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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during January 2008.

Inspired Faculty and Staff

Keeping education affordable
The Detroit News published a letter by OU President Gary Russi on how OU keeps education affordable.


David Dulio
David Dulio, associate professor of political science, was quoted in a front-page Detroit News article about the Michigan primary elections, and in front-page Oakland Press articles about Mitt Romney’s and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns. 


Cindy Hermsen
Director of Financial Aid Cindy Hermsen was interviewed for a front-page article in the Oakland Press. Hermsen discussed financial aid options available to OU students.


The Monitor reported on the travels of a handful of MTD faculty, staff and students to the Ukraine. The group was doing research to produce the play “Chekhov in Yalta.”


Barbara Oakley
Barbara Oakley, associate professor of engineering, was featured in a Rochester Post article about her recently published book, “Evil Genes, Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend.”


Dan Smith
Crain’s Detroit Business announced the appointment of Dan Smith, former director of government relations at the Detroit Regional Chamber, as OU’s state relations director.


Karl Gregory
Retired economics professor Karl Gregory was awarded the Martin Luther King Community Service Award for his role as chairman of the Washington D.C. Congress of Racial Equality and for other endeavors supporting human and civil rights. He was featured in the Detroit News.

Crittenton Hospital
Crittenton Hospital’s $2 million endowed professorship in the SON was featured in an extensive Health Care Weekly article.
Campus Events

Keeper of the Dream
The Keeper of the Dream celebration featuring Harry Belafonte was previewed in the Free Press, Oakland Press, the Eccentric and the Rochester Post. Follow-up articles were published in the Free Press, Rochester Post (front page) and the Eccentric (front page).


French Film Festival
The Tournées French Film Festival, held for the second consecutive year at OU, was previewed in the Rochester Post (twice), the Free Press, Suburban Lifestyles, the Oakland Press and the Daily Tribune.


Brooksie Way
The Brooksie Way memorial run was previewed in the Free Press, the Detroit News, the Oakland Press and the Rochester Post.


David Callahan
Author David Callahan’s visit to OU to discuss his new book, “The Cheating Culture,” was previewed in the Rochester Post and the Eccentric. The Rochester Post covered the lecture.


Shakespeare Behind Bars
The Rochester Post, the Eccentric and Suburban Lifestyle previewed a screening and discussion with the director of the Shakespeare Behind Bars program.

African American Celebration
A schedule of OU events held in honor of Black History Month was published in the Eccentric, the Detroit News and the Oakland Press.


AIDS lecture
The Michigan Chronicle, Free Press, and Rochester Post previewed a lecture given by OU’s School of Nursing on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African American population.   


Asperger's seminar
The Free Press previewed a seminar on Asperger’s Syndrome presented by OU’s School of Education and Human Services.


Meadow Brook Hall
The Valentine’s Dinner held at Meadow Brook Hall was previewed in the Rochester Post and the Troy Times.
Community Engagement

Prepared grads
A Detroit News editorial commented on a new study of the availability of jobs for college graduates based on skills rather than education. Oakland University was noted as an institution with a high number of students with engineering and science skills.


OU’s OPTIONS program was highlighted in a front-page Eccentric article.


Nightingale Awards
The SON Nightingale Awards were previewed in Health Care Weekly.


Free counseling
The SEHS Counseling Center’s services were announced in the Eccentric and the Romeo Observer.


Downtown Rochester
The Rochester Post’s run-down of the highlights of 2007 included OU’s partnership with the Rochester OPC, Crittenton Hospital’s $2 million endowed professorship in the SON, and Bob Woodward’s OU lecture.


Hometown showdown
The Detroit News, Rochester Post and the Eccentric reported on the second annual Rochester Adams vs. Rochester High School rivalry basketball game, which was again held at OU.
Inspired Students

Scholarship winners
The Keeper of the Dream winners were announced in the Detroit Free Press. In addition, winner Ronée Harvey of Rochester Hills was featured in the Eccentric.


Lauren Podell
Lauren Podell won a spot as a WDIV traffic reporter. Her accomplishment was reported on the air as well as by the Detroit News.


Art and Art History
The Detroit News covered an exhibit at the Museum of New Art (MONA) in Pontiac that featured the work of students in OU’s art and art history programs.


Doctor of Nursing Practice
Bonnie Koski, the first student to graduate with the new doctorate of nursing practice degree from OU in partnership with NMU, was featured in the Iron River Reporter.


Derick Nelson
Junior basketball player Derick Nelson, an OU basketball player who juggles school and a one-year-old daughter, was featured in the Oakland Press.

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