Oakland University came alive over Labor Day weekend as University Housing welcomed students into the residence halls and student apartments. Rooms filled quickly as 2,250 students moved their belongings into their new homes with the help of 188 volunteers. Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce volunteers and community residents attended move-in day, welcoming students and passing out area business discounts and giveaways to students.
Welcome Week began with a splash on September 4 when more than 2,000 first-year students braved torrential rain for the inaugural Orientation Part Two. Students participated in academic open houses, a picnic lunch, New Student Convocation and a student activities fair. The new Human Health Building opened its doors and classes were held for the first time. Located on the northwest corner of campus, the Human Health Building houses the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences under one roof. It is the first higher education building in the state of Michigan to achieve a Platinum Level, LEED – certified building designation. More than 50 local businesses attended the Community Business Fair, offering discounts and giveaways to students in the Oakland Center.
Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are reminded to pack extra patience when traveling to campus and searching for parking. Enjoying its third year of operation, the Bear Bus shuttle program runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. along a route from Hamlin Hall, the Ann V. Nicholson Student Apartments, P-11, O'Dowd Hall, P-36, Dodge Hall, P-35, P-1 and the Human Health Building. The Bear Bus vans and shuttles are free for students, faculty and staff with a Grizzly ID.
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