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Rochester, MI 48309-4488
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Fax: (248) 370-3182

University Advancement

John Dodge House
507 Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309-4488
(248) 370-4504
Fax: (248) 370-3182

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OU on the Road

Join us on the road to discovery.

Oakland University is your ultimate travel partner.  See exciting locations and learn about topics that are important to you.

What makes us different than an average tour? In short, faculty. Our professors are world-renowned experts in their fields. They give an insider’s view of the places you have always wanted to see. Experience interactive tours, get answers to your questions and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities.  Plus, enjoy time to relax and explore on your own.

Join us and let’s hit the road ...

Imagine a world where books come to life
and education has the power to take you places.
No limits, no boundaries.
Embrace your senses.
Hear Big Ben chime as you travel the streets of London.
Feel the musical vibes of today and yesterday,
as you explore the urban landscape of Detroit.
Smell the citrus groves of central Florida,
and breathe in the vineyards of northern Michigan.
Explore the jungles of South America and touch the microworld of the rainforest.
Taste the culture, hear the music.
Live the moment.
Let your love for knowledge soar.
Don’t just read about it.
Live it.
OU on the Road - A Virtual Road Trip

Oakland University presents OU on the Road - A Virtual Road Trip

Alumni, retirees and friends are invited to join President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz and outstanding OU faculty and students for OU on the Road - A Virtual Road Trip!

Normally, we would be preparing to be on the road, but this year we are going virtual, making new memories and traditions. We’ll feature engaging and interactive faculty sessions and we’ll introduce you to OU’s top student leaders and showcase on-demand content from some of our most gifted students and faculty.

While we may not be able to gather together in person, we can rally around our pride in OU during OU on the Road - A Virtual Road Trip!

February 22 - 25, 2021

For more information about faculty presentations and a full schedule visit:

Questions? Contact Kathryn Lehman at or (248) 370-4916.

Exploring Michigan

The work of Oakland University and our professors has an impact right here in southeast Michigan. Experience a wide range of unique opportunities to explore your own backyard while learning the ways OU is shaping your world.

Details coming soon.

OU Explorations: Virtual Event Series

OU Explorations
Virtual Event Series

Oakland University invites you to three virtual event selections that we know will entertain and enrich you. Join us for one or all three of these virtual events from the comfort of your living room, sipping your favorite warm beverage while watching on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.

For more information about this series, please contact Kathryn Lehman at (248) 370-4916.

Register Now

Session One: Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 pm

Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs, Oh My!
Peeling Back the Label to See the Evidence Behind the Health Claims

Supports bone health! Vital for metabolism! Boost your immune system! You may have seen these and similar proclamations on vitamin, mineral or herbal supplements, but what do these claims really mean? A majority of Americans who take dietary supplements believe that they are safe and effective, but most do not know that the FDA does not directly regulate or approve supplements. So how can you be sure supplements are safe and effective? In this talk, Dr. Amanda Lynch, a registered dietitian will give you a crash course in how to be a critical consumer of supplements from understanding regulations to reading labels. She will give you tools to find more information on supplements and their ingredients so that you can make a fact-based decision on supplement use.

Amanda Lynch is a registered dietitian and director of the nutrition program in the School of Health Sciences. She is an associate professor in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences with teaching and research experiences in weight management, nutrition and the lifecourse, and dietary and lifestyle behavior changes.

Session Two : Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 pm

The Narcissistic Pursuit of Status

Dr. Zeigler-Hill presents that narcissism refers to a dynamic set of social, cognitive, and affective self-regulatory processes that are characterized by features such as exaggerated feelings of grandiosity, vanity, self-absorption, feelings of entitlement, and a willingness to exploit others. Dr. Zeigler-Hill will compare previous research studies with recent results from his lab that address issues concerning the connections that narcissism has with the desire for status as well as a wide array of attitudes and behaviors such as the tendency to perceive the social environment as being intensely competitive and the desire to demonstrate superiority and dominance over others.

Virgil Zeigler-Hill is a professor and the director of graduate training for the Department of Psychology. His primary research interests are in three interrelated areas: (1) the darker aspects of personality (e.g., narcissism, psychopathy, spitefulness), (2) self-esteem, and (3) interpersonal relationships. He is the author of more than 200 publications including edited volumes such as The SAGE Handbook of Personality and Individual Differences and The Dark Side of Personality: Science and Practice in Social, Personality, and Clinical Psychology. He recently edited the Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, and he is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Personality and the Journal of Personality Assessment.

Session Three : Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 pm

News Literacy:
Tools and techniques for fact checking news in an era of disinformation  

We are seeing a rise in what a Rand report calls “truth decay” — an increasing disagreement about facts and interpretations of data; a blurring of the line between opinion and fact; an increase in the relative volume of opinion and personal experience over fact; and lowered trust in formerly respected sources of factual information. In this session, Drs. Gilbert and Gilbert will offer ideas for discerning consumers of news to assist their effort to find “the best obtainable version of the truth.”

Holly Shreve Gilbert is an adjunct instructor and the chief journalism adviser in the Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations at Oakland University. Her teaching focuses on feature writing, public relations writing, and publication design. She is a former journalist and newspaper editor, a public relations practitioner, and a freelance writer and publication designer. She co-authored the mass-market paperback, What You Need to Know About Ritalin. 

Garry J. Gilbert is director of the journalism program at Oakland University. Garry has B.A. and M.A. degrees in American History from Oakland. He worked as a reporter, editor and executive director in print journalism for 30 years. Garry was invited to join the faculty at Michigan State University in 2006 as a visiting editor. In 2007, he returned to Oakland University as director of journalism. Gilbert is adviser to The Oakland Post, OU’s independent student newspaper, and he served as a trustee of the Oakland University Alumni Association for 10 years. Garry has earned multiple journalism honors, including a national MORE Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a first-place award in explanatory reporting from the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

London: The Royal Life

London: The Royal Life

Join Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz and Randall D. Engle, professor of Christianity Studies, for a look behind the crown on a unique and exclusive adventure fit for kings. You will learn firsthand why this study abroad program continues to be a favorite with OU students. This vivid journey will immerse you in English culture and provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the monarchy. Only Dr. Engle can provide this unique experience from decades of cultivating academic connections and insider knowledge. Join us for the 5-star royal adventure of a lifetime.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Difazio at (248) 364-6155 or


Ecuador: Ecology in Action

Ecuador: Ecology in Action

January 2022

Join Scott Tiegs, Professor of Biology and Ecology

Have you always dreamed of exploring the Amazon rainforest? Immerse yourself in the sprawling ecosystems of Ecuador — including grasslands, wetlands, cloud forests, rocky marine reefs and some of the last remaining tropical dry forests in South America.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Difazio at (248) 364-6155 or