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Congratulations to the 2014 AP Award Recipients
In recognition of the many outstanding accomplishments of Oakland University's AP employees, the university is pleased to announce the winners for the AP Award for 2014.

Please click the following link for a list of this year's winners.  Read More

2015 Sharon Wilhelm Excellence Award Winner, EILEEN ARSENEAU
Congratulations to Eileen Arseneau, Purchasing Assistant in the Purchasing Department, for providing exemplary service and support to Oakland University.
Benefits Corner
Graham Health Center Services for Faculty and Staff
Did you know that you can get care right here on campus if you have a sore throat, cough or a twisted ankle? Graham Health Center provides high quality, efficient and convenient care right on campus. Most OU employee health insurance plans are accepted. GHC Facebook.
  • Priority Health, copay is at specialty clinic rate
  • HAP, copay is at Urgent Care rate
  • BC/BS, copay varies according to plan

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

Tuesday, May 19, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, May 20, 127 Oakland Center
Thursday, May 21, 127 Oakland Center
Tuesday, June 23, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, June 24, 127 Oakland Center
Thursday, June 25, 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:

Thursday, May 07, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, May 18, 125 Oakland Center
Monday, June 08, 125 Oakland Center
Tuesday, June 16, 126 Oakland Center

Call (800) 642-7131 to schedule an appointment with Mike Welton 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: 

Thursday, May 14, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, June 17, 125 Oakland Center

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

New! Palace Perks
Oakland University employees can now sign up to receive exclusive discounts to Palace events. Sign up at our Palace Perks website to receive offers directly to your inbox.

Employee Discount Program
Many of Oakland University's business partners offer OU employees a discount on their products and services. Visit and click on the Employee Discounts tab.
Staff Member News

Getting ready to process Personnel Actions?
Please use this matrix as a guide to obtain the necessary signatures by the individuals/offices to whom authority to approve personnel actions has been delegated. The guide is a supplement to the University's Compensation/Employment guidelines currently in place.

Performance Management Process Updates
With April 2015 in our rear view mirror, those in the non-bargained employee groups will likely be wrapping up their 2014-15 employee evaluation. You may have received an email earlier this week reminding you to complete the employee's section. In the next few weeks supervisors will be completing the supervisor evaluation and meeting with their employees. For an exact schedule of this process you may access the Process Timeline. Final acknowledgements on the evaluations are due by mid-June.

We listened to your feedback and are in the process of making some enhancements for the 2015-16 performance year. The new review will be available within the next few weeks. As always, if you have questions about the process please contact Gail Ryckman or Tracey Zang at 3480.

AP Assembly Upcoming Professional Development Events
The AP Assembly Personal & Professional Development Committee offers a diversified series of events related to OU employees' work environments and personal wellness throughout the course of each year. By organizing and offering informational programs and collaborating with UHR, we seek to deliver meaningful ways to support administrative professionals and the campus-at-large. Find out more about our upcoming events and register online by visiting the UHR Training website or clicking on the links below!

Upcoming events:
AP Professional Development Series - GRASP Training

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in April, 2015!
Louis Blumline - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Lisa Carr - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Keandres Dyson - Office Assistant II - Health Sciences
Celia Knobelsdorf - Office Assistant II - School of Medicine
Demetrius Murchison - Accounting Clerk III - Center for Student Activities
Michelle Quinn - Assistant Athletic Trainer - Athletics Administration
LaVera Rayford - Accounting Clerk III (part-time) - Student Business Services
Sarah Shelden - Academic Adviser - Engineering & Computer Science


Sarah is an Office Assistant III in the Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice Department , and has been
with Oakland University for 3 years.

Read about Sarah's contribution to the University on the 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 May 2015
Performance Management Process: 2014-2015
5/7/2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Performance Management Process: 2014-2015
5/12/2015 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Google Overview
5/12/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Introduction to Google Drive (Google Docs)
5/14/2015 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.

Conflict of Interest - Policy 406 Updates and Training
As you may be aware, recent changes have been made to the University's Conflict of Interest Policy. Please take a look at the policy, and take the time to go through the training video included in the appendix. You can also find the training video on UHR's Handbooks, Contracts and Policies page.
Online Learning
Developing Character for Decisiveness
What does it mean to be decisive? Decision makers come in all shapes and forms and work at all levels of an organization. It's not only CEOs and managers who must be effective decision makers – all employees should have the character traits necessary to make timely and appropriate decisions to enhance organizational success.

This SkillSoft course examines steps in the decision-making process, followed by an introduction to the character traits that will help employees build confidence and make better decisions. The course also examines what to do after a decision has been made: putting your work into action. And it shows how 'taking action' isn't always the end goal; sometimes the best decision is to take no action at all.

Business Skills > Personal Development > Decisiveness

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
Poker Walk: Register Now!
The 5th Annual Poker Walk will be held on Wednesday, May 20th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Poker
Walk is a fun 1-Mile walk in recognition of National Employee Health and Fitness Day.  Along the one mile route walk, collect poker chips and earn a chance for prizes.  Turn in your poker chips to be dealt a hand of cards; top three poker hands will win great prizes! We will also have awards for best team name, costume and spirit, so don't forget to dress up! Pre-registration is required and is available on the employee wellness page for both teams and individuals.

Nutrition Consultations
Nutrition Consultations will be offered again to OU Faculty and Staff at no cost in the upcoming summer semester! Discuss with Debbie Cavendar, RD any nutritional health concerns or questions you may have and have a personal plan developed at your consultation. Faculty and Staff are eligible for one consultation per semester. Consultations will take place in the Rec Center Conference Room on the following dates: June 2nd, June 16th, July 7th, July 28th and August 11th. Pre-registration is required and is available on the employee wellness page, open to benefits eligible employees only.

Summer Yoga
Summer Yoga is back for 2015! Jonathan Mann will start your day with a forty minute class that will awaken the body through Slow Flow, incorporating Vinyassa and Yin elements. The class will meet every Wednesday at 7 am starting June 17th through August 5th in Studio 919 in the Rec Center. Open to all OU faculty and staff with registration on the employee wellness page.

Employee-only Group Exercise Class
Beginning Wednesday, May 13th, there will be an employee-only group ex class offered from 12:10 to 12:50. This class will cover a myriad of different fitness offerings, allowing you to try something you might never have tried before! Benefits eligible employees only.

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Email issues regarding spam (unsolicited email contact)

1. Outgoing - be cautious when including images and links in your signature line. Some email domains are flagging email as spam because of links to social media (facebook, twitter, etc.). If your non-OU recipients are suggesting that your mail isn't going through, have them checked their spam mailbox.

2. Incoming - you should check your spam mailbox on a weekly basis to ensure that important messages aren't being flagged as spam. Messages that are in your spam mailbox for 30 days are permanently deleted. If you find a non-spam message in your spam mailbox, click the "Not Spam" button at the top of the message window.

Contact UTS for more info.

Pets @ OU

Micro was rescued from a hoarding situation.  Adopted into a forever home with Kristine Diaz from OUWB's Department of Biomedical Sciences, Micro loves being sassy with dogs twice his size, belly rubs, and snuggling with the cats!

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