Homecoming and Reunion Week

October 19-24, 2020

Whether you join us virtually or on campus, we invite you to connect with students, alumni, faculty, staff and families for the 2020 Homecoming and Reunion Week.
All events subject to change per university and state guidelines. Please check this website for the most up to date information.
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The classrooms

The time spent together

The victories

For remembering the good times and making new memories… it’s time to come home

Featured Events

A black and white photo of a woman cutting a large cake at a formal celebration.

Monday, October 19, noon

Matilda's Birthday Bash

Celebrate Matilda's 137th birthday at Elliott Tower.

Grizz smiling with this arms wide

Tuesday, October 20, 6 P.M.

Adventures with Grizz

Nicole Byers

Thursday, October 22, 7 P.M.

Comedian Nicole Byer

A close up photo of a microphone with a blurred crowd of seated people behind it.

October 19 – 23

Faculty after 5 Virtual Series

Come to our online lectures, all week! Register online

A photo of Greg Kampe excitedly speaking and gesturing with his arms.

Wednesday, October 21, 7 p.m.

Greg Kampe Radio Show

Drive-in Movie Sign

Saturday, October 24, 7 p.m. (Rain Date)

Drive-in Movie

Hocus Pocus
On campus at parking lot P37.
Register online.

All Events

All Week Long

Hidden Gem
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Every day. More information on Facebook and Instagram.

Pumpkin Decorating
Virtual
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Download OU spirited stencils to celebrate Homecoming at HOME with an OU pumpkin! Get creative and submit a photo of your pumpkin design to ouaa@oakland.edu by 10/27. Vote on your favorite pumpkin from 10/28–30 on OUAA Facebook. Winners will be announced 10/30.

Student Organization’s Sidewalk and Banner contest
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Show your Grizzly Spirit through a sidewalk chalking contest and a sheet banners contest.  Promote your organization by promoting OU Grizzly Spirit.  Most original displays of Grizzly Spirit will win $150 per contest for your FLEX account. Sign up to participate through GrizzOrgs. More details on the registration form. Contests begin Monday, October 19. Judging will take place on Friday, October 23.

Virtual Campus Tour
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Discounted rates at OU Golf and Learning Center
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Golfers and non-golfers are invited to come together to help OU students achieve their dreams of becoming the next nurse, teacher, researcher and more!  See how you can help and golf on OU's award-winning Sharf and Katke-Cousins courses! Get more information and register today!

Special Collaboration with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Virtual
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In this special collaboration between the OU Black Alumni Chapter and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, view messages from OU students and alumni, as well as a sneak peak at the exhibit VOTING MATTERS, currently showing at the museum. This webpage has been created for Oakland University alumni, students, faculty and staff exclusively for homecoming. Click here.

Monday, October 19

Noon
Matilda's Birthday Bash
Elliott Tower
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This is an in-person/socially distanced event.

7 p.m.
Faculty after 5: Bridget Kies – Totally Awesome 80's Media
Virtual
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It's a blast from the past. We will revisit some of your favorites to learn what media said about American society during the 1980s. Register today.

Tuesday, October 20

6 p.m.
Adventures with Grizz
Online
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Family-friendly adventure across Oakland University's campus. Register your future Golden Grizzly by October 12 to take part in this awesome adventure and Grizz will mail you an OU-inspired children's activity pack. Register here

7 p.m.
Faculty after 5: Susan Lynne Beckwith – Happy Hour @Home: Optimism, Productivity and Finding Your Happy Play-Ce!
Virtual
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Can you have more happiness and optimism in your life? Dr. Beckwith has put her various degrees and experience into creating an Oakland University course that explores this question. She will share her research and more in a session designed to help you during the pandemic and beyond. Register today

7:30 – 9 p.m.
Two Score and Ten: Lessons Learned and a Path Forward
Virtual
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Join in on an insightful discussion on the history of social justice movements, what we are learning today from current protests, and recommendations on how we move forward – particularly at Oakland University. Get more information and to register today.

7:30 p.m.
Happy Hour with CRNA Alums
Virtual
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Calling all certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists grads from the School of Nursing. Grab your favorite beverage and join Dr. Anne Hranchook and Dr. Andrea Bittinger and reminisce with fellow classmates about your favorite memories from time in the program and hear what everyone is up to now. Visit oakland.edu/nursing for details.

Wednesday, October 21

Noon
SPB Hump Day
On Campus
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Students, watch for your SPB text today for a surprise treat. This is an in-person/socially distanced event

6 p.m.
Faculty after 5: Caryn Wells ­­– Mindful Well-Being During a Pandemic
Virtual
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Mindfulness offers many options for dealing with the challenges of COVID: breathing through anxiety, finding internal quiet, and building resilience. The practice of mindfulness is a gift you give to yourself. Come see what you experience during this practice session. Q&A session with Dr. Wells after the presentation. Register today!

7 p.m.
Greg Kampe Radio Show: Homecoming Edition
Virtual
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Join Men’s Head Basketball Coach Greg Kampe on location at RJs Pub in Rochester Hills or online via livestream on the iHeartRadio app. Click here for further details.

7 p.m.
10-year ASD Class Reunion
Virtual
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The School of Nursing class of 2010 is invited to join Diane Noack and Dr. Joanna Hernandez to network with former classmates and faculty and hear the latest SON news. Visit oakland.edu/nursing for details.

Thursday, October 22

5 p.m.
Faculty After 5: Dave Dulio, Nicole Mathew and John Klemanski – Campaign 2020: Election Preview (live)
Virtual
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Join outstanding professors from the Political Science department for a discussion on Campaign 2020 as it enters the homestretch. Join Professors Nicole Mathew, John Klemanski and Dave Dulio from the Department of Political Science for a Virtual Office Hours session featuring Q&A between the professors and participants. Presented by Professional and Continuing Education, the OU Alumni Association, and the Center for Civic EngagementRegister today!

6 p.m.
Honors College Virtual Meet Up featuring Graeme Harper and Greg Allar
Virtual
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A brief update on Oakland University's Honors College followed by a talk by Greg Allar about the connected world and the impacts on the U.S. approach to the coronavirus pandemic. Register today!

7 p.m.
Thursday Night Mainstage w/ Nicole Byer
Online
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Enjoy the comedy of Nicole Byer, host of the Emmy nominated Netflix baking series Nailed It! Free virtual show for the OU community. Students register through Grizz Orgs.  Alumni and friends register here.

7:30 p.m.
25-year BSN Class Reunion
Virtual
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The School of Nursing class of 1995 will be welcomed back and invited to join Dean Didon to network, share nursing stories and spend time reminiscing with former classmates. Visit oakland.edu/nursing for details. 

Friday, October 23

All Day
Golden Celebration Reunion
Virtual
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6 p.m.
Faculty after 5: Robert Martin – Who were we? Who are we? Who will we become? A Compelling Cultural Conversation
Virtual
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A view of popular media's reflection of culture and differences in the USA. Connect themes from popular movies to current educational/societal patterns and trends. An interactive conversation and a great opportunity for questions and dialogue. Register today!

7 p.m.
24-Hour Filmmaking Challenge Start
Varner
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Open to OU students, alums, and faculty/staff. You may register as an individual or as a team (up to 4 team members) and must abide by Covid safety protocols, to be distributed upon registration. Participants will be going DIY this year and technology for the films will be limited to cell phones only. Other challenge guidelines will be released the day before the event. Challenge films will be posted online so that the community can view the entries prior to the awards ceremony. Contact Kyle Edwards, associate professor of film studies, at edwards2@oakland.edu by October 21 for more information and to register.

Saturday, October 24

10:30 a.m.
Tour Frances M. Moceri Scholars House
Virtual via Facebook Live
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Visit the former Cobblestone Manor Bed and Breakfast. This beautiful historic site has transformed into a unique living and learning community for Oakland University Honors College students thanks to an agreement between the Moceri family and OU. Register today!

4 p.m.
World Music Concert
Campus and Virtual
7 p.m.
Filmmaking Challenge End
Varner
7 p.m.
SPB Drive-in Movie: Hocus Pocus (Rain Date)
On Campus, Lot P37
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Hocus Pocus – Gather your coven and drive over to watch the hysterical classic movie about centuries old evil witches who are accidentally set loose on the unsuspecting city of Salem, Massachusetts. Rated PG. This is an in-person/socially distanced event. Registration is required. Alumni and friends register here. Student registration available through Grizz Orgs.

Sunday, October 25

4 p.m.
World Music Concert
Campus and Virtual
4 p.m.
Filmmaking Challenge Awards
Virtual
More info

Challenge films will be posted online so that the community can view the entries prior to the awards ceremony. Contact Kyle Edwards, associate professor of film studies, at EDWARDS2@OAKLAND.EDU for more information and to register.

General Information

Special thanks to the Oakland University Credit Union for their support of

Homecoming and Reunion Week!

We want to hear from you

Tell us a special memory you have from Oakland University, or how OU impacted your life. Nominate you or a friend’s story, and you could be highlighted in a future feature on oakland.edu/alumni. Learn more here.

Show your Golden Grizzlies pride

Connect with us on social media 

All week long we will have interactive contests on our social media channels. Watch online for information on:

  • Hidden Gem photos
  • Decorate your house or office contest
  • Pumpkin decorating contest

Check it out on Facebook and Instragram

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two women pointing to a sign on a door that says High Class Place
two young men shirtless, posing with arms around each other's shoulders
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three young adults around a table, talking
four men in Oakland University football uniforms, holding helmets
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