Monthly Archives: August 2012

Putting the finishing touches on the Human Health Building

The construction team is working to finish the move into the new Human Health Building, scheduled for completion Sept. 21. Home to both nursing and physical therapy, the new, eco-friendly facility provides more resources for students.

“Health science and physical therapy are big programs in high demand,” said Colette O’Connor, officer of development. “For schools to grow, they need space and facility for students. In such a growing field that provides high employment, there is a clear urgency of educating the students.”

Costs for the building and equipment were estimated at more than $60 million, according to Gary Moore, associate dean of nursing and Cheryl McPherson, assistant dean of finance.

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Meadow Brook Falls into style with La Femme Fashion Show

A night of fashion, makeovers and hors d’oeuvres provided a preview of fall fashion in the Meadow Brook Hall garden Thursday Sept. 23.
The show featured clothing from 10 retailers of the Village of Rochester Hills, said Shelleen McHale, director of marketing, La Femme Fashion show, named after the pink Dodge car designed for women brought out an array of pastels, patterns and jackets that can be worn into fall for a fashionable season transition.

Skirts and dresses were plentiful at the show, with a combination of short and long lengths. Casually dressy styles will also be popular for fall, with retailers pairing everything from blazers and classy cardigans with jeans and flats.

“My favorite part of the fashion show was walking the runway and modeling the Buckle outfit,” OU junior and model Brittany Osmialowski said. “I love the burnt orange color, it’s great for fall. And the sequins just make an outfit pop.”

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Local man recognized for Community Service with Jefferson National Award


Courtesy of Nationwide

After years of community service around the Rochester area, Timothy E. Crawford, Rochester resident and Nationwide insurance agent, was honored with a Jefferson National Award for Community service in June.

“It was a total surprise to receive the award,” Crawford said. “Hundreds of people were speaking about the phenomenal work they did for their communities. It’s an honor.”

The Jefferson Award is considered the “Nobel Prize” of public service. Crawford was one of two people chosen from over 250 submissions, according to a press release by Nationwide.

Created four years ago, the award is presented at local and national levels, according to Frank McIntosh, chief operating officer and managing director for the awards. With a tie to Thomas Jefferson, the goal of the awards is to get more people involved in community service by recognizing the good deeds of Americans helping others.

“Timothy is quite an extraordinary man,” McIntosh said. “He’s a hero. He doesn’t care about recognition. (He is a) great American who cares about fellow citizens.”

Crawford moved to Rochester 20 years ago from Westerville, Ohio to open up a Nationwide branch office in Michigan. Enjoying downtown’s charm and sense of community pride, he began participating in community service for downtown Rochester and throughout the area.

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Women’s Leadership Luncheon to be Held at Meadow Brook Hall

Women’s Leadership Luncheon featuring Auburn Hills Councilwoman Anne Doyle will take place Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. at Meadow Brook Hall.

The Auburn Hills City Chamber hosts many events in collaboration with the lead sponsor of the event, Oakland University. Events in the area often involve the school because it is a vital part of the city, according to City Manager Peter Auger.

“As a business (OU) employs at lot of people; as an educational institution it educates thousands of students a year to be a productive part of our community,” Auger said. “A very high rate of OU students stay in our region to build their robust careers and raise their families in a safe, amazing area.”

A day of food, networking and a presentation by Doyle in the home of female leader and pioneer Matilda Dodge Wilson will help both women and men learn more about developing female leadership, according to Denise Asker, Executive Director for Auburn Hills.

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Oakland University to Host Fifth annual Brooksie Way 5K and Marathon

The roads close off to incoming traffic at 7:15 a.m. Music plays and people line up at the starting line. Excitement is in the air as runners and walkers arrive to pick up their racing bib and prepare for the race.

On Sept. 30, the fifth annual Brooksie Way Half Marathon will provide a challenging trek through Rochester, starting and ending on OU’s campus at Meadow Brook Music Festival.

“We think (having Brooksie Way) is a great health and wellness initiative for OU and Oakland County,” said Campus Recreation Director Greg Jordan. “It’s great to host a fun and healthy event on campus.”

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Detroit is going to work on renovations

The Palace of Auburn Hills announced they will spend $15 million on building updates including suites, player locker rooms and remodeling the main concourse level that serves all guests attending events, among other things.

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Oakland University Reaches Toward Success at the Telly Awards

Oakland University “reached beyond the ordinary,” taking home a Bronze Award at the 33rd Annual Telly Awards for their latest commercial.

The 60-second television spot, produced as part of OU’s new ad campaign by Bloomfield Hills marketing firm Real Integrated, was judged and awarded in the local TV and cable category in education. Out of over 11,000 entries from the United States and 5 other countries, two winners were chosen per category.

The firm began working with OU’s marketing department last summer to develop the campaign, according to Angelina Boscarino, Senior Account Executive for Real Integrated. Collaboration with Bryan Cain, Oakland University Integrated Marketing Director, Lillian Lorenzi, Constituent Communications Director, and other members of the OU marketing department led to commercial-campaign “Reach Beyond the Ordinary.”

A day-long on-campus shoot in December featured “fog machines, bonfires, loud music and OU students’ diverse personalities” showed potential students that attending Oakland University gives them an educational opportunity that is anything but ordinary, according to Real Integrated’s website.

“The commercial and campaign epitomize how [OU] students utilize their potential, reaching beyond the ordinary to develop both academically and socially,” Boscarino said. “[The campaign] was a great collaborative effort between Real Integrated and Oakland University. We are really happy to receive this award.”

Cain said the campaign is beginning to “take [OU] into a direction of what students expect out of higher education.” The campaign brought positive feedback through social media as well as an increase in response rates through the marketing department.

“Having the Telly Award takes us to another level,” Cain said. “We are really proud of the campaign and how it portrayed the students and the university.”

The campaign will continue into the next year, according to Boscarino, and she said its focus on both academics and student life provides a versatile, yet consistent series that will “mold over time.”

“The campaign is particularly effective because it illustrates what is at the heart of the Oakland experience – namely exemplary academics and engaging student life activities that help cultivate the innovators and leaders of the next generation,” said Gary Russi, Oakland University president, in a news release on Oakland’s website.