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

Medical School
The Sunday Independent, a publication in South Africa, featured an article on Michigan's transition to a high-tech economy, citing the planned opening of the OU William Beaumont School of Medicine as a key part of the effort to bring jobs to the state.

The Macomb Daily reported on the burgeoning partnership between OU and Macomb County, noting that the university's expanded its offerings at the Macomb Community College University Center in Clinton Township. The article also stated that amid plans to establish a satellite campus in the area, OU has become the preferred university of Macomb County students

OU Inc.
Michigan Lawyers Weekly featured an article noting the SmartZone business partnership between Sterling Heights, Macomb County and Oakland University aimed at nurturing entrepreneurial ventures within the region.

SON Henry Ford Hospital Program
Lab Business Week featured an article about the OU School of Nursing's partnership with Henry Ford Health System to recruit displaced auto workers in a program leading to a BSN degree. 

Student Engagement
Debt-free Tuition

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press featured articles on the university's new program offering incoming freshman debt-free tuition assistance.

Tuition Costs
The Oakland Press reported on the rising tuition costs among public universities, noting that OU has been targeting administrative costs to maintain budget discipline.

The PR Newswire featured a story noting that Oakland University was rated 16th on the list of the nation's most popular colleges and universities according to the ConnectEDU National Network, an organization which compiles data on college and career planning.

Men's Basketball
The OU men's basketball team was featured in a Detroit News article highlighting the team's momentum heading into the Summit League Tournament and growing hopes of securing a spot in the NCAA Championship Tournament.

Women's Basketball
The OU women’s basketball team was featured in the Oakland Press for amassing the highest, single-season win total in school history.

The newly established OU wrestling club was featured in an Oakland Press article chronicling the group's early successes in various state and national competitions.

The Oakland Press reported on the recent opening of Zoup!, a local fresh soup company located in the Oakland Center food court. 
Community Engagement

Displaced Worker Resources
Crain’s Detroit Business reported on some resources OU is offering to help displaced workers, including certificate programs to train workers to become paralegals, financial planners and project managers.

Adult Career Counseling Center
The OU Adult Career Counseling Center was noted in a Detroit Free Press article highlighting low-cost services offered at colleges around the state.

Reading Symposium
The Oakland Press featured a brief on the 2009 Response to Intervention symposium hosted by Oakland University's Reading Recovery Center of Michigan.

Abraham Lincoln Collection
The Oakland Press reported on the university's William Springer Collection, which consists of more than 6,000 artifacts and documents signed by Lincoln.  

Inspired Faculty and Staff
Linda Thompson Adams
Linda Thompson Adams was quoted in the Detroit News concerning the OU nurse training center recently opened at St. John Health’s Riverview campus in Detroit.

Charles W. Akers
Charles W. Akers, a longtime professor of history at OU, had his obituary published in the Oakland Press. His 33-year teaching career featured several awards for distinguished scholarship, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his biography of Abigail Adams.

Robert Folberg
Dr. Robert Folberg, founding dean of the OU William Beaumont School of Medicine, was featured in a Detroit Jewish News Online article chronicling his distinguished professional career and vision to shape the medical school into a premiere educational and research institution.

Garry Gilbert
Garry Gilbert, interim director of the OU journalism program, was quoted in a Detroit News article reporting on the bankruptcy of the Journal Register Company, publisher of three regional newspapers.

Greg Kampe
OU men’s basketball coach Greg Kampe was featured in the Oakland Press as the honoree of a special roast recognizing excellence in coaching.

Virinder Moudgil
Virinder Moudgil, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, was quoted in the Sunday Independent touting the vast economic impact that Oakland's medical school could have on the state.

Eric Pogue
The Oakland Press featured an article announcing Eric Pogue as the new head coach of the OU men's soccer program.  
Campus Events
The Oakland Press and Observer-Eccentric featured articles announcing the upcoming Come Home to OU festivities.

Kym Worthy
The Oakland Press and Detroit News featured a brief announcing Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy's upcoming appearance at OU. A follow-up article appeared in the Oakland Press.

Ben Carson
The Oakland Press featured a brief on renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson's appearance at OU.

Online Nursing Certification
The Oakland Press featured a brief on the School of Nursing's recently unveiled online post-bachelor's certification program for nurses interested in becoming nurse educators.

S.J. Rozan
The Oakland Press featured a brief on the upcoming appearance by "Shanghai Moon" author S.J. Rozan.

European Night
The Oakland Press reported on European Night at OU, an event highlighting various European countries, cultures and traditions.

Kong’s Night Out
The Macomb Daily featured an article about "Kong’s Night Out," a farcical comedy featured at Meadow Brook Hall throughout the month of February

Deer Management
The Oakland Press announced that the Michigan United Conservation Clubs and Michigan Department of Natural Resources will hold one of their meetings at OU to gather input for developing a comprehensive deer management plan.  
Remarkable Students and Alumni

Keith Benson

OU men’s basketball star Keith Benson was featured in the Oakland Press for his outstanding performance in the team's win over Centenary College.

Jonathan Jones
OU men's basketball standout Jonathan Jones was featured in the Detroit Free Press for leading his team to a victory over Centenary College.

April Kidd
OU women's hoops star April Kidd was featured in the Oakland Press for her versatile skills on the basketball court.

Jacob Orban
OU Freshman wrestler Jacob Orban was featured in the Oakland Press for his achievements in the sport despite being born without legs.

Jessica Pike
OU women’s basketball star Jessica Pike was featured in the Oakland Press and Observer-Eccentric for her stellar senior season. She was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team.

Aaron Stilestra
OU nursing student Aaron Stilestra was featured in an Oakland Press article about displaced Michigan autoworkers transitioning to high-demand fields.

Richard Barnes, Anatria Cole, Robert Glowacki, Katie Hardy, Allison Kochanski, Alex Pedica, Adrienne Podjun, Reggie Rose III, Steven Ross, Eileen Rozycki and Katelyn Smith
The Oakland Press published an article featuring an ensemble of OU theatre students who brought home several awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre III festival held Jan. 6-10 at Saginaw Valley State University.   

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