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Partnerships
Oakland University traces its roots to a partnership with Michigan State University in 1957. Since then, the university has leveraged its location in the heart of Oakland County by collaborating with nearby hospitals, Fortune 500 and international companies, individuals, cities, government agencies and educational institutions. Through these partnerships, the university enhances the education it provides to students by sharing expertise and drawing on the knowledge of its partners.
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Academic Affairs

Clinton River Water Shed Council
OU partners with the Clinton River Water Shed Council to maintain a mutual understanding about state and federal programs as related to water shed issues.This partnership provides OU a better understanding about when to request grants and insight into ongoing projects and pending environmental regulations.

For more information, contact:
(248) 370-2161

 

Oakland University/Older Persons’ Commission -- A Partnership in Lifelong Learning 
OU’s partnership with the OPC will foster opportunities for older citizens in the Rochester area community to engage with OU faculty and students in lectures, programs and events. This partnership will further the educative mission of lifelong learning intrinsic to both institutions.

For more information, contact:
Oakland University/Provost’s Office
Tamara Machmut-Jhashi, Interim Assistant Provost 
(248) 370-2199 
machmutj@oakland.edu 


Admissions

Community College Partnerships
Macomb Community College and Oakland University implemented the state's first joint admission, concurrent enrollment program for Fall of 2006. The Macomb2Oakland (M2O) program is the centerpiece of a partnership between the two higher education institutions to bring more degree-program options directly to the residents of Macomb County. Oakland University now has concurrent enrollment programs with Oakland Community College (O2O), St. Clair Community College (SC2O), and Mott Community College (Mott2O). 
The Macomb2Oakland program offers:

  • Joint admission through one application available from Oakland University's website
  • Concurrent enrollment at OU and the community college, offering the flexibility to take courses at one or both institutions at the same time
  • Maximized financial aid at both institutions by combining credit for concurrently enrolled students
  • Expanded course selection
  • Timely completion of associate and bachelor's degrees
  • Access to the on-campus resources of both institutions, including Oakland University housing

For more information, contact:
ccp@oakland.edu
www.oakland.edu/ccp

OU at Macomb
OU at Macomb covers all aspects of Oakland's involvement in Macomb County. There are three primary aspects of these initiatives: partnership with Macomb Community College, a partnership with the Macomb University Center and a partnership with the Macomb Intermediate School District. Through these relationships, Oakland offers nine baccalaureate programs, 10 masters programs, an education specialist degree and two Ph.D.s. In 2006, these programs enrolled nearly 4,700 students: 3,450 in the Macomb University Center and 1,240 in the MISD. The partnership provides enhanced educational opportunities for the citizens of Macomb County and increased visibility for Oakland University.

For more information, contact:
Graduate Education/Academic Administration
 (248) 370-4052 


Athletics
Kingsbury School, Oxford, MI
Mark Vick, administrative assistant to the Men's Basketball Camp, conducts a five day basketball camp at Kingsbury School each June for ages 8-14. The partnership provides exposure of the Institution and Athletic Programs, and Student Athletes at Oakland University. 

For more information, contact:
Men's Basketball
Mark Vick 
(248) 370-4018 
vick2@oakland.edu  

College of Arts and Sciences

Exchange with the Chinese Foreign Affairs University in Beijing
The program has exchanged books in our libraries, scholars and students for lectures, seminars and study abroad opportunities. The Foreign Affairs University has provided a home base for OU’s faculty and students in Beijing. They have also sent high-level delegates to our China seminars.

For more information, contact:
College of Arts and Sciences
Richard Stamps 
(248) 370-2425 
stamps@oakland.edu  

  

Waterford School District - Teaching American History
This partnership is designed to enhance the historical background of social studies teachers in the 5th, 8th, and 10th grades at Waterford schools. Faculty of the Department of History will be conducting workshops and seminars designed to improve content knowledge and assist teachers in locating ancillary materials that can be used in their public school classrooms. This project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Teachers in the Waterford schools will become more knowledgeable about American history and will become more aware of current trends in academic scholarship. Levels of coordination between the grades will improve, providing a more methodical and enriched presentation of U.S. history to Waterford students. Oakland faculty will build working relationships with public school faculty which will yield a better understanding of the abilities of incoming freshmen at OU. 

For more information, contact:
Department of History
Karen A.J. MIller 
(248) 370-3512 
kjmiller@oakland.edu 

 

Henry Ford Hospital
Faculty members in the Department of Physics have experimental labs at Henry Ford Hospital. Approximately half of the graduate students in the Medical Physics Ph.D. program conduct Ph.D. research at Henry Ford Hospital. OU has many adjunct faculty at Henry Ford Hospital. OU offers a Medical Physics Ph.D. program. OU’s partnership with Henry Ford Hospital provides an important clinical aspect to our graduate program. OU benefits by access to clinical research and state-of-the-art clinical equipment, and Henry Ford Hospital benefits from the supply of outstanding medical physics graduate students.

For more information, contact:
Department of Physics
Brad Roth
Director of the medical physics Ph.D. program
(248) 370-4871
roth@oakland.edu

 

Beaumont Hospital
The Department of Physics offers a Medical Physics Ph.D. graduate degree. Some OU students choose to do their research with adjunct faculty at Beaumont Hospital. Through the partnership, Beaumont benefits through OU’s outstanding graduate students. OU benefits by access to clinical research and equipment, which would otherwise be lacking because OU does not yet have its own medical school. Beaumont is particularly strong in radiation treatment and therapy.

For more information, contact:
Department of Physics
Brad Roth
(248) 370-4871
roth@oakland.edu

 

Local Museums and Historical Societies
OU has provided guest lectures and consulting to local museums and Historical Societies in return for student tours and internship opportunities. Students have interned at Governor Weisner Mansion in Pontiac, Rochester Hills Museum at Stony Creek, The Troy Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science. The partnership provides internship opportunities for students. OU also co-sponsors activities with museums.

For more information, contact:
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice

 

Eisenhower Dance Ensemble
The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble is a professional dance company that performs regularly on campus, rehearses, mentors students and conducts master classes. Numerous students have had the opportunity to apprentice with the company, with some of them being hired upon graduation. The advanced performing group on campus regularly performs as guest dancers with the company at OU and in off-campus performances. EDE dancers often teach master's classes, choreograph, and serve as role models for the students.

For more information, contact:
Music, Theatre and Dance
Laurie Eisenhower 
(248) 370-3024 
eisenhow@oakland.edu  

 

Nanotech Initiative – University of Illinois in Chicago, University of California in Santa Barbara and the University of Alabama
This partnership provides an $1.2 million, four-year NSF grant for investigators for work on magnetoelectric nanocomposites and devices.

For more information, contact:
Gopalan Srinivasan
(248) 370-3419 
srinivas@oakland.edu

 

NSF- Electronic and Photonic Devices - University of Alabama Institute
This is a three-year grant for investigators from OU and the University of Alabama to work on nano-materials and microwave devices. 

For more information, contact:
Gopalan Srinivasan
(248) 370-3419
srinivas@oakland.edu

 

NSF - International Collaboration - St.Petersburg and Electrotechnical University. 
This partnership is supported by a two-year $28,000 supplement to a NSF grant. The funds support an OU graduate student to spend four weeks each year in the Russian lab to get experience on microwave signal processing devises.

For more information, contact:
Gopalan Srinivasan 
(248) 370-3419 
srinivas@oakland.edu

 

City of Auburn Hills - The Auburn Hills Business Survey, 2005 
OU assisted Mary Anne Miller, Auburn Hills director of Economic Development, to communicate with and elicit information from local business enterprises.

For more information, contact:
Public Affairs Research Labratory
J.P. Piskulich, Director
(248) 370-2454
ppiskuli@oakland.edu 

 

Oakland Township Library Board - Oakland Township Library Survey
OU assisted the Oakland Township Library Board to survey residents on library issues, especially regarding newly acquired Paint Creek Cider Mill, and its potential use in providing some mix of library services. 

For more information, contact:
Public Affairs Research Labratory
J.P. Piskulich, Director
(248) 370-2454
ppiskuli@oakland.edu

 

Senior Center Task Force
OU provided assistance on a task force and conducted a survey in support of mill ages to build and operate a joint senior center on three ballots in North Oakland County: Orion, Oxford, Addison.

For more information, contact:
Public Affairs Research Labratory
J.P. Piskulich
(248) 370-2454
ppiskuli@oakland.edu

 

DARPA- Delphi - Miniature antennas

OU received an $100,000 grant to work on miniature antenna.

For more information, contact:
Department of Physics
Gopalan Srinivasan
(248) 370-3419
srinivas@oakland.edu 


Cooley Law School

Oakland University is the exclusive partner of Cooley Law School's Auburn Hills campus, making law school more accessible to students in Southeast Michigan. Students graduating from OU who meet Cooley's admission requirements will be given priority in selection of both campus location and entering term. 

For more information, visit: Cooley partnership with Oakland University  


Eye Research Institute

Beaumont Hospital

The ERI and Beaumont partnership enriches the training of students at both institutions. Oakland University students benefit from leading-edge clinical lecture, presented by Beaumont ophthalmologists, and content in the Science of Vision course, which was initiated by ERI faculty in 2003. Ophthalmology residents benefit from the inclusion of monthly basic-science research lectures, as part of residents' grand rounds, which are provided by ERI faculty. Oakland University students are exposed to both molecular biology and clinical teaching, through the ERI, and are extremely successful in obtaining entry into medical, graduate and professional programs. 

For more information, contact:
Eye Research Institute
Paulette Realy 
(248) 370-2390 
pmrealy@oakland.edu

  

Beaumont Hospital (Ophthalmology Residency Committee)
Frank Giblin and Kenneth Mitton are members of the committee that annually reviews candidates for Ophthalmology Residency at William Beaumont Hospital. As a team, with Beaumont ophthalmologists, they evaluate candidate potential in molecular research as applied to the eye. The presence of two ERI staff members on the committee helps to establish the reputation of Oakland's ERI as a leading authority in Vision Research within the medical profession.

For more information, contact:
Eye Research Institute
Paulette Realy 
(248) 370-2390 
pmrealy@oakland.edu

 

Beaumont Hospital
Interaction between Beaumont Hospital's ophthalmologists and the ERI is fostering new collaborations to merge the advanced research expertise of ERI laboratories with the advanced clinical and medical genetics expertise at Beaumont. Ken Mitton, ERI, and Kim Drenser, Beaumont, are currently pursuing novel methods to test mutations, found in some of Drenser's patients, for their affect on the actual function of the proteins they alter. This tag-team effort of basic and clinical sciences can shorten the time between research discoveries and their eventual impact on human medicine. With limited resources for education and research, this will also foster new links to funding sources from private donors who prefer to support research with medical potential.

For more information, contact:
Eye Research Institute
Paulette Realy 
(248) 370-2390 
pmrealy@oakland.edu

 

Beaumont Hospital
Oakland University/William Beaumont Hospital Ophthalmology Program 

The program consists of two facets:
+ Initiate interactive research activities involving clinical and non-clinical research at Beaumont and non-clinical research at Oakland.
+ An enhanced educational experience for Beaumont's residents, fellows, and medical students through interaction with the ERI in research endeavors. 
Through this program residents and fellows from countries such as Brazil, Italy, Israel, The Philippines, and Egypt conduct basic science research at Oakland University's Eye Research Institute. The increasing interaction of Beaumont with the ERI, fosters a growing research atmosphere that will attract visiting clinical fellows from around the world who wish to obtain highly specialized basic science training in such fields as molecular biology. 

For more information, contact:
Eye Research Institute
Paulette Realy 
(248) 370-2390 
pmrealy@oakland.edu 


Finance and Administration

Village of Rochester Hills
The Village of Rochester Hills contracts periodically with Oakland University for the use of our land for various purposes, such as additional parking. The Village of Rochester Hills pays a rental fee for the use of University grounds.

For more information, contact:
Richard Fekel
Director, Oakland Center
(248) 370-3245
fekel@oakland.edu

  

Oakland County
Oakland County periodically holds a hazardous waste material pickup on the University's campus. Residents of communities participating in the North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Consortium (NO-HAZ) may dispose of household hazardous waste in a safe and environmentally responsible way. This partnership provides community service for the university at no cost to Oakland County. The university is recognized via the NO-HAZ information sent to county residents, and through the county's website.

For more information, contact:
Richard Fekel
Director, Oakland Center
(248) 370-3245
fekel@oakland.edu

 

The Theatre Ensemble
The Theatre Ensemble leases the Meadow Brook Theatre to present theatre productions and continue Meadow Brook Theatre as a locally produced professional theatre. The Theatre Ensemble began in 2003 as a group of theatre professionals committed to maintaining the rich cultural heritage of Meadow Brook. The Theatre Ensemble provides a rental payment for the use of university facilities. Additionally, the Ensemble provides opportunities for university students to learn from professional artists, and for students and faculty to participate in the productions.

For more information, contact:
Michele St. Denis
(248) 370- 2445 
stdenis@oakland.edu

 

Palace Sports and Entertainment
Palace Sports and Entertainment produces a performance series each summer at the Meadow Brook Music Festival, through their lease of the premises. The Palace also provides and maintains the electronic marquee sign at the corner of Adams and Walton to promote Meadow Brook Music Festival and other University events. Palace Sports and Entertainment provides a rental payment for the use of the university facilities. They also continue the rich history of the Meadow Brook Music Festival by producing cultural events on the campus. The electronic marquee sign also provides a high impact method of promoting university activities. 

For more information, contact:
Michele St. Denis
(248) 370- 2445 
stdenis@oakland.edu

 

Barnes & Noble at Oakland University
Barnes & Noble at Oakland University provides bookstore services on OU's campus for the benefit of our students, faculty and staff. The full-service bookstore and satellite stores are located in the Oakland Center and provide textbooks, apparel and other Golden Grizzlies items. Barnes & Noble sells Grizz merchandise at home athletic events in the O'rena. Barnes & Noble is the exclusive seller of Grizz merchandise on the University's campus.

Barnes & Noble is committed to providing all necessary course materials, including textbooks, for all courses offered by the University. Barnes & Noble contributes a significant amount of rent for the lease of campus space, which is used for maintenance of the Oakland Center, and other University needs. 

For more information, contact:
Richard Fekel
Director, Oakland Center
(248) 370-3245
fekel@oakland.edu

 

Detroit Edison 
OU and DTE are investigating ways to procure and deliver green power to the DTE service territory. Renewable energy must play a critical role in our future energy infrastructure. This will result in potential long term costs savings. 

For more information, contact:
Jim Leidel 
(248) 370-4990 
leidel@oakland.edu

  

State of Michigan
OU is a part of the Natural Gas purchasing consortium between the state and numerous universities. This partnership has potential long term cost savings.

For more information, contact:
Jim Leidel
Facilities Manager
(248) 370-4990 
leidel@oakland.edu

 

City of Auburn Hills - Police Department
OU has developed a working relationship with the Auburn Hills Police Department in which we plan joint emergency responses (for both on and off campus), share information relative to on-going criminal investigations, work together for major events including high-profile dignitary visits, participate in joint training exercises and share radio communications frequencies.

The relationship has allowed OU and the City of Auburn Hills Police Department to deliver public safety services to the respective communities, especially in emergency situations, in a more effective, efficient and timely manner than if OU operated in isolation.

For more information, contact:
Oakland University Police Department
Samuel C. Lucido
(248) 370-3000 
lucido@oakland.edu

  

City of Rochester - Police Department
OU has developed a relationship with the City of Rochester Police Department to share both general and specific information relative to on-going criminal investigations. The Rochester PD also provides the occasional use of their holding facilitates for our arrested subjects (when necessary) and most recently started providing invaluable assistance to our officers relative to technical prisoner processing activities. This has allowed us to remain consistent with new state requirements.This relationship continues to allow the Oakland University Police Department the ability to deliver public safety services to the OU community in a more efficient, timely and effective manner.

For more information, contact:
Oakland University Police Department
Samuel C. Lucido
(248) 370-3000
lucido@oakland.edu

 

City of Auburn Hills - Fire Department
The Auburn Hills Fire Department has assisted with the joint development of improving public safety emergency responses to campus. Members have participated with OU in planning and conducting joint training and emergency evacuation exercises. Their command officers have participated in our various Crisis Management Team Programs, including "table top" exercises, and have provided excellent input into our development of a sound Emergency Response Plan.This relationship has proven to have a positive impact on OU’s efforts to continually improve the delivery of public safety services to our campus community.

For more information, contact:
Oakland University Police Department
Samuel C. Lucido 
(248) 370-3000
lucido@oakland.edu

 

Oakland County Sheriff's Department
An excellent working relationship based on mutual cooperation exists between the Oakland County Sheriff's Department and the Oakland University PD. They provide canine drug sweeps and canine bomb detection sweeps on our requests and they assist extensively for major events involving high-profile visiting dignitaries. Their Command Staff has participated in recent "table top" exercises for our Crisis Management Team and has provided important input. This relationship allows OU to continue efforts to provide public safety services to our campus community in an effective, efficient and timely manner.

For more information, contact:
Oakland University Police Department
Samuel C. Lucido 
(248) 370-3000
lucido@oakland.edu

Federal Bureau of Investigation (Detroit and Oakland County Offices) 
The Oakland University Police Department continues to enjoy an excellent working relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including both the Detroit Office and the Oakland County Office. Primarily, they have assisted us by sharing information relative to cases involving computer crimes. In addition, they have assisted our Political Science Department in the presentation of an academic class, provided Threat Assessments prior to the arrival of high-profile visiting dignitaries and recently conducted a crime prevention seminar for the campus community involving Identity Theft prevention.The relationship has allowed OU to continue efforts to enhance the delivery of public safety services to the campus community.

For more information, contact:
Oakland University Police Department 
Samuel C. Lucido
(248) 370-3000 
lucido@oakland.edu

 

MiDEAL 
Operated by the Department of Management and Budget, MiDEAL extends State of Michigan contracts to members. Membership is open to any city, village, county, township, school district, intermediate school district, non-profit hospital, college, university, or community college. OU currently purchases rock salt and grounds equipment through MiDEAL and receives competitive pricing. 

For more information, contact:
Purchasing and Risk Management
Maria Ebner-Smith 
(248) 370-3171 
ebnersmi@oakland.edu

 

Michigan College and University Safety Conference
OU meets annually with other Michigan college and university safety personnel to share ideas, collaborate on activities and address common problems. This relationship builds a strong network among the safety personnel at Michigan colleges and universities. It is a valuable resource-sharing opportunity. By working together, problems can be solved or averted, and lessons can be learned. 

For more information, contact:
Purchasing & Risk Management 
Cora Hanson 
(248) 370-4196 
chanson@oakland.edu

 

Rochester Hills Fire Department
OU works with the Rochester Hills Fire Department to provide opportunities for fire department personnel to train on campus and the fire department may provide professional assistance and guidance for various university activities. The fire department, through various invitations to visit the campus, has a better working knowledge of the buildings and university activities. This exposure will help the fire department respond more effectively to emergency situations on campus. 

For more information, contact:
Purchasing & Risk Management 
Cora Hanson 
(248) 370-4196
chanson@oakland.edu

 

Auburn Hills Fire Department
OU cooperatively works with the Auburn Hills Fire Department (AHFD.) Oakland University provides opportunities for fire department personnel to train on campus and the fire department may provide professional assistance or guidance for university activities (such as the Evac the RAC exercise.) The AHFD, through various invitations to visit the campus, has a better working knowledge of the buildings and university activities. This exposure will help the fire department respond more effectively to emergency situations on campus. 

For more information, contact:
Purchasing and Risk Management
Cora Hanson 
(248) 370-4196 
chanson@oakland.edu

 

Project One
Project One is an initiative of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council to grow minority business enterprises with the capacity to compete for corporate contracts. Through Oakland University's involvement in Project One, the Purchasing Department has the opportunity to mentor minority companies in effectively competing for business. It also provides additional minority businesses to which it can send Request for Proposals.

For more information, contact:
Purchasing & Risk Management
Maria Ebner-Smith 
(248) 370-3171 
ebnersmi@oakland.edu

 

M.U.S.I.C.
M.U.S.I.C. is a self-insurance corporation made up of eleven of the 13 state universities in Michigan. It provides a self-insurance program for commercial general liability, errors and omissions, property and automobile liability. It also provides group purchase of automobile physical damage, non-owned aviation and foreign liability. Through M.U.S.I.C., Oakland University achieves better insurance coverage at a lesser cost than it would on its own in the commercial market. Oakland also has greater control of the management of its claims. M.U.S.I.C. declares dividends and Oakland has received $1,682,464 to date (much of which has been used to make critical safety improvements to the campus).

For more information, contact:
Purchasing and Risk Management
Margaret Leahy
(248) 370-3171 
leahy@oakland.edu

 

Macomb County
Oakland University participates in Macomb County's Purchasing Program.OU achieves greater purchasing power by accessing Macomb County's contract for police vehicles. 

For more information, contact:
Purchasing and Risk Management
Maria Ebner-Smith 
(248) 370-3171 
ebnersmi@oakland.edu

 

Educational & Institutional Cooperative Service
Educational & Institutional Cooperative Service, Inc. is a not-for-profit buying cooperative established by members of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) to provide goods and services to members at the best possible value. The cooperative is owned by its membership of more than 1,500 tax-exempt colleges, universities, prep schools, hospitals, medical research institutions and hospital purchasing organizations located throughout the United States. OU can receive the benefit of group purchasing, which provides savings for many products and services.

For more information, contact:
Purchasing and Risk Management
Maria Ebner-Smith 
(248) 370-3171 
ebnersmi@oakland.edu

 

U.S. Communities
U.S. Communities is a nationwide strategic sourcing program designed by public purchasing professionals for use by government agencies and public-benefit nonprofit organizations throughout the country. OU purchases Graybar electrical supplies through U.S. Communities.

For more information, contact:
Purchasing and Risk Management
Maria Ebner-Smith 
(248) 370-3171 
ebnersmi@oakland.edu

 

MiCTA
MiCTA is a national association of more than 19,500 members from higher education, health care, libraries, K-12, government and other non-profit organizations. OU gains information on new products and services and is able to take advantage of these services at reduced costs and improved quality.

For more information, contact:
Purchasing and Risk Management
Maria Ebner-Smith 
(248) 370-3171
ebnersmi@oakland.edu

  

State of Michigan/Higher Education Purchasing Consortium Task Force
The Michigan Consortium was established to consolidate member institutions' purchasing power for commonly used supplies, equipment and services in order to gain commercial advantages not possible for member institutions acting alone. Member institutions are the State of Michigan and the four-year public universities. Cost savings result for OU through group purchases of common products and services.

For more information, contact:
Purchasing and Risk Management
Maria Ebner-Smith 
(248) 370-3171 
ebnersmi@oakland.edu

 

Association of College Unions International
The Association of College Unions International supports its members in the development of community through education, advocacy, and the delivery of services. OU can obtain competitive pricing on furniture through its association with ACUI. 

For more information, contact:
Purchasing and Risk Management
Maria Ebner-Smith 
(248) 370-3171 
ebnersmi@oakland.edu

 

Marsh-Higher Education Consortia 
Marsh, an insurance broker/agent, annually combines various university self-insurance pools from across the country. M.U.S.I.C. is represented at these meetings. The pools share successes and discuss developments in higher education and in the insurance industry. The institutions learn from each other and from various outside speakers.

For more information, contact:
Purchasing and Risk Management
 (248) 370-3171 

MHEC
Midwest Higher Education Compact (MHEC) is an association composed of Midwest states. MHEC members work together to achieve purchasing efficiencies, ranging from IT projects and telecommunications to risk management and office products. Oakland participates to take advantage of group purchasing of property insurance. MHEC continues to provide competitive property insurance rates.

For more information, contact:
Purchasing and Risk Management
(248) 370-3171

 

Michigan Universities Coalition On Health (MUCH)
The intent of this partnership is to leverage collective buying power to manage and control health care costs through group purchases of claims processing services, pharmacy benefit manager's service, life and long-term disability coverage, and other related costs. In 2005, MUCH was organized as a nonprofit Michigan corporation on a non-stock membership basis with each member having one vote and the ability to terminate their membership upon 180 days' advance notice. MUCH will act as a "broker" for the universities and be able to contract in its own name, but each member university will retain the prerogative to select those specific MUCH programs in which it will participate. In 2006, BC/BS signed an agreement with MUCH to offer discounted administrative services for those universities that have self-insured medical plans. To date, Oakland University's medical plans are not self insured for cost reasons. However, this option will be reviewed regularly. MUCH is currently conducting a study to see what Rx management services could provide the best services at competitive prices.

For more information, contact:
University Human Resources
Ron Watson 
248-370-3487 
rwatson@oakland.edu

 

Voluntary Benefits Solutions (VBS)
VBS develops Request For Proposals (RFPs) to assist in selecting excellent vendors who provide additional discounted benefits to employees through payroll deductions at no cost to the university. 

To date through VBS efforts, the university offers employees:
+ Auto/Home insurance 
+ Legal Plan 
+ Two (2) Long Term Care Options

For more information, contact:
University Human Resources
Ron Watson 
(248) 370-3487 
rwatson@oakland.edu

  

Oakland Christian School
The Property Management department worked with this group to provide 30 student desks from OU’s surplus equipment as a donation to this tax exempt organization. This is an excellent outreach for the university that allows OU to help the community at no cost. Typically, this type of equipment is either not needed on campus or we have a surplus of it. Therefore, we not only help the community but we avoid the cost of disposal of re-usable items. 

For more information, contact:

University Services
(248) 370-4221

 

Auburn Hills Police Department
The Property Management department worked with this group and provided a bullet proof vest from our surplus equipment as a donation to this tax exempt organization. This is an excellent outreach for the university that allows us to help the community at no cost. Typically, this type of equipment is either not needed on campus or we have a surplus of it. Therefore, we not only help the community but we avoid the cost of disposal of re-usable items. 

For more information, contact:
University Services
William Neuser
(248) 370-4221 
neuser@oakland.edu


Kresge Library

Council of Library Directors/Deans (COLD)
Oakland University’s library dean participates as a member of COLD, a state-wide leadership group comprised of the library deans/directors of all fifteen four-year public universities in Michigan, as well as the Executive Director of the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) and the State Librarian at the Library of Michigan.  COLD conducts some of its work through subgroups it creates, such as the Cooperative Collection Development Discussion Group and the Interlibrary Loan Group.  Several OU librarians and library staff contribute valuable work on COLD committees and groups. 


MeLCat and MichiCard Networks
Oakland University’s libraries belong to two statewide networks in order to share resources among participating academic, public, school, and other libraries:  MeLCat is a statewide library catalog and borrowing service, allowing users to access over 7 million books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs, while MichiCard is a voluntary collaborative program that allows Michigan citizens the opportunity to access the vast resources and information housed in other Michigan libraries with minimum barriers. The Libraries’ participation in these networks provides OU students, faculty, and staff with access to additional resources and information housed in many of Michigan's best libraries.

 

Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)
MCLS is a non-profit membership organization comprised of all types of Michigan and Indiana libraries. Members work together on group resource purchasing, resource-sharing and ILL/document delivery, and technical support for electronic resources. This consortium enables libraries to pool resources to save time and money for the individual members.

For more information, contact:
Adriene Lim
Dean, University Libraries
(248) 370-2486

ailim@oakland.edu


Reciprocal Borrowing Arrangements 
OU libraries have arranged for reciprocal borrowing privileges with many other libraries in the area.  This means that OU students, faculty, and staff can use other libraries and borrow materials directly from them, including the libraries at the following institutions: Cooley Law School (Auburn Hills Campus), Lawrence Technological University, Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, Rochester Hills Public Library, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Walsh College, and Wayne State University.  

Office of the President

City of Auburn Hills
OU partners with the City of Auburn Hills to provide a mutual understanding of growth and changes in our community.

For more information, contact:
Terry Stollsteimer 
(248) 370-2160 
stollste@oakland.edu

 

City of Rochester 
Oakland University and the City of Rochester signed an agreement in 2003 to partner on a variety of reciprocal business and academic ventures, formalizing a relationship that began with the university's founding in 1959. Area merchants give students opportunities to participate in internships and downtown events. Merchants also offer student, alumni, faculty and staff discounts at participating stores and restaurants.

For more information, contact:
University Communications and Marketing
Laura Mutz
(248) 370-4344 
ljmutz@oakland.edu

 

City of Rochester Hills
OU partners with the City of Rochester Hills to provide a mutual understanding of growth and changes in our community.

For more information, contact:
Terry Stollsteimer 
248-370-2160 
stollste@oakland.edu

 

OU INC Corporate Partners Program, including: General Dynamics Land Systems; Harness, Dickey & Pierce;  McCann Worldgroup; Comerica Bank; BDO Seidman; Doeren Mayher; Pariveda.

The OU INC Corporate Partners Program is a public-private sector business alliance between OU INC and experienced, pre-qualified business professionals. Top corporate, business and financial leaders provide entrepreneurs and up-and-coming incubator client companies with direct business development assistance on a pro-bono and reduced fee consulting services basis. Sponsors will include, but are not limited to, venture capital firms, angel investors, general legal counsel, patent counsel, accounting, audit and tax, marketing and advertising, business consulting, banking and financial services, insurance, HR and payroll services and other specialties. 

The overarching concept is to create a win-win for sponsors and incubator clients. Sponsors gain valuable access to growing new clients while OU INC early stage client companies get high quality professional services at affordable fees given their limited initial capitalization positions. Sponsorship contributions to OU INC also financially contribute to the ongoing design, development and delivery of quality commercialization and technology transfer client services.

For more information, contact:
OU SmartZone Business Incubator (OU INC)
David Spencer 
(248) 648-4800 
daspence@oakland.edu

 

Automation Alley
OU is a member of Automation Alley, Southeast Michigan’s global technology cluster, connecting government and education with business to attract and retain world-class talent. Conceived in 1999, the Automation Alley member consortium provides a toolbox of resources designed to meet the unique needs of its member companies, which include educational institutions, including Oakland University, government entities, municipalities and businesses from a variety of sectors. Automation Alley member advantages range from global expansion assistance, recruitment programs, marketing opportunities, numerous educational and informational seminars as well as small business support.

For more information, contact:
David Spencer 
(248) 648-4800 
daspence@oakland.edu 


School of Business Administration

Merrill Lynch
Merrill Lynch offered a two year on-site financial planning certificate program. Through this partnership, Merrill Lynch trained financial planners for the CFP career track.

For more information, contact:
SBA - Center for Executive and Continuing Education
(248) 370-3177 
sba-ce@lists.oakland.edu

 

LaSalle Bank
OU provided training for the Certified Financial Planning Program in Troy, Mich., on-site. Through this partnership, OU prepared Certified Financial Planners to take the CFP Exam.

For more information, contact:
SBA - Center for Executive and Continuing Education 
(248) 370-3177 
sba-ce@lists.oakland.edu

 

 UBS

OU provided training for the Certified Financial Planning Program at UBS locations in Farmington and Troy.
Through this partnership, OU prepared Certified Financial Planners to take the CFP Exam.

For more information, contact:
SBA - Center for Executive and Continuing Education
(248) 370-3177 
sba-ce@lists.oakland.edu

 

Financial Planning Association (FPA)
This partnership provides OU opportunities for mentorship, marketing and recruiting.

For more information, contact:
SBA - Center for Executive and Continuing Education
(248) 370-3177 
sba-ce@lists.oakland.edu

 

MACPA
This partnership helps recruit students and faculty for OU. The partnership improves OU’s professional standing in the community and with the financial services industry.

For more information, contact:
SBA - Center for Executive and Continuing Education
(248) 370-3177 
sba-ce@lists.oakland.edu

National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)
This partnership helps recruit students and faculty for OU.The partnership provides a community service opportunity and improves OU’s standing in the financial services industry.  

For more information, contact:
SBA - Center for Executive and Continuing Education(248) 370-3177 
sba-ce@lists.oakland.edu

 

Society of Automotive Engineering
OU has an agreement for a joint Training Certificate for Program Managers and Team Leader Development. This partnership provides increased exposure to target audience.

For more information, contact:
SBA - Center for Executive and Continuing Education(248) 370-4861 
sba-ce@lists.oakland.edu

 

Southeastern Michigan Center for Medical Education (SEMCME)
This partnership offers recruitment opportunities for faculty and students. OU has committee representation for training and events. 

For more information, contact:
SBA - Center for Executive and Continuing Education(248) 370-4861
sba-ce@lists.oakland.edu

 

Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC)
OU is a member of this committee, for events, public relations, public service, recruiting students and faculty.

For more information, contact:
SBA - Center for Executive and Continuing Education(248) 370-4861
sba-ce@lists.oakland.edu

 

Children's Hospital
Executive leadership training program for 50 health care administrators at Children's Hospital. This was the first custom executive leadership program for CECE and SBA.

For more information, contact:
SBA - Center for Executive and Continuing Education(248) 370-4861
sba-ce@lists.oakland.edu

 

Michigan State Medical Society, Michigan Health Safety Coalition, Michigan Health and Hospital Association, Michigan Association of Health Plans, National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), Michigan Association of Medical Education (MAME), American College of Healthcare Executives
These partnerships provide student and faculty recruiting and community service.

For more information, contact:
SBA - Center for Executive and Continuing Education
(248) 370-4861 
sba-ce@lists.oakland.edu

 

Morgan Stanley
CECE conducted training for the Certified Financial Planning Program at the Troy, Mich.,facility.
Through this partnership, OU prepared Certified Financial Planners to take the CFP Exam. 

For more information, contact:
SBA - Center for Executive and Continuing Education
(248) 370-3177 
sba-ce@lists.oakland.edu

 

MNO/MIHC
Student and faculty recruiting, community service. Tuition revenue and external relationship building 

For more information, contact:
SBA - Center for Executive and Continuing Education
(248) 370-4861
sba-ce@lists.oakland.edu

 

Michigan Association of CPAs
For several years, the MACPA has partnered with Finance and Administration, School of Business Administration, and the Admissions Office to sponsor an annual High School Leadership Conference. This one-day event brings approximately 250 high school students and teachers to campus to learn about the opportunities for a career in public accounting and about transitioning from high school to college. This event provides exposure for OU's accounting program and expands visibility of OU in the public accounting profession.

For more information, contact:
School of Education and School of Business Administration, Accounting and Finance departments
Gadis Dillon
(248) 370-4289
dillon@oakland.edu 


School of Engineering and Computer Science

U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development Center (TARDEC)
TARDEC provided a workshop presenter during Career Preparation Month events and TARDEC hires OU co-op students. The partnership with TARDEC provides employment trend information to students and staff, and employment opportunities for students. 

For more information, contact:
Estella Nicholson
(248) 370-3211
Nichols2@oakland.edu


School of Education and Human Services

Oakland Intermediate School District
Oakland Counselor Academy and Leadership Institute (advanced) are four-credit graduate level courses offered to current practicing school counselors. OU partners with the Oakland Intermediate School District to offer a series of eight full days (one day per month) of professional development workshop/seminars to enhance school counselors' skills and resources. These are all post-masters credits and the timely topics are selected each year based on a needs assessment taken with the academy members. This OU program benefits our Oakland county school districts by offering opportunities for currently practicing school counselors to grow professionally, to earn post-masters credits, and also to market for potential doctoral candidates. 

For more information, contact:
Counseling Department
Mary Rose Day
(248) 370-2715 
mrday@oakland.edu

 

Michigan Works
The mission of this program is to help members of the local Hispanic Community learn about job opportunities in Michigan. The Michigan Works System is a customer focused workforce development system that prepares people for work. Assistance to all employers and job seekers is available to ensure that employers are provided with a supply of skilled workers and individuals are provided with an opportunity to advance knowledge and skills to achieve economic self-sufficiency

Participants in the Program receive instruction in searching the JobLink database for relevant employment, reading want ads for jobs, writing resumes, completing job applications, writing cover letters, and preparing for job interviews.

For more information, contact:
ESL Center
Peter Binkert
(248) 370-2175
binkert@oakland.edu

 

Hispanic Outreach
The mission of the Program is to teach English to members of the local Hispanic community so that they can better understand American culture and customs, secure or advance in employment, and become fully participating members of American society. Student-teachers in the Linguistics Department's ESL teacher training program provide the English-language instruction under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. The participants report that the English classes help them in the workplace to obtain employment or advance in their current position. They also say that they use their English skills to help their children with homework and to interact with teachers and other professionals.

For more information, contact:
ESL Center
Peter Binkert
(248) 370-2175
binkert@oakland.edu

 

Pontiac Arts and Technology - Parent University
The Pontiac Arts and Technology Academy operates Parent University, a parent education and involvement initiative that works to increase student achievement by educating and involving parents in the many issues that affect a child's education.

Parent University changes the nature of the typical relationship between a school and parents. It offers a level of professional support and mutual learning between parents and school leadership in the efforts to improve student achievement and come together as a community. Parent University has been particularly effective for schools serving high percentages of low income and disenfranchised parents. Oftentimes parents are uncomfortable in schools due to either their own personal relationships with education or the relationship that previously unfolded in dealing with their children's education. Parent University is an open invitation to come and ask questions, marvel at our children, express concerns and fears and find the parent voice legitimized. Additionally, Parent University permits the investigation of issues that affect student and family learning through localized planning.

For more information, contact:
ESL Center
Peter Binkert
(248) 370-2175
binkert@oakland.edu

 

Dearborn Federation of Teachers
The Federation works with Oakland to offer an Early Childhood MA degree onsite in Dearborn. They consider OU’s work as an important part of their professional development for district teachers. The Federation benefits by having a critical mass of teachers educated in early childhood education. The Federation also benefits because their teachers see that their union is providing them with a valuable service. OU has the opportunity to work in a setting with a diverse population of teachers and students. This helps us reach our diversity and outreach goals as well as learn more about Arabic culture.

For more information, contact:
School of Education and Human Services
EHS/HDCS/Early Childhood 
Sandy Alber
(248) 370-3080
alber@oakland.edu

 

Sweet Dreamzzz of Detroit
Sweet Dreamzzz of Detroit is a non-profit agency that provides sleep kits and educational programs to children in need in order for them to sleep better at night to learn better in school. The agency delivers sleep kits including sleeping bags, night shirts, toothbrush, toothpaste and books and delivers a 30 minute sleep education program to students in schools with a poverty rate of 65 percent or higher. The Human Resources and Development department has designed the educational program for the children and the training program for the adult volunteers. We provide student "sleeper teachers" and volunteers. In addition, we are partnering with the agency to apply for federal research grants to research the effects of these efforts on behavior change and learning.

For more information, contact:
School of Education and Human Services
Monica W. Tracey
(248) 370-4415
tracey@oakland.edu

 

Central Michigan University Biological Station on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan 
Dyanne Tracy will be working with James Gillingham, associate professor and director of the Central Michigan University Biological Station, located on Beaver Island, 35 miles northwest of Charlevoix, Mich. Through a grant funded by the Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Education Division, Tracy will be establishing a six-hive apiary on Beaver Island. This apiary will initially be used to teach K-16 teachers in Michigan how to become novice beekeepers so that they may teach their students at their home schools about the ecology of honey bees as well as the process for ensuring that their own apiary will survive. Graduate students will take a course from Oakland University called, "Beekeeping for the Classroom Teacher." The students will be housed at the CMU-BS for two weeks amid a unique natural setting that attracts other naturalists teaching, learning and conducting research on the Island and in Lake Michigan. 

It is predicted that the process of learning beekeeping management and biology will increase teachers' and students' environmental awareness and actions. It is predicted that many teachers and their students (aged 5 to 25 years) will continue with their beekeeping, helping to lower the average age of beekeepers in Michigan from 61 years of age to something lower, thus insuring that this ancient science-related hobby continues in a state where agricultural products are in great need of reliable pollination.

For more information, contact:
TDES/SEHS
Dyanne Tracy 
(248) 370-3064 
dtracy@oakland.edu 


School of Nursing

Older Persons' Commission of Rochester
Nursing students interview and examine healthy older adult volunteers to learn about positive aging. Often, nursing students care for only sick older adults and form the impression that most older adults are frail. The experience with healthy older adults, many who have exercised and remained active after retirement, demonstrate to students the long term benefits of preventive health habits and that old age is not always associated with frailty.The older adults have benefited from being role models and contributing to the education of future nurses.

For more information, contact:
School of Nursing
Barbara Harrison 
(248) 370-3657 
harriso3@oakland.edu 


Student Affairs

Oakland County Government Offices
Through a unique grant, Oakland University places approximately 40 students in paid internship opportunities at various offices with Oakland County Government Department,  including, but not limited to Automation Alley, Children's Village, Economic Development and Planning, Juvenile Probate Court, Media and Communications, and the Personnel Department. 

This grant-funded program allows students to apply classroom knowledge with practical work experience. Students commit 9 months to one year allowing them the opportunity to take on advanced-level and expanded work assignments. Students work with children, families, teachers, judges, lawyers, and social workers to name a few. Many of the county internship positions count toward academic credit. 

For more information, contact:
Career Services
Carol Anne Ketelsen 
(248) 370-3257 
ketelsen@oakland.edu

 

Annual CAST Reception
Alumnus Beth Benson and Gary Brancaleone have co-sponsored the Annual CAST (Connecting Alumni and Students Together) Reception for the past four years. Each fall, Career Services coordinates a CAST Networking Reception which includes a keynote speaker discussing the importance of networking. Students and alumni are invited to attend to practice networking skills in an interactive setting to emphasize the importance of building industry partnerships early.Thanks to the financial contributions from Beth and Gary, we have held consecutive successful receptions to teach and prepare our students about building strong networking skills during their academic experience. 

For more information, contact:
Career Services
Wayne Thibodeau
(248) 370-3256
thibodea@oakland.edu

 

Quicken Loans Partnership
In 2004, Quicken Loans sponsored OU’s Career Services Open House held in the Oakland Center. In an effort to promote their services and opportunities to students, they sponsored the event by offering a financial donation to support food and costs for the Open House. In 2005 Quicken Loans also co-sponsored our CAST (Connecting Alumni and Students Together) Networking Reception. Quicken Loans not only provided a financial contribution for the event, but Jennifer Fisher, director of Recruiting, served as the keynote speaker. As a result of this partnership, Quicken Loans made an effort to increase visibility and recruiting efforts at Oakland University for full-time and internship positions. As a result of their presence on campus, OU hopes to continue to provide valuable career opportunities for our students.

For more information, contact:
Career Services
Wayne Thibodeau
(248) 370-3256
thibodea@oakland.edu

 

Enterprise Rent a Car
Enterprise donates a van to transport employers from parking lots to the Oakland Center during the fall Diversity Career Fair each year. A representative from Enterprise is a workshop presenter to OU students during Career Prep Month events sponsored by Career Services. This partnership provides a cost savings to the department. Enterprise also offers employment opportunities for students.

For more information, contact:
Career Services
Estella Nicholson
(248) 370-3211
nichols2@oakland.edu 

Comerica Bank
Comerica provides a workshop presenter during the Career Prep Month events. This partnership provides employment opportunities for students, and employment trends info to students and staff. 

For more information, contact:
Career Services
Estella Nicholson
(248) 370-3211
nichols2@oakland.edu

 

Daimler Chrysler
DaimlerChrysler is a workshop presenter during the Career Prep Month events, and offers employment opportunities for students. 

For more information, contact:
Career Services
Estella Nicholson
(248) 370-3211
Nichols2@oakland.edu 

 

Oakland County Employment Diversity Council
OU’s institutional membership supports the mission of the OCEDC, to foster diversity in the workplace in southeast Michigan. The benefits demonstrate institutional support for diversity in the workplace, a mutual partnership with county government, access to educational programs on diversity, employer partnerships on employment events such as job expos, and employer development and relationship building opportunities not easily found elsewhere. 

For more information, contact:
Career Services
Wayne Thibodeau
(248) 370-3256
thibodea@oakland.edu

  

Automation Alley Committee
OU representatives are a part of Automation Alley's Human Resource and Work Development Committee to assist that organization's goals of developing and recruiting employers in southeast Michigan. OU has been involved in program management, development, and implementation as well as having participated in various Automation Alley events. OU is helping Automation Alley accomplish its purpose as a professional business organization, to promote southeast Michigan as a good location for business and our involvement provides an excellent networking avenue for employer development and mutual professional sharing. 

For more information, contact:
Career Services
Wayne Thibodeau
(248) 370-3256
thibodea@oakland.edu

 

Michigan Collegiate Virtual Job Fairs
Career Services partnered with the Michigan Collegiate Job Fair group of Eastern Michigan University and the Michigan Association of Colleges and Employers to design and implement a series of statewide virtual job fairs for graduates from all of Michigan's institutions of higher education. This effort led to four targeted virtual job fairs with more than 180 employers and more than 2,000 graduates from dozens of schools. The impact included the following: Oakland university students and graduates had access to additional job opportunities not produced by traditional methods of job development, the MI-ACE and the MCJF organizations added to its member services and status, and the fairs provided revenue for the organizations involved. 

For more information, contact:
Career Services
Wayne Thibodeau
(248) 370-3256
thibodea@oakland.edu

 

Prudential Financial Services
Professor Richard B. Stamps provides cultural training for individuals and families traveling overseas for long term assignments. He has worked with people going to China, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan as well as people coming here from Japan and Mexico.This connection helps local and international businesses become familiar with the programs at OU.

For more information, contact:
Center for International Programs
Richard Stamps 
(248) 370-2425 
stamps@oakland.edu

 

Chartwells
OU partners with Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC based Compass Group, to provide dining services to students. Chartwells is Oakland's contracted foodservice provider. They have contributed greatly to dining facility improvements and student satisfaction. 

For more information, contact:
Oakland Center
Richard Fekel 
(248) 370-2345 
fekel@oakland.edu



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