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Benefits and Wellness Fair to Kickoff Open Enrollment Season

All Oakland University Faculty, Staff, and Students are invited to the annual Benefits and Wellness Fair! Meet your healthcare vendors, explore community wellness resources, and have fun!
Benefits Corner
Benefits Open Enrollment Starts November 5, 2014
2015 Benefits Online Open Enrollment takes place Wednesday, November 5th through Friday, November 21st. Beginning on November 5th, all employees MUST go to the following URL to complete Online Benefits Open Enrollment:

The provided URL will direct employees to a non-graphic version of the SAIL system. Using this link should minimize any technical issues and allow employees to successfully navigate and complete the 2015 Benefits Online Open Enrollment. Instructions for the online process are included in the open enrollment packet.

Please note that online enrollment closes at midnight on Friday, November 21, 2014. If you have not completed your enrollment by that time, you will remain in your current benefits at the new 2015 rates, with the exception of the flexible spending accounts and group legal which will be discontinued. You must enroll in the flexible spending and group legal plans every year if you wish to continue these benefits. If you need help with enrolling online you can stop by the Benefits Office in 401 Wilson Hall between 8:00am and 5:00pm through Thursday November 20. There will also be several locations around campus where you can go for assistance with enrollment. A list of times and locations will be included in your complete open enrollment packet.You can also access your Open Enrollment packet on our website. Sign in using your NetID. If you have questions about open enrollment, please call the benefits office at x4207 or stop by to see us in 401 Wilson Hall.

Changes to Flexible Spending (HCRA) Accounts for 2015
The IRS just announced that the annual dollar limit for health flexible spending accounts is increasing from $2,500 to $2,550 for 2015. Flexible Spending does not automatically renew each year. If you want this benefit, you must elect or re-elect these benefits in 2015.

This year you will be allowed to rollover up to $500 of any unused 2014 Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) dollars. The unused money will automatically rollover into your 2015 HCRA and does not count toward your 2015 contribution ($2,550 maximum). The 2014 rollover funds will be available to you whether you elect an HCRA in 2015 or not—however you must be an active employee at Oakland University in order to receive the rollover funds. Any 2014 leftover funds exceeding $500 will be forfeited.

The rollover only applies to the Health Care Reimbursement Account—it does not apply to the Dependent Care Reimbursement Account.

Benefits Notes:
  • If you've elected Supplemental Life, your rate may change based on your age.
  • Oakland University is offering a new voluntary benefit in 2015 - InfoArmor Identity and Credit Protection. Check your benefits packet for more information, and look for the InfoArmor representative at the Benefits and Wellness Fair on November 5.

Test your financial know-how and you could win a mini tablet computer!

We've teamed up again with TIAA-CREF to bring you the What's Your Financial IQ Challenge in 2014. From November 3rd to December 3rd, our daily interactive quiz challenges your financial knowledge in a fun, thought-provoking way—covering a range of useful money-related topics from loans and investing to everyday savings, retirement and taxes. With retirement readiness and financial security being one of our key priorities as an employer – we encourage you to engage in the upcoming challenge.

Here's how it works. Each day 5 new questions are added to the Challenge. Every time you play, you are automatically entered for a chance to win one of three mini tablet computers. The more you play, the better your chances of winning – so sign on every day! All responses are confidential, see terms and conditions for full details.

Ready to test your financial savvy and learn something new each time you play? Take the challenge at Good luck!

Meet your Fidelity Representative
If you haven't had a chance to meet Bethany Pagnani, here is your chance!

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

Tuesday, November 25, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, November 26, 127 Oakland Center
Tuesday, December 9, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, December 10, 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 November 3, 126 Oakland Center
Monday November 17, 126 Oakland Center
Thursday, December 4, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, December 15, 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, November 19, Heritage Room, Oakland Center
Wednesday, December 10, 125 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
Did you know? There is a new faculty and staff resource page available! Check it out!

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in May, 2014!
Kerry Burke - Foundation Relations Officer - Development Services
Mary Craig - Secretary II - Student Affairs
Andrew Dennison - Video Production Specialist - Classroom Support/Tech Services
Elizabeth Eberlein - Programs Coordinator - Meadow Brook Hall
Jason Foltz - Skilled Trades VI - Carpentry - Structural Maintenance
Katherine Hendershot - Academic Adviser - First Year Advising Center
Christopher Meny - Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Performance - Athletics Administration
Nicole Wells-Stallworth - Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations
Sarah Wood - Office Assistant II - Admissions Departments


Heather is the Video Services Director in the Classroom Support/Technology Services department, and has been with Oakland University for 13 years.

Read about Heather'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 November 2014
Performance Management Process: 2014-2015
Various dates/times
Google Overview
11/11/2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Introduction to Google Drive (Google Docs)
11/18/2014 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 - Coming December 9
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!

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
Tips on making the most of your online learning experience
We have renewed our subscription with SkillSoft for another two years. That means there are over 1500 courses available to your via your browser. To fully appreciate your online learning experience,

SkillSoft offers the following tips:
  • Prepare a learning plan that has clear training goals and targeted completion dates.
  • Remember that you, and only you, own your Professional Development.
  • Schedule time for e-learning on your calendar just as you would any class or live training session.
  • Make sure you don't mistake the "available anytime" benefit of e-learning for "when I have time."
  • To get the full benefit of your e-learning experience, you need to make the time.
If you are unsure which SkillSoft courses to take, contact the UHR Training Dept at x4579, or email

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

Guided Meditation – ISHA Foundation
The ISHA Foundation will be on site to take us through a Guided Meditation! Leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after this one hour session! Friday, November 21st from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Studio 919. Click here to pre-register for this event! Open to all OU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

Yoga 101 – Yoga Shelter
Navigate the basic differences between the styles of yoga to help you feel more comfortable entering a class to fit your needs and give you the confidence to attend any yoga class. Tuesday, November 18th from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Rec Center Studio 919. No passes required. Click here to pre-register for this event! Open to all OU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

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, November 19th from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. in the Rec Center Wellness Classroom. Click here to pre-register for this Lunch & Learn.

Maintain, Don't Gain for the Holidays
With the holiday season quickly approaching, we are happy to announce we will be doing a Holiday Season Maintain, Don't Gain program for OU Staff and Faculty.

Maintain Don't Gain for the Holidays is a program designed to assist you in your efforts to stay physically active and eating healthy throughout the holiday season. Those that participate will receive a mini pre-health assessment, post-health assessment, motivating emails that contain educational materials and links to resources to help you along the way. No prescribed diets, no exercise routines, simply good, motivating information to help you stay on track with your healthy lifestyle. Please sign up today to let us know you are interested in participating in this program!

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Please review the updated security guide, which includes information on how to secure your mobile devices, protect yourself from common threats, and keeping OU data safe and sound!

Contact UTS for more info.

Pets @ OU

Please meet the loveable Pippy, a 2 year old Poodle/Maltese mix with special needs. Pippy was born with hip dysplasia, and was rescued by Bonnie Koch from School of Nursing earlier this year. After hip surgery, love and therapy, Pippy is doing great and is regaining use of her back leg.

Submit your pet photo and story to

Note: Due to shortage of entries, the Halloween pet contest has been cancelled. Thank you to the contestants that did submit photos, your pets were so adorable!

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