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Rochester, MI 48309-4488
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OU on the Road

Join us on the road to discovery.

Oakland University is your ultimate travel partner.  See exciting locations and learn about topics that are important to you.

What makes us different than an average tour? In short, faculty. Our professors are world-renowned experts in their fields. They give an insider’s view of the places you have always wanted to see. Experience interactive tours, get answers to your questions and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities.  Plus, enjoy time to relax and explore on your own.

Join us and let’s hit the road ...

Imagine a world where books come to life
and education has the power to take you places.
No limits, no boundaries.
Embrace your senses.
Hear Big Ben chime as you travel the streets of London.
Feel the musical vibes of today and yesterday,
as you explore the urban landscape of Detroit.
Smell the citrus groves of central Florida,
and breathe in the vineyards of northern Michigan.
Explore the jungles of South America and touch the microworld of the rainforest.
Taste the culture, hear the music.
Live the moment.
Let your love for knowledge soar.
Don’t just read about it.
Live it.
OU on the Road - Alumni and Friends at Mackinac Island

OU on the Road - Alumni and Friends at Mackinac Island

It’s our fifth annual weekend on Mackinac Island and this year will be the best yet. Choose from exciting new enhancements to the weekend’s agenda or enjoy the island at your own pace – it’s up to you!

September 17-19, 2021

Island House Hotel
6966 Main Street
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

“Class in the Grass” with OU Faculty
Friday, September 17, 12-3:30 p.m.
Outside at the Island House Hotel
Enjoy an outdoor lunch with other OU attendees followed by two faculty-led sessions:
1-2 p.m. History Comes Alive
Learn all about the history of the island from the French perspective - Lafayette, Marquette, and more!
Sara Chapman Williams, Associate Professor, Department of History
2:15-3:15 p.m. Fitness and Fudge
Car-free Mackinac Island encourages individuals to get out and enjoy the island on foot and by bike…while eating heaps of fudge, of course. Explore your own health behaviors and how to live a balanced lifestyle, even on Mackinac Island!
Emily Van Wasshenova, Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
There is no cost to attend the sessions.

Sip N Sail Evening Cruise ($)
Friday, September 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
Depart from the Marina
Take in the splendor of Mackinac Island from the water in this private cruise opportunity that will take you around the island and under the Mackinac Bridge. Heavy appetizers will be available along with a cash bar.
Cost per person is $50.

Carriage Tours ($)
Saturday, September 18, 10 a.m.
Depart from the Island House Hotel
Enjoy the island the traditional way – by horse-drawn carriage. Hop on the Mackinac Island Carriage Tour right from the front door of the Island House Hotel. This narrated carriage tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and is the same tour as those given from the Mackinac Island Carriage Tour station in the middle of town – but reserved just for OU attendees!
Cost per person is $30.

Golf at Wawashkamo ($)
Tee times vary
The opportunity to golf at Wawashkamo at the center of the island will be available to OU attendees. Please contact the course directly at 906-847-3871 for details on costs, club rentals and to book a tee time.

Registration includes a two-step process:

1. Register via the Oakland University events webpage. Indicate which activities, if any, you plan to attend (additional costs may apply).

2. Contact the Island House Hotel at 1-800-399-0403 to reserve your OU package and book your room within the Oakland University room block. Make sure to mention the Oakland University group.

Package (based on double occupancy) includes:

-Two nights lodging at The Island House
-Cocktail reception Friday and Saturday (pending guidelines)
-$80 gift card per room, redeemable at Mary's Bistro or 1852 Grill Room
-Entertainment Saturday night at the Draught House, includes a complimentary beer per person
-50% off bike rental at Island House Bike Rental
-Round-trip ferry service at Starline Ferry Service
-1⁄2 pound of fudge at Ryba's Fudge Store
-Two complimentary drink vouchers at Starbucks

Adult rate is $314 + tax per person (traditional room) or $359 + tax per person (deluxe room)

Contact the Island House Hotel at 1-800-399-0403 to reserve your OU package and book your room within the Oakland University room block. Make sure to mention the Oakland University group.

Contact Kathryn Lehman at

Exploring Michigan

The work of Oakland University and our professors has an impact right here in southeast Michigan. Experience a wide range of unique opportunities to explore your own backyard while learning the ways OU is shaping your world.

Details coming soon.

OU on the Road - Florida

OU on the Road in Florida

Alumni, retirees and friends, plan to join President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz and outstanding OU faculty for a weekend of enrichment and re-connecting with friends, former classmates and colleagues.

Save the Date:

February 18-20, 2022

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa
2001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, Florida

Additional details coming soon.

London: The Royal Life

London: The Royal Life

Join Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz and Randall D. Engle, professor of Christianity Studies, for a look behind the crown on a unique and exclusive adventure fit for kings. You will learn firsthand why this study abroad program continues to be a favorite with OU students. This vivid journey will immerse you in English culture and provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the monarchy. Only Dr. Engle can provide this unique experience from decades of cultivating academic connections and insider knowledge. Join us for the 5-star royal adventure of a lifetime.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Difazio at (248) 364-6155 or


Ecuador: Ecology in Action

Ecuador: Ecology in Action

January 2022

Join Scott Tiegs, Professor of Biology and Ecology

Have you always dreamed of exploring the Amazon rainforest? Immerse yourself in the sprawling ecosystems of Ecuador — including grasslands, wetlands, cloud forests, rocky marine reefs and some of the last remaining tropical dry forests in South America.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Difazio at (248) 364-6155 or