help you. Oakland University Alumni Association members automatically qualify for discounted Recreation Center memberships. Full Story...

Lafayette String Quartet to perform at OU
The critically acclaimed Lafayette String Quartet will return home to Oakland University on April 12 for a benefit concert for the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. Having just celebrated its own 20th anniversary season, a professional rarity, the ensemble will appear as part of OU’s 50th anniversary celebration and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Global Citizenship theme. Full Story...

OU hockey club takes national championship
In its first season in Division I, OU’s men’s club hockey team won the national tournament by beating number one-seeded Penn State in the championship game. The Grizzlies won the national title last year in Division II.  Full Story...

OU to host 7th annual AUTOe conference April 23-24
Now in its seventh year, the 2007 AUTOe conference promises to deliver pragmatic insight into the state of information technologies within the auto industry by the thought leaders best equipped to do so—automotive CIOs. The conference will be held at Oakland University April 23-24. The theme of this year’s conference, “Automotive IT: Living in Interesting Times,” reflects the changing, challenging and uncertain environment that automotive information technology leaders face. Full Story...

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Around Town
MiLife MiTimes
As an OU alumnus, you're invited to subscribe to MiLife MiTimes, a monthly e-magazine offering a fresh perspective on life, work and culture in Michigan. Each month MiLife MiTimes features articles on a variety of topics in special sections including Dwell, Eat and Drink, and the Arts. It also highlights a key member of our community who is helping to bring positive change to Michigan. 

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Calendar of Events
March 27
50 Years of OU Memories: 1963-1969

March 28
50 Years of OU Memories: 1970-1979

March 29
Theatre Night featuring 'Macbeth'

March 30
Pistons v. Nets

April 3
OUAA Event: Lit to Film Book Club Series

April 11
Pistons v. Magic

April 11
50 Years of OU Memories:

April 12
Lafayette String Quartet MTD Benefit Concert

April 13
Grizzly Getaway: Sensational Spain

October 16
Grizzly Getaway: South Pacific Wonders
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