Honor students to live in history

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published August 7, 2018

 Members of the Moceri family and Oakland University officials celebrate the donation of Cobblestone Manor as a residential housing spot for OU honor students July 18 at the former bed-and-breakfast on University Drive.

Members of the Moceri family and Oakland University officials celebrate the donation of Cobblestone Manor as a residential housing spot for OU honor students July 18 at the former bed-and-breakfast on University Drive.

Photo by Linda Shepard

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Eight lucky Oakland University honors college students will reside in a historic former bed-and-breakfast, thanks to a donation by the Moceri family.

The former Cobblestone Manor, on University Drive, is now the Frances M. Moceri Scholar House.

“We will use the building to celebrate the past and impact the future,” Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz said during a July 18 celebration. “Students will live here with a mentor and have academic discussions, workshops and more.”

The beautifully maintained home was built in 1940, said OU Dean Graeme Harper, director of the OU honors college. “It was here in the village of Auburn with a schoolhouse and church and a hotel.”

Students Lea Herweyer and Julia Sommers, both seniors from New Baltimore, have been approved to move into the home in the fall.

“It is gorgeous,” Herweyer said about the building, which features lavish décor and pristine gardens.

Herweyer said honor students from a cross section of majors were selected to live in the house. “So we’ll be able to learn from other students,” she said.

“This opportunity is incredible,” Sommers said.

Dominic Moceri said he jumped at the opportunity to invest in the home and donate it for university housing, “for honors students that have made a commitment — for a community and melting pot of thoughts. It is a great partnership for today and the future,” he said.  

Pescovitz said she was thrilled when Dominic and Mario Moceri approached her with the idea.

“He said, ‘My family wants to do something with Oakland University. … Our mother cares so much for the Oakland University students — the future generation,’” she said.

“I feel like I am an adopted member of the Moceri family,” Pescovitz said. “And I feel like all of OU are members of their family. They are not just turning this wonderful enterprise into one of their houses, but a house that will offer 6,000 square feet of space and 1.6 acres of land. This house has been meticulously taken care of.”

The Moceri family, builders of many housing developments in the area, are “incredible friends of OU,” Pescovitz said. “We thank the entire family for their vision, care, compassion and foresight for the community and OU students.”

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