OCTOBER 2017

OU School of Music, Theatre and Dance Approved

The Oakland University Board of Trustees voted at its August formal meeting to approve the creation of a School of Music, Theatre and Dance. This move follows a consistent expansion and transformation of programs offered by the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance over the past 32 years. Theatre and Dance began as extra-curricular programs at Oakland University. Then, in 1985, the theatre and dance programs joined the existing music department, forming a Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. The department has flourished since that time, leading up to the announcement of the formation of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

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SEPTEMBER 2017

D-Man Foundation Cruise Woodward

For the Sixth year in a row, the D-Man Foundation helped to give life to the dreams of wheelchair patients as they organized their annual Dreams Come True on Woodward, in conjunction with the Woodward Dream Cruise. This year’s event took place on Friday August 18 at the back-parking lot of Hands on Auto Detailing. 

Each year, The D-MAN Foundation transfers more wheelchair-bound individuals into convertibles to participate in the world’s largest one-day auto event. Making the experience even more memorable is the music that the passengers will be listening to is music they’ve produced themselves in D-Man’s unique “barrier free” music therapy studio.

 


Search for New Recruits Heats Up

The Oakland Fire Training Institute at Oakland Community College is seeking new recruits. The Oakland Fire Training Institute at Oakland Community College is the only nationally and internationally ProBoard accredited fire academy in the State of Michigan. Oakland Fire Training Institute’s Fire Academy is currently accepting applications. A free orientation for the Fire Academy will be on August 16, 2017.

 


Putting Detroit on the Map

Gabrielle George, vice president of cultural strategy at Doner in Detroit, has been featured by The Drum in their 30 under 30 from the Midwest. This honor comes from George’s work as a woman, putting herself and Detroit on the map through her “creativity, achievements and dedication to an industry that is changing at a fast clip.”

 


Dress for Assumption of Mary

Samira Binna, once again, made the dress for Carey, Ohio Assumption of Mary prayer service held on August 14, 2017. She made and donated this dress in honor of all cancer patients and peace in the world. “Please gather and pray for peace and protection! God bless you all,” posted Binna on Facebook.

 


St. Fabian and St. Monica students reach new heights

St. Fabian Catholic School of Farmington Hills has partnered with St. Monica Catholic School of Kalamazoo to help their students reach new heights and actively participate in conducting scientific research. St. Fabian’s implementation program was recently accepted by the Students Spaceflight Experiments Program, giving students in grades 4-8 the opportunity to participate in a program with NASA.

This program will allow for students to create zero-gravity experiments. One experiment from each school will be chosen to be sent to the International Space Station in which astronauts will conduct research for students. Once the data has been sent back to students, they will have a chance to present their research at a conference in Washington D.C.

 


First Jonna Construction Home on Sale

The first home ever built by Jimmy Jonna and Jonna Construction is on the market for the first time since being built more than 50 years ago. Marcine Karmo is selling her parent’s home in Southfield. It was Built in 1966 and the family moved in July of that same year. Her father, Najib lived there for five decades before he passed away on November 16, 2016.

 


West Bloomfield Named Safest City in Michigan

Known for being a safe community, West Bloomfield Township has officially been recognized as one of the 10 safest communities in the country by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. West Bloomfield Township takes ninth place on the overall list, but takes first place as the safest community in Michigan.

AUGUST 2017

Brother Faris Najor took his first vows as a Capuchin on Friday July 21. Community members are asking all to continue to pray for him as he is a blessing to our community. Bishop Francis was in attendance and they allowed him to make his vows in Aramaic!

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JULY 2017

Rabir is a 26-year-old Syrian refugee who escaped ISIS and is now in the U.S. He never had access to money or good healthcare but now will have his first powered wheelchair. His chair was modified by the same man who modified Danny Kassab’s wheelchair, which the D-MAN Charity was named. Rabir has been wheel-chair bound since he was 15-years-old due to an unknown infection.  You can learn more about his story and help with his medical costs by going to https://www.gofundme.com/powerwheelchair-disabled-refuge

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JUNE 2017

Walk for Israel celebrated Israel on Sunday May, 7th at the Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield.  The event featured both a walk and a 5k family fun run, and helped raise awareness of the modern Jewish State of Israel .  The event has grown each year in size and prominence and works to unite the metro Detroit community to celebrate Israel.

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