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Creating the Future II Summit a success

President Gary Russi hosted over 300 community stakeholders and alumni on April 1, 2011 to discuss how best to shape Oakland University's future as a key community resource. Participants discussed economic, health, energy, business and other global issues and how Oakland can aid in Michigan's turnaround.

Participants discussed and prioritized themes significant to Oakland University, including health; energy, environment and transportation; creativity, innovation and technology; and education and community. Specific suggestions for each of these themes are contained in the Creating the Future II Executive Summary found at

In Dr. Russi's words, "Creating the Future II will serve as the road map for Oakland University in the years ahead, and will go a long way toward helping us recalibrate our 2020 vision."

School of Education and Human Services receives Kellogg Foundation grant

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation approved a proposal in June 2011 for the School of Education and Human Services to host a Freedom Schools program in the city of Detroit.

Freedom Schools is a summer enrichment program designed by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), a national nonprofit committed to improving the welfare of children in America. Freedom Schools are implemented across the nation, serving more than 80,000 children to date. The integrated reading curriculum for the no-cost, six-week program connects themes read and discussed in the morning with afternoon activities, such as field trips, music, dance and social action projects.

There are five components that each Freedom School focuses on:
1. High-quality academic involvement
2. Parent and family involvement
3. Social action and civic engagement
4. Intergenerational servant leadership development
5. Nutrition, health and mental health

This first Freedom School in Detroit will be held at Nsoroma Institute, a charter school with an African centered curriculum. College-age adults from the community typically serve as the servant leaders who lead the classrooms after receiving in-depth training from the CDF.

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Photo of Nsoroma Institute

photo of children from Nsoroma Institute

SEHS' Leadership Team

Dean Gallien relies on his team in the Dean's Office to surpass the School's goals and raise funds for SEHS programs, centers and five new initiatives. The five initiatives are Global Education, Urban Education, Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity, E-Learning, and Art Infused Curriculum.The initiatives will be highlighted in upcoming e-newsletters. New members of the team include Mary Stein, Ph.D., associate dean; James Cipielewski, Ph.D., associate dean; and David Tindall, MA, LPC, director of development. 

Mary Stein has been teaching science education courses in the Teacher Development and Educational Studies department at Oakland University for more than 12 years. Stein's strong work ethic and knowledge of the University and School culture made her a perfect fit to be an associate dean.

James Cipielewski has been a part of Oakland University since 1966, when he joined Oakland as a freshman pursuing an education degree. Cipielewski earned his master's degree and Ph.D. at OU as well, and joined OU faculty in 1994. Cipielewski's leadership roles with the university and his selfless attitude to always help made him an obvious choice to join the Dean's office as associate dean.

David Tindall is the new director of development for the School. Tindall comes to the School from OU's Housing department and is very familiar with the SEHS. Tindall earned his master's degree in counseling and is currently working towards his Ph.D. in educational leadership. Tindall's eight years in the university and firsthand experience as a student in the School make him an excellent candidate for the School's development team.

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Mary Stein

James Cipielewski

David Tindall

SEHS Educational Resource Laboratory is more than a library

The Educational Resource Laboratory (ERL) is home to more than reference books and computers, as many multicultural events have brought diverse art, food and music into Pawley Hall. This past semester the ERL participated in National Poetry Month and Gay Pride Month.

The ERL had an ongoing video display of SEHS faculty and staff reading their favorite poems this past April for national poetry month. You can watch them on You Tube. In June, there was a book display for Gay Pride Month. A bibliography of the books on display and can be downloaded here or found on the ERL website.

The first multicultural event at the ERL was a storytelling by a small group of readers in 2000. "We invited faculty to bring their students and they responded with wonderful enthusiasm. We always had a full house," says retired ERL Director Adelaide Phelps. Soon the event expanded to include African American, Chinese, Iranian, Pakistani, Korean, Latino, Italian and Native American cultures. Art, artifacts, music, demonstrations of craft, and food became part of the event.

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Recognizing Outstanding Achievements

Congratulations to . . .
  • Jennifer Bellini, academic advisor for Teacher Development and Education Studies, for receiving the National Academic Advising Association's Certificate of Merit
  • Donna Malaski, academic adviser for Human Resource Development, for receiving the 2011 Michigan Academic Advising Association's Outstanding Academic Advising Award. Malaski also won Oakland's top academic adviser award in April 2011.
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Jennifer Bellini

Donna Malaski

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Summer 2011

Upcoming Events 
Tee up for the OUAA Golf Challenge at the R&S Sharf Golf Course on Monday. July 18, 2011. Visit the OUAA website for more information. 

Meet Joey Travolta at the Rochester Rotary Club's golf outing at R&S Sharf Golf Course on Monday, August 15, 2011. Proceeds benefit Oakland University's Center for Autism.
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Join fellow alumni for OU Night at Comerica Park on Wednesday, August 17, 2011. Register at the OUAA website.


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