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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during November and December 2007.

Inspired Faculty and Staff

President Russi

The Oakland Press included a guest column by OU President Gary Russi detailing the highlights of OU’s 50th anniversary year.


Dave Dulio

The Oakland Press featured the classroom activities of political science professor Dave Dulio. Dulio’s students created mock presidential ads as part of their learning experience.


Linda Thompson Adams

SON Dean Linda Thompson Adams authored a guest column in Healthcare Weekly about the School of Nursing’s major activities in 2007.


Jim Leidel

OU Energy Manager Jim Leidel was quoted in a Free Press article on green initiatives.


Cathy Cheal

AVP of e-learning and instructional support Cathy Cheal was quoted in an article about Oakland’s extensive wireless network.


Lyanna Leibert

OU employee Lyanna Leibert was featured in a Free Press article about her interactions with the deer near campus.


Richard Stamps

Anthropology professor Richard Stamps was quoted in a Free Press article about the impact of Mitt Romney’s religious beliefs on his chances at becoming president.

Student Friendly Experiences


The M2O program’s honor as MACRAO’s 2007 Outstanding Transfer Program of the Year was announced in the Oakland Press, Suburban Lifestyles, and the Rochester Post.


Transfer Network

The Michigan Transfer Network, a Web site to help students anticipate transfer credits when switching colleges, was featured in a front-page Oakland Press article. Associate Registrar Jennifer Gilroy was quoted in the article.


Going Paperless

The Oakland Press highlighted OU’s paperless practices in a front-page article on the statewide trend.


Disability Support Services

OU’s efforts to make education accessible to learning disabled students were noted in a Free Press article.

Expanding Professional Education

Crittenton Partnership

The Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Foundation’s $2 million gift to grow enrollment in the School of Nursing was covered in the Free Press (twice), the Detroit News, the Oakland Press (twice), the Eccentric, the Rochester Post, and Crain’s.


OU-Beaumont Medical School

Ken Matzick, president and CEO of Beaumont Hospitals, authored a guest column in Health Care Weekly mentioning its partnership with OU on the medical school and the Medical Marvels exhibit at the Detroit Science Center.


Nursing Conference

The SON conference on advocacy for mentally ill youth was previewed in the Oakland Press and the Jewish News.

T. C. Yih

The appointment of T. C. Yih to the Beaumont Hospitals’ Research Institute board of governors was noted in the Detroit News and the Free Press.
International Connections

Judaic Studies

The Jewish News included an extensive article on OU’s efforts to forge a partnership with Emek Yezreel College in Israel. The partnership would expand OU’s Judaic Studies program and increase students’ global perspectives.


British Studies at Oxford

OU student Kelly Durbin discussed her experiences as in OU’s British Studies at Oxford program in Suburban Lifestyles. English professor Brian Connery and Director of International Education Margaret Pigott are quoted in the article.

Community Engagement

Sunrise Pinnacle Awards

OU’s sponsorship of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Sunrise Pinnacle Awards was noted in Suburban Lifestyles. OU professor of education Shannon Flumerfelt won the Educator of the Year award.


Young Professionals of Rochester

The Young Professionals of Rochester networking group, a new partnership between the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the OUAA, was highlighted in the Oakland Press and Suburban Lifestyles. The group held their first meeting in November.


Rochester DDA

The Eccentric announced that the Rochester Downtown Development Authority will add a spot for an OU student to its board.


Autism Film Camp

The premiere of the film “American Grandstand,” produced by young students with autism spectrum disorders during an OU camp led by Joey Travolta, was highlighted in the Oakland Press.


Nightingale Awards

The opening of nominations for the 20th annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing was announced in the Oakland Press and Healthcare Weekly.


Kresge Foundation

The Oakland Press announced grants from the Kresge Foundation to Meadow Brook Hall, Meadow Brook Theatre, and the OU Art Gallery.

Campus Events

Katherine Joslin

OU alumna and acclaimed biographer Katherine Joslin spoke at OU on revolutionary Jane Addams. The lecture was previewed in Suburban Lifestyles.


Sandra Agazzi Chimenti

“The Real Me,” a motivational lecture by author and OU alumna Sandra Agazzi Chimenti on self-empowerment, was previewed in Suburban Lifestyles.


Meadow Brook Hall

The Holiday Walk and related Meadow Brook Hall events were prominently featured in the Oakland Press (twice), Suburban Lifestyles, and the Rochester Post.

Alumni Accomplishments

Leo Bowman

OU alumnus Judge Leo Bowman was named chairman of the POH Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. His appointment and OU affiliation were highlighted in the Oakland Press.


Char Ryan

SON alumna Char Ryan was featured in a Lapeer County Press article about her travels to Honduras on a surgical mission, assisting with general surgeries for those who would otherwise not receive it. Ryan is a nurse anesthetist.
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