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Office for Student Involvement

Oakland Center, Room 49
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-2400
osi@oakland.edu

OSI Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OSI Service Window Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Office for Student Involvement

Oakland Center, Room 49
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-2400
osi@oakland.edu

OSI Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OSI Service Window Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Student Congress

Oakland University Student Congress strives to represent the student body and increase pride and unity on campus through dynamic leadership, a commitment to diversity, and an ongoing devotion to the quality of university life. We aim to meet the needs and address the concerns of our fellow students and encourage students to voice their ideas to help us create the best possible "Oakland experience".

Visit OUSC on GrizzOrgs at orgsync.com/34015/chapter.

Membership
Executive Board

 headshot of Destinee Rule

Destinee Rule
Student Body President
drule@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4294

Office Hours:
Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

headshot of Julia Alexander 

Julia Alexander
Student Body Vice President
juliaalexander@oakland.edu

(248) 370-4294


Office Hours:
Monday: 10:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 headshot of Kara Cermak

Kara Cermak
Administrative Assistant
kecermak@oakland.edu

(248) 370-4291

Office Hours:
Monday: 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

headshot of Leah Bordo

Leah Bordo
Financial Affairs Director
lmbordo@oakland.edu

(248) 370-4338

Office Hours:
Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 headshot of Hunter Willis

Hunter Willis
Student Activities Funding Board Chair
safb@oakland.edu

(248) 370-4298

Office Hours:
Monday: 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 headshot of Mina Ghobrial

Mina Ghobrial
Student Services Director
mghobrial@oakland.edu

(248) 370-4290

Office Hours:
Monday: 12:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 headshot of Ethan Bradley

Ethan Bradley
Legislative Affairs Director
embradley@oakland.edu

(248) 370-4291

Office Hours:
Monday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 headshot of Jeannette Handy

Jeanette Handy
Visual Communications Director
jkhandy@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4338

Office Hours:
Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 headshot of Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown
Marketing Director
hbrown@oakland.edu

(248) 370-4338

Office Hours:
Monday: 10:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

 headshot of PJ Roberts

PJ Roberts
Diversity & Inclusion Director
proberts@oakland.edu

(248) 370-4290

Office Hours:
Monday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

headshot of Page Gardner 

Page Gardner
Campus Health Director
pmgardner@oakland.edu

(248) 370-4291

Office Hours:
Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Tuesday: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Jean Ann

Jean Ann Miller
OUSC Advisor
jam@oakland.edu
Legislative Members

Amanda Hudson
Parliamentarian
ahudson2@oakland.edu

Elijah Sanders
Legislator
emsanders@oakland.edu

Halle Haneckow
Senior Legislator
hallehaneckow@oakland.edu

Iffa Iqbal
Legislator
iffaiqbal@oakland.edu

Imaan Muhammad-Ali
Steering Chair
imuhammadali@oakland.edu

Nathan Roberts
Senior Legislator
nlroberts@oakland.edu

Orsola Sallaku
Research and Review Chair
orsolasallaku@oakland.edu

Judicial Branch

Dylan Pescarolo
Judiciary Chair
dylanpescarolo@oakland.edu

The Judiciary Committee serves as the judicial branch of the congress. As such, it is responsible for making sure that the congress is following the rules and regulations outlined in our constitution and bylaws. Typically the committee convenes on a weekly basis to review any absences filed by legislators, and discuss the current happenings of the congress. When needed, the judiciary committee is responsible for bringing together the official court, which will pass judgment on issues regarding the constitution.

Committees

If you are interested in getting involved with Oakland University's Student Congress for the 2018-2019 school year, please contact us at ousc@oakland.edu for more information. If you are interested in joining a specific committee, contact the person named at the end of each committee posting.

Elections Commission
The Elections commission is a group of students working with the Administrative Assistant during the election season. The Commission is responsible for various tasks related to the candidates throughout the elections in addition to events such as the Elections Kickoff, and the President and Vice President debates. Contact Kara Cermak at kecermak@oakland.edu.

Scholarship Committee
The scholarship committee is a group of creative and motivated individuals creating new scholarships and awards for OU students. These scholarships can help a graduating senior get their bachelor's degree or help a new freshman out financially. These scholarships include academics, athletics, financial hardships, leaderships, and many more! Be more involved around campus and join the Scholarship Committee. This is your chance to give back! Contact Urja Parikh at uparikh@oakland.edu.

Judiciary Committee
The Judiciary Committee serves as the judicial branch of the congress. As such, it is responsible for making sure that the congress is following the rules and regulations outlined in our constitution and bylaws. Typically the committee convenes on a weekly basis to review any absences filed by legislators, and discuss the current happenings of the congress. When needed, the judiciary committee is responsible for bringing together the official court, which will pass judgment on issues regarding the constitution. Contact Dylan Pescarolo at dylanpescarolo@oakland.edu.

Research and Review Committee
The Research and Review Committee looks into problems or issues that the Legislature brings forth to it, can pass issues to other committees where the topic pertains, submits feedback and reports on various issues or researched initiatives, and assists the Student Body President in assigning legislators to any University-wide committees. Contact Orsola Sallaku at orsolasallaku@oakland.edu.

Legislative Affairs Committee
Interested in politics? As a committee member, you would have the opportunity to research student issues for lobbying efforts as well as take part in vote registration drives. This committee can also meet and work with Student Governments at the state and federal level. Contact Ethan Bradley at embradley@oakland.edu.

Marketing Committee
As a committee member, you would assist the Marketing Director in brainstorming different promotions, post fliers throughout campus, and pass out promotions in the Oakland Center when OUSC has events coming up. Contact Hannah Brown at hbrown@oakland.edu.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Oakland University accepts and celebrates all students of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and ethnicity. As a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, you would be engaged in actively representing every student group on campus while pursuing University-wide policy change and initiatives that are aimed at transforming Oakland University. If you want to push your university forward and be a part of change on campus, the DID Committee welcomes you with open arms and mind. Contact PJ Roberts at proberts@oakland.edu.

Student Services Committee
As a member of this committee you will work alongside the Student Services Director to resolve any concerns students may have during their time here at Oakland. At the meetings, committee initiatives are discussed, project liaisons give updates, and the members propose new initiative ideas. If you have a desire to make a lasting impact with your time here at Oakland University, this committee invites you to help us bring about positive change. Contact Mina Ghobrial at mghobrial@oakland.edu.

Tailgate Committee
The Tailgate Committee is perfect for anyone who has an interest in sports or planning events! As a member, you are the main source of success for the tailgates. You decide the food and activities, as well as different promotional items that will be used. Members are also involved in running the tailgates and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. 

Campus Health Committee
The Campus Health Committee gives students a chance to advocate for healthy living and environmentally awareness. Members of the Campus Health Committee can engage in committee meetings, participate in committee events, and get involved with various initiatives. Contact Page Gardner at pmgardner@oakland.edu.

Visual Communications Committee
The Visual Communications Committee is a group of talented graphic designers that aid the Visual Communications Director with the execution of promotional materials and more for OUSC. Working as a team of creative minds, the VCC is a great way for students to meet other graphic designers, gain valuable design experience, and expand their portfolio work! Contact Jeanette Handy at jkhandy@oakland.edu.

Steering Committee
Most public governing bodies have a steering committee. It is the duty of the Steering Committee to compile the agenda that is used for all University Student Congress General Body Meetings. Members of the committee would decide whether or not proposed items (such as bills, proposals and member approvals) should be placed on the upcoming agenda based on bylaws, constitution, etc. Contact Imaan Muhammad-Ali at imuhammadali@oakland.edu.

Archival Committee
The Archival Committee of the Oakland University Student Congress was originally established in 2005 under the direction of Former Student Body President Michael McGuinness for the purpose of maintaining the paper trail of Student Government records for each administration. The committee is also responsible for preserving all student government history and maintaining a connection between the current administration and alumni of the Student Government. 

Ad-Hoc Committees

Bear Bus Reform Committee

The Bear Bus Committee is focused on working with Bear Bus to launch common sense reforms to public transit at OU. Contact Mina Wassef at minawassef@oakland.edu for more details. 

International Student Advocacy Committee

This committee is focused on pushing reforms focused on the needs of International Students at OU. This includes issues related to transportation and housing. For more information, contact Chairman Fawaz Alkhudhayr at faalkhudhayr@oakland.edu and Maxime Colen at mcolen@oakland.edu.

Student Veteran Advocacy Committee

This committee tackles the needs of Veterans on OU's campus. This includes providing support for them, as well as making sure administration recognizes the value of student Veterans. For more information, contact the Chair, Justin Kellner at jkellner@oakland.edu.

Campaign Initiatives
While running their campaign for the presidency and vice presidency of Oakland
University Student Congress, Destinee Rule and Julia Alexander thoughtfully created
initiatives that they planned to implement during their administration. The following is a
list of initiatives promised through their campaigning efforts:

Housing

While Oakland University becomes a more residential college, it is important to have
concrete policies in place that benefit all residential students on campus - including
Housing employees! As residents of Oakland University Housing, Destinee and Julia
have the goal of making all residents feel safe and at home on campus.

Technology and Updates

As the university is expanding and being renovated, Destinee and Julia want to make sure that both services and building spaces are available for all students on campus.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Destinee and Julia have been committed in their time at Oakland University to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As Keeper of the Dream recipients, they are adamant advocates for students of all backgrounds.

Transparency with Upper Administration

Destinee and Julia have the goal of students having a positive association with upper administration. With constant communication between Destinee and Julia and upper administration, OUSC plans to build a strong relationship as well as show more transparency between OUSC, the Dean of Students, the Board of Trustees, and student affairs offices.

Other Active Initiatives

Open Educational Resources
OER is an initiative that has been advocated by past administrations of OUSC, as well as the Rule/Alexander Administration. Destinee and Julia understand that affordability for course materials is a big factor that affects success rates in the classroom for many students.

* More initiatives will be added to this list as Destinee and Julia move forward with their
administration.

Current Services

As of summer 2012, a Scantron machine is available in the lower level of the Oakland Center across from the Barnes and Noble Bookstore. This Scantron vending machine offers school supplies such as pencils, note cards, headphones, and much more.

In the fall of 2014, Student Congress has expanded this initiative and began offering free Scantrons to students. We ask that to receive a Scantron, students follow us on social media sites (Grizz Orgs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) so they see our updates. Students who come to the Student Congress office can receive two Scantrons for free, everyday. If our office is closed, our Scantron machine is right down the hall! We offer the following types of scantrons for free:

  • 882-E (long green scantron)
  • 815-E (short green scantron)
  • Blue Books

Student Congress also offers free printing for students! Everyday students are eligible to print
up to 5 pages (front and back) in color or black and white. Visit the Student Congress office
during our business hours to utilize this cost-saving initiative!

Beginning every Fall and Winter semester, Student Congress’ Administrative Assistant offers
free IClicker rentals. The rental registration is first come, first serve. Rentals are semester long
and eligible for renewal, contingent on necessity. Please visit our office at the beginning of the
semesters to inquire about the availability of IClickers. Any further questions, please contact
Student Congress’ Administrative Assistant, Kara Cermak at kecermak@oakland.edu.

In the Oakland Center bathrooms, you will find baskets of free tampons and sanitary napkins.
We have the privilege of offering free menstrual hygiene products to any student. Visit us
whenever our office is open to receive free tampons and sanitary napkins. Please inform us if
our supply of tampons and sanitary napkins are running low in the Oakland Center bathrooms.

Visit us daily for a variety of giveaways, snacks, and school supplies for FREE!

Successes

Previous
Bear Bus and Bear Bus Tracking
24-hour access to Kresge Library
Increased Minimum Wage for Student Employees
On-Campus Accessibility Enhancements
Tuition Equality Policy for DACA Students
Voter Registration
Emergency Funding at Graham Health Center
Readership Program

Current
Free Summer Recreation Access for Continuing Students and Recent Alums
Updated Locks in Academic Building
Affordable Educational Materials

* More initiatives will be added to this list as OUSC progresses towards creating an
equitable environment for all Oakland University students.

Programs

Grizz Art is a program partnered with the Oakland Center to display student artwork. The
purpose of these programs is to promote student art. Every semester, Grizz Art has a different
theme. All students, no matter what major, are encouraged to submit art for the competition.
Follow our social media to find out our Fall 2019 Grizz Art theme. Contact Student Congress’
Visual Communications Director, Jeanette Handy at jkhandy@oakland.edu, if you have any
questions.

The hammocks you see scattered throughout campus are a part of the OUSC outdoor initiative,
which includes picnic tables, benches, information kiosk and hammocks. Hammocks offer
relaxation to students and yet another location for students to spend time on campus. These
hammocks can currently be found around Bear Lake, Oak View Hall, Varner Hall, and other
popular areas on campus. During the winter season, these hammocks are taken indoors so they
don't get damaged in the harsh weather. Be sure to enjoy them in the fall, spring and summer!

Student of the Month Award (SOM) is to recognize students who have shown an outstanding
dedication through campus involvement to the Oakland University community. Interested
students can access the SOM application on the Student Congress’ portal on Grizzorgs. If
selected to be the Student of the Month, students will receive a swag pack, recognition on our
social media, and other exclusive rewards. Feel free to reach out to Mina Ghobrial, Student
Congress’ Student Services Director, at mghobrial@oakland.edu, if you have any questions.

Public Documents

OUSC Constitution

OU Student Congress Bylaws

Election Bylaws

Student Activity Fund Assessment Committee Bylaws

Student Activities Funding Board Bylaws

Judicial Hearing Guidelines

Agendas and Minutes
To request meeting agendas and/or minutes, please email your requests to Kara Cermak at kecermak@oakland.edu.

Budget Sheets
To request budget sheets, please email your requests to Leah Bordo at lmbordo@oakland.edu.