Oakland Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off 2015-2016 Season Oct. 4

Orchestra Hall performance of Morten Lauridsen's compositions by OU Symphony Orchestra

The Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO), Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence, will open its 2015-2016 season with a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 in Varner Recital Hall. Under the direction of Dr. Gregory Cunningham, the orchestra provides an opportunity for some of the music program’s finest student musicians to play alongside faculty members and other professional musicians. The OSO offers excellent performances of the finest symphonic repertoire. At the October concert, … [Read more...]

Oakland University Presents Chamber Opera ‘Pat and Emilia’ Sept. 25

Pat Emilia

Join the music program at Oakland University on Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. as they host a performance of the inventive and provocative mixed-media chamber opera “Pat and Emilia,” which is based on the lives of two Windsor, Ontario artists – portrait photographer Pat Sturn (1910-2011) and opera singer Emilia Cundari (1930-2005). Creative director Tara Sievers-Hunt, who is assistant professor of music at Marygrove College and a doctoral candidate at OU said, “Like the complex layers of … [Read more...]

Last Call to Enter 8th Annual HealthPlus Brooksie Way Races

Runners and walkers aiming to take part in the eighth annual HealthPlus Brooksie Way races had better kick it in gear because time is running short. The HealthPlus Brooksie Way Half Marathon begins Sunday, Sept. 27, morning at 8 a.m. at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University. Online registration ends Thursday at noon. Final registration is available in person on Friday from 3 - 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the HealthPlus Brooksie Way Health Fitness … [Read more...]

Pontiac’s St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Named Medical Main Street’s INNO-VATOR of the Year

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital was named Medical Main Street’s 2015 INNO-VATOR of the Year for its Intelligent Care System, a suite of 11 technology solutions integrated to create a safer patient environment as well as improve efficiency of the clinical staff. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson made the announcement Wednesday during Medical Main Street’s INNO-VENTION reception, presented by Oakland University. The event was held at Petruzzello’s Banquet Hall in … [Read more...]

Lansing Wants Oakland University President to Explain Tuition Hike

Months before students returned to Oakland University for the fall semester, it was announced that tuition for the 2015-2016 school year would increase... a lot. In fact OU's tuition increase of 8.48 percent was the biggest hike in Michigan. Now, officials in Lansing would like OU president George Hynd to explain why such a large increase was justified. At the time the increase was announced, Hynd said it was because OU's tuition was "below market value." Eastern Michigan University was … [Read more...]

Angela Cheng Headlines First Chamber Music Society of Detroit at Oakland University Series Recital

Angela Cheng, piano

The first recital of the 2015-2016 Chamber Music Society of Detroit at Oakland University series will feature pianist Angela Cheng, who takes the stage at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20 in OU's Varner Recital Hall. Selections performed by Cheng include: Haydn’s Sonata No. 60 in C major,Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 2 in D minor, and three works by Chopin: the Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61, and Ballade Nos. 1 in G minor and 4 in F minor. Cheng was a Gold Medalist of the Arthur Rubinstein … [Read more...]

Rochester Rotary Invites Oakland University Students to Put “Service Above Self” by Joining Rotaract

OU students encouraged to learn more about Rotaract at GrizzFest on Thursday, Sept. 10  Rochester Rotary, a member club of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, invites college students ages 18-30 from Oakland University (OU) to join Rotaract, Rotary International’s service club for young adults. OU’s Rotoract Club will be participating in GrizzFest, an … [Read more...]

OU Professor, Alumnus Among Diverse Class of 2015 Kresge Artist Fellows

2015 Kresge Artist Fellows (Davison and Chapman back row, first and second from left)
Photo provided by the Kresge Foundation

Oakland University English professor Jeffrey Chapman and alumnus Kahn Santori Davison are among 18 Metro Detroiters to receive a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellowship from the Troy-based Kresge Foundation. The $25,000 awards highlight an array of disciplines in the literary and visual arts. Dr. Chapman, who teaches creative writing courses at OU, was recognized as a literary arts fellow for his fiction and graphic novels. Appearing in publications throughout the country, his stories and comics … [Read more...]

World Cup Watch Party Scores Big

Soccer Clinics were part of the fun at the FIFA Watch Party - photo by Michael Dwyer

FIFA Women's World Cup Watch Party Hosted by the City of Rochester Hills and Mayor Bryan K. Barnett, this is a first for the type of an event. It took place Tuesday evening at the RARA Indoor Soccer Field in Downtown Rochester.     Magic Soccer provided a free soccer clinic and Oakland University's The Grizz was entertaining the kids and getting in a lot of photos. Food, drink and a large ten-foot-projection screen made watching the US Women's Team beat the … [Read more...]

Loved Ones Prepare to Say Goodbye to Jogger Killed on Oakland University Campus

Perry Badia, 54, of Rochester Hills
Photo courtesy of Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons

Last week Rochester Hills resident Perry Badia was struck while jogging on Oakland University"s campus and later died from his injuries. Later this week, friends and family will gather to pay their respects and say goodbye. According to officials, Badia"s death has been ruled accidental, but the investigation is still ongoing. Read the full story on The Macomb Daily. … [Read more...]