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Rock and Enroll
Monday, July 26, 2021

Oakland University is excited to offer a new enrollment program, Rock and Enroll Day. The event will take place from 2-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the Oakland Center on OU’s Rochester campus. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Patience — a comic opera in two acts with music and libretto by Gilbert and Sullivan — from June 24-27 on the Varner Hall Courtyard Outdoor Stage as part of the “OU Outside the Box” performing arts festival.

2021 Summer Carillon Concert
Wednesday, June 09, 2021

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 9.

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Oakland University has joined with the Michigan Association of State Universities and other public state universities in Michigan to support the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge that was announced yesterday by the White House in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education.

How I Became a Pirate
Thursday, May 27, 2021

When you’re a pirate, you don’t have to eat vegetables or go to bed at all. You can talk rough, sword fight, and say “Arrrgh!” any time you want. It’s a perfect life…except that there is no one to tuck you in at night, give you kisses, or read stories to you. What’s a pirate to do?Find out when Oakland University’s Department of Theatre presents How I Became a Pirate, a children’s musical, from June 3-5 on the Varner Hall Courtyard Outdoor Stage.

Recreation Center
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

As part of an effort to help students achieve greater physical, mental and emotional well-being, OU’s Department of Recreation and Well-Being is offering continuing students free summer access to the Recreation Center on campus. 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Soak in the summer with a series of lively events and tours at Meadow Brook Hall. With the return of favorite events such as Yoga in the Garden and the Concert Series at Meadow Brook to an engaging collection of tours, there is much to experience at the National Historic Landmark, located on the campus of Oakland University.

Human Health Building
Monday, May 24, 2021

Oakland University’s Human Health Building has been selected as the winner of the 2021 Best of Rochester Award in the category of science by the Rochester Award Program.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Oakland University’s varsity Super Smash Bros. team finished their inaugural season with an impressive 63.64% winrate and a 21-12 record. As a result, they were ranked the #10 team in the country by the Collegiate Smash Brothers Circuit in their final Power Rankings Nationwide list.

OU Community Music Virtual Summer Camps
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

From Shakespeare on Zoom to the history of jazz, Oakland University Community Music’s virtual and in-person Summer Camps will offer something for everyone.

Noah Canales
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Noah Canales, junior musical theatre major, has been named the “First Place Male Singer” in the fourth annual “NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow” competition, which featured vocal performers from colleges and universities from across the United States.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Recognizing the growing need to for mental health support as we work our way through this pandemic, the Oakland University Counseling Center (OUCC) has made the decision to waive all therapy costs for students during the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

Adeline Perhogan & Annabella Jankowski
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

As the new president and vice-president of the Oakland University Student Congress, Adeline Perhogan of St. Clair Shores and Annabella Jankowski of Farmington Hills say they plan to emphasize the importance of mental and physical health for OU students while navigating the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Less than a year after introducing Oakland University’s value statement, which includes a prominent reference to stewardship, President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz has assembled a diverse team of faculty, staff and students to draft the university’s first comprehensive sustainability plan.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Oakland University will celebrate its fall 2020 and spring 2021 graduates during drive-in commencement ceremonies May 13-15. The events will combine traditional elements of commencement with adaptations to protect the health and safety of attendees. 

Meadow Brook Hall
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Along with warmer weather and clear skies, Meadow Brook Hall will welcome more tour options to its lineup this spring. In addition to the Self-Guided House Tour that became available to guests over the winter, the National Historic Landmark will now offer the Guided Behind-the-Scenes Tour and the all-new Great Estate & Gardens Tour, beginning on Saturday, April 24.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

In just three months as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Britt Rios-Ellis is already making her mark among faculty, staff and students at Oakland University.

Students walking around campus
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Oakland University is encouraging all faculty, staff and students to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. 

OU Outside the Box
Thursday, March 25, 2021

After a year of restricted and virtual events, Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance is thrilled to unveil its new outdoor stage for “OU Outside the Box,” a performing arts festival running April 5 – June 27, 2021. The festival will feature performances by SMTD students, artists-in-residence and faculty in a safe, outdoor setting on the OU campus.

Voting Stock Photo
Friday, March 19, 2021

For a second straight election cycle, Oakland University has been designated a “Voter Friendly Campus” by the Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project (CVP) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The designation is valid through December 2022. 

MaTilDa Awards 2021
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Every spring Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance recognizes distinguished students and community members with MaTilDa Awards, which are named to honor Matilda Dodge Wilson, who donated the land on which Oakland University is built.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

A majority of classes will be taught in person in sanitized classrooms, preventive health measures will be required, vaccinations will be encouraged, and student life will resemble a pre-pandemic atmosphere on campus, according to Oakland University’s plan to repopulate campus this fall.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Everything started with Matilda Dodge Wilson. She was a self-made, modern woman of the 20th century who lived an all-American success story.

Pride Month 2021
Thursday, March 04, 2021

Oakland University’s Pride Month, which celebrates OU’s diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity, is going virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Distinguished Professors 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Upon recommendation by the Office of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Britt Rios-Ellis, and with support of President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, the Oakland University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a request to appoint David Garfinkle, Ph.D.; Zissimos Mourelatos, Ph.D.; and Barbara Oakley, Ph.D. to the rank of Distinguished Professor at the formal February meeting. The appointment is effective August 15, 2021.

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 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.