Tuesday, December 5, 2006
OU's university town buzzing with holiday excitement
|An OU police car escorts the Images dance team and OU cheerleaders down the parade route.|
Oakland University’s dance team, cheerleaders and an OU police car joined more than 120 floats, bands and participants to march down Main Street during the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade. More than 100,000 people lined the streets to welcome Santa Clause and the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 3.
OU students Sarah Brettrager, Nina Lavelanet, Justin Hill and Maria Mets carried the university’s sponsorship banner.
”The parade has become an annual tradition for Oakland University,” says Susan Davies Goepp, vice president, University Relations. “Rochester is our university town, and we’re delighted to be part of such a wonderful tradition.”
Goepp was interviewed on WXYZ-TV during the two-hour televised parade.
The City of Rochester and Oakland formalized a partnership in 2003 to engage in student internship opportunities and community initiatives. The university has participated in many community events, such as the parade and the recent Fall Scarecrow Festival.
GO holiday shopping
Several Rochester and other local businesses offer the Oakland University community discounts through the OU Community GO card program. Discounts at retailers including Modern Art Jewelers, Phoenix Art Gallery, Rochester Bike Shop and Halfway Down the Stairs Children’s Bookshop are offered to students, faculty, staff and OUAA members with an OU GO card.
|OU students Sarah Brettrager, Nina Lavelanet, Justin Hill and Maria Mets carried the university’s sponsorship banner.|
Visit the Web site to learn more about the program or to request a GO card.
Don’t miss The Big, Bright Light Show!
The Big, Bright Light Show continues in downtown Rochester featuring 500,000 Christmas lights, 40 giant snowflakes and a two-story tree of lights. The lights will be on display every night 6 – 10 p.m. through Dec. 31, 2006. Downtown stores will be open until 9 p.m. throughout the light show and the holiday season.