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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. 

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. 

Health Sciences
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences is rolling out an accelerated program that enables students to earn a bachelor’s in Wellness and Health Promotion and a master’s in Public Health in just five years. 

Judy Didion and Suzanne Klein
Monday, September 23, 2019

Judy Didion, professor and dean of Oakland University’s School of Nursing, and C. Suzanne Klein, associate professor and director of OU’s Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership, have been named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2019 list of Notable Women in Education Leadership. Along with other honorees, Didion and Klein are featured in a special section of Crain’s September 23 online and print issue. 

OU delegation at the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Sino-Foreign (CCUT-OU 2+2) Joint Teaching Program
Friday, September 20, 2019

Oakland University leaders recently traveled to China to strengthen and expand partnerships at three STEM-focused universities. 

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.

Jon Carroll preparing to fly drone
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

This summer, Oakland University Professor Jon Carroll went to Africa to explore the role drones can play in combatting the spread of malaria. The project, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development, uses precision agriculture to support public health, environmental protection, food security and other efforts. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Oakland University Campus
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

As the fall semester approaches, Oakland University has received a record number of applications and is on pace to welcome its most academically talented freshman class. This year’s class of 2,717 freshmen holds an average GPA of 3.54 and an average SAT score of 1120. The university received applications from 14,858 freshmen and 3,427 transfers for a total of 18,285, the most applicants in OU’s history. 

Washtenaw Signing Ceremony
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Leaders from Oakland University and Washtenaw Community College have signed agreements that will help streamline the transfer process for students pursing bachelor’s degrees in business administration, applied health sciences and nursing. 

Nicolas Giallombardo
Thursday, August 08, 2019

Nicolas Giallombardo, a student in OU’s Master of Accounting Program, is one of only 207 students in the country to receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). 

Information Technology
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Oakland University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is ranked among the 25 best programs of its kind according to a recent survey by ValueColleges.com.

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.

BSN program
Friday, July 26, 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 Delta College. 

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.

Bible Translation at Lambeth Palace
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A group of Oakland University students immersed themselves in history this summer when they spent 10 days in England as part of a study abroad. The course, “Tudors of England,” focused on the lives of the highly influential family of monarchs who ruled England from 1485 to 1603. 

Open House
Thursday, July 11, 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 St. Clair County Community College. 

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. 

Richard Olawoyin
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

At its annual House of Delegates Meeting, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) presented Richard Olawoyin with the 2019 Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award for Professional Development – Technical Publication, Editor and Author. 

Wayne Thibodeau
Friday, June 21, 2019

OU’s Senior Director of Career Services, Wayne Thibodeau, recently received the Don Hunt Service Award from the Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance (MCEEA). 

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.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

De Witt S. Dykes, Jr., associate professor in the Department of History at Oakland University, has been selected as a 2019 Michigan Chronicle “Men of Excellence” award recipient. 

Shanna Dawson
Wednesday, June 05, 2019

From interacting with alumni to working on budgets, to updating web pages, Shanna Dawson does a little bit of everything in her role as an office assistant for the Office of Alumni Engagement at Oakland. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Study.com has published its 2019 rankings for the best Master of Science in Nursing programs in the country, and Oakland University came in at No. 44. 

SAT prep
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Oakland University’s Professional and Continuing Education program and School of Engineering and Computer Science are partnering to offer a one-week SAT Preparation Camp. 

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. 

Tenorio National Park
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Destiny Stock and Dylan Pattullo sample invertebrates in a stream in Carrara National Park. For Macy Jackson, studying abroad opens the door to experiences that simply aren’t possible within the U.S. The environmental science major was among a group of OU students who recently spent 10 days in Costa Rica for a class in tropical field ecology. 

man in a gray jacket smiling at the camera, standing in front of a poster presentation
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Adam LeRoy, of the OU/PSA Office presented at the 2019 AERA (American Education Research Association) conference on April 6, 2019 and April 8, 2019. The AERA conference is the largest research conference in North American.

three adults in business attire smiling at the camera, one person holding a framed certificate
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Office of Public School Academies hosted its annual Board appreciation dinner on April 30th. Board members and school administrators, along with SEHS Dean Jon Margerum-Leys, and Associate Dean Michael McDonald, and for the first time, PSA scholarship recipients, joined us to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the school year.

Jacob Corll
Friday, May 10, 2019

Jacob Corll, an Oakland University alum whose research led to the discovery of a master gene that regulates the expression of other genes involved in the development of corn kernels, was recently recognized as the co-first author of a manuscript published in The Plant Cell, a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Society of Plant Biologists.

Engineering Promise Scholarship
Thursday, May 09, 2019

Beginning with the fall 2019 incoming freshman class, OU’s School of Engineering and Computer Science will sponsor the new Engineering and Computer Science Academic Promise Scholarship. The scholarship will assist students with financial need, ensuring that all tuition and housing costs are covered, as well as provide opportunities for involvement within the School of Engineering and Computer Science. 

Oakland campus
Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Professor Shannon Flumerfelt was recently interviewed by Michigan Business Weekly in regards to her Lean work in developing a Lean Graduate Certificate at Oakland University.

Information Technology
Monday, May 06, 2019

Oakland University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology was ranked among the 25 best programs of its kind in country, according to a study by BachelorsDegreeCenter.org. 

Hunter Vaughan Book
Monday, April 29, 2019

In his new book, Oakland University film scholar Hunter Vaughan pulls back the curtain on what he calls “Hollywood’s dirtiest secret.” 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Kimberly Holka, DNP, MSN, MSA, RN, APHN-BC, CNE, full-time adjunct instructor and RN-BSN degree completion coordinator, has been awarded the 2019 Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award winner by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).

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. 

HOP-UP-PT with Dr. Sara Arena and Dr. Chris Wilson
Monday, April 15, 2019

Dr. Sara Arena and Dr. Chris Wilson, assistant professors of physical therapy at Oakland University, have created the Home-based Older Person Upstreaming Prevention Physical Therapy (HOP-UP-PT) program, which is designed to provide early preventative interventions to senior citizens at risk of being homebound by facilitating partnerships between community centers and local physical therapists.

Alex Johnston
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Alex Johnston was a freshman when he started as a clinical volunteer in the emergency department at a Detroit area hospital. After seeing several patients lose their life to heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, the now senior biology major says he grew curious about the events that lead to heart attacks and how to prevent them. 

Wilson and Human Relations Award recipients
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Each spring, the Oakland University Board of Trustees takes time to recognize three senior students for distinguishing themselves as outstanding scholars and leaders on campus and in the community. 

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.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and Behavioral Endocrinology, just published by the Oxford University Press, is edited by Oakland University’s Associate Professor of Psychology, Lisa L.M. Welling, Ph.D., and Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology Todd K. Shackelford, Ph.D.

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.” 

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.

Elizabeth Allan
Monday, March 25, 2019

Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D., associate professor of writing and rhetoric, is among a distinct group of scholars whose work will be showcased in the 2019 Best of the Journals in Writing and Rhetoric. 

Marguerite Mahler
Friday, March 22, 2019

More than 40 years ago, Marguerite Mahler was reading the Detroit Free Press when she noticed an article about a new legal assistant program starting at Oakland University. The 40-something wife and mother had left a career in laboratory science to raise her family and was looking to re-enter the workforce. 

Daniel J. Goble balance testing with student assistant
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A new study by Daniel J. Goble, Ph.D., associate professor of exercise science, has been published in the Journal of Athletic Training. The study examined more than 10,000 male and female athletes, ages 8 to 21, to provide normative data for the BTrackS Balance Test (BBT), a tool that Dr. Goble invented for concussion balance testing.