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The new Patti Finnegan's Pub & Grille has opened in the Steve Sharf Clubhouse at the OU Golf Center. Faculty and Staff receive a 10% discount with ID. Check out their menu (pdf), and give them a try for lunch!

Benefits Corner
Priority Health Coverage Information
In mid-May Priority Health will be sending the Schedule of Copayments, Deductibles and Riders to all HMO members. When you receive this material, please take the time to look through the documents to familiarize yourself with your medical coverage.

As you may know, preventive care is covered at 100% for all members of Priority Health. Those services that are defined as "Preventive" are very specific and are identified in the Preventive Health Care Guidelines found on the Priority Health website. Please take the time to review the guidelines before visiting your PCP.

Physicians see patients with many different medical plans. They may not be familiar with what each plan covers. It is your responsibility to know what your plan covers. If you have questions about your coverage, please feel free to stop by the Benefits Office in Wilson Hall.

FMLA Training
Please join UHR for FMLA training, in the Lake Michigan room of the Oakland Center on May 7th. There will be a session at 10am and one at 1:30pm.

We will be discussing:
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 101
  • Eligibility
  • Entitlement
  • Federal Landscape
  • Employer/Employee Responsibilities
  • FMLA and Disability
  • Cigna Process
Please go the the UHR Training enrollment page to sign up.

Davis Vision Providers
If you are currently enrolled in Davis Vision and would like to see a list of network providers, you can find it on the Davis Vision website. Click on Members at the top of the page. In the area labeled Open Enrollment, enter code 3217 and click Submit. This will take you to the Oakland University Welcome page. Click on Find a Provider and another page will open up that will allow you to enter your zip code for a list of providers in your area.

Increasing your FIQ (Financial Intelligence Quotient)
- Tips from our investment vendors
Did you know?? 26% of OU faculty and staff are under the age of 40! 

When you're in your 20s or 30s and just starting a career, contributing to your retirement savings plan at work might be the last thing on your mind. After all, retirement is probably 35 to 40 years away.  But the sooner you start, the better off you will be when retirement age comes around.

Learn why you are never too young to save!

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

Tuesday, May 21, 129 Oakland Center
Wednesday, May 22, 129 Oakland Center
Tuesday, June 18, 125 Oakland Center
Wednesday, June 19, 129 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, May 06, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, May 20, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, June 03, Lake Superior B Oakland Center
Monday, June 17, 126 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:

Tuesday, May 14, 127 Oakland Center
Tuesday, June 18, 126 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
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in March, 2013!
Kelly Brault - Director of Annual Giving Programs - D.A.C.E.
Chardin Claybourne - Director of Academic Success - School of Medicine
Patrycja Comello - Payroll Analyst - Payroll Department
Alex Delavan - Director of Sponsored Programs - Office of Research Administration
Lisa Drummond - Programs Coordinator - Meadow Brook Hall
Lauren Flanagan - Coordinator for Medical School Admissions - School of Medicine
Christie Gough - Coordinator - Disability Support Services - Disability Support Services
Andrew Kee - Network Communications Engineer - UTS Network Support
Jerry Masters - Library Technician I - Library
Brandon Powell - Java Developer Analyst - UTS Database Applications
Stacey Smith - Operations Coordinator - Eye Research Institute
Brenda Wehrli - Campaign Director of Development Services - D.A.C.E


Renee is an Office Assistant III in the Office of the Registrar, and has been with Oakland University for 24 years.

Read about Renee'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.

Performance Management Reminder!!
Just a reminder that the Performance Management Process for non-bargained employee groups is currently underway. To keep you on track for meeting these deadlines, UHR has created this timeline.
Training Update
UHR Training Courses Offered for May, 2013
Google Overview
5/16/2013 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.  Course schedule is subject to change, please check the training website for updates.
Banner Users Roundtable
Last month, UHR, Accounting, and Registrar met with a small group of new Banner users to discuss options for creating flexible Banner Users group on campus. If you are interested in participating in future meetings, please fill out this registration form to be added to the mailing list.

Online Learning
Managing Your Career - Leveraging the Performance Appraisal
The performance appraisal process just may be the most valuable tool you have to advance your career. Unfortunately, employees often don't recognize the opportunities they have to benefit from their performance appraisals. Instead, they regard the whole process as something to dread and avoid. They frequently misunderstand the feedback they're given and refuse to see the appraisal as a career enhancement tool.

This course explains the value of learning how to manage the performance appraisal process on a year-round basis and tips for using formal and informal performance appraisal to the best advantage. The course also outlines how implementing periodic appraisal strategy can be used to move your career forward. Recognizing and controlling the damage of a bad appraisal is also covered. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Business Skills Curricula > Personal Development > Managing Your Career

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
3rd Annual Poker Walk
Attention OU Employees! Join us Wednesday, May 15th for the 3rd Annual Poker Walk for National Employee Health and Fitness Day! The Poker Walk is a one-mile fun walk on campus for any OU employee. Pick up poker chips along your walk, and you will be dealt a hand of cards when you complete the walk. The 3 best poker hands will win prizes valued at $100 each! Additional prizes will also be available to win at the walk. See the Campus Rec website under 'Wellness' for full details!

Registration is available online April 22nd through May 13th at 12noon. Walk anytime between 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch items will be available for purchase this year! Pricing and menu information on website. You must pre-order your meal at the time of registration.

Questions? Contact Stephanie:

Oakland University Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Level Recipient!
In March, Oakland University was recognized as a Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program.

The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change. Worksites throughout the nation can be part of the initiative by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority. Oakland University was recognized as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association's My Heart. My Life. initiative for:
  • Offering employees physical activity support.
  • Increasing healthy eating options at the worksite.
  • Promoting a wellness culture.
  • Implementing at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association's My Heart. My Life. initiative as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite. Employee health and wellness are top priorities at OU and we encourage everyone to embrace the healthy campus culture we strive for every day.

OU Employees Meet with Chef Paul from HAP
On Wednesday, April 10th we had a great turn out at Chef Paul's cooking demo with 30 OU employees in attendance! Chef Paul reminded all of us the importance of eating good, nutritious food by whipping up three great dishes for everyone to sample. Roasted Red Pepper and Kale Soup, Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette Dressing, and an Almond Milk Strawberry Smoothie were all on the menu, and I think everyone agreed tasted excellent! Recipes of these tasty dishes are available on the Campus Rec website under the 'Wellness' tab.

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
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Urgent message from UTS

You Are A Target -
Don't get Phished!

Spammers will try to get you to divulge your NetID / email credentials. Learn to recognize phishing attempts:

1. OU will never contact you from a Yahoo or other email address; official OU email contacts will always come from an address. Make sure that the FROM on the email is from someone you know officially at the university.

2. OU will never email you to ask you to fill in your NetID/email userid and password on a web form in order to keep your account active. If we need you to take an action, there will be a separate story and explanation, along with an official OU name in the FROM line of the message.

3. Watch for OU logos and OU colors. Official university emails will not be in rainbow colors.

4. OU will not direct you to click on a link that is not an "" web address (URL). Learn to recognize OU addresses, and only click on OU links that you know.

5. Beware of links in email messages. Rest or hover your mouse over the link before you click. Make sure the displayed web address and the text web address in the email match and match an address.

6. Check web addresses carefully before you click; there should be no additional period after "". Names like "" or "" are not official university sites.

7. Look for spelling errors and poor grammar; cyber-criminals often make errors in their email messages.

8. If you fall victim to a phish, change your password immediately.

Contact the Helpdesk at x4357 (HELP) for more information.

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