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Project Upward Bound

120 Vandenberg Hall
502 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , Michigan 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3218
Fax: (248) 370-3217
PUB@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Extended hours on select Saturdays (see schedule) or call for an appointment

Project Upward Bound

120 Vandenberg Hall
502 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , Michigan 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3218
Fax: (248) 370-3217
PUB@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Extended hours on select Saturdays (see schedule) or call for an appointment

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Summer Academy

The Summer Academy is the highlight of each PUB Program Year – whether on campus or virtual. For 2020 it features all of the usual core courses plus academic competitions, Performing Arts, Fitness, Music History, and robust social/cultural/career programming. This year’s pandemic situation is really exercising our technology muscles; and we can’t wait to see what happens when technology meets Performing Arts for the virtual summer’s-end performance!

This page makes it easy for PUB Scholars and parents to find out PUB’s summer services and schedule. The Team Directory facilitates contacting team members especially for participating in teacher office hours and Peer Mentor group and individual sessions. With the criteria always at hand, Scholars can track their progress toward qualifying for special recognition at the virtual awards program. And this page is an easy reference for school districts making elective credit and credit recovery decisions as well as for stakeholders seeking to monitor the grant’s performance.

Notices Academic Year Schedules

Summer Academy usually begins on the afternoon of Father’s Day and ends not later than the first week of August. Specific dates vary with the academic year end dates of the high schools PUB services.

PUB’s Summer Academy has three major purposes:

  • Equip Scholars with an academic advantage for the next school year
  • Show Scholars a preview of what it is like to live on a college campus
  • Enable Scholars to build and practice success skills 

PUB’s Summer Academy academics - classes and other learning methods:

  • Mathematics and Laboratory Science
  • International Language and Culture and ELA
  • Guidance and Financial Literacy
  • STEM and other elective classes that vary depending on Scholar interests
  • Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Music, Production)
  • Summer-long Academic Games Competition
  • Classroom on Wheels: Local field trips related to the annual theme

Social/Cultural enrichment takes many forms:

  • Leadership Development Institute (first week of Summer Academy)
  • Mentoring by college students and entire PUB Team
  • Assistance overcoming separation anxiety associated with living on campus
  • Guidance resolving roommate issues and other conflicts
  • Dining Etiquette training and learning to dress appropriate to the occasion
  • A Behavior Point System that promotes exercising success behaviors
  • Swimming, Campfire w/S’mores,
  • Two stage performances (Scholarship Concert and Performing Arts presentation)
  • Earned summer trip based on attendance, behavior, and academic performance
  • Activities that integrate parents and siblings into programming
Summer Academy Team

View the Project Upward Bound Administrative Team on our Staff Directory page.

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Renee Blunt
Drama I Teacher
marianblunt@gmail.com

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Lance Davis
Fit & Fab Teacher; Technical Support
lancedavis@oakland.edu

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Samuel Donald
Guidance & Music History Teacher
samueljdonald@gmail.com

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Raphael Foxx
Drama II Teacher
therealme606@icloud.com

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Gwendolyn Foxx-Dokes
Performing Arts Director
foxxiefoxx@gmail.com

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Brandon Hornibrook
Academy Mentor: Math; Math Wars
hornibrook@oakland.edu

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Mariah Hutchison
Academy Mentor
mariahhutchison@oakland.edu

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Preeti Kharod
Math & Math Wars Teacher
pakharod@oakland.edu

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Kelly Knight
Peer Mentor
kmknight2@oakland.edu

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Kim Landess
English Comp & Creative Writing Teacher
klandess@oakland.edu

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Katie McAnarney
Academy Mentor: Spanish; Creative Writing; STEM; Fit & Fab; Brainworks
kmcanarney@oakland.edu

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Mikael O’Neal
Peer Mentor
meoneal@oakland.edu

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Mikal O’Neal
Lead Peer Mentor
mdoneal@oakland.edu

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Abhay Rathwa
Music & Fin Lit Teacher
Academy Mentor: Guidance;
Academy Games; Music History
aarathwa@oakland.edu

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Megan Rehm
Science, STEM & Brainworks Teacher
meganrehm@oakland.edu

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Bipika Sapkota
Academy Mentor: Fin Lit
bipikasapkota@oakland.edu

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Snehal Shikhare
Academy Mentor: Science; STEM; Brainworks
snehal.shikhare2406@gmail.com

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Taylor Smith
Academy Mentor: Jr Seminar; Fin Lit; Lang Lab; Performing Arts; Music History
taylorsmith2@oakland.edu

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Shelnesha Taylor
Peer Mentor
shelneshataylor@oakland.edu

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Mahalia Thomas
Spanish Teacher
Academy Mentor: Jr Seminar; Academy Games Coordinator, Language Lab
mnthomas@oakland.edu

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Jenna Williams
Dance Teacher
jennamds@yahoo.com

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Kathryn Yuchuck
Academy Mentor: English Comp; Performing Arts; Academy Games Tech
kyuchuck@oakland.edu

Class Schedule
PUB 2020 Summer Academy Academic Class Schedule - Weeks 1 thru 3
Monday
All grades
  • 9 - 11 a.m. - Monday Kick-off (Mr. Harris and Mr. Donald)
  • 11 a.m. - noon - Lunch Break
  • noon - 3 p.m. - Performing Arts

Tuesday and Thursday
Grade 10

  • 9 - 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Math and Science
  • 12:45 - 2 p.m. - Lunch Break

Grade 11/12

  • 9 - 10:05 a.m., 10:20 - 11:25 a.m., 11:40 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - ELA, Spanish, Language, Financial Literacy, Music History
  • 12:45 - 2 p.m. - Lunch Break

All grades

  • 2 - 3:30 p.m. - Academic Games

Wednesday and Friday
Grade 11/12

  • 9 - 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Math and Science
  • 12:45 - 2 p.m. - Lunch Break

Grade 10

  • 9 - 10:05 a.m., 10:20 - 11:25 a.m., 11:40 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - ELA, Spanish, Language, Financial Literacy, Music History
  • 12:45 - 2 p.m. - Lunch Break

All grades

  • 2 - 3:30 p.m. - Performing Arts
PUB 2020 Summer Academy Electives Schedule - Weeks 4 thru 6
Monday
All grades
  • 9 - 11 a.m. - Monday Kick-off (Mr. Harris and Mr. Donald)
  • 11 a.m. - noon - Lunch Break
  • noon - 3 p.m. - Performing Arts

Tuesday and Thursday
All grades

  • 9 - 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Electives (STEM, Math Wars, Creative Writing, Brainworks)
  • 12:45 - 2 p.m. - Lunch Break
  • 2 - 3:30 p.m. - Academic Games

Wednesday and Friday
All grades

  • 9 - 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - College, Career and Physical Enrichment (Fit & Fab, College Seminar, Getting U Ready)
  • 12:45 - 2 p.m. - Lunch Break
  • 2 - 3:30 p.m. - Performing Arts
Social, Culture and Career

Project Upward Bound College Prep Academy provides enrichment services focusing on developing the whole Scholar using PUB’s four pillars:  academic, social, cultural, and career.  As a result, PUB creates a summer schedule that includes non-academic programming.  To encourage progress, PUB also recognizes achievement in these personal development areas.

M.Y. Time Mondays (Every Monday at 8:55 a.m.)

M.Y. (Mastering Yourself) Time Mondays will kick off each week of Project Upward Bound’s 2020 Virtual Summer Academy. Within this two-hour seminar, PUB Scholars will receive information they need for the week, become motivated and inspired through social-emotional learning, and they are enriched with character and leadership skill building designed to enhance their self-awareness, perspective- taking, teamwork, conflict resolution and academic success. In the M. Y. Time Mondays Speaker Series, PUB Scholars will hear from local and/or national community leaders in discussions focusing on leadership principles that can help Scholars develop into more effective leaders.

M.Y. Time Mondays Schedule

  • Monday, June 29, 2020 at 8:55 a.m.
  • Monday, July 6, 2020 at 8:55 a.m.
  • Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8:55 a.m.
  • Monday, July 20, 2020 at 8:55 a.m.
  • Monday, July 27, 2020 at 8:55 a.m.
  • Monday, August 3, 2020 at 8:55 a.m.
Career Wednesdays (Beginning Week 4 – Wednesdays at 11 a.m.)

Career Wednesdays are part of the Enrichment Schedule of Project Upward Bound’s 2020 Virtual Summer Academy. During this one-hour-and-45-minute seminar, PUB Scholars will learn about Career Clusters and identify career pathways and majors that support different career choices.  Career Wednesdays will feature PUB Alumni and other professionals sharing tips on how they overcame barriers to achieve their career goals.

Career Wednesday Schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Freedom Fridays (Beginning Week 4 – Fridays at 11 a.m.)

Freedom Fridays will be one of PUB Scholars’ opportunities to express their thoughts and feelings in a structured environment during Project Upward Bound’s 2020 Virtual Summer Academy.  During this one-hour-and-45-minute seminar, PUB Scholars will be informed about how culture shapes society through skills, knowledge, beliefs, values and interests.  Scholars will also learn about the value of diversity, being culturally self-aware, having differences across cultures, and adapting to diversity.  Special guest educators from diverse backgrounds will address issues and current social-cultural topics.

Freedom Friday Schedule:

  • Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11 a.m.
  • Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11 a.m.
  • Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Fit and Fab (Beginning Week 4 – Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am)
Let’s have a {basket}ball! Rumors say Coronavirus was nicknamed COVID-19 because being quarantined caused weight gain; approx. 19lbs to be exact ... Well, if this is your experience  or if 2020 has you fit as a fiddle or snug as a phat cat   , then Fit and Fab; let’s have a {foot}ball! will help you shed those extra pounds, help you stay Fit and Fab; let’s have a {tennis}ball! with easy and fun cardio activities that incorporates cross training, sport specific exercises, meditation, visualization techniques and mental self awareness for scholars to become “one with self”...to be Fit and Fab; let’s have a {soccer}ball!
Getting U Ready (Beginning Week 4 – Wednesday at 11am)

PUB Scholars are college-bound.  But a successful future depends on the quality of plans created now.  In this class, discuss and explore issues, start developing your plan for the future, and find out what you need to know that you didn't know you needed! 

Mentoring

PUB’s Virtual Summer Academy has a Peer Mentor (PM) Team made up of a Lead Peer Mentor plus three additional Peer Mentors working under the guidance of the Project Advisor. The PM Team will model appropriate behaviors for PUB’s high school Scholars that help them to mature and support their postsecondary education goals.  This includes providing guidance, moral and emotional support, general advising, and redirection as needed facilitated through group and individual sessions.  In addition, the PM Team will also help in implementing MY Time Mondays, Career Wednesdays, and Freedom Fridays.

Group Mentoring Sessions
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

One-on-One Mentoring Sessions
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Summer Awards

PUB Summer Academy Certificates and Awards

Project Upward Bound recognizes that PUB Scholars make a choice to participate in the PUB Summer Academy at the cost of forfeiting other opportunities.  We are proud of those who make this very responsible decision to use about half of their summer to continue preparing for a successful future. As a result, all PUB Scholars who are active in the Summer Academy will receive Certificates of Participation which can be added to their high school portfolios.  Other ways in which PUB Scholars are recognized are listed below.

Academic Recognition

Academic Progress Certificate

  • Selections are made by each teacher in each class.
  • Considers only Scholars achieving 2.70 - 2.99 in the respective subject.
  • Selects up to 2 recipients per class section who have made the most progress from pretest to post-test. No other definition of progress may be used.
  • Recipients must not have more than one class absence all summer.
  • Recipients must achieve overall good citizenship before the end of summer.

Academic Achievement Certificate

  • Selections are made by each teacher in each class.
  • Considers only Scholars achieving 3.00 – 3.79 in the respective subject.
  • Selects up to 2 recipients in each class section making the highest achievement within the range from pretest to post-test. No other definition of achievement may be used.
  • Recipients must not have more than one class absence all summer.
  • Recipients must maintain overall good citizenship all summer.

Academic Excellence Certificate

  • Selections made by each teacher.
  • Considers Scholars achieving 3.80 - 4.00 in the respective subject.
  • Selects up to 2 recipients in each class section.
  • Recipients must have no class absences all summer.
  • Recipients must start with and maintain overall good citizenship all summer.

Greg Dokes Performing Arts Award

  • Selections is made collaboratively by the Performing Arts Team.
  • Considers only Scholars achieving at 3.8 or higher in Performing Arts.
  • Selects 1 recipient who excels above all others
  • Recipients must have no absences from any class all summer.
  • Recipient must have demonstrated overall consistent good citizenship.

Academic Distinction Award

  • Selections made collaboratively by all teachers.
  • Considers Scholars achieving 3.80 or higher in every core class.
  • Selects 1 recipient from among all Scholars.
  • Recipients must have no absences from any class all summer.
  • Recipients must start with and maintain overall good citizenship all summer.

Note: “Overall good citizenship” means good citizenship in the Project, not just in the class.

Social Recognition

PUB Scholar of the Week Certificate

This honor is conferred on a weekly basis (beginning week 2 of VSA) to recognize PUB Scholars who are actively and consistently engaged in PUB’s Virtual Summer Academy MY Time Mondays, Career Wednesdays, and Freedom Fridays. Selected Scholars take care of business, get assignments done, and meet expectations set by the Peer Mentor Team and Project Advisor. Up to 2 recipients will be chosen each week who, during the week under consideration, meet the following standards:

  • Have NO ABSENCES or TARDIES for any scheduled Social, Cultural or Career experiences including Tuesday/Thursday “Dinner with Peer Mentor” sessions.
  • Are on time for MY Time Mondays (at 8:55 a.m.), Career Wednesdays (at 10:55 a.m.), and Freedom Friday (at 10:55 a.m.) seminars.
  • Show progress toward knowing the Scholar Pledge, PUB Leadership Principles, and meeting Freedom Friday and Career Wednesday assignment deadlines as provided by Peer Mentors and the Project Advisor. Demonstrate/showcase this progress during individual sessions with assigned Peer Mentor.
  • Demonstrate outstanding character and leadership throughout the week and approach all Virtual Summer Academy involvement with positive energy.

PUB Role Model Award - Highest 2020 Virtual Summer Academy Character Award

This award recognizes the PUB Scholar who continually displays character, leadership and unyielding commitment to the mission and purpose of Project Upward Bound during the Virtual Summer Academy. The recipient(s) regularly goes above and beyond the minimum requirements, consistently takes initiative, and demonstrates the leadership courage to become the best version of themselves. Up to 2 recipient(s) will be chosen from among the 2020 Virtual Summer Academy (VSA) Scholars of the Week who:

  • Have no non-emergency activity absences.
  • Regularly and consistently initiate positive, healthy peer social interactions.
  • Know and can recite the entire PUB Scholar Pledge.
  • Know and regularly demonstrate all 10 PUB Scholar Leadership Pyramid principles.
  • Assist the Peer Mentor Team with Virtual Summer activities including, but not limited to, PUB Scholar Roll Call.
  • Enthusiastically engage in icebreakers and activities facilitated by Peer Mentors
  • Speaks up and asks questions during MY Time Mondays, Career Wednesdays, and Freedom Fridays.
  • Excel on the College to Career assignment.
  • Excel on the George Floyd Letter assignment.
Project Recognition

Spirit of Upward Bound Award - Highest Summer Academy Award

  • Administrative Team accepts Recommendations from all teams (Instructional, Academic, and Residential).
  • Administrative Team makes the final selection (s).
  • Selects up to 2 Recipients who:
  • enthusiastically accept PUB challenges: academic, social, career, recreational, and cultural
  • consistently focus on learning the most they can from all that PUB offers
  • “pay it forward” by helping other PUB Scholars to be involved and learn
  • have no non-emergency absences from academic or non-academic scheduled activities.

(Note: The Tool Box and Director’s Mark of Excellence Awards are presented to seniors who earned them at the spring Graduation & Recognition Ceremony.)