Professor Emeritus Harold Cafone came to the Reading and Language Arts Department in 1966 and was a leader in SEHS for more than two decades. He was committed to community service, and was a reading tutor and mentor in the Pontiac schools. Dr. Cafone was instrumental in the development of the Ph.D. program in Reading and is also remembered for his early involvement in the Guizhou Education Exchange Program. He was one of the founders of the SEHS China Summer English Language Institute, which sends OU-trained volunteers to China every summer. Through this unique program, Chinese graduate students come to OU to earn their MAT in Reading and Language Arts. Dr. Cafone, along with his wife, Pearl, was known for his thoughtfulness and generosity in reaching out to these guests, often entertaining the Chinese students at their home for the holidays. He is remembered by friends and colleagues as a kind and generous man and an exceptional teacher with a great sense of humor.
Awards may vary from year to year with a maximum of $1,500 being awarded annually. Awards may be used to support tuition and other costs of the Guizhou - Oakland University Education Exchange program.
Eligible students for the Harold and Pearl Cafone Graduate Studies Award are
- graduate students in the Reading and Language Arts department
- have outstanding scholarly achievement and financial need
- part of the Guizhou - Oakland University Education Exchange program
Cafone recipients Ying Yu and Yuyang Xie
If you would like to help the Cafone Award grow, you can give online or contact the School of Education and Human Services development office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 370-4233.