OU/Pontiac Partners hip 
May 19, 2016

Hello again from the OU/Pontiac Initiative. Here's another newsletter to share partnership activity and encourage ongoing communication within the network. If you would like to request an article about your group, business or organization in this e-blast and/or if you have any events, news items or requests, send them to [email protected].

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Calling all Project Upward Bound, UB Fine Arts Institute, and UB Cadet Engineering alumni

Project Upward Bound (PUB), a
federally-funded, multi-faceted, college preparatory program is Oakland University's longest continual community outreach program. PUB's mission is to provide academic, social, cultural and career enrichment with a goal of participants entering and succeeding in higher education. PUB is celebrating its 50th year this year. That's 50 years of changing lives, educating families and improving the educational levels of our target communities. They are calling all alumni, former parents, employees and supporters to help make it grand. Their website is now live and has a schedule of celebration events, a registration link and an alumni registration portal.
PUB coordinators are collecting information about alumni. They have served 100 students per year for the past 50 years and would like to see what alumni are doing now. Visit the website below to create an alumni profile.
PUB also extends an invitation to all PUB alumni to join in this year's GospelFest choir, Thursday, July 21 at 6 p.m.
Summer Golden Anniversary Events include:
  • Cookout at Fitzgerald House
  • Dancing Through the Decades: dancing until midnight with live DJ, photo booths and dance contest
  • Campus tour on the Bear Bus
  • Black & Gold Gala at Meadow Brook Hall with an awards ceremony, champagne reception, Silent Auction Stroll to raise scholarship money and a Memory Lane Afterglow
  • GospelFest
PUB is producing an anniversary  souvenir booklet  which features alumni profiles. Ad space is also available. 

Visit the  Project Upward Bound anniversary website   for dates, fees, times, event registration and alumni profiles.  Questions? Email [email protected].
OUWB medical students at Gary Burnstein Clinic
by Paige Brockway

On the first Thursday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.,
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) students hold a free health clinic at the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic.
Any Oakland County resident who does not have insurance, is below the poverty line and is between the ages of 18-65 is eligible for free treatment at the clinic. These age limits are set because children younger than 18 are covered by Michigan's MIChild health insurance program, while people over 65 are covered by Medicare.
The clinic is run entirely by first- through fourth-year medical students and overseen by physician faculty, according to Allen Nelson, an OUWB student and director of the OUWB Student Run Free Clinic. 
When the clinic is open, there are 14 OUWB students working at a time: three in triage, three in pharmacy and four sets of two-student exam teams. OUWB students can volunteer at the clinic once every three months.
Other key personnel include Dr. Neila Alfonso, the clinic care director, director of in-prep practice of medicine and assistant dean for community integration and outreach for WB. Nelson said that David Rogers, advisor of the Family Medicine Interest Group, was also integral to getting the clinic started. 
When asked about his goals for the program's future, Nelson said he wants to continue establishing the relationship with the clinic and the local community.
"We hope to open up additional clinic times and we want to have additional rotation sites," he added.
The Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic is located at 45580 Woodward Avenue in Pontiac. 
SMART bus schedules easy to find
We just discovered that SMART travels from Pontiac to Oakland University's campus. If you're wondering when/where SMART bus travels, visit their website to download their easy-to-read schedule. F rom the homepage, click on 'Schedules' and then on the next page, click on 'Schedules' again. On the next page, select 'Route 756.' Note that you are able to select which direction you want to travel and whether you want route information for a weekday or weekend.  All the times will appear as well as all the stops. T he routes that run in and around Pontiac are: 752, 753 and 756. Click here for a sample schedule.
VISTA needed for 2016-2017

Oakland University is looking for an AmeriCorps VISTA member to serve from Aug. 2016 till Aug. 2017. Next year's VISTA will work in workforce development and will work with our community partner, Michigan Works and Job Link Center, in Pontiac. The VISTA will be offered housing and food on the campus of Oakland University for the year of service (optional). Community members of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

VISTAs will:
    • Conduct and share a landscape scan of existing workforce development opportunities. 
    • Recruit job seekers, especially out-of-school youth (ages 18-24), recently returning veterans and basic skills deficient job seekers. 
    • Create up-to-date marketing materials, working in conjunction with campus or community marketing, journalism or graphic design departments to plan and create appealing and targeted communication materials.
    • Explore & leverage funding opportunities by writing grants and attending donor meetings and/or engaging in funding discussions.
    • Create a citywide tutor/mentor directory.  Research and compile information about existing tutor and mentor resources to expand current database. Disseminate information about tutor resources to job seekers and service agencies to encourage utilization of services and improve skills.
    • Explore transportation options and barriers and work towards streamlining services to meet the needs of job seekers. 

OU's VISTA is part of the MNA Civic Engagement AmeriCorps program. MNA VISTA members are placed with K-12 schools, college campuses or volunteer connector organizations and will serve a portion of their service hours off-site with a community partner. MNA VISTAs promote and strengthen community-building initiatives focused on education and economic opportunity. A link to the job posting is below.


For more information on the Civic Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA Program, contact Diane Baldwin, OU VISTA Supervisor at [email protected].
Pontiac students needed for Business camps at OU: Registration ending
Oakland University's School of Business Administration is hosting two summer camps for high school students that offer students an insider's perspective of the business world and help prepare them for it. Registration has started and ends soon, so share this information widely with those who work with high school students. Note: there is only (1) Pontiac student registered so far.
Developing Future Professionals : in partnership with and exclusively for students of Pontiac, ITA and Avondale High Schools
Camp Schedule: Monday through Friday, July 25-29, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Admission Policy: Participation is limited to 30 students from Pontiac, ITA and Avondale high schools entering 9th through 11th grade in the 2016-17 school year. Each student will be exposed to a stimulating and enriching academic environment during the summer camp. Please note only high school students from these three high schools are eligible to enroll in this summer camp. 
Registration ends June 1
Cost: $50
Purpose: Students will gain an opportunity to get a head start on their college education. In an interactive environment students will:
  • Learn about starting a business
  • Build career-related skills like resume writing, interviewing and networking
  • Hear career success stories from business professionals
  • Get college readiness tips
  • Gain financial literacy skills

Explore the World of Business: O pen to all students in all school districts

Camp Schedule: Monday through Friday, July 11-15, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Registration ends June 1.

Students will gain an opportunity to get a head start on their college education. In an interactive environment students will learn about:
  • The beginning fundamentals of a business education
  • Leadership in business
  • The global environment of business
  • Business disciplines such as Accounting, Economics, Marketing, Operations Management, Management Information Systems, Human Resources Management, Finance
  • Group dynamics
  • Presentation development
Visit the OU SBA summer camps webpage for details and pictures from last year's Explore the World of Business camp. Cost: $50 for Pontiac students. Limited spaces available.

Visit the website link above to register. Once students have been accepted into a program they will receive an email; payment will be due later. Questions? Contact Ms. Theawiana English, [email protected].
Oakland University summer camps
Oakland University offers many summer camp experiences for all ages. Visit our summer camps website for more details.
Contact us
OU/Pontiac Initiative contacts:
Bob Maxfield, [email protected]
Diane Baldwin, [email protected]
Cassandra Barragan, [email protected]
Tom Kimble, [email protected]
Jane Bais-DiSessa, [email protected]

Communication interns:
Paige Brockw ay,  [email protected]
Keri Moorehead, kbmooreh@oakland.edu