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Presented by the Oakland University Alumni Association



Leadership OU fosters leadership and networking skills among student leaders while developing professional growth.

Program Description:
Leadership OU provides leadership, mentoring, and networking opportunities for junior and senior level students hosted by alumni and community partners on a monthly basis from September 2014 - April 2015. Students will be matched with alumni mentors for the duration of the program. Monthly sessions will include presentations by career experts and community leaders reflecting on the importance of leadership, mentoring and networking in their careers.

The program will conclude with a closing reception event where participants will receive a $250 tuition stipend upon successful completion of the program.

Mentor Program:
The mentorship program allows Oakland University alumni to share their experiences with student leaders preparing for the professional world. Students will learn about their mentors' career, position, leadership style, and how to make the transition from student to successful and involved alum after graduation.

The mentoring relationship will run the duration of the program, but may continue beyond completion of the program if desired. Mentoring is broadly defined as activities such as job shadowing, invitations to events, advising and one-on-one meetings, phone calls, emails or other connections.

Successful completion of the Leadership OU program is defined as:

  • Attending monthly Leadership OU sessions (seven of eight scheduled events)
  • Initiating conversation and meetings with their mentors
  • Meeting connecting regularly with their mentors
  • Communicating with their mentors any questions about professional success or being involved alumni

Expectations of participants at sessions:

  • Be active in session discussions
  • Dress professionally for each session
  • Come prepared to each session with the necessary materials
  • Arrive on time and be ready to participate
Eligibility:
Students who have received junior or senior status (minimum 56 credit hours) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and have demonstrated student leadership and campus involvement are eligible to apply. Participants must be on good academic standing throughout the program.

How to apply:
Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year will be available starting March 1 and due by April 18.

Participants will be notified in early June. There is no application fee or cost for participation on the part of the student.

For additional information, contact Maria Willett, student engagement and outreach coordinator at (248) 364-6121 or mjwillet@oakland.edu.



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2013-2014 Leadership OU Schedule. 2014-2015 schedule coming soon.
Friday, October 25, 5-9:30 p.m.

Alumni Awards Banquet

Tuesday, November 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
David McGhee, CAS `05, Congressional Liaison for Congressman Dan Kildee

Thursday, December 5, 10 a.m. - noon
Bryan Barnett, SBA `98, Mayor of Rochester Hills

Tuesday, January 14, 10 a.m. - noon
Sheri Heiney, Executive Director of Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce

February date TBA
George Jackson, SEHS `75, President and CEO of Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Wednesday, March 5 or 12, 1-3 p.m.
Razzaaq McConner, SBA`01, Executive Business Planner, Chrysler

Thursday, April 10, 6-8 p.m.
Closing Reception

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Click here for the Leadership OU application. Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are due by April 18. Participants will be notified in early June. There is no application fee or cost for participation on the part of the student.

Applications may be submitted by:
Email: mjwillet@oakland.edu
Fax: (248) 364-6141
Mail: Maria Willett
        John Dodge House
        2200 N. Squirrel Road
        Rochester, MI 48309

For additional information, contact Maria Willett, student engagement and outreach coordinator at (248) 364-6121 or mjwillet@oakland.edu.

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The mentorship program allows Oakland University alumni to share their experiences with student leaders preparing for the professional world. Students will learn about their mentors' career, position, leadership style, and how to become successful and involved alumni after graduation.

The mentor program will run from October 2014 - April 2015, but may continue beyond the program period if appropriate. The time commitment is one to two hours per month. Mentoring is broadly defined as activities such as job shadowing, invitations to events, advising and one-on-one meetings, phone calls, emails or other connections.

Mentors will:
  • Attend the Leadership OU kick-off event
  • Provide contact information (phone, email, etc.) to mentee to initiate conversation
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and values
  • Share knowledge about becoming a professional
  • Give support and encouragement
  • Provide constructive guidance and practical feedback
  • Attend the closing reception on campus

Topics to discuss during mentor/mentee meetings:

  • Life as an OU alum
  • Short and long term professional goals
  • Experiences in the professional world
  • How leadership, mentors, and networking has played a part in your success
  • Hobbies, interests, education, community service activities, etc.

For additional information, contact Maria Willett, student engagement and outreach coordinator at (248) 364-6121 or mjwillet@oakland.edu.



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