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English Major
Friday, July 07, 2017


Literature buffs, take note. Oakland University is the second-best college in Michigan for English majors. 


Headshot of S Alex Ruthmann
Thursday, July 06, 2017


S Alex Ruthmann (MM '02; PhD '06) was recently promoted to the post of Director of Music Education at New York University's Steinhardt School where he is associate professor of Music Education and Music Technology.


Richard Morrow, H R M '17, wearing a cap and gown and holding his diploma, with two of his sons at his Spring 2017 graduation
Friday, June 30, 2017


Air Force Veteran, entrepreneur, project manager, single father of three, Richard Morrow, HRM ‘17, lives the adage it’s never too late to learn. Morrow, who received the Crestmark Bank scholarship in Winter 2017, embodies persistence in pursuing a college education. 


Headshot of Michaela Judkins
Wednesday, June 07, 2017


Michaela Judkins (BM ’16), who majored in vocal performance and music education, has been accepted into the PhD program in musicology at the University of Michigan and awarded a Regents Fellowship, their most prestigious funding package. She will start there in fall 2017. She was also accepted into PhD programs in musicology at The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


Jessica Esch
Thursday, June 01, 2017


Honors College member and 2017 graduate Jessica Esch has been awarded Thesis with Distinction and Thesis Award in Linguistics for her senior thesis, a requirement for all Honors College students.


Career Services
Wednesday, May 17, 2017


The latest First-Destination Survey Report, which is based on data from the 2015-2016 graduating class, shows positive trends for recent OU graduates in the job market and other post-graduation paths.


OUWB Graduates Commencement 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Before family, friends and current medical students, the Class of 2017 received their M.D. degrees during a commencement ceremony that included being hooded by their PRISM mentors, and in some cases their family members.



Thursday, May 11, 2017


When people contact the Oakland University Police Department dispatch line needing any variety of help or information, there’s a good chance they could reach Dispatcher Taylor Williams, an Oakland University alumna.


Casey Kandow seated with McLaren Greater Lansing backdrop
Tuesday, May 02, 2017


Casey Kandow, EMBA ’13, believes hard work, mentorship and education inspired his rapid rise to chief operations officer of McLaren Greater Lansing. Kandow launched this upward trajectory, which included three promotions in three years, when he wisely followed advice from his CEO to get an MBA.


Healthology Symposium
Thursday, April 27, 2017


Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences recently hosted the inaugural Healthology Symposium.


Faculty Recognition Luncheon
Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Oakland University honored more than 30 faculty members for their scholarly achievements, dedication, path-breaking discoveries in research and critical teaching roles in educating the leaders of tomorrow during its 22nd Annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, April 19.


Dr. Gadis Dillon students
Monday, April 10, 2017


A great leader finds joy in the success of others and inspires generations of future leaders. After 51 years in the classroom – 30 at Oakland – it’s safe to say Accounting Professor Gadis “Buck” Dillon, Ph.D., has done just that.


Sharelle Brown
Wednesday, March 15, 2017


As director of pharmacy at McLaren Oakland Hospital, Sharelle Brown, MBA ’15, was already an experienced healthcare professional when she decided to pursue her Executive MBA.


Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to speak at OU April 13
Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Tickets are now available for Oakland University’s 2017 Varner Vitality Lecture featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Goodwin will present her talk “How Did We Get Here: The First 100 Days of an Unprecedented Presidency,” at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Thursday, April 13 in the Athletics Center O’rena, on OU’s campus.


Christian Kettenbeil
Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Being an entrepreneur isn’t just a dream for Christian Kettenbeil. Already involved in several start-up ventures, entrepreneurship is his way of life.


Phil Johnson
Monday, February 27, 2017


In the best business deals the more you invest, the better the reward. From day one, Phillip Johnson, FIN ’16, invested heavily in his Oakland University School of Business Administration opportunities. That effort paid off with the launch of his career at Meritor, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers.



Friday, February 17, 2017


Our alumni are working in many fields, not just performance.


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017


After opening locations in Ann Arbor and Plymouth, Applied Fitness Solutions co-owner and Oakland University graduate Jared Freeman recently returned to his roots – along with fellow OU alum and AFS Founder Michael Stack – to establish a new 17,000 square-foot facility in Rochester Hills.


Giving Challenge
Wednesday, February 15, 2017


As the Oakland University men’s and women’s basketball teams prepared to square off against the University of Detroit Mercy this past week, alumni and fans of the two schools were engaged in the second annual Giving Challenge. 


Alex Delavan and Shaun Moore
Wednesday, February 01, 2017


Two Oakland University employees have been named to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. The program honors exceptional individuals, under the age of 40, who excel in their field and improve the quality of life in Oakland County. Alex Delavan, director of Sponsored Programs, and Shaun Moore, director of e-Learning, are being recognized for outstanding career achievements and community contributions. 


Jacquelyn Wagner
Tuesday, November 08, 2016


“I always knew I wanted to be an opera singer. At no time has that changed,” said music alumna Jacquelyn Wagner (BM ‘03) who enjoys a successful career in Europe singing in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain.



Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Maria (Suvak) Turchyn (BM ‘16) has just launched her teaching career. She accepted a position teaching elementary general music at Roy Elementary in Roy, WA. Turchyn wrote, “I’m so grateful for the mentors I've had supporting me during this process.” Although she’s on the other side of the country, Turchyn took her Grizzly memorabilia with her, as you can see in this photo.


School of Business Administration
Thursday, October 13, 2016


Oakland University’s School of Business Administration is among the nation’s best business schools, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles the school in the new 2017 edition of its annual book, “The Best 294 Business Schools” and on its website. Oakland’s business school also appears on the organization’s "Best in Midwest" list. 



Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Beginning Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, Oct. 16 until 8 p.m., The MicroMacro Art Biome pop-up art gallery in downtown Detroit will feature the work of 16 artists and artistic groups from seven different countries.


Dr. Ellen Peck
Tuesday, October 04, 2016


Alumna Ellen Peck (BA ‘95), associate professor of theatre at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, is spending the current academic year researching and teaching at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Romania as a Fulbright Scholar.



Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Successfully transitioning from college student to polished professional takes practice. By integrating professional and career development skills into the business curriculum, that’s exactly what Oakland University’s ACHIEVE program delivers for undergraduate business students.


homecoming2015
Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Whether you’re a Pioneer or a Golden Grizzly, Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, which takes place Sept. 22-25, is a great time to return to Oakland University’s campus and see the many reasons to be a proud alum of OU.


Grizz Gang
Monday, September 19, 2016


The Grizz Gang and Golden Grizzlies Band have much in common. Not only are they staples of the spirited ambiance at Oakland University athletic events, but they are also among the closest-knit student groups on campus. 



Friday, September 16, 2016


Oakland University will honor alumni and friends who have achieved success in business, community services, volunteerism and other areas on Friday, Sept. 23 at the 22nd annual Alumni Awards Banquet.


Dell Headquarters in Ireland
Tuesday, September 06, 2016


Before graduating last April, four students in Oakland University’s School of Business Administration came together to create a scholarship honoring a current professor who left an indelible mark on their college experience. 


Sarah McEneaney
Thursday, August 25, 2016


Theatre alumna Sarah McEneaney (BFA ‘16) is moving to New York to study with the SITI Company’s 2016-17 Conservatory Class whose artists participate in a rigorous, immersive program emphasizing training for performance and the creation of new work.


Marc Ott action
Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Oakland University graduate Marc A. Ott was recently named executive director of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Ott, who earned a bachelor’s in management and master’s in public administration from Oakland, is the city manager of Austin, Texas and has built a distinguished career in local government management. 


One OU alum MCAN designee
Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Four Oakland University graduates have been chosen by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) to advise high school students under the network’s AdviseMI program, established to help students apply to colleges and get financial aid.


Meadow Brook Film Workshop with Kelsey Kobylarek
Tuesday, August 09, 2016


Students and faculty in Oakland University’s Cinema Studies program recently introduced a group of fourth- and fifth-graders to the art of filmmaking during a month-long workshop at Meadow Brook Elementary in Rochester Hills. 


Daniel Tunis
Monday, July 11, 2016


Recently, Advanced Manufacturing Media released an article on Oakland University Alumni, Daniel Tunis, naming him one of the top 30 under 30.


Jeffrey Schuett
Friday, July 08, 2016


As part of a statewide effort to help veterans pursue higher education, Oakland University is partnering with the Michigan College Access Network and the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency to bring a full-time Veteran Resource Representative to campus. 


picking challenge 2
Wednesday, June 29, 2016


A group of current Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science students and alumni of the university has teamed up with local robotics firm Dataspeed, Inc., to compete for the second year in the Amazon Picking Challenge. 



Monday, June 27, 2016


After a two-year wait, the Art Garage, the most recent addition to the Art and Art History Department’s space, was unveiled on June 22.


aerial of OU campus
Thursday, June 23, 2016


The Oakland University Alumni Association has compiled its inaugural list of the most recognizable names among the University’s more than 100,000 alumni. The list is made up of 42 individuals who were deemed “Prominent Alumni” for having reached the pinnacle of their chosen careers or attained positions of influence or high visibility. 


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Meadow Brook Hall has once again been nominated for “best museum” and “best wedding venue” in WDIV Local 4’s annual “Vote 4 the Best” contest. Built by Oakland University founders Alfred and Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge, Meadow Brook Hall operates as a self-supporting auxiliary of the university.


Leming family stands in front of the O'rena
Friday, June 17, 2016


Dan Leming, SBA ’16,’13, and his wife Teresa, SBA ’08, regret graduating from Oakland University. Not because they disliked it — because they loved it so much.



Monday, June 13, 2016


Oakland University Alumna Jayne Houdyshell has earned a 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her work in The Humans.



Friday, June 10, 2016


The bond began at a second-floor meeting in 1975 at Hamlin Hall. About 18 men came together to meet their resident assistant (RA), senior Jeff Bailey, SBA ’76. Bailey encouraged the freshmen to form an intramural football team, one of many sports they played.


hailie wilson
Tuesday, June 07, 2016


Graduating senior Hailie Hogan-Wilson has been chosen to the Teach For America 2016 teaching corps, program officials announced.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016


OU Accounting alum Kimberly Deyak ACC ’14, MAcc ’15, didn’t let the statistics intimidate her. She obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA Exam on her first attempt. Her performance earned her the Elijah Watt Sells Award.


OUAA grid
Friday, May 20, 2016


The Oakland University Alumni Association (OUAA) recently announced four new members voted on to its Board of Directors.