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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during September 2010.
Partnerships

Medical School
Oakland University's William Beaumont School of Medicine was featured in the Health Care Weekly Review after receiving the publication's coveted Award of Excellence.

LTU + OU Career Fair
Crain's Detroit Business reported on the annual technology and engineering career fair jointly hosted by Oakland University and Lawrence Technological University. 
  

Community Engagement

 

Men's Basketball Rankings
The OU men's basketball team was featured in the Oakland Press after being selected as this year's favorite to win the Summit League by Lindy's and Sporting News magazines.

Brooksie Way Minigrant Program
The Detroit News and Oakland Press reported on eleven community-based projects that received funding from the Brooksie Way Minigrant program,

Soccer Fundraiser
C&G News reported on the fundraiser soccer game to be hosted by Oakland University's men's soccer team to benefit the family of Jonah Chrisman, who recently passed away after battling a bone tumor. 
 

Inspired Faculty and Staff
  

Gary Russi
Dr. Gary Russi, OU president, was featured in the Detroit News and Oakland Press after being honored with a Quality People, Quality County Award by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

Beckie Francis
OU women's basketball coach Beckie Francis was featured in the Oakland Press after being honored at the Esteemed Women of Michigan luncheon, an event that recognized Michigan women who have excelled in their professions and served their communities.

Greg Kampe
OU men's basketball coach Greg Kampe was featured in the Oakland Press after being selected as this year's top Summit league coach by Sporting News Magazine.

Shawn Kornoelje
Shawn Kornoelje, associate head coach of the men's and women's swimming teams was featured in the Oakland Press after being selected as one of two recipients of the Jimi Flowers Coach of the Year Award. 
 

Campus Events
 

Immigration Debate
The Oakland Press reported on an immigration debate to be held on the OU campus as part of the university's annual celebration of Hispanic culture.

Fashion Show
The Rochester Post reported on the My Fair Lady fashion show to be hosted by Meadow Brook Hall. The event will feature models displaying fashions from the Village of Rochester Hills.

Writers Conference
The Oakland Press reported on the third annual Rochester Writers Conference, a gathering of local writers, authors and educators who will host a variety of workshops, lectures and panel discussions on literary topics.

Toyota Expo
The Oakland Press reported on the showcase of Toyota's 2011 Scion tC at Oakland University's O' Rena. 
 

Remarkable Students and Alumni


Keith Benson

OU basketball star Keith Benson was featured in the Oakland Press after being selected as the preseason Summit League Player of the Year by Lindy's and Sporting News magazines.

Jakob Ziegler
OU Golfer Jakob Ziegler was featured in the Oakland Press for his outstanding achievements on the golf course.

Liz Ecker
OU golfer Liz Ecker was featured in the Oakland Press after leading the women's golf team to an eighth-place finish at the Bucknell Invitational tournament.

Omar Hakim
OU alumnus Omar Hakim was featured in C&G News after traveling to northern Africa on a teaching and learning expedition. The high school English teacher spent four weeks in Morocco for the University of Arizona's Center for Middle Eastern Studies Teach Morocco program. He and his colleagues are working to develop a curriculum that will be published and shared with educators across the U.S. with the goal of enhancing cultural understanding.

Elaine, Robert, Emily and Rachel Petrach
Siblings Elaine, Robert, Emily and Rachel Petrach were featured in the Oakland Press. All are scholarship recipients who are pursuing engineering degrees in Oakland's School of Engineering and Computer Science. 
 

Student Engagement

Hybrid Vehicle
The Oakland Press reported on a group of OU students that is designing and building a high-performance plug-in hybrid vehicle in Dodge Hall. The group is planning to race the vehicle in the Formula Hybrid International Competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next spring.

Boosting Enrollment

Building Donation
The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Crain's Detroit Business reported on the donation of the Towne Square Building in Mount Clemens to Oakland University for a new educational facility in the heart of the city's downtown area. Oakland plans to invest $2 million to convert the 25,000-square-foot structure into classrooms and offices for faculty and advisers. 
  

Research

Eye Research Symposium
The Oakland Press reported on the OU Summer Undergraduate Program in Eye Research (SUPER) 10th annual student research symposium. SUPER students conducted research for 12 weeks on diseases such as glaucoma, cataract and macular degeneration, and presented a PowerPoint talk on their projects.

Health Grants
The Detroit Free Press reported on a group of Oakland University faculty members who received more than $2 million in grants for a variety of health-related research projects. 
  

Future Students

Dante Williams
Dante Williams, a basketball standout from the Ann Arbor area was featured in the Detroit Free Press after verbally committing to play for the Golden Grizzlies starting in the 2011-2012 season.

Laval Lucas-Perry
Basketball player Laval Lucas-Perry was featured in the Detroit Free Press following his decision to transfer for the University of Michigan and play for the Golden Grizzlies during the 2011-2012 season.

Soccer Recruits
Lucas Diener, Morgan Spann, Konner McNamara, Matt Walker, Garth McClellan, Alex de Leon, Sean Magee, Andrew Barrett and Miche'le Piari were featured in the Oakland Press as the newest recruits of the Oakland University men's soccer team. 
  

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