Food, Wine, Beer and Music Rule at the 19th Annual Great Lakes Tasting

The 19th Annual Great Lakes Tasting is 5:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, BR-07-GLT-403May 22, 2014, at Oakland Community College’s Culinary Studies Institute, J Building, 27055 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills.

The event features more than 500 Great Lakes wines, select Michigan Micro Beers, more than 20 top area restaurants serving their best dishes and entertainment by the smooth Simone Vitale Band.

Restaurants will include Dirty Dog Café, Orchard Lake Country Club, Forest Lake Country Club, P.F. Chang’s and the Townsend. All proceeds from this event benefit OCC Culinary and Restaurant Management students.

This is the event of the season! Enjoy great food, beverages and beautiful spring weather. It’s a great way to start your Memorial Day weekend.

Tickets are $50 if purchased before the event, and $55 at the door. For tickets, visit or call (248) 522-3700.

With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. OCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. Three quarters of a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965.

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Sing Out Detroit Celebrates Motown Music

A cultural revolution was born 55 years ago with the founding of Motown Records in Detroit, sending a drumbeat of optimism across America for people of all races, genders and sexual orientation. 6-6-14-concert_SingOutDetroit_square

Sing Out Detroit Chorus presents a musical tribute to the iconic sounds of Motown at 8 p.m., Friday, June 6, at Oakland Community College’s Smith Theatre in Farmington Hills.

“STOP! In The Name Of Love” features chart-topping hits that will have you dancing in your seat. Get your tickets NOW before all the seats are taken!

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door (if available).

Call (248) 943-2411, or purchase tickets online at

About Sing Out Detroit Chorus: Sing Out Detroit, a non-profit organization, is a mixed chorus of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) people and Allies. Through music, we aspire to create a positive change toward social equality within our Metro Detroit communities. Sing Out Detroit was recently voted WDIV’s “Best Choir Group.” Learn more about our mission and goals at

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Farmington Rotary Endows Scholarship with $20,000 Gift

Farmington Rotary recently gave a $20,000 gift to create an rotary logoendowed scholarship designated for Orchard Ridge Project BOLD or ACCESS students.

The Farmington Rotary/Lydia Silvani-Foley Endowed Memorial Scholarship honors Lydia Silvani-Foley, a member of the Farmington community who designated a portion of her estate to support charities that help children with special needs and disabilities.

“This gift would have been very meaningful to Lydia,” said Farmington Rotary President Lynn Morgan. “Her heirs were aware of Farmington Rotary’s close relationship with Farmington Eagle School’s Department of Physically or Otherwise Handicapped Individuals (POHI). The program helped care for children with debilitating or degenerative diseases. We are honored that Farmington Rotary could make this scholarship a reality.”

For 25 years, Farmington Rotary helped fulfill POHI program needs and services. POHI closed but members of Farmington Rotary felt this scholarship would continue to help students with special needs in their educational endeavors.

Rotary member and Foundation Board member Jan Dolan said she hopes the gift will encourage other service organizations to give to OCC.

“What better way to use that money than to start a scholarship?,” Dolan added. “OCC is a very good school and very affordable for young people in Oakland County.”

Many area companies and community service organizations, including Automation Alley, the Oakland Community College Faculty Association, St. John Providence Health System and the American Association of University Women support OCC students through scholarships, said Foundation Alumni Director of Annual and Alumni Giving Cynthia Tanner. Local fire departments have also supported scholarships for OCC’s Fire Academy cadets for years.

If you are involved with a service organization that supports educational initiatives, tell them about the work of the Oakland Community College Foundation. Scholarships can make a huge difference in a student’s life. Share our story with your organization. For more information, contact the OCC Foundation at (248) 341-2137 or


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OCC Honors Outstanding Employees and Emeriti

OCC honored 30 outstanding employees and emeriti at the College’s 21st Annual Excellence Day, which drew approximately 160 celebrants to the Auburn Hills campus.

Chancellor Tim Meyer addresses honorees at OCC's 21st Annual Excellence Day

Chancellor Tim Meyer addresses honorees at OCC’s 21st Annual Excellence Day

“Excellence Day gives the College community the opportunity to honor our own,” said Chancellor Tim Meyer. “I thank our dedicated employees for taking the time to submit nominations and serve on review committees.

“I also want to recognize those who were nominated, but were not among the final selections,” Meyer added. “A nomination from your colleagues speaks highly of your efforts and commitment on behalf of the College.”


Southfield Royal Oak Campus President Steven Reif poses with emeritus honoree Janet Akehurst.

Meyer introduced honorees for the College’s District Office. Campus presidents Dr. Steven Reif (Southfield and Royal Oak Campus), Dr. Cynthia Roman (Highland Lakes Campus) and Dr. Jacqueline Shadko (Orchard Ridge and Auburn Hills Campuses) followed with presentations on emeriti, outstanding faculty and employees from their respective campuses. They provided brief introductions and gave honorees time to say a few words.

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Jackson Named 2014 Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion Stacey Jackson

Diversity Champion Stacey Jackson

OCC has named Coordinator of Student Development Stacey Jackson as its 2014 Diversity Champion.

Diversity Champions will be recognized at the 15th Annual Race Relations and Diversity Task Force Champion Honor Roll Breakfast on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at The Community House in Birmingham.

“Stacey’s impact on diversity at OCC cannot be overstated,” said OCC Chancellor Dr. Tim Meyer. “We are proud to have such outstanding leadership this year and in years past. OCC’s involvement in the Task Force since 2000 has made OCC a rich, vibrant and inclusive place for all people.”

Jackson’s commitment to diversity began at Aquinas College where she was the Director of Multicultural Affairs. There, she provided the campus with diversity programming and input on campus issues related to equity and inclusion. As Coordinator of Student Development at OCC, she champions diversity into student programs through workshops, speaker and panels. She is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Global Education Committee. She coordinates the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Cultural Diversity Month events on campus. Stacey also serves as a board member of the Oakland County Diversity and Employment Council.

Jackson said she’s driven by her desire to create an environment that welcomes all differences.

“It is important to recognize differences in religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomics and class backgrounds,” she said. “This also creates a more inclusive work environment.”

The mission of the Race Relations & Diversity Task Force is to actively promote and embrace an appreciation for diversity and advocate for inclusivity, equality, and justice in the region. The Task Force grew out of a community leadership forum convened in 1987 by sixteen community agencies, including The Community House, the Birmingham Public Schools and Bloomfield Hills Schools. Its goal is to develop and maintain an open, intentional community that works to overcome racism, prejudice and discrimination through education, advocacy and response. The Community House sponsors the Task Force. Together with The Community House, the Task Force is the beneficiary of a Kellogg Foundation grant.

The Task Force invites every business, non-profit, public agency or faith community of the metro Detroit area to give special recognition to one individual whose vision of diversity has created a significant impact on others. The honored individuals make an invaluable contribution by helping to ensure that all people feel included and empowered in the shared endeavors of the organization and in the larger community.

Past OCC Diversity Champions:

Michelle Fether-Samtouni, Faculty, 2013
Dr. Sara (Sally) Hanna, 2012
Kelli Van Buren, 2011
Pamela Dorris, Professional Development and Training Director, 2010
Eric Abbey, Faculty, 2009
Dr. Jacqueline Shadko, Campus President, 2008
Beverly Stanbrough, Dean of Campus Affairs, 2007
Lloyd Crews, Dean of Campus Affairs, 2006
Wanda Pernell-Harris, Academic Support Coordinator, 2004
Richard L. Burt-Wilson, 2004
Maurice McCall, 2004
Nancy Nicholson, International Student Advisor, 2003
Rocio Oxholm-Flores, International Student Advisor, 2003
Elise Roman, Counselor, 2003
Diana Schack, International Student Advisor, 2003
JuliAnne Pardon, 2002
Imagene Bailey, Counselor, 2001
Arlene Frank, Womencenter Program Director, 2000
Marty Smydra, Faculty, 2000

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