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August 23, 2021 |

2021 Fall Plans at RU – President Stogner

Dear Students, We are excited for the beginning of the new academic year and cannot wait to see you back on campus. As you prepare for your return, we want to provide you information about the measures we are taking to ensure a healthy and safe environment for our entire campus community.
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July 19, 2021 |

Rochester Mourns Loss of Fallen Warrior

The Rochester University athletic department is mourning the loss of former men's basketball player Angelo "Los" Griffis.  Griffis was a guard for the Warriors for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.  He scored over 1,000 points in his two-year career and averaged 19.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.  He also led the Warriors to their second-ever NAIA National Tournament appearance following the '16-'17 season. Read…
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June 18, 2021 |

Fall 2021 Opening Plans

Dear RU community, I hope you are already enjoying a wonderful summer. On the RU campus, we are busy processing and working through the lessons of the last academic year and enthusiastically planning for the 2021-22 academic year. In light of these developments, and after extensive deliberations from the RU Pandemic Response Team (PRT,) along with prayerful consideration from all decision-makers, we are pleased to…
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June 7, 2021 |

RU awarded $25,000 grant for mentoring program

Rochester University has received a two-year $25,000 NetVUE Vocation Across the Academy grant to fund its RISE Mentorship Program. RISE stands for relationship, inspiration, support and engagement. This program builds meaningful relationships between alumni and students. Alumni mentors serve as positive role models while providing valuable guidance, support and encouragement to students as they navigate through the challenges of transitioning from an academic to a…
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April 14, 2021 | ,

Rochester University appoints new School of Nursing director

Rochester University has appointed Dr. John Collins as director of its School of Nursing, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  Dr. Remylin Bruder, RU provost, said, “Dr. Collins is a servant leader who is data-driven and is passionate about student’s academic success. His expertise, education and experience will be wonderful assets to our students and faculty.” Before coming to RU, Collins…
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April 7, 2021 |

HGTV hosts to speak at Rochester University’s 50th Partnership Dinner

Presented by Chief Financial Credit Union, Rochester University’s 2021 Partnership Dinner will feature a live, virtual conversation with Ben and Erin Napier, hosts of HGTV’s “Home Town” television show, on Saturday, April 17, at 5:30 p.m. The Partnership Dinner is an annual event that generates funds for student scholarships. The 2021 dinner will celebrate the event’s 50th year and RU’s 60th anniversary. “Giving back and…
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February 24, 2021 |

Men’s Basketball Wins Regular Season WHAC Championship

Rochester rallies from 21 points down to beat Cornerstone for WHAC championship. Read more on MLIVE » CHAMPS 🙌🏼 — RUAthletics (@AthleticsRU) February 24, 2021
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January 28, 2021 |

Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce Silver and Gold Award – Beaumont Health Excellence in Health-care

Dr. Remilyn Bruder was recognized as the winner of the 2020 Beaumont Health Excellence in Health Care Award at the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce Silver and Gold Awards Ceremony on December 7, 2020. Beaumont Health Excellence in Health Care Award This award honors an individual who demonstrates leadership, innovation, and excellence in the health care field. Winner: Dr. Remylin Bruder, DNP, RN - Rochester…
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January 12, 2021 |

President Stogner Opens Spring Semester Affirming What RU Stands For.

 Full Transcript: Welcome back for the spring semester, 2021! The year 2020 was tough on everyone. I think many of us held a secret hope somewhere deep within us that something sort of magical would happen on January 1 this year, and things would somehow get better overnight. Alas, magical thinking never comes to fruition, and things are off to a difficult start already…
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December 17, 2020 |

Rochester University Holiday Hours

Rochester University will be closed for the holiday season from December 23-January 3. We look forward to hearing from you when we return to campus on January 4! Enjoy your holidays!
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December 17, 2020 | ,

Rochester University: A win for transfer students

At Rochester University you can play the transfer game and win! Offering one of the simplest transfer processes around, RU will work with your available credits to not only get you into the program of your choice, but we can help you understand your financial options, and will offer you a seamless process towards planning for your future. Our infographic introduces you to just some…
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November 10, 2020 |

Rochester University adds majors in computer information, nonprofit management, health care management

Rochester University School of Business is offering four new or revised majors targeted to expanding sectors in industry that are seeking skilled employees. The new majors are: Bachelor of science degree in information systems, programming Bachelor of business administration degree in computer information systems Bachelor of business administration degree in nonprofit management Bachelor of business administration degree in health care management “We’re responding to trends…
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November 5, 2020 |

Auburn Hills Chamber Nominates Two RU Employees for Awards

The Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce has nominated two Rochester University employees for its 2020 Silver & Gold Awards. Dr. Remylin Bruder, RU provost and professor of nursing, is nominated for the Beaumont Health Excellence in Health Care Award. This award honors an individual who demonstrates leadership, innovation and excellence in the health care field. Jennifer Porter, director of development, is nominated for the DBusiness…
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October 13, 2020 |

Rochester University sells northeast corner of property for $2.5 million

Rochester University has sold 7.9 acres of its property for $2.5 million, which improves the university’s financial standing while also ensuring improvements to the campus and the local community. Pulte Homes purchased land on the northeast side of campus for a new townhome community called The Groves at Rochester Hills. “Residents of The Groves at Rochester Hills will find Rochester University to be a great…
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October 12, 2020 | , ,

Chief Financial Credit Union Awarded J. Robert and Mary Utley Philanthropist of the Year

In 2007, Rochester University established an annual award to honor those who have modeled sacrificial service and philanthropic generosity for others in support of the university. This award was named after J. Robert and Mary Utley because of their steadfast commitment to scholarship and service. In recognition of their philanthropic spirit and commitment to community, this year’s award is presented to Chief Financial Credit Union.…
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September 29, 2020 |

Master Plan Brings New Life to Campus

By Gabriella Burman via DesignTeam Plus One of the hippest towns north of metropolitan Detroit is also one of the best places to enjoy autumn colors, as renovations near completion at Lake Norcentra Park, the jewel at the center of campus at Rochester University. Founded in 1959 as North Central Christian College, and later known as Rochester College, the institution changed its name to Rochester…
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September 28, 2020 | ,

Rochester University sets enrollment record for fall semester

Rochester University achieved a record enrollment in fall 2020 despite the challenges of a pandemic and predictions of a national decrease in college enrollment. Initial statistics show an enrollment increase of 13% compared to the previous fall, and for the first time in the institution's history, RU’s overall student headcount was more than 1,200, which includes traditional, accelerated and early college students, President Brian Stogner…
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July 28, 2020 | , ,

Early Childhood Education Program Ranked No. 1 In Nation

Rochester University’s Early Childhood Studies program has been ranked No. 1 in the country by The ranking highlights both RU’s bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies and its bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement. “We are thrilled to be ranked as the top program in the nation,” said Dr. Cynthia Clark, chair of the Department of Early Childhood Education and…
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June 15, 2020 |

University Launches Online Institutional Archive

Rochester University recently launched an online institutional archive. The site features over 800 publications and photos dating back to the 1950s. “Since its founding, the university has maintained a collection of institutional publications, photographs, and artifacts,” said archivist Larry Stewart. “The online collection now makes selected items available to the public for their use and viewing.” The online collection is hosted by the Detroit Area…
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June 1, 2020 |

Rochester University plans reopen of campus in fall

  Rochester University plans to reopen campus for the fall 2020 semester with safety precautions and preparedness in place to protect students, employees and the community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The university formed a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Team in the spring to develop policies and procedures for the campus. The plan is guided by the recommendations and policies of local, state, and…
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May 31, 2020 |

Statement on Current Events

Dear Friends, We live in profoundly troubling times. As I have watched in horror the recent news related to the senseless and violent killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, I have been reminded of the deep-seated injustices, racism, and evil that surround us. We know the names and the stories of those two people, but do not know the names or have forgotten the…
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May 11, 2020 |

WHAC Shares Update on Fall Sport Seasons

Presidents and athletics directors at member institutions in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) have been talking over the last 3-4 weeks about the future of athletics in the conference. The WHAC is preparing to move forward with athletics in the fall in conjunction with the member institutions re-opening their campuses.  Read full article »
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February 25, 2020 |

Rochester University Appoints Steve Moore as Vice President

Rochester University has selected Steve Moore, formerly with the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University, as its new vice president of development and alumni relations. Moore will lead the university’s development efforts as it raises funds for important capital projects, increases awareness about its mission and future, and as it connects with alumni and friends from around the nation.  “Steve has an…
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January 29, 2020 |

RU theatre to present two plays based on Shakespearean characters

Rochester University’s theatre department will present "In Juliet’s Garden" by Judith Elliot McDonald and "When Shakespeare’s Ladies Doth Protest" by Brandon Langeland in February. Both plays are directed by Annika Huey. Juliet Capulet invites four other heroines of Shakespeare's classics (Katharina, Portia, Ophelia and Desdemona) to lunch in her favorite garden in Verona to discuss issues they have with their plots. All the ladies have suggestions on how these issues…
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November 11, 2019 |

Rochester University unveils new loan repayment assistance program for future graduates

Rochester University will offer a new loan repayment assistance program to all incoming freshmen students beginning in Fall 2020. This program will provide a safety net for students, helping graduates repay student loans. “We are confident in the preparedness of our graduates to enter the workforce,  and this program is a way for us to further support student success after graduation,” said RU President Brian…
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October 31, 2019 |

Rochester University To Present “A Wrinkle in Time”

Rochester University’s theatre department will present "A Wrinkle in Time," based on the novel by Madeline L’Engle and adapted by John Glore, on various dates in November.  One of literature's most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry, is back — braces, stubbornness and all. Once again, she's joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O'Keefe and others to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her…
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October 22, 2019 |

Dr. Kenneth and Donna Slater honored with Philanthropy Award

Rochester University honored Dr. Kenneth and Donna Slater with the J. Robert and Mary Utley Philanthropy Award during the President’s Circle of Honor on Saturday, Oct. 19. Rochester University established this annual award to honor those who have modeled sacrificial service and philanthropic generosity for others in support of the college. This award was named after J. Robert and Mary Utley because of their steadfast…
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September 12, 2019 |

RU initiates Spiritual Formation Advisory Group

Rochester University has established a Spiritual Formation Advisory Group where Christian leaders from the community will join the university in helping students discover their life’s purpose and learn how to connect that purpose to their careers. “We believe a strong Christian faith is a foundation for success, both in learning and in life,” said Dr. Brian Stogner, president of Rochester University. “Hand-in-hand with these convictions…
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August 29, 2019 |

Rochester University to Present Silent Sky

Rochester University’s theatre department will present "Silent Sky," written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Dr. Catherine Parker, RU associate professor of theatre, starting on Thursday, Sept. 19.  "Silent Sky" tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt, who begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, but she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates…
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June 14, 2019 |

RU awarded for restoration of historic farmstead

Rochester University was recently awarded the Earl. E. Borden Historic Preservation Award by the City of Rochester Hills Historic Districts Commission for the restoration of the farmstead located on RU’s campus. As the recipient of this award, RU has shown its commitment to preserving and restoring the historic barn and silo, which date back to the early 1900s. When restored to its original design it…
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April 16, 2019 |

Rochester University To Present Music Showcase

Rochester University To Present Music Showcase Rochester University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will present its final chorus concert of the year on Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.  The A Cappella Chorus will present a program that includes some new music as well as new renditions of traditional spirituals. The performance will include Robert Ray’s “Gospel Mass” in its entirety, among other pieces. Autumn, a smaller group…
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April 15, 2019 |

Rochester University Honors Alumni at Partnership Dinner

Rochester University Foundation Board Member Emeritus presented to Todd Graham In recognition of eleven years of exceptional leadership, devoted service, and contribution of your time, talents and treasures to the benefit of the Rochester University Foundation and its mission to serve the students and mission of Rochester University.   2019 Alumnus of the Year Award presented to Kevin Stewart Kevin was honored as alumnus of…
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April 15, 2019 |

Rochester University Unveils New Logos and Mission Statement

Rochester University unveils new logos and mission statement as they continue transition to Rochester University Logo and mission statement were on display for public viewing at Rochester University’s 48th annual Partnership Dinner Rochester Hills, Mich., April 13, 2019 – Last fall, Rochester University announced they’ll become Rochester University. As a next step in their name change transition, they unveiled new Rochester University logos and an…
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March 27, 2019 |

Rochester University To Present “Opal”

  Rochester University’s theatre department will present "Opal," an award-winning Broadway hit by Robert Nassif Lindsey, in April. Opal, which will be directed by Robert Arbaugh, tells the story of a 7-year-old aristocratic girl who is orphaned in a shipwreck and placed in an Oregon lumber camp in 1904. Her one desire is to find the secret way to return to her parents and her…
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March 5, 2019 |

Award-Winning Playwright Will Host Writing Workshop & Book Signing at Rochester University

Author and playwright Beth Kander, whose dystopian novel debuted in 2018, will present a writing workshop and book signing on Thursday, March 21, at Rochester University. Kander's dystopian epic, "Original Syn," debuted in September 2018, and the second in the series will be released in summer 2019. An award-winning playwright, Kander’s newest play, "Hazardous Materials," will receive its world premiere at Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado…
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February 26, 2019 |

RU & Chief Financial Partner as Presenting Sponsors of Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade

Rochester, MI – The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce announced a new partnership with Chief Financial Credit Union and Rochester University at this year’s Community Outlook Press Conference. Rochester University, soon to be Rochester University, and Chief Financial Credit Union have partnered to become Presenting Sponsors of the Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade for the next three years. “This investment in such an important community…
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February 14, 2019 |

Slater-Montgomery Family Chapel

This spring Rochester University will build again in Lake Norcentra Park. The Slater-Montgomery Family Chapel, which will sit adjacent to the old gymnasium, will give the community a place to gather for chapel, weddings, worship, and outdoor events. With this chapel, donors Kenneth and Donna (Montgomery) Slater are honoring the long involvement of both their families in the establishment and sustainment of RU. Donna attended…
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February 8, 2019 |

Rochester University To Present Music Showcase

Rochester University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will present its annual Music Showcase on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m The A Cappella Chorus will present a program that includes new music as well as new renditions of traditional spirituals. Autumn, a smaller group that performs contemporary a cappella music, is known for its tight harmony and its uplifting message in song. Performances by…
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January 22, 2019 |

Rochester University To Present “Eurydice”

Rochester University’s theatre department will present "Eurydice," written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Hannah Niece in February. In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists and…
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January 3, 2019 |

Rochester University To Present “Agnes of God”

Rochester University’s theatre department will present "Agnes of God," written by John Pielmeier and directed by Robert Arbaugh, assistant professor of theatre, Jan. 10-13.  Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, further arousing Livingstone’s suspicions. Who…
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December 20, 2018 |

Rochester University: Close to Everything

Looking for a small university that will help you learn, lead and succeed by expanding your knowledge and your faith? Take a closer look at Rochester University.  In addition to more personalized classes and majors that will help you succeed in your career and your everyday life, you’ll also find RU affordable, with a wide range of financial aid options. RU is also located in…
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December 6, 2018 |

RU Theatre Presents Laundry and Bourbon

Opening this Thursday, RU’s Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance presents Laundry and Bourbon, written by James McLure and directed by Annika Huey. Annika is a senior Theatre major who directed Laundry and Bourbon as her capstone project. The setting is the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth's home in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon. Elizabeth and her friend Hattie are whiling away the time folding laundry, watching TV, sipping bourbon…
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December 3, 2018 |

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours! Please note that Rochester University offices will be closed from Monday, December 24-Tuesday, January 1. All inquiries made during this time will be responded to after the holidays!   
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October 22, 2018 |

Rochester University To Present “Great Expectations”

Rochester University’s theatre department will present "Great Expectations," throughout November. The play was adapted by Barbara Field from the Charles Dickens classic and is directed by Robert Arbaugh, RU associate professor of theatre. "Great Expectations" conveys all the energy and warmth of Dickens' richly human story with cinematic quickness and fluidity. Beginning with his humble boyhood at the home of his long-suffering sister and her husband, the play follows Pip through his encounter with the escaped…
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October 15, 2018 |

Jim and Caye Randolph honored with Philanthropy Award

  Rochester University honored Jim and Caye Randolph with the J. Robert and Mary Utley Philanthropy Award during the President’s Circle of Honor on Saturday, Oct. 13. Rochester University established this annual award to honor those who have modeled sacrificial service and philanthropic generosity for others in support of the college. This award was named after J. Robert and Mary Utley because of their steadfast…
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October 1, 2018 |

Rochester University Presents Music Department Showcase

Rochester University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will present its annual Fall Music Showcase on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The concert features the Rochester University A Cappella Chorus, Autumn and musical theatre students. The A Cappella Chorus will present a program that includes some new music as well as new renditions of traditional spirituals. Autumn, an ensemble known for its tight harmony…
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September 6, 2018 |

Rochester University Presents “Crimes of the Heart”

Rochester University’s theatre department will present "Crimes of the Heart," written by Beth Henley and directed by Dr. Nancy Arnfield, during two weekends in September.  The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at 30 and facing…
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July 28, 2018 |

Ice Cream Olympics • Aug. 25, 7 p.m.

      The Rochester University Alumni Association invites you to join us for the seventh annual “Ice Cream Olympics” on Sunday, August 25 at 7 p.m. Be our guest, as we welcome both new, and returning students. There will be plenty of fun for the entire family. This event is offered at no cost to participants. Bring your family and enjoy a great evening with alumni, students,…
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June 21, 2018 |

UnCovered Theatre Company and Rochester University Present “Macbeth”

UnCovered Theatre Company and Rochester University’s theatre department present Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Christopher Owens. Every summer, UnCovered Theatre and RU's Theatre Department team up to produce the Rochester University Shakespeare Festival where professional actors and directors from around the country come to RU’s campus to perform some of Shakespeare’s best plays. Past shows include: Macbeth, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet,…
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April 26, 2018 | ,

Troy Butler Named 2018 Alumnus of the Year

At the 2018 Partnership Dinner, Rochester University acknowledged Troy Butler as our 2018 Alumnus of the Year. Troy Butler graduated from Rochester University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. He then went on and received his Master’s degree from Sienna Heights University. In 2001, Troy and his family started the Troy Butler Endowed Scholarship for students majoring in social work and…
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April 12, 2018 |

Rochester University launches English Second Language endorsement

More than 66,000 English learning students enrolled in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne county schools Rochester Hills, Mich., April 11, 2018– In 2017, the Michigan Department of Education reported there were 90,000 English learning students, those with English as a second language, enrolled in Michigan’s school systems. Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties accounted for 66,000 of those students. In response to these staggering statistics, Rochester University is…
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March 21, 2018 |

Rochester University partners with City of Detroit through Detroit Promise program

Rochester University offering scholarships to qualified students graduating from City of Detroit high schools Rochester Hills, Mich., March 21, 2018 – In an effort to provide more students with the opportunity to advance their learning, Rochester University has entered into a partnership with Detroit Promise, offering scholarships to qualified Detroit-resident students graduating from a high school in the city of Detroit, beginning spring of 2018.…
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March 4, 2018 |

Warriors Win 4th USCAA Title

The Rochester University Warriors entered the USCAA national tournament as the 5th seed but left as the top team in the country after an 80-61 win over Oakwood University Saturday evening. The win earned the men's basketball program their fourth USCAA national championship and sixth national title overall. Justin Nafso was named the tournament MVP while Kash Blackwell and Armand Cartwright were named to the…
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March 3, 2018 |

Lady Warriors Win First-Ever USCAA Title

The Rochester University Warriors are USCAA champions for the first time after knocking off the #2 seed in the semi-finals and then taking down the #1 seed in the championship game on Saturday.  The Warriors beat Paul Quinn 72-57 in the championship behind a huge game from Allyssa Copley who was later named the tournament MVP.  Copley finished with an impressive line of 13 points,…
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February 19, 2018 |

Music Showcase February 27

Rochester University's Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present its annual Music Showcase on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. The concert features the Rochester University A Cappella Chorus, Autumn, the Rochester University Worship Ensemble, faculty performances, and the Rochester University Alumni Chorus. The chorus will present a program that includes some new music as well as new renditions of traditional spirituals. Autumn is…
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February 5, 2018 |

RU Presents Celebration 2018: Classic TV

Don't miss Rochester University’s 41st annual Celebration—Classic TV: The Rise of Television Entertainment Feb. 22-24! SHOWTIMES Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. TICKET PRICES RU students $5 Cast friends & family $10 General public $12 Tickets are available to purchase by contacting the Rochester University business office at (248) 218-2053.…
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January 3, 2018 |

Uncovered Theatre Company Presents “No Exit”

Uncovered Theatre, the professional theatre company for Rochester University, will present "No Exit," written by Jean-Paul Sartre and directed by Nicole Mullaly. Two women and one man are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. The windows are bricked up; there are no mirrors; the electric lights can never be turned off; and there is no exit. The irony of this…
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