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OU alum named Michigan Outstanding American History teacher   

Karen Lessenberry, who received her bachelor’s degree in History from OU in 1964 (then MSU-OU),  was named by the Michigan Council on History Education (MCHE) as the Michigan Outstanding History Teacher of the Year. She was honored as the state recipient at the annual MCHE Conference on Nov. 5 at the Lansing Convention Center. Full Story >>>

Celebrating scholarships
Recipients of the 2008-09 OUAA scholarship awards were honored at the Celebrating Scholarships breakfast on Sept. 20 at Meadow Brook Hall. More than 100 students, parents and faculty members attended. Key note speakers were OUAA board member and scholarship committee member Beth Benson and Working Student Scholarship recipient OU senior Jordan Twardy.

Applications for the 2009-10 OUAA scholarships are available online. Completed applications must be received by Friday, February 13, 2009, to be considered. For more information contact Carol Carpenter at (248) 364-6140 or visit  

Dinner with a dozen Grizzlies
Thirteen Oakland University biology and pre-med students gained valuable networking skills and professional contacts at OU’s new tradition -- Dinner with a Dozen Grizzlies -- on Nov. 6. The concept, based on UCLA’s award-winning program, is simple: alumni host dinners in their homes for students and fellow alumni. They exchange ideas and career experience. Full Story >>>

Go for the Gold AAAP panel a success
During the Go for the Gold program on Saturday, October 11, 2008 nearly 850 high school students and their parents attended academic and resource sessions, toured campus and mingled with OU faculty, staff and students. Five Alumni Admissions Ambassadors also shared how OU helped them get one step closer to their dream job during two resource sessions. Full Story >>>

Gathering with the Grizzlies at The Palace
Calling all Grizzlies basketball fans! It’s time once again to gather with your fellow alumni for two exciting Oakland University basketball events at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Coming this December, the OU men’s basketball team will take on both the University of Michigan (Dec. 20) and Michigan State University (Dec. 27). Prior to the December 27 game against Michigan State University, a special Grizzly Gathering pre-game reception will be held exclusively for OU fans in the Ameriprise Room in the Palace of Auburn Hills. For complete details >>>

OUAA Family Festival joins Come Home to OU festivities
The annual OUAA Family Festival has moved from its usual October time slot to join the winter Come Home to OU homecoming festivities scheduled for Feb. 6 and 7, 2009. Featuring special attractions and entertainment that will appeal to all ages, this winter weekend will be a hit for the entire family. Full Story >>>

Stay in touch with fellow alumni and former classmates. Let us know what's new with you. GrizzLink classnotes showcase the latest about your career, your family and more. GrizzLink members can search the OUAA Class Notes by category or class year. Members can also post their own Class Note and add a photo as well. For details, visit

Italian Favorites—Rome and Florence
March 6-14, 2009
$1,499 plus airfare per person, double occupancy

Explore two great cities that epitomize Italy’s culture, architecture and rich historical heritage - Rome and Florence. Your travel itinerary includes legendary Pompeii, the Tuscan countryside and the classic Italian city of Pisa. 

For more information, visit the Grizzly Getaway Travel page on the OU Alumni web site.
Paris and The French Riviera
April 4 – 12, 2009
$1,599 plus airfare per person, double occupancy
Discover France’s beauty, culture, and glamour when visiting the stunning cities of Paris and Cannes, and follow the scenic coast to dazzling Monte Carlo and the sun-kissed towns of Nice, St-Paul-de-Vence, and Eze.
For more information, visit the Grizzly Getaway Travel page on the OU Alumni web site.
Challenge gift emphasizes a passion for business education
In a tremendous display of support for the mission of Oakland University’s School of Business Administration, Hugh Elliott, a longtime OU supporter, and Craig Stinson,SBA ’84, have joined together to give the SBA $500,000 through a challenge match that began Nov. 1, 2008, and runs through Oct. 31, 2009. Full Story >>>

SBA celebrates milestone anniversary
Since 1959, Oakland University’s School of Business Administration (SBA) has evolved from a small liberal arts college business program, to a Department of Economics and Business Administration, to an AACSB-accredited business school offering undergraduate and graduate business programs. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, SBA will host several special activities. Full Story >>>

CAS explores “Cities” with annual theme
In celebration of liberal arts, Oakland University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) conducts an annual college theme. The 2008-2009 theme is “Cities,” encouraging the various disciplines in the CAS to explore the many facets of cities. Full Story >>>
Human Health Building planned
The School of Nursing (SON) continues to expand at a rapid pace. High enrollment, high tech simulation laboratories and a wide array of new programs have the school bursting at the seams. However, thanks to a $41 million capital outlay bill passed by the Michigan legislature and recently signed into law by Governor Jennifer Granholm, the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences will eventually be housed in a new Human Health Building. Full Story >>>
MTD Professional Artist Series features OU faculty, alums
The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance Professional Artist Series continues in 2009 with three performances featuring Oakland University faculty and alumni. Full Story >>>
Rochester Regional Chamber honored
The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce (RRCC) has been named Michigan’s Outstanding Chamber of the Year in the large membership category. The award was recently presented to the RRCC by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Executives at their annual leadership conference in recognition of the RRCC’s quality, innovation and effectiveness of programming. Full Story >>>
Look for OU at the Rochester Parade
Oakland University will be front and center as Rochester kicks off the holiday season at the annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade. The parade heads down Main Street on Sunday, Dec. 7. OU dance and cheer teams will march in the parade, themed “Christmas Around the World.” The parade begins at 1:45 p.m. and will include dignitaries, bands, children’s groups, community organizations and local businesses. It will be broadcast live on WXYZ-TV Channel 7.
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December 2008 


Dec. 13, 2008
Just Friends holiday party

Jan. 23, 2009
Food, fun and OU hockey!

Feb. 18, 2009
Student-to-alumni power networking dinner

Starting in January!
Viva’ la French films

Feb. 14, 2009
Sweethearts Dinner

Come Home to OU!






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