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Far Field Retreat awarded MCACA grant
The Far Field Retreat for Writers received a $7,100 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs in support of its 2003 program. The retreat is sponsored each year by the English Department and the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Program Fund in association with The Writer's Voice Project of the Detroit YMCA.

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College hosts Dickens Conference
In October, the College of Arts and Sciences hosted the Dickens Society of America Conference, an annual event bringing together Dickensians from Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain and the United States to celebrate the renowned author.

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International programs grow
The School of Business Administration soon will deliver its MBA program to students at the Beijing Institute of Technology in China. Designed by business faculty, the program will combine on-site faculty instruction and distance-learning education.

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Small business development center launched
Oakland University has become a Michigan Small Business Development Center site. A statewide network of regional offices and development centers provides services for small emerging and growing businesses.

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NSF grant encourages women in engineering
Six women researchers came to campus this year to inspire young female engineering students to pursue higher education. Speakers shared stories about all aspects of their careers.

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PhD in Mechanical Engineering now offered
The School of Engineering and Computer Science launched a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering program in September. The new degree prepares students for careers in industrial or governmental research, work in development laboratories or in academics.

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Wiggins to expand outreach efforts
Robert Wiggins, an elementary principal turned Ph.D. professor, will lead the charge to build relationships with local schools and human service agencies as SEHS’ new associate dean. Wiggins assumes the mantle from retiring James Clatworthy, Ph.D.

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School delivers cutting-edge wellness program
The School of Health Sciences introduced a new bachelor’s degree program in fall 2002 in Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention (WHP). The WHP curriculum aims to produce broadly educated wellness generalists with additional expertise in a specific area of interest.

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School of Nursing earns re-accreditation
Oakland University’s School of Nursing programs recently earned re-accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), for the maximum accreditation period of 10 years.

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Friday Forums keep debates alive
OU’s Honors College Friday Forums continue to attract crowds each week, with subjects ranging from the art of Degas to poetry readings to stereotype-breaking insight from women of Islam.

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