Rochester-opoly Now Available, Just in Time for the Holidays

This holiday season the places of Rochester will be spaces on a customized board game, Rochester-opoly. The game will feature all of the fun and memorable places in our community, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, Oakland University, Rochester Hills Public Library and many more. The game was created by Lynne Vettraino, a local entrepreneur, after she was inspired by a similar game in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, “While visiting my hometown, I saw a custom city-based ‘opoly’ game and was … [Read more...]

Best Buyer in Michigan is from Oakland County

Oakland County employee Joan Daniels is Michigan’s Buyer of the Year, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. The Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association (MPPOA) bestowed the honor upon Daniels, who is a buyer for Oakland County Compliance Office Purchasing Unit, at its annual conference earlier this month. "Oakland County has an outstanding reputation for transparency and open bidding when it comes to implementing purchasing contracts," Patterson said. "We’ve earned … [Read more...]

OU Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative

Oakland University Selected as Inaugural Participant in Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative Oakland University was awarded a $20,000 grant as part of the American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), a $3.6 million multi-year program intended to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. Oakland is one of the first 20 colleges and universities to receive a … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Tyranny Rules in Oakland University’s ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’

You are probably familiar with the saying (or the country song by Tracy Byrd), ‘If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.’ And make no mistake, Bernarda Alba (Stefanie Sambrano) is one unhappy woman. The House of Bernarda Alba is set in 1936 in a small Spanish mountain town, and opens on the day Bernarda is dealing with her second husband’s funeral. Mourning his loss would explain Bernarda’s dour mood, but we quickly learn she also has contempt for her village and the people in it. However, … [Read more...]

Oakland University Theatre Explores Death, Fate, and Freedom with The House of Bernarda Alba

At 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, the theatre program at Oakland University will continue its performance season with a chilling twentieth century masterpiece, The House of Bernarda Alba, by Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca. As the play begins, Bernarda’s second husband has died. She has imposed an eight year mourning period on her five daughters and forbidden them even to leave the house. Angustias, Magdalena, Amelia, Martirio and Adela grow ever more resentful of their mother’s … [Read more...]

Oakland Symphony Orchestra Performance Features 20th-Century Favorites

At 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, the Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO), Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence, will give the second of its two fall 2016 concerts. The orchestra will feature a program of 20th-century music, including the Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein; Sea Blue Circuitry by Mason Bates; Suite from The Tenderland by Aaron Copland; and Piano Concerto in F by George Gershwin with piano soloist Dr I-Chen Yeh. The OSO has a proud tradition of excellence … [Read more...]

OU Professors Share $5 Million to Promote STEM Education

Oakland University to Promote STEM-related Education, Careers with $5 million NSF Grant Oakland University is among seven institutions selected by the National Science Foundation to receive $5 million in grant funds over the next five years as part of a collaborative research project designed to encourage low-income students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields. “The idea is that a lot of people who have financial hardships … [Read more...]

Chief Information Security Officer Receives Top IT Award

Oakland County’s CISO Captures Top IT Award Oakland County’s Chief Information Security Officer Chris Burrows is Michigan’s IT Professional of the Year, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. That’s according to Michigan Government Management Information Sciences (MI-GMIS) who bestowed the award on Burrows. The award recognizes outstanding individuals who advance and support the use of technology within government to improve efficiency and customer service. "Oakland County … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Oakland University Delivers Adventure and Amusement with ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’

Outside, the leaves are changing and there’s a hint of winter whispering in the winds. But inside the Varner Studio Theatre on Sunday, the air was charged with passion and heroism as the Oakland University Music, Theatre and Dance Department presented their first production of the 2016-2017 season, The Scarlet Pimpernel. Set against the backdrop of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution, the play is based on the 1905 novel written by Baroness Emma Orczy. It features music by … [Read more...]

Oakland University Theatre Program brings The Scarlet Pimpernel to the Stage

The theatre program at Oakland University has opened its performance season with the musical The Scarlet Pimpernel, a powerful and passionate story of love and heroism, with music by Frank Wildhorn, book and lyrics by Nan Knighton, all based on the novel by Baroness Orczy. The Scarlet Pimpernel is set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. Hero Sir Percy Blakeney and his league of English aristocrats have created a secret society, which is engaged in … [Read more...]