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.


Melody Arabo to be Lead Fellow for Department of Education

Melody Arabo, a teacher at Keith Elementary School in West Bloomfield Hills, will be this year’s lead fellow for the U.S. Department of Education’s School Ambassador Fellowship in Washington, DC. Previously, Arabo was a part time teaching ambassador for the fellowship program, but has chosen to take on the role full time and will commute from Michigan to DC. Arabo and other educators who take part in the fellowship program are pivotal in bringing educators’ voices to federal policy.


An Update on the Detainees

When the story began with the detainment of dozens of Christian Iraqis this past June, it was evident it would be an on-going story.

Much has transpired since then including several protests and the release of about 10 detainees. Some have upcoming court dates and others are on a list to to be considered for pardons by Governor Snyder.

Most of the detainees came to the United States legally but never became citizens and now have criminal records.

The rally late August at the Theodore Levin Court U.S. Court House was not as widely attended as previous ones. There were less than 100 people in attendance on August 31.  

Some of the detainees are on hunger strikes. 

Following the mass arrests, the ACLU stepped in with a class action lawsuit, arguing the Christian Iraqis detained would face persecution if deported back to Iraq. This past July, the federal courts sided with the ACLU and ordered that each case be re-examined. That has been on-going since the judge’s order.


Believe in Yourself Donates to Girls Around the World

This Fall, brand new back to school clothing was provided to girls around the country by the Believe in Yourself Project. Clothing donations are tied to the girls’ progress in achieving goals. Each girl who wants to receive a dress is entered into a system where they are then tracked to see their progress, whether towards improving their academics or pursuing an extracurricular interest such as music, dance, sports, etc. and Believe in Yourself provides the girls dresses for any upcoming events they have during the school year. The charity brings in mentors and speakers to motivate the girls to believe in themselves. 


Community members recognized by dBusiness: 30 in their Thirties Class of 2017

Community members Simon Jonna, Andrew Dickow and Derek Dickow have been recognized by dBusiness in this year’s “30 in their Thirties”. Each year, dBusiness recognizes 30 individuals from across Metro Detroit that have achieved notable success in their fields. This year, dBusiness has recognized three of our very own and their successes.