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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 were honored with a dinner reception at Meadowbrook Hall. Click here for a list of honored employees.
Benefits Corner
Vendor Webinars for April
Some of OU's benefit vendors are offering free webinars to participants in April.
Investing: A Beginner's Guide 
April 14  REGISTER
Disrupting Negative Thoughts

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

Tuesday, April 21, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, April 22, 127 Oakland Center
Thursday, April 23, 127 Oakland Center
Tuesday, May 19, 127 Oakland Center
Wednesday, May 20, 127 Oakland Center
Thursday, May 21, 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 13, Lake St. Clair, OC
Monday, April 27, Lake St. Clair, OC
Thursday, May 07, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, May 18, 125 Oakland Center

Call (800) 642-7131 to schedule an appointment with Mike Welton 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: 

Dates to be determined

To make an appointment, please call (800) 230-9302, ext. 56727.

Empowering Women Participants to Take Control of Their Retirement
Women, who compose nearly 70% of the not-for-profit workforce,are different from men in how they think about, and act with, their retirement savings. Check out the new Fidelity Analysis paper on Empowering Women Particpants.  You can also read this article from Fidelity Investments: Women & Money: How to take charge.

Employee Discount Program
Many of Oakland University's business partners offer OU employees a discount on their products and services. Visit and click on the Employee Discounts tab.
Staff Member News

Performance Management Update and Training
Tuesday March 31, marked 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 2014-15. As Tuesday, April 1, marked the beginning of the 2015-16 performance cycle, employees should also outline goals for the coming year.

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 new system, training opportunities are listed on the UHR Training site, or here.

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in March, 2015!
Kendra Agee - Administrative Project Coordinator - Pre-College Programs
Debra Billings - Office Assistant III - School of Business Administration
Michael Markarian - Skilled Trades VI- Locksmith - Structural Maintenance


Amy is the Coordinator of Orientation and New Student Programs, and has been
with Oakland University for 3 years.

Read about Amy's contribution to the University on the Employee of the Month page.


Nominate a shining star for Employee of the Month! 

Click on the Nominate link to complete the online form.

Let's Move Festival of Races
Join Team OU at the Let's Move Festival of Races held in downtown Mount Clemens on Saturday, April 25th. This year's races include a 1-Mile Kids Run, 1-Mile River Walk, 5k Run, Half Marathon Run/Walk, a Half Marathon Relay, and, for the first time, a Full Marathon. OU is the 5K title sponsor and students, staff, faculty and alumni can enter the promo code of "OU2015" to receive $5 off the registration fee. Click here to register. Not a runner? No problem! There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the event as a volunteer! Contact Meaghan Germana at to learn more.
Training Update
UHR Training Courses Offered for April 2015
Workplace Violence/Sexual Harrassment
4/8/2015 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Google Overview
4/8/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Introduction to Google Drive (Google Docs)
4/22/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Managing Under Pressure
4/28/2015 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4/28/2015 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.

Managing Under Pressure

Please join Gaye Ann Weaver from Image Group Enterprises on April 28 for morning or afternoon workshops relating to dealing with how emotions affect your ability to lead.  Click here for more information and to register.
Online Learning
Back to the Basics - Refreshing your foundation skills
Remember when you told your high school teacher that you'd never need to know math, or punctuation, or grammar? How old were you when you realized that you were wrong? SkillSoft offers fundamental refreshers such as business writing, grammar, basic business math, and even basic telephone and email communication skills! Log into SkillSoft and look around!

Business Skills > Communication Skills > Multiple topics

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
April Lunch & Learn Session
GUTS – The Beginning of Health: Learn the natural way to improve your digestive health and understand how these changes will give you more energy, weight loss success, and overall wellness. Tuesday, April 7th from 12:10 – 12:50 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room. Please pre-register here.

Upcoming Wellness Offerings

Poker Walk: Save the Date!
The 5th Annual Poker Walk will be held on Wednesday, May 20th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The start and finish line will be at the Rec Center. Registration coming soon! Question – please contact Becky Lewis at

Nutrition Consultations
Nutrition Consultations will be offered again to OU Faculty and Staff at no cost in the upcoming summer semester! Discuss with Debbie Cavendar, RD any nutritional health concerns or questions you may have and have a personal plan developed at your consultation. Faculty and Staff are eligible for one consultation per semester. Consultations will take place in the Rec Center Conference Room on the following dates: June 2nd, June 16th, July 7th, July 28th and August 11th. Pre-registration is required and will be available mid-April on the employee wellness page.

Summer Yoga
Summer Yoga is back for 2015! Jonathan Mann will start your day with a forty minute class that will awaken the body through Slow Flow, incorporating Vinyassa and Yin elements. The class will meet every Wednesday at 7 am starting June 17th through August 5th in Studio 919 in the Rec Center. Open to all OU faculty and staff with pre-registration beginning in mid-April on the employee wellness page.

Employee-only Group Exercise Class
Stay tuned to the employee wellness page for more information regarding the upcoming employee-only group exercise class in the summer semester!

Have you seen the Wellness website?
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Staying safe on social media
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram... so much information going out so quickly! Here are some tips on how to stay safe.

1. Use caution clicking links. Some links take to to unexpected places, or can even download malware or viruses on your computer!

2. Be careful installing "extras" which may be third party applications designed to steal your information!

For more tips, see
Microsoft's safety and security center.

REMINDER: If you find a "lost" USB flash drive, do not plug it into your computer! It could contain viruses!

Contact UTS for more info.

Pets @ OU

Meet Duke! He is a 9 year old wire fox terrier that enjoys taking naps, sitting in his rocking chair, playing with his toys, going for car rides, and making Nancy Demo from the School of Health Sciences and the rest of his family smile.  

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