Looking back at last night, there’s no doubt that Mayor Kevin McDaniel took great pride in presenting a proclamation to Mr. Ed Guay, an Avondale Public Schools Teacher who was recently named Oakland Schools Teacher of the Year. Mr. Guay has been teaching English and Drama in the school district for thirty years, so it’s fitting that as his career at Avondale is coming to a close, he has received such a wonderful acknowledgment for his years of successfully educating students in the district. The tables were turned last night when Mayor McDaniel had the chance to call Mr. Guay to the head of the class (well, City Council Chamber), since Mr. Guay was once a teacher of Mayor McDaniel’s. When you meet Mr. Guay, you know right away that his enthusiasm for teaching can hardly be contained. All of us at the City of Auburn Hills wish Mr. Guay a long, healthy, and happy retirement. We know he’s earned it!
It’s another exciting day for Auburn Hills at Oakland University. I had the privilege of attending today’s groundbreaking ceremony for what will become the newly expanded version of the Oakland Center (OC), OU’s main student gathering place. The nearly $50 million expansion promises to be a spectacular addition to this thriving campus and as I can attest, will provide badly needed space for students. On occasion, I am on campus in the OC during the day and I witness firsthand a number of students sitting on the floor in the hallways due to a lack of available seating. For me, the OC is really a special place. As an undergrad and graduate student at OU in the mid-80’s to early 90’s, I remember a rather simple building with few amenities, but it was the center of a lot of college life. Of course, it met the needs at the time. I often joke that I received my undergrad at OU back when it was a one-room schoolhouse. Well . . . not quite. Over the years, I’ve taken a class here and there and I am currently enrolled as a student, experiencing what is the new and improved current version of the OC. But now I will have the opportunity to experience yet another generation of the OC, the one that begins construction and renovation this summer and re-opens next year as the latest and greatest version. Continue reading “Auburn Hills Welcomes Oakland Center Expansion at OU”→