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OU’s Varner Hall to undergo ‘much-needed’ renovations as part of $45 million project
Wednesday, February 17, 2021


Oakland University’s Varner Hall will be undergoing some long-awaited and much-needed renovations over the next few years as part of a $45 million improvement project authorized by the Board of Trustees.



Friday, February 12, 2021


Oakland University is the third-safest college campus in the nation, according to a recent study by CollegeMagazine.com. The rankings are based on several factors, such as on-campus violent crime reported, on-campus housing availability, campus safety resources and total disciplinary incidents.


Oakland University Linguistic Diversity Initiative
Tuesday, February 09, 2021


Oakland University’s Linguistics Department recently launched a new inter-departmental, campus-wide initiative to promote an agenda of celebrating linguistic diversity and advancing linguistic justice at OU and its affiliated communities.



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.



Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Embarking on a campus-wide sustainability plan, building traditions to strengthen the OU brand, and establishing a higher standard for administrative effectiveness are among the breakthrough proposals of “Reimagining OU: Learning. Leading. Empowering.” (ROU).


Inspire the Choir
Monday, January 25, 2021


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Inspire the Choir — a free virtual workshop featuring Eric Whitacre and Stacey Gibbs — from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 on Zoom.


OUCARES to host free webinar on ‘Comorbidity & Autism’ on Feb. 11
Wednesday, January 13, 2021


The Joanne and Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) will host “Comorbidity & Autism – When ASD isn’t the only diagnosis of concern” — a free webinar for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), parents and caregivers, professionals, and anyone interested in learning how to support and keep people with ASD safe — at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.


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.


Bon Appetit
Wednesday, January 06, 2021


Dr. Alta Marie Boover, an assistant professor of voice at Oakland University, will present a virtual performance of Bon Appétit — a one-woman operatic scene by Lee Hoiby based on Episode No. 228 of Julia Child’s PBS television show “The French Chef” — at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16 on Zoom.


OU Community Music
Monday, December 21, 2020


Give the gift of music this holiday season with Oakland University Community Music virtual lessons, which are currently being offered at a discounted rate.



Thursday, December 17, 2020


Across the country and around the world, communities grapple with the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The same is true on OU’s campus. Every member of the OU community has seen their lives disrupted through either online classes, remote work, new demands for taking care of family members, or economic repercussions of the pandemic that reverberate throughout the entire region.



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.


Beethoven piano series
Thursday, December 10, 2020


A 10-concert series celebrating the music, humanity and legacy of Ludwig van Beethoven through his 32 piano sonatas will conclude with a series of virtual performances on Dec. 15, 16 and 17.



Thursday, November 19, 2020


To help protect campus from a COVID-19 outbreak, Oakland University is offering students, faculty and staff an advanced technology device called the BioButton, created by BioIntelliSense Inc. These wearable devices are now available to students, faculty and staff free of charge.


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.


Bodies in Protest
Wednesday, November 18, 2020


FALL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:Our fall performance season kicked off with Mark Stone’s annual Peace Day concert on Sept. 20. The event happened live in the Varner Hall Courtyard and was livestreamed on the SMTD Facebook page. Professor Stone was interviewed by Civic Center TV, during which he discussed the return to campus and the Peace Day concert.


The Marriage Spectrum
Friday, November 13, 2020


The Joanne and Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) and the Oakland University Department of Theatre will present a virtual, staged reading of The Marriage Spectrum at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 on YouTube.


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.


New Voices Rise Up
Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Throughout the fall semester, Oakland University’s Department of Theatre will present New Voices Rise Up!, a virtual play reading series featuring local artists, students, and award-winning playwrights.


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.


OU Boost
Thursday, October 15, 2020


Oakland University students, faculty and staff can now pre-order food and beverages on campus using Boost, a convenient and contactless mobile app available on iOS and Android devices.


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.


PI Academy 2020
Thursday, October 01, 2020


Oakland University’s PI Academy, which trains early-career faculty in the key aspects of becoming a nationally recognized researcher and scholar and then pairs them with prestigious scholars from across the nation, is going virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Meaghan Barry
Friday, September 25, 2020


Meaghan Barry, partner and creative director and Unsold Studio and associate professor of graphic design at Oakland University, has been selected as a Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2020 Notable Woman in Design.


Spread Hope, Not COVID
Tuesday, September 22, 2020


At the request of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Oakland University is supporting a new statewide public education campaign called “Spread Hope, Not COVID.” The goal of the campaign is to unite all Michiganders to take three simple actions that will contain the spread of the virus at levels that will enable the state to fully reopen — and stay open.


Annie Fuelle
Friday, September 18, 2020


Annie Fuelle, an alumna of Oakland University’s Honors College, has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Honors College Humanitarian Award, which was established to recognize students who have demonstrated “sustained humanitarian involvement” during their time at OU.


Chernobyl New Safe Confinement
Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Now through Nov. 22, 2020, the Oakland University Art Gallery will present “Moving Forward,” an exhibition featuring the work of the full-time faculty of the Department of Art & Art History at OU.


Mark Stone
Friday, September 11, 2020


Celebrate the International Day of Peace at Oakland University with Mark Stone, associate professor of world music and percussion, as he shares a program of globally-inspired percussion pieces beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20.



Friday, September 04, 2020


The Graham Health Center is again leading the campus effort in providing influenza vaccines to the Oakland University community in hopes for a healthier, happier upcoming flu season.


Campus Welcome
Monday, August 31, 2020


Update: Due to inclement weather, all outdoor Welcome Week events are cancelled for Tuesday, Sept. 8.Oakland University will welcome new and returning students with a variety of on-campus and virtual events during Welcome Week from September 2-12. 


Candlelight vigil
Wednesday, August 26, 2020


Oakland University's Department of Theatre hosted “A Candlelight Vigil to Honor the Lives of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Countless Others” on June 7 at The Elliott Tower at Oakland University. About 100 people attended the vigil, which was featured in an article in The Detroit News. “The diversity of our department is our greatest strength,” said professor Anthony Guest, chair of the Department of Theatre. “Something like this (event) is important. We are storytellers, and if we are not telling stories that represent all of humanity, then we are not doing our job.”


OU Summer Masterclass Series - Broadway
Wednesday, August 26, 2020


When the lights went dark in theatres across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakland University Assistant Professor and Tony Award nominee Josh Young reached out to some of Broadway’s top talent and helped them connect virtually with OU’s musical theatre students as part of an innovative Summer Masterclass Series.


Campus Kickoff
Tuesday, August 18, 2020


Oakland University’s First Year Advising Center, in collaboration with OU’s College and Schools, is hosting Campus Kickoff events to welcome new students to campus. Since the Summer 2020 orientation programs were all virtual, the Campus Kickoffs were created to provide students an in-person experience on campus before classes begin. 


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. 


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.


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.


Drive-in Commencement
Wednesday, July 15, 2020


Oakland University will celebrate its spring 2020 graduates during drive-in commencement ceremonies on August 28 and 29. The events will combine traditional elements of commencement with adaptations to protect the health and safety of attendees. 


Oakland University’s Carillon Concert Series returns July 10
Thursday, July 02, 2020


Oakland University’s Six Fridays at 6 Summer Carillon Concert Series, which features carillonneurs from around the world, will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year with a series of outdoor concerts starting on Friday, July 10.



Wednesday, July 01, 2020


The Oakland Center is continuing a phased approach to reopening, and the latest news is that Subway in the food court will be opening on Monday, July 6 for lunch service. Over the course of July and August, Chartwells will be preparing to reopen more retail locations in the OC, with most locations open by the start of classes. 


OU INC client Time2Talk partners with Definitive Technology Group
Monday, June 22, 2020


OU INC client Time2Talk (T2T) has partnered with Definitive Technology Group (DTG), to be DTG’s proprietary device management software provider. The partnership is a breakthrough in bringing sophisticated, yet affordable device tracking technology to an array of customers in varied industries.


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.


Meadow Brook Hall
Thursday, June 18, 2020


As part of Michigan’s Safe Start Plan related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Meadow Brook Hall will safely reopen its house and grounds for public touring beginning Friday, June 19. 


Regina Carter
Thursday, June 18, 2020


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance is offering virtual summer workshops this year, including a Summer Virtual Jazz Intensive featuring violinist Regina Carter, jazz drummer Sean Dobbins and flutist Nancy Stagnitta from July 20-24.


Kate Golder
Tuesday, June 16, 2020


As a senior academic adviser with Oakland University’s First Year Advising Center (FYAC), Kate Golder has been assisting OU students transitioning to their first year in college by helping them plan and schedule their courses, navigate changing majors, and connecting them to campus resources.


Student Veterans
Tuesday, May 26, 2020


For the fourth consecutive year, Oakland University received a gold ranking, the highest possible rating for veteran-friendliness from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). The organization recognizes institutions of higher learning for dedication to student veterans and dependents using their educational benefits.


David Daniels
Thursday, May 21, 2020


The Oakland University community is mourning the death of Professor Emeritus David Daniels, who passed away on Friday, April 24 at age 86. Daniels taught music for 28 years at OU — including three years as chair of the former Department of Music and three years as chair of the then newly-formed Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.


OU seniors in NYC
Thursday, May 21, 2020


In early March, SMTD musical theatre seniors traveled to New York City to perform for casting directors, agents and managers, and to participate in masterclasses and seminars with the industry’s leading artists. The acting seniors traveled to Chicago and performed for local agents and casting directors at Stage 773. They also participated in a number of workshops at The Acting Studio, including classes that focus on improvisation, voice over and on-camera work, auditions, and a concentrated introduction to the theatre, film, and television industry in Chicago. The OU students  were one of the last groups of college students to do a showcase prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Chandler Mancuso
Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Without the usual bustle of students, faculty and staff, Oakland University’s campus may seem unusually quiet these days. But for birding enthusiasts like Chandler Mancuso, the campus’s 1,400-plus acres are alive with the sights and sounds of nature. 


ISE Department’s Systems of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles Systems graduate class uses Machine Learning to model real world problems
Thursday, May 07, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has many people using delivery services for everything from food to medicine for the first time. At some point in the future, Autonomous Vehicles (AV) ranging from automobiles to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) might provide these services without drivers present which would further lower risk of contracting the deadly virus.Students in Oakland University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department course “Systems of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles” are learning the latest technologies and business cases used across various industries that may play a key role in defining what a future with AV looks like.