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Phishing reminder:
If an email threatens to take away access to one of your accounts if you don't log in immediately, it is probably a phishing scam, meant to steal your log in credentials.  Please check out our brief phishing overview for a refresher on how not to be scammed.
Benefits Corner
Updates to Priority Health Website and Mobile Apps
Whether on a mobile device or desktop, your online account gives you everything you need all in one place including 24/7 access to your: 
  • Personal health plan information
  • Claim summaries
  • Virtual doctor visits
  • Exciting new tools like cost estimator and Healthcare Bluebook that provide price and quality information to help you save money on your care
  • Prescription information
  • Mobile membership card

Grizzlies Response: Awareness & Suicide Prevention (GRASP)
is hosting a training on Monday, Feb. 16, from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the OC Heritage Room. Feel free to bring your lunch! The training is open to all faculty, staff and students. The training will cover warning signs of mental illness and suicide; OU-specific information and resources; and skills to approach an individual in distress. Please contact Erica Wallace at to RSVP or ask questions. Visit the GRASP site at for more info.

Fidelity Participants: Fundamentals of Retirement Income Planning Webcasts

Current Fidelity participants, be on the lookout for an email on February 24 with information about two exclusive webcasts coming in March.

Social Media Monitoring from PrivacyArmor
Everyone enrolled in InfoArmor's PrivacyArmor should have received an email which will be similar to the security status email received by subscribers each month. The email alerted the subscriber that Social Media Monitoring is now available. Instructions on how to log into their portal and activate this component of the benefit was provided.  

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

Tuesday, February 24, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, February 25, 127 Oakland Center
Thursday, February 26, 127 Oakland Center
Tuesday, March 24, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, March 26, Lake Superior B
Thursday, March 27, 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, February 2, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, February 23, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, March 9, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, March 23, 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: 

Dates to be determined

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

You know that supportive clerical person in your department who is always helping you out?  The one with the positive attitude that always goes above and beyond to make your job easier, more efficient, or more pleasant? We have many such individuals on campus, and we want to hear about them.
All OUPSA and Excluded Clerical Staff with at least five years of service are eligible.  Please download the 2015 Sharon Wilhelm Excellence Award Nomination Form and submit to Gail Ryckman no later than Friday, February 13.

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in January, 2015!
Kathryn Ayer - Office Assistant II - Financial Aid
Jamie Emmert - Office Assistant II - Financial Aid
Raashan Giles - Police Officer - OUPD
Jeremy Jones - Associate Director for Financial Services - School of Medicine
Lisa Hinchman - Senior Accountant - Accounting
Allyson Forest- Public Health Program Coordinator - School of Health Sciences
Alex Linke - Police Information Technology Specialist - OUPD
Donna Pikula - Coordinator of Pre-Professional Advising - Arts & Sciences Advising
Monique Ratliff - Medical Assistant II - Graham Health Center
Diane Vermette - Library Supervisor - Library
Lilith Wyatt - Network Engineer I - UTS Network Services
Iman Zeiaee - Network Engineer II - UTS Network Services


Angelita is a Custodian III for Facilities in the Campus Cleaning department, and has been with Oakland University for 14 years.

Read about Angelita'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 February 2015
Performance Review Process for
OUCMT/OUPSA Employees/Supervisors

2/2/2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM OR
2/4/2015 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Google Overview
2/11/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Introduction to Google Drive (Google Docs)
2/18/2015 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.

The Role of a Trustee & Executor
Come have lunch and learn about the duties and role of a trustee, executor or personal representative, and find out about the probate process. Monday, February 16th, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Oakland Center in the Lake Huron Room. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. RSVP by February 11, 2015.  Click here for more information and to register.

To learn more about seminars hosted by the Office of Planned Giving, please visit .

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
Giving and Receiving Feedback - Essential Skills
Now that Performance Review season is upon us, it's important for supervisors to know how to effectively give constructive feedback to the employees that they are evaluating.  Equally important is an employee's ability to receive feedback and use it constructively.  This series of courses on SkillSoft gives a great 360 degree view of the feedback process, and how a team can use it to the advantage of all.

Business Skills > Communication > Constructive Criticism and Feedback

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
NEW Lunch and Learn Series: Healthy, Easy, Family Meals on a Budget
Lisa Howard, Cookbook Author and Culinary Speaker will be presenting a 3-part series on how to prepare quick, healthy, easy meals on a budget for you and your family. Lisa will be covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner in order to equip you with all the tools you will need to successfully prepare meals for your family while on the go.

These Lunch & Learns will take place on February 5 and February 19 in the Rec Center Wellness Classroom from 12:15—1:00 p.m. Reserve your spot today for Lunch - Part 2 and Dinner - Part 3 today! Missed Breakfast – Part 1??? No problem! Still feel free to sign up for sessions two and three.

Stayin' Alive Hands-Only Heart Workshop

Did you know that cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States? Oakland University is recognized by the American Heart Association as a Fit Friendly worksite, and we intend to keep it that way! The AP Assembly and Employee Wellness have teamed up with the American Heart Association to offer a Stayin' Alive Hands-Only Heart Workshop in honor of heart month. Our goal is to bring recognition and awareness to the importance of a healthy heart! Join us to learn the hands-only version of CPR, listen to personal accounts of individuals that have been in a heart related emergency situation, ask questions to our local fire-fighters and EMS, enjoy healthy snacks, and more! Show your heart health pride by wearing RED and coming to this heart healthy workshop on Tuesday, February 17th in the Rec Center Studio 919. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; presentation begins at 12:00 p.m. Reserve your spot today!

Walking Program Updates
There are currently 83 individuals participating in this semester's walking program!! As a group, we have already recorded over 3 million steps and we are only in week two! Keep up the great work! Here is a great article that discusses the importance of walking during your lunch break.

Nutrition Consultations
Nutrition Consultations are still available to OU Faculty and Staff at no cost to you! 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 take place in the Rec Center Conference Room on the following dates: March 3, March 17, and April 7. Pre-registration is required; make an appointment by clicking here.

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January 28-Febraury 23 mark National Data Privacy Month. One way to protect your data is to follow their simple slogan: Stop. Think. Connect.  Check out this fact sheet on how this might affect you from the Stay Safe Online website.

Contact UTS for more info.

Pets @ OU

Marlene Edge-Phillips works at Kresge Library and rescued Sir Buckley 3 years ago this summer. Buckley is a maltese-poodle who is full of energy, spunk, and loves to meet new people. Buckley enjoys long walks, napping, and playing with his favorite squeaky toy.

Submit your pet photo and story to


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