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October 1, 2007
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Alumni profile: Monica Emerson’s Liberal Arts Training Helps Her Build Bridges Monica Emerson  photo
There was a time when Monica Emerson, CAS ’71, aspired to be a United Nations translator. “I always had a desire to travel abroad and meet other people,” said Emerson, executive director of corporate diversity for DaimlerChrysler Corp. “I wanted to be an interpreter for the United Nations so I could build bridges and have a better understanding of global issues.”  All of this was in the back of Emerson’s mind while she earned her bachelor’s degree in French and secondary education from Oakland University.  "Although it may appear I strayed away from what I learned, nothing could be further than the truth,” said Emerson, who was recently appointed to Oakland University’s Board of Trustees. 
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Scholarship profile: Monica Majcher is engineering hope

Monica Majcher photoBecause senior Monica Majcher’s goal is to help others, she is focusing her mechanical engineering studies on biomedical applications. I would like to use my skills and abilities for improving the lives of others. The area of prosthetics — artificial arms and legs — has recently interested me. I hope to work in an area upon graduation that will allow me to give hope to others,” she said. She also has aspirations to teach, adding, “I love working with young people and hope to have the opportunity of helping them in the most formative years of life.”  The Orchard Lake native’s giving nature was recently reciprocated when Majcher won the OUAA’s School of Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Scholarship of $3,000, which she said will help her pursue an advanced degree after she graduates from OU. Full Story...

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OUAA Connections

OUAA Announces New Affinity Card program
Sign up for the new Oakland University affinity credit card and show the world your Grizzly pride. The Oakland University Alumni Association has proudly partnered with the OU Branch of MSUFCU to provide you a card with worldwide access and greater purchasing power. Purchases made on your OUAA Affinity Card will have a significant impact on the university by providing valuable support for Oakland student scholarships and alumni programs. The program officially launched on September 24 and over the next six weeks, OU alumni will begin receiving information and an application in the mail. “This is a great way for alumni and friends to show their support for OU each and every day,” says Adrienne Bass, OU director of Alumni Relations. Full Story...

Introducing the Alumni Admissions Ambassador Program
The Oakland University Alumni Association and Office of Undergraduate Admissions have combined forces to bring you a unique opportunity to be involved with your alma mater. The Alumni Admissions Ambassador Program engages successful alumni as representatives for OU at regional and national college fairs. These events offer alumni the opportunity to share their own positive college experience and subsequent successes, and to encourage increased enrollment of both local and out-of-state high school students. Full Story...

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OUAA e-card promotes membership
OU alumni and GrizzLink members were greeted last week with a spirited OUAA e-Card. The Oakland University Alumni Association is excited about all the new energy and spirit at Oakland and hopes to encourage alumni and friends of the university to reconnect by becoming a member of the OUAA. The Oakland University Alumni Association is a membership organization committed to building lifelong relationships between alumni and the OU community.  OUAA membership provides alumni opportunities to be informed, involved and connected.  We hope that you will enjoy the energy and excitement that this e-Card generates about events and activities that are sponsored by the OUAA. Full Story...

Third annual Family Festival
On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, Oakland University will host the third annual Family Festival. Sponsored by the Oakland University Alumni Association, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, and Westview Orchards and Cider Mill of Romeo, this festival is fit for all ages. The special attractions and entertainment this year will appeal to young and old alike, including a rock climbing wall, inflatable bouncer, bungee jumper, pumpkin painting, carnival games, caricaturist, face painting, magic show, Rich Eddy’s Rockin' Oldies Band, Gloria Sosa’s band, Dondè, and more. All games, attractions and entertainment are free.  Full Story...
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Join us at the OUAA Alumni Awards Banquet
The Oakland University Alumni Association invites you to participate in an extraordinary recognition event. The 13th Annual Alumni Awards Banquet will take place on Saturday, October 20 in the Oakland Center banquet rooms on the campus of Oakland University. As part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration this year, the 13th Annual Alumni Awards Banquet will also feature a special tribute to the Charter Class, as well as past alumni award recipients. Please join us at the alumni awards banquet to celebrate and honor these phenomenal alumni and community leaders. The cost to attend for OUAA members is $75 per person. The cost for non-members is $100 per person. Full Story...

GrizzLink members are using the Career Center!
GrizzLink photoThe September edition is showcasing the GrizzLink Career services. If you haven’t already added your resume or job posting to GrizzLink, it is a great way to promote yourself, your employer and your business! You know the value of your OU degree. Wouldn’t you like to use the services of other OU graduates? GrizzLink has more than twenty-five resumes in the online, networking community. We are just beginning to promote the Career Center and expect that the list of job postings and resumes will grow quickly. You can search for a job or resume by keyword or category, network with other OUAA members and promote your business! Full Story...
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Third Thursday Meet and Mingle!

Get ready for the Oakland University Alumni Association’s Third Thursday Meet and Mingle! Mark your calendar to attend this free social and professional networking event on Thursday, November 15, 2007, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Arturo’s Jazz Theatre and Restaurant, 25333 West 12 Mile Road, Southfield, Mich. (located in the Star Theatre Complex). OU alumni living or working in the Southfield, Royal Oak, and Farmington/Farmington Hills area are invited to attend. Complimentary appetizers, happy hour drink specials, and a door prize drawing will be available. Bring plenty of business cards and resumes to exchange! Also, stick around for the Jazzy Thursdays Concert Series.  Full Story...

Grizzly Getaways offer exceptional value
Details are now available on the 2008 series of Grizzly Getaway travel packages. Discover the elegance and romance of Paris, explore the beaches of Normandy, historic Reims and the magnificent castles of the Loire Valley. Witness Ireland’s spectacular landscapes from two of its most famous cities – Dublin and Belfast. Tour sophisticated Opatija on the Croatian Riviera and Lido di Jesolo, Italy, a beautiful resort on the blue Adriatic coastline. Or take part in a classical journey to the heart of Italy staying in the charming spa town of Chianciano, situated in the colorful Tuscan hills, and Fiuggi, a delightful spa town near Rome.  Full Story...

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Campus Happenings
Pistons hold open practice at OU on Oct. 4
Oakland University celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and joining in the celebration are the Detroit Pistons, who are celebrating their own golden anniversary of basketball in Michigan this year. To mark the occasion, the Detroit Pistons will host an open practice and scrimmage at the Oakland University O’rena on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The campus and surrounding community are invited to watch the players practice, enjoy entertainment by the Pistons mascot, dance team and dunk team, enter to win prizes and get discounted tickets to the Pistons’ opening night on Nov. 4.  Full Story...

OU presents the Student Life Lecture Series: Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel photoAs a 15-year-old in Transylvania, Romania, Elie Wiesel was deported in 1944 by the Nazis to the Auschwitz concentration camp and later transported to Buchenwald. His mother, younger sister and father perished, while he and his two older sisters survived. Wiesel wrote about his experiences in the concentration camps in “Night,” which has been translated into 30 languages since its publication in 1956.  This lecture is a ticketed event and will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2007, at 7 p.m. in the O’rena, Recreation and Athletics Center.  It is free for OU students, faculty, staff and OUAA members, and $25 for the general public. Tickets are available at the CSA Service Window, 49 Oakland Center.  Full Story...

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VIP Reunion Party - Celebrating 50 years of OU student leaders
Come visit with old friends, faculty and staff for an evening of mingling, music and memories on Saturday, October 13, 2007, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Oakland Center, Oakland University. You can take a tour of campus then enjoy a reception and strolling dinner while you reconnect with other former OGLs, RAs, presidents and executive board members of such organizations such as WXOU, Post, Student Congress, Greek chapters ABS, and more! You will also be able to talk to current students from your former organization to see what they are up to now. Enjoy entertainment and brief program hosted by Mary Beth Snyder, Vice President for Student Affairs. This event is free to former student leaders and one adult guest.  Full Story...

Midnite Madnezz
Join OU alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members in celebrating the official start of the NCAA college basketball season at the Midnite Madnezz Block Party on Friday, October 12. This family-friendly event will begin on campus at 8:30 p.m. in parking lot P-16, adjacent to Hanibel and Fitzgerald Houses and across from the O’rena. Enjoy grilled Kowalski hot dogs, chips, Good Humor ice cream, and donuts and cider from Westview Orchards!  This event is free and open to everyone. No RSVP is required. For questions, please contact Karen Stacy Ballard at (248) 364-6137. Full Story...

Alumni focus on health and fitness
It's time to focus on fitness and health by joining the Oakland University Recreation Center.  Attend our 2nd Annual Fall FREE Day at the OU Recrecreation Center on Sunday, October 28, 2007, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.  Attendees will enjoy working out, FREE fitness classes, aquatics activities, sport contests, kids arts & crafts room, health information, and much more.  Incentives will be offered to people who buy a membership on this day!  Do you need motivation to work out and be healthy? We now offer Buddy personal training, nutrition therapy, and specialty classes at a dscounted rate to our members.  Full Story...

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SEHS introduces "OPTIONS" program 
 As a continuation of the School of Education and Human Services’ commitment to providing educational experiences for all students regardless of their special needs, we have implemented another facet of the OU Post-Secondary Transitions program. This new facet, called OPTIONS (Oakland University Post-Secondary TransitIONS), provides a campus-based experience for college-age students with mild cognitive disabilities. Full Story...

Annual OU Telefund Campaign Begins Soon… Will You Answer the Call?
Thank you to the thousands of OU alumni and friends who answered the call last year and gave through the annual OU Telefund Campaign! Nearly 4,000 of you pledged over $250,000 last year in support of the OU Annual Fund and countless other areas of the university.  When you make a gift through the OU Telefund, you are touching the lives of students. With continued cuts in state funding, private philanthropic support from alumni and friends means that much more, allowing OU to continue providing the distinctive education we have become so well-known for. Your gift makes a difference by providing support for critical needs such as scholarships, exceptional faculty, research opportunities, academic program development and new university initiatives.  Full Story...

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Around Town

Young Professionals of Rochester Committee
The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce and Oakland University Alumni Association announced today that they are creating a Young Professionals of Rochester Committee. The Young Professionals of Rochester (YPR) will consist of chamber members who are under 40 years of age or businesses that have been operating for less than five years. Participants must be chamber members in good standing. Business membership rates vary. Student membership in the chamber is available for $50 annually and not only includes access to YPR but also the many benefits membership in the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce has to provide. Full Story...

Michigan College Issue from MiLife MiTimes
September features "School's Back in Session" and MiLife MiTimes takes a look in to give you the lowdown on trends and traditions at Michigan colleges and universities.  Where should you go for mountain biking heaven?  Moab, , Sedona, Fruita, , Durango are some of the destinations that come to mind as the premier North American mountain biking locales. Consider adding Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) as it’s progressively recognized as one of those great places to ride by those in-the-know.    Full Story...

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Calendar of Events
October 6
Third Annual Alumni and Friends Family Festival

October 9
Lecture with Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Elie Wiesel

October 13
VIP Reunion Party

October 16
Grizzly Getaway: South Pacific Wonders

October 20
13th Annual Alumni Awards Banquet

October 23
Bob Woodward delivers Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities

October 28
Fall Free Day at the OU Recreation Center

November 6
Lit to Film Book Club

November 7
Young Professionals of Rochester meeting

Nov 8 - 15
Grizzly Getaway: Dynamic Beijing

November 15
OUAA's Third Thursday Meet and Mingle

December 4
Lit to Film Book Club

Dec 16 - 22
Grizzly Getaway: Canada's Winter Wonderland

January 21
Harry Belafonte to Keynote 2008 Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration
Schools and Colleges

NEW! OU-Beaumont Medical School

College of Arts and Sciences

School of Business Administration

School of Education and Human Services

School of Engineering and Computer Science

School of Health Sciences

School of Nursing

The Honors College

Cooley Law School at OU

Lifelong Learning

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