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Dunya Mikhail awarded the 18th UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture
Tuesday, June 07, 2022


Dunya Mikhail, an internationally celebrated poet and Oakland University special lecturer of Arabic in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has been awarded the 18th UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture, based on the recommendations of an international jury of experts.


OU Living Classroom
Thursday, June 02, 2022


Oakland University has earned Telly Awards in two categories for a video highlighting OU’s “Living Classroom” — two biology preserves spanning over 110 acres on the OU campus.


Chiaoning Su
Friday, May 27, 2022


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


Pakistani educators
Thursday, May 26, 2022


Oakland University is hosting a group of secondary school teachers from Pakistan for a program that will empower them to better serve students with learning disabilities and promote inclusiveness in the classroom. 


Dr. Stephanie J. Lee
Wednesday, May 04, 2022


Dr. Stephanie J. Lee, administrative associate at Oakland University, has been selected by the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic in Pontiac, Mich. as a recipient of the 2022 Esteemed Women of Michigan Award.


Oakland University Campus
Monday, April 25, 2022


Oakland University has earned 2021 Tree Campus Higher Education recognition.


Sigma Xi Lecture
Friday, April 22, 2022


The Oakland University chapter of Sigma Xi, the national scientific research honor society, celebrated the research achievements of students and faculty during its annual lecture and banquet on April 7 on OU’s campus. The lecture was given by David Good, an author, filmmaker and member of the Yanomami tribe, an isolated indigenous people who reside deep in the Amazon Rainforest across parts of southeastern Venezuela and western Brazil. 


OU Research Development team
Thursday, April 14, 2022


The Research Development team at Oakland University has decades of experience working with investigators across all disciplines to develop and refine their project ideas, identify appropriate funding sources, craft targeted proposals, and secure funding.


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. 


Research, Innovation and Engagement Town Hall
Thursday, April 07, 2022


The Research Office at Oakland University presented awards to several OU faculty members in recognition of their outstanding research and initiative during the Research, Innovation and Engagement Town Hall, which was held on Thursday, April 7. The awards were presented virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Oakland Symphony Orchestra, Oakland Symphony Chorus to perform at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall
Wednesday, April 06, 2022


Join the Oakland Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 for a special performance at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall.


Nightingale Awards
Tuesday, April 05, 2022


Oakland University’s School of Nursing and its Board of Visitors have announced the 2022 Nightingale Award winners and runners-up. This year’s top nurses in Michigan come from a variety of clinical positions and settings and are recognized as exceptional in their areas of nursing. 


GryphonHR
Friday, March 18, 2022


GryphonHR, an OU INC client company specializing in human resource management and compliance, is being recognized as one of the best small businesses in Michigan. The company has been selected as the 2022 SmartZone Best Small Business Award recipient by Michigan Celebrates Small Business, an initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to honor and promote entrepreneurship across the state. 


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. 


Cybersecurity
Monday, February 28, 2022


Oakland University undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in a career in cybersecurity working in the government are encouraged to apply for the National Science Foundation CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS). 


Interprofessional Education Workshop
Monday, February 21, 2022


Oakland University recently held its 6th annual Interprofessional Education Workshop, which brought together 340 students, faculty and community leaders from various health professions, including nursing, physical therapy, medicine, physician assistant, public health and social work. This year’s workshop focused on mental illness and substance use disorders, complex conditions that often coexist and require interprofessional collaboration to manage properly. 


Tom Raffel and Jason Sckrabulis
Friday, February 18, 2022


Researchers in Oakland University’s Department of Biological Sciences have published a study that employs statistical models to analyze host-parasite relationships – in this case between tadpoles (hosts) and flatworms (parasites). The study, published in The American Naturalist, one of the world’s leading peer-reviewed publications in ecology, evolution and behavior research, uses the Metabolic Theory of Ecology (MTE) to describe the role temperature plays in that relationship. 



Wednesday, February 16, 2022


A research study conducted by Oakland University and Beaumont Research Institute is providing new insights that could lead to more effective treatment in lung cancer patients. 


OU professor recognized by American Physical Therapy Association
Wednesday, February 16, 2022


At the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combine Sections Meeting on Feb. 4 in San Antonio, Dr. Chris Wilson, an associate professor of physical therapy at Oakland University, received two awards — The President’s Award  and The Debbra Flomenhoft Humanitarian Award — from the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, an organization dedicated to the advancement of physical therapist practice in the area of cancer and oncologic diagnoses.


Map with Ukraine
Monday, February 14, 2022


On Monday, February 21 at 8 a.m., Oakland University and Uzhhorod National University in Ukraine will host a virtual event to foster ties between the two schools and introduce Ukrainian students to educational offerings at OU. 


Campus Beauty
Thursday, February 10, 2022


At its February 7 formal meeting, the Oakland University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Andrea Eis, MFA, and Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Ph.D., to the rank of Distinguished Professor. 


ISSO Graphic
Friday, February 04, 2022


On Friday, February 18, Oakland University will host its first International Student Conference. The event will be held virtually from 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. and will focus on the theme of “Rebuilding and Resilience: Strategies for Post-Pandemic Success.” 


Matt Bell
Wednesday, February 02, 2022


Oakland University’s Creative Writing Program will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a fiction reading by author Matt Bell, whose most recent book, “Appleseed” was recognized by The New York Times. The OU alumnus will share his work during a campus event at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 10 in Oakland Center Banquet Room A. In-person attendees will be required to complete OU’s Daily Health Screening Form. The reading will also be streamed via Zoom. To register, click here. 


Pam Klena
Monday, January 31, 2022


Dr. Pamela Klena, visiting assistant professor of music at Oakland University, recently earned a Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Certificate from Cornell University after completing an intense, eight-week course.


Dunya Mikhail
Thursday, January 27, 2022


Dunya Mikhail, an internationally celebrated poet and Oakland University special lecturer of Arabic in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, was a featured speaker at the 2022 MLA Convention, which took place from January 6-9 in Washington, D.C.


Ilias Cholis
Thursday, January 20, 2022


Oakland University Professor Ilias Cholis was recently awarded a $60,000 grant from the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science in support of his research on dark matter, a form of matter that has never been detected absorbing, reflecting or emitting light and is, therefore, extremely hard to spot.


Puerto Rican Paso Fino
Thursday, January 13, 2022


Puerto Rican Paso Fino Caballo Cuentas Claras, ridden by René Concepción, on the grounds of El Morro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Hostos Gallardo)Researchers in Oakland University’s Department of Biological Sciences collaborated with researchers from the United States, Ukraine, Sweden and Belgium on a study examining the genetic ancestry of two horse breeds, the common Puerto Rican Non-Purebred and the Puerto Rican Paso Fino, a horse noted for its smooth, sure-footed gait. 


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. 


Khalid Malik
Monday, January 10, 2022


Oakland University Professor Khalid Malik has been awarded $92,500 by the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for Advanced Computing for his work on an Anti-Deep Fake technology and Deep Forgery Detector, which incorporates Deep Learning, Knowledge Graphs, and Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies to detect visual deepfakes, as well as voice cloning.


OU graduates
Thursday, January 06, 2022


Oakland University has introduced a new web tool that provides information on the career and educational pursuits of OU students following graduation. 


Mark and Nick Gust
Wednesday, January 05, 2022


Oakland University’s School of Business Administration is one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review (TPR). The education services company chose the school for its 2022 list of Best Business Schools.


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. 


Oil Pipelines
Friday, December 10, 2021


Oakland University Professor Ngong Kodiah Beyeh is using his extensive knowledge of chemical compounds to keep crude oil pipelines from clogging. 


Esau Pritchett
Thursday, December 02, 2021


Theatre alumnus Esau Pritchett has joined the cast of Keenan Scott II's Thoughts of a Colored Man on Broadway. The production began performances at Broadway's Golden Theatre on October 1, ahead of an official opening on October 31. Natasha Ashey with Broadway World has called Thoughts of a Colored Man “a jaw-dropping, thought-provoking, incredibly real production that is not to be missed,” and Pritchett’s performance has been praised by The New York Times.


Anthony Anderson
Monday, November 29, 2021


Tickets for Oakland University’s 30th annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration are now available to Oakland University students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public.  


Boyd Farnam
Monday, November 29, 2021


Following a national search that drew the interest of many exceptional candidates, Oakland University has appointed Boyd Farnam to the position of vice president for legal affairs (VPLA) and general counsel. HIs appointment will become effective on Dec. 1, 2021.


OU Ethics Bowl Team
Monday, November 22, 2021


With an impressive performance in regional competition, OU’s Ethics Bowl team recently earned a spot at a national tournament to be held in February. The team went undefeated at the Central States Regional Ethics Bowl Competition on November 6, placing third by points in a field of 18 teams from 10 schools. 


Kristen Munyan
Thursday, November 11, 2021


Kristen Munyan, assistant professor and undergraduate program director in Oakland University’s School of Nursing, was selected to receive a $25,000 grant from the Foundation for Academic Nursing, the philanthropic arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The grant will support Dr. Munyan’s work on Enhancing Laboratory Infrastructure to support at-risk and English as a Second Language (ESL) students. 


Erin Austin Dwyer
Tuesday, November 09, 2021


In her recently published book, Mastering Emotions: Feelings, Power, and Slavery in the United States, Oakland University Professor Erin Austin Dwyer examines the interactions between slaveholders and enslaved people, and between White people and free Black people, to expose how emotions such as love, terror, happiness, and trust functioned as social and economic capital for slaveholders and enslaved people alike.


Afghan Women’s Film Festival
Thursday, November 04, 2021


The Oakland University Film Studies and Production program, with co-sponsorship by the College of Arts and Sciences, Student Affairs and Diversity, Women and Gender Studies, and the English department, is hosting a festival of three films about the lives of women in Afghanistan, directed by Afghan women. The festival will take place Nov. 7-21 on Sundays. 


Tower Aerial Photo
Wednesday, November 03, 2021


Oakland university values the diverse relationships faculty, staff, students and community partners have built and that advance its mission. To recognize this work, the university has established the three awards listed below. 


Students in classroom
Thursday, October 28, 2021


The Oakland University School of Education and Human Services is among a select group of teacher education providers to receive the 2021 Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement. 


Bianca Bryant and Chris Kobus
Monday, October 25, 2021


Professor Chris Kobus, director of Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention, and Bianca Bryant, assistant director of Outreach, Recruitment and Retention, for the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science have been honored with the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Engagement Award for providing outstanding educational programming to K-12 students. 


Alyssa Lalko
Tuesday, October 19, 2021


Recent Oakland University graduate Alyssa Lalko is working on research to develop a laser-based sensor that can detect toxins in the atmosphere. 


Joi Cunningham
Monday, October 18, 2021


Following a national search that drew the interest of many excellent candidates, Oakland University is appointing Joi Cunningham, assistant vice president for Academic Human Resources, to become OU’s next vice president for Human Resources (VPHR).