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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during July, August and September 2008.

Medical School
The Detroit Free Press ran an article about the challenges faced by OU’s medical school as it seeks to raise funds, attract students and hire top faculty and staff. Other articles concerning the school’s search for a dean were featured in Crain’s Detroit Business, Oakland Business Review, Oakland Press, Royal Oak Review, Rochester Post and Detroit News and Free Press. Crain’s Detroit Business, Oakland Press, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Daily Tribune Oakland Business Review, WWJ 950 and Suburban Lifestyles reported on the appointment of Robert Folberg as dean of OU’s medical school.

Oakland Medical Initiative
The Oakland Press, Detroit News and Crain's Detroit Business reported on the Oakland Medical Initiative, a collaborative effort to make Oakland County a premier destination for medical education.  

Macomb Community College
The Detroit News reported on OU’s offering of three additional programs at the Macomb Community College University Center: a master’s degree in early childhood education, master’s degree in educational leadership and autism endorsement. The Macomb Daily also featured an article referring to the partnership between OU and Macomb Community College. 

Cooley Law School
The Detroit News, Oakland Press, Rochester Post and C& reported on a new agreement that gives OU graduates incentives to attend Cooley Law School, including eligibility for tuition scholarships and priority admittance.

The Oakland Business Review, Sterling Heights Sentry and WWJ 950 featured a story about a venture capitalist firm raising money for a technology growth fund to be based at OU.

Executive Education mentioned Oakland’s MBA program in an article detailing how local companies are relying on colleges and universities to provide continuing education opportunities for employees.

Technology Career Fair and the Rochester Post featured a press release announcing the Tech x 2 Expo, an annual joint career fair of OU and Lawrence Tech.

WWJ and the Great Lakes IT Report reported on a research initiative between OU and Octillian Corp. to develop NanoPower Window technology.

Great Lakes
The Oakland Press mentioned Doug Hunter, professor of biological sciences, in connection with a research project on zebra mussels.
Boosting Enrollment

State Funding
Crain’s Detroit Business and the Detroit News featured an article about an impending state grant that would help fund construction of a human health building on the OU campus. 

Transfer Open House
Suburban Lifestyles and the Detroit News and Free Press provided information about an upcoming Transfer Open House at OU.

Michigan College Enrollment Statistics
The Detroit Free Press reported on the state’s college enrollment trends, noting that OU’s enrollment has increased at least 23% since 1999. 

College Portrait
The Detroit News mentioned OU in connection with College Portrait, a Web site intended to help students and parents in the college search process. 

Student Engagement

Emergency Text Message System
The Oakland Press, Suburban Lifestyles and Rochester Post each ran a story about OU’s enhanced security measures allowing students to receive and send emergency messages to the OUPD.

Athletic Facility Sterilization
The Rochester Post and Detroit Free Press featured articles on OU becoming the first university in Michigan to use a high-tech coating designed to keep its athletic facilities free of bacteria.  

New Degree Programs
The Oakland Press and Suburban Lifestyles covered OU’s new writing degree program, along with doctoral programs in electrical engineering and computer science.  

New Course Offering
The Detroit News reported on a new course in “play therapy” geared toward counseling professionals to be offered by OU’s School of Education and Human Services. 

Community Engagement
Center for Pre-Symptom Health Care and Societal Research
Observer-Eccentric reported on a health grant awarded to the OU School Nursing for the construction of a health center benefiting the OU community and residents of Oakland County.

Career Seminar
The Oakland Press and Rochester Post reported on the “Managing Your Career” seminar aimed at helping job-seekers compete in a tight labor market.

The Oakland Press and Suburban Lifestyles reported on how a tax credit initiative to attract filmmakers to Michigan is bringing Hollywood to OU's campus. Meadow Brook Hall was used in several films shot during the summer.

The Rochester Post featured the annual summer film camp at OU for autistic children.

Young Professionals of Rochester and the Rochester Post reported on the OUAA’s role on the Young Professionals of Rochester, an organization bringing together young business people.

Youth Golf Clinic
The Oakland Press and Rochester Post reported on a golf clinic sponsored by OU and the PGA to teach kids the fundamentals of the sport. 

Soccer Camps
The Observer-Eccentric featured a story about a series of soccer camps offered at OU designed to help children and young adults develop their soccer skills.

Inspired Faculty and Staff

Gary Russi
The Italian Tribune featured a story about Gary Russi’s appearance on a Detroit Renaissance podcast, where he described OU’s efforts to curb Michigan’s “brain drain.” Russi was also featured in a Detroit News article as the winner of a Quality People, Quality County Award presented by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

Al Lorenzo
The Macomb Daily featured an article about Oakland’s recent hiring of former Macomb Community College president Al Lorenzo.

Kevin Murphy
Kevin Murphy, professor of economics, was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article on, a gaming Web site where players from around the world can compete against each other for money.

David Dulio
The Oakland Press quoted David Dulio, associate professor of political science, in a story about political candidates changing districts. Dulio was also quoted in other articles concerning various election races. 

Jay Meehan
The Detroit Free Press featured Jay Meehan, professor and chair of the OU anthropology and sociology department, chronicling his passion for commuting to work on a bicycle.  

Charles McGlothlin
The Detroit Free Press published a news brief on McGlothlin, program director and assistant professor of occupational safety and health being named the Michigan Safety Professional of the Year.

Carmen Etienne, Tricia Westergaard and Kellie Klinck
Suburban Lifestyles featured an article about the National Academic Advising Association’s plans to honor Tricia Westergaard, coordinator for undergraduate advising in the OU School of Business Administration.  Academic advisers Carmen Etienne and Kellie Klinck are also to be honored.

Mary Rose Day
The Detroit News published an editorial written by Mary Rose Day, assistant professor of education, on the importance of high school counselors.

Bonnie Dragan
Bonnie Dragan, production coordinator in OU’s Department of Communication and Marketing, was featured in a Detroit News article exploring the benefits of a four-day workweek.

Jennifer Kincer
The Oakland Press, Suburban Lifestyles and Hour Detroit featured a story about Jennifer Kincer, a special lecturer in OU’s Music, Theatre, and Dance Department, who was named “Woman of the Year” by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Michigan chapter.
Campus Events

Envision Conference
Suburban Lifestyles featured an article regarding the Envision Conference hosted by the OU School of Nursing.

Madeleine Albright
The Detroit Free Press and Suburban Lifestyles mentioned Albright’s upcoming lecture at OU.

Brooksie Way Half-Marathon
The Oakland Press, Detroit Free Press, Rochester Post and Suburban Lifestyles featured stories on the upcoming Brooksie Way marathon event. A similar article also appeared in the Detroit Free Press. 

Kirsten Haglund
The Oakland Press reported on Kirsten Haglund’s appearance at OU to discuss her journey to becoming Miss America 2008  

Curt Rhodes
The Oakland Press and Observer-Eccentric featured a brief on humanitarian activist Curt Rhodes’ Sept. 11 lecture at OU.

Concours d'Elegance
The Rochester Post ran a story about the Concours d’Elegance held at Meadow Brook Hall. Similar articles were featured on,, Observer-Eccentric, Detroit News, Oakland Press and Suburban Lifestyles.

Wild Game Dinner
The Rochester Post featured an article about the upcoming wild game dinner at Meadow Brook Hall.

Lavender Lecture
Suburban Lifestyles ran a brief on an upcoming presentation at Meadow Brook Hall by Iris Lee Underwood, owner of Yule Love It Lavender Farm.

Remarkable Students and Alumni

Greg Grabowski
OU alumnus Greg Grabowski was featured in the Oakland Press and Suburban Lifestyles as the new president and CEO of Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester.

Cheryl Angelelli
OU alumna Cheryl Angelelli, a competitive swimmer and paralympian, was featured in the Detroit Free Press for her comeback from a neck injury.

Bill Boyle
The Oakland Press featured an article about OU alumnus Bill Boyle, who was appointed principal of Model High School and Bowers Academy by the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education. 

Regina Carter
Regina Carter was featured in a Suburban Lifestyles article previewing her upcoming recital with OU music faculty. 

Tara Morgan
Tara Morgan, a junior at OU, was quoted in an Oakland Press article examining voter registration patterns in Oakland County.  

Jesse Williams
Jesse Williams, an army specialist and physics student at OU, was featured in a Detroit News article about his program “Games for Soldiers,” which sends video games to troops overseas.

Future Students

Krystal Herron, Ashleigh James and John Lang
The Oakland Press featured a brief announcing the Avondale High School recipients of STRIVE grants awarded by OU.

Kellie Lang
Kellie Lang, a high school senior who was named the Macomb Daily student of the week, plans to obtain a degree in secondary education from OU.  She will start her college career at Macomb Community College. 

Kaitlyn Springer
Incoming freshman Kaitlyn Springer was featured in Suburban Lifestyles for winning a Rochester Education Association scholarship. 

Drew Valentine
The Oakland Press featured a story on Drew Valentine, a star athlete from Lansing Sexton High School who recently committed to play basketball at OU.

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