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Dr. Linda Martín Alcoff
Friday, February 24, 2023

For its 2023 Richard J. Burke Lecture in Philosophy, Religion and Society, Oakland University will welcome Dr. Linda Martín Alcoff, who will present her talk “Cultural Racism” from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, in Oakland Center Banquet Room A. 

No offense image
Wednesday, February 15, 2023

What is offense? When is it wrong to offend, and when is it not? How should people respond to those whose actions offend others? South African philosopher David Benatar will explore those questions during a talk titled “Giving and Taking Offense” at Oakland University on Thursday, March 16. The event will take place from noon-1:30 p.m. in Oakland Center Gold Rooms B and C. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Oakland University is offering several opportunities to deal with mental health issues resulting from the shooting at Michigan State University and to show support for the Spartan community.

Kaleidoscope Cabaret
Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present “Kaleidoscope Cabaret” on February 18 - 19 in Room 231 on OU’s new West Campus, located at 1500 University Drive in Auburn Hills, just two miles west of the main campus.

Meadow Brook Hall
Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Meadow Brook Hall will liven up the dreary winter months with a series of engaging tours, events and entertainment. Located in Rochester on the campus of Oakland University, activities at the estate include the immersive Downton Abbey-inspired Servant’s Life Tour, a delicious afternoon with Downton Days Tea, Talk & Tour, an intimate exploration of the historic mansion by night with after-dark Flashlight Tours, and an evening of romance for two with the Valentine’s Dinner.

Joseph Walters, Olivia Donnel and Tyler Hewett
Monday, February 06, 2023

The Oakland Symphony Orchestra will present its 25th Annual David Daniels Young Artists Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township.

Hillcrest Hall
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Living on campus provides a full college experience, an opportunity to cultivate independence, and a sense of community and engagement, in a safe, supportive and healthy environment. New and returning students can be a part of OU’s vibrant campus residential community in just a few simple steps: 

Students on campus
Friday, January 20, 2023

Nominations are still open for those interested in the Alfred G. and Matilda R. Wilson Awards, the most prestigious awards that Oakland University offers. 

Hill Harper
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Oakland University will welcome award-winning actor and best-selling author Hill Harper to campus as the keynote speaker for its 31st annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 16, 2023, in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms.  

Hard hat photo for Varner Act II
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Varner: Act II, a special fundraising campaign debuting in conjunction with a comprehensive renovation of Varner Hall, launched this fall. This campaign will create opportunities for SMTD students to reach new heights in the performing arts. The student opportunity fund will support undergraduate and graduate students in SMTD and provide student enrichment experiences beyond the classroom.

Dennis & Carlotta Pawley
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Established in 2002 by Oakland University Alum and OU Trustee Emeritus Dennis Pawley, the Pawley Lean Institute was designed to benefit Oakland University students, schools, nonprofits, government and industry.

Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg
Monday, November 14, 2022

From Biblical Sarah to Seinfeld, 4,000 Years of Jewish Humor, Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg will inspire humor throughout history on November 30 at 7 p.m. in the Oakland Center banquet rooms A and B. An open reception will begin at 6:15 p.m., and everyone is welcome.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Native American Heritage Month will stretch across campus as departments and student organizations join together to host several vibrant events.

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.  

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.

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.