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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during July and August 2011.
Partnerships

Medical School
The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press, Crain's Detroit, Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch, Troy-Somerset Gazette, Heathcare Weekly Review and Michigan Radio reported on the start of classes at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Medical Main Street
The Detroit Free Press reported on Medical Main Street, a unique alliance of universities, heath care institutions and life science companies designed to spur investment in the region. Oakland University participates in this initiative, which was launched in 2008.

OU INC
The Center for Michigan reported on the Macomb-OU business incubator's ongoing efforts to provide resources and support to burgeoning enterprises in the areas of defense, homeland security, alternative energy and advanced manufacturing.
  

Community Engagement

 
Schostak Gift
The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Oakland Press reported on the $1 million gift pledged by the Schostak Family Philanthropic Foundation in support of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Pawley Donation
The Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press, Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch and Crain's Detroit Business reported on the $738,000 gift pledged by longtime benefactors Dennis and Carlotta Pawley in support of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

OU PostSecret Project
The Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch reported on the OU PostSecret Project, an initiative adopted by the OU Student Congress that encourages community members to submit secrets anonymously for publication.

OU Credit Card
The Detroit Free Press reported that the Oakland University credit card, offered though MSU Federal Credit Union, is a favorite among alumni cardholders.

Model of Efficiency
The Oakland Press and MarketWatch.com reported that Oakland University has been selected as a "model of efficiency" by University Business magazine.

Summit League Honors
The Oakland Press reported on four golden grizzlies who were named to the Summit League's Top 30 Distinguished Contributors List: Pete Haviland (swimming) Keith Benson (basketball) Anita Rapp (soccer) and Marcin Unold (swimming)

Men's Soccer
The Oakland Press and MLive.com reported on the Oakland University men's soccer team who enters this season as the defending Summit League champion.

Inspired Faculty and Staff


Gary Russi
OU President Dr. Gary Russi was quoted in the Oakland Press and Crain's Detroit Business regarding the start of classes at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Robert Folberg
Dr. Robert Folberg, founding dean of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, was quoted in Healthcare Weekly Review, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press, Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch, Michigan Radio and C&G News.

Robert Noiva
Dr. Robert Noiva, associate dean for medical education and professor of biomedical science, OU William Beaumont School of Medicine, was featured in an Oakland Press article regarding a countywide heath care forum. Dr. Noiva will keynote the event, discussing the economic impact the medical school is expected have on the region.

Henry Baskin
Henry Baskin, chair of Oakland's Board of Trustees, was featured in the Oakland Press after being re-elected to his position for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Steve Shablin
OU Registrar Steve Shablin was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding the university's recent selection as a "model of efficiency" by University Business magazine.

Chirag Shah and John Wilkinson
Dr. Chirag Shah and Dr. John Wilkinson, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Beaumont Cancer Institute, were featured in States News Service after being recognized by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology for exceptional work in breast cancer research.

Robert Van Til
Dr. Robert Van Til, professor of industrial and systems engineering, was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding a nearly $34 million in-kind software grant made to the department from Siemen's Product Life-cycle Management Software Inc.

Paul Kubicek
Dr. Paul Kubicek, professor of political science, was quoted in the Daily News Corner regarding political unrest in Turkey.

Shea Howell
Journalism professor Shea Howell was featured in a Detroit Free Press article as the co-founder of Detroit Summer, a youth leadership program that encourages community engagement.

Greg Kampe
Men's basketball coach Greg Kampe was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding the team's upcoming foreign travel tour. He was also quoted in the Detroit Free Press, SportsPageMagazine.com and MLive.com.

Eric Pogue
Men's soccer coach Eric Pogue was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding the team's hopes to repeat as Summit League champions.

Russ Cunningham
Russ Cunningham was featured in the Oakland Press as the new OU men's and women's golf coach.
 

Campus Events

Pontiac Symposium
The Oakland Press reported on an upcoming community forum that will spotlight health care and educational resources available in the city of Pontiac. The event will be held on OU's campus and will draw leaders from throughout Oakland County.

Presidential Debate
The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Oakland Press reported that Oakland University will host a Republican presidential debate this November.

Wine Festival
Journal Register News reported on the upcoming Meadow Brook Music Festival Wine and Food Festival, which will feature select wines from across the state and around the world.

Film Camp
The Oakland Press reported on the upcoming film camp for children with autism, sponsored by the Oakland University Center for Autism Research Education and Support. The two-week camp is led by Hollywood actor and director Joey Travolta.

Rapunzel Production
The Detroit News reported on the Rapunzel play being staged at Meadow Brook Music Festival.

Remarkable Students and Alumni

Adam McNelly and Shannon Biernat
OU students Adam McNelly and Shannon Biernat were quoted in a Detroit Free Press article regarding the university's quidditch team, the Oakland Owls. Inspired by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, quidditch is a competitive sport growing in popularity, with clubs sprouting up on college campuses across the country.

Liz Ecker, Alanna Gerber and Mara Kovac
OU golfers Liz Ecker, Alanna Gerber and Mara Kovac were featured in the Oakland Press after being named to the 2010-11 National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team.

Stew Givens and Mitch Hildebrandt
OU alumni Stew Givens and Mitch Hildebrandt were featured in the Oakland Press after capturing postseason honors in the Premier Development League, a branch of the United Soccer League. Hildebrandt was named the top college goalkeeper and Givens was recognized as the top defender.

Kelly Morga, Jorge Alchammas and Melissa Bayci
Kelly Morga, Jorge Alchammas and Melissa Bayci were featured in the Detroit Free Press as members of the charter class at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Bayci was also quoted in C&G News regarding the medical school.

Jacqueline Noonan
Utica mayor Jacqueline Noonan, an Oakland almuna, was quoted in the Shelby-Utica Patch regarding the city's upcoming election cycle.

Keith Benson
Former Oakland University basketball star Keith Benson was featured in the Detroit Free Press following his decision to play professional basketball in Italy.

Will Hudson
Former OU basketball player Will Hudson was featured on SportsPageMagazine.com after signing a professional contract to play basketball in Australia.

Michael Coriasso
OU golfer Michael Coriasso was featured in the Flint Journal and Oakland Press for his outstanding play this season

John Heenstra
John Heenstra was quoted in the Oakland Press regarding his thoughts on being selected as one of 50 students in the charter class at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Brandon Luczak
Brandon Luczak was quoted in the Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch regarding his thoughts on being selected as one of 50 students in the charter class at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.
  

Future Students

Sinclair Russell
Sinclair Russell was featured in the Oakland Press as the newest recruit to the OU women's basketball program. The Troy Athens standout finished her junior season as the county's leading scorer and is slated to join the golden grizzlies in 2012
  

Boosting Enrollment

Oakland 2 Oakland
Journal Register News reported on Oakland2Oakland, a partnership between Oakland University and Oakland Community College that enables students to enroll at both institutions concurrently.

Anton/Frankel Center
The Oakland Press, Macomb Daily and Crain's Detroit Business reported on the Anton/Frankel Center, Oakland University's new satellite campus in downtown Mount Clemens.
  

Student Engagement

Software Grant
The Oakland Press and Crain's Detroit Business reported on a nearly $34 million in-kind software grant made to Oakland University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. The grant from Siemen's Product Life-cycle Management Software Inc. will give OU students access to market-leading technologies utilized in a variety of job settings.

Water Program Proposal
Crain's Detroit Business reported that Macomb Community College is in talks with several institutions, including Oakland University, to create a new program to train water quality technicians.

Certificate Programs
The Oakland Press reported on certificate programs in financial planning, project management and energy management being offered through Oakland University's School of Business Administration.
  

Research

Clean Energy Research Center
The Oakland Press reported that Oakland University's Clean Energy Research Center recently welcomed a new tenant, Waste Water Heat Transfer Systems, LLC.
  

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