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Holiday time-off reminder!  Don't forget that December 24, 25, and 31 are considered HOLIDAYS, and that December 26, 29, and 30 are DECEMBER RECESS days.  Next month, January 1 is a HOLIDAY but for January 2 you will need to use a personal day or vacation day when completing your leave reports.
Benefits Corner
Important! Check your 2015 Benefit Statement Now
Please confirm your 2015 benefits by reviewing your Benefit Statement that will show you the 2015 enrollment information. Follow these steps:
  • Log in to Sail
  • Click on Employee
  • Select Benefits and Deductions
  • Select Benefit Statement
  • For the "As of date" choose Jan 1, 2015 and click Select
Sail will then display your 2015 Benefit Statement showing your benefits for next year. If anything is missing, incorrect, or confusing, please contact the Benefits office at x4207 as soon as possible. Changes must be recorded before the end of the year.

New InfoArmor Subscribers: What to Expect
Employees that elected coverage in the new InfoArmor benefit should expect an email in the first week of January.  The welcome email and letter provide instruction on how to login to the employee's account. Once logged in the employee can navigate through the features, activate CreditArmor, opt out of solicitations, indicate the communication preferences, and upload any additional information into our WalletArmor feature. The employee can also print a Digital Identity Report a free credit report, and read tips on how to protect his or her identity.

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

Tuesday, December 9, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, December 10, 127 Oakland Center
Tuesday, January 20, Lake Superior B, OC
Wednesday, January 21, Lake Superior B, OC

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:
Thursday, December 4, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, December 15, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, January 5, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, January 12, 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, December 10, 125 Oakland Center

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

2015 Form W-4 – Federal Withholding Allowances
Employees should review their Federal Withholding Allowances to determine if they need to make changes for 2015. If filing status (married or single), exempt status, or exemption allowance qualifications have changed at some point during the past calendar year, a new Form W-4 may need to be submitted to Payroll. The new 2015 Form W-4 will be accessible on the Payroll Website  and the IRS Website as soon as it becomes available.

NOTE: Any employee claiming "EXEMPT" in 2014 must submit a 2015 Form W-4 by February, 2015 in order for exempt status to remain active. Please contact the Payroll Office at 248-370-3472 or if you have any questions. No action is required on your part if you have not claimed exempt and/or you have no changes in tax status to report.

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.

Special offer for OU Employees from Sprint, expires 1/15/15.

Staff Member News
Performance Management Process - Things to Remember
  • Be sure your goals are entered into the TEAMS system
  • Give your supervisor comments on your goal attainment progress
  • Supervisors complete the Mid-Cycle Check In and meet with your employees
  • Check out what is new under My Links at
    • Access to training tool
    • Quick Reference Sheet
    • Access to old performance evaluations

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in November, 2014!
Isaiah Canty - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Carol Carr - Office Assistant III - Academic Affairs
Jennifer De La O - Office Assistant III - Admissions
Joshua Dunn - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Sarah Froberg - Laboratory Stockroom Coordinator - Chemistry Department
Sheinell May - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Shelby Olsen - Production Manager - Communications & Marketing
Tiffanie Patefield - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Timothy Tangney - Skilled Trades VI - Carpentry - Structural Maintenance
Joanne Williams - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning


Maureen is a Financial Assistant in the Budget and Financial Planning department, and has been with Oakland University for 1 year.

Read about Maureen'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 December 2014
Google Overview
12/9/2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Halfway there: A retirement checkup
12/9/2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM OR
12/9/2014 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Introduction to Google Drive (Google Docs)
12/16/2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 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.

Halfway there: A retirement checkup
Halfway? Already? Retirement has a way of creeping up on people. Before you know it, you'll be depending on all the money you saved and invested. If you're panicking, don't. There's still time!

Give your retirement savings a checkup. TIAA-CREF's workshop leader will provide information to help you determine where you need to be in your retirement savings, and how to get back on track if you're behind:
  • Find out how much you should be saving
  • Discover different investment vehicles and how they can work together to help you reach your retirement goals
  • Learn what's competing for your retirement savings
All University faculty and staff are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Enroll now!

Budget Journal Vouchers (JVs) Moving to Banner in February 2015
Starting February 2015, Budget & Financial Planning will be moving the entry and approval of budget JVs to Banner, at which time the pink paper forms will be phased out. Budget & Financial Planning will be conducting training sessions in January 2015; all budget JV initiators and approvers should plan to attend one of the sessions.

Attendees should submit one of the following forms depending on his/her role (either an initiator of budget JVs or an approver of budget JVs) at least a week prior to attending a training session. Please email completed forms to and cc Please email the completed forms as soon as possible so all initiators and approvers can be granted access before the training sessions begin. Initiators and approvers who were part of the pilot group and already have access do not need to resubmit these forms prior to attending training.
Please visit this link to reserve a seat at one of the training sessions.

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
Success Over Stress
"Stress is the psychological, physiological and behavioral response by an individual when they perceive a lack of equilibrium between the demands placed upon them and their ability to meet those demands, which, over a period of time, leads to ill-health." Stephen Palmer, "Occupational Stress".

Contrary to popular belief, stress itself is never a good thing--it is always harmful. This course will show you the difference between pressure, which spurs you into action and helps you to perform at your peak, and stress, which impedes your performance, and has long-term health implications. Stress is produced by your own feelings and reactions to certain external events, rather than by the events themselves. This means that once you recognize how you respond to certain situations, you can change your response to one that is more helpful and productive.

Check out this comprehensive stress management program for FREE on SkillSoft. 

Business Skills > Personal Development > Living a Balanced Life

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

Winter 2015 Preview
The following programs are scheduled for the Winter 2015 semester! Be sure to check the Employee Wellness website at the beginning of the New Year for more information and registration links to sign up for programs.
  • Nutrition Consultations (Jan 20, Feb 3, Feb 17, Mar 3, Mar 17, Apr 7)
  • Lunch & Learns
  • Weight Watchers at Work – Registration is now OPEN! Contact Becky Lewis at for information and registration links.
  • Walking Program – Backpacking Across Europe
  • Know Your Numbers Sessions
  • National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
  • Hands-Only CPR Workshop
  • 35 Group Exercise Challenge
  • Guided Meditation

Lunch & Learn: Defying Aging and Weight Gain By Nourishing the Brain
You will never be as young as you are today! As we age, it is common that many of us gain weight and we blame it on genetics. What if you were to discover your specific brain type to enable you to lose weight and keep you brain more youthful? Join us to learn how and what nourishes your brain to arrive at a destination of healthy weight, vibrancy and joy! Wednesday, December 3rd from 12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. in the Rec Center Wellness Classroom. Click here to pre-register for this Lunch & Learn.

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
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How to create stronger passwords - Part I
Try creating an anagram from a sentence, and using symbols and numbers to make it more complicated.

For example, the sentence "One time in class I ate some glue" could become 1TiC!AsG.

Create the strongest passwords for the sites that contain the most sensitive information and do not reuse them anywhere.

Info Security info has been updated at

Contact UTS for more info.

Pets @ OU

Lucy and her parents love to go for morning and evening walks with their best friend Joseph Lee from Facilities Management. They have helped Joseph lose 30 lbs and now they go for jogs!

Submit your pet photo and story to


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