|Motto||Seguir virtute e canoscenza (Italian)|
|Motto in English||Seek virtue and knowledge|
|President||Betty Youngblood (interim)|
|Students||20,169 (Fall 2013) |
|Undergraduates||16,594 (Fall 2013) |
|Postgraduates||3,575 (Fall 2013) |
|Location||Campus is in Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, Mailing address: 2200 N Squirrel Rd, Rochester, Michigan 48309, US|
Oakland University (OU) is a public university co-founded by Matilda Dodge Wilson and John A. Hannah whose 1,500-acre (6.1 km2) campus is located in central Oakland County, Michigan, United States in the cities of Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills. This can be confusing because OU's mailing address is in the nearby but not adjacent City of Rochester, Michigan. It is the only major research university in Oakland County, from which OU derives its name. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified OU as a Doctoral Research University.
Oakland University was initially under the banner of Michigan State University. Michigan State University–Oakland, or MSU-O as it was called, opened in 1959 with 570 students and three buildings. In 1963, MSU-O became known as Oakland University.
Oakland University was created in 1957 when Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile magnate John Francis Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson, donated their 1,500-acre (6.1 km2) estate to Michigan State University, including Meadow Brook Hall, Sunset Terrace and all the estate's other buildings and collections, along with $2 million. Main campus buildings were completed on Squirrel Road in Pontiac Township (now the city of Auburn Hills). Originally known as Michigan State University–Oakland, the university enrolled its first students in 1959 and was renamed Oakland University in 1963. The university has been officially independent since 1970. Wilson asked U.S. Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield to let the university use a Rochester, Michigan mailing address (2200 N Squirrel Rd, Rochester, Michigan 48309), even though the main part of the campus was in Pontiac Township (now the city of Auburn Hills). After Wilson reminded him that she had contributed to his administration, Summerfield granted her request. Rochester is five miles (8 km) and two cities away from the main campus buildings.
During the 2012 Republican presidential primaries, Oakland University hosted a debate between Republican presidential candidates on November 9, 2011. CNBC televised the debate nationally, and the Michigan Republican Party co-sponsored the debate with CNBC. Eight candidates participated: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum.
Recent News and Developments
On February 12, 2013, the Oakland University Board of Trustees approved a $65 million investment in campus expansion and improvement projects. Scheduled for completion by the fall of 2014, projects included are: construction of a nearly $30 million student housing complex; dramatic enhancement of outdoor recreation and athletic fields; construction of a 1,240-space parking structure, and; construction of new headquarters for facility and grounds maintenance operations.
The current interim president of the university is Betty J. Youngblood. She replaced Dr. Gary Russi, who retired in August 2013. Russi had replaced Dr. Sandra Packard on an interim basis in 1995 and was appointed president by the Board of Trustees in 1996. Russi's retirement was announced in June 2013, on the same day his wife, Oakland head woman's basketball coach Beckie Francis, was fired.  In May 2013, James Lentini was named as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
For the Fall 2013 semester, OU had an enrollment of 20,169 students. OU is the 12th largest college or university in Michigan, 8th largest of 4-year universities. (Based on 2012 enrollement of 19,740)
Oakland University's motto is Seguir virtute e canoscenza ("Seek virtue and knowledge"). It is a quotation from Dante's Inferno, Canto XXVI, 1. 120. These are the final words of Ulysses' speech to his men urging them to sail on in pursuit of knowledge and experience of the world – even beyond the pillars of Hercules, traditionally the frontier and limit of legitimate exploration.
The three-line stanza:
Considerate la vostra semenza
Fatti non foste a viver come bruti
Ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza.
Consider your birth
You were not made to live like brutes
But to follow virtue and wisdom.
Oakland University offers 139 bachelor's degree programs and 127 graduate programs (professional certificates, masters degrees, and doctoral degrees). The main academic units of the university are the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the School of Education and Human Services, the School of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Health Sciences, and the School of Nursing. Additionally, OU supports an Honors College and various study abroad programs.
The Oakland University – Beaumont Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Program began in 1991 as a collaborative initiative to address the nurse anesthesia shortage and provide an exceptional educational environment for training Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Authority for the program is shared between Oakland University and Beaumont Health System. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked the program tied for 17th in the nation.
Oakland University's School of Business Administration (SBA) is one of only 170 business schools – out of 8,000 worldwide – to hold the elite AACSB-International accreditation in both business and accounting, and also offers Michigan's only Executive MBA program with concentrations in Health Care and IS Leadership. In 2009, the SBA celebrated its 40th anniversary.
In 2008, Oakland University officials announced that the Thomas M. Cooley Law School-Auburn Hills campus has become the exclusive educational law school of Oakland University, and that Oakland University is now the exclusive education partner university of Cooley Law School's Auburn Hills campus.
In 2007, plans were established to start a medical school on the OU campus in partnership with William Beaumont Hospital called the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB or OUWBSM) came to fruition. The medical school was founded in 2008 with classes starting in Fall of 2011. OUWBSM is the fourth medical school in the state of Michigan to offer the M.D. degree, received over 3,200 applications for the inaugural class of 50 students. OUWBSM has 225 students as of Fall 2013 and 500 are planned by 2017. The founding dean of the Medical School is Robert Folberg, M.D.
As part of its research mission, OU also supports a number of major research centers and institutes, including the Center for Biomedical Research, the Center for Robotics and Advanced Automation, the Fastening and Joining Research Institute, the Human Systems Initiative, and the renowned Eye Research Institute. Furthermore, OU's Smart Zone Business Incubator (OU INC) provides entrepreneurial resources and expertise to support and foster new technology-based and life science businesses.
Research institutes and centers
OU is home to major research institutes and centers addressing a broad range of interests and industries, including biomedical, public affairs, technology, engineering, education, international studies, and more.
- Center for Applied Research in Musical Understanding
- Center for Biomedical Research
- Center for Creative and Collaborative Computing
- Center for Integrated Business Research and Education (CIBRE)
- Center for Robotics and Advanced Automation
- Eye Research Institute
- Fastening and Joining Research Institute
- Lowry Center for Early Childhood Education
- Nanotech Research & Development Institute
- OU Center for Autism Research, Education and Support (OUCARES)
- Pawley Learning Institute
- Product Development and Manufacturing Center
- Public Affairs Research Laboratory
Culture and the arts
Oakland University is home to Meadow Brook Hall, which is a 110-room Tudor revival–style mansion completed in 1929 as OU founder Matilda Dodge Wilson's Oakland County estate, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Meadow Brook Hall is the fourth-largest historic house museum in the United States, and houses a vast collection of historically significant art and furniture, including paintings by Rembrandt, Anthony van Dyck, Rosa Bonheur, Gilbert Stuart, Joshua Reynolds, John Constable, and Thomas Gainsborough, as well as sculptures by Antoine-Louis Barye, Frederic Remington, Cyrus Edwin Dallin, and Herbert Haseltine. Meadow Brook Hall is frequently utilized by the OU community as a site for select university functions, including the popular student event the Meadow Brook Ball. Until 2010, Meadow Brook Hall and its grounds were the site of the annual Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance, one of the largest collector car shows in the world.
OU's campus is home to the Meadow Brook Music Festival, an outdoor entertainment venue with an on-site pavilion, which accommodates close to 8,000 people. In addition to being the site of spring-time graduation ceremonies, Meadow Brook Music Festival also hosts comedians and musical acts. Meadow Brook Music Festival is managed by Palace Sports and Entertainment.
Meadow Brook Theatre, which was founded at OU in 1967, is the largest non-profit professional theater in Michigan, and presents a wide variety of award-winning productions throughout the year. Additionally, the Oakland University Art Gallery, which was formerly known as the Meadow Brook Art Gallery, presents at least six different exhibitions each academic year, in addition to hosting a variety of lectures, performances and symposia.
Campus and community
In addition to its location in the cities of Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, Oakland University maintains an official hometown relationship with the nearby but not adjacent city of Rochester, Michigan. University and city officials signed a partnership agreement in 2003 to officially recognize the relationship between Rochester and OU. In 1959, Rochester Village (now city) officials renamed the one mile long Fifth Street in downtown Rochester "University Drive" to showcase Rochester as a "college town". The road is called Walton Boulevard adjacent to the University in Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills. This is often confused with University Drive in Auburn Hills, which originates at OU's main entrance in Auburn Hills, and continues west into downtown Pontiac. In 2005, the Rochester area was ranked 39th in the CNN/Money Magazine list of the Top 100 American cities in which to live
OU's campus, which encompasses 1,500 acres (6.1 km2), includes trails and biking paths and two nationally-ranked golf courses. In 2009, an 18-hole disc golf course opened. Grizzly Oaks was co-designed by student Jarrett Schlaff and licensed by the Professional Disc Golf Association.
Although many of Oakland's students commute from surrounding areas, there are more than 2,000 who live on campus in a variety of residence halls, student townhouses, and university apartments. The residence halls include Fitzgerald House, Hill House, Hamlin Hall, Van Wagoner House, and the East and West Towers of Vandenberg Hall. Residential learning communities on OU's campus include Scholars Tower and the Residential Honors College community. Eight additional buildings make up the Matthews Court student townhouses, and six major Tudor-style buildings house the University Student Apartments, which were completed in 2002.
The campus also offers recreational facilities for intramural sports and for OU's 16 NCAA Division I athletic teams, including the lighted Upper Athletic Fields, the indoor Sports Dome, fields for varsity baseball, softball, and soccer, facilities for basketball, handball, track and weight training. The campus Recreation Center houses OU's state-of-the-art natatorium, and the Athletics Center O'rena, a 4,000-seat field house, is the home court for OU basketball and volleyball.
OU's student union, the Oakland Center, was renovated and expanded in 2003. The Oakland Center houses the offices of student organizations, a large food court with multiple restaurants, the student bookstore, a cafe, a pool hall and gaming center, a Student Technology Center, the campus newspaper The Oakland Post, computer labs, conference rooms, as well as the offices of the university radio station, WXOU (88.3 FM). OU also has its own television station (OU TV) which is broadcast on-campus and to the local community. Campus life is enhanced by more than 200 registered student organizations, ranging from cultural and religious groups to Greek organizations. Fraternities represented at OU include Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Pi, Theta Chi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Phi Alpha and Iota Phi Theta. Sororities include Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Sigma Tau, Gamma Phi Beta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho. The so-called Cottage District of campus, which consists of homes originally built for workers employed at the old Meadow Brook Estate, now contains fraternity and sorority houses. Only one(Theta Chi) has an official chapter house off-campus. Additionally, the university owns an adjoining tract of land to the east of the main university campus, which was developed into a neighborhood in which many OU faculty members currently live.
In 2009, OU created a bicycle sharing system called OU Bike Share. The program was started with 30 bicycles available for use free of charge on the honor system. The bicycles are labeled with a yellow "OU Bike Share" band. As of 2013, the bike share program is no longer in effect.
In September 2009, tenured faculty members represented by the OU chapter of the AAUP went on strike. Issues of contention included the University claiming ownership of professors' copyrights and patents and refusing to allow faculty input into matters of class size and curricula, reduction of health benefits, and a three-year freeze of salaries (particularly since the university president, Gary Russi, had just received a $100,000 raise). The University Board of Trustees maintained that the strike was illegal and filed a lawsuit against the Oakland AAUP. After a week's strike, the faculty and administration came to a tentative agreement on a three-year contract, which was implemented.
In January 2012, 56 year-old student Joseph Corlett was suspended for a year from Oakland University after writing his "Daybook" assignment in his English 380 Advanced Critical Writing class. Professor Pamela Mitzelfeld felt unsafe about the student being in her class and asked for all assignments be turned in through an intermediary. Mitzelfeld then contacted her colleagues by saying, "Due to our recent discovery that Joseph Corlett has made his gun obsession obvious to other colleagues and has managed to make himself known in negative ways to so many other females on campus, I am feeling increasingly uncomfortable and unsafe." Corlett is "persona non grata" (person not wanted) on campus, must undergo psychological counseling before re-admittance, and will remain on probation as long as he is enrolled.
On March 15, 2013, Joseph Corlett filed a 2.2 million dollar federal lawsuit against Oakland University alleging violations of his 1st and 14th Amendment rights under the United States Constitution.
Previously known as the "Pioneers", their teams are now known as the "Golden Grizzlies".
Oakland University has in the past been used as a training camp for the Detroit Lions.
Oakland University's men's soccer team became the first Oakland team to move past the first round of their sport's respective NCAA tournament in 2007.
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