Secondary Student Show is Anton Art Center’s largest event

By Stephanie Sokol for Digital First Media For school-age children, having a chance to show their art in public is an exciting opportunity. Receiving an award for their art brings even more joy. “It seems to me that students and their families are often appreciative of getting their works on the wall,” Phil Gilchrist, executiveContinue reading “Secondary Student Show is Anton Art Center’s largest event”

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

Coming-of-age film ‘Superior’ showcases beauty of Northern Michigan

Birmingham-native filmmaker Edd Benda returned to his home state last year to put together the Upper Peninsula adventure film “Superior.” The idea for the film came to Benda, 25, at a family Thanksgiving dinner table a few years ago. His uncle, Karl Benda, shared the story of a bicycle trip he took Up North moreContinue reading “Coming-of-age film ‘Superior’ showcases beauty of Northern Michigan”

Latest exhibit at Lawrence Street has ‘Some Strings Attached”

Stephanie Sokol for Digital First Media Alice Frank combined her favorite artistic elements — watercolors, fired enamel on metal and stitching — to create unique pieces in her latest exhibit “Some Strings Attached.” “These works are my own recipe — I have never seen anything like it,” Frank says. “I tried to experiment and see ifContinue reading “Latest exhibit at Lawrence Street has ‘Some Strings Attached””

ISE graduate begins career at the Disney World

By Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Kimmy Romstad is using her Industrial and Systems Engineering background to help things run smoothly at the “happiest place on earth.” After interning at Disney World for a year, the August 2014 Oakland University Industrial Systems Engineering alum recently accepted a position in forecasting and stocking costuming issue locations acrossContinue reading “ISE graduate begins career at the Disney World”

SECS student and father of four beats the odds, graduates with master’s at 25

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS On May 1, Matthew Franklin will walk across the stage to accept his Masters in Embedded Systems Engineering. Completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years would be a challenging feat for most people, but this hasn’t been the biggest challenge he has faced. 25-year-old Franklin is also a husband, andContinue reading “SECS student and father of four beats the odds, graduates with master’s at 25”

Going green on campus with help from academic programs

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS With eco-friendly courses and clean energy efforts across campus, it’s no surprise that Oakland University has a good reputation for “going green.” Infrastructure and courses help build morale towards energy efficiency, from the power supplied to the campus to the School of Engineering and Computer Science itself. “Energy-efficient buildings have madeContinue reading “Going green on campus with help from academic programs”

New social app makes a “Buhz” on campus

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS A new social application is growing in popularity at Oakland University. Founded by computer science students Chuck Kelly, Brett McIsaac and Zach Fregoli, ‘Buhz’ connects people on campus, getting word out about events, and helping build communication. Described as “Twitter for college,” the idea for Buhz came to Kelly as aContinue reading “New social app makes a “Buhz” on campus”

Engineering degree helps alum succeed as entrepreneur

Stephanie Sokol for Oakland University Shawn Ward cites his Oakland University Engineering studies as a big part of his success. After earning his master’s in engineering in 1998, he moved to New York City, worked the stock market, and in 2003, became a successful entrepreneur with his twin brother Shane through their fashion company Shane&Shawn.Continue reading “Engineering degree helps alum succeed as entrepreneur”