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January 12, 2007
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Alumni profile: Franklin Dohanyos's future is piping hot
It isn’t difficult to see how Franklin Dohanyos’s Oakland University education got him where he is today. Currently the owner of a public relations firm headquartered in Royal Oak, Dohanyos, CAS ’91, majored in communications and minored in business. But a successful career is only part of the story. Dohanyos is a true Renaissance man. He is an author, an actor, a forensics buff, a lecturer, a family man, and — last but not least — an award-winning bagpiper.  Full Story...

Scholarship winner profile: Matt Kelly honored for embracing diversity
Matt Kelly is passionate about bridging the differences between students and breaking down the stereotypes that exist on a college campus. Kelly was among the first group of multicultural educators on campus, is an active member of the Gay Straight Alliance and is a Students, Administrators & Faculty for Equality training facilitator. He also facilitates a COM 101 course through which he helps educate freshmen on the importance of diversity. Full Story...

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OUAA Connections
Membership Appreciation Breakfast in Macomb
Alumni living and/or working in Macomb County are invited to a special Membership Appreciation Breakfast to recognize and thank members of the Oakland University Alumni Association on Thursday, February 8 at Cherry Creek Golf Course. A full buffet breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the clubhouse overlooking the course. Full Story...

GrizzLink launched with fanfare in December!
December was a busy, inaugural month for GrizzLink, despite everyone’s busy schedule. Nearly 300 OU alumni made time to join the new online community which features social and professional networking. Your fall OU Magazine included an ID number that you will need to login to GrizzLink. The ID is on the address label of your magazine, directly above your name, after the # sign and before the ///’s.  Full Story...

OUAA Scholarship Opportunities
The OUAA is now offering scholarships that directly benefit alumni and thier 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 2007/winter 2008 semesters. Full Story...

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Alumni Night at the O’rena
Join the Oakland University Alumni Association in celebrating the 50th anniversary of OU on Saturday, February 24, 2007! Our annual Alumni Night at the O’rena will take on a special 50th anniversary flare as alumni, friends, faculty, staff and their families are invited to cheer the basketball teams to victory against conference foe Oral Roberts. Full Story...

Alumni mailing is a huge success!
Are you one of the nearly 4,000 alumni that have sent your Alumni Record Update form back? This form was mailed to all of our “addressable” OU alumni (68,533) on December 6, 2006. The form included current home and business information that is stored in our university database system. If you have not yet mailed your form back, why not send it in right now?  Full Story...

California Alumni Gather for OU vs. UCLA Basketball
More than 60 OU alumni in California gathered together on Saturday, December 16, to watch the Golden Grizzlies take on the UCLA Bruins. Attendees enjoyed a pre-game reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the Westwood Hotel on Wilshire in Los Angeles. Full Story...

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Campus Happenings
15th Annual Keeper of the Dream Celebration POSTPONED
The 15th Annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration scheduled for Jan. 15 has been postponed. Full Story...

Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan to stop at OU Jan. 17
Fresh from their stunning appearance in the 2006 World Series, a contingent of Detroit Tigers players and coaches will visit Oakland University on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. as part of the team’s annual winter promotional caravan. Detroit Tiger rally towels will be given away to the first 250 people through the doors. The event is free and open to the public. Full Story...

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Presentation and Book Signing with OU Alumnus Paul Haig
Oakland University welcomes alumnus Paul Haig, along with coauthor Marla Shelton, for a presentation and discussion on their new book Threads of Gold: Chinese Textiles Ming to Ching. The event, which will also feature a reception and book signing by the authors, will be held on Wednesday, January 31, from 6-7:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of Kresge Library. Full Story...

50 Years of OU Memories
With OU alumnus and faculty member Dr. Bill Connellan at the helm, the OU Press is compiling a historical retrospective to showcase Oakland University in the context of Michigan higher education. Full Story...

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Around Town
Deee-troit Basketball!
Based on our recent survey results, we learned that you’d like the OUAA to offer more events at special discounted rates for alumni. With that in mind, we present you with an opportunity to attend a Piston’s game this spring at a great reduced rate. You could even get a special Detroit Pistons fleece blanket! Full Story...

OU partners with Older Persons’ Commission
Oakland University and the Older Persons’ Commission in Rochester are formalizing a partnership to offer programming to seniors in the community. Full Story...

MiLife MiTimes
As an OU alumnus, you're invited to subscribe to MiLife MiTimes, a monthly e-magazine offering a fresh perspective on life, work and culture in Michigan. Each month MiLife MiTimes features articles on a variety of topics in special sections including Dwell, Eat and Drink, and the Arts. It also highlights a key member of our community who is helping to bring positive change to Michigan.

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Calendar of Events
January 15
Keeper of the Dream featuring Ruby Dee

January 17
Detroit Tigers Visit OU

January 31
Chinese Textiles with Paul Haig

February 6
OUAA Event: Lit to Film Book Club Series

February 8
Membership Appreciation Breakfast

February 24
Alumni Night at the O'rena

March 1
Grizzly Getaway: Italian Favorites - Rome and Florence

March 6
OUAA Event: Lit to Film Book Club Series

March 30
Pistons v. New Jersey Nets

April 13
Grizzly Getaway: Sensational Spain

October 16
Grizzly Getaway: South Pacific Wonders
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