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Worldwide classroom
Oakland’s study abroad programs take students to more than 24 countries across the globe in disciplines ranging from theatre to nursing to engineering. The students travel all over the world including Ireland, England, India, China, Japan, Australia, Italy and more. For some study abroad opportunities, such as the British Studies at Oxford program, students receive course credit. Scholarships are available for many of the programs. Trips can be coordinated through Oakland’s International Education department, The Honor’s College or through individual colleges and schools.
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Up to Parr
Craig Parr, SBA’65, has always been a forward thinker when it comes to business. After all, he was involved with recycling and biodiesel fuel plants long before they became the eco-catch words of the decade. But these days, the 65-year-old lifetime Flint resident is thinking about his own future.
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Battle Creek’s men and women in blue are now covered in green. The police department’s Public Service Building is home to Southwest Michigan’s first “green roof.” Christine Kosmowski, SHS ’80, Battle Creek’s environmental programs coordinator, secured the state grant that garnered nearly $330,000 to help fund the city’s eco-friendly roof.
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Curl Up by the Fire
The winter months are upon us and the holidays are right around the corner. It’s a great time of year to curl up with a good book, a steaming cup of coffee, your favorite sweet treat and while away those cold winter evenings. We thought we might lend a little assistance to this cozy picture. Check out our version of a winter survival guide ...
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A conversation with Dr. Robert Folberg
We caught up with Dr. Folberg during his first few weeks as the new medical school’s founding dean. He shared his impressions, thoughts and vision for what he hopes this exciting endeavor will mean for its partnership university and hospital, its students and faculty, the southeast Michigan region as a whole and tomorrow’s patients and physicians.
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What’s your game?
Want to stay in shape, have some fun and engage in a competitive sport? If you’re a student at Oakland University, it’s as simple as joining the club. There are 19 active club sports at Oakland University, according to Dan Bettmann, coordinator of Intramural and Club Sports. Many of them are student-only, but a number welcome alumni and community members.
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Forces of nature
Professor of Biological Sciences Charles Lindemann considers himself extraordinarily fortunate to be able to spend his life studying the natural world. And his students at Oakland University are equally lucky because they are unlikely to find a more devoted or enthusiastic scientist to teach them about what he describes as the “wonder in the discovery of nature.”
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Diva comes home
Jacquelyn Wagner is a class-act opera star who sings in some of Europe’s finest opera houses - but she’s no tempermental prima donna. Uncomfortable in the spotlight offstage, Wagner is humble about her musical success: “My parents have been the most influential on me,” Wagner says. “My career has only been possible because of them.”
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Life Changes
Oakland’s School of Nursing, Detroit Medical Center and Detroit Workforce Development Department are offering a “one-stop health care training shop,” with everything an aspiring health care worker needs in one place - all the way down to the nursing shoes. The health care allies have opened doors of opportunity with a new Health Care Career Center in downtown Detroit.
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Top dog
Greg Grabowski knows what it’s like to be the new dog in the neighborhood. When Grabowski, BGS ’91, took over as president and CEO of Rochester Hills-based Leader Dogs for the Blind (LDB), he succeeded William Hensen, who had held the position for nearly 20 years.
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