Year in Review 2016 - Oakland University

Oakland University

2016 Year in Review

Greetings from President George W. Hynd

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.

20,01220K+
Fall Enrollment
$86M
In Endowments
5
Horizon League Championships for the Golden Grizzlies
400+
Honors College Students, A New Record
270
Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs
106K+
Alumni with 72 Percent Living in Michigan
EYE RESEARCH GRANT
Associate 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 CLUB
Oakland'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 SECURITY
To 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 PLAN
OU’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 HISTORY
For 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 CAMPUS
The 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 CONTEST
More 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 ABROAD
Students had the unique opportunity to use a drone to assist with mapping as they conducted archaeological excavations in Israel.
RADIO STATION BIRTHDAY
88.3FM WXOU Radio celebrated their 50th Birthday Bash with local bands Flint Eastwood, George Morris and the Gypsy Chorus, and Alvvays.
OU EARNS GOLD STATUS
The 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 GRIZZLIES
The 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 WINNER
Assistant 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 BUSINESS
Crestmark 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 CAPPELLA
OU 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 WEEKEND
More than 18,000 alumni, students, staff, faculty, donors and friends attended 60 events and campus opportunities during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.
MATILDA DODGE WILSON DAY
The 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 WINNER
OU 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 DOCTORS
High 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 ANNIVERSARY
OU’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 VISIT
Author, 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 GRADUATES
The 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 TEAM
OU’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 DAY
Pre-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.

Most shared stories of 2016

#ThisIsOU Highlights

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Having a little fun on a 75 degree November afternoon.

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#ThisIsOU photo by Holly Coleman. Submit your fall photos by Nov 2.

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We're in the final hours before exams start tomorrow. You can do this. Take one last look over your notes, a deep breath, and rest up.

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A Golden Grizzly sunrise. by Christian Kettenbeil @ketinbile.

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It's been a great summer, but it sure looks nice seeing campus come back to life! Welcome back and welcome home, Golden Grizzlies!

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A latergram #ThisIsOU sunset by @brcarl.

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We're loving the new @golden_grizzlies spirit. Looking forward to seeing OU alumni on campus this weekend for Homecoming and Reunion weekend!

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What an exciting night to be a @golden_grizzlies fan! Congratulations to Kay Felder on his 54th pick/trade to the @cavs in the @nba draft.

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"I have been in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the past 2 weeks. I leave today, and it was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. – Melanie Blaszkowski, Senior, Psychology Major

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Congrats @golden_grizzlies men's basketball on a 108-97 win over the Detroit Titans! Next up: the Horizon League tournament on Monday, March 7 at Joe Louis Arena.

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It's a beautiful day here at OU! Happy Homecoming Golden Grizzlies!

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Students repping OU at the CN Tower, which celebrated its 40th anniversary yesterday! Thanks for sharing @krugzyo