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Life. Just when you think you have it figured out, along comes a challenge. But whether those challenges are big or small, your Life Assistance & Work/Life Support Program is available to help you and your family.

Achieve Work/Life Balance. Get extra support for handling life's demands. Call for advice or a referral to a service in your community on topics such as:
  • Legal Consultation. Receive a 30-minute free consultation and up to a 25% discount on select fees.
  • Parenting. Receive guidance on child development, sibling rivalry, separation anxiety, and much more.
  • Senior Care. Learn about challenges and solutions associated with caring for an aging loved one.
  • Child Care. Whether you need care all day or just after school, find a place that's right for your family.
  • Pet Care. From grooming to boarding to veterinary services, find what you need to care for your pet.
  • Temporary Back-up Care. Don't let an unplanned event get the best of you – find back-up childcare.

Log on to Click on the Healthy Rewards link to access discount information. Username: rewards  Password: savings 

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

Tuesday, April 22, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, April 23, 127 Oakland Center
Tuesday, May 27, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, May 28, 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, April 07, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, April 28, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, May 12, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, May 19, 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:

Wednesday, April 23, 129 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!

New: OU employees are now being offered a discount for WOW! cable. THE GO WOW! PROGRAM provides discounts to employees who have or order WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone services.

Staff Member News
Performance Management Process - End of Cycle
Monday March 31, marks the end of the current performance cycle for non-bargained employee groups. As such, employees in these groups should start preparing end-of-cycle comments highlighting their work performance and identifying the goals they've attained in 2013-14. As Monday, April 1, marks the beginning of the 2014-15 performance cycle, employees should also outline goals for the coming year. PLEASE NOTE: Goals for the new cycle should not be entered in the current TEAMS system. A system upgrade will take place in the near future. New evaluations will not be transferred to the new system. Employees and supervisors are asked to set the goals and retain them in a word processing document. Once the new system is in place, training will be offered and employees will be asked to enter the goals into the system for the new performance cycle.

This review process has a solid, positive impact on individual and university success because it promotes a positive understanding between employees and supervisors regarding acceptable job performance. The Performance Management Process is facilitated with the use of the TEAMS – the Total Employee and Management Source online system located at

The Performance Management section of the UHR website has been updated to reflect the new timeline. For employees who are new to this process or who would like a refresher course on the current system, training will be scheduled for later in April. Those interested should watch the UHR Training site for details.

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in March, 2014!
Kathleen Buchanan - Online Media Specialist - Communications & Marketing
Kathleen Corsetti - Office Assistant II - Development Information Services
Ashley Dewling - Golf Services Manager - Golf Course
Christine Earl - Office Assistant II - Office of the Registrar
Margaret Saurin - Women's Soccer Coach - Athletics
Amelia Tompkins - Assistant Director Executive Events - DACE
Dennis Yezbick - Supervisor Building Maintenance - Oakland Center
Horatiu Zglimbea - Television Producer - Technology Support Client Services


Jason is a Media Specialist in the Communications and Marketing Department, and has been with Oakland University for 1 year.

Read about Jason'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 April 2014
Google Overview
4/16/2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Communication and Documentation Strategies
 for Managers

4/15/2014 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Communication and Documentation Strategies
 for Managers

4/15/2014 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Introduction to Google Drive (Google Docs)
4/23/2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Postcards from the Future: A woman's guide to financially ever after
4/23/2014 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Postcards from the Future: A woman's guide to financially ever after
4/23/2014 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Motivating at Work
4/30/2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Motivating at Work
4/30/2014 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.

Management - Communication and Documentation Strategies
In this session, Managers will learn strategies on how to communicate more effectively with their employees on various work issues. Attorney Jacqui Schulte, in partnership with the American Society of Employers will return to facilitate this workshop. Enroll now.

Postcards from the Future: A woman's guide to financially ever after
Fewer years in the workforce. Longer life spans. Women saving for retirement face some serious challenges compared to men. Overcoming these challenges requires swift, immediate action. Learn what it takes at this informative, hands-on workshop sponsored by TIAA-CREF. Enroll now.

Motivating at Work
Join Shelly Riebel from The American Society of Employers and participate in this action packed workshop. Managers will learn more about motivational factors such as building trust, understanding different styles, getting to know employees and building commitment. 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
Developing Strategic Peer Relationships in Your Organization
Cultivating relationships with your work peers can lead to success for you as an individual and for your organization as a whole. Developing a supportive peer network can provide you with access to a wide variety of expertise and institutional knowledge and it enables you to leverage other people's networks. Because every workplace has its own dynamic, you need to develop a better awareness of your environment. This course explores how you can identify the peers in your organization who are especially important in meeting your goals and it shows you how to develop solid, mutually beneficial relationships with these people.

Business Skills > Personal Development > Peer Relationships

If you are unsure which 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

Last iPause Session of the Semester!
iPause will provide you with tools and methods such as deep breathing, meditation, body scanning and stress management, all to help combat everyday stressors. A new topic and method of stress relief will be discussed at each iPause session along with a five minute neck and shoulder massage. Email Stephanie at to reserve your spot today! Exclusive to OU Employees.
Thursday, April 10
12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
Oakland Center: 126-127

POKER WALK: Save the Date!

Mark your calendars! Wednesday, May 21, 2014 will be the date for this year's poker walk! Participate as an individual or in a team. Prized will be given away for top three poker hands, best costume, best team name, and most enthusiastic. Registration will be made available on the Campus Rec website by mid-April.

Summer Preview:
Here is a brief look ahead to what wellness programs you can expect to see this summer:
  • Poker Walk – Wednesday, May 21, 2014
  • Walking Program
  • Summer Outdoor Yoga
  • Nutrition Consultations
  • Brooksie Way Running Group

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
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Password Protecting Files
One way to make sure that your files are secure is to password protect them prior to attaching them to an email, and then sharing the password via another medium, such as over the phone or face-to-face.  For assistance creating passwords for your Microsoft Office documents, see this help page, or call the HELP desk at x4357.

Pets @ OU

Max is a two year old black lab that LOVES riding around town in "his" jeep. His mom, Leslee Rogers from the Department of Organizational Leadership, thinks the next step might be the drivers seat! Go Max!

Submit your pet photo and story to

Stay tuned for a Pets@OU Pet of the Year contest!

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