• Program
  • Schedule
  • Application
  • Mentor Guidelines

Leadership OU Program

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 fifteen junior and senior level students hosted by alumni and community partners on a monthly basis from September - April. 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
  • 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: The application deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year has past. Applicants will be notified by mid-June.

For additional information, contact Hallie Bills, student engagement and outreach coordinator at (248) 364-6121 or hjbills@oakland.edu.

2015-2016 Leadership OU Schedule

Friday, September 11, 2-4 p.m.
Pre-networking Workshop

Friday, September 18, 5-10 p.m.
Alumni Awards Banquet

Tuesday, October 6, 6-8 p.m.
Lauren Podell, CAS `08, Reporter/Anchor for WDIV-TV Local 4 News

Thursday, November 12, 2-4 p.m.
Robert Fascetti, SECS `91, Vice President, Powertrain at Ford Motor Company

Tuesday, December 1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Mayor Kevin McDaniel, SBA `02, City of Auburn Hills
Tom Tanghe, CAS `90,  Auburn Hills City Manager
Stephanie Carroll, CAS `98 Auburn Hills Economic Development Coordinator

Wednesday, January 20, 12-2 p.m.
Robert Shaner, SEHS `09, Superintendent of Rochester Community Schools

Wednesday, February 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Jane Harper, SBA `02, Director of Information Privacy and Security and Risk Management for Henry Ford Health System

Thursday, March 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Honorable Ruth A. Johnson, SEHS `77, Michigan Secretary of State

Tuesday, April 12, 6-8 p.m.
Kristina Marshall, SEHS `03, President and CEO, Winning Futures

Leadership OU Application

Applicants for the 2015-2016 academic year will be notified by mid-June.

For more information:
Email: hjbills@oakland.edu
Mail: Hallie Bills
John Dodge House
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309

Leadership OU Mentor Guidelines

Click here to receive information on becoming a 2015-2016 Leadership OU mentor.

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 2015 - April 2016, 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 Hallie Bills, student engagement and outreach coordinator at (248) 364-6121 or hjbills@oakland.edu.