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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Degree in Three will have a welcome debut next fall
Oakland University has an exciting and advantageous program in the works for academically aggressive students interested in getting a quality education in a condensed period of time and at a lower cost.

For more than a year now, faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences have worked diligently with staff from several university departments to develop the Degree in Three program. This initiative, which to our knowledge is unique in the state of Michigan, will open 12 bachelor of arts and three bachelor of science degree programs to completion in just three years.

Critical to the success of this initiative, set to launch in the fall of 2011, has been the dedication of CAS faculty who'll be expanding summer course offerings and ensuring that course scheduling will allow students to meet program requirements.

Dean Ron Sudol, department chairs and faculty involved in planning this program – as well as staff in Admissions, Registration, Financial Aid, Student Affairs and Academic Affairs – are to be commended for their excellent work. It has exemplified our best ideas and continuing dedication to serve the broadest segment of students possible. We look forward to Degree in Three welcoming a whole new group of top performers to OU.

Concurrent enrollment is boosting student access

Jumping from the springboard of our successful Macomb 2 Oakland program, Oakland University recently launched similar programs with Oakland Community College and St. Clair County Community College.

Members of the campus community familiar with the M2O initiative can likely already imagine how the O2O and SC2O concurrent enrollment programs will benefit students looking to obtain four-year degrees more conveniently and at lower cost.

Thanks to the hard work of faculty, staff and administrators at both institutions, a growing number of students will be able to pursue their education with the advantages of coordinated admissions, advising, financial aid and academic resource support.

The great merit of these programs is being recognized throughout the region, as evidenced by two recent newspaper editorials praising the efforts. Those interested in seeing what people outside the campus community are saying – on this topic as well as other great things happening at OU – are invited to visit Eyes on OU, a new website that tracks the positive buzz about our institution.

Getting to know yOU!
Editor's note: As the Oakland University community continues to grow, Points of Interest provides an excellent venue to learn about the people in it. In this edition, we'll learn more about Bryan Barnett, SBA '98, and mayor of Rochester Hills.

What is your hometown?
I was born in West Bloomfield, but I have lived in Rochester Hills for over 15 years with my wife, Corrin.

Do you have children? I have two rambunctious boys; Kenneth, 5, and Tristan, 4.

What are a few of your top OU moments? Of all of the memories I have from my college experiences at OU, perhaps the best one is being elected as the Student Body President in 1997 and receiving the Alfred Wilson Award in 1998. Little did I know then that these two achievements would shape my future and prepare me for my political life. I loved being an OGL and now that the statute of limitations has lapsed, I can admit my orientation group broke the elevator in the new Science and Engineering Building. Of course, I can't forget going to the basketball games in the bubble, and what Oakland experience is complete without a few of those great parties in Hamlin Hall and East Vandenberg Hall?

What's on your bookshelf? "Stories from My Life in Baseball" by Ernie Harwell and "Bill's Super Service" by Bill Broomfield (former Michigan Representative, Senator and U.S. Congressman)

What do you do in your spare time? I often have early morning and late night meetings, so any spare time I have is spent enjoying time with Corrin and the boys. We love to head out to Bloomer or Spencer Park, have family barbecues, or catch a Tigers or Pistons game (Grizzlies too)! I love to travel, and have been to 46 states and 25 countries.

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News worth noting

Kudos to our faculty experts
Congratulations to several OU faculty members who recently made headlines for their expertise in various fields. Check out the articles using the following links:

Tackling the FY2011 budget
Budget planning for FY11 is proving formidable in the face of a likely state funding cut and the need to keep tuition affordable. The president, vice presidents and deans continue to gather input and seek manageable solutions. To learn more about university needs and challenges, view President Russi's recent testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education.

Celebrating the good news
The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine continues to win accolades from the regional community. This includes overwhelmingly positive media coverage and encouraging feedback we've received directly. Additionally, nearly 400 outstanding supporters helped celebrate the school's official opening on May 4. The good word is spreading, and this is a great tribute to the hard work and commitment of all who have helped make this day possible.