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Charter Class Reunion


Charter Class 50th Reunion September 13-14, 2013
Welcome Charter Class members, friends and fellow alumni, back to Oakland University! Thank you for attending the exciting reunion weekend celebrating this milestone year.

Please help preserve the history of the Charter Class. Contact Tom McAllister at if you can identify classmates in the photo gallery below. For additional reunion information or questions, please contact Erin Sudrovech in the Office of Alumni Engagement at (248) 364-6136 or

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Reunion Committee                                     
Mary Jo Koren Ahern
A. Michael Deller
Jim Isler
Joanne Hill Jacobson
Beverly DonatoMiller
Mary Puzerski Sloan

Stroll down memory lane

Charter Class Fast Facts
OU Founder
OU Firsts
Campus Master Plans
Historic OU Documents
Motto and Emblem
OU Timeline
Charter Class ring

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Friday, September 13, 2013
Meadow Brook Hall

Noon - 2 p.m.          
Check-in and welcome lunch, mix and mingle with Charter Class faculty
  2-3:30 p.m.
"The Great Estate"
    Presented by Geoffrey Upward, executive director of Meadow Brook Hall, and Madelyn Rzadkowolski, curator
  3:30-5 p.m.
Meadow Brook Hall tour and Behind the Scenes tour*
  5 p.m.
Small group dinners at local restaurants (on your own)
    Self-guided Meadow Brook Hall grounds tour*

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Oakland Center

 9-10 a.m.                         
Light continental breakfast and mix and mingle with classmates
  Gold Rooms
  10 a.m. - noon
Campus tours by bus, leaving on the half hour, including visit to University Archives*
    Meet in the Gold Rooms
    Oral history recording appointments
    Room 125
  11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.        
Lunch and mix and mingle with classmates hosted by Graeme Harper, dean of The Honors College
    Gold Rooms
  1p.m. "Class is in Session" lifelong learning
    Oakland and Heritage Rooms
  1-1:50 p.m.
Live Long, Live Well presented by Kenneth Hightower, dean of School of Health Sciences and director of Prevention Research Center
  2-2:50 p.m.
Mini Medical School presented by Robert Noiva, associate dean for medical education, OUWB School of Medicine
  3-3:50 p.m.
The 1960's - American Society Through Film presented by Graham Cassano, department of sociology, anthropology, social work and criminal justice, College of Arts and Sciences
  4-6 p.m. Campus tours by bus, leaving on the half hour, including visit to University Archives*
    Meet in the Gold Rooms
    Oral history recording appointments
    Room 125
  6-8 p.m.
Dinner and mix and mingle with classmates
    Featuring University update with Dr. Betty Youngblood, CAS '65, Interim President
    Banquet Rooms

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Breakfast on your own
Golf tee times are available; for more information, please call Julie McCarrel at (248) 364-6303.

*denotes limited accessibility

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Look who's coming to the reunion!

Look below to see which of your classmates is planning to attend the 50th reunion.

  Walter Ament

  Jim Anderson
Francis Beauchamp

  Julie Becker Fredrick
Larry Beer

  John Berquist
Margaret Brandt
  Gloria Jean Brischke
  James Burkart
Mary Swetter Burkart

  Linda Byington McAllister
Richard Coker

  George Cotroneio
  A. Michael Deller
  Gregory Demanski
  James Drummond
Beverly Donato Miller
It will be wonderful to see my former classmates!

  Jack Fredrick
  Robert Furness
Greta Gappy

Elaine Garwood Henshon
Dolores Gelemey

Hope you are all well and I look forward to seeing those of you who can attend!

Barbara Gergle

Robert Gergle
Susan Grissom Hubbard
Thomas Hickman
  Joanne Hill Jacobson
Phyllis Jones
  William Kath
  Theresa Kelly Sams
  Patti Koenig
I am looking forward to renewing friendships and memories. I do hope that many of our class members will attend.
  Mary Jo Koren Ahern
  Gary Laidlaw
  Shelby Lockamy Wagner
Phillip Matora

Anita Mansfield Metzger

  Thomas McAllister
Al Monetta
Michael Nyberg

  Kathleen Pyorala Wolfe
Bruce Quayle
  Patricia Sadowski
It's going to be good to see everybody! I can't believe it's been 50 years!
  Francis Shea

Judith Passarelli
Mary Puzerski Sloan

  Nancy Stenvig Verscheure
Betty Stevenson
  Dick Stier
Fifty years? Can't be.
Joan Stinson-Clair

  Sandra Steimlosk Wallace
  Larry Warner
Been to 46 of our 50 states and to 33 countries around the world on business, vacation, and mission trips, but it is still exciting to come back to OU and renew acquaintances.
Clare Wentworth

I am certainly looking forward to see old friends.
  James Wolfe

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Geoffrey Upward
Executive Director of Meadow Brook Hall

Prior to becoming executive director of Meadow Brook Hall in 2004, Geoff Upward served as Oakland University’s director of communications and marketing. Previously, Mr. Upward was publications director and museum editor for Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, where in 1979 he wrote and published the 50-year history of that institution, A Home for Our Heritage. Mr. Upward began his career at The National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C., where he served as assistant editor of Preservation News. He is the editor of numerous magazines and books, including two by Hall-of-Fame baseball announcer Ernie Harwell. He holds a B.A. in History from Albion (Michigan) College and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
Madelyn Rzadkowolski
Curator, Meadow Brook Hall

Madelyn Rzadkowolski is the curator of Meadow Brook Hall. She began her tenure at The Hall in 2009 as a curatorial assistant and was employed most recently as the Programs Coordinator in Meadow Brook's marketing department, focusing on special events, youth programming and volunteer coordination. Before starting at Meadow Brook, Ms. Rzadkowolski worked in a variety of positions at the DePree Art Center in Holland, Michigan, the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London, England, and the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum. She co-authored the Images of America history of Rochester and Rochester Hills in 2011. Ms. Rzadkowolski holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Hope College.

Graeme Harper
Dean of The Honors College

Dr. Graeme Harper began as Director of The Honors College at Oakland University in August 2011 and was appointed its first Dean in February 2013. He was previously a Research Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and from 2006-2010 he was a Foundation Chair and then a Director of Research at Bangor University, Wales.

Dr. Harper holds doctorates from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. To date, he has published approximately 25 books. Also a novelist, he holds such awards as Australia's National Book Council Award for New Writing.
  Kenneth Hightower
Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Director of the Prevention Research Center

Dr. Hightower came to Oakland University in 1974 when he received a three-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowship to study electrical and transport properties of epithelial cells at the Institute of Biological Sciences. The next 25 years of his research focused on pathological aging mechanisms of degenerative diseases, whose primary risk factor is age. In 2000, he was named Dean of the School of Health Sciences, where he "strives to enrich the lives of students who will serve as ambassadors of health and wellness in their communities and become the best health care professionals." With a focus on leadership, collaboration, planning, commitment and dedication, as well as a new home in the Human Health Building as of fall 2012, Dr. Hightower has been a key player in the growth and development of the health sciences at OU.

Dr. Hightower received a Ph.D. in biophysics/molecular science, a master's degree in solid state physics, and a bachelor's degree in physics, all from Southern Illinois University.
Robert Noiva
Associate dean for medical education and associate professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine 

Dr. Robert Noiva oversees all aspects of the medical student curriculum, including course planning and evaluation, managing schedules and educational resources, and student and faculty assessment at OUWB School of Medicine. He received his B.S in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from Creighton University. After postdoctoral training at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Noiva spent 18 years in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, where he served as Course Director for Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has been at Oakland University since the inception of the OUWB School of Medicine.
  Graham Cassano
Department of sociology, anthropology, social work and criminal justice, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Graham Cassano teaches sociology at Oakland University and serves as the Culture and Media editor for the journal Critical Sociology (Sage Publications). His essays on social theory, cinema, and labor history have appeared in various journals, most recently in Rethinking Marxism, The Journal of American Studies, and Critical Sociology. He is currently at work on a monograph-length study of New Deal Cinema.

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Homestead Studio Suites
(248) 340-8888
Mention OU to receive a special Charter Class rate

The Royal Park Hotel
(248) 652-2600
Mention OU to receive a special Charter Class rate

Cobblestone Manor Bed and Breakfast
(248) 370-8000

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