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Alumni Engagement

John Dodge House
507 Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309-4488
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(248) 364-6130
ouaa@oakland.edu

Alumni Engagement

John Dodge House
507 Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309-4488
(location map)
(248) 364-6130
ouaa@oakland.edu

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Leadership OU

Established in 2013, Leadership OU provides leadership, mentoring, and networking opportunities for undergraduate students by connecting them to successful OU alumni through two main methods -- an exclusive series of alumni speakers and a formal mentorship program. Participants are part of a cohort experience spanning an eight month period from September to April. Upon successful completion of the Leadership OU program requirements, students receive a diploma frame. Watch the Leadership OU video to learn more.

Mentoring Program:
The mentorship program allows Oakland University alumni to share their experiences with student leaders preparing for the professional world. Each student is paired with an alumni mentor based on similar interests and meet on a monthly basis throughout the duration of the program. Student-alumni pairs meet one-on-one over activities such as job shadowing, lunch or coffee, Oakland University events, video chat, or phone calls. Students and their mentors discuss topics such as life as a graduate of Oakland University, short and long-term career goals, student to professional transitions, hobbies, interests, etc. All student/mentor relationships are different, yet many duos keep in contact long after the formal conclusion of the program.

Speaker Series:
Leadership OU students attend a total of eight sessions on a once per month basis featuring prominent alumni speakers who live and work in the surrounding metropolitan community. Past speakers have included Oakland University alumni employed at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Beaumont Hospital, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Curve Detroit, ABB Robotics and many others. Please see “Schedule” tab for the current Leadership OU speaker schedule.

In coordination with the overall theme of Leadership OU, speakers focus their presentations to include how leadership, mentoring, and networking have played critical roles in their professional careers. Sessions take place at the workplace of the alumni speaker where students are exposed to experiences such as leadership team panels and behind-the-scenes tours. Leadership OU sessions provide an intimate and interactive setting for alumni and students.

Leadership OU is proud to have received the following awards: 
2016 Pride of CASE V
- Bronze Award, Best Practices in Alumni Relations
- Bronze Award, Best Volunteer Engagement Program
2015 Pride of CASE V
- Silver Award, Best Student Alumni Program

Schedule

2020-2021 Leadership OU Schedule

Friday, September 11, 1 - 3 p.m. LOU Pre-networking Workshop in the Oakland Center, Gold Room A 

Tuesday, September 29, 6 - 8 p.m. Opening Ceremony at Meadow Brook Hall, Speaker: Jonathon Parks, CAS 2009, 2005, Director of Educational talent Research, Wayne State University

Wednesday, October 14, 10 - 12 a.m. Speaker: Amanda Fylan, SEHS 2010, 2014, Owner, Pure Barre Grand Blanc

Wednesday, December 2, 2 - 4 p.m. Speaker: Mark Guthrie, Director and CIO of AM General

Tuesday, January 12, 2 - 4 p.m. Speaker: Kelly Kozlowski, CAS 2016, 2009, Assistant Vice President of Economic Development, Wayne State University

Monday, February 1, 3 - 5 p.m. Speaker: Chris Van Dan Elzen, SECS 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, VP and Managing Director at Veoneer

Thursday, March 11, 1 - 3 p.m. Speaker: Sharman Davenport, CAS 1980, CEO, Turning Point 

Monday, April 12, 6 - 8 p.m. - Closing Ceremony at Meadow Brook Hall
Speaker: John Lesser, SBA 1992, President, Plante Moran Financial Advisors 

Applications

The Leadership OU Student application for 2021-2022 will open in December. For additional information, contact Amanda Silvestri, student engagement and outreach coordinator at amandasilvestri@oakland.edu.

Eligibility:
Students who will have achieved junior or senior status by Fall semester (minimum 56 credit hours) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. Please note: students with less than 56 credits, but who will have earned 56 credits by the Fall start date of the program are eligible to apply. The most successful candidates have demonstrated leadership on campus and in the community.

Mentor Guidelines

Submit the Leadership OU mentor form to receive more information.

Leadership OU’s mentoring program allows Oakland University alumni to share their experiences with student leaders preparing to enter the professional realm. The formal timeline for Leadership OU’s mentoring program is from October to April, but may continue beyond the program period if desired.

All mentors will:

  • Accept student pairing determined by program coordinator
  • Provide contact information (phone & email) to mentee
  • Attend the Leadership OU opening and closing receptions
  • Engage in one meaningful connection with mentee once per month (minimum)

Exceptional mentors will:

  • Accept student pairing determined by program coordinator
  • Provide contact information (phone & email) to mentee
  • Attend the Leadership OU opening and closing receptions
  • Engage in one meaningful connection with mentee once per month (minimum)
  • Attend the Alumni Awards Banquet over Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
  • Help mentee make a successful transition from student to alumni
  • Provide constructive guidance and practical feedback to mentee
  • Demonstrate active involvement with the Oakland University Alumni Association
  • Emphasize leadership, mentoring, and networking in conversations with mentee
  • Maintain contact with mentee after formal conclusion of Leadership OU

For additional information, contact Amanda Silvestri, student engagement and outreach coordinator at        (586) 255-0470 or amandasilvestri@oakland.edu.