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Campus Life News

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Oakland University Housing will be offering new Living Learning Communities this fall at Hillcrest Hall.

Student group at whiteboard
Friday, April 05, 2024

With the theme of “Cultivating Inclusion Through Connection” Oakland University’s second annual Teaching Symposium aims to unite teaching and research faculty alongside campus educators. This full-day event includes a buffet lunch and requires registration. 

Thursday, March 28, 2024

The Oakland University Student Life Lecture Board welcomes actor and social media sensation Josh Peck to campus on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m., in the Banquet Rooms of the Oakland Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  A ticket is not needed to attend.  “A Conversation with Josh Peck” will be a moderated Q&A in which Peck will reflect on the trials and tribulations of his life and rocky transition into adulthood.

Monday, March 18, 2024

All the information you need heading into this week's NCAA men's basketball tournament, whether you are going to Pittsburgh for the games or following the action here on campus.

OU Repertory Dance Company to present ‘Just’ on March 22-23
Tuesday, March 12, 2024

The Oakland University Repertory Dance Company will present Just on March 22-23 in the atrium of the Engineering Center on the campus of Oakland University.

Kirstie Ennis
Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Celebrating Healthy Diversity in knowledge, ability, family, mental health and nutrition, the seventh annual Healthology Symposium will take place on March 14 in the Oakland Center Ballrooms on the campus of Oakland University.

Summer Camps
Monday, March 04, 2024

Before the kids sink into the slump of summer, plan ahead to keep them engaged while exploring their interests. Oakland University is pleased to offer a wide variety of camp experiences for kids entering K-12.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

In 2022, Oakland University dedicated land on its campus, called Gidinawemaaganinaanig: Endazhigiyang (All My Relations: The Place Where We All Grow), for cultural place-making where Native and Indigenous lifeways and worldviews can be celebrated and shared. Soon after, the Native American Advisory Committee (NAAC) formed as a means of determining the best ways to live out the promises of its Land Acknowledgement.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Oakland University has joined the effort to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) nonpartisan American Democracy Project© by recommitting to the initiative's guiding principles of civic and democratic engagement.

Black and Gold Giving Day
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Oakland University alumni, students, faculty, staff and supporters are encouraged to “Shine a Light on OU” during Black and Gold Giving Day on Wednesday, March 6, 2024. 

David Chalmers
Thursday, February 08, 2024

Generative AI systems, such as ChatGPT and its many relatives, have taken the world by storm. 

Beth Guest & Karen Sheridan
Wednesday, January 24, 2024

OU theatre professors Karen Sheridan and Beth Guest were nominated for awards presented by Broadway World Michigan.

Police vehicle near Elliott Tower
Thursday, January 18, 2024

Oakland University is one of the safest colleges in the country, according to rankings published by The website ranked OU seventh on its 2024 list of the 15 safest colleges in America. 

Basketball player
Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Oakland University students are invited to ring in the new semester with Winter Welcome Week, which runs from Thursday, Jan. 4 through Saturday, Jan. 13. 

Monday, November 06, 2023

Oakland University's Women and Gender Studies program celebrates 40 years of featuring diverse voices through feature films. Join WGS in viewing “Warrior Women” this year at the Oakland Center in Gold Rooms B and C on November 15 at 4 pm. The film fest is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Loni Love
Friday, November 03, 2023

Oakland University will welcome Loni Love to campus as keynote speaker for its 32nd annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration. The Detroit native is a two-time Emmy, two-time NAACP Image and three-time Gracie Award-winning TV/radio host, comedian, actress, author and philanthropist. 

Veterans Appreciation Week
Thursday, November 02, 2023

From November 6-10, Oakland University will host a series of events and activities for Veterans Appreciation Week. Check the list below for opportunities to support and celebrate veterans, including more than 200 student, faculty and staff veterans on campus. 

Deborah Willis
Tuesday, October 31, 2023

The Oakland University Department of Art and Art History will present the Jean S. and Fred M. Braun Memorial Lecture “Wendel A. White: Reflections in the Archive” with Dr. Deborah Willis at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, inside the Oakland University Art Gallery.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Oakland University’s Black Faculty Association (BFA), in partnership with Academic Affairs, and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, have jointly sponsored the creation of the Black Faculty Association Legacy Board.

Lauren Anderson
Friday, October 20, 2023

From October 25-29, ballerina Lauren Anderson — one of the first African American dancers to become a principal for a major dance company, the Houston ballet — will be in residence at Oakland University for a “Dance Showcase” sponsored by the Judd Family Endowed Fund.

Varner: Act II Gala
Friday, October 20, 2023

As renovations to Oakland University’s Varner Hall wrap up, the School of Music, Theatre and Dance is celebrating 50 years of performances inside the historic building, which is named for the university’s first president, D.B. Woody Varner.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

This summer, Dr. Kenneth Kroesche celebrated teaching 20 years at Oakland University with alumni from the Oakland University Low Brass Studio.

Curtis Chin
Monday, October 16, 2023

The Oakland University AAPI and LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Groups (ERG) are partnering to bring renowned writer, Curtis Chin, to campus on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Howard Reich
Friday, October 13, 2023

Oakland University’s Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement will welcome Howard Reich to campus for a screening and Q&A of his documentary film “Prisoner of Her Past.” Free and open to the public, the screening will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, in Oakland Center Banquet Room B. A reception with dessert and coffee will start at 6:15 p.m. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Dr. Ruth E. Zambrana, a leading scholar and award-winning author, will lecture at Oakland University's Oakland Center Banquet Room A on Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Justice Richard Bernstein
Monday, October 09, 2023

In celebration of Disability Awareness Month, Disability Support Services and OU Testing Center at Oakland University will welcome the Honorable Richard Bernstein, Michigan Supreme Court Justice, to campus for “Recognizing the Strengths of Disability” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 in The Habitat inside the Oakland Center on the OU campus in Rochester, Mich.

Tuesday, October 03, 2023

This fall, Oakland University is welcoming the most diverse class of first-year students in its history, with more than 26% identifying as underrepresented minorities. It is also the largest incoming class since fall 2020, signaling a resurgence toward pre-pandemic enrollment levels.

BIO Learning Lounge
Friday, September 29, 2023

Embracing the slogan “Discover. Engage. Belong.,” a new space has been unveiled on campus to help students succeed in their biology courses. Located in 166 Dodge Hall, the BIO Learning Lounge is open to any student taking a course offered by the Department of Biological Sciences. 

Nandi Comer
Tuesday, September 26, 2023

As Michigan's first poet laureate in more than 60 years, Nandi Comer has literally written herself into history. Oakland University will welcome the writer for a reading, Q&A and book signing on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. for the annual Maurice Brown Poetry Reading in the Oakland Center’s Ballroom A. Attendance is free and available via Zoom with registration. Refreshments will be served. 

Madison Lorincz
Thursday, September 21, 2023

Madison Lorincz has used her experiences in OU's Career and Life Design Center and COM 4970 capstone course to find purpose in her academic program and embark on a meaningful, productive career path.Oakland University’s newly established Career and Life Design Center incorporates design thinking, a philosophy of self-empowerment, to support students at each stage of their academic and professional lives. 

Narcan vending machine at OU
Friday, September 08, 2023

A new vending machine installed in the Oakland Center on the campus of Oakland University will dispense free packets of Narcan (naloxone), a life-saving medication for those who are struggling with dependency issues. The machine was installed in April and since that date there have already been approximately 205 Narcan doses accessed from the vending machine, which has the potential of saving 205 lives.

Dennis Muchmore
Wednesday, September 06, 2023

The inaugural event in The Dennis Muchmore Public Policy Series, “Breaking the Barrier: The Importance of Civility and Improving Political Discourse,” will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, September 18, in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms. 

Welcome Week
Thursday, August 31, 2023

Oakland University will welcome new and returning students to campus with a variety of events during Welcome Week from Tuesday, Sept. 5 through Saturday, Sept. 16. 

Research symposium featuring Nu Omega students
Tuesday, August 29, 2023

For the 10th consecutive year, Pi Sigma Alpha — the national political honor society for college students — has recognized Oakland University’s Nu Omega chapter with a Best Chapter Award.

Josue Garcia and Kelly Dorner
Friday, August 25, 2023

Adopting the tagline “Explore. Discover. Connect.,” Oakland University’s new Career and Life Design Center is ushering in transformational change in preparing students to navigate their lives and careers before and after graduation. 

OU to host ‘Strength and Spirit Fest,’ 9/11 remembrance ceremony
Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Student Veterans of Oakland University — a chapter of Student Veterans of America — will join Veteran Support Services on Monday, Sept. 11 to host a remembrance ceremony honoring 9/11 first responders and victims at 11 a.m. outside Elliott Tower on the OU campus.

Ambrotype of Frederick Douglass, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC, 2016, from Manifest
Thursday, August 17, 2023

Beginning Sept. 8, the Oakland University Art Gallery will present Remains • Remnants • Reliquaries, a solo exhibition of the work Wendel A. White, a Distinguished Professor of Art and American Studies at Stockton University whose work addresses the complex historical narrative of Black life in the United States.

Veterans at OU
Friday, August 11, 2023

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. 

SMTD Graduates
Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Congratulations to all of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance graduates who walked April 28 at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony. In addition to the usual graduation festivities, Curtis Armstrong (ADA ‘75) was granted a Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa.

Dr. Elisabeth Hoegberg
Wednesday, July 12, 2023

As a child, Dr. Elisabeth Honn Hoegberg discovered how the music she played could connect her to the people around her.

Make Food Not Waste
Monday, June 26, 2023

Three Oakland University dining halls, managed by food service provider Chartwells, Alchemi, Johnny’s Speakeasy, Sylvan Table, and Folk Detroit have received international food waste prevention certifications from The PLEDGE™ on Food Waste. Detroit-based nonprofit Make Food Not Waste piloted the program in Southeast Michigan with financial support from US EPA Region 5. As a result of the pilot, the seven sites have realized financial and environmental benefits.

Carillon bells
Tuesday, June 13, 2023

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 7.

Stack of textbooks
Monday, June 05, 2023

Oakland University, a leading public doctoral research institution located in Rochester, Mich., announces its official online bookstore partnership with, a premier EdTech company. This strategic collaboration aims to enhance Oakland University students’ online shopping experience through’s expertise and dedication to affordable and accessible course materials.

Monday, May 08, 2023

The whale residing in Oakland University’s Kresge Library is the brain child of students in English Professor Jeffrey Insko’s Literature and the Environment class. 

Luke and Linda Black Elk
Wednesday, May 03, 2023

Luke and Linda Black Elk, food sovereignty activists and teachers of traditional plant uses, gardening, food preservation and foraging, will share their knowledge at Oakland University during the weekend of May 13-14. 

Exterior of Oakland Center
Tuesday, May 02, 2023

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Oakland University will be celebrating the visual art and achievements of three OU AAPI faculty members in the Department of Art and Art History — Jetshri Bhadviya, a special lecturer in art; Yu-chuan Chen, an assistant professor of art history; and JenClare Gawaran, a special lecturer in art.