2016 has been a year to remember for Oakland University. We set the foundation for unlimited success in academic excellence, student engagement, scholarly research, and community partnerships that truly make a difference.
This has been a year filled with stories of both individual achievement and collaboration.
EYE RESEARCH GRANTAssociate Professor of Biomedical Sciences Andrew Goldberg earned a $1.5 million grant to improve our understanding of changes that occur during progressive retinal diseases.
HOCKEY CLUBOakland's American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III hockey club finished the 2015-16 season by winning the national championship and capturing the Vezina Cup.
CYBER SECURITYTo prepare graduates for futuristic security-related challenges, OU’s School of Engineering and Computer Science offered a master’s program in cyber security — the first in Michigan to do so.
CAMPUS MASTER PLANOU’s Board of Trustees approved the Campus Master Plan, which includes ideas for new places, spaces and connections that help to invigorate the living and learning environment.
HONORS COLLEGE MAKES HISTORYFor the first time in OU’s history, more than 400 Honors College freshmen arrived from in- and out-of- state, representing a 30% increase from fall 2015 to fall 2016.
OUT ON CAMPUSThe Out on Campus Initiative celebrates OU’s commitment to providing an inclusive and accepting campus. Inaugural events included transgender community educator Ryan Sallans discussing LGBTQIA issues.
FALL PHOTO CONTESTMore than 70 students entered their best #ThisIsOU fall photos for a chance to show off the beautiful campus and win OU gear. The winning photos were by Christian Kettenbeil and Holly Coleman.
STUDY ABROADStudents had the unique opportunity to use a drone to assist with mapping as they conducted archaeological excavations in Israel.
RADIO STATION BIRTHDAY88.3FM WXOU Radio celebrated their 50th Birthday Bash with local bands Flint Eastwood, George Morris and the Gypsy Chorus, and Alvvays.
OU EARNS GOLD STATUSThe Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency awarded OU “gold status” on its 2016-17 Veteran-Friendly Schools list, recognizing the University’s dedication to student veterans and dependents.
GOLDEN GRIZZLIESThe Golden Grizzlies and Detroit Titans basketball game saw a record O'rena crowd with 4,114 fans as OU clinched the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Tournament.
40 UNDER 40 WINNERAssistant Professor of Dance Ali Woerner, co-founder of the Take Root dance company, was named winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 class.
BOOST FOR BUSINESSCrestmark Bank gave OU business students $100,000 in scholarships while an anonymous donor funded a trip to NYC so business students could learn in the nation’s financial center.
AWARD-WINNING A CAPPELLAOU Gold Vibrations, the University’s premier a cappella group, took first place in their semifinals and represented the Great Lakes Region at finals in New York City.
HOMECOMING AND REUNION WEEKENDMore than 18,000 alumni, students, staff, faculty, donors and friends attended 60 events and campus opportunities during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.
MATILDA DODGE WILSON DAYThe Michigan House made November 4 Matilda Dodge Wilson Day in honor of OU's founder. Wilson was known for her leadership in the establishment and preservation of Oakland University.
TONY AWARD WINNEROU alumna Jayne Houdyshell won a 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her work in The Humans.
EDUCATING FUTURE DOCTORSHigh school students got an interactive look at the medical field during the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine’s summer camp.
PROJECT UPWARD BOUND’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARYOU’s longest running continual community outreach effort, Project Upward Bound celebrated 50 years of success and now serves 133 eligible participants per year.
TYLER OAKLEY VISITAuthor, activist and social media personality Tyler Oakley visited campus for a lecture and book signing. Oakley is a prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube and a social rights advocate.
FIRST FYAC GRADUATESThe first class of students who benefitted from OU’s First Year Advising Center (FYAC) graduated in the spring. First year retention for the 2012 cohort was up 8 percent from the previous year.
MODEL UN TEAMOU’s Model United Nations team won top honors at the Lake Erie International Model UN Conference, which included more than 200 students from 12 different schools.
APRIL FOOL’S DAYPre-finals de-stress event brought grizzly bear cubs to campus — or did it? OU got in the spirit for April Fool’s Day with this fun prank.