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Chiaoning Su
Friday, May 27, 2022

Oakland University has named Chiaoning Su as director of its Barry M. Klein Center for Culture and Globalization. 

Siyan Wong
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Oakland University will host a virtual talk by Chinese American painter Siyan Wong. The talk will be held via Zoom on Monday, May 23, from noon-1 p.m. Register for the event here. 

Honorary Degree Recipients
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

For outstanding achievements in their respective fields, Sarah Collins Rudolph, Steven Kahn and Dominic Moceri have been selected to receive honorary degrees from Oakland University. The recipients will be recognized at the university’s spring 2022 commencement ceremonies.  You can watch the live stream commencement ceremonies here.

Oakland University Campus
Monday, April 25, 2022

Oakland University has earned 2021 Tree Campus Higher Education recognition.

Laurie Hernandez
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The Oakland University Student Life Lecture Board will present “An Evening with Laurie Hernandez” on Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m., in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

Preacher Lawson
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Preacher Lawson will bring his stand-up comedy to Oakland University on Monday, April 4. This free, family-friendly event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to all OU students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families and friends. No tickets are necessary. 

Tai Verdes
Friday, March 25, 2022

Oakland University’s Student Program Board has announced its lineup for the 2022 SPB Spring Concert. On Sunday, April 3, 2022, SPB will be presenting Tai Verdes as the headlining act, Peach Tree Rascals as the direct support act and Gold Vibrations, OU’s premier a cappella group, as the opening act in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. 

OU students in Ghana
Thursday, March 10, 2022

SMTD Professors Mark Stone and Jeremy Barnett led a global arts study abroad trip to Ghana, West Africa during the recent winter break.

Mary Gallagher
Friday, March 04, 2022

For its 2022 Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs, Oakland University will welcome keynote speaker Dr. Mary Gallagher to campus on Wednesday, March 16. Dr. Gallagher will present her talk, “U.S.-China Relations: Now What?”, with a Q&A session to follow, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the ballroom of Meadow Brook Hall. 

Abraham Accords
Thursday, March 03, 2022

Join Oakland University’s Center for Civic Engagement and Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement for a conversation with two former U.S. Ambassadors about prospects for peace in the Middle East.

Pride Month 2021
Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Oakland University Pride Month, which celebrates OU's diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity, will kick off at noon on March 14th in Founders Ballroom C inside the Oakland Center with an Opening Ceremony and the 3rd Annual Tim Larrabee Memorial Lecture featuring comedian Brittany Ashley.

Grizz Den
Friday, February 11, 2022

Oakland University’s newest gaming destination, the Grizz Den (formerly the Bear Cave), officially opened on Thursday, Feb. 10 in the lower level of the Oakland Center.

Sense and Sensibility
Monday, February 07, 2022

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Sense and Sensibility from February 16-20 in Varner Studio Theatre on the OU campus.

Anthony Anderson
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

In light of the recent rise in coronavirus cases, organizers of Oakland University’s 30th annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration have added a livestream option for those who wish to attend the event virtually. The livestream is available on OU’s YouTube page. 

KOD Recipients
Wednesday, December 22, 2021

At its 30th annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration, Oakland University will recognize seven students for their efforts to break down stereotypes and promote racial and cultural understanding. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

UPDATE: Oakland University will continue remote delivery of classes through January 31. In light of the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus, most of Oakland University’s Winter 2022 courses, including hybrid and in-person classes, began in an online only format on Wednesday, January 5.

Monday, December 13, 2021

UPDATE: Due to adverse weather conditions, the start of the Saturday commencement ceremony will be delayed to 9:30 a.m.To honor this year’s summer and fall graduates, Oakland University will host in-person commencement ceremonies inside the Athletics Center O’rena on campus. 

Voter Engagement
Wednesday, December 08, 2021

At the 2021 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Oakland University received a Gold Seal for achieving a student rate between 70 percent and 79 percent in the 2020 elections.

Automotive Lighting Certificate
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Automotive lighting is important to vehicles. It is vital to safety and aids in the aesthetic appeal of many vehicles. The industry has changed from kerosene burning lamps to light emitting diodes, or LED lights, that are used in cars today.Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science and Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) have worked with automotive lighting companies to develop an Automotive Lighting Certification program, designed to introduce students, particularly those new to the industry, with a solid foundation in automotive lighting technology and the opportunity to interact with those already in the field.

2021 Fall Showcase
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Oakland Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Company will present their annual Fall Showcase from Thursday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 5 in the Varner Studio Theatre on the Oakland University campus.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Thursday, October 28, 2021

Musical Theatre at Oakland University makes a triumphant return to live performances this November in the Varner Studio Theatre with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!

Jaquain Sloan
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO), Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence, will present its second concert of the season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7 in Varner Recital Hall.

State of the University 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021

Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., delivered the 2021 State of the University Address on Thursday, Oct. 21 from the Founders Ballroom of the Oakland Center on the OU campus.

Picture a Scientist
Thursday, October 14, 2021

WISER (Women in Science, Engineering, and Research) at Oakland University will host an in-person screening of the documentary, “Picture a Scientist,” from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 in Founders Ballroom C in the Oakland Center.

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Oakland University’s Center for Civic Engagement, in partnership with the Oakland University Department of Athletics, will host a virtual panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14 about the changing landscape of college athletics with regard to “name, image and likeness” rules, expanded use of the transfer portal and other recent developments.

OU Veterans
Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Oakland University has once again earned the highest possible ranking for veteran-friendliness among the state’s higher education institutions. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) awarded Oakland gold-level status for its strong commitment to serving the educational needs of military-connected students. 

Tickets for The Holidays at Meadow Brook now on sale
Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Tickets for Meadow Brook Hall’s two dazzling holiday events—Holiday Walk and Winter Wonder Lights—are now on sale. By day, the beloved annual Holiday Walk transports visitors through the historic mansion decked in shimmering splendor, while Winter Wonder Lights transforms the estate at night into a breathtaking light show featuring music, concessions and magic.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Following a national search that began in late 2020, the university has appointed Bhavani Koneru as its next Chief Information Officer. She will join the campus community on Monday, October 18.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Passage, a gripping and enigmatic play by Chinese-American playwright Christopher Chen, on Oct. 7-10 and Oct. 14-17 in the Varner Studio Theatre on the OU campus.

CAIR host, students
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The CAIR Program (Creating American-International Relationships), formerly known as the Host Family Program, at Oakland University offers a unique opportunity for international students to be matched with OU faculty, staff and community families for friendship, conversation and cultural exchange.

Keeper of the Dream Graphic
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Applications are being accepted for Oakland University’s 2022 Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards. 

Peace Day Concert 2021
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Grab your chair or blanket and join Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 for an outdoor concert on the Varner Courtyard Stage with Kevin Locke and Spirits Rising in celebration of the International Day of Peace, Native American culture and indigenous knowledge systems.

Campus Kickoff
Thursday, August 26, 2021

For the past few weeks, Oakland University’s First Year Advising Center has hosted Campus Kickoff events to welcome new students to campus. The kickoffs are part of the students’ orientation experience and the first part where they are on campus, said Sara Webb, senior director of First Year Success. 

International Welcome Reception
Monday, August 23, 2021

Oakland University’s International Students and Scholars Office will host an annual International Welcome Reception from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3 outside in the tent located along the back side of Kresge Library between Elliott Tower and the Engineering Center.

How I Became A Pirate
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

From June 3-5, the Department of Theatre presented the children's musical How I Became a Pirate, based upon the well-known book written by Melinda Long with illustrations by David Shannon.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

A new agreement between Oakland University’s School of Nursing and Albion College, will benefit future students by facilitating the enrollment process of Albion students into the BSN Program at Oakland University School of Nursing. The agreement allows students to pursue a comprehensive education within the nursing field while offering maximum assurance of admissions and smooth transition of enrollment.

Rock and Enroll
Monday, July 26, 2021

Oakland University is excited to offer a new enrollment program, Rock and Enroll Day. The event will take place from 2-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the Oakland Center on OU’s Rochester campus. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Patience — a comic opera in two acts with music and libretto by Gilbert and Sullivan — from June 24-27 on the Varner Hall Courtyard Outdoor Stage as part of the “OU Outside the Box” performing arts festival.

2021 Summer Carillon Concert
Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a relaxing evening listening to the sounds of the carillon’s 49 fully-chromatic bells when the Six Fridays at 6 Summer Carillon Concert Series returns to the Oakland University campus beginning on Friday, July 9.

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Oakland University has joined with the Michigan Association of State Universities and other public state universities in Michigan to support the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge that was announced yesterday by the White House in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education.

How I Became a Pirate
Thursday, May 27, 2021

When you’re a pirate, you don’t have to eat vegetables or go to bed at all. You can talk rough, sword fight, and say “Arrrgh!” any time you want. It’s a perfect life…except that there is no one to tuck you in at night, give you kisses, or read stories to you. What’s a pirate to do?Find out when Oakland University’s Department of Theatre presents How I Became a Pirate, a children’s musical, from June 3-5 on the Varner Hall Courtyard Outdoor Stage.

Recreation Center
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

As part of an effort to help students achieve greater physical, mental and emotional well-being, OU’s Department of Recreation and Well-Being is offering continuing students free summer access to the Recreation Center on campus. 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Soak in the summer with a series of lively events and tours at Meadow Brook Hall. With the return of favorite events such as Yoga in the Garden and the Concert Series at Meadow Brook to an engaging collection of tours, there is much to experience at the National Historic Landmark, located on the campus of Oakland University.

Human Health Building
Monday, May 24, 2021

Oakland University’s Human Health Building has been selected as the winner of the 2021 Best of Rochester Award in the category of science by the Rochester Award Program.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Oakland University’s varsity Super Smash Bros. team finished their inaugural season with an impressive 63.64% winrate and a 21-12 record. As a result, they were ranked the #10 team in the country by the Collegiate Smash Brothers Circuit in their final Power Rankings Nationwide list.

OU Community Music Virtual Summer Camps
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

From Shakespeare on Zoom to the history of jazz, Oakland University Community Music’s virtual and in-person Summer Camps will offer something for everyone.