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The Women's Employee Resource Group is hosting a Cinco de Mayo event. Check it out here!
Benefits Corner
Did You Miss the HMO Presentations on April 24?
Representatives from HAP, Blue Care Network and Priority Health HMOs made presentations about the staff "Outcomes Based" HMO plans that are coming in 2013. Some highlights:
  • Current HMO plans are "participation based". If you don't meet the goals set by the plan you may still qualify for the higher level benefit by participating in programs to improve health.
  • Outcomes based plans require you to meet the targets set by the plans to reach the higher level of benefits. Each plan offers help in reaching the targets.
You can access the training materials on the Benefits and Retirement Training Page, along with a chart that compares the features of the three HMO plans.  Once the voice over HMO presentations are completed a notice will be sent. This will allow you to review the slides along with the HMO representatives presentations.

Also, please contact the University Human Resources Benefits Department at x4207 for specific questions.

Fidelity and TIAA-CREF On Campus
Representatives from TIAA-CREF will be available for one-on-one sessions on the following days:
  • Tuesday, May 22, 128 Oakland Center
  • Wednesday, May 23, 127 Oakland Center
  • Tuesday, June 26, 128 Oakland Center
  • Wednesday, June 27, 118 North Foundation Hall
To schedule an appointment call the Service & Scheduling Group at (800) 732-8353,

or you can schedule your own appointment on the Web at TIAA-CREF.

The Fidelity representative will be on campus the following dates:
  • Wednesday, May 9, Lake St. Clair, Oakland Center
  • Thursday, May 10, 125 Oakland Center
  • Monday, June 4, 125 Oakland Center
  • Wednesday, June 20, 125 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: 
  • May 9th – 8 am – 5 pm, Oakland Center 125
  • June 13th – 9 am – 4 pm, 118 North Foundation Hall
To make an appointment, please call (800) 230-9302, ext. 56727, to schedule an appointment with Michael Meyer.

NEW! DreamTrips vacation membership will be highlighting one of their fabulous vacation deals each month.  Click here to see May's deal!

Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in April, 2012!
David Deacon - Greenskeeper II - Golf Course
Amanda Fylan - Alumni Engagement & Marketing Manager - Alumni Relations
Lester Harbin Jr. - 2nd Assistant Women's Basketball Coach - Athletics
Sherry Quinn - Director of Business Development/Market Research - SEHS
Michael Silverstein - Director of Development - School of Business Administration


Xander Buckingham, Media Distribution Coordinator in CSITS, has been with Oakland University for 3.5 years.

Read about Xander'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.

Career Development – New Application – New Process – for Staff Requests Only
A new Career Development Application has been created. One application will now be used by employees, their dependent children, spouses, other qualified adults and children of other qualified adults. The new, online application is now available and will be used beginning with the Summer 1 session. Those applying for career development will be able to link to the new application from the UHR Career Development Page.  For more detailed instructions, please refer to this article

Go Green and Save Paper - try the new online sabbatical application!
A reminder for those faculty members applying for a Winter 2013 sabbatical; the online form is ready and available for your use. The application can be found on the OU Web Forms Main Menu at: For questions regarding the online form contact Academic Human Resources at ext. 2922 or 2196.

Oakland Faculty and Staff Subdivision
Located directly across from campus, the OU subdivision has been part of the university for most of its history. About 40 families live in the subdivision, in single family homes built in the 1960s and 1970s. We welcome you to explore the homes that are currently for sale in the subdivision by visiting their website.
Training Update
Training Courses Offered for May, 2012
Performance Management Process - 2012
5/2/2012 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
CareWorks CMS - Web Content Management System
5/8/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Google Overview
5/10/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Careworks CMS - Form Builder/Media Gallery
5/15/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Performance Management Process - 2012
5/15/2012 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
SkillCheck Assessment Overview
5/15/2012 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5/24/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Introduction to SkillSoft
5/29/2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CareWorks CMS - News and Events
5/31/2012 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.

Management Best Practices Presentation
Jacqui Schulte will be here on Friday, May 11 to present a session on Management Best Practices. This event will be open to all supervisors and managers. Please click here to enroll.

Banner Training Resources on PortAdm now includes FINANCE module!
University Human Resources has created new tutorials on Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, the Budget Development Cycle, and General Ledger Accounts.  Each module is broken into two parts: the User Guide and an index of related Forms and Tables.  The Banner Resources website is a community resource for OU staff using the Student Module and the Finance Module in Banner. It is currently under construction, with new topics being added daily.  Click here for instructions on accessing PortAdm.
Online Learning
Making Time for Online Learning - Kristen's Story
In January, Kristen Hudson was hired as a new secretary for the College of Arts and Sciences.  Because she moves from desk to desk, her job duties can vary immensely from week to week, or even day to day!  She wanted to sharpen her skills in the technical applications that were required in each position in order to stay on top of her diverse projects.  From January 1 to March 31 of this year, Kristen completed 60 online SkillSoft courses on Microsoft Office.  When asked how she was able to fit this into her busy schedule, she said she was able to take the courses on her lunch breaks, during slow periods at work, and also from home.  She already had decent Microsoft Office skills, but each of the online courses would teach her some new tip or trick.  "Even finding one new thing makes my job so much easier," she said. 

Skillsoft courses are interactive, but different learning styles are considered.  Some people like to hear the information, and some prefer to simply read.  Kristen likes to go through the content quickly, so she turns off the sound and breezes through.  She says that the courses are easy to navigate and very informative.  She plans to continue to take advantage of this great professional development benefit that OU provides to all employees free of charge.

Thank you, Kristen, for your input!!

Microsoft Office 2010 courses can be found by logging into your SkillSoft account and navigating to Desktop Curricula/Microsoft Office 2010.

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 U
Celebrate National Employee Health & Fitness Day at the 2nd Annual Poker Walk Challenge!

Wednesday, May 16

Walk any time between 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Register as an individual or as a TEAM!

TEAMs are encouraged because… Team Exercise Adds Motivation!

The Poker Walk is a one-mile walk on campus for OU employees, for fun. Participants will pick up poker chips along the way and at the end be dealt a hand of cards. The three best poker hands will win prizes valued at $100 each! Other random prizes will be available at the walk. TEAMs will also be eligible for prizes in selected categories: Best Team Costume, Most Enthusiastic, and Best Team Name. The walk begins and ends at the Recreation Center. If it rains we will walk inside! Snacks will be provided by Whole Foods. You are encouraged to bring your lunch and eat with your colleagues on the Rec lawn or in the Rec Social lounge.

Registration opened April 25th! Everyone MUST be pre-registered by Monday, May 14 at 12 noon! Participants not walking on a TEAM can register individually. TEAMs should have their team captain register for the entire group. Online registration is available at

All OU employees (faculty, staff, and graduate assistants) are eligible to participate! Membership to the Rec Center is not a requirement!

Would you like to volunteer to help with the Poker Walk? Volunteers can walk and are eligible to win prizes too! Contact Becky Lewis at to volunteer or for answers to questions you might have.

Please visit the Campus Recreation site for important information about how to stay happy, healthy, and fit!
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