Thursday, March 30, 2006
Alumni Association names student scholarship winners
The Oakland University Alumni Association (OUAA) recently awarded $58,000 in scholarships to 21 OU students.
The OUAA scholarship program awarded 11 affiliate scholarships to juniors and seniors, two Returning Alumni Scholarships and three Legacy Scholarships. The Legacy Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman and sophomores who have a parent or grandparent who graduated from Oakland and is an active member of the Alumni Association. The remaining five students received the new Working Student Scholarship, awarded to students who work at least part-time while pursuing their degree.
This year’s winners are:
Lauren McIntyre of Highland, Mich., a junior marketing majoring, received the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Scholarship. McIntyre is in the Honors College where she serves as a junior representative for the Honors College Council and works as a residence hall assistant. She is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society and the Psychology Student Association. She works on campus as a Meadow Brook Hall docent and Hamlin computer lab monitor.
Tiffanye Teagarden of Detroit, a junior psychology major, received the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Scholarship. Teagarden is a residence hall assistant and vice president of the Psychology Student Association. She is a member of the 2006 African-American Celebration Committee and is an active volunteer with Haven of Hope Community Outreach.
Sarah Brettrager of Palmer, Ala., a junior medical laboratory sciences major, received the School of Health Sciences Alumni Scholarship. Brettrager is a member of the Oakland University women’s swimming and diving team. She is involved with the Oakland chapter of Habitat for Humanity and Collegiate Challenge. She also serves as a coach assisting blind athletes at Camp Abilities in her home state of Alaska.
Joel Disberry of Rochester, a junior nursing major, received the School of Nursing Alumni Scholarship. Disberry served four years in the Marine Corp before attending Oakland University. He is a member of the Student Nurse Association, Student Apartment Association and is an Apartment Community Assistant. He also serves as an in-home volunteer caregiver and patient care associate at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital.
Christina Valeri of Sterling Heights, a senior elementary education major, received the School of Education and Human Services Alumni Scholarship. Valeri is involved with Golden Key International Honour Society and the Oakland University Chapter of Student Michigan Education Association. She is actively involved with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship as a small group leader and was involved with AmeriCorps Oakland.
Laura Atkinson of Troy, a junior marketing major, received the School of Business Administration Alumni Scholarship. Atkinson is employed full-time as a financial services coordinator at Synergy Rehabilitation Services.
Brandon Fresard of St. Clair Shores, a junior finance major, received the Frances C. Amos School of Business Administration Alumni Scholarship. Fresard is involved with the Kiwanis Club of Michigan, Paws for a Cause, American Red Cross and McCrest Organization. He also is a Red Cross certified lifeguard trained in CPR.
Brandon Svenson of Macomb, a junior mechanical engineering major, received the School of Engineering Alumni Scholarship. Svenson is the lecture and special events chairman for Student Program Board and a former orientation group leader. He also is a member of Fuerza Latino Culture Club, Spanish Club and serves as a Connections peer leader.
Rami Haddad of Livonia, originally from Beirut, Lebanon, a senior electrical engineering major, received the Thomas A. Yatooma Alumni Memorial Scholarship. Haddad is a member of Tau Beta Pi International Engineering Honor Society, the Arab American Student Organization and Latin America Club. He is employed at Siemens VDO.
Victoria Willis of Warren, a senior elementary education major, received the Honors College Alumni Scholarship. Willis is a first grade teacher’s aide at Fountain Elementary in Roseville. She is an Honors College peer mentor and a member of Golden Key International Honour Society, Project Learning Tree, the Spanish Club and Council for Exceptional Children.
Kwame Everett of Flint, a junior business economics major, received the Black Alumni Scholarship. Everett is a member of the Honors College, president of the South Asia/India Club, treasurer of Students Promoting Education and Knowledge Alliance, and an active member of the Association of Black Students. He also is an active volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the American Red Cross.
Lana Kimmerly Brown of Auburn Hills, a freshman coming to OU to major in East Asian Studies, received a Legacy Scholarship. In high school, Kimmerly Brown is co-editor of the Creative Writers Club, vice president of Notre Dame Preparatory Women’s Chorus, and a member of the National Honors Society. She was one of 100 students in the United States to receive a Japan-America Friendship Scholarship.
Emily MacIntyre of Rochester, a freshman coming to OU to major in physical therapy, received a Legacy Scholarship. In high school, MacIntyre is captain of Bishop Foley’s women’s swim team and a member of the National Honor Society. She also is a member of Right to Life, SADD and Dynamic Design.
Renee Szeliga of Washington, a sophomore nursing major, received a Legacy Scholarship. In high school, Szeliga was captain of the Romeo High women’s swim team and a member of the Key Club and National Honor Society. She is a certified lifeguard trained in CPR and a freelance writer for The Romeo Observer.
Yolanda Licari of Sterling Heights, a graduate student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, received a Returning Alumni Scholarship. Licari is president of the Graduate Student Physical Therapy Association and a founding member and secretary of the Student Relations Committee of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association. She also is an active member of the Oakland University Alumni Association.
Sandra Evans of Sterling Heights, a graduate student in the MSN Nurse Practitioner program, received a Returning Alumni Scholarship. Evans is chair of the hospitality committee for the Care Management Department. She is a Girl Scout troop leader and volunteers with the Salvation Army.
Lisa Gajeski of Lake Orion, a senior human resource development major, received a Working Student Scholarship. Gajeski is the founder and president of the Oakland University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, a member of OU women’s lacrosse team, a SIFE – Bridge to Life mentor and former member of AmeriCorps. She also is actively involved with St. Joseph Church and Grace Centers of Hope.
Jianna Hair of Waterford, a junior English/secondary education major, received a Working Student Scholarship. Hair is an academic assistant with Project Upward Bound and a writing consultant at the OU Writing Center. She also serves as vice president of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society at Oakland University.
Lindsay McCullough of White Lake, a senior human resource development major, received a Working Student Scholarship. McCullough is the Student Activities Funding Board chair for Oakland University Student Congress and a former orientation group leader. She also is a member of the Future Alumni Network and Student Life Lecture Board.
Kathryn Miller of Oxford, a senior elementary education major, received a Working Student Scholarship. Miller is a residence hall assistant as well as an executive board member and student services director for OU Student Congress. She is the creator of OU’s Promoting Active and Well-Rounded Students (PAWS) Program and serves as vice president of the Future Student Affairs Professionals organization.
Walt Sutterlin of Royal Oak, a senior elementary education major, received a Working Student Scholarship. Sutterlin is a quality manager at Carlson Marketing Group. He also is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.