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As part of the university's ongoing effort to make North Foundation Hall the one-stop destination for all student services, Career Services will be moving from Vandenberg Hall to North Foundation Hall. We'll be relocating to the 4th floor of Wilson Hall on March 23, and the Office of Budget and Financial Planning will move to Wilson Hall the following day. We'll still be open for business in North Foundation Hall through the end of the day on March 22, and will reopen in our new home in Wilson Hall on March 24.

Please note that our phone extensions will remain the same, and our staff directory will reflect our new office addresses on March 23.
Benefits Corner
PLEASE NOTE: Faculty members enrolled in HAP do not need to complete the Health Risk Assessment, the required doctor visit, or the Physician Qualification Form.

Representatives from Priority Health, HAP and Blue Care Network will be on campus Monday, March 15, 2010 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM in the Oakland Room of the Oakland Center to answer questions you may have about the new health-engagement HMO plans.

If you have questions about:

* The health risk assessment (HRA) questionnaire
* Choosing a PCP
* Required doctor visit and Qualification Form
* Coverage related questions

Please stop by during the event to get your questions answered. Representatives from Staff Benefits will also be present.

**The representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield will also be able to answer questions about the PPO plans and the Traditional Plan.

Deadlines are approaching for the online Health Risk Assessment and Physician Qualification Forms. March 31 is the deadline to have both of these items completed.

STEP ONE: Register online at your HMO's website.

STEP TWO: Click on the icon to take you to the health assessment.  The following table tells you where to go and what to look for once you've signed up!

Look for This
Priority Health
Health by Choice
 WebMD Health Quotient
 HAP Health Engagement
(non-faculty only) iStrive
 BCN Healthy Blue Living Health Assessment

If you have difficulty getting logged into your account, please contact the benefits Office at 248-370-4207, or stop by 142 NFH between 8 am and 12 pm, or 1 pm and 5 pm for personal assistance.

STEP THREE: Contact your primary care physician to set up an appointment to fill out the qualification form for your HMO.  Do this as soon as possible, as some doctors are already booked months in advance for well-care appointments.  Copies of these forms can be found at your HMO's website if you'd like to print it out to take to your appointment.

REMEMBER!! All three of these steps need to be completed prior to MARCH 31, 2010 in order to continue to receive enhanced benefits from your HMO.  If you do not get these steps completed, your copays and deductibles WILL CHANGE.  Please contact the Benefits Office if you have any questions.

Staff Member News

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in February, 2010! 

Joseph Vizzaccero, Reproduction Machine Operator, University Services
Erika Kindlimann, Helpdesk Technician, Help Desk and Desktop Services


Cynthia Ferrera, Administrative Secretary for the department of English, has been with Oakland University for 6 years.

Read about Cyndie'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.


University Human Resources is pleased to announce the rollout of the Skills Assessment Tool. This computer-based program will be used to assess job candidates' level of expertise and skill on Microsoft Office suites including Access, Excel and Word. In addition to technical skills, the program includes assessments on general clerical office skills such as grammar, spelling, data entry, etc.

Hiring supervisors will receive summaries of job applicant assessment results and may use them to compare all internal and external applicants for positions that include these skills as minimum qualifications. Each summary will provide overall scores and the total time used for taking the assessment. Clerical-technical bargaining unit members who meet minimum qualifications for a position will not be denied an interview based on their assessment scores. There is no pass/fail standard. Rather, the scores will be used as a component in the overall selection process in determining the final candidate.

Candidates for positions posted March 8, 2010, and thereafter will be required to complete the skills assessment if it is a minimum "required" / "additional" qualification on the job posting. We encourage everyone to take this opportunity to assess their individual skills utilizing this tool as soon as possible. Doing so, job candidates can minimize the pressure and anxiety of completing assessments for positions they're seeking. The completion time for taking an assessment varies depending on each person. A maximum of 90 minutes will be allowed for a testing period covering three assessments. Employees should work with their managers to coordinate reasonable release time to take the skills assessment.

After completing any specific assessment for the first time, an individual may complete additional assessments no more than once each month or upon application for a position. Results will be retained in University Human Resources for a period of one year. Only assessments with the best scores will be retained. Employees may receive a summary of assessment results and review the indicated areas of need, which will guide them in designing future training opportunities. Employees may take the assessment even if they are not considering applying for a new job. This will give them a baseline for determining their current skill set and what they can do to improve it through UHR training services. Refer to the 2008-2011 OUPSA Bargaining Agreement for more specific details.

For more information or to make an appointment for an assessment, please contact the Employment Services Office at ext. 3480.

Training Update
Now Available!

The Pawley Learning Institute is offering a Lean Thinking webinar to Oakland University Faculty and Staff. The Lean Thinking Webinar is a basic theoretical introduction to lean. For those looking for some general background on what lean is, this webinar provides an overview to answer those inquiries. It includes three areas: an introduction to lean and its history, an introduction to three philosophies of lean and an introduction to five organizational practices of lean. You  may access this training through For more information about the Pawley Institute, visit

Course offerings for March:

Introduction to Microsoft Office 2007
3/11/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - Web Content Management System 3/16/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - WORKSHOP 3/18/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Google Overview 3/25/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - News and Events 3/30/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Please visit our website to enroll in training. Or call Dana Pierce at x4579 to talk about one-on-one training to meet your technical training needs.

Online Learning

A recent upgrade to our SkillSoft software has given it a new look and feel.  We hope that you find the new interface as easy to navigate as the earlier version. 

Visit for more information or to request an account.

Craving Microsoft Access 2007 training?

SkillSoft offers EIGHT classes on Microsoft Access 2007.  18+ hours of online instruction on Beginning, Advanced, and Power User Access.

Beginning Access
  • Getting Started with Access 2007  (1.5 hours)
  • Basic Access 2007 Tables  (2.5 hours)
  • Basic Access 2007 Forms  (2 hours)
  • Queries and Reports in Access 2007  (2.5 hours)
Advanced Access
  • Importing and Exporting Data and Data Presentation in Access 2007  (2 hours)
  • Advanced Data Management in Access 2007  (3.5 hours)
Access for the Power User
  • Programmability and Administration in Access 2007  (1.5 hours)
  • Database Administration in Access 2007  (3 hours)
Also, the Technical Training and Professional Development Department can schedule a customized one-on-one training session to address your particular Access needs.  Email Vicki Larabell for more information at
Building a Better U


March 15 – March 19th: Love Your Body Campaign
A variety of programs will be held focusing on taking care of our bodies and living a healthy lifestyle. Look for more information on the web page at

Wellness Wednesday. March 17th - Turmoil to Tranquility: Tools for Increasing your Focus Part 1 w/ Laura Rolands, Attention Coach
Do you feel like you need more hours in the day, have deadlines to meet, attend long meeting and feel like you procrastinate too much? Join Laura Rolands of LSR Coaching and Consulting, LLC to learn how to stay focused on your priorities, tasks, meetings and other conversations. This interactive workshop will explore ways to maintain focus and attendees will learn how to develop an action plan that can help them be more successful. Register for this program at This program is open to all OU community

Wellness Wednesday March 31st - Turmoil to Tranquility: Tools for Increasing your Focus Part 1 w/ Laura Rolands, Attention Coach
Continue on your journey of learning to harness your focus and implement strategies to keep you on track throughout your day. Register for this program at This program is open to all OU community

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March 2010
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Academic HR
Important Dates to Remember!!

March 15th
HMO Meeting
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Oakland Room
OUPSA and OUCMT members:
Watch for upcoming communications during the month of March regarding the introduction of the 2010 Performance Review Process.
University Human Resources
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