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Benefits Corner
Flexible Spending Account Reminder
If you are enrolled in the 2013 Health Care Flexible Spending Account, you had until December 31, 2013 to use your funds. Claims for 2013 expenses for the Health Care Account must be filed with Meritain no later than March 31, 2014. Claims forms are available on the UHR website. Be sure to keep a copy of all claims sent to Meritain for processing. Remember, money from your 2013 Health Care Flexible Spending Account that is not claimed by March 31, 2014 will be forfeited.

AP Award Nominations Being Accepted
In recognition of the many outstanding accomplishments of Oakland University's AP employees, the university is pleased to open nominations for the AP award program for calendar year 2013. The award for 2013 is $1,000. The AP award fund, established specifically for this recognition, honors exemplary service and exceptional contributions made by individual AP employees. Supervisors, peers or co-workers may nominate colleagues or employees may self-nominate using the AP Award Nomination Form, which is available on the University Human Resources web site.

Fidelity and TIAA-CREF On Campus
Representatives from TIAA-CREF will be available for one-on-one sessions on the following days:

Tuesday, March 25, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, March 26, 127 Oakland Center
Tuesday, April 22, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, April 23, 127 Oakland Center

Call (800) 732-8353 to schedule an appointment or go to the TIAA-CREF website.
The Fidelity representative will be on campus the following dates:

Monday, March 10, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, March 24, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, April 07, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, April 28, Lake St. Clair, OC

Call (800) 642-7131 to schedule an appointment with Bethany Pagnani or go to Reservations.
Liberty Mutual Auto and Home Representative on Campus
Your local Liberty Mutual representative, Michael Meyer, will be onsite providing coverage evaluations on the following dates:

Wednesday, March 19, 129 Oakland Center
Wednesday, April 23, 129 Oakland Center

To make an appointment, please call (800) 230-9302, ext. 56727.

Employee Discount Program
Many of Oakland University's business partners offer OU employees a discount on their products and services.  Please see our Employee Discount page for more information!

Staff Member News
We are nearing the end of the performance cycle for all non-bargained employee groups. Following are a few time management tips to prepare you for the upcoming performance evaluations:
  • Take a look at the goals you and your supervisor set for the 2013-14 cycle. Finish up any additional work needed to accomplish the goals by March 31st.
  • Start making notes on goals you may want to include for the 2014-15 cycle.*
  • Begin gathering facts on the accomplishments of your job duties, major achievements and challenges you faced in the last 12 months.
  • Being prepared ahead of time will make for a smooth process in April when the evaluation will be due.
*Note: This will be the final evaluation in the current TEAMS system. It is important that you NOT begin a new evaluation in the current TEAMS system. Create and maintain your 2014-15 goals in a word document. Training and additional information will be forthcoming in the next several weeks as the new PeopleAdmin system is introduced.

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in February, 2014!
Colleen Arnett - Coordinator for Student Activities - School of Medicine
Kevin Beers - Coordinator Athletics Annual Giving and VIP Programs - Athletics Administration
Reed Brown - Police Dispatcher - Police Department
Beth Dawson - Financial Analyst - College of Arts & Sciences
Jenaye Lisbon - Director of Practical Nursing - School of Nursing
Shawn Rasanen - Secretary I - English Department
John Reeser - Assistant Engineer, Classroom Technologies & Integration


Annie is a Custodian for Campus Cleaning in Wilson Hall, and has been with Oakland University for 29 years.

Read about Annie's contribution to the University on her Employee of the Month page.
Nominate a shining star for Employee of the Month! 

Click on the Nominate link to complete the online form.
Training Update
UHR Training Courses Offered for March 2014
Google Overview
3/6/2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Purchasing for New Employees

3/17/2014 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
What Every Manager Needs to Know
3/12/2014  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
What Every Manager Needs to Know
3/12/2014 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Smart Data OnLine for P-Card Reclassification
3/20/2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Introduction to Google Drive (Google Docs)
3/20/2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Communication and Documentation Strategies
3/26/2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Communication and Documentation Strategies
3/26/2014 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Banner New User Training
Ongoing - by appointment
If you have any questions, please contact the training department at x4579.  You can click here to enroll in these and many other courses.  Course schedule is subject to change, please check the training website for updates.

Management Training Opportunities
University Human Resources has invited employment attorney Jacqui Schulte back to talk to managers about the basics of employment law and issues that are critical to Oakland University today. Seating is limited, so enroll now.
What Every Manager Needs to Know           

Communication and Documentation
Strategies for   Managers


Smart Data OnLine for P-Card Reclassification
Smart Data Generation 2 ("SDG2") is an online reporting tool that allows you to access your OU Purchase Card transactions securely over the Internet. It can help you expedite expense reporting by allowing you to review transactions, assign Account Codes, Fund Numbers, split transactions and run reports — all online and at your convenience. To register please click here.

Banner Training for New Users
One-on-one training is available to help orient new users to the Banner interface.  Please fill out the Banner Training Request form with as much detail as possible, and one of our trainers will contact you soon to set up a training session.
Online Learning
Project Management Institute Prep Courses - FREE on SkillSoft
Even though every project is unique, they all have certain attributes in common. Every project has a similar life cycle, starting with an idea, progressing through development, and culminating in the delivery of a finished product or service. Existing project managers wishing to get certified in recognition of their skills and experience, or others who wish to train to become accredited project managers can develop a foundational knowledge base reflecting the most up-to-date project management information. Learners will also be introduced to the fundamental source of information for project management professionals: the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) published by PMI®. The course will identify key project management concepts and terms, explore the PMBOK® Guide, and the project management Knowledge Areas This course will assist in preparing the learner for the PMI® certification exam. Programs are available for Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Business Certifications > Project Management Institute

If you are unsure which courses to take, contact the UHR Training Dept at x4579, or email

Please click here to request an account on SkillSoft, if you do not already have one.

**Having trouble accessing SkillSoft or not sure what to take?  Contact Dana ( or Vicki ( for help.**

Building a Better yOU
Oakland University is a sponsor of the first ever American Heart Association HeartChase event in downtown Mount Clemens on Saturday, April 5. Billed as a combination of the popular TV shows Amazing Race™ and Minute to Win It™, HeartChase combines awesome games, friendly competition and a very important mission – to provide healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. Register your team!

Nutrition Lunch & Learn: Understanding the Food Label
This session is designed to assist individuals in navigating and unraveling the confusing information on a food label with the ultimate goal of having the ability to make better food choices. Also discussed is product packaging and how it influences food purchases. Enroll at the Campus Rec website or email Stephanie at
Tuesday, March 4
12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom

iPause Sessions
iPause will provide you with tools and methods such as deep breathing, meditation, body scanning and stress management, all to help combat everyday stressors. A new topic and method of stress relief will be discussed at each iPause session along with a five minute neck and shoulder massage. Email Stephanie at to reserve your spot today! Exclusive to OU Employees.
Thursday, March 13
12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
Oakland Center: Heritage Room
Thursday, April 10
12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
Oakland Center: Heritage Room

POKER WALK: Save the Date!
Mark your calendars! Wednesday, May 21, 2014 will be the date for this year's poker walk! Participate as an individual or in a team. Prized will be given away for top three poker hands, best costume, best team name, and most enthusiastic.

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
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Make sure to periodically review the University's policy on Information Security. Contact the HELP desk at x4357 for more information about keeping your data secure at OU.

It's been a record-breaking winter with extreme temperatures and extreme snowfall. Take a moment to review the University's policy on University Closings.

Pets @ OU

A Pair of Fuzzy Bookends

Meet Shanti Freckles and
Levi Lightfoot, 7 year old Samoyeds that love to sing and take long hikes with their mom, Terrie Rowe

Submit your pet photo and story to

Stay tuned for a Pets@OU Pet of the Year contest!

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