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July 23, 2007
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Alumni profile: The adventures of Judge Leo Bowman
Judge Leo Bowman never thought he would be such a VIP on the campus of his alma mater. A 1976 political science graduate of Oakland University, the humble Bowman still remembers his surprise when he was offered a seat on the OUAA Board of Directors 13 years ago. After spending nearly two decades as a 50th District Court judge in his hometown of Pontiac, was recently appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the 6th Judicial Circuit Court of Oakland County, making him the first African American male to permanently sit there. Full Story...

Scholarship profile: On stage with clarinetist Katherine Fox
Preparing to begin her fifth year at OU in the fall, Katherine Fox calls herself a “super senior.” She notes, however, that her degree—instrumental music education and performance—requires a four and a half year program, so it’s not as if she’s behind. She’s also tackling a minor in theatre, is a member of the Honors College, and works as a student clerical assistant in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. Full Story...

Alumni profile: Greg Grabowski on life after ‘40’
Greg Grabowski, BGS ’91, set four goals he wanted to achieve before turning 40: become a vice president at a company, make a certain amount of money, be in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and make Crain’s Detroit Business “40 Under 40 list.” With the 2005 Crain’s list, Grabowski reached every goal by the age of 38. Full Story...

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OUAA Connections

Membership Appreciation Breakfast in Wayne County
The OUAA continues in savoir faire style with a special appreciation breakfast for alumni residing and/or working in Wayne County on Wednesday, August 8, at Detroit’s own Roostertail. Guests will gather at 7:30 a.m. in the Club Room overlooking the Detroit River to enjoy a full buffet breakfast.  Full Story...

Important OU academic transcript information
Oakland University provides an unofficial academic web transcript to OU alumni who have graduated after 1987 through the OU SAIL Web site. Security measures at the university are being increased as Oakland is proactive in maintaining a high level of security with all of its electronic data. Because of these new security measures, it is very important that you login to the SAIL system before the end of August and create a Security Question and Answer that you will remember. Full Story...

Third annual OU Night at Comerica Park
The 2006 OU Night at Comerica Park sold out, with over 1,000 OU fans in attendance! Don’t be left out this year! Mark you calendars for the 3rd Annual OU Night at Comerica Park on Wednesday, August 22, 2007, when the 2006 ALCS Champion Detroit Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians!  Full Story...

GrizzLink features OU Business Cards and ClassNotes!
The July e-Newsletter is showcasing the GrizzLink services of Business Cards and ClassNotes. If you haven’t already added your Business Card 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? Full Story...

An Evening with Emeriti
Join fellow alumni, current faculty and students, and emeriti faculty as the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs presents “An Evening with Emeriti” on Thursday, September 6 in the Oakland Center. Co-sponsored by the Oakland University Alumni Association, this program celebrates the university’s 50th anniversary by bringing back to campus your favorite professors, who will present lectures in their respective areas of expertise. This is a great opportunity to feel like you’re back in the classroom again, but without any tests, quizzes or homework! Full Story...

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Celebrating Scholarship at Oakland University
As Oakland University marks its 50th anniversary, it also commemorates five decades of awarding scholarships to deserving students. On Saturday, September 15, 2007, the Oakland University Alumni Association will host its first Celebrating Scholarship Breakfast. Full Story...

OUAA announces recipients of 2007 Alumni Awards
The Oakland University Alumni Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 13th Annual Alumni Awards. The alumni awards banquet on Saturday, October 20, 2007, in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms will celebrate and honor these phenomenal alumni and community leaders. 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.   Full Story...

Lit to Film Book Club announces new lineup
Free book – open to all! The OUAA Lit to Film Book Club will begin its new year in September with a special offer – a free book and a free meeting open to anyone interested in attending. The book club will meet Tuesday, September 4 in Kresge Library room 225B at 6 p.m. to view and discuss The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham.  Full Story...

2007 Family Festival scheduled
Mark your calendars for the 2007 Family Festival on Saturday, October 6! After a highly successful campus event last year, the Family Festival is back and better than ever. Featuring special attractions and entertainment that will appeal to young and old alike, this fall festival will be a hit with the entire family! Full Story...

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Campus Happenings
"Children Between Worlds" book exhibit comes to OU
“Children Between Worlds,” a book exhibition based on awakening cultural interests in children, will be on display in the Educational Resources Laboratory in Pawley Hall from mid-July through Labor Day. Linda Pavonetti, associate professor, encountered other exhibits sponsored by the International Youth Library and expressed an interest in creating one that would benefit American children. The result is a traveling exhibit that encourages children to better understand multicultural experiences.  Full Story...

Meadow Brook Hall hosts Concours d’Elegance Aug. 5
The 29th Annual Concours d’Elegance brings together the tradition of antique and classic automobiles on display at the historic Meadow Brook Hall and the new leadership which will put a different twist on the Concours’ distinctive events. While the Concours d’Elegance will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, events including motor tour, fashion show and auction will begin on Tuesday, July 31.This year's Concours also includes a tribute to the great Italian masterpiece, Alfa Romeo; and a tribute to the 1957 convertible with examples of the finest automobiles created in this iconic year of auto design. Full Story...

CAS to bring noted speakers to campus in 2007-08
The College of Arts and Sciences will be sponsoring a variety of exciting events this coming academic year that will include several noted speakers: Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and Washington Post managing editor Bob Woodward; Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University; and historian and author Deborah Lipstadt. Full Story...

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“Envision” Nursing Conference to discuss technology and entrepreneurship
Envision a nurse making a home site visit and monitoring a patient’s blood pressure, pulse rate and blood glucose without having to leave the office. Envision nurses empowered to make dynamic changes within their profession and elevating their status to new heights. As part of the Meadow Brook Research Conference Series, Oakland University’s School of Nursing (SON) is hosting a conference entitled "Envision: Health Care Technology, Education and Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century" on October 18 and 19 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Troy, Michigan. Register early for the low fee of $119. Poster Presentation proposals are also being accepted.  Full Story...

OU launches research newsletter
Oakland recently introduced its first research newsletter, “Looking into the Future,” to highlight the strength and success of research programs throughout campus. Click here to view the Spring 2007 issue. 

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Around Town

OU and OPC partnership continues with fall events
“A partnership in lifelong learning,” a partnership between Oakland University and the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) in Rochester is gearing up for its second year of programming. Lectures ranging from the latest research findings to popular culture will be presented by Oakland faculty, nationally-recognized scholars in their respective fields. The lectures are open to OPC members age 60 and over. Full Story...

Don’t miss Dancin’ in the Street
Oakland University is sponsoring Downtown Rochester’s Dancin’ in the Street, Friday, August 10 from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday, August 11, 2007 from noon-10 p.m. The OU Dance team will perform Friday at 6:30 p.m. The event, which features music, dancing and food, is held on W. Fourth Street and Main. For more information, visit the Downtown Rochester Web site or call (248) 656-0060.Oakland University and the City of Rochester partner on a variety of reciprocal business and academic ventures as part of a formal partnership that was signed in 2003.

Win a Northern Michigan getaway from MiLife MiTimes
Enter by August 1 to win a Northern Michigan weekend getaway from MiLife MiTimes, which offers an inside look at life, work and play in Michigan. The winner, who can bring three friends along, will receive a three-day, two-night stay at Crystal Mountain resort, a round of golf or time on the climbing wall, unlimited mountain bike rental, a kayaking trip down the Betsie River, $100 for gas and road trip snacks.

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Calendar of Events
July 26
Jazz in the Garden with
George "Sax" Benson

August 8
OUAA Membership Appreciation Breakfast

August 22
OU Night at Comerica Park

August 23
OU Art Gallery benefit at Vince & Joe's Market

September 6
An Evening with Emeriti

September 13
Grizzly Getaway: Germany and the Czech Republic

September 15
Celebrating Scholarship at Oakland University

September 29
World Record CPR Challenge

October 6
Third Annual Alumni and Friends Family Festival

October 16
Grizzly Getaway: South Pacific Wonders

October 20
13th Annual Alumni Awards Banquet

November 8
Grizzly Getaway: Dynamic Beijing

December 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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