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Sociology professor remembered for his caring spirit

Sarah Lawrence April 22, 2016

Oakland University Professor Raymond Liedka died on April 1, 2016 after fighting a battle with cancer. He joined the Oakland University faculty in 2006 and served as a special instructor of sociology...

Nate Fleer was ‘joy’ to friends and family, leaves legacy of kindness

Rachel Williams April 5, 2016

Former Oakland University student, Nate Mark Fleer, unexpectedly died on March 12, according to family members.  He was 25.Fleer was born in Portland, Oregon and later moved to Rochester Hills with his...

Retired facilities management employee passes away

Sarah Lawrence February 17, 2016

Leonard “Luke” Vaughn, Oakland University retired facilities management employee, passed away on Dec. 22, 2015.Vaughn was born to his late parents Willis and Zelflee Vaughn on Nov. 15, 1944. He passed...

Terry Louis White served as a university custodian and has been described by his colleagues as kind, funny and popular. 

Honoring the life of Terry Louis White

Sarah Lawrence January 24, 2016

Terry Louis White, Oakland University custodian, passed away on Wednesday Jan. 13.White was born on April 11, 1956 as the ninth child in a family of ten to his parents Nathaniel and Eula White in Pontiac,...

Dennis Yezbick, a building maintenance supervisor at Oakland University, passed away on Sept. 18. He is survived by his wife, Loretta.

Dennis Yezbick remembered

By Rachel Williams September 27, 2015

On Sept. 18, Dennis Yezbick passed away.  Yezbick worked as a clerical-technical at Oakland University and resided in Walled Lake. Yezbick was born on Oct. 31, 1952 in Detroit.  His parents were Alfred...

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, BEtheMATCH had a booth in the Oakland Center for students to apply to be a bone marrow donor.

Be the Match: donating bone marrow to save lives

By Rachel Williams September 27, 2015

When Elizabeth Ulinski was 17, her younger sister Caitlyn was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, which caused a blood cell deficiency and required an immediate bone marrow transplant.  Luckily Elizabeth,...

Jogger killed in campus accident was an avid runner, Spartans fan and involved father

By Kaylee Kean May 15, 2015

He loved to run, he loved sports, and he loved to cook.Those were some of the passions of Perry Badia, the 54-year-old jogger who died May 14 following a traffic accident on Oakland University’s campus.Badia...

Navy SEAL dies days before receiving OU degree

Navy SEAL dies days before receiving OU degree

By Kaylee Kean May 12, 2015

A Navy SEAL who died after a training accident in a swimming pool was scheduled to receive his degree at Oakland University.Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brett Allen Marihugh, 34, was found unconscious...

About to begin his final semester of undergraduate study this January, Petzold was a member of the Honors College studying Human Resources Development and earned a 3.99 GPA during his first year on campus and the 2011 Credit Union One COS Award which covered his freshman year tuition, books and room and board, according to the Oakland University website.

‘A light put out too soon’: Remembering friend, mentor, leader Cody Petzold

By Oona Goodin-Smith January 8, 2015

The Oakland University community is mourning the loss of 21-year-old senior, campus leader, and friend Cody Petzold after he died from severe head trauma resulting from a motor vehicle accident at a construction...

“Cody was a highly regarded scholar and student leader at Oakland University and the news of his death has saddened our campus community, said Glenn McIntosh, interim vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this most difficult time.”

Senior campus leader dies in highway ramp accident

By Oona Goodin-Smith December 27, 2014

UPDATE (12/28): A visitation will be held for friends of Cody on Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, 5929 S. Main Street in Clarkston. Donations may be made...

Swink, left, with friend Julia Douglas. No matter the time or where he was, he would come to my side, she said. 

Lighting a room with ‘an unforgettable smile’: Remembering Chandler Swink

By Oona Goodin-Smith December 3, 2014

Chandler Swink of Auburn Hills, an Oakland University sophomore, Huntington Ford scholar and aspiring nursing student died Wednesday night after a week in an allergy-induced coma. He was 19. “He never...

Friends and family are mourning poet, scholar and mentor Frank Lepkowski, who died on Tuesday.

Friends and family mourn Frank Lepkowski, associate professor and humanities librarian

By Kaylee Kean October 30, 2014

Friends, family and faculty are mourning the death of 59-year-old Associate Professor Frank Lepkowski, a poet, scholar and mentor to many.President George Hynd sent out a bereavement notice earlier this...

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