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

Tuesday, August 26, Gold Room A, OC
Wednesday, August 27, Lake Superior A, OC
Tuesday, September 23, Lake Superior A, OC
Wednesday, September 24, Gold Room A, 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, August 4, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, August 11, Lake Huron, OC
Monday September 15, Lake Huron, OC
Monday September 29, Lake Huron, 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, August 19, Lake Huron, Oakland Center
Monday September 15, Lake Huron, Oakland Center
Monday September 29, Lake Huron, 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 for Non-Bargained Employees
We are putting the final touches on the training for the Performance Management Process for Non-Bargained Employees. We are looking forward to presenting this new tool to you. The requirements will remain the same. The evaluation will still be based on Accomplishments on Job Duties and Goals. There are several positive changes to the system such as:
  • Each step you will be prompted to save
  • You will have a personal notes section accessible only for you
  • Process is task-based; not workflow
Training will be offered during the month of August. Please watch for dates to be announced soon.

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in July, 2014!
Tiffany Armstrong - Police Dispatcher - OU Police Department
Tammy Arnold - Office Assistant II - Admissions
Barbara Baker - Residence Director - University Housing
Michelle Bosau - Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, DACE
Diane Boyles - Custodian I/Facilities - Campus Cleaning
Berkley Browne - Director of Academic Success - School of Medicine
Patrick Cassady - Admissions Adviser - Admissions
Samantha Damren - Nurse Practitioner - Counseling Center
Nicholas Desrochers - Residence Director - University Housing
Julia Dombroski - 2nd Assistant Women's Basketball Coach - Athletics Administration
Courtney Duda - Admissions Adviser - Admissions
Gabriel Dumbrille - Residence Director - University Housing
Nick Flores - Skilled Trades VI - HVAC - Plant Maintenance
Travis Gibler - Residence Director - University Housing
Ava McDowell - Academic Coordinator - Upward Bound
Christine Talbert - Admissions Adviser - Admissions
Colleen Tomaszewski - Office Assistant II - Admissions
Catherine Rush - Assistant Vice President Academic Human Resources - Academic Affairs
William Singleton - Coordinator of Membership Information Services - Campus Recreation


Kim is an Office Assistant II in University Human Resources, and has been with Oakland University for 14 years.

Read about Kim'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.

New Time and Attendance System Coming Soon for Hourly Employees
The University is implementing a new Time and Attendance system called UltraTime Enterprise to record payroll hours for the following employees:
  • Custodial
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Skilled Trades
  • Casual and Temporary
  • Students working at the Campus Recreation, Golf Course, Oakland Center, and University Housing
The UltraTime system was chosen because its innovative design and automation will help streamline our hourly time and attendance procedure. New time clocks will be installed soon and several will replace current time clocks. Some casual and temporary hourly employees using the new system will record hours worked by logging into a computer kiosk.

For additional information, please contact Tina Tyrer, Payroll Manager, at 248-370-3034 or
Training Update
UHR Training Courses Offered for August 2014
Percussion Content Management System
Multiple days/times
Google Overview
8/7/2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Introduction to Google Drive (Google Docs)
8/14/2014 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.

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
Working with Difficult People: Identifying Difficult People
Inevitably, we all encounter difficult people in the workplace. Dealing with difficult people can lead to feelings of frustration or even intimidation. If you know the right techniques, though, dealing with even the most difficult person is possible. In order to deal with difficult people, first you need to know what kind of difficult person you're dealing with so you can use the right technique for the right 'difficult' type.

This course will provide you with methods to help you recognize the characteristics of some of the most common types of difficult people, better understand their motivations, and begin to deal with them more effectively.

Business Skills > Communication > Fundamentals of Working with Difficult People

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

OU Employee Team Brooksie Way Updates

We currently have 29 OU Faculty and Staff gearing up for the Brooksie Way this fall! Our groups meet once a week to run and walk together on campus to prepare for race day. Everyone is working extremely hard to meet their goals and doing a fantastic job! Congratulations to all team members, keep up the great work!

Fall 2014 Lunch and Learn Preview
Lunch and Learns are scheduled for the Fall 2014 semester! Descriptions and registration links will be available on the Employee Wellness website in September. This semester's presenters include Debra Cavendar, Bethany Perry, and Chef Paul Penney! Here is a preview of what's to come!
  • Stress & Food - How to get out of your cupboard - 9/17/2014 at 12:10 p.m.
  • Cooking Demonstration - 9/30/2014 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Fats - The good, the bad, the ugly - 10/7/2014 at 12:10 p.m.
  • Beauty begins in the mind - Self talk and the brain/body connection - 10/15/2014 at 12:10 p.m.
  • Know your numbers and how to improve them - 10/21/2014 at 12:10 p.m.
  • Defying aging and weight gain by nourishing the brain - 11/19/2014 at 12:10 p.m.

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
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Mobile Device Security – Simplified Guide
Mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets, laptop PCs, etc.) are convenient, but also easily lost or stolen. Policy 860 - Information Security tells us not to store secure data on these devices, except in special circumstances. If you store sensitive information on mobile devices, the information on the device should be encrypted. Fortunately, encrypting devices is becoming easier as vendors increasingly provide more security options within the devices. This guide provides simple instructions for enabling basic encryption on several popular devices.

Contact UTS for more info.

Pets @ OU

Macy is so energetic, happy and spoiled by her mama, Renee Dembeck from the President's Office, that you wouldn't be able to tell that two years ago she was a scared and skinny puppy mill rescue.  This four year old cock-a-poo will be the first to tell you that love heals all!

Submit your pet photo and story to

Coming in October! Pet Costume Contest!  Start collecting your photos now!

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