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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.


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.



Friday, May 18, 2018


On Friday, May 18, 1,200 fifth-grade students from schools in the Clinton River Watershed community in Oakland County, visited Oakland University for the 12th annual Clinton River Water Festival. 


MTD Summer Camps - Tian Tian
Friday, May 04, 2018


From June 18-22, Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present its 2018 Piano Camp and the inaugural Golden Grizzlies Jazz Camp at Varner Hall on OU’s campus.


Jackie Wiggins
Friday, April 27, 2018


On June 30, Distinguished Professor of Music Education Jackie Wiggins will bid a fond farewell to Oakland University and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance where she has mentored and inspired students, scholars and artists for nearly 24 years.


Luciana Piazza and Amanda Rae Evans
Friday, April 27, 2018


Luciana Piazza (BFA ‘15) and Amanda Rae Evans (BFA ‘14) recently completed a successful run in Seussical the Musical at the Riverbank Theatre in Marine City. Piazza was one of The Bird Girls and Amanda, “who commands such energy and grace throughout the show” (Encore Michigan) was Mayzie LaBird. Next up — Piazza is starting rehearsals for Big Fish at The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter. The show runs from April 26-May 20.


MaTilDa Awards 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018


The Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance recently honored some of its top student performers and distinguished alumni during the 19th annual MaTilDa Awards, which took place on Monday, April 16 in the Oakland Center Banquet Room. The “red-carpet” event included dinner and music, theatre and dance performances, as well as award presentations recognizing exceptional service and performance by Music, Theatre and Dance students. 


Commencement
Thursday, April 19, 2018


Oakland University will recognize its spring 2018 graduates at five commencement ceremonies, which will all take place in the O’rena, on OU’s campus. 


DEI Conference 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018


On Thursday, April 12, Oakland University held its fifth annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference. This year’s theme was “Leveraging Diversity: Stand Up, Stand Strong, Stand Together.” The event featured talks from leading experts in the field of diversity and inclusion. 


Oakland Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, April 05, 2018


Join the Oakland Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall for the OSO’s final concert of the season.


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. 


Young Choreographers Forum
Thursday, March 29, 2018


Oakland University Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Company will present their annual Young Choreographers showcase, featuring works choreographed by talented OU student choreographers and guest artist Demetrius Tabron, from April 12-15 in the Varner Studio Theatre in Varner Hall.


OU Student Congress
Thursday, March 29, 2018


With 457 votes received, Ryan Fox of Lake Orion and Brittany Kleinschmidt of Oxford are the new president and vice president of the Oakland University Student Congress.


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. 


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.


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. 


Hands On A Hardbody
Thursday, March 15, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Hands on a Hardbody, an all-American musical, from March 28 through April 7 in the Varner Studio Theatre in Varner Hall.


OUCARES Family Fun Day
Tuesday, March 13, 2018


To raise more awareness for those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oakland University Center for Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) is hosting its 15th annual Family Fun Day from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Oakland University Recreation Center. 


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.


Nick Jonas
Thursday, March 08, 2018


Multi-platinum, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist, actor, and award winning songwriter Nick Jonas will take the stage on Saturday, April 14 at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University.


OU Pride Month
Friday, March 02, 2018


Oakland University’s Pride Week, which celebrates OU’s diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity, is expanding this year to include a full month of events and activities developed to raise awareness, promote education and foster a sense of community on campus.


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. 


OU Plateau
Friday, February 23, 2018


The Oakland University Repertory Dance Company will present Plateau on March 23-24 in the atrium of the Engineering Center on the campus of Oakland University. The piece, choreographed by Associate Professor of Dance Thayer Jonutz, features musical accompaniment by the OU guitar studio, as well as poetry from theatre student Mickey Mcglinnen.


Joe Santoni
Friday, February 23, 2018


Joe Santoni, who earned a BA in music from Oakland University, landed the role of a lifetime when he was chosen to be part of the original cast of Disney’s D Cappella, a new Pentatonix-style touring performance experience from Deke Sharon, the arranger for all three Pitch Perfect movies and creative director Jim Milan.


Gillian Ellis & Muriel Mader
Friday, February 23, 2018


This has been a tremendous year with many changes here at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Many of those changes happened in the administrative office, and we would like to acknowledge our admiration and gratitude of those that are coming and going.


WGS Film Festival
Thursday, February 22, 2018


Marking its 34th year, Oakland University’s Women and Gender Studies Film Festival will present Feminist Activism Now, with a screening of the film She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. The screening and panel discussion will take place from noon – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, in room 1050 of the Human Health Building on OU’s Rochester campus. 


SHS Board of Advocacy and Resource Development
Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences has brought together more than a dozen leaders in health to form a new Board of Advocacy and Resource Development (BOARD), which will help support academic, research and community engagement programs in interdisciplinary health sciences, clinical and diagnostic sciences, public and environmental wellness, and human movement science.


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.


Xavier Davis, Regina Carter
Thursday, February 08, 2018


Renowned jazz artists Regina Carter and Xavier Davis will present an evening of Valentine’s Day-inspired tunes beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14 in Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University.


OU Lactation Room
Wednesday, February 07, 2018


In an ongoing effort to meet the changing needs of students, faculty and staff, Oakland University now offers three private lactation rooms for nursing mothers who are looking for a safe space on campus to pump or feed their child, whether it’s by bottle or breast.


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.


Disturbing the Peace
Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Those interested in learning more about the hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians – and the hopes for peace – are invited to a free screening of the award-winning documentary film Disturbing the Peace. The film chronicles the conflict through the eyes of grassroots peace activists who were once enemy combatants entrenched in the fighting. 


School for Scandal
Friday, January 19, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present The School for Scandal, a comedic tale of gossip, deceit, and the perils of social media, from Thursday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb. 11 in the Varner Studio Theatre in Varner Hall on the OU campus.


Keeper of the Dream Group
Thursday, January 04, 2018


For helping break down stereotypes and promote racial and cultural understanding, seven students will be recognized during Oakland University’s 26th annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15 in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms on OU’s campus. 


Voice Day 2018
Thursday, January 04, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will welcome laryngologist and singing voice specialist Dr. Adam Rubin, author of The Vocal Pitstop, as the special guest speaker during OU’s annual “Voice Day” event, which will take place from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 in Varner Recital Hall.


Imagining Rochester Book Cover
Wednesday, December 27, 2017


A collaboration between two cities an ocean away from each other recently resulted in the publication of a book with contributions from students at Oakland University and West Middle School in Rochester Hills.


'Soul Food' Soundings Series
Wednesday, December 20, 2017


For nearly a year, the founders of the Soul Food concert series — Mark Stone, associate professor of music at Oakland University, and Dwayne Anthony, community relations specialist and arts commissioner for the city of Pontiac — have been bringing their message of peace and unity through music to the Oakland County community.


'Martha' Opera
Monday, December 18, 2017


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Martha, a romantic comedy opera by Friedrich von Flotow, on Jan. 9, 11, 13 and 14 in Varner Recital Hall.



Thursday, December 14, 2017


Updated information for final exam rescheduling:Oakland University has rescheduled finals exams originally scheduled for Wednesday afternoon and evening to take place in the same locations and at the same times on Monday, Dec. 18.


Brant Ford
Thursday, December 14, 2017


Brant Ford, a freshman saxophone performance major at Oakland University, was recently named a 2018 Honorable Mention award winner in Classical Saxophone by the National YoungArts Foundation.


Kourtney Rouser and Kennay Carpenter
Tuesday, December 12, 2017


OU freshman Kennay Carpenter set her sights on college in seventh grade as a member of Oakland University’s chapter of the Michigan GEAR UP program.


OUCU Check Presentation
Monday, December 11, 2017


Oakland University Credit Union President & CEO April M. Clobes announced at the Oakland University Board of Trustees meeting today her organization’s plan to donate $1M over the next five years. The gift will provide financial support to Oakland University students participating in study abroad and international educational opportunities. 



Monday, December 04, 2017


Oakland University, and food service partner Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services, have been notified by peta2, that the school has earned an “A” letter grade on the group’s fall 2017 Vegan Report Card.


Chinelo Amen-Ra
Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Renowned drummer Chinelo Amen-Ra will join Oakland University’s Akwaaba African Ensemble, Ngoma World Percussion Ensemble and Pan-Jumbies Steel Band to present the annual fall World Music Concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 in Varner Recital Hall.


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. 


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. 


Breaking Down Barriers
Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Oakland University is hosting a community event, “Breaking Down Barriers to Employment,” which features a resource fair, presentations, breakout sessions and resume critiquing designed to help participants overcome obstacles to employment. 


Dave Coulier
Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Actor, comedian and Michigan native Dave Coulier – perhaps best known for portraying Joey Gladstone or “Uncle Joey” for eight seasons on the hit ABC television series, Full House — will perform a family-friendly comedy show and share stories about his life and career when he visits Oakland University on Monday, Nov. 6.


Oakland Symphony Orchestra Concert II 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017


The Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO), Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence, will present the second concert of its 2017-18 performance season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5 in Varner Recital Hall.


Ed Gordon
Thursday, October 19, 2017


For its annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration, Oakland University will welcome award-winning journalist and broadcaster Ed Gordon to campus on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15, 2018.