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Center for Public Humanities
Monday, October 07, 2019


Oakland University and the College of Arts and Sciences are proud to announce the fall 2019 founding of a new Center for Public Humanities. It is considered the first humanities center in the state of Michigan focused exclusively on the public humanities. 


Beethoven concert series
Monday, October 07, 2019


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will celebrate the music, humanity and legacy of Ludwig van Beethoven by presenting his 32 sonatas in a 10-concert series starting Oct. 13, 2019 and ending on the composer’s 250th birthday on Dec. 20, 2020.


Antoni Porowski
Friday, October 04, 2019


The Student Life Lecture Board at Oakland University will present “An Evening with Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski” on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Oakland Center’s Founders Ballrooms.


Yoga
Thursday, October 03, 2019


Oakland University’s School of Nursing has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation for a community-wide event to offer free yoga classes on Tuesday, October 15, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the Recreation Center on Oakland’s campus. 


Urinetown
Thursday, October 03, 2019


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Urinetown — a Tony Award-winning musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself — from Oct. 10 through Oct. 20 in the Varner Studio Theatre in Varner Hall.


Michigan Dance Festival
Wednesday, October 02, 2019


On Saturday, Oct. 12, Oakland University and the Michigan Dance Council (MDC) will co-host the Michigan Dance Festival in Varner Hall on the OU campus.


Oakland University celebrates Disability Awareness Month
Monday, September 30, 2019


Disability Awareness Month at Oakland University will kick off at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the Gold Rooms at the Oakland Center with a Disability Awareness Workshop developed to provide an interactive experience for community members to learn about different disability areas.


Oakland Symphony Orchestra
Friday, September 27, 2019


The Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO), Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence, will present its first concert of the 2019-20 season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6 in Varner Hall.



Wednesday, September 25, 2019


The Graham Health Center is again leading the campus effort in providing flu shots to the Oakland University community in hopes for a healthier, happier upcoming flu season.“We have scheduled several flu clinics around campus this fall and also provide walk-in flu shots at the Graham Health Center Mondays through Fridays,” said Nancy Jansen, nurse practitioner and director of the Graham Health Center. “We appreciate the support of the Oakland University Credit Union and Alana’s Foundation for helping us fund more than 300 flu shots for students without insurance.”


Julliard String Quartet
Monday, September 23, 2019


The renowned Juilliard String Quartet will return to the Oakland University campus on Sunday, Sept. 29 as part of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit at Oakland University Series.


Stephanie Pizzo
Friday, September 20, 2019


Long before she became the new artistic director of Eisenhower Dance Detroit — a professional contemporary dance company based in Metro Detroit — Stephanie Pizzo discovered her passion for dance on the campus of Oakland University.


Lynnae Lehfeldt
Friday, September 20, 2019


Lynnae Lehfeldt, associate professor of theatre, recently completed her certification in the Linklater Voice Method. Linklater Designation is the most prestigious certification in the field of Stage Voice. Designated Linklater Voice Teachers (DLTs) teach at the most sought after programs in the country — Yale, Carnegie Mellon University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — and Lehfeldt has the distinction of being the only DLT in the state of Michigan.


GrizzHacks4 preview
Tuesday, September 17, 2019


From Sept. 28-29, Oakland University will host GrizzHacks 4, a 24-hour hackathon that provides an opportunity for students to create incredible hardware and software projects from the bottom up.



Thursday, September 12, 2019


The Nu Omega Chapter at Oakland University has been selected for one of Pi Sigma Alpha's (PSA) Best Chapter Awards for 2018-2019. This is the sixth year in a row that OU’s chapter has been recognized nationally as a best Chapter.


Oakland University partners with Lean Enterprise Institute to improve Lean education
Monday, September 09, 2019


Oakland University’s Pawley Lean Institute and its Industrial and Systems Engineering Department is collaborating with the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. (LEI) in Boston — founded by the father of the Lean movement, Dr. James Womack — to create new educational opportunities in Lean thinking and practice for OU students, as well as to improve existing ones.


Eye Research Stock Photo
Friday, September 06, 2019


Evangelos Gragoudas, M.D., who pioneered the use of proton therapy for the treatment of eye tumors, and photodynamic therapy for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, is the speaker for Oakland University’s 2019 Harding Lecture. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 27 in the Oakland Center Gold Rooms, with a reception starting at 11:30 a.m. and the lecture to follow at noon. 



Thursday, September 05, 2019


The Student Life Lecture Board at Oakland University will present “An Evening with Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown” on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Oakland Center’s Founders Ballrooms.


History Comes Alive 2019
Wednesday, September 04, 2019


Oakland University’s popular History Comes Alive lecture series, which offers a unique glimpse into the past by highlighting a variety of historic events — some serious, some not so serious — kicked off on Sept. 17, 2019 and will continue through March 18, 2020.


Honors College Freshmen Welcome 2019
Tuesday, September 03, 2019


For the seventh straight year, Oakland University’s Honors College has a record number of freshmen joining its ranks. 


Hillcrest Hall
Thursday, August 29, 2019


Hillcrest Hall, Oakland University’s newest student housing complex, has earned LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. 


Julliard String Quartet
Thursday, August 29, 2019


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance invites you to attend its 2019-20 performance season, which will feature more than 250 performances ranging from musical theatre to chamber music, opera to modern dance, band, choir and everything in between.


Campus Tour
Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Prospective and newly admitted students interested in learning about Oakland University’s programs, services and amenities have a wide range of opportunities, including campus tours, college readiness events, academic visit days, transfer student events, welcome receptions and more. 


Campus Student Organic Farm crowdfunding campaign
Monday, August 19, 2019


The Campus Student Organic Farm (CSOF) at Oakland University recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to expand their hoophouse, which will allow the CSOF to become even more sustainable in the future.


James and the Giant Peach
Tuesday, July 30, 2019


Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance presented James and the Giant Peach — directed by Lynnae Lehfeldt and based on Richard George’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale — on May 17, May 19, June 7 in Varner Recital Hall on the OU campus.


Amy Tully
Thursday, July 25, 2019


Growing up in a small town in North Carolina, Dr. Amy Tully, D.M.A., discovered her passion for the performing arts — a passion she hopes to share with Oakland University students, faculty and staff as the new director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance within the College of Arts and Sciences.


TreeRunner Adventure Park at OU
Monday, July 15, 2019


TreeRunner Adventure Park, which features more than 60 trails with zip lines and obstacles of varying levels of difficulty, officially opened on Friday, June 21 on the campus of Oakland University.


Take Root
Monday, July 15, 2019


Take Root, a contemporary dance company-in-residence at Oakland University will present an evening of movement and dance at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 2 at The Cube at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.


Johnny Pham
Tuesday, July 09, 2019


As part of an ongoing effort to provide an efficient and cost-effective transfer process, Oakland University has signed an additional articulation agreement with Macomb Community College. 


OU’s Summer Carillon Series returns July 5
Tuesday, June 18, 2019


Oakland University’s popular summer carillon concert series, which features carillonneurs from around the world, is now in full swing.


Robert Van Til
Monday, June 17, 2019


The efforts of Oakland University’s Industrial Systems and Engineering (ISE) Department to integrate Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) concepts, techniques and tools into its curriculum are highlighted in Product Lifecycle Management (Volume 4): The Case Studies — the latest book by Dr. John Stark, an internationally recognized expert on PLM.


OU DSS Peer-to-Peer program
Tuesday, June 11, 2019


This fall, Oakland University’s Disability Support Services, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, will be offering a special topics course through social work, sociology and psychology, which will provide an overview of disabilities — with a particular focus on autism spectrum disorders — as well as peer-mediated instruction.


IGVC at OU
Thursday, May 30, 2019


From June 7-10, Oakland University will host the 27th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC), which provides an opportunity for engineers and computer scientists from around the world to compete with their uniquely-designed autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (UGV).


OU FYAC wins NACADA award
Thursday, May 23, 2019


Oakland University’s First Year Advising Center has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award from NACADA, the global community for academic advising.


Clinton River Water Festival 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019


On Friday, May 17, around 1,200 fifth graders participated in Oakland University’s 13th annual Clinton River Water Festival. The students came from schools in the Clinton River Watershed community in Oakland County, and learned about the vital role that water and the Clinton River play within the region. 


Spring Awakening
Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Whether they’re taking the stage at Oakland University to perform with the OU Brass Band, touring with the children’s production of James and the Giant Peach, or studying abroad in Greece, students and alumni of OU’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will be busy rehearsing and performing this summer throughout the state and beyond.


Josh Young
Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Oakland University will welcome actor, singer and Tony Award nominated Broadway star Josh Young to campus this fall as he joins the faculty in the Department of Theatre in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.


Marvelous Wonderettes
Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Emily Hadick (BFA '18) recently performed in Meadow Brook Theatre’s production of Spitfire Grill, which ran through March 10. BroadwayWorld Detroit said Emily's "portrayal of the main character, Percy, was magnificent. Above all else, her voice is strong and is more than up to the task of tackling this demanding role” Hadick is also one of three OU theatre alumni in three of the four lead roles in Meadow Brook Theatre’s production of The Marvelous Wonderettes, which runs through May 19.


Anna Szala and Rania Bellaaj
Monday, April 15, 2019


Last August, Oakland University’s Department of Psychology welcomed Fulbright scholars Anna Szala and Rania Bellaaj to campus. 


2019 Googasian Awards
Thursday, April 04, 2019


In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of women at Oakland University, Stephanie J. Lee, administrative associate to the Provost, has been named the 2019 Phyllis Law Googasian Award winner.


Guilt by Innocence: Understanding Autism in the World of the Criminal Justice System
Thursday, April 04, 2019


Oakland University’s Department of Human Development and Child Studies, in collaboration with the Oakland University Center for Autism*, will present “Guilt by Innocence: Understanding Autism in the World of the Criminal Justice System” from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3 in the Golf and Learning Center Building at 464 Golf View Lane in Rochester.


Venkat Reddy and V. Everett Kinsey
Wednesday, April 03, 2019


Oakland University’s vision statement pledges to “unlock the potential of individuals and leave a lasting impact on the world through the transformative power of education and research.” 



Wednesday, April 03, 2019


For a seventh year, Oakland University is holding its Summer Career Camps for 14- to 18-year-old teens at the OU Anton/Frankel Center in Mount Clemens.The career camps are a unique pre-college experience to help motivated and ambitious college-bound teens choose a college major and future career.



Tuesday, April 02, 2019


The Oakland University community will gather in the Oakland Center Winter Garden at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 for a remembrance event honoring faculty, staff, retirees and students who passed away during the past year. RSVP’s are requested.



Monday, April 01, 2019


Oakland University's food service provider and partner, Chartwells, was inspired by The Ellen DeGeneres Show & Cheerios' mission to fill the world with good!


Andy Narell in St. Lucia
Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Oakland University’s Professional Artists Series Concert, Children’s Concert and World Music Concert will feature legendary steel-pan artist Andy Narell, who will be in residency at OU during the first week of April.



Monday, March 25, 2019


Oakland University is hosting a lecture by Annabelle Gurwitch, an author, humorist, popular television host and storyteller to help celebrate the launch of the university’s Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement. The event takes place on Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Oakland Center Founders Ballroom B.


OSO concert
Thursday, March 21, 2019


The Oakland Symphony Orchestra will present their final concert of the season at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 29 at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall.


Kwame Anthony Appiah
Tuesday, March 19, 2019


As part of its Richard J. Burke Lecture Series in Philosophy, Religion and Society, Oakland University will host a discussion on “The Lies That Bind,” with Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 in Banquet Rooms A and B in the Oakland Center.