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University Communications and Marketing

Anibal House
630 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3184
social@oakland.edu

University Communications and Marketing

Anibal House
630 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3184
social@oakland.edu

About OU Social Media

Social Media Staff

Oakland University's Social Media Team is housed within the University Communications and Marketing Department. The team manages Oakland University's main accounts (@oaklandu), maintains social media guidelines for OU-affiliated accounts, and provides social media consultation for the campus community. 

Contact one of the team members individually, or email social@oakland.edu

Professional Staff

Jon-Paul Bakaric

Account Director


Account manager and marketing coordinator for all student groups and student oriented departments, alumni and over 25 other departments around Oakland University’s campus. Experienced project manager, copy writer, licensing expert and client advocate.

Brian Bierley

Director of Media Relations


As Director of Media Relations, Brian lead Oakland University's interactions with TV, radio, print and web media members and oversee social media management. My role is to build upon, preserve and protect the reputation of the university. My team promotes the university's successes and manages its reputation in crisis situations.

Sarah Griffith

Interactive Media Specialist


Creates interactive media for Oakland University – including photography, videos and graphic design. Assists in managing the official @oaklandu social media channels.

Nykiera Hill

Social Media Coordinator


Leads and maintains the strategic goals, direction and development of all university-wide social media initiatives. Leveraging social media to build a community of storytellers with students, faculty and staff. Collaborating with campus departments and organizations to build engagement and increase brand awareness.

Internship Opportunities

The University Communications and Marketing internship is selective and competitive.  Our interns have gone up in the Elliott Tower and other exclusive locations on campus, get behind-the-scenes access, participate in major branding initiatives, and much more. Interns get a well-rounded experience in marketing and communications, including social media. Some responsibilities include: 

  • Generating social media ideas that contribute to the University’s strategic goals
  • Storyboard Snapchat stories and full-length video productions
  • Gather information, photos, videos as needed for campaigns and social posts
  • Collect and analyze results

All internship opportunities are posted on Handshake when available. Not seeing it listed but still want to get involved? Email a resume and cover letter to social@oakland.edu