Alumni Admissions Ambassador Program

North Foundation Hall, Room 104J
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-4478
fax: (248) 370-4462
aaap@oakland.edu

Ambassador Spotlight

Meet Tom Schramski

In 1974, Tom Schramski was recruited from high school to play basketball for Oakland University. He graduated in 1978 with a bachelor of science degree in engineering and a concentration in management. Schramski has been employed at Ford Motor Company for 32 years, where he continues to apply the engineering skills he developed at OU. Not only is he the ultimate ambassador for Oakland University, Schramski also serves his community. He is a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Troy, Michigan and can be heard over the public address system as the voice of Auburn Hills Avondale High School Yellow Jacket varsity football and basketball games. Schramski is also an active member of the Oakland University Alumni Association (OUAA), volunteering during Homecoming festivities, Midnite Madness, Palace basketball receptions and golf outings.

Over the past two years Schramski has been an active alumni admissions ambassador for OU. Program coordinator Luke Fleer sat down with him and asked some key questions about his experiences through the Alumni Admissions Ambassador Program (AAAP).

You have volunteered for the AAAP at over a dozen events, including college fairs, Saturday open house events and winter welcome receptions for admitted students. What have you enjoyed most about volunteering for the AAAP?

I have really enjoyed getting to know future OU students and their families, and helping reduce some of the anxieties they have regarding the college decision process. Many of the attendees at the welcome receptions are the eldest child and are going through the college selection process as a family for the first time. These families are very appreciative of the information and positive input regarding OU that we (Alumni Admissions Ambassadors) are able to provide. Participating in these events also gives me a chance to network and connect with current OU faculty, staff, and other alumni ambassadors.

Why do you think a current high school student should consider attending Oakland?

High school students should explore Oakland because the quality of education offered at Oakland compares with anywhere! OU has managed to maintain the benefits of a small school while continuing to grow. The fact that professors, not graduate students, teach most classes is a big advantage. The reasonable tuition rates and availability of financial aid help to keep college affordable for families. Other positives are OU’s location in the southeastern Michigan job market, internship programs with local companies, student orgs and activities, NCAA Division 1 athletics, and a beautiful, well-maintained campus.

Why would you recommend the AAAP program to fellow OU alumni?

My quick answer is this: because participating in the events is fun and rewarding. Being an Alumni Ambassador is a great way to stay involved with my alma mater, get back on campus, and contribute to the OU community. I view my AAAP volunteer events as a win/win situation—a "win" for me because the events are well organized and a pleasure to take part in, and a "win" for OU and the AAAP. I can help families who are still considering OU to make an informed college decision. The presence of alumni at admitted student receptions and college fairs conveys the pride and commitment OU alumni have for the university. It sends a message to future students and families that they are about to become part of something bigger than simply getting an education. I encourage alumni to give back, and the AAAP is a great way to do just that.

Past AAAP Spotlights

Jonathan Crawford
Augustine Pounds
Ed Johnson
Adam Kochenderfer and Aaron Kochenderfer
Cassandra Fenstermacher
Bruce Quayle
Lorin Oles