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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during the month of October 2007.

Boosting Enrollment

Overall Growth

The Detroit News published a substantial front-page feature article about Oakland’s remarkable growth over its 50 year history.


Record Enrollment

Crain’s and the Oakland Press announced OU’s fall 2007 enrollment numbers, which topped 18,000 for the first time. The Oakland Press included a feature story on the growth, which was also printed in the Royal Oak Daily Tribune. The Rochester Post also covered this milestone.


New International Relations Major

The Political Science Department hosted a kickoff event — featuring key figures in international trade — to introduce its new major in international relations. The event was previewed in Suburban Lifestyles. The Oakland Press also published a significant article on the new major.


Online Courses

Crain’s reported on the momentous growth in popularity of OU’s online programs. Assistant Vice President of e-Learning Cathy Cheal is quoted in the article.


Regina Carter

Regina Carter’s new position as OU artist-in-residence was announced in a Rochester Post article.


Transfer Open House

The November 1 Transfer Open House was previewed in Detroit Auto Scene.

Health Care Career Center

The School of Nursing and the City of Detroit recently opened the Health Care Career Center, where city residents can enroll in 10-week training in health care careers. The center’s ribbon cutting was covered by the Detroit News.


Cooley Law School

Cooley’s move off Oakland’s campus, and the related partnership expansion, was covered by the Oakland County Legal News and Suburban Lifestyles.


The Palace

The Oakland Press reported on a new partnership between OU and the Palace of Auburn Hills, in which the Palace sales team will help OU sell advertising to generate revenue.

Community Engagement

Young Professionals of Rochester

OU and the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce teamed up to organize the Young Professionals of Rochester. The group was profiled in Suburban Lifestyles.


Sunrise Pinnacle Awards

The Rochester Sunrise Pinnacle Awards, sponsored by OU, were covered by the Oakland Press. Assistant Professor of Education Shannon Flumerfelt received the Outstanding Educator Award.


Preventing Workplace Violence

A weekend workshop on preventing workplace violence, offered by Professional Development in the SEHS, was previewed in the Rochester Post.

Faculty and Staff Engagement

Sam Lucido
OU Chief of Police Sam Lucido was interviewed for a significant Oakland Press article on Oakland’s campus safety procedures.

Dave Dulio
Associate Professor of Political Science Dave Dulio was quoted as an expert in a front-page Oakland Press article about Michigan’s First Gentleman Daniel Mulhern. He was also quoted in a Technology Review article about online tools used by political hopefuls campaigning for office, as well as articles in the Macomb Daily and the Huron Daily Tribune about voters’ party loyalty.

Rob Saunders
Director of Development Information Services Rob Saunders was quoted in a Currents article about university fundraising.

Mark Stone
Special Instructor of World Music Mark Stone’s performance with the New York Philharmonic, among myriad other accomplishments, was reported on by the Oakland Press and Suburban Lifestyles.

Barbara Oakley
Associate Professor of Engineering Barbara Oakley spoke about her new book, “Evil Genes,” at the Rochester Hills Public Library. The talk was covered by the Eccentric, Suburban Lifestyles and the Rochester Post.

Beth Talbert
Special Instructor of Communication Beth Talbert was profiled in the Eccentric. Talbert ran for (and won) a seat on the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education.

Amy Johnson
The Free Press ran article about School of Nursing staff member Amy Johnson’s organization Teacher’s Pet, through which teens train dogs to ready them for adoption.

Campus Events

Bob Woodward

The sell-out Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities, delivered by Bob Woodward, was previewed in the Oakland Press, Free Press, Detroit Auto Scene, Rochester Post, Suburban Lifestyles and the Eccentric. The Oakland Press and Detroit Auto Scene attended the event; both papers published accounts of Woodward’s lecture.


Peter Singer

Peter Singer’s lecture was previewed in Metro Times and the Great Stuff online calendar.


Elie Wiesel

Although it was cancelled, Elie Wiesel’s lecture was previewed in the Detroit News, Oakland Press, Metro Times, the Eccentric and the Great Stuff online calendar.


Sharon Bryan

The Maurice Brown Memorial Poetry Reading, delivered by Sharon Bryan, was previewed in the Eccentric, Rochester Post and Suburban Lifestyles.


President’s Colloquium

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership Eileen Johnson’s lecture on the Finnish educational system, presented as the fall 2007 President’s Colloquium, was previewed in the Rochester Post.

Nursing Conference

The “Envision” conference organized by OU’s SON was previewed in Healthcare Weekly.

Jef Bourgeau

The OUAG’s exhibition of works by Jef Bourgeau was reviewed in Metro Times.


Family Festival

The OUAA’s Family Festival was previewed in the Oakland Press and the Rochester Post.


Murder Mystery

Meadow Brook Hall’s Murder Mystery Dinner was previewed in the Eccentric.


Colossal Garage Sale

Meadow Brook Hall’s Colossal Garage Sale was previewed in the Eccentric.


Pistons Open Practice

The Detroit Pistons open practice in the O’rena was covered by the Rochester Post.


Love and Logic
The Love and Logic parenting conference, offered by the North Oakland YMCA and OU, was announced in the Oakland Press and the Eccentric.

Student Accomplishments

Madalyn Miller
Student body president Madalyn Miller co-signed a letter to the editor, published in the Macomb Daily, about the need for higher education funding. The letter was a joint effort by student leaders from several Michigan universities.

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