Honors College

Oak View Hall, Room 210
509 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-4450
Fax: (248) 370-4479

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Dr. Graeme Harper, Dean

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 (248) 370-4450


Debra Weeks-D'Souza

Administrative Secretary



(248) 370-4443


Karen Conn, Administrative Assistant


 (248) 370-4419

Michelle BrenneckeMichelle Brennecke, Office Assistant (Main Office)


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MichelDr. Roberta Michel, Faculty Fellow

About Dr. Michel
Anne Jackson

Anne Jackson, Honors Advising Coordinator

About Anne


 Anne Holtvluwer, Academic Adviser

About our Advisors



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Preeti Gulati, Academic Adviser

About our Advisors



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Megan Czarnowski, Graduate Assistant

About our Grad Assistants


Jason Sckrabulis, Graduate Assistant

About our Grad Assistants

The Honors College Advisory Council was established in 2002 to assist The Honors College with its vision and programs from the perspective of a body looking back on their years as students at Oakland and in The Honors College. It is comprised of the dean and a selected group of alumni and friends of the Honors College representing a broad range of professions -- medicine, law, teaching and business.

They convene to assist with the plans and programs of The Honors College, and to help The Honors College envision how these might best be implemented as we prepare students for advanced degrees and/or employment in the public and private sectors.

Current Advisory Board members
Aaron Burns
Aaron Burns is a double OU alum - he graduated from the Honors College in 2008, and earned his MBA from Oakland's School of Business in 2011. Aaron has a passion for creativity, entrepreneurship and his Christian faith; he enjoys uniting these passions in his role as a feature film producer. Aaron and his wife Andrea currently live in Lake Orion.
Richard Deary
Richard graduated from the Oakland University Honors College in 1985 and continues to be an ardent supporter of OU and the Honors College. He currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina and is a partner and equity owner of an institutional investment management firm located in San Diego, California. Richard believes strongly in a vision that would position the Honors College as the “crown jewel” of the Oakland University undergraduate program and serve as the foundation for attracting the “best and the brightest” to Oakland University. He believes that the Honors College provides a distinct and unique experience hard to find at other public universities which helps students to learn how to think and not what to think.
Susan Evans
Susan (“Sue”) Jezewski Evans, Esq., is an alumnus of Oakland University, Honors College, Class of 1988. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School, magna cum laude, in 1992. Sue practiced law in Butzel Long P.C.’s Detroit office and served as a judicial law clerk for several federal judges in the Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Since 2005, Sue has been a Lecturer in the Communications and Journalism Department at O.U. teaching JRN 403, Law of the Press. In 2013, Sue will return to the Honors College, co-teaching A Modern Look at the First Amendment.

Sue is the 2005 recipient of the Oakland University Distinguished Alumni Service Award and the 1998 recipient of the Oakland University Spirit Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Sue served as a member of the Oakland University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors from 1992-2005, including serving as Chairperson from 2002 – 2004. Since 2002, she also has served as the inaugural Chairperson of Oakland University Honors College Advisory Counsel. Sue is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law and its Teaching Medial Law subcommittee and a life member of MENSA.
Julie Granthen
Julie Granthen is a faculty member in the Social Science Department at the Auburn Hills Campus of Oakland Community College and is a lecturer in Economics at Oakland University. Julie graduated from Oakland University’s Honors College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from Oakland University, a Master of Arts in Economics and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo. Julie currently serves on Oakland University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors after previously serving on the board from 1990-1996. She is also is a member of the Alumni Advisory Council for OU’s Honors College and serves on OU’s Economics Advisory Board.

Julie is a graduate of Leadership Oakland and chairs its Education Day committee and serves on its alumni retention committee. She is a graduate of the Galileo Leadership Consortium. Julie currently chairs the Law Section of the Michigan Academy of Arts, Letters and Sciences and is a former chair of its Economics Section. She is a former co-chair of the OU Fund of the Greater Rochester Foundation and is a member of the board of directors of Oakland Woods of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan. She is a precinct delegate for the city of Rochester Hills and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Federalist Society. She became Vice Chair of the Historic Districts Study Committee for the city of Rochester Hills in February 2012.
Judy Hegelund
Judy Hegelund graduated from the Honors College in 1995 and continues to have a lot of passion for both OU and the Honors College. She graduated with a BS in Accounting and is currently a Director at Deloitte. She lives with her husband Bryan (also an OU alum) and son in Rochester Hills.
Jean Ann Miller
Proud black and gold graduate of Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Proud maize and blue graduate of The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor with a Master of Social Work.
Concentrations: Interpersonal Practice in Children and Youth, Interpersonal Practice in Schools.
Supplementary Course Work: The Center for The Study of Higher Education.

Current position: Director of The Center for Student Activities and Leadership Development, Oakland University.
Past position: Assistant Director for Student Development, Department of University Housing, Oakland University.
Instructor - EXS 215: Stress Management, School of Health Sciences, and Collegiate Communication 101, College of Arts and Science.
Christopher Rohlman
My career path began with Oakland faculty that engaged me in the classroom and the laboratory. My Honors College courses examined concepts that ranged from what is culture, to equality in society. The interests sparked at Oakland carried on through my graduate and post-doctoral work in Ann Arbor with the support of my faculty mentors. I chose a career as a faculty member at liberal arts colleges that value both classroom learning and undergraduate research. That choice was modeled to a large extent on the faculty I had at Oakland.

I have been involved in undergraduate science and math education and student-faculty collaborative research throughout my career. This has included national efforts through professional organizations like Project Kaleidoscope as well as through chemistry, biochemistry and molecular life sciences disciplinary societies. Along the way I have managed to balance and meld those professional interests with a love of music, and a life outside the lab. You can find me in the concert hall, on the sidelines of soccer matches, on the course, or along trails from Michigan to California hiking or biking.
Laura Saul-Edwards
Lauren Sanchez-Murphy
Lauren F. Sanchez-Murphy received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oakland University and competed for the Golden Grizzlies on the Women's Varsity Tennis Team from 2003 through 2007. While in law school, she served as the Editor in Charge of Articles for the Loyola University Chicago International Law Review. Currently, she is the Assistant General Counsel and Compliance Manager at CrossFire Group, LLC. She specializes in business, employment and contract law as well as human resources.
Mary Wermuth
As president of the newly formed Oakland University Alumni Association, I worked with Dr. Mel Cherno to help form the Honors College. As the student body increased in size in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, several faculty and many alums could see that the early days of “The Harvard of the Midwest” were disappearing. To preserve that core challenge that brought students to MSUO in the early years, the Honors College was born.

My three claims to fame are that I can hang three diplomas from MSUO, MSU-OU, and OU on my wall; that I can now teach at the Honors College, and that I am a member of the HC Alumni Advisory Council. What a wonder-filled life OU has given me.  
Fall 2017
Fall 2017 Faculty 
Gania Barlowgbarlow@oakland.edu
Susan Beckwithbeckwith2@oakland.edu
Gottfried Briegergottfriedbrieger@sbcglobal.net
Frank Cardimenfcardimen6735@comcast.net
Carolyn Deliadelia@oakland.edu
Randall Engleengle@oakland.edu
Ian Greenspangreenspa@oakland.edu
Rebecca Jonesrebeccajones@oakland.edu
Robin Michelmichel@oakland.edu
Doris Plantusplantus@oakland.edu
Daniel Steffysteffy@oakland.edu
Mary Wermuthwermuth2@oakland.edu
Winter 2018
Winter 2018 Faculty 
Yun Anoop
Gania Barlow

Susan Beckwithbeckwit2@oakland.edu
Ben Bennett-Carpenterbennetc@oakland.edu
Carolyn Delia
Randall Engle
Susan Feigenson
Carol Hart
David Kidgerkidger@oakland.edu
Paul Kohler
Doris Plantusplantus@oakland.edu
Craig Smith
Chiaoning Suchiaoningsu@oakland.edu
The Honors College Council is the governing body of The Honors College and is made up of a dedicated and diverse group of Oakland faculty as well as select student research interns. Chosen faculty members are generally asked to serve a three-year term on the council while new student members are selected annually.

The council meets every other month for updates on Honors College events and programs, to approve senior thesis proposals and conduct Honors College business.

Council Faculty Members
Amy Banes-BerceliDepartment of Biological Sciences
Assistant Professor
Eddie ChengDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics
Distinguished Professor
Matthew FailsDepartment of Political Science
Associate Professor, Political Science
Darrin HannaDepartment of Engineering & Computer Science
Associate Professor of Engineering, Engineering & Computer Science
David KidgerDepartment of Music
Associate Professor of Musicology
Ji-Eun LeeSchool of Education and Human Services
Associate Professor, Teacher Development and Educational Studies
Sanela MarticDepartment of Chemistry
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Erin MeyersDepartment of Communication and Journalism>br/>Assistant Professor, Communications
Thomas RaffelDepartment of Biological Sciences
Assistant Professor, Biological Studies
Brad RothDepartment of Physics
Professor, Physics
Kathleen SpencerSchool of Nursing
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Christopher WilsonSchool of Health Sciences
Assistant Professor, Physical Therarpy
Susan WoodDepartment of Art and Art History
Professor, Art History
Virgil Zeigler-HillDepartment of Psychology
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Training