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

Medical School
The Kalamazoo Gazette reported on Oakland University William Beaumont Medical School's planned capital campaign with a fundraising goal of $175 million to finance a building, equipment, library materials, scholarships and other expenses.

Crittenton Hospital
The Oakland Press reported on an internship program forged between Oakland University and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center that provides industrial and systems engineering students an opportunity to complete their senior design projects while helping the hospital create more efficient work processes.


Community Engagement

Swine Flu Prevention
The Oakland Press reported on extra steps that Oakland University officials are taking to curb the spread of H1N1 influenza.

Green Vehicles
The Oakland Press and MetroModeMedia reported on Oakland University's recently unveiled eco-friendly trucks. The vehicles produce no emissions and facilities personnel hope to save as much as $2,500 in annual fuel and maintenance costs.

Business Courses
The Oakland Press reported on the professional development and continuing education programs being offered by the OU School of Business Administration. The programs are designed to help individuals enhance their current skills or help them prepare for a new career in a high-demand field.

Wonders of Winter
The Oakland Press reported on Meadow Brook Hall's "Wonders of Winter," a month-long celebration inviting individuals and families to stroll through the hall and partake in the many winter traditions and activities once enjoyed by the Dodge and Wilson family.

Men's Basketball
The Detroit Free Press and Oakland Press featured articles chronicling the early success the OU Men's Basketball team has enjoyed during this year's exhibition season. The team was ranked 14th in the Mid-major poll and is the unanimous favorite to win the 2009-10 Summit League championship, according to a recent survey among league coaches and media.

Inspired Faculty and Staff

John Barth and Terry Stollsteimer
OU Custodial and Grounds Manager John Barth and Terry Stollsteimer, associate vice president of facilities management, both were quoted in an Oakland Press article announcing the university's new emission-free vehicles. Barth also was quoted in a MetroModeMedia article on the subject.

Terri Orbuch
Terri Orbuch, professor of sociology at Oakland, was featured in an Oakland Press article highlighting her recently published book "Five Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great." The book uses scientific research to examine popular relationship myths and identify strategies couples can use to strengthen their relationship.


Campus Events

Job Diversification Summit
Suburban Lifestyles reported on the upcoming Oakland County Manufacturing Diversification Summit sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which will highlight strategies on how to attract companies in emerging sectors such as health care and aerospace. The event will be held on the Oakland University campus.

Meadow Brook Hall Anniversary
C&G News reported on the celebration that marked the 80th anniversary of Meadow Brook Hall, formerly the residence of OU founders Matilda Dodge and Alfred Wilson. Many former staffers and hall volunteers attended the event.

SBA Open House
The Rochester Post reported on a planned open house to be hosted by the OU School of Business Administration to highlight professional certificate programs for new careers.


Remarkable Students and Alumni

Jon Besedich and Kyle Bonkowski
The Oakland Press reported on the book rescue project spearheaded by OU students Jon Besedich and Kyle Bonkowski. The pair collected books from three soon-to-be-shuttered elementary school libraries, held a book sale and used the proceeds to purchase supplies for needy schools.

Jeff Cheslik
Men's soccer player Jeff Cheslik was featured in the Oakland Press after being named the Summit League's Defense Player of the Week.

Derrick Nelson
OU basketball standout Derrick Nelson was featured in an Oakland Press article chronicling the senior guard's role as a leader and mentor to his fellow team members.

Chelsea Oates
Chelsea Oates was featured in the Oakland Press after being named the Summit League's Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week.

Robert Boylan, Michelle Dick, Jon Polom, Robert Tibedeau and Adrea Toth
This group of Oakland engineering students was featured in an Oakland Press article highlighting the partnership between OU and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, which allows students to complete their senior design projects while working in conjunction with various departments at the hospital.

Kristen Cleary, Olivia Olson, Stacey Zuzga and Timothy Holtz
Oakland University graduates Kristen Cleary, Olivia Olson, Stacey Zuzga and Timothy Holtz were featured in a Suburban Lifestyles article announcing them as this year's winners of academic scholarships courtesy of the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library. The students are pursuing graduate degrees in Library and Information Science at Wayne State University.

Student Engagement

Dance Accreditation
The Oakland Press reported on the OU Dance program receiving full membership and accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Dance.


Future Students

Corey Petros
Corey Petros was featured in an Oakland Press article announcing the star athlete's intentions to play basketball for Oakland in the fall.

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