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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during December 2008.
Partnerships
 
Medical School
MLive.com featured an interview with Dr. Robert Folberg, dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, concerning preparation for the school’s planned opening in 2010. The school also was referenced in an interview with L. Brooks Patterson, who is leading a campaign to develop Oakland County into a premiere health care destination.

Cooley Law School
The Oakland Press featured a brief on the rising number of students enrolling at the Cooley Law School campus in Auburn Hills.

Royal Park Hotel
The Detroit News, Oakland Press, Hometownlife.com, Observer-Eccentric and WXYZ.com reported on OU’s newly-established partnership with the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. The hotel will serve as OU’s official conference center, as well as the primary lodging destination for visitors to the university.  
 
Research
 
Research Park
The Detroit News and Crain’s Detroit Business reported on OU’s plans to establish a health care and research hub, which could create thousands of new jobs and bolster efforts to brand the region as a health care destination.
 
Student Engagement
 
Enrollment Trends

The Oakland Press featured an editorial noting OU’s rising undergraduate enrollment amid the state’s increasing economic troubles.

OU Men’s Basketball
The Oakland Press featured several articles about the OU men’s basketball team and its efforts to achieve a winning record this season.  
 

 

Community Engagement

 
Financial Assistance
The Detroit News and Oakland Press reported on OU’s recently announced financial assistance initiative to help sustain enrollment amid challenging economic times.

Winter Registration
The Oakland Press featured several briefs on the winter 2009 registration period at OU.

Oakland County Employers
OU was ranked 21st on Crain’s Detroit Business’s list of the 25 largest employers in Oakland County.

Baseball Camp
The Macomb Daily featured a brief on OU’s baseball camp hosted by The Hitting Zone and Batter Up Sports.

Holiday Promotions
The Oakland Press reported on a string of holiday promotions being offered by OU’s basketball program, including ticket discounts and interactive experiences for fans. 
 

Inspired Faculty and Staff
  
Gary Russi
The Oakland Press featured an editorial by OU President Gary Russi highlighting the university’s accomplishments and positive outlook on the future.

Todd Hensel
Todd Hensel, a plumber at OU, was featured in an Oakland Press article chronicling his miraculous recovery following a severe bout with blood clots, which required him to undergo five organ transplants.

Greg Kampe
Greg Kampe, OU men’s basketball coach, was featured in the Detroit News for garnering his 400th career win.

Beckie Francis
Beckie Francis was featured in the Oakland Press for securing her 150th victory as OU women’s basketball coach.

Sid Mittra
Sid Mittra, emeritus professor of finance, was featured in a Detroit Free Press brief announcing his appearance at the Older Persons Commission in Rochester to address the current financial crisis. 
 
Campus Events
 
Meadow Brook Holiday Walk
The Oakland Press reported on the Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk, a Christmas-themed festival featuring a shopping boutique, elegant fireplaces, live entertainment and visits from Santa Claus.

Honorary Doctorate
The Detroit Free Press featured a brief announcing the university’s plans to confer an honorary degree on global business leader Narayana Murthy.

Peter Vanderkaay
The Oakland Press featured a brief on Olympic gold medalist swimmer Peter Vanderkaay’s speaking engagement and swimming clinic at OU. 
 
Remarkable Students and Alumni

 
Will Hudson

Men’s basketball player Will Hudson was featured in an Oakland Press article previewing the game between OU and Wisconsin-Green Bay

Jessica Pike
The Oakland Press featured an article on senior OU basketball player Jessica Pike, who recently completed an internship working with AIDS patients in Africa.

Alexandra Simon and Judi Simon
The Detroit News published a feature story on mother-daughter tandem Alexandra and Judi Simon, who graduated from OU at the December commencement ceremony. Alexandra earned a bachelor’s degree in English and her mother, a master’s degree. 
 

Future Students
 
Jacqueline Hunt
Future OU student Jacqueline Hunt was featured as the Macomb Daily Student of the Week for her outstanding academic achievements. Hunt hopes to pursue a chemistry career.
 
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