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There is still time to form your teams or sign up individually to run or walk in The Brooksie Way Half Marathon and 5K on September 30, 2012.

Sign up by September 10, 2012 to receive a significant value on entry fees for the Brooksie Way.  Discounts are available for benefits-eligible employees as well as part time faculty. Prices increase after September 10, 2012.

For more information about the race itself and for student and alumni deadlines and registration, visit

Benefits Corner
Pre-Retirement Workshop
Please join the OU Human Resources department for a pre-retirement workshop on September 19th. Representatives from the Social Security Administration as well as representatives from our retirement plans will be on hand to discuss the following topics:
  • Social Security and Medicare
  • Your Retirement Income Options – TIAA-CREF
  • What to Consider as You Near Retirement – Fidelity
If you are thinking of retirement and want an introduction to the retirement process, this workshop may be ideal for you. Mark your calendar to join us for one of the following sessions:
  • Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
  • Time: 10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m. OR 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Place: Oakland Room in the Oakland Center

Click here to enroll!

Fidelity and TIAA-CREF On Campus
Representatives from TIAA-CREF will be available for one-on-one sessions on the following days:
  • Tuesday, September 18, 128 Oakland Center
  • Wednesday, September 19, 128 Oakland Center
  • Tuesday, October 23, 128 Oakland Center
  • Wednesday, October 24, 128 Oakland Center
To schedule an appointment call the Service & Scheduling Group at (800) 732-8353,

or you can schedule your own appointment on the Web at TIAA-CREF.

The Fidelity representative will be on campus the following dates:
  • Monday, September 10, 125 Oakland Center
  • Tuesday, September 11, 125 Oakland Center
  • Monday, October 8, 125 Oakland Center
  • Monday, October 15, 125 Oakland Center
Call (800) 642-7131 to schedule an appointment with Bethany Pagnani or go to Reservations.

Auto and Home Insurance with Liberty Mutual
As an Oakland University employee, you could save money on car and home insurance with Liberty Mutual. Your local Liberty Mutual representative, Michael Meyer, will be onsite providing coverage evaluations on the following dates:
  • Thursday, September 13, Room 130 Oakland Center
  • Tuesday, October 30, Room 130 Oakland Center
To make an appointment, please call (800) 230-9302, ext. 56727, to schedule an appointment with Michael Meyer.

The DreamTrips Vacation Membership offers Faculty and Staff easy and stress-free vacation planning and the opportunity to take better vacations for less money.
And don't miss out on the NEW "Monday Dream Deal Specials". Every Monday at 12 noon Eastern Time, members will have access to incredible deals like $69 cruises and dream vacations up to 75% off the best online prices with open travel dates.
The DreamTrips Vacation Membership is a voluntary benefit for OU Faculty and Staff.

For more information about the DreamTrips Vacation Membership, contact:
Lecia Brunetti 248-971-0442

Quicken Loans Gives Tips on Credit Basics and Obstacles

Sign up for the FREE Quicken Loans Financial Wellness series, and you'll receive tips, tools, and special offers each month to guide you along the path to financial success.

Don't miss September's offer! You'll learn everything you need to know about credit – from building credit to overcoming obstacles such as credit card debt, foreclosure, and even errors on your credit report, before they impact your fiscal health.

Additionally, thanks to the partnership between Oakland University and Quicken Loans you can contact a dedicated OU Mortgage Specialist for a free personal mortgage review at 888-600-6782 or Interest rates are historically low, and you'll receive $500 cash back after your loan closes!

Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in August, 2012!
Karen Conn - Office Assistant II - Honors College
Rebecca Craig - Coordinator School & Field Services - SEHS Student Teacher Placement
Adam Gordon - Systems Analyst & Support Specialist - Classroom Support/Tech Services
Scott Kokotovich - Academic Adviser - Advising Resource Center
Erik Krievs - Coordinator, Facility Operations - Campus Recreation
Joel Norgaard - Skilled Trades VI - Carpentry - Structural Maintenance
Rebecca Sandborg - Director of Regulatory Support - Grants, Contracts & Sponsored Research
Stephanie Vogel - Coordinator, Wellness and Educational Outreach - Campus Recreation
Robert Wallace - Skilled Trades VI - HVAC - Plant Maintenances


Nicole has worked as a Retention Coordinator in the Center for Multicultural Initiatives for 3 years.

Read about Nicole'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.

Manager's Tips & Tools
The Separation Checklist should always be used when an employee terminates their employment at OU. Did you know that it is also a helpful tool for a manager to use when their employee transfers to another department?

The department is responsible for maintaining such things as building/room access cards or keys, purchasing cards and Banner screen access. 

You can find the Separation Checklist on the Manager's Toolkit on the UHR website. Click on the button entitled "End of the Road."

Career Development – New Application – New Process – for Staff Requests Only
A new Career Development Application has been created. One application will now be used by employees, their dependent children, spouses, other qualified adults and children of other qualified adults. The new, online application is now available. Those applying for career development will be able to link to the new application from the UHR Career Development Page.  For more detailed instructions, please refer to this article

The Payroll Misc. Pay Form for Staff Employees Will Soon Be an Online Form
Attention all departments that have used or may need to use the payroll Misc. Pay Form in order to make a payment to a staff employee. The payroll Misc. Pay Form will soon be an electronic form. Click here for additional information and instructions. Please direct questions to the Payroll Office at (248) 370-3034.
Training Update
Training Courses Offered for September, 2012
CareWorks CMS - Web Content Management System
9/4/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Google Overview
9/5/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OU Events Calendar
9/6/2012 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
OU Events Calendar
9/6/2012 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Careworks CMS - Form Builder/Media Gallery
9/12/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9/18/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CareWorks CMS - News and Events
9/19/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
If you have any questions, please contact the training department at x4579.  You can click here to enroll in these and many other courses.

OU Events Calendar
There is still time to take advantage of training being offered by UHR for those individuals that will be adding events to the campus calendar. You will need to attend the training in order to receive access to the system. If you already have access, you can find the training guide here.  These sessions are designed for those who are only interested in using the calendar, not for making changes to departmental websites.

Two more sessions are still available:
Thursday, September 6, 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 6, 1:30 p.m.
Click here to enroll! 
Online Learning
Skillsoft Course - Preparing for an Internal Interview
Preparing for an internal interview requires a unique strategy to leverage one thing you have over external candidates: an internal understanding of how your organization operates. Making the most of this knowledge can be a major asset to you. Whether it's being able to participate in conversations about your company and industry or demonstrating that you understand the organizational culture, being on the inside means you have a great advantage, which you don't want to waste. Climbing the organizational ladder takes more than a view from the inside, though. You also need to prove you're ready for the next step in your career. You must be able to create the right impression to show you're competent and ready to perform to the challenges that will come with your new role. This course explores three essential steps in preparing for an internal interview: improving your inside knowledge; assessing your skills, accomplishments, and values; and preparing strong answers to the questions you'll face in the interview.

Business Skills Curricula > Personal Development > Interviewing Strategies for Interviewee

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

OU Employees…Are you ready to Build A Better yOU?
Look for exciting NEW employee wellness initiatives coming this fall! That's right! A full calendar of healthy and educational programs and services to help you get or stay fit and well will be available to kick off the academic year. Many of the programs/services are free.

NEW Things to Look For (all are free for OU employees):

  • Nutrition Lunch & Learn Series
  • One-On-One Nutrition Consultations
  • Personal Fitness Consultations
  • Lunch & Learn: General Financial Planning 101
  • Lunch & Learn: Relax & Rejuvenate

Programs Back By Popular Demand:

  • OU Walks! Just Another Step to Paradise (free)
  • BLAST: Building Lean Athletic Strong Toned Bodies
  • Biggest Loser Challenge
  • Weight Watchers @ Work
  • Getting Started Right (free)
  • Fitness Center Orientations (free)

Returning Services Available:

  • Freedom From Smoking® (free)
  • Group Exercise Classes
  • Personal Training
  • Massage Therapy

The Building A Better yOU Website has a New Look! Check it out!
Visit the NEW Building A Better yOU site for access to all the latest wellness programming, services, and events going on on campus. The site has been designed as a "one stop shop" for all of your health and wellness information needs on campus! Get information on programs to help you in each dimension of wellness, access insurance provider benefit plan information (HAP, BCBS, and Priority), learn about upcoming events and programs to assist you in achieving your health goals, and more! 

Don't Forget to Use the Rec!
Remember, all OU benefit-eligible employees have free access to the Recreation Center. That means you can use the facility during regular open hours. Just bring your Grizz ID for admittance. Check the Rec website for building hours!

Welcome To Our New Coordinator of Wellness & Educational Outreach!

Stephanie Vogel (OU alum from the WHP program) joined the Campus Recreation staff at the end of August as the new Coordinator of Wellness and Educational Outreach. Stephanie and the fitness/wellness team will be working hard to help the OU campus community reach their personal health and wellness goals! If you're in the Rec, stop by the Wellness Suite on the lower level to introduce yourself!

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
Check out

Please send an email to with your feedback on how we can improve your UHR newsletter!
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Information Security
Please avoid responding to scam and phish e-mail messages. To determine if a message is a scam:

1. Never send your login credentials in an e-mail; if you receive a request for your credentials, it is likely a scam.
2. If you receive an email from an unknown FROM address, do not click on any links in the email.
3. Check the e-mail address. Official OU e-mail messages will always come from an "oakland . edu" address.
4. A typical phishing e-mail may look official, but it will ask you to click on a link to fill in your login ID and password.

Remember: University Technology Services will never ask you to provide your login ID and password.

Stay tuned for more tips on keeping your data secure! Contact UTS for more information!

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2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309