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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. 


OU PUB scholars at 50th District Court
Monday, July 09, 2018


Oakland University’s Project Upward Bound (PUB), a multi-faceted college preparatory enrichment program, recently provided 25 high school students with an opportunity to learn more about the court system, including the roles of the judge, prosecutor, defense attorney and witnesses.


Monica Szmyd in a white lab coat teaching students at a summer camp
Tuesday, July 03, 2018


Rising M2 Monica Szmyd’s research was recognized at the Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society (Endo-2018) in Chicago. After being selected for having one of the four top-scoring abstracts in her section, she presented in the Presidential Poster Competition alongside residents, fellows and doctors of philosophy (Ph.D.).


2018 Housing Team Award
Monday, July 02, 2018


The Housing Assignment Policies and Procedures (HAPP) team received the 2018 Team Award from Oakland University. The university recognized the team’s effort to streamline the housing assignment process. The collaborative effort specifically addressed the issues associated with the student experience, using the existing system capabilities, and improving overall satisfaction to both first year and returning students. 


Alison Thomas talking to a group of students at a summer camp
Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Five years ago, recent high-school graduate Alison Thomas signed up to participate in a summer program hosted by a brand-new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. One of the oldest participants in the group, a few short weeks from starting her undergraduate degree at Wayne State University, little did she know at the time that this program would introduce her to the medical school where, four years later, she would begin her M.D. journey.


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Tuesday, June 19, 2018


As part of the 35th annual International Social Philosophy Conference taking place July 19-21 at Oakland University, OU will host a Community Health Mini-Conference on Friday, July 20 featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and public health advocate whose research revealed that children in Flint, Mich. were exposed to harmful levels of lead in their drinking water.


OU Board of Trustees approves Ph.D. in nursing program
Friday, June 15, 2018


The Oakland University Board of Trustees has approved a Ph.D. in Nursing program. This new program will be offered online to attract prospective candidates from a variety of locations throughout the state and provide the flexibility that adult scholars require to complete their degree. It will offer three options for study: BSN-Ph.D., MSN-Ph.D. and a unique DNP-Ph.D.


Oakland campus
Tuesday, June 05, 2018


June 4, 2018 – The Oakland University Board of Trustees approved the change in name of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Sciences to the Department of Foundational Medical Studies.


Robert Van Til with student
Tuesday, June 05, 2018


Oakland University has been selected to receive the 2018 David A. Harvey Memorial Scholarship in recognition of the university’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.


RN-BSN
Tuesday, June 05, 2018


At its June 4 formal meeting, Oakland University’s Board of Trustees approved a special program rate of $9,995 for the RN-BSN Degree Completion program. 


Grizzlies racing team standing behind their car, holding a sign that says Thank You Sponsors
Thursday, May 31, 2018


After months of planning and building, Society of Automotive Engineers Grizzlies Racing unveiled the 2018 GRX18 racing car to Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science students, faculty, alumni and their sponsors.


Class of 2018 members of O U W B’s DocAppella choir singing on stage in front of colored flags at their commencement
Tuesday, May 22, 2018


The Class of 2018 received their M.D. degrees during a commencement ceremony held before family, friends and their fellow OUWB classmates. Graduates approached the stage to be hooded by their PRISM mentors and, for some, by their family members who share the title “doctor.”


Amanda Lechnar with penguins
Tuesday, May 22, 2018


A six-month study by Oakland University alumna Amanda Lechnar on the underwater behavior of gentoo penguins at the Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center is changing the way researchers are looking at how animals in captivity interact with each other and their environment.


three men wearing name badges talking in front of a display table for Vector
Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science hosted the 18th Annual IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology in May.


Huirong Fu and students
Monday, May 14, 2018


The U.S. government recently designated Oakland University a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. 


Abdrahamane Traoré
Tuesday, May 08, 2018


For some people, going “off-grid” means taking a voluntary respite from phone and email. But for countless others around the world, off-grid means routinely having to go without electricity for days, weeks or longer. 


Cheryl Boodram standing in front of a desk at Chief Financial Credit Union
Tuesday, May 01, 2018


Cheryl (Bartlebaugh) Boodram, MKT ’17, focuses on the future. As vice president of sales and marketing for Chief Financial Credit Union, she prides herself on developing innovative products that help her customers and community. 



Tuesday, May 01, 2018


The Oakland University Department of Psychology hosted a thought-provoking international and interdisciplinary conference in April that included leading scholars from around the world to address “Evolutionary Perspectives on Death.” The event was held at the historic Meadow Brook Hall on April 18. 



Friday, April 20, 2018


During its spring 2018 student commencement ceremonies, Oakland University will honor the professional, civic and philanthropic contributions of three outstanding American citizens with the highest honors it conveys – honorary doctoral degrees.


Amy Quinnan
Tuesday, April 17, 2018


With a focus on promoting a community-based approach to health education, students and leaders in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Oakland University and the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Baker College of Auburn Hills came together in OU’s Human Health Building to talk with individuals who have neurological impairments. 


Wilson and Human Relations Award winners
Monday, April 16, 2018


Each spring, the Oakland University Board of Trustees takes time to recognize three senior students for distinguishing themselves as outstanding scholars and leaders on campus and in the community. 


Business Scholars team L I F O the Party with judges from the final case competition, holding awards
Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Three OU Business Scholar teams faced-off in their final case competition of the year. This time, the case challenged students to deliver monetization strategies for a start-up company called PassionConnect to prospective investors.


Headshot of Savannah Habba
Tuesday, April 10, 2018


What started as a random conversation in the library surrounded by her Oakland University School of Business Administration classmates evolved into a life-changing experience for Savannah Habba, marketing senior.


Distracted Driving Awareness Event
Thursday, April 05, 2018


On Wednesday, April 4, the Michigan State Police Office of Highway Safety Planning hosted an event at OU to kickoff Distracted Driving Awareness Month. 


Students in class
Wednesday, March 28, 2018


What is leadership? How do leaders influence others? Why are some people perceived as leaders more than others? 



Monday, March 26, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Business was named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of Best Graduate Schools in the Part-Time MBA Program specialty.


Karen Miller
Friday, March 23, 2018


The Oakland University Research Office will present “Reaching the Public: Translating Teaching to a General Audience” — a Soundings Series event featuring Karen Miller, an associate professor and specialist in modern American political history at OU — from 3-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 in room 242 in Elliott Hall.


Case Study Discussion
Wednesday, March 21, 2018


With the goal of curbing the nation’s growing opioid epidemic, students in Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine gathered in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms to take part in the university’s second annual Interprofessional Workshop on Opioid Abuse. 


Crystal VanKooten
Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Are you interested in using writing to create social change? Do you dream of tweeting, blogging or posting online videos? If so, Oakland University’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric is offering two new courses this summer — Digital Publishing (WRT 3900) and Community Service Writing (WRT 3063) — that you’ll want to check out now that registration for summer, fall and winter classes is underway.


Joyce Havstad
Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Oakland University will welcome Professor Geoffrey Beach of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Professor Sandra Mitchell of the University of Pittsburgh to the OU campus on March 29 and 30 as part of the new PI Academy mentoring program that pairs junior faculty with prestigious scholars from across the nation.


Nick Fontana (center) proposes an argument as team members Genevieve Schmidt, Samantha Sinclair, Hamza Ahmed, and Ian Anderson (left to right) look on.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018


When you work hard, good things come to you. That was the experience of the Oakland University Ethics Bowl team, whose second-place performance in the Upper Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl, held at Oakland University in November, helped them qualify for a trip to Nationals this March. The National Championship, held in Chicago, was a new and invigorating challenge.


Student Financial Services
Monday, March 19, 2018


A college education is among the most life-changing investments a person can make. It’s a path to new discoveries, potential careers and countless opportunities. 


Healthology Symposium 2018
Monday, March 19, 2018


Health care leaders and providers will gather April 17-18 at Oakland University to discuss the importance of addressing the “upstream” social determinants of health in promoting better “downstream” care as part of the 2018 Healthology Symposium series presented by the OU School of Health Sciences and MedNetOne Health Solutions.


Match Day 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018


Each year on the third Friday of March, graduating medical school students across the country gather to receive their residency placements in celebration of Match Day. 


Courtney Brannon Donoghue
Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Oakland University’s PI Academy mentoring program continues to pair OU junior faculty with top professors from universities across the nation.


Oakland campus
Thursday, March 01, 2018


The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine is delighted to announce a new international affiliation with Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila, Philippines*


Avery Ragatzki seated at a desk in an empty classroom
Thursday, March 01, 2018


Finance major Avery Ragatzki plans to open a bakery selling cake pops, truffles and countless other treats when she graduates. After receiving the Gary and Elspeth Coats Student Involvement Scholarship, she’s a semester closer to realizing those sweet dreams.


Bee Identification Workshop
Tuesday, February 27, 2018


This past week, a group of 15 student and professional researchers from around the U.S. and Canada gathered at Oakland University for a training workshop on bee identification. Participants spent three days learning how to identify bee specimens from the Lasioglossum genus, a diverse genus of bees notoriously difficult for researchers to identify. 



Monday, February 26, 2018


More than 600 higher education professionals from 64 higher education institutions and eight non-profit organizations from throughout the United States and Canada gathered at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center earlier this month for the 2018 Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference, hosted by Oakland University and sponsored by The Kresge Foundation.


OU Master of Public Health
Friday, February 23, 2018


The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Oakland University, which prepares students for public health leadership roles, has been granted accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) following an extensive evaluation process.


Crystal VanKooten
Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Oakland University’s popular Soundings Series will return on Wednesday, March 7 with a hands-on writing workshop led by three successful and publicly engaged OU faculty members who will be sharing tips and tricks for crafting Tweets, composing short pieces for blogs and creating soundbites about your work.



Monday, February 05, 2018


Whether a person is considering running for office in 2018, serving as a campaign manager for someone who is running, or just wants to learn more about the process, Oakland University is now offering a six-week, non-credit Political Campaign Bootcamp course that will help class participants gain a better understanding of the basics of campaign strategy, tactics and techniques.


Bruce Logan
Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Oakland University will welcome 30 prestigious scholars to campus this year as part of a new PI Academy mentoring program that pairs OU junior faculty with top professors from universities across the nation.