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Here we go! Fall semester is underway!
September brings lots of exciting events, especially the return of our students!  Please be aware of parking and traffic issues and improvements.  The new parking structure near the library, DHE, and the new engineering building should relieve some parking pressure, and the new entrance to the south on Squirrel should make getting in and out of campus a little breezier. Give yourselves extra time to get around, and refer to the OUPD Bulletin for more info.  Also, be sure to check out some of the events being sponsored by the Undergraduate Admissions department on their Events page.
Benefits Corner
Fidelity and TIAA-CREF On Campus
Representatives from TIAA-CREF will be available for one-on-one sessions on the following days:

Tuesday, September 23, Lake Superior A, OC
Wednesday, September 24, Gold Room A, OC
Tuesday, October 28, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, October 29, 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:

onday September 15, Lake Huron, OC
Monday September 29, Lake Huron, OC
Monday, October 6, 126 Oakland Center
Monday October 20, 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:

Monday September 15, Lake Huron, Oakland Center
Monday September 29, Lake Huron, Oakland Center
Wednesday, October 15, Heritage Room, Oakland Center

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

New Faculty Benefits Orienations
If you have new faculty coming in for the Fall semester, we are offering benefits orientations just for them.  More information is available here. There is a new online process for benefits enrollment, so it would be very beneficial for them to attend a session.

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 Training-NEW SYSTEM
The performance evaluation tool for non-bargaining employees is now available in the new TEAMS system. System generated emails have been sent to those impacted by this process. Goals set by employees and their supervisors this spring may now be entered into the system. Please consider the following before completing this process:
  • TEAMS - The Total Employee and Management Source online system is located at If you previously bookmarked this site, delete the old bookmark and reset it.
  • The process is now task-based. complete the task entirely. Once you mark the task complete, you will not be able to access it again.
  • Training for the system is highly recommended. If you have not attended training on this new process, please review the training calendar for opportunities.

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in August, 2014!
Joseph Beck - Technical Director/Sound Designer - Music, Theatre & Dance
Ann Beran - Technical Support Specialist - Business Administration
Nathan Buban - Greenskeeper III - Golf Course
Lynn Carr - Administrative Secretary - Annual Giving
Odessa Devi Despot - Psychologist - Counseling Center
Jacke Healey - Assistant Baseball Coach - Athletics Administration
Jacqueline Hencsie - Operations Coordinator - ERI - Eye Research Institute
Christa Koerner - Costume Shop Supervisor - Music, Theatre & Dance
Amy Lindsay - Capstone Program Coordinator - School of Medicine
Julie Proctor - Health and Wellness Coordinator - Graham Health Center
Jeff Richmond - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Terrence Sauerbry - Director, Strength & Conditioning - Athletics Administration
Michael Wadsworth - Assistant Dean of Students - Student Life
Zachary Walters - Helpdesk Technician - Classroom Support/Technical Services
Derek Williams - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Claudette Zolkowski - Director, Communications & Marketing - Business Administration


Anthony is a Custodian III in Campus Cleaning, and has been with Oakland University for 14 years.

Read about Anthony's contribution to the University on his 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 September 2014
Percussion Content Management System
Multiple days/times
Performance Management Process: 2014-2015
Various dates and times
Google Overview
9/4/2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Introduction to Google Drive (Google Docs)
9/25/2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Smart Data OnLine for P-Card Reclassification
9/29/2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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
SkillSoft Renewed for Three More Years
What is SkillSoft? SkillSoft is an online learning goldmine, free to OU employees.  Here you will find thousands of courses, available 24/7.  Here are some sample course topics:

Business Skills Curricula
Effective Listening Skills
Anger Management
Interpersonal Communication
Workplace Conflict
Leading Workforce Generations
Delegation Essentials
Effective Facilitation
Employee Engagement
Team Building
and more! 
Desktop Skills Curricula
Adobe Photoshop, Captivate, Dreamweaver, Illustrator
Adobe Acrobat and Reader
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Operating Systems (Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX)
Social Networking
Internet Browsers (Internet Explorer, Apple Safari)
Information Security Best Practices

There are also certification test prep materials, an advanced IT course catalog, and so much more!

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

Wellness Programs for the Fall Semester
Wellness program descriptions and registration links are now available online for the Fall 2014 semester! Choose from Lunch and Learns, Cooking Demonstrations, Nutrition Consultations, Group Exercise classes, and more!

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

Cooking Demonstration
FREE! Exclusive to OU Employees! Join Chef Paul as he cooks up some great flavorful yet healthy dishes! Learn the tricks to the trade and sample the recipes prepared. Whether he's presenting at a HAP member event or worksite, Chef Paul demonstrates how easy it is to make quick healthy food that looks and tastes great. For the non-believers, he offers samples to try and recipes to take home – from smoothies, hearty dips and soups. Registration required prior to attending the cooking demo. Tuesday, September 30th at 2:30 p.m. in the Rec Center: Studio 919. For more information and registration links, please visit

NEW! Employee Friendly Group Exercise Classes!
Looking to try different Group Exercise Classes that more OU Faculty and Staff attend? Try out our Employee Friendly classes! These classes are still open to all individuals, however more faculty and staff tend to attend these classes. You can purchase a special pass at a lower price that allows you to attend the classes marked Employee Friendly, unlimited throughout the semester. Pass cost is only $18! A full class schedule and class descriptions can be found online at

Please contact Stephanie at or call x.4968 with and questions!!

Employee Friendly Group Exercise Schedule
  • Mondays: Yoga @ 12:10 p.m.; Step and Strength @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: Strength Circuits @ 12:10 p.m.; Abs, Glutes, & Thighs @ 5:30 p.m.; Aqua Cardio @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: Cycle @ 12:10 p.m.; Yoga @ 5:30 p.m.; Step and Strength @ 5:30 p.m
  • Thursdays: Strength Circuits @ 12:10 p.m.
  • Fridays: Zumba @ 12:10 p.m.

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
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