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Lake Erie International Model UN Conference
Friday, November 17, 2017


For the third consecutive year, Oakland University emerged as the top team at the Lake Erie Model United Nations Conference. Eight schools competed at the event, which took place November 9-12 in Huron, Ohio. 



Friday, November 17, 2017


Oakland University’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost James P. Lentini and representatives of the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation have formally signed an agreement that will make the university a full partner in the Detroit Promise scholarship program.


Gabriele Bigoni with Assistant Professor, Dr. Luis Villa-Diaz in a lab
Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Gabriele Bigoni is a Ph.D. candidate in Biochemistry Sciences, with a specialization in molecular biology from University National Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM)/National Institute of Cancerology (INCAN)-Mexico City, Mexico and a visiting doctoral research scholar in the Biological Sciences Department at Oakland University (OU).


Alumni
Tuesday, November 07, 2017


As Oakland University focuses on keeping students on a firm path to graduation, recent data from the university’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) shows that Oakland’s four- and five-year graduation rates have reached new records and the 2016 entering class boasts the highest percentage of students who are “on track,” to graduate. 


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society inductees in Meadow Brook Hall
Monday, October 30, 2017


On Tuesday, Oct. 17, 16 M4 students participated in their induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, a society recognizing students, alumni and faculty who dedicate themselves to the medical profession.



Thursday, October 26, 2017


The public relations professional works hard to get positive messages into the public arena through traditional and social media methods. This field requires resourceful and creative communicators who overcome increasingly crowded airwaves with impactful stories that help promote their clients’ objectives. It is also a profession expected to grow in the next several years.


OU James Isabirye Uganda Music
Monday, October 23, 2017


Using the seeds of a nearly extinct gourd, Oakland University graduate student James Isabirye is helping the people of Uganda rediscover their musical roots by reintroducing instruments, songs and traditions that were almost lost forever following decades of conflict and political upheaval.


Wesley Brown
Monday, October 16, 2017


Looking back on his four years at Oakland University, Wesley Brown remembers the rigors of life as a student athlete. 


History Comes Alive 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Oakland University’s popular “History Comes Alive” lecture series, which continues on Wednesday, Oct. 18, kicked off last month with a special presentation on “The Underground Railroad: Legend vs. History” by De Witt S. Dykes, Jr., Ph.D., an associate professor with OU’s Department of History.


Laureen Berti
Thursday, October 05, 2017


When a multinational company sends employees to work in other countries, the labyrinth of rules and regulations can be difficult to navigate. Laureen Berti, a graduate of Oakland University’s paralegal certificate program, helps companies tackle this challenge with confidence.


OU ASSE EHS Awards
Thursday, October 05, 2017


Jim Smith, president of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and Dr. Darryl Hill, past president of the ASSE, visited Oakland University on Thursday, Oct. 5 to recognize the university’s Environmental Health & Safety Program, and to present awards to EHS alumni Mary Asher and Erika Cleary, who were recognized for outstanding undergraduate research.


David McKissock
Tuesday, September 26, 2017


This week, students in Oakland University’s Honors College freshman colloquium were treated to a visit from David McKissock, who shared experiences from his more than 30-year career as an engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 


Tutoring
Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Oakland University’s Tutoring Center was recently recognized as a Certified Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program by the International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 


Dr. Lal & Dr. Madlambayan maize cancer research
Tuesday, September 12, 2017


The genetic information in a kernel of corn could be a key to better understanding how normal cells become cancerous in humans, according to a recent collaborative study conducted by researchers from Oakland University and the University of Florida.


Israel Dig
Thursday, September 07, 2017


What can you learn from scouring the ruins of an ancient civilization? 


Chelsea Criger standing in an open doorway next to a wall covered in her art work in Iceland
Thursday, August 31, 2017


Chelsea Criger, a theatre design and technology major who will be a senior in the fall, spent two months of the summer as artist in residence at the Fish Factory Art Center in Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland.



Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Just in time for the Fall semester, rooms 164, 166 and 168 in South Foundation Hall have been remodeled to offer the latest in learning technology for Department of Modern Languages & Literatures students.


Nu Omega
Tuesday, August 29, 2017


For the fourth consecutive year – and sixth of the last seven years – the national political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA) has recognized its Oakland University chapter, Nu Omega, with a Best Chapter Award. 


Greece Study Abroad Group
Tuesday, August 29, 2017


This summer, 13 Oakland University student journalists traveled to Greece to chronicle the plight of more than 60,000 refugees who’ve fled their homelands in search of a life free from violence and oppression. 


Dr. Randal Westrick
Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Dr. Randal Westrick, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Oakland University, is using a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and a $150,000 grant from American Heart Association to help identify genes that decrease susceptibility to blood clotting in mice, and to explore whether those genes could one day lead to therapies designed to prevent life-threatening blood clots in human beings.


celebration series dancer gray shirt floral skirt
Friday, August 11, 2017


The 2017–18 performance season is our first as Oakland University’s newly established School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD). “The creation of the school acknowledges the continual growth of our programs in stature, reputation and the level of influence in the region, state, nation and beyond,” said Jackie Wiggins, director of SMTD. “We have designated this our SMTD celebration year and we invite you to join the celebration.”



Monday, August 07, 2017


The Oakland University Board of Trustees voted at its August formal meeting to approve the creation of a School of Music, Theatre and Dance.


Dr. Slavin
Thursday, August 03, 2017


Dr. Andrei Slavin, a distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Physics at Oakland University, has been awarded a $210,829 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of a collaborative research project which seeks to develop a new type of terahertz generator that can be used in a variety of fields, including communication, medical imaging and security.


Scientific Teaching Fellows
Friday, July 28, 2017


With the goal of improving student learning, a select group of faculty members in Oakland University’s Department of Biological Sciences attended a national conference dedicated to enhancing teaching methods in the STEM fields. Rasul Chaudhry, Shailesh Lal, Luis Villa-Diaz and Randal Westrick took part in this year’s Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching, which was held June 4-10 at the University of Minnesota. 


OU Michigan GEAR UP Summer Boot Camp
Thursday, July 27, 2017


This past week, 20 newly minted Golden Grizzlies took part in Oakland’s sixth annual Michigan GEAR UP Residential Summer Boot Camp. The weeklong camp offered students a preview of college life as they prepare to enter OU as freshmen this fall. 


Psychology Programs
Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Oakland University’s Department of Psychology is launching two new programs this fall that could help students save time and tuition by allowing them to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees sooner.


SAE Car
Monday, July 24, 2017


A $50,000 grant from the DENSO North America Foundation will support multiple programs and enhance educational opportunities for students in Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science. 


Martha Reeves speaking to students
Friday, July 21, 2017


This past weekend, students in Oakland University’s Project Upward Bound were in the presence of Motown greatness. Martha Reeves, leader of the famed 1960s singing group “Martha and the Vandellas,” visited OU’s campus to share stories from her life and career, stressing the importance of setting goals and cultivating confidence.


WaliaSymposium1440
Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Each year, at least 2 million people in the United States become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of those infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


OU Business Data Analysis Lab
Thursday, July 13, 2017


Oakland is the third-best college in Michigan for Accounting majors, according to a recent report from Zippia.com. 


Air Quality Award
Friday, July 07, 2017


A research poster presented by Oakland University undergraduates Erika Cleary and Mary Asher was awarded the grand prize by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) at the Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference and Exposition, held June 19-22 in Denver, Colorado.


English Major
Friday, July 07, 2017


Literature buffs, take note. Oakland University is the second-best college in Michigan for English majors. 


Students Mark Ujkstivani, Joel Hunter, Lily Talevski, Jordan Taylor, Natalie Manor, Noah Fillion, Alaina Whidby, Erin Wiley at Hydra port in Greece
Thursday, July 06, 2017


Our popular study abroad program, Classical Theatre Study in Greece (THA 482), is in full swing, with eight students spending two and a half weeks on the island of Hydra where they are experiencing Greek life, while at the same time taking classes and rehearsing the play Electra in a new version written by Professor Karen Sheridan, based on works by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides.


SBA Honors
Wednesday, July 05, 2017


Oakland University’s School of Business Administration will welcome its first Honors class in the fall of 2018, but high school seniors interested in being admitted to the program are encouraged to apply starting in July 2017 as enrollment in the program is limited to 35 students per year.


Richard Morrow, H R M '17, wearing a cap and gown and holding his diploma, with two of his sons at his Spring 2017 graduation
Friday, June 30, 2017


Air Force Veteran, entrepreneur, project manager, single father of three, Richard Morrow, HRM ‘17, lives the adage it’s never too late to learn. Morrow, who received the Crestmark Bank scholarship in Winter 2017, embodies persistence in pursuing a college education. 


Learning How to Learn
Friday, June 23, 2017


“Learning How to Learn,” the massively popular course focused on giving students “powerful mental tools to master tough subjects” will be coming to an Oakland University classroom this fall.


SBA students in classroom
Thursday, June 22, 2017


Payscale and Zippia recently named Oakland University among top colleges for business majors in Michigan. The organizations recognized Oakland based on career outcomes and return on educational investment for graduates of Oakland’s School of Business Administration. 


Project Upward Bound
Monday, June 19, 2017


Oakland University’s Project Upward Bound (PUB), a college preparatory enrichment program, has received a $3 million grant from the federal government. The five-year grant will help sustain one of the university’s most successful and enduring programs. Oakland University’s PUB is the second-largest in Michigan and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. 


Prof. Escobar NSF Grant
Friday, June 16, 2017


For the third time in less than a year, Oakland University Psychology Professor Martha Escobar has received a research grant from the National Science Foundation in support of her collaborative efforts with Tuskegee University in Alabama to increase participation by minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields.


Oakland University Wind Symphony performing on a stage
Thursday, June 15, 2017


The Wind Symphony is Oakland University’s premier wind band. Its undergraduate and graduate student musicians are selected annually through competitive audition. Under the direction of Dr. Gregory Cunningham, director of bands, the Wind Symphony always maintains an active concert schedule both on and off campus, but next year will bring particularly exciting opportunities.


OU Macomb Career Camps
Friday, June 09, 2017


Throughout her professional career, Paulette Grass has seen many new college graduates enter the workforce and be disappointed because their career choice wasn’t what they’d envisioned. 


Business Analytics Certificate
Thursday, June 08, 2017


Every day more and more companies are leveraging the benefits of business analytics to improve customer service, enhance operational performance, identify new business markets and drive revenue growth. The industry is flourishing, and Forbes reports the market is expected to nearly double by 2020.


Oakland Chorale members all dressed in black, standing on a wooden floor looking up at the camera
Wednesday, June 07, 2017


The Oakland University Chorale is embarking on a European Concert Tour at the end of June, and they have announced a Bon Voyage Concert on June 27 at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit.


OU/Wayne Law
Wednesday, June 07, 2017


Oakland University students Alanna Jonna and Megan Denha will have a chance to pursue their lifelong dream of attending law school this fall, thanks to a partnership between Oakland University and Wayne State University Law School that allows students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in just six years.


Huntington Ford Scholarship
Friday, June 02, 2017


For the sixth year, Huntington Ford of Rochester Hills has awarded a full-tuition, renewable scholarship to an Oakland University-bound student who has demonstrated financial need, outstanding academic performance and devotion to extracurricular activities.