Alumni News

Jesus Christ Superstar
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance presented Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” on Feb. 15-18 and Feb. 20-24 in the newly renovated Varner Studio Theatre on the campus of Oakland University. Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, “Jesus Christ Superstar” is a rock opera loosely based on the final seven days in the life of Jesus Christ, as told through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

Walter Wolfsberger, Zlata Bilanyn, Taras K. Oleksyk, Maria Varyvoda and Stephanie Castro-Marquez
Monday, March 25, 2024

Oakland Associate Professor of Biology and genomics expert Taras K. Oleksyk, Ph.D. is creating one of the largest genome-wide studies of Type 1 Diabetes in the world, and he’s hopeful his research will provide the data for other scientists to follow. 

Masters of the Air book cover
Friday, March 01, 2024

In his 2007 book “Masters of the Air,” Professor Donald L. Miller chronicles the riveting history of the American Eighth Air Force in World War II, and the story of the young men who flew the bombers that helped bring Nazi Germany to its knees. 

Black and Gold Giving Day
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Oakland University alumni, students, faculty, staff and supporters are encouraged to “Shine a Light on OU” during Black and Gold Giving Day on Wednesday, March 6, 2024. 

Beth Guest & Karen Sheridan
Wednesday, January 24, 2024

OU theatre professors Karen Sheridan and Beth Guest were nominated for awards presented by Broadway World Michigan.

SpongeBob Musical Poster
Thursday, November 09, 2023

OU alum Braeden Haggarty, who earned a bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre from Oakland University in 2022, is directing Chippewa Valley High School’s upcoming production of “The SpongeBob Musical,” which opens on Friday Nov. 10.

Leila Kello, Rebecca Tomczak, Matthew Gordon, Daniel Moen, Savannah Meyer, Christina Salem, Sharkey Haddad
Tuesday, October 24, 2023

A partnership between Oakland University and the Chaldean Community Foundation is providing OU alumni with unique opportunities to utilize the skills they’ve learned in the classroom in a real-world setting while supporting the organization’s community outreach efforts.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

This summer, Dr. Kenneth Kroesche celebrated teaching 20 years at Oakland University with alumni from the Oakland University Low Brass Studio.

Nandi Comer
Tuesday, September 26, 2023

As Michigan's first poet laureate in more than 60 years, Nandi Comer has literally written herself into history. Oakland University will welcome the writer for a reading, Q&A and book signing on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. for the annual Maurice Brown Poetry Reading in the Oakland Center’s Ballroom A. Attendance is free and available via Zoom with registration. Refreshments will be served. 

Madison Lorincz
Thursday, September 21, 2023

Madison Lorincz has used her experiences in OU's Career and Life Design Center and COM 4970 capstone course to find purpose in her academic program and embark on a meaningful, productive career path.Oakland University’s newly established Career and Life Design Center incorporates design thinking, a philosophy of self-empowerment, to support students at each stage of their academic and professional lives. 

Thursday, September 14, 2023

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a national recognition of the culture, contributions and heritage of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. 

Edmund Pettus Bridge
Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Alice MooreIn honor of National Voter Registration Day, the Oakland University Center for Civic Engagement will welcome Alice Moore and Denise Holt who will share their experiences as voting rights advocates in the U.S. 

Josue Garcia and Kelly Dorner
Friday, August 25, 2023

Adopting the tagline “Explore. Discover. Connect.,” Oakland University’s new Career and Life Design Center is ushering in transformational change in preparing students to navigate their lives and careers before and after graduation. 

ESL program
Thursday, August 03, 2023

This week, Oakland University welcomed 14 high school students from Shizuoka Seiko Academy, an all-boys school in Shizuoka, Japan, to campus as part of the university’s Intensive American Culture and English (I-ACE) program. 

Julie (Jordan) Ali
Thursday, June 29, 2023

Julie (Jordan) Ali is on the cusp of earning her master’s degree in public administration from Oakland University. That wouldn’t have been possible without an internet connection and stellar time management skills, since much of Ali’s time is spent aboard a 1,093-foot aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Ann Marie Dennis
Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Ann Marie Dennis wore many hats during her 20-year career in law enforcement. 

Monday, May 08, 2023

The whale residing in Oakland University’s Kresge Library is the brain child of students in English Professor Jeffrey Insko’s Literature and the Environment class. 

Anna Spagnuolo
Friday, April 14, 2023

Oakland University Professor Anna Spagnuolo has been recognized as one of the state's three recipients of the 2023 Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year award, which recognizes the outstanding contributions and dedication exhibited by the faculty from Michigan’s 15 public universities to the education of undergraduate students. The awards are presented annually by the Michigan Association of State Universities. 

KCACTF award winners
Thursday, March 23, 2023

The Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), which took place Jan. 11-15 at the University of Michigan-Flint, featured the work of 48 students from the Department of Theatre in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. You can read more about their accomplishments here.

Photographing War event graphic
Thursday, March 16, 2023

Oakland University will offer an insightful discussion about documenting war and its impact on individuals and communities during a virtual event on Wednesday, March 22 from noon-1 p.m. The Zoom link to attend the event is here. 

Campus in winter
Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced the appointments of Colleen Ochoa Peters, of Bloomfield Hills, and Stefen J. Welch, of Detroit, to the Oakland University Board of Trustees. Both were appointed to eight-year terms that will run through August 2030. They replace Melissa Stolicker and W. David Tull whose terms have expired. 

South Africa/America Music Exchange Festival
Friday, January 27, 2023

Oakland University Professor of Music Mark Stone recently traveled to South Africa for the South Africa/America Music Exchange (SAME) Festival, which featured 190 local and international musicians on a single stage.

Toronto International Film Festival
Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Twenty-six Oakland University students and alumni recently immersed themselves in the world of global cinema at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the largest festival of its kind in North America. 

Elizabeth Parkinson
Thursday, September 15, 2022

Elizabeth Parkinson, a doctoral student in Oakland University’s Department of Biological Sciences, has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The fellowship supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees with a focus on NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. 

Michaela Messing
Monday, August 15, 2022

Michaela Messing, a student in Oakland University’s Master of Accounting program, was recently selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), a nonprofit corporation created by Congress to oversee audits of public companies. 

Friday, August 12, 2022

The 2021-22 performance season concluded in the spring with a jazz and world music residency at the Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts in Pontiac March 30 - April 2, including four concerts and a community workshop with faculty, students and artist-in-residence Regina Carter; the Department of Theatre’s production of Pippin, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, from March 30 - April 3 in Varner Studio Theatre; a series of Young Choreographers Forum and Senior Dance Concert performances at Detroit Country Day School in April; an Oakland Symphony Orchestra and Oakland University Symphony Chorus performance on April 14 at Orchestra Hall in Detroit; and the Department of Music’s reimagined version of Handel’s opera, Acis and Galatea, from May 5 -  8 and May 12 – 15 in the Varner Studio Theatre.

Mitchell Aiello
Friday, August 12, 2022

Since earning his degree in musical theatre, Oakland University alum Mitchell Aiello (BFA ’16) has been busy performing as a professional singer and actor in regional theatres and on national tours across the U.S.

David Douglass and Ellen Hargis
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Oakland University alumni Ellen Hargis and David Douglass, the husband-and-wife team who stepped down recently after many years of serving as the co-artistic directors of The Newberry Consort in Chicago, have been selected to receive the 2022 Howard Mayer Brown Award for lifetime achievement from Early Music America, the leading organization in their field, for their pioneering work in uncovering and performing rarely heard music.

PUB scholars and mentors
Monday, July 11, 2022

After a highly competitive application process, Oakland University’s Project Upward Bound (PUB) College Prep Academy has secured a five-year, $3.5 million federal grant that will enable the program to continue its mission of helping participants graduate high school and successfully pursue postsecondary education. 

Chiaoning Su
Friday, May 27, 2022

Oakland University has named Chiaoning Su as director of its Barry M. Klein Center for Culture and Globalization. 

Laurie Hernandez
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The Oakland University Student Life Lecture Board will present “An Evening with Laurie Hernandez” on Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m., in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

Nightingale Awards
Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Oakland University’s School of Nursing and its Board of Visitors have announced the 2022 Nightingale Award winners and runners-up. This year’s top nurses in Michigan come from a variety of clinical positions and settings and are recognized as exceptional in their areas of nursing. 

OU students in Ghana
Thursday, March 10, 2022

SMTD Professors Mark Stone and Jeremy Barnett led a global arts study abroad trip to Ghana, West Africa during the recent winter break.

Tom Raffel and Jason Sckrabulis
Friday, February 18, 2022

Researchers in Oakland University’s Department of Biological Sciences have published a study that employs statistical models to analyze host-parasite relationships – in this case between tadpoles (hosts) and flatworms (parasites). The study, published in The American Naturalist, one of the world’s leading peer-reviewed publications in ecology, evolution and behavior research, uses the Metabolic Theory of Ecology (MTE) to describe the role temperature plays in that relationship. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

A research study conducted by Oakland University and Beaumont Research Institute is providing new insights that could lead to more effective treatment in lung cancer patients. 

Matt Bell
Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Oakland University’s Creative Writing Program will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a fiction reading by author Matt Bell, whose most recent book, “Appleseed” was recognized by The New York Times. The OU alumnus will share his work during a campus event at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 10 in Oakland Center Banquet Room A. In-person attendees will be required to complete OU’s Daily Health Screening Form. The reading will also be streamed via Zoom.  

OU graduates
Thursday, January 06, 2022

Oakland University has introduced a new web tool that provides information on the career and educational pursuits of OU students following graduation. 

Michael Kenny
Monday, December 20, 2021

In recognition of his exceptional leadership, service, and accomplishments, Oakland University alum Michael Kenny (CAS ’78) has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts degree. The degree was presented on Friday, Dec. 17 during the university’s fall commencement ceremony.

Andrew Barikmo and Jackie Gubow
Thursday, December 02, 2021

Whether it’s on stage or in front of the camera, Oakland University alumni Andrew Barikmo (BFA ’18) and Jackie Gubow (BM & BFA ’14) have a talent for helping others find the roles that are right for them.

Esau Pritchett
Thursday, December 02, 2021

Theatre alumnus Esau Pritchett has joined the cast of Keenan Scott II's Thoughts of a Colored Man on Broadway. The production began performances at Broadway's Golden Theatre on October 1, ahead of an official opening on October 31. Natasha Ashey with Broadway World has called Thoughts of a Colored Man “a jaw-dropping, thought-provoking, incredibly real production that is not to be missed,” and Pritchett’s performance has been praised by The New York Times.

Alyssa Lalko
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Recent Oakland University graduate Alyssa Lalko is working on research to develop a laser-based sensor that can detect toxins in the atmosphere. 

Christopher Delgado
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Through its graduate programs, Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) empowers teachers and administrators to enhance their communities, shape the future of their professions and touch the lives of thousands of learners.

Matt Bell
Monday, September 20, 2021

Matt Bell, a 2006 graduate of Oakland University’s English program, recently released his novel “Appleseed” to critical acclaim. The book traces three storylines across a thousand years, including a mythological retelling of the Johnny Appleseed folktale, a harrowing struggle against climate change-driven corporate control and the travails of a bioengineered creature searching for the last vestiges of civilization. 

Sarah Denha
Thursday, September 09, 2021

Oakland University doctoral student Sarah Denha traveled to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts this summer to take part in a neurobiology course that introduced her to cutting-edge research techniques taught by leading experts in the field. 

A headshot of Rebecca Ramirez.
Monday, July 19, 2021

Originally from a small village in Germany, the opportunity to study business through a three-year apprenticeship at Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG whet Rebecca Ramirez’s, MBA ’14, appetite for the prospects a career in the automotive industry could offer.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Oakland University’s School of Nursing and its Board of Visitors have announced the 2021 Nightingale Award winners and runners-up. This year’s top nurses in Michigan come from a variety of clinical roles and settings and are recognized as exceptional in their various nursing roles.

Thursday, July 01, 2021

ReciproCity Apps, a Pontiac-based company co-founded by Oakland University alumni Cam Underdown, Chris Powers and Josh Linneburg, has been using technology to build public goods and help better connect communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dog with book
Thursday, May 27, 2021

As colleges and universities look to address the growing mental health crisis on campuses across the nation, a new book is touting the benefits of the human-animal bond. Published by Purdue University Press, “The Canine-Campus Connection: Roles for Dogs in the Lives of College Students” provides evidence-based guidance on bringing college students and canines together in mutually beneficial ways.