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The new Engineering Center is coming along! Building crews are forming the foundation in the snow and cold!

2013 Brooksie Way Information and Discounts

The 6th annual 2013 Brooksieway will be held on Sunday, September 29, with the first race beginning at 8am. New for 2013 is the addition of a 10K race (6.2miles). Employee discounts are available.
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Women of OU Critical Difference Scholarship Fashion Show Luncheon and Fundraiser
The Women of OU are hosting their 2013 Fashion show on Wednesday, April 17. The theme will be "Glitz and Glamour," featuring models from our OU community and previous scholarship winners.  Read More
Benefits Corner
Are You Enrolled in an HMO for 2013?
Are you enrolled in one of the following HMOs for 2013?

  • HAP Health Engagement Aspire
  • Blue Care Network Healthy Blue Living Rewards
  • Priority Health HealthbyChoice Achievements
If you and your spouse or other qualified adult are enrolled in either the HAP or Blue Care Network HMO listed above, remember that each year you must both complete the on-line health risk appraisal and visit your primary care physician to complete the Qualification Form before the end of March 2013 to qualify for the higher level of benefits. This is true even if you were in the same plan in 2012.

If you are enrolled in the Priority Health HealthbyChoice Achievements HMO, you and your spouse or other qualified adult must both complete the on-line health risk appraisal and visit your primary care physician to complete the Qualification Form. This can be done at any time during the year. Please note that you will remain in the Standard level of benefits until both covered adults have completed the requirements and have a satisfactory score on the Qualification Form.

If you have any questions about your benefits, please contact the Staff Benefits office at extension 4207 or stop in to see us at 401 Wilson Hall.

Flexible Spending Account Reminder
If you are enrolled in the 2012 Health Care Flexible Spending Account, you had until December 31, 2012 to use your funds. Claims for 2012 expenses for the Health Care Account must be filed with Meritain no later than March 31, 2013. Claims forms are available on the UHR website. Be sure to keep a copy of all claims sent to Meritain for processing. Remember, money that is not used by the end of the year will be forfeited.

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

uesday, March 19, 126 Oakland Center
Wednesday, March 20, 127 Oakland Center
Tuesday, April 23, 129 Oakland Center
Wednesday, April 24, 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, March 18, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, April 08, 126 Oakland Center
Monday, April 22, 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, March 19, Lake Superior Oakland Center
Tuesday, April 16, 127 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 February, 2013!
Nancy Demo - Office Assistant II - Financial Aid Department
Richard Kelley - Senior Director of Development - DACE
Mark LeMerise - Web Technology Specialist - School of Business Administration
John Lutz - Coordinator of Business Operations - Athletics Administration
Virginia May - Office Assistant III - School of Business Administration

Jim is the director of University Housing, and has been with Oakland University for 3 years.

Read about Jim'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.

Travel and Mileage Reimbursement Changes
The IRS announced a new mileage reimbursement rate of $0.565/mile effective January 1st, 2013. Accounts Payable has updated the Travel Expense Summary form with this rate and has also improved the form in several other ways so please download the new form the next time you travel.

As a reminder, mileage will be reimbursed for business miles traveled above and beyond your normal commute. In order to assist travelers with mileage reimbursement calculations, Accounts Payable has created a Mileage Reimbursement Guidelines document. Please be sure to review this document before traveling in your personal vehicle on University business.

Training Update
UHR Training Courses Offered for March, 2013
Google Overview
3/14/2013 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.

Five key things Managers must do to support learning
  1. Encourage their employees to participate in learning and help them make time.
  2. Get involved and offer resources while being a good example.
  3. Outline expectations with the employee before they participate in learning programs, detailing what changes should take place on the job.
  4. Look for results achieved from the learning.
  5. Recognize and reward performance supported by the learning.

Advanced Wills and Trusts
The Office of Planned Giving will be hosting Lunch & Learn that will cover some of the more advanced aspects of wills and trustson Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  RSVP by March 13 to Laura Musachio at or (248)364-6117.

Banner Training for New Users
One-on-one training is available to help orient new users to the Banner interface.  Please fill out the Banner Training Request form with as much detail as possible, and one of our trainers will contact you soon to set up a training session.

Online Learning
Help! I'm buried under a pile of paperwork, emails, and phone messages!
Business professionals know how difficult it can be to juggle multiple tasks, and often deal with an influx of paperwork and requests each day.

When the workday begins, it can be challenging to know where to start, and employees often become overwhelmed. A major contributor to these feelings can be a disorganized workspace. If you work in a state of chaos, your mind will follow. By becoming more organized, you can also become more productive and avoid procrastination.

This course provides business professionals with the information they need to implement positive changes in their working space. It addresses the overwhelming nature of tackling a space that's piled-high with paper, has a disorganized physical or digital filing system, or is overrun with e-mails. You'll begin the process one small area at a time until they have created a well-functioning, productive workspace. Once this is achieved, you'll also be reminded that workspace management is an ongoing process, rather than an event - that is, improvements must be maintained.

Business Skills Curricula > Personal Development> Personal Productivity Improvement > Managing your Workspace 
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
Fitness @ Home
Fitness @ Home will provide you with tips, resources, and workouts that you can do right in the comfort of your own home, without the hassle of going to the gym. Using the resources available to you, identifying low-cost gadgets to add to your collection, and getting the biggest bang for your buck will be the takeaway. Come to our March 12th session at 12:10 p.m. in the Rec Center Wellness Classroom. Please register prior to attending on the Campus Rec website or at the Welcome Desk!

Straight Off the Vine: Organic Food Choices
Explore the difference between organically grown produce and traditionally grown foods, and how this can affect you when it comes to nutrition, food safety, and price! Also learn how you can purchase fresh, organic produce on campus. Presentation provided by our very own OU Student Organic Farm! This session will take place Fri Mar 15 at 12:10 p.m. in the Rec Center Wellness Classroom. Please register prior to attending on the Campus Rec website or at the Welcome Desk!

March is National Nutrition Month!
Attention OU Benefits-Eligible Employees! Have you taken advantage of your FREE one-on-one nutrition consultation with a Registered Dietitian yet? Appointments are still available on March 5 and March 19. Please contact Stephanie at 248-370-4968 or to schedule your appointment today! *One time appointment per employee please.

Nutrition Lunch and Learn Sessions are also available for you to attend! All nutrition lunch and learn sessions are held in the Rec Center Wellness Classroom from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5th - Wellness For Life: Eat Your Medicine Part I
Tuesday, March 19th - Wellness For Life: Eat Your Medicine Part II
Tuesday, April 2nd - Wellness For Life: Eat Your Medicine Part III

All are welcome to attend! Please sign up online to attend at under 'Wellness.' 

Have you seen the new Wellness website?
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