Outstanding Awards

The Oakland University Credit Union's Dean's Choice Awards celebrates student creativity and innovation

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For four years, Oakland University Credit Union (OUCU)
has rewarded the creativity and innovation of Oakland Students through its Dean’s Choice Awards.

Community Engagement

icon of a calendarJune 6, 2017

icon of a pencilBy Emell Derra Adolphus

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For four years the Oakland University Credit Union (OUCU)
 has rewarded the creativity and innovation of Oakland Students through its Dean's Choice Awards. As part of its annual
 support for OU, OUCU gives each school or unit a $2,500 grant to distribute to individuals or student groups. Each school or unit designs its project requirements, number of winners and prize amounts.

The projects, varying in subject matter, are rewarded for promoting ingenuity, community involvement and student success.

OU's director of corporate and foundation relations, Michelle Bosau, is excited to facilitate the awards every year. "We are grateful to OUCU for giving each dean the ability to encourage students to learn beyond the lecture halls. These awards are meaningful across campus because the deans really challenge the students and the response is incredible."

With its Dean's Choice Award, the office of the Dean of Students issued a challenge this year for student groups to collect water, non-perishable food and gift cards for Flint, Michigan, residents through the OU Share and Care Drive. Altogether, students amassed 12,565 items for the improvement of conditions in Flint through the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Theta Chi, the Honors College Critical and Creative Society, and the Women's Basketball Club were declared the winners when the competition finished and were awarded a share of the $2,500 grant.

"OU Credit Union is pleased to support the academic excellence and civic engagement of OU students through the Dean's Choice Grants. We are impressed with the quality of work submitted by the winning students,"
 says April Clobes, president and CEO of OUCU.

OUCU is a strong supporter of the University and its students. In addition to the Dean's Choice Awards, OUCU sponsors the OU Business Scholars Case Competition, the Career Services Etiquette Dinner, OU Athletics, Meadow Brook Hall and many other events and activities on campus.

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