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Leadership OU
Student-Alumni Program

Recognized by the Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for Best Student-Alumni Programming in 2015.

Program Description:
Leadership OU provides leadership, mentoring, and networking opportunities for undergraduate students by connecting them to successful OU alumni through two main methods -- an exclusive series of alumni speakers and a formal mentorship program. Participants are part of a cohort experience spanning an eight month period from September to April. Upon successful completion of the Leadership OU program requirements, students receive a diploma frame. Watch the Leadership OU video to learn more.

Mentoring Program:
The mentorship program allows Oakland University alumni to share their experiences with student leaders preparing for the professional world. Each student is paired with an alumni mentor based on similar interests and meet on a monthly basis throughout the duration of the program. Student-alumni pairs meet one-on-one over activities such as job shadowing, lunch or coffee, Oakland University events, video chat, or phone calls. Students and their mentors discuss topics such as life as a graduate of Oakland University, short and long-term career goals, student to professional transitions, hobbies, interests, etc. All student/mentor relationships are different, yet many duos keep in contact long after the formal conclusion of the program.

Speaker Series:
Leadership OU students attend a total of eight sessions on a once per month basis featuring prominent alumni speakers who live and work in the surrounding metropolitan community. Past speakers have included Oakland University alumni employed at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Beaumont Hospital, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Curve Detroit, ABB Robotics and many others. Please see “Schedule” tab for the full 2016-2017 Leadership OU speaker schedule.

In coordination with the overall theme of Leadership OU, speakers focus their presentations to include how leadership, mentoring, and networking have played critical roles in their professional careers. Sessions take place at the workplace of the alumni speaker where students are exposed to experiences such as leadership team panels and behind-the-scenes tours. Leadership OU sessions provide an intimate and interactive setting for alumni and students.

Eligibility:
Students who have achieved junior or senior status (minimum 56 credit hours) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. Please note: students with less than 56 credits, but who will have earned 56 credits by the Fall start date of the program are eligible to apply. The most successful candidates have demonstrated leadership on campus and in the community.


2016-2017 Leadership OU Schedule

Thursday, September 8, 6-8 p.m. (Mentors only)
Mentor Workshop 

Friday, September 16, 2-5 p.m. (Students only)
Pre-networking Workshop

Friday, September 23, 5-10 p.m. (Students and mentors)
Alumni Awards Banquet

Thursday, October 6, 6-8 p.m. Opening Reception (Students and mentors)
Kelly Kozlowski, CAS `08, Chief Operating Officer, Downtown Detroit Partnership

November 9, 12-2 p.m. (Students only)
Johnna Struck, SBA `85, President, Changing Places Moving

Tuesday, December 6, 2-4 p.m. (Students only)
Greg Jamian, SBA `74, President and CEO of AmeriCare Medical, Inc. Companies

Wednesday, January 11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (Students only)
Gary Wozniak, CAS, `76, President and CEO of Recovery Park

Tuesday, February 7, 9-11 a.m. (Students only)
Honorable Leo Bowman, CAS `76, Oakland County Circuit Court

Friday, March 17, 2-4 p.m. (Students only)
Joanne Gerstner, CAS ’93, Sports Journalist in Residence at
Michigan State University School of Journalism and Sports
Contributor for the New York Times

Wednesday, April 5, 6-8 p.m. Closing Reception (Students and mentors)
Mayor Bryan K. Barnett, SBA `98, City of Rochester Hills

Leadership OU Application

The application deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year has past. Students will be selected and notified by July.

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

Leadership OU Mentor Guidelines

Click here to receive information on becoming a 2016-2017 Leadership OU mentor.

Leadership OU’s mentoring program allows Oakland University alumni to share their experiences with student leaders preparing to enter the professional realm. The formal timeline for Leadership OU’s mentoring program is from October 2016 to April 2017, but may continue beyond the program period if desired.

All mentors will:  
•    Accept student pairing determined by program coordinator
•    Provide contact information (phone & email) to mentee
•    Attend the Leadership OU opening and closing receptions
•    Engage in one meaningful connection with mentee once per month (minimum)

Exceptional mentors will:
•    Accept student pairing determined by program coordinator
•    Provide contact information (phone & email) to mentee
•    Attend the Leadership OU opening and closing receptions
•    Engage in one meaningful connection with mentee once per month (minimum)
•    Attend the Alumni Awards Banquet over Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
•    Help mentee make a successful transition from student to alumni
•    Provide constructive guidance and practical feedback to mentee
•    Demonstrate active involvement with the Oakland University Alumni Association
•    Emphasize leadership, mentoring, and networking in conversations with mentee
•    Maintain contact with mentee after formal conclusion of Leadership OU

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