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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during the months of May and June 2008.
Partnerships

Medical School

The Detroit Free Press reported on the finalists vying to become the dean of OU’s medical school. The OU-Beaumont medical school partnership was referenced in a front page Oakland Press article about aging baby boomers; Virinder Moudgil was quoted. The medical school was also mentioned in a front page Detroit News article about Beaumont Hospitals, and in an Oakland Press article about funding for southeastern Michigan projects.

 

OU INC

The Oakland Press reported that a venture capitalist will base his new $30 million fund to invest in Michigan companies at OU INC. The incubator was also mentioned in a Crain’s Detroit Business editorial about the importance of funding centers like this. OU INC was also mentioned in a Detroit News column about Michigan’s economy.

 

Macomb County

Macomb Community College’s partnership with OU was mentioned in a Detroit News story about the community college. Crain’s Detroit Business ran a story about the proposed SmartZone business incubator OU and Macomb County are working toward.

 

Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel

OU’s agreement with Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel was featured in a Detroit Jewish News story.

 

Cooley Law School

OU’s partnership was mentioned in a MetroMode feature story about Cooley Law School.
Research

Robotics Competition

U.S. Auto Scene ran a front-page story about the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition held on campus, and mentioned OU in two other front-page stories about unmanned ground vehicles. The Detroit News, MITechNews.com and Suburban Lifestyles previewed the event.

 

Stem Cell Conference

The First Midwest Conference on Stem Cell Biology was previewed in the Oakland Press, and the Detroit Free Press ran a feature about it.

 

Antenna Range

Crain’s Detroit Business featured OU’s Automotive Automobile Antenna Measurement Instrumentation program.

 

FAJRI Anniversary

The Detroit News previewed OU’s FAJRI five-year anniversary celebration. 

Boosting Enrollment

Michigan’s Economy

OU was featured in an Oakland Press article about universities’ growing enrollment despite state economic issues.

 

Online Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate Program

Suburban Lifestyles announced OU’s new online Animal Assisted Therapy certificate program.

 

Transfer Open House

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press previewed OU’s Transfer Open House.

 

Graduate Open House

The Detroit Free Press and Suburban Lifestyles previewed the Graduate Open House held June 12.

 

Computer-related Graduate Degree Programs

OU was mentioned in a Crain’s Detroit Business story about advanced degrees in computer-related fields.

 

Physical Therapy Doctoral Degree

OU’s new physical therapy doctoral program was mentioned in a Craig’s Detroit Business story about health care.

 

Graduate Admissions

OU was mentioned in a Crain’s Business Detroit story about toughening graduate school admission standards. OU’s was listed in Crain’s guide of Detroit area graduate business degree programs. 

Student Engagement

Tuition and Fees

The Oakland Press printed a story on OU’s discontinuation of previously mandatory fees. The Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and Oakland Press reported on OU’s announced tuition increase.

 

LGBT Mentoring

The Detroit Free Press ran a feature story about OU’s new lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student mentoring program.

 

SIFE

Suburban Lifestyles ran a story about OU’s SIFE team qualifying for the SIFE National Exposition Competition.

 

China study abroad

The SEHS China study abroad program was announced in Suburban Lifestyles.

 

Coed Dorms

OU was mentioned in an Oakland Press editorial about coed dorm rooms.

 

STRIVE Grants

The Detroit News reported the recipients of Oakland University and Avondale Education Foundation’s STRIVE grant recipients.

 

OUAA Scholarships

Suburban Lifestyles reported on the OUAA Scholarship recipients.

Community Engagement

Nightingale Awards for Nursing

A local winner of an OU-sponsored Nightingale Award for Nursing was highlighted in the Oakland Press.

 

Rochester among top 100 places to live

Meadow Brook Music Festival was mentioned in an article about Rochester being named one of the top 100 places nationwide to live.

 

Hank Jones

OU was mentioned in an Oakland Press story for awarding pianist Hank Jones an honorary degree.

 

SEHS Counseling

The Oakland Press ran a brief about information SEHS’s free counseling services.
Inspired Faculty and Staff

Gary Russi

OU President Gary Russi’s column about Michigan’s brain drain appeared in the Detroit News.

 

Henry Baskin

The Detroit Free Press announced that OU Trustee Henry Baskin will be honored by the southeastern Michigan chapter of Variety, the Children’s Charity.

 

Ron Sudol

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Ron Sudol was quoted in a front page Oakland Press article and a Rochester Post article about new theatres proposed in Rochester.

 

Mohan Tanniru

Mohan Tanniru’s appointment as dean of the SBA was reported in Suburban Lifestyles.

 

Mary Otto

The Oakland Press ran a brief about Mary Otto’s new position to lead OU in its expansion to Macomb County.

 

David Dulio

Professor David Dulio was quoted in an Oakland Press article about the upcoming election for Oakland County Prosecutor.

 

Cindy Hermsen

Financial aid director Cindy Hermsen was quoted in a story about presidential candidate Barack Obama’s proposed tax credit for college students.

 

John Henke Jr.

Associate Professor in the School of Business Administration John Henke Jr. was profiled in Crain’s Detroit Business.

 

Dick Goody

Meadowbrook Art Gallery Director Dick Goody was mentioned in a Metro Times article about Art Detroit Now.

 

Brad Barrett

OU’s new assistant to the government relations director, Brad Barrett, was featured in the Lapeer County Press.

 

Martyn Bouskila and Sally Schutler

The Detroit Free Press reported on a new exhibit at the Saginaw Art Museum featuring works by OU professors Martyn Bouskila and Sally Schutler.

 

Bob Gaylor

Retired OU librarian Bob Gaylor was featured in the Rochester Post because a character was named after him in the latest Mary Higgins Clark novel.

 

Gottfried Brieger

Professor Emeritus Gottfried Brieger was quoted in an Oakland Press article about Waterford’s Historical Society.
Campus Events

John McCain

Presidential candidate John McCain’s visit to OU was previewed in a brief and a front page Oakland Press article, in the Macomb Daily, and the Eccentric previewed the visit twice. It was covered in a front page Oakland Press article, a front page Rochester Post article, WWJ’s Web site, and the Macomb Daily, the Eccentric, the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. Many other national Internet news outlets covered McCain’s appearance, including MSNBC.com, CNN.com, CBSnews.com, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

 

Commencement

The web broadcast of OU’s graduation was mentioned in the Detroit News, and the Detroit Free Press attended and covered OU’s commencement ceremony.

 

Envision Conference

The Daily Tribune previewed the Envision Conference hosted by OU’s School of Nursing and Beaumont.

 

Earth Day

The Rochester Post attended and printed an article about OU’s Earth Day Expo.

 

Summer Programs

OU’s summer camp offerings were mentioned in a Macomb Daily story about summer programs for kids.

 

SBA Globalization Event

The Rochester Post previewed the “Michigan in the 21st Century Globalized Economy: A Requiem of a Renaissance?” event presented by the SBA.

 

Brooksie Way Half Marathon

The Rochester Post ran a story on the training program for Brooksie Way half marathon, which will begin and end at OU. The Detroit News also reported on the race.

 

Absinthe

The Oakland Press previewed the Absinthe Festival of New European Film and Writing twice.

 

Meadow Brook Hall

Meadow Brook Hall Garden Club was featured in a front page article and another article in the Rochester Post, and in a brief in Suburban Lifestyles. Baroness Caroline Cox’s speech at Meadow Brook Hall was previewed in the Eccentric and in the Detroit News. The Rochester Post and Suburban Lifestyles previewed the charter class reunion, which was held at Meadow Brook Hall.
Remarkable Students and Alumni

Pandora Muha

OU student Pandora Muha was mentioned in a feature about Abigayle’s Place, a center for single pregnant women in Detroit.

 

Christopher Fecek

The Rochester Post and Suburban Lifestyles wrote briefs about Wilson Award winner Christopher Fecek.

 

Catie Hornel

A letter to the editor from OU student Catie Hornel about studying abroad was printed in Hour Detroit.

 

Tom Werth

Charter class member, former Rochester mayor and longtime Rochester councilman Tom Werth was featured in Suburban Lifestyles and the Rochester Post for being named the 2008 Christmas Parade Grand Marshall.

 

Amy Hinkle

OU alumna Amy Hinkle was quoted in an Oakland Press story about the Community Scholarship Program.

 

Jennifer Kincer

Local actress and alumna Jennifer Kincer was featured by the Oakland Press.

 

Kathryn Schaefer

OU alumna Kathryn Schaefer was profiled by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Future Students

Derron Browning

The Oakland Press reported on Presidential Scholarship recipient Derron Browning, a Pontiac Northern senior, who is planning on attending OU.

 

Jordan Kidder

OU was mentioned in a Suburban Lifestyles and Rochester Post story about Jordan Kidder, a high school student with Downs Syndrome who may attend the university.

 

Amanda Ryskamp

Incoming OU freshman Amanda Ryskamp was quoted in an Oakland Press article about local filming for the movie “Prayers for Bobby” starring Sigourney Weaver.
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