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Thursday, March 07, 2019


The 17th annual Diverse Voices Conference takes place at Oakland University’s Varner Recital Hall from at 10 a.m. -1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. It is open to everyone and there is no charge to attend.


Pi Sigma Alpha Conference
Thursday, March 07, 2019


The Oakland University chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, recently sent eight students to present their research at the annual Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference, which was held Feb. 15-17 in Washington, D.C.


Oakland campus
Wednesday, February 27, 2019


M2 Alex Yang’s article "Distinguishing the athletes’ heart from inherited cardiomyopathies" was published in Beaumont’s State of the Heart newsletter, a publication containing heart health information for patients and families.


Mina Wassef and Randall Engle
Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Each day, faculty mentors help guide students toward their academic and personal goals, passing down knowledge and wisdom that will last a lifetime. 



Thursday, February 21, 2019


NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCESThe 2019 Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs brings keynote speaker Professor Jessica Chen Weiss to Oakland’s campus on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Her talk will take place at historic Meadow Brook Hall in the ballroom.



Tuesday, February 19, 2019


The Center for Civic Engagement at Oakland University is planning a program entitled “Political Humor and its Impact on American Life.” The program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. It will be held in Banquet Room B of the Oakland Center on campus at Oakland University. It is free and open to the public.


Kristin Rohrbeck
Friday, February 08, 2019


Oakland University’s Kristin Rohrbeck, director of the Joanne & Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES), has been named the overall winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2019.


Linda Davis
Friday, February 08, 2019


Longtime Macomb County District Judge Linda Davis recalls a time when she regarded addiction as a “moral failing” that only happened to flawed people from dysfunctional environments. It wasn't until her child, a straight-A student with a promising future, became addicted to heroin that she recognized the truth: “Addiction affects everybody. It affects all ages, all races, and all socioeconomic climates. It does not discriminate.” 



Friday, February 08, 2019


Much of the study of engineering involves the application of basic sciences and mathematics.  But the practice of engineering moves beyond these basics to tackle real life problems and provide solutions for industry and society.


man leaning on a railing in a hallway with a tall window next to him
Thursday, February 07, 2019


With an electrical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in hand, Akash Maheshwari launched his career as drive graduate trainee at Continental.


professor in a red jacket standing at the front of a classroom, student raising his hand in front of her
Tuesday, February 05, 2019


The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) extended the accreditation of the business and accounting programs at the School of Business Administration at Oakland University.


Oakland campus
Thursday, January 24, 2019


OUWB medical students attended a leadership seminar where Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., answered questions, gave advice on mentorship and goals, and shared her medical career journey with them.


Adam LeRoy and Shawna Boomgaard
Thursday, January 24, 2019


Shawna Boomgaard and Adam LeRoy presented at the fall 2018 MEMPSA (Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association) conference on December 7, 2018. The MEMSPA conference offered elementary and middle school principals a broad range of current topics necessary for continued professional and administrative growth.



Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Oakland University’s Sigma Xi chapter has been recognized by The Scientific Research Honor Society as one of its leading chapters for the initiation of new members. OU is part of the Research and Doctoral Universities Constituency category within the organization’s more than 500 national and international chapters.


Oakland campus
Wednesday, December 19, 2018


Third-year OUWB student Maayan Yakir and her Embark research and scholarship program mentor Mary Smyth, M.D., recently presented their work on energy insecurity affecting young children in the state to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC).



Monday, December 17, 2018


New Oakland University graduates Jake Farnsworth and Mickey McGlinnen were selected as recipients for fall 2018 Undergraduate Distinguished Achievement Awards presented during commencement ceremonies this weekend.


OU’s Environmental Health and Safety degree program ranked among top in nation
Thursday, December 13, 2018


Oakland University’s Environmental Health and Safety online degree program has been ranked as one of the top 25 Best Value Occupational Safety and Health degree programs in the nation for 2019 by Value Colleges (VC), an online ranking system that compares the most affordable colleges with the best return on investment.


students in black professional attire, seated in rows in a classroom, all looking forward
Wednesday, December 12, 2018


In their most recent case competition, teams of Business Scholars developed and presented marketing strategies to grow annual sales for Detroit Bikes.


Julia Tituskin
Thursday, December 06, 2018


Honors College graduating seniors recently presented their Honors Theses, with topics including health care, economics, linguistics, history and more. Students are required to complete a research thesis in order to graduate from OU’s Honors College. 


Disruption in Detroit
Thursday, December 06, 2018


When Oakland University history professor Daniel Clark started conducting oral history interviews with retired autoworkers in the early 2000s, he expected to hear stories of a widely mythologized golden age – an era of prosperity in the 1940s and ‘50s that propelled tens of thousands of unionized auto workers into a secure, blue collar middle class lifestyle. 


students observing white sculptures in a glass case at the Detroit Institute of Art
Monday, December 03, 2018


“What do you see?”Mark Haimann, M.D. addresses a group of thoughtful medical students as they huddle before an exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).


Melanie Mayberry, Arati Kelekar and Nelia Afonso
Thursday, November 29, 2018


Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) and University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry (Detroit Mercy) will launch a new interprofessional course to educate medical and dental students on how health care professionals collaborate for the benefit of their patients. 


James Isabirye Dissertation Defense
Thursday, November 29, 2018


While working to reintroduce traditional songs and instruments to the people of Uganda, Oakland University graduate student James Isabirye — a lecturer of music and drama at Kyambogo University in Uganda — has been pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Education at Oakland University.


woman standing with an open laptop projecting onto a screen on a brick wall while people watch her presentation
Monday, November 19, 2018


As part of its professional development opportunities, the Oakland University Office of Public School Academies (PSA Office) offers its schools a chance to participate in a cohort focused on Response to Intervention (RTI). Three schools are a part of this year’s cohort – Caniff Liberty Academy, Dove Academy, and Weston Preparatory Academy.


Malcolm Gladwell
Monday, November 19, 2018


On Saturday, November 17, Oakland University staff, faculty and supporters gathered in the Founders Ballrooms of the Oakland Center to celebrate the public launch of the university’s largest-ever comprehensive campaign, “Aspire. Advance. Achieve.” 


woman seated with her arms crossed at a desk with a laptop and a book, smiling at the camera
Friday, November 16, 2018


Nakisha Scruggs is bringing up her five-year-old daughter in Mount Clemens — the same place where she was born and raised. The single mother has worked on the assembly line at Fiat Chrysler LLC’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant for five years. Professionally, she aspires to move to a corporate position.


OU students honored with scholarships at Global Automotive Summit
Thursday, November 15, 2018


Two Oakland University students — Jordan Simmons and Kierstin Smith — were among 21 deserving students awarded more than $165,000 in scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year during the 19th annual Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive Summit’s Business and Education Awards Luncheon, which was held on Nov. 2 in Detroit.


President Pescovitz delivers 2018 State of the University Address
Wednesday, November 14, 2018


While delivering the 2018 State of the University Address on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., highlighted several accomplishments and points of pride from around campus, and provided an update on the university’s strategic goals.


young man in a shirt and tie posing for a photo with an older female professor in a classroom
Monday, November 12, 2018


M2 Michelle Fedorowicz and M3 Jeff Triska were the first OUWB students to be selected for the highly competitive National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program.


Campus Aerial View
Thursday, November 01, 2018


Oakland University will launch the public phase of its comprehensive campaign, “Aspire. Advance. Achieve,” at a November 17 gala headlined by acclaimed author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell. 


Man and woman shaking hands, smiling at the camera
Friday, October 26, 2018


This year, 21 OUWB M4 students received induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, an international society recognizing students, alumni and faculty who dedicate themselves to the medical profession. 


Dr. David Stone
Friday, October 26, 2018


The Research Office at Oakland University hosted its second Research, Innovation and Engagement Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 24 and presented awards to several OU faculty members in recognition of their outstanding research and initiative.


group photo of business scholar students in a classroom with a sign that says "Thank You Oakland University"
Tuesday, October 23, 2018


This year’s Business Scholars participated in its first of three case competitions of the academic year. Sponsored by the OU Credit Union, the School of Business Scholars Program provides a select group of students a unique opportunity to enhance problem solving, decision making and leadership skills.


Research Expo Congressman Bishop Speaking
Monday, October 22, 2018


On Friday, October 19, the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science hosted an expo showcasing faculty research in the areas of Data Analytics and Cyber Security, Autonomous Systems and Technology, Power and Energy, and Advanced Manufacturing. 


Statue
Monday, October 08, 2018


This year’s President’s Colloquium “The Dead Past and the Living Present” will be presented by Jeffrey Insko, Ph.D., associate professor of English. The event will take place at noon on Monday, Oct. 15, in the Founders Ball Rooms of the Oakland Center, on OU’s Rochester campus. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow. 



Friday, September 28, 2018


Oakland University student Marybeth Gormley has been awarded her second $2,000 Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Dream Scholarship. She is among eight top students from around the country who will receive the scholarship to encourage their pursuit of law enforcement/public safety careers by the professional public safety officers of LEEP.


two women in professional clothing standing in front of a projector that says "creating a path to resilience shawna boomgaard and melissa lopez"
Monday, September 24, 2018


Shawna Boomgaard (LMSW, CTP-E and Manager of Academic Accountability at OU) and Melissa Lopez (CTP-E and Title One Director at Dove Academy of Detroit) presented, “Creating a Path to Resilience” at the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education in Traverse City, MI.


man in a green shirt, standing in a classroom, smiling at the camera
Wednesday, September 12, 2018


At the close of each academic year, three rising M2 and three rising M3 students are selected as recipients of the M1 and M2 Outstanding Student Awards. Each one receives a $1,000 scholarship, which is applied to his or her financial aid package for the next academic year.



Friday, August 24, 2018


Oakland University, along with partner schools Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College, has signed individual articulation agreements that will benefit students at all three schools.


professor standing in front of a periodic table of the elements chart, holding a model of a human torso, with two students on his right
Thursday, August 23, 2018


The five-week OUWB Beaumont Future Medical Scholars (BFMS) pipeline program, in collaboration with Cranbrook Horizons-Upward Bound, introduces about 30 Detroit-area high school students to the many avenues of medical education and career paths in medicine.


student in a white lab coat giving a fist bump to a man in a suit
Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine’s Class of 2022 students received their first physician’s white coats and celebrated the beginning of their medical educations at the traditional White Coat Ceremony.


Group of female students at the Diversity & Inclusion program
Tuesday, August 14, 2018


High school students participating in OUWB’s Future Physicians Summer Enrichment Program (FPSEP) worked in groups to complete a research project. On their last day of the program, they presented these projects to a room of family members, peers and OUWB faculty members.



Friday, August 03, 2018


Start Here…Finish Here. You may have seen it on billboards across Oakland County this summer. Student Alexandria McGill gives it meaning.


Claudia Petrescu
Tuesday, July 31, 2018


A new, eight-member advisory council has been created to promote and advocate for graduate education and Lifelong Learning at Oakland University.


Mark and Sarah Dykowski in scrubs and hair nets in a hospital
Tuesday, July 24, 2018


It was not the average day for rising fourth-year medical student Sara Dykowski when she stepped into the operating room and delivered a baby alongside her father Mark Dykowski, M.D., Obstetrics & Gynecology, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.


Ian Lester 1200
Monday, July 23, 2018


Whether they’re pursuing a master’s degree or a Ph.D., alumni of Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance are making their mark at prestigious graduate schools across the nation and around the world, thanks to the education and support they received at OU.



Thursday, July 19, 2018


The former Cobblestone Manor Bed and Breakfast is transforming into a unique living and learning community for Oakland University Honors College students thanks to a unique agreement between the Moceri family and OU.


Shengnan Qiao
Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Shengnan Qiao, who spent two years as a joint Ph.D. student in Oakland University’s Eye Research Institute (ERI), recently rubbed elbows with some of the world’s preeminent research scientists at the 68th annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Germany. The event drew 39 Nobel Laureates and 600 young scientists from 84 nations.