‘Shine a light on OU’ during Black and Gold Giving Day

The March 6 event encourages OU community to make a difference by supporting academic programs, scholarships, research and initiatives

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‘Shine a light on OU’ during Black and Gold Giving Day
Black and Gold Giving Day

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. 

The event plays a critical role in OU’s success by inviting the entire OU community to support student scholarships, academic programs, research and campus initiatives.

The Oakland University Credit Union, the lead sponsor of Black and Gold Giving Day, has generously provided $75,000 in matching funds, meaning that donors have the opportunity to increase the impact of their gifts.  

“Black and Gold Giving Day is the single most exciting day of the year to make a gift and get engaged at Oakland University. There are digital and in-person opportunities for the entire OU family – alumni, faculty, staff, students, and the broader community – to get involved, make a gift, and show your Golden Grizzly pride,” shared Assistant Director of Annual Giving Kristin Rohrbeck. “I am especially excited to turn campus black and gold by wearing our favorite OU gear on March 6th!”

OU community members can sign up as Ambassadors to encourage digital engagement and boost awareness of what they care about most at Oakland University.  

OU will host several events in honor of Black and Gold Giving Day:

Big Pajama Party (for students)

9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, at the Oakland Center Habitat

Featuring the movie “High School Musical,” the event includes black and gold bracelet making, games, food and drinks, photo booth and selfies with the Grizz. The event is intended to kick off Black and Gold Giving Day, both in person with students, as well as digitally by asking students to post their photos and share their stories.

Shine a Light on OU: Giving Day Celebration (for everyone)

Noon on Wednesday, March 6, at the Campus Recreation Center

OU President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz will speak, along with other OU leaders and donors. Get your picture taken with OU mascot Grizz, spend time with black and gold therapy dogs and enjoy light refreshments. This event is free to attend, but registration is encouraged.

Painting with the Grizz, (for alumni and donors)

6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, in Shelby Township

The event will include an OU-themed painting project, food and pictures with the Grizz. Spots are limited. Paid registration is required.

The results of Black and Gold Giving Day will be announced on Monday, March 11.

For more information on Black and Gold Giving Day, visit the web page or email [email protected].

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