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Elliott Tower

No matter where you are on campus, you can probably see and hear our beautiful new Elliott Tower. It looms above us at 151 glorious feet high, and the 49 custom bells welcome us whenever we step outside.

Make sure you take a walk over to see the fountain, garden and landscaping! Breathtaking!

For more information on the Elliott Tower, including a timeline and some pretty interesting facts (the largest bell weighs 5,000 lbs!), please visit the Elliott Tower website.

(Picture credit: Jenny Swiatowy)
Benefits Corner
Flu season!
Flu vaccine is now available at GHC. The OU Priority Health HMO and BCBS covers the cost at GHC. The cost for those not using insurance is $20. Health Alliance Plan only pays for Urgent Care visits at GHC, it will not pay for vaccines. Blue Care Network does not cover the cost at GHC.

Why get a flu vaccine?
Ask the McCormick family of Rochester, Michigan (pdf). Even healthy, young adults can get the flu, and it can be very serious. This year and every year, get vaccinated against the flu. It could save a life.

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

Tuesday, October 28, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, October 29, 127 Oakland Center
Tuesday, November 25, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, November 26, 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, October 6, 126 Oakland Center
Monday October 20, 126 Oakland Center
Monday November 3, 126 Oakland Center
Monday November 17, 126 Oakland Center

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, October 15, Heritage Room, Oakland Center
Wednesday, November 19, Heritage Room, 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
Performance Management Update
During the month of October and November, employees and supervisors should meet to discuss progress they've made toward reaching the goals they set when the performance cycle began on April 1, 2014. Recall that a new version of the Total Employee and Management Source (TEAMS) System was implemented recently. As a result employees will not be able to enter comments on their progress toward goal attainment in the system. Employees may view their goals and provide comments to their supervisors via email or work together to determine the best way to share these comments.

Follow this link to the TEAMS system. Remember that bookmarks previously saved on your computer may not work. You may need to delete the old bookmark and re-save it once you arrive at the TEAMS site. Read more about SMART Goal Setting.

For those who have not yet attended a training session on the new system, additional dates have been added to the training calendar. Those interested in attending should visit to sign up.

Those who have questions about this process should contact Gail Ryckman at ext. 3480 or, or Tracey Zang at ext. 3480 or
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in September, 2014!
Svetoslaw Alichev - Coordinator Recruitment and Graduate Admissions - Graduate Study
Jill Asselin - Office Assistant III - School of Nursing
Deborah Cash - Assistant Director for Advising - First Year Advising Center
Jason French - Skilled Trades VI - Plumber - Plant Maintenance
Katie Laier - Coordinator, Medical School Admissions - School of Medicine
Russell Pidsosny - Assistant Manager, Classroom & Event Support - CSITS
James Silverstri - Marketing Coordinator - School of Education & Human Services


Marie is the Coordinator for Student Development for Campus Recreation and has been with Oakland University for 11years.

Read about Marie'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 October 2014
Percussion Content Management System
Multiple days/times
Performance Management Process: 2014-2015
Various dates and times
Google Overview
10/7/2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Introduction to Google Drive (Google Docs)
10/14/2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Faculty Search Chair Training
10/17/2014 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10/21/2014 2:00 PM - 4:30 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.

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
Receiving Feedback and Criticism
We all need feedback so that we can learn and improve. Sometimes feedback is on target, and its usefulness is apparent. Other times it may not be as easy to receive. Being able to receive feedback and criticism appropriately without getting your emotions involved is an essential skill for success in the business world. People in an organization need to be able to receive corrective feedback effectively, whether from someone in authority, a direct report, or a peer. Doing so allows you to better understand your colleagues' concerns, calm potentially heated exchanges, and solve issues efficiently.

This course starts by exploring the reactions that typically occur when a person receives corrective feedback or criticism. You will also learn an approach that you can use to help you receive feedback in a productive manner and then have a chance to practice receiving feedback using that approach. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

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

OU Night at Painting with a Twist
Join us for a fun, relaxing, stress free night at Painting with a Twist in Rochester Hills! We will be painting a fall themed picture that is yours to keep at the end of the night. Thursday, October 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. You must pre-register and pre-pay for this event! Cost: $30 per person. For more information and registration links, please visit

Nutrition Consultations
Meet privately with Registered Dietitian Debra Cavender to discuss your unique health and nutrition needs. Consultations are 40 minutes, and available at no cost to you. Appointments must be scheduled online and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Make an appointment today at under the 'Nutrition Consultation' tab.
  • October 7, 2014
  • October 21, 2014
Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair – Save the Date!
All Oakland University Faculty, Staff, and Students are invited to this year's Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair! We are excited to bring the OU Community together with local businesses and organizations promote the message of health and wellness. Enjoy receiving information from many local vendors specializing in all aspects of Wellness.

When: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Recreation Center: 3-Court Gym

Lunch & Learns
Nutrition: Fats – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Learn the proper uses for good fats in order to get the most nutrients available and to avoid harmful fats. Tuesday, October 7th from 12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. in the Rec Center Wellness Classroom.
Beauty Begins in the Mind
Managing the mental chatter before it manages you and how you look! Our inner voice talks incessantly. And we should be paying attention, because what we say to ourselves has a direct impact on our success - or failure and that includes our food choices, our weight, and our inner beauty showing up on the outside! Wednesday, October 15th from 12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. in the Rec Center Wellness Classroom.
Nutrition: Know Your Numbers
Learn how to reduce potential negative sources that may be impacting these numbers and limiting your ability to live optimally. Tuesday, October 21st from 12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. in the Rec Center Wellness Classroom.

Reserve your spot for all Lunch & Learns at under the 'Lunch & Learns' tab.

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
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Halloween Costume Contest... for PETS!

Do you like to dress up your furry (or scaled) friends for Halloween? If so, then this contest is for you!

Take a picture of your cat, dog, hamster, bunny, goat, lizard, etc. dressed up for Halloween and email it to with the subject HALLOWEEN PETS by November 2 to enter your pet into the Pets@OU Halloween Costume Contest!

 A link to vote with rules will be in November's UHR Connection!

Pets @ OU

Coca is a curious two year old pit bull mix. She tends to add a bit of drama to everything she does. She squeaks every time she yawns. You can see she is very proper and always sits with her paws crossed. She loves to dance, play in the yard, and hates being alone. Coca made her way to Anna Mrdeza in the First Year Advising Center from the Washington DC area where she was rescued. . 

Submit your pet photo and story to

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