Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Kelly DiPucchio wants to show the world that picture books aren’t just for kids. DiPucchio, 48, knows a wide audience can enjoy and benefit from reading art-filled stories. “Picture books are ageless — I dislike age ranges on books,” DiPucchio says. “Whether you’re 1 or 100 years old, youContinue reading

Halestorm rocks Flint at The Whiting

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit It was a hurricane of positive energy at The Whiting Auditorium in Flint, Mich. last week, when Halestorm brought a gale of good music to the stage. Opening acts Starset and The Pretty Reckless also added strength to the show. To kickoff the evening, Starset literally lit up the stage with their track “FirstContinue reading “Halestorm rocks Flint at The Whiting”

Oprah’s ‘Life You Want Tour’ brings inspiration to Detroit

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Oprah Winfrey wants her fans to remember that when things aren’t going the way you want, it might be a message from life pushing you in another direction. That was one of the topics she shared this motivational weekend, Sept. 12-13, when the “Life You Want Tour” made its stop atContinue reading “Oprah’s ‘Life You Want Tour’ brings inspiration to Detroit”

OU mechanical engineering alum takes skills overseas

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS   Charon Morgan never thought about moving away from Michigan — the place where she grew  up, started her family and started her career. Now, the 1996 Oakland University mechanical engineering graduate lives and works in Shanghai, China, where she took an executive job with General Motors over a year agoContinue reading “OU mechanical engineering alum takes skills overseas”

SECS outreach programs boost engineering interest among youth

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) provides a great place for students to learn more about the field of engineering— and not just those admitted into the program. From camps, to field trips and special “engineering days,” OUSECS has a variety of outreach programs to get children andContinue reading “SECS outreach programs boost engineering interest among youth”

Oakland University’s ISE department hosts Siemens PLC workshop

By Stephanie Sokol, Communications Assistant and Amanda Beaton, Siemens Cooperates with Education for OUSECS A Siemens PLC workshop for high school, community college and university instructors was hosted at OU by the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department.  Part of the “Summer with Siemens” series, the workshop drew 11 teachers and professors from Michigan, WisconsinContinue reading “Oakland University’s ISE department hosts Siemens PLC workshop”

OU Mechanical Engineering student awarded ‘best overall’ intern at JCI

By Stephanie Sokol for OU SECS OU Mechanical Engineering student Vincent Seefried was honored “best overall” at the Johnson Controls Inc. Intern Expo, for his achievements with the company. Out of 31 interns working at the company this summer, Seefried was the only one from OU.  “The engineering graphics and CAD course at Oakland prepared meContinue reading “OU Mechanical Engineering student awarded ‘best overall’ intern at JCI”

Paradise Fears talk about tour, new music

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Paradise Fears entertained fans at The Crofoot in Pontiac last night, for the second stop on their first big headlining tour. This wasn’t their first time performing in the Metro Detroit area, and they said they had a good time. “(The Crofoot brings) a really good group of concert-going kids,”Continue reading “Paradise Fears talk about tour, new music”

OU SECS teams up with Fulcrum Edge for new project management course

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS The Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science is teaming up with business-management firm Fulcrum Edge for a new project management course. Being offered this fall, the class will provide a focus on communication and collaboration in engineering. “Because of our location in SE Michigan, a large number of ourContinue reading “OU SECS teams up with Fulcrum Edge for new project management course”

DSO returns to Meadow Brook, with Joshua Bell

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Joshua Bell will perform with the DSO at Meadow Brook Music Festival on Thursday, July 24. Photo/Wikimedia After a four year hiatus from performing at Meadow Brook, the DSO returns to the venue this Thursday for a concert with violinist Joshua Bell. The DSO last performed at Meadow Brook asContinue reading “DSO returns to Meadow Brook, with Joshua Bell”