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Congratulations to the 2010 AP Award Recipients

In recognition of the many outstanding accomplishments of Oakland University's AP employees, the university is pleased to announce the winners for the AP Award for 2010. The award is $1,000.

The AP award fund, established specifically for this recognition, honors exemplary service and exceptional contributions made by individual AP employees.

Click here for a list of 2010 winners! 
Benefits Corner
For questions about your health benefits or retirement accounts, please contact the Benefits Office at x4207.
 
Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in April, 2011! 
Kristy Mitchell - Corporate & Foundation Relations Officer - Development Services
Michelle Moss - Secretary I - School of Nursing - Riverview Institute, Detroit
Kristin Moretto - Director of Service Learning - School of Medicine
Jill Stefaniak - Director of Education Training - School of Medicne

CONGRATS TO APRIL 2011 EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH MATT BRUER !

Matt Bruer, Assistant Lab Manager, School of Engineering and Computer Science, has been with Oakland University for 3 years.

Read about Matt'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.

Making Progress on Your Evaluation?
Employees in the non-bargained employee groups should be wrapping up their entries for the annual performance evaluation process. The deadline for submitting information to the evaluation reviewer is the week of May 2nd. If you are uncertain as to the process, there are several tools available to help you:
Performance Management Process website
Process Timeline
Training
 
Training Update
Training Courses Offered for May 2011
Google Overview
5/10/2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

CareWorks CMS - Web Content Management System
5/12/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Careworks CMS - News and Events
5/17/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - Forms/Media
5/19/2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CareWorks CMS - WORKSHOP
5/24/2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Google Overview
5/26/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


If you have any questions, please contact the training department at x4579.  You can click here to enroll in these and many other courses.
 
Online Learning
SkillSoft has several courses available on how to plan, conduct, and participate in business meetings.  If this is something your department is struggling with, these courses will be very helpful to you.
Planning an Effective Business Meeting
If you are in a business that has meetings, you know how much time is spent in them. A recent survey of 2000 business leaders indicated that managers spend over fifty percent of their time in meetings. That same study indicated that managers felt that about one third of those meetings were unproductive. This course will present you with information that will help you improve the quality of your meetings. It will help you develop strategies necessary for preparing effective business meetings, by carefully considering the importance of all the components of the meeting, including people, place, purpose, time, agenda, and atmosphere.

Leading an Effective Business Meeting

Since there are more than 11 million meetings held every day in the United States, there is a good chance that your life is full of meetings. There is a general agreement among business professionals that most meetings are not well run. They often waste your time, drain your energy, seem to have no purpose, and bear few positive results. Are you tired of attending meetings like this? Are you tired of your meetings ending up like this? This course will teach you how to make your meetings more successful by providing the tools and information that are necessary to lead an effective meeting.

Participating Effectively in a Business Meeting
A meeting is a gathering of people to present or exchange information, plan joint activities, make decisions, or carry out actions already agreed upon. Almost every group activity or project requires a meeting, or meetings, of some sort. Knowing how to hold efficient and effective meetings can help make projects successful. In a good meeting, participants' ideas are heard, decisions are made through group discussion and with reasonable speed, and activities are focused on desired results. Good meetings help generate enthusiasm for a project, build skills for future projects, and provide participants with techniques that may benefit them in their future careers. As a chairperson, a secretary, or a group member, it is crucial to your meeting's success to know what your role is during a meeting. By knowing your duties, you can effectively assume one of these roles and help to attain success during your meetings.

Business Skills > Communication > The Effective Business Meeting
 
Etiquette at the Business Meeting
"Sleep not when others speak, sit not when others stand, speak not when you should hold your peace, walk not on when others stop." Was George Washington referring to the etiquette required at the business meeting? Indeed, such meetings have their own set of rules. Did you know that it's acceptable to use the telephone to invite people to a small, informal meeting but that written invitations are considered proper for all formal meetings? Did you realize that at a business lunch, small talk should be reserved for the period before the food has been ordered? Such is the nature of etiquette at the business meeting. In this course, you'll learn the proper conduct to display during both formal and informal meetings, negotiations, and entertainments.

Business Skills > Communication > Professionalism and Business Etiquette

Please click here to enroll in SkillSoft.
 
Building a Better U
OU Faculty and Staff - Celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day
Get fit with the Department of Campus Recreation and the AP Assembly on Wednesday, May 18! All OU faculty and staff are invited to participate in this FREE event which includes walking a course of approximately one mile around campus any time between 11:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. The walk starts and ends at the Recreation Center. During the walk participants will pick up poker chips which will be traded in at the end for a hand of cards. Depending on your luck and the hand you are dealt, you may win a prize! You can walk individually but we encourage you to form a TEAM because Team Exercise Adds Motivation!

As an additional part of National Employee Health and Fitness Day, OU faculty and staff can use their Grizz ID to use the Rec for FREE all day on May 18. Besides the Poker Walk you can try a FREE group exercise class, use the Fitness Center, swim laps, shoot hoops, and more!
For event details, registration information and forms, and a sneak peek at all the fun, visit the Campus Recreation website at www.oakland.edu/campusrec and click on the Poker Walk icon!

Get A Rec Center Membership To Help With Your Summer Fitness Plans!
Check out our May membership special for the Recreation Center! Buy a four month membership and get two free guest passes to bring friends with you to exercise and have fun! For other membership options visit us online at www.oakland.edu/campusrec. Members are eligible to buy personal training packages, take advantage of discounted massage rates, participate in free group exercise classes and more!
 
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