'Pie a Professor' event benefits MPA scholarship

'Pie a Professor' event Monday, April 9 to benefit MPA scholarship
Kevin Corcoran, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is among campus leaders who will participate in the "Pie a Professor" event on Monday, April 9.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals at Oakland University has partnered with Student Philanthropy Committee and Oakland University Student Congress to hold a "Pie the Professor" event on Monday, April 9th.


On that day, a table will be set up in the area between North and South Foundation Halls, and faculty, staff, students, alumni and community supporters can purchase entry tickets for a chance to “pie” the person of their choice. Winning entries will be chosen around 4:30 p.m., with the "pie-ing" to follow.


Many members of the OU leadership team, deans and professors have all agreed to participate in the event in support of the values of public service. A complete list of participants includes:


  • James Lentini, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
  • Glenn McIntosh, VP for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer
  • Kevin Corcoran, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Claudia Petrescu, dean of Graduate Education
  • Garry Gibert, director of Journalism program
  • Mark Isken, professor, Management Information Systems
  • Darlene Groomes, professor, Human Development and Child Studies
  • Tanya Christ, professor, Reading and Language Arts


All proceeds will benefit the Sarah’s Star endowed Master of Public Administration scholarship fund. OU alumna and former employee Sarah Hasenmueller Weinberg moved to Washington, D.C. following her graduation to work for a nonprofit organization. Tragically, Sarah passed away following a car accident while driving home to see family for the Christmas holiday in 2016. Sarah was dedicated to public service and exemplified the values that the MPA programs instills in its students. Subsequently, the Sarah’s Star scholarship was set up in her memory.


To date, the scholarship has raised nearly half of the $25,000 necessary to endow the scholarship. Participating in this event will help achieve the goal of honoring Sarah’s legacy.


If you’d like to donate to the scholarship, but are unable to participate in the “pie-ing” event, there is a web page set up for donations: https://growoakland.amploadvance.com/campaigns/sarah-weinberg-endowed-scholarship-pie-the-professor