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Cooling Off Outside, Heating Up Inside

For those of you who prefer indoor activities when the weather is cooler, check out some of the campus events going on this month!  The Meadow Brook Theater Holiday tradition continues as A Christmas Carol kicks off on November 20.  Meadow Brook Hall joins the holiday fun on November 26, when their annual Holiday Walk tours begin (see article below).  Start your holidays early "as light as a feather, as happy as an angel, and as merry as a school-boy (or girl)!"
Benefits Corner
Open Enrollment Reminder
The Open Enrollment period for 2011 benefits has been extended to Thursday, November 18. If you are making a change to your benefits for 2011 or adding dependents, you must complete a 2011 enrollment form. Forms can be dropped off anytime at 401 Wilson Hall or Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, November 16 – 18 between 1:30 and 4:00 pm in room 118 North Foundation Hall. Staff Benefits representatives will be available in each location to answer your questions. Completed enrollment forms are due to Staff Benefits by 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 18.

Flexible Spending Accounts and Group Legal
If you wish to participate in the 2011 health care or dependent day care Flexible Spending Accounts or the MetLaw group legal plan, you must complete a new enrollment form. This is true even if you are currently participating in either of these plans. The completed forms are due to Staff Benefits by 5:00 pm on November 18.

Please be aware that there are significant changes to the health care flexible spending account regulations that affect reimbursement for some over-the-counter products. Please pay particular attention to the Flexible Spending Account section of your enrollment materials.
Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in October, 2010! 
Bruce Johnson - Skilled Trades VI - HVAC - Plant Maintenance
Kathleen Swanteck - Senior Accountant - Student Business Services
James Collins Jr. - Systems Specialist I - Student Life Department
Joshua Stotts - Financial Aid Adviser - Financial Aid Department

Robert Vaughn, Custodian, Facilities Management, has been with Oakland University for 11 years.

Read about Robert'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.

Performance Review Process for Oakland University Professional Support Association (OUPSA) and Oakland University Campus Maintenance and Trades (OUCMT) Employees
Clerical/technical and service/maintenance employees and their supervisors should watch their campus mailboxes for important information about the new Performance Review Process. Included in the mailing will be TEAMS (Total Employee and Management Source) login information and a Quick Reference Guide to help when participating in the review process.

Many employees and supervisors who will participate in the review process are not new to the TEAMS system. Those employees will log into the system with their same user name and password as they do when they create personnel requisitions. For the review process, they will, under Admin, "Change User Type" to Employee. Supervisors may be familiar with the system from filling positions, working on position descriptions, or working on non-represented employee evaluations. For the review process, supervisors will, under Admin, "Change User Type" to Evaluation Reviewer.

Not to worry if you've forgotten your password. A quick call to UHR at 3480 and it will be reset. If you are new to the TEAMS system, your user name and temporary password will be included in the mailing. You will be prompted to change your password at your first login.

Interactive training on the performance review process will begin in December. Please check the UHR website for training dates and times. Also, watch for more information on the performance review process website coming soon.

Chrysler Affiliate Rewards Program
Oakland University employees, retirees and their spouses can take advantage of the Chrysler Affiliate Rewards Program and drive away with the Preferred Price* (1% below factory invoice) on your next new Chrysler, Jeep® or Dodge purchase or lease.

Visit or call (888) 444-4321 to learn more about the program and to obtain your Control Number. You will need to know the Oakland University Company Code, which is DU2KK5. Print out your control number and visit your favorite Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep® dealer to get your preferred pricing.
Training Update
One-on-One Training!!
Did you know that you can call on the UHR Technical Training department for individualized training needs?  The classroom courses we offer cover a broad range of knowledge, but more often than not, your need is very narrow.  Contact Dana (x4579) or Vicki (x4601) in UHR to set up your customized training session.

Training Courses Offered for November 2010
Google Overview
11/3/2010 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Performance Management
11/4/2010 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
CareWorks CMS - Web Page Mgmt
11/10/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11/11/2010 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Careworks CMS - Form Builder/Media Gallery
11/17/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - News and Events
9/23/2010 3:00 PM - 5:00 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.

Introducing Media Gallery for CareWorks
We've been talking about it for a while, but finally we have training available for the new Media Gallery module on the CareWorks system.  This module allows you to create and edit your homepage banner, and also to create galleries on your website for your images and videos.  This training is being offered together with the Form Builder module.  This course is NOT REQUIRED for access to the module. Click HERE for a copy of the training materials for this class.
Online Learning
SkillSoft Course Review:
Microsoft Office Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook 2007

This SkillSoft online course talks about the new features in Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook 2007 and shows you how to use the new features. Some of the new features in Excel are:
  • Sharing feature which allows you to share business data
  • Formulating tool, which helps to minimize calculation errors, and enables you to specify the correct syntax as you enter a formula
  • Conditional formatting, which allows you to visually analyze the data.
New features for PowerPoint 2007 include:
  • New presentation dialog box, which consists of 3 presentation creation methods
  • Extended library of existing templates and themes on your computer.
  • Create your own custom layouts which can contain as many placeholders as you like
Finally, some of the new features for Outlook include:
  • Redesigned interface with a ribbon (you can only use the ribbon while composing emails, creating tasks and accessing contacts)
  • Enhanced search feature, which enables you to quickly search through your email, contacts and calendar.
The new features for Excel and PowerPoint were very helpful and it helped to see how and where I can use the new features. My favorite tool was conditional formatting, because it showed me different ways to set up a table and to highlight important information. Outlook is new to me but it seems the features they have added will benefit those who use Outlook on a daily basis.

In the SkillSoft Catalog, follow Desktop Curricula>Microsoft Office 2007>New Features>Microsoft Office Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook 2007 for this course. 

This review was written by UHR Intern Brian December.  If you would like to submit a review of a SkillSoft course that you have taken, please email it to Dana Pierce at

Please click here to enroll in SkillSoft.
Building a Better U
Wellness News
Specialty Fitness Class Passes are now 1/2 off! Non-Student Recreation Center Members take unlimited specialty classes now until December 19th for $25!

Employee Membership Rates at the Rec Center
Thinking about the holidays? Want to get in shape or stay in shape? Exercise can help manage the holiday chaos and stress! Consider a Rec Center membership. Annual, 4 month, and 1 month memberships available at great rates for OU employees. Contact Marie Vanbuskirk, Membership Coordinator at 370-2663 for specifics and information. Payroll deduction is available.

Don't miss the final two Wellness Wednesdays of the semester!
Sessions are FREE and run 12:05-12:55 p.m. in the Recreation Center Pioneer Room. Recreation Center membership NOT required to participate. Register online on the Building A Better U website.
  • November 3: "Desk Jockey Yoga"
  • November 17: "Optimal Ergonomics- Reduce Your Risk"
Look Ahead to 2011:
  • Shape Up OU Registration January 3-14, New and For Life participants
  • Winter 2011 Wellness Wednesdays
  • Sole Power Walking Program
  • Revive Stress Management Program
  • Rec Center Preview Day
...and more!
Around OU
Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk
Join us as we celebrate the 39th annual Holiday Walk at this 110-room Tudor-revival style mansion aglow with historic treasure. The Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk will highlight childhood treasures from Meadow Brook's heyday. This year's decorations offer a childlike sense of wonder, featuring period toys, trains and family photographs. Hundreds of bears from Judy Hall's whimsical Teddy Bear collection await holiday guests in Frances' and Danny's playrooms. Visitors will hear the story of Richard riding his tricycle through the gallery after receiving it from his parents for Christmas. Learn about Frances and Matilda's Christmas Eve tradition of wrapping gifts for the family and staff. On display will be the family Toboggan often used by Danny Dodge. During the weekends guests will be entertained with the showing of classic Christmas cartoons in the Ballroom, children's activities and more. Treasures of Childhood begins Friday, November 26th and runs through Wednesday, December 22. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children 17 and under (accompanied by an adult); children age 2 and under are free. On Tuesdays and Thursdays seniors age 62 and older will receive $5 off admission. All tours are self-guided and reservations are not required.

Be sure to join us for OU NIGHT on Tuesday, December 7 from 5 – 9p.m. A long standing tradition for many Oakland University faculty and staff! OU affiliates (students, staff, faculty and alumni) and their family and friends can attend the Holiday Walk at a discounted rate of $12 per person. Visit with Santa Claus and enjoy light refreshments in a private reception area. Valid OU ID is required.

For more information on the Meadow Brook Hall annual Holiday Walk please visit our website or call (248) 364-6200.
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Cubicle Etiquette

Many Oakland employees have to share their space with their coworkers.  Cubicles are a nice way to provide boundaries and some privacy, but it isn't the same as having walls and a door.  Robert-Half, a major recruiting company, lists the top ten "rules" for living with cubicles in the workplace:

1. Be a courteous guest
2. Use your "library voice"
3. Curb casual conversations
4. Stay home with the sniffles
5. Have good scents
6. Ask before borrowing
7. Avoid decor disasters
8. Hit the right tune
9. Avoid phone faux pas
10. Be friendly

For more about these tips, check out the full article at the Cleveland Examiner.

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