Celebrating Our Own Sarah Lawrence

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Senior Thesis Exhibition at the Oakland University Art Gallery where our very own graphic designer, Sarah Lawrence, has her work on display.  She is currently sharing the gallery with other student artists who have all put a tremendous amount of work into presenting their art as part of their final projects before graduation. 

In Sarah’s case, graduation is this week and she will earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Communication.  Sarah and her boyfriend have their own company called Luminous Media which specializes in photography, videography, and small business marketing. We are lucky to have her on staff and to be able to share her talents regularly with our residents, businesses, and visitors alike through her work on producing the city’s newsletter, various brochures, banners, photographs, and more. 

Thomas A. Tanghe, City Manager


Elevating the Standard of Safety in Auburn Hills

Employee safety is of the utmost importance here at the City, and we go to great lengths to make sure our staff and our residents, are safe every time they step foot on our campus. As a local municipality that operates within today’s social climate, anything can happen at a moments notice. Whether it be a work-related injury or a mass shooting, we want to make sure that we are prepared. 

Last week, our staff took part in a “Stop the Bleed” training conducted by our Police and Fire Departments, along with guest speaker Anita Barksdale from St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Trauma Services. According to Stop the Bleed, the City of Auburn Hills is among the first municipality to offer and have all of its employees be fully taught within the program as a city-wide effort.

The motto of the day was, “Don’t be a bystander, react.” The entire presentation was focused on how taking action can significantly change the direction of a severe bleeding situation, and ultimately save the life of you or a co-worker.

Members of staff were educated on what to look for in the event of a life-threatening bleed, steps to take during a major event, and how to use bleeding control equipment such as a tourniquet or other resources to be used, if the gear is not available. Most importantly, employees were empowered to help in the event of a bleeding emergency until professional help arrives. As a part of our emergency preparedness and planning initiative, we will be placing “Stop the Bleed” kits throughout our City campus. We value having trained staff during any unexpected situation, and look to accomplish this training for our community as well.

If you are interested in this type of training or bleeding control kits, you may contact our Community Engagement Officer, Brian Miller at 248-364-1230 or email him at bmiller@auburnhills.org. You can also visit www.bleedingcontrol.org to learn more about the Stop the Bleed program.

Torri Mathes, Media Communications Specialist


Building The Talent Pipeline

Last week, I attended the MI Career Quest Southeast event held in Novi.  This event is the largest one-day career exploration event for high school students ever held in the region. The goal was to present young people with a glimpse of all the in-demand career opportunities out there for them to consider as they think about their futures.

It was incredible day. Nearly 10,000 students from over 100 high schools interacted with exhibitors who displayed more than 125 in-demand jobs in four careers: Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, Health Sciences, and Information Technology. There was everything from welding to a tonsillectomy demonstration.

This event was truly remarkable—seeing the reactions of the students as they learned about careers through hands-on exhibits was so much fun.  The event was the perfect opportunity to expose students to what career pathways are available.  I can’t wait until next year!

Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development and Community Relations

Building The Talent Pipeline