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Dr. Jeanetta D. Sims
Wednesday, October 12, 2022


Oakland University’s 20th annual Diverse Voices Conference will take place virtually via Zoom at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. The goal of the conference is to provide a supportive forum for OU students, faculty, staff and community members to learn about and speak out in support of valuing all aspects of human diversity and the need for a socially just society.


Cast of 'She Kills Monsters' and 'A New Brain'
Tuesday, October 11, 2022


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present She Kills Monsters from Thursday, Oct. 27 – Sunday, Oct. 30 in Room 100 in the Oakland Campus West Student Center, and A New Brain from Thursday, Nov. 3 – Sunday, Nov. 6 in Varner Lab Theatre.



Thursday, October 06, 2022


Oakland University’s efforts to remember and address that it sits on the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabe people began in 2019 with an Honors College assignment taken up by a Native American student, Tara Maudrie (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians). This assignment was to create a Land Acknowledgement for Oakland University, and Maudrie agreed to allow it to be the first draft of what would become a formal draft adopted by the university.


Stone Sound Collective
Tuesday, September 13, 2022


In celebration of the International Day of Peace, Oakland University will present its 5th annual Peace Day Concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21 at Upland Hills School in Oxford, Mich.



Thursday, September 08, 2022


Art, music and even murder will transform Meadow Brook Hall this fall, with a series of colorful fall events. Visitors will be enchanted with the colorful event lineup, from a gorgeous outdoor floral art exhibit to thrilling film screenings of classic films, Flashlight Tours, Mystery Dinners and so much more! All events take place at Meadow Brook Hall, the National Historic Landmark located on the campus of Oakland University.



Monday, August 29, 2022


The Division of Student Affairs and Diversity has announced the creation of a new Student Success Corridor aimed at re-imagining engagement throughout the student life cycle.



Monday, August 29, 2022


Oakland University's new West Campus (OWC) is located at 1500 University Drive, just two miles west of the main campus. The building is a shared space with Baker College, and will house the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance in the upcoming academic year.


OU recognized as one of Campus Pride’s 2022 ‘Best of the Best’ for LGBTQ+ students
Monday, August 29, 2022


Campus Pride, the preeminent resource for LGBTQ+ leadership development, diversity inclusion and advocacy within higher education, recently announced the annual Best of the Best Colleges and Universities for LGBTQ+ students in the United States, naming Oakland University to this year’s list of campuses creating a safe, welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff alike.



Thursday, August 25, 2022


Fostering collaboration and deepening connections among students, faculty and staff are top priorities for the upcoming academic year, said OU President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz.


Alpha Sigma Tau Chapter at Oakland University honored with a national award
Wednesday, August 10, 2022


Alpha Sigma Tau’s Delta Tau Chapter at Oakland University was recently recognized by the National Organization for demonstrating excellence within the 2020-2022 biennium. Awards were announced at Alpha Sigma Tau’s 44th National Convention in Tampa, Fla.



Tuesday, July 12, 2022


Oakland University offers an enrollment program called Rock and Enroll Day to meet and greet new and returning students.


OU recognized as one of the top LGBTQ-friendly campuses in Michigan
Tuesday, July 05, 2022


For the first time, Oakland University has achieved a five out of five-star rating on the Campus Pride Index, which rates both colleges and universities using a five-star rating system.The rating also designates OU as one of the top LGBTQ-friendly campuses in the state of Michigan based on a variety of factors, including LGBTQ policy inclusion, academic life, student life, campus safety, housing and residence life, and other relevant practices.


Six Fridays at 6 Summer Carillon Concert Series
Monday, June 27, 2022


Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a relaxing evening listening to the sounds of the carillon’s 49 fully-chromatic bells when the Six Fridays at 6 Summer Carillon Concert Series returns to the Oakland University campus beginning on Friday, July 8.


Chiaoning Su
Friday, May 27, 2022


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


Siyan Wong
Tuesday, May 10, 2022


In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Oakland University will host a virtual talk by Chinese American painter Siyan Wong. The talk will be held via Zoom on Monday, May 23, from noon-1 p.m. Register for the event here. 


Honorary Degree Recipients
Tuesday, April 26, 2022


For outstanding achievements in their respective fields, Sarah Collins Rudolph, Steven Kahn and Dominic Moceri have been selected to receive honorary degrees from Oakland University. The recipients will be recognized at the university’s spring 2022 commencement ceremonies.  You can watch the live stream commencement ceremonies here.


Oakland University Campus
Monday, April 25, 2022


Oakland University has earned 2021 Tree Campus Higher Education recognition.


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. 


Preacher Lawson
Tuesday, March 29, 2022


Preacher Lawson will bring his stand-up comedy to Oakland University on Monday, April 4. This free, family-friendly event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to all OU students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families and friends. No tickets are necessary. 


Tai Verdes
Friday, March 25, 2022


Oakland University’s Student Program Board has announced its lineup for the 2022 SPB Spring Concert. On Sunday, April 3, 2022, SPB will be presenting Tai Verdes as the headlining act, Peach Tree Rascals as the direct support act and Gold Vibrations, OU’s premier a cappella group, as the opening act in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. 


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.


Mary Gallagher
Friday, March 04, 2022


For its 2022 Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs, Oakland University will welcome keynote speaker Dr. Mary Gallagher to campus on Wednesday, March 16. Dr. Gallagher will present her talk, “U.S.-China Relations: Now What?”, with a Q&A session to follow, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the ballroom of Meadow Brook Hall. 


Abraham Accords
Thursday, March 03, 2022


Join Oakland University’s Center for Civic Engagement and Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement for a conversation with two former U.S. Ambassadors about prospects for peace in the Middle East.


Pride Month 2021
Tuesday, March 01, 2022


Oakland University Pride Month, which celebrates OU's diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity, will kick off at noon on March 14th in Founders Ballroom C inside the Oakland Center with an Opening Ceremony and the 3rd Annual Tim Larrabee Memorial Lecture featuring comedian Brittany Ashley.


Grizz Den
Friday, February 11, 2022


Oakland University’s newest gaming destination, the Grizz Den (formerly the Bear Cave), officially opened on Thursday, Feb. 10 in the lower level of the Oakland Center.


Sense and Sensibility
Monday, February 07, 2022


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Sense and Sensibility from February 16-20 in Varner Studio Theatre on the OU campus.


Anthony Anderson
Wednesday, January 12, 2022


In light of the recent rise in coronavirus cases, organizers of Oakland University’s 30th annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration have added a livestream option for those who wish to attend the event virtually. The livestream is available on OU’s YouTube page. 


KOD Recipients
Wednesday, December 22, 2021


At its 30th annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration, Oakland University will recognize seven students for their efforts to break down stereotypes and promote racial and cultural understanding. 



Tuesday, December 21, 2021


UPDATE: Oakland University will continue remote delivery of classes through January 31. In light of the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus, most of Oakland University’s Winter 2022 courses, including hybrid and in-person classes, began in an online only format on Wednesday, January 5.


Commencement
Monday, December 13, 2021


UPDATE: Due to adverse weather conditions, the start of the Saturday commencement ceremony will be delayed to 9:30 a.m.To honor this year’s summer and fall graduates, Oakland University will host in-person commencement ceremonies inside the Athletics Center O’rena on campus. 


Voter Engagement
Wednesday, December 08, 2021


At the 2021 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Oakland University received a Gold Seal for achieving a student rate between 70 percent and 79 percent in the 2020 elections.


Automotive Lighting Certificate
Tuesday, November 23, 2021


Automotive lighting is important to vehicles. It is vital to safety and aids in the aesthetic appeal of many vehicles. The industry has changed from kerosene burning lamps to light emitting diodes, or LED lights, that are used in cars today.Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science and Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) have worked with automotive lighting companies to develop an Automotive Lighting Certification program, designed to introduce students, particularly those new to the industry, with a solid foundation in automotive lighting technology and the opportunity to interact with those already in the field.


2021 Fall Showcase
Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Oakland Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Company will present their annual Fall Showcase from Thursday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 5 in the Varner Studio Theatre on the Oakland University campus.


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Thursday, October 28, 2021


Musical Theatre at Oakland University makes a triumphant return to live performances this November in the Varner Studio Theatre with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!


Jaquain Sloan
Tuesday, October 26, 2021


The Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO), Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence, will present its second concert of the season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7 in Varner Recital Hall.


State of the University 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021


Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., delivered the 2021 State of the University Address on Thursday, Oct. 21 from the Founders Ballroom of the Oakland Center on the OU campus.


Picture a Scientist
Thursday, October 14, 2021


WISER (Women in Science, Engineering, and Research) at Oakland University will host an in-person screening of the documentary, “Picture a Scientist,” from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 in Founders Ballroom C in the Oakland Center.



Thursday, October 07, 2021


Oakland University’s Center for Civic Engagement, in partnership with the Oakland University Department of Athletics, will host a virtual panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14 about the changing landscape of college athletics with regard to “name, image and likeness” rules, expanded use of the transfer portal and other recent developments.


OU Veterans
Wednesday, October 06, 2021


Oakland University has once again earned the highest possible ranking for veteran-friendliness among the state’s higher education institutions. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) awarded Oakland gold-level status for its strong commitment to serving the educational needs of military-connected students. 


Tickets for The Holidays at Meadow Brook now on sale
Tuesday, October 05, 2021


Tickets for Meadow Brook Hall’s two dazzling holiday events—Holiday Walk and Winter Wonder Lights—are now on sale. By day, the beloved annual Holiday Walk transports visitors through the historic mansion decked in shimmering splendor, while Winter Wonder Lights transforms the estate at night into a breathtaking light show featuring music, concessions and magic.



Thursday, September 30, 2021


Following a national search that began in late 2020, the university has appointed Bhavani Koneru as its next Chief Information Officer. She will join the campus community on Monday, October 18.


Passage
Friday, September 24, 2021


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Passage, a gripping and enigmatic play by Chinese-American playwright Christopher Chen, on Oct. 7-10 and Oct. 14-17 in the Varner Studio Theatre on the OU campus.


CAIR host, students
Tuesday, September 21, 2021


The CAIR Program (Creating American-International Relationships), formerly known as the Host Family Program, at Oakland University offers a unique opportunity for international students to be matched with OU faculty, staff and community families for friendship, conversation and cultural exchange.


Keeper of the Dream Graphic
Thursday, September 16, 2021


Applications are being accepted for Oakland University’s 2022 Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards. 


Peace Day Concert 2021
Thursday, September 16, 2021


Grab your chair or blanket and join Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 for an outdoor concert on the Varner Courtyard Stage with Kevin Locke and Spirits Rising in celebration of the International Day of Peace, Native American culture and indigenous knowledge systems.