Closure of P-38 to support campus wide parking expansion plan

Lot clousure

In conjunction with a project to add 660 parking spaces to existing campus lots, the University will close parking lot P-38, located immediately south of the Mathematics and Science Center (MSC), starting on Wednesday, May 24 and continuing through an expected completion date in mid-August.

Recommended alternatives for commuters accustomed to using the lot are the P-32 parking structure and the P-34 and P-36 parking lots located to the east of P-38.

Campus community members are also advised to avoid using the south entrances of the MSC, opting instead to use the east or west entrances, or entering the building through Hannah Hall or Dodge Hall.

Upon completion of the project, the University will open a one-way exit from the west side of P-38 onto Meadow Brook Road. Access to the lot will remain limited to the east side entrance off of Library Drive.

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Star Academy produces an OU star in the making

Taylor Williams

When people contact the Oakland University Police Department dispatch line needing any variety of help or information, there’s a good chance they could reach Dispatcher Taylor Williams, an Oakland University alumna.

Her story and path to joining the OUPD is an interesting one.

While a senior at Star International Academy in Dearborn Heights, Williams attended an Office of Public School Academies sponsored campus visit to Oakland University, where she fell in love with the beautiful landscape. As she interacted with students, faculty and staff, she realized OU was a special place and the right campus for her. Yet, it was definitely going to be a step out of her comfort zone as Williams would become the first in her family to attend college.

She remembered that first visit to Oakland, “Everyone was very kind and welcoming, I felt like I mattered and could be part of this campus environment,” Williams said.

Williams is very proud to tell people that she attended Star, which is also an OU chartered public school academy. She also credits her high school counselor for encouraging her to apply for scholarships that would help fulfill her dream to attend college. This encouragement led to several college applications, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern University, and Oakland University. After receiving acceptance letters from all four institutions, Williams selected her top three choices and scheduled campus visits.

Upon her return to OU’s campus for an official visit, it still felt like home, which made her choice clear; she would become a Golden Grizzly. As an OU/PSA student, Williams received a $3,000 Renewable OU/PSA College Scholarship, which is available to qualifying high school seniors who attend OU chartered PSA’s and who matriculate to Oakland University. Due to her impressive high school academic performance, Williams qualified for several scholarships and received total funding that covered about 75 percent of her total tuition/housing costs.

Although the monetary support was definitely helpful, Williams says she found the accompanying “social/emotional support from the PSA Office most beneficial” and her journey while at OU was “simply phenomenal!”

In 2011, Williams began her studies in the OU Honors College, and although she changed her major several times, found her calling in the College of Arts and Science’s Criminal Justice program. Always public-spirited, her Criminal Justice thesis was entitled, “Banning the Box on Employment Applications.” She rationalizes that “It’s not necessarily a deterrent from employment opportunities” and asks, “What is the point of going to prison if you’re never going to be able to restart your life?”

When asked about her greatest academic impressions while a student at Oakland, Williams credits the passion of Dr. Amanda Burgess-Proctor, the influence and effectiveness of Dr. Jay Meehan, her introduction into the world of sociology by Dr. Jo Reger, and the incredible sign language immersion teaching methods of Tim Johnston.

Williams was not only committed to her OU academics, but expanded her college experience beyond the classroom through her involvement in campus activities. She was vice president of programming for the Residence Halls Association, vice president of the OU Sign Language Club, worked on campus and was an Auburn Hills Police Department volunteer. She also made many friends by living on campus and getting involved. In fact, her freshman resident assistant is now her best friend, and Williams even served as a bridesmaid in her wedding last fall.

Williams’s future plans include pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the College of Arts and Sciences as she continues her criminal justice career with the OUPD.

“The stars are truly the limit for Taylor in terms of her career trajectory,” said supervisor Lt. Terry Ross of the OUPD. “She was a model student and now we are very fortunate to have her continue as an ambassador of the university through her work on the police force.”

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Special thank you to Karen Lloyd, associate director of the Office of Public School Academies at Oakland University for the story idea and information.

Taylor Williams

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P-16 lot to be reserved for local high school commencement ceremonies

P 16 lot closures

In conjunction with the O’rena hosting a number of area high school commencement ceremonies, the P-16 parking lot – located northeast of O’Dowd Hall – will be partially closed and reserved for handicapped parking on the dates listed below. Closure of the southwest half of P-16 will start at 11 p.m. on the evening prior to each listed date and continue throughout that day.

  • Thursday, June 1
  • Friday, June 2
  • Sunday, June 4
  • Tuesday, June 6
  • Wednesday, June 7
  • Thursday, June 8
  • Friday, June 9
  • Saturday, June 10

Commuters eligible to use handicapped parking are advised that spaces in the P-18 parking lot – located immediately east of O’Dowd Hall – will remain open and accessible.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to plan in advance of this closure to use alternative parking areas as needed. The Oakland University Police Department appreciates the patience and cooperation of the faculty, staff and students during community events on campus.

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P-16 lot to be reserved for OUWB School of Medicine Commencement

P-16 lot to be reserved for OUWB School of Medicine Commencement

In conjunction with the 2017 Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Commencement on Friday, May 12, the P-16 parking lot – located northeast of O’Dowd Hall – will be partially closed and reserved for handicapped parking. Closure of the southwest half of P-16 will start at 11 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, and continue throughout the day on Friday.

Commuters eligible to use handicapped parking are advised that spaces in the P-18 parking lot, located immediately east of O’Dowd Hall, will remain open and accessible.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to plan in advance of this closure to use alternative parking areas as needed. The Oakland University Police Department appreciates the patience and cooperation of the campus community during major University events.

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Walton Boulevard lane closures planned

The Oakland County Road Commission is starting a utility construction project on Walton Boulevard between Squirrel and Adams roads, which could result in traffic delays for campus commuters.

While work crews replace three drainage culverts located west of Adams Road, Walton Boulevard lane closures will result in a single lane being open in each direction.

Commuters are encouraged to avoid using the Walton Boulevard campus exits and to use Hamlin and Tienken roads as part of alternative routes to and from campus.

More detailed local, county and state road construction information can be found at the following websites:

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Summerlong closure of west section of Pioneer Drive to begin May 1

In conjunction with a project to add 660 parking spaces to existing campus lots, the University will close portions of Pioneer Drive and Meadow Brook Road on the south side of campus starting Monday, May 1, and continuing through the summer months.

Pioneer Drive will be closed from Squirrel Road east to the traffic circle at Library drive. Meadow Brook Road will be closed from Pioneer Drive north to the Police and Support Services Building.

Commuters accustomed to entering campus via Pioneer Drive are advised to use the Library Drive entrance off of Squirrel Road if headed to destinations on the south side of campus, and the University’s main entrance off of Squirrel Road if headed to destinations on the north side of campus.

Commuters should also be aware that heading south on Meadow Brook drive from the main entrance traffic circle will allow access only to the P-41 and P-43 parking lots.

Pioneer Drive, Meadow Brook Road and all expanded parking lots are expected to be reopened by the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

Road Closures

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End of year traffic management plan announced

As we approach the end of another academic year, faculty, staff and students should keep in mind that a number of annual events taking place over the next few weeks will create the need for traffic detours and lot closures.

In order to manage traffic and parking efficiently and to cause as little frustration as possible, it is important that all campus community members and visitors be aware of the following event conditions established as part of a traffic and parking management plan.

For those moderately or not familiar with campus, an online map is available at oakland.edu/map .

Student “Move Out” days – Tuesday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 26

The OUPD will close one lane of Meadow Brook Road.

The partial closure will allow student vehicles to travel eastbound only on Meadow Brook Road and use the closed lane for temporary parking, loading and departure.

2017 Commencement – Thursday, April 27, through Saturday, April 29

Starting at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, the OUPD will close parking lot P-16 to reserve space for handicapped parking. The lot will remain closed to general parking through Saturday, April 29.


March of Dimes “March for Babies” – Sunday, April 30

The Oakland University Police Department will manage intermittent road closures around campus between 8 a.m. and noon.

Meadow Brook Theatre performances of “I Love a Piano” – Wednesdays through Sundays, April 19 through May 14

Meadow Brook Theatre patrons viewing performances on Saturdays are advised to use parking lots on the north side of campus, particularly the P-1, P-3 and P-5 parking lots. See map above.

Campus Construction Accommodations

Parking lot P-24 will be closed May 1 through August 15 in conjunction with southern campus student housing construction work. The loading dock for Varner Hall will be inaccessible during this time. In addition, some utility shut-downs may affect Varner Hall and other buildings. Details regarding these shut-downs will be communicated to the campus community as soon as plans are finalized.

Grizzly Lane will be closed from Pioneer Drive to the southern campus student housing construction site May 1 through August 15. As such, there will be no access to parking deck P-32 during this period. Access will be available via Library Drive only.

The loading dock area at the rear of Vandenberg Hall will be shut down from May 1 through August 15 in conjunction with facility repairs and upgrades. Building water service will be interrupted periodically during this period. Details will be communicated as soon as plans are finalized.

2016 OUWB School of Medicine Commencement – Friday, May 12

Starting at 11 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, the OUPD will reserve parking lot P-16 for handicapped parking and event activities. The lot will remain closed to general parking throughout the day on Friday. See commencement map above.

Campus community members and visitors are advised to plan their vehicle and pedestrian travel routes in advance, and to allow additional time prior to scheduled events in the event that high traffic volumes lead to delays.

The Oakland University Police Department would appreciate the University community and anticipated guests sharing this information with others as needed. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

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Severe weather warning system test set for April 19

Governor Rick Snyder and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson have declared the week of April 16-22, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week. A strong focus in preparing for this annual observance is educating individuals about severe weather safety and the Oakland County Severe Weather Warning System.

Oakland County Homeland Security Division will engage in various public education efforts during Severe Weather Awareness Week. These include instruction on preparing to minimize the loss of life and destruction of property that can result from severe weather.

In conjunction with broader warning system tests on the same day, Oakland University will test its Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. All campus community members are advised to remember that this is just a test.

In the event of an actual severe weather warning, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to react quickly using emergency response information available in the Red Emergency Management Guides placed around classrooms, labs and offices across campus. Additional information is available on the OU Emergency Preparedness website.

Additional information on severe weather safety is also available on the Oakland County Homeland Security website. Thank you in advance for your efforts to become better informed and prepared to react safely in severe weather conditions.

 

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Students advised to be wary of outstanding fees phone scam

The FBI office in Traverse City has informed the Oakland University Police Department that its main telephone number, (231) 946-7201, is being spoofed – or being used to falsely appear as the caller’s number – as part of a telephone scam targeting Oakland University students, and particularly international students.

Callers involved claim that they have access to student records and are telling targeted students that they must pay outstanding tuition fees in order to receive their degrees. The callers also stipulate that victims must wire transfer money or use a credit card to resolve the outstanding balances.

The FBI reports that Michigan State University students also have been targeted, and that in one instance a victim forwarded $10,000.

Any Oakland University student contacted by the phone number listed above should terminate the call before engaging in any conversation.

Students concerned about whether they have past due balances or that they are in jeopardy of being denied University services should contact the Office of Student Financial Services at (248) 370-2550.

Any student who feels he or she has been made a victim of this scam should contact the Oakland University Police Department at (248) 370-3331.

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High winds creating need for heightened caution

Campus Community members are advised to exercise extra caution while walking between buildings on campus as a result of high winds and potential dangers they are creating.

University Facilities Management and the Oakland University Police Department have responded to calls concerning falling objects and flying debris, and are working to reduce risks to the full extent possible.

High winds are forecast to continue through the afternoon and early evening hours.

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