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January 17, 2008
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Alumni profile: Gary McCarrick takes his Grizzly pride on the road
Gary McCarrick, CAS ’97, loves to show his support for his alma mater. When he is not shuttling between his homes in West Bloomfield, Mich., and Atlanta, McCarrick travels the globe as part of his career with the Fair Isaac Corporation, sharing his enthusiasm for Oakland University along the way. Full Story...

OUAA Scholarship Opportunities
The OUAA is now offering scholarships that directly benefit alumni and their family members. If you are a graduate of Oakland University who is currently pursuing a second degree at OU, you are eligible to apply for a Returning Alumni Scholarship. Maybe you are a parent or grandparent of a current or incoming Oakland University freshman. If so, they may qualify to apply for a Legacy Scholarship. Both scholarships offered are $3,000 non-renewable awards that will be distributed for the fall 2008 and winter 2009 semesters. You must be a current member of the alumni association to qualify and students must meet the minimum GPA requirements to apply. Full Story...
 

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OUAA Connections
Upcoming basketball tailgates for Golden Grizzlies fans
You’re invited to two free tailgate parties for alumni, staff, faculty and friends. Join fellow Golden Grizzlies fans on Thursday, Jan. 31 and Monday, Feb. 4 to cheer on the men’s and women’s basketball teams as they face North Dakota State. Full Story...

Oakland University Increases Electronic Data Security
Join GrizzLink to ensure that you can continue to access your OU unofficial academic transcripts easily online. In your personal profile screen in GrizzLink, you can obtain your Grizzly ID, which is needed to login to the OU SAIL system. Both are secure systems and all OU alumni have a private profile page in GrizzLink, which includes personal, biographical information and a Grizzly ID. Starting in February 2008, the SAIL system will add further security by scrambling password (PIN) resets. It is very important that you visit SAIL immediately and create or review your security question and answer in SAIL.  Full Story...

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Alumni Admissions Ambassador Opportunities
New opportunities are available for alumni to serve as Alumni Admissions Ambassadors during the winter months. Local and out-of-state recruitment fairs are continually being added and posted on the AAAP Web site. Remember the built-up anticipation you felt when you first arrived at OU? On campus Welcome Receptions for admitted incoming freshman are fast approaching. The AAAP is interested in alumni hosts to meet and greet the admitted future students and their families during these receptions. Full Story...

OU Women’s Basketball Under the Northern Lights
Time is running out to sign up for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the beauty of Finland and Sweden with Oakland University and the OU women’s basketball team. The trip, scheduled for August 22-30, 2008, will take you to some of the greatest sights in Scandinavia, as well as provide the chance to see the OU women's basketball team play some of the finest women’s basketball teams in Scandinavia. With nearly 40 travelers, space is still available but limited. Full Story...
 
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OUAA members get great seats at Rochester Parade
OUAA members got first chance at reserved bleacher seating for the 56th Annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 2. In a matter of hours, 100 bleacher tickets were snatched up by OUAA members looking for front-row seats to the most popular holiday parade in the metro area.  Full Story...
 
Young Professionals of Rochester enjoy Parade, set upcoming meeting
The Young Professionals of Rochester (YPR) group hosted a gathering at Mixx Salon and Spa in downtown Rochester on Sunday, Dec. 2. More than 30 people attended the event, which featured catering from Outback Steakhouse, as well as a great view of the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade from the second floor balcony of the salon.  Full Story...

Grizzlies gather for an exciting night at the Palace
More than 300 alumni and friends gathered for a reception in the Ameriprise Club at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Dec.22 between two men’s basketball games featuring MSU versus Texas and OU versus Oregon. The reception featured great food and lots of black and gold spirit that no doubt helped the Golden Grizzlies achieve an exciting 68-62 victory over Oregon in the second game of the double header.


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Campus Happenings
Six OU students to receive Keeper of the Dream scholarships
Six Oakland University students will be honored at the 16th annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21 at 11:30 a.m. in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms. The Keeper of the Dream Awards pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his achievements on behalf of civil rights. Human rights activist and entertainer Harry Belafonte will be the keynote speaker of the event, which recognizes students for their efforts to break down cultural stereotypes and promote interracial understanding. Full Story...

Annual OU Telefund Campaign Continues…
Have You Answered the Call?

With the help of nearly 1,500 alumni and friends, the annual Oakland University Telefund Campaign is off to a fantastic start with more than $100,000 in pledged support of the OU Annual Fund and countless other areas of the university. However, we are only 40 percent of the way to our goal of $250,000 and we need your help to reach our goal. Full Story...  

 
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OU to screen ‘Shakespeare Behind Bars’
On Thursday, Jan. 31, Oakland University will screen the award-winning documentary “Shakespeare Behind Bars,” to be followed by a question and answer session with Curt Tofteland, volunteer director of the innovative Shakespeare Behind Bars theatre company, the only North American Shakespeare company contained within the walls of a medium security adult male prison and subject of the documentary. The film will be shown in Varner Recital Hall at 8 p.m.  Full Story...

OU Symphony Chorus to perform at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall
The Oakland University Symphony Chorus will join forces with the Pontiac Oakland Symphony and two premiere choral groups in celebration of Oakland University's 50th anniversary through a presentation of Verdi’s Requiem on Wednesday, April 9 at Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.  Full Story...
 
School of Business promotes global perspective 
Oakland University School of Business Professor Balaji Rajagopalan recently went to India to interact with faculty at the Indian School of Business, where discussions were held about growth strategies for global IT service providers and potential opportunities for OU's SBA students were explored. “Global work experience is vital for graduating students if they wish to compete in the global market place,” Rajagopalan replied when asked about his experience. On March 20, OU students will have the opportunity to attend an international etiquette dinner. It is just one more way the SBA is preparing students for their work and life experiences after college. For more on the SBA's global perspective, visit the SBA Web site.


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Around Town

MiLife MiTimes launches new Web design for new year
Check out the latest incarnation of MiLife MiTimes, launched last spring as a monthly e-magazine highlighting hot topics in Detroit. Now, MiLife MiTimes has developed into a vibrant and constantly updated interactive Web site covering the entire state, complete with feature stories, opinions, interesting headlines, and event listings.


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Calendar of Events
January 20 - February 17
French Film Festival

January 21
Annual Keeper of the Dream Awards

January 30
OUAA Event: Trains of the Colorado Rockies Presentation

January 31
OUAA Event: Golden Grizzlies vs. North Dakota State

February 5
Lit to Film Book Club

February 14
Valentine's Dinner and Meadow Brook Hall

March 28 - April 5
Grizzly Getaway: Paris Highlights

April 9
OU Symphony Chorus Performance

May 9-17
Grizzly Getaway: Ireland

July 12-20
Grizzly Getaway: Trains of the Colorado Rockies
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