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I was a grade-schooler when Woodstock happened. I caught up to peace, love and understanding just as disco was busy making "lite" of it all. But I always thought Joni Mitchell’s "life is for learning" was a great mantra for how we should all carry on.

This issue is devoted to lives well spent in this sense, covering people given to finding out and then finding that there is still more to find. Those profiled come from the business world, academia, and the sciences. No matter where they are in their careers, I’ll bet they would all be proud to say they are first, and evermore, students.

For me what comes across in the writing is as much about learning as it is about some remarkable learners. It might be a little cliché sounding, but the stories make for one salient point about our school — OU teaches learning. Our subjects came to their passion for learning because professors here either sparked their interest or helped kindle it, and then did all they could to fan the flames.

No matter the discipline, the subjects here approach their work as empiricists. The eureka!-like discovery that idea evokes is a nice metaphor for the education offered at OU. I hope alumni, the campus community and friends will read this issue and think of their own never-ending study and how they learned to go about it.

Lillian Lorenzi, Editor
And now for something totally unrelated…
I’d like to ask students, alumni, faculty and staff to help us research "Legends, Fables, Hauntings (and other weird happenings) at OU." That’s a bit dramatic, but we’d like to hear from you about any experiences you’ve had or tales you’ve heard while at the university that fit into this category. Drop us a letter or e-mail oumag@oakland.edu and you may find your story in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

Spring 2004 Issue



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