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IT'S TIME! UHR's First Annual Pet of the Year Contest! 

We have 12 very attractive, very talented contestants!  And, of course, their amazing pets! Please take a moment to review the last year's Pets @ OU contestants, and vote for your favorite! Voting closes on June 20.  VOTE HERE!!
Benefits Corner
Welcome to our new Benefits, Compensation & HRIS Manager, Adam Ritchie!

Adam Ritchie has been involved with Benefits and Compensation for eight years, and is an Oakland University graduate. He has worked in government (Oakland County) and manufacturing (TI Automotive), and has a comprehensive technology background. We look forward to the momentum he will inspire in our department! Stop by and say hello!

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

Tuesday, June 24, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, June 25, 127 Oakland Center
Tuesday, July 22, Lake St. Clair, Oakland Center
Wednesday, July 23, Lake St. Clair, OC

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, June 09, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, June 23, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, July 14, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, July 28, 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:

Tuesday, June 10, Lake Huron, Oakland Center
Tuesday, July 15, Lake Huron, 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
Dance Your Way to Success! Enhancing your Interviewing Skills
Sometimes, learning to perform the right steps in the correct way is all it takes to greatly increase your chances of being selected for an interview or hired for a new position.

Join UHR and the OUPSA and OUCMT leadership for an interactive and informative workshop on how to use the OU application, interviewing and hiring process to your best advantage! Space is limited, enroll now!

Performance Management Process 2014 - Update
As noted on the published timeline, we are at the halfway point of the FY14 End-of-Cycle performance management process for non-bargained employees and their supervisors. Employees should have completed their self-evaluations. Supervisors should be reviewing the evaluations and preparing comments for the performance meetings.

  • Follow this link to the old TEAMS site.
  • Completed evaluations must be in UHR by June 16, 2014.
  • The 5.8 version will be turned off on June 30, 2014.
  • Access to performance evaluations completed with the 5.8 version will be available by contacting Employment Services Office at 3480.
  • Failure to submit evaluations by the deadline of June 16, 2014 may impact FY15 annual increases if approved.
  • 2014-2015 Goals should be developed and retained in word processing documents NOT be entered into the 5.8 version.
Performance Management Training on the new system will be offered after July 1, 2014. Additional details will follow.

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in May, 2014!
Julie Chapie - Educational Technology Specialist - Educational Resource Laboratory
Stacey Lovelace - 3rd Assistant Women's Basketball Coach - Athletic Administration
Jeremy Monger - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Mary Navalta-Carl - Office Assistant II - Financial Aid
Chae Riley - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
James Whedon - Manager, Printing & Mail Services - University Services
Gwendolyn Wilson - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Jayne Wozniak - Legal Administrative Secretary - Legal Affairs/General Counsel/Board of Trustees


Brittani is a Communications Coordinator in the First Year Advising Center, and has been with Oakland University for 3 years.

Read about Brittani'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 June 2014
Dance Your Way to Success:
Enhancing your Interviewing Skills

6/3/2014 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
6/5/2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Starting Line: How and why
retirement saving should begin now

6/4/2014 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
6/4/2014 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Toolkit for Success: Supervisory Skills
Women Professionals Need to Know

6/5/2014 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Google Overview
6/10/2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM    
Projecting an Image of Professionalism
6/17/2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM    
6/17/2014 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM    
Introduction to Google Drive (Google Docs)
6/17/2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Crucial Conversations
6/24/2014 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
6/24/2014 1:30 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.

WORKSHOP: Projecting an Image of Professionalism
This course will define professionalism and teach participants the principles of how to build a stronger, more professional image in business situations.  Participants will discuss how first impressions, verbal/non-verbal cues, and dress impact their image. Enroll now.

SEMINAR: Crucial Conversations - Coaching Feedback for Success
Whether as a peer mentor or a manager, having successful coaching conversations with others defines your leadership ability and success in influencing. Focus is on effective listening to what others are really saying, asking the right questions without judgment and probing for clarity to get others to become open-minded and view options with clarity. Use encouragement and development feedback to reinforce and guide successful performance.

This program is filled with practical tools and tips to communicate and coach others more effectively for greater win-win results. Enroll now.

The Starting Line: How and why retirement saving should begin now
There's no time like the present to save for the future.

Sometimes it's hard to think about retirement when you're just starting out in your career. The truth is, that's when thinking ahead can do the most good! It all starts with some practical knowledge. TIAA-CREF's workshop leader will help you get ahead of your retirement saving with some tools and information you can use right now:
  • Learn the real effect of time on money thanks to compounding and dollar-cost averaging
  • Discover the differences between good and bad debt See how budgeting can find money and help you save it
Refreshments will be served. All University faculty and staff are invited to attend. Enroll now.

Toolkit for Success: Supervisory Skills Women Professionals Need to Know
This leadership workshop is sponsored by the Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and features presentations from Monica Emerson of the Oakland University Board of Trustees and Rob Elliott from the leadership consulting firm Pondera Advisors. 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
Professionalism, Business Etiquette, and Personal Accountability
Taking responsibility for meeting your objectives, including deadlines and work targets, is an important component of good business etiquette and demonstrates your attitude of professionalism. While it can be difficult at times, being accountable for delivering on your objectives shows you are reliable, organized, and dedicated to your work.
This course introduces the importance of personal accountability and outlines strategies for developing a personal accountability framework. This helps empower you to be your own boss, set your own standards, and carry yourself with professionalism and confidence. It provides you with techniques to set appropriate goals based on your abilities and available resources. And it shows you how to develop an action plan to achieve your goals and use techniques to better manage your energy levels. 

Business Skills > Personal Development  > Business Etiquette and Professionalism

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

Poker Walk Results!
Congratulations to all of our winners and participants this year! We truly hope you enjoyed yourself at the Poker Walk last month, and we are looking forward to having you back next year! More photos can be found on the OU Employee Wellness Facebook page.

Top Poker Hands:
  • 1st Place: Omar Brown El - Center for Multicultural Initiatives
  • 2nd Place: Cassandra Barragan - Institutional Research
  • 3rd Place: Chris Stiller - Health Sciences
  • TIE 4th Place: Steve Vamossy - University Services
  • TIE 4th Place: Linda Wallace - Strategic Programs
  • 6th Place: Kathy Angel - Communications & Marketing
Best Team Name:

  • 1st Place: "Talk Moodle to Me" - e-Learning and Instructional Support
  • 2nd Place: "The Dirtbags" - Grounds
  • 3rd Place: "The Gradapillars" - Graduate Admissions

Best Team Costume:

  • 1st Place: "The 3 Amigas" - Computer Science and Engineering
  • 2nd Place: "The ERL Suess-ka-teers" - Educational Resources Lab
  • 3rd Place: "Risky SBA Business" - School of Business Administration

Most Enthusiastic Teams:

  • 1st Place: "The Provost's Princesses and a Prince" - Academic Affairs
  • 2nd Place: "Super Regi-stars" - Registrar's Office
  • 3rd Place: "Detroit Spirit" - First Year Advising Center

OU Employee Run and Walk Teams for the Brooksie Way

Are you looking to join a non-competitive walking, jogging, or running group? Join other OU faculty and staff as we work together and encourage each other to run or walk across the finish line at the Brooksie Way! Join our team and participate in weekly runs or walk to get ready for race day. This program is designed to build support and comraderie amongst the OU employee community; it is not a competition! Visit for more information and registration links.
  • June 30 through September 25
  • Cost: $10
  • Registration cost includes:
    • $20 towards your registration cost for the Brooksie Way race of your choice (5K would then be free!)*
    • 13 weekly meetings with your running/walking group
    • Employee Team Brooksie Way t-shirt
    • Pasta Party on Thursday, September 25
    • Specialized Workshops throughout the duration of the program

OU Employee Night at Intentional Yoga

Join us at Intentional Yoga in Rochester as we learn and practice yoga together! OU Night at Intentional Yoga is open to all OU faculty and staff and all yoga/fitness levels! Visit for more information and registration links.

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Pets @ OU

Chloe is a 12 year old Maltese princess, spoiled for almost a decade by Linda Pletz in the Provost Office. Chloe has an extensive wardrobe, including this black lacey "Material Girl" dress and a variety of bows to match her wardrobe. Chloe loves to fall asleep under the blankets in her pajamas, but somehow they are completely off in the morning! 

Submit your pet photo and story to

Don't forget to vote in the Pet of the Year Contest! Voting open now through June 20!

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