OU’s World Music, Latin Jazz Concerts to Feature Renowned Violinist Regina Carter

Renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter will be performing as a special guest on Friday, November 30 during the World Music Concert and Saturday, December 1 during the Latin Jazz Concert in Varner Recital Hall on the Oakland University (OU) campus. “When I was a student at OU, the big band director, Marvin ‘Doc’ Holladay, brought in guest musicians including Marcus Belgrave, Lyman Woodard, Ken Cox and Wendell Harrison, to work and perform with us,” said Carter, Oakland University’s … [Read more...]

11th Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference

The 11th Annual Rochester Writers' Conference Returns to OU “The Writers’ Life” is the theme for Rochester Writers’ annual fall event held on Saturday, October 20, at Oakland University. Presentations Include: What’s My Genre? Memoir Writing – Freeing Your Personal Mythology The Independent Middle-Grade Author Author Readings – How to Prepare and Execute a Reading of Your Own Work Audio Book Publication Magazine Editor Panel What to do BEFORE Publishing Your Book … [Read more...]

Uncover a Daring Escape from ISIS at the Rochester Hills Public Library

The Rochester Hills Public Library is honored to welcome Oakland University Professor Dunya Mikhail to share her harrowing stories of several woman who managed to escape from the clutches of Daesh (ISIS), as detailed in her new critically-acclaimed book The Beekeeper, on October 11. Mikhail, an award winning poet and writer and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, extensively interviewed the women featured in The Beekeeper. These women, some of whom lost their families, were sold and physically … [Read more...]

Pamela Jones Appointed Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education

Rochester Community Schools (RCS) welcomes Pamela Jones, Ph.D., assistant superintendent for elementary education, equity, and inclusion. In this role, Dr. Jones oversees the curriculum, instructional services, and evaluation for 13 elementary schools, including the learning consultant and early literacy programs. She also provides instructional leadership for the faculty, and directs the district’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. “I am honored to have the opportunity to … [Read more...]

Mayor Bryan Barnett Invited to White House Ceremony

Rochester Hills Attends Signing of Executive Order Supporting the American Worker Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett was the only Mayor invited to the signing of an Executive Order establishing the President’s National Council for the American Worker on Thursday, June 19, at The White House. The Executive Order signed by President Trump is designed to provide a forum for the development of a national strategy to address urgent workforce issues. It is specifically intended to raise awareness … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Names Betsy Raczkowski as New Youth Services Manager

The Rochester Hills Public Library announced the appointment of Betsy Raczowski, to Youth Services Manager. Raczowski was most recently a youth services librarian for RHPL. As manager, Raczowski succeeds, Claire Lopiccolo, who accepted a position as Romeo District Library’s director.  “As a youth services librarian for over eight years, Betsy is perfectly positioned to lead our library’s youth department. Her experience managing major events like the summer reading kickoff party coupled … [Read more...]

New Actor’s Dressing Room Brings Big Cast for Groundbreaking

Donors Gather at Meadow Brook Theatre for Groundbreaking Ceremony Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) staff and key supporters gathered last week, on the campus of Oakland University, to break ground on a new actor's dressing room. The group included the theatre's Managing Director, Cheryl Marshall; Artistic Director, Travis Walter; Board President, Thom Foxlee; and members of the Meadow Brook Theatre Guild. Leading the groundbreaking was theatre-supporter Peggy Philippi, along with her father, … [Read more...]

Oakland University Alumni Association Appoints Bryan K. Barnett as Board Chair

Rochester Hills Mayor Adds Board Chair of Oakland University Alumni Association (OUAA) to his Plate The Oakland University (OU) Alumni Association Board voted at its most recent meeting to elect Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett as its chairperson for the next two years. As chair, Barnett work will with the Alumni Association to set the agenda for alumni engagement and outreach for the organization. Barnett graduated from Oakland University’s School of Business with a degree in … [Read more...]

Come see what ‘The Three Little Pigs’ are up to in this delightful musical at Oakland University

With music by George Stiles and book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, the award-winning writers of the international smash hits Mary Poppins and HONK!, comes a musical twist on a classic fairy tale. In this novel retelling, the three little pigs become world-renowned celebrities out of reach of a misunderstood wolf who just wants to have them for dinner. Appealing to audiences aged three years and up, and celebrating togetherness, this is an endearing musical filled with catchy songs and jokes … [Read more...]

Swing into Spring with The All Night Strut! at Meadow Brook Theatre

The All Night Strut! takes audiences down memory lane with songs from the Great Depression through the post-World War II boom years. With familiar tunes like “As Time Goes By,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo” everyone will be tapping their toes as they explore this musical time capsule. The All Night Strut! was conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Fran Charnas. It runs April 25 through May 20 at Meadow Brook Theater (MBT) on the campus of Oakland University … [Read more...]