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Congratulations to all of our Years of Service Honorees
Employees with 10 and 20 years of service were honored with an afternoon reception in the Banquet Rooms, while 30 and 40 years of service will be honored with a dinner reception at Meadowbrook Hall.  Click here for a list of honored employees
Benefits Corner
Flexible Spending Account Reminder
If you are enrolled in the 2013 Health Care Flexible Spending Account, you had until December 31, 2013 to use your funds. Claims for 2013 expenses for the Health Care Account must be filed with Meritain no later than March 31, 2014. Claims forms are available on the UHR website. Be sure to keep a copy of all claims sent to Meritain for processing. Remember, money from your 2013 Health Care Flexible Spending Account that is not claimed by March 31, 2014 will be forfeited.

Who Needs A Vacation?
Our Vacation Benefits Specialist, George Kale, is announcing the re-launch of the ROVIA ESCAPES Vacation Benefits Program. We all know the Importance of vacations, for stress relief, to promote creativity, keep us healthy, and promote overall wellbeing. So pack your bags, point, click and book your vacation. With your Rovia Escapes Membership, the booking engine guarantees the absolute best online pricing through the Rovia Rate Shrinker and Rovia Price Pledge.
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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, February 25, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, February 26, 127 Oakland Center
Tuesday, March 25, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, March 26, 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, February 03, Lake St. Clair, OC
Tuesday, February 25, 125 Oakland Center
Monday, March 10, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, March 24, 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, February 19, 129 Oakland Center
Wednesday, March 19, 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!

Staff Member News
COMING SOON! PeopleAdmin (TEAMS) system upgrade
University Human Resources is excited to announce some big upgrades and improvements to our Total Employee And Management System (TEAMS), which is used for the application process as well as Performance Management. Read More

Call for Nominations 2014 Sharon Wilhelm Excellence Award
The Sharon L. Wilhelm Excellence Award was created to reward a full or part-time Oakland University clerical employee who displays outstanding service. Nominate your exemplary clerical staff member today! Read More

Performance Review Process Reminder
By now you should be in the final stages of the Performance Review Process for clerical and service employees. Following is the text from an email sent on January 10th to those who are involved in the process.  Read More

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in January, 2014!
Matthew  Catanese - Financial Aid Adviser - Financial Aid Department
Ciona Hall - Office Assistant III - School of Medicine
Stephen Kent - Finance & Operations Manager - Smart Zone - Academic Affairs
Kelly Kort - Academic Adviser - Arts & Sciences Advising Department
David Lambert -  Photo/Media Lab Technician - Art & Art History Department
Alicia Nott - Administrative Secretary - SEHS Continuing Education
Eric Reikowski - Public Information Specialist - Communications & Marketing
Amy Ring - Residence Director - University Apartments - University Housing
Amanda Summers - Director of Communications & Marketing, College & Schools  - UCM


Virginia is an Office Assistant III in the School of Business Administration, and has been with Oakland University for 1 year.

Read about Virginia'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 February 2014
Google Overview
2/5/2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Introduction to Google Drive (Google Docs)
2/19/2014 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
New to Being a Manager?
Most new managers don't realize how much their new role differs from that of an individual contributor. Often, they have misconceptions about what managing entails, and they may be surprised to learn that the skills and methods required for success as an individual contributor and those needed for success as a manager are very different. This course describes some of the myths about management and their corresponding truths in order to clarify what managers really do. It also points to the typical demands and constraints of a manager's job. Finally, it describes strategies for dealing with common mistakes of first-time managers. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Business Skills > Management > First Time Manager Essentials>Understanding Your Role

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

Nutrition Consultations
Debbie continues to hold private nutrition consultations this semester! Slots are filling up quickly, be sure to reserve your spot today! Employees can sign up through the Campus Rec website under Employee Wellness. One consultation per semester, please. Dates for the consultations are: 
  • Feb 4 - FULL! 
  • Feb 18 - FULL! 
  • Mar 4 
  • Apr 4.

Nutrition Lunch & Learn Session: "Love Your Sweet Heart"

The heart requires high powered fuel to function at its' best. Arm yourself with a new understanding of what diet and supplementation, an active lifestyles, and stress management can mean to your overall heart health.

Blood pressure readings and blood test results will also be discussed. Learn what these numbers should mean to you in addition to how to reduce potential negative sources that may be impacting these numbers. Reserve your spot today through the Campus Rec website.

Tuesday, February 4
12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom

iPause Sessions
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, March 13
12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
Oakland Center: Heritage Room

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 Tax Season Email Scams
There is an increase in phishing messages and fake websites attempting to steal your personal information or to steal information related to your tax filings. Mark unsolicited IRS emails as phishing or spam; the IRS NEVER asks for personal information by email. Always verify bank web sites before entering any data. Encrypt your electronic tax returns.

Pets @ OU

Kaytee is a tech-savvy 4 year old beagle, and belongs to Scott Hillman from the School of Health Sciences. While she likes watching videos of other animals on YouTube, her favorite program to use is Skype. She also works as a security guard, especially if you step onto heryard!

Submit your pet photo and story to

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

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