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Thursday, March 18, 2021


A majority of classes will be taught in person in sanitized classrooms, preventive health measures will be required, vaccinations will be encouraged, and student life will resemble a pre-pandemic atmosphere on campus, according to Oakland University’s plan to repopulate campus this fall.


Oakland University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program reaccredited for 10 years
Friday, March 12, 2021


Oakland University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in the School of Health Sciences has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) for a period of 10 years following an extensive review process.


DJ Bridges, University Relations Manager for Rock Central, smiling at the camera.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021


Equipping students with the tools to land career-related jobs that encourage them to be their authentic selves, is a cornerstone of Oakland University Career Services.



Monday, March 08, 2021


Oakland University and William Beaumont Hospitals have extended their affiliation agreement through 2041.


David McCallum
Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Since June 2018, David McCallum has worked for Custom Biogenic Systems, where the main mission is keeping things cold – freezing cold. The company serves an array of clients whose work depends on state-of-the-art cryogenic equipment. They include pharmaceutical and biotech firms developing vaccines. At his job, McCallum uses computer software to design equipment that allows for safe storage and transport of these and other climate-sensitive materials. 


Distinguished Professors 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Upon recommendation by the Office of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Britt Rios-Ellis, and with support of President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, the Oakland University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a request to appoint David Garfinkle, Ph.D.; Zissimos Mourelatos, Ph.D.; and Barbara Oakley, Ph.D. to the rank of Distinguished Professor at the formal February meeting. The appointment is effective August 15, 2021.


Interprofessional Education Workshop
Friday, February 12, 2021


Nearly 300 students from a variety of health-oriented academic programs recently took part in Oakland University’s fifth annual Interprofessional Education Workshop on opioid abuse. Although this year’s event was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, it featured plenty of insights into the challenges and opportunities health professionals have to deliver the highest quality of patient care. 


Michele and Karl Plattenberger
Wednesday, February 10, 2021


If you want to change your life and the way you see the world – study abroad. 


OU Campus
Wednesday, February 03, 2021


Oakland University and Kirtland Community College have forged a series of new articulation agreements that will help Kirtland students transition to OU in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Integrative Studies. The agreements help students save money by increasing the number of credits they may transfer to OU for each program. 



Wednesday, January 27, 2021


In response to the state’s recent reallocation of $30 million in Michigan Capital Outlay funds toward the planned renovation and expansion of South Foundation Hall, the university will close the building and establish an associated construction perimeter on Monday, February 1.


Taras Oleksyk
Thursday, January 14, 2021


Led by a group of Oakland University researchers, the largest study of genetic diversity in Ukraine has been published in the open science journal GigaScience. The study provides data on genetic variants associated with human health and describes historical factors that helped give rise to remarkable genetic variation in a part of the world that has been underrepresented in genome research. The project was an international effort that brought together researchers from Ukrainian institutions, headed by Uzhhorod National University, as well as institutions in the U.S. and China. 


Applications still being accepted for fall semester
Tuesday, January 12, 2021


If you’ve been thinking about applying to Oakland University this year, Undergraduate Admissions Director Shane Lewis wants you to know that there’s still time to submit your application for the fall semester.


Shreyas Gavit
Friday, January 08, 2021


Recent Oakland University graduate Shreyas Gavit was part of an innovative team that won the Salesforce Career Journey with Deloitte, a case study competition in which college students were tasked with helping a fictional online retailer meet recruiting and hiring challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. 


SEHS teacher photo
Tuesday, December 15, 2020


Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services received a perfect score on its latest accreditation report from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, a national group that evaluates teacher education providers. 



Monday, December 14, 2020


Professor Zexin (Marsha) Ma, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Journalism and Public Relations, challenged her External Public Relations (PR3510) students this semester to take on two real-world projects.


Virtual Commencement Celebration
Friday, December 11, 2020


To honor this year’s summer and fall graduates, Oakland University will host a virtual commencement celebration on Saturday, December 19. The pre-recorded event will be broadcast on OU’s YouTube channel starting at 10 a.m. 


Mark Stone
Wednesday, November 18, 2020


Oakland University percussion students, faculty, and alumni participated in the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), which took place Nov. 13-14.


Brain and Double Helix Graphic
Tuesday, November 10, 2020


Adam Avery, an assistant professor of biochemistry, has been awarded a three-year, $400,000 grant to research gene mutations associated with Spinocerebellar Ataxia, a degenerative brain disorder that affects motor skills, including balance, coordination and speech. 



Friday, November 06, 2020


Join us as C. Michelle Piskulich, Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, interviews Oakland University's two newest deans.Polly Boruff-Jones, Dean of the University Libraries, was hired in April 2020 and Brandy Randall, Dean of the Graduate School, was hired in July 2020.


State of the University 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020


Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., delivered the 2020 State of the University Address virtually on Thursday, Oct. 29 from Meadow Brook Theatre on the OU campus.


transfer student
Wednesday, October 28, 2020


To better serve the needs of transfer students, Oakland University has expanded its partnerships with Oakland Community College and Washtenaw Community College. 


Healthology 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020


Oakland University’s Healthology Symposium is going virtual this year and will focus on the creative solutions developed across different health sectors in response to the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Monday, October 12, 2020


Following a national search, Oakland University has selected Britt Rios-Ellis to serve as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost pending Board of Trustees approval. She will begin her appointment on January 4, 2021.


Nu Omega Chapter
Wednesday, October 07, 2020


For the seventh consecutive year, Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for political science college students, has recognized Oakland University’s Nu Omega chapter with a Best Chapter Award. 


OU  School of Nursing pathway makes completing a B.S.N. degree affordable, seamless for associate degree-prepared nurses
Friday, October 02, 2020


Nurses with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) might question the possibility of completing their Bachelor’s Degree because of family obligations, hectic work schedules, and money being tight. Thanks to Oakland University’s new affordable, seamless pathway model for BSN degree completion, this opportunity has become a reality for many.


Claudia Marques Molina
Tuesday, September 08, 2020


“When you go to a foreign country, you learn so much about yourself and different cultures,” says senior journalism major Claudia Marques Molina. “It opens your mind and becomes part of you.” 


Oakland campus
Thursday, September 03, 2020


Dennis Wade, Director of the Pawley Lean Institute, sees the opportunity to connect Oakland University students with internships as the most important and rewarding priority of the Institute.


Jodie Madeja
Friday, August 21, 2020


Jodie Madeja, a recent OU graduate and current student in the university’s Master of Accounting program, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. 


Dodge Hall 201
Thursday, August 06, 2020


As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Oakland University faculty and staff are working to ensure that students have access to the classes and services they need, in an environment that protects health and safety. For the Fall 2020 semester, Oakland will offer a range of learning options, including in-person, online and hybrid classes. 


Salazar family
Wednesday, August 05, 2020


Oakland University’s Environmental Health and Safety program helped Chase and Jessica Salazar transform their shared passion for helping others into successful careers as EHS professionals.


Tonya Allen & Bobby Schostak
Tuesday, August 04, 2020


At its formal meeting on August 3, the Oakland University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Tonya Allen as chair and Robert (Bobby) Schostak as vice chair of the Board.


Online course
Tuesday, July 28, 2020


With nearly 60 percent of the world’s population online, the internet is a vital resource in today’s ever-changing world. In fact, internet users are anticipated to spend a cumulative 1.25 billion years online this year alone. Developing the skills to harness this technology offers a clear advantage that can open doors to coveted positions, projects and promotions. 


A person using a laptop and a second monitor to build a website.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020


With nearly 60% of the world’s population online, the internet is a vital resource in today’s ever-changing world. In fact, internet users are anticipated to spend a cumulative 1.25 billion years online this year alone. Developing the skills to harness this technology offers a clear advantage that can open doors to coveted positions, projects and promotions. 


Brandy A. Randall
Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Following a successful national search, Brandy A. Randall, Ph.D., has been appointed to serve as dean of the Graduate School at Oakland University. Her position with OU will become effective on August 1, 2020.


Bioengineering students
Wednesday, July 01, 2020


With a focus on promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, Oakland University has elevated its bioengineering program to a department. The move is intended to strengthen the university’s academic profile and help students succeed in a rapidly evolving job market. 


Student with laptop
Tuesday, June 23, 2020


Starting this fall, students will be able to earn a Master of Business Administration entirely through online classes. 


Robert Van Til, OU ISE
Friday, June 19, 2020


Industrial and Systems Engineering is one of eight jobs that are projected to be great ones to target in the current economic climate, according to a recent article by U.S. News & World Report.


Matt Guarashio in a blue suit and yellow tie.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Matt Guarashio, ACC ’19, understood the value of a dollar before setting foot in an accounting classroom. As a first-generation college student, he knew he would be paying for college himself. That is why Guarashio carefully evaluated every university that accepted him.


Ciara Bazinski
Friday, May 22, 2020


Oakland University’s Ciara Bazinski was one of six students selected to receive a 2020 Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Michigan Safety Conference, a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the improvement of workplace safety and health practices in the State of Michigan.


Woman in a business suit sitting in a dark room with a screen of data behind her.
Monday, May 18, 2020


An emerging interest in the intricacies of data combined with a desire to expand her skill set propelled Michelle (Micki) Rhen to Oakland’s Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics.


Young woman seated in a cafe with a cup of coffee and an open laptop.
Friday, May 15, 2020


Balancing school, work and life is a complex assignment for college students. At the graduate level, managing professional career and family commitments can mean the difference between completing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or not. With Oakland University’s new 100 percent online MBA program, graduate business students can now earn an MBA without setting foot on campus, completing classes on their time and their schedule.


Human Resources
Monday, May 11, 2020


A new ranking by the website study.com places Oakland University among the nation’s top colleges and universities for degree programs in human resources.