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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during the months of August and September 2006.
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AP Summer Institutes
The College of Arts and Sciences' Advanced Placement Summer Institutes were highlighted in a front-page Oakland Press article about the importance of AP classes in preparing high school students for college. CAS Dean Ron Sudol and Director of OU's AP Summer Institutes Gary Schubert were quoted in the article.

Grizz Statue
The new Grizz statue was featured in the Oakland Press, Birmingham Eccentric and the Observer & Eccentric.

Jack's Place for Autism Summer Film Camp
Major articles on the Jack's Place summer film camp led by Joey Travolta appeared in the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press and Suburban Lifestyles.

Oakland University Art Gallery
The renaming of the Meadow Brook Art Gallery to the Oakland University Art Gallery was covered in Suburban Lifestyles, Royal Oak Daily Tribune and the Oakland Press.

Classroom Technology
OU's advanced classroom technology, especially the installation of Hitachi StarBoard units, was featured in an article in Sound & Video Contractor magazine. George Preisinger was quoted in the article.

OU INC was mentioned in a Free Press article about university-based business incubators. In addition, Jadi, Inc. and OU were included in a Crain's article on companies that use universities as their sources of technology.

Concours d'Elegance
Articles about the Concours d'Elegance appeared in the Oakland Press (3), Detroit Free Press (3), Observer & Eccentric, Detroit Auto Scene and Suburban Lifestyles.

Academic Partnerships

Macomb 2 Oakland
The expansion of degree options within the Macomb 2 Oakland program was featured in the Armada Times.

Social Work
Articles about the new OU-MSU social work partnership appeared in the Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press, Detroit News and Suburban Lifestyles.

Cooley Law School
Articles about the Cooley programs on OU's campus appeared in the Observer & Eccentric, Detroit Legal News, Oakland Business Review, Oakland Press, Rochester Post, Troy Times and Muskegon County Legal News.

The engineering partnership between OU and St. Clair County Community College was covered in the Oakland Business Review, Detroit Auto Scene and the Detroit News.

The new OU-NMU nursing doctorate was featured in the Ontonagon Herald, Marquette Journal and the Daily Mining Gazette. Additionally, an article discussing the possibility of a partnership between OU's SON, Henry Ford Health System and Ford Motor Co. appeared in the Detroit Free Press. The program would help combat the lack of health care workers by training laid-off auto workers in nursing.

Campus Events

Erik Peterson
Erik Peterson's visit to OU was substantially previewed in the Oakland Press.

September 11 Remembrance Ceremony
The Rochester Post featured OU's September 11 remembrance ceremony on its front page.

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou's October visit was previewed in the Detroit Free Press, Suburban Lifestyles, Rochester Post and Observer & Eccentric.

Faculty Experts

Political Pundits
Political Science Department Chair John Klemanski was quoted in the Oakland Press and the Detroit News about the upcoming primary elections. Political Science Professor Peter Trumbore was quoted in the Observer & Eccentric about the war in the Middle East. Select political science professors are now featured on OU's Political Pundits Web site, The Web site includes profiles and quotations that can be readily accessed and used by the media.

A guest column by SON Dean Linda Thompson-Adams appeared in the Detroit Free Press. The column discussed the expanding role of nurse practitioners.

Chaunda Scott, associate professor of HRD and founder of Diverse Voices, was quoted in an article about comedian Dave Chappelle's influence on the issue of race.

The research of Gary Shepherd, director of religious studies, and his twin brother, Gordon, was featured in an Oakland Press article.

Staff Experts

Affording College
Nancy Schmitz, assistant vice president for student affairs, was quoted in a front page article in the Detroit Free Press about how students are managing the rising costs of college tuition.

Bob Thomas, director of career services, was quoted in an Observer & Eccentric article about job interviewing skills.

Study Abroad
Director of International Education Margaret Piggott was quoted in a Detroit News article about university study abroad programs in the wake of the air travel terror threat that occurred in London. Margaret spoke with the reporter from London.

Government Relations
Rochelle Black, director of government relations, was quoted in CASE Currents magazine. The article discussed ways in which government relations professionals are taking a proactive stance amid shifting political conditions.

Athletic Training
Christina Michajlyszyn, assistant coach for OU's women's cross country team, was quoted in an Oakland Press article about the importance of stretching.

Office Eating Habits
Kathy Angel of Communications and Marketing was quoted in an article about avoiding junk food in the office.

Students & Alumni

News of OU's enrollment increase appeared in the Detroit News and Observer & Eccentric.

Regina Carter
Regina Carter's MacArthur fellowship, otherwise known as a "genius grant," was featured in the Detroit News.

Suburban Lifestyles published an article about the recipients of the 2006 SEHS Student Leader Success Scholarships.

Dean's List
The Observer & Eccentric included a list of local students who made the OU Dean's List.

Meadow Brook Hall
An article about Meadow Brook Hall tours appeared in the Oakland Press. Educational Services Coordinator Shannon O'Berski was quoted.
The City of Rochester

Articles about OU's participation in downtown Rochester's Dancin' in the Street festival appeared in Suburban Lifestyles and the Observer & Eccentric.

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